News & Events

History of the Wissahickon War Memorial and Future Plans

One hundred years ago the Wissahickon Businessmen’s Association, along with the Rexton Boys Club and other supporters, moved the Wissahickon War Memorial to it’s current home on Rochelle Avenue, across from the train station. The original wood memorial had been located at the corner of Osborn Street and Manayunk Avenue. Funds were raised for the permanent Memorial in existence today.
Over the years the Memorial has been lovingly cared for many people but Phil Moyer stands apart! For the last 40 years he has been the primary force behind the success and longevity of the Memorial. Long time residents of Wissahickon will remember the patriotic Memorial Day parade which came down Manayunk Avenue and climaxed with a ceremony at the Memorial. Phil once managed to get a tank participate in the festivities to the delight of neighborhood children who were thrilled at the sight of the tank rumbling through our Wissahickon. The ceremonies have  been addressed by Mayors, Governors, and District Attorneys, among other local celebrities. The Memorial has been an important part of our history as we honor those who served and those who died from our neighborhood.

Wissahickon War Memorial Planting

This Memorial Day Weekend please consider helping to honor our fallen soldiers by assisting with the planting of the flower beds at the Wissahickon War Memorial on Rochelle Avenue across from the train station.

Phil Moyer, the primary caretaker of the Memorial for many years, will be working Friday evening 5/25 and Saturday 5/26. If anyone could help with preparation, planting, and mulching, it would be greatly appreciated.

June General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is June 13, 2018 at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Board Room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue). The entrance and a parking lot can be found on the Righter Street side of the main building. All are welcome to attend.

Wissahickon Gateway Plan Final Public Meeting

The final Wissahickon Gateway Plan Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at  6:30pm at 3243 W. Schoolhouse Lane. All are welcome to attend as the city presents their draft plan recommendations.

State Rep. Pam DeLissio’s Town Hall Meeting

Join the conversation at State Representative Pam DeLissio’s 73rd Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 17th at 7pm in the Abbottsford Community Center, located at 3226 McMichael Street.

 

Philly Spring Cleanup – April 14th 9am-noon

Spring has sprung and the cleaning season has begun! Take part in the 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup at these locations:

  • Daisy Field – 5000 Hermit Lane
  • LaNoce Park – 5119 Rochelle Avenue
  • Retta Street Wooded Area – 3551 Retta Street

The City is supplying us with a limited number of tools, gloves, and debris bags. We encourage you to bring your own supplies if you have them available. Although not required, volunteers can register at www.philadelphiastreets.com/philly-spring-cleanup.

May General Membership Meeting at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church

The next General Membership meeting is May 9, 2018 at 7pm. This month’s meeting will be held at the Wissahickon Presbyterian Church at 5245 Ridge Avenue.

Matt Wysong, the North/Northwest Senior Planner from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will present the final Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) draft.

Per WICA’s Bylaws, nominations for the election of officers will be made – President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer – all of whom shall be elected at the June meeting.

Barnes House Historic Designation Upheld

The appeal of the historic designation of 559 Righter Street was heard in Common Pleas Court on February 16th. The historic designation was upheld by the judge, meaning the appeal by the Barnes family to overturn the historic designation was denied. The Amos Barnes House, built circa 1850 of Wissahickon schist with Gothic stylistic touches, sits at the five-way intersection of Ridge Avenue, Hermit, and Righter streets. Full details of the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s nomination can be found here.

21st Ward Town Watch Training

There will be a Town Watch training on February 20th at 7pm at the 5th District. The 21st Ward Town Watch is actively looking for members. The overall responsibility of the group is to observe, document, and report. By being the “eyes and ears” and reporting concerns to the 5th District, they take a major part in assisting with crime prevention. For more information, please email the 21st Ward Town Watch at tw21stward@gmail.com.

Employment Opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is starting to gear up for the 2020 Census. They are seeking applicants in the Philadelphia metro area for positions that will include Management, Administrative, IT, Clerical and more. As time progress, they will need to fill a numerous field and office positions across our region. The vacancy announcements will be posted to USAjobs.gov and applicants will need to apply through the website. 2020 Census Employment Opportunities Flyer | USAjobs Resume Dos & Don’ts