Dickinson Narrows Community

Friday, September 28, 2007

Elections Update

Per the Election Chairman:

Certification of the Election results will be delayed until criminal background checks have been obtained from all candidates in the September 21st Election . This means the original Dickinson Narrows Board will remain in office until this matter is resolved.

As regards to the residency challenges we will investigate them as soon as possible. To the extent that if there is a criminal record no further investigation will be necessary and the candidate will be disqualified.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Candidates for Today's Election

(Alphabetical order by position)

Maldonado, Marcel
Nelson, Haneef

Vice President:
Martin, James
Nesmith, Kenneth

no candidates

Johnson, Geraldine
Spearman, Marc

Directors (Class A)

Mays, Gary
Nesmith, Doug
Price, Kevin M.
Wescott, Lynamme

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Help Spread the news - Elections this Friday

Please help spread the news that elections will be taking place this Friday. If you are able, download a PDF of our flyer, print out copies and distribute to your neighbors. It's important for everyone to get involved.

Click here: Download PDF

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

DNCA Elections

This is a reminder that the elections for Dickinson Narrows are coming up quickly. The available positions are:
• President
• Vice President
• Treasurer
• Secretary
• plus 5 additional Board of Directors

If you are interested in running for a position, instructions are on our website. Here is a direct link:
You'll need to scroll down to Article 10 – Election Guidelines.

Voting will take place on Friday, September 21 from 2-8pm. We encourage everyone who qualifies to get involved, either as a candidate or a voter. Any additional questions, please email elections@dickinsonnarrows.org or send me a personal message.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Notes from tonight's meeting

The following are notes from tonight’s meeting:

Attendance was low at tonight’s meeting as it has been in the past. We discussed ways to get more people involved. We especially want to maintain interest over the summer so that there is a good turnout for September’s meeting. Suggestions included:
  • some sort of newsletter – web-based or photocopied and put in mailboxes

  • specific reminder for September’s meeting

  • phone calls to people who are on our list

  • “each one bring one” if each person at the meeting brings one new person each time, we will keep doubling our attendance

  • refreshments – this is a logistical and financial issue

  • talk to other neighborhood groups to see what they do to improve attendance

  • make sure the meetings are efficient – people want to know that they’re not wasting their time

  • have the meetings be more social – if people think there will be just confrontation they won’t be as likely to come. Have a relaxed atmosphere and more conversational. Refreshments might help as well.

  • make sure to contact people who have given their names, email addresses and phone numbers

frequency of meetings
Some people were concerned that we are under-utilizing the school’s auditorium and don’t want to waste their resources. It costs the school money to staff it and keep the lights on for our meeting. We discussed the options of meeting at another smaller location that is more accessible to the general population of Dickinson Narrows. Some people thought we should meet less frequently or only when there is a “hot topic” to discuss.
In September we will talk about the effectiveness of monthly meetings and where they should take place.

*** PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a monthly meeting for July and August since these are summer months and we anticipate most people to be unavailable. We will reconvene in September. Please send us your email and join our list and check our website in the meantime to stay informed.

The Committees have stalled and we’d like for them to pick up again. To recap, the following is a list of our committees and their email addresses. If you’d like to get involved, please send an email to:

Sanitation – sanitation@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Communication - communication@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Zoning - zoning@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Finance - finance@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Safety - safety@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Community Affairs - community@dickinsonnnarrows.org
Elections - election@dickinsonnarrows.org

People expressed interest in the clean-ups and that they are effective. Not only are they good for cleaning up the neighborhood, it’s also a great opportunity to meet your neighbors. We will work on improving the frequency and effectiveness of regular cleanups.

block captains
We need to get back on track with establishing block captains and asking them to help us get the word out about our meetings and events.

DNCA will hold their election on the third Friday in September (21st) at the DNCA office and other locations throughout the DNCA area, when available. These locations will be published in multiple local media outlets and/or other appropriate media prior to the election. The election will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

We will be putting more information about this on our website. If you have questions or are interested in running for office, please contact us for more information.

The September monthly meeting on the 17th will be the last meeting before the elections. At this time we expect to have people running for office to present themselves and answer questions from the audience. If you would like to be involved in making sure the election process is fair and efficient, please contact election@dickinsonnarrows.org

If you have any suggestions or questions, please email us and someone will get back to you.

Dickinson Narrows Civic Association

Meeting tonight, Monday June 18th, 7pm

´NamYy gKña

TUESDAY, June 18, 2007 at 7 PM


• SEPTEMBER ELECTIONS - prepare for our first elections in September. Find out which positions are available and how to run for office or a seat on the board of directors.
• SUMMER PLANS - DNCA will not be meeting again until September. Find out what is happening during the months of July and August.

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood
Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

email: contact@dickinsonnarrows.org

Thursday, April 26, 2007

PRE Cinco de mayo event


Let this humble email serve as a personal invitation for all neighbors to participate in this tradition coming from the villages in Puebla. Food and participation are free but the best part are the costumes, a true celebration!

Feel free to use and circulate as much of the following info as appropriate:

The Grand Carnival arrives in Philadelphia in the PRE Cinco de mayo event

Carnival dancers in full costume continue the centuries old tradition of representing the various warriors of the 5 May 1863 confrontations: French soldiers (Zapadores) and their mercenaries (Turcos and Zuavos) vs. the community militia (Zacapoaxtlas and Indios). Who wins?

The carnival includes the reenactment by those who defended the poor (Los bandidos de Rio Frio) by taking from the rich. Of course, the governor's daughter, La Dama, falls in love with the robber's leader, el Charro Negro. Will she marry him? Will she elope? Come find out!

Sunday April 29th Starts out as a Block Party
Noon to 3 at 5th and Mifflin St.
At 3 PM sharp the dancers will march north on 5th Street to arrive at Sacks Park at 5th and Federal

Banda La Morena

Sponsored by
San Mateo Carnavalero

Monday, April 16, 2007

April 16 meeting cancelled

Unfortunately tonight’s scheduled monthly meeting for Dickinson Narrows has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Board of Director’s meeting last week had to be cancelled because of Easter. We’ll pick up with the May monthly meeting on the 21st at 7pm at Washington Elementary, 5th & Federal Streets.

The agenda for next month will include PMBC Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee help with cleaning up our neighborhood

Also we will discuss September elections for DNCA.

Thank you
Dickinson Narrows Civic Association

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

This Month's Meeting has been moved to Tuesday Feb 20th

Please join your neighbors at the upcoming meeting of Dickinson Narrows Civic Association. Typically our meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month, but this week it has been moved to Tuesday, February 20th because of President’s Day.

The meeting is held at 7pm at Washington Elementary, 5th & Federal Streets.

The agenda for this evening is to continue discussing committees, and block and street coordinators. If you haven’t already expressed interest, please send an email to one of the following, or just come to the meeting:

Sanitation – sanitation@dickinsonnarrows.org
Communication - communication@dickinsonnarrows.org
Zoning - zoning@dickinsonnarrows.org
Finance - finance@dickinsonnarrows.org
Safety - safety@dickinsonnarrows.org
Community Affairs - community@dickinsonnarrows.org

´NamYy gKña

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood
Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

email: contact@dickinsonnarrows.org


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Community Meeting - Tuesday 1/16, 7pm at Washington Elementary

´NamYy gKña

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood
Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2007 at 7 PM


• IMPROVING COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Block organizers, maps, email and more)
• COMMITTEES - Safety, Sanitation, Community Affairs and more - get involved!

email: dickinsonnarrows@aol.com

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Minutes from December Meeting

Dickinson Narrows Community Association (DNCA)
December, 2006
Meeting directed by Association President Kirk Brown

Agenda Review
General Q&A regarding how to know who is on board, who all representatives are. Discussed ways to let residents know about meeting dates.
Discussed Kirk Brown’s involvement with gaming commission video
Discussed how a consensus was taken regarding the casinos
People concerned about safety
1. Block Captains & Super Block Coordinators
A. Need to set up a line of communication.
B. Officers for the Board will be elected in September 2007
C. The Board will vote in 2007 re: who representatives are to be for block captians and super block coordinators
D. In September 2007 Civic Association will:
Clearly define rules
Read minute
Determine voting process
E. In meantime temporary block captain should be volunteers that sign up-sign up sheet presented
F. DNCA will work over the next 9-10 months to identify all existing block captains and identify candidates for blocks where they do not exist

2. Need for Committees
Plan to create committees during next meeting in January 2007. Need committees to work on issues such as:
-Community Outreach (Communication)

3. Flyer Distribution
Attendees agreed to sign up for block captain positions and distribute flyers.
Noted that communication needs to be more fluent and distributed in stores and businesses
Discussed need to clean up flyers

4. Sanitation
Discussed interest in monthly clean-ups.

Next meeting scheduled for January 16, 2007

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dickinson Narrows By-Laws

Dickinson Narrows Civic Association

Article 1 – Purpose and Powers

1.01 These By-laws constitute the code of rules adopted by the Dickinson Narrows Civic Association (“DNCA”), a Pennsylvania non profit corporation, for the regulation and management of its affairs.

1.02 The purpose or purposes of the corporation are: to advance the educational, civic, social, commercial, and economic interests and general welfare and prosperity of that part of the City of Philadelphia known as the Dickinson Narrows area, that area being situated from Washington Ave (south side), to South 4th Street (west side), to Mifflin Street (north side), to South 6th Street (east side). Distribute educational, civic, social and commercial information of value; to have a part in the consideration and decision of public policy in Municipal, County, State, and National affairs; arrange, promote, conduct, and sponsor social events and affairs for the benefit of the people of the Dickinson Narrows community. Its boards and committees are therefore empowered in the accomplishment of its general purpose.

Article 2 – Offices

2.01 The principal place of business of this corporation in Pennsylvania will be located at 1503-05 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147-6506.

2.02 The Articles of Incorporation were effective on the date of February 28, 2006

Article 3 – Definitions

3.01 General Assembly – the General Assembly shall be composed of all persons living in the Dickinson Narrows area and members of the business community (as per the approval of the Board of Directors).

3.02 Directors – There shall be up to nine (9) Directors elected by the General Assembly, four (4) of whom shall be the Officers of this Corporation and all of whom shall heretofore be resident members of the General Assembly.

3.03 Officers – There shall be the following Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, all of whom must be members of the General Assembly, be at least twenty one (21) years of age and have served on the Board of Directors for a minimum of two (2) years immediately preceding their election as an Officer.

3.04 Block Captains – Each block within the Dickinson Narrows community shall have one (1) Block Captain and a Co-Block Captain on a voluntary basis, with an individual petition approved respectively by two-thirds of the households (as one qualifying member of DNCA per household) from their respective blocks and the approval of two- thirds of the Board of Directors.

Article 4 – The General Assembly

4.01 The General Assembly shall constitute the members of this corporation as defined in Article 3.01.

4.02 Community Meetings of the members may be called by the Board of Directors and/or the President.

4.03 Notice, stating the place, day, hour and purposes of the Community Meetings called shall be publicly announced through local papers, fliers and/or electronic mail.

4.04 Each verified member of the General Assembly, eighteen (18) years of age or older will be entitled to one (1) vote on each matter which the DNCA Board members will submit to the General Assembly.

4.05 Any verified member of the General Assembly may present an issue or concern for the community as previously presented to the Board of Directors and shall be announced at the General Assembly Community Meeting.

Article 5 – Directors

5.01 Structure of the Board – The Board of Directors of this corporation shall be structured as defined in paragraph 3.02.

5.02 Up to five (5) non-officer Directors will be elected for a term of two (2) years. Each Director will hold office for the term for which elected and until a successor has been elected and qualifies. DNCA officers shall also hold the title of Director during their term of office.

5.03 Regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be held monthly with the exception of the months of July, August and December. Notice stating the place, day and hour of regular meetings will be displayed in the DNCA office posted in print and/or electronic media to be forwarded to all Board members or a quorum of the Directors. Notice stating the place, day and hour of any emergency meeting of the Board of Directors will be delivered to each Director. Such notice need state the business to be transacted or the purpose of such a meeting.

5.04 Special or emergency meetings of the Board of Directors will be held at any place as the Board of Directors designates.

5.05 An emergency meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the President and/or a quorum of the Board of Directors.

5.06 A majority of the Directors shall constitute a quorum. The act of a majority of the Directors at a meeting in which a quorum of five (5) is present will be an act of the Board of Directors.

5.07 The Directors shall be authorized to approve a proxy for a Director who cannot attend a meeting. The proxy will be used for the purpose of establishing a quorum only.

5.08 When a resolution must be acted on immediately and a quorum is not present at a meeting, or a meeting cannot be convened, an Officer of the Board may conduct a telephone vote of the absent Board members. Any resolution thus passed shall be valid and binding.

5.09 § 1 A Director shall be removed and/or requested to resign from his or her position on the board, for failure to fulfill the responsibilities of the position or for conviction of charges brought under the city, state and/or federal criminal code. This Board member shall not be eligible for reelection of that position or any other Board position.
§ 2 Any Director who is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings, without an excuse must forfeit his/her Directorship, and shall be notified. This Director cannot run for office for one (1) election cycle after dismissal.

5.10 Any vacancy occurring among the Directors shall be filled by appointment by the President with the approval of the remaining Directors.

Article 6 – Officers

6.01 The Officers of DNCA shall constitute the Officers of the corporation. Each of the officers of the corporation will be elected for the term of two (2) years by the General Assembly on the third Friday in September commencing with September 2007. The term of the office will begin on the first day of October following elections. Each Officer will remain in office until a successor has been elected and qualifies.

6.02 President – The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall be a Director. He/she shall oversee the general active management and direction of the business of the organization and shall oversee that the orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly are carried out. He/she shall execute all legal documents for the corporation and countersign checks, drafts or bills of exchange issued by or on behalf of the corporation in addition to the countersignature of the Treasurer along with the review and authorization by initial of two (2) non signatory Directors.

6.03 Vice President – In case of the absence of the President or his/her inability to act, the Vice President shall perform all of the duties and functions of the President and shall be a Director. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President shall assume the office of President and carry on and conduct the affairs of the corporation as its official head for the unexpired term of the President.

6.04 Secretary – The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the members of the Board, keep full minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors, whenever able, shall attend all sessions of the Board of Directors, record all votes and proceedings thereof in a file to be kept for that purpose, and keep such other books and perform such other duties as may be described by the President or by the Board of Directors.

6.05 Treasurer – The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the corporation and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name of and to the credit of the corporation in such depository as may be designated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall render an annual report to the Board of Directors of the financial condition of the corporation and account for all the financial transactions of the corporation at each meeting of the Board. The accounts of the Treasurer shall be audited at least once a year by the Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall have the authority to countersign checks.

Article 7 – Committees

7.01 The Board of Directors shall have the authority to create and abolish committees and determine their rules of procedure and number of members.

7.02 The following committees shall be mandatory and established within thirty (30) days commencement of each new term of the Board of Directors: Finance Committee and By- Laws Committee.

7.03 The Board of Directors shall establish additional committees as needed.

7.04 The Board of Directors shall determine the duties, responsibilities, guidelines, and rules of all committees.

7.05 All committee chairpersons must submit a brief written report at regular Board of Directors’ meetings when appropriate.

7.06 The President shall appoint committee members and the committee shall select a Chairperson and a Secretary with the approval of the Board of Directors. Any member of the General Assembly may volunteer for any committee per the approval of the Board of Directors. Members of the committees are responsible to their respective Chairpersons and Directors.

Article 8 – Records

8.01 Record keeping shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of the Board of Directors and the secretaries of the committees. Minutes of all committee meetings shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Board of Directors. Minutes, copies of all reports and correspondence shall be kept on file at the DNCA office and with the President.

Article 9 – Amendment, Modification and By-Laws

9.01 The power to alter, amend or appeal these By-Laws or to adopt new By-Laws insofar as allowed by law is vested in the DNCA as ratified by two-thirds of its General Assembly. These By-Laws were ratified on June 26, 2006, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Article 10 – Election Guidelines

10.01 Voter Qualifications – In order to vote in a general election for the Board of Directors of DNCA a person must be eighteen (18) years of age and be a member of DNCA as per Article 3.01. At the polling place, voters must present some form of identification to establish their address and if needed, their age before casting their ballot(s).

10.02 Qualifications for holding DNCA Office
§ 1 Directors – Candidate must be a resident member of DNCA and at least twenty one (21) years of age.
§ 2 Officers – Candidate must be a resident member of DNCA, at least twenty one (21) years of age, and must have served as a Director for two (2) years with the exception of the first elected Directors subsequent to the 2007 election.

10.03 Election Procedures – DNCA will hold their election on the third Friday in September at the DNCA office and other locations throughout the DNCA area, when available. These locations will be published in multiple local media outlets and/or other appropriate media prior to the election. The election will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
§ 1 All candidates must submit a letter stating their intention to be a candidate no later than midnight, the last day of August before the scheduled election.
§ 2 The letter must be submitted to DNCA Election Committee and must include the candidate’s name, address, telephone number, position being sought, and verification of residency. Types of verification are: driver’s license, utility bill, voter registration, or other State-issued identification.
§ 3 Each candidate will be allowed to have one poll watcher present inside the polling locations and at the Ballot Counting on Election Day.
§ 4 In order to vote, a resident member must be present in the community on Election Day.
§ 5 Voting will be by secret paper voting ballot.
§ 6 Ballots will be collected by the Election Board.
§ 7 If a dispute arises at any of the polling locations, the Election Judge (see appendix
A) will refer the voter to the voting headquarters 1503-05 South 5th Street or wherever the DNCA office is located) where an Election Board member will settle the dispute; the voter, if verified eligible to vote, may then do so at the election headquarters.
§ 8 Absentee Ballots will be permitted and obtained based on the Absentee Balloting guidelines used in the general and primary elections for the City of Philadelphia.
§ 9 An Election Board of three (3) people will be appointed by the Election Committee. The Election Board shall not be members of the DNCA.
§ 10 The Election Board will not hold or be a candidate for office with the DNCA. The purpose of the Election Board is to count ballots and settle disputes that may arise on Election Day.

10.04 The four (4) elected Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will serve subject to the residents of DNCA for the period of two (2) years from the date of the first day of October. The remaining five (5) Directors will serve for a two (2) year period from the first day of October.

10.05 Election Rules:
§ 1 Candidates will not be allowed to campaign within fifteen (15) feet of any polling location.
§ 2 Distribution of campaign materials or wearing buttons supporting a candidate inside a polling place is prohibited.
§ 3 No candidate shall attempt to influence, discourage, or intimidate another candidate from seeking election to the Board of Directors. This includes any form of communication. Such activity would be perceived as an attempt to manipulate the outcome of the Election.
§ 4 The Election Board will make a final determination on a candidate’s eligibility if section 10.05 §1 or 10.05 §2 is violated.

10.06 Additional Election information – For additional Election information refer to Appendix (A).

Article 11 – Board Meeting Discussion

11.01 All meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.

11.02 Discussion of items at Board meetings should be limited to five minutes per Board member.

11.03 The President shall not vote except to break a tie decision by a quorum of the Board of Directors.
Appendix A

Election Information of Dickinson Narrows Civic Association By Laws

Election Committee

1. The Election chairperson is elected by the Board of Directors; the Election Committee is appointed by the Election chairperson.
2. No member of the Election Committee may become a candidate for the Board of Directors or be appointed to the Board within six (6) months of the Election.
3. Receives Letters of Intent to run (letters must include name, position sought, residential address, and telephone number). All letters must be post-marked by midnight, August 31 of the election year.
4. Verifies eligibility of candidates and sends letters of acceptance or rejection.
5. Chooses polling locations to be approved by the Election Board.
6. Appoints an Election Judge for each polling location. His/her job is to verify residency of voter, when necessary, have residents sign affidavit, and distribute ballot. Voter will place executed ballot in sealed ballot box. If a dispute arises, the Election Judge refers the voter to the election headquarters where a member of the Election Board will settle the problem.
7. Publishes election information in local media outlets (both print and electronic) two (2) weeks prior to the election. Election information must include candidates, date of election, time, and location.

Election Board

1. Counts ballots and settles disputes that may arise on Election Day.
2. Seals ballot boxes, delivers them along with the affidavits and ballots to the polling locations and picks them up to return to election headquarters after determining the close of the election.
3. Approves all correspondence and notices pertaining to the election and approves the polling locations and Election Judges as selected by the Election Committee.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Community Meeting Monday 12/18 at 7pm

´NamYy gKña

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood

Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2006 @ 7 PM


Contact :215-389-2800 email: dickinsonnarrows@aol.com

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

November Meeting Minutes

Dickinson Narrows Community Association (DNCA)
Community Meeting at 1505 S. 5th St.
November 20, 2006
Meeting directed by Association President Kirk Brown

Agenda Review

Waterfront Development
Mayor’s office requested DNCA and (14) other area civic associations attendance re: Delaware Avenue waterfront development. South Philadelphia civic associations include DNCA, Pennsport, Whitman. These organizations will be represented by Kirk Brown-DNCA, Fred Druding-Whitman, John Dougherty-Pennsport. No agreement reached as to who (of these three) will represent South Philadelphia.

Veterinarian Hospital Presentation
Benefits of this service reviewed.

-New building proposed on three empty lots on 1500 block of S. 5th St. (5th and Cross Sts.). Proposed building is being developed as “green” environmentally friendly and LEEDS certified.

-Other high quality veterinarian clinics nearby are overwhelmed.

-Proposed possibility of providing free, occasional services for neighborhood stray cats with (Feline Immune Virus) FIV by quarantine and finding specialized homecare and spay and neutering services.

-Architect reviewed plans for new facility and accepted feedback from community members.

-Potential traffic issues addressed: six clients maximum at a given time but this will generally not be the average attendance.

-Anticipated time frame is one year from zoning approval scheduled for February/March 2007.

Community Question responses:

A. Quality of proposed attached apartments: two high quality 2 bedroom apartments averaging $1,200 per month will be included in new site to help sustain investment of new facility.

B. Trash will be stored inside and scheduled for removal during business hours.

C. South side of Cross St. will lose some light due to new building. Direct light loss will only occur during a short period of time in late August.

D. Clinic is proposing maintenance and possible acquisition of double lot at 5th and Greenwich whereby one lot is City owned and one is privately owned. In process of asking City to donate space to the community.

E. Considering other types of metals for exterior siding on upper levels. Considering environmental impact of materials used.

F. Cameras proposed to deter loitering/crime in parking area. Gates not currently proposed but would be considered if problems were to arise in future.

Presentation was concluded with general community support. A support letter and proviso information will be included on website shortly.

Old Business
• Concerns regarding how best to get info out to community.
• Website and emails are useful but limited to those with computers. More targeted flyer distribution and placement discussed. System needed for street/block organizers to get information out to neighbors.

• Discussed possibility of using community room at Mt. Sinai Sr. Apartments for our meetings (school auditorium is often not available at the last minute)

Handouts with important community services phone numbers were distributed. Community residents encouraged to be more active in calling in any illicit activity or violations to improve quality of life and promote change.

October Meeting Minutes

Agenda: Communication
We need to improve our communication with the Dickinson Narrows community. We need to effectively announce meetings, clean-ups, events, or any other important piece of information.

We propose to use the following methods:
• email for people who have provided us with their email address
• website at http://www.dickinsonnarrows.org to post news for anyone with an internet connection
• flyers in mailboxes of people who we identify as being without internet access. For the time being, we do not know the community well enough, so we will continue using flyering for the majority of the community
• consistency – our monthly meetings will be the THIRD MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH.
• free ads in community newspapers (south philly review, PGN, PW, City Paper
• other possible forms of communication include flyers stapled to telephone poles (with a removal date, to ensure it doesn’t aggravate residents) and word-of-mouth to be implemented with Block and Street coordinators (detailed below)

Block & Street Coordinators
First we defined these terms:
• A city block is the area surrounded by 4 major streets. For instance, Federal to Reed, 3rd to 4th = 1 city block.
• A street is the area between any 2 intersections. For instance, the 400 block of Cross Street, from 4th to 5th Sts.

Our goal is that every street will have one Street Coordinator. Every city block will have a Block Coordinator who communicates with the Street Coordinators within his/her area. We will develop a map of the community that designates Block and Street Coordinators. This will also help us to identify which areas are lacking, so we can focus on pulling people from all areas of our community.

• fundraising
• money for activities fund (stamps for mailings) - see Shawn at www.phila.gov, DiCicco’s office
Mt. Sinai Hospital – need to keep people from getting in there. Follow-up with status of Sophia.
• Casinos – Dec/Jan zoning
• Sachs Park redesigned
• Jefferson Square park

Monday, December 04, 2006


An email from PlanPhillly regarding the waterfront:

Thank you for signing up to receive information from www.PlanPhilly.com. We plan to email you when the full www.PlanPhilly.com site launches later this year. As we organize this fall, we will keep you informed about opportunities to participate in the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, both in your neighborhood and online. Informed, engaged citizens like you will be vital to our success as a city and a region.

Please feel free to forward this email to friends and family who may be interested in signing up to participate in the planning process. They may do so at www.PlanPhilly.com.

Thanks again,

Penn Praxis
410 Duhring Wing
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Minutes and More Coming Soon

Thank you for your patience as we get caught up with posting the minutes from our last two monthly meetings. DNCA is still in the very early stages of getting organized, and there is a lot we're dealing with at once. Keep checking this site for more information, or send your email address to contact@dickinsonnarrows.org to join the email list.


Monday, August 14, 2006

Sept 18 - Community Meeting

Our next community meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2006. We hope to have the school's auditorium available but cannot confirm the use of that facility with staff until they return from their 'much' earned summer breaks. In the event that that site is unavailable, an alternative location will be selected prior to the 18th of September.

In the meantime, we hope you'll join your neighbors for the next Dickinson Narrows Community Summer Clean-Up on Saturday, August 19th from 9am - noon.

August 19 - Community Clean-up

Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood

Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

Limpieza De la Comunidad
sự thu dọn khu dân cư

Push-brooms, bags and shovels available 8am Saturday at the community office located at 1505 S. 5th Street or prior to the 19th through the contacts below

Escobas, bolsos y palas los åm disponibles sábado en la calle 1505 o el contacto del S. 5to de la oficina de la comunidad abajo

IMPORTANT: ALL trash and debris from the clean-up Saturday should be placed at the end of your block nearest 5th Street for collection that morning. THIS IS A SPECIAL PICK-UP FOR THE 29TH ONLY!

ALSO: Mark your calendars for Monday May 8, 7PM Community meeting Washington Elementary 5th & Federal Streets

También: Marque sus calendarios para lunes el mayo las 5tas de Washington de la reunión de la comunidad de 8, de los 7PM y federales calles elementales

chúng ta phải làm việc vì phúc lợi của nhân dân May 8, 7PM

Contact : 215-389-2800 email: dickinsonnarrows@aol.com web.www.dickinsonnarrows.org

Monday, June 26, 2006

Community Meeting Tonight 7pm

´NamYy gKña

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood

Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the South side of Washington Avenue to the North side of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006 @ 7 PM


COMMUNITY SAFETY VIGIL (6/30/06 various locations)

Contact :215-389-2800 email: dickinsonnarrows@aol.com

Sunday, June 04, 2006

2nd Community Clean-up Scheduled

Community clean-up for Saturday, June 24 from 9am - 12 noon.

Community Meeting, June 26, 7pm

The next community meeting is Monday June 26 @ 7pm - Washington Elementary School, 5th & Federal Streets.

Envision the Possibilities

To all community groups along the Washington Avenue Corridor,

Every year in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design Master of City and Regional Planning program, first-year graduate students are assigned an actual site in Philadelphia for which they must create a master plan.

This past semester, the assigned project was the Washington Avenue corridor, from Delaware Avenue to Broad Street. The students worked in two groups, one taking on Delaware Avenue to Passyunk, and the other taking Sixth to Broad Streets.

The results of their work will be presented at the June 15th QVNA general meeting, 7:30 p.m., St. Philip Neri Church, 218 Queen Street.

We invite all of you to come and envision the possibilities for Washington Avenue.

Queen Village Neighbors Association
736 South Third Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
215 592-7488

Friday, May 12, 2006

Flea Market at Jefferson Square Park

Got Stuff ?

Come sell it at Jefferson Square Park!
3rd Street & Washington Avenue

In the heart of Philadelphia’s “newest old neighborhood”!

• Sunday, June 4th. 10:00am – 3:00pm
• Vendor spaces only $10
• Ample free parking for everyone
• Drive right up to your space
• Vintage, modern, crafts and more
• Beautiful park setting, no traffic or crowded sidewalks
• Park just had $50,000 worth of landscaping and renovations


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Get Connected!

At the meeting last night some people expressed concern about how they could stay informed regarding upcoming meetings and events. As far as I know, the options are: email, phone calls, flyers, and word of mouth. We'll need to build up a network for all of these and figure out each person's preference on how they would like to be contacted (for instance, some people do not check email regularly). If you have any suggestions, get in touch with us or leave a comment here. For email, you can send your address to mailing@dickinsonnarrows.com. Or you can call 215.334.1875. [ jeffw ]

Monday, May 08, 2006

DN joins Race for the Cure

Information soon to come - for now check out this link: Race for the Cure

Community Meeting tonight, 7pm

´NamYy gKña

In Philadelphia's Newest Old Neighborhood

Comprising the wonderfully diverse community from the Southside of Washington Avenue to the Northside of Mifflin Street and the Eastside of S. 6th Street to the Westside of S. 4th Street

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006 @ 7 PM



Contact :215-389-2800 email: dickinsonnarrows@aol.com

Friday, April 28, 2006

Welcome To Dickinson Narrows!

This is the first posting of our blog. Join us in improving the community and neighborhood.