Beautification and Cleanup and Philadelphia and Volunteers03 Mar 2016 03:19 pm

The City of Philadelphia’s 9th Annual Philly Spring Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. The City will help neighbors clean up their blocks by providing a limited number of supplies, such as trash bags and gloves. It will also help by collecting trash and recyclables from your block and in assisting you in planning your clean up.

If you are interested in joining with your neighbors to clean up your block, you must register by either going on line at or downloading an application and mailing it to:
Calrton Williams, Deputy Commissioner, City of Philadelphia – Streets Department, 730 Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2016.

If you need help in obtaining an application or supplies, we at Passyunk Square Civic Association can help you. We can also inform the neighborhood through our social media network and perhaps recruit additional volunteers to assist you in cleaning your block. Just contact us at

Whether you need our help or not, please let us know if your block intends to participate in this year’s Philly Spring Cleanup. As a result of this Cleanup we should have a much cleaner neighborhood and city.

For more information, go to

Beautification and Cleanup and Event and Philadelphia and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers05 Feb 2016 10:37 am

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Volunteer

Interested in learning more about the neighborhood’s green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and how you can help keep the installations eye-catching and effective at maintaining clean water? Join the team of volunteer GSI Monitors to assist in the Philadelphia Water Department’s Soak It Up! Adoption program. GSI Monitors play a vital role in the continuation of PSCA’s partnership with the PW by being trained on how the sites function and how to identify issues and report problems – tasks which can be completed onsite while you walk your dog or take the stroller around the neighborhood!

Learn more about joining the team of GSI Monitors at a meet-and-greet at B2 located at 1500 E. Passyunk Ave. on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 pm or by emailing You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Passyunk Gardens Volunteer

Would you like to put your green thumb to work in the Passyunk Gardens this summer? Join the PSCA Beautification Committee for their Meet & Greet on Saturday, February 6, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cafe Crema located at 1205 S. 9th St. If you would like more information about the Passyunk Gardens, email

Eyes on the Street Volunteer

Thanks to donations made to PSCA by individuals and businesses, at the end of 2012 PSCA entered into a contract for sidewalk sweeping, litter removal and related cleaning services (not including large objects) with ABM Janitorial Services. Although the contract is in effect, we would like to have neighbors make sure that their blocks are being cleaned. We are asking neighbors to volunteer to be PSCA’s eyes on the block where you live. We’re not asking for a major commitment of time or effort nor for you to check the entire neighborhood. We’re merely asking for residents to volunteer a few minutes to ensure that PSCA’s street cleaning contractor is cleaning your block of litter. If there is furniture or large trash items on your street, please contact 311 to have it removed, our contractor can’t remove it. PSCA will let volunteers know in advance when their block is scheduled to be cleaned. Please check and/or send a photo to verify that the job is being done. If you are interested, please send your name, home address, phone and e-mail address to

Cleanup and Newsletter04 Aug 2015 12:45 pm

Sidewalk Sweeping – Revamped!

Our area has always been a popular tourist destination. With the arrival of the special guest in September we can expect even more visitors to the city. That is just one reason the sidewalk sweeping program needed a bit of tweaking. Thanks to your support of PSCA we will have someone 5 days a week, four hours each morning. Mostly this will take place in the east side of our neighborhood and a few streets to the north.

We are working on getting a set schedule. Once we do we will need you to be our eyes reporting on the progress. Look for updates on social media!

In the meantime, look for the young man with the PSCA vest on in our area!

Cleanup and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling09 Jul 2015 12:45 pm

The next Trash & Recycling meeting is scheduled for July 23, 6:30 pm at the pop-up garden on the corner of 9th and Wharton. All are welcome.

Saturday, July 25 at 9am we will meet for the monthly cleanup – stayed tuned on Facebook or Twitter for the location!

And mark your calendar for Saturday, October 10 for our big Fall Cleanup!

Cleanup and Event and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 12:17 pm

PSCA Spring Clean up!_3.262015Get a jump start on spring cleaning with these upcoming events:ShreddingEventFlyer_Final_2015v2

Kick things off with the Trash & Recycling Committee at a Happy Hour this Thursday, April 9, at 6pm at Garage. Then on Saturday, April 11 join your neighbors to clean up your block during the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup from 9am-2pm – come out to Passyunk Gardens (at Passyunk & Wharton) to borrow cleaning supplies for your block! And don’t forget to bring your old paperwork to the Shredding Event at Capitolo Park, also on April 11 from 10am to noon, for safe, secure, and eco-friendly disposal!

For cleanup inspiration, look no further than Jamal, an ABM employee who does street cleaning for our neighborhood twice a week… thank you Jamal!


Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning15 Nov 2014 06:01 pm

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.

Board Updates:

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 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.

Home Tour

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.


Cleanup12 Jul 2013 01:22 pm

Does your block need some extra attention? Join us on the last Saturday of every month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am for our monthly cleanup and you can help decide the cleanup location that needs a little extra love in addition to the street cleaning we contract through ABM (read more about that here). We will provide broom and bags, just bring your gloves.

Meeting place: Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk & Wharton)

Here is the monthly schedule for the remainder of the year:

Cleanup and Trash & Recycling19 Mar 2013 04:44 pm

CleanupCalling all volunteers! Come out and participate in the 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday April 13 from 9-2.

PSCA plans to clean the 9th street corridor from Reed to Ellsworth, and the surrounding areas off of 9th street (Wharton, Reed, and Federal, etc.)  Our objective is to sweep and remove litter on the sidewalks and curbs, cleanup the open lot on Wharton Street as well as clean out gutters in the area.  We will be distributing recycling bins and signing people up for recycle rewards. We will also hand out circular free stickers to help keep flyers off our streets.

To sign up to volunteer with the PSCA, use this direct link to our registered project

Come out and show your support for our wonderful neighborhood.

Cleanup04 Mar 2013 12:53 pm

Calling all litter haters! We are pleased to announce that PSCA will once again join the City of Philadelphia on the 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Here is our chance to help spruce up the city and neighborhood we love! Cleanup days are really fun! Meet people, help our neighborhood clean up trash, and get some warm fuzzy feelings going knowing you that you made a difference.

Of course we will not be able to do this without the help of volunteers. You can also suggest a cleanup location/project by submitting ideas to us by end of day Friday, March 8.

Contact us at to volunteer or you can volunteer via the website at beginning March 5th.

Help us make the 2013 Philly Spring Cleanup a success!

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