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									                                                                                                 March/April 2006

                                                                                                 The Newsletter
                                                                                                 of The Society Hill
                                                                                                 Civic Association

         SOCIETY                   HILL


               March 16 SHCA Membership Meeting

               Subject: Real Estate Tax Reassessment
               Matthew A. White                                         What’s going on? In theory, it is a well-intentioned
               Chair, Tax Reassessment Committee                        effort to bring fairness and transparency into the
                                                                        City property tax assessment. Currently, property
               A    proposed drastic increase in the amount
                    of property taxes that you pay is underway.
               Our next General Meeting, to be held in the
                                                                        taxes are determined by a formula that starts with
                                                                        a property’s “assessed value,” multiplied by a pre-
                                                                        determined percentage (32%), multiplied by the
               Society Hill Synagogue on Thursday, March
                                                                        tax rate. The problem is with the “assessed value”
               16, will focus on this issue as we invite David
                                                                        — often there is very little correlation between
               Glancey, Chairman of the Philadelphia Board
                                                                        the current “assessed” value and the actual value.
               of Revision of Taxes, Brett Mandell, head of
                                                                        The value set by the Board is only a gross esti-
               Philadelphia Forward, a tax reform organization,
                                                                        mate of actual value. This creates anomalies
               and Councilman Frank DiCicco to address the
                                                                        where two similar houses, sitting side by side,
               Civic Association on an issue that will impact
                                                                        pay very different tax bills. It has also, over time,
               everyone living in Society Hill and Center City.
                                                                        created a situation where neighborhoods that
               There is some good news in this story. Thanks            have seen property values rise (like ours) are
               in part to the efforts of Councilman DiCicco, the                                     continued on page 8
               changes will not be implemented until 2008 at
               the earliest. But the sobering fact remains: unless
               there is enough political initiative to alter the cur-   Congratulations, SHCA!
               rent plans, we stand to see our tax bills increase,
               on average, over 100%—that’s right, the changes
                                                                        Preservation Alliance
               being implemented will cause a homeowner in              Honors SHCA
               Society Hill who currently pays $10,000 to see
               his tax bill go to $20,000.                              T    he Preservation Alliance for Greater
                                                                             Philadelphia has awarded SHCA its 2006
                                                                        Community Action Award for “many significant
                                                                        efforts the Civic Association has undertaken
                                                                        during the past year to preserve and protect
THURS.            MARK YOUR CALENDAR                                    the historic character of Society Hill.” This
                                                                        award recognizes our work during 2005
March          Society Hill Civic Association Meetings                  generally, including our efforts on the Dilworth

               Thursday, March 16, 2006                                 House, the NewMarket site, the Ayer Building,
                                                                        the Oceanaire Restaurant, etc., and dozens
               Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street                of projects associated with individual houses.
               Board Meeting – 2nd Floor Classroom
               General Membership Meeting – Sanctuary
                                                                        Thanks to Paul Boni and the Zoning and
                                                                        Historic Preservation Committee, SHCA
    6:00 p.m. Board Meeting                                             President Tania Rorke and members who
              All SHCA members are welcome to attend.                   generously supported our efforts with their
    7:30 p.m. General Membership Meeting                                checks, signatures on petitions and their
              All community residents are invited to attend.            presence and involvement at crucial meetings.
    Speakers •Brett Mandell, Executive Director,                        The award will be presented at the Alliance’s
              Philadelphia Forward                                      annual awards luncheon, to be held on May 3rd.
              •David Glancey, Chairman                                  Please contact Matt DeJulio if you would like
               Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes                  to attend the awards luncheon. We anticipate
                                                                        having a limited number of seats available but
              •Councilman Frank DiCicco
                                                                        additional passes are available for purchase.
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                                SOCIETY              HILL

              March/April                     Press Release Liaison
              Reporter Co-Editors             Andrea Layden
              Carole Le Faivre-Rochester      37 St. James Court
              Marilyn Appel                   Philadelphia PA 19106
              Editorial Board
              Bernice Hamel
              Lenore Hardy                    Submission Deadlines
              Andrea Layden                   May/June 2006 issue
              Lana Noël                       Advertising: April 1
              Sandra Rothman                  Editorial: April 15
              Ruth Sachs
                                              Advertising Manager
              Columnists                      and Photographer
              Paul Boni, Esq.                 Matthew DeJulio
              Jean Bryan                      Society Hill
              Tania Rorke                     Civic Association
              Keri White                      P.O. Box 63503
              David Woods                     Philadelphia, PA
              Linda Bond                      tel: 215-629-1288
              Martha Levine                   fax: 215-629-9914
              Matthew A. White                email:
              Nancy Frenze
              Elaine Wilner
              Graphic Design
              Judy Lamirand

              We want to hear from you. Our goal is to
              print news of interest to Society Hill residents,
              especially happenings in and around our commu-
              nity. To publicize an event in the Reporter, press
              releases should be submitted directly to Andrea
              Layden. All editorial or other submissions should
              be sent to Bernice Hamel via fax at 215-925-0877
              or email:
              Material must be submitted in writing and must
              include the name of a contact person. Edited
              material may appear if space allows; otherwise
              upcoming events may be listed in the Com-
              munity Calendar. Only signed Letters to the
              Editors will be considered for publication.

              Society Hill Open House Tour
              Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m--5 p.m. Tickets: $35
              Please mark your calendar and plan to attend
              this annual event that provides a great afternoon
              exploring about 8 or 9 historic homes. Proceeds
              help to support your neighborhood!
              For information or tickets, contact
              Philadelphia Open House, 215-928-1188
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                             P R E S I D E N T ’ S          M E S S A G E

                             TANIA RORKE, SHCA PRESIDENT

                                                       developers. For more information, the Pennsylvania
S   HCA is nearing the end of its membership
    drive for 2006. For those of you who have not
joined the Association or have not renewed your
                                                       Gaming Board has also scheduled public input-
                                                       hearings on the proposed gaming facilities. (go
membership, ask yourselves, “Why should I join         to
(or rejoin) the Society Hill Civic Association?”       Hearings for Philadelphia are scheduled for April
While going over the SHCA membership list for          10-12. Ray Swerdlow, a current SHCA Board Mem-
my block, I noticed that one of my neighbors had       ber has agreed to chair our Gaming Committee.
not renewed. I gave her an application and asked       Please contact Ray at,
her the reason. Her answer was that she did not        to become more involved.
agree with our position on one specific issue. I        Other neighborhood projects and issues which
also recently received a forwarded email from an       we continue to address are: Three Bears Park             Tania Rorke
angry member who requested that his dues be                                                                     SHCA President
                                                       renovations, Adopt a Franklin Light, Washington
refunded because he had to wait in line at our         Square beautification, saving Dilworth House, and
complimentary winter social at Bookbinders. I am       NewMarket development. The Friends of Three
sure our organization does not make every Society      Bears Park has received the final approval needed
Hill resident happy all the time, but I am also cer-   from the Historical Commission to begin the project.
tain we do our best to respond to individual issues    They are hoping to see construction start there in
as we try to reach SHCA’s overall goals. Most          the early spring. Fundraising for the Franklin Lamps
members would agree that the goals of our              is well underway. Thanks to Martha Levine, her
association are important, from the mundane            committee, and generous people in the neighbor-
issue of trash collecting to the more important        hood, the project has raised over $100,000 to be
one of keeping the neighborhood safe. So we ask        spent on the improvement of street lighting.
for and thank you for your continued support.          Councilman DiCicco has also dedicated over
This is a very busy time for SHCA. We are presently    $200,000 to this project. We are continuing to work
addressing several issues that will significantly       with Independence National Park on improving
impact every resident in our community. First, the     Washington Square. This spring you should notice
Board of Revision of Taxes is planning to reassess     a beautiful difference there as the bulbs planted last
property values throughout the entire city. This       fall will bloom—thanks to Sissie Lipton and those        In this Issue…
reassessment process is supposed to be done on         who worked with her to add more color to the park.
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a yearly basis, but it has not been done in over       The Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee
                                                                                                                    Safe and Sound
15 years. We have been working with other civic        (ZHP) continues to be active on the Dilworth House
                                                       and NewMarket as well as other projects of neigh-            Page 7
associations and Councilman DiCicco’s office to                                                                      Newsletter Reaches
come up with alternative suggestions on how this       borhood concern. See Paul Boni’s ZHP report for
                                                                                                                    a Milestone
process can be carried out. Matt White, a current      more information on these issues (page 11).
                                                                                                                    Page 11
board member has agreed to chair our newly             As you have read on page 1, the Preservation                 Zoning and Historic
formed committee, the Tax Reassessment                 Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is awarding the            Preservation
Committee. If you would like to volunteer and          Society Hill Civic Association the “2006 Community           Page 13
assist with this important issue, please contact       Action Award.” The Alliance reports that SHCA                South Street Brief
Matt White at We                 was selected because of “many significant efforts             Page 17
also hope to see many of our members at our March      the Civic Association has undertaken during the              Jazz Vespers
Membership Meeting where our featured speakers         past year to preserve and protect the historic               at Old Pine
will be Mr. David Glancey, from the Board of           character of Society Hill.” While many may think             Page 25
Revision of Taxes, Mr. Brett Mandell, from Philly      this award is for our work on the Dilworth House             SHCA Membership
Forward and Councilman Frank DiCicco.                  and the NewMarket site, it also recognizes our               Soars
                                                       efforts on behalf of the Ayer Building, the Oceanaire,
The second concern of most residents is Gambling.
                                                       and dozens of other projects associated with individ-
Where will the casinos go? There are five sites being
                                                       ual houses. Many thanks go to Paul Boni and the
considered, two of which will have a significant
                                                       members of his committee who dedicate so much
impact on our community; namely, those at Spring
                                                       of their time to preservation issues.
Garden and Delaware Avenue and Reed Street and
Delaware Avenue. We are uniting with other civic       As you can see, the SHCA is not defined by one
associations that border the Delaware River and        project; many members dedicate their time to
working closely with Councilman DiCicco’s office        numerous projects—all with the goal of making
on this issue. The Councilman has arranged for         Society Hill a better place in which to live. Again,
neighborhood representatives to meet with the          thank you for your continued support.
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Safe And Sound In Society Hill: Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

New Stop Signs in Place
                                                            human population that has to be careful crossing
B    ut it took an injury to do it. Matt DeJulio,
     SHCA’s administrator, emailed our Councilman
Frank DiCicco when a woman was hit by a car
                                                            the streets, but at least they have the sense to look;
                                                            house cats may not look and they are not as adept
crossing 6th Street and Washington Square, at the           as our squirrels at avoiding the cars.
dangerous intersection in front of Independence
                                                            “City Smarts”
Place. Well, at this point in time, there are stop
                                                            Tip from Tae Kwan Do: the elbow is the strongest
signs in both directions, later to be replaced with a
                                                            point on your body, if you are close enough to an
traffic light. That should certainly slow things down.
                                                            attacker to use it.
Thank you Frank, Matt and the Streets Department.
                                                            If a robber asks for your wallet, do not hand it to him.
Don’t be complacent, keep your eyes open! There are
                                                            Toss it as far away from you as possible and run like
other intersections that are dangerous— examples:
                                                            mad in the other direction.
Lawrence Court and Pine, where cars coming out of
the court cannot see traffic coming down Pine because        • As soon as you get into your car, lock the doors
of the parked cars; cars turning anytime onto Spruce          and take off.
from 4th, turning south on 4th from Spruce, from Pine       • Always take the elevator, not the stairs, especially
onto 5th, and others, even though there are “No Turn          at night. Need we say more?
On Red” signs posted. A special warning to those of         • In a parking lot or garage, look at the cars on either
you who insist on walking while talking on your cell          side of yours. If there is a van parked next to you
phones: look when crossing.                                   or a lone man is seated in the car, do not enter your
Avoid the latest scam                                         car from that side. Walk back and get someone to
Never give out over the phone those small numbers             walk with you to your car, preferably a security
on the backs of your credit cards. Thieves will call pre-     guard or police officer.
tending to be your credit card company and ask to ver-      • Neighborhood Alert: Make sure your doors
ify your credit card number, which they will read out         (front and back) are always locked.
to you. Then they will ask for those numbers on the
                                                            Used cell phones
back “to be sure that the card is in your possession.”
                                                            We continue to collect them for the elderly or abused.
Stop right there — it’s a scam.
                                                            Drop them at 414 Spruce Street. We give them to the
Be kind to animals                                          police who send them off to be reprogrammed to
Dogs must be on leash — it’s the law! But how about         call only 911. We, and the people who are fortunate
cats? Please think twice about letting your cat roam        enough to be able to use them, sincerely appreciate
free in the neighborhood. A black and white cat with-       the hundreds of used cell phones we have received
out a tag was hit by a car at 4th and Delancey recently.    and are sorry that we cannot provide individual
A kind neighbor disposed of the body. It’s not just the     receipts.

    FRANKLIN LUNCHEON                                                  Question of the month:
                                                                  If the city were to place video cameras in Society Hill
                                                                    in order to deter crime and catch criminals, I would

                                                                 ________     approve

                                                                 ________     disapprove


SHCA leadership and members enjoy a luncheon at
the Downtown Club in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s
birthday, January 17. Seated: Sissie Lipton, Bernice
Hamel, Carole Le Faivre-Rochester, Matt DeJulio;
Top row: Jackie Lewis, Tania Rorke, Herb Lipton,             Send responses to
Carol Colabelli, Martha Levine.
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Twenty-Five Years and Still Going

Community Newsletter Reaches a Milestone!

F   or many years newsletters have delivered
    stories and information to our community.
Until 1981, we received, sporadically, typed and
                                                     times. Resident Permit Parking was hard won,
                                                     but SHCA did succeed in thwarting the Parking
                                                     Authority’s plan to place parking meters on
xeroxed issues called The Resident Newsletter.       blocks in Society Hill. The block captain system
In March 1981 the first commercially printed          was considered a fait accompli in 1983 but it
version containing advertisements was pub-           needed resuscitation periodically.
lished. The Resident Newsletter kept its name
                                                     The September ’83 issue focused on Bill 2768,
and its editors, Nancy Frenze and Ruth Dugan,
                                                     which proposed inclusion of Washington Square
and in time ads covered production costs.
                                                     Park within the Independence National Park
Many community members have given time
                                                     system. Efforts to include the park continued in
and expertise to editing, management, and
                                                     1986. Now many years — and $3 million dollars
advertising through the years. The Resident
                                                     later — mission accomplished! The Preservation
Newsletter continued until 1990 when it mor-
                                                     Ordinance Bill #235 was introduced in City
phed into the regular bi-monthly Society Hill
                                                     Council and discussed in the September ’84 issue.
Reporter with Bernice Hamel as the new editor.
                                                     In March ’86 The Resident Newsletter printed the-
Darts and Laurels was a popular feature of The        plan for 1-95, with recommendations and
Resident Newsletter. The last xeroxed version        concerns included. The May ’87 issue dealt
(December 14, 1980) gave a Dart to itself for        with Mayor Goode’s Trash to Steam Project
“using microscopic type,” and in the same issue      and Councilman David Cohen’s Recycling project.
gave a Laurel, “for saving money by printing         Pennsylvania Hospital proposed a plan to incin-
fewer pages due to the use of microscopic print.”    erate waste. This proposal dominated five of
Two Darts going back to 1987 show that there are     late 80’s newsletters
some things that never change: “to the Night         and the plan was
Walkers who take their dogs strolling when it’s      ultimately rejected.
late and dark, and fail to pick up after them. We
                                                     There are no archived
know who you are...”, and “to the people who are
                                                     issues of The Resident
always fixing our streets. We would appreciate a
                                                     Newsletter after March
period of calm when someday they will be fixed.”
                                                     ’81 through 1990 when
Every civic issue affecting Society Hill — from      the Society Hill Reporter
diapering carriage horses to historic designation    was initiated. If any read-
— was chronicled in those newsletters. The first      ers or former staff have
issue (March ’81) featured articles on low income    saved issues, especially
housing, Real Estate Tax Appeals, Independence       from 1988, 1989 and 1990 and would be willing
Place, “Bookbinders Lot,” the new Sheraton           to donate them or have them copied, contact
Hotel, resident parking, and the Shambles            Nancy Frenze at 215-923-5459. She hopes to
(HeadHouse), as items for the upcoming General       complete an archive of the issues from 1981-1990
Membership meeting. The front page described         — to be included in the Athenaeum research
the first membership wine and cheese party with       collection. SHCA would like to keep a full archive
the Al Stauffer trio at NewMarket’s pavilion. Over   (under Matt DeJulio’s watchful eye) as well.
300 SHCA members attended the party, which
became an ongoing membership winter event.
Committee members that year were Lu Bangert,                               HELP WANTED
Carol Berger, Nancy Frenze, Joan Simon and
Edna Wenk, with Carole Saft and Sissy Futcher         Volunteer Needed to Share Editorial Responsibilities
busy at the membership desk.                                 for Independence Library Newsletter
As it does today, the Civic Association took
                                                     Independence Branch Library, Society Hill's hard won free library, is
on many issues, for example, Penn’s Landing
                                                     just five years old. Friends of Independence Library, has been publish-
development of the Central Riverfront District
                                                     ing BiblioFILe, the Friends newsletter, for almost that long.
Plan in March of 1982. That same year Town
Watch was initiated—with 400 volunteers              If you are an experienced editor and would enjoy sharing the responsi-
patrolling the neighborhood. Town Watch              bility of producing this four-page quarterly, please email Nancy Frenze,
participation waned but was revitalized many         executive editor, at: for more information.
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              Real Estate Tax Reassessment
              continued from page 1

              paying proportionally less than neighborhoods        What can we do? First, the Civic Association has
              where values have been flat or falling.               formed a special task force to study this issue and
                                                                   to join forces with other neighborhoods and civic
              The new assessment being undertaken by the
                                                                   associations to make sure that our views are part
              Board of Revision of Taxes proposes to make the
                                                                   of the conversation and decision-making. SHCA
              “assessed” value be the same as an actual, fair
                                                                   President, Tania Rorke, has already met with
              market value. The Board, using sophisticated
                                                                   leaders from many of these groups and more
              computer software and modeling, satellite
                                                                   meetings are planned. Second, Councilman
              imagery and market data, attempts to place an
                                                                   DiCicco has introduced several bills in City
              actual fair market value on every property in the
                                                                   Council to buffer the impact that we will feel.
              City. Once the assessed value has been deter-
                                                                   He has promised to continue to do what he can
              mined as the true, actual fair market value, City
                                                                   to help his constituents, as his District contains
              Council and the Mayor can then set the tax rate
                                                                   many of the homes that will be most impacted
              to be applied to this value.
                                                                   by the proposed changes. Third, we can all
              Sound good? The problem is that across               educate ourselves about the issue. The better we
              Philadelphia, those neighborhoods that have seen     understand the problem, the more likely it is that
              significant increases in fair market value will now   we can develop creative solutions that permit fair
              be paying a direct tax based on those increased      taxation without destroying our neighborhood.
              values—irrespective of income or ability to pay.
              As Councilman DiCicco noted in a letter sent on      We look forward to seeing you
              January 5, 2006 to Mr. Glancey the current,          at the March 16 General Meeting at
              planned implementation would “decimate our           7:30 p.m. at Society Hill Synagogue.
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Bookbinder’s Social Brings Record Crowd

                                                    crab cakes and rumaki to a more non-tra-
I  t was January 26th and we had an enormous
   crowd for our winter social. According to
Matt DeJulio, SHCA Administrator, over 250
                                                    ditional fountain of chocolate in which
                                                    we could dip huge strawberries,
residents attended a winter party in the newly      fruit slices and pretzels. The Taxins
refurbished Bookbinder’s Restaurant at its          really know how to put on a
long-time traditional site at 2nd and Walnut. All   party and all of us were not
these people and we didn’t even disturb the for-    only most appreciative but
mal diners, since the Taxins have a couple of       absolutely delighted.
lovely private rooms where they held the            Patronizing this wonderful
SHCA party. The rooms do have space limita-         new-old institution is sure
tions, however, and due to the capacity crowd,      to keep them in the neigh-
regretfully we had to decline reservations for      borhood. They’ll help you plan
almost 70 SHCA members. We hope you are             your small dinner parties or big-
understanding about this; we are working on         ger events and you can count on “Bookies” to
solving the problem with some creative ideas        provide delectable and extraordinary food.
for this and higher numbers responding to a
                                                    We also would like to thank our own SHCA
neighborhood social.
                                                    members, Fran Newburg, past Social Committee
SHCA thanks proprietors John and Jayme              Chair, and Lois Beck, current Chair, for their
Taxin for the delicious hors d’oeuvres and for      efforts in making this event so successful and
continually refilling the amazing array of finger     we raise a glass to Matt DeJulio who spent
foods, which, following their traditional seafood   most of his time taking reservations and
theme, went from calamari and mussel salad,         checking people in.
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              Z O N I N G           &   H I S T O R I C         P R E S E R V A T I O N

                        BY PAUL BONI, ZHP COMMITTEE CHAIR

W     e continue working with homeowners
      to help them navigate through the
Historical Commission and the Zoning Board,
                                                          Please sign the online petition if you’d like to
                                                          receive email updates and notices of the hearings:
supporting the vast majority, but voicing
                                                          NewMarket (vacant parcel between Front
our concerns when proposals are extreme.
                                                          and Second, Pine and Lombard):
We report on two significant projects:
                                                          We continue to advocate for a development that
The Dilworth House (223-225 S. 6th Street):
                                                          would fit into the neighborhood. At the end of
In early February, the developer withdrew his ini-        January, a small group of SHCA Board Directors,
tial application to demolish the entire house and         and the President of Queen Village Neighbors
filed a revised design that would still demolish           Association met with the developers and their
the house but keep the front façade intact, push-         architect. The purpose of the meeting was to try
ing it back about 7 feet, and then sliding it north       for a meaningful exchange of ideas in a small set-
so that it would become the recessed face of the          ting that would not be subject to large group
mid-rise condo. It’s a terrible design; it totally dis-   dynamics. At the meeting, the developer’s team
respects the Dilworth House, not to mention that          presented us with a plan for a 281 foot high condo
it is disallowed by the ordinance (well O.K., we          tower on Front Street, with 8 townhouses in the
mentioned it). We stand by our position that the          interior of the block, surrounded by a private
house should be saved in its entirety. We take a          courtyard. We explained that the zoning code lim-
moment to mention a few important related                 its the height of new construction to 35 or some-
items:                                                    times 60 feet and that while we were willing to
                                                          support minor variances for a good project, 281
• Senator Vincent Fumo continues to advocate
                                                          feet high is excessive (to put it mildly). The group
  publicly on our behalf. He recently wrote a
                                                          agreed to have another meeting, at which the
  letter to the Mayor and the Historical
                                                          developer will present alternative plans to explore
  Commission pledging to seek state funding
                                                          the possibility of a low-rise design, including a
  to buy the house for a public purpose, if the
                                                          plan with townhouses only or something on that
  developer would like to sell. Thank you so
                                                          scale. We are not sure if the developers will pre-
  much for your support, Senator!
                                                          sent a design we can support, but we’re hoping.
• Councilman Frank DiCicco, Councilman                    None of these preliminary meetings substitute
  Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Blondell                    for SHCA’s normal process of holding a publicized
  Reynolds Brown sponsored a City Council                 open meeting, which neighbors can attend and
  resolution calling for the preservation of              in which they can participate. If you support the
  the Dilworth House – and the resolution was             concept of a low-rise development at NewMarket,
  passed unanimously, 16-0. That is fantastic!            please support us by signing the online petition
  Thank you Councilman DiCicco for leading                at By doing so,
  this effort.                                            you’ll receive more detailed updates via email.

                                                          Thanks to about 150 of you for showing up at City Hall on January 18th
                                                          to help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mayor Dilworth's
                                                          inauguration. It was a great event! The celebration was hosted by
                                                          The Committee of Seventy, the Central Philadelphia Development
                                                          Corporation, the Society Hill Civic Association and the Preservation
                                                          Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. During his 20+ years of public service,
                                                          former Mayor Dilworth left a legacy of meaningful and long-standing
                                                          reforms in Philadelphia’s political and civic communities. The program’s
                                                          featured speaker was William T. Coleman, Jr., Esquire, the first minority
                                                          attorney to be hired at a large law firm in Philadelphia. Mr. Coleman
                                                          was hired personally by Dilworth, who also was at the forefront of hiring
The speakers at the Dilworth Celebration included,
from left to right, Zachary Stalberg (President and
                                                          other minorities and women, including significant hires into the District
CEO of the Committee of Seventy), Tania Rorke             Attorney’s office. Mr. Coleman went on to a career of many accomplish-
(SHCA President), William T. Coleman, Jr. (the fea-       ments, which included receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
tured speaker) and Paul Levy, Executive Director of       1995. You can read about it in this excellent Daily News article:
the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.
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                               S O U T H     S T R E E T         B R I E F

            Exciting New Shops and Restaurants

O    ne of the advantages of living in Society
     Hill is that we can step out of our homes
and find places to shop, dine or be entertained
                                                      Newly Opened Eateries
                                                      Gayle, at 617 S. 3rd Street 215-922-3850 • Seats 30.
close by. Basic items from our local supermar-        Located at the former Azafran site, this innovative and
kets or gourmet delicacies from such specialty        cozy new spot is already enjoying a great following for its
                                                      creative American menu. Owner and chef, Daniel Stern,
stores as Chef’s Market or Whole Foods are a
                                                      was executive chef at Le Bec Fin, so reservations are
short walk from home. If we want to dine out,         definitely recommended. Gayle has a full-service bar
we have wonderful choices—from high-end               and a great variety of wines and beers. They are closed
restaurants to casual diners. The good news is        Sunday and open at 5:30 on all other days. Monday
that several new shops and eateries that will         through Wednesday the menu is a la carte with a prix
                                                      fixe option and Thursday through Sunday prix fixe only.
satisfy the “appetites” of many Society Hill
denizens have recently opened nearby.                 Core de Roma Trattoria (Heart of Rome) at 214 South
                                                      Street, 215-592-9777 • Luigi Pinto and his two sons
Remember the dearth of bookstores? Well,              Angelo and Joe are running this family-owned restaurant
now we have two. In November we welcomed              at the former San Carlo. Angelo answers the phone
two to the neighborhood: Voices and Visions,          announcing the name of the restaurant in musical Italian
                                                      —he’s the general manager and sometime bartender;
though not in the South Street district, is walking
                                                      Joe, who is head server, takes over when necessary;
distance in the Bourse (111 S. Independence           Luigi will greet you at the door and usher you to your
Mall). Owner/manager Angela Roach adds a              table. The menu is, of course, Italian, but with a twist —
touch of elegance to the touristy Bourse scene.       Luigi’s parents lived in Trastevere, equivalent to Rome’s
Don’t miss the basement entrance on 4th Street        Old City, close to the Jewish ghetto. The recipes are an
                                                      authentic combination of Old Roman and Jewish from the
when you are in the Independence Mall area.
                                                      kitchens of Luigi’s mother and grandmother. Another twist
A recent entry on PhillyBlog says Voices and          is that Sunday through Thursday the restaurant is BYO or
Visions has excellent décor; friendly staff and a     buy from the bar; on the weekends, it’s strictly buy from
nice selection of books—and a not-to-be-missed        the bar. Open seven days; 5-11 p.m. Monday through
website. The other, Head House Books, at              Saturday; Sunday 3-9 p.m. Reservations accepted.
619 South 2nd Street is a welcome addition            Ansill’s at 627 S. 3rd Street, 215-627-2485 •
after Book Trader moved to 7 N. Second several        David Ansill, proprietor of another popular South Philly
years ago. Head House is owned by SHCA Board          restaurant Pif, took over the former old standby, Judy’s,
                                                      at 3rd and Bainbridge. He features a new decor, a full-
Director Richard deWyngaert. A PhillyBlog entry
                                                      service bar and a menu of sophisticated “small plates”
describes its soothing wasabi green walls, tin        prepared by Chef Kibett Mengech who trained at a
ceiling, oriental rugs and cherrywood bookshelves     number of well-known kitchens in the city, most notably
—not to mention a family-friendly kid’s section       Le Bec Fin, Striped Bass and Rouge. Be prepared to wait
and the promise of many programs for old and          as Ansill’s does not take reservations, even for parties
                                                      of four or more. Open seven days from 5:30 p.m.
young alike (See Kids’ Beat, p. 19 in this issue).
                                                      Closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and
Other places to look for on South Street              open till midnight on Friday and Saturday.

                                                      Southwark Restaurant at 4th and Bainbridge,
In addition to the wide range of restaurants,
                                                      215-238-1888 • Sheri and Kip Waide are hands-on
several South Street area stores offer our            owners; Sheri is chef and Kip is bartender. Southwark
community style and quality. Go Commute at            offers American Bistro fare with a seasonal menu featur-
333 South Street, which recently opened, offers       ing local fresh produce. This eatery received three bells
a wonderful selection of distinctive handbags         from the Inquirer’s demanding food critic Craig LaBan.
                                                      Closed Monday. Open for Sunday brunch 11-5; Tuesday
and fine luggage. Benjamin Lovell’s shoe store
                                                      through Thursday open for dinner 5:30 - 10:30; Friday
at 318 South Street offers American and foreign       and Saturday, dinner until 11:30. The bar remains
favorites. Check out the back room for great sales.   open after the formal dinner hours until 2 a.m. Tuesday
                                                      through Saturday where you can also catch a bite
South Street does need some kid’s clothes             to eat. Reservations are accepted for up to six people.
shops, however. Baby Gap closed last year
                                                      Crescent City at 9th and South Streets, 215-627-6780 •
and KamaKaze Kids, which offered a full range
                                                      This New Orleans style eatery serves New American
of clothes and toys for babies to teens, closed       cuisine with a southern accent — especially featuring fine
its doors at the end of 2005. We hope this            seafood selections. Crescent City is slated to be opened
deficiency will be noted by the South Street           in March and may even be open by the time you read this,
HeadHouse District.                                   but check anyway.
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The Princess and The Patriot
                                                       About the American Philosophical Society
T    hey seemed to have nothing in common.
     They came from opposite ends of the eigh-
teenth-century world—she a Russian princess;
                                                       Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, “to pro-
                                                       mote useful knowledge,” the American
                                                                                                                New Exhibition
                                                                                                                Explores Enlight-
he a printer-patriot from Philadelphia: she the        Philosophical Society served in the first half cen-       enment Ideas
friend of a monarch, Catherine the Great; he           tury of the republic as a national library, museum       Through the
the enemy of a monarch, George III. Yet                and academy of science. Today, the Society con-          Lives of Two
Ekaterina Dashkova and Benjamin Franklin               tinues as an eminent scholarly organization of
                                                                                                                Famous People
both disliked court fashion—she favored men’s          world-wide reputation, renowned for its excel-
jackets over corsets and gowns, and he scan-           lence in research and publications, its extraordi-
dalized the French court by wearing a fur cap.         nary manuscript library and its international ros-
Both led prestigious scientific institutions, she       ter of elected members who make up a veritable
as the director of the Russian Academy of              “Who’s Who” of outstanding individuals in the
Sciences, and he the founder of the American           arts, humanities and the sciences.
Philosophical Society. When they met in Paris          Exhibit Times:
in 1781, it was a meeting of two of the most fas-
cinating minds of the “Age of Reason.”                 The Princess and the Patriot: Ekaterina Dashkova,
                                                       Benjamin Franklin, and the Age of Enlightenment will
A new exhibition, The Princess and the Patriot:        be on view in Philosophical Hall, 104 S. Fifth Street,
Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin, and the         from February 17 to December 31, 2006. Free to
                                                       the public.
Age of Enlightenment opened on February 17,                                                                     Ekaterina Dashkova and
2006 at the Museum of the American Philosophi-         Hours:
                                                                                                                Benjamin Franklin
                                                       Thursday – Sunday
cal Society. The exhibition was designed as part       10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Feb. 17- Labor Day)
of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.
                                                       Friday – Sunday
Portraits, court jewelry, porcelain, memoirs,          10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Labor Day – Dec. 31)
miniature chess set, maps, natural history speci-      Wednesday Evenings
mens and other scientific objects that document         5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (May 1 – Labor Day)
the extraordinary lives of America’s world-            Second Sunday events at APS
renowned scientist-statesman and the outrageous        Family-friendly hands-on art and science activities
Russian princess, who spoke five languages,             inspired by the objects in The Princess and the
helped overthrow a czar and who directed the           Patriot exhibition.
most prestigious scientific organization in her         For more information on all programs: 215-440-3440,
country, will be on view.                    

Creating A Competitive Office Sector
                                                       West Market Street are now being developed as
Central Philadelphia Development                       housing. How do we ensure that Center City
Corporation Forums                                     remains a nucleus for business in Greater
Commemorating its 50th anniversary, the Central        Philadelphia? There will be a preview of CPDC’s
Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC)            plans for enhancements to the office district.
will host a series of forums in 2006 to reflect upon    Speakers: How Downtowns Can Stay Competitive
significant accomplishments of the last half-century    in a Suburban Age — Christopher Leinberger,
as well as look at potential challenges and opportu-   Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution,
nities in the years ahead. Through videos, lectures    Professor & Director of Graduate Real Estate
and discussions, each forum will focus on a specific    Program, University of Michigan; and Founding
topic relevant to Center City’s development. The       Partner, Arcadia Land Co. The lecture will be
next one occurs Tuesday April 11, 2006; 4 p.m.         followed by a panel discussion with leading local
at the Union League, Broad & Sansom Streets.           developers and commercial real estate brokers.
In the 1950’s, an ambitious renewal began in Phila-    The forums are open to the public; registration
delphia by demolishing train tracks and creating a     cost is $35 per person per forum. For more details
new office district. After a long hiatus, Center City   or to register, call 215-440-5575 or e-mail
is again adding office buildings, but many sites on
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   Jazz Vespers at Old Pine Church.
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Twenty Years And Still Going Strong

Jazz Vespers At Old Pine Presbyterian Church

                                                      Some of the musicians who have
I  f you walk past Old Pine Presbyterian
   Church, you can’t help but notice the
sign for their monthly Jazz Vespers program.
                                                      performed at Jazz Vespers include:

                                                      Grover Washington, Jr.     Joey DeFrancesco
If you haven’t attended the 5 p.m. service            John Blake                 Chris McBride
on the third Sunday of each month, you                Domenic Fiore              Trudy Pitts
are missing something special.                        Evelyn Simms               Don Patterson
“Jazz Vespers at Old Pine” began in 1986. After       Barbara Montgomery         Mary Ellen Desmond
much discussion led by then pastor Bill Pindar,       Denis DiBlasio             Zan Gardner
a 12-person committee made up of both Old Pine        Rosella Washington         Jimmy Oliver
church members and members of the wider com-          Sonabra Trio               Bobby Durham
munity, the new Sunday afternoon program of           Midiri Brothers            Barbone Street JB
music and prayer became a welcome addition at         Doctors of Rhythm          Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings
4th and Pine. The initial planning group included     Tex Wyndham’s Band         Mason Dixon JB
Bill Pindar, Carolyn Wiley, Jim Wiley, Ed Klitsch,    Pete Smyser                Fred Adams Ensemble
DeWitt Peterson, Pam Esposito, Karen White,           JohnD’Amico                Miss Justine
Toni Freeman, Rev. Warren Davis, Rev. Mike            Ella Csircsu               Tony DeNicola
Cobbler, Zig Zigler (high school musician), and       Butch Ballard              Wendy Simon
Rev. Tom Mainor (Old Pine’s associate pastor).        John Simon                 Tony Williams
JoAnne Peterson and later Trudy Pitts and Bill        Larry McKenna              Glenn Dodson
Carney joined the group.                              Dan Fogel                  Jimmy O’Dell
                                                      The Gabriels               Fred Simmons
As audiences grew, planners added guest               Raymond King               Sonia Sanchez
speakers and a format that includes six jazz          White Chorale              Jim Miller
spots, scripture reading, a meditation, expressions   Ron Parker                 Harcapella
of personal joys and concerns, prayers and an         Harold Karabell            Paul Sherr
offering. The program lasts from 75 to 90 minutes     Monette Sudler             Joe Sudler
and is followed by a social hour with refresh-        Eric Mintel                Settlement School Faculty
ments. During the social, musicians’ CDs are          Bill Meeks                 Lovitt Hines
available for sale.                                   Dave Posmontier            Suzanne Cloud
The 240th jazz vespers service is scheduled           George Rabbai
for June 2006. Through these 20 years, over 300
professional jazz musicians (no amateurs) have        20th Anniversary Planned
performed at Jazz Vespers, with over 100 guest        Jazz Vespers At Old Pine is planning its
speakers and 100 volunteers at the service or         20th Anniversary events at the moment.
social hour.                                          The proposed schedule has these events, all on
Mr. C (Bill Carney) recruited the musicians           the third Sunday (all prior to vespers at 5 p.m.)
during the first few years. “Father John”              June 18
D’Amico, a leading jazz pianist, composer and         Afternoon Block Party
Roman Catholic priest, took over that respon-
sibility, one he has handled ably for 15 years.       October 15
                                                      Afternoon Dinner
The audience and worshippers come from many
backgrounds and religious affiliations. The Daily      December
News described Jazz Vespers as the “largest           Jazz Organ Fest with Memento Celebration
continuous inter-racial, inter-generational, inter-   March 2007
economic group happening in the city.” In 1996,       Jazz at 10:30 a.m. service
the program was awarded “Best in Philly” by           Jazz concert in the afternoon
Philadelphia Magazine.
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                                    A COLUMN BY KERI WHITE

                                                      child-centered, as will the babysitting seminars.
S   ociety Hill parents, mark your calendars.
    On Saturday April 29, a Child Health and
Safety Fair will be held at St. Peter’s School
                                                      Applause to St. Peter’s Parent Association for
                                                      identifying the need for this type of event, inviting
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The St. Peter’s School            the participation of so many other organizations
Parent Association will launch this event in          and creating this valuable forum on behalf of
conjunction with The Philadelphia School              our children and our community. To learn more
Association, McCall Home & School Asso-               about the Child Safety Fair, contact Cindy Dahl
ciation, Whole Foods, Bowen’s Puppets, and            at or 215-592-4652.
many other groups. The Fair will cover a
                                                      We have another enriching opportunity in the
variety of topics dealing with all aspects of
                                                      neighborhood. Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd
children’s health and safety. Themed booths
                                                      Street, is holding Children’s Story Hours on
will be set up and demonstrations will be on-                                                                   Child Health &
                                                      Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The theme is
going throughout the day. The number of areas                                                                     Safety Fair
                                                      “Great New Books,” and the sessions offer
to be covered by the organizers of this event                                                                  Saturday April 29
                                                      parents and children exposure to the latest
is too extensive to list, but some highlights
                                                      in children’s literature. Head House is eager
include: car seat/vehicle safety, internet protec-
                                                      to expand its community event calendar and
tion, nutrition, exercise and sports safety, bully-
                                                      welcomes suggestions for book groups and other
ing/mental health, fire prevention, strangers/
predators/abductions, CPR/first aid, drug
                                                      activities of interest. Some possibilities include      “The
                                                      mother/daughter book clubs, strong girls                Continental?
and alcohol issues, and babysitter training.
                                                      reading group, arts and crafts hour, and dads           I haven’t been
Kids’ entertainment will include puppet shows,        on duty (particularly popular with moms).
and there will be ample opportunity for children      For information on Story Hour and other family
                                                                                                              there in years.”
to reap valuable, potentially life saving informa-    events, visit, contact               Elizabeth, age 9
tion from the fair. A self-defense clinic will be     sales@headhousebooks, or call 215-923-9525.             Society Hill Kid
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Major Improvements At McCall School
                                                         in December. Under the leadership of Phys Ed
T    o the delight of the McCall students, their
     long awaited playground officially opened
for business in December. Parents report hear-
                                                         teacher Mark Sykes, art teacher Lovett Hines,
                                                         and artist David McShane, 30 upper school
ing “happier sounds” and the kids give rave              students worked on this cross-curricular project.
reviews to the new equipment. The schoolyard             They learned about the history of murals, wrote
is open after school, on weekends and on holi-           poems related to the theme, brainstormed on
days, so neighborhood kids are encouraged to             design concepts and created the mural from start
enjoy the playset, the basketball court and the          to finish. The mural is located in the gym, which
vast open space that is used for biking, scooter-        doubles as the lunchroom, so students chose the
ing, and games. Designed for kids ages 5-12              theme of health and fitness. They also wanted          Great Things
and constructed with strict adherence to safety          the mural to reflect the multicultural nature of the   Are Happening
codes, the playset has the latest in climbers,           school and diversity of the student body, so they     At Our
monkey bars, see-saws, bridges and slides.               incorporated this aspect, as well. After finalizing    Neighborhood
                                                         the design, students created small versions of        Public School!
The chain-link fence was removed and replaced
                                                         the drawings using grids to facilitate projection.
by a tubular steel fence that closely matches the
                                                         They then primed the area, and projected the
attractive wrought iron that surrounds the majori-
                                                         drawings onto the wall. Finally, they painted
ty of the schoolyard. In addition, the parking area
                                                         in their design, which depicts a variety of kids
at 7th and Cypress will be reduced to allow more
                                                         playing sports surrounded by fruits, vegetables
play space.
                                                         and healthy snacks. The bright colors and
Cy-brary                                                 appropriate content have enhanced lunchtime
Plans have been finalized for the construction            and gym class for the entire school community.
of the new cyber library and work is scheduled
to commence this month. This high tech research
facility will be fully operational and staffed in time
for the new school year in September. Special
thanks to SHCA and all of the neighbors who
generously supported this initiative!
Mural Arts Program
McCall formed a partnership with Mural Arts
in September, and the project came to fruition

                                                                                                          McCall School gym/luncheon
                                                                                                          room decorated with mural.

                                                                                                   McCall School kids enjoy
                                                                                                   the new play area.
                                                                                                   Top Row, left to right:
                                                                                                   Kelsey White, Cormick White
                                                                                                   Middle Row: Rebecca Kannon,
                                                                                                   Christian Bingham
                                                                                                   Bottom Row: Addison Zheng,
                                                                                                   Laura Swerdlow
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Three Bears Park Renovations

Progress Slows Because of Unforeseen Obstacles

W      hat has happened to the renovations at
       Three Bears Park? Despite best efforts
of Friends of Three Bears Park, obstacles have
                                                       tables, will be installed — a process that may take
                                                       up to twelve weeks. Work will be completed in
                                                       stages so that children may continue to use sec-
seriously slowed the process. Although we had          tions of the park while construction is ongoing.
hoped to begin construction this past fall, a
                                                       To date, improvements have been made on the
more realistic date is March 2006.
                                                       larger planter on the east side of the park. An
Last summer we hired architect, Peter Johnson,         irrigation system has been installed to ensure
to complete drawings for the project. In Septem-       proper maintenance of plant material. Patty
ber, the play equipment and play surface were          Redenbaugh and her staff at City Plants planted
ordered. When we learned that the renovations          bulbs that we will see blooming this spring.
needed the approval of the Historical Commis-          A small fence will be put around the inside
sion, our plans were presented on November 29          perimeter of the planter to keep small children
to the Commission’s Architectural Review, which        from stomping on the plants. Parents and
voted unanimous support. On December 19th,             nannies have allowed this practice and
the project was subsequently accepted by the           replacement of the plants has been costly.
Society Hill Zoning and Preservation Committee,
                                                       Phase II of this project envisions renovations to
and finally on January 13, 2006, the Historical
                                                       the east side of the park with repair to the brick
Commission gave us the go-ahead.
                                                       and slate and we hope in time to see the lights
During the second week of February, plans went         in the bollards (on east side) working again.
out for bids, and at press time, we are awaiting       Currently there is no funding for this portion
contractors’ estimates. If all goes well, we hope to   of the project.
begin Phase I as soon as weather allows—barring
                                                       The Friends of Three Bears Park are looking for
further unforeseen obstacles. Unfortunately the
                                                       interested individuals to get involved. In 2006, the
root systems of two large trees on the west side
                                                       positions of President and Treasurer, currently
have caused significant damage to bricks and
                                                       held by Tania Rorke and Alex Haines respectively,
concrete. They will be examined by an experi-
                                                       will become vacant. We also need volunteers to
enced arborist. If they have to be cut down,
                                                       chair our always popular Fall Festival, Halloween
they will be replaced with similar species.
                                                       festivities and Easter Egg Hunt.
During Phase I the present equipment and play
                                                       We appreciate your patience while we undergo
surface as well as all of the bricks and concrete
                                                       construction and your understanding if there are
on the west side of the park will be removed.
                                                       further delays. If you have any questions about
When a new concrete bed is in place, the old
                                                       the construction or want to volunteer, please
bricks will be laid in the same pattern. Once
                                                       contact Tania Rorke at 215-925-4544 or
the brick work is complete, the play equipment
and the play surface, as well as benches and

                                                                      What’s Your Passion?

                                                                      H    ow about sharing it with some kids in a public
                                                                           school of your choice one afternoon weekly,
                                                                      or find a partner and make it every two weeks.
                                                                      Scrabble, chess, knitting, math games, drama,
                                                                      choral music, or any sport that can be played in a
                                                                      gym.... you name it. Afternoons between 3 and 4
                                                                      are the most dangerous times for kids. Many are
                                                                      at home unsupervised watching TV and snacking
                                                                      — detrimental to fitness and nutrition. Sign up for
                                                                      as long or short a period as you like and start a
                                                                      kid on a skill to last a lifetime. You’ll have fun!
                                                                      Call Marciene Mattleman, at ASAP/After School
                                                                      Activities Partnerships, 215-545-ASAP (2727)
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Attendance at SHCA’s Social Affairs Knows No Bounds

F  ive years ago Bridget Foy’s hosted the SHCA
   social for about 35 people. Attendance at our
recent socials has continued to grow and has
                                                                 S O C I E T Y H I L L C I V I C A S S O C I AT I O N
                                                         Membership Application/Renewal Form
reached a record high of over 250 this year at
Bookbinders. And we even had to turn away               o Renewal     o New
people because of space limitations.
It was most unfortunate that we could not accommo-
date over 70 SHCA members, many of whom are              Address                                     Apt. #
long-time residents and members, all of whom were
placed on a waiting list. Another record high for the    City, State, Zip
evening were the 77 no-shows who had reserved a
spot, but failed to call to say they were not coming.    Home Phone
Had they had the courtesy to call and cancel, the 70
members placed on the waiting list would not have        Work Phone
been left out. Another 50 people showed up without
reservations, some of whom came with a promise           Email
to join, but have not yet done so. Discussions are
underway to avoid this very unpleasant situation         Emails provide you with timely, topical information about once a week.
                                                         We do not, and will not, SPAM you; Provide your email address,
for the future. Please recognize that we cannot
                                                         and stay in the loop of neighborhood happenings!
plan parties like this with a crystal ball.
Even more difficult is finding a venue that can            Residential Memberships
accommodate our ever-growing crowd. We may               o $ 50 Basic Household
even have to abandon the notion of a free party. It      o $100 Federal Friend*
has been suggested that in the future we levy a pre-     o $150 Georgian Grantor*
paid charge of between $10 and $25. We welcome           o $300 Benjamin Franklin Benefactor**
your suggestions, which you may send to our              o $ 40 Senior/Student
administrator, Matt DeJulio at 215-629-1288 (phone)       *Will receive the Robert Skaler book,
or email Matt DeJulio@                                   Society Hill and Old City
SHCA Membership Revenues Soar By 54.5%                   **Will receive book plus FREE house tour

Revenues raised through annual dues have jumped          Business Memberships
from $43,290 as of January 31, 2005 to $65,320 at the    o $60 Business with fewer than 5 employees
end of January 2006. SHCA members rallied behind         o $ 100 Businesses/Institutions with 5 or more employees
the call for donations over and above membership         Additional contribution for
dues of $50, so that we may continue many of the
                                                         o Beautification of Washington Square    o McCall School
programs which have grown over the years to
                                                         o Sidewalk Cleaning/Graffiti Removal     o Street Trees
support our quality of life.
                                                         o Town Watch/Safe and Sound             o Franklin Lighting
This year we have 850 RENEWALS compared                  o Zoning/Historic Preservation
with 641 at the same time last year, 63 are brand-       o Society Hill Reporter                 $
new members. We are still waiting to hear from
170 members who were on our SHCA rolls but               o Check Enclosed          Total         $
who have not as yet responded to a second renewal        o Charge VISA/Mastercard
notice mailed in early January. If you are among
these folks, please send in your check today along       Number                                  Exp Date
with the adjacent form — so that we may save
the postage on a third mailing.
                                                         I would like to volunteer for the following committee(s):
SHCA especially wishes to thank and acknowledge
                                                         o Clean-Up Day o Washington Square o Town Watch
the 206 large donor households: 17 signed on
                                                         o Zoning & Historic Preservation o Other:
as Ben Franklin benefactors; 14 were Georgian
Grantors; 131 were Federal Friends; and 44 gave         Return completed application to:
specially earmarked contributions that were                                      Society Hill Civic Association
equivalent to the Federal Friend or above level.                                 P.O. Box 63503
Donations for beautification of Washington Square                                 Philadelphia, PA 19147
and for Sidewalk Cleaning were most popular in
this latter category.
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                                     M E M B E R S H I P             N E W S

                               Thank You, 2006 SHCA Members
Ben Franklin Benefactors             David & Robin Boucher                     Gavin & Susanne Lentz
Richard & Susan deWyngaert           H. William Brady                          Michael Levitt
Rochelle & Robert Dimmerman          Mel Buckman & Lee Gutman                  H. Craig Lewis & Diane Semingson
Agnes Kan & Orhan Tuncay             Jo Ann & Carter Buller                    Annette & Robert Linck
Martha Levine & Howard Sedran        John Rogers Carroll                       Peter & Kathy Linneman
Paul Levy & Carrie Rickey            Scott A. Caulfield                         Herbert & Sissie Lipton
Joe & Mary McGlone                   Stuart & Connie Chalfin                    Gene & Sueyun Locks
Pauline Park & Jack Panitch          Richard Cohen                             Kim Ludtke
Donna & Neil Paternoster             Shirley Cohen                             Nancy Machinist
David Rinek                          James Colberg & Karen Stephenson          David & Sandra Marcus
Tom & Tania Rorke                    Judith Colla & Valerie Jorgensen          Brad & Hillary Marg
David Seltzer & Lisa Roberts         Jane Todd Cooper & William Shoff          Joel Marmar and Alexis Berg
Luca & Dawn Sena                     B.J. & Howard Creskoff                    Michael McCally
Erol & Elisabeth Veznedaroglu        Lori & Giovanni Cucchiaro                 Christopher & Claudia McGill
Steve Weixler                        Fran Deitrich & Peter Copolino            Madeline Miller & Gordon Leggett
Keri & Matthew White                 Matt DeJulio                              Esther & Erik Murer
Kristine E. Whitemore, M.D.          Neal Demp & Lee Arnold                    Jean* & Marvin Nadel
Tachi & Leslie Yamada                Geoff & Lee Dennis                        Lana Noël & Joshua Nadel
                                     Robert DeVoe                              Fran & Jeremy Newberg
Georgian Grantors                    Christine Dreyfus                         Mrs. Beryl Price
Jean Marie Arduino & Brian Walling   Joanne R. Denworth                        Peta Raabe & Peter Bloomfield
James J. & Carol M. Baldwin          Maxine & Don Dubin                        Carol Raviola
Judith & Alvin Block                 Alexander & Andrea Ehrlich                Mark Raymond
Henry & Shirley Bowen                Kenneth & Lisa Fleisher                   Dale & Robbee Reiser
John & Karin Carter                  Chris Gibson                              Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Edward Robinson
Michael Erdos & Diana Anhalt         Gus & Mindy Giraldo                       David Rosen & Jennifer Leong
Wieslawa Kaczanowska                 Sonia & Steven Grasse                     Alan Rubin
Rosanne Loesch & Yves Quintin        Marjorie & Vincent Gregory                Pia & Shantanu Roychowdhury
Fred Manfred                         Bonnie Halda                              Paul & Barbara Schraeder
Martha Moore                         Bernice & Bernard Hamel                   Maggie Schultz & Fredric Cohen
Ray & Margaret Munsch                Harry & Edda Hare                         Bert & Phyllis Serota
Hal and Carol Sox                    Russell Harris & William Armstrong        Lee Serota & Deborah Bilder
Christophe Van den Bulte             Richard & Mary Jo Hartz                   Judie & Ray Shapiro
Richard Weeks & John McClafferty     David & Marcia Harwitz                    Jeremy Siegel & Ellen Schwartz
                                     Denny & Peggy Hatch                       Stephen & Marsha Silberstein
                                     Peter & Gail Hearn                        Ira & Myra Silverstein
Federal Friends
                                     Ruth Hecht                                Jon & Karen Sirlin
Cynthia Adams
                                     Lester Herman                             Jo Surpin
John R. Alchin
                                     Marc & Susan Howard                       Bernard Spain
David Amburn & Jerry Jarosinski
                                     Bill & Shaun Kane                         Larry & Ann Spector
Harry & Marilyn Appel
                                     Don & Karen Kaufman                       Phil & Joan Steel
Barry & Janine Arkles
                                     Mary Jo & Jack Kannon                     Jan & Connie Stephano
Georgine & Antonio Atacan
                                     Constance & Thomas Kirker                 Rebecca Stoloff
Demetrius & Jacqueline Bagley
                                     Edward Klees & Jane Warriner              Roger & Nula Thanhauser
Peter Baker & Cecille Goodrich
                                     Bette Kleinbard                           Barrie Trimingham
Mary Baker
                                     Steven Kobrin & Carol Fixman              Jennifer Trofe
Orphee, Vivian & Gordon Baltuch
                                     George Koch & Santo DiDonato              Ann Verber
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bangert
                                     Joseph & Bernice Koplin                   Joseph Waldron
Nathalie & Harvey Bartle, III
                                     Mary Louise Krumrine                      Mike Wass
Terry & Arthur Bartolozzi
                                     Rabbi William & Emily Kuhn                William White & Dorothy Mann
William Beardsley
                                     Kenneth LaBan & Michael Mallies           Alex & Jennifer Wong
Daniel & Susan Behrend
                                     Howard & Andrea Lander
Janet & Andrew Bender
                                     Cindy & Charlie Landreth
Charles & Joan Bennison                                                        The list included in this issue is current as of
                                     Nancy Lanham
Jeffrey Block & Kristen Gleason                                                January 30. If your check arrived after that
                                     Pam Laws & Robert Whitelaw
David Blum                                                                     date you will be acknowledged in the next
                                     Dr. Jeff & Rosa Lazinger
Jean Bodine                                                                    issue of the Reporter.
                                     Gabriele Lee
Paul Boni
                                     Carole LeFaivre & Michael Rochester       *deceased
Irvin Borowsky
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                                                The Conway Team
                                                 Does It Again!
                                                 • $73 Million in Sales for 2004
                                                 • 201 Homes Sold in 2004
                                                 • Ranked in the top 1% of
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                                                   TOP 3 Realtors in Philadelphia
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                                                 WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU,
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                   One Name. One call.
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                   Diamond Award Winner 2004

                 Outstanding service and
                   results. Every time.
                  Recent Sales
  241 S 6th St #1307         751 S 3rd St
  723 S American St        314 S Juniper St
    909 Lombard             111 Naudain St
   226 Lombard St             507 Pine St
   322 S Quince St         2520 Delancey St
                Current Listings
                  126 Delancey St
                  107 Naudain St
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                 226 South Street
               215-922-4200 x 228
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Welcome Baskets Make Residents Feel Special
                                                      patronize these generous local businesses. In
H     ow do residents new to Society Hill respond
      when they receive Welcome Baskets —
their “official” welcome to our neighborhood?
                                                      this issue, we extend a special “thank you” to new
                                                      Welcome Basket contributors: Wireless Zone,
Here are two typical comments: “This is so            our only neighborhood wireless store and cell
much more than I thought it would be.” And, “I        phone boutique at 322 South Street; Moshulu
feel like it’s Christmas, with all of these gifts!”   401 South Columbus Blvd., a unique shipboard
                                                      restaurant and bar, docked at Penn’s Landing;
If you are a new Society Hill home or condo
                                                      Old Original Bookbinders at 2nd and Walnut,
owner, please let us know; we will make an
                                                      newly renovated but with many old seafood
appointment to visit you with a basket of fresh
                                                      favorites, and Caramel, 527 Walnut, a café and
foods, information and gift certificates from area
                                                      expresso bar. M. Jason Bailey, who specializes
theaters, restaurants, shops, salons, etc.
                                                      in personal fitness consultations is also participat-
Needless to say, SHCA is always grateful to the       ing. For more information on either contributing
many businesses and organizations that partici-       or receiving a basket, contact Martha Levine,
pate in our program, and so we ask neighbors to or 215-629-0727.

Coffee Shops                                          Other Services
Caramel, Coffee and Expresso Bar, 725 Walnut St*      Patricia Bentz K-9 Training, 215-551-5254
Olde City Coffee, 221 Church                          Riff Cleaners, 314 S. 5th
Olde City Coffee, Reading Terminal Market             James Scott AID, Interior Design, 215-922-2737
Philadelphia Java Company, 518 South 4th              Pearls by Leah, 215-627-4049
Starbuck’s Coffee Inc., 347 South Street              Robert Anthony Interiors, 1106 Pine
Starbuck’s Coffee Inc., at the St. James,             Society Hill Veterinary Hospital, 2nd and Lombard
8th and Walnut                                        M. Jason Bailey, personal fitness consultations*
Food Stores                                           Restaurants
Chef’s Market, 231 South Street                       Ava Restaurant, 518 S. 3rd
ShopRite, 29 Snyder                                   Bridget Foy’s South Street Grill, 200 South Street
Super Fresh Food Markets, 5th & Delancey              City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd
Whole Foods Market, 929 South Street                  Creperie Beau Monde, 624 S. 6th
                                                      Deux Cheminees, 1221 Locust
Specialty Foods
                                                      Farmicia Restaurant, 15 S. 3rd
Homemade Goodies by Roz, 510 S. 5th
                                                      Fork, 302 Market
Pink Rose Pastry Shop, 630 S. 4th
                                                      Fork, etc. (prepared foods), 306 Market
Rita’s Water Ice, 239 South Street
                                                      La Buca Ristorante, 711 Locust
Zeke’s Deli, 318 S. 5th
                                                      Moshulu, 401 South Columbus Blvd.*
Museums/Theaters/Entertainment                        Mustard Greens, 622 S. 2nd
Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 36th & Walnut   Old Original Bookbinders, 2nd & Walnut Streets*
Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. 2nd                          Overtures Restaurant, 609 E. Passyunk
Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 7th Street                 Panorama Ristorante, 14 N. Front
Chamber Orchestra of Phila. 215-545-1739              Pizzicato Restaurant, 248 Market
Ghost Tours of Philadelphia, 215-413-1997             Sfizzio Restaurant, Society Hill Towers
Independence Seaport Museum,
211 S. Columbus Boulevard
                                                      Brescia Salon, 118 South Street
The Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce
                                                      John Romano’s, Curtis Center
Lights of Liberty Show, 6th & Chestnut
                                                      Li’ Joana Skin Care Clinic, 400 Walnut Street
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut
                                                      M’s Salon On the Square- Hopkinson House
Adventure Aquarium – Camden Waterfront
                                                      Pileggi on the Square, 717 Walnut
Pennsylvania Ballet, 1101 S. Broad
                                                      Salon @5th, 316 S. 5th
Phila. Chamber Ensemble, Old Pine, 400 Pine
Phila. Chamber Music Society, 215-569-8080            Specialty Shops
Phila. Shakespeare Festival, 2111 Sansom              American Pie Crafts, 718 South Street
Phila. Theatre Company, 1714 Delancey                 Linu Boutique, 1036 Pine
Philomel Concerts-215-487-2344                        Matthew Izzo, 928 Pine
The Prince Music Theater, Broad & Chestnut            Paper on Pine, 1008 Pine
Ritz Theatre, 2nd & Walnut                            Show of Hands Gallery, 1006 Pine
Society Hill Dance Academy, 409 S. 2nd                Sports Clubs/Fitness Training
Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th                    Philadelphia Sports Club, 220-250 S. 5th
TLA Video, 517 S. 4th                                 SCULPT-Fitness Training by Randi Skibinsky
Wilma Theatre, 265 S. Broad                           Wireless Zone, 322 South Street*
                                                      * new Welcome Basket donors
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                                      S E N I O R        S C E N E

                                    A COLUMN BY JEAN BRYAN

                                    News You Can Use
• Direct Access is a new development in                 Entertainment
physical therapy in Pennsylvania, which allows          On February 15 a group of us enjoyed the play
you to be evaluated and treated by specially            9 Lives of Desire at the Wilma Theater. The           I think all this
trained physical therapists “directly” without          “coffee chat” following the performance was           talk about age is
the need for a referral from a physician. You           lively and interesting. Thanks to Sissie Lipton,      foolish. Every
may have received a letter from Excel Physical          board member of the Wilma, who arranged               time I’m one year
Therapy explaining more about the program. If           tickets for Senior Scene. These are the kinds of      older, everyone
you did not and are interested in learning more,        outings we hope to have more often, in addition
                                                                                                              else is too.
please call 1-866-883-9235. Joe Ruhl, PT of Excel       to other social activities — pot luck dinners
Physical Therapy, first alerted me to this newly         and/or movies and educational opportunities.          Gloria Swanson,
available help. Joe explained that Direct Access is                                                           U.S. actress
appropriate in certain situations for a limited time
                                                        If you did not hear about the above-mentioned
(the letter gave as an example a “person with low
                                                        play, it is simply that I do not have you listed in
back pain that started after a four hour car ride”).
                                                        the master Senior Scene 2006 Directory. Please
• Here in Greater Philadelphia, people have             email or phone me to get your name on the list.
access to a website called Coming of Age, which         You will not be getting anything more in your
describes itself as a “powerful portal that brings      email than notification of events, I promise.
you articles, video clips, weblogs, stories and         I am also updating my Senior Scene phone
links, information about life and financial plan-        list for those of you who prefer to be called
ning, working in retirement, caregiving, volunteer      about our events.
opportunities and much more.” It is particularly
                                                        I’m always appreciative when folks let me know
designed for people 50 years and older. The web-
                                                        tidbits that might be helpful to others. So remem-
site is
                                                        ber to email me at or call
• We’ve been made aware of plans for a Friends          215-925-6416. Your input is welcome. And your
Center City Retirement Community whose pur-             offers to arrange outings are always appreciated.
pose is “to create a continuing care retirement
community in Center City” affiliated with the
Quakers. They hope to create a “vibrant and
innovative urban community for older adults”
with 125-150 apartments. Their website is A recent AARP
Bulletin described a different living arrangement
for folks ages 50 years and older. It is called
Beacon Hill Village whose mission is to keep peo-
ple in their own homes in their own neighbor-
hoods. Check out the website, www.beaconhillvil- or simply type
Beacon Hill Village into your search engine.
Interest Groups
Susan Chernin (email – susan.l.chernin@veri- –Susan’s email has a “dot” after susan and
after l as in lilac) is a new addition to our list of
seniors. She loved the idea of the Walkie Talkies,
but says she is a “slow, really slow” walker. Susan
is interested in forming a group of walkers who
may need canes or, for whatever reason, need to
walk slowly but still are determined to get exer-
cise. If you are interested, email Susan or call
Jean Bryan.
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                                           Jan Stephano
                                           Lives! Knows! Sells Center City!
                                           32 Stamper - Fabulous Historic Property
                                              York Square Condo Penthouse
                                          200 N. Tower 19D Corner One Bedroom
                                      Call for a market property valuation.
                                      Buyer & Seller Representation.
                                      215.922.4200 ext. 219
                                      NEW LISTINGS!
                                      10 St. James Court
                                      Brick, contmeporary bi-level condo
                                      Cathedral ceilings, 18 ft. window
                                      Fab Kitchen: granite, tile, stainless appliances
                                      2 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, granite, newly tiled
                                      Deck overlooks courtyard
                                      Woodburning stove; den/office
                                      Parking available, Immaculate, Must See!

                                          507 Spruce Street
                      1802 Historic facade, Fantastic rehab
               3 Bedrooms, 2 marble Baths & Powder room
                     Living Room, Dining Area, gas fireplace
               Fab Kitchen in Granite & Slate, cherry cabinets
                          Brazilian Redwood floors throughout
                       Brick Patio, Basement laundry, storage
                                 Meticulous Move-in Condition

                      226 South Street

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            S T .     P E T E R ’ S     S C H O O L        S P R I N G        E V E N T S

                         Auctions and Health Fairs
                                                     zations to present a Child Health and Safety Fair.
H    istoric St. Peter’s School, at 319 Lombard
     Street, not only nurtures our neighbor-
hood children but creates a welcoming and
                                                     (Look for Keri White’s column, Kids’ Beat, in this
                                                     Reporter, for more information, page 19.)
positive climate for the whole community.
                                                     The month of May offers two neighborhood
Society Hill looks forward each year to the
                                                     favorites. At the Annual May Day Celebration on
school’s spring activities.
                                                     May 5th, the parking lot of St. Peter’s is trans-
First on the calendar this year is the Spring        formed into a bit of Old England with traditional
Auction, to be held on March 31st at the             dancing, May Pole, and other events. On Saturday,
American Philosophical Society, 105 South            May 13, you may spruce up your window boxes
5th Street. With a theme, “Ben and Then,” the        and give your garden planters a much-needed
evening will begin with a cocktail reception,        touch of pizazz with plants from our Annual Plant
silent auction and an exciting live auction.         Sale. In addition to the beautiful plants, flowers,
Richard deWyngaert, our celebrated auctioneer        and hanging baskets, you’ll find other garden-
and trustee, promises to make the celebration        related gifts and crafts, all of which make ideal
the most exciting and fun-filled yet. We invite       presents for Mother’s Day on the 14th. Don’t for-
not only members of our school community but         get to visit the Lemonade and Baked Goods stand
our neighbors as well to attend and bid on the       and treat yourself to our delicious grilled food.
sensational auction items. Tickets are $50 each.     Bring the family to this lively neighborhood event!
On April 29th, St. Peters collaborates with McCall   For further information on any of these activities,
School, Meredith School, Friends Select School,      please contact Linda Bond at St Peter’s School at
Philadelphia School and other Center City organi-    (215) 925-3963.

                                                                                                           Tuskegee Airman
                                                                                                           Colonel Eugene J.
                                                                                                           Richardson visited
                                                                                                           St. Peter’s School
                                                                                                           on February 8, 2006
                                                                                                           to speak at a school
                                                                                                           assembly about his
                                                                                                           experiences in WWII.
                                                                                                           Here children gather
                                                                                                           around him for a
                                                                                                           quick photo.

                                                                           Fine Nail Salon            Mon-Fri 9:30 am - 7 pm
                                                                                                      Sat 9:30 am - 6 pm
                         226 South St, Phila, Pa 19143
                                                                           a nail salon               21 South 7th Street
                         Martin Bernstein                                  for men & women            215-627-1020
                         Realtor Associate
                         215 922 4200 X 316 (office)                                                  1308 Sansom Street
                         215 870 0646 (cell)                                                          215-545-5456

   Call Martin... Leave nothing to chance.
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                                              N O T E W O R T H Y           N E I G H B O R S

                                                   A COLUMN BY DAVID WOODS

                                     Robin Komita and Mario Moussa

lives fused into
                     W     hen it comes to family togetherness, the
                           multilayered lives of Robin Komita and
                     Mario Moussa fuse into one solid stratum.
                                                                           Mario and Robin met in New York through
                                                                           Jonathan Larson, author of the popular musical
                                                                           Rent, whose final number, appropriately, is
one solid stratum.   Their three charming children, eight-year-old         “Love is All.” The couple married in 1990 and five
                     twins Bix and Ella and 11-year-old Miles, are         years later moved into their 19th-century house
                     inextricably bound up in their parents’ lives,        on Pine Street. Robin, a Carnegie-Mellon gradu-
                     as well as, of course, their own.                     ate in industrial design, is an active community
                                                                           presence. She has served as a Board Director
                     For instance, Robin, an architect, is deeply
                                                                           with the Society Hill Civic Association and she
                     involved in the activities of St. Peter’s School,
                                                                           is always an energetic, professional member of
                     which the twins attend, and where she works
                                                                           SHCA’s Zoning and Historic Preservation Com-
                     on the development committee and co-chairs the
                                                                           mittee (ZHP),whose activities include current
                     school’s annual plant sale, on May 13 — the day
                                                                           efforts to save the historically significant Dilworth
                     before Mother’s Day. Together with husband
                                                                           House. ZHP strives always to preserve our neigh-
                     Mario, Bix, Ella, and Miles, the whole crew goes
                                                                           borhood’s provenance and architecture — or as
                     bike riding, cross country skiing in Colorado;
                                                                           Robin puts it, works collegially with city govern-
                     and recently, en bloc, on a trip to Istanbul.
                                                                           ment and local homeowners to “keep Society Hill
                     And, make no mistake, these kids are a presence:      charming.” Robin and Mario love the charm of
                     Ella, curious to know what a “reporter” is doing in   their adopted community, likening it to a small
                     her house, asks journalist-type questions before      town where you can frequently encounter people
                     offering a dish of Hershey kisses — surely not        you know.
                     a bribe to treat her parents with kindness and
                                                                           Mario, a principal and management committee
                     civility? Later, the boys Bix and Miles show up,
                                                                           member in the Center for Applied Research
                     introducing themselves with, I thought, unstud-
                                                                           (CFAR), has a doctorate in social theory from
                     ied courtliness.
                                                                           the University of Chicago and an MBA from the
                                                                           Wharton Business School where he is a senior
                                                                           fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for health
                                                                           economics and teaches in the School’s executive
                                                                           While Robin works for the firm Becker Winston
                                                                           Architects — which, incidentally, designed
                                                                           CFAR’s offices at Four Penn Center — and
                                                                           Mario works on business strategy and managerial
                                                                           behavior, the pair manage to find time for yoga,
                                                                           pilates, tennis, and the Germantown Cricket Club.
                                                                           For Robin and Mario, community means not only
                                                                           being in and of the larger local scene; but also in
                                                                           fully integrating the smaller one of family into
                                                                           their multifaceted lives.

                                                                           David Woods can be reached at
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                                         C O M M U N I T Y          C A L E N D A R

Ongoing thru December 2006                 Friday, March 31                           Wednesday, May 3
The Princess and the Patriot:              St. Peter’s School Spring Auction          Preservation Alliance Awards Luncheon
Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin,     3rd and Lombard Streets                    Open to SHCA members.
and the Age of Enlightenment               See page 33                                See page 1
Museum of the American                     Saturdays thru the end of April            Sunday May 7
Philosophical Society                      Breakfast with Ben                         Society Hill Synagogue Spring Fair
104 S. 5th Street                          Independence Visitors Center               418 Spruce Street
See page 15                                6th and Market Streets                     Featuring silent auction, kids’ games,
Thursday, March 16                         215-965-7676                               gourmet food, plants
SHCA Board Meeting                         9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                        10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 2nd Floor                        $12 Children (12 and under) $19 Adults
                                                                                      Sunday, May 7
Society Hill Synagogue                     Reservations recommended
                                                                                      The Society Hill Open House Tour
418 Spruce Street                          April 1-30, 2006                           1 - 5 p.m.
General Membership Meeting                 Learn why it’s a “Jellybean World!”        Tickets can be purchased for $35 by
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary                 National Liberty Museum                    contacting Philadelphia Open House
Real Estate Tax Assessment with            Chestnut Street, between 3rd and 4th       215-928-1188
David Glancey, Brett Mandell and           Tuesdays thru Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Councilman DiCicco                         Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors
Saturday, March 18                         and $1 for children 6 and over
PECO Franklin Family Fun Day:    
He’s Electric!                             Thursday, April 6
National Constitution Center               SHCA Board Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.                     6:00 p.m., Powel House
Tickets for this event cost $12 for        244 S. 3rd Strteet
members; $15 for non-members;
and $6 for students.                       Saturday, April 29                         SOCIETY         HILL
                                           Child Health & Safety Fair
Reservations are required, and can be
made by calling 215-409-6700
                                           St. Peter’s School
                                           3rd and Lombard Streets
                                           See page 33

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