Newbold Neighbors Association News

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 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!


By-laws Amendment Proposal

At our November General Meeting we announced a proposal to our by-laws to make our name change from 2016 official. At our January General Meeting on January 25th at 6:30pm, we will be voting to make those amendments. Please take a look at our proposed by-laws changes.

Proposed Amendments - November 2016 (docx)




EPBN January Zoning Meeting Cancelled

The East Point Breeze Neighbors monthly public zoning meeting has been cancelled for January. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14th at 6:30pm at Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments.


Check Out Our New Logo!

We have a new logo! A huge thanks to the students who are part of South Philadelphia High School's graphic design program. Mrs. Powell's class provided an amazing list of options to choose from. Consider the graphic design class for your next big design or printing project!



EPBN Outreach Meeting this Wednesday

Please join us this Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:30pm for an Outreach Committee Meeting. We will be discussing goals for 2017 and ideas for membership and board recruitment. For the location, please e-mail Hope to see you there!


PWD Planning Stormwater Projects in Neighborhood

The Philadelphia Water Department has reached out to East Point Breeze Neighbors to let us know that they are in the planning stages for a few different projects in our neighborhood. These projects will include the installation of green stormwater infrastructure projects (such as stormwater street trees and planters). Construction is still a few years away, but stay tuned for updates at future community meetings. For more information about the importance of stormwater management, visit

See below for an example of what the tree trenches might look like.