Support Vare-Washington School by shopping from Wednesday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 19!

Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 pm: meeting with Community Design Collaborative  on the playground redesign at Vare-Washington School in room 103. Vare-Washington School is collecting letters of support for the Mandarin Immersion Program that is getting off the ground for the 2017-18 school year. They need support letters from 25 parents (in or out of the catchment) in order to move forward. Though preference for enrollment in the program will go to in-catchment students, it will be open to students district-wide. If you are interested in this program for your kindergartner starting in 2017 (or beyond), please send an email to show your support to Principal Duberstein at

Kirkbride School needs assistance with leveling books in their library during after school hours. Interested volunteers should contact Erin at

 Design charrette with The Big Sandbox ( at Kirkbride School 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 6. All community members interested in assisting the planning process for a project at the school is welcome to attend.

Do you know of a stoop that should be recognized as Stoop of the Month? Send us your nominations for November by Friday, October 21.

To apply fill out this google form ( or send the following to

-1-2 digital color photos

-property address

-brief 1-2 sentence description of what makes this stoop special

-your name (the nominator)

-property owner’s name (if different from nominator)

Help us plant more trees in South Philadelphia! This month there’s plenty of ways to get a tree yourself, or help us spread the word to other neighbors on your block.

 If you’d like a Yard Tree: 
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
East Passyunk Community Recreation Center
1025 Mifflin St
Passyunk Square, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Leafy Streets are hosting the only yard tree give away in South Philly this season! Sign up to get a free yard tree. You’ll need to plant it yourself on private property and other conditions apply. For full details and to register visit:! We only have 50 trees to give away and they tend to go quickly so sign up as soon as you can!
If you’d like a Street Tree:
The next deadline for the neighborhood street tree plantings is Friday, November 25 for trees to be planted in the Spring of 2017. If you’d like to chat about what planting a tree in front of your house entails – we’ll be at the Fountain Farmers Market every Wednesday in October from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm . Stop by and say hello! You can also download and application here and send it to
We’ll also be planting trees on Saturday, November 19, and going door to door on select block throughout October. We can always use more volunteers!
If you’d like to help!
 Email us at We could use help at all the events above.

Are you a Facebook/Twitter/email master? Would you like to be? Help us keep your fellow neighbors up-to-date!
We’re looking for some new members for our communications team. It’s a great opportunity to learn all about the neighborhood association and become very familiar will all our programs and work. It’s also a great way to learn how to manage a Facebook page, twitter feed or email newsletter – or all three if you’re very ambitious. If this sounds interesting to you email Sarah Anton at We’ll set up a time to talk about what needs to be done and see how you might be able to help!




This month’s zoning meeting will occur on Tuesday, October 11. PSCA monthly zoning meetings occur on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Saint Maron’s Maronite Church (1013 Ellsworth St).

This month’s zoning meeting has 6 cases:


  • 1120-1124 S. 12th St – The proposed use, warehouse, is prohibited in this zoning district (CMX-3)
  • 1212 Mildred S. Mildred St – The proposed use, household living, two family dwelling, is prohibited in this zoning district (RSA-5)
  • 1024 Federal St – Proposal to create 2 lots from one existing deeded lot with each lot to be used as single family household living (one to have parking space)
  • 1412 S 6th St – The proposed use, multi-family household living, is prohibited in this zoning district (CMX-1)
  • 1315 Federal St- Proposal for an acupuncture service/personal service on 1st floor with single family above (proposed use and proposed multi-main uses both prohibited in this zoning district – RSA-5)
  • 820 Earp St


The 2016 Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 29th 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 features homes in all stages of renovation, providing a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet neighbors.

Tickets are $20* in advance (*There is a small convenience fee if you purchase online). Please note that you will not receive an actual ticket for this event. Your name will be added to our attendee list. If you prefer to purchase your ticket in advance with cash, please contact us at to make arrangements. All proceeds benefit the Passyunk Square Civic Association.


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.

Passyunk Gardens is transitioning into fall. Broccolis and lettuces are in the ground and the September work day will be a week later than normal due to the holiday – Saturday, September 10, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Follow Passyunk Gardens on Facebook to stay-up-to-date on all the Garden happenings.

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