Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SOSNA Newsletter

SOSNA Zoning Agenda & The Higher Education Scholarship!

Friends & Neighbors, 
SOSNA is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2015 SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship! High school seniors living in SOSNA boundaries who plan on attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) are encouraged to apply! For more information and to download the application, click here
Next week is the March meeting of the SOSNA Zoning Committee. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian Street). We have two projects on the agenda this month. Please plan on attending the meeting if you would like to review the plans and give your feedback!. 
Have you always wondered how to get a street tree planted in front of your home? You're in luck, the Southwest Center City Tree Planters are now accepting applications for their fall 2015 planting! Information on the program is included in the application. For further questions, reach out to the Tree Tender responsible for your section of the neighborhood. Click here to find the application and Tree Tender associated with your area.
Lastly, don't forget SOSNA is holding a City Services Community Meeting tonight at 7pm the SOSNA office!

The February SOSNA Zoning Committee meeting will take place at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street, at 7PM.
The SOSNA Zoning Committee always meets the third Wednesday of every month starting at 7 PM.
2105 Catharine Street: Application for the construction of a single family home.
1601 A Kater Street: Application for a fourth floor addition.
SOSNA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship! Download the application hereIn 2013 SOSNA's Community Impact Group created the SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship which provides a neighborhood high school senior with a $1,000 college scholarship.
Did you know a street tree can add up to 11% in property values to homes within 50 feet (according to a recent study by the Wharton School)?  Trees not only add value, they make our streets more walkable and beautify our entire neighborhood. The Southwest Center City Tree Planters are now accepting applications for fall 2015 tree plantings. To learn more about the program, owner responsibilities and to request a tree download one of the applications below!
Do you have questions about Philadelphia tax programs, Bike Share or 311?
Join us at the next SOSNA General meeting on Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm! Learn more about various tax relief programs, how to report quality of life issues to the City through 311, and receive information on Philly's Bike Share system, Indego, launching this spring. We will have representatives on hand to go over the programs listed above and answer all of your questions! 
The New Central Baptist Church and The Philadelphia School are partnering to present a free screening/discussion of the film, "Fed Up." Produce and narrated by Katie Couric, this award-winning documentary examines America's obesity epidemic, the reasons behind it, and what we can do about it.
Would you like to see more vibrant shops, restaurants and businesses in our neighborhood? You can help us make that happen by alerting us to what properties are available in the neighborhood! SOSNA's Economic Development Committee is updating the listings of available commercial space on the SOSNA Business Website and you can help right from your phone!
From our friends at Young Involved Philadelphia:
Please join us at the first ever City Council Candidate Convention, organized by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) and the Committee of Seventy and hosted by WHYY. This is a great opportunity for young Philadelphians to meet with, speak with, and learn more about the candidates running for council. All of the declared City Council candidates have been invited to to engage and hear from their current/prospective constituents (That’s you!).  

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