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Uncategorized06 Jun 2014 04:31 pm

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

Newsletter and Uncategorized05 May 2014 07:48 pm

Tuesday, May 6, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson)

What an exciting time for PSCA! The May 6 election for the Board of Directors has certainly generated a lot of enthusiasm. The nomination process ended on March 28, giving us 14 candidates running for 12 positions! Of those running, 9 are current members and 5 hope to be ‘freshman’ Board members.

Our venue, Annunciation BVM Church hall at 10th and Dickinson, is the perfect size for this event: BIG! The Election Committee has separated the hall into two distinct sections: one for voting and the other for socializing. Stop in just to vote (there will be no regular general meeting), or stay to mingle with your neighbors and enjoy pizza, generously donated by Francoluigi’s (Thank you Frank Borda!)

Excited to hear the results? Stay til 8 pm when the polls close and the Election Committee will count the ballots and announce the results to all present. Can’t stay? Not to worry – results will be posted to our website later the same night.

For information such as voter eligibility, required form of ID, and bios of all the candidates click here.

-Pam Zenzola, President

Uncategorized01 Apr 2014 09:15 am

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3rd Annual Art Auction – A Thank You!

As I write, I am still basking in the afterglow of a wonderful PSCA event. This past Friday night the 3rd Annual Passyunk Square Civic Association Art Auction took place. The team of Michele DiVeterano, Elisabeth Garson, Elaine Johnson, Ted Lewis, Joy Manning, Marilyn MacGregor, John Schmiechen, and Sarah Sitzler took the idea of taking the art auction up a notch to a level I had not even dreamed of! Thank you for all of your hard work, it truly paid off! In addition the overwhelming generosity of artists, volunteers, sponsors and of course all who attended helped to make the Art Auction ‘The Event’ of the year!

- Pam Zenzola, President


General Meeting – Tuesday, April 1
6:30pm at Annunciation Church Hall – 10th and Dickinson

Please give a warm Passyunk Square Welcome to Captain Frank Millio. Captain Millio is not just the new 3rd District Police Captain; he was just promoted to Captain in January.  The Captain will be on hand to meet and great and of course have time for Q&A.

The deadline for nomination for the Board of Directors was this past Friday, March 28. Therefore Dan Pohlig, Chair of the Nomination/Election Committee, will present the slate of people nominated for the BOD with the Election taking place at the General Meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Curtis Blessing, the new Deputy Director of Community Affairs in the Philadelphia Controller’s Office, will be on hand to bring materials on April being Financial Literacy Awareness month, plus information about their office.

- Pam Zenzola, President


9th Street Clean Up – Thursday April 3rd, 10 am – 12 pm

The PSCA will be participating in a 9th Street clean up organized by City’s Community Partnership Program and the 9th Street Business Association. We’ll be working on giving the market a good spring cleaning from Catherine to Federal, so come join us and meet some of the business owners on 9th street. Rain date is April 11.


All About Trees!

Trees beautify the neighborhood, provide shade and health benefits and improve property values. To date, PSCA has helped plant hundreds of trees in the neighborhood and we’re ready to plant more! There are many opportunities for you to help:

April 12
Yard Tree Giveaway
10 am – Noon, Columbus Square

Pre-registration for the giveaways is over, but if you have space in your yard for a tree, you can come as a walk-up participant and still get up to 2 trees per property! Choose from 11 different tree species including several fruit trees.

Please note that you’ll need plant these trees yourself – we’ll show you how – and these are trees to be planted on your property, not on the street.  A great opportunity to add some beauty to your backyard for free!

To learn more about this program, and see a list of other giveaway dates and locations, visit the Tree Philly website.

April 26
PSCA Tree Care and Planting Day
Meet at 8:45 at Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal)

A fun day out in the neighborhood! We’ll be planting just a few trees this time and focusing on mulching and weeding at some key sites in the neighborhood.  Bring a shovel if you have one or we’ll have tools on hand too. After party TBA.

May 5
Tree applications due for the Fall 2014 PSCA planting, download one here.

We also encourage you to talk to your neighbors about applying for a tree. If you’re interested in applying as a block get in touch with us at beautification@passyunk.org.

And if you still can’t get enough – we do occasional pruning in the neighborhood and are always looking for more help. If you’re a Tree Tender or just know a lot about trees, or want to learn more email us at beautification@passyunk.org to get involved.  We also encourage you to consider becoming a PHS Tree Tender.  The next training session starts April 30.

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


Passyunk Gardens opening April 27

Spring is here and we’re ready to start planting in Passyunk Gardens at the corner of Wharton and East Passyunk. Opening day will be April 27th  but you may see us in there before getting things started.

We’re always looking for more help tending to the space so if you’re interested in being part of the group that works on this email us at beautification@passyunk.org. You can also keep up with what’s going on by following us on Facebook or @passyunkgardens on twitter or instagram.  Garden policies and a garden plan will be updated for 2014 soon on our website as well!

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


PWD Soak in Up Adoption program

PSCA is partnering with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) this year to monitor the five Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) sites we have in our neighborhood.  We have a great team of neighbors who have been trained on what to look for and how to report problems, but we can always use more help.  If you’re interested in getting involved email beautification@passyunk.org.

You can also learn more about the innovative work the water department is doing to manage stormwater at PWD’s phillywatershed.org website.

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


2014 Philly Spring Cleanup

April 5, 2014 from 9-2; Kick off at Passyunk Gardens (E. Passyunk Ave & Wharton streets). Sign up at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/psc-registration/fe-psc-event-volunteer-map.php

Our PSCA event is listed under South Philly, project #427.  You can also contact trash@passyunk.org to let us know you are volunteering.

This is PSCA’s 3rd consecutive year participating in the Philly Spring Cleanup.  The number of volunteers as well as the enthusiasm has grown each year.  Please join us as we 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.  Objective is to sweep and remove litter on the sidewalks and curbs and remove debris from storm drains in the area.  We will focus on the S. Percy St alley (off of 9th St.).

Many residents have requested recycling bins so we will have bins available.  We will also sign people up for recycle rewards and hand out circular free stickers.

We welcome neighbors and friends to join us to make this another successful event. If you can’t participate in the event, please consider doing your part to sweep up you block with your neighbors.  We will have supplies (extra brooms, bags, gloves) available at Passyunk Gardens.

Come join us for the event or to stop by and pick up supplies to clean your block.

- Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Chair


Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30pm, PSCA General Meeting at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance)
Saturday, April 5, 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup
Tuesday, April 8 at 7pm, PSCA Zoning Committee meets at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance)
Tuesday, April 15 from 6:30-8pm, ESL classes for non-English speakers 5 week session begins at Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton)
Tuesday, April 22 from 7-9pm, PSCA Education Committee meets at the Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)
Saturday, April 26 from 9:30-11:30am, Monthly Cleanup meets at Passyunk Gardens (East Passyunk & Wharton)

And Beyond
Saturday, May 31 from 10am-12pm, Document Shredding Event at ACME parking lot

 

Hoja Informativa and Uncategorized13 Mar 2014 09:08 am

La Hoja Informativa de la PSCA de abril 2014 ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí.

The April 2014 PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

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Uncategorized03 Mar 2014 07:52 pm

6:30pm at Annunciation Church Hall, 10th and Dickinson

It is hard to believe, but I promise spring will be here before you know it. The May flowers will bring not one but two elections on May 6. That day the City of Philadelphia will hold the Primary Election and the Passyunk Square Civic Association Elections Board of Director elections will take place.

Our General Meeting will have two speakers to help prepare us for both elections:

Dan Pohlig, Chair of the Nomination Committee, will present 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. Find out more at the meeting! Info will be available on our website starting Wednesday.

Gregg Kravitz, a Deputy Commissioner from the Office of City Commissioner Al Schmidt, will be giving a presentation on the department’s new website, www.philadelphiavotes.comGregg will also be available to answer any questions about voting in the upcoming May Primary Election.

We will also have a presenter to give us the inside scoop on the Bike Share program in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is preparing to join other leading cities, including Washington, Boston, Chicago, New York, Denver, 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. Andrew Stober from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (and our neighbor) will be here to give us an update on the cities plans.

- Pam Zenzola, President

Uncategorized and Zoning14 Feb 2014 10:13 am

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its February meeting. Results are below.

 1536 Camac Street:

 Second Appearance Application for a 2 story addition with roof deck and pilot house. Also requesting 2 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. Property was formerly an auto repair garage that has been vacant for many years. 4 votes non-opposition; 3 votes opposition with much community opposition.

1148 Wharton Street:

This was a preliminary presentation from the developer of Wharton Street Lofts (Formerly Annunciation School) who is hoping to purchase the parking lot on 12th street from the City of Philadelphia. Two scenarios were presented with two levels of parking (39 spaces), which developer states would be open to the public, and 34 units of one-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments. Much community opposition. Developer is willing to consider alternate designs. Development would probably not begin until about a year. As owners of the adjacent property, they would have the right to make a purchase or bid if the property becomes available.

1439 East Passyunk Avenue:

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. 7 votes non-opposition with community support.

1500 South 9th Street:

Application for the erection of a roof deck above the 1 story portion of an existing 2 story attached structure for the legalization of 1 accessory off street interior parking space (garage) for use as two family dwelling. Proposed use of 2 family dwelling: 4 votes opposition; 3 votes non-opposition. Proposed use of accessory parking: 7 votes non-opposition.

1428 South Clarion Street:

For the erection of an addition with a roof deck and roof deck access pilot house to an existing attached single family dwelling. 6 votes non-opposition; 1 abstention.

1100 Federal Street (Tiffin Bistro):

The owner is applying for a permit for seven tables of outdoor seating on the side walk on Federal and 11th St. 7 votes non-opposition.

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The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check facebook.com/passyunksquare or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes Please email zoning@passyunk.org with any zoning-related questions.

 

Uncategorized03 Feb 2014 08:16 pm

Kung Hei Fat Choi or Happy Lunar New Year! 

Last month we tried to have our first General Meeting of the year, but the Polar Vortex shut us down. Our three guest speakers were kind enough to re-schedule for this coming Tuesday, February 4th. Our guest speakers, all seemingly with totally different presentations. However, the common thread is betterment of the neighborhood:

Lights and Cameras for the Home

The holiday lights are gone and the ugly snow is making for some dark and dreary streets. That is unless you turn on your porch lights to help illuminate the neighborhood. Statistics show the brighter the neighborhood the less crime is committed. Bill Lutz and Debbie Lewis, who in addition to being great neighbors, are the owners of General3 Electric. If you do not have a porch light but are thinking of getting one, Bill and Debbie will be on hand to offer suggestions. A few stories in the news lately reported how security cameras have help to capture criminals. One such case was the people stealing the Christmas decorations! Again, if you are thinking of buying such a camera Debbie and Bill will offer some guidance.

Public Art Plans for 2014

Representatives from the Mural Arts Program (http://muralarts.org/) will be speaking about several upcoming projects in our neighborhood including plans to revitalize the site of the “The Soul of Philadelphia” mural across the street from Pat’s Steaks on 9th Street. Come hear the details and get more information about the process. In addition, if you have seen Joe Bucherow’s completed Watchtowers on Dickinson between 9th and 10th, be sure to check it out!

Acme Remodeling

Wondering how much longer Acme will be remodeling? Jim Reardon, our friendly store manager, will give us the latest on the progress of the project. From what I hear it is not all about structural change, there will be new products on the shelves as well.

-Pam Zenzola, President

 

Uncategorized04 Nov 2013 05:00 pm

This Tuesday, November 5 is an important day, being both an Election Day in Philadelphia and the PSCA General Meeting. On your way home from work, stop by your polling location then head on over to the PSCA meeting at Annunciation Church Hall (10th and Dickinson) at 6:30pm. Come to the GM to hear about what is in store, as your calendars for November and December will be filled with PSCA activities and events!

In addition to updates from the various PSCA committees we will have two presentations:

The South Philly Food Co-op recently surpassed the 500 member-owner mark and is well on its way of reaching its next major milestone of 600 at which point it will be looking to sign a lease with contingencies for a location. In the meantime, the Real Estate Committee and Board of Directors continue to search for and evaluate potential spots while other committees work on attracting new members, organizing great get-togethers for current and prospective members and spread the word about the Co-op to increase awareness throughout the neighborhood. A representative of the South Philly Food Co-op will be at our general membership meeting to tell us a little more about what the Co-op is, how it will benefit this part of the city, what kind of progress its volunteers have made and how YOU can become a part of it. More information can be found at www.southphillyfoodcoop.org.

Jackson’s Green Day – The planning is complete, the steps are now underway for the construction of the rooftop garden at Andrew Jackson school. Steve Viscelli one of the visionary leaders of this project will be on hand to give a presentation of the plans for the building of the garden, the ribbon cutting event and how the garden will play in the student curriculum. The community celebration will take place on November 23 from 2-4pm.

-Pam Zenzola, President

Uncategorized03 Jun 2013 07:48 pm

Our June General Meeting will be held tomorrow night, June 4th at 6:30pm at St. John the Baptist, 1232 Tasker St (entrance on Tasker). Looking for information on home security, burglar alarms and security cameras? Then join our General Meeting where we will hear a presentation from the people at Powerhome Technologies.

In addition Cathy Harris, Director of Community Murals, from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will be on hand to discuss an application for a new mural at 910 Dickinson Street.

Also a reminder that this will be our last General Meeting until we resume in September. We take a summer break during the July and August months.

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