Tree Planting – Volunteers Welcome
Saturday, November 15 at 8:45 am, meet at Capitolo Playground to help us plant 25 trees! Email for details or to sign up.

Soak It Up! Adoption Program
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. We’re looking for volunteers to help us monitor these sites. If you are interested in helping out, please email for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

For more information on tree events, Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at, or visit our web page

The Zoning Committee’s next meeting is on Tuesday, November 11, 7pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall. At this time there is only one case on the agenda: 1246 Federal Street, which is an application for multi-family use.

The results from October’s meeting are as follows:

  • 600 Washington Street: 8-0 Non-Opposition
  • 1213 Peters Street: 8-0 Non-Opposition
  • 1246 Federal Street: Continued to November Meeting

The October Zoning Committee meeting will take place Tuesday, October 14 at 7 pm at Annunciation Church Hall (10th and Dickinson). This month’s zoning cases are listed below:

  • 600 Washington Ave: Application for take out restaurant in Unit # 9 as part of existing sit down facility.  Proposed use requires special exception.
  • 1213 Peters Street: Application for the construction of an attached single family residence with roof deck.  This application was refused for non-compliance with rear yard depth and open area requirements.
  • 1242 Federal Street: Application for legalization of existing multi-family use.
  • Informational Presentation: 827-829 Wharton Street: Informational presentation regarding mixed-use commercial/residential use.

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 or Twitter for any last minute changes. Please email with any zoning-related questions.

October 7, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua. Meeting began at 6:36 pm, adjourned at 7:27 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Antonellis, Zenzola, Emma. Anton, Silva.
Absent: DiGiulio, Wyatt

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She invited the Board to introduce themselves, then encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another.

Pam announced that the PSCA will be using a new Salesforce database to keep track of volunteers and events. She announced that a new volunteer, Tom Gavaghan, will be handling it.

Pam announced that the PSCA Holiday Party is scheduled for Tuesday December 2, and that she is looking for a volunteer leader for the upcoming Tree Sale at Urban Jungle on December 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Christine Knapp announced the winners of the 2014 Block Party Award. A representative from the 700 block of Medina, one of the awarded blocks, reported that the block party was a huge success with more than 100 attendees. The program will continue and be announced earlier next year.


Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning cases as follows: 600 Washington Ave (Special exception for a take-out license), 1246 Federal (Legalization of multi-family use), 1213 Peters Street (Single family home with roof deck. Refused for open space), and 827-829 Wharton (Informational presentation for mixed-use development).

Home Tour

Caroline New and Jennifer Barr, event chairs, reminded residents of the upcoming Home Tour, scheduled for October 11 from noon to 4:00 pm. Thus far $2500 from advertisers has been raised and 42 tickets have been sold to date. Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, is the after-party location. Wood-fired grilled pizza is on the menu.

Caroline announced that she is accepting payment at tonight’s meeting – by cash and checks or credit cards. Advance tickets are $20, and can also be purchased through PayPal. Jennifer Barr announced that among the many discounts participants will find in the guide book, each participant will receive a free slice of cheese pizza from Slice.

Three more volunteers are needed for the day of the Home Tour, especially from 1:30-4:00 pm. Volunteers are admitted to Home Tour for free. If you are interested, email Pam awarded Jennifer and Caroline with a P’unk t-shirt for their hard work and dedication.


Ilene named all of our current sponsors and asked residents to patronize and support their businesses. The newest sponsors are Noord, Garage and Francoluigi’s.


 Mural Arts is finishing up the mural at Capitolo Playground and beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. Shira Wallinsky, the artist creating the 10th and Washington mural, will likely speak at our November general meeting.

This year’s final tree pruning event took place one October 5 from 10 am-12 pm. Andrew asked residents for recommendations of blocks that need tree pruning.

A tree planting will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 9 am. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah announced that the she is looking for volunteers to arrive at 8:45 am. Volunteers should bring a shovel and gloves and food will be provided.

Applications for street trees in front of residents’ homes are due on October 27 and are available on the PSCA website. Street trees applied for by October 27 will be planted in the spring.

A yard tree giveaway will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Columbus Square Park. Pre-registry is recommended.

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing down for the season. Sarah invited interested residents to get involved.

Sarah asked for volunteers who would like to be trained to care for the 5 storm water sites in the neighborhood. We have 4 volunteers so far. We need a fifth and one back up for each site. Please email Sarah if you are interested at She will give those interested a tour of the site.

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that the Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee’s “View From the Top” rooftop fundraising event took place at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. With more than 200 people in attendance and about $10,500 raised towards the renovation of the park, the event was a great success. Columbus Square’s new website was launched also on September 12. He invited guests to stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events.

Columbus Square is planning a flea market for October 25 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, as well as a Pumpkin Painting Celebration for kids on the same date from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Capitolo Playground will be hosting a Fall Flea Market with live bands on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gold Star Park’s Campfire Night will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Gold Star Park (on Wharton, between 6th & 7th Streets). Plan to bring your family and friends. Join neighbors to bring a bit of country into the city! with any questions. Rain date will be October 16th.

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) began the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center. Residents should stay tuned for information about future ESL sessions.

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly.

The next Language Exchange event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th St). All are welcome.


Danielle Saletta from Wells Fargo specializes in working with small businesses. Danielle offered her services to meeting guests. She is available to talk about retirement planning or answer any questions about banking in general.

Nicole Ozdemir from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission ( announced that a comprehensive plan for all of South Philly is being completed. The plan addresses physical improvements, open space, transportation, and remapping for zoning (i.e., updating zoning to match land use). This is the first new plan in about 50 years. Nicole announced that land use surveying has been completed. The City Planning Commission is planning to hold the first of three public meetings the first week in December. The other two meeting are being planned for the spring. Nicole fielded a number of questions, among them one about the future use of the Municipal Complex behind the fire station. Nicole assured meeting guests that the Planning Commission will get community input to begin to address this underutilized space. For more information, residents can go to


Pam announced that the 10th Street Laundromat will be holding a Community Art Fiesta from 6pm-8 pm this coming Friday, October 10th. All are welcome. She also reminded meeting guests of a second Community Volunteer Day that will be held at Jackson School on October 25th at 9 am. Those interested should gather at the school.

Passyunk Square Civic Association’s general meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September through June) at Annunciation BVM Church (10th and Dickinson).

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.

The October general meeting is this Tuesday, October 7, at 6:30 pm, in our usual location in the Annunciation BVM Church hall (10th and Dickinson St., entrance on Dickinson). If you’ve never come to a meeting, why not check us out this month? At the meeting each of the PSCA committee leaders will present updates on their events, and our guest speaker this month, city planner Nicole Ozdemir of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will speak about the upcoming South District Plan. You can also buy tickets to the annual Home Tour! We hope to see you at the meeting!

Home tour poster

On Saturday, October 11, ten interesting, inspiring, and intriguing neighborhood homes will open their doors to ticket holders on the annual PSCA Home Tour! A variety of styles are on display throughout this self-guided tour, from Victorian to contemporary, along with a garden or two. All proceeds benefit our neighborhood by helping to fund PSCA efforts such as street cleaning and gardening programs.

Tickets are available online through PayPal, or in person at the General Meeting this Tuesday (cash, check, or cards)! Get your ticket for $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour.

Your ticket includes admission to all 10 fantastic homes; the Home Tour Guide program book; a free slice of cheese pizza at SliCE; and admission to the private after-party at Brigantessa, the latest addition to the East Passyunk Avenue restaurant scene, where food and drink specials, raffles, and good company await you post-tour.

The Home Tour is also featured in the citywide 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival!

Gold Star Park: Campfire Night & Halloween Party
From 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 9, Gold Star Park will bring a little bit of the country to the city with a Campfire Night, featuring s’mores and other treats! Then on Sunday, October 19, kids can enjoy fun & games at the park from 11 am to 2 pm, including a clown, unicyclist, balloon artist, Fleisher ColorWheels, a fire truck and more! Keep up with Gold Star Park’s events on the park’s Facebook page.

Columbus Square: Flea Market & Pumpkin Fest 
On Saturday, October 25, Columbus Square hosts two fun fall events – a Flea Market from 7 am to 1 pm for treasure seekers, and Pumpkin Fest for the kids from 9 am to 12 noon, with pumpkin painting and Halloween candy (wear your costume!). Find information about these events and more on the brand-new Columbus Square website!

Capitolo Playground: Flea Market & Live Music
Flea market fans will find double the deals in Passyunk Square this fall, with another flea market at Capitolo Playground on Saturday, November 1! The flea market opens at 9 am and wraps up at 3 pm, with live bands performing throughout the event. For other upcoming events at Capitolo, visit the Capitolo Playground Facebook page.

Community Day Part 2 at Jackson School

Community Day on September 13 was a big success, thanks to many dedicated volunteers and sponsors! Mayor Nutter and Councilman Squilla were on hand for the new playground’s ribbon cutting with Principal Kaplan. However, due to some unfortunately timed rain, some of the outdoor projects still need a bit more work. On October 25 we will return to Andrew Jackson School (1213 S. 12th St.) to finish what we started! Email if you are able to help out this time.

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