PSCA Art Auction Call for ArtistsAre you a South Philly artist interested in showcasing your work alongside other top South Philly artists at the upcoming Passyunk Square Art Auction on March 20, 2015?

If so please email a photograph of your work to artauction@passyunk.org with a description and size of your work by February 20, 2015.

All mediums accepted. Maximum artwork size is 50″ x 75″. Framed or unframed pieces welcomed. Artists will be notified in early March regarding their participation in the auction.

The PSCA Trash and Recycling Committee will meet on ThursdayFebruary 12 at 7 pm (location TBD). All who are interested in helping out on the committee in some way are invited. Please contact nicholas.ventrola@gmail.com for details.

South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? If so, stay tuned on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for details on our next Language Exchange event! We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

ESL Classes
New five-week sessions of ESL classes for Level 0 and Level 1 are underway on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbus Square Rec Center. Level 1 began on January 27, and Level 0 will begin on Tuesday, February 3. Watch for information on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for upcoming sessions.

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PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean. Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email beautification@passyunk.org. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these gardens. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). There are five cases for consideration this month:

  • 1225 E. Passyunk – Legalization of outdoor neon sign
  • 1331 S. Juniper – Application to erect three-story addition with commercial and multi-family use
  • 1151 S. 7th – Legalization of two-family use
  • 827-29 Wharton - Second information presentation
  • 1024 Ellsworth - Application for three-family dwelling

Email zoning@passyunk.org with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee.

The first public meeting regarding the South District Plan took place on December 4, and a summary of the discussion so far can be found on the Plan 2035 website. The second public meeting will take place Monday, February 9 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (901 S. Broad Street). You can also contribute feedback on the Plan 2035 website if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Thank you to everyone who donated during the annual appeal. Your donations are always helpful and always used for programs and services. Donations are welcomed and appreciated anytime. Donate on passyunksquare.org through PayPal or send checks to P.O. Box 18052, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Together we do make a difference!

The election for the Passyunk Square Board of Directors will be held at the Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership meeting on May 5, 2015 at 6:30pm. At the April 7, 2015 General Membership Meeting, the Election Committee will present a slate of nominees who will be on the ballot for the May election. YOU can be on that ballot.

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be on the ballot:

  • The candidate must be an adult (at least 18 years of age) who:
    • Lives or owns property within the neighborhood, or
    • Is a business owner having a principal place of business within the neighborhood
  • The candidate can not have served 10 consecutive years on the Board of Directors immediately prior to this election unless the Board has granted by a ¾ majority vote to extend the term of the candidate

Candidates must present verification of residency, property ownership or business ownership.

Please click on this link for a list of acceptable forms of verification, for information on where to present or send a copy of the verification and for the online candidate information form that must be filled out by 11:59pm on March 1.

Do you know someone who would make a good member? Follow this link to provide a name and contact info so we can reach out to that person and ask him or her to fill out the nomination form. Suggested nominees are due 11:59pm on February 15.

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This month we will meet at Plaza Garibaldi (935 Washington Avenue) at 7 pm, Thursday, January 29!

Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

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