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2013 Announcements

What follows is a record of announcements from the past year.

Property Tax Relief for Longtime Homeowners

posted Dec 4, 2013, 8:35 AM by Wash West   [ updated Dec 4, 2013, 8:35 AM ]

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:
  • The property’s 2014 Market Value minus the $30,000 Homestead Exemption must be more than 3 times the 2013 Market Value
  • Homeowners must own and have lived in this property as their primary residence since at least July 1, 2003.
  • The property is a single family or a multi-unit property with no more than three residential units and one commercial unit.
  • The property cannot have received a tax abatement now or in the past.
  • The Real Estate Taxes on the property must be paid in full or be up-to-date on a payment plan (or have an application for a payment agreement pending).
  • There are income limits based on household size.

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.

Eligible property owners are being mailed a pre-filled application and brochure with their personalized tax savings information. If you are not eligible for LOOP, you may be eligible for other tax relief programs.

More information and a tool to check eligibility and amount of savings are available by calling 215-686-9200 or visiting Assistance and information is available in multiple languages online and over the phone.

Market Street Casino Presentation

posted Oct 14, 2013, 12:52 PM by Wash West   [ updated Oct 14, 2013, 12:53 PM ]

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.

Home Security Camera Meeting

posted Sep 30, 2013, 9:39 AM by Wash West   [ updated Sep 30, 2013, 9:39 AM ]

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 ~

Become a Wash West Tree Tender

posted Aug 13, 2013, 7:09 AM by Wash West   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 7:09 AM ]

Become a Tree Tender
Are you interested in helping to restore and and maintain the tree canopy In our neighborhood?
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.
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
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: 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.

Washington Square West Trust Website

posted Aug 1, 2013, 1:31 PM by Wash West   [ updated Aug 7, 2013, 4:32 PM ]

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, 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. 

National Night Out: America's Night Out Against Crime

posted Jul 18, 2013, 6:12 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 6:24 AM ]

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

posted Jul 10, 2013, 3:32 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 3:32 PM ]

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!

Wash West Night in the PHS POP UP GARDEN!

posted May 30, 2013, 9:38 AM by Wash West   [ updated Jun 20, 2013, 5:05 AM ]

Our host, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will recognize and honor neighbors for their commitment to creating and sustaining a green environment in Wash West.  Join in the applause at 6:00 PM when we honor:

Joe Baker Garden Coordinator, Louis I Kahn Park

Bobbie Camp & Romy Bukus Coordinators, South Street Community Garden

Cara Carroccia Coordinator, Waverly Street Community Garden 

April Gamache President, Seger Park Advisory Council

Connie Moore President, Friends of Louis I Kahn Park

Virginia Trosino Tree Planter

Pennsylvania Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University


Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Arts, the 2013 PHS Pop Up Garden encompasses the University's Dorrance Hamilton Hall, as well as a UArts-owned lot across the street at 313 S. Broad Street. This third-annual Pop Up Garden brings to light the relationship between horticulture and the arts, while also spotlighting the importance of local, healthy food.

The front of the space is PHS's official welcome area, greened with trees, an elevated lawn area, flowering plants, and enhanced with elements from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. The back of the lot hosts the garden's mobile beer garden, created by FCM and Groundswell Design Group.

The garden will serve as both an afternoon oasis and evening retreat (food service begins May 29). Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm , guests are invited to read, eat lunch, relax with friends, or simply enjoy their surroundings. During select afternoon hours, UArts students will be in the garden for special performances.

During mobile restaurant hours (Monday-Thursday, 5-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday, 1-11:00pm; and Sunday, 12-10:00pm), visitors will enjoy dining and drinking under trees and twinkling lights. Local craft beers, sangria, and root beer will be on tap, and served alongside a selection of grab-and-go locally sourced fare by Chef George Sabatino. 

Summer Farmer's Market at Jefferson Open!

posted May 30, 2013, 9:37 AM by Wash West   [ updated May 30, 2013, 9:37 AM ]

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!

JOIN US! WSWCA @ The Phillies on Thurs, July 11th

posted May 30, 2013, 9:36 AM by Wash West   [ updated May 30, 2013, 9:36 AM ]

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 by this Friday, May 31st., as we are reserving tickets this week.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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