Uncategorized14 Sep 2017 12:16 am

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, September 5
6:30 p.m
South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (1430 E. Passyunk Ave).

Join us for the first Passyunk Square Civic Association General membership meeting of the 2017-2018 year. General meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month except in July and August at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center. Hear updates about projects in the neighborhood and how to get involved with communications, beautification, clean streets, education and other initiatives.

Our guest speakers this month will be Solar Philly and Zero Waste Philly.

Zoning Meeting
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 p.m.
Saint Maron’s Church, 1013 Ellsworth Street

Zoning meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. This month we will hear four cases:

  1. 616 Annin Street
  2. 1526 E. Passyunk Avenue
  3. 606 and 608 Earp Street
  4. 1028 Ellsworth Street

For case details and agenda updates visit www.passyunk.org/zoning.

Spring 2018 Tree Drive
Deadline: November 27, 2017

More trees please! If your block is looking a little sparse, consider applying for a tree from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). PSCA can help you become an expert on the application process. Chat with us in person at the Fountain Farmer’s market on select Wednesday evenings (look for the PSCA tablecloth) or email beautifciation@passyunk.orgThe deadline to apply for a tree for spring 2018 is November 27th, but now is the time to start talking to your neighbors about applying. When you are ready to apply, you can fill out your form online  or download a pdf application and send it to beautifciation@passyunk.org.

Trees applied for this past spring will be planted on Saturday, November 19th. Save the date if you’d like to help plant! We also encourage neighbors interested in tree work to consider taking the PHS Tree Tender training class. The next session runs Oct 11, 18 and 25. Register here.

If you’ve already received a tree, consider supporting the important work that PHS does to make the community planting program possible. This program allows us to get more trees into the neighborhood than the city alone could provide. You can read more about the city-wide program and make a gift at https://phsonline.org/phillytreetenders.

Language Exchange
Thursday, October 19
7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Come practice your Spanish and English language skills and enjoy some delicious food! Spanish and English speakers of all levels are welcome! English speakers are currently needed.

Supporting our Local Elementary Schools
Back to school! The Philadelphia School District is back in session today, Tuesday, September 5. Click here for their academic calendar.

Andrew Jackson Elementary School, 1213 S. 12th Street
Andrew Jackson Home and School Facebook page

Eliza B. Kirkbride Elementary School, 1501. S. 7th Street
Friends of Kirkbride Elementary Facebook page

Vare-Washington Elementary School, 1198 S. 5th Street
Friends of Vare-Washington Facebook page

Music in the Park
Thursday, September 7
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gold Star Park (625 Wharton Street)

The final edition of the 2017 music in the park series will feature the Belleville Quartet.

3rd Police District Community Day
Saturday, September 9
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1100 Wharton Street

Meet the police officers who work in your community. Music, refreshments and face painting! For more information, contact Officer Ace Delgado at 215-686-3033 or juan.delgado@phila.gov.

Stoop of the Summer Winners 

Summer in the city is the best time for stoops! And here in Passyunk Square, we work wonders with the little spaces we have. It’s fun to watch the gardens grow from May to September, as empty pots fill and spill over and stoops disappear behind climbing vines and blossoms. Our winners this summer are:
JUNE: 737 Latona Street
JULY: 926 Wharton Street
AUGUST: 1177 S. 11th Street (seasonal grand prize winner)
And last but not least, Summer ’17 Honorable Mention goes to the fabulous front door installed at 1148 Clifton Street.

More photos on PSCA’s Facebook page

All three winners will get Stoop of the Month window winner decals, and 1177 S.11th Street gets the seasonal grand prize of a full hanging basket from GROW for their amazing effort starting that potted front lawn from seed! Thank you as always to GROW for their generous donation.

Stoop of the Fall: Call for Nominations
Keep your eyes open for great looking stoops this fall. Up to three nominees will be given “stoop of the month decals” and one seasonal grand prize winner will be given a gardening gift from GROW. Email Stoopofthemonth@passyunk.org with your nominations or download a nomination form to share with your neighbors!
Passyunk Garden

FREE Cooking Classes
Sunday, September 10
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Free cooking classes on the second Sunday of the month with Reese Amorosi of Glamorosi Cooks during our regular open hours. Classes include planting, growing and cooking info. All skill levels welcome. Learn more at: http://glamorosicooks.com/classes/.

Hang Out in the Garden Every Sunday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Come enjoy the garden, check out what we are growing and get gardening questions answered every Sunday. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy a pocket of green space in the neighborhood. Occasionally we do some clean-up and weeding tasks. Neighbors are welcome to clip herbs, greens and whatever is abundant at the moment. We also often have extra starter plants for sale to benefit the work at the garden. If you would like to join the team that maintains the garden, email us at beautification@passyunk.org.

Register to Vote in November
A reminder to register to vote in the November election. There are several important races in Philadelphia, and we hope all our neighbors will make their voices heard. You can register up to 30 days before the election – October 10 is the last day to register for the November 7elections. Check your registration here or register online here.

You can also register in person at the South Philly Voter Registration Event on September 9th at Mifflin Sq. Park. More information here.

Home Tour and Uncategorized14 Sep 2017 12:12 am

The 2017 Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 7th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm!

The Home Tour is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood and is one of PSCA’s most successful and important fundraisers. The tour provides a chance to see how your neighbors have made their houses homes, to compare contractors, get ideas and meet some new friends. This year, we will have special bonus tour – behind the scenes at Termini Bros Bakery!

An after party will be hosted at Triangle Tavern from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a raffle for great additional prizes from spots around the neighborhood.

Tickets are $20* in advance (*There is a small convenience fee if you purchase online) and can be purchased here. Please note that you will not receive an actual ticket for this event. Your name will be added to our attendee list. All proceeds benefit the programs of Passyunk Square Civic Association. Day-of tickets may be purchased for $25 dollars at the starting location (TBD).

Board Elections and Uncategorized11 Apr 2017 12:08 pm

Please come out to the May General Meeting on May 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm to cast your ballot for the 2017 PSCA Board Elections.  The candidates are campaigning hard, and it is almost the hour to decide their PSCA fates, so get out to vote!!!


The Candidates on the 2017 Ballots are as follows:

Sarah Anton (up for re-election)

Jeff Brown (up for re-election)

Jared Klein (up for re-election)

Kristi Buccholz

Monica Montiel

Suzanne Tavani


Brief Bios of each candidate:

Sarah Anton – Since joining the board in 2012, Sarah has been a crucial member of the community on the Beautification front, running the Passyunk Garden since it came to fruition and sprouted from a Rachel Ray episode.  Sarah has been the Beautification chair for the past several years.  She has also had a hand in several Art projections in the neighborhood, most notably the Electric Street project on Percy Street (located between Passyunk Ave, 9th street, Wharton and Reed Steets).  Sarah has also oversees the Finance committee and has been the PSCA Treasurer, basically since she started with the Board.

Jeff Brown – Since retiring in 2012, Jeff was elected to the Capitolo Community Garden Governance Council and also the Capitolo Playground Advisory Council, which he remains in those two positions to this day.  He also volunteered as a Neighborhood Ambassador in PSCA’s NAP program in 2014 and participated in flashlight patrols. Jeff was elected to the Board in 2015 and initially was chair of the Outreach Committee, which he later chaired the Trash and Recycling Committee. Since May 2016, he has served as the Secretary of PSCA.

Jared Klein – Jared became involved in the community in 2013, where he joined the zoning committee as a member in the fall, and was later elected zoning chair in December of that same year.  He was elected to the PSCA Board of Directors in 2014, and since June of 2016, he has been President of PSCA.

Kristi Buccholz – Kristi is on the steering committee for Gold Star park (since Aug 2015) and has helped with fundraising and park events throughout that time.  She was a committee member for the 2016 PSCA Art Auction and 2016 House Tour.  In 2017, she took the lead and is Chair for the 2017 Art Auction, which will be a terrific event!  Get your tickets now – on sale at http://passyunksquare.ticketleap.compassyunk-square-art-auction-2017/dates/Apr-28-2017_at_0700PM

Monica Montiel – Monica is a first time candidate for the Board of Directors.  She has a strong passion towards keeping our neighborhood streets clean.  Though she has only been a homeowner in this neighborhood for a short time, she has been a resident in and around for several years, and has developed a great deal of pride for the Passyunk Square Civic Association community.  She wants to do whatever she can to clean the streets and educate people on the value of recycling.

Suzanne Tavani – Suzanne is a third generation, life-long resident of the neighborhood. She has been involved with the PSCA for the past five years in a variety of different aspects.  Her main contributions have included the Annual PSCA House Tour and, currently, as a member of the Zoning Committee (PSCA Zoning Committee Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at St. Maron’s Church).  Suzanne is also an active member of St. Maron’s Maronite Catholic Church, which has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for over 125 years.


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