Communication


Communication and Newsletter and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 06:05 pm

General Meeting Location Change

Brr! Feel that chill in the air… November has arrived! And of course November means Election Day! After you cast your ballot, come to our November 4 general meeting at a special Election Day location: Cafe Crema (formerly Zoey’s frozen yogurt), at 1205 S. 9th Street, across from Capitolo Playground. Join us for coffee, cannolis, and news from around the Square, along with a guest speaker from the Mural Arts Program!

And save the date for a few important events in December: first, our December 2 general meeting and holiday party at Garage – you won’t want to miss it! And December 6 from noon to 4 pm is our annual fundraiser at Urban Jungle, featuring Santa, singers, and beautiful trees and greenery for your holiday home. (P.S. – volunteer singers needed! Email contact@passyunk.org for more information.) Watch for details about these events in the coming weeks!

Beautification and Capitolo and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Minutes and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning05 Sep 2014 04:15 pm

September 2, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua. Meeting began at 6:46 pm, adjourned at 7:38 pm. Present: Anton, Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Silva, Antonellis, Wyatt, D’Ippolito, Zenzola, Emma. Absent: DiGiulio

 

Welcome and Introductions:

A list of PSCA accomplishments from August 2013 through August 2014 was distributed to the membership as well as a postcard invitation to the upcoming Columbus Square Fundraiser. Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked Francoluigi’s for their pizza donation.

Pam called for volunteers for a number of upcoming events.

 

By-Laws Vote: 

Prior to today’s General Meeting, the revised by-laws were distributed, and two neighbors submitted some comments/questions for clarification.

Below is the transcript of the comments and responses:

1. What does the word “representative” mean in Article 3, Section 2(a)? If a husband and wife own a property, does that mean that only one of them votes as “representative” of that property? Or do both vote? I think the latter is your intention. For clarity, I recommend deleting the word “representative” from this section. Alternatively, you could write two different sentences, one for “residents” and another for non-resident property owners. If a corporation or partnership owns a property, presumably you intend that only one representative of the corporation or partnership votes.

2. What does the word “representative” mean in Article 3, Section 2(b)? The implication seems to be that a business gets only one vote even if it is owned by several people. If that’s the case, then the word “representative” means something different in Section 2(a) than it does in Section 2(b). The wording of the two sections should be reconciled and clarified.

1 & 2. The intent here, as you correctly surmised, is that every adult resident is entitled to one vote, while a business would need to assign one individual to vote on behalf of the business entity. While I agree this could be clearer, I think the distinction between Article III, Section 2 a & b is with the word “each” as applied to residents, as opposed to “one” being the descriptor for business.

3. Does Article IV, Section 8 mean that political party Committee persons cannot serve as Directors or Officers? Is a Committee person an elected municipal official? I think the answer should be no, but I’d appreciate a clarification.

3. We discussed this point in some depth and a Committeeperson can serve on the Board. We considered a Committeeperson to be a party office holder, not a municipal office holder, so Committee service would be acceptable. Of course, should a Committeeperson be elected to the Board, they would be subject to the same stringent limits on political activity as all other board members, and could not use the platform of the Association to the benefit of the party or any candidate.

Following are comments related to the PSCA Bylaws:

Article II Section 2 (o)
Is this limited to public schools? I would have a problem contributing to an organization that supports a school associated with a religion.

Yes this is limited to local public not schools with a religious charter or mission.

Article IV Section 5
Is there any value to changing the wording as follows: …shall not authorize or approve debts in total beyond the current balance….

We have it covered even without the clarification when the Bylaws are combined with our financial procedures. As we take on debts, they become part of the rolling budget and we update the current balance of the treasury accordingly. Board members aren’t authorized to spend beyond their budget line without board approval, so I’m not sure there would be the opportunity for this to be a problem.

Article V Section 5
If there is a tie for the last available position how will it be resolved?

On the specific issue of a tie, that would seem to be something that doesn’t need to be spelled out in the bylaws so as not to tie future election committee’s hands. So determining what to do in case of a tie can be a decision made by the election committee. As long as that procedure is spelled out at the very beginning of the process for all voters and prospective candidates, then whatever is chosen should be fine.

Article XI
There may be informational value for Association Members and contributors in knowing which standing committees exist.

As our standing committees change from time to time based upon serving the needs and request from the community listing them in the by-laws would not be prudent. However, to keep the members informed the committees are listed on both the website and in the newsletter.

A motion was made to accept the amended by-laws. A suggestion from a resident was made to add partitions to the voting tables for more privacy in future elections. A vote was taken and the motion to approve by-laws was carried.

 

Board Updates:

Zoning

Jared announced 2 possible but unconfirmed zoning cases for this month: 1246 Federal & 1400 S. Darien. The PSCA website and Facebook page will be updated when more information becomes available.

Home Tour

Caroline New, event chair, reminded residents of the upcoming Home Tour, scheduled for October 11 from noon to 4:00 pm. Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, is now confirmed as the after-party location. Caroline announced that she is accepting payment at tonight’s meeting – by cash and checks or credit cards. Advance tickets are $20, and can also be purchased through PayPal. The Home Tour Committee is seeking additional homes and program advertisers, as well as volunteers for the day of the event. Those interested should contact Caroline at hometour@passyunk.org. For more information visit passyunksquare.org/hometour or email hometour@passyunk.org!

Education

Tom Wyatt announced school starts next Monday, September 8. Andrew Jackson School (1213 S. 12th St.) needs about 100 volunteers for its Community Day on Saturday, September 13. At 11:00 am, volunteers will begin various painting and beautification projects around the school – those interested in volunteering should contact education@passyunk.org (no tools or experience needed). After the volunteer work is completed, at 3:00 pm the ribbon for Jackson’s brand new playground will be cut. Refreshments and a DJ will be on hand for the celebration, and all are welcome.

Fundraising

Ilene Wilder announced that the current number of PSCA sponsors is 15 to date. Residents were encouraged to visit the PSCA website for the list of sponsors. The newest sponsors are Noord, Garage and Francoluigi’s. When visiting our sponsors’ establishments, thank them for contributing to the betterment of the community by supporting the PSCA. Ilene invited people to volunteer to get involved in her committee. Those interested in donating money to the PSCA can do so via PayPal on the PSCA website.

Beautification

On Saturday, September 6, Passyunk Garden will be part of the neighborhood Garden Tour from 1:00-4:00pm. There will be 22 gardens featured. Passyunk Garden is open every Thursday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm—6:00 pm. All are welcome.

A new mural is scheduled for the Capitolo Playground Building on the Wharton Street and playground facing sides. Over the winter work will be started on a mural at 10th and Washington Streets, facing the Sunoco Station. The Beautification Committee welcomes ideas for new projects. For more information email beautification@passyunk.org.

The next meet up with the PSCA pruning club will take place on Sunday, September 21 at 10:00 am, at Passyunk Gardens. Participants will work with certified arborist Joe Schiavo on one of the blocks in the neighborhood. Last month the club pruned the 900 block of Tasker. Residents were reminded to save the date for the final session on October 5.

The next neighborhood tree planting will take place on November 15th. Email beautification@passyunk.org for more information. An advanced Tree Tenders class will take place on September 17. The class is full but it is still possible to participate in a webinar. The basic Tree Tender Class must be completed first. Those interested in helping out should email beautification@passyunk.org for more information.

PSCA is partnering with the Philadelphia Water Department in their Soak It Up! Adoption Program this year to ensure that storm water management installations through out the 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. Volunteers are needed to help monitor these sites. Those interested in helping out should email beautification@passyunk.org for more information.

Parks and Translation Projects

Chris reported that the third session of ESL classes will began at Columbus Square the week of September 8. Level 1 (for beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning September 9. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, beginning September 11. The cost for five weeks, including materials, is $20.

Chris informed guests of the South Philly Language Exchange Program. Residents should check the PSCA Facebook page for information about September’s Language Exchange.

Chris invited residents to View from the Top: Columbus Square Park Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, September 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the roof of Wharton Lofts (12th and Wharton Streets) to help kick off Columbus Square Park’s fundraising campaign and learn of the proposed renovations to the park. Participants will enjoy drinks and bites donated by local restaurants and find out how to get engaged. Suggested donation is $25. There are three ways to purchase tickets:
1.) by check made payable to “Passyunk Square Civic Association” with “Columbus Square Fundraiser” written in the notes line; checks should be left with Jessica Porco, Recreation Leader at Columbus Square; 2.) via PayPal on the Columbus Square Facebook page, or 3.) at the door.

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly. Chinese translation of newsletter will begin in the fall, pending award of recently submitted Activities Grant.

Outreach

The NAP is planning a meeting on Monday September 15, to be held at Angel’s home (1326 S. 9th St). Volunteers are being sought to help with various projects. Angel announced that the PSCA is looking for a new leader for the Welcome Wagon program. Those interested should contact Angel directly.

$200 in cash and a $100 Acme Gift card were awarded each to three Block Party Award recipients: the 700 block of Ellsworth, the 700 Block of Sears, and the 600 block of Annin. These community building block parties are scheduled in the coming weeks.

 

Speakers:

Officer Ace Delgado, Community Relations Officer, was scheduled to speak but unable to stay at the meeting. Pam spoke for him. He reports that bicycle and auto thefts are up in the neighborhood. Officer Delgado suggests that nothing be left in cars to reduce risk of break-ins. He reports that violent crimes are down in the neighborhood significantly. He also strongly recommends that residents turn on porch lights in front and rear of their homes. Statistics prove this deters crime. He invited interested residents to support the Police Department by attending the Division Police Banquet on September 18th from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at Galdos Banquet Hall (1933 W Moyamensing Ave).

 

Announcements:

On Saturday, September 6, a 10K run starting at the neighborhood Rita’s Water Ice and ending at the Fountain will take place. 3500 runners are expected. The event will take place from 7:00 am-11:00 am. Residents were advised to read signs to learn of anticipated parking restrictions. An after party is scheduled at the fountain at the end of the event.

Pam announced that next month we will host a speaker from the City Planning Commission to discuss the process for planning for the future of the municipal complex at 12th and Reed.

Communication15 Aug 2014 09:33 am

On the agenda for the September 2 General Membership Meeting will be discussion and voting on a number of amendments to the Passyunk Square Civic Association bylaws, which have been in place since 2012. Most of these changes reflect clarifications on the election, make-up and service of the association’s Board of Directors and came about from our experience with this past spring’s board elections.

Please take the time to review the new bylaws, which are available HERE (pdf). An overview of the changes is HERE (pdf).

The bylaws are a living document and we are always looking for ways to improve them so that the civic association can remain true to its values of transparency and trust, and best serve the community of Passyunk Square. As per the current bylaws we are making proposed changes available to the membership at least 15 days prior to the vote.

The vote on September 2 will be a voice vote of everyone assembled for the meeting. As always, we encourage you to attend so that you can participate in this exercise of civic association governance and learn more about what the civic association is working on and other neighborhood news. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, or if you would like a more detailed analysis of all of the changes to the bylaws, please email contact@passyunk.org.

Communication04 Mar 2014 10:59 pm

The election for the Passyunk Square Board of Directors will be held at the Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership meeting on May 6, 2014 at 6:30pm. At the April 1, 2014 General Membership Meeting, the Election Committee will present a slate of nominees who will be on the ballot for the May election. YOU can be on that ballot.

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be on the ballot:

  • The candidate must be an adult (at least 18 years of age) who:
    • Lives or owns property within the neighborhood, or
    • Is a business owner having a principal place of business within the neighborhood
  • The candidate can not have served 10 consecutive years on the Board of Directors immediately prior to this election unless the Board has granted by a ¾ majority vote to extend the term of the candidate

Candidates must present verification of residency, property ownership or business ownership.

Please click on this link for a list of acceptable forms of verification, for information on where to present or send a copy of the verification and for the online candidate information form that must be filled out by 11:59pm on March 28.

Communication03 Feb 2014 08:13 pm

In an effort to be inclusive of our Spanish speaking neighbors, the PSCA will now be translating our monthly newsletter into Spanish. Look for the translated newsletter monthly on our website!

Also, the PSCA is sponsoring basic ESL classes for non-English speakers. The classes will be held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton) on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The five week session will begin on February 11 and end on March 11. The $20 fee includes five weeks of classes and materials. Free supervised children’s programming will be offered for parent’s wishing to take classes who don’t have childcare options. A prize will be given to participants who attend at least four of the five classes. To ensure a seat, those interested should register in person at the Recreation Center before the first night of class. It will also be possible to register on the first night of class, space permitting. For more information in English or Spanish, those interested can call Chris DiCapua at (267) 467-4307.
 
-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Gold Star Park and Planning and Town Watch and Trash & Recycling and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning01 Jul 2012 09:20 am

We’re giving you a summer vacation from General Meetings for July and August, so we’ll see you in September with updates from our committees who have been busy working straight through these hot months to make Passyunk Square even better!  Speaking of committees, our 2012 Board of Directors and Committees have been announced:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President Outreach
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair

COMMITTEES
Beautification Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Communications Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Zoning Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
Safety / Passyunk Square Town Watch
chair: Kim Davis
Trash & Recycling
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Planning Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fund Raising/Sapling Program For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Education Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Open

Communication04 Jun 2012 08:45 am

In an effort to further open the lines of communication with everyone in the neighborhood, the Passyunk Square Civic Association has set up a way for people to receive important updates about news, events and meetings right on their cell phone. You can use any regular cell phone or smart phone to receive this service and it only costs whatever you pay for simple text messages.

Subscribe by texting PSCA to (215) 987-5555 or email your name and cell phone number to info@passyunk.org with “Text message alerts” in the subject line.

We’ll be using this to send out reminders about IMPORTANT upcoming events like our General Membership meetings and to send out the list of properties being heard at our monthly Zoning Committee meetings (which take place on the 2nd Tuesday of EVERY month). Messages will be short with just the details of where, when and what. And don’t worry: we only plan on sending two or three per month at most. That’s a promise.

We hope to use this service so that people who don’t use email or check our website will be better connected to Passyunk Square Civic Association events. And we get the irony of announcing this on our website! We’ll also be pushing this at events throughout the summer, on printed materials and at all of our meetings. So please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and get connected to us!

Communication and Event18 Feb 2012 10:11 pm

What: Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership Meeting
Where: South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, northwest corner of East Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson Street
When: TUESDAY (3/6) from 6:30pm to 8pm
Agenda:

Ever had some big important thing go on in your neighborhood or near your house and you had no idea it was going to happen? Get in the know! Set aside the first Tuesday evening of every month to attend the Passyunk Square Civic Association GeneralMembership meeting. Anyone who lives between 6th and Broad, Washington to Tasker is a member and entitled to attend and participate in the meeting. We’ll announce the upcoming cases to be heard by our Zoning Committee on March 13. You will get updates from our Trash/Recycling Committee about clean-up efforts, our Beautification Committee about tree care and planting events, our Events Committee on upcoming happy hours and fun(d) raisers and more. It’s like reading this blog… except with people… and snacks.

Our guest speakers for this Tuesday include MaryBeth Hertz from the South Philly Food Co-op who will update us on the Co-op’s progress after nine months of accepting member-owners (so come with your check book if you’re ready to join the Co-op), a representative from the Office of Emergency Management and others.

Communication and Neighborhood Stories and Volunteers10 Aug 2011 05:32 pm

Who are the Difference Makers in your community? Who are the people who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist others? This is your chance to tell their story. Your nominee can be a teacher, volunteer, coach, doctors or any other professional. 


All the entries will be reviewed by the South Philly Review’s selection committee with the best ones being profiled in their very special Oct. 13 Fall Guide. Those who were selected in 2010 are not eligible. 


In 250 words or fewer, tell the story of your worthy candidate who resides or works in South Philadelphia and send it via e-mail, fax or regular mail. Photos are not required. The entry deadline is noon Sept. 13.


South Philly Review 


12th and Porter streets, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone: 215-336-2500 ext. 121 

Fax: 215-336-1112 

E-mail: editor@southphillyreview.com

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