Minutes


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.

 

Beautification and Capitolo and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Planning and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning12 Oct 2014 07:00 pm

October 7, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua. Meeting began at 6:36 pm, adjourned at 7:27 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Antonellis, Zenzola, Emma. Anton, Silva.
Absent: DiGiulio, Wyatt

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She invited the Board to introduce themselves, then encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another.

Pam announced that the PSCA will be using a new Salesforce database to keep track of volunteers and events. She announced that a new volunteer, Tom Gavaghan, will be handling it.

Pam announced that the PSCA Holiday Party is scheduled for Tuesday December 2, and that she is looking for a volunteer leader for the upcoming Tree Sale at Urban Jungle on December 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Christine Knapp announced the winners of the 2014 Block Party Award. A representative from the 700 block of Medina, one of the awarded blocks, reported that the block party was a huge success with more than 100 attendees. The program will continue and be announced earlier next year.

Zoning

Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning cases as follows: 600 Washington Ave (Special exception for a take-out license), 1246 Federal (Legalization of multi-family use), 1213 Peters Street (Single family home with roof deck. Refused for open space), and 827-829 Wharton (Informational presentation for mixed-use development).

Home Tour

Caroline New and Jennifer Barr, event chairs, reminded residents of the upcoming Home Tour, scheduled for October 11 from noon to 4:00 pm. Thus far $2500 from advertisers has been raised and 42 tickets have been sold to date. Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, is the after-party location. Wood-fired grilled pizza is on the menu.

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. Jennifer Barr announced that among the many discounts participants will find in the guide book, each participant will receive a free slice of cheese pizza from Slice.

Three more volunteers are needed for the day of the Home Tour, especially from 1:30-4:00 pm. Volunteers are admitted to Home Tour for free. If you are interested, email hometour@passyunk.org. Pam awarded Jennifer and Caroline with a P’unk t-shirt for their hard work and dedication.

Fundraising

Ilene named all of our current sponsors and asked residents to patronize and support their businesses. The newest sponsors are Noord, Garage and Francoluigi’s.

Beautification

 Mural Arts is finishing up the mural at Capitolo Playground and beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. Shira Wallinsky, the artist creating the 10th and Washington mural, will likely speak at our November general meeting.

This year’s final tree pruning event took place one October 5 from 10 am-12 pm. Andrew asked residents for recommendations of blocks that need tree pruning.

A tree planting will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 9 am. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah announced that the she is looking for volunteers to arrive at 8:45 am. Volunteers should bring a shovel and gloves and food will be provided.

Applications for street trees in front of residents’ homes are due on October 27 and are available on the PSCA website. Street trees applied for by October 27 will be planted in the spring.

A yard tree giveaway will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Columbus Square Park. Pre-registry is recommended.

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing down for the season. Sarah invited interested residents to get involved.

Sarah asked for volunteers who would like to be trained to care for the 5 storm water sites in the neighborhood. We have 4 volunteers so far. We need a fifth and one back up for each site. Please email Sarah if you are interested at beautification@passyunk.org. She will give those interested a tour of the site.

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that the Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee’s “View From the Top” rooftop fundraising event took place at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. With more than 200 people in attendance and about $10,500 raised towards the renovation of the park, the event was a great success. Columbus Square’s new website www.mycolumbussquarepark.org was launched also on September 12. He invited guests to stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events.

Columbus Square is planning a flea market for October 25 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, as well as a Pumpkin Painting Celebration for kids on the same date from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Capitolo Playground will be hosting a Fall Flea Market with live bands on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gold Star Park’s Campfire Night will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Gold Star Park (on Wharton, between 6th & 7th Streets). Plan to bring your family and friends. Join neighbors to bring a bit of country into the city! goldstarphilly@gmail.com with any questions. Rain date will be October 16th.

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) began the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center. Residents should stay tuned for information about future ESL sessions.

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly.

The next Language Exchange event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th St). All are welcome.

Speakers:

Danielle Saletta from Wells Fargo specializes in working with small businesses. Danielle offered her services to meeting guests. She is available to talk about retirement planning or answer any questions about banking in general.

Nicole Ozdemir from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (Nicole.Ozdemir@phila.gov) announced that a comprehensive plan for all of South Philly is being completed. The plan addresses physical improvements, open space, transportation, and remapping for zoning (i.e., updating zoning to match land use). This is the first new plan in about 50 years. Nicole announced that land use surveying has been completed. The City Planning Commission is planning to hold the first of three public meetings the first week in December. The other two meeting are being planned for the spring. Nicole fielded a number of questions, among them one about the future use of the Municipal Complex behind the fire station. Nicole assured meeting guests that the Planning Commission will get community input to begin to address this underutilized space. For more information, residents can go to Philadelphia2035.org.

Announcements:

Pam announced that the 10th Street Laundromat will be holding a Community Art Fiesta from 6pm-8 pm this coming Friday, October 10th. All are welcome. She also reminded meeting guests of a second Community Volunteer Day that will be held at Jackson School on October 25th at 9 am. Those interested should gather at the school.

Passyunk Square Civic Association’s general meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September through June) at Annunciation BVM Church (10th and Dickinson).

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