Elections this year will be held virutally. Voting links will be sent out with the May newsletter. If you live within our boundaries and are not on our mailing list and would like a , email nominating@passyunk.org to receive a link to participate. The candidates for the six open seats on the 2020-21 ballot are as follows:

William Gross (up for reelection)
Christine Knapp (up for reelection)
Theresa Rose (up for reelection)
Andrew Stober (up for reelection)
Bradley Wilhelm
Candidate Bios


William Gross

Bill grew up in the Philadelphia area, and spent several years living in Washington DC before moving back to Philly a few years ago. During the day, he works as a project manager for the American Red Cross, where his favorite projects are those that focus on improving communities by offering services, building awareness, and encouraging involvement. Outside of work, he’s interested in how cities and neighborhoods grow and develop, and the strategies that can be applied to help increase happiness among residents. When Bill moved to Passyunk Square, it was the completion of a full circle for his family. His grandfather grew up at 7th and Dickinson, where he lived from the 1920s through the 1940s. Bill joined the civic association to help ensure that our neighborhood holds on to the spirit that makes this part of our city so special, and to leverage the positive change and growth the area is experiencing.

Christine Knapp

Christine Knapp has lived in Passyunk Square since 2006 and immediately became involved in the civic association. Over ten years, Christine served as chair of the Trash and Recycling Committee,Vice-President, and President of the PSCA board. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy the neighborhood’s diverse and delicious food scene, and find it charming that it is hard to walk anywhere in the neighborhood without running into friends. After taking a year off after having a daughter, Sabine, Christine is happy to rejoin the PSCA board. During the day, she serves as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia.

Theresa Rose

Theresa Rose moved to the neighborhood in 2007 on South Clarion Street. She loved the neighbors so much that she later moved with her husband and son just around the corner to Federal Street. Her commitment to the city of Philadelphia runs deep having worked for the City’s Office for the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy as well as Fringe Arts. In 2012, she became a Neighborhood Clean Water Ambassador and in 2014 developed a “family day” at the Passyunk Garden. Theresa was co-chair of the 2018 PSCA Art Auction and has been donating artwork for the last 5 years. She is a practicing visual artist and an instructor at Moore College of Art and Design.  www.theresarose.org

Andrew Stober

After attending a PSCA meeting in 2010, Andrew and his wife moved to Passyunk Square in 2012. They love the neighborhood for its mix of lifelong residents and newcomers from around the region, nation and world. Andrew has served on the PSCA board since 2016 and organized the 2016 Home Tour. Andrew spends his days in West Philadelphia as the vice president for planning and economic development at the University City District.

Bradley Wilhelm

Brad is a first-time homeowner who feels very fortunate to be part of this wonderful neighborhood and community. He wants to continue all the great work that’s been done and he has a passion for pedestrianizing car-dominated areas that comes from having lived in a city (Burlington, VT) with an incredibly successful pedestrianized street. He hopes to be able to use his bureaucracy navigational skills to make the neighborhood a more pedestrian-friendly place. 


We remind our neighbors that all our in-person events are canceled or postponed through the month of April. There is a citywide and statewide stay at home order until further notice.

Below is an updated list of helpful resources and things to know during this time.

You are also welcome to reach out to us at contact@passyunk.org with questions and we will do our best to direct you to city offices. Stay safe and stay connected even while we’re all at a distance!


From the City

From the Commonwealth

Other City Departments and City-wide Agencies

Staying Safe


Guidance from the CDC

Guidance from the State

Guidance from the City

City of Philadelphia Coronavirus helpline  1-800-722-7112

Need help coping? The Commonwealth has a toll-free support line: 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600 or Text PA to 741-741



Grocery stores continue to be open for essential visits. Please remember to leave morning hours for seniors and others who might be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. Neighbors might also consider the wide variety of grocery delivery services.

Local Grocery Delivery and Contactless Pickup options:

Local Restaurants and Shops offering contactless pick-up and delivery

Additional options for contactless supplies and food support


Relief Funds

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Suggestions for helping neighbors who may not be internet savvy: 

  • Comcast Internet Essentials – New customers will receive two free months of Internet service if they apply by April 30, 2020. 
  • Share a guest wi-fi password
  • Assist with Facetime or zoom to see relatives/friends
  • Assist with telemedicine visits  

Support for Healthcare Workers

Support for Families, Schools and Teachers

Support for Local Businesses and Their Staff

City and Non-Profit organized Direct Action and Volunteering



While you’re home, it’s a great time to:

Additional Resources and Inspiration

UPDATE: See updated resource list here: http://www.passyunksquare.org/2020/03/26/covid-19-resources/

For updates from the City:

  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Coronavirus helpline  1-800-722-7112

For updates from the Commonwealth:

Thank you for staying home as much as possible!


Given the effort to contain COVID-19 and recommendations yesterday from the city, PSCA is postponing our upcoming Art Auction scheduled for March 28th and our Planning Meeting scheduled for March 16th. We are working to determine the best way to proceed with the business of our regular Zoning and General meetings and will provide updates later this month (please note that ZBA is suspending cases for 2 weeks – more info here.)

For the Art Auction, we will certainly honor tickets purchased, provide refunds to anyone who seeks it, and honor transferred tickets. We hope our artists and institutions/organizations will remain with us as we identify a new date.   

The Philly Clean-Up on April 4th and tree planting on April 25th have also been postponed. Tree in the Spring planted will be planted in the fall instead. We will continue to monitor recommendations on public gatherings and respond accordingly. Please check our website and social media channels for additional updates and changes. (paragraph updated 3/26/2020)

As we learn of any additional information or opportunities to be of service to our community members and local businesses, we will pass them on. For now, we encourage neighbors to refresh their commitment to good public health practice given the spread of the coronavirus and to take this very seriously, including new restrictions and recommendations for group gatherings

If you are sure you are healthy, you might also consider calling elderly or otherwise vulnerable neighbors to offer to assist with grocery shopping or errands.

Neighbors can read the full city updates here and commonwealth updates here and/or sign up for city updates by texting COVIDPHL to 888-777. 

Philadelphia public schools are closing for two weeks and permits at for department programs and Parks and Rec are suspended. After school programs, rec centers and senior centers are still open as of this posting, but check with the School District and Parks and Recreation for updates. Note that free meals will still be available to students in need check the School District website or with your school for more details.

Updates from Septa are available here

Visit the City’s Department of Public Health website, the World Health Organization and the CDC for updated recommendations and information about coronavirus and the best things you can do to help protect your community


UPDATE: See updated resource list here: http://www.passyunksquare.org/2020/03/26/covid-19-resources/



If you have symptoms, call your doctor, stay home and see:

Parks, Schools, Library closures and where to get free meals for kids:

Special Assistance and support:

Specific city and citywide Agencies:

Other Updates:

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