September 2014

Newsletter01 Sep 2014 08:46 pm

ESL Classes

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) will begin the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton).  A registration session will be held at the Center on Wednesday, September 3 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Call Columbus Square at (215) 685-1890 for more details.

South Philly Language Exchange Program

Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? Details for September’s Language Exchange will be posted soon on the PSCA Facebook page, so stay tuned! This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

Beautification and Newsletter01 Sep 2014 08:45 pm

Pruning Club

Join us for the next meet up with the PSCA pruning club! On Sunday, September 21 at 10 am, meet at Passyunk Gardens. We’ll work with certified arborist Joe Schiavo on one of the blocks in our neighborhood. Our last two sessions were very successful and we learned a lot of great tips. Check out some photos on Facebook, and save the date for the final session on 10/5!

Passyunk Gardens at Wharton & Passyunk is going strong!  Open hours are Thursdays 10-12 and Sundays 4-6. We’ll also be at the South Philly Food Co-op’s garden tour on Saturday, September 6 get tickets here!

For more information on tree events, work at Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at, or visit our web page.

Soak It Up! Adoption Program
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean. We’re looking for volunteers to help us monitor these sites. If you are interested in helping out, please email for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Newsletter and Zoning01 Sep 2014 08:43 pm

The Zoning committee will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 9, at Annunciation Church Hall (10th and Dickinson). There are two cases this month:

  • 1246 Federal Street – permit for a proposed use of a three family dwelling
  • 1400 S. Darien Street – permit for the second floor addition at rear (29′ 8″ x 10′) for a legalization of a multi-family household living (7 dwelling units) from second through third floor in the same building as existing personal vehicle repair and maintenance (auto repair shop) on first floor.

The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check Facebook or Twitter for any last minute changes. Please email with any zoning-related questions.

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