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PSCA General Meeting Minutes

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Minutes04 Nov 2016 10:09 am

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by President Jared Klein.  Board members in attendance were: Jared Klein, Ilene Wilder, Nick Ventrola, Sarah Anton, Christine Knapp, Henry Sullivan, Andrew Stober, Tom Wyatt and Jeff Brown.  Absent were: Andrew Emma and Ricardo Silva

Introductions.  Jared asked people in the audience to introduce themselves to someone they did not know.  They did so.

Committee Reports: 

Home Tour.  Andrew Stober reported that PSCA had a great Home Tour last Saturday, October 29.  Among the homes visited were those of Ilene, Ricardo, Frank, Dana and his.  Ninety people participated and PSCA netted almost $4,000.  The home owners loved it and participants made contacts.  Andrew mentioned that he still has two raffles available and people have an excellent chance to win.  He will sell raffle tickets at the end of the meeting and also give people Gen 3 bags and Home Tour guides.

Zoning.  Tom indicated that, due to the election, the Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM at St. Maron’s Church.  The cases to be reviewed include: 1226 S. Sheridan Street, 1212 Mildred Street, 1509-11 S. Franklin Street and 610-12 Wharton Street.

Education.  Nick mentioned that he can be contacted regarding education issues at education@passyunk.org.

Beautification.  Sarah reported that they are closing Passyunk Garden for the season and will have a big workday this Saturday, November 5 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  There will be tree planting on November 19 and also canvassing to see who wants trees for the spring.  Requests for spring trees have to be in by November 25.  Sarah will be at the Fountain every Wednesday until Thanksgiving to inform people about the availability of trees.  She also mentioned that they will be rebooting tree tenders on November 9 at the Triangle Tavern.

Communication.  Sarah reported that PSCA communication will be transitioning from Erika Reinhard who recently got married and moved out of the neighborhood.  She called for and received volunteers who are interested in working on PSCAs social media.  They include, Alysea MacDonald, Josh Kruger, Katie Castiglione and Holly Keefe.

Speaker.  Zack Duberstein, Principal of the Vare/Washington School was introduced.  He mentioned that Vare/Washington was just named a Teach for America school to learn from.  It is ranked ninth out of 55 elementary schools in Philadelphia.  The school received a $100,000 learning grant and is in the running for other grants.  Vare/Washington is doing really cool things.  It is working with the United Way.  It has improved its landscaping recently.  It’s always looking for volunteers to do things such as read with kids. There are plans to restructure the school yard and basketball courts.  The school has two roof decks that have never been used since its founding in 1935.  Zack reported that it also is about to undertake a Mandarin emergence program, which would be the first in Pennsylvania.  He is looking for letters of support from the community.  Ilene asked if students can volunteer in Columbus Playground on Saturdays and Zack said yes.  He can be reached at zduberstein@philasd.org.

Officer Ace Delgado reported that there will be a toy drive on between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, on Saturday, November 12 and 19 in the Walmart parking lot.  They are looking for donations for kids of all ages, including gift cards.

Theresa Rose spoke about the 9th Street Stock Exchange.  She came up with the idea, is the project curator and is working with the Mural Arts program and eight businesses along 9th Street.  The businesses are selling other businesses products on a weekly basis.  The eight businesses represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds and she asked that they come up with a product best representing their store.  For example, Fante’s had a pasta machine.  On Wednesday of each week the stores rotate selling other store’s products and the money from the product sold is returned to the original store without any commissions.  There are cash only transactions.  The eight stores are identified by big white signs, everything is in English and Spanish and the Stock Exchange will operate until December 7.

Jared ended the meeting by reminding people that they can buy raffles and the December 6 membership meeting will be a holiday party with a location to be determined.

The meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.

 

Submitted by Jeff Brown.

 

Addendum:  Ricardo Silva reported after the meeting that the next Spanish/English language exchange would be at Iztaccihuatl – Philadelphia 1122 S 8th St, Thursday November 17th  7-9pm. We welcome all people from beginners to really fluent in either language they want to practice.

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.

Beautification

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 beautification@passyunk.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.

 Education

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.

Zoning

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.

Fundraising

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.

Announcements:

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.

 

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