Wednesday, August 10, 2022

SOSNA Newsletter


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

We hope you have been visiting the public pools and finding ways to stay cool as this summer has been hammering us with heat and humidity!  

The SOSNA Impact Committee has started a couple of donation drives.  There is a fan drive to help people stay cool as this heat persists.  There is also a school uniform drive happening this Saturday, 8/13 at the SOSNA office.  You can find further details on those drives below.

Please read on for information on upcoming community events, meetings, and more.

Thank y'all for your support and dedication to this neighborhood and our community!

-SOSNA board

Wednesday, August 10, 2022:  CHOP New Building Public Information Meeting

Hybrid meeting:

SOSNA Office, 1901 Washington Ave., Unit B

(entrance is the metal stairway on 19th)


Meeting ID:  898 6688 0374

Representatives from the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania will present the plans and projected timeline for their new building.  This new building will be next to the existing Roberts Center at Bainbridge St. and Schuylkill Ave.
Please join us in-person or via Zoom to hear more and ask questions.
Saturday, September 10, 2022:  11-2pm

Stanton Back To School
Block Party

E.M. Stanton School Yard, 17th & Montrose St.'s

Join students, parents, and teachers of Stanton Elementary for a Back To School Block Party!  There will be food, drinks, and a uniform swap.
Saturday, October 8, 2022:  6pm

Marian Anderson Historical Society
Porgy & Bess in Concert

Chapel of the Four Chaplains
1202 Constitution Ave. (Navy Yard)

Please see flyer for RSVP and ticket information.


Dangerous parking in daylight areas.

One of the best things about living in our neighborhood is its walkability! However, that walkability is threatened by vehicles parked too close or within crosswalks. Just think - have you ever tried to cross the street but couldn’t see if vehicles were driving towards you because cars were parked up to or in the crosswalk? Or have you been attempting to drive across an intersection but couldn’t see pedestrians waiting to cross in front of you because of parked cars? This is a common occurrence in South Philadelphia due to lax enforcement of Philadelphia traffic code. Technically, no vehicle can be parked within 20 feet of a crosswalk, but this is not widely enforced. In an effort to improve the safety of all street users, the SOSNA’s Vision Zero Committee is working with the Streets Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to enforce cleared crosswalks throughout the neighborhood. Daylighting will enable drivers to more easily see pedestrians, especially shorter ones (like children) and those in wheelchairs, and enable everyone to more easily see oncoming cars before choosing to cross.

For enforcement, the Vision Zero Committee is asking the Streets department to place No Parking signs whenever they do a repaving project or we see problem areas with vehicles parked in crosswalks consistently. SOSNA has the support of Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson to daylight every intersection in the neighborhood. Eventually, we hope to implement the model that has worked successfully in Hoboken, New Jersey to eliminate all traffic deaths by daylighting throughout the neighborhood. If you have questions or suggestions for an intersection that needs to be daylighted, please reach out to

Ongoing events

Summer Music Series at the Triangle:  Thursday nights, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: The Triangle at 23rd and South Streets

Please note:  all shows that are rained out will be rescheduled for later in the season, according to musician availability.

Ongoing events

SOSNA Zoning Committee Meeting

3rd Wednesday of every month

SOSNA Office, 1901 Washington Ave., Unit B
(entrance is metal stairway on 19th St.)

Your vote counts!


SOSNA Impact Committee
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Drop-off:  10-11:30am
Location  SOSNA Office, 1901 Washington Ave., Unit B

(entrance is the metal stairway on 19th St.)

Donated uniforms will go to school children in our district and those in neighboring districts.  The following is a list of acceptable items:

Tops: Navy Blue, Light Blue or white collared shirts or polos
*they may also wear a school T-shirt 

Bottoms: Navy Blue or Khaki/Tan 

Tunics: Navy Blue or Khaki/Tan 

Blue or white turtlenecks

Navy sweaters,  sweatshirts, or vests

Socks* are Blue, White or tan. 

Gently used is of course fine, but washed.
*no used socks.

Ongoing, online: wishlist can be found here.
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Drop-off:  10-11:30am
Location  SOSNA Office, 1901 Washington Ave., Unit B

(entrance is the metal stairway on 19th St.)



Community Scholars Program
University of Pennsylvania

Application deadline is August 26, 2022.  Application information can be found here.

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Join a SOSNA Committee. SOSNA has five active committees* that hold open public meetings. These committees develop and implement initiatives on an ongoing basis. 

Check the SOSNA Events Calendar for meeting dates and times.

*Only the Zoning Committee has a set number of members which are appointed by the SOSNA Board of Directors. 


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 of membership.  We ask that you donate what you can to help support our work.  After registering, please remember to sign up to get the SOSNA E-News blast to stay abreast of all our activities, news, and events!

The SOSNA area is bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and the Schuylkill River.


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