News and Announcements

3 tips so you don’t get burned

It’s National Safety Month. And to celebrate, each week in June we’ll share tips to help us all enjoy a safer summer in Queen Village.

Tip #1:  Attend a public safety meeting with our 3rd District Police Leaders.

Tip #2:   Have an outside security camera?  Join the Philly Police SafeCam Network.

Online registration takes only 10 minutes. Rest easier knowing you’ve done your part to help our Police protect you, your family and your neighbors.

Tip #3:  Throw a Block Party

The better you know your neighbors, the more likely you’ll look out for each other. Swap phone numbers. Tell someone when you’ll be on vacation. (Ask a neighbor to remove weekly circulars from your stoop:  they “advertise” that you’re not home.) So play it safe:  throw a block party, (here’s the application) and get knowsy with your neighbors!

So we’re curious — when is YOUR block’s party?

Please answer 4 questions. Your opinion counts!

Neighbor opinions are important to shaping the future of Weccacoe Playground.

This is why QVNA asks you to answer 4 questions from the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, to inform the city about the community’s input for potential changes and additions at Weccacoe Playground.

Click here to answer the 4 questions. The survey deadline is August 30. Feel free to forward this email your Queen Village neighbors to ensure we hear from as many residents as possible. Survey responses will be tabulated and shared at QVNA’s October 16th Community Meeting with Aparna Palantino, deputy commissioner for capital infrastructure and natural lands management with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, as well as Councilman Mark Squilla.

By participating in this survey, neighbors can weigh in on a new playground feature as part of the planning and design process with the Bethel Burying Ground Memorial Committee.  As you may know, QVNA and the Friends of Weccacoe Playground are part of this committee.

This rendering shows the location of the Burying Ground in relationship to the existing tennis court and play areas.

As you may know, the existing recreation building sits atop the historic burying ground and will be removed. A Memorial, still in the planning stages, will take its place. The tennis court will either be removed or moved (and a new playground feature will be installed).

For more information about the Bethel Burying Ground Memorial Project visit https://creativephl.org/bethelburyinggroundmemorial/.

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your opinion!

 

Summer at Courtyard

Kids Summer Program Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Summer at Courtyard program, a learning enrichment program for kids age 5-11. This six-week program (July 9 – August 15) includes reading, art, music, structured exercise and field trips. Volunteers can choose to participate just one time, daily, or for any combination of days, times, and activities.

Adults with a Pennsylvania volunteer clearance  can immediately select activity slots on the Summer at Courtyard Sign Up Genius. Adults needing a clearance can receive a background check at no charge through this program. For more information, click here.

Summer at Courtyard runs Monday through Thursday at the Courtyard Community Room, 1021 S. 4th Street. Each day at 8:15am with breakfast as part of its daily schedule.

Summer at Courtyard is a partnership between QVNA, The Courtyard Residents Council, Southwark Development Corporation, Better Tomorrows and The Michaels Organization.  This is our fifth year of providing free summer enrichment programming to children from Queen Village, made possible through the generosity of our volunteers and financial sponsors and donors.

For more information, please contact Summer@QVNA.org.

QVNA Announces Five Spring Grant Recipients

Five 2019 Community Grant Award recipients were announced by QVNA President Eleanor Ingersoll at the May 15th Volunteer Celebration. A total of $10,000 was awarded.

Horace F. Furness High School, Queen Village’s public high school, was awarded $3,500 to help develop a multimedia center for students and a Parent/Community Resource Center.

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Horace Furness High School Principal Dan Peou accepts the grant which will be used for the school’s new multi-media center and Parent/Community Resource Center.

Philly PACK was awarded $2,100 to provide three tuitions to its two-week Summer Theatre Production Intensive for Nebinger Elementary students.

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Philly PACK theatre & dance company’s Director Jessica Noel accepted the grant which will be used to provide three student tuitions to its two-week Summer Theatre Intensive Program.

Shot Tower Advisory Council was awarded $2,000 to provide two eight-week summer camp tuitions and to defray camp expenses.

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Shot Tower Advisory Council Treasurer Liz Mester accepts a community grant to provide two tutions to its eight-week summer camp and to help defray camp expenses.

Queen Village Tree Tenders was awarded $1,500 for the removal of hazardous dead trees and old stumps from tree pits.

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Queen Village Tree Tenders Chair Dan Gibbons accepts a $1,500 grant to remove dead trees and tree stumps from curbside tree pits prior to the planting of new flowering trees.

Friends of Moyamensing Point was awarded $900 for supplies and expenses related to park maintenance, planting materials, and use of the park area, including the Group’s annual Phestivus event.

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Friends of Moyamensing Park’s Pat Bigley, John and Maureen Weir, John Koger, and Tim Graham accept a $900 grant to provide planting materials and to pay for supplies expenses to maintain and improve the park at 2nd & Moyamensing Avenue.
Grant award decisions were based on the degree to which the proposed project meets a community need, the clarity of the project description budget detail that reflects well-defined needs and reasonable costs, and the capacity of the applicant organization to complete the project within one year.
QVNA’s Community Grant Program provides funding to help improve the quality of life of Queen Village residents.  Grant requests are accepted for a wide range of projects and programs, such as enhancing parks, gardens, playgrounds, educational programs, neighborhood safety, clean & green projects, and historic preservation.