News & Events

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.

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.

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

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: wissahickonpresbyterianchurch.com

WICA Needs Your Support!

Support the critical work WICA does for our neighborhood. Become a new member or renew your membership today for only $10! This can be done online using PayPal or in person at a General Membership meeting. All memberships must be renewed at the beginning of each year.

Visit the 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.

State Representative Pam DeLissio’s Holiday Open House

Open House FlyerJoin State Representative Pam DeLissio at her annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 7th from 4 to 7pm in her District Office located at 6511 Ridge Avenue. Constituents of the 194th Legislative District are welcome to attend. Be part of the experience – check out what the legislature is doing in Harrisburg and share what you think about our policy priorities.