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W Rockland Street is looking for a Junior Block Captain

Marianna, Junior Block Captain, with the Neighborhood Transformation Award

Marianna, Junior Block Captain 2010, holds the W Rockland St’s Neighborhood Transformation Award

We’re on the hunt for a new Junior Block Captain on the unit block of W Rockland Street for 2014. Being a block captain is more than just organizing block parties, it’s a real (volunteer) job worthy of a serious job description. How will we find the right kid? Outlining what is expected of the Junior Block Captain at the outset should help. Some of the responsibilities below were suggested by children at our first block meeting of the season.

Download a PDF of the flyer.

W Rockland Street Junior Block Captain
Job Description

Responsibilities

  • Spray weeds in the sidewalk on your assigned section of the block once per week.
  • Sweep and pick up trash on your assigned section of the block twice per week (from April to September. Once per week from October to March).
  • Talk to children about putting trash in its place and recycling properly.
  • Attend Block Meetings.
  • Organize and help lead two youth block meetings per year.
  • Help spread the word to residents on the block about meetings, events and activities through word of mouth and flyering.
  • Communicate ideas and concerns from the children on the block.

Qualifications

  • You are a natural leader.
  • You set an example for the other children living on W Rockland Street.
  • On time for all block events.

Benefits

  • If job responsibilities are completed in a satisfactory manner you may receive up to two gift cards each month.

This is a volunteer position available immediately though December 31, 2014. Beyond that, there may be the opportunity for the Junior Block Captain to renew their position each season.

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West Rockland Street April Update

Meeting Notes – Extra-Extra-Read-All-About-ItThe last Block Meeting was held on April 17. Over 25 people attended when you include the children! Enjoy the block update and meeting notes.

BLOCK OFFICERS, COMMITTEE PEOPLE, JUNIOR BLOCK CAPTAINS 

We still need more people to commit to working on special projects on the block. We will be coming door to door to see who is interested in helping out or leading projects. We will also appoint two Junior Block Captain’s this month.

TRAFFIC / SPEED BUMPS / SAFETY OF CHILDREN

Please sign the petition for speed bumps (or other help with his problem). The petition is circulating. Donations are being collected for “Slow, Children at Play Signs.” See attached letter requesting financial support to purchase signs.

RACCOONS

Discussed the frequent daytime sightings of Raccoons on the block. Raccoons live in one of the roofs on the block (occupied house). They also live in a vacant house. Seal up any holes in your home. One resident may try to trap the raccoons and have Animal Control pick them up. Stay tuned! Do not mess with raccoons. Rinse recycling and keep trash sealed tightly.

BLOCK INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS 

This year we will be hosting informational meetings with different representatives from the city. We know that people have questions about city rules and laws. Over the winter a few residents received fines for unshoveled walkways when it snowed.

As a block we will come together to learn what it takes to avoid fines and be good neighbors to each other. Topics include: trash and recycling, crime prevention, housing repair grants & loans and more.

BLOCK VOICEMAIL LINE

 We have a voicemail line for anyone that wants to leave a message about an issue, has a question or wants to leave community information that we can share with the block. The number is 513-580-TOWN.

YARD MAITEANCE TOOL LENDING LIBRARY / WEED KILLER SPRAY

Tool library is back up and running. Weed killer spray is also available. Both are available from 38 W Rockland Street. Must return within 24 hours. 

TIRE SHOP

Many residents on Rockland, Germantown Ave, Greene, and Wyneva have expressed concern over the growing number of tires at the 4800 Germantown Ave business, “Tires & Service.” Concerns include mosquitos, potential fire and the “look” of the business in a residential area. You must report your concerns through 3-1-1. Several residents have already done this but the squeaky wheel gets heard!

CRIME REPORT

A crime report with crimes occurring within a half-mile radius of W Rockland Street will be issued each month.

CURFEW

Curfew for children under 18 was discussed again. It was noted that children do not have to be completely in the house by the curfew times listed but should be on their own porches and keep the noise down. Lately children have been outside very late. This is not safe and has caused a disturbance of the peace.

WYNEVA, GREENE, LOGAN, GERMANTOWN AVE

 We will be inviting these blocks to join us for meetings and some activities.

GERMANTOWN YOUTH GUIDE

A guide listing camps, rec centers and other facilities with activities for children will be distributed in May. It will include information on programs for children including whether there are scholarship opportunities available.

West Rockland Street August Update

So what exactly do residents have to say at a neighborhood block meeting in Southwest Germantown? A lot, it turns out. One of our goals for 2013 is to show how we organize our block. Check out our meeting minutes from the August block meeting for an inside look. Over 15 households were represented at the meeting. Afterwords, a printed copy of the full meeting minutes was distributed to each of the 46 households on W Rockland Street. Yes, that’s a lot of paper, but our block is old school and the best way to communicate is by pounding the pavement and flyering. Delivering a constant flow of information helps us keep an informed block. The notes are a straightforward rundown of everything that was discussed at the meeting. You can’t say you didn’t know…

Meeting Notes – Extra-Extra-Read-All-About-ItThe last Block Meeting was held on August 6. Over 15 households were represented. Future block meetings will be held the first week of each month from April to September. Enjoy the block update and meeting notes.

BLOCK PROGRAMS

PLAYSTREET – LAST DAY IS AUGUST 30. CELEBRATION!

All children up to 18 years old can receive a free summer lunch & snack Monday to Friday until August 30. On Friday August 30th there will be a special end of summer celebration for the children.

BLOCK PARTY & ACTIVITIES

The block party on July 27 was a big success! A Block Party Committee is forming for future events, and starting at the next block meeting we will be collecting for the 2014 party. It’s been decided by the group that fundraising for block activities needs to go year-round. We will keep records of all donations throughout the year. This should ease the burden of giving a large amount at one time when it is block party time next year.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES & BOOK BAGS

There are numerous events offering free school supplies and book bags for children. Every time we find out about another event, a flyer will be sent out. There is a free supplies event this Saturday so look for the flyer coming around. Get your kids stuff for free this year!

FALL FESTIVAL

In October there will be a West Rockland Street Fall Festival with fun activities for children. Please start thinking about how you can help with the festival. Will be discussed at the September block meeting.

Rockland Street kids ready to get started on the litter scavenger hunt!

Rockland Street kids ready to get started on the litter scavenger hunt! See more photos on Flickr.

BLOCK MAINTENANCE & INFRASTRUCTURE

TRAFFIC / SPEED BUMPS PETITION

We have requested help from our Councilwoman Cindy Bass. We have also requested a traffic study be done for our block by the Streets Department. Please look out for the petition that we will submit from our block to the Councilwoman and Streets Dept. requesting help with slowing the traffic on W Rockland Street and making our block safer. 25 people have signed the petition so far.

LICENSING & INSPECTIONS AND 311

Call 311 or 215-686-8686 if you think illegal construction is being done on a property on the block. Construction work at 22 W Rockland Street is being done without any permits. Neighbors have reported it. This is a danger to the block. Wild animals living in the roofs of certain properties on the block was discussed. Please report. We will be inviting out a rep from 311 and L&I to answer questions about code violations and property owner’s rights and responsibilities.

STREET CLOSURE & PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT

Two houses at the top of the block are getting pipe work done. The date is unknown. PWD will post signs and notify residents.

ABANDONED VEHICLES ON THE BLOCK

If you have a non-working vehicle on the block, please do your best to remove it ASAP. Many block residents have been complaining about this issue and it will be reported to the Abandoned Vehicles Unit at the Police Department.

DUMPING IN THE INLET (also knows as the sewer)

The sewer or inlet (located in the middle of the block on both sides of the street and the bottom of the block) is for water only. This leads directly to our rivers and water supply. Do not put anything down this drain! Children and adults have been seen stuffing trash in there (including whole bags of garbage). The middle drain on the even side of the block is now clogged. The Philadelphia Water Department has been called to dredge the drain. If you see someone stuffing trash in the sewer, please kindly ask him or her to stop.

RACCOONS, POSSUMS & BUGS

Please continue to keep your property clean to deter these pests. Encourage children not to throw food or trash on the sidewalks.

BEAUTIFICATION – KEEP UP THE SWEEP UP!

YARD TOOL LENDING LIBRARY 

The yard maintenance tool lending library is officially open. Tools available to borrow for front and backyard projects include: an electric hedge cutter, an electric weed whacker, a manual hedge clipper and two heavy-duty branch pruners. Tools will be available for check out on a 24-hour basis. Rental charge is $3 for the entire tool kit. This charge covers maintenance of tools, replacements parts, sharpening and full tool replacement if broken.

LITTER SCAVENGER HUNT

On Sunday, August 4 we had the first litter scavenger hunt for kids on the block. About 15 children participated, won prizes and cleaned up a bunch of trash on the block. It was educational and cool! We hope to do it again soon. Thanks to Debbie and Anon for the hotdogs! See photos on Flickr.

CORNER LOT CLEANUP

The large vacant lot at the corner of W Rockland Street and Greene Street was cleaned on Saturday, August 10. All litter was picked up and the grass was cut. Thanks to Roz, Herb, Carmen, Ron Ron, Emaleigh and Aine for organizing and thanks to Angie and Marsha for donating water, hotdogs and burgers for the kids and workers! Join us next time!

SIDEWALK WEEDS

Overgrowth of weeds in the sidewalk will tear up your sidewalk over time, is ugly, and catches trash. The weed killer spray is now in circulation. It’s being passed around starting from the bottom of the block. Each resident can use it and pass it along to their neighbor. Please hand to an adult directly because the weed killer is a strong chemical and should not be handled by children. Participation is optional. If you would like to kill weeds naturally you can pull them up from the sidewalk, pour boiling water on weeds and spay a mixture of vinegar and dish soap (very small amount of soap) on them. Be careful not to get any of these solutions in your garden. They can all kill plants too! Be careful of children and pets nearby too.

ALLEY CLEAN UP 

Alleys need to be clear of debris and passable in case of an emergency. As a block we will pick a date for an alley clean up at the next block meeting.

BLOCK SAFETY & QUALITY OF LIFE 

NOISE & OVERALL RESPECT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS

We live in very close proximity to each other. Noise that you may not think is loud can easily carry through the walls and in the open windows from porches to your neighbor’s house. Let’s respect each other.

CURFEW / PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY / LARGE GROUPS OF CHILDREN

Curfew for children under 18 was discussed again. It was noted that children do not have to be completely in the house by the curfew times listed but should be on their own porches and keep the noise down. Due to the fight on July 29 and the number of children that have been coming to the block, the 39th District will be patrolling Rockland Street to enforce the citywide curfew for children under 18. It is up to parents to monitor their own children and be aware of their children’s friends that are visiting the block.

SCHOOL STEPS

Because of recent incidences of fighting, large gatherings, and constant trash and litter, residents at the block meeting strongly felt that no children should be allowed to hangout on the school steps or around the school property after curfew, if at all.

OTHER NOTES

  • Establishing a town watch was talked about again, a rep will be visiting on September 4 at 6 p.m. to discuss with interested neighbors.
  • Movie nights were discussed again. A resident is working on this!
  • Smoking marijuana out front – on porches, on other people’s property, and in front of children was discussed again. Residents ask that this activity not happen out front.
Harmony and Indyia display their trash collection while matching up  their littered items to the scavenger hunt list. Did they find everything?

Harmony and Indyia display their trash collection while matching up their littered items to the scavenger hunt list. Did they find everything? See more photos on Flickr.

Rockland St in Action: Block Cleanup, Aug. 3, Block Meeting, Aug. 6

This weekend, W Rockland Street will participate in the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s monthly district cleanup. Come out and spruce up the block on Saturday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be a special kids activity in front of the DePaul Catholic School in the afternoon!

All residents of W Rockland Street and nearby neighbors who participate in our programs are also invited to the next Block Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, August 6 at 6 p.m. outside on the school steps of the DePaul Catholic School. One of the big issues we’ll be discussing is the incident that occurred on W Rockland Street on Monday, July 29, which unfortunately drew numerous police and choppers to the scene (read more about that on NewsWorksWHYY).  If you don’t come out, no one hear’s your voice. Be there!

Flyer: Block Meeting August 6

Flyer: Block Cleanup August 3

West Rockland Street July Update

Meeting Notes – Extra-Extra-Read-All-About-ItSo what exactly do residents have to say at a neighborhood block meeting in Southwest Germantown? Check out our meeting minutes from the July block meeting for an inside look. Following block meetings, a printed copy of the full meeting minutes is distributed to each of the 46 households on W Rockland Street. Yes, that’s a lot of paper, but our block is old school and the best way to communicate is by pounding the pavement and flyering. Delivering a constant flow of information helps us keep an informed block. The notes are a straightforward rundown of everything that was discussed at the meeting.

The Block Meeting was held on July 15. Over 10 people attended. Future block meetings will be held the first week of each month from April to September. Enjoy the meeting notes.

BLOCK PARTY PROGRAM & ACTIVITIES

So far $105 has been collected for the block party. At the meeting the first choice attraction was the Waterslide. We will continue to collect funds for the block party. If you have an activity that you would like to host during the event (one idea was an arts & craft tent for 2 hours), please let us know! Please invite your friends & family out to the block party. We will hold a raffle again. Miss Angie is donating the small moon bounce for younger children again.

SAFETY OF CHILDREN

Please remind children that when Playstreet is over, it’s no longer safe to play freely in the street. Children should be careful crossing the street as well. 

RACCOONS, POSSUMS & BUGS

There’s been an increased presence of these animals as well as waterbugs, roaches and maggots. Please see attached flyer for more information and tips on keeping these pests away.

CAR CLUB

Neighbors spoke with the young men in the car club with the yellow and white cars. Both men were very receptive to addressing block concerns about speeding and loud noise. Read more

West Rockland Street May Update

Meeting Notes – Extra-Extra-Read-All-About-ItSo what exactly do residents have to say at a neighborhood block meeting in Southwest Germantown? Check out our meeting minutes from the July block meeting for an inside look. Following block meetings, a printed copy of the full meeting minutes is distributed to each of the 46 households on W Rockland Street. Yes, that’s a lot of paper, but our block is old school and the best way to communicate is by pounding the pavement and flyering. Delivering a constant flow of information helps us keep an informed block. The notes are a straightforward rundown of everything that was discussed at the meeting.

First 2013 Block Meeting was held on May 9. Notes from the meeting are included in this update. Over 15 people attended.

TRAFFIC

Car traffic on the block was a big issue raised at the meeting. Speeding cars are coming down the block more frequently. Neighbors talked about getting “Slow Down” and “Children at Play” signs. We have requested a “Traffic Study” by the Streets Department to assess the problem. Expect a petition to be circulating requesting speed bumps and speed limit signs for the block.

SAFETY

We are hoping to light up the vacant lot areas with lights this summer. Neighbors can also leave porch lights and other outdoor light posts lit at night to increase safety at night for all residents.

BLOCK PARTY – JULY 27

The Block Party is on Saturday, July 27. A block representative will be coming around to start collecting money for the party (which will cover the street permit and large entertainment items like the moonbounce and waterslide).

DUMPING

There has been dumping of trash and sewage in the community garden and playspace at the top of the block. Several bags of human feces have also been found in the alley stretching from 38 to 42 W Rockland St. If you have a sewage problem, please get it fixed and call the proper city agencies. Do not dump it on the block. This is a health hazard to children and neighbors. Read more

Germantown Community Meeting Recap

Germantown Community Meeting

The Germantown Community Meeting (our first!) held on March 21 was a great success with around 75 residents in attendance and a full roster of informative City officials at the podium. The meeting was long and informative. Residents got to ask lots of questions and their concerns ran the gamut, from what do about a crossing guard that sits down on the job (at the intersection of Greene and Logan – look out for her!) to illegal dumping, vacant properties,  crime and drug houses.

Emaleigh Doley with Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Streets Department

Emaleigh Doley with Carlton Williams

Lots of residents got to sign up and receive instant Recycling Rewards stickers courtesy of SWEEP! With so much to discuss, we quickly learned that having 5 speakers at one event is too many and next time, we plan to hone in on a topic or two and have themed meetings.

There were several media outlets in the house and quite a few articles were published about the meeting and the concerns of Germantown residents.

A big thank you goes out to Giovanni’s Pizzeria (5604 Greene Street, 215-842-9480) for the pies, Father Gene Sheridan and St. Francis of Assisi for the meeting space and all of our speakers:

  • Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Streets Department
  • Philly311 Contact Center Director Rosetta Lue
  • Christopher Fields, SWEEP
  • Officer Keys, Community Relations Officer for the 39th District, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Maurice Sampson II, Chair of RecycleNOW

To find out how to contact any of our speakers and the different City departments represented at our meeting, read on.

Philadelphia Streets Department
www.philadelphiastreets.com
http://potholes.phila.gov/csstreets
Yes, the Streets Department has two websites. And yes, they contain different and valuable information. On the second site, you can fill out online reports about everything from potholes to sanitation complaints to requesting a street cleaning or reporting that your trash wasn’t picked up!

UnLitterus
www.philadelphiastreets.com/unlitter-us-intro.aspx

SWEEP
www.philadelphiastreets.com/sweep.aspx

ReycleNOW
www.recyclenowphila.org

Philly 311
www.phila.gov/311

Community Relations Department – 39th District
www.phillypolice.com/districts/39th

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