News & Events

2019 Membership Drive

Please support the critical work WICA does for our neighborhood by renewing your membership or becoming a new member today for only $10! The easiest way to do this is through our Membership Page using PayPal. Membership dues are also accepted in person at general membership meetings. All memberships must be renewed at the beginning of each year.

WICA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All membership dues and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

90 Rochelle Ave – Public Meeting & ZBA Hearing

Update: At the ZBA hearing held on January 30th, a temporary 5-year variance (expiring 1/31/2024) was approved with provisos, including commercial trash pick-up three times per week. Additional information can be found on the Zoning Appeals website: Appeal #35968

A canine day care (currently Little White Dog Doggie Daycare located in East Falls) has applied for a use variance to allow for canine services, boarding, and sale of canine products in the existing building at 90 Rochelle Ave.

A public meeting was held to discuss details of the plan with the business owner on January 22nd at 7pm at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church (5245 Ridge Ave). Notes of the meeting were forwarded to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) prior to the scheduled hearing on January 30th at 2pm at 1515 Arch Street.

February General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is February 13, 2019 at 7pm. Meetings are held in the board room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue). The easiest way to access the board room is via the 400 block of Righter Street near the field. Parking is available in front of the entrance to the board room. All are welcome to attend.

LaNoce Park Fall Service Day 2018

Help us clean, green and love LaNoce Park on Saturday, November 10th 9am-1pm! We are tackling inside the park as well as the surrounding sidewalk. Work to include leaf raking/collection, weeding/gardening, and bulb planting. Some supplies and tools will be on hand but you are free to bring your own. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses. All are welcome to attend – invite your neighbors!

Please sign-up so we know how many volunteers to expect:
loveyourpark.volunteerhub.com

Last year we had a tremendous effort from our volunteers who filled more than 100 lawn waste bags! Check out the photo gallery. (more…)

David P. Montgomery Field Dedication

The dedication of David P. Montgomery Field (formerly Daisy Field) will take place this Sunday, November 4th 11am-12pm. Join us in honoring Mr. Montgomery along with special guests Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr, the Phillie Phanatic, and other members of the Phillies organization.

 

Ridge Avenue Historic District Passed

On October 12, 2018, the Philadelphia Historical Commission passed the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District designation.This is great news for the ongoing preservation of our neighborhood’s unique character. The initiative seeks to protect historically significant buildings and structures along Ridge Avenue from the Wissahickon Creek to the Montgomery County line.

State Rep. Pam DeLissio’s Town Hall Meeting

Join the conversation at State Representative Pam DeLissio’s 77th Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 7pm in the Community Room at Falls Ridge located at 4349 Ridge Ave.

A letter from State Rep. Pam DeLissio regarding the recent tragedy in Manayunk

Dear Neighbor,

To a one, I believe we are all terribly saddened and appalled at the murder/suicide that occurred in Manayunk this past week involving a 7-year-old little girl and her biological father. I know only what I have read in the paper and I am aware of much commentary on social media. In particular, citizens are questioning the process and the decisions made by the judge in this matter. (more…)

Wissahickon Gateway Plan

The City Planning Commission adopted the Wissahickon Gateway Plan on July 18, 2018. The plan’s goal is to make it easy to connect to buses, trains, sidewalks, bike trails, and shops at the Wissahickon Gateway. The next steps will be:

  • – SEPTA to hold meetings about the design of the Wissahickon Transfer Center with the public and community groups later this year.
  • – Parks & Recreation to seek money for trail design and construction
  • – Philadelphia City Planning Commission to work with community groups and property owners to make sure new development is consistent with a shared vision.

A Tutti Grand Opening

A Tutti, Ristorante Italiano, located at 5154 Ridge Avenue (formerly All Star Pizza & Restaurant and most recently Mannino’s Manayunk) will have their Official Grand Opening Monday, July 9, 2018 7am-10pm. A Tutti is a casual dining restaurant serving authentic Italian favorites. They will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. Join us in welcoming A Tutti to our neighborhood!