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Beautification in 2014, By the Numbers

2014 was a successful year for the Beautification Committee, chaired by Jesse Leonard and Joe Suchma. Here's 2014 by the numbers:

  • Ten - the number of active, engaged members we've grow to in the beautification committee, from two at the begnning of the year
  • Zero - how many community maintained and sustained green spaces we started with, and now we're up to three! (15th & Dickinson, 17th & Tasker, 17th and Latona)
  • 25 - the number of recycling bins distributed by NNA this year 50 - no-circular stickers distributed (all we had!)
  • 28 - blocks involved in the neighborhood that participated in April's city-wide cleanup
  • Over 20 - other blocks that received cleaning materials (brooms, bags, gloves, etc) from NNA throughout the year
  • Ten - number of neighborhood walks co-hosted with the Public Safety committee, where we reported numerous quality of life violations through 311
  • Six (at least) - number of other neighborhood groups NNA has worked with throughout 2014 (NCA, Child's School, NICE, PMC, LoMo, PHS, etc.)
  • Ten - number of trees planted by our volunteers Tons - number of trees we've prunced throughout the neighborhood
  • Six - number of pumpkins carved by the committee for the Annual NNA Beer Tour

2015 Christmas Tree Recycling Program

You can still get involved once the holidays have passed, by participating in the 2014 Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The program will run for two weeks from Monday, January 5, 2015 through Saturday, January 17, 2015. Citizens may drop off their trees for recycling at any of the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Click here to learn more.

New this year, the Streets Department is pleased to announce there will also be Christmas tree drop off sites located throughout the city at 23 designated locations on Saturday, January 10 and Saturday, January 17.

To find the location nearest to you, click here.


Holiday Decoration Contest


Warm up some cocoa, put on your mittens and grab the family, because we need your help to find the Best Holiday Decorations in Newbold!


On the evening of December 19th everyone is invited to join the Newbold Neighbors Association for a stroll through the neighborhood as we gaze at the lights of the holiday season! All who join us, will help in choosing 3 favorite displays that will receive a holiday surprise from Newbold Neighbors.


Nominate your home or block by emailing


We'll meet at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 19th at Dickinson Grove (15th and Dickinson).



PWD/PHS Rain Check Workshops

Lunchtime and Evening Workshops this Fall

Rain Check, the Philadelphia Water Department's residential stormwater management program managed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, is pleased to announce the upcoming schedule of workshops this fall. The Rain Check program is part of Green City, Clean Waters, a 25-year plan to protect and enhance Philadelphia's waterways by managing stormwater with innovative green practices.

Attend an educational Rain Check workshop for Philadelphia residents and have a rain barrel installed for free. Learn why stormwater management is important and how it contributes to the health and beauty of the environment and surrounding community.

Workshops will be held at PHS (100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia) the third Wednesday of every month, from 12 to 1 p.m., and the third Thursday of every month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout Philadelphia. To attend a workshop, register online here.

If you have question, contact PHS Information Services at or 215.988.1698.


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: 

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