November 4, 2014 General Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Chris DiCapua.
Meeting began at 6:39 pm, adjourned at 7:18 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Zenzola, Anton, Silva, Wyatt, D’Ippolito
Absent: Emma, DiGiulio, Antonellis
Welcome and Introductions:
Pam welcomed guests. She sent around a sign-in sheet to add names to our database. She encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another. Pam explained that a representative from Mural Arts was invited to speak tonight, but was unable to make it at the last minute. Pam encouraged residents to take down flyers/signs around the neighborhood when the events have passed.
Parks and Immigrant Outreach
Chris announced that Columbus Square, Gold Star and Capitolo Parks will be holding their Love Your Park fall clean up day on Saturday, November 15. Guests should check park Facebook pages or websites for more information. He also announced that the next session of ESL classes will begin after the new year in January. The next South Philly Language Exchange will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho’s Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St). Chris invited all those interested, regardless of their level of Spanish, to attend this community-building event.
Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing for the season. The final workday was scheduled to be held last weekend, but was postponed due to the weather until this Saturday from 11-1. Sarah explained that the garden will be put to bed for the season. All are welcome to participate. Please send Sarah an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on list serve.
A tree planting is set for November 15, at 8:45 am, starting at Capitolo Playground. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah anticipates a good core volunteer group, including students from Furness High School, but she could always use more help. Volunteers will be trained on how to plant trees. Those interested should email her for more details. Sarah announced that she is looking for people with tree tender experience especially. An after party will be held at Garage.
Mural Arts is beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. They are looking to interview neighborhood residents in January to gather more information for the mural. Those interested in talking to Mural Arts people are encouraged to email Sarah.
Sarah explained to meeting guests that we partner with the PWD to take care of neighborhood stormwater planters, and we are looking for volunteers to help monitor them. We have volunteers for all five locations, but we need back up monitors. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in volunteering.
Tom announced that our second community day at Jackson School took place recently and was a great success. Volunteers painted fences, mulched, and built a greenhouse among other things. Tom informed guests that Friends of Jackson got their 501c3 from the IRS. They will be having a rooftop fundraiser scheduled for spring. Last Wednesday night at 6:30 at Columbus Recreation Center the Education Committee hosted Professor Cucchiara from Temple University who discussed enhancing community schools with a focus on equity. Last Thursday night Tom co-hosted a Teach For America alumni event at Cantina for all TFA alums in the 19147 zip code. Pam was invited to come and connect the group to the PSCA.
Caroline New, Home Tour event chair, announced that this year’s home tour was a successful event with 10 homes featured, 173 wristbands sold and 10 advertisers in the program book. Caroline thanked homeowners, advertisers and volunteers. She announced that over $4500 was raised. Three Home Tour sponsors were present at meeting and Pam recognized and thanked them.
Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning case as follows: Only 1 November case – 1246 Federal owner came back for more discussion. Jared announced that last month the committee heard a preview presentation from the owners of a lot across from Pat’s. The owner wants ground floor retail space with 21 residential units above it. No provision for parking was discussed. The building would be 4 stories high. The owner will be coming back to discuss further.
Ilene passed out annual appeal letter. She asked guests to consider donating money to be able to keep up the great work that the civic association does.
Pam announced that out annual Holiday Party will take place on December 2. It will be held at Garage starting at 6:30 pm. She invited all guests to attend.
Pam announced the Christmas Tree Sale will be held this year at Urban Jungle on December 6. She asked those who wish to volunteer to be PSCA Christmas carolers this year to see her.