February 2012

Communication and Event18 Feb 2012 10:11 pm

What: Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership Meeting
Where: South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, northwest corner of East Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson Street
When: TUESDAY (3/6) from 6:30pm to 8pm

Ever had some big important thing go on in your neighborhood or near your house and you had no idea it was going to happen? Get in the know! Set aside the first Tuesday evening of every month to attend the Passyunk Square Civic Association GeneralMembership meeting. Anyone who lives between 6th and Broad, Washington to Tasker is a member and entitled to attend and participate in the meeting. We’ll announce the upcoming cases to be heard by our Zoning Committee on March 13. You will get updates from our Trash/Recycling Committee about clean-up efforts, our Beautification Committee about tree care and planting events, our Events Committee on upcoming happy hours and fun(d) raisers and more. It’s like reading this blog… except with people… and snacks.

Our guest speakers for this Tuesday include MaryBeth Hertz from the South Philly Food Co-op who will update us on the Co-op’s progress after nine months of accepting member-owners (so come with your check book if you’re ready to join the Co-op), a representative from the Office of Emergency Management and others.

Minutes08 Feb 2012 03:02 pm

In case you couldn’t make it to our meeting last night, here’s what you missed:

Minutes from 2-7-12 PSCA General Meeting @ SPOAC

Attendance: Approximately 20 people plus Board. Board members: Knapp, Zenzola, Morris, Emma, D’Ippolito, Wilder, Anton, DeCapua. Absent (excused): Pohlig.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Thanks to Belle Cakery for donating meeting refreshments. They are a new pastry shop located across from SPOAC!
  • Board members introduced.
  • Our new elected City Councilman Mark Squilla stopped by to say hello and encourage constituents to come see him in City Hall Room 332.
  • Board of Trustees had their first meeting on Jan. 17, 2012.

Committee Updates

  • Trash and Recycling–New leader is Carmella Fioretti. Clean Up Philly Day is April 14.
  • Town Watch–Next one is Feb. 11 at 11am at Police Station at 11th and Wharton. Kim Davis is new leader. Town Watch could also note abandoned houses, stormwater drains clogged, and take down predatory “we buy houses” illegal signs.
  • Zoning—John DiGuilio gave an overview of upcoming zoning cases, which the committee hears the 2nd Tuesday of every month (meeting open to the public), including these at the February meeting:
    1. 1214 S. Juniper—conversion to three family
    2. 625 Earp—two family with addition
    3. 1231-33 E. Passyunk—conversion of auto body shop into eating establishment
    4. Presentation only—conversion of O Sandwiches into Pop-a-Nugget
    5. Upcoming March case—Mr. Joe’s Café needs takeout food permit to legalize existing condition.
  • Events—Pam mentioned the great success of the MLK Day of Service at Jackson School, with PSCA volunteers assisting the Fire Dept on projects at the school. Upcoming events include:
    1. Arden Theatre fundraiser (group discounted tickets)
    2. Plant sale this year will be sometime during the first two weeks of May.
    3. May be involved in Design Philly, ULI, and Night Market events.
  • Planning—Karin Morris discussed working with Councilman Squilla’s office to get the ordinance passed in Council to move forward with the signage project. Also mentioned our pending bike rack requests with the Streets Department, and our participation in the Bicycle Coalition’s Safe Streets plan for South Philly. Also announced that PCPC has received a grant to do a study on Washington Avenue Streetscape and Design Standards over the next two years. PSCA will be able to give input.
  • Beautification—Andrew Emma announced next tree planting/pruning will be April 21. Passyunk Pruners had their first pruning event this past Saturday. Passyunk Garden will host South Philly Food Co-op’s second anniversary event on April 28. Andrew and Sarah are working on getting the Capitolo shed and wall painted by Mural Arts or other artist.
  • Education—PSCA needs a new leader for this committee. Anyone interested in education can serve. Board is working on hosting an Education Forum for our April general meeting, with principals of Jackson and Kirkbride Schools, as well as speaker from School Reform Commission, to speak.
  • Parks—Chris DeCapua discussed events at Columbus Square, including Wednesday night yoga, tot recreation program, interviewing skills workshop, video game programming, and flea markets to be held in April and October. More about events can be found at www.columbussquarepark.org.  Capitolo’s advisory council meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. Also Fairmount Park Conservancy is meeting with civics to discuss spaces for pop-up parks for intergenerational use (seniors to kids). Also, Gold Star Park will have a park clean-up on Feb. 25 at 10am—more info at www.goldstarpark.org.
  • Fundraising—Ilene Wilder announced that the annual appeal has raised approximately $3,000 so far. Donations still welcome! Ilene is also looking for ideas and volunteers for future fundraising efforts. Ilene also mentioned a possible upcoming neighborhood history project, with long-time residents providing us with old photos of the neighborhood for an exhibit or walking tour of the neighborhood.


  • A survey on problem parking spots will be sent out within the next month, to assist the police in enforcing safe parking.
  • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is interested in forming neighborhood Senior Snow Corps, to deploy volunteers on snowy days to shovel home-bound seniors’ sidewalks.
  • EnergyWorks is still looking for applicants for low-cost energy audits from PSCA.


  • Charissa Bujak and Khiet Luong of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) gave a presentation on their Green City: Clean Water Ambassadors Program. PEC is looking for a few ambassadors per neighborhood, to act as liaisons between the Water Department and local residents on local green infrastructure projects. Time commitment is 30 hours/year. For more information, contact Charissa at cbujak@pecpa.org or 215-545-4570 x106.
  • PWD Green Streets Rain Check stormwater incentives pilot program—delayed to future general meeting.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 pm. Submitted by Karin Morris on 2-8-12.

Neighborhood Stories and Philadelphia08 Feb 2012 02:17 pm

What do Geno’s Steaks, “Rocky” films and the Philadelphia Phillies have in common? Besides combining them for one awesome Saturday night, they were winners in last year’s South Philly Review Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Voting ends at 10 a.m. on March 1.

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