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. The time has come to once again raise funds for the preservation of the Memorial.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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
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.
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.