Need an excuse to get involved in your neighborhood this year? The civic associations on the west side of Broad Street are mixing things up this Saturday, 7 p.m., in a meeting at the newly relaunched Tap Room on 19th, at 2400 S. 19th St.
The plan is to bring members of all the west of Broad civic groups, including Newbold Neighbors Association, Girard Estates Neighborhood Association, Melrose Civic Association, Newbold Civic Association, Newbold Community Development Corporation and West Passyunk Neighbors Association.
If you noticed a newcomer on the list, you’re correct. The Melrose Civic Association, which covers Broad to 19th, Wolf Street to Oregon Avenue, is still in the process of establishing itself, but it has done quite a bit and has more planned for the neighborhood. “There was a need for an association,” said President Frank Genzano.
Meetings are in the Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Library at 1935 W. Shunk St. on the first Tuesday of every month.
Melrose Civic already filed with the city, and after Jan. 30 they will be considered official. They had their first meeting in January, and every meeting will be on the first Tuesday of every month.
They settled on the name Melrose – not for the diner, which isn’t within their borders anyway – because they wanted to choose one of the old street names. That’s what Carlisle Street used to be called, Genzano said. They also think the name is marketable and has a nice ring to it.
So far, the association has sponsored a toy drive, which filled three 65-gallon bins full of toys for children in need. Other goals involve greening Porter, Shunk and Ritner streets. They’ve been speaking with businesses along the street and want to include maybe two to three trees per block depending on what the residents want. Crime prevention, street cleanup and promoting neighborhood businesses are also on the list.
Melrose Civic has established committees to take on street cleaning, event planning and greening. They will establish a zoning committee in the February meeting.
Meetings aren’t restricted to adults either. The Donatucci library makes for a kid-friendly environment, Genzano said. During the last meeting, kids had cookies and milk upstairs in the library. “We’re very family oriented,” he said.
Melrose Civic is in the process of creating a website, but neighbors can contact the organization on its Facebook page for now.
– Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande