The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by President Jared Klein.  Board members in attendance were: Jared Klein, Ilene Wilder, Nick Ventrola, Sarah Anton, Christine Knapp, Henry Sullivan, Andrew Stober, Tom Wyatt and Jeff Brown.  Absent were: Andrew Emma and Ricardo Silva

Introductions.  Jared asked people in the audience to introduce themselves to someone they did not know.  They did so.

Committee Reports: 

Home Tour.  Andrew Stober reported that PSCA had a great Home Tour last Saturday, October 29.  Among the homes visited were those of Ilene, Ricardo, Frank, Dana and his.  Ninety people participated and PSCA netted almost $4,000.  The home owners loved it and participants made contacts.  Andrew mentioned that he still has two raffles available and people have an excellent chance to win.  He will sell raffle tickets at the end of the meeting and also give people Gen 3 bags and Home Tour guides.

Zoning.  Tom indicated that, due to the election, the Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM at St. Maron’s Church.  The cases to be reviewed include: 1226 S. Sheridan Street, 1212 Mildred Street, 1509-11 S. Franklin Street and 610-12 Wharton Street.

Education.  Nick mentioned that he can be contacted regarding education issues at education@passyunk.org.

Beautification.  Sarah reported that they are closing Passyunk Garden for the season and will have a big workday this Saturday, November 5 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  There will be tree planting on November 19 and also canvassing to see who wants trees for the spring.  Requests for spring trees have to be in by November 25.  Sarah will be at the Fountain every Wednesday until Thanksgiving to inform people about the availability of trees.  She also mentioned that they will be rebooting tree tenders on November 9 at the Triangle Tavern.

Communication.  Sarah reported that PSCA communication will be transitioning from Erika Reinhard who recently got married and moved out of the neighborhood.  She called for and received volunteers who are interested in working on PSCAs social media.  They include, Alysea MacDonald, Josh Kruger, Katie Castiglione and Holly Keefe.

Speaker.  Zack Duberstein, Principal of the Vare/Washington School was introduced.  He mentioned that Vare/Washington was just named a Teach for America school to learn from.  It is ranked ninth out of 55 elementary schools in Philadelphia.  The school received a $100,000 learning grant and is in the running for other grants.  Vare/Washington is doing really cool things.  It is working with the United Way.  It has improved its landscaping recently.  It’s always looking for volunteers to do things such as read with kids. There are plans to restructure the school yard and basketball courts.  The school has two roof decks that have never been used since its founding in 1935.  Zack reported that it also is about to undertake a Mandarin emergence program, which would be the first in Pennsylvania.  He is looking for letters of support from the community.  Ilene asked if students can volunteer in Columbus Playground on Saturdays and Zack said yes.  He can be reached at zduberstein@philasd.org.

Officer Ace Delgado reported that there will be a toy drive on between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, on Saturday, November 12 and 19 in the Walmart parking lot.  They are looking for donations for kids of all ages, including gift cards.

Theresa Rose spoke about the 9th Street Stock Exchange.  She came up with the idea, is the project curator and is working with the Mural Arts program and eight businesses along 9th Street.  The businesses are selling other businesses products on a weekly basis.  The eight businesses represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds and she asked that they come up with a product best representing their store.  For example, Fante’s had a pasta machine.  On Wednesday of each week the stores rotate selling other store’s products and the money from the product sold is returned to the original store without any commissions.  There are cash only transactions.  The eight stores are identified by big white signs, everything is in English and Spanish and the Stock Exchange will operate until December 7.

Jared ended the meeting by reminding people that they can buy raffles and the December 6 membership meeting will be a holiday party with a location to be determined.

The meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.

 

Submitted by Jeff Brown.

 

Addendum:  Ricardo Silva reported after the meeting that the next Spanish/English language exchange would be at Iztaccihuatl – Philadelphia 1122 S 8th St, Thursday November 17th  7-9pm. We welcome all people from beginners to really fluent in either language they want to practice.

Jackson School is hosting a Family friendly happy hour on Wednesday, October 19, at the PHS Pop-up Garden at 15th and South St. from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $10 for adult admission and you’ll enjoy happy hour prices on food and drink all night.  Will also have a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.

 Congratulations to Jackson School fifth grade science teacher, Ms. Jayda Pugliese. She is a top 10 finalist for the best in education award. This is a national honor awarded two outstanding educators and comes with a $10,000 prize for the school and a $10,000 prize for the teacher. If this sounds familiar to you, no doubt it’s because this is the very same a word that our own principal Lisa Kaplan one in 2015. We are so proud of Ms. Pugliese.

Jackson teachers are holding a WALK-IN on Thursday, October 6 from 8:00 am- 8:20 am. In a Walk-In, parents, educators and students gather outside their school 30-45 minutes before the school day begins. Several speakers address local issues and express a vision for change. When it is time for the school day to begin, the educators, students and parents walk into the school together. In districts like Philadelphia, where we are struggling with inadequate resources, a Walk-In is an opportunity to engage parents, students and community leaders to speak with one voice to tell lawmakers to fund schools fully, fairly and adequately. 

Support Vare-Washington School by shopping TeaSchoolDays.com 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 zduberstein@philasd.org.

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

 Design charrette with The Big Sandbox (www.thebigsandbox.org) 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 (http://goo.gl/forms/7XutF5lqxh) or send the following to stoopofthemonth@passyunk.org:

-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: https://southphillygreen.ticketleap.com/yardtrees/! 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 beautification@passyunk.org
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 beautification@passyunk.org. 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 treasurer@passyunk.org. 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 andrew@andrewstober.com to make arrangements. All proceeds benefit the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

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