Please see below for our latest blog posts about things going on in the neighborhood. Here are some other basics about our activities:

Please note: Until further notice all in person PSCA events and meetings are canceled due to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are holding virtual meetings. You can register at the links below. The latest guideline from the city for indoor gatherings are available at phila.gov/COVID-19 or by texting COVIDPHL to 888-777.

General Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) at 6:30 pm. In person meetings are typically held at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave. Speakers are typically announced via email and on Facebook the Friday before the meeting. Our monthly newsletter comes out the morning of the meeting, archives are available here. You can also review these links to archived newsletters and meeting minutes.

General Meeting Registration: www.passyunk.org/generalmeeting

Check the menu above for information on our various committees and sign up for our mailing list to the right for all the latest updates.

A few other quick links:

Thanks for stopping by!

Election for the 2022-23 Board of Directors will take place this year with two different voting option. Neighbors who are invited to vote electronically. Voting links will be sent out to our mailing list on April 29th. Only votes from those who can verify they live, own property, or own a business in the neighborhood will be counted. If you have voted in past elections, we will verify your information via past records.

If you are new to voting, you must verify that you are eligible to vote as a member of PSCA. Membership is automatic for anyone who lives, owns property, or owns a business with the primary location within the boundaries of PSCA. To verify, ONE of the following documents can be used as proof:

  • Voter registration card
  • Executed lease agreement (either for renter or business owner)
  • Deed
  • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID with an address in the neighborhood
  • Utility bill
  • Printout of OPA page (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PHOTO ID)
  • Business Privilege License or other permit (for business owner)

    Please be prepared to submit this documentation.

Electronic votes must be submitted by Monday, May 2 at 11:59pm. If you live within our boundaries neighbors who are not on our e-mailing list you can sign up here. If you would like a paper ballot, email nominating@passyunk.org.

In-person voting will take place at our May general meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd with details and location to be announced. We are also planning to invite candidates for the upcoming Philadelphia and commonwealth elections for a meet and greet on this date. Check our social media for details. 

The four candidates for five open seats on the 2022-23 ballot:

Ben Bryant
Christine Knapp (up for re-election)
Theresa Rose (up for re-election)
Bradley Wilhelm (up for re-election)

See below for candidate answers to questions about why they are running for the PSCA board.

Thank you to all who have stepped forward to serve in this important role!

BEN BRYANT

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I’ve participated in several different volunteer activities, including neighborhood tree plantings and clean-ups at Columbus Square. From 2021-2022 I also volunteered to run a public outreach process to resolve short-term issues and discuss the long-term vision for Christopher Columbus Charter School’s planned expansion on Clarion Street.

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I’m an urban planner and designer by trade, so much of the Board’s focus is relevant to both my professional experience, but also to my personal experience as a parent of three kids in the neighborhood. I realized while running the public outreach process regarding Christopher Columbus Charter School’s planned expansion last year that my skillset was really valued by my neighbors, the school’s leadership, PSCA, and our elected officials, and that I enjoyed working with PSCA Board members and other entities in solving long-standing issues. The bulk of my professional experience is focused in neighborhood planning, and in finding creative, low-cost solutions that can lead to wider, systemic changes. As such, I hope to be able to bring these talents to the Board of Directors and help neighbors at large work together for a better community.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

I have significant experience in many areas of the Board’s work, much of which I’m interested in, but I think the core talent I bring to the table is the ability to listen to others and synthesize lots of different inputs, frame realistic end goals, create coalitions to achieve these aims, and develop practical solutions to vexing problems. I also have a talent for engaging neighbors of all backgrounds, and a particular interest in hearing from portions of the neighborhood that haven’t been as engaged in the work of PSCA in the past.

CHRISTINE KNAPP (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I have been on the PSCA board for almost 15 years, with a two year gap, and have led neighborhood clean-ups, organized block parties and served as a Committee person.

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I believe PSCA helps to connect neighbors to each other and supports a more beautiful and vibrant neighborhood, and I enjoy supporting the organization’s efforts.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Institutional knowledge, awareness of City programs, board service experience

THERESA ROSE (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

My first volunteer contributions in the neighborhood were treeplanting at Columbus Square Park and serving as a Stormwater Ambassador. I have also organized the PSCA Art Auction, as well as donated artwork to the fundraiser. Annually, I participate in neighborhood and park clean up days as well as organize the Percy Street Arts Walk. I have been a PSCA Board member since 2018 and the most recent PSCA Board President (2021-22).

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I value our Passyunk Square neighborhood, its parks, its schools and mostly importantly, its neighbors. I see the way that knowing our neighbors, helping each other out, can make people happier and create stronger communities. I hope to play a role in that orchestration.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Professionally, I bring general administrative and management skills to the Board. As an artist and cultural producer, I bring arts knowledge and arts programming experience. On a more personal note, I care deeply for my neighbors and carry with me a spirit of optimism and concern that, at the end of the day, fuel my participation and interactions. I love meeting new people and connecting with neighbors.

BRADLEY WILHELM (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I’ve been a volunteer board member for 2 years now!

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I value this community and feel very fortunate to be able to live here. Volunteering on the Board of Directors is how I pay that gratitude forward.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Analysis, public-sector background, and lots of effort.

Come tour the vibrant murals and gardens of the Passyunk neighborhood on Saturday October 2nd from 12pm – 4pm! 

In light of the current climate, the Annual PSCA Home Tour has been reimagined to an all outdoor experience exploring the amazing murals and gardens of the Passyunk neighborhood! This PSCA Tour  provides a chance to learn more about the historic murals and outdoor gardens and is also one of PSCA’s most successful and important annual fundraisers.

Choose from two tours: 

  • Mural tour led by the Mural Arts Program at 12pm & 2pm 
    • Reservations required for small group tours capped at 15 people.
    • Ticket Price: $35
    • 2 Pay-What-You-Can tickets available for each 12pm & 2pm tour available for those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to cost. Email hometour@passyunk.org for availability.
    • Please bring a mask
  • Self-guided Tour of Neighborhood Murals and Gardens  
    • Map with suggested route and information on the murals will be provided at the tour start location
    • Ticket Price: $25
    • Day of Ticket Price: $30
  • All attendees will be entered to win gift cards to some of Passyunk’s favorite restaurant including $35 to Comfort & Floyd, $75 to Triangle Tavern and $125 to Burrata! Sponsored by She Moves Philly!

Get your tickets here!

Please note that you will not receive an actual ticket for this event. Your name will be added to our attendee list. All proceeds benefit the programs of Passyunk Square Civic Association.

This event is sponsored in part by She Moves Philly!

Elections this year will be held virtually. Voting links will be sent out to our mailing list on April 26th. Only votes from those who can verify they live, own property or own a business in the neighborhood will be counted. If you have voted in past elections, we will verify your information via past records.

If you are new to voting, you must verify that you are eligible to vote as a member of PSCA. Membership is automatic for anyone who lives, owns property or owns a business with the primary location within the boundaries of PSCA. To verify, ONE of the following documents can be used as proof:

  • Voter registration card
  • Executed lease agreement (either for renter or business owner)
  • Deed
  • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID with an address in the neighborhood
  • Utility bill
  • Printout of OPA page (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PHOTO ID)
  • Business Privilege License or other permit (for business owner)

    Please be prepared to submit this documentation.

Votes must be submitted by Tuesday, May 4 at 11:59pm. If you live within our boundaries and are not on our e-mailing list you can sign up here. If you would like a paper ballot, email nominating@passyunk.org.

The seven candidates for the seven open seats on the 2021-22 ballot are as follows:

Adriana Adelé Akintobi
Sarah Anton (up for reelection)
Jeff Brown (up for reelection)
Sanaz Hojreh
Kamaryn Norris
Suzanne Tavani (up for reelection)
José Luis Uribe

Adriana Adelé Akintobi
Adriana volunteers through the City at large through yoga + well-being classes with different not-for-profit organizations and engages with community [primarily virtually] to partake in mutual aid + redistribution of resources.

Adriana’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I was asked to put my name into the running for Board of Directors by Suzanne Tavani after a discussion this summer about the name change of Columbus Park and the need for the Civic Association Board to more accurately represent the demographics of the neighborhood. I want to be on the Board as it’s vitally important to root and bloom where we are planted and for the past 7 years, that has been here in Philly. Community care is the backbone of a strong community and it starts in your neighborhood.

Adriana’s answer to the question “What skills would you bring to the board” was:
“Skills developed during my time as the Homeland Security Grant Program Manager for the City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management: effective communication [listening and speaking] with a range of people; analytic thinking capable of seeing the details and the big picture; the ability to manage budgets and multiple projects. Personal strengths: passionate about creating inclusive + equitable spaces and communities; the ability catalyze and mobilize people in service of the collective good.”

Sarah Anton
Sarah has been involved with PSCA for nine years and on the board for the past eight years. She started by being involved with the Tree Tender program and by volunteering at Passyunk Gardens. Soon after this, She started co-chairing the Beautification Committee and then joined the board. She has continued in her role as Beautification Chair and since joining the board, served three years as Treasurer and currently serves as the Board President.

Sarah’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“Since getting involved with PSCA I’ve learned a lot about different strategies for working with neighbors to address all kinds of challenges and opportunities in our area. I hope to be able to contribute these experiences to good conversations going forward about whatever comes next, and to help our group be prepared and proactive. If elected for another term I hope to focus my board service on finishing projects I’m current working on, and supporting the next generation of leadership on the board. I want to really focus on hearing more about how others might want to get involved with PSCA, sharing my understanding of what it is to serve, and figuring out ways to make it rewarding and productive for neighbors to get involved with the organization.

My work with the board to date gives me a great deal of experience to draw on in all areas of operation for our neighborhood association – for example, ensuring smooth operations related to our neighborhood association’s RCO role, managing tree plantings, contributing to gardening activities and SPOAC and Passyunk Gardens, negotiating our new trash contract, maintaining relationships with school and park groups, and working with other non-profit groups in our area, the 3rd Police District, and local and state government offices. I also have a background in non-profit management and fundraising that I hope to continue to use to help strengthen programs and operations. I’m a Master Gardener and have completed the Citizen’s Planning course offered by the city’s office of Planning and Development.”

Jeff Brown
Secretary, PSCA. Governance Council Capitolo Community Garden. Capitolo Playground Advisory Council Member. Love Your Park participant. Philly Spring Cleanup, block clean-up organizer.

Jeff’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I love the neighborhood. Although it has changed significantly in the 35 years since I moved in, I still love it. The neighborhood is so convenient for dining, food shopping, gyms, parks and community gardens, the post office, and the list goes on. It is among the most diverse in terms of demographics in the City. For the most part, residents on the blocks are friendly and willing to help each other. I want to be on the Board of Directors to help give back to the neighborhood and ensure that it retains its distinct character within our City.

Some of the strengths and skills that I bring to the Board are: my organizing experience ( I was a Union President and representative for 38 years ); my knowledge of the City of Philadelphia and its bureaucracy (I worked for a City agency for 34 years); my ability to take notes and transcribe them; my knowledge of the neighborhood and many residents; and my experience on the governing bodies of the Capitolo Playground Advisory Council and the Capitolo Community Garden.”

Sanaz Hojreh
Sanaz has been co-chairing the PSCA Art Auction for the past 3 years. She also participates in Love Your Park events at Columbus Square Park, clean-up days around the neighborhood, and other events. Her career has been in non-profit management with deep roots in community building all through the lens of the arts. She has experience in project management, budgeting, fundraising, programming, and has held roles as a team member as well as a leader. She currently sits on three boards and understands the role and duty of a board member.

Sanaz’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“Civic responsibility is super important to me. If we seek growth and improvement in our community then we are the ones who have to engage in the process to ensure that it takes place. I would welcome the opportunity to build on what’s already been built and sustain and grow PSCA along with my neighbors.”

Kamaryn Norris
Kamaryn has been participating in PSCA general meetings for some time, participating in our online surveys, making connections throughout the neighborhood, and relaying neighborhood/city concerns to local elected officials

Kamaryn’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to apply to PSCA’s board, as I have a strong sense of pride living in the neighborhood and find gratification in making it an ever better place to live. Participating in the Civic has been a helpful way for me to feel that sense of neighborhood/community when I first moved here, and I’d like to collaborate with other Civic members and Board leadership on how we can take that even further to others who call this neighborhood home. I think there are many opportunities to leverage the resources, committee work, and programming of the civic to help inform decisions that are made in the city and our neighborhood.

My background is in public policy and communication (I work full-time in Government Affairs at a local hospital), and would bring my professional experience to the work of the board, which includes knowledge of local legislative processes and community development. I am a graduate of an 8-week civic non-profit Board Prep program and the Philadelphia Planning Commission’s Citizen Planning Institute (CPI). Beyond formal training, I think I’d bring a different perspective and experience. I also love to engage and research that leads to solutions. Additionally, I am deeply involved in many organizing and advocacy groups in the city focused on making Philadelphia a better place to live for all, so I would proactively make connections and share relevant information. I thought about joining the board in a past election cycle but ultimately decided against it because I didn’t have the capacity at the time. Thanks all for consideration!!”

Suzanne Tavani
Member, Board of Director and Chair, Zoning Committee — Passyunk Square Civic Association; life-long resident of the community

Suzanne’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“For the last 6 years I have been involved with the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association — initially as a member and now as Chair. I believe that it’s important to have as many voices involved in the PSCA as possible. As a life-long resident of the neighborhood — and the only Board member with that distinction — it has become increasingly important to me to share the voice and represent the voice of life-long community members.

Historical knowledge of the community is important and I believe that I represent those voices. In the past five years, I have brought organization, direction, and accountability to the Zoning Committee.”

José Luis Uribe
Luis has been active in the neighborhood coaching the Lobos soccer league. He wants to be part of the board of directors to help his community. He is bilingual and would bring these speaking skills to the group as well as helping to strengthen ties to the Hispanic community.

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