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EPBN April Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Spring is one of our busiest and most exciting times of the year! We've been meeting new neighbors, working hard on cleanup efforts, and getting ready for the hot, hot days of summer (they'll be here soon, we promise!).

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

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, April 26
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th and Reed)

New Clean & Green Chairs Are Busy!

New Clean & Green Chairs, Amanda Bauman and Sarah Stevenson have been busy, busy, busy since taking the reins in February. Here's just some of what they and the committee have been up to:  

  • They teamed up to visit groups of neighbors participating in the Citywide Cleanup, offering donuts and coffee and spreading the word about EPBN's programs.  
  • They made circular-Free Philly registration forms available and over 30 applications were mailed in on neighbors' behalf.
  • They partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation and students from St. Joe's Prep to plant street trees all over the neighborhood. 

Great job, Amanda and Sarah! If you'd like to help them with their cleaning and greening efforts, get in touch with them and clean@epbneighbors.org. 

ISO: More EPBN Board Members!

Although we're thrilled that we have lots of great, new board members as a result of our February elections, we still have some vacant seats available for anyone looking to get involved:

  • Secretary
    • Writes the monthly newsletter
    • Records minutes at meetings
  • Technology 
    • Performs duties of webmaster
    • Maintains social media
  • Public Safety 
    • Leads neighborhood walks
    • Attends PSA meetings
So, anyone out there in the neighborhood who might think they'd be interested in any of the following positions, don't hesitate to get in touch with our president, Miguel, at president@epbneighbors.org!

As always, check the calendar on our website for all EPBN meetings and events as well as events that are of interest to our neighborhood. If you have any events that you would like us to consider adding to the calendar, please feel free to email us.

Want to get text alerts for meetings and more?

Text ‘NEWBOLD’ to 77948


September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As you've probably heard, we've got a brand-new name and we're super-pumped about it: East Point Breeze Neighbors! We're transitioning to the new name, so please bear with us as we work on the new logo, website, and more. But that doesn't mean we've slowed down on our neighborhood efforts, so keep scrolling to find out about how to get involved, neighborhood happenings, and what we're up to!

ONE WEEK EARLY & LOCATION CHANGE: General Meeting Wednesday

 We usually hold our monthly General Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Reed St. Apartments. But, we're having it a week early and changing the location to include a special Welcoming Week 2016 event (see below for more details).  So the meeting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) at the brand new Free Library of Philadelphia - South Philadelphia Branch.

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, September 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Free Library of Philadelphia- South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S Broad St (Broad & Morris Streets)


Get Your Tickets for the 10th Annual Beer Tour



Tickets are available now for the beer tour at universe.com/EPBNbeer!

  • What: East Point Breeze Neighbors 10th Annual Beer Tour
  • WhenOctober 15th, 2016 from 5:00-10:00pm
  • Where: Five houses within the civic boundaries (Broad to 18th, Washington to Passyunk)
  • Cost: $40 per person (no extra fees!)
  • Description: This will be our tenth year joining together to meet new neighbors, eat great food, and most importantly drink local beer! The first of five houses will be announced to ticket holders the week of the event, where all attendees will get a custom designed beer mug and a map with the time and place for each house. Local beer will be donated by awesome breweries like Victory, Second Story, and Evil Genius. And local food will be donated by On Point Bistro, Talluto's Authentic Italian, and Rosario's Pizza. Hope to see you there!

Get tickets here!

Welcoming Week Speakers

Welcoming Week is a series of events put on by the Office of Immigrant Affairs that highlights that Philadelphia is an open, friendly, and hospitable environment for immigrants and people of all backgrounds. The activities and events provide U.S.-born and foreign-born residents an opportunity to explore other cultures — and develop a deeper appreciation for one another.

East Point Breeze Neighbors is excited to be a part of it this year! At our general meetingtomorrow (details above), we'll hear from Hani White from the City’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, representatives from SEAMAAC, and Jessica Hinchey from the Nationalities Service Center. We'll learn about South Philadelphia’s immigrant communities and how local civic organizations and neighbors can be a part of providing a welcoming community to new arrivals.

For more details on this and other Welcoming Week events, click here.


NNA March Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Despite the chill in the air today, spring has officially sprung! And we here at NNA are firm believers in the optimism and renewal that the season promises. So why not join us as we put those feelings into action and work to make our neighborhood a better place! Keep scrolling to find out about how to get involved, neighborhood happenings, and what NNA is up to...

General Meeting Tuesday

Our monthly General Meeting at the Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments will take place tonight (Tuesday).  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.

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

Meet Our New President! 

At our general meeting last month, Miguel Garces was elected as NNA's new president for the next two years. Miguel has lived on the 1600 Block of Manton for three years and loves living in South Philly. He was born and raised in New Jersey and arrived in Philadelphia in 2005 to study Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, he has continued in the political science field, working for a small defense contractor in Ardmore, PA. Miguel is married to his high school sweetheart Aimee Garces, who is a store manager at Burlington Coat Factory in Upper Darby.
Miguel is excited to take the helm of NNA as its incoming president. His main priorities for the next two years of his term are to improve board governance, increase voting membership, and develop a more diverse organization by working with our Outreach Committee to reach out to all communities in our neighborhood. He hopes to help guide our committees to continue doing the great work they do, which includes encouraging smart development via the Zoning Committee, planting more street trees on bare blocks via the Clean & Green Committee, and strengthening existing community policing strategies with our Public Safety Committee.

To contact Miguel, please email him at miguelgarces@newboldneighbors.org.

And a Big Welcome to Other New Board Members! 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!

2016 Philly Spring Cleanup
The 2016 Citywide Spring Cleanup is fast approaching on April 9th! Want to get involved? Here are five easy steps to planning a successful block clean up:

1. Reach out to your neighbors! 
2. Create a volunteer event online.
3. Request your supplies. 
4. Pick up your supplies. 
5. Get the word out!

It's that simple! Get more information and tips here.

Please join us after the Cleanup for a neighborhood picnic and block party at Manton Green (17th and Manton). The event will take place from 12:00 - 3:00 and there will be burgers, hotdogs, snacks, and soda.

Free Street Trees!

Applications for street trees, which will be planted in November 2016 as part of the PHS TreeVitalize program, are due by May 3rd.  Please email completed applications toclean@newboldneighbors.org. Applications can be found here

NNA June Newsletter

Please see our June newsletter below. Some of the information is outdated, but keep posted for our July newsletter coming soon!

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day! Did you know the summer solstice also occurred on Sunday to mark the official start to summer? While the pools are scheduled to open soon and lots of other cool stuff continues to happen, we all know that summer in Philly can kinda be a bit uneventful as people take off for the shore or other destinations. So, how do you beat the summer doldrums? Why not get involved with NNA and work for the betterment of the neighborhood? (Or at least come drink some wine and see some houses on our Wine & Sangria tour with us!)

Either way, keep scrolling for more about how to get involved, neighborhood happenings, and what NNA has been up to...

General Meeting Wednesday!

Our regular Tuesday meeting has been moved for this month only.  So, please join us Wednesday at the Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments for our monthly General Meeting.  As usual, our officers and committees will report about their activities this past month, plus we'll open the floor to any new business attendees may have.  All are welcome!  Come hear what's going on in the neighborhood and bring any questions and concerns you might have.

NNA June General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, June 24th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th and Reed)

Cleaning and Greening

Our "meeting" this month was really just an excuse to say goodbye to longtime NNA member and former Clean & Green co-chair, Jesse Leonard.  If you don't know or haven't worked with Jesse, she's been instrumental in advancing the goals of NNA and the beautification of our community.  She's leaving some BIG shoes for us to fill!  (Good luck in NYC, Jesse!  Come back soon!)

However, here are some happenings and opportunities that may be of interest:

  • PHS Garden Trainings are FREE to anyone in Councilman Johnson's district. Call or email Peter at Peter.Elliot@Phila.gov or 215-686-3412 for a Council Sponsor coupon. 
  • The PHS Pop Up Garden at 9th and Wharton is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should check out www.pennhort.net/pop-up-volunteer.
  • The next district-wide clean up event sponsored by the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee will be Saturday August 1st. Please contact us for more information on how to participate. 

If you're interested in getting involved please email clean@newboldneighbors.org.  Ournext meeting will be July 9th at 6:30.

Community Outreach

2nd Annual NNA Wine (and Sangria!) Tour - registration now open!!

July 25, 2015
6 - 10 pm

For the second year in a row, NNA is excited to invite you to join us for an evening of home tours and tippling for our annual Wine and Sangria Tour!

We have arranged a fabulous line up of four homes that fall within NNA's boundaries ad highlight some of our resident treasures. More intimate than our annual Beer Tour and a little more sophisticated, this event is one of our favorite ways to get to know people in the neighborhood.

$35 (plus service fee) covers your registration and a customized wine glass that's yours to keep. Space is limited!

Click here to register.

And don't forget...
July 12th - Movies on the Block 
July 16th - Community Outreach Committee Meeting Thursday @ 7:00

Email outreach@newboldneighbors.org for more info.

Planning & Zoning

Do you have opinions about what gets built or not built in our neighborhood?  Of course you do!  Come get your voice heard at our next Planning & Zoning meeting onTuesday, July 14th, 6:30 PM @ Reed St. Presbyterian Apartments where proposals for the following addresses will be heard:
  • 1146 S. 15th St.
  • 1421 Moore St.
For more info, email our committee chairpersons: zoning@newboldneighbors.org

Public Safety

Unfortunately, with the rise in temperature comes the inevitable rise in crime.  Contact our Public Safety Committee to get involved with police relations, safety walks, PSA meetings, and more.   

Next monthly meeting: Sunday, July 16th @ 10:00 AM 

For additional information, please contact 

Upcoming Meetings

As always, check the calendar on our website for any NNA meetings and events as well as non-NNA events that are of interest to our neighborhood. If you have any events that you would like us to consider adding to the calendar, please feel free to e-mail us the information.

Want to get text alerts for meetings and more?

Text ‘NEWBOLD’ to 77948


SBSNA's Broad Street Clean Up

South Broad St. Neighborhood Association is holding a clean up on September 27, 2014 - They will remove debris and graffiti from the light poles on both sides of the street. We will begin on Broad St. between Mifflin and McKean Streets and work in both directions (north-south). We encourage the participation of all residents and businesses in this event.


Recycling Reminder: No Plastic Bags!

Philadelphia’s curbside recycling program participation is at an all time high, with recycling rates continuing to climb year over year. That is only possible through the dedicated recycling efforts of residents like you, helping to make our City greener and more sustainable. However, such high levels of recycling activity can sometimes lead to recycling mistakes. One of the biggest problems we face with keeping our recycling stream clean is PLASTIC BAGS. 

Many people assume (innocently enough) that plastic bags are recyclable in our curbside recycling program. Although this assumption is understandable, plastic bags are in fact NOT recyclable curbside. Plastic bags tear and wrap around the moving parts in recycling processing machines and systems, leading to increased maintenance costs, equipment damage, and even worker safety issues. 

So, Please ensure that plastic bags STAY OUT of your blue recycling container or bin. In order to safely recycle plastic bags return them to drop off locations at specially-marked recycling bins located at the front of most supermarkets, large grocery or big box stores (e.g. Walmart). For more information on proper plastic bag recycling visit: https://livegreen.recyclebank.com/earn/the-power-of-plastics 

We need your help keeping Philadelphia’s recycling stream clean by making sure plastic bags stay OUT of your curbside recycling container or blue bin. And think about reducing your use of single-use plastic bags by using long-life reusable bags instead. 

Thank you for your continued recycling efforts, commitment to making Philadelphia a greener city, and your help at eliminating of plastic bags from our curbside recycling stream. 


Phil Bresee, Recycling Director
City of Philadelphia Recycling Office