BVNA Annual Meeting and Elections – Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 pm at Palumbo Rec Center

Special Presentation – Announcement and Description of the Palumbo Recreation Center Capital Improvement Plans

 BVNA Distinguished Community Service Award to Councilman Mark Squilla

 BVNA Board and Committee Reports

 BVNA Annual Elections

Slate for 2015 Board of Directors (uncontested):

President: Claudia Archer (term ending 5/16)

Vice President: Robin Tama (t/e 5/16)

Treasurer: Ric Hayman (t/e 5/16)

Secretary: Jon Geeting (t/e 5/17)

Director: Liana Ottaviani (t/e 5/17)

Director: Matt Skolnik (t/e 5/17)

Director: Juell Stewart (t/e 5/17)

Bike Share Location Meeting – March 24, 2015, 7 pm


This Tuesday, March 24, 7 pm at Palumbo Rec (10th and Fitzwater) the Bella Vista Neighbors Association will be hosting a second public meeting about possible bike share station locations and we need your feedback.

Bella Vista Neighbors Association is currently deciding whether to endorse two possible station locations, one station, or none of the stations for Phase 1 of the bike share roll-out this spring. Before we decide, we want to get more input from our neighbors.

Option 1: In the street next to Palumbo on the 900 block of Fitzwater at the northeast corner of 10th Street. The Palumbo station would replace one curb parking space. (Note: traffic engineer has confirmed that just 1 space would be removed, not 2 as presented at the last meeting.)

Option 2: On the sidewalk behind the Rite Aid at 9th and Catharine on Darien Street.

We are holding this meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm where the Mayor’s office will present the choices and community members can give us more feedback.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Philadelphia will be joining over 60 US cities this spring in rolling out a new bike share system called Indego. Bike share will provide the city with a new transportation network, allowing users to access bikes for point-to-point trips for a fee. You will be able to take a bike from one station, and drop it off at another.

The city released an initial map  of where these stations will be located, and members of the community noticed there were no stations planned for Bella Vista.  A representative from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities came to our general meeting on March 12th with initial proposals.

If you are unable to attend the March 24 meeting, please email us at, or call us at (215) 627-0057 with your input. Please tell us the block where you live, too.

Bella Vista Book Club – March 30, 2015, 6:30 pm


The Bella Vista Book Club meets on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Charles Santore Library, 932 South 7th Street.

The next meeting is Monday, March 30, 6:30-7:45 at the library.  The book to be discussed is A Visit from The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Beautification Committee Meeting – March 10, 2015, 7 pm

Team 2

Beautification Committee meets Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm at Palumbo Rec (10th and Fitzwater, side meeting room). Join us in planning our spring project.

BVNA Happy Hour Mixer – March 10, 2015, 5 to 7 pm

Happy Hour

Celebrate the extra hour of daylight and come to our Happy Hour Mixer Tuesday, March 10 at Hawthorne’s (11th and Fitzwater). We’re partnering with our neighbor civic, Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, and meeting up at the newly reopened Hawthorne’s from 5-7 pm. After the party, head on over to a BVNA zoning meeting at Palumbo Rec (10th and Fitzwater). See the Facebook event page.

BVNA General Meeting – 9th Street Market BID and Remapping, March 5, 2015, 7:00 pm


Thursday, March 5, BVNA holds it second membership meeting of 2015 with information on the potential formation of a 9th Street corridor BID (Business Improvement District) and a workshop on zoning remapping.

Join us at 7:00 pm at Palumbo Rec Center (10th and Fitzwater).