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Minutes10 Jun 2014 02:22 pm

June 3, 2014 General Meeting MinutesSubmitted by Chris DiCapua.

Meeting began at 6:37 pm, adjourned at 7:38 pm.

Present: Anton, Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Emma, Knapp, Silva, Antonellis. Absent: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, DiGiulio, Wyatt.

Welcome and Introductions: Christine Knapp welcomed guests and introduced returning and new Board members. She also recognized and thanked outgoing Board members.

Board Updates:

Beautification: Sarah Anton explained what the Beautification committee does and gave Passyunk Garden’s summer hours and schedule. Committee will facilitate giving away free trees to interested residents. Next scheduled tree planting will be in November. Sarah spoke of the PWD’s Soak It Up Program, which she explained provides the city with storm water infrastructure. Passyunk Square has 5 sites and the Beautification committee is looking for volunteers to help monitor them.

Parks and Translation Projects: Chris DiCapua introduced new Board member Ricardo Silva, who will be working with him on immigrant outreach and park projects. Chris reported that the third session of ESL classes began at Columbus Square the week of May 26. Level 1 (for beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning May 27. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, beginning May 29. The cost for five weeks, including materials, is just $20. Free supervised childcare is offered. Chris also informed guests of the South Philly Language Exchange Program. Mark Phillips of Americorps VISTA and the PSCA have partnered to offer regular language exchange sessions at rotating local Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. The first session was held on Thursday, May 22 at Taquitos de Puebla Mexican Restaurant.   The goal of this program is to bring together two populations that might not otherwise have contact, for networking, friendship and community building. This is a low-pressure, loosely organized program in which participants can choose to order discounted food or not.  On May 29, 13 participants attended: 7 native Spanish speakers, 4 native English speakers and 2 natives of both. The next Language Table will take place on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St.)

Nicole Hostettler announced summer programming at Gold Star Park, including “Kids Play,” the third Saturday of every month, May 17 – Sept. 20. “Kids Play” is a monthly playgroup offered in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Coop, and Friends of Gold Star Park.  Toys, group activity & healthy snacks will be provided.  9:30am – 11am. “Music in the Park” will be held the second Wednesday of every month (June – August).

Education: Christine Knapp announced that the Wharton Lofts rooftop fundraiser for Jackson was successful. $65,000 raised. She also informed the guests of the recent death of a Jackson student due to a heart abnormality.

Home Tour: Caroline New and Jennifer Barr reported that this year’s Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 11, and will coincide with the 10th  anniversary of Design Philadelphia. The Home Tour committee is actively seeking homes and advertisers.

Zoning: Christine Knapp announced that there are no zoning cases this month.

Speakers:

Officer Ace Delgado, Community Relations Officer: Officer Delgado reported that there has been a rash of home burglaries recently in the district. He introduced the Property ID Program (a burglary deterrent program), and passed out applications. Officer Delgado offered safety tips to meeting guests, such as not leaving front or back doors unlocked, among others.

Ryan Callahan, Outreach Director of Philadelphia Runner: Ryan introduced his store, Philadelphia Runner, and reported that to celebrate its 10th anniversary, a 10k race is planned for September 6. He passed out a race route map to guests, and informed that the race will begin and end in the Passyunk Square neighborhood. He explained that 3000 runners are expected to participate and discussed some logistics issues, specifically parking. Parking will be restricted in areas of the neighborhood beginning the night before the race until after the race, which is scheduled from 7:30 am to approximately 9:15 am. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am there will be a street festival for runners and open to all in the neighborhood on Passyunk Avenue between Tasker and Dickinson.

Matt Stern & Ellen Chapman, Energy Coordination Agency (ECA) for PGW Energy Sense Program: Matt Stern and Ellen Chapman are employees of the Energy Coordination Agency (ECA), which is a participating contractor in the PGW Energy Sense Home Rebates Program. Information about the Home Rebates Program was distributed to meeting guests. Matt explained that Energy Sense helps homeowners solve many common home issues, such as energy efficiency, pest problems, mold, CO2, and other health and safety issues. For $150, ECA will perform a detailed home audit for PGW customers, which will result in a report with prioritized improvement suggestions. Low interest (1%) financing is available to take on projects. Ellen gave more specifics about the details of a whole-house audit. Ellen also informed guests of ECA’s free rain barrel program as well as various programs for low and fixed income residents. She instructed guests to call (215) 609-1044 for more information about these programs. Ellen ended the discussion with information about the benefits of LED light bulbs, and then she fielded questions from guests.

Christine Knapp announced that there will be no General Meetings during the months of July and August.

Minutes15 Apr 2014 10:46 am

Minutes from April 1, 2014 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Board Members Present: Zenzola, Knox, DiCapua, D’Ippolito, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti, Wilder, Wyatt, Klein; Absent: Morris

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests.

Committee Updates:

Events: Pam Zenzola thanked everyone, from artists to attendees, and especially the organizing committee, for making the art auction a great success.

Zoning: Jared Klein announced that the following cases will be heard at the next Zoning Committee meeting on April 8th at 7pm: 1114 Annin: Rehearing on application for use variance for multi-family; 1143-45 Tasker St: Application for new construction of attached three story single family dwelling with cellar and roof deck; 738-44 Wharton St: Lot line relocation to create three lots out of four deeded parcels for use as three single family dwellings, three stories high with roof decks; 1500 S. 9th St: Rehearing for use variance to legalize an existing off-street parking space and to allow the use of the property as a two-family dwelling, and License and Inspection issued a refusal because both uses are prohibited in the zoning district.

Trash: Carmela Fioretti announced that the City of Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is to be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 (rain date, Saturday, April 12, 2014) from 9am-2pm. Meet at Passyunk Gardens (Wharton & E Passyunk Ave.) to kick things off. PSCA plans to clean the areas of 9th and 10th Streets from Dickinson to Wharton with a focus on the alley located at S Percy St. off of 9th St.  The objective is to sweep and remove litter on the sidewalks and curbs and remove debris from storm drains. We will be distributing recycling bins, signing people up for recycle rewards and also handing out circular free stickers to help keep flyers off our streets. This is always a great event for our civic and a good way to meet new neighbors.  Volunteers are needed to make the Annual Spring Cleanup a success.  PSCA’s first ever Document Shredding Event will be Saturday May 31st from 10-12 at the parking lot of Reed & E. Passyunk Ave.  We have contracted with ProShred for our onsite shredding event.  The documents will be permanently destroyed as you watch and the paper will be recycled! As we gear up for spring cleaning and tax season, consider putting together your old documents and bring them to our shredding event. Suggested donation of $5 is requested to cover the cost of the service. Please contact trash@passyunk.org with any questions.

Education:  Tom Wyatt invited everyone to the April 10th Education Committee meeting at St. Maron’s (10th and Ellsworth) and announced that tickets are now for sale for the May 15 fundraiser, “Raise Your Hand for Jackson” on the Wharton Lofts rooftop for the Jackson School.

Beautification: Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma announced that 9th Street will have a special clean up on April 3 from 10-12. There is a yard tree giveaway on April 12 10-12 at Columbus Square.  For neighbors with room on their own property, free trees are available, no pre-registration is required. PSCA continues to partner with PWD to monitor the Green Stormwater Infrastructures in our neighborhood. Detailed descriptions of  all the sites are available by getting in touch with the Beautification committee. There is a good team in place working on this project, but more volunteers are always welcome. The next tree planting is April 26 at 8:45, meet at Capitolo Playground 900 Federal Street.  For more information on any of these projects email beautification@passyunk.org.

Parks: Chris DiCapua announced that a second five-week session of  ESL classes began the first week of April .  We now offer two levels: Level 0 and Level 1.  Classes are held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00.  Cost is $20 for the five-week session. Free children’s programming is provided.

Neighborhood Ambassador Program:  Angel D’Ippolito announced the NAP is working on some upcoming flashlight brigades and a block party, stay tuned for more info.

Presentations:

Frank Mililio, the new Captain of the 3rd District of the Philadelphia Police Department, introduced himself to the community. He announced that there has been a major increase in car break-ins in our area, and urged us to make sure not to leave anything in cars and always lock them. A recent South Philly anti-gang effort has led to a major decrease in violent crime and they may be broadening it in the future. He urged residents to turn on lights in front of their homes to deter crime. The Captain took questions about dogs being walked off leash, as well as cars illegally parked on sidewalks.

Dan Pohlig of the PSCA Nominations Committee announced the slate of people running for the 12 PSCA Board seats in the upcoming election on May 6. Candidates are: Sarah Anton, Joe Antonellis, Christopher DiCapua, John DiGiulio, Angel D’Ippolito, Andrew Emma, Michael Giangiordano, Jared Klein, Christine Knapp, Larry Lichtman, Ricardo Silva, Ilene Wilder, Tom Wyatt, and Pam Zenzola. For more on the candidates:  www.passyunksquare.org/about/board-of-directors-election/

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, April 10, 2014.

 

Minutes09 Mar 2014 10:22 am

Minutes from March 4, 2014 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:35pm, ended at 7:30 pm. Attendance: Approximately 25.

Board Members Present: D’Ippolito, Morris, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti, Wilder, Wyatt, Klein; Absent: Zenzola, Knox, DiCapua

Welcome and Introductions: Angel D’Ippolito welcomed guests.

Zoning: Jared Klein announced two cases to be heard by the Zoning Committee next Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 South 10th Street, Dickinson Street Entrance. The first is 1114 Annin, application for a two-family dwelling, not permitted in this zoning district. The second is for 1403-09 S. Darien, to create six lots from one existing lot to build six attached single family homes, each with a roof deck accessed by a roof deck access structure (enclosing stairs/landing), and each with one accessory interior parking space. Refused for use (accessory parking to be accessed from front of property), roof deck setback, minimum lot area, minimum open area, minimum rear year depth, and maximum height.

Events: Sarah Sitzler from the Art Auction Committee announced that the PSCA Art Auction will take place Friday, March 28 from 7-10pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall, and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Fundraising: Ilene Wilder reminded everyone that it is not too late to give an annual gift to PSCA, from the 2013 annual appeal mailing. In addition, we will be hosting an event in the future to thank all businesses in the neighborhood that have donated or assisted PSCA.\

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the next monthly cleanup is March 29, 9:30 to 12 noon, meeting at Passyunk Gardens (E. Passyunk Ave and Wharton Streets) to pick up supplies and decide on a location for the cleanup; bring your own gloves. The City of Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 (rain date is Saturday, April 12, 2014). We are also excited to announce our first document shredding event in the neighborhood on Saturday, May 31 from 10-12, at the parking lot of Reed & East Passyunk Ave. We have contracted with ProShred for our onsite shredding event. The documents will be permanently destroyed as you watch, and the paper will be recycled! A suggested donation of $5 is requested to cover the cost of the service.

Education: Tom Wyatt announced that PSCA will participate in a consignment sale April 5 and 6, with proceeds going to local schools. The Education Committee is planning a fundraising dinner and cocktails on the rooftop of the Wharton Lofts for May 15, with proceeds supporting Jackson School. The next meeting of the committee is March 18, location TBD.

Beautification: Sarah Anton announced that there will be a spring Tree Care Day on April 26. We are still taking tree applications for the fall planting. Passyunk Gardens will be opening sometime in March. There are a number of murals planned for the neighborhood.

Planning: Karin Morris announced that the final public meeting for the for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Washington Avenue Transportation & Parking Study (funded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission) will be on Tuesday, March 11th at 6pm at Grace and Peace Church at 1701 Washington Avenue. All are welcome to attend to hear the preferred alternative for restriping Washington Avenue to better accommodate all users.

Translation: Ilene Wilder announced we are now offering ESL classes in partnership with Columbus Square, as well as translating our monthly newsletters into Spanish, which are available under the “Espanol” tab on our website.

Outreach: Angel D’Ippolito announced that the next Neighborhood Ambassador Program meeting is March 18 at 7:30pm at 1321 S. 9th Street. The next Neighborhood Meet and Greet (held on the 2nd Saturday of every month) will be at Zoe’s Frozen Yogurt on S. 9th Street this Saturday March 8 from noon to 1pm (note Zoe’s has a full coffee bar). Angel also reminded members to report graffiti to 311. Community Relations Police Officer Ace Delgado handed out information about keeping your home safe from burglaries. In addition, on Saturday, March 8th from 8-11pm, 10th Street Laundromat at 1143 S. 10th Street, one of our sponsors, will be having a party with wine, beer, food & art! They will have five artists displaying their work, while Stacy Papa of Sugarplum Catering will be bringing some light goodies, and there will be plenty of neighbors to mull about art in this unconventional setting!  Donations accepted for PSCA.

Presentations:

Dan Pohlig, Chair of the PSCA Nomination Committee, presented the PSCA Nomination and Election Process. Nominations will be formally submitted at the April Membership Meeting and the Election will occur at the May Membership Meeting. There are 12 Director positions up for election this year. Serving on the Board is a great way to make your neighborhood a better place while getting to know some great neighbors. Nomination forms are due March 28. Find out more at www.passyunksquare.org. Dan thanked committee members Aubin Clever, Cassie Knox, Sue Petrone, and Ben Cardell.

Andrew Stober from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (and our neighbor) presented the city’s plans for Bike Share. Philadelphia is preparing to join 40 other U.S. cities, including Washington, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Denver, as well as international cities such as Toronto, Montreal, London and Paris, in deploying a bike sharing system that will provide convenient, on-demand access to bicycles for short distance trips. Bike sharing will be an affordable, healthy, safe, environmentally sustainable addition to Philadelphia’s transportation options. A yearly membership fee will be less than $100, with options for one-day or three-day memberships for tourists/visitors. Philadelphia plans to have 200 stations or 2,000 bikes deployed, with an initial service area from Lehigh Avenue to the Navy Yard, extending into West Philly. The City will announce the rollout of the program this spring or summer, and will install 75-100 stations initially in Zone 1, near public parks or plazas, rather than removing parking. The city will be divided into Zone 1 (System Core, where stations will be more closely spaced), and Zone 2 (Neighborhood Scale, with stations spaced farther apart). Northern portions of PSCA fall into Zone 1 and southern portions in Zone 2.

Regarding safety, you must be 16 to ride, so there will be no child seats nor can the bikes accommodate such seats. Helmets will not be required, as Philly has no helmet law. So far, in North America, there have been 6 million trips on bike share systems with no fatalities. This may be because the bikes are heavy, big, bright, with front and back headlights, and professionally maintained. Regarding theft, the bikes are impossible to tear out of their stations, and theft-resistant as all of their parts are custom-made and fitted, so their resale value is negligible. In Washington D.C., for instance, 16 bikes out of 2,000 were stolen in the early days of their system, but thefts have decreased, as thieves quickly figured out the bikes cannot be sold to bike shops or their parts to chop shops. Philadelphia’s system will be unique as compared to other cities because the City will not require that users have a credit card, which will open the program to those that are lower income. The City is also hoping to install more bike lanes, as now the City reviews every street that gets repaved for bike lane feasibility. 13th and 15th Street may also become neighborhood bikeways, which will be improved streets for bicyclists. The City is also streamlining the process to install bike racks in front of commercial businesses (which is separate from Bike Share, as that has its own racks).

Gregg Kravitz, a Deputy Commissioner from the Office of City Commissioner Al Schmidt, presented the department’s new website, www.philadelphiavotes.com, which includes the most time-sensitive information on upcoming elections. Information is organized according to four users: voters/prospective voters, candidates for office and their campaign personnel, election board officials, and individuals conducting research. You can easily find out who your elected officials are, where your polling place is, and which elections are coming up. The website is also available in Spanish. Our next election day is May 20, with polls open from 7am-8pm, with many offices up for primary election, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Congress, State Senate, etc.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, March 5, 2014.

 

Minutes06 Feb 2014 05:00 pm

Minutes from February 4, 2014 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and two new Board members, Tom Wyatt and Jared Klein.

Zoning: Jared Klein reviewed the following cases, to be heard by the Zoning Committee next Tuesday. 1536 Camac Street is an application for a 2-story addition with roof deck and pilot  house, and two off street interior parking spaces (garage), for use as a 2-family dwelling. Refused for use, parking, and open area in RSA-5 zoning district. 1148 Wharton 6th Street is an informational presentation on a proposed 5 story building (same height as Wharton Lofts) with 30-40 apartments over parking. 1439 E. Passyunk Avenue is an application to change use from doctor’s office to retail gift shop first floor with existing single family dwelling on the second floor, which is not allowed in this zoning district. 1500 S. 9th Street is an application for the erection of a roof deck above one story portion of existing 2 story structure, legalization of 1 off-street parking space, use as two-family dwelling.  Refused for multi-family use and parking usage. 1428 South Clarion Street is an application for the erection of an addition with a roof deck and roof deck access pilot-house to an existing attached single family dwelling. 1100 Federal Street (Tiffin Bistro) is for legalization of existing outdoor seating.

Events: Pam Zenzola announced that the PSCA Community Art Show and Auction will take place Friday, March 28 from 7-10pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall.

Fundraising: Ilene Wilder reminded everyone that it is not too late to give an annual gift to PSCA, from the 2013 annual appeal mailing.

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the monthly cleanup is looking for volunteers, and anyone interested should contact trash@passyunk.org.

Education: Tom Wyatt announced that PSCA participated in the successful MLK Day event at Jackson School. There will be a school partnership meeting on Feb. 18. Kindergarten registration will take place Feb. 13 at 6pm at the Donatucci branch of the Free Library.

Beautification: Sarah Anton announced we are now taking fall tree applications, and those are due by May 5 for a fall planting. There will be a spring pruning event in April. Passyunk Gardens will have a happy hour on Feb. 26, location TBD. Beautification is always looking for volunteers for their efforts. Mural Arts is looking for new opportunities for mural locations, in addition to planning a few more in our area, as well as updating some existing ones.

Parks: Chris DiCapua announced that the Columbus Square plan was presented to the public last week, and 10% of the funds needed for its implementation have been raised so far. South Philly Review will be doing an article about the park plan. PSCA is sponsoring ESL classes (English for Non-English Speakers) at Columbus Square starting Feb. 11 through March 11, and the cost is $20 for the series. Scholarships are available thanks to a donation from Lisa Budnick of 10th Street Laundromat as well as from the Columbus Square Advisory Council. Prizes will be available for those who attend at least four out of the five sessions, and on-site programming for children will be available during the classes. Also, PSCA is now translating our monthly newsletter into Spanish and that will be available on our website.

Outreach: Angel D’Ippolito announced that NAP is looking for more volunteers. The monthly PSCA neighbor meet and greet is this Saturday Feb. 8 from noon to 1 at Global Crepes & Shakes.

Presentations:

Jim Reardon of Acme Markets thanked everyone for the continuing good relationship between the neighborhood and Acme. Acme is renovating their store to accommodate more organics, gluten-free, more produce, bigger floral area, new bakery cases, more seafood cases, and moving the pharmacy and customer service closer to the front door. Grand reopening is Feb. 28. They cannot put islands in the parking lot due to cost, but may be able to put in a garden/better landscaping near the street.

Bill Lutz and Debbie Lewis of Generation 3 Electric is offering specials to neighbors on exterior lighting, security cameras, or security systems. They can offer 10% discount if three or more installations happen on a block. They are offering a long-term payment plan with six months of interest-free financing if using Paypal.

Jane Golden from Mural Arts presented their mission, which includes programs for youth, including apprenticeship and entrepreneurial programs, as well as art education. They have plans to do a new mural at 10th and Washington, along with finishing one near Capitolo. They may do a mural at Broad and Federal with a 76ers theme. The South Philly Musicians mural across from Pat’s needs to be redone, as it is 12 years old and deteriorating. The surface needs to be whited-out and repaired and Mural Arts is committed to putting something there. Should it be the same mural, an updated one, or something new? They could put a call out to artists for potential designs. Mural Arts is also interested in doing a history of the neighborhood mural, perhaps on a different wall. Jim Croce was born at Broad and Reed, so that is another musician idea. Councilman Squilla expressed concerns of some with removing the mural’s current theme.

-Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, February 5, 2014.

 

 

Minutes06 Nov 2013 07:20 pm

Minutes from November 5, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Zoey’s Yogurt Bar

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 7:50 pm. Attendance: Approximately 45.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, DiCapua, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti

Absent: Wilder, Knox, Geary

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked Zoey’s Yogurt Bar for hosting the meeting. Pam reminded members that we are always looking for volunteers to slot into one-time commitments or more involved work on our committees. We are specifically looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming Art Auction and to fill some recent vacancies on our Zoning Committee. Pam also alerted everyone to the home tour booklets on their seats, which have valuable coupons to use at neighborhood businesses. Also, our annual appeal is coming up in November, so look for that letter. Also announced was that the city-owned building at 11th and Reed that is used for fleet services may be put up for sale by the city, so look for information and future neighborhood involvement. Also, PARC will soon be collecting leaves in the neighborhood, and residents should look for more info at www.passyarc.com. PARC will host a neighborhood meeting on Nov. 25th from 6-7pm regarding the sale and renovation of 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue, currently Karina’s.

Outreach: Angel D’Ippolito announced that the next NAP meeting is Nov. 19 at 7pm at 1326 S. 9th Street. NAP will be trying out a new monthly coffee “get to know your neighbors” meet-up at a local coffee shop for an hour every 2nd Saturday, kicking off on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at B2. PSCA is also looking for residents to visit the 3rd District police station (11th & Wharton) this Friday Nov. 8 at 8am to take a tour of the facilities, and then complete a questionnaire which will be used to i) improve the 3rd District station and help officers learn how to best gain public acceptance, and the support and trust of the community; and ii) support the international Altus Police Stations Visitors Week effort through which police stations from all over the world will help to identify some of the best practices in use by police. Contact outreach@passyunk.org if interested.

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the next monthly cleanup is Nov. 30. The next e-waste event is Nov. 16 from 10am-2pm at Acme.

Zoning: Gary Tumolo reported that the following four cases will be heard at the zoning committee meeting on Nov. 12 at 7pm at Annunciation: 1203 S. Clarion Street:  Application for the change in use from existing 1 story garage to a 3 story single family dwelling with one attached off street accessory parking slot inside the residence, and the use of a rooftop sundeck.  Zoning refused due the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts. 1308 S. 7th Street:  Application for the erection of an addition to an existing 1story structure in the rear of an existing 3 story single-family dwelling.  Zoning refused due the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts.  1235 Federal Street:  (Jehovah’s Witness building) Proposed 3rd story addition above existing attached structure with 10 dwelling units and 9 separate roof decks, each with a separate pilot house; with 6 interior parking spaces and 14 interior bicycle parking spaces. Refused for multi-family household living, open area and rear yard depth. 1304-06 S. 9th Street:  (El Zarape) Commercial ground floor restaurant with dwelling unit above. There will also be a pre-zoning presentation for a proposed coffee, bakery and desert bar idea for 1149 S. 12th.

Beautification: Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma announced that the next tree planting of 11 trees will be Nov. 23, and volunteers should meet at 9am at Columbus. Also on Nov. 23 at 2pm is the ribbon cutting for Jackson School rooftop garden, so please come for both events if you can. There will be a free yard tree giveaway on Sun. Nov. 10 at Columbus from 11am-1pm. Also this Saturday Nov. 9, volunteers are needed to help distribute 85 lbs of donated mulch for the police station garden at 11th and Wharton. Passyunk Gardens is now closed for the winter. PSCA is still looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and reporting on PWD’s green infrastructure sites in the neighborhood.

Parks: Chris DiCapua introduced the new recreation leader at Capitolo, John Medica. Mr. Medica introduced himself and said he wants to be involved in the civic and welcomes input into what type of programming should go on at Capitolo. He also introduced another new member of his team.

Planning: Karin Morris invited neighbors to attend a free workshop of Hidden City Philadelphia and the Preservation Alliance on Nov. 7 from 6-8pm on How to Nominate a Building to the Historic Register, at Cultureworks at 1315 Walnut, Suite 320. To register, please visit http://hcp.memberlodge.com/events?eventId=775600&EventViewMode=EventDetails. Also, she

reported that the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s work on the Washington Avenue Roadway Design Study continues, and a successful public meeting was held Oct. 23 at the Mummer’s Museum, with about 60 neighbors in attendance. The purpose of the study is to propose alternative roadway striping to better organizes movement within the cartway for pedestrians, bikes, cyclists, and vehicles. The plan will result in re-striping of Washington Avenue by the Streets Department in 2014 or 2015. Various alternative lane configurations can be reviewed at: http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/plans/Pages/washingtonavenue.aspx. The plan considers various options including reducing the number of through lanes, buffered bike lanes, more room for curbside loading/unloading, and back-in angled parking, among others.

Events: Upcoming events include our 10th Anniversary Party on Dec. 3 and our annual Xmas tree sale on Dec. 7 from 2-6pm at Urban Jungle, organized by Erin Osenbaugh, with caroling coordinated by Gary Tumolo (carolers needed!).

Presentations:

Steve Viscelli of the Jackson School rooftop garden presented the upcoming plans to install the rooftop garden, with the assistance of Penn and Swarthmore students, and hopefully some neighborhood volunteers. The rooftop will contain a community garden on one side, a garden lab on the other side for students, along with movable earth boxes that can be moved into and out of classrooms for instruction. There will also be programming around nutrition for the students, and later on a mushroom farming program whereby students will be able to sell mushrooms to the community, and hopefully eventually an aquaponics garden. Steve needs volunteer help to install the garden, along with equipment to move soil from the ground to the roof, and for the mushroom farming, he is looking for used coffee grounds and large food-grade containers. Please come to the garden ribbon cutting on Nov. 23 (rain date Nov. 24) from 2-4pm at the school at 12th and Federal. There will be food trucks, kids’ activities, live music, and more.

Dan Pohlig from the South Philly Food Co-op gave an update about the Co-op’s organizing efforts. They have been meeting since 2010, and are now up to 518 member-owners, with the next member goal set for 600, at which time they could pursue a real estate lease with certain contingencies. Their real estate committee has been investigating locations and studying their market feasibility. Dan expects that they will need somewhere between 900-1000 member-owners to open. For more information, visit http://www.southphillyfoodcoop.org/.

To recap, mark your calendars for the many ways to become involved in the next few weeks!

Nov. 7: Historic Designation Workshop

Nov. 8: Tour of 3rd District Police Station

Nov. 9: Mulching at the Police Station

Nov. 9: Meet and Greet at B2

Nov. 10: Free Yard Tree Giveaway

Nov. 12: Zoning Committee Meeting

Nov. 16: E-waste Recycling

Nov. 19: Neighborhood Ambassador Program Meeting

Nov. 23: Tree Planting

Nov. 23: Jackson School Rooftop Garden Opening

Nov. 25: PARC meeting about 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue

Nov. 30: Neighborhood Clean-up

Dec. 3: PSCA 10th Anniversary Party

Dec. 7: Annual Christmas Tree Sale and Caroling on the Avenue

 

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, November 6, 2013

 

Minutes03 Oct 2013 08:39 am

Minutes from October 1, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 7:50 pm. Attendance: Approximately 45.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Wilder, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Geary

Absent: Fioretti, DiCapua, Knox

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked Chickie’s Deli for their food donation. She also introduced Father John from Annunciation and thanked him for the use of their space for our monthly meetings. Pam also announced that we have won a PCA grant of $1600 to use to enhance the arts in the neighborhood. We have also just reached 1,000 likes on our Facebook page.

House Tour: Caroline New and Jen Barr, co-chairs, discussed the upcoming Annual House Tour on October 12 from noon-4pm, advance tickets are $20, day of are $25. Admission also gets you discounts at the Devil’s Den after party from 3-6pm and a free slice of Slice Pizza during the tour. There will also be a raffle at the after-party. Tickets can be purchased online, or day-of at Columbus Square Recreation Center, which will be open from 11am-2pm that day for ticket and home tour guide/map pickup.

Zoning: Tina Geary reported that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be Tuesday Oct. 8 at 7pm at Annunciation and they will vote on two cases: 1535 S. 11th Street, application for the first story addition to an existing attached structure (max. height not to exceed 38’-0”) for use as an eating & drinking establishment (sit-down restaurant) at 1st floor level with accessory storage at basement, and a single family dwelling unit located at upper level with accessory rear roof deck located at second (2nd) story roof. Zoning refused because the proposed use of an eating & drinking establishment is not permitted in this zoning district; and 1203 S. Clarion Street, application for the change in use from existing one story garage to a three story single family dwelling with one attached off street accessory parking slot inside the residence, and the use of a rooftop sundeck. Zoning refused as the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts. The Zoning Committee will also hear three other cases that have not received formal refusals from the ZBA yet, but the applicants want to present their plans for input. These include: 1304-06 9th Street, El Zarape Restaurant from Passyunk and Morris signed a lease for this space and will present their plans; 1235 Federal Street, plans for adding a third floor and building 10 apartment units with 10 parking spaces; and 3) 1403-1409- Darien Street, plans for the construction of 6 single family homes.

PWD Stormwater Planters: Christine Knapp reported that PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist us in monitoring the stormwater planters around the neighborhood, and alerting us if you see trash or debris in them, which limits their effectiveness at absorbing rainwater. The volunteer commitment would be filling out a form for each planter once a month, and different folks can take different planters. Two volunteers raised their hands, and PSCA will be in touch. The planter locations will be listed on our website. These planters are part of PWD’s Green Cities, Clean Water’s program to green 1/3 of the city’s impervious surfaces over the next 25 years, to aid in reducing sewer runoff into our rivers. Email beautification@passyunk.org if you would like to help.

Planning: Karin Morris reported that the Philadelphia City Planning Commission has begun work on the Washington Avenue Roadway Design Study investigating bicycle and pedestrian safety and a new roadway design for Washington Avenue, and will host a public meeting on October 23, time and location TBA. All are invited to offer input on the possible redesign of Washington Avenue to better accommodate all users. Also, the Planning Committee is continuing to solicit ideas for properties to nominate to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, so please send ideas to planning@passyunk.org. Listing in the register protects the property from significant alteration and/or demolition. Possible candidates include schools, churches, cemeteries, or sites with social significance.

AVI: Angel D’Ippolito reported that property assessment appeals are due Oct. 7 to BRT. Your appeal must be postmarked no later than that date, or you can hand deliver the appeal application to the BRT offices in the Curtis Center at 601 Walnut. Appeal applications are at www.phila.gov/brt. You should appeal if you received a first level decision that you disagree with, or if your first level review has not been decided yet, or if you chose to skip the first level review and were waiting for the appeal. Pennsport Civic is hosting Councilman Squilla tonight, October 2 at 7pm, to answer questions about AVI, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 2329 S. 3rd.

Education Committee: Tom Wyatt handed out a brochure about the education committee’s work. He reported the happy hour fundraiser for education raised $500. Back to School Night at Jackson is October 3, and the committee is looking for more raffle prizes. The rooftop garden at Jackson will have a build day on November 24, and they need volunteers. The education committee’s next meeting is Oct. 15 at 7pm at Columbus Square.

Volunteer Opportunities: Pam Zenzola encouraged folks to volunteer with the civic, especially because we can scale your involvement to what you are comfortable with, whether it is volunteering for a few monthly cleanups a year to leading other larger efforts. Please sign up and we will find something valuable for you to do!

Presentations:

Ace Delgado from the Philadelphia Police Department once again encouraged residents to be safe, through installing security cameras, keeping one’s windows clean so the police can dust for fingerprints if necessary, putting one’s address on the back of one’s house, being aware when you are out walking with your cell phone, and being aware of some recent thiefs on bicycles. Ace also reported that there was a burglary on the 900 block of Ellsworth on Oct. 1 where the burglar kicked in the front door.

Cathy Harris from the Mural Arts Program spoke about the soon-to-be-installed mural at 910 Dickinson (next to Annunciation parking lot). The artist Joe Burchero spoke about his black and white mural and revealed the final design. The mural will be completed by the second week of November.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, October 2, 2013.

 

Minutes04 Sep 2013 01:42 pm

Minutes from September 3, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:35 pm, ended at 7:40 pm. Attendance: Approximately 35.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Wilder, DiCapua, Knapp, Knox, Fioretti

Absent (excused): Emma, Anton, Geary

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked J&J Pizza for their food donation. A summary of this past year’s accomplishments (August 2012-August 2013) was handed out, that also highlighted some of our goals for this upcoming year, including growing the Neighborhood Ambassador Program, as well as doing more business engagement and translating more of our materials into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Education Committee: Tom Wyatt described the recent work of the committee, including creating a vision statement (to be a vital community partner to our neighborhood schools), holding a supply drive for our schools that ends this Saturday at Acme (most needed item: copy paper), hosting Back to School Night on October 3, building relationships with other civics in South Philly that are working on school issues, and growing their social media presence (currently at 61 twitter followers). Their next meeting is Sept. 17 and all are invited to attend. Tom also mentioned that a local teenage girl was able to get 400 backpacks donated to Jackson School!

House Tour: Caroline New, co-chair, discussed the upcoming Annual House Tour on October 12 from noon-4pm, advance tickets are $20, day of are $25. Admission also gets you discounts at the Devil’s Den after party from 3-6pm and a free slice of Slice Pizza. Prize donations are still needed for that day’s raffle. The fundraising goal for this year’s tour is $3,000.

Zoning: Pam Zenzola reported for Tina Geary that the next Zoning Committee on Tuesday Sept. 10 will hear three cases: 1217 Gerritt, an application for a 3rd story addition with roof deck and Pilot House to existing single family dwelling, refused for open area and no 3rd floor setback (8′ required, 0′ proposed) in RSA-5; 1535 S. 11th, an application for ground floor side yard addition and eat-in restaurant with apartment above, refused for open area and use as eat-in restaurant in RSA-5; and 1509 S. Iseminger, an application for ground floor side yard addition to single family dwelling, refused for open area in RSA-5.

PWD Stormwater Planters: Christine Knapp reported that PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist us in monitoring the stormwater planters around the neighborhood, and alerting us if you see trash or debris in them, which limits their effectiveness at absorbing rainwater. These planters are part of PWD’s Green Cities, Clean Water’s program to green 1/3 of the city’s impervious surfaces over the next 25 years, to aid in reducing sewer runoff into our rivers. Email beautification@passyunk.org if you would like to help.

Sponsorship: Ilene Wilder reported that businesses can get involved in numerous ways in PSCA, such as sponsoring events (like 10th Street Laundromat’s upcoming art auction on Nov. 2, a fundraiser for PSCA’s trash and recycling efforts), buying an ad in the house tour program book, or becoming an annual or multi-year sponsor. All sponsors receive decals (“Proud Sponsor of PSCA”) that they can display in their business window.

Presentation:

Donna Carney from the Citizens Planning Institute, an arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, spoke about their mission to educate citizens about the role good planning plays in creating communities of lasting value. Each semester they accept 30 students to take their evening courses to become a Citizen Planner. The coursework provides practical tools individuals can take back to their neighborhood organizations or communities. CPI strives for geographic diversity in each cohort–for that reason, they generally do not accept more than one person from any one community organization for each semester. So far, 180 people across Philadelphia have become Citizen Planners. To learn more and download an application, visit  http://citizensplanninginstitute.org.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, September 4, 2013.

 

Minutes02 Jul 2013 11:43 am

There is no General Meeting tonight – we take a summer break during the July and August months. See you in September!

Sumer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes14 Jun 2013 05:02 pm

Minutes from June 4, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ St. John the Baptist Church

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 8:15 pm. Attendance: Approximately 35.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Anton, Geary, Knapp, Knox, Fioretti

Absent (excused): Morris, Wilder, DiCapua, Emma

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests.

Committee Reports:

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that PSCA will host a Trash Think Tank meeting on June 6.  Monthly cleanups have started on the last Saturday of every month, meeting at Passyunk Gardens at 9am. Those who attend just may get to select the cleanup spot of the day!

Education: Christine Knapp reported that another education committee will be announced shortly. Committee is looking for grants for Jackson and Kirkbride schools. Committee is also putting together a summer event focusing on the difference between Charter and Public schools.

Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP): Angel D’Ippolito announced that National Night Out will be August 6th and residents should turn on your outside lights and come and meet your neighbors. Leading up to August 6th there will be flashlight parades in the neighborhood.

Parks: Pam Zenzola reported that Music in the Park begins June 13 at Gold Star Park. The

Community Design Collaborative project at Columbus Square Park will present their initial designs to the Advisory Committee on June 17. Capitolo Park has a number of summer events listed on their website.

Events: Pam Zenzola announced that PSCA 10th Anniversary’s party is being planned, date TBD. Annual house tour is Oct. 12, and we are looking for committee members and homes!

Zoning: Tina Geary reported that the Zoning Committee will hear four cases on June 11 at 7pm (at St. John The Baptist Church at 1234 Tasker Street): 617 Dickinson Street is an application is for three (3) family dwelling in an existing structure (use prohibited); 1430 South 7th Street is an application for a two (2) family dwelling in an existing structure (use prohibited); 642 Washington Avenue is an application is for the retail sale of consumer goods on the first and second floors in the same building with an existing single family dwelling on the third floor (retail is prohibited use); and 1128-30 South 13th Street is an application for the partial demolition of a 2nd story portion and the erection of a 3rd story addition, with roof deck and pilot-house, for use as business/professional offices on the first floor with 3 car parking garage and 4 single family dwellings on the 2nd and 3rd floors (multi-family residences, business/professional uses, and a rear deck encroaching into the rear yard are prohibited in this zoning district).

Beautification: Sarah Anton announced that the pruning of trees is on hold but we will do some over the summer. Passyunk Gardens needs volunteers to help with watering and tending the garden, and it is open Sundays from 4-6pm and Wednesdays from 9-11am and 4:30-7pm.

Other: Sarah Anton announced that new financial policies have been adopted and will be posted on our website. Also, our welcome wagon mailing has netted us three new members attending tonight’s meeting.

Presentations:

Kathy Harris from the Mural Arts Program spoke about a potential mural at 910 Dickinson (next to Annunciation parking lot). Joe Burchero is the artist who will be leading it, and it will be in black and white. There will be a meeting with the community on the design itself.  A petition was passed for those who wish to support the effort.  The mural should be painted this summer and completed in the fall.

Power Home Technologies spoke about burglar alarms and camera systems for home or business security. Most of these can be turned on and off via smart phones, and one no longer needs a land line for this.  All wireless equipment can link to your cell phone remotely. The average cost is $30 per month for such a system. Other options and costs include:  two outdoor cameras at $900-$2000; terabyte camera at $800-$900 with every additional camera at $150-$200; and a mega camera setup is $3000-$3500. Some costs may be lower for hard wiring if one has an unfinished basement, since it is easier to install. For more information, visit www.powerhometech.com/.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, June 12, 2013.

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