East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN) is a non-profit civic organization established in 2007 serving residents, owners, and businesses in the Point Breeze area of South Philadelphia west of Broad St. to 18th St. and south of Washington Ave. to Passyunk Ave. In 2016 the organization changed its name from Newbold Neighbors Association (NNA).

EPBN strives to engage residents, support sustainable development, promote local businesses, and strengthen our community through clean streets, greening efforts, public safety, planning, zoning, and outreach.

We welcome all residents, property owners, and business owners to attend our general meetings, get involved with our committees, or help out at our community events.

 

Latest News & Updates

EPBN March 2017 Zoning Meeting

Please join us for our monthly public zoning meeting tonight (Monday, March 20th, 2017) at Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th & Reed) at 6:30pm. We will hear proposals from the following properties:

  • 1530 S. Bouvier Street
  • 1422 S. Colorado Street
  • 1433 Federal Street
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EPBN March Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Happy spring, everyone! EPBN has lots of new board members, the Philly Spring Cleanup is fast approaching, and our general meeting, where you can come hear about lots of ways to get involved, is tomorrow night!

So keep scrolling to find out more about what we've been up to and how you can get involved in neighborhood action!

General Meeting Wednesday

Our monthly General Meeting at the Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments will take place tomorrow (Wednesday).  This is the perfect first step to getting more involved in the community!  Come hear what's going on in the neighborhood, meet some neighbors, and bring any questions or concerns you might have.


EPBN General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 22th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th and Reed)

EPBN Election Results & Farewells

Our yearly board elections were held last month. EPBN is happy to announce the following new board members!:

  • Vice President:  Jerry Sulat
  • TreasurerLibby Peters
  • Clean & Green co-chairsAmanda Bauman & Sarah Stevenson
  • Public Safety co-chair: Jonathan Edwards

Welcome to the team, guys! We're excited to start working with you and are sure that you'll be great assets to our neighborhood!

Also, a HUGE thank you and fond farewell to the following outgoing board members. Don't be strangers!

  • Paul Knese
  • Omar Rosa
  • Jackie Nidoh
  • Abby Fenton
  • Anne Lynn

Mark Your Calendars for the Philly Spring Cleanup!


The 2017 Citywide Spring Cleanup is fast approaching on Saturday, April 8, 9 AM - 2 PM! Want to get involved? To register your block or to see where you can volunteer in our neighborhood, go here.The deadline to register your block is Friday, March 24th.

And be sure to read our "Five Easy Steps for Hosting a Successful Block Cleanup." See you on April 8!

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17th District PDAC Annual Banquet

The 17th Police District PDAC (Police District Advisory Council) will be holding their annual banquet on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 7pm-11pm. The event will take place at Waterfall Caterers, located at 2015 Water Street (https://goo.gl/maps/s2PJ26SinT92). Tickets are $75 per person and contribute to a great cause!

For tickets, please contact EPBN's Public Safety Co-chair Charlie Elison (charlieelison@epbneighbors.org) or Miguel Garces (president@epbneighbors.org).

17th District PDAC Annual Banquet Flyer

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EPBN 2017 Election Results

Elections for the board of East Point Breeze Neighbors occurred at our general meeting last Wednesday, and here are the results. Congratulations to our new board members! And thank you to our dedicated outgoing board members, Paul Knese, Jackie Nidoh, Abby Fenton, Dylan Fenton, Anne Lynn, and Eddie Thrasher. We are still looking to fill the secretary and public safety co-chair positions. Please let miguelgarces@epbneighbors.org know if you're interested in any of the positions! 

  • Vice President: Supports the president and assumes the presidency should the president resign. 
    • Jerry Sulat 
      Jerry has been a resident of Point Breeze since March of 2015 and is excited to become a part of the EPBN Board. He had a forty-year career in public service with the Social Security Administration and is recently retired. He is a graduate of  King’s College with a BA in Government and Politics. Before working for the Social Security Administration, he was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. In addition, he was the President of the Philadelphia Area of Social Security Management Association from 2009 to 2013.
  • Treasurer: Responsible for the accounting needs of the organization.
    • Libby Peters
      Libby Peters is originally from upstate New York, but moved to Philadelphia shortly after college to row for Vesper Boat Club and the US National Team. Over the last ten years, Philadelphia has become her home. She has been involved in various community-based programs, mostly centering around youth. She has volunteered for the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, worked for the Urban Nutrition Initiative, and founded and ran a nonprofit called Philadelphia City Rowing which provides public school students with afterschool programming centered around a competitive rowing program.

      Libby attended Columbia University for her undergraduate degree where she studied History and Middle Eastern Studies, volunteered extensively with youth in Harlem and Queens, and did a lot of rowing. While in Philadelphia, Libby earned a certificate in Business Essentials at the Wharton School of Business, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. Libby is a rowing coach at the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Point Breeze with her wife Sarah, dog Hudson, and cat Trey. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs in February 2017 and looks forward to serving the East Point Breeze Neighborhood Association as treasurer.
  • Clean & Green Co-chairs: focused on providing the residents of the neighborhood with connections to city resources to help make your blocks cleaner and greener by planning block cleanups and planting trees.
    • Amanda Bauman 
      As part of the East Point Breeze Neighbors Clean and Green committee, Amanda has enjoyed numerous tree plantings and cleanup events, and is eager to become more involved in this integral aspect of the community.  For the last sixteen years, she has been employed as a Tour Manager with ACFEA Tour Consultants, planning intensive concert tours for amateur performing arts groups from the US to countries as far reaching as India, South Africa and Vietnam.  Having majored in voice at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (BA Music 1997), she is still an active singer, and a member of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.  She and her husband, Maurice, live in Point Breeze with their baby daughter Libby, who is herself a regular face at community meetings and functions. 
    • Sarah Stevenson
      Sarah Stevenson is the Director of Government Affairs & Policy for the Philadelphia Water Department. Prior to joining PWD, Sarah served for five years in the City of Philadelphia Law Department, representing the Water and Streets Departments. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD/MPA from Villanova. Prior to joining the City, Sarah was Assistant Policy Director for the government watchdog Committee of Seventy where she focused on municipal policy and election law. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York.

      Sarah has lived in several corners of Philadelphia – including Fairmount (where she was born), Spruce Hill, Graduate Hospital, and now Point Breeze – and takes tremendous pride in our great City. She serves on the steering committee of PennGALA (the school's LGBT alumni association) and previously served on the boards of the Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club and the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee. Sarah and her wife Libby are active members of Christ Church in Old City. Her favorite pastime is going on long walks around the City. One of her best memories is walking down Broad Street with her brothers to watch game 4 of the 2008 World Series and walking back up after the win.
  • Outreach Co-chair: updates content on the website, organizes business outreach, and collects block captain information. The committee also coordinates with other civic associations, community groups, and institutions.
    • Jonathan Edwards
      As an advocate for conscious community building, Jonathan's commitment is to support people in positive ways. For the past six years, he has coordinated after school programs for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He wants to help create growth for his students and for the community he calls home. Living in the Point Breeze neighborhood for five years is a remarkable experience. The history of this community and neighbors living here are truly admirable. Although he is originally from the New York tri-state area, Point Breeze is where he now calls home. For Jonathan, having the ability to support community outreach is a small exchange for the ability to live in this great neighborhood.
  • Zoning Co-chair: facilitates monthly public zoning meetings in which applicants seeking zoning variances are able to present their plans, gather valuable public feedback, and gauge community support for their project before going in front of the city.
    • Lauren Tabas
      Lauren Tabas has been a resident of the East Point Breeze neighborhood since 2009.  She joined the Zoning Committee in 2015 after she bought her home in December 2014.  She’s a Senior Associate in the Philadelphia Office of Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones, LLP where she specializes in title and real estate litigation and creditor’s rights.  Lauren was born and raised in Bucks County before attending Union College in Schenectady, New York and graduating from Florida State University College of Law in 2004.  Lauren lives in the neighborhood with her husband, Brendan.
  • Public Safety Co-chair: helps serve as a liaison between the neighbors in the EPBN service area, the police, other neighborhood groups and city agencies with a focus on safety and quality of life.
    • Position Open
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EPBN February 2017 Zoning Meeting

The February 2017 EPBN Public Zoning Meeting will be on February 14th, 2017 at 6:30pm. See below for the announcement and details.

Flyer Document

1450 S. Colorado St Zoning Meeting Notice

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EPBN January Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Hope everyone is surviving the depths of winter! We had a very successful toy drive in partnership with Bethesda last month and we've got board elections coming up next month. Busy, busy, busy! Keep scrolling to find out about how to get involved, neighborhood happenings, and what we're up to!

General Meeting Wednesday

Our monthly General Meeting at the Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments will take place.  This is the perfect first step to getting more involved in the community!  Come hear what's going on in the neighborhood, meet some neighbors, and bring any questions or concerns you might have.

EPBN General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 25th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th and Reed)

2nd Annual Toy Drive


Oh boy, that's a lot of toys!

We're very excited that EPBN, in concert with our Public Safety Chair, Charlie Elison, was able to provide gifts for 32 children this past holiday season! Thanks to everyone who participated and donated!

EPBN Elections
Elections for the board of East Point Breeze Neighbors are coming up in February, and now is a great time to start thinking about volunteering! 

We are always looking for passionate committee chairs and members and there will be plenty of open positions. Our committees include Clean & Green, Outreach, Zoning, and Public Safety. Plus, we have an opening for Vice President. Here are the primary responsibilities of each committee:

  • Clean & Green: focused on providing the residents of the neighborhood with connections to city resources to help make your blocks cleaner and greener by planning block cleanups and planting trees.
  • Outreach: updates content on the website, organizes business outreach, and collects block captain information. The committee also coordinates with other civic associations, community groups, and institutions.
  • Zoning: facilitates monthly public zoning meetings in which applicants seeking zoning variances are able to present their plans, gather valuable public feedback, and gauge community support for their project before going in front of the city.
  • Public Safety: helps serve as a liaison between the neighbors in the EPBN service area, the police, other neighborhood groups and city agencies with a focus on safety and quality of life.

Please let miguelgarces@newboldneighbors.org know if you're interested in any of the positions!

Celebrating Our Longtime
Treasurer, Mary Faustino



Mary, in center, with plaque.

On January 5th, EPBN came together at On Point Bistro to celebrate Mary Faustino, longtime treasurer and friend to EPBN. Mary has been with us since the early days of the organization and has helped to keep us running by ensuring that our books were always in shipshape condition. We're eternally grateful for your service, Mary, and wish you all the best!

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