News & Events

Philly Spring Cleanup – See you there!

Spring has sprung and the cleaning season has begun! Take part in the 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 7th 9am to noon 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, volunteer registration is now open at

Next General Membership Meeting – Join us!

The next General Membership meeting is April 11, 2018 at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Board Room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue). The entrance can be found on the Righter Street side of the main building. All are welcome to attend.

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

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 and applicants will need to apply through the website. 2020 Census Employment Opportunities Flyer | USAjobs Resume Dos & Don’ts

Wissahickon Presbyterian Church

Wissahickon Presbyterian is an historic 7,500 square foot stone church located on Ridge Avenue. The church is seeking a colocating entity for an income generating and synergistic partnership. For additional information, including pictures and site plans, check out their new website:

2018 Membership Drive

Become a new member or renew your existing membership today for just $10 a year! This can be done online using PayPal or in person at a General Membership meeting. Visit our Membership Page for more information.

Demolition Moratorium Update

On December 14, 2017, the Demolition Moratorium was read and passed by City Council. On December 20, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed the bill. The moratorium will take effect for one year and will prevent both demolition and construction on designated historically significant properties.