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July Public Zoning Meeting Next Tuesday

The NNA July 2016 Public Zoning meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30pm at Reed Street Apartments (16th and Reed). Please come out to support your local zoning process!

We will be hearing two projects:

  1. 1112 S. 17th St – APPLICATION FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF ONE (1) OFF‐STREET, OPEN AIR PARKING STALL WITH RECONSTRUCTION OF EXISTING DEPRESSED CURB CUT ACCESSORY TO EXISTING HOUSEHOLD LIVING FOR SINGLE‐FAMILY USE.
  2. 1532‐36 S. Chadwick St – FOR THE ERECTION OF THREE (3) ATTACHED STRUCTURE WITH A ROOF DECK ACCESSED BY A PILOT HOUSE (TO ENCLOSE ACCESS STAIRS ONLY), SIZE AND AREA AS SHOWN ON PLANS/APPLICATION. FOR USE AS SINGLE‐FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING.

View the Agenda Here

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Democratic National Convention 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Convention? When do we expect Convention attendees to arrive and leave?

  • The Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins Monday, July 25th, and ends Thursday evening, July 28th. Attendees will arrive as soon as Friday, July 22nd, and leave by Friday, July 29th.

Where does the Convention take place?

  • The Convention takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in the evening hours, typically from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be smaller caucus and council meetings during work hours at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as well.

How many people are coming to Philadelphia for the Convention?

  • The City expects approximately 50,000 Convention participants between delegates, media, and other attendees.

Are there any changes to trash and recycling service during the DNC? Are there any changes to municipal services, such as; court hours, jury duty, and city employee work schedules?

Will police and fire services be affected in my neighborhood due to re-assignment of first-responders?

  • Philadelphia Police, Philadelphia Fire and EMS services will not be impacted by the DNC.

Will highways or streets be closed during the DNC?

  • At this time, we do not anticipate extended road or highway closures in Center City and other areas outside of the Stadium District. There may be rolling closures due to dignitary movements or protests.

  • Before you leave the house, we encourage you to check @PhiladelphiaGov for any traffic news.

  • There will be traffic restrictions around the sports complex, and we expect United StatesSecret Service to announce those by early July at the absolute latest. When they are announced, you can find the information here: www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention.

How can the public be aware if large demonstrations are going to affect them?

  • Planned permitted demonstrations that impact traffic or require road closures will be included on the City website road closure page, and updates provided via social media. For more information visit: www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention and follow @PhiladelphiaGov.

  • Demonstrations that deviate from the planned route or do not attain a permit will be updated via social media. Follow @PhillyPolice and @PhiladelphiaGov.

Will any SEPTA routes change during the DNC?

  • Additional service along the Broad Street Line (BSL) will be added during the convention. Travelers should expect crowds on public transit similar to sporting events when Convention programming begins and ends. While the Convention has not yet released their full schedule, historically sessions have begun at 5 p.m. and concluded at 11 p.m.

  • Transit riders can sign up for SEPTA alerts regarding system delays and service disruptions through the City’s mass notification system, ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready.

  • SEPTA also offers information through their website and social media: http://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml and http://www.septa.org/alert/twitter.html.

Will there be special parking or towing restrictions?

  • There will be some parking or towing restrictions, though we do not expect it to be nearly as extensive as last year's Papal Visit. Before the weekend of July 23, and throughout the week of the DNC, please be sure to check the street signs near where you normally park each day to ensure there are no temporary parking restrictions.

Will the City allow camping?

  • Because of the resources needed to manage the Convention, no permits will be issued for camping.

Will it be difficult to go out during the Convention? Will restaurants have available seating?

  • Because the Convention historically takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening, Center City and other area dining destinations should have open tables, especially during dinner hours, should you want to take advantage of them.

Can I get into the Wells Fargo Center if I am not a credentialed media member or delegate? Can anyone attend the convention?

  • Only those who are credentialed have access inside the Wells Fargo Center, which include media, delegates, politicians, and volunteers. However, the smaller councils and caucus meetings which take place during the day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are open to the public.

How can I participate in the DNC?

  • There are a number of fun Convention-related events happening around town for the public, even if you're not interested in politics. For more information and a list of events, go to www.phldnc.com.

What if I have questions that aren't answered here?

  • We encourage you to first go to www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention. If your questions aren't answered there, you can always call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies. The week of the Convention, 311 will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Source: Councilman Mark Squilla's Office

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NNA June Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors, 

Last month was so busy that we had to take a month off from newsletter-writing to fit everything in, but we're back and have lots to report! This includes a very important upcoming vote (see more below) that could have a big impact on our organization. So enough with the introduction - just keep scrolling to find out about how to get involved, neighborhood happenings, and what NNA is up to!

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. 

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

IMPORTANT: Proposed Name Change to Our Organization 

We're proud of our neighborhood, especially its rich history and diversity, which is why the NNA board has agreed to hold a vote at our monthly general meeting in July on whether we should change our name. We know that the name "Newbold" comes with a lot of mixed feelings, which is why we think it's worth considering a new name that ensures our  non-profit sincerely and purposefully represents all of our neighbors, new and old.

We are announcing the vote today, which will be held on Wednesday, July 27th at our regular general meeting (6:30pm at Reed Street Apartments). If we vote to retain the name, then that's the end of the issue for now. However if we vote to change the name, then we will start asking for proposals for a new name, and the most popular suggestions will be held for a vote at our August general meeting.

Do you have strong feelings about this issue? Then please come out and voice them, we want to hear your take! We truly want to ensure this process is as transparent and  open as possible, so please reach out with any questions to president@newboldneighbors.org.

Picnic at Manton Green


On Saturday, June 11, the Clean and Green committee hosted a clean up and neighborhood picnic at Manton Green. Thank you so much to all the neighbors who helped make the event a success! It was great to see so many of you. If you haven't already, check out the new planters and vegetable garden at the Green (17th and Manton). It's looking spectacular!


Wanted: Clean & Green Committee Members!


Mark your calendars for the next committee meeting on Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 PM (location TBD). We will be discussing upcoming events, such as the Philadelphia Water Department's Rain Check program workshop we are looking to plan for the end of August. Please email clean@newboldneighbors.org from more info. Hope to see you there!

17th District Annual Block Party


The 17th District of the Philadelphia police are throwing their annual block party on June 25th from 10am to 6pm.

They'll have tons of kid friendly activities, food and members of the PA Army National Guard's 103rd Engineer Battalion will be showing kids a military vehicle and equipment.

Email Charlie Elison  if your organization is interested in setting up a table or if you'd like to help a few neighbors run children's activities.

Notes from Public Safety


Public Safety reminds you that you can always join us at the PSA Meetings, Captain's Meetings, Neighborhood Walk or feel free to email us with questions and concerns. We'd love to see you there. Check the NNA calendar for more details and keep up with all the great things our committees are doing.

Here are the month's crime numbers:
Crime# of Events
This Month
# of Events This Month
Last Year
% Change
Aggravated Assault No Firearm 8 6 33%
All Other Offenses 34 60 -43%
Burglary Residential 3 9 -67%
Driving Under the Influence 4 3 33%
Disorderly Conduct 3 2 50%
Fraud 10 8 25%
Narcotic / Drug Law Violations 9 8 12%
Other Assaults 24 25 -4%
Rape 2 2 0%
Robbery Firearm 2 3 -33%
Robbery No Firearm 2 4 -50%
Theft from Vehicle 16 6 167%
Thefts 14 18 -22%
Vandalism/Criminal Mischief 15 19 -21%
Weapon Violations 3 1 200%

A little prevention goes a long way. Lock your doors and windows and remember to remove valuables from your car. Be aware when using your cell phone as you walk, especially at night. Making sure your outdoor lights are operational and turned on as the sun sets helps a would-be criminal think twice and consider moving-on to less visible targets. 

Lastly, If you would like to meet the local officers and leaders of the PSAs, please stop by 1200 Block of Point Breeze Avenue on Saturday June 25th, 10am to 6pm where the 17th District will be holding a meet and greet. 

 Have a great month and stay safe. 



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

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June Zoning Meeting Cancelled

Our regularly scheduled zoning meeting for June (normally the second Tuesday of the month) has been cancelled because we have no cases this month. At our last meeting, the attendees supported both 1521 Tasker Street (not yet heard by the ZBA) and 1314 S. Chadwick Street (approved by the ZBA on May 11th, 2016).

Please join us for our July meeting on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30pm at Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments.

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April Public Zoning Meeting Tuesday Night

Tomorrow night at 6:30pm at Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments (16th and Reed) will be our monthly Public Zoning Meeting. 1532 South 15th St. and 1521 Tasker St.

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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
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