Following last month’s election, the newly elected Board of Directors have had their first meeting and selected officers for the new term. New roles and committee assignments are as follows:

Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice President
Sarah Anton, Treasurer; Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Christopher DiCapua, Secretary; Parks Liaison & Outreach
Joseph Antonellis, Trash and Recycling Committee Chair
John Digiulio, At-Large
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Jared Klein, Zoning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Ricardo Silva, At-Large
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Business Outreach Chair
Tom Wyatt, Education Committee Chair

Watch for the PSCA website to be updated with new bios and photos of our dedicated Board!

Throughout the summer at Gold Star Park (7th St. and Wharton St.)
Gold Star Park’s upcoming summer events include “Kids Play,” a playgroup that meets on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 11 am. “Kids Play” is offered in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Coop, and Friends of Gold Star Park; the next play date is Saturday, June 21. Toys, a group activity, and healthy snacks are provided.

Also at Gold Star Park, don’t miss the “Music in the Park” series on the second Wednesday of each month, from June through August. Caribbean music ensemble Trinidelphia will perform on June 11 at 7 pm (rain date: June 18).

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

The Passyunk Square Civic Association has partnered with Mark Phillips of Americorps VISTA and the Mexican Consulate to offer regular language exchange sessions at rotating local Mexican restaurants. The goal of this program is to bring together populations that might not otherwise have contact, for networking, friendship, and community building. This is a low pressure, loosely organized program in which participants can meet neighbors and learn a new language while enjoying a discounted menu at local restaurants. English speakers with at least a little basic Spanish are needed, although those with no Spanish speaking ability at all are completely welcome also. Stay tuned to the PSCA’s Facebook page for the next Language Exchange date and location!

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Tuesdays & Thursdays at Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)

The third session of ESL classes began at Columbus Square last week. Level 1 (beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning on May 27. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, starting May 29. Classes are held in the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton) from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. The cost for five weeks of classes, including materials, is just $20. Free supervised childcare is offered. Stay tuned for future class offerings.

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk and Wharton)

The garden is in bloom! Stop by and see what’s growing, take a few herbs or a bit of whatever is abundant, and meet some neighbors. Open hours are Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm until the end of October, and Thursdays from 10 am to noon through the end of August. Hours are subject to change and will be posted on the garden’s Facebook page. Garden workdays are the first Saturday of each month, from 11 am to 1 pm.

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs

On Tuesday, May 13th at 7PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance) the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association is scheduled to hear the following cases:

1148 Wharton Street:

Application for the construction of a non-accessory gym on a portion of the ground floor of a four story apartment building.  This application was refused because the proposed used is not permitted in an RSA-5 zoning district.

1203 S Clarion Street: 

Application for the construction of an attached 3 story single family residence with roof deck and pilot house.  This application was refused for non-compliance with rear yard setback and open area requirements.

1201 Latona Street:

Application for the construction of a roof deck on an existing single family residence.  This application was refused for non-compliance with maximum height requirements.


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


On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Annunciation BVM, the Passyunk Square Civic Association held its first annual election for Board of Directors. Fourteen candidates were vying for twelve director positions on the PSCA Board. Below are the results, certified by the independent PSCA Nominating Committee:

Top 12 win election
(place, name, # votes)

1. Pam Zenzola – 70
2. Sarah Anton – 66
3 (tie). Christopher DiCapua – 63
3 (tie). Tom Wyatt – 63
5 (tie). Christine Knapp – 62
5 (tie). Ilene Wilder – 62
7. Andrew Emma – 60
8. Jared Klein – 59
9. Angel D’Ippolito – 56
10. Ricardo Silva – 53
11. Joe Antonellis – 40
12. John DiGiulio – 27
13. Michael Giordano – 25
14. Larry Lichtman – 17

The PSCA Nominating Committee would like to thank all of the candidates for standing for election and for their service to the neighborhood. We would also like to thank everyone who cast one of the 80 ballots that were submitted tonight. Questions or comments? Email

- PSCA Nominating Committee

La Hoja Informativa de la PSCA de mayo 2014 ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The May 2014 PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

Tuesday, May 6, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson)

What an exciting time for PSCA! The May 6 election for the Board of Directors has certainly generated a lot of enthusiasm. The nomination process ended on March 28, giving us 14 candidates running for 12 positions! Of those running, 9 are current members and 5 hope to be ‘freshman’ Board members.

Our venue, Annunciation BVM Church hall at 10th and Dickinson, is the perfect size for this event: BIG! The Election Committee has separated the hall into two distinct sections: one for voting and the other for socializing. Stop in just to vote (there will be no regular general meeting), or stay to mingle with your neighbors and enjoy pizza, generously donated by Francoluigi’s (Thank you Frank Borda!)

Excited to hear the results? Stay til 8 pm when the polls close and the Election Committee will count the ballots and announce the results to all present. Can’t stay? Not to worry – results will be posted to our website later the same night.

For information such as voter eligibility, required form of ID, and bios of all the candidates click here.

-Pam Zenzola, President

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