SoLo/Happy Hollow Playground Community Email July 2018

Happy Hollow Playground Community Email July 2018


This email is sent out monthly. If you do not receive it is because of an email malfunction. It is always available on my blog


Please feel free to share information with others!  Any additions/corrections will be posted on my blog.  If you’re not sure of your community group please contact me.  Look forward to seeing you soon!  Regards –Allison Weiss 215 843 5555


SoLo-WAM/Happy Hollow Playground Community Email July 2018 ©aw


A Great New Tool:

(deeds, records, photos, maps, rcos, etc.)


(filtered by category)


Garden Info; Hansberry, Cloverly/Old Tennis Courts Community Garden     (below)


Planning Commission NW Plan 2035 thus far


Mon. July 2 @ 12:30 PM-2PM (first Mon. monthly)


If you have a business on Wayne Ave please join us!

Or let someone who does know. Wayne Ave. Berkley/Schoolhouse

Info: Allison Weiss 215 843 5555


Tues.  July 3 @  8:15 AM   a day early re the holiday

 (first Wed monthly) Everyone Welcome to Participate!

Clean Safe Beautification Committee Germantown Special Services District(GSSD)

New Executive Director:  David Rose

NEW OFFICE/Meeting Place:  57 Maplewood Mall

Agenda:  Ongoing cleaning effort.  Report from Ready, Willing



Happy 4th of July!


First Thurs @ 6-8pm (first Thurs monthly) July& Aug.  Off for the Summer

This Group Needs Volunteers

Fitler Academics Plus Public School Home School Assoc (HSA)

140 W Seymour St Phila 19144

Parents of students @ Fitler

Info:  Fitler School 215 951 4048


Fri  July 6 @ 1 pm (First Fri every month)

Wayne Ave Merchant Association (WAM)

Clean, Green, Safe!

Wayne Ave: Berkley-Schoolhouse (4500-5400)

Lot’s of good information to share. Let’s set a date for Town Watch training!

Info: A Weiss 215 843 5555


Mon July 9 @  8 PM   (site/date/time varies)

39th District PSA 2 Meeting
2201 w Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA


Tues July 10 @ 4 pm – 7 pm Ribbon Cutting/Celebration

Women in Dialogue/Women Count

5011 Wayne Ave (former Kane & Brown True Value Hardware)


Tues July 10  @ 6:00 PM (3rd Tues 2nd Tues monthly)-Please let me know if you attend

39th Police District PDAC (Police Dept Advisory Council)

2201 W Hunting Park Ave

district calendar


Tues July 10 @ 7 PM Please check Alternate between 2nd Mon & Tues

Penn Knox Neighbors Assoc (RCO)

RCO Community Meeting All Neighbors Welcome!

 ZBA Variance 142 W Penn St Multi Family Penn Knox & SoLo

143 W Coulter St., PA School for the Deaf (off street parking)

Info Penn Knox:  Sue Patterson

Boundary: W Maplewood Ave on the north,W Hansberry St on the south, Wayne Ave on the west, Germantown Ave on the east

Info SoLo: Allison Weiss 215 843 5555


Wed July 11 @ 6 – 7:30 pm (2nd Mon Wed monthly)

Friends of Vernon Park

5818 Germantown Ave., Center in the Park

Info:  Ruth Seeley /Angela Miles



Tues July 10  @ 7 PM  (2nd Tue monthly)
PANA  (Penn Area Neighborhood Association-RCO)

Area bounded by East Chelten, Chew, Wister, Baynton in East Germantown)

431 E Locust Ave, Phila, PA, 19144. (fraternity house)

Monthly meeting and RCO community meetings re ZBA variances

Info:  Jerry Williams Richard Dretsch

Nicholas Covolus


Wed July 11 @ 7 PM (varies)
14th District Police Service Area PSA 3 Meeting 

6970 Germantown Ave., Phila,Pa


Fri. July 13 @ 9 AM  

Philadelphia Historical Commission Historical Designation Meeting

Nomination:   Wayne Junction Historic District

1515 Arch St 18th Flr

Info: A Weiss 215 843 5555


July 13  @  9 am – 10:30 am  District Members/Businesses & Community Welcome!  (alternates Fri/Mon day/eve)

Germantown Special Services District(GSDD) Board of Directors

57 Maplewood Mall

Germantown Ave/W Chelten Ave-Planning for the next 5 years & Expansion?

David Rose  Executive Director

President Ingrid Shepard

Info:  215 821 8145 or email

New board members; Joseph Mease, Angela Bowie & Charles Richardson

Meetings once a month see website for all dates


Mon July 16 @ 5:30 pm  (3rd Mon 5:30 pm monthly effective May 2018)

GSSD Marketing & Outreach Committee   Public Welcome to Join Committee

57 Maplewood Mall (GSSD Offices)

Germantown Special Services District (GSSD)

Imfo:  Trapeta Mayson Board Member/Committee Chair


Mon  July 16 @ 6 PM-8:00 Special Meeting

2nd Mon monthly date/site can change please check)

Wakefield 49ers Community Development & Improvement Assoc  (RCO)

RCO CommunityMeeting ZBA Variance 5120 Wakefield Junkyard/Scrap yard

Wakefield 49ers and SoLo

Wister Playground 4971 Baynton St

Info Wakefield: Roz McKelvey 215 275 6853

Info SoLo: Allison Weiss 215 843 5555


Mon July 16 @ 7 PM (varies)

39th District PSA 3 Meeting
2201 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, Pa


Tues  July 17 @ 5:30 pm (3rd Tues monthly) 

NCCY COALITION MEETING  (Northwest Community Coalition for Youth)



(entrance on Kenyon Street)

Info:  Isabella Fitzgerald  215-429-8051  215-549-3807 Fax


Tues  July 17 @ 6 PM (3rd Tues monthly)

14th Distr Captain’s Townhall  Townwatch Community Meeting

43 W Haines St.

Capt John Hearn


Tues  July 17 @ 6 pm   (monthly meeting date/site varies)


2201 W Hunting Park (Distr Hdq) Until Further Notice

Meet with Lt Roxanne Maddrey, help her understand community needs & develop a strategy.

district calendar

find your district


Wed July18 @ 3:30 PM (3rd Wed. each month) call to confirm


Everyone is welcome to join and help. Next to tennis courts/off Pulaski Av

Workday @ site Sat. 8AM-12Noon

Info: Allison Weiss 215 843 5555

Garden Volunteers Please Call we need you!


Wed  July 18  @ 7 PM (varies)

14th District PSA 2 Meeting 
6800 Chew Ave, Phila,Pa


Wed July 18 @ 7 – 9 PM   (3rd Wed. Monthly) 

Germantown Artists Roundtable Gathering  

For location please check calendar at

Artist Presentation- ALL artists and those in art related fields WELCOME!!.

Build on the foundation started to create an arts network/corridor in Germantown

RSVP Paula  Info:


Thurs. July19 @ 1 pm – 3 pm (3rd Thursday Every Month)
NW Community Group @ TCP                 

CUA #6 Community Meeting  former NW Epic/TNCP Stakeholders
Tabor Community Partners (TCP)
57 E. Armat St. (Use Kenyon St. Entrance) 19144

Juanita Dennard, Coordinator-267 977 6056

Community Outreach & Marketing Coordinator (c) 267 309 8629   Office: 215.842.4800 ext. 425


Thurs  July 19 @ 5:00 (3rd Thurs monthly) NEW Meeting Place

Wordsworth  PHMC Turning Points/CUA #5 Community Meeting Former Logan Olney Epic Stakeholders

Residents of the 39th and 35 Police Districts

Nazarene Baptist Church 3975 Germantown Ave


Shawn Woods 215 498 2116

Whitney Lipton 215 398 4218

Dept Human Services


Thurs  July 19 @ 6:30 – 8 pm (3rd Thurs monthly Sept through Nov. 2016)  Check!

Faith Community Development Corp (FCDC)  

108 East Price Street, Faith Chapel Church

Each month we intend to invite one of Germantown’s movers and shakers to share their ideas and to meet the people who share their interest in in improvement of our communities.

Info: Ines Love email:


Thurs July 19 @ 7 PM (varies)

14th District PSA 1 Meeting
7200 Woolston  Ave., Phila Pa


August 5th free mobile drop-off sites are: · West Philadelphia – 49th & Parkside Avenue · South Philadelphia – 2101 S. Broad Street – South Philadelphia High School · North Philadelphia – 8th and Master Streets · Northwest Philadelphia – Wayne Avenue & Logan…August 5th free mobile drop-off sites are: · West Philadelphia – 49th & Parkside Avenue · South Philadelphia – 2101 S. Broad Street – South Philadelphia High School · North Philadelphia – 8th and Master Streets · Northwest Philadelphia – Wayne Avenue & Logan…Mon July 23 @ 6:00 pm (4th Mon. monthly) 

39th Police District Captain’s Community/TownWatch-Meeting see

(lower southwest Germantown, East Falls, Nicetown, N Phila.)

2201 W Hunting Park, 39th District Station,

Captain Anthony Ginaldi

District: 215 686 3390/1  Crime Prevention Officer Bernard Spain & Community Relations Officer Joseph Lukaitis:  215 686 2751


Tues  July 24 @ 6 PM (4th Tues monthly)

SoLo/Germantown Civic Association (RCO)

RCO Community Meeting ZBA Variances

465 W Queen La Demo/Multi Family

5250 Wayne 26 Dwelling Units No Parking

Meeting address:  5058 Wayne Ave (entrance Manheim St) Southside Church Center

Civic Association and RCO:  Southwest Central Lower Germantown

Wayne Junction – Happy Hollow Playground Area

Info:  A Weiss 215 843 5555


Tues July 24 @7:00 PM (4th Tues monthly)

14th Distr PDAC
43 West Haines St.


Wed July 25 @ 7 PM (meeting date/locationvaries)

14 District PSA 4 Meeting
8500 Pickering St. , Phila,Pa


Tues July31  @ 7:00 pm (last Tues of the month) Please check may be on summer holiday

Southwest Germantown Neighbors Assoc

VA Admin Bldg (ID needed) lower level auditorium

5000 Wissahickon Ave.

Area: Queen La./Roberts – Wissahickon/Morris

Info: Bruce Marshall 215 844 8343

Irv Acklesburg 215 848 5226


Tues  Sept 4 @ 6 pm  (First Tues every other month- Varies check)

Baynton Hill Neighbors (RCO)


Info:  B.H.- Joseph McCarthy  215-844-8118 e-mail


Blighted Housing in Lower Germantown

Assistance-Help-Follow Up

Hamill Mill I & II, Blakestone etc

Tenants Contact: Community Legal Services (CLS)

Rachel Garland 215 981 3778

Info Contact: A Weiss 215 843 5555


**Neighborhood Networks – Northwest Philly

Go to for a calendar of events, news of action group activities (Environment, Education, etc.) and to join our email list for direct alerts. We do frequent voter registration drives and voter education.

Email contact is In Germantown call 215-285-8136


Garden Info:

Hansberry Garden and Nature Center

Wayne Ave & Hansberry St

See the HGNC website at


Claudia Ginanni

PO Box 44137  Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone: (267) 225-8217


Friends of Cloverly/The Old Tennis Court Community Garden

The Old Tennis Court Farm community garden, located on the 5400 block of Wissahickon

Avenue in Germantown, has plots available for the 2018 garden season and is now welcoming new members.


Full-sized plots (12 feet x 12 feet) are $40 for the season. A few half-plots (12 feet x 6 feet) are available for $20 for the season. Those new to gardening can tap the expertise of more seasoned members.

The Old Tennis Court Farm operates as a collaborative effort: in addition to caring for their own plots, members share in the upkeep of the garden as whole, including a set of community benefit plots whose harvest is donated to local organizations that provide food to those in need.

The Old Tennis Court Farm is an affiliate of Neighborhood Gardens Trust ( For more information about becoming a member of the Old Tennis Court Farm, use the contact form at



INFO MISSING: Call/Email me


Tool s:

Locate a RCO/Learn about RCO (Registered Community Organization)


Learn More:


Vacant Land:


Quality of Life:


Great Map: Parcels/Property Owners:


??? Mon @ 6 PM Sat @ 1 PM (1 Monday/3rd Saturday monthly) ??? PLEASE CHECK

HAPPY HOLLOW PLAYGROUND Phila Dept Parks & Recreation


WE NEED YOU!  Community is welcome!

Wayne Ave and Logan St.

info: 215 685 2195  RECREATION LEADER, Jonto Swift hours 1 pm – 9 pm 215 685 2217 District Manager, Azaraha Robinson

KeySpot: Computer classes @ Happy Hollow Playground! Free access hours to the public


9/30/2016 We have no updated info.  Anyone attending or with info.  Please advise.

??? (4th Thurs every month board, membership & committee)

Germantown Community Connection (GCC)  RCO Anyone attending GCC please advise.

35 W Chelten Ave (First Presbyterian Church)

GCC initiates, collaborates & partners w/organizations to hold special public forums &events.



Tues Sept ? @ 6pm  CHECK FOR CURRENT INFO @ 6 PM

Chew Belfield Neighbors Club-RCO (CBNC) RCO

Info: Rev. Chester H Williams 215-849-8021


Where are they now?  Please advise. June 2017

G’town Restoration CDC RCO (no longer a NAC funded by OHCD)

Moved out of 5539 Germantown Ave

Info: 215 991 4744 mobile:  215 758 6855 John Churchville  G’town Rrestoration CDC

According to OHCD year 41 consol plan we have no NAC (Gtown Restoration CDC NAC)


NW Neighbors of Germantown Community Meeting

310 West Chelten Ave  State Rep Rosita Youngblood’s Office

Address; Crime-39th distr, fire safety, gas power plant, lead alert, sanitation & citations abandoned prop., Wissahickon  Playground, Sugar Tax & other-Office Councilwoman Bass

RSVP/Info:  Lisa Hopkins @ 215 844-6098 or


Of  Interest:

Commission on Phila Parks and Recreation

Get to know what’s going on with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

and get the chance to speak directly to PPR Staff



Councilwoman Cindy Bass 8th District

Local District Office 4439 A Germantown Ave

Info:  Patrick W Jones 07/17 Charles Richardson  215 685 9182

Mon – Fri 9 AM til 5 PM Closed Sat/by appointment (9/2015)


Hansberry Garden

Corner of Wayne and Hansberry


Loose Ends:

Various Times and locations around the 39th Police District

Parent Cafe CUA 5(Community Umbrella Agency 5) Wordsworth 39th Police District

Locations and times vary

Breakfast, lunch or dinner and lively conversation

must RSVP (childcare available)

INFO:  Community Liaison at 267 766 2000, ext. 2077 or 267-789-5693

Charisma Williams

Various Times and locations around the 14th Police District


Parent Cafe CUA 6 (Community Umbrella Agency 6) Tabor Northern Services Tabor Community Partners (TCP) 14th Police District

Locations and times vary

Breakfast, lunch or dinner and lively conversation must RSVP (childcare available)

INFO:  Community Resource Liaison  267 339 3171 X636


301 W Queen La/ Phila Housing Authority Update: Ribbon cutting Dec 15, 2015, people moving in!

New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

5333 Pulaski Avenue


?Germantown HS Charter School Coalition?

Development of new charter school at the site.

130 W Walnut La

Info: Julie S Caroll  Petition online @  We Support a Charter School in the Germantown High School Building


NCCY Northwest Community Coalition Youth

Isabella Fitzgerald, Chairperson


Kelly Green Project

Greening of John B Kelly School

Pulaski Ave and Hansberry St. Germantown

More Info:


Germantown Town Hall Collaborative What Next

6001 Germantown Ave FUMCOG – please check to confirm location

Come hear about how we are trying to “keep the doors open” at the Town Hall. There is a lot of exciting news — too much to tell in an email — come on out and join the conversation!  To post to this group, send email to Visit this group at

To view this discussion on the web visit


Urban Resources​ Development Corporation​

The Housing Rehabilitation Program purchases abandoned and foreclosed houses in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and the surrounding neighborhoods, renovates them, and then sells the houses to low and moderate income, first- time home buyers.  URDC usually purchases houses in stable neighborhoods where a dilapidated or abandoned house causes concerns for the neighbors.  Since its inception, URDC has renovated and sold over 30 houses in the northwest part of the city.

Urban Resources​ Development Corporation​!housing-rehabilitation-program/cee5

6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144​​

Ph 267-664-3538     fax 267-438-3077​​


Philly PAL

For the first time in it’s 68 year history, beginning 6/26 Philly PAL Centers will be open Fridays 5PM-9PM, and Saturdays 1PM-9PM! More…


Employment opportunities:

Phila Police Dept


Philly Future Track age 16-24 6 month paid program training  download application


Know your Police District and Police Service Area (PSA)

Community meetings w/lieutenant scheduled regularly. Information available at


Nicetown CDC NAC

Info: Majeedah A. Rashid, Chief Operating Officer-Nicetown CDC

4414 Germantown Avenue-3rd Floor, Suite B, Philadelphia, PA 19140

(215) 324-9772-NTCDC Headquarters (215) 329-1827-NTCDC Community Center

(215) 329-1825-Fax

Working Together To Put The Nice Back In “The Town”


Other Neighborhood Organizations/Contact them for information and please let me know.  Dates Unavailable at this Time Contact Info:


Blue Bell Hill Civic Association RCO  Blue Bell Hill straddles the Germantown and West Mount Airy neighborhoods, with most residents in Germantown 19144, others in Mt. Airy 19119. Blue Bell Hill  is bounded by Wissahickon Avenue, Walnut Lane, Cliveden Street (both sides, 19119), and the north/east edge of Fairmount Park. It includes residential streets between Walnut Lane and the park, Rittenhouse Town, as well as nearby residents who identify with our community.


Friends of Fernhill Park Est: 1989 –  Looking for current info please advise!


Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC-former Y)

5722 Greene St.

Philadelphia, PA   19144

Phone: 215 844 3281



Germantown United CDC

New Office Space 10/2017

5320 Germantown Ave (southwest corner Germantown Ave and W Penn St)


Greater Germantown Business Assoc    Please advise any current info!

Info:  John Churchville or (215) 848-8511


Greening of John B Kelly School

5116 Pulaski Ave Phila pa 19144

Info:  Dennis Barneby



Nicetown CDC Community Center-4300 Germantown Avenue

Info: 215 329 1824


Swampoodle Neighborhood RCO


*Tioga United* RCO

1926 W Venango St

Phila., PA 19140


The W Rockland Street Project (between Greene St and Germantown Ave)

The W Rockland Street Project is a volunteer-driven effort to revitalize one Philadelphia city block. Please contact to get involved or volunteer! to learn more


West Central Germantown Neighbors RCO



Wister Neighborhood Council      Please advise any current info!

215 843 6565


Yes! And… Collaborative Arts

Transforming young lives through art and imagination.

215-ART-GANG (215-278-4264) |
Flickr Photos | YouTube Videos | Twitter @yesandcamp


Wed eves

Yoacap Advisory Council

Youth Outreach Adolecent Community Awareness Program

Shane Victorino Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Clarissa and Hunting Park

To enhance the quality of life and health for Philadelphians through community-based and culturally competent interventions. Needs community participation. Info:  Woody 215 851 1834 cell 215 778 4455


Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music 1628-30 W. Allegheny Avenue  Phila. PA. 19132-1745.. 215-430-0435  (215) 430-0452 (fax)  Joyce Drayton, Founder/Executive Director


*Comcast internet essentials

Low cost:  computer 149.95, internet 9.95, classes, online tutorials

Comcast Cable $9.95 per month

Comcast Cable is the sole provider of the Internet Essentials high-speed internet service designed specifically for low income Americans who have a child who participates in the National School Lunch program, developed by Comcast. For information on this cheap internet plan for only $9.95 a month,


  • Have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
  • Do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old.

Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.

  • Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.   1-855-8-INTERNET



SoLo-WAM /Happy Hollow Playground Community Email July 2018 ©aw


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