The Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation. The mission of PSCA is to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, preserve the neighborhood’s unique historic character and to promote a cohesive community of residents, businesses and institutions. Our boundaries are from Broad St to 6th St, Washington Ave to Tasker St.
To read about what we have accomplished in the past year, thanks to your support, please click here.
First Tuesday of the Month (except July & August) at 6:30 PM
Meetings are held at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance)
Passyunk Square Civic Association
PO Box 18052
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pam Zenzola, President
Pam moved to the neighborhood in November 2008, becoming immediately involved with the Passyunk Square community. While living in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Horsham or Philadelphia, Pam always gets connected with the local organizations. Why? Because Pam believes her home is not just her house but her community as well.
Pam is excited to be the President of the Civic Association for 2012-2013. Email Pam at email@example.com with any questions or concerns about things happening in the neighborhood.
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President and Outreach Committee Chair
Angel moved to Passyunk Square with her husband in 2007 after having lived in the Bella Vista area for six years. She grew up in Berks County, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia after graduating from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. She is a business and real estate lawyer, a child advocate, and a lover of plants, music, food, good wine, cake decorating, photography, travel, animals, friends, and family. Angel is looking forward to working with the community to bring positive change and growth to our incredible neighborhood.
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Sarah has lived in Passyunk Square since 2003. She enjoys advocating for arts and culture, cooking, and general adventuring in the neighborhood. She looks forward to encouraging the creation of interesting sites and places, working to make the neighborhood clean and safe, planting trees, and meeting lots of her neighbors.
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Karin Morris has lived in Passyunk Square since 2002, and works as the Manager of the Office of Smart Growth at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Originally from Cleveland, Karin has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and fulfilling all her earthly needs south of Washington Avenue. Karin heads the planning committee.
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Christine has lived in Passyunk Square since June of 2006 after buying and renovating a house on the 700 block of Earp St. She chose to move to the neighborhood because of its great culture and diversity, walkability, and abundance of restaurants. During the day, Christine is the Manager of Public and Client Relations for a U.S. Department of Energy project on energy efficient buildings at the Navy Yard. Naturally, many of her interests in the neighborhood have to do with making it cleaner and greener.
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Andrew moved to the South Philly area where generations of his family were raised in August of 2005, after finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography & Urban Studies from Temple University. He discovered his love of community beautification a few years later, and from then has become increasingly interested in making Passyunk Square serve as a model of sustainability for Philadelphia and beyond. He enjoys way too many things to list here, such as sports, music, delicious food, and anti-consumerism, but lately they’ve all been surpassed by his greening ambitions. All you need to know is that he wants your ideas, whether it’s creating more community gardens, planting more trees, recycling more items, or meeting more good people, and he wants them to become realities.
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Chris moved to Passyunk Square in 2007 after living for a number of years in the suburbs. He was attracted to the neighborhood because of its vibrancy and the sense of community it offers, its proximity to Center City and his work, as well as its many terrific restaurants, bars and cafes. He has been slowly updating his home, which is located on Columbus Square. He is currently the Vice President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council, and serves as that park’s liaison on the PSCA Board. By day he is a professor of Spanish at Community College of Philadelphia, where he also chairs the College’s Department of Foreign Languages.
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Ilene moved to Philadelphia from Chicago in 2003 and found her home in Passyunk Square in 2004. She was attracted to her house for many reasons, not the least of which was that it had a tree in front of it and a beautiful park across the street. Since living on South 13th Street, she has seen the neighborhood evolve into a wonderful mix of people comprised of long time residents and newcomers who share a strong sense of community. A devout “urban hiker”, Ilene loves the proximity of the neighborhood to Center City and is delighted at all the new restaurants and shops on Passyunk Avenue. Following her passion to help make the community a progressive, vibrant area, Ilene is currently the President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council, and now the fundraising chair on the PSCA Board. She works at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Business Services.
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee Chair
Carmela moved back to Philly in 2011 and after a year long search for a home she and her husband chose the Passyunk Square neighborhood. She was attracted to the strong sense of community, walkability, shopping and proximity to Center City. She was born and raised in Italy and feels very much at home in the neighborhood. It is very comforting to hear and speak her native language on a continuous basis. She became involved with the Passyunk Square Civic Association as soon as she arrived and eagerly took on the challenging role of trash and recycling lead. She enjoys arts and culture, cooking and doing her part in making our community cleaner and greener. She looks forward to working with members of the community to bring a positive change and welcomes your ideas.
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair
Cassie moved to Philadelphia from California in 2001 and has been in Passyunk Square since 2010. She works in Corporate Finance at Verizon Communications. Cassie is responsible for the PSCA website, Facebook, Twitter, Text Blasts, and all other PR and social media for the neighborhood.
Tina Geary, Zoning
Tina has lived in the neighborhood for almost 10 years and has served on the zoning committee since settling in Passyunk Square in 2003. She is a practicing architect specializing in residential and design-driven commercial spaces. She values the history of the neighborhood and the energy of the community. She focuses her efforts on smart development for the neighborhood which promotes diversity and growth. Tina realizes that the built environment can have a tremendous impact on the sustainability of a neighborhood and is working to keep Passyunk Square a walkable, vibrant, and safe community for generations to follow.
Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach/Neighborhood Ambassador Program
Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
chair: Kim Davis
Trash and Recycling
Keeping the neighborhood clean and green
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fundraising and Sponsors
For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Supporting schools in the neighborhood
Passyunk has also been known as Passayunk, Passyonck, Passuming, Passajungh, Perslajongh, Passajon, and Paisajungh. All related to the Native “pachsegink”, meaning “in the valley” or “place between the hills.”
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A non-profit 501(c)(3) group
P.O. Box 18052 Philadelphia, PA 19147
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