Volunteer http://www.nlna.org Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 2nd Street Festival – Sun. Aug 6 – sign up to volunteer… http://www.nlna.org/2nd-street-festival-sun-aug-6-sign-up-to-volunteer/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11210 The 9th Annual 2nd Street Festival
is Sunday
, August 6th 2017 from
noon till 10 p.m.

We’re closing off North 2nd between Germantown and Green Streets, here in Northern Liberties and filling the entire street with beer gardens, workshops, art, food,  and other merchandise vendors.

Be sure to support the NLNA by visiting our tent and procuring refreshing Yards Brew or five!

Or… volunteer to help out in exchange for
NLNA Beverage Tickets!

We need help with traffic during festival set-up. We also need help setting up,
staffing and breaking down the NLNA tent. Sign up HERE!


Neighborhood Meet n’ Greet – Thurs, June 15 http://www.nlna.org/neighborhood-meet-n-greet-thurs-june-15/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:20:50 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11090
6 to 8pm at the NL Community Center,
3rd & Fairmount

Share food, beer and wine with neighbors, and meet the new NLNA Board of Directors.

Come hang out as guest of the NLNA

RSVP not required, but why not check in at the event’s Facebook page? See you there!

NoLibs Music Festival & Flea Market – Sat, Jun 3 http://www.nlna.org/2017-nolibs-music-festival-flea-market/ Thu, 11 May 2017 02:07:13 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10999 Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Wildey)
Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course
Liberty Lands!
We need a few good men and women
to help with set-up and tear-down
of the stage!
CLICK here to volunteer…
Get a FREE Souvenir Bottomless
Beer Cup for your help!
Thank you!
Flea market 9am until you drop!! (Load-in: get there early!
Fee $20 BYOtable)
Food and Beer Cups
from Noon on…
Music starts at 4…. Lasts till 10

The Line Up:

4:00 – School of Rock

5:00 – The Hoppin’ John Orchestra

6:00 – After Dinner Mints

7:00 – Broken Arrow

8:00 – Michael Simons

9:00 – St. James & The Apostles

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Festival info: Donald Phillips  don.jmp@gmail.com
Flea Market info: Kathy Vissar:  kvissar@hotmail.com

Call for Adult Ed Volunteers at Lutheran Settlement House http://www.nlna.org/call-for-adult-ed-volunteers-at-lutheran-settlement-house/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:49:12 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10658
Lutheran Settlement House 1
Our good friends at Lutheran Settlement House (1340 Frankford Ave) are seeking volunteer tutors to work with adult learners one-on-one or in small groups on GED prep,
basic math and literacy, and
computer skills.
Prior tutoring or teaching experience helpful but not required. Tutors are provided with materials to use with learners.
Tutors are asked to commit to 3-5 hours/week of tutoring for a minimum of 6 months; hours flexible.
More info/volunteer: literacy@lutheransettlement.org or 215-426-8610 ext 1242.

Board of Directors Nominations at NLNA Meeting – Thursday, April 27 http://www.nlna.org/nominations-for-the-nlna-board-of-directors-accepted-at-the-next-neighborhood-meeting-thur-april-27/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:44:45 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10966 Nominations for the NLNA Board of Directors annual election will be taken at the General Meeting on Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 PM, at the Northern Liberties Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount.  The election will take place at the May General Meeting.  We will be nominating Vice President, Secretary and five at-large Board seats.  Those seats are currently held by Michael Coyne, VP; Janet Finegar, Sec; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Monika Kreidie; Don Phillips and Barbara Saverino.
Nominations will be taken at the meeting on April 27th, but can also be taken in advance on-line!  We will begin taking nominations on Thursday, April 20th.  Send nominations to Paula at pgansky@aol.com, and be sure to put NOMINATIONS in the subject line. Nominees’ names will be announced at the General meeting, more will be taken, and will end at the end of that meeting.
Interested in running? To run for an At-large seat, you need only be at least 18 years of age, and either live in the neighborhood (this includes both owners and renters), or run a business with a physical location in the neighborhood. (To run for VP or Secretary, you also need to have been on the NLNA board for one year, now or in the past.)
Board members are expected to:
  • Attend monthly board of directors meetings on the first Monday of each month
  • Chair or help lead at least one NLNA committee or project/initiative
  • Volunteer for various NLNA fundraisers and events
  • Stay in active contact with other board members via the NLNA board email list
  • Be ambassadors to the neighborhood and generally help solve problems and promote quality of life
  • Participate in overseeing the NLNA’s finances and internal operations
If you would like to run you can ask someone to nominate you, or you can nominate yourself.
In order to vote in NLNA elections you must fulfill the requirements above, plus you must be registered to vote in NLNA elections.  If you have voted in the last few years, you are still registered.  If not, or if you are new to Northern Liberties please bring an ID with your address to any Northern Liberties meeting to register.  You may even register on election night.
NoLibs Town Watch Patrol Meetup http://www.nlna.org/nolibs-town-watch-patrol-meetup/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:20:23 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10098 Layout 1Email Jeremy Lindemann at jdlindemann@gmail.com
for info about upcoming patrols.

We meet up at the Community Center (3rd and Farimount)
around 7:20pm.

Bring a flashlight and your phone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you,
Jeremy Lindemann

Town Watch Patrol Sign-up and Police Q&A – Notes from the Fall 2017 Meeting http://www.nlna.org/town-watch-patrol-sign-up-and-police-qa-notes-from-the-october-10-meeting/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:50:06 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10025

On Monday, October 10 a small group of neighbors signed up to patrol the neighborhood.

The 26th District’s Sergeant John Massi (215-686-3260  John.Massi@phila.gov) and 6th District’s Crime Prevention Officer Lori Jackson (215-686-3063 Lori.Jackson@phila.gov) addressed the group. Together they answered questions and talked about the realities of crime in our neighborhood. Here are the highlights:

The Problem:

Philadelphia is the Heroin Capital of the U.S. This is not by accident. Opium addicts are attracted to Philly by carefully marketed, purified heroin. Law enforcement has made a large dent into the illegal trafficking of opiate pills. So, addicts turn to heroin. Once they are exposed to Philly heroin, they stick around for more.

The methadone clinics in the area attract 700 to 1000 addicts a day. Some, stick with the program and get clean. The rest wander the neighborhood for more drugs to re-create a heroin high.

Under the current administration, rock-solid evidence is necessary to charge and prosecute criminals. Your 911 calls, camera footage, and facebook posts can help police collect this evidence. (Please call 911 and report the crime before posting footage. Also alert your precinct about your post for additional guidance.)

The Criminals:

So it turns out that junkies commit most crimes in our neighborhood in order to get their next bag of drugs. All they need is just five to fifteen dollars. These are desperate people who are not acting rationally, and will troll for unlocked car doors, unlocked windows and doors to your house, poorly secured bikes, and anything else they can grab and sell quickly.

The Cops:

Police staffing is dwindling. Not only is recruitment down, but our district cops are pulled away to police parking lots during Eagles games, or to Manayunk* when there’s trouble with drunken bar patrons. Also, due to a national trend in cop killing, police are mandated to respond to calls in pairs, which also depletes available staffing.

*The NLNA has asked Congressman Bob Brady to speak to Mayor Kenny about this particular practice.

The Target:

The ascending affluence of Northern Liberties is drawing more and more junkies to break into our cars and homes to grab laptops, purses, backpacks, electronics, and bikes. These items are then quickly sold on the street, and the junkie gets their next fix.

The saturation of development in our neighborhood and Fishtown provides lots of construction sites where junkies can grab tools and scrap metal for quick re-sale.

The Filmore and surrounding venues, SugarHouse Casino, and our area’s huge selection of bars and restaurants draw thousands of unsuspecting patrons who park their cars, only to find their windows smashed, their car ransacked for as little as a cup holder of change.

Meanwhile, 991 calls from Northern Liberties are the lowest for both districts.

The Crimes:

Trash Cans – are stolen only to be resold for a few dollars to buy another hit of drugs. They’re also used to tote stolen goods. Police are asking residents to not only inscribe their address on the outside of the bin, but inside as well. This information can help police figure out where the perpetrator has been, and piece together crimes they have committed. Call 911 if your trash can gets stolen.

Thefts from Cars – Whether your car is locked or not; whether your laptop or purse is visible or not; your car may be the target of a desperate junkie. They will take anything they can, including small change in order to get their next fix. They will also watch as you “secure” your stuff in the trunk after you’ve parked. If you’re spotted doing this, you can be assured that your trunk will be empty when you return.

If you do not securely lock your glove box, it will be ransacked. Do not leave your registration and insurance card in the glove box. If your stolen car is pulled over for running a stop sign, the thief can show these documents to police and get away with just a ticket.

Call 911 if your car appears to be ransacked – even if it had been left unlocked.

Report street lights that are not working to both 911 and 311. Dark streets are prime areas for all crime.

Burglaries – Junkies are brazen enough to break into your home day or night, whether you’re there sleeping or not. Criminals prefer to break into your house through the back, especially at night. They will look for open or unlocked windows and doors. Your front or back door can be pried open if it’s not locked with a deadbolt. If they break in through your garage, they will enter your home through the interior connecting door. These doors are typically left unlocked, and criminals know it.

If your doors have glass panes, these will be smashed to gain entry. Police urge the use of double-keyed locks in these instances. (Do not leave the interior key in the lock, but rather keep it nearby and out of sight.)

Close your blinds or curtains at night. Thieves will “window shop” to see which homes are worth breaking into.

Alarm systems (when used properly) are best deterrent for break-ins when you are not at home. Be sure you use you alarm every time you leave the house. Be sure you know all of your passwords if the alarm is tripped. This includes the password that lets the alarm company know you are the victim of a home invasion. Also, you alarm company needs to know your cellphone number so that you can be located in the event of a break in. Make sure all of this information is up to date with your alarm company.

Cameras** are an important tool for catching and charging criminals. If you have cameras, be sure to:

  • Register your camera with the the SafeCam Program. This gives police a way to contact you if your camera may have recorded a crime. (The police do not have direct access to your camera through this program)
  • Provide a light source for your camera. Otherwise, images will not be detailed enough for police to use.
  • Learn how to operate your camera system. If you can help police collect the footage from your camera, you will decrease the time spent by police trying to figure it out.

**Businesses can get a %50 percent refund from the City for installing cameras. This may include your home if you use it as a business. Click here to check it out.

Thieves also like to operate under the cover of darkness. Police ask that you install “Dusk to Dawn” light bulbs which will automatically turn on and off depending on the time of day. Motion detector lights are less effective since thieves can work around them.

Robberies – Your phone is a prime target for a junkie, especially if you are walking alone at night and have it out. Whether you’re talking or texting, a thief can run past you, grab it, and be on their way. You can decide to chase them, and they can decide to either a) toss the phone into the street, or b) turn and attack.

Walking alone at night whether you’re male or female is a dangerous idea. Desperate junkies, who are not think rationally may attack you regardless of your gender – though solitary females are a primary target. Always be aware of your surroundings whether it’s day or night.

If you choose to jog at night, do not wear earbuds. Anything that distracts your attention from your surroundings is putting you in danger.

Calling 911: Police cannot emphasize enough that you must call 911
if you see ANY suspicious activity.

Too many people “don’t want to bother police” if they see a person checking door handles or looking into windows of homes. These people are most definitely thieves looking for opportunities to steal. Police want you to let them decide how your report fits into a larger crime picture that changes every day.

If you see anything at any time of day or night that doesn’t seem right, please report it to 911, and police will respond. These reports can be used by police to piece together the activities of a suspect that they may already have in custody. With your 911 calls and camera footage, police may have enough evidence to charge people with the crimes they are committing.

CLICK this link to read more about the specifics of how to speak to a 911 operator.

Police will come to your house if requested, but response times are effected by various factors. Here are a couple:

  • The nature of the call. If a crime is in progress or violent with bodily harm, police will respond immediately. If the crime has already happened, the response may take longer.
  • Distribution of personnel. As stated above, staffing is short, police are pulled from our district, and they are required to respond in pairs. Our neighborhood is split in half between the 26th District (north of Poplar) and the 6th District (south of Poplar).

The 26th District covers the area between Lehigh Avenue (north), 10th Street (west), Poplar Street (south), and the Delaware River (east).

The 6th District covers the area between Poplar Street (north), Broad Street (west), Lombard Street (south), and the Delaware River (east).

Such broad areas of coverage present different challenges for both districts, from gun violence in the extreme north to thousands of tourists in the south.

Also, know that the details of your 911 call needs to be sent to the police dispatcher (who  assigns the call’s priority), and then out to the patrolling officer. Time and information about the incident can be lost during these transfers.

One last thing: When asked whether it’s safe to be a witness against criminals who attack our neighborhood, Sergeant Massi said that he has never had Witness Intimidation happen in his long career over the types of crimes we are discussing here. Witness Intimidation is a felony. If this happens, the defendant is in a LOT more trouble than their original crime would have caused.

Please pass this info on to your friends and neighbors who live in Philadelphia.

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Town Watch Patrol Sign-up and Police Q&A – Mon, October 10

7pm at the  Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street (3rd & Fairmount)

Based on the high interest shown about the last meeting, we’re having another one!

This time sign-up for active patrols, and speak with both local police districts (6th and 26th).

We are also seeking someone to post weekly reports provided by both districts to the NoLibs Town Watch Facebook page.

Come out and be part of the solution!

Parade of Spirits – Sat, Dec 17 http://www.nlna.org/parade-of-spirits-sat-dec-17/ Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:58:37 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10333 krampus-kids4pm – gather at Liberty Lands
Parade starts at Sundown

A family-friendly winter parade through Northern Liberties now in its sixth year!

Bring your own belief system.

Find out more on Facebook.

Also, at Gravy Gallery:
Parade of Spirits: Portraits
by Neil Kohl

An open house will be held at Gravy (910 N. 2nd St.) from 6-8pm following the parade.

Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Parade of Spirits: Portraits, by photographer Neil Kohl. The Parade of Spirits is an annual community event that celebrates the folklore surrounding The Krampus. The images in this series are of the event participants, who are often dressed in elaborate handmade costumes.
Open Hours
Saturdays in December, 1-5pm
NLNA thanks the Penn Treaty Special Services District for support of the 2016 Parade of Spirits and festivities!


Find out more about grant opportunities from the PTSSD at www.penntreatyssd.com
Operation Santa – Distribution – Sat, Dec 17 (Volunteers Needed!) http://www.nlna.org/operation-santa-distribution-sat-dec-17/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:14:15 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10327 9am at the Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

Volunteers Needed to package meals and presents!

Please Contact Janet at park@nlna.org) and let her know you’re coming to help.


NLNA thanks the Penn Treaty Special Services District for support of the 2015 Operation Santa program Find out more about grant opportunities from the PTSSD at www.penntreatyssd.com
Operation Santa – Thur, Dec 15 & Sat, Dec 17 http://www.nlna.org/operation-santa/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:13:45 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10308 op-santa-toys

Operation Santa –
Northern Liberties’ own toys for tots (and seniors)

Come out and wrap presents —
the more the merrier and the sooner it gets done!

Thursday, December 15th at the Northern Liberties Community Center
(700 N. 3rd)

6:00pm to 8:30pm — Drop in to help wrap holiday gifts* for neighborhood families in need this season.

Always a great time, with lots of cheer, neighbors, drinks for the kids, beer for us
and plenty of pizza!

* Gifts provided by our neighbors to the east, Waterfront Square

op-santa-donOr, help package food and gifts for delivery…

Saturday, December 17th

9am at the Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

Please Contact Janet at park@nlna.org, and let her know you’re coming to help.


NLNA thanks the Penn Treaty Special Services District for support of the 2016 Operation Santa program Find out more about grant opportunities from the PTSSD at www.penntreatyssd.com


18th Annual Liberty Lands Halloween & Fall Festival – Sunday, October 30 http://www.nlna.org/liberty-lands-fall-festival-sun-oct-30/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:00:17 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9945

fall-fest-w-ruby-helenLiberty Lands
1-4 pm

Kids Crafts and Family Activities Including:

Interactive entertainment and music from:

All proceeds from this event support Liberty Lands park.

Help spread the word!

And, if you’re interested in lending a hand on the day, sign up here: Fall Fest Volunteer Sheet
Read more at our Fest Facebook page.
You can also contact sarahirschler@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

October Zoning Agendas – Mon, Tue Oct 24, 25 http://www.nlna.org/october-zoning-agendas-mon-tue-oct-24-25/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:53:32 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10094 Zoning Motions are approved by the Board at the following month’s board meeting, which is held the first Monday of the month. To review past zoning meeting minutes and approved motions find the applicable NLNA Board Meeting Minutes by clicking here:  Board Meeting Minutes.

October 2016 — Zoning Agenda

Location: Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street (3rd & Fairmount)

As always, the meetings are public and all are welcome to attend and participate. Please note 6:30 start time.

Monday, October 24, 2016

(6:30) 928-32 N. 4th St. – RSA5 – Kay Myers – A return visit with a proposal to legalize a duplex in a single family zone.

(7:10) 316R & 318R W. George St. – RSA5 – Roger Perry – A proposal to relocate lot lines and create two single family dwellings.

(7:45) 928 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Ed Fink – A return visit with a proposal for a single family dwelling – refused for front side garage.

(8:15) 1019 Germantown Ave. (Monarch Swim Club) – CMX-2 – Jordan Rushie – Application for a Special Assembly License.

(8:45) 805 N. Hancock St. – CMX-2 – Al Kloda – Patio seating for existing restaurant (Druids Keep)

Tuesday October 25, 2016

(6:30) 221 Fairmount Ave. – RSA5 – Lavi Shenkman – A proposal for a deck at the rear of the house.

(7:10) 1001-13 N. 2nd St (formerly Kings Oak) – CMX-3 – Joe Beller – A proposal for a brew pub. It is refused because it is larger than the allowable 4000sq/ft space.

(7:45) 325 Spring Garden St. – CMX-2 – Michael Mattioni – A proposal for a take-out restaurant – requires a special exception approval.

(8:15) 626 N. Delaware Ave. – CMX-3 – Michael Mattioni – A proposal for the storage of operable vehicles with three curb cuts.


Notes from the September 2016 Town Watch Meeting http://www.nlna.org/volunteer-northern-liberties-town-watch/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9942 The Basics

Know your neighbors. Looking out for each other starts at home, on your block. If your neighbor knows you work during the weekday, they will be suspicious of movers at your house on a Tuesday afternoon. If that neighbor has your phone number, they can check to see if you’re home, or if your house is getting sacked. That neighbor can call 911. You should be that neighbor.

Cops call this “Eyes and Ears”. Nosy neighbors have long been characterized in a bad light, but actually, it’s all part of being a good neighbor. Bad stuff happens in our neighborhood at all times of the day, it’s important that we look out for each other.

Dog Walkers: You and your dog are your block’s best front line against crime. If you walk a “beat” on a daily basis at about the same time of day or night, you both know your route well. If something isn’t right, you’ll be the first to notice it.

And if the situation is dangerous, you’ll feel it in your gut. Trust that feeling.

First thing to do is be safe.

Never approach a suspicious situation. Hang back, cross the street, approach a house and ring a doorbell if you must.

Then call 911.

What is Suspicious Activity

Any time you see the following, you may be watching a crime unfold:

  • A vehicle circling your block
  • An occupied vehicle that’s been parked for a while
  • One or two people running
  • A large group of people running
  • Use of abandoned property
  • Movers

All of these situations could be perfectly harmless, or not. That’s where your gut comes in. The survival part of your brain (the amygdala) receives far more information much quicker than the thinking part of your brain. If you witness an “off” or dangerous situation – your amygdala will make you feel it. The hair on the back of your neck might stand up, or your gut will twist.

Here are some more obvious examples:

  • Individuals who appear to be “casing” cars or residential doors
  • Individuals who appear to be “nodding off” or “high”
  • Children who appear to be at risk, under the care of individuals who seem altered, non-responsive, or high
  • Drugs being sold
  • Fights or altercations

Stay calm. Stay safe. Start observing.

Where are you? The first thing the 911 operator is going to need to know is where you are. Being aware of cross streets, what block you’re on, or the direction you’re facing is an important habit to cultivate while you walk your dog. You can also report where you are by noticing landmarks or the house numbers. This will make reporting your location much easier.

It’s important, since not all responders know the neighborhood well.

Note the time of day. Responders may not arrive right away. Knowing the time of day helps police find video footage of the incident when canvasing private security cameras.

What does the vehicle look like?

If you’re reporting a situation which involves a vehicle, then let’s face it, the guys are much better at it. But, there’s a lot more to vehicle than it’s make, model, and whether or not it was on Top Gear.

Besides color and whether or not it’s a truck, here a few more things to note:

  • SUV
  • 2-door
  • 4-door
  • clean or dirty
  • bumper stickers
  • dents
  • tinted windows
  • any other distinguishing marks

Wayne NewtonWhat does the perp look like?

You can describe your suspicious character by moving from head to toe:

  • male or female
  • height & build
  • race
  • skin tone
  • hair color, style, length
  • eye color
  • glasses
  • skin imperfections
  • facial tatoos
  • facial hair
  • pronounced adam’s apple
  • cleft chin
  • ears (do they stick out?)
  • clothing
  • undershirt (perp may remove outer garment as they make escape)
  • shoes

RevolverAutomaticNote Weapon

If a weapon is involved you’ll need to describe it. Here’s the difference between a pistol and a hand gun:


Calling 911

Police cannot emphasize enough that you must call 911
if you see suspicious activity.

Your direct reporting is the only way the police know what’s going down in your part of the neighborhood. The dispatch operator is the first person to get your complaint. Here’s something I didn’t know: dispatch operators are not members of the police department. They are civilians like you and me, trained to prioritize calls so that police can respond to serious crimes first.

It’s important to realize this when calling so that you can use phrases that will move your complaint up the hierarchy of their prioritizing system. If a crime is in the process of happening, you’ll get a quicker response.

The example above of a child appearing to be under the care of a sleeping junkie would only by prioritized (highly) if the report were phrased as so, “child is in custody of a non-responsive adult”.

However you phrase it, your calls are recorded. These records help make a strong case for action by police later.

Our neighborhood is the reluctant host to activity spilling over from the Goldman Methadone Clinic at 8th and Girard. This “750-bed clinic” draws addicts from all over the city for treatment. Unfortunately, many patients buy additional drugs after taking their methadone dose. These transactions result in the (sometimes belligerent) zombies you see along Girard from 9th to Front Streets. They also result in more criminal activity happening in the neighborhood.

When calling 911 for situations created by clinic patients please do the following:

  • Keep a detailed record of the call.
  • Ask for and record the Operator’s Number.
  • Describe the situation in detail. Use the term “high” or “unresponsive adult.”
  • Along with the specific location and detailed description of the perpetrator and incident, mention your proximity to the Goldman Clinic at 801 Girard Ave, and your suspicion that the perpetrator is a patient.
  • If you or your neighbor make multiple calls, ask the operator if the previous calls were recorded. It’s important for the operator to properly record calls so that Stg. Massi can identify problem areas and make a case for action.
  • If the situation persists and you feel you need officers on the scene; call again.
  • If, no action is taken, and you feel the station warrants it, say you want “a supervisor, for lack of service.” Sgt. Massi tells us that should raise the call’s priority and he should get word of it immediately. (Officer Massi asked neighbors to use their best judgement and not abuse this maneuver.)

Be persistent. Keep records of your and your neighbors’ calls.

Roll Call Complaint

If the situation is persistent, and enough reports come in, it will be added to the Roll Call Complaints – police will be informed about it during roll call, and be more vigilant.

So remember, being a little nosey about your neighbors is not a bad thing. Get to know them. In the City, we actually live on top of one another. For this reason, if we to band together, we will have an impact on the quality of life for all.

Stay Safe!
Northern Liberties Town Watch

[Original Agenda]

7pm at the Community Center, 700 N. Fairmount (N.3rd & Fairmount)

Several neighbors have expressed interest in attending a Town Watch training, for patrolling and “eyes and ears” awareness.

Up For Discussion:

  • Town Watch patrolling basics
  • Dog-Walkers, the front line of neighborhood safety
  • What is “suspicious activity”
  • How & When to call 911
  • Volunteer needed for social media posts
  • Q&A

Are you interested too? Contact NLNA board member Jeremy Lindemann, jdlindemann@gmail.com or just show up!

Become an Adult Education Tutor http://www.nlna.org/become-an-adult-education-tutor/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:00:24 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9825
Lutheran Settlement House 1
Our good friends at Lutheran Settlement House (1340 Frankford Ave) are seeking volunteer tutors to work with adult learners one-on-one or in small groups on GED prep,
basic math and literacy, and
computer skills.
Prior tutoring or teaching experience helpful but not required.
Curriculum materials provided.

More info: literacy@lutheransettlement.org or 215-426-8610 ext. 1242


Liberty Lands Flea Market & Music Fest – July 9th http://www.nlna.org/save-the-date-liberty-lands-music-fest/ Sat, 14 May 2016 07:00:52 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9630 Liberty Lands picnickersAt Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Poplar)

Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course Liberty Lands!

Flea market 9am until…

Food and Philadelphia Brewing Company from Noon on…

Music starting at 4ish…. Lasting till 10ish….

New Line Up!
4:00 – Late Night Radio – funk jazz
5:00 – Michal Beckham – jazz trio
6:00 – Spiritual Thunder – raucous R&B
7:00 – OoLaLa – RocknRoll Cosmology
8:00 – Shy Boyz – music with a twist
9:00 – Minka – 80’s dance and rock

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Contact for Information: Donald Phillips  don.jmp@gmail.com

Contact for Flea Market: Kathy Vissar:  kvissar@hotmail.com

NLArts Annual Scavenger Hunt Summer Camp Fundraiser – Moved to Fri, Jun 10 http://www.nlna.org/nlarts-annual-scavenger-hunt-summer-camp-fundraiser-fri-jun-3/ Thu, 12 May 2016 05:00:12 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9667 NLArts Scavenger Hunt

6pm to 8pm

Join us at Liberty Lands for Face Painting,
Pizza, Snacks, Art Activities and More!

$20 per family. ($25 day of event) — does not include libations (it’s a fundraiser!)
Bring your friends to share a la carte food and beverages!!
PLUS, we’ll be raffling off a baskets of Gift Certificates to:
Blind Pig
City Planter
Higher Grounds
Just Cravings
Me Salon
North Third
Random Tea House
Soy Café
Sputino Pizza
1 ticket $3 / 3 tickets $5
Please reply to nlartsorg@gmail.com or call 973-868-6675 to register…


NLNA PLANT SALE – This Saturday, April 30th http://www.nlna.org/neighborhood-plant-sale/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:43 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=3860 From 9am to 2pm at the Community Center (700 N. 4th Street)

Flowers, Veggies, and Herbs, oh my!

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Fill your flower boxes and re-stock your herbs. Pick out your favorite tomatoes. Annual, Perrenial, Sun and Shade Plants. We’ve got them all!


Volunteer for a shift!

The Annual Plant Sale is Saturday April 30, with prep on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday April 25, 27, and 29.

Who wants to play with plants this year? Volunteer to hang out with neighbors while putting together this annual event (that started with a couple of beach chairs and plants on Spring Garden Street!).

Here are the shifts:

April 25Monday 11am to 3pm
Clean and weed Yard • Set up tents and tables
11am — 1pm
1pm — 3pm

April 27 – Wednesday 9am to 3pm
Plant Delivery • Organize plants for display • Label plants • Water plants
9am — 11am
11am — 2pm
2pm — 4pm

April 29 – Friday 10am to 2pm
Finalize displays • Finish pricing • Water plants
10am — Noon
Noon — 2pm

April 30 – Saturday  — 8:30am start time
9am — 11pm
11am — 2pm

Floor — Welcome Customers • Offer Plant Trays • Explain Pricing • Tidy Yard • Keep Displays Tidy • Water Plants
9am — 11pm
11pm —2pm

Clean up
We aim to be out by 3pm at the latest!
Sweep Community Center • Breakdown tables • water plants
2pm — 3pm

Click HERE to volunteer for a shift!

Email sugarvision10@gmail.com if you are interested…


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NLNA Board Nominations And Quality of Life Issues At This Month’s Meeting – Weds, April 27 http://www.nlna.org/nlna-board-nominations-at-this-months-meeting-weds-april-27/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:40 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9592 NLNA Vote Button

Wednesday, April 27, NL Community Center, 700 N. 3rd St. at 7pm

Nominations for President, Treasurer, 6 regular seats for the Board of Directors, plus one half-term Board seat will be taken at the Northern Liberties general meeting on Wednesday, April 27th.

The election will take place at the general meeting on Thursday, May 19th.  Both meetings will be held at the Northern Liberties Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount Streets, and will begin at 7:00 PM.

Nominations will be closed at the end of the April 27th meeting.

In order to be eligible to run for a seat on the Board, you must be 18 years of age or older, and must live in Northern Liberties, or must own (or operate) a business in Northern Liberties.  In order to be eligible to run for an officer’s seat, you must have served at least one year on the Board of Directors.

In order to be eligible to vote in NLNA elections, you must fill the requirements above, plus you must be registered to vote in NLNA elections.  If you have voted in the past few years you are registered.  If you are new to Northern liberties, or have not voted in NLNA elections since 2006, then you will need to register.

You may register to vote at the general meeting.  Please bring your drivers license or another ID that proves your address.


NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator, Lara Kelly, plus several city officials will be present to discuss the quality of life issues in the neighborhood.

Watch future emails and the NLNA Facebook page for updates and details.


Neighborhood Cleanup Day – April 16 http://www.nlna.org/neighborhood-cleanup-day-postponed-to-next-saturday-april-16/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9512 GUTTER TRASH

Sick of the litter and trash?

The NLNA’s Community Center
will be open 9am-1pm
on Saturday, April 16
with FREE Gloves and Bags…

Be sure to:

  • Recycle – paper, glass, plastics (1 through 7),
    NO plastic bags!
  • Clean up that piggiest house on the street!
  • Clean your gutters and storm drains, so that storm water can run off efficiently.
  • Please, set bagged trash out on any street corner of 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Streets to make sure the city trucks pick it up.

April 16 is the Mayor’s annual Spring Cleanup – a perfect time to spring-clean your block! The NLNA office at 3rd & Fairmount will be open 9AM-1PM with gloves and bags you can pick up.

Head over to Facebook to communicate with your friends and neighbors HERE.

Liberty Lands Big Spring Workday – Sat, April 16 http://www.nlna.org/liberty-lands-workday-sat-oct-10/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:00:48 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=8973 LibLands PathStarting at 9am

HEADS UP all you lovers of Liberty Lands!

Come one, come all!!!
Come help your neighborhood park sparkle!!!
Starts at 9am, runs until about 2pm,
depending on the weather.
Come out and help your urban greenspace stay awesome!
Come out and get reconnected with your park community!
Lots of projects and tasks to grow food for City Harvest.
Coffee and donuts in the morning and pizza at lunchtime!
Mark Your Calendars Now and Plan To Attend!!!