Cedar Park Neighbors Presents: Live Jazz Fridays in Cedar Park

CPN Jazz Show

Every year Cedar Park Neighbors brings jazz to the park between on Baltimore Avenue between 49th and 50th. This year’s concert series launches with Progressive Movement. Cedar Park Jazz takes place every Friday, starting June 5th, and ending on July 31st. Nestled between residences, churches, and the commercial corridor, the live music experience captures the urban flair of Philadelphia.

The free event is outdoor fun for the whole family with an on-site playground. Jazz in the park is one of the truly special social events of the West Philly community. From senior to toddler, the evenings are great moments to share. Bring a blanket for a picnic, or a chair to enjoy some great entertainment and neighborhood interaction!

If you would like to make a financial contribution please go to:

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Now accepting 2015 scholarship applications (due June 15!)

Scholarships (6)

Each year, Cedar Park Neighbors is proud to award several scholarships to neighborhood students to help pay for college expenses.

Complete applications packs must be received at by June 15, 2015 to be considered. Only students living within Cedar Park are eligible to apply.  Not sure if you live within our boundaries?  Click here for a map.  Awards in the past ranged from $600 to $1000 so don’t miss your opportunity!

If you are a new applicant, download the 2015 application by clicking here.

If you have received a scholarship in the past and are re-applying for the new year, down the 2015 renewal application by clicking here.

Email us at with any questions!

Greensgrow West community meeting

Greensgrow would like to invite you and your neighbors to an open community meeting to solicit feedback about our continued involvement in West Philadelphia. Greensgrow recently secured a long-term lease from Councilwoman Blackwell for a parcel of vacant land at 5123-29 Baltimore Avenue to build a larger farm, nursery, and education space. We anticipate this new location opening in spring of 2016 and would like to hear from our neighbors about what types of services and programs are most in demand as we increase our capacity.

The meeting will be held on Thursday June 4 at 6pm. Location will be in the community room at People’s Baptist Church at 5039 Baltimore Avenue. We hope you will join us and share this invitation widely to your friends, neighbors, and networks in the local community.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you stop by our temporary location at 4912 Baltimore Avenue this spring to meet the staff and learn more about Greensgrow’s mission and impact.

Event page on Facebook:



3rd Annual Picnic in Cedar Park

Join Cedar Park Neighbors for a neighborhood Picnic in Cedar Park! BYOP, or pickup a picnic special at any of these participating local businesses- Dock Street, The Gold Standard, Hibiscus, Little Baby’s, Mariposa, Penn Pizza or Taco Angeleno!

Event page on Facebook:

There is no rain date for this event.

CPN Treasurer’s Report

At last week’s annual meeting, Cedar Park Neighbors was pleased to present a report from its treasurer on the organization’s finances. At its core, the report reflects the generosity of our community as well as the hard work put forward by the committee and board members over the course of CPN’s successful 2014. Sizeable percentage changes in income and expenses in 2014 in comparison to 2013 largely reflected differences in activities conducted or invoices carried over from the prior year.

The report also includes CPN’s budget for 2015 in pie chart and data form. The Scholarship Committee should be congratulated for already exceeding its projected donation income for the year! New to this year’s budget are modest and flexible committee administration fees to help cover administrative costs in addition to new expense lines in support of outreach and membership work. As evidenced by the budget, CPN’s board and committees have great things planned for 2015!

Questions? Email Amara at

Board Members Elected for 2015-2016

Congratulations to the new board of Cedar Park Neighbors elected at our meeting last week.  And thanks so much to everyone who is cycling off the board.  New terms will begin on June 1, 2015.

On the executive board each serving one year terms:

President: David Hincher
1st Vice President: Suzanne Banning Anderson
2nd Vice President: Renee McBride Williams
Treasurer: Amara Rockar
Secretary: Far McKnon

On the board of directors each serving two-year terms (until May 31, 2017):
Alon Abramson
Robert Arters
Sean Dorn
Ivana Dussell
Margaret Ferrigno
Michael Froehlich
Rev. Eric Goode
Michelle Lewis
JJ Tizou
Pat Warner

At-large board members whose two-year terms carry over until May 31, 2016:
Lisa Johanningsmeir
Shawn Markovich
Ryan Spak
Mavil Spence
Saba Tedla
Michael Williams

Michael Froehlich & Margaret Ferrigno
Nominating Committee, Co-chairs


April 2015 CPN Newsletter

Here’s the April 2015 Newsletter available as a “flipbook” style pdf.

Town Hall meeting about community safety & oil tankers

Next Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30-7:30pm, Clean Water Action in collaboration w/ Cedar Park Neighbors will host a town hall discussion about oil tankers and the risk posed to communities (such as ours) near train corridors. The town hall meeting will be at Griffith Hall on the University of the Sciences campus, located at 600 South 43rd Street.If you have any questions or comments prior to next Wednesday’s meeting, contact Mike Roles with the Clean Water Action (mroles at cleanwater dot org). Please RSVP to the event via email to Mike or directly through our Facebook event listed below. All are welcome to participate.

Cedar Park Neighbors annual membership meeting and board elections

Please join Cedar Park Neighbors next Monday, April 20, 2015, from 6:30-9 pm for our annual meeting. Voting for CPN Board Members will begin at 6:30 pm. General membership meeting and presentations start at 7:00pm. To vote, you must be a current member of Cedar Park Neighbors at of April 1, 2015.

The meeting will take place at Calvary Center for Culture and Community in their chapel. Please enter through the doors on 48th Street.

This year’s annual meeting will provide brief presentations on neighborhood zoning/development issues, Philadelphia Water Department “Rain Check” program, park events, improvements to the neighborhood and various ways to support the community. Following these brief presentations, there will be an indoor fair with tables for various committees, businesses, community groups and individual programs to learn more, sign up for programs and become more involved in the community.

At the meeting, you will also get to meet the candidates for the CPN Board of Directors.  If you’ve never been to a CPN meeting, the annual meeting is a great introduction to the organization and the work that it does throughout the year.  An informal meet and greet will follow the meeting.

Below are the candidates who are standing for election: Continue reading Cedar Park Neighbors annual membership meeting and board elections

Interested in running for election to the CPN board of directors?

5937_10151522708603031_1602706112_nAre YOU interested in serving your community as a member of the board of Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN)?

Are you a renter, homeowner, business owner, elder, or barely 18? Are you a long-time resident or a recent transplant? Are you Black, white, Hispanic, or Asian? If you live or work in Cedar Park and are dedicated to improving our community, please run for the neighborhood board!

We’re looking for a few new members of the Board for two-year terms that start on June 1, 2015.

If you’re interested, please contact Meg Ferrigno at or by phone at 267-241-7606 by March 27.

And please join us for elections at our annual meeting on Monday, April 20, 7pm at the Calvary Center at 48th & Baltimore.  (More details to come.)


Continue reading Interested in running for election to the CPN board of directors?