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PHS City Gardens Contest Submission Deadline June 30th

Deadline June 30: Call for Entries: 2013 PHS City Gardens Contest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is now accepting applications for the 2013 PHS City Gardens Contest. The contest, started in 1975, celebrates the horticultural beauty and diversity of Philadelphia, while recognizing local gardeners for their skillful and inspired gardening.

Participants compete in a variety of categories. Individual gardeners may enter front yard or back yard gardens, vegetable gardens, and gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may participate by entering vegetable and flower gardens, parks, and garden blocks. Other categories are children's garden or school garden, maintained primarily by children under adult supervision; greenest block in town, a tree-lined block where residents garden in their front yards; and urban farm, an entrepreneurial garden that grows and sells produce and flowers and donates a percentage to the local community. Categories introduced last year include green roof garden; rain garden; xeriscape garden; water garden/stormwater management; and garden featuring native plants, art in the garden, and recycled materials.

PHS believes that city gardeners deserve praise and support for their work. Winning gardeners and judges will be invited to an Awards Reception later this year to celebrate the high caliber of winning gardens within the city of Philadelphia. Photographs of the winning gardens will also be showcased at the event. The deadline for applications is June 30. For information, please contact Flossie Narducci at 215-988-8897, or fnarducci@pennhort.org, or visit www.phsonline.org.

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Youth Resource Night - Friday, April 19

From Councilman Johnson's office:

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will host a "Youth Resource Night" this Friday, April 19, 2013 from 5 pm - 6 pm in the City Hall Caucus Room, Rm 401. If you are aware of High School aged children who are searching for summer opportunities, please advise them to RSVP by contacting our office.

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Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) Energy Efficiency Workshop April 17th

From the Philadelphia History Museum and the Energy Coordinating Agency:

Did you know the first row home in Philadelphia was built in 1691. By 1890 there were over 300,000 row homes in the city. Do you live in one of them?

Allegheny Ave., c. 1940, Philadelphia History Museum collection

 JOIN US FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP

 The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) presents a workshop on ways to make your home more energy efficient and lower your utility bills.

 Wednesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia History Museum

15 South 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Admission is FREE, RSVP here

 Representatives from PGW and PECO will be present to announce new program incentives. Light refreshments will be served. 

The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to transform homes and neighborhoods into sustainable, affordable, and healthy environments for almost 30 years.

 The exhibition Philadelphia Voices: Reinventing the Row Home for Energy Efficient Living features ECA's work in transforming Philadelphia into a greener city for the future. The exhibition is on view in the Museum's Community History Gallery through April 2013.

 For more information and to register, click here.

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Updates on the Point Breeze Land Bill (Bill No. 120755)

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's office has released additional information related to the bill to acquire a number of delinquent and blighted properties for the creation of moderate-income housing.

The document states that of the 93 properties initially identified for possible inclusion, the bill submitted in September had narrowed the list to 43.  This total has since been further reduced to 19 properties through contact with property owners to have their properties removed from the list.  The 19 remaining are all vacant, and represent over $50,000 in deliquent taxes and almost $170,000 in leins.

Read the memorandum here

It's a good read, and answers many of the questions that opponents of the bill have taken issue with.

If you have questions regarding the bill or would like to make your opinion known, you are encouraged to contact the Councilman's office by:

phone: 215.688.3412
email: kenyatta.johnson@phila.gov
or in person at City Hall Room 580

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August Public Zoning Meeting Cancelled

Newbold Neighbors Association does not have any applicants to hear this month, so the meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 30th is being cancelled.  Please join us on September 19th at 6:30pm at the Reed St Apartments (16th & Reed Sts.) — if you are interested in presenting at the meeting, please read through our zoning documents and contact our Planning & Zoning Committee.

In the meantime, please check out the new Dept. of Licenses and Inspections website as well as a slew of other new online mapping and zoning tools that the city has been working on.

As of August 22nd, Newbold Neighbors Association is a registered community organization (RCO) as part of the new Philadelphia Zoning Code!  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time over the past 5 years to make this happen.

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Volunteer Opportunities for KEYSPOT Get Connected Week 7/16 - 7/20

From Monday, July 16th to Friday, July 20th, Philadelphia's Freedom Rings Partnership and the KEYSPOT project are asking for volunteers to help get people connected to the internet!  More information is available at ph.ly/GetConnected

KEYSPOT volunteers 7/2012

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