In this issue, we unveil a gorgeous new design concept that aims to revitalize the grounds at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and National Historic Site. Download PDF
- Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age
- Red Cross Certified (you are able to get enrolled in a certification class through Parks and Recreation)
- Must pass Physical, Drug Screening, and background checks
- Work 35 Hours a week, including some weekends
- pay: $12.33 per hour
- https://beta.phila.gov/services/working-jobs/become-a-lifeguard/ in depth job description and contact information.
Interested? Please contact Pool Director Jennifer Cox at (215) 685-1592
In this issue, we take a look the Swedish settlers who successfully colonized the Delaware Valley over three centuries ago. We also trace the Swedish ancestry of the “First Family of Queen Village” who supported building the oldest church in Pennsylvania.
As part of ongoing efforts to improve bus service, SEPTA is seeking a better understanding of how employees and shoppers use SEPTA bus routes at major shopping destinations in the southeastern part of the city, near Columbus Boulevard and Snyder Avenue. These locations include Pier 70, Whitman Plaza, and Columbus Commons. If you are regular rider on any of the routes that go these destinations (Routes 7, 25, 29, 47, 57, 64, 79, and G), SEPTA is interested in hearing from you. Please fill out this short survey and help SEPTA make improvements to these routes.
You can enter to win a monthly TransPass in a drawing contest when you complete this survey. The grand prize is a monthly TransPass. 10 runners up will win a SEPTA t-shirt. You can only win if you complete the survey. Winners will be chosen at random once the survey period is completed.
Are you tired of having take-out menus and ad circulars jammed into your door frame or mailbox? If so, print out the Circular Free property registration form, fill it out, and mail or fax it to the contact listed on the form. You will receive a sticker to place on your front door in the mail. If businesses continue to flyer your property after your sticker is posted, they will be issued a citation from the Department of Licenses & Inspections.
How to report a citation
Here’s what to do If you have a circular free sticker visible on your front door and continue to receive circulars or advertisements from businesses:
- Scan or take a photo of flyer and email it to the L&I Circular Free Coordinator at OperationsVending@phila.gov.
- Or call 215-686-2414 to provide the details
- or you can mail or fax the flyer to: The Department of Licenses & Inspections, Circular Free Property Coordinator, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1180
Be sure to include the address where the flyer was received and the date and time that it was delivered.
William Meredith School, at 725 S. 5th St., is seeking a front desk volunteer for the office during school hours. Responsibilities include greeting visitors/students entering the building, assisting with directing traffic in our main lobby, assisting visitors/volunteers/students with signing in/out, delivering the mail and handling special projects. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
On November 16, the School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to dissolve itself. In January, Mayor Kenney will appoint an Educational Nominating Panel to identify candidates for the new Board of Education. As the Nominating Panel reviews potential Board members, the Mayor wants to hear from citizens about what we consider to be our top priorities for school improvement. Share your ideas by taking this survey.
Property tax bills were mailed last week by the Office of Property Assessment. This is a good time to confirm if you quality for any tax breaks. There are two ways your tax bill might be cut, abatements and exemptions:
- Abatements apply credits to the amount of tax due. Some rehabilitated properties in Queen Village qualify for a 10-year tax abatement.
- Exemptions reduce a property’s assessed value. The most widely used is the homestead exemption. Homeowners who have lived in their homes for 10 years or more may quality for the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP).
To learn about other exemptions and abatements, visit www.phila.gov/OPA.
A diverse group of neighborhood activists in the late ’60s and early ’70s stopped the Crosstown Expressway in its tracks and kept the South Street area from being destroyed by an 8-lane, block-wide depressed highway.
The free panel discussion took place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church’s Sanctuary, Columbus Blvd. and Christian St. It was co-sponsored by Queen Village Neighbors Association and the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation (HGDPC).
The panel included these veterans of the Crosstown Expressway fight:
- Paul Levy, founding CEO of the extremely successful Center City District and author of “Queen Village: The Eclipse of a Community.”
- Marge Schernecke, a community organizer and leader in Queen Village whose family has lived in the area for five generations.
- David Auspitz, former owner of Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen and Famous Fourth Street Cookie Company, and former chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board.
- Rick Snyderman, co-founder of The Works Gallery, and a key player in organizing the “South Street Renaissance.”
- John Coates, former housing development leader and Executive Director for SCPAC, a coalition of river-to-river community groups.
- Conrad Weiler, former national activist preventing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods and Temple University political science faculty member since 1968.
- Joel Spivak, architect, artist, former owner of Rocketships & Accessories and originator of Philadelphia’s National Hot Dog Month Celebration.
The panelists described the strategies and tactics they used to fight City Hall, derail the ill-fated Crosstown Expressway and help keep nearby neighborhoods intact.