What follows is a record of announcements from the past year.
In early December, the owners of residential properties that have had substantial increases in their property values will receive a letter in the mail from the City of Philadelphia, describing a new Real Estate Tax relief program for longtime homeowners, called LOOP, the Longtime Owner Occupants Program.
LOOP Eligibility Requirements:
If you are approved, your tax bill will be reduced for 10 years. To get these savings, the city must receive your application by January 15, 2014.
The Washington Square West Civic association will be holding a public presentation of the proposed Market 8 Casino at Market and 8th Streets The developers will be presenting the design of the casino and will explain their various community outreach programs that will be associated with the casino. Residents of the Washington Square West community will be invited to ask question of the developers. At the conclusion of the meeting, The Washington Square West Board will vote whether to write a letter in support or in opposition to the casino. This letter will sent to the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission and to local politicians.
The meeting will be held on October 29th at 6:30pm on The Jefferson University campus. Exact location TBD.
Interested in purchasing a home security camera system but not sure which one is best for you? Join Wash West on October 10 at 7pm to learn more. We will meet at Jefferson Alumni Hall in room 139. The police and a camera representative will be in attendance. More information ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the WSWCA Tree Tenders on Saturday, November 23rd, when we will plant more than 2 dozen street trees. Continue with the group when we begin a new tree maintenance and pruning program in the spring of 2014.
GET TRAINED AND CERTIFIED
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society conducts hands on tree care training. The next Tree Tenders training will be in October, on the 2nd, 9th and 16th, beginning at 5:45 PM. Classes are about 3 hours and are held at PHS, located at 20th & Arch Streets. You must attend all three class to receive your certification. For additional information go to
WIN A SCHOLARSHIP
The Washington Square West Trust recently established the Virginia Trosino Tree Tender Scholarships. Each year the Trust will sponsor scholarships to Tree-Tending classes given by PHS and the School of Arboriculture at the Morris Arboretum. Recipients of the scholarship must be residents of the Washington Square West neighborhood, and must clearly express their intent to use their gained knowledge for the benefit of the neighborhood.
Six scholarships are available for the PHS training in October.
To apply for a scholarship email the Greening Committee of the WSWCA at: email@example.com. on or before August 30, 2013. Please include the following information in your email: name, address, length of residency in Wash West, and a brief statement that explains your interest in being a Tree Tender. All applicants will be notified by September 10th. The Civic will register the winners with PHS.
BE A TREE TENDER
The Washington Square West Trust recently embarked on a project to create a video history of the Washington Square West neighborhood. The Trust interviewed a number of residents, neighborhood pioneers, and early merchants to capture their thoughts and recollections of the neighborhood.
The Trust is happy to announce that these videos are now available for viewing on the "Meet the Residents Tab" of their new website, www.washwesttrust.org. Be sure to explore the website to see the types of projects that the Trust has supported over the years as well as how you can benefit from their standing grants to homeowners.
Tues, August 6, 2013
Over 16,000 communities nation wide will participate
This event, sponsored by Wash West Town Watch, will be held at Kahn Park from 6-9 pm
Music provided by students of UARTS — dancing encouraged
Ben Franklin will join us
Food will be available
Bring lawn chairs
Meet your neighbors
Meet our local police
Free tickets to the Mutter Museum if you sign up to become a member of town watch!
Pine Street Stores Will Be Open late • Surprises!
Wash West Wednesday at the Magic Garden
WhenWed, July 24, 5pm – 7pm
WhereMagic Garden, 1020 South St, 19147 (map)
DescriptionJoin your neighbors and meet our board members on the second Wednesday of each month while enjoying Happy Hour at a different bar around the neighborhood! This week we will be at the Magic Garden at 10th & South, from 5pm-7pm!
The Jefferson Farmers' Market, has returned to the corner of 10th & Chestnut Street every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m!
This season, in addition to bringing the WSWCA neighborhood fresh produce, eggs, jams, baked goods, meats, and more, the Jefferson Farmers' Market launches the Plastic Bag Reduction (PBR) program. The PBR, an initiative aimed at reducing the number of plastic bags used, is the first-of-its-kind at a Philadelphia farmers' markets.
CareOne at Moorestown, a Senior Care Company, has donated 800 reusable bags that will replace the traditional plastic bags used at the market. You and your fellow patrons are be encouraged to bring your bags back each week.
See you at the farmer's market!
The WSWCA Young Friends group is organizing a trip to see the Phillies on Thursday, July 11th (when there will also be fireworks!). This event is open to all members of the WSWCA, so please join us!
If you would like to come, email Justine Haemmerli at firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, May 31st., as we are reserving tickets this week.
We look forward to seeing you there!