http://www.nlna.org Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Support Kearney Elementary School Paper Drive… http://www.nlna.org/support-kearney-elementary-school-paper-drive/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:31:16 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11463

Donating paper is an easy and effective way
to help a public school, and it frees up the school’s limited budget
for other priorities. 

Kearny Friends is the community support group for our great K-8 school
at 6th & Fairmount, and they’re running their annual paper drive!

Donate online at bit.ly/kearnypaper 
or drop off letter-size paper directly at the NL Mailbox Store at 702 N 2nd St.

Thank You!!!

 

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Orkney Park Benefit Brunch At Standard Tap – Sat, Sept 23 http://www.nlna.org/orkney-park-benefit-brunch-at-standard-tap-sat-sept-23/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:43:20 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11451 11am- 3pm at  901 n 2nd st, Phila, Pa 19123

Friends of Orkney Park LLC has partnered with our generous friends at the Standard Tap to host a fundraising brunch. 20% of all food sales will benefit ongoing initiatives for Orkney Park!

Your going out for Brunch anyway, avoid the wait at that other place! Instead, meet your friends at Standard Tap!

Just Mention the “ORKNEY PARK FUNDRAISER”!

​Don’t miss the fun! ​We’ll all be there, ​​and the food
is delcious!

To get involved, please contact us:
STEERING COMMITTEE:
Sara Hirschler, Tony Hochstetler, Donald Phillips
Janet Finegar,  Liz Long-Reed, Leslie Kaufman
Danielle Scheffey, Lisa Solis,

OrkneyParkProject@gmail.com
Facebook.com/OrkneyParkProject
267.250.5084 (Donald)

 
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Ceramics Classes Return to Northern Liberties Rec Center http://www.nlna.org/ceramics-classes-return-to-northern-liberties-rec-center/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:48:41 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11469 3 Kilns

Tuesday Nights at 321 Fairmount Avenue (Rec Center) from 6:30 to 9pm starting Sept 26.

Explore the craft of ceramics with Natalie Wieters!

Bring your own ideas, or figure out projects during the class. Natalie provides the guidance necessary for each project.

The class is 10 weeks, and the fee is $200 which includes ALL supplies and kiln firings!

 All levels, all aspects of hand-building.

Info/sign up: nolibsrec@gmail.com or 215-686-1785.

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Puppet Making and Performances in the Park through September… http://www.nlna.org/puppet-making-and-performances-in-the-park-through-september/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:54:58 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11404
Company Aiello is offering workshops in puppet-making from recycled materials. Things we would otherwise throw away every day are given new life as whimsical characters. Participants are provided newspaper, tape, and an assortment of other found objects with which to build their own bizarre figures.
This event is fun for the whole family. We’ll bring the materials, you bring your imaginations!

Workshops — Sundays, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10:30-12:30

Performances — Weds, Thurs, and Fri, Sept 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 6pm

All events are pay what you can.
Note: There are some picnic tables at the park, but participants may want to bring a blanket or chair to sit, just in case.
Follow the event on Facebook

About Puppet Theater/Teatro d’Immaginazione

Angelo Aiello, an inventive puppeteer, storyteller, director, and teacher of creative theater, began his journey as a burattinaio in the commedia dell’arte tradition in 2001. He has participated in festivals both in Italy and abroad (France, Belgium, Austria, Israel, Poland). In 2007, he participated in “La ci darem la mano”, a show dedicated to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, under the direction of Roberto De Simone. In September of 2013, he was selected to participate in the World Puppet Carnival’s International Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he performed his original work “Spazzolino and the Rubbish City”.
Traditional Burattini Scenes:
Drawing from the traditional repertoire of glove puppet theater (Pulcinella, Fagiolino, Punch, etc.) and using the history of commedia dell’arte as a canvas, old stories are reimagined in a contemporary light. Out of this theatrical tradition, Angelo has created an original character named Spazzolino. He’s a rascal and prankster who can’t help but save the day, a wooden-headed hero to the people who embodies a mischievous joie di vivre. He wants only two things: a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone. With a good heart and a good fork, he can get himself out of (almost) any situation.

 

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Northern Liberties Co-Ed Road Biking Group – Join up! http://www.nlna.org/northern-liberties-co-ed-road-biking-group-join-up/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:19:49 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11414 Patricia & Kathryn just started a Northern Liberties Co-Ed Road Biking group with
Sunday rides.

We are a group that is doing weekly co-ed road biking rides starting and ending in
Northern Liberties.

We’re looking for people interested in leading rides as well as participating.

We are not a slow group, nor are we terribly fast. All speeds are welcome to join but bikers should be able to sustain at least a 25-30 miles on the saddle.

Sunday morning [at 9 am – weather permitting] is dedicated to our weekly bike ride leaving from N 2nd St [in front of Wildey St @ Schmidt’s Commons]. Usually brunch and small talk after the effort!

Join us on Facebook!

 

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Music Monkey Jungle – New Schedule: WEDNESDAYS & Thursdays at the Community Center – Starting back up on Sept 6 http://www.nlna.org/music-monkey-jungle-wednesdays-and-thursdays-at-the-community-center/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=8286 Babies! Toddlers! Little Monkeys!
Monkey Jungle

Music Monkey Jungle – 10:00 to 10:30am

Wednesdays — The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along is a 30 minute high energy, interactive, rockin’ good time for little music monkeys. Children and adults will sing, dance, laugh, play, move, imagine and create through the presentation of original MMJ songs, dances and games. We’ll focus on melody, unison, range, dynamics, tempo, call & response through the use of mini maracas and wrist ribbons. You and your little music monkey(s) are bound to have a rockin’ good time. The Sing Along is drop-in only, $10 per child at the door and babies under 6 months are free.
Thursdays —The Music Monkey Jungle Jam is a 30 minute interactive performance for music monkeys who love to rock, roll, move, groove, bounce, bop and jam. Children and adults will have a rockin’ good time through the presentation of Music Monkey Jungle original songs, dances and games, with the added greatness of drums and mini maracas. The MMJ Jam is best suited for children between the ages of 5 months to 5 years.
$10 per child
Whether we’re performing Music Monkey Jungle Drummers or The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along, we know you’ll have a rockin’ good time! To know exactly what’s performed, please visit our Facebook page.
The Music Monkey Jungle Member Card is available for purchase at The Children’s Boutique, Momo’s Treehouse or Primp & Play and will be accepted in all 6 MMJ performance locations.
$85 for 10 performances, no expiration and a Music Monkey Jungle CD.
For more information, please call Lori at 732.687.8134
or write to lori@musicmonkeyjungle.com
 

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Adult Figure Drawing at the Community Center – Thursday Nights! http://www.nlna.org/321-sketch-club/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=6124 IMG_7173 small



From 6:30 to 9:30 adult figure drawing sessions
will be held on most Thursday nights at the
NLNA Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)
$10 walk-in fee pays the model.
Drop in for an hour or three!
Bring your own supplies…
Email 321sketchclub@gmail.com
with questions, or join us on Facebook.

Drawing is a lifetime practice!

FALL 2017

September 7 — Julia Crachiolo

September 14 —Sarah Gawricki

September 21 — Taylor Seals

September 28 — MALE / TBD

October 5 — Lizzie Hessek

October 12 — Gina Murdock

October 19 — CANCELLED (come out instead for the NLNA Meet n Greet!)

October 26 — Joseph Purna!!!!

-kat.

The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

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We Kids Rock Returns Thu, Sept 14 at the Community Center http://www.nlna.org/we-kids-rock-returns-thu-sept-14-at-the-community-center/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:11:21 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11318 Fall Classes Thursdays
Sept. 21-Nov. 16

Free Demo on Thurs. Sept. 14

3-5yr Guitar Class at 4:45-5:15pm
$165.00 for 8 weeks
(stay and do the Family Class
for half price)

Birth-5yr Family Class 5:30-6:10pm
$125.00 for one child, 210.00 for two
(15.00 discount if signed up
by Aug. 21)

Registration includes a cd, siblings under 8 months are free.

Sign up online or call 610-490-0695

 

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Liberty Lands Farmers & Craft Market – Saturdays at Liberty Lands http://www.nlna.org/expanded-liberty-lands-farmers-craft-market-starts-up-sat-april-8/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:35:55 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10772 The Liberty Lands Farmers Market is starting up again – and it’s expanding!

Every Saturday starting April 8, 9am-3pm, Liberty Lands (3rd St side).

Fifteen vendors and growing, including:
•    J & J FARM (fresh organic produce )
•    Ninja Goat Fat Coffee (butter coffee)
•    Grounds & Hounds Coffee
•    Bright Yellow Creamery (homemade ice cream)
•    Lady Grey Tea (tea, biscuits & more )
•    Who Dog Knits (human apparel made by local rescuer)
•    Greyhound Angels Adoption
•    Lady Bug Designs (women’s jewelry )
•    …and more!

Additional vendors welcome, $10/space. Contact Paul Hubert, spot2ndspot@yahoo.com.

 

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Roadmap for reducing litter & waste by up to 90% over the next 15 years… http://www.nlna.org/roadmap-for-reducing-litter-waste-by-up-to-90-over-the-next-15-years/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:53:59 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11342 A Litter Free City Starts With You.

From the Mayor…

When I took office, I pledged my commitment to make Philadelphia a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit. The plan you hold outlines specific strategies to achieve that goal by ensuring that every neighborhood has litter-free parks, streets, waterways, and public places.

Why Zero Waste? Each year Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.5 million tons of residential and commercial waste – one ton for every resident. As a city, we spend tens of millions of dollars each year cleaning up short dumping and litter. Although we collectively recycle almost 40 percent of combined residential and commercial waste, we have much work to do to compete with the sustainable cities of the 21st century. If we are to become a greener, more beautiful city, we must dispose of less trash, recycle and reuse more, and embrace new approaches to keeping our shared spaces clean.

The Zero Waste and Litter Executive Order commits Philadelphia to the progressive sustainability goal of Zero Waste by 2035. In doing so, we join other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, to name just a few. The Order also promotes the use of data-driven practices and rigorous research to identify the most effective ways to tackle these challenges.

But to get there, it will take teamwork. The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will coordinate across City departments, partner public agencies, and community and private sector stakeholders to collectively address the litter problem. I hope this report will energize concerned residents like you to join in this effort.

Because Zero starts with One – You.

Read more here…

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Schedule of Family Fun at Penn Treaty Park… http://www.nlna.org/schedule-of-family-fun-at-penn-treaty-park/ Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:41 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11058 Check out these events happening all summer long at Penn Treaty Park…

 

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Ongoing – Rec Center Events http://www.nlna.org/ongoing-rec-center-events/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:43 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9954
rec-center-kidsNorthern Liberties Rec Center
321 Fairmount Street 19123
Free Improv and many other activities are happening at our neighborhood recreation center at 321 Fairmount Ave. Numerous great activities for kids and adults.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest
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Take the NLNA Survey, And Get A Chance At A Hundred Bucks! http://www.nlna.org/take-the-survey-take-a-chance-at-a-hundred-bucks/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:33:00 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11139 Greetings from the Northern Liberties Neighbors association!

Help Us Better Serve You!

Please take an easy 5 minute confidential survey and be included in a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card!

Take the Survey

The NLNA has partnered with students from Temple University Fox School of Business to establish a marketing plan in our efforts to increase values to our neighbors and participation among the Northern Liberties residential and business community.
The Fox School of Business will analyze the data collected, and prepare a report and plan for thee NLNA. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and most helpful to our cause in bettering the NLNA for the long haul.

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How To Stop Circular & Handbill Deliveries http://www.nlna.org/how-to-stop-circular-handbill-deliveries/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:13:34 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10907 Circulars and handbills can be a neighborhood nuisance. It’s illegal for vendors to put them in residents’ mailboxes. So, instead, they get shoehorned into doors and railings, causing litter on our streets.

What You Can Do

The good news is you can sign up to for a non-delivery list to prevent them from being delivered to your door. The Department of Licenses and Inspections maintains a commercial handbill Non-Delivery list identifying all properties whose owners who request it. If you do not want to receive hand-delivered advertising circulars or handbills, you can fill out this form.

To request non-delivery for local newspapers, complete the form, and provide a list of the local newspapers you do not want to receive.

Form Info

How to Submit

First of all, you need to be the homeowner lessee/agent to fill out the form.

Once you fill out the form, you can mail it to:

Department of Licenses and Inspections
Circular Free Property Coordinator
1401 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1180
Philadelphia, PA 19102

You could also fax it to (215) 686-1443 or email it to operationsvending@phila.org.
(Note: The fax number on the form is wrong. Use the one provided above.)

At the bottom of the form you can choose between two authorization options. According to this site, if you choose not to grant this authorization, the company will only receive a warning. Your authorization to share your address is required in order for the company to be fined. (see yellow highlight in image below.)

 

Circular Non-Delivery Decal Order Form Philadelphia

Posting Your Decal

Owners of registered properties will receive a “Circular Free Property” decal. When you receive yours, you need to post it somewhere visible from the sidewalk.

Reporting a Violation

View or download instructions here.

Special thanks to

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Recycle Bins With Lids Available at the Community Center – Suspended Until Yard Construction Project Is Completed http://www.nlna.org/new-recycling-program-at-the-community-center-bins-with-lids/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:52 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=7098 Recycle Bin w Lid

We’ll let you know when we have more bins as soon as we get them…

The City no longer offers free recycle bins through the NoLibs Community Center.

The small bins formerly provided by The City are just too small. Wind-blown litter from these over-stuffed containers can be seen around the neighborhood after trash pickup most weeks.

So we asked Home Depot to help us out — and they did!

The NLNA has purchased another 100 at-cost bins with lids to distribute to the neighborhood.

They’re BIGGER, BETTER and have A LID! Stop in the Community Center (700 N 3rd St), and pick one up for a $15 donation.
Hours are Mon – Fri 10am to 1pm and Wed 6 to 9pm — NLNA Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street

Using these containers makes a difference in the amount of litter in the neighborhood.

To offset the costs and allow for the program to be self-sustaining, the NLNA asks for a small donation of $15 per bin.

What Goes in your Recycle Bin?

Recyclables needs to be rinsed free of food residue. This is because the oily residues in food interfere with the sorting machines used to separate the items.

The following is a list of acceptable material:

  • Paper — newspaper, cardboard, junk-mail, circulars, stapled or not, pizza box halves (tear away the oily half of the box)
  • Plastic (Nos. 1 through 7 *) — Rinsed milk cartons, juice containers, cleaning supply containers, lids
  • Metal — Rinsed cans, clean aluminum foil
  • Glass — Rinsed containers of any color
  • Rinsed Waxed Containers —  milk cartons, juice boxes
  • Old Cans of Acrylic Paint — Allow the paint to dry completely first.

Plastics are graded by number which can be found embossed on its bottom surface. The number is set inside the universal recycle symbol.  Plastics 1-7 can be recycled.

 

plastic bags

NO PLASTIC BAGS

What Does Not Go In Curbside Pick-Up?

  • Plastic Bags
  • Household Hazardous Waste — like old paint cans
    (oil-based)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed Paper or Cups
  • Wet or food-soiled paper
  • Paper Tissues, Towels, or Napkins
  • Porcelain & Non-Container Glass
  • Light Bulbs or Tapes (VHS or Audio)
  • Electronics
  • Needles or Syringes

How do I recycle plastic bags?

  • You can bring your bags back to many area supermarkets. But a better solution is not use plastic bags in the first place – use reusable bags instead.

How do I recycle household hazardous waste?

How do I recycle Styrofoam?

  • Styrofoam is collected along with household hazardous waste.
  • Click HERE for city-wide collection schedules.
  • Styrofoam Peanuts can be recycled at the Northern Liberties Mailbox Store
    at 3rd & Fairmount.

 

Free Bins (Sometimes) Available at these locations (CALL FIRST!):

Northwest Drop-Off Center
Domino Lane & Umbria Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-2501, ext. 02

Northeast Drop-Off Center
State Road & Ashburner Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-8072, ext. 73

Southwest Drop-Off Center
3033 South 63rd Street (near Passyunk Avenue)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-4290, ext. 01

Circular Free Stickers Available at the Community Center

If you want to cut down on litter created by all those rain-soaked circulars you see lying around, click on the No Circular sticker below…

No Circular sticker OL

 

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Notes from the Quality of Life Meeting (2/21/17) http://www.nlna.org/notes-from-the-quality-of-life-meeting/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:48 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10754 By Janet Finegar — February 21, 2017

We began by making a list of as many problems/sources of trash on the street as possible. [This list, with a lot of more details about all of the below, will be sent to everyone who attended the meeting or expressed an interest in getting information, and will also be posted on Facebook as a document sometime later today. If you’re interested in getting more information, send a message to Lara at trash@nlna.org]

The list of problems inevitably led to some suggestions of small-scale solutions. We quickly reviewed the various actions that the City of Philadelphia and the NLNA are already taking to combat trash on the street and discussed some of the difficulties, limitations, and roadblocks to those efforts.

There was a general agreement to the assertion that our community needs to take local action in addition to what’s already in place to make a real difference. A few ideas were floated as ways that community members can help with a variety of skills:

  • EVERYONE: use the City’s 311 reporting system for problems, and then tell Lara about the report and ticket number so she can track and follow up (trash@nlna.org). 311 can help with all kinds of issues – even things like repeat-offender neighbors putting out trash wrong.
  • ANYONE: join the Quality Of Life committee to keep helping with ongoing issues (especially with city-based issues like getting more/better street trash cans or to build resources/connections within the neighborhood). Let Lara know at trash@nlna.org that you want to be a part!
  • GRAPHICS SKILLS: help create fliers/brochures/signs/education for the community
  • ANYONE: Start hyper-local organizing on your own block – reach out to neighbors to solve problems right there, organize a block cleanup for the citywide clean up day (4/8) or any other day (NLNA has tools/resources), start a Facebook group/listserv for your block, and keep the NLNA in the loop about what you’re doing.
  • DATA SKILLS: Help create a database for Northern Liberties that could record all kinds of block-by-block information (street can locations, problem areas, vacant lots, street trees, parking issues. . . everything)
    1. Once that database exists, many volunteers needed to do data input for their own block
    2. Plus ongoing maintenance of the database once it exists
  • SOCIAL SKILLS: Help develop, plan, and implement a community-wide direct outreach program to reach every door in the community with Quality of Life information, NLNA information, and a small gift.

That’s the very broad outline. I’m about to work on the detailed description of all this, but the main point is that what we need most of all right now is community commitment to enforcing a set of standards that we all live by – effective complaining, if you will.

A lot of questions and a lot of thornier issues remain – many of them centered around what to do when these kinds of friendly outreach don’t work. Those are the conversations going forward and are things for us all to think about. Many many more ideas are welcome!

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SAVE THE DATE – Special Liberty Lands Improvements Meeting – Tues, Sept 12 (Attention Metalwork Artists!) http://www.nlna.org/special-liberty-lands-improvements-meeting-tues-sept-12/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:55:03 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11419 7pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center (3rd & Fairmount)

The NLNA has secured a grant to improve Liberty Lands Park!

Join us at this special general meeting to find out what this includes and how to get involved.

Garden Fence Construction Includes Funding
for Metal Fabricators!

The Liberty Lands committee is excited to announce that we’ve received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a major improvement to the park and the community. With the funding, we’ll be able to replace the existing community garden fence with a stronger and more beautiful fence AND install a pedestrian sidewalk to the Bodine Street side of the park.

This is a community project for our community park! Details about the funded proposal are below, but let’s start with what you can do.

  • Are you a metalwork artist? We’re looking for 10 unique panels that are both artistic and functional to be the focus points of the new fence and need proposals for these as soon as possible!
  • Are you a lover of the park who’d like to help choose from the proposed fence panels, and/or be part of the planning and installing process?
  • Are you a neighbor who wants to give feedback about the new sidewalk on Bodine?

The Project:

FENCE: The existing post-and-rail fence will be replaced with a metal fence that includes a base of at least 20 standard panels in the “Tacony” style (a basic black metal 5′ fence of vertical rails, similar to the one at Orianna Hill Park). These will alternate with up to 20 artist-designed panels that will make the fence unique and appropriate to the Liberty Lands aesthetic. Requirements for the proposed artistic panels will include that they are not easily climbed and do not pose a hazard to the public with sharp points or unsafe materials. Artists will be compensated with honoraria for their design and build of the panels. Designs will be selected by a committee of interested neighbors over the winter of 2017-8. Installation of the fence is made possible by funding from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and will occur in spring 2019.

SIDEWALK: The existing post-and-rail fence stands inside the eastern border of Liberty Lands with a wide strip of shrubs and planters between the community garden and the area where cars are commonly parked along Bodine Street. This project will remove those shrubs and planters in favor of a poured cement sidewalk that will allow pedestrians to walk around the entire park safely and provide a clear curbline for cars parking on the street. The poorly maintained greenery of this edge of the park will be replaced by the “frame” of a sidewalk, the artistic new fence, and a view into the beauty of the community gardens.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:

The Liberty Lands committee of NLNA seeks proposals for up to 20 unique metal fence panels, to be designed and built by the artists, for its community garden fence. An honorarium of $2,500 per panel is offered to selected panels: this honorarium is intended to cover the costs of materials, fabrication, and the artists’ participation/guidance in installation as well as compensation for the artists’ design.

Requirements:

Each panel must fit in a 10′ long by 5′ high space (defined by the “panel” size of a standard “Tacony” metal fence) and be possible to be installed as a section of that fence.

Each panel must be functional AS a garden fence for a public area. The design should not be easy to climb over nor involve dangerous projecting elements on which people could easily be hurt. Materials should be chosen for durability in a public, outdoor environment and should be safe for children, animals, and garden soil.

Panels must be fully fabricated and ready for installation in the spring of 2019.

Artists are encouraged to develop their own vision(s) within these requirements, and may submit as many different designs as they wish. Panels will be selected by a committee of neighbors with an eye to those which work best with each other and the plain panels that will alternate with them: more than one panel by an individual artist may be selected for installation.

Timeline:

September 12, 2017 — Neighborhood meeting about grant; public opportunity to ask questions about this RFP

October 10, 2017 — Deadline for project proposals

January 9, 2018 — Community charrette/discussion meeting and final selection of panels

January 2019 — Deadline for completion of panel fabrication

Spring 2019 — Installation of fence and artists’ panels

More info: check future emails or contact Janet Finegar at janetfinegar@gmail.com.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of July 10, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-july-10-2017/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:19:39 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11352 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Barbara Mulckhuyse, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Michael Coyne; Donald Hoegg; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Ben Mann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger. 

ALSO PRESENT:  Melodie Carter, Kereen Franklin, John Turella, Marcel Winokur

ABSENT:  Janet Finegar, Secretary; Joe Mikuliak, Ira Upin

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7 p.m.

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Chris Somers: “To approve the minutes of the June Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 11-0-0

Carter et. al. presented their attached report, Market Research Report, 7:04 p.m.

 

In response to the report, Treasurer Steve Richman and President Matt Ruben questioned how the board should go about “capturing” the various groups laid out in the report, and suggested the NLNA should go beyond just recruiting volunteers. Richman in particular emphasized the importance of the higher income demographics described in the report contributing to the NLNA financially if they’re otherwise predisposed. Similarly, Richman later noted that the high proportion of homeownership should lend itself to a more engaged membership.

Responding to questioning over whether “legacy residents” were being diluted rather than displaced, Marcel Winokur explained that dilution – the influx of newer residents occupying formerly non-residential zoned areas – subsequently drives displacement as the area becomes more desirable and rents and property tax burdens increase.

The next presentation was tentatively set for August 7.

 

President’s Report: Not presented in the interest of time

 

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To certify the online board poll certifying HVAC repairs for up to $3,000.”  Passed 11-0-0

 

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

Treasurer reported that the NLNA has a $30,000 larger than expected budget surplus, due in large part to community center rentals. Additionally, while the yard renovations are making progress, they likely won’t be ready in time for use by NLArts.

TREASURER’S REPORT – JULY 2017          

2016-17 Budget: June  Financialstables attached

For the nine months ended on June 30th           all funds income was $222,000; this was $28,300 more than projected.  Expenses totaled $140,500, which was about $40,700 less than anticipated.  Net income was $81,500 – $69,000 more than projected. These amounts include about $83,400 in grant income and $34,800 in grant expenses outside the General Fund and Liberty Lands.

  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
  • GF & LL Income (rounded):   $138,100 — $27,800 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses (rounded): $105,700 — $2,400 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $32,400 — $30,200 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through June included:

Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $44,200. This was $3,200 higher than anticipated.  Most significantly, the Annual Appeal surpassed its goal of $17,600 (by $730), the Winterfest took in nearly $9,000, almost $1,500 more than projected, the plant sale brought in almost $7,200, nearly $700 more than anticipated and income from the Spring Music Fest was $5,240, $740 more than budgeted . In addition, income from the Fall Fest exceeded expectations by nearly $1,800.  Shortfalls in income from recycling initiatives and Clean Streets partially offset these gains by about $2,200.

Higher than anticipated general donations totaling $15,400.  This was $11,900 more than projected and accounts for nearly 40 percent of the current positive balance.    A number of large matching donations constituted most of the funds we received.  A shortfall in corporate donations, however, most notably for Clean Streets, offset this gain by a net $2,000.

Rental income, which totaled $58,700.  This exceeded expectations by $7,300, although $1,050 of this amount was pre-paid rent.

Grants totaling $12,170 received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits, the Fall Fest, Winterfest and Liberty Lands.   An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.  Taken together, these grant funds exceeded budgeted expectations by $5,550.

Lower than anticipated spending for professional and program services and repair and maintenance (-$8,300). 

Higher than anticipated spending for legal services (+$1,500) and equipment ($4,200).  In legal services the additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision.  In equipment, we spent $2,680 for the purchase of a street cleaning machine and $1,000 for a water fountain and the rental of a bobcat at Liberty Lands.

Other Items

Clean Streets – As reported previously, revenue to support the Clean Streets program is running far behind expectations; it is $5,500 short and if the current trend continues we will miss our fundraising target by almost $7,000 this year.  Given that the program is funded by a dedicated revenue stream this shortfall has serious implications for its future.  Because the program is forward-funded there are sufficient funds for the current year; however, if current trends continue Clean Streets would only have sufficient funds to operate for about 5 months next year. Following Board discussion at last month’s meeting action is contemplated to address the current shortfall.

Capital Grant from PTSSD: Yard Improvements – Following City approval of our plan approval and issuance of a building permit we commenced excavation of the site.  Foundations were subsequently poured and we are awaiting architect approval of detailed drawings by our pavilion fabricator.  All contracts required to complete the work have been executed.  Some services are being provided for no charge.  These include surveying, excavation and foundation work. In addition, Callahan Ward, a local developer is assisting in the general oversight of the project, also at no charge to us. Of course, Kieran Timberlake and its partners will continue to provide direction and assistance to us throughout the construction process.

2017-18 Budget – Budget preparation will begin in July and continue through the summer. It is anticipated that a draft budget will be presented to the Board at the September meeting and the final budget will be presented for a vote at the October meeting. Committees will be contacted as necessary for input into the process.

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 11-0-0

 

Liberty Lands Board Report   July 2017

  • Apologies for the brief report. Oddly, mid-summer is a relatively quiet time at the park: also, Janet is away all month although available by text/email. If something critical is happening, getting in touch with Liz or Seth right away is the best idea, followed by TEXTING Janet (215-627-4633) so she can alert folks in Philadelphia. Emails may take a few days before she even sees them.
  • The farmer who’d been our anchor at the Farmers Market last year and this spring, 5 Acre Farms, has retired due to a series of problems at the farm. We’ll miss him – Jack is a character and a great guy – but fortunately a second farm had come on this June so the market itself is unharmed. Paul Hubert has been doing an amazing job of organizing and promoting the Market: what it most needs now is community support and purchasers. Please make a point of stopping by on Saturday mornings if you can and talk it up to your friends.
  • Use of the park otherwise continues at a normal pace for the summer: there is a steady flow of reservations and parties. July 29th will be a largish event – Jouska, by the Women’s Collective. Paul and Liz are the contact points at the park for that event.
  • The production of Midsummer Night’s Dream during late June went very well and was well received in the community. We’d work with that theater company again if possible.
  • July 4th passed without any serious fireworks issues, although Seth says he did have to chase three separate groups away from setting up explosives there. No problems with doing so, however.
  • The Garden Hub project is up and running, with a part-time worker hired and tending the City Harvest gardens for harvest to take to local food banks.
  • The lock on the potty shed was malfunctioning and we’d found it open repeatedly, so Seth had it changed. Core park volunteers have the new key.
  • Finally, the concerns about lead in the soil in Fishtown have, predictably, raised some questions about whether Liberty Lands’ soil is safe. The short answer is YES, the park’s soil has been tested twice since the mid-90s and has safe lead (and other contaminants, too) levels for park use. While there may be lead dust contamination from other construction sites in the neighborhood, it should be fairly low and the new mulch at the playground will help. I have a detailed response email about all this if anyone would like to read it, but the main answer should anyone be asked is that the park is one of the best-tested and safest sits in the neighborhood and that everyone should be super-careful about washing the hands of small people in particular. Since we’re talking about dust, hand washing and taking care to keep stuff out of babies’ mouths is by far the best protection.

Zoning Committee Report: Matt Ruben; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Barbara Saverino.“To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1013 N. Leithgow St., i.e.: ‘We support this proposal as presented.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Anne Waginger,. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 138-46 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘We support this revised plan as presented.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Don Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1050 N. Hancock St., i.e.: ‘We support the project as presented with the following provisos: 1) There will be a maximum of 150 in the venue.  2) Hours will be limited to:  Sunday – Thursday   11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 3) No sound shall leave the premises. 4) There will be no more than 3 live music events with amplified sound each week. 5) No alcohol of any amount will be served.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Steve Richman. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1114 N. Galloway St., i.e.: ‘We do not support the severance because the original approval was made for auxiliary parking in this location for 2 houses.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Don Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 719 N. 5th St., i.e.: ‘We can only support a plan for a multi-family building with the following provisos: 1)Eliminate the living space in the basement including the bathroom, and eliminate the stairs from the 1st floor back apartment to the basement, making the basement one continuous storage space. 2) Combine the 2 back bedrooms with the “den” on the 4th floor (eliminating the “den”). 3) Trash storage should be along the easement, not within the apartments, and there should be commercial trash pick-up with removal from the easement area. 4) Utility meters should be hidden from view.’”  Passed 11-0-0

 

Old Business

Barbara Saverino explained that Friends of the Doughboy plans to seek funding from the Mayor’s Fund after funding from PTSSD fell through due to timing technicalities.

 

New Business

Don Phillips reported that the NLNA will again be serving beer at 2nd and Brown during the Second Street festival and will put out a public posting for volunteers ASAP.

Don Phillips also reported that the fundraiser for Orkney Park Project was very successful and the next step is to reach a legal agreement. Organizers will need to retain counsel experienced in both estate and land use law.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at  8:40 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee – Monday 6/26/17

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Melissa Magness, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector     Members absent:  Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak,Michael Simons, Ira Upin

 

1013 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Roger Perry:  A proposal for a two family dwelling.

The property was originally 2 Trinities with 2 separate entrances, 2 utility meters, 2 kitchens and 2 mortgages.  It continues to function as two separate housing units.

Motion: (Charlie) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 6-0-0    We support this proposal as presented.

 

138-46 W. Wildey Sy. – RSA5 – Max Silver: A return visit with a proposal for 8 townhomes.

Motion from 5.22.17: Vote 6-0   Thank you for your presentation. We can support the project as presented except for the 4th floor. At that level we would like to see a compliant pilot house

Motion from 3.27.17 that follows was changed by email with ZC members to allow reduced setbacks for 4 instead of 2 houses.  Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade.

The first 3 floors remain the same.  The 4th floor room (with a wet bar) was moved to the rear of the houses and with a minimum set back of 14’.  The rear of the building is 43’8” high and the front is 48’ high.  The full height wall that is adjacent to the neighbor’s driveway will be beige or grey. Discussion: No neighbors were at the meeting.  The site lines are improved from the previous design. 

Motion (Charlie) – 2nd (Sharon): Vote 6-0-0   We support this revised plan as presented.

 

1050 N. Hancock St. – CMX3 – Creep Records: A proposal for live music, dj’s, art shows, retail sales of t-shirts max, 150 people, as part of an existing record store and pipes shop. Entrance is through the Piazza. They claim that sound has not been a problem during musical events.  There is no alcohol or food served.  They anticipate a weekly music event.  There is only one bathroom.

Motion (Group): Vote 6-0-0  We support the project as presented with the following provisos: 1 – There will be a maximum of 150 in the venue.   2 – Hours will be limited to:  Sunday -> Thursday   11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday   11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 3 – No sound shall leavethe premises. 4 – There will be no more than 3 live music events with amplified sound each week.  5 – No alcohol of any amount will be served.

 

1114 N. Galloway St. – RSA5 – David Orphanides: To sever the pre-approved use of the lot as a two parking open air parking spaces for 1128 & 1130 N. Galloway St.  Discussion: Zoning was previously approved as parking spaces for 2 homes not attached to these spaces.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Jon): Vote 6-0-0   We do not support the severance because the original approval was made for auxillary parking in this location for 2 houses.

 

719 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – Michael Philips:  A return visit with a proposal for a 6 unit mutli-family building.  Motion  from 1.30.17.  Vote 6-0-1  Thank you for your presentation. While we can support an apartment building at this location, we cannot support the plan as presented. Please present a revised plan to our design committee before returning to the zoning committee in which:  The median height does not exceed 38 ft., There are no more than 6 actual bedrooms, There is a trash plan, A roof deck with a 12’ setback from 5th St and a 5’ setback at the rear of the building, A façade and roofline that look more similar to nearby homes than the plan shown to the Committee. Houses on this block, with the exception of the adjacent house, are multi-family. The front façade was changed to align the cornice with the other homes. The pitch of the roof now matches the others on the block.  The brick will be red to match the other homes. There will be a 12’ set back from 5th Street and 5’ set back from the rear.  Only the top floor unit has access to the roof deck.  The first floor rear apartment is the only unit with yard access. The adjacent neighbor’s concerns were addressed.  The trash “plan” was to provide a trash closet within each apartment. Discussion: There are still more bedrooms than we requested (9 not 6).  The trash plan will not alleviate trash congestion on the sidewalk.

Motion (Group): Vote 6-0-0  We can only support a plan for a multi-family building with the following provisos: 1 – Eliminate the living space in the basement including the bathroom, and eliminate the stairs from the 1st floor back apartment to the basement, making the basement one continuous storage space. 2 – Combine the 2 back bedrooms with the “den” on the 4th floor (eliminating the “den”).  3 – Trash storage should be along the easement, not within the apartments, and there should be commercial trash pick-up with removal from the easement area.  4 – Utility meters should be hidden from view.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of June 5, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-june-5-2017/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:12:21 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11350 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Barbara Mulckhuyse, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Michael Coyne; Ira Upin; Monika Kreidie; Ben Mann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Chris Somers;

ABSENT: Janet Finegar, Secretary; Donald Hoegg; Jeremy Lindemann; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.  

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7 p.m.

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Don Phillips:“To approve the minutes of the April Board meeting as presented.” Passed 8-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Don Phillips: “To fill the empty seat created by the resignation of Board Member Roneil Jackson by suspending the rules and seating the next highest vote getter at last week’s election, Michael Coyne, to the Board” Passed 8-0-0

Ryan from Atnos presented a new app and WiFi opportunity: to be able to market NLNA on local business’ WiFi as a “banner” ad. Option to also have a router in NLNA community center for new WiFi, or to be a Sponsor. Voted on under new business

President’s Report: Matt Ruben: written report attached and reviewed.

President’s Report, June 2017

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Construction Impacts – A few stubborn issues, most notably a small section of sidewalk on 3rd between Green and Fairmount that’s blocked on both sides.
  • Festival Pier Site (Delaware & Spring Garden) – DRWC and the developer are still not ready to make the proposal public. I believe there will be a go/no-go decision made in August.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The BID’s committees continue to meet. Bylaws have been drafted, a needs survey has been done, boundaries are coming into focus, and the assessment and other key financial pieces are coming together.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Board Retreat – Our April 29 board retreat was a great success. This month’s board meeting agenda carves out time to continue the discussion, with the plan to have this discussion every 1-3 board meetings from here on out.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • Board Meet-n-Greet June 15 – These casual events, where neighbors and others can meet board members and each other in a casual setting with free food and drink, always are successful, and over the years have resulted in many high-quality contacts – several current board members first made contact with the NLNA at one of these events. Board members are strongly encouraged to attend, particularly since these events informally take the place of some of the monthly general membership meetings we used to have in the past. 6-8PM, Community Center.
  • General Membership Meetings – The May election meeting was well-attended and the Sanctuary City presentation by City officials was extremely informative.
  • Town Watch – I believe Jeremy and Mark Maltby should make a public push to restart Town Watch patrols, to see if there’s neighbor interest.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Marketing/PR – A team of graduate students from Temple’s Fox School of Business is working with Don, Barbara, and Michael to help us with marketing and PR issues this summer. Neighbor Lori Schuster does similar marketing and is helping out as well. Thanks to Don for making the connection.
  • The Facebook Group continues to grow quickly, with more than 3,600 members.
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

In addition,  follow up from the Board Retreat. Much discussion about a need for a mission statement and brand before deciding on tactical aspects such as a Marketing Campaign. Matt sent out the various iterations of the mission statement; all centered around being the center of the community (voice of, engine of), building community and increasing quality of life. The opening of the community center yard in Aug/Sept provides a great opportunity to rebrand or at least re-communicate. All agree that we need to find a way to communicate with a clear purpose and find ways to get more active members involved. Discussion about potentially hiring a person to help with engagement and social media. Discussed the need for a CRM database. Decided that Fox Business students would add this to their presentation (Michael to handle).

Discussed the need for a more dedicated effort around fundraising; particularly seeking and applying for grants. Discussion about hiring a PT person/company to dedicate to this. Decided that for now, ideally this person would come from the community.

Discussed the need for a fundraising calendar: Michael to spearhead.

NLNA community center with upcoming yard completion provides the opportunity to drive revenue through Special Events. Discussed the potential need for a PT person to help out with booking as well as running events. Monika/Lara to present needs at next board meeting.

Steve raised the idea of potentially using the reserve fund to put back into community and get a resource to help in various efforts. To be reviewed by Finance Committee.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.  Discussion about the anticipated $7-8K short fall on Clean Streets – need for Larry to make calls to developers. Also decided that further discussion was needed by Finance Committee to decided how to fund this as part of the General Fund or let it be on its own.

TREASURER’S REPORT – JUNE 2017          

  1. 2016-17 Budget: May Financials – tables attached
    • For the six months ended on May 31st all funds income was $208,143; this was $26,200 more than projected. Expenses totaled $101,574, which was about $67,300 less than anticipated.  Net income was $106,569 – $93,500 more than projected. These amounts include about $84,000 in grant income and $6,400 in grant expenses outside the General Fund and Liberty Lands.
    • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF & LL Income (rounded): $124,300 — $25,800 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses (rounded): $95,200 — $1,100 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $29,100 — $26,800 more than anticipated.
    • Significant variations from budgeted projections through May included:
  2. Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $38,600. This was $2,500 higher than anticipated. Most significantly, the Annual Appeal surpassed its goal of $17,600 (by $600), the Winterfest took in nearly $9,000, almost $1,500 more than projected, and the plant sale brought in almost $7,200, nearly $700 more than anticipated. In addition, income from the Fall Fest exceeded expectations by nearly $1,800. Shortfalls in income from recycling initiatives and Clean Streets partially offset these gains by about $2,000.
  3. Higher than anticipated general donations totaling $14,600. This was $11,500 more than projected and accounts for nearly 40 percent of the current positive balance.    A number of large matching donations constituted most of the funds we received.  A shortfall in corporate donations, however, most notably for Clean Streets, offset this gain by a net $1,500.
  4. Rental income, which totaled nearly $52,900. This exceeded expectations by nearly $7,200, although almost $2,000 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  5. Grants totaling $12,170 received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits, the Fall Fest, Winterfest and Liberty Lands. An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.  Taken together, these grant funds exceeded budgeted expectations by $5,550.
  6. Lower than anticipated spending for professional and program services and repair and maintenance (-$7,000). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  7. Higher than anticipated spending for legal services (+$1,600) and equipment ($4,100). In legal services the additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision.  In equipment, we spent $2,680 for the purchase of a street cleaning machine and $1,000 for a water fountain and the rental of a bobcat at Liberty Lands.
  8. Other Items
    • Clean Streets – As stated previously in this report, revenue to support the Clean Streets program is running far behind expectations; it is nearly $5,000 short and if the current trend continues we will miss our fundraising target by almost $7,000 this year. Given that the program is funded by a dedicated revenue stream this shortfall has serious implications for its future.  Because the program is forward-funded there are sufficient funds for the current year; however, if current trends continue Clean Streets would only have sufficient funds to operate for about 5 months next year.  It is important, therefore for the Board to consider a fundraising strategy to address the current shortfall.
    • Capital Grant from PTSSD: Yard Improvements – About a week ago we finally received plan approval and our building permit from the City. On Tuesday of this week we are scheduled to begin excavation of the site. While we were awaiting action by the City we successfully negotiated and executed several agreements with contractors for the construction of the pavilion, landscaping and required inspections.   We also hope to conclude negotiations shortly with a contractor for an irrigation system.  Some services are being provided for no charge.  These include surveying, excavation and foundation work. In addition, Callahan Ward, a local developer is assisting in the general oversight of the project, also at no charge to us. Of course, Kieran Timberlake and its partners will continue to provide direction and assistance to us throughout the construction process.

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 9-0-0

 

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Written report attached.

Liberty Lands Report – June 2017

  • We are still in the process of adapting to the changeover in Garden Coordinator(s): our new coordinators Laura and Brian are finding their feet, though! Paul Cherashore is going to take over the job of supervising Chico, our trash and small-chore employee.
  • At Matt’s suggestion, I will start a social-media blast in mid-June to remind people not to set off fireworks at the park, and we’ll put up a big sign in the middle of the field on July 2nd or 3rd saying “no fireworks”
  • In the upcoming weeks there are rehearsals by our fire dancing troupe (Lux Arati) on several Sunday evenings, and rehearsals/performances by a group doing Midsummer Night’s Dream on the stage in mid-June. They should all be low-impact, but expect to see them.
  • The farmer’s market has been going very well, bringing in at least $60/week as well as being a really nice community addition. There are two farmers now, and some great things like homemade ice cream. . .
  • Flea Market/Music Fest/Angel Picnic was Saturday. It seems to have gone nicely (I wasn’t there – report from Don?), but the trash leftovers were nuts, probably from the Flea Market. We need to make a better plan for that so it isn’t just dumped onto volunteers on Sunday.
  • The community relations/crime prevention officers from the 26th District found me the other day at the park, and they want to hold a family-friendly festival for National Night Out on August 1st. This should be a great partnership for the park (as well as a nice event), since a strong relationship with the District ought to help with enforcement on fireworks/night parties, etc.
  • On that theme, we called the cops on a rowdy evening party over Memorial Day weekend and got a pretty quick and effective response: hurrah.
  • The Plant Sale – which is an NLNA fundraiser but a big chunk of the park’s yearly budget (and many of the plants are grown at Liberty Lands) was the biggest success yet: $4,500 profit.
  • The scheduled May 13 Love Your Park workday was dramatically rained out. However, small workdays on the 20th and 27th got a lot of the tasks on our list completed.
  • Finally, both City Harvest and the GardenHub projects are underway and going well.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Joe Mikuliak, seconded by Monika Kreidie.“To ratify the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 928 N. Leithgow St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We oppose the variance for a front side garage at this location on a lot that is only 15’ wide. We feel a functional garage door, utility meters and a front door will not fit. As designed the new house will have no eyes on the street. A small home with a living area on the first floor will be much better on this small lot.’”  Passed 7-2-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To ratify the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 138-46 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We can support the project as presented except for the 4th floor. At that level we would like to see a compliant pilot house.’”  Passed 9-0-0

Motion: By Joe Mikuliak, seconded by Barb Mulckhuyse. “To ratify the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 832-34 N. Orkney St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the plan as drawn. The bike rack will not permanently prevent parking. We request that you bring both houses to the property line. This will further increase the open space toward compliance and prevent parking in front of the house.’”  Passed 9-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Ira Upin. “To ratify the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 326 St. John Newman Way, i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We support the plan as presented including materials as long as the refusals match those presented.’”Passed 9-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kredie, seconded by Ben Mann. “To ratify the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 614 N. Front St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support this project. There is no hardship not to build by right at this location.’”  Passed 9-0-0

 

Old Business:

The Yard- meeting at 9am Tuesday a.m.; estimated time for completion realistically end of August/beginning of Sept. Question was raised about being able to use space partially prior to completion; the answer; likely not, but let’s determine as the project gets underway.

Billy Goat is up and running

Orianna ZBA legal dispute heads to Aug 7 court date.

Announcements: Janet’s party on Saturday, and June 21 Fundraising event for Orkney Park.

 

New Business

Atnos presentation: discussion about potential conflict with Bamboo (existing WiFi provider) – concluded none present as it does not work reliably. Monica to get back to Ryan to be a sponsor/ ad on other WiFi locations.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at  9 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting – Monday 5/22/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin, Charlie Abdo                       Members Absent: Michael Simon, Melissa Magness, Chris Issacson, Sharon Richman

 

928 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Joe Beller – A return visit with a proposal for a single family dwelling – refused for front side garage.  Motion from 5.24.16: 5-0 We reject the proposal as presented. A better house would be built on this small lot if it were built by right. They went to the ZBA and were approved for a house without the garage. The rest of the house is by right. Neighbors are concerned about the 15’ width of the garage, and the ability to have a functional front façade with a garage at that width.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd (Jon): Vote: 5-1  Thank you for your presentation. We oppose the variance for a front side garage at this location on a lot that is only 15’ wide. We feel a functional garage door, utility meters and a front door will not fit. As designed the new house will have no eyes on the street. A small home with a living area on the first floor will be much better on this small lot.

 

138-46 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Max Silver – A return visit with a proposal for 8 townhomes. Motion from 3.27.17 that follows was changed by email with ZC members to allow reduced setbacks for 4 instead of 2 houses.  Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade. They returned with a plan that includes a change to the pilot house. It is larger. Over 100 sf larger than a compliant pilot house.

Motion (group): Vote 6-0   Thank you for your presentation. We can support the project as presented except for the 4th floor. At that level we would like to see a compliant pilot house

 

832-34 N. Orkney St. – RSA5 – Jonathan Adler – A return visit with a proposal for two single family dwellings. Motion from 4/24/17 –  (Joe) – 2nd ( Melissa): Vote  7-0-0 We cannot support the plan as presented.  Please return with plan that: prevents illegal parking in front of the homes on Orkney, and provides a larger open space on the smaller lot. They moved the small house 2’ forward and added a bike rack in front of the smaller house to prevent parking there.

Motion (Ira) 2nd (Abbey): 6-0  Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the plan as drawn. The bike rack will not permanently prevent parking. We request that you bring both houses to the property line. This will further increase the open space toward compliance and prevent parking in front of the house.

 

326 St. John Newman Way – RSA5 – Ted Singer – A proposal for a single family dwelling with parking. No refusals have been issued, but expected refusals are for: rear yard depth, rear yard parking, possibly curb cut

Motion (Ira) 2nd (Jon): 6-0   Thank you for your presentation. We support the plan as presented including materials as long as the refusals match those presented.

 

614 N. Front St. – CMX2 – Zhen Jin – A proposal for a residential building with 27 units, 61’ high, with 17 parking spots. Refusals include: Number of bike spaces, 90 degree Parking, 0% open space, proposed height of 61’ where 38’ is permitted.

Motion (group): 6-0 Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support this project. There is no hardship not to build by right at this location.

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NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 – Get Tickets Now! http://www.nlna.org/nlarts-gala-dinner-in-the-park-thur-aug-31-get-tickets-now/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11231 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

$40 Per Family
Get Tickets Now!

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)


A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks

 

 

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