August 2011

Neighborhood Stories17 Aug 2011 04:15 am

After coming across this story about the Philadelphia Water Department’s efforts to divert more storm water out of the combined storm and waste water system (aka “the sewer”), we wondered if anyone else in neighborhood is experiencing the same issues as the South Philadelphia resident quoted in the piece:

For most people, the sound of an approaching thunderstorm might mean relief from the summer heat, water for the garden or a reminder to roll up the car windows. But for Kate Houstoun and her South Philadelphia neighbors, it has an entirely different meaning.

“We get a huge gush of storm water that comes in the front drain in everyone’s basement. And it can leave anywhere between 3 inches of combined sewer or maybe just rush in and rush out,” Houston says.

While it happens quickly, the aftermath is a challenge, especially for her senior citizen neighbors.

“It’s really tough for them to get into their basement and sop up the mess afterwards. I mean, I don’t like it, but it certainly breaks my heart to see older folks struggling with that, Houston says.

Share your stories with us either in the comments section of this blog post or on our Facebook page where we also linked to this story. The Water Department is one of the many groups that we’re hoping to have at a future Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting. Mark your calendars now for the first meeting of the 2011-12 season – Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30PM at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (E. Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson St.).

Columbus Square and Event13 Aug 2011 11:15 am

National Night Out comes to Passyunk Square, August 17…
In our continuing effort to make our community stronger and give neighbors a chance to get to know each other, Passyunk Square Civic Association and the Columbus Square Park Advisory Council are partnering up to host a National Night Out event at Columbus Square Park (12th St. between Wharton and Reed).

National Night Out (NNO) is a nationwide event to promote neighborhood spirit and police and first responder partnerships in an effort to build a safer neighborhood. The following folks will be on hand as part of the activities:

Police Department – fingerprinting kids ages, 4-12 accompanied by an adult (you keep the fingerprints), bike registration, safety tips
Fire Department – fire prevention tips
PSCA Town Watch – find out how you can make a difference
Via Bicycles – buy a new lock for that bike
PAWS – bring your proof of rabies vaccination to get your pet registered; Vaccinations or microchips available
Wells Fargo – learn how to prevent identity theft
Local Politicians – Meet and Greet
Water Ice!!! Courtesy of Rita’s Water Ice!!!

The NNO events will take place from 5:30 to 7:30, followed by…

Lawn Chair Drive-In is bringing one of its great outdoor movie experiences to South Philly and screening Iron Giant – a family friendly movie – for all to enjoy.

Come early to get a spot in front of the screen and enjoy what the NNO program has to offer (while also meeting some of your neighbors!).

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing to on our Facebook page. (Not required but always looks good to see a lot of folks respond ahead of time!)

Town Watch11 Aug 2011 02:55 pm

This is a request/plea/call for Town Watch volunteers. It’s possible we just need to re-brand it a little, hence the “Saturday Stroll” idea. Regardless of what we call it, we could use some neighbors.

Passyunk Square Civic Association Town Watch meets on the Second Saturday of every month (coming up on August 13) at 11am and patrols the neighborhood for an hour. It wraps up at noon even if Batman himself shows up to help fight crime.

The July Town Watch was canceled due to lack of volunteers. We know that summer weekends can take their toll on participation on such programs. Heck, we kind of count on the summer migration to the shore to make it easier to park in the neighborhood. That said, we also know there are two or three of you out there who do stick around on the weekend and would be interested in helping out if only someone would ask. Consider this the ask.

If you are free on Saturday morning, please consider helping out. The group meets in front of the 3rd District Police HQ at 11th and Wharton. The purpose of the Town Watch is to spot potential problems (abandoned cars and houses, short dumping and litter, broken windows and street lights, open hydrants, cracked sidewalks, and the olfactorily obvious pet hoarding) before they become actual, very difficult problems.

We also welcome suggestions for how to increase participation in this activity (theme music? a frequent town watcher program?). Email with your ideas.

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