News and Announcements

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.

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: collectivecreamery.com

Pickup near E Moyamensing and Carpenter

Greensgrow

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

Nebinger School Yard community forum

Come hear the latest details of the Nebinger school yard project Thursday, May 25 at 5:30pm at Nebinger School.

As this has been a long journey (planning begun in 2011), BVNA and QVNA are co-hosting this update to ensure everyone is made aware of the design layout, as well as initial plans for public use.

Danielle Floyd, Director of Capital Programs, Philadelphia School District, and Gretchen Trefny, Parks for People Philadelphia Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land (or another TPL representative), will go over the latest design plans for the new school yard to the neighborhood community, as well as initial plans for public access. Councilman Squilla will be present, and (tentatively) police representatives will round out the panel. We will open with moderator questions and clarifications on current status, then take questions.

Summer in the City Camp

Enrollment is now open for the 2017 Old Pine Community Center Summer In The City day camp. The Summer in the City day camp is an 8 week program for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Campers enjoy the benefits of their City through field trips, guest speakers and special activities all for one low weekly rate. Lunch and snack are provided as well as most field trip fees. Your kids will enjoy sports activities and Literacy Lessons are also included to ensure kids are strengthening their minds and bodies!

Our campers were out and about last summer! Twice a week they took a dip in the pool under the instruction of our staff lifeguard, Rosalina Iott. In addition to swim time, the children went on local trips around the city; including excursions to LOVE Park, The Mann Music Center, Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Constitution Center, the Bio Pond at the University of Pennsylvania, and more!

When they weren’t off exploring the city, our campers were participating in fun and exciting workshops here at the center. Monday’s were for cooking; each week they learned a new dish and all about the ingredients. In addition to becoming little chefs, our campers also got to try their had at film making!  We were thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Sheena Garcia who helped our campers create a clay stop animation movie over her five week Bust A Move Workshop. To see their work click here ! Sounds like fun right? Call today to provide your child the best summer camp they will ever experience. Call 215-627-2493 or email Jeanne Johnson at jeanne@oldpine.org.

 

Personal Memories of Fabric Row and South Fourth Street

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.

Queen Village Garden Tour & Garden Party

Join QVNA’s Quality of Life Committee for a Garden Tour and Party in Queen Village on Saturday, June 3. The tour will feature private community and home gardens, as well as neighborhood parks. Enjoy activities along the way, like planting demonstrations and crafts for kids. The tour is self-guided and takes approximately 1 hour. Last entry at 4pm.

Party will be held in the Southwark Community Garden. Due to the garden’s capacity, tickets are limited and for adults only. Light food and drinks will be provided, as well as entertainment.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Tour: 12pm to 5pm
Party: 5pm to 8pm

Ticket Pricing
Tour Only: $30 in advance and $35 at the door
Party Only: $40
Tour and Party: $50 in advance and $55 at the door

Buy Tickets Here

The committee is looking for volunteers to help during the event. If you are interested in working a shift and receiving a free tour ticket, please contact gardentour@qvna.org. 

Crosstown Questionnaire Results: Candidates Often Agree

The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition sent a questionnaire to candidates in the upcoming election.  Replies are posted at philacrosstown.org  were received from Beth Grossman,  the sole Republican candidate for District Attorney, and four of the seven Democratic candidates – Joe Khan, Lawrence Krasner, Rich Negrin and Michael Untermeyer. Democrats Jack O’Neill, Tariq El-Shabazz or Teresa Care Deni did not respond. One takeaway – the candidates often agree on reforms so the Crosstown can follow up after the election to implement these changes:

1.     Videotaping  Interrogations – All five candidates urge that in custody interrogations be videoed.

2.     Cash Bail Critics – Even though no specific question was asked about the current cash bail system, Kahn, Krasner,  and Untermeyer flat out called for its replacement and Negrin noted “we desperately need bail reform”.

3.     “Decarceration” – No specific question was asked about reducing the inmate count, but  Kahn, Krasner and Untermeyer listed this as a  top priority and both Grossman’s  and Negrin’s answers repeatedly advocate diversionary programs which lead to decarceration.

4.     Information on Immigrants Held in Custody – All 4 Democrats (Kahn, Krasner, Negrin and Untermeyer) oppose sharing arrest data on immigrants with ICE (Immigration and Custody Enforcement).

5.     Police Abuse Procedures – Kahn, Krasner and Untermeyer all suggest a separate unit staffed by personnel outside the office to address cases of inappropriate police conduct.

6.     Seattle’s LEAD Program – When asked about successful programs in other cities, Grossman, Kahn, and Untermeyer cited the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program in Seattle.

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.

5th Street Plaza at Bainbridge Green

This summer, The Friends of Bainbridge Green in collaboration with South Street Headhouse District, will create the 5th Street Plaza at Bainbridge Green for neighbors and visitors to enjoy. 

We envision an outdoor “piazza” with music and fine food and drink, bistro tables and picnic benches.

Come have a glass of wine, listen to music, and grab a bite from the city’s top food carts.

A portion of food and drink sales will go towards our continued efforts towards reimagining Bainbridge Green!