Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 Newsletter is here! 

In this issue, you will find: 

  • introductions to the nine Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fund recipients 
  • updates on the care for and improvements of Cedar Park 
  • Cedar Park Neighbors Communication improvements 
  • Holiday Basket Food Drive (donate here!
  • the history and preservation of Cedar Park 
  • and more! 

Cedar Park Neighbors' Holiday Basket Drive 2017

Holiday Food Banner 2017.jpg

Dear Friends and Neighbors of Cedar Park,

Once again, Cedar Park Neighbors, in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season.

In 2016, we were able to reach over 150 local families. As a continuation of this successful event, we need your financial help and support! 

Please consider a suggested donation in the amount of $36. Support at this amount will help us feed two families and foster our commitment to “neighbors helping neighbors.” For your convenience, we have also included payment options to join or renew your annual membership with Cedar Park Neighbors as well as an “any amount” option.


We will be packing and distributing the baskets on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 8:30am -10:30am at Renewal Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 47th and Cedar Avenue. All volunteers are most welcome! Please feel free to contact us at mlewis1071@gmail.com if you have any questions. We thank you in advance for your support!

If you are interested in donating bulk items, please contact Michelle Lewis at mlewis1071@gmail.com

Michelle Lewis and Beverly Rouse

Back to School for the Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Recipients!

Scholarship 2017.jpg

Nine young Cedar Park residents’ return to school will be a little bit easier this fall thanks to the Cedar Park Neighbors’ Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fund. In addition to scholarships for educational expenses, the students will also receive mentoring, care packages, and networking opportunities from the fund throughout the school year.

New to the Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fund are two incoming college freshmen.

Khadijah Yadulla is a 2016 graduate of Hardy Williams Mastery Charter High School attending Drexel University. Kayla Lewis is a 2016 graduate of Oldfields School, attending Widener University.

Returning scholarship recipients include:

Ruby Anderson, who is in her third  year studying at Oberlin College where she is double major in Sociology and Comparative American Studies with an education minor.

Mable Bakali, who is completing her Engineering degree at Temple University.

Abdoulaye Dia, who is in his third year at Denison University where he studies Global Commerce.

Ainye Clarke, who is in her fourth year studying Psychology at Rosemont College.

Andrew Kulasegram-Wilson, who is completing his Mechanical Engineering degree at Drexel University. Danielle Little, who is completing her Communication degree at DePaul University.

Robin Siddall, who is in her second year at Wellesley College.

These scholarships are possible through the generous support of the donors to the Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fundraiser.  Sponsors of the April 2017 event included:

Sustaining Neighbor Sponsor

Fleming Family Fund

Benefactor Neighbor Sponsor

Fred Wolfe, Jr.

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union 

Patron Neighbor Sponsor

Amara Rockar & Mustapha Berkshan

Ana Lisa Yoder & G. Anthony Lapp

Claudia B. Hamilton-Ruffin

Duwayne Terry & Julia Katz Terry

Jacques-Jean Tiziou

Jesse Fuchs-Simon

Lisa Mitchell

Melani Lamond, Urban & Bye, Realtor

Susan Kay Weiler

Zachary Spence 

Friendly Neighbor Sponsor

Alfred C. Airone & Carolyn J. Kelly

Brad Wayland

Brandon Alcorn

Camden Segal

Darryl Bundrige

David Hincher & Mara Hincher

David Wengert

Debra L. Detweiler & L. George Detweiler

Elizabeth K. Sands

Jeff Lutzner

Jessica Lowenthal & Ryan Godfrey

Joyce A. Brock

Kelly J. Ryan

Lewis Baum

Linford D. Martin & Marcella J. Zimmerman

Louis N. Tannen & Catherine C. Carr

Margaret Dowling

Mark McGuire & Jo-Ann M. Verrier

Maureen Tate & Gerald McHugh

Michael Froehlich

Michael W. Jennings & Alfred A. Giosa

Patricia J. Lavelle

Patricia Warner

Scott Geryk & Nancy Geryk

Sharon Smith & James Smith

Suzanne Banning Anderson & Kelvyn Anderson

We thank those sponsors and all who contributed to making the event a huge success! Cedar Park Neighbors is extremely proud of these active and dynamic students and their accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating these young members of our Cedar Park community, and wishing them the best in their studies.

Interested in becoming a member of Cedar Park Neighbors? Click here to join. To support Cedar Park Neighbors and its initiatives such as Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fund make a donation here.

[Cover photo L-R: David Hincher, CPN President, Suzanne B. Anderson, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Whitney Martinko, Scholarship Committee, Ainye Clarke, Khadijah Yadulla, Kayla Lewis, Fred Martin Wolfe Jr., Scholarship Committee, Mable Bakali, Darryl Bundridge, Scholarship Committee, Robin Siddall.]

Preservation Alliance Presentation

Screen Shot 2017-10-21 at 12.22.56 PM.png

On Monday, October 16th, we welcomed the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia to host their "Neighborhood Preservation Workshop" at our October Board Meeting. 

They presented an overview of historic preservation policies and the current extent of preservation protections in Cedar Park, highlighting some of the unprotected historic buildings found in our initial survey. They also listened to our neighbor's thoughts and concerns about preservation and development in the neighborhood.

Here is the link to resources as mentioned during the presentation: http://www.preservationalliance.com/what-we-do/nomination-and-report-library/

Here are the slides used during the presentation. 

If you would like to get involved, email us at contact@cedarparkneighbors.org and we will connect you with other interested neighbors. 

ABOUT: The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the appreciation, protection, and appropriate re-use of our region’s historic buildings, communities, and landscapes. This year, the Alliance is undertaking a project to identify and inventory historic buildings in Philadelphia neighborhoods that are facing heightened development pressure.  For it to be truly successful, the project must be a collaboration of the Alliance, community-based organizations, and individual residents. We hope to get community input and feedback from the outset about those historic assets most prized by neighbors, those often overlooked, and those most threatened by demolition.

CPN Zoning Committee Letter for 5047 Baltimore Avenue

Mr. Frank DiCicco, Chair
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Re: 5047 Baltimore Avenue,

Philadelphia, PA 10143

Calendar No: 31105 Permit No. 769535

Dear Mr. DiCicco:

Cedar Park Neighbors did not reach an agreement on the application for a use variance for proposed new construction at 5047 Baltimore Avenue.

A public meeting of Cedar Park Neighbors was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community to review this project and the proposed variance. Attorney Darwin Beauvais, the developer JMSK, LLC, and the project architect described the proposed project, a four-story infill apartment building in the middle of the block. The proposal includes a ground floor retail space in the front, and three three-bedroom apartments, occupying the basement through fourth floors. In addition to six members of the CPN zoning committee, seven additional members of the public attended this meeting, along with the project team, several others who did not participate in the final vote, and a local reporter.

Three of the neighbors voted to support this project; three voted against it; one had no opinion. Of the zoning committee, one member supported this project, four voted against it, and one member recused. The committee members felt that the drawings were unclear – one of the units, which has all three of its bedrooms in the basement, appears to have window wells for those bedrooms that are covered by building structure and will not get the requisite light and air required for a dwelling unit. Although this is not a zoning issue per se, the applicant is requesting a use change to increase the number of units from two to three. We feel that a claim of hardship for this increase is unwarranted – the unit being added is substandard, and therefore we did not feel that an increase in the unit count represented a benefit to the community. Several members of the committee felt that a plan which included a third unit, but did not rely so heavily on the use of the basement, might be better; however, without drawings that are more clear, it is too difficult to make a firm decision at this time.

Attached for your information and records are the Attendance Sign-In Sheet and the Meeting Summary Form.

Very truly yours,

Katherine Dowdell, Cedar Park Neighbors Zoning Committee

Cc: Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell
Darwin Beauvais, Attorney
City Planning Commission (rco.notification@phila.gov)
Southwest Philadelphia District Services, Baltimore Avenue Business Association, Southwest
Community Development Corporation, Southwest Community Advisory Group, 51st Republican Ward

5047 Baltimore.jpg

2017 Live Jazz Fridays in Cedar Park is here!

2017 Live Jazz Fridays in Cedar Park is here!

Sponsored by

Thank you to the Cedar Park Neighbors’ Jazz committee including chair Renee McBride Williams, Monica Allison, and Jo Ann Fishburn!


Getting to Know Cedar Park Houses of Worship

Getting to Know Cedar Park Houses of Worship (FB Event Page)
Thursday, May 25
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: People’s Baptist Church, 5039 Baltimore Avenue

Have you ever walked by a house of worship in Cedar Park and wondered what went on inside? What do they believe? Who are their members? How do they live out their faith in the community?


Cedar Park Neighbors and The People’s Baptist Church are hosting a townhall called “Everything you always wants to know about the houses of worship in your Cedar Park neighborhood.”

Houses of worship are such vital parts of our neighborhood and we know that many neighbors want to get to know better the places of worship here in our neighborhood.

Come hear from members from
1. People’s Baptist Church
2. Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church
3. Calvary United Methodist Church
4. Kol Tzedek Synagogue
5. West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship
6. Renewal Presbyterian Church

The panel will be moderated by someone on the board of Cedar Park Neighbors, and each panelist will be asked about the history of their house of worship, what makes their service unique, and how their community is involved in the world.

We will then have an opportunity to have questions and answers from the audience.

We look forward to seeing you!

Michael Froehlich, Cedar Park Neighbors board member
Rev. Eric Goode, Senior Pastor, People’s Baptist Church and Cedar Park Neighbors board member