Trolley Modernization Survey

Want to learn more about Trolley Modernization and share your input? Take SEPTA’s survey:
Trolley Modernization improvements will include updated facilities, signals, & stations. Want to learn more about how we will be making service faster & more reliable? Visit:

Monthly Board Meetings

The monthly, 2nd Tuesday, Spruce Hill Community Association board meeting will take place via Zoom this Tuesday, 6/14 at 7:30pm. The Zoom link and agenda have been emailed to our Google group.

Tue 6/14 Guest Speaker: Manal Nachef and Mukhlisah Pettiford, Islamic Education School (AICP), 45th & Walnut

Sept 13 TBA

Oct 11 TBA

Nov 8 TBA

2022 May Fair Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 May Fair Raffle! A representative from SHCA will be contacting you shortly to arrange for pickup/delivery of your basket

  • Daniel E Wilbur – Arts & Crafts
  • Elizabeth Bhoj – Treat Yourself
  • Ann Kreidle – Dining Out
  • Elaine Zanutto – Sweets, Beverages and Fun
  • Eric Santoro – Home Improvement & Fitness
  • Eliza Alford – Second Chance
  • Max Malossini – Second Chance

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make our rained-out May Fair raffle a success! We look forward to a successful, sunshine-filled May Fair in 2023!

May Fair Vendor Invitation 

Dear Friend of Spruce Hill:

After two long years, we are delighted to announce that the May Fair will return to Clark Park! We invite you to participate in the 64th Annual Spruce Hill Community Association May Fair, to be held on Saturday **May 7th, 2022**, 12-6PM in Clark Park, 43rd & Chester Avenue. We are inviting vendors, local artisans, community groups and organizations seeking to do outreach and promotion to be part of the SHCA May Fair. 

Space is limited and priority will be given to local community organizations and artisans. Vendor fees are set affordably low (all $40 or less for the day), reflecting our mission to connect the neighborhood with local groups and artisans. No second-hand goods or commercial products please – this is a day to showcase works that local artisans have produced themselves. 

Please note that we are unable to accept vendor applications from businesses/organizations that plan to sell prepared food or beverage items at tables due to Health Department regulations in relation to our permitting process for the Fair. Food vendors with a free-standing and separately permitted truck/cart may still be able to participate. If you have a truck/cart, please contact Terry Mond ([email protected]) who can discuss this further with you.

To submit an application, prospective vendors are invited to request a table online by SUN MAY 1st- follow this link

We provide a 6-foot table, table covering and chair in a 10-foot space for the day. We assign locations and will give notice regarding exact location by e-mail a few days before the event. Guidelines: No displays on the ground. No products that compete with raffle. No recorded music or generators.

Applications will be reviewed in the order received and if you are selected to participate, you will
receive e-mail notification along with instructions for online payment submission. If selected, please plan to arrive after 10:30AM to give us time to set up. Look for parking in lots around USciences and Woodland Avenue. NO vehicles in the park under any circumstances.  

Our policy is to work around any threatening showers if at all possible and hold the event as planned. However, in the event of significant rain, we will have to cancel the event and if you choose, you will be given a refund of 50% of the vendor fee. You may also elect to donate the remainder of the vendor fee. We cannot provide a full refund as we are an all volunteer non-profit community organization and will have already outlaid money for May Fair expenses including table rental deposits. If we need to cancel, you will be notified as soon as the decision is made so you can plan accordingly.

If you have questions, please e-mail Monica Calkins: [email protected]

Hope to see you at the Fair!

Monica Calkins, SHCA Executive and May Fair Planning Committees

Philly Career Launch

The Free Library is launching a new initiative for job seekers in April 2021 — Philly Career Launch. Philly Career Launch’s vision is simple yet bold: Philadelphia job seekers, especially newly unemployed and newly entering workers at the low end of the labor market, improve their economic prospects by qualifying for family-sustaining opportunity occupations.

To realize this vision, we are rolling out an ambitious agenda of resources and programming, including an expanded job seeker website, virtual day-long sessions of career exploration through individual reflection and small group discussion, and virtual career fairs for making vital connections with training program leaders and potential employers.

And we need your help to get the word out! As a trusted voice in your community, we invite you to learn more about Philly Career Launch by attending an information session. In these sessions, we will share how you can sign up to receive promotional materials, such as flyers, posters, and t-shirts, as well as digital materials for social media postings. Choose from one of three dates and register for the session by clicking on the link:

Tuesday, March 16, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 18, 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Safety Tips from the 18th District Zoom Meeting

Last Friday, Cpt. Gillespie from the 18th police district held a community meeting by Zoom to discuss the recent uptick in gun-involved crimes in Spruce Hill and neighboring areas.  For those of you unable to attend that meeting, Cpt. McCoy from Penn Police and UPenn’s Division of Public Safety has shared the tips below on how to stay safe:

  • Consider doorbell cameras & motion lighting
  • Cut bushes surrounding property (eliminating hiding spots)
  • Leave porch lights on
  • Request that city lights in your area be repaired (Contact 311 or the 18th District)
  • Don’t sit idle in vehicles for extended periods
  • When you can avoid it, don’t walk alone:
    • UPenn Walking Escorts: 215-898-WALK(9255)
    • UCD Walking Escorts: 215-387-3942
  • If an incident occurs, prepare for questions the police will ask:
    • What happened
    • Description of the perpetrator
      • Male/female, complexion, clothing, hair style, height, weight
    • Which way did the perpetrator go
      • Were they in a car or on foot
    • What items did they take
  • For more information or to share concerns, 18th district Community Relations Officers:


Richard Moore, SHCA

Joe Moloznik founder of SHCA dies.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wed, Jan 13, pg B5

Was born on May 20, 1927 in Whitney, PA and passed away at home on January 8, 2021 at 93 years old with his loving wife Betty at his side. After graduating from Latrobe High School he joined the Army Air Corps in 1945 and was recruited by Army Intelligence. He was posted to the United States Embassy in Moscow from 1946 through 1948 . While in Moscow, he applied by telegram to the University of Pennsylvania. He entered the Wharton School in 1949, and when the Korean War interrupted his studies he was recalled to active duty and posted to the Pentagon as an expert in strategic intelligence, achieving the rank of 1st Lt. He graduated from Penn in 1954 and married Betty Kendi, and they raised their family in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1957, and practiced as a Philadelphia attorney for over 50 years, initially with the law firm of Goff and Rubin and then with Fell & Spalding. He and his extraordinary wife had six children: Mark (deceased), David, Karen, Douglas, Beth and Bruce, plus 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Joseph and Betty Moloznik became fixtures in the West Philadelphia University City community. He established the Spruce Hill Community Association and was one of the founding members of the University City Swim Club, probably the first private, integrated swim club in Philadelphia. He represented the West Philadelphia Consortium and was active in community matters including the University City Arts League and Clark Park’s annual May Fair. All of those institutions remain vibrant parts of the West Philadelphia community five decades later.

He was also active with St. James Parish Council, the West Philadelphia Corporation, Boy Scouts of America and Philadelphia Bar Association. He helped establish a 25 member sportsmen’s club in Central Pennsylvania in 1962 which is still active. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church Organ Fund, 2319 Green St. Phila., PA 19130

Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit 2018

This toolkit is a resource for individuals and organizations throughout Philadelphia. It recognizes the importance of sustaining the city’s older buildings and sites — with a broad definition of what makes something “historic.” From grassroots to the government, community members have the power to preserve and revitalize the older places that matter in the city of neighborhoods.

This toolkit is based on the knowledge and input of community members from across Philadelphia, inspired by conversations about how current public policies affect or harm the character of their neighborhood.

This toolkit can be used by anyone in your community: homeowners, renters, business owners, developers, and neighbors of all ages and education levels.

Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit_DRAFT for distribution