ePost January 10, 2023

ePost January 10, 2023

Weekly ePost – 10 January 2023


10 JANUARY 2023

WSWCA’s weekly electronic newsletter

Join the Public Board Meeting TONIGHT at 7 PM

The WSWCA will host the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) to re-engage in the rezoning conversation started a few years ago. Read more about this history of this initiative below.

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting TONIGHT at 7 PM

Re-mapping is a process that is periodically performed jointly between the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and each and every Registered Community Organization in the city. WSWCA is a Registered Community Organization! We act as a liaison between you, the community, and the PCPC (Planning Commission) to share information and create a forum for comments and questions. The WSWCA started working on remapping a few years ago, but the process was never finished. We are starting where we left off, and getting back in to it. Join us for the discussion.

Stay up to date on events and Zoom log-in information by visiting our Civic calendar here, from your phone here.

Click here to check out the interactive map showing proposed changes.

Click here for a tutorial on using the map

Monthly Safety Meeting

Join Officer Ferraro to hear the updates on crime happening in and around Wash West. Have a chance to ask your questions.

This meeting is IN PERSON. 

Location: Bluemle Life Science Building

Address: 233 S. 10th St. Rm. 101


Please enter off of the 10th St. entrance located behind the fountain.

Zoom Meeting Info

Wash Square West Civic Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 918 4711 8602

Passcode: WSWCA

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This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion.


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WSWCA Events

If you can’t make tonight’s board meeting, plan to attend the January Zoning meeting on Tuesday January 24 @ 7PM in person – location TBD.

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Restaurant Week – Jan 15 – 28

Center City District Restaurant Week returns in the new year to highlight some of the city’s best, and most diverse, culinary venues. Beginning Sunday, January 15 through Saturday, January 28, more than 60 restaurants will showcase their best dishes in a prix-fixe, three course menu. Find out more here.

Free Ice Skating at City Hall

Beginning February 6, skaters of all ages can hit the Rothman Rink ice at no charge on Mondays and Tuesdays through February 21st. Skates do have a rental fee though. Find out more here.

Repair Fair – New Skills

Have something that needs fixing, and you aren’t ready to let it go. Well, whatever the case may be, learn to fix it for free at @nextfab_phl ‘s Repair Fair on January 12th from 6-8pm at their North Philly location (1800 N. American St.)

Question for the mayoral candidates?

Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition will be hosting a series of mayoral forums in the next few months. Center City is one location and WSWCA is helping to organize. Read more about the effort here. Email your questions to

Instead of New Year’s Resolutions,

Start and Stick with ‘Tiny Habits’

Ever heard of the NPR Life Kits? While there is a lot to check out, this one seems appropriate during this time of year. Changing our behaviors can feel like a monumental task. We pressure ourselves to go big or go home. Instead, we should think small — as in tiny behaviors that can become habits. Listen or Read more here..

Shelter from the Cold

The cold can be dangerous, particularly for people experiencing homelessness. If you see someone outside who may need help, request a street outreach team any time, any place, by calling 215-232-1984

Film Enthusiasts

In the neighborhood on January 28, the Secret Cinema will present a rare 35mm print of a very early feature starring Brigitte Bardot, THE GIRL IN THE BIKINI. The screening will also be the first offering in an irregular series called Art House Oddities.

Attention Artists, Activists, Researchers

Bring to life the “People’s Budget Office”, a public art installation near city hall. From April – May, the People’s Budget Office will be a space for city residents to co-create the People’s Budget and learn about the budget from city officials, everyday Philadelphians, and grassroots groups.

Artists, researchers, activists are invited to participate in two-week residencies during the duration of the installation, visualizing and re-imagining the budget through creating new artwork.

Join Our Civic Association (or Renew)

The WSWCA is a volunteer led civic organization that focuses on improving the lives of WSW residents. We rely on membership dues to provide services to our neighborhood. Did you know that we hire Center City District to do sidewalk sweeping at the cost of a Benefactor AND Leadership Membership each sweeping!

That’s why we need everyone to join. Our wide range of scales for membership meets our neighbors where they are. Then together, we can make an even larger impact. Please consider joining us as a member today.

In Case you Missed It…

Free COVID tests – Americans can order four more free COVID-19 tests through the mail again. It’s part of the plan to deal with an increase in COVID cases sparked by indoor holiday gatherings. Order yours here.

Free COVID Tests* – If you have *private health insurance, you can get eight free tests per person per month. That means a family of four gets 32 free tests monthly. Participants can either receive their eight free tests a month from provider-based pharmacies or be reimbursed by their provider for up to $12 for each test they purchase.

Work for the City – Did you know that the City of Philadelphia has a job’s posting board that has over 175 opportunities open to the public? The job diversity is astounding and your dream job may be on the list. Check it out. 

New Rules Are Coming For 401(k) and IRA Accounts – Retirement accounts like 401(k) plans, IRAs will soon be under a new set of regulations. Some retirement account changes would take effect immediately after the passage of the bill, while others would start in 2024 or beyond. Although there’s over 90 updates, this article highlights some of the most impactful.

Big changes coming to SEPTA – Do you use SEPTA regularly? If so, make sure you look at their new plan: SEPTA’s Bus Revolution. SEPTA is looking for public input and feedback to their new plan.

Neighborhood Free LibrariesIndependence Library (18 S. 7th Street) is typically open Monday-Friday from 1-5PM. Check their website for their hours before heading over because staff coverage impacts hours. Just outside of the Civic boundaries is Charles Santore Library (932 South 7th Street). They host programming for all ages.

Did you know the City has clothing and electronics recycling? – In 2020, SmartCityPHL partnered with Retrievr to offer on-demand doorstep collection for clothing and electronics. Read more about the service here. Schedule a pick up by calling or texting PICKUP to 757.70.FETCH (757.703.3824).

We hope to see you TONIGHT on Zoom!

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