Uncategorized22 Jan 2014 12:00 am

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.

Click here to read or download the PSCA Bylaws.

To read about what we have accomplished in the past year, thanks to your support, please click here.

Regular Meetings: First Tuesday of the month (except July & August) at 6:30 PM and are held at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center at 1430 E. Passyunk Ave.

Zoning Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM and are held at St. Maron Maronite’s Church located at 1013 Ellsworth St.

Passyunk Square Civic Association PO Box 18052 Philadelphia, PA 19147 contact@passyunk.org

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Click here for a directory of businesses operating within the boundaries of the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Want to add your business to the list? Email planning@passyunk.org


Santonarah Anton, President Sarah grew up in the Philadelphia area and has lived in Passyunk Square since 2003. She became actively involved in the civic association in 2012 and has since helped manage the Beautification Committee, working on projects including managing the Tree Tenders group, serving as liaison for neighborhood projects such as the PWD’s Soak It Up Adoption program and Mural Arts installations in our neighborhood and organizing the team that cares for Passyunk Gardens, Passyunk Square’s demonstration vegetable garden at 9th and Wharton. Sarah also served as Passyunk Square’s Treasurer for 3 years. She loves the diversity and vibrancy of our neighborhood and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the seemingly endless and ever changing wonderful things about our parks, schools, blocks and shopping districts. She loves traveling, cooking, and performing arts. She has an extensive background in non-profit management and administration and looks forward to applying the skills she has developed through this work to help the civic thrive.

Andrew Stober, Vice President After attending a PSCA meeting in 2010, Andrew and his wife moved to Passyunk Square in 2012. They love the neighborhood for its mix of lifelong residents and newcomers from around the region, nation and world. Andrew has served on the PSCA board since 2016 and organized the 2016 Home Tour. Andrew spends his days in West Philadelphia as the vice president for planning and economic development at the University City District.

Jeff Brown, Secretary Jeff has lived in the neighborhood since 1986 and has been an active participant in Passyunk Square activities since 2013.  He developed an appreciation and respect for our neighborhood as a result of working for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. He was first assigned to South Philadelphia in 1970 and eventually became the Redevelopment Authority’s Project Manager for South Philadelphia. He liked the neighborhood so much that he decided to move here.  He was a local union president in the City workers blue collar union, District Council 33, for twenty-nine years and has experience and skill in union organizing, conducting meetings and fighting for social justice. He is a veteran of the Army, having served as an Infantry officer in Korea.  In addition to serving Passyunk Square Civic he is on the Capitolo Playground Community Garden Governance Council. He is interested in the history of Philadelphia and our neighborhood and recently completed a history of Capitolo Garden.

Bill Gross, Treasurer Bill grew up in the Philadelphia area, and spent several years living in Washington DC before moving back to Philly a few years ago. During the day, he works as a project manager for the American Red Cross, where his favorite projects are those that focus on improving communities by offering services, building awareness, and encouraging involvement. Outside of work, he’s interested in how cities and neighborhoods grow and develop, and the strategies that can be applied to help increase happiness among residents. When Bill moved to Passyunk Square, it was the completion of a full circle for his family. His grandfather grew up at 7th and Dickinson, where he lived from the 1920s through the 1940s. Bill joined the civic association to help ensure that our neighborhood holds on to the spirit that makes this part of our city so special, and to leverage the positive change and growth the area is experiencing.

Christine Knapp has lived in Passyunk Square since 2006 and immediately became involved in the civic association. Over ten years, Christine served as chair of the Trash and Recycling Committee,Vice-President, and President of the PSCA board. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy the neighborhood’s diverse and delicious food scene, and find it charming that it is hard to walk anywhere in the neighborhood without running into friends. After taking a year off after having a daughter, Sabine, Christine is happy to rejoin the PSCA board. During the day, she serves as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia.

Alysea McDonald moved to Passyunk Square in 2014. She enjoys life without a car, commuting by SEPTA and walking to the Italian Market and local stores. Alysea and her fiancé also enjoy hosting friends and family in their home, showing off the neighborhood’s diverse cultures, especially its food. She started volunteering with the PSCA in 2016 and is excited to be on the board in 2018. Alysea brings nearly 10 years of fundraising and communication experience to the PSCA board and is looking forward to promoting neighborhood events and initiatives.

Monica Montiel Monica purchased her home in Passyunk Square in 2016 after spending several years in Queen Village. As one of PSCA’s newest board members, her goal is to maintain cleaner streets and get more people working together to improve the trash situation for all residents. In the past, Monica has volunteered with the PSCA with a take-out business trash can Initiative, an effort she plans to continue within the coming year. Additional initiatives include coordinating neighborhood clean-ups, efforts with the street cleaning contractor and educating neighbors about recycling, street cleaning dates. Monica has a background in public relations and communications and is working toward a master’s degree in urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Moselle Elizabeth (Liz) moved to Passyunk Square with her husband in 2013. She loves living in a community where people talk to their neighbors, walk places, utilize neighborhood parks and support a rich community of independently owned businesses. Liz has been impressed by PSCA since she first arrived in the neighborhood and got involved with greening and beautification efforts and saw how well-attended community meetings are. In addition to joining the Board of PSCA, she is a member of the Columbus Square Advisory Committee leading efforts to form a
Playground Committee there. She brings a wide range of professional experience in community development, fundraising, capital improvements and public programming. Liz is excited to support the neighborhood’s continued evolution, while making sure it continues to meet the needs of young families, senior citizens and new immigrants.

Patrick Pasquariello

Theresa Rose moved to the neighborhood in 2007 on South Clarion Street. She loved the neighbors so much that she later moved with her husband and son just around the corner to Federal Street. Her commitment to the city of Philadelphia runs deep having worked for the City’s Office for the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy as well as Fringe Arts. In 2012, she became a Neighborhood Clean Water Ambassador and in 2014 developed a “family day” at the Passyunk Garden. Theresa was co-chair of the 2018 PSCA Art Auction and has been donating artwork for the last 5 years. She is a practicing visual artist and an instructor at Moore College of Art and Design.  www.theresarose.org

Henry Sullivan Henry moved to Passyunk Square in 2013. He and his wife completely renovated a home on Passyunk Avenue. They were drawn to the neighborhood because of its walkability, culture and great restaurants.

Suzanne Tavani Suzanne is a third generation, life-long resident of the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Both maternal and paternal sides of her family have resided here since the late 1800s. She has been involved with the PSCA for the past five years. Her activities include the annual Home Tour and the Zoning Committee. She currently serves as chair of the Zoning Committee. Suzanne is also an active member of St. Maron’s Maronite Catholic Church which has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for 125 years. She believes it’s important to nurture a new generation of families and friends who share her desire to maintain and build upon the character and upkeep of the neighborhood. The PSCA will benefit from Suzanne’s senior-level communications consulting experience for profit and non-profit organizations. She has also been published on the topic of crisis and issues management in Designing Brand Management (2012).  Suzanne loves to cook and walk around the city.



We encourage neighbors to join a committee or consider leading one. To get involved, email the addresses below or for general questions email contact@passyunk.org.

Chair: Sarah Anton, beautification@passyunk.org
Neighborhood greening and art programs, including Passyunk Gardens and Passyunk Tree Tenders

Block Leadership
Chair: Currently recruiting, email president@passyunk.org for more information
Coordinating the various programs for town watch and being a leader on your block

Clean Streets
Chair: Monica Montiel, cleanstreets@passyunk.org
Working to keep the neighborhood clean and environmentally responsible through organized clean-ups, recycling events, and efforts to reduce the amount of trash and waste in our neighborhood.

Chair: Alysea McDonald, communications@passyunk.org
Public relations, external communication

Chair: Henry Sullivan, education@passyunk.org
Coordinating works with the various schools and educational programs in our neighborhood

Chair: Lynn Mandarano, email events@passyunk.org for more information
Organizing happy hours and other events for neighbors to get to know each other

Chair: Currently recruiting, email outreach@passyunk.org for more information
Partnering with community organizations and groups in our neighborhood

Chair: Currently recruiting, parks@passyunk.org
Coordinating support for our four neighborhood parks: Gold Star, Paelone, Capitolo and Columbus.

Chair: Daryn Edwards and Karen Thompson, email planning@passyunk.org for more information
Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future

Sponsorship and Fundraising
Chair: Lily Cappalletti, sponsorship@passyunk.org
Developing financial support for our many programs and services

Step of the Month
Chair: Kara Markley, stepofthemonth@passyunk.org
Recognizing beautiful stoops in our neighborhood

Chair: Suzanne Tavani, zoning@passyunk.org
Monitoring zoning change requests, holding monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month, 7pm, St. Maron’s Church at 10th and Ellsworth


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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