Cast Your Vote for Nebinger’s Leslie Grace for Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Teacher Award

Philadelphia magazine called for nominations for outstanding teachers in the Greater Philadelphia area that go above and beyond their job descriptions. With the overwhelming amount of submissions received, the editors have narrowed them down to the Top 5 and Nebinger’s very own Leslie Grace has made the list!

Ms. Grace has been teaching for 13 years, and in that time she has had the opportunity to collaborate, learn from, and benefit from her dedication to her students and commitment to art education in the city of Philadelphia. Ms. Grace has built an entire art department at her current school from the ground up and raised over $20,000 for her students and school.

Click here to cast your vote for Philadelphia magazine’s Best Teacher Award. The grand prize winner’s school will receive $5,000 and a book donation, courtesy of Subaru of America.

Summer at Courtyard returns with six weeks of free summer programming

Queen Village Neighbors Association, in partnership with the Courtyard Residents Council and Better Tomorrows, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 orientation and registration for the annual enrichment program, Summer at Courtyard.
Join us at 6:00pm on Tuesday June 13th in the Courtyard Community Room located on the first floor of the Tower, 1021 S. 4th Street
Learn about the programming and share some pizza with other parents. Guardians are required to attend in order to register children for the enrichment program plus register children for golf instruction at the First Tee. Camp is limited to 35 participants.
Summer at Courtyard is a free, 6-week program that runs Monday-Thursday from 8:30-2:30.
Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served.
Questions? contact schoolsandyouth@qvna.org

Personal Memories of Fabric Row and South Fourth Street [Video]

On April 20, 2017, the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation and Queen Village Neighbors Association hosted a panel discussion called “Personal Memories of Fabric Row.” The event featured the following long-timers who lived and worked in “The Jewish Quarter:”

  • David Auspitz, former owner of Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen and Famous Fourth Street Cookie Company and former chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board.
  • Harry D. Boonin, author of several books, including the well-received “Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia: A History & Guide 1881-1930.”
  • Joel Spivak, architect, artist, community activist, former owner of Rocketships & Accessories and originator of Philadelphia’s National Hot Dog Month celebration.
  • Marge Schernecke, 5th-generation neighborhood resident who worked on South Street, shopped here, was an activist, QVNA president, editor, and much more.

During the event, the panelist talked about the people, peddlers and pushcart owners who lived and worked on Fabric Row … and made this area a unique and marvelous experience.

The event took place at 7:30 pm at Riverside Hall at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church.

Nebinger Elementary Schoolyard Improvements

Dear Neighbors:

Six years ago a plan was presented to then principal Dr. Burnley to renovate Nebinger’s schoolyard.  We are excited to announce that the project has made it through the design phase and will be moving into construction this week.

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, The Trust for Public Land will begin construction to improve the Nebinger schoolyard. The Trust for Public Land will manage the construction project through to completion.  Here are some project details:

  • The Trust for Public Land anticipates that construction will begin the week of May 8th. Contractor working hours are weekdays from 7:00 to 3:30 unless otherwise approved. Upon site closure, access will be restricted to the construction company and its subcontractors, the Trust for Public Land and its consultants.
  • The timeline for active construction of the project is approximately 4-6 weeks however additional time is required for the legal transfer of the site back to the School District The site will remain closed to the Nebinger community until the property transfers.
  • Construction access to the project areas/schoolyard will be through the school’s parking lot gate. The Trust for Public Land anticipates little or no extended impact on street or lot parking or on traffic.
  • The project includes minor demolition of asphalt for the installation of playground equipment, site furnishings and playground safety surfacing. The contractor anticipates the use of a small skid steer for demolition and necessary installations.  TPL anticipates the demolition will be complete in less than one week.  There will be approximately 3 to 4 days when large trucks will deliver play equipment and concrete.
  • One of the goals of all Trust for Public Land projects is that the improved space be available to the public during the some period of non-school hours, such as evenings, weekends, and/or summer. The Trust for Public Land will be working with the school and the community group, Friends of Nebinger, to bring together a meeting of neighbors and community to discuss public access to the schoolyard.

In a short time, our neighborhood school will have a safe, healthy, and more fun place for the children, and our community will have a completed project that make our corner of the world more beautiful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gretchen Trefny, Program Manager at gretchen.trefny@tpl.org or Friends of Nebinger at nebingerfriends@gmail.com.

Spring 2017 QVNA Community Grant Cycle Open

The QVNA Board is pleased to announce the Spring cycle of our Community Grant Program that enables residents of Queen Village to execute projects that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.
Who is eligible:  All established groups in Queen Village (QVNA committees, “Friends of” groups, garden groups, parks, schools, etc.) as well as newly forming groups, or committees.
What can get funded? QVNA will accept grant requests for projects starting at $500. The range of projects can include greening, sustainability, historic preservation, beautification, safety, schools/education, health—any project that affects quality of life issues for residents of Queen Village will be considered.
Timeframe:  Please submit your requests to info@qvna.org between May 1 and May 18 (this is a firm deadline). Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee through the end of May. Additional information will be solicited as needed during the evaluation process. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Board at the June 1 meeting. Those selected for grants will be notified by email following the meeting and acknowledged publicly at the June 15 end-of-year social event to be held at Weccacoe Playground.
Please note that funding will be allocated as a reimbursement or direct payment for items. QVNA will not give money for DonorsChoose projects if they have funding by the time grant recipients are announced.
In the past, QVNA grants have helped to fund projects like the Fulton Street Mural, a joint quality of life signage project with Paradigm Gallery and local street artist Kid Hazo, scholastic endeavors at Meredith and Nebinger Elementary, as well as improvements Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, Mario Lanza Park, Bodine Street Community Garden, Friends of Shot Tower and others.

Message from Plenty Cafe Regarding Application for Extension of Premises

Dear Queen Village Community:

Plenty Café has been open now for five months and are excited to welcome the Spring and Summer seasons with our friends and neighbors.

As was agreed to in our CLA, we will be applying for Extension of Premises in May that allows us to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors where licensed to operate the Sidewalk Café (from Unit 101 apartment window, to the front door on Monroe Street and from the front door to the apartment main entry on 5th Street). There will be no seating on the 5thstreet side until 4PM Monday through Friday during the school year (as defined by the School District of Philadelphia).

It will likely take between 60-90 days for the application to be processed and approved.  During this time, I am happy to answer your questions about the process at anthony@plentyphiladelphia.com

As some of you may know, I own the building and live upstairs and so remain deeply committed to the neighborhood and to being an exceptional neighbor.

Thank you again for all the support; we simply would not be here without you!

Sincerely,

Anthony Mascieri, Owner Plenty Café

Seeking Volunteers to Deliver QVNA Magazine

Did you know that a network of neighbors help QVNA create, publish, and distribute the magazine every other month?  Without the tireless dedication of these volunteers, it would be impossible for us to bring this great publication to your doorstep.

We need your help. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to deliver the magazine to the following blocks in Queen Village:

  • 300 block of Lombard (south side only)
  • 300 block of Pemberton
  • 900 block of S. 3rd
  • 700 block of S. Randolph
  • 500 block of Catharine
  • 100 block of Catharine

Here’s how it works:

  • Every other month, we will send you an email message or call you to let you know when to expect the delivery.
  • On the designated delivery date, we will deliver a bundle of magazines to your doorstep.
  • With a few days of receiving the delivery, you will go door-to-door and deliver a copy of the magazine to each neighbor residing on your block. You can place the magazines on doorsteps or inside mail slots – whatever you prefer.

This is an easy way to get involved with your civic association and help keep your neighbors informed about what is happening in Queen Village.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us via email at info@qvna.org or call us (215) 339-0975.

Become a Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee Block Captain

Become a block captain and register with the Streets Department’s Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) for seasonal cleanup resources. The PMBC Program is a partnership between the city and its residents to keep their blocks clean.  To become a block captain, you will need the support of 51 percent of the residents on your block.

Contact QVNA at info@qvna.org to let us know if A) you are already a block captain and for what block and B) if you plan to sign up, for what block?

Here’s information on the program →