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Fall 2006 THE NEWSLETTER OF THE OVERBROOK FARMS CLUB Calling L&I Works! AUTUMN The Philadelphia Depart- owner claimed he only had potentially dangerous to the GENERAL MEETING ment of Licenses and Inspec- three people on the lease neighborhood’s children. tions is much maligned and and he was unaware that Despite the owner’s efforts certainly gets no breaks there were more people to avoid service of L&I cita- October 24th 7:00 PM from our neighborhood, living there. The Court was tions and hearing notices, usually. However, recently unmoved and entered a the owner was eventually the department was instru- permanent injunction summoned to court in Sep- A Planning Session for mental in two key victories prohibiting the owner tember. Again, with the the Community for our community. from having more than assistance of the City Solici- At 2030 Upland three unrelated persons tor’s office and Overbrook Way, neighbors living at the Farms residents, the Court On October 24, 2006, Overbrook had been com- property. provided relief. This time Farms Club will hold its Autumn plaining for To give its the Court fined the owner General Membership Meeting in years that the injunction some $150,000 and ordered that the Wistar Morris Room of the absent owner ran teeth, the Court the property be cleared of Overbrook Presbyterian Church. a dorm/frat also ordered all debris within 30 days. All members of Overbrook Farms house for college fines of $150.00 The Court permitted the Club are invited to come, listen to kids. Complaining per day for viola- owner 90 days to remove brief reports on the status of the of parties at all tions of his injunction. the bucket loader and in- Club and to contribute ideas to our hours, cars parking on the structed the owner that he initial planning sessions. Also, lawn, garbage strewn At 2048 Upland Way, the needed to remove other preceding the meeting, there will around the house and into problem was even worse. In pieces of equipment and be a Red Cross Blood Drive taking the street and the property addition to leasing his house repair his garage. place in Fellowship Hall of the falling into disrepair, out to more than three unre- Overbrook Presbyterian Church neighbors demanded re- lated people, the owner Although persistence is re- (1:30-7:30). If you would like to peated L&I investigations. also stored all manner of quired, the Philadelphia come early to the meeting and give L&I cited the owner numer- construction debris, heavy Department of L&I and the blood, please contact Mike Lemley ous times and eventually the equipment, numerous vehi- City Solicitor’s office can (mlemley@Omicron.com) to City Solicitors office took up cles and other commercial help us with our zoning and schedule a time, or you can the battle. At a June hear- construction “trash” on his use problems. To report schedule online at ing well attended by Over- property. The property had problems or code violations www.pleasegiveblood.org/donate, brook Farms residents, the become an eyesore and call (215) 686-2643. using sponsor code 8T32. Continued on page 3 Inside this issue: President’s Remarks 2 OFC LISTSERV Neighborhood News 2-6 Sign up at Resources and Information 7 www.overbrookfarmsclub.org Upcoming Events 8 President’s Remarks For most of its history, Overbrook Farms the best course of action. We have been times and changes that have occurred Club has sought to maintain its character looking at a number of factors in since Wendell and Holmes implemented and quality of life by attacking individual developing a community plan, such as: their Suburb Deluxe. While it is true that problems as they arose. Whether it be a traffic and parking; use, improvement and we could probably obtain a grant here use variation for a property or an development of green space; and there for this project or that, ordinance violation of some sort, the Club individual projects and “one-off” would react to and seek to correct improvements do not have a lasting affect The first step is to develop whatever the issue presented. Notable on the entire neighborhood. Rather, what recent exceptions were the Club’s success a plan for our community, we seek to do is ensure that improvements in obtaining a nomination to the National a picture of what we all we implement today will be lasting, Registry of Historic Places and restoration would like our community to sustainable and benefit the community as of the train station, two outstanding look like. a whole. This is why a community plan is achievements that benefit the entire necessary, to provide our roadmap for neighborhood. These achievements were redevelopment of the commercial strip; the future development and maintenance very far-sighted, comprehensive and programs to assist in preservation and of our neighborhood. enduring in character. We hope to restoration of historic structures; and Recent traffic on the list serve has contribute to these past accomplishments overall quality of life improvement demonstrated that many of you are with similar far-reaching ideas. programs. At our Autumn General interested in these issues. I have seen a As many of you know, over the past year, Meeting we will together be taking the lot of great ideas about improving the the Club has begun a more concerted first concrete steps in making these ideas look and feel of our neighborhood and effort to attract and retain home owners reality. enhancing general quality of life. We who will live in their houses, attract and The first step in bringing these ideas to truly need you all to bring your ideas and retain families who want to raise their life is to develop a plan for our excitement to our General Meeting so children here, improve overall quality of community, a picture of what we all would that we can share these ideas, build on life and beautify and enhance our historic like our community to look like. Wendell your energy and begin to put our plan neighborhood. Until now, our efforts and Holmes gave us all a great together. The foundation of our have been largely academic; floating foundation that we want to preserve, but neighborhood plan must be community ideas, discussing issues and determining we must deal with the reality of modern input, community participation and community support. So, along with all the other things that you do in our great neighborhood, please Comings and Goings come to our Autumn General Meeting to listen, discuss and give voice to your ideas to make our community a better place. The Overbrook Farms Club must once again say good bye to two of our long standing, hard working and dedicated board members. Terry Corresponding Secretary Carol Tinari and her husband Nino have taken advantage of an incredible opportunity in Center City and will be leaving the neighborhood soon. In their years in our commu- nity, Carol dedicated herself to improving our neighborhood and worked closely with Club Presidents in maintaining close relationships Overbrook Farms Club with our elected officials. Carol also worked hard to find and se- cure funding sources for Overbrook Farms Club. Directors Board Members Recording Secretary Amy Taylor and her husband Jeff and daugh- ter Zoe will also be moving to Center City soon. Like Carol, Amy President Larry Huntley Carol has worked to improve the community, focusing on issues that affect Terry M Henry Andreozzi Hardison Tinari families. In addition to her responsibilities as a Club officer, Amy was a driving force behind organizing our Annual Block Party, in Vice President Sharon Adjoa Jean Michael Lemley Curtis Love-Dorsey Tracy getting SEPTA to study the affect increased bus traffic in our neighborhood has on the houses and in pursing L&I enforcement of Treasurer Melanie Victoria code violations near her home. Kevin Maurer Wes LaBlanc Ellison Roach Wilson If you see them around the City, please wish them well. Both Carol Secretary Margaret Keven Parker Paul and Amy, and their families will be missed. Amy Taylor Gardner Winter Page 2 OF Note A Planning Session for the Community (continued from page 1) As announced on the list serve, the Autumn General Meeting will As you can see, there will be separate serve as an initial planning session for development of a planning sessions for each of three community plan. The agenda of the meeting will be: specific areas occurring concurrently. In this way, we hope to cover more ground during our 7:00-7:30 Arrival and Socializing first planning session. This means that once specific planning 7:30-7:35 Introduction discussions begin, members will have to decide in which group 7:35-7:40 President’s Report they wish to participate. The break-out groups will be guided 7:40-7:45 Treasurer’s Report by a board member who will facilitate the discussion and 7:45-8:00 Introduction to Planning record ideas for improvement in each of these areas. Session If you would like to participate in all of the planning sessions, 8:00-9:00 Break-out Groups for that will not be possible during the Autumn General Meeting. ⇒ Traffic and Parking However, there will be separate follow-up planning meetings ⇒ Green Space Development and Use devoted specifically to each of these and other areas of the ⇒ Commercial Strip Redevelopment planning process. So, as we continue to develop our community 9:00-9:30 Re-Convene General Meeting, Summary of Priorities. plan, you will have an opportunity to be involved in all areas as 9:30 Adjournment much as you would like. Please join us on October 24th as we begin this important process. Red Cross Blood Drive Overbrook School for the Blind A Red Cross Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Overbrook 175th Anniversary Celebration Presbyterian Deacons on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 1:30 until 7:30 pm at Overbrook Presbyterian Church. If you Overbrook School for the Blind will commemorate its 175th An- are interested in donating, please contact Michael Lemley, niversary in 2007. The kick off of this yearlong celebration was 215-477-5286 to schedule an appointment. You can also an open house at the school on September 30th. schedule an appointment online at www.pleasegiveblood.org/ donate, just identify sponsor code 8T32. Walk-ins will be wel- For more information on this yearlong celebration, please con- come on the day of the drive. However, preference will be tact Kathe Archibald at 215-877-0313, ext. 264 or karchi- given to those individuals with an appointment. If you have firstname.lastname@example.org. any questions about donating, or if you want to determine your eligibility, call 215-451-4363 or 800-GIVE LIFE from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Some interesting facts from the Red Cross: • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves In Memoriam before the event occurs Long time Overbrook Farms resident Joe Thompson, passed • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 away on July 1st. A resident since 1937, Joe attended Our units of blood Lady of Lords School and later St. Thomas Moore High School. He was an alumnus of St. Joseph's University where he received • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from his Law degree and remained a faithful supporter of the generous donors school's sports attending almost every game. • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used During WWII Joe was squadron leader and a bomber pilot only once for each donor and then discarded flying B-17 Bombers with more than 50 missions over Germany. • The actual donation typically takes 10-12 minutes. The He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. He entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you later worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in their leave, takes about an hour. legal department and was well respected throughout the industry. • Even in good times, the nation’s blood supply is fragile. Joe is survived by his brothers and sisters. The entire Thompson The need for blood continues to outpace the growth in Family has actively supported Overbrook Farms for the past 70 blood donations. years. Please help! We offer our condolences to the Thompson family. Fall 2006 Page 3 Overbrook Farm's Resident Receives "Genius" Grant On September 19th, Overbrook Farms violence to understand the effect of justice systems to engage young men in neighbor John A. Rich was named a 2006 trauma in their lives. By linking economic caring for themselves and their peers. MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and health, mental health, and educational Dr. Rich is currently professor and chair of Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. John and employment opportunities to physical the Department of Health Management Rich is a physician, scholar, and a leader well-being, Dr. Rich’s work on black men’s and Policy at Drexel University. He in addressing the health care needs of health is influencing policy discussions and came to Philadelphia from Boston just last one of the nation’s most ignored and health practice throughout the United year, but he already hopes to replicate underserved populations—African- States. Among his many interventions, Dr. some of the work he did up north. He also American men in urban settings. Through Rich established the Young Men’s Health is working on a book drawing on the this award, Dr. Rich is being recognized Clinic at the Boston Medical Center, which hundreds of interviews he has conducted for his work in addressing the primary provides primary care to men ages with minority men, seeking to tell their health care needs of young men in the seventeen to twenty-nine, many of whom stories in a way that can't be are victims of urban violence. He also accomplished in a medical journal. In Rich’s work on black “Dr. initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a addition, he is helping to establish a men’s health is influencing community health-worker training violence prevention program in policy discussions and health program for young black men to conduct Philadelphia, a research collaboration practice throughout the United peer outreach in general health education with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, States. “ and men’s reproductive health. By the University of Pennsylvania and focusing on the realities of the lives of Temple University. inner city by designing clinical services young African-American men, Dr. Rich and training programs. He is also noted designs new models of health care that Congratulations to Dr. Rich on this for his research using in-depth interviews stretch across the boundaries of public outstanding award. with young African American victims of health, education, social service, and Indian Creek Studied by Temple University Lab Over the past two years, staff and students of Temple University's Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulics Laboratory, headed by Dr. Michel Boufadel, were working in Morris Park under a grant from the USDA (PENR-2003-01280). Below is a brief summary of our findings: As many of you know, Indian Creek enters Philadelphia's Morris Park near 66th Street and City Avenue. The wide (150-200 m) riparian corridor of deciduous forest in this area provides many benefits to the stream. In particular, the forest slows stormwater runoff and helps to prevent bank erosion. Unfortunately, the area surrounding and upstream of Morris Park is highly urbanized. These areas produce very high storm flows which are carried downstream, causing bank erosion and bed scour, and removing valuable habitat for organisms which live in the hyporheic zone (i.e. the areas of the streambed where surface water and groundwater mix). When the storm flows subside, the fine sediment eroded from the bank is deposited on the bed, limiting the flow of oxy- gen and nutrients to the remaining hyporheic organisms. We found that hyporheic exchange was controlled by a combination of groundwater inflow, me- anders (bends), and the fine sediment content of the streambed. In meanders or in areas where groundwater enters the stream, water is pushed to one side of the channel. This increases pres- sure on the streambed and forces water into the hyporheic zone. In contrast, fine sediment in the streambed limits hyporheic exchange by plugging the bed, making it more difficult for stream water to enter the streambed. This is particularly important in straight sections of the stream. Our studies suggest that reducing the amount of fine sediment in the stream (by controlling bank ero- sion) will increase hyporheic exchange and improve overall ecosystem function. If you would like more information, I can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. By Robert J. Ryan, Ph.D., P.E Page 4 OF Note Open House Has A Banner Year The 2006 edition of the Overbrook Farms 30. The proceeds go to the Overbrook the artist, Lilliana Didovic, a resident of Open House turned a profit of $4,500, a Farms Club for the benefit of the commu- Overbrook Park, who works at Overbrook record year for the neighborhood house nity. School for the Blind. tour, thanks to the efforts of many people, especially the homeowners and historic In addition to the tour, the ticket price in- If you would like to be involved in next places of cluded an elegant sit-down tea put on by year’s event, as a committee member or worship that the committee and held at Ivy Hall, thanks by offering your house for the tour, please opened their to Marty and John Haas. Expenses were call Eileen Doyle at 215-871-5523 or doors. More significantly lower this year because the Stephanie Kindt at 215-878-4533. than 145 most-excellent tea sandwiches were made by committee members, rather than pur- Many, many thanks to our hosts: Larry and people Jean Andreozzi, Ed and Rita Boe, Leslie bought tickets chased, and the printing of the program book was donated by a company that Brown, Congregation Beth Tovim, John and for this self- Marty Haas, Carol Hammarberg, Stepha- guided walk- does work for Alan Yatvin. nie and David Martin, Kevin Maurer and ing-and- Additional revenue was generated by Jim Schneider, Keven Parker, Our Lady of driving tour, selling space advertising in the program Lourdes Church, Overbrook Farms Country which took book and by the raffle of “Betsy Ross Store, Overbrook Presbyterian Church, St. place April House,” an original painting donated by Thomas African Episcopal Church. Reporting Neighborhood Crime Treasurer’s Report Dealing with crime is a community effort. Our police cannot For the period between Annual Meetings - June 2005 - June 2006 deal with all the problems on their own. Without our commit- Beginning balance 6/27/2005 $18,376 ment to helping the police, little can be done. The biggest thing you can do to help is to report all illegal activity. No matter INCOME how minor it may seem. Dues $4,815 37% More Police - All crimes reported to 911 are reported and Open House & advertising $7,957 61% Includes proceeds affect the crime statistics for our neighborhood. The higher the from this year plus statistics, the more resources we get. If the crimes are not re- late payment from last year ported, we don't get the resources. Interest $327 2% Drug activity - Unfortunately, we've seen our share of sales in the neighborhood. If you see activity, record as much informa- Total $13,099 tion as you can gather (time, location, make/model of vehicle & EXPENDITURES tags, race and description of the persons, etc.). Immediately call 911 to report the illegal activity. The 911 call can handle any Communications $1,692 23% Includes: Newsletters, Telephone, Website immediate action required, plus the reported incident will affect and Listserve ex- the statistics for or neighborhood. After that, call 215-686- penses DRUGS to report the incident again. The information reported Open House $1,275 17% to 686-DRUGS will go directly to the narcotics officer investi- gating the incident or location. This ensures no details are lost Beautification $1,168 16% Includes: Donation to Morris Park Restora- from the 911 report. tion Assoc. and Illegal Dumping - Unfortunately, vandalism and dumping have neighborhood clean- occurred in Morris Park. To combat the unsightly problem, Over- ups brook Farms has a $500 reward leading to the arrest and con- Administrative & miscellaneous $1,111 15% viction of anyone responsible for vandalism or short dumping in Community Events $1,086 15% Includes: Meeting our Park. Report any illegal activity to 911. space rental, Summer Follow up - Our liaison to the police is Officer Christine Linder block party, Santa in the park of the 19th Police District. You can contact her at 215-686- 3190. OFCF Start-up costs $994 14% Overbrook Farms Civic Foundation - Community meeting - Officer Linder hosts a community meet- Tax exempt filing ing at 6:00 pm on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the 19th fees Police District at 61st & Thompson. If you are interested in at- Total $7,325 tending, please contact me email@example.com. I try to at- tend all the meetings and would enjoy the company. I am also Closing balance 6/22/2006 $24,149 $4,741.50 is designated to future Historic Certification happy to raise any concerns brought to my attention. expenses Michael Lemley V.P. Overbrook Farms Club. INCREASE IN CASH ON HAND $5,773 Fall 2006 Page 5 Ten Reasons Why You Should Support the "Never doubt that a small group of committed people Overbrook Farms Club can make a difference. Indeed it's the only thing that ever 1. TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR PROPERTY - has." Margaret Mead Support our efforts to advocate on behalf of Over- brook Farms -- to oppose zoning variances and demoli- tion efforts that are destructive to the character of the neighborhood. 2. TO GET THE INFORMATION YOU NEED ABOUT OUR COM- Who Ya’ Gonna Call MUNITY - Ensure that you know about neighborhood happenings and other important information through A directory of people and places to contact about neighborhood issues. email briefings, newsletters and policy updates. 3. TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - The OFC seeks to unify the State Representative Louise Williams Bishop District Address - Philadelphia public spirit of the neighborhood and direct it into use- 1991 N. 63rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19151 ful and constructive channels. Phone: (215) 879-6625 4. TO GAIN STRENGTH FROM OUR NUMBERS - When many Fax: (215) 879-8566 voices are raised and many people work together, Philadelphia Police, 19th District much is achieved. 61st & Thompson Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Phone: (215) 686-3190 5. TO GAIN INFLUENCE - Recognizing the value of strength in numbers, we can lobby and influence policy makers To report problems with St Joseph’s Students on behalf of our community. St Joseph's University Department of Security 5600 City Avenue. Philadelphia. PA 19131-1395 6. TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF OVERBROOK FARMS - To edu- Phone: (610) 660-1111 cate and become educated about the splendid history of our neighborhood. To report zoning code violations Phone: (215) 686-2643 7. TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY - Help You may also report problems or code violations through influence the direction we take as the country's oldest the Licenses and Inspections Online Services and Complaints System on the Licenses and Inspections site at home owners' association. Help us continue to preserve http://www.phila.gov/li/ and protect the historic fabric of the community and maintain the quality of life of its residents. To report an abandoned vehicle 24-Hour Abandoned Auto Hotline 8. TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS - Santa in the Park; Phone: (215) 683-2277 neighborhood clean ups, Mothers and Others, The House Tour, History Night, the summer picnic and other To report illegal dumping Call the neighborhood Services Unit at activities all bring us together and help to foster our Phone: (215) 685-3097 sense of community. 9. TO KEEP OVERBROOK FARMS BEAUTIFUL - Support the To report narcotics activity Phone: (215) 686-4135; Fax: (215) 685-4133 beautification efforts that help to make Overbrook Farms a gorgeous and desirable place in which to live. To report a pothole, uncut grass, or un-shoveled snow on sidewalks 10. PRIDE - Ours is a wonderful community made so not Phone: (215) 686.5560. only by its architectural magnificence but also by the Email: firstname.lastname@example.org diversity of our residents. Web: http://www.Phila.gov/streets To report chronic non-emergency problems District Attorney’s Office. Public Nuisance Task Force Thank you for joining your neighbors in support of the club 1421 Arch Street and the community. Philadelphia, PA 19102 Phone: (215)686-5819 Page 6 OF Note Something to Say We welcome your articles on neighborhood topics, news from your block, or information about an upcoming event Subscribe to the (under 300 words, please). Overbrook Farms Club listserv Submit via: Email: email@example.com Use this convenient communications tool to share community related information Mail: Overbrook Farms Club 6376 City Avenue with subscribing Overbrook Farms Club neighbors. Philadelphia, PA 19151 All submissions must include a name and phone number. To join go to: Article insertions are subject to space availability, relevance, firstname.lastname@example.org and publication deadlines. We reserve the right to edit for length and accuracy. How to Build a Community Turn off the TV Put up a swing I Know a Guy (or Girl) Know your neighbor Help carry something heavy Look up when you are walking Barter for goods Do you know someone who Start a tradition Greet people ● Cleans gutters? Sit on the stoop Ask a question Hire young people for odd ● Remodels? Plant flowers jobs ● Services furnaces? Use your library Have a pot-luck Play together Bake extra and share ● Repairs roofs? Buy from local Ask for help when you need it Have you had work done on your merchants Open your shades home? Share what you have Help a lost dog Sing together Would you recommend your Take children to the park Share your skills contractor to other Overbrook Farms Take back the night residents? Garden together Support neighborhood schools Turn up the music Add your contractor’ s name Fix it even if you didn't break it Turn down the music to our recommended Listen before you react contractor list . Please send Have block parties to anger an email to: HONOR YOUR ELDERS Seek to understand email@example.com Pick up litter Listen from new and uncomfortable angles with contractor Read stories aloud information to share. Know that no one is silent, but Dance in the street many are not heard. Work to Talk to the mail carrier change this. Listen to the birds -From Syracuse Cultural Workers Fall 2006 Page 7 Upcoming Events SPECIAL COMMUNITY MEETING (Zoning adjustment application for 2119 North Oct 18 63rd Street) Overbrook Presbyterian Church 6376 City Avenue 7:00 PM RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Sponsored by the Overbrook Presbyterian Deacons Oct 24 Overbrook Presbyterian Church 6376 City Avenue 1:30 PM until 7:30 PM OVERBROOK FARMS CLUB GENERAL MEETING: A Planning Session for the ADVERTISE IN THE OFC NEWSLETTER Oct 24 Community Overbrook Presbyterian Church For information and rates, please contact us: Wistar Morris Room 7:00 PM Overbrook Farms Club 6376 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151 (215) 477-9250 firstname.lastname@example.org November OFC BOARD MEETING 21 7:30 PM SANTA IN THE PARK December Fun for the Kids 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM 2 Morris Park Guardhouse Sherwood Rd. and 66th St. January OFC BOARD MEETING 16 7:30 PM To submit a Calendar Event, please send an email message with complete information to email@example.com. We reserve the right to make final decisions about submissions. The solicitations appearing on this page are paid advertisements only. These advertisements should not be con- sidered a recommendation for any specific company and Overbrook Farms Club does not endorse any of these companies or individuals or the goods and services they provide. Should you wish to use the services of any of the companies that advertise in the OF Note newsletter, consider asking for references from the company and/or from your neighbors. THE OVERBROOK FARMS CLUB HOLIDAY TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE CONTACT US: HOLIDAY OBSERVED COLLECTION 6376 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19151 Columbus Day Monday, Tuesday, October 10 October 9 Phone: (215) 477-9250 Christmas Day E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, Tuesday, December 26 December 25 Preserving and protecting the historic fabric of the community. ALL HOLIDAYS: Trash and recycling collection will be one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week Maintaining our quality of life.
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