Minutes12 Apr 2013 09:49 pm

Minutes from April 2, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ St. John the Baptist Church

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 8:00 pm. Attendance: Approximately 28.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, DiCapua, Anton, Emma, Fioretti, Geary, Knapp, Wilder, Knox. Absent (excused): Morris

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola spoke about the EPABID Shopping survey placed on each seat, which is also available online at EPABID’s Facebook page. One lucky person won two tickets to Flavors of the Avenue. Sarah Anton encouraged folks to attend Theatre Exile’s Fergie Fest on April 4, and their upcoming play North of the Boulevard.

Committee Reports:

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the Spring Clean Up is April 13 from 9am-2pm, focusing on 9th street from Reed to Ellsworth Streets. Volunteers should sign up at  www.philadelphiastreets.com/Project_Register.aspx?code=20Q8D15N52.  After-party will take place at Underdogs. Gold Star Park will also be hosting a cleanup on Sat. April 13. PSCA will host another e-waste (electronics, anything with a plug) recycling event on May 11 from 10am-2pm in the Acme parking lot. The Trash and Recycling Committee is engaging the Jackson School in creating an Eco Club to foster environmental awareness.

Education: Christine Knapp reported that Open Enrollment/Tours of local schools are May 13-16.  The Education Committee (20 people) met on April 1 and discussed the following: crafting an engagement strategy for Kirkbride School; Jackson School Musical Spring Show is  April 19 5:30 to 7:30pm; Jackson School Career Day is May 3, and  Community Unity Day and Flea Market is May 18. Teacher appreciation day is May 7. Capitolo Park will host a Bilingual Playdate on April 13 from 3-5pm.

Beautification: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton announced that the Spring tree planting is April 20 at 9am at Capitolo. Volunteers are needed to plant 40 trees and can sign up by emailing beautification@passyunk.org. Form submission deadline for the Fall planting is April 5.   There will be a yard tree giveaway on April 13 from 10am-noon at Capitolo through the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, where anyone with yard space can pick up a container tree (which are 5-6 feet tall). Passyunk Gardens will open April 21 and is always looking for volunteers to assist with the garden. PSCA continues to work on bringing more public art to the neighborhood, and ideas for locations can be sent to beautification@passyunk.org.

Parks: Chris DiCapua reported that Gold Star Park has new co-chairs: Regan Cooper, Kath Howarth and Tina. Columbus Square will host their flea market on April 27, and spaces are still available. Columbus has received a grant from the Community Design Collaborative to work on an overall plan for the park, and residents are encouraged to offer input on what you would like to see in the park by emailing columbussquarepark@gmail.com. Columbus Square Advisory Council meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, while Capitolo Advisory Council meets the 1st Wednesday of every month.

Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP): Angel D’Ippolito welcomed BJ Phillips as our new Police Advisory Council liaison. The next NAP meeting will be announced next week. NAP hopes to incorporate Town Watch into their program, and is looking for more volunteers. Angel reminded residents to use the city’s 311 service to report graffiti and other nuisances.

Actual Value Initiative: Angel D’Ippolito reported that the AVI public meeting on March 26 with Councilman Squilla, OPA, BRT and the City Finance department was very well-attended. The Councilman is looking into ‘smoothing’ options to make it less burdensome for residents. Homestead exemption is still up for debate, and may be $30,000 or $15,000. First level appeals were due April 1, 2013, but you can still appeal to the BRT by October.

Zoning: Tina Geary reported that the Zoning Committee will hear one case on April 9th at 7pm (at St. John The Baptist Church at 1234 Tasker Street), which is 735 Reed Street. It is an application for contractor’s storage (equipment and materials storage building) on the first floor and for a two (2) family dwelling on the second floor of an existing two (2) story attached structure.  Both uses are prohibited in the RSA-5 zoning district.

Fundraising and Events: Ilene Wilder noted the silent art auction on March 22 was a great success. The annual plant sale is May 4 from 10am-2pm at Urban Jungle.


Police Officer Ace Delgado reported that there were 3 people shot last week—one male shot by police at 10th and Mifflin as he was seen stabbing someone, and two people were shot at 7th and McKean. There was also a break-in through a rear window at a residence on the 1400 block of S. 6th Street, where the homeowner shot one of the intruders. Residents should report neighbor situations to Officer Delgado and to the Human Relations Commission. Residents should try to stay involved with cases through prosecution by the DA’s Office, as criminals are being released too easily. National Night Out will be the first Tuesday in August, and Peace Day will be celebrated on Sept. 23.

Tanya Morris from EnergyWorks spoke about a program sponsored by the Department of Energy and the local Energy Coordinating Agency to offer discounted home energy assessments to PSCA homeowners. Normally such a building assessment would cost $400, but with group purchasing we would get a discount to $150 per assessment. EnergyWorks also offers low-cost financing to do the improvements and referrals to licensed contractors, though one is under no obligation to get any work done after the assessment. Low cost financing (0.99%) is available, with the first six months free right now. For more information, see www.EnergyWorksNow.com or call 215-609-1052.

Curtis Alexander from Urban Jungle (PSCA Sponsor) announced they are coming up on their 4th year in business! He spoke about new hires and new products, such as a sedum mat that can be hung on a wall or used as decoration (table runner), which can also be rented for events, as well as a “plant pie” that can create an instant window box mix of plants. Urban Jungle is overhauling the garden at Le Virtu and hopes to make it the best outdoor eating space in the city.


–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, April 9, 2013.


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