Event and Fundraising and Volunteers12 Nov 2012 12:26 pm

Stop by Urban Jungle on Saturday, December 1st  from 2pm-6pm to buy your Christmas Tree and all the trimmings!  Proceeds from the sale will go to support Passyunk Square Civic Association services and programs. It’s a great time to find just the right tree, unique ornaments, and all the trimmings to make your tree a show stopper this year.  To help you get into the mood, there will be carolers singing all the traditional holiday songs and Santa will be visiting the event from 4:00 to 4:30!

Wanted: Singers for our Passyunk Square Chorus!  You don’t have to be a great singer, just want to have fun and sing holiday carols with neighbors.  If interested, please contact garytumolo@comcast.net

Volunteers03 Sep 2012 06:35 pm

Neighbors helping neighbors.  That is our mantra.  We need your help!  Please join us on September 4th at 6:30 p.m. at S.P.O.A.C for our General Meeting where we will be kicking off the first phase of the official Passyunk Square Neighborhood Ambassador program.  We are looking for some friendly neighbors to help grow PSCA. We need Ambassadors to get the word out about PSCA and to get other neighbors involved in our community.  We want to reach out to underrepresented groups in our neighborhood so that we can collectively work to continue improvements to Passyunk Square.  At the September meeting, we will discuss the responsibilities of the Ambassadors and have a round table discussion about how we can accomplish our best outreach.  So, please come out one and all.  If you want to have a positive effect in our community, this is a great chance to do so!  If you are unable to make it to Tuesday’s meeting, but still want to be involved, please email outreach@passyunk.org

Volunteers06 Aug 2012 09:21 am

Our brand new Neighborhood Ambassador Program will be introduced at our upcoming general membership meeting in September.  The Passyunk Square Neighborhood will be divided into 8 areas, and we are actively seeking Neighborhood Ambassadors to represent each area.  Neighborhood Ambassadors will help keep residents in their respective area informed of PSCA events and meetings, and help us to create a deeper connection with all residents of our community. We are also looking to recruit Language Specialists to assist the Neighborhood Ambassadors on an as-needed basis with our non-English speaking neighbors.  Regular meetings will be held with the Ambassadors for guidance and encouragement.  A goal of the program is to continue to recruit new ambassadors over time in order to divide up into even smaller sections from the original 8 areas.  Please join us in September to learn more about this new program and to find out how you can become involved.

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Gold Star Park and Planning and Town Watch and Trash & Recycling and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning01 Jul 2012 09:20 am

We’re giving you a summer vacation from General Meetings for July and August, so we’ll see you in September with updates from our committees who have been busy working straight through these hot months to make Passyunk Square even better!  Speaking of committees, our 2012 Board of Directors and Committees have been announced:

Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President Outreach
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair

Beautification Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Communications Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Zoning Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
Safety / Passyunk Square Town Watch
chair: Kim Davis
Trash & Recycling
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Planning Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fund Raising/Sapling Program For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Education Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Open

Columbus Square and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers04 Jan 2012 11:05 am

Your Christmas tree has treated you to another great holiday season, don’t return the favor by sending it to rot in some landfill. Treecycle it! On Saturday, January 7th from 10am to 4pm, you can bring your tree to Columbus Square park (corner of 13th and Reed streets) and have it turned into wood chips and mulch that will be used in local parks and gardens.

A $5 donation is suggested to cover the costs of the tree chipping. Please be sure to remove all decorations (they don’t make good mulch). Unfortunately, we can’t take early drop-offs so make your plans now to be there between 10am and 4pm. Please note that the City of Philadelphia does not recycle trees left at the curb.

Do you have a couple hours you can offer to help out with this event? We’re looking for a few good volunteers. Email contact@passyunk.org if you’re interested.

Volunteers29 Dec 2011 01:19 pm

From the Better-Late-Than-Never News Desk:

Congratulations to Dan Wallace and Alys Kirsh – two of our volunteers from the November 19th Tree Planting – who each won a pair of tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes on November 21st at the Wachovia Center. Though the game didn’t quite turn out the way Flyers fans would have wanted it to, Dan and his guest and Alys and her guest had the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle from the cozy confines of the Mayor’s Box.

Special thanks to the City of Philadelphia for providing the Passyunk Square Civic Association with these tickets. The PSCA Board decided the best use of these tickets would be to recognize a couple of its many dedicated volunteers for their hard work. If any more of these great opportunities come our way (Sixers basketball is back, right?) we’ll be on the look out for more great volunteers to share with.

Cleanup and Event and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers06 Oct 2011 10:18 pm

Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) announces an Electronic Collection Event on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in the Acme parking lot at Passyunk Ave. and Reed St. The event will take place from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and residents are encouraged to bring “anything with a plug.” All household electronics including computers, printers, microwaves, air-conditioners, metals and small appliances will be accepted. Small business owners with less than 50 employees are also encouraged to participate.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us out with this event. If you can spare an hour or two between noon and 4pm on October 15, please email contact (at) passyunk.org. We promise you won’t have to lift any washers or dryers, maybe just the occasional blender.

PSCA and eForce Compliance, Philadelphia’s only R2 certified e-waste recycler, are sponsoring this event. eForce is eager to bring Passyunk Square their first collection event and provide its residents with the services to properly dispose of their used electronics. Electronics are often thrown in the trash by residents because there are simply few convenient drop off locations available. eForce Compliance allows residents to get rid of their household clutter while recycling responsibly!

This event is part of the “UnLitter Us” South Philly launch being hosted by many South Philadelphia civic and neighborhood associations. All local area residents of South Philadelphia and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate in the days events, and to also bring their obsolete electronics to be responsibly recycled.

So head down to your basement and get ready to clear out all those old tape decks, eight track players, VCRs and other obsolete technology and bring it on by to be recycled.

Communication and Neighborhood Stories and Volunteers10 Aug 2011 05:32 pm

Who are the Difference Makers in your community? Who are the people who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist others? This is your chance to tell their story. Your nominee can be a teacher, volunteer, coach, doctors or any other professional. 

All the entries will be reviewed by the South Philly Review’s selection committee with the best ones being profiled in their very special Oct. 13 Fall Guide. Those who were selected in 2010 are not eligible. 

In 250 words or fewer, tell the story of your worthy candidate who resides or works in South Philadelphia and send it via e-mail, fax or regular mail. Photos are not required. The entry deadline is noon Sept. 13.

South Philly Review 

12th and Porter streets, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone: 215-336-2500 ext. 121 

Fax: 215-336-1112 

E-mail: editor@southphillyreview.com

Volunteers29 Apr 2011 01:45 pm

On April 26, five of PSCA’s most dedicated and hardworking volunteers saw their numerous efforts rewarded with a ticket to Game 7 of the Flyers-Sabres series. The mayor’s office generously provided the tickets as a way for PSCA to recognize citizens who volunteered their time and energy to serving their community. (That and the mayor’s office recognized that there happen to be a lot of Flyers fans in Passyunk Square.) Below are a couple of pictures from the event attended by John Digiulio, Ben Cardell, Cassie Knox, Thomas McKernan, and Rob Flint (pictured below from L to R, appropriately dressed for the occasion).

John DiJulio, Ben Cardell, Cassie Knox, Thomas McKernan and Rob Flint

Cassie has been especially helpful in helping to publicize our happy hours and fundraising events as well as taking the lead in organizing those events. Rob leads our Town Watch and can be found every second Saturday at 11am at 11th and Wharton waiting to lead another group of neighbors on a lookout for trouble spots in the neighborhood. Ben has taken the lead on organizing a number of events including heading up the publicity for our 7th Annual Plant Sale (more about that below). John has been the chair of the Passyunk Square Zoning Committee for several years now and is working hard to ensure that the neighborhood is heard in all developments that seek use or building permits outside of what is legally zoned. And Thomas has been one of our most dedicated tree planters, tree tenders and beautification volunteers (he’s also the man to talk to about getting a recycling bin).

Special thanks again to those five and to everyone who volunteers their time and effort to making Passyunk Square a great place to live. Please know that all of your hard work does not go unrecognized and that if opportunities like this present themselves again, we will be sure to pass them along. Also, we would like to publicly thank the mayor’s office for using tickets provided to them by the teams to recognize volunteers and those who serve the community. (And if the Flyers would like to thank PSCA for providing the good luck charm for their Game 7 victory, we’ll be more than happy to accept tickets to the next series!)

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