News and Announcements

Certified Life Guards Needed for Sacks Playground Pool (4th and Federal)

  • 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
  • in depth job description and contact information.

Interested? Please contact Pool Director Jennifer Cox at (215) 685-1592

SEPTA Bus Service and Shopping Destination Survey

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.

Take the Survey

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.

Philadelphia’s Circular Free Program

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
  • 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.

SEPTA Cashier and Vending Machine Token Sales Ending

Attention commuters: As part of the rollout of the SEPTA Key program, fare sales will be permanently discontinued at Cashier Booth and Token Vending Machine locations. In addition to ending token sales, Cashier Booth Sales Windows will also discontinue the sale of legacy passes.  Visit the SEPTA Key website to learn more →

A SEPTA Key Card, loaded with funds in the Travel Wallet, offers the same discounted fare as using tokens and transfers. SEPTA is encouraging all riders to get a SEPTA Key Card at any Transit Station or SEPTA Sales Office.

Resounding Success for MLK Day of Service and Projects Around Queen Village

Despite temperatures that hovered just around 30 degrees, approximately 40-50 people came out, adults and kids alike, to pitch in for Nebinger Schoolyard, Weccacoe playground and the 400 block of Monroe; Meredith Elementary.  Later, volunteers were invited back to Weccacoe’s Community Room for hot dogs, lemonade, coffee and treats.

Rain garden maintenance at Nebinger

A special thanks to Friends of Weccacoe Chair, Duncan Spencer, for managing rakes, brooms, gloves bags and the hot dog station.  Also thanks to Dick and Susan Hoffman, long time Friends of Weccacoe members and caretakers of the playground over the years. Dick made sure the everyone ate well and that the food line kept moving.

Thanks to Nebinger parent Jamie Shindell and Secretary of Nebinger’s Home & School Association, Michele Ditto, who partnered with QVNA for Nebinger’s efforts.
6th Street side yard cleanup at Nebinger
All told, Weccacoe produced close to 70 bags of leaves, which were picked up for composting.
Leaves ready for composting at Weccacoe
Nebinger rounded up 12 bags of trash from the playground a surrounding plots.  The Branas Family manned the effort on Monroe and report one bag of trash and 2 bags of leaves.
Trash collected at Nebinger
It was a great day that actually wrapped in about 2 hours!  We look forward to next year with more volunteers, more projects and, of course, more food for our post-project socializing.
Thank you!!

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

As the holidays wind down and we enter the New Year, your Christmas tree has served you well as a source of beauty and a place to rest gifts for loved ones. Honor your tree and help it continue to provide value by considering the information below to recycle your tree.

  • Do not burn your tree. The sap will smell unpleasant and coat your chimney with a type of tar that can irritate your nose and throat, as well as potentially set your house on fire.
  • The City collects trees for recycling from January 2 through January 13. From Monday to Saturday, you can drop your tree off at any sanitation center from 8am to 6pm:
    • 3901 N. Delaware Ave.
    • 5100 Grays Ave.
    • 2601 W. Glenwood Ave.
    • 3033 S. 63rd St.
    • Domino Lane and Umbia Street
    • State Road and Ashburner Street
  • Additional Saturday drop-off locations are available 9am to 3pm on January 6 and January 13, including the one closest to Queen Village: Broad and Christian Streets
  • All trees must be untied and free of decorations.
  • For information on Civic Associations providing tree recycling, visit:
  • If you put your tree curbside, it will go to landfill.

Shovel Your Sidewalk

When it snows, be sure to shovel your sidewalks so everyone may safely pass. The law says: Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk, including curb cuts. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from a minimum fine of $50 up to $300 for each violation.

To report a sidewalk or curb cut that has not been cleared, call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560. For all City services dial, 3-1-1.  For more information about snow removal in the city, visit the Streets Department website.