Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St. Leo's Thanksgiving Dinner

We Are all One Family-2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

On Sunday November 20th we will be making dinner for those in need in our community. In order to make this a success we need your help. Below is a list of things that we need

1.) VOLUNTEERS-to cook and serve at the convent. We will be there from about nine till about 6pm. If you have an hour or two,that would be wonderful. Cooking means:you can cut vegetables;make a salad;help with deserts-there are many things that need to be done.

2.) DONATIONS-turkey gravy,stove top stuffing,cranberry sauce,potatoes,sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes,canned corn, salad dressing, desserts such as cookies pies/cakes. Any non-perishables not used will be donated to our food cupboard.

3.) COMMUNITY SERVICE- If you are in need of community service hours for school,boy scouts, or any other service projects,this does count!

Thank you in advance for your kindness and support.Let us all be THANKFUL this holiday Season! If you have any questions please call Ann Marie at 215-901-8052 or via email at

An Invitation

All members of the community are invited to partake of the Thanksgiving Dinner. We especially welcome our Seniors who have no one to share this feast. Dinner will be served in the Convent from 2 till about 6pm. If you are interested in joining us for dinner please call Ann Marie 215-901-8052 so we can make reservations for you. Dinners will be spread throughout the afternoon so that everyone can enjoy a nice sit-down dinner. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lardner’s Point Park Groundbreaking

DRCC Announces the construction of a new park

The Delaware River City Corporation is announcing the creation of a riverfront park on 4.5 acres of land immediately south of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge and in front of the City of Philadelphia Water Department’s Lardner’s Point Pump Station, Construction will begin in November of 2011 with park completion anticipated in May 2012. The Lardner’s Point Park project is an initial signature public access point that is part of the larger proposed Delaware Riverfront Greenway envisioned to encompass an approximate eleven-mile trail system along the Delaware River from Allegheny Avenue to Bucks County Line.

The work will include demolition and removal of concrete ramp structures and concrete and asphalt paving throughout the site. A river overlook and fishing pier at the river’s edge will be a part of the new park along with, riparian edge restoration, the creation of tidal wetlands, and the restoration of a riverbank forest area for picnicking and passive recreational activities. The park will be a gateway and trailhead for the Delaware River Heritage Trail and will be a link in the East Coast Greenway that runs from Maine toFlorida. This trailhead will include a drinking fountain, walking trails, park and trail furniture and the necessary infrastructure to support these amenities.

The Greenway Plan for the Delaware River is intended to transform much of the vacant, former industrial properties along the riverfront into a destination frontage that will bring new distinction and identity to the City and stimulate the economy and culture of the entire city.

Lardner’s Point Park Groundbreaking

November 21, 2011 9am

Levick Street at the Delaware River

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Torresdale Ave. Shopper Survey

Historic Tacony Revitalization Project
Shopper Survey
October 19, 2011
The Historic Tacony Revitalization Project is conducting a market study survey to determine what businesses and shops the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor can support. As a part of the project, please take the shopper survey at:

Your participation helps the market research team better understand the needs and opportunities for the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor.

Thank you for your participation.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 29.

From State Rep. Michael McGeehan:

Don’t flush away unwanted prescription drugs

The old practice of flushing expired old or unneeded prescription drugs down the toilet is now strongly discouraged since it was found many drugs survive the process and make it into our rivers, and even into drinking water.

And drugs thrown into the garbage could end up in the hands of children and trash pickers.

Now is a great time to go through the medicine cabinet and gather your unwanted or expired prescription drugs in preparation for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 29.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, the Philadelphia Police Department will have drop-off points for old prescription drugs at many fire stations throughout the city.

In and about the 173rd Legislative District, there will be four fire station drop-off sites:

Fire Department Engine 7/Ladder 10, 3798 Kensington Avenue

Fire Department Engine 36/Ladder 20, 7818 Frankford Avenue

Fire Department Engine 62/Ladder 34, 9845 Bustleton Avenue

Fire Department Engine 71/Ladder 28, 1900 Cottman Avenue

A complete list of drop-off sites in the Philadelphia region and all of Pennsylvania can be found at Click on "Start Over," then enter the municipality and the state it is in.

Applications for Corridor Manager Now Being Accepted

The Tacony Community Development Corporation is accept resumes to fill a newly created full-time position with the organization to help revitalize the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor in the Tacony neighborhood.

The new commercial corridor manager will work with the Board of Directors of the TCDC and volunteer committees/teams to help organize the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project to revitalize Torresdale and Longshore Avenues in the Tacony neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia.

The job description is available here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, references, writing sample and a resume as described in the job description noted above, before 5PM on November 15, 2011.

The anticipated salary range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Historic Tacony Revitalization Project is on Facebook

The Historic Tacony Revitalization Project, which will be working to revitalize Torresdale Avenue, is on Facebook.

We hope to see you at the meeting on Monday.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Mon 17 Oct 2011 - Historic Tacony Revitalization Project KICK OFF MEETING

You are invited!

Historic Tacony Revitalization Project

Monday October 17, 2011


Tacony Branch of the Free Library Basement Meeting Room

Philadelphia at 6742 Torresdale Avenue (at Knorr Street) in Philadelphia PA 19135

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss why the Tacony Community Development Corporation (TCDC) is launching the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project now and what they hope to achieve in the next few years. Peter Naccarato, the Board President of the Tacony CDC will also discuss the role of the Retail Market Analysis study being conducted now, and the process the organization will undertake to hire a full time employee this fall to manage the commercial district revitalization work.

After Mr. Naccarato speaks, Donna Ann Harris, principal of Heritage Consulting Inc., a consultant to the Tacony Community Development Corporation will give a twenty minute presentation on “An Introduction to Commercial District Revitalization.” After the presentation, Ms. Harris will facilitate a series of small group discussions where neighbors can identify their major issues and concerns about the Torresdale Avenue commercial district that they wish to see changed. The small groups will present their ideas and Ms. Harris will describe how these concerns fit within the Main Street Four Point Approach™. Small group participants will be encouraged to identify projects to solve some of these problems that might interest them from these lists. The next meeting date will be determined to create committees to move the revitalization effort forward.

All area residents, merchants and property owners are encouraged to attend this kick off meeting for the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project. To learn more about this effort see the back side of this flyer.

Let us know if you plan to attend!

Please RSVP to Donna Ann Harris at 267 251 5444 or send an email to by Friday October 14, 2011 so we know how many people to expect!
Historic Tacony Revitalization Project Fact Sheet

What is the Main Street Approach™ to commercial district revitalization?
In recent decades, multiple approaches to commercial district revitalization, from urban renewal to highly-publicized, big-fix redevelopment projects, have failed because they focused on just one or two discreet issues, rather than addressing the full range of inter-related issues that affect each individual commercial district. The Main Street Approach™ is a volunteer driven, historic preservation based economic development program. The Main Street Approach™ works at the local level with community volunteers to help revitalize a commercial corridor. The Historic Tacony Revitalization Project will use the Main Street Four Point Approach™ to organize our efforts.

What is the purpose of the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project?
All local Main Street programs aim to maximize the economic potential of each historic commercial district while preserving its distinct sense of place.

Who is leading this effort for Tacony?
The Tacony Community Development Corporation is spearheading the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project.

What are the benefits of revitalization?
Revitalization generates new reinvestment. Private investment in businesses and commercial properties, and public investment in infrastructure create economic benefits for the entire district. Revitalization supports business growth and job creation. Viable commercial districts provide places for entrepreneurs to succeed, increasing the viability and vitality of the commercial area. Revitalization supports economic growth throughout the community. Downtowns and local districts project the community’s image to visitors and potential investors. Healthy commercial districts reflect a community that cares. Revitalization provides local focus and stability. Economically strong commercial districts serve as an anchor for the community and represent consistent economic growth.

Why should we revitalize the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor?
Commercial corridors and neighborhood business districts represent jobs and revenues—both vary from community to community, and sometimes represent as much as 30% of local jobs and revenue sources. These commercial districts define the local identity and reflect that community’s history and ‘sense of place.’ Torresdale Avenue, like many other commercial corridors in Philadelphia that are using the Main Street Approach, can become the hub and heart of Tacony once again.

How can local residents become involved?
Your help is needed by becoming involved as a volunteer with Historic Tacony Revitalization project’s Four Teams: Organization; Promotion; Design; and Economic Restructuring. These teams will develop projects to help the corridor. Please give us your contact information to be invited our meetings and so we can keep in touch.

Whom do we contact to learn more?
Donna Ann Harris is helping the Tacony Community Development Corporation organize the Historic Tacony Revitalization Project. Reach her at 267 251 5444 or email at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flea Market - Saturday, October 8th

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, OCTOBER 8th, come on out for our Tacony Flea Market. There will be over 40 vendors with a few hundred people expected to walk through.


Food vendor and restroom facilities will be available onsite.

If you want to have a $10 space (you provide your own table), no are reservations needed. Set up time is 6am to 7am. Location in Disston park on Keystone Street at Longshore Ave. $10 will be collected in the morning.

For more information or to rent a space, please contact the TCA at 215-338-2575 or email us at

Friday, September 23, 2011

Flea Market Postponed Due to the Weather

Tomorrow's flea market will be rescheduled Saturday, 10/1/11. Stay dry; we'll see you on the 1st.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's History Day in Tacony

and it's a great day for a parade.

This year marks the 20th Annual Tacony History Day! On September 17th our neighborhood will continue its proud tradition with an array of string bands, drum and bugle corps, youth groups, classic and military vehicles making their way up Torresdale Avenue at 11:00 AM! The Parade route is expected to return to Princeton Avenue, where it will turn to Cottage Street, after the long-awaited completion of Phase 1 of the I-95 re-ramping project.

The 20th Annual Disston Festival, held immediately after the Parade at Disston Recreation Center, will feature the usual complement of kiddie rides, games, contests, live music and dancers plus expanded refreshment options. The big feature is always the indoor display of local memorabilia and Tacony history for a nostalgic trip through time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flea Market - Sat, Sept 24th

This Week in Tacony

Thursday - Free concert with Tommy Conwell at Disston Rec. Opening act is Civic Minded Fools. 6:30pm

Saturday - Tacony History Day Parade and Festival. The parade starts at Torresdale and Hellerman at 11am. It progresses down Torresdale, turns left at Princeton, then ends at Disston Rec. The Festival, with music, food, and more runs til 4pm.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Barbeque on the Delaware

The Joe McCloskey Memorial Fund is sponsoring a “Barbeque on the Delaware”. The Joe McCloskey Memorial Fund was established to honor one of Tacony’s greatest citizens, Officer Joseph C. McCloskey with a lasting Memorial/Tribute. Joe touched the lives of thousands of Tacony’s young adults from Disston Elementary, Our Lady of Consolation, St. Leo, Abraham Lincoln and Father Judge High School.

The Barbeque on the Delaware will be held next Sunday, September 18th at the Quaker City Yacht Club. The time is 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The cost is $25.00 per person and includes food, beer, soda, door prizes and “live” music. The event will be MC’d by Herb Oakley. The music is being donated by two Tacony groups; Herb Oakley and Friends andTacony Noise. We will finish the afternoon with plenty of Philly style dance music. Horse Shoe pits for those who enjoy a little competition are available. Come out for a great cause and enjoy the company of old and new friends alike.

For directions and additional information visit the Joe McCloskey Memorial Website; (News and Events Page)

No PAL leader has ever received such an honor. No Tacony resident has ever received such an honor. Be part of this very special event.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Sunday.

Tina and Mike

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tommy Conwell Concert - Third Times a Charm?

Once again, due to the weather, the Tommy Conwell concert will postponed to Thursday, Sept. 15, and will be held at the Disston Recreation Center. The time is 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The TCA apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause, but safety is the number one consideration in making these decisions.”

The concert was to take place two weeks ago, but was pushed back to tonight due to rain. The date is now set for next Thursday.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Saturday, September 17 · 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location Torresdale Avenue and Disston Recreation Center

This year marks the 20th Annual Tacony History Day!

On September 17th our neighborhood will continue its proud tradition with an array of string bands, drum and bugle corps, youth groups, classic and military vehicles making their way up Torresdale Avenue at 11:00 AM. The Parade route is expected to return to Princeton Avenue, where it will turn to Cottage Street, after the long-awaited completion of Phase 1 of the I-95 re-ramping project.

The 20th Annual Disston Festival, held immediately after the Parade at Disston Recreation Center, will feature the usual complement of kiddie rides, games, contests, live music and dancers plus expanded refreshment options. The big feature is always the indoor dosplay of local memorabilia and Tacony history for a nostalgic trip through time.

Cow Chip Bingo - $5000 Prize
This year's festival will feature something new - Tacony's first-ever Cow Chip Bingo event! A live cow will be on hand at the Festival for a 2:00 ceremony. For a donation of $10 per chance (one chance per square), one lucky participant will be awarded $5,000 in cash if theirs if the first square "chosen" by the cow! If the cow is uncooperative and does not do her business in a timely fashion, four chance holders will be awarded $1,250 each. Tickets for this event are available by calling 215-338-8790 and any participant who sells ten chances for the Historical Society will receive a free chance for the $5,000 prize! Don't miss out on what promises to be another memorable event on September 17th!

Volunteers Needed
If anyone would like to volunteer for an hour or tow, please call 215 338 8790. THANK YOU

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tacony in the Times This Week

Our neighborhood was the subject of two stories in the Northeast Times this week.

Tacony moves Conwell show, also preps for history day

Cottman Avenue changes direction

Father Judge Taste of Northeast Philly

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tonight's Concert Postponed

Due to rain, tonight's Tommy Conwell concert at Disston Rec has been postponed until Sept 8th.

9th Annual Crusaderclassic 5K Run

Attention runners, the 9th annual Crusaderclassic 5k Run will be on Sunday, October 2.

Crusaderclassic 5K Run
Father Judge High School

Sunday 10/2/11 9:00 AM
Registration starting at 7:30 Father Judge schoolyard

Contact Dennis 215-333-7648 or
All proceeds go to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Adult Rowing Classes

I hope that all is well. If you are interested please send a check and the class that you would like to sign up for to

Llloyd Hall
attn:Joe Fagan
1Boathouse Row( Jelly at Waterworks Drive)
Thank you-Have a nice day!Ann Marie
Lloyd Hall “Rowing 101” Classes
Adults 18 and over learn how to Row!!!
Come be a part of the great rowing tradition along the Schuylkill River. This is an introductory course designed for beginners to learn proper rowing skills, boat handling safety, and rowing terminology. All sessions start at Lloyd Hall dock on Boathouse Row.
“Rowing 101”
5 sessions to fit all schedules
1. Summer Monday & Wednesday sessions
Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30pm
Aug. 29th to Sept. 28th (no class 9/5 or 9/14) Price $ 165
2. Summer Tuesday & Thursday sessions
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 to 7:30pm
Aug. 30th to Sept 22nd Price $ 165
3. Summer Sunday sessions
Sunday mornings 8:00 to 11:00am
Aug. 28th to Oct. 2nd (no class 9/4 or 9/18) Price $ 125
4. Fall Monday & Wednesday sessions
Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30pm
Oct. 3rd to Oct 26th Price $165
5. Fall Tuesday & Thursday sessions
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 to 7:30pm
Oct. 4th to Oct 27th Price $165
For information on the classes or to register
contact Coach Ann Marie Kuvik at 215-901-8052 or
**Each class is limited to 9 people**
Proceeds benefit Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Youth Rowing Camp

Friday, August 12, 2011

Southbound I-95 On Ramp Update


News for Immediate Release

August 12, 2011

New Southbound On-Ramp Opens Tuesday At I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange

Old southbound on-ramp from Princeton Avenue to close following new ramp’s opening

King of Prussia – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open a new on-ramp to I-95 South at the Cottman Avenue Interchange on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to replace the existing southbound on-ramp from Princeton Avenue, which will close immediately after the new ramp’s opening.

The planned ramp opening and subsequent closing, which are weather dependent, are scheduled to take place mid-day Tuesday.

Situated along Longshore Avenue at State Road, the ramp is one of two new on-ramps planned under PennDOT’s two-stage project to rebuild and improve the Cottman Avenue Interchange and 1.4 miles of I-95 between Bleigh Avenue and Levick Street.

The new Longshore Avenue on-ramp has been built under the on-going first stage of the I-95 Section CPR project (I-95, Section CP1), which also includes improvements to the existing northbound on-ramp from Princeton Avenue and changes to surface roads in the interchange area. A second new southbound on-ramp, which will be accessed from Cottman Avenue east of State Road, will be built under the second stage of the project (I-95, Section CP2) that is scheduled to be under construction in early 2012.

With the new ramp opened, crews on the $31.9 million CP1 project will begin demolishing the old Princeton Aveune on-ramp to I-95 South, including removal of the ramp’s overpass at State Road. Tentative plans call for that overpass to be dismantled during the weekend of Aug. 26-28. State Road traffic will be detoured at Princeton Avenue at that time.

Additionally, PennDOT will implement new traffic patterns on sections of Princeton and Cottman avenues over the next month as crews complete the ramp removal and related improvements to the intersection of Princeton Avenue and State Road. Those new traffic patterns include:

  • Changing Princeton Avenue from an eastbound-only street to a two-way street between Torresdale Avenue and State Road;
  • Changing Cottman Avenue from a westbound-only street to a two-way street between Torresdale Avenue and State Road.

In addition, State Road has been widened to include two southbound lanes and one northbound lane between Cottman Avenue and New State Road.

Section CP1 work also is continuing on the existing northbound on-ramp at Princeton Avenue, which is being widened to accommodate a spur ramp that will be built this fall from Milnor Street.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at

For more information, visit or call 610.205.6700.

Media contact: Charles Metzger, PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator,


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tonight's Concert Postponed Until Next Week

Due to the likelihood of rain, tonight's concert at Disston Rec featuring The Hooligans has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 4th.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Concert Series

We are pleased to announce our 2011 Summer Concert Series.

Concerts are held at Disston Rec, 4423 Longshore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19135. The opening act starts at 6:30pm.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Don't forget to bring a chair.

June 30th Memorial to Frank Drake
The Sue Teears Band with special guest Frank Sands

July 14th
Jerseybound Band

July 28th
Rich Sierota

Aug 11th
The Suitcases

Aug 25th
The Civic Minded

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tacony Firehouse Ground Breaking, Fri June 10th

Join us as Mayor Nutter breaks ground for the new Tacony Fire House, on June 10th at 10:30 am.

The new home of Engine 38 firehouse will be at Magee Avenue and Keystone Street. Construction should be completed by late next year. The firehouse will include a community room.

We will have more information closer to that date

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TACONY PRIDE DAY! Saturday, May 21st


Saturday, May 21st

Are you as proud as we are to be living in an active and diverse community such as Tacony? You should be! This is YOUR neighborhood!

The Tacony Civic Association is sponsoring the first Tacony Pride Day on Saturday, May 21st.

Please join your community in heading outside of your residence and cleaning up your block. A sweep here, pull a weed there, pick up some litter, clean-up the front of your residence…maybe even the back, too!

Let’s get out there and help a neighbor out! Meet a new neighbor!

Let’s keep Tacony a clean place to live!

Let’s get Tacony proud!

Please contact the Tacony Civic Association for more information.

Tacony Civic Flea Market

Tacony Civic Flea Market

Saturday, June 11, 2011

(rain date: Saturday, June 18, 2011)

Place: Disston Park – 6900 Keystone St

(between Longshore & Disston)

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fee: $10 per space

We hope you can join us!

Food vendor and restroom facilities will be available onsite.

For more information, please call (215) 338-2575 or email

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tacony Flea Market - Sat, June 11

Please click on the image for full size.

Tacony Pride Day - Sat, May 21

Please click on image for full size.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet the 6th District City Council Candidates both Formally and Informally

The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave, invites residents in the 6th City Council District to meet the Democratic candidates in an informal atmosphere on Tuesday, before the formal debate on Thursday.

Tuesday: Informal Meet and Greet at The Grey Lodge Pub
On Tuesday April 26, Bobby Henon will join them at 7pm, and Marty Bednarek will join them at 8pm. This will be an opportunity to meet both candidates separately in a very informal atmosphere.

They have invited Republican candidate Sandy Stewart, who is unopposed in the primary, to join them for their Meet the At-Large Council Candidates Night on Friday, May 6 , and for a separate meet and greet closer to the general election.

The Grey Lodge as a policy never endorses any candidates. The objective of their meet the candidate nights is to help us all be better informed voters.

Thursday: Formal Debate at Tacony Branch Library
On Thursday the 28 at 7pm, The Committee of Seventy and the League of Women Voters will be folding a debate with all three candidates at the Tacony Branch Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

St.Leos will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday at 11 am.

There will be plenty off eggs, just bring a basket.

And the Easter Bunny will be there!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Holy Experiment Roundtable

April 14, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m.—Holy Experiment

Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

The Greater Philadelphia Roundtable: Join in a discussion of Philadelphia history and issues, and help to shape the project to create an Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia! During 2011-12, our theme is “Phrasing Philadelphia,” as we take a look behind the slogans for the history and ideas that unite and sometimes divide us.

The Holy Experiment

A Quaker, William Penn intended Pennsylvania as a “Holy Experiment” dedicated to tolerance for all religious practices. In this discussion, we focus on religion and faith communities, from the colonial era to the present. The panel will be moderated by Randall Miller of St. Joseph’s University with panelists including Emma Lapsansky-Werner of Haverford College; Maris Gillette of Haverford College (and the Muslim Voices project); Rabbi George Stern of the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement; and Tuomi Forrest of Partners for Sacred Places.

More details

Monday, April 11, 2011

Disston Park Clean-Up: Sat, 16 Apr 2011

Disston Park Clean-Up
Sat, 16 Apr 2011
9am - noon
Keystone & Disston Sts.


Friday, April 8, 2011

An Evening of Local History

On Wednesday, 13 April 2011, Tacony Branch Library invites you to a celebration of our unique local history in three different ways. Join us for screening of the short film about Tacony "Bridging Yesterday with Tomorrow", made by the Tacony Civic Assoc., to be followed by the pilot episode for Sam Katz's "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment", a documentary film on the history of Philadelphia.

6-7pm: "Tacony in the Future" student photography exhibit.

7pm: Film Screenings, concluding with a short discussion of the film screening with producer Sam Katz.

Local History Night
Wednesday, 13 April 2011. 6pm - 8pm
Tacony Branch Library
6742 Torresdale Ave
Philadelphia PA 19135

and it's free!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thu 28 Apr: District 6 City Council Candidate Forum at the Tacony Library

The 2011 elections offer the greatest opportunity for change in Philadelphia’s City Council in many years. A good result depends on the voters being well-informed. To that end, the Committee of Seventy and the League of Women Voters are presenting the most comprehensive set of public forums ever to be held in Philadelphia.

District 6 Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm

Tacony Free Library
6742 Torresdale Avenue, 19135-2416

For more information about the debates, please visit You will also find complete information about the May 17 Primary, including candidate and district profiles.

Delawere River City Corp Spring Fling

Reconnecting YOU to the riverfront by building the Northeast Riverfront Greenway!

Experience the beauty of the Delaware River,
Explore our rich industrial heritage and
Enjoy the offerings of our vibrant

Beer, Wine, Refreshments and Beautiful River Views!! Come out and join us on Thursday, May 19th, from 5 to 7 p.m. when we hold our very first fundraiser at the Delaware River Yacht Club, 9635 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

$50 per person $250 for Trailtender Sponsors – including 5 tickets $500 for River Connector Sponsors – including 10 tickets and SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! See the Events page of their website at for more detials.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zoning News

The application for 14 apartments at 4900 Levick Street was withdrawn from the ZBA docket last week in light of strong opposition by neighbors and the TCA, as documented at the Zoning Committee meeting held on 2/28.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love Your Neighborhood!

TCA’s Love Your Neighborhood Volunteer Event Recap

Board Members and volunteers welcomed neighborhood residents to the Tacony Library on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 to discuss the various volunteer opportunities available with in the Tacony Civic Association. This event highlighted how neighbors can help neighbors, not only by serving and volunteering, but also through the services each committee provides to residents.

The TCA has several subcommittees devoted to different aspects of neighborhood upkeep. Committee Chairs and volunteers were on hand to explain in detail what each committee does and how residents can become involved. As TCA Secretary Anne Marie Kuvik put it, “there is something for everyone, whether it is helping behind the scenes or the day of a special event.”

TCA Treasurer Linda Salandra summed up the mission of the TCA as helping the residents of Tacony improve the quality of life of the community by devoting attention to specific concerns such as traffic, community clean-up, and zoning, while also fostering a sense of community by hosting events like the Summer Concert Series and Winterfest.

Below is a brief description of each committee, how it serves the neighborhood, how you can get involved. Contact the TCA via email at, or by calling (215) 338-2575.

Zoning Louis M. Iatarola

Volunteer members of the zoning committee serve by holding meetings in the community to discuss zoning variances. Currently the City of Philadelphia is revising its Zoning Code. Members of the TCA committee have attended meetings discussing the proposed changes, where their feedback has helped shape the new code.

Residents can report the misuse of properties to the Zoning Committee. Then, the Zoning Committee mediates and works with residents and owners to legalize structures and correct any zoning problems. They listen to concerns of residents and seek feedback from the community. The Zoning Committee will also explain the zoning process, how to seek a variance, and can help residents undertaking new projects.

As such, you are encouraged to attend an important zoning committee meeting to discuss the project to build 14 apartments in the form of seven attached duplexes at 4900 Levick Street. The site is currently zoned for commercial use. It will be 7 PM at the McDonald's on Torresdale Ave. on Monday 2/28.

Public Works Anthony Naccarato

The Public Works Committee deals with issues pertaining to streets, traffic, water, and sewer. Currently the committee has been working with neighbors affected by ramp construction for I-95. Their priority is safety, responsibility for the sites, and quality usage.
Residents can report issues with street lights, potholes, and street signs to the committee, as well as make suggestions for needed traffic controls.

Membership Dawn Ramos

The Membership Committee is responsible for welcoming & informing members. They deliver welcome packets to new homeowners, recruit residents to become TCA members, handle the quarterly newsletter mailings, and staff tables at community events.

The first way you can help is by joining, asking your neighbors to join, and attending the quarterly meetings. Volunteers are always welcome to hand out flyers. Long time volunteer Roseanne Rocco manages the quarterly mailings, but additional help may sometimes be welcomed for special events. Or, spend a few hours manning a table at one of many community events throughout the year.

Special Events Mary Benussi
The TCA hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, ranging form one day occasions such as Winterfest and flea markets, to the popular Summer Concert Series.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of activities. You can fill the role of greeter, serving refreshments, or help with set-up and clean-up on the day of a special event. If you prefer to work behind the scenes, there is always a lot to do to make an event happen.

Quality of Life Joe Sannutti

Quality of Life complaints will be taken via email at, or
by calling (215) 338-2575.

Clean and Green Troy Everwine

The Clean and Green committee works closely with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Tree Tenders and others to keep area parks clean and replenish trees throughout Tacony. Their next event is the Love Your Park clean-up at Disston Park on Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9am to Noon. Volunteers are needed and most welcome!

Public Relations Troy Everwine

The Public Relations Committee’s job is to get the word out!

The committee is seeking volunteers to inform us of community events, provide relevant community based content for the TCA blog, update the TCA’s Facebook page and blog, and provide pictures from community events. One current goal is to bring together information from neighborhood schools, churches, clubs, and organization and host an online community calendar.
They also write the quarterly newsletter.