CDAG’s Meeting on July 13, 2017

This will be an important public meeting hosted by CDAG (Central Delaware Advocacy Group), about 1st District Coucilman Mark Squilla’s bill to amend the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay. Voice your concerns to Councilman Squilla, and to Philadelphia Director of Planning and Development Anne Fadullon. Other Planning officials, and reps from the DRWC (Delaware River Waterfront Corp.) will be on-hand too.

Meeting will be in the theater (to minimize elevator-related delays in getting everyone in to the meeting location).

Free parking on site.

Further details later in the week, but mark your calendar now. We expect this to be a large meeting, please RSVP at the Facebook Event Page so we can anticipate how many people for this meeting

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:…/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.

Celebrate the 4th of July

July 4th in America’s birthplace

When you think of July 4th, you think of Philadelphia first.

Being the birthplace of American liberty isn’t just a slogan. This and every year around Independence Day, history comes alive — and we as a city celebrate our shared history together — over the course of the Wawa Welcome America Festival.

The celebrations have already begun and go through the holiday. It’s not only about fireworks on the big day, either: There are over 50 free events happening citywide!

Check out the many ways you can celebrate July 4th this weekend in America’s birthplace — Philadelphia!

From concerts in front of Independence Hall to the fireworks near the Art Museum, the celebrations show off Philly’s beauty and spirit — all the while honoring our country’s history.
be sure to check out these safety tips from the Office of Emergency Management before you head out to enjoy the fun. There are multiple fireworks shows going on this weekend, so, please, leave the fireworks to the professionals!

PS: With free events happening all weekend long, be sure to visit Welcome America’s site to plan your weekend celebrations!


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


Imagine Meredith

The IMAGINE Meredith Committee and the Home and School Association are teaming up with Isaiah Zagar to create a mosaic mural on the wall next to the school’s northwest schoolyard entrance at 711 S. 5th St. The project is set for Aug. 26-27, and will require the help of about 12 volunteers, who must also sign up for Magic Gardens’ workshop on the same dates.

Buy personalized pavers to support improvements to the Meredith play yard now and for a limited time only. Corporate pavers are also available. Order here.

Summer At Courtyard Off To A Great Start

Summer fun at Courtyard has begun. We are proud to be providing this summer opportunity to 37 neighborhood youth . The youth participants started the week off  with a science experiment, working as a team, Field trip to the zoo, enjoying the spray ground at Shot Tower playground, and summer would not be summer without water ice, compliments of Gateway Towers Apartments South ( A Lindy Property).

Recycling Bins Are Finally Here!

The wait is over Queen Village, our recycle bins are here. Bins will be available for pick up on Tuesday June 27, 2017 between the hours of 12 noon – 3pm only. The bins will be distributed in the following way; First come first served, (1) bin per household, there will be a short form that must be completed once you get your bin. Please see Lynn in QVNA office for further details.

Grand re-opening a success!

150 hot dogs 5 gallons of lemonade 5 gallons of ice tea. Somebody had
a good time!

The weather was in complete cooperation and we had a great turnout for
the re opening of Weccacoe playground.  In addition to hot dogs and
lemonade food contributions from QVNA Board members and from local
restaurant Plenty, we’re also devoured. Thank you very much for a
great evening.

Although Councilman Squilla was not able to be there in person he was
certainly there in spirit. He was detained by a marathon City Council
session where he and his fellow council members did the good work for
all of us who care about Parks and Recreation. At issue it was the
Mayor’s initiative to used sweetened beverage tax money to pay for
significant renovation to Philadelphia Parks, Recreation Centers, and
libraries. Mayor Kenney has named the measure “Rebuild”.The measure
made it out of Committee last night and is expected to be approved by
Council shortly

(see full article:
Rebuild also includes significant agreements with the building
trades aimed at making the Rebuild funded projects use a labor force
that reflects the population that the facilities will serve. If well
executed this could lead to new apprentice programs and new jobs. Stay

“Rebuild could touch from 150 to 200 individual sites, facilities that
have fallen into deep disrepair because of budget constraints.
Improvements will range from face-lifts to the construction of new
The Councilman called me after the event to apologize for his absence,
in light of what is being accomplished in City Hall, I say Apology

Please do sign on to become a park friend.

Queen Village CSA Options

Summer is fast approaching and its not too late to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to have direct access to local, fresh and delicious food. Check out some of the CSAs that are available in Queen Village and keep in mind they are no longer just vegetables. Cheese, flowers, eggs, yogurt, fruit, bread, etc.

Collective Creamery

This is a woman-owned artisan cheese CSA-style subscription. Members can join our cheese club for the Summer season (9 alt-weekly pickups between June 1 and Sept. 21) to receive a two-item (1#) or three-item (1.5#) cheese share of grassfed, handmade cow’s milk cheeses from Birchrun Hills Farm and Valley Milkhouse Creamery. They can also purchase add-on shares of cream-top yogurt and cultured butter. More info here:

Pickup near E Moyamensing and Carpenter


Greensgrow is a nonprofit whose mission is to engage their neighbors to cultivate social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening. They source the items in your share locally, working directly with farmers from within 150 miles for each share to provide a balance of staples as well as specialty items. Full & Half Farm Shares include items besides veggies (fruit, cheese, eggs, etc.).

Pickup BeerLove

Philly Food Works

Working to increase access of healthy food for Philadelphia residents while supporting thoughtful farmers, PFW has the most unique CSA model in the area and provides all non-GMO produce. Offering flexible rolling CSA shares and refunds if you are unable to pick up your share, you can have an account for as little as $30/month. Optional additions to your seasonal fruit & veggie delivery include meat, dairy, bread, jam, honey, hummus, beef jerky, soup, mushrooms, condiments, tea & coffee, desserts, and beauty and health supplies.

Pickup Red Hook Cafe

Red Earth Farms

Family-owned and operated since 2006, Red Earth Farm offers “choice CSA” delivery of fresh vegetables you select for 22 weeks.   Each week of the growing season, you can log in and select from dozens of delicious produce items just harvested from our fields. It’s also possible to supplement your order with eggs, fruit, cheese, honey, yogurt, and other items provided by trusted local partners. If you forget to make your choices, no worries, you’ll still receive a box of items selected by your farmers.

Pickup Weccacoe Community building