Thursday, August 17, 2017

SOSNA Newsletter

With summer winding down, it’s time for SOSNA’s annual back-to-school supplies drive! The drive will kick-off on August 20th, at the Triangle Kids Summer Music Series (Grays Ferry Triangle, between 5pm to 7pm)

Donations can be dropped off on the 20th, or at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian) until 1pm on Thursday, August 31. Other drop-off locations are The Igloo (2223 Grays Ferry) and Rita's on South Street (2124 South Street)

Most needed items include:
  • pencils
  • glue sticks
  • markers
  • highlighters
  • single subject notebooks
  • copy paper
  • clorox wipes
  • sizes 5-10 undergarments
  • folders
  • post it notes
  • dry erase markers
  • band-aids
  • hand sanitizer
  • antibiotic cream/spray
  • gauze
  • alcohol swabs
  • deodorant
  • packages of socks and underwear
  • ziploc plastic bags
  • tissues
  • ice packs
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton balls
In partnership with Union Baptist Church (UBC), local artist/urban farmer Meei Ling Ng is creating the UBC Garden of Eden with an Art installation that would provide fresh vegetables, flowers and fruits to the soup kitchen and guests, attracting volunteers/neighbors/visitors to visit the church and garden. This project has the potential for community building and creating educational program for growing, cooking/healthy eating and lifestyle classes, art instruction and more.

Meei Ling and the Trustees of UBC have invited the SOSNA Soup Groupers over for a tour of the Garden of Eden and the Church (it's gorgeous inside, and it's where Marian Anderson went to church). We'll also have the chance to talk with Church trustees and the women who have been running their long-standing soup kitchen about ideas to use food to bring our community together.

WHEN: Saturday, September 9 at 2:00p
WHERE: Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater Streets
(Use side entrance on Martin Street)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Founder of Odunde Festival is gone, but her legacy will live on.

From "Lois Fernandez, the iconic creator and visionary behind one of this city’s most beloved events — the annual Odunde Festival — died peacefully in her sleep over the weekend."

Read more here.

Kenyatta Johnson's Community Appreciation Day

Friday, August 4, 2017

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter
Weekly News & Updates
Temporary Gate Closure at Race and Locust Street Crossing
CSX will being doing tie replacements in the vicinity of the Schuylkill River Trail.  To perform this work, CSX will temporarily close the gates to the Race and Locust Street crossings to the trail.  The closure is not expected to last longer than a week.
Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE - CCRA House Tour - Sunday, Oct 22, 1-5 pm.
CCRA's annual House Tour will be on Sunday, October 22nd!  We're now on the search for houses and event volunteers.  If you want to show off your house, call or email CCRA today!   We are looking for all types of properties, large and small, from stately rowhomes and high-rise penthouse condo units, to efficiently furnished trinities and even micro-apartments!

SAVE THE DATE - Conversation with State Rep Brian Sims, Thurs, Oct 5, 6pm, Baril Restaurant, 267 S. 19th Street
Happy Hour pricing for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

SAVE THE DATE - Conversation with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Thurs, Oct 12, 6pm, location to be determined.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Vet Pets, 265 S. 20th St. (888-458-8587)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Society Hill Dance Academy, 2nd & Pine (215-574-3754)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Baril, 267 S. 19th St (267 687-2608)
215.546.6719 |

SOSNA Newsletter


I can't believe our summer is coming to a close. Luckily, our committees and board members are working hard to make sure that you have more opportunities to engage with our organization and neighbors in the Fall! Some important things to note this month are Board Nominations, SOSNA Dines Out at Kei Sushi, and our Police Community Meeting with Special Guest Larry Krasner (DA Candidate).

We're saying farewell to a few of our Board Members in October as they move on to keep up their hard work being changemakers in Philly. We're on the prowl for five new board members from our community to help us move SOSNA forward. Know someone passionate, engaged, and energetic who can help lead SOSNA? Nominate them (or yourself) by Sept. 10! Read more about board nominations here.

We've got a lot of great events and opportunities to get involved as we bridge from Summer to Fall. I'll see you soon!

Nicole Koedyker
SOSNA Programs Manager

Aug. 3          Community Outreach and Partnerships (COPS) Committee Meeting
Aug. 6          Triangle Summer Music Series with Keisha Hutchins
Aug. 8          SOSNA Dines Out at Kei Sushi
Aug. 15        Clean & Green Committee Meeting
Aug. 16        Zoning Committee Meeting
Aug. 17        Safety Committee Meeting
Aug. 20        Kids Triangle Summer Music Series with Cris & Lou
Aug. 24        Police Community Meeting Special Guest: Larry Krasner, DA Candidate
Aug. 28        PHS Rain Check Workshop
SOSNA Calendar


In an effort to increase transparency of SOSNA's operations to you, we will resume posting our Board meeting minutes following the subsequent month's meeting on our website. You can read last month's minutes on our website at the link below. Thank you for your patience!
Read Board Minutes
The Nominations Committee for the South of South Neighborhood Association is now accepting nominations for open positions on our Board of Directors. The SOSNA Board of Directors is a working volunteer Board that establishes the policies and helps implement the programs and activities of the organization. 
Learn More

Make sure you register to be a SOSNA Member (it’s free) to participate in our elections. It only takes a minute to complete the membership form. We also have membership applications available at our office on 1901 Christian Street during office hours.
Join us on Wednesday, September 13th for the SOSNA General Meeting (open to the public). 
The agenda includes:
  1. a presentation by the Preservation Alliance on what the City is doing to preserve historical buildings,
  2. a demo from Indego on how to become a member and use their bikeshare,
  3. and nomination confirmations for our Board elections. 
The meeting will take place at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian) and begin at 7:00PM. See you there!
Share the General Meeting information with your friends and neighbors!


The SOSNA Safety Committee works to improve safety and the quality of life within the Southwest Center City neighborhood.

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 17th at 7:30pm
Police Community Meeting for PSA-1
Thursday, August 24th at 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for our next Police Community Meeting for PSA 1 (Police Service Area 1) on Thursday, August 24th from 7:00PM-8:00PM  at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street. This is an opportunity to speak face-to-face with officers from the 17th Police District who watch our neighborhood. You will hear about recent crime activity and have the opportunity to raise ideas and concerns directly to the officers.

Our guest speaker is Larry Krasner, District Attorney Candidate.
Learn more about Mr. Krasner here.

*Disclaimer: This is not an official endorsement of DA candidates on behalf of SOSNA. We have invited both DA candidates to attend our Police Community Meetings. DA Candidate Beth Grossman attended our June meeting.
Learn More

We focus on key areas important to creating and maintaining a pleasant, clean, and quality neighborhood.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM
SOSNA is hosting a Rain Check Workshop. Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered.
Free Registration
After completing Phase 1 of the construction last year, we have spent the past year fundraising for the second and final phase of construction. This will include installation of benches, trees, flowers, and a water feature, and will allow us to open the park to the public.

We have secured $175,000 in funding from various grants and generous donations. Before breaking ground, we need to raise approximately $20,000 more. We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise this money from neighbors and friends over the coming weeks.

Our plan is to finalize the fundraising and break ground in September, in time for the fall tree planting season! So don't delay - big or small contributions help! 

Donate to Carpenter Green
To promote awareness of SOSNA's services and resources within the neighborhood and to coordinate with local businesses, residents, and other organizations to find ways to "Give Back".

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 7 at 7:00PM
SOSNA has recently contributed $2,500 to the UBC Garden of Eden, a collaboration between the Union Baptist Church on 19th and local artist/urban farmer and neighbor, Meei Ling Ng. The garden aims to provide fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers to the Union Baptist Church Soup Kitchen and guests, attracting volunteers/neighbors/visitors to visit the church and garden.

Our COPS committee is exploring ways to bring together SOSNA Soup Groupers and Union Baptist Church Soup Kitchen. 


We are a group of volunteers hoping to foster, facilitate and nurture positive and appropriate economic development within our neighborhood, and support existing local businesses.

Next Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00PM
We're welcoming a (kind of) new business, Kei Sushi, in to our neighborhood. For those who have been already, they say the BYOB is their new "go-to sushi spot". Haven't been or can't stay away? Come enjoy a community dinner with us and neighbors on 8/8 at Kei Sushi!

$25 will get you a 3-course prix fixe menu (vegetarian option available!) and a chance to support our new local business.
Buy Your Tickets!

We are a group of volunteers and business owners dedicated to improving the Triangles Plaza at 23rd and South and all the intersections along Grays Ferry Ave.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 12 at 7:15p
Don't miss out on the final performances for our Triangles Summer Music Series. Our next performance is on Sunday, August 6 from 5-7p. The Grays Ferry Triangles Project is partnering with Intercultural Journeys to bring you singer/songwriter and musician Keisha Hutchins.
Sundays from 5:00-7:00 PM at Grays Ferry Triangles
8/6 - Keisha Huchins sponsored by Intercultural Journeys
8/20 - Chris & Lou (Family Friendly Kids Summer Concert), sponsored by FOCA
Join a SOSNA Committee. SOSNA has four active committees that hold open public meetings. These committees develop and implement initiatives on an ongoing basis Only the Zoning Committee is appointed by the SOSNA Board of Directors.. 
Check the SOSNA Events Calendar for meeting dates and times.

Voting membership in SOSNA is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age and whose primary residence, business, or other real estate is within SOSNA’s boundaries. Membership is also open to one employee of a nonprofit headquartered within SOSNA’s boundaries. There is no fee associated with registration. 

Sign up to be a member here!
The SOSNA area is bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and the Schuylkill River.
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