Queen Village Call for Board Nominations

QVNA Call for Board Nominations

Are you interested in being more involved in your neighborhood? The Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA) is holding its Board elections on November 16, 2017. QVNA exists to serve the residents of Queen Village and strengthen the community by:

  • Providing a forum for public discussion of issues of concern and interest,
  • Supporting improvements to our neighborhood, our schools and our city,
  • Facilitating understanding and use of public services and
  • Acting as a channel of communication with city officials and elected representatives.

Areas of focus are zoning, schools and youth, public safety and quality of life improvements.

The Board is made up of five officers and eight “at large” members, each of whom serve two-year terms 

Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates must be a resident (renter or owner) of Queen Village, have attended and signed in at any two QVNA-sponsored meetings in the last 12 months, and can commit to the first Thursday of every month for Board Meetings.

Candidates should submit a headshot and a 200-word statement about yourself and why you want to run to info@qvna.org by October 19, 2017. Statements will be published on QVNA’s website, and candidates are invited to make a brief statement at QVNA’s General Meeting on October 19. Elections will take place at the General Meeting on November 16, 2017.

If you need to attend additional meetings to be eligible, the upcoming meetings qualify:

  • Friends of Nebinger September 27 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA General Meeting September 28 7:30 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA Board Meeting October 5 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • Schools & Youth Committee October 12 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA General Meeting October 19 7:30 at Old Swedes

For more information on QVNA and its Board, please see our by-laws.

Fall 2017 QVNA Community Grant Cycle Open

The QVNA Board is pleased to announce the Fall 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 by October 15th (this is a firm deadline). Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee through the end of November. Additional information will be solicited as needed during the evaluation process. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Board at the December 7 meeting. Those selected for grants will be notified by email following the meeting and acknowledged publicly at the December 21 end-of-year social event.
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.

After School Program at Old Pine Community Center

Old Pine Community Center offers a full day care on most school holidays and on half days at no extra charge. The program is for grades K-8, a nutritional snack is provided each day. Financial aid is available and CCIS is accepted.

Activities include sports, arts & crafts, literacy, homework help, STEAM, and activities.

Pickup is from McCall, Nebinger and Meredith.

For more information contact Old Pine Community Center 401 Lombard St, Philadelphia PA 19147 center@oldpine.org 215-627-2493

South Street Parking Update

In order to improve public safety, the flow of traffic for SSHD businesses, emergency vehicle access, as well as working to address the quality of life for neighboring residents, the South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority have modified parking times on South Street.

 In order to create a late night public safety lane, vehicles will not be allowed to park / stop on the North curb lane side of South Street between 2nd and 6th Streets,  from Midnight – 3amFriday – Saturday – Sunday.

Please be aware that vehicles parked on the north curb side of the street during these times are subject to removal by the PPA. 

Phase 2 has also now been implemented changing Metered Parking Enforcement on South Street from the current 9:00am-10:00pm to a new 11:00am- 12:00am (midnight), and relocated the current motorcycle/scooter zone from 436 South Street to 601 South Street. 

Please look for street signage changes and help make your patrons aware of these parking modifications.   Please be aware that this is a pilot parking project and may be adjusted based on experience, feedback, and assessment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@southstreet.com

 

Philly 10 K Returns to South Street

One of Philadelphia’s most intriguing and popular races, the Philly 10K returns to South Street the last weekend of August.

On race day August 27th the heart of Philly will move to the pounding of footsteps, through 6.2 miles of urban character, seen on the stoops and the store fronts…the murals and the markets…the restaurants and the revolution beginning at 8th & South Streets. The event will conclude Post-Race Festival located on 4th St, 5th & Passyunk Streets between Bainbridge & South and on Bainbridge Street between 4th & 5th.

There will be no parking on the race route, (look for NO PARKING signs) from midnight on Saturday before the race through 11am the next morning. Additionally, South Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 4am on Sunday morning.

The race and post race festival should operate from approximately 7am – 1pm on Sunday with streets opening as safety allows following racers clearing the area.

For more information and race routes  www.thephilly10k.com.

G. W. Nebinger Elementary School is still registering students in Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year! 

You can register on August 18th from 9 am – 3 pm at 601 Carpenter St, Phila PA. For more information, stop in and speak with Ms. Gonzales (Nebinger’s awesome school secretary) or call her at 215.800.8110 and she will walk you through the process. Not getting a person on the phone? Email Principal Natalie Catin directly at ncatin@philasd.org. Spots are limited so hurry!

A Community Conversation about Homelessness & Panhandling

South Street Headhouse District is sponsoring a community conversation about homelessness and panhandling on Tuesday, August 22 from 6 to 8 pm at Headhouse Shambles (2nd and Lombard). Representatives from Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, Society Hill Civic Association, Queen Village Neighbors Association and Bella Vista Neighbors Association will be present.

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Volunteers needed to help deliver QVNA’s Magazine

The QVNA Magazine is published 6 times a year (September, November, January, March, May and July). It includes popular features such as the President’s Column, movie reviews, spotlights on local businesses, upcoming events, as well as updates and announcements about neighborhood projects and initiatives.

We rely on and are currently seeking volunteers to transport bundles of the magazine to block volunteers– a little like a “paper route” delivery, but this happens just 6 times a year and takes about an hour.   Small shopping carts are provided to hold the bundles, alternatively you could use a car or wagon!  If you have the time and like to walk, it’s a great way to explore parts of the neighborhood.
We are also seeking volunteers to distribute the magazine to specific blocks, this consists of putting a magazine in mail slots (takes about 15 minutes of your time).  If your block is listed below or you don’t live on the listed blocks but enjoy walking and happy to help us out, please let us know.  It’s easy and we sincerely appreciate that you’re helping to keep the entire neighborhood informed!

Please be in touch with Lynn Williamson at evelyn@qvna.org or 215-339-0975 for more information or to offer your time.

Isaiah Zagar Mural Next To Meredith Elementary School

The IMAGINE Committee at Meredith Elementary School and the Meredith Home and School Association are excited to announce that Isaiah Zagar has chosen the wall next to Meredith at 711 S. 5th Street, to create one of his signature mosaics. The owners of the building have graciously agreed, and the project will be part of the Magic Garden’s August 26-27, 2017 workshop, from 9-4 both days, rain or shine. Meredith parent Carlo Sena, will be onsite during much of the project. Thank you, Carlo!
The workshop will follow the Magic Garden’s standard format: https://www.phillymagicgardens.org/public…/mosaic-workshops/ of individuals 18 and older who want to learn the craft of mosaics. This collaborative piece is sure to brighten the Meredith campus. Isaiah predicts they will need about 12 workshop participants for this project. Neighbors interested in taking part should visit the website link above. The workshop’s cost and particulars are included on that page.

South Street Parking Pilot Program

In order to improve public safety, the flow of traffic for SSHD businesses, emergency vehicle access, as well as working to address the quality of life for neighboring residents, the South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority, will initiate Phase 1 of a new pilot parking program this weekend.  Phase 1 pilot parking changes will go into effect this weekend and will be in effect for the rest of the summer and fall.

Phase 1:  In order to create a late night public safety lane, vehicles will not be allowed to park / stop on the North curb lane side of South Street between 2nd and 6th Streets,  from Midnight – 3am, FridaySaturdaySunday.

Please be aware that vehicles parked on the north curb side of the street during these times are subject to removal by the PPA. 

Within the next few weeks, Phase 2 will also be implemented which will include:

a) changing Metered Parking Enforcement on South Street from the current 9:00am-10:00pm to a new 11:00am– 12:00am(midnight), and b) relocating the current motorcycle/scooter zone from 436 South Street to 601 South Street. 

Please look for street signage changes and help make your patrons aware of these parking modifications.   Please be aware that this is a pilot parking project and may be adjusted based on experience, feedback, and assessment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@southstreet.com