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Free expert advice on fixing & improving your row house

The Association for Preservation Technology Delaware Valley Chapter is offering a free, two-day symposium on the Philadelphia row house this Friday and Saturday. The event promises to help homeowners learn how to maintain and repair their row house, and make them more energy efficient.

Topics will include:

  • Repairing and underpinning foundation walls
  • Wall stabilization and repair
  • How to insulate masonry walls
  • Ventilation and HVAC
  • Wood window repair and replacement
  • Flashing and roofing systems
  • Chimney repair best practices

Representatives from the Historic Commission and L&I will also be present to discuss permitting, inspecting, and getting repairs and alterations approved by the City.

The 2018 Row House Symposium is FREE, but registration is required. Please register here.

Schedule
Friday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location
Friday: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
Saturday: Materials Conservation Co., 1714 N Mascher St.

For more information: https://www.apt-dvc.org/aptdvc-events/2018/11/16/row-house-symposium

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FDR Park community meeting tonight!

You’re invited to opine about plans for FDR Park tonight, Wednesday, November 14, from 6-8pm at South Philly High. This is the second of three FDR Park Master Plan community meetings organized by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of FDR Park, and WRT Design.

The Conservancy promises that the meeting will be “a fun, open-house style meeting where you can learn more about the planning process, weigh in on potential scenarios for the future of the park, and get information on events, activities, and resources the park already offers.”

Refreshments, free childcare, and language interpreters will be available.

Spread the word to your neighbors, friends and family!

Learn more about the plan here: https://myphillypark.org/what-we…/capital-projects/fdr-park/.

 

 

 

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Events Roundup 11-07-18

Dickinson Square – Love Your Park Day volunteer event
Help out raking leaves, picking up litter, cleaning flower beds. Light refreshments served. Children welcome.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 9 am – 2 pm
Where:
1600 East Moyamensing
More info: https://loveyourpark.org/


Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour
Self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Followed by happy hour at Triangle Tavern, 11th and Reed Streets.

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 4 pm
Where:
Same-day tickets available for $25 at B-2 Coffee Shop, 1500 East Passyunk.
More info & tickets in advance: Buy $20 tickets in advance online at: https://passyunksquare.ticketleap.com/2018-psca-home-tour/details


St. Monica School – Beef and Beer Night with “The Business”
Enjoy an evening with the hottest band in South Philly, The Business, for a great cause! All proceeds raised will fund the Windows2020 project, to provide new windows for the school.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 7 pm
Where:  2500 South 16th Street
Tickets: $45 via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beef-beer-with-the-business-tickets-48515465062


Philadelphia Wing Festival
The 2nd annual Philadelphia Wing Festival is back! A fun-filled family day featuring wing themed activities & madness! 

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 6 pm
Where: 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/philadelphia-wing-festival-35926/


Eagles vs. Cowboys – Green Legion Home Game Tailgate
One of the best home tailgates in South Philly.
– All you can eat tailgate menu
– Drink specials
– No line or cover to access Xfinity Live! after the game

When: Sunday, 11/11, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/eagles-vs-cowboys-green-legion-home-game-tailgate-35285/?ref=ucen1030185



Weekly Events

Programs at the Free Library branches
Each week the Free Library branches in South Philly offer a wide variety of educational and fun events for children and adults. Options include storytime, play groups, yoga, knitting, English classes, health fairs, computer help, and much more.

Where: Find a branch near you
When: View Upcoming Events under each site’s location information, or browse the calendar.


Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

 

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Doing their BID-ding

Community leaders are advocating for a business improvement district that would have the South 9th Street Italian Market as its hub.

By Joseph Myers

In 2016, a proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) for the South 9th Street Italian Market failed to acquire the mandatory two-thirds vote to move forward.  A renewed effort to establish the “South Philly Market Improvement District” has supportive community leaders hoping that sufficient advocacy will help advance a project eight years in the making. You can hear more about the plans at this evening’s Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting.  

Passyunk Square Civic president Sarah Anton considers the market “a gem.” But, she stresses, “There’s still plenty of work to be done. The whole corridor…including areas just beyond it, deserve intensive attention.”

The proposed BID would stretch from Eighth to 10th streets and from Federal to Fitzwater streets. Parts of Washington Avenue and Christian Street would also be included. Under the plan, commercial properties in this area would pay an additional property assessment. BIDs receive taxing authority from the State and must garner approval from City Council. The proposed operating expenses for the service area total $281,636.

If approved, those revenues would help the BID tackle boarded-up and graffiti-covered spaces, fences, vacant storefronts, and old or damaged vendor stands. Area residents would benefit from the BID’s greening and beautification efforts, lighting and infrastructure work, safety  improvements, and litter removal. The BID would serve as a complement to the one established on East Passyunk Avenue in 2002.

Anton explained that the BID’s management team, outreach staff, and legal/professional services would help improve the entire service area: “Commercial landlords could attract and retain more clients, businesses could have improved prospects for success, and residents and visitors could be a more integral part of the community.”

Eugene Desyatnik, president of the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), cautions that the proposed BID may not meet with universal approval. “When businesses hear that they can receive help, yet will  need to contribute to that via assessments, it’s not unusual for them to wonder if anything is really wrong with staying on the present course.”

The BVNA hosted a meeting on October 22, in conjunction with the South Philly Market District organizers. That meeting served as a kickstarter to secure the votes needed in City Council, specifically 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, to advance the plan.

Photo courtesy Vern Anastasio

The BIDs’ proponents feel confident the organization, if approved, will help keep the Market competitive with other area commercial enterprises and attract new tenants and visitors. “Along with valuing the past,” Desyatnik said, “we have to make apparent what we can do to improve the present and the future” of the market.

Anton concluded, “I’m eager to keep pushing for this BID. Simply put, the community needs and deserves it.”

Read the proposal details here.

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Events Roundup 11-01-18

Dia de los Muertos Vigil
On the final night of Fleisher’s Día de los Muertos celebration, gather in the Sanctuary for quiet reflection and tributes to loved ones who have passed.

When: Thursday, November 1, 6 – 8 pm
Where:
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
More info: Visit Fleisher’s website.


World Vegan Day Party
Celebrate World Vegan Day with a Philly Vegan Pop Flea, local vegan cheesesteak aficionado, Vance Lehmkuhl, and more.                             

When: Thursday, November 1, 7 pm
Where:
Tatooed Mom, 530 South Street
More info: Visit their website.


Hawthorne’s Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival Block Party
Live music starts at noon and lasts all day, food trucks, vendors, kids’ fun zones. Family-friendly. Rain or shine.

When: Saturday, November 3, 11 am – 8 pm
Where:
738 South 11th Street
More info: Visit Eventbrite.


Toll Man Joe’s – Indoor Flea Market

When: Saturday-Sunday, November 3 – 4, 8 am – 2 pm
Where:
26 Oregon Avenue
More info: Visit their website.



Weekly Events

Programs at the Free Library branches
Each week the Free Library branches in South Philly offer a wide variety of educational and fun events for children and adults. Options include storytime, play groups, yoga, knitting, English classes, health fairs, computer help, and much more.

Where: Find a branch near you
When: View Upcoming Events under each site’s location information, or browse the calendar.


Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6

Related imageDo you know your polling place?

Find it at the Office of Philadelphia City Commissioners site.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, it’s due by 5 pm Friday, November 2.

Not sure what you’re voting for? Check out the non-partisan Committee of Seventy’s voting guide. The site includes:

Find more information on the state voter services site.

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