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Next East Torresdale Civic Association meeting

In person at All Saints Church

Date & Time: August 12, 2024 @ 07:00 PM Eastern Time


1.) April Scott-Street
Outreach & Public Engagement Consultant
Office of John P. Sabatina, Esq.
Register of Wills & Clerk of the Orphans' Court

Heighten awareness of the services the Philadelphia Register of Wills offer

RCO Presentation on behalf of 9655 Milnor Street

ETCA 2nd Annual Cookie Baking Contest Winner Determined


Congratulations to Linda Hogan

Oatmeal Cookies and White Chocolate Cream Sauce

  • 3tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½cup sugar
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups Quaker oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking power
  • 1egg, well beaten
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix all the dry ingredients together; add the butter, extract and egg, and mix thoroughly.  Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) about 5 minutes,  Remove pan while warm.


For extra flavor try a little cream with the cookie

White Chocolate Cream Sauce

  • 4 ounces quality white chocolate (such as Ghirardelli)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Break up chocolate into a small heavy saucepan.  Place over very low heat until nearly all melted, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and continue stirring until smooth.  Gradually stir in the sour cream, a few tablespoons at a time, beating with a spoon until smooth and creamy. 

Stir in the extracts and store, covered in the refrigerator.



Linden Avenue Pumping Station
Betterment Project Communication

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Pleasant Hill Park Issues*


Incidents of loud music and other aberrant behavior in Pleasant Hill Park have increased over the last two to three years.

The situation has become intolerable.


  • Vehicle access to the Tacony Boat Launch has not been consistent for the past few years.
  • Vehicle access to the Frankford Boat Launch is limited to times when there is a Philadelphia Parks & Rec Ranger present, which is also inconsistent. This is in response to the noise issues that closed the park to vehicles in 2022. 
  • Station Avenue boat access is blockaded
  • Individuals whose behaviors closed the other parks now come to our community with their negative behaviors in full display.


  • Police engagement has been sporadic at best.  The new captain, Nicholas DeBlasis, has returned to his role in the 8th District and has a long history of community engagement with our community organization on the topic
  • Issues in the park seemingly take low priority status with the Philadelphia Police Department.


  1. Close the park at 6 PM daily to dissuade bad behaviors during known problematic time windows.
  2. Call for creation/installation of satellite police substation on park premises.
  3. Redistribute and/or reconfigure resource schedules so that boat ramp support resources can be fully supported on operational days.
  4. Refresh signage at all areas so codes of conduct are clearly delineated for all citizens.
  5. Call 911 for all incidences of bad behavior. The city is data driven and the more calls that are placed should help redirect appropriate police resources.
  6. Call the 8th district directly at 215-686-3080 for unanswered 911 call/incidences of bad behavior.
  7. Call Councilmember Mike Driscoll’s office to voice your displeasure over the situation at 215-683-9220.
  8. E-mail Councilmember Mike Driscoll to express your displeasure over the situation at
  9. E-mail Police Commissioner, Kevin J. Bethel to express your displeasure over the situation at
  10. Join the ETCA @ as there is strength in numbers. The fact of the situation is that the larger the group we become, the louder our voice becomes and the more attention we will receive from our elected officials and our civil servants.

Interventions To Date

  • All Signage has been refreshed in the park areas by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Traffic Calming studies completed by Philadelphia Streets Department or both Linden Avenue and Arendell Avenue

1. Speed cushions installed on Arendell Avenue in 5/2024

2. Linden Avenue (at Torresdale Boys Club and Pleasant Hill Park) is also in the queue for this year

  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has dedicated Ranger resources on the Weekends in the summer months to help with the situation
  • Philadelphia Police Department has committed to (2) dedicated OT resources at PHP for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on fair weather days in the summer months to facilitate calmness and respectful behavior in the park area

*See Documents Folder for Current Issues List
4999 Linden Avenue Zoning Variance Request Vote Results:

With respect to the property on 4999 Linden Avenue (RSA3), seeking a zoning variance to:

Code Section(s):

Code Section Title(s):

Reason for Refusal:

Table 14-602-1

Uses allowed in residential district

Proposed use, intensive industrial is prohibited in this residential district.

Table 14-802-1:

Required Parking in Residential Districts

Accessory parking 1/1000 sq. ft. required in this residential district is not provided and is refused.

Accessory off -street parking space required five (5) whereas proposed none

For a slaughtering house (intensive industrial) in an existing structure.

Vote Tally



Total Votes

Support the variance request




Oppose the variance request




Hearing rescheduled (ZP-2024-001604) for August 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM via Zoom.
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Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

Pleasant Hill Park Disc Golf Proposal
Pleasant Hill Park Disc Golf Proposal
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planting project at Fluehr Park went very well on Friday 11.10.2023. Thank you for your participation and support. It was a true team effort.  We placed ten trees safely in the ground, and many previously planted trees were weeded and mulched.  We were blessed with dreary but manageable weather on this Veteran's Day


I am grateful for your service and camaraderie. 


Nathan and Grace of Riverfront North Partnership deserve special thanks for providing us with trees, tools, materials and water.  Philly Parks and Rec provided us with mulch. Finally, thanks to Linda and Phil for the support of Northeast TreeTenders.

Dan Coonan


Welcome to the East Torresdale Civic Association membership and information portal.

The East Torresdale Civic Association Serves the community North of Academy Road, East of Frankford Avenue, South of the Poquessing Creek, and West of the Delaware River.  West of Frankford Avenue we serve the area bounded by Eden Street to the south, James Street to the West, and Grant Avenue to the North.

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Our area is rich in history and has a unique personality.  Help us to maintain that! 
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Our organization meets at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9601 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114 on the second Monday of every month @ 7PM.
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