Northeast Times

City Web site can be resource for community projects

The city has a Web site that gives a run­down of  eigh­bor­hood pro­jects — or ideas for pro­jects — to help res­id­ents join forces and look for re­sources to get things done.

You might have an idea for a dog park in your neigh­bor­hood, said Jeff Fried­man, chief of staff for the Of­fice of In­nov­a­tion & Tech­no­logy, and some­body who lives a couple blocks from you might already be work­ing on do­ing the same thing.

The city’s www.philly.changeby.us site helps res­id­ents find out about pro­jects in or near their neigh­bor­hoods, Fried­man told mem­bers of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation dur­ing their meet­ing Nov. 30 at St. An­selm’s R.C. Church on Dunks Ferry Road.

“This tool will dir­ect you to­ward sim­il­ar pro­jects,” he said, adding the reas­on for the Web site is to con­nect people who are start­ing neigh­bor­hood pro­jects with city agen­cies, non-profits and oth­ers who might have use­ful ex­per­i­ence.

The site is still un­der con­struc­tion, Fried­man said, and it’s just for Phil­adelphi­ans to use. City work­ers mon­it­or it to see if the city can of­fer help to people try­ing to get things done in their neigh­bor­hoods.

Also, Fe­li­cia Park­er-Cox, com­munity out­reach man­ager for Re­cyclebank, talked up the city’s Re­cyc­ling Re­wards pro­gram.

Those who sign up for the city­wide pro­gram get stick­ers to put on their re­cyc­ling bins. The stick­ers are scanned when their re­cyc­lables are col­lec­ted and those in the pro­gram share in the points awar­ded by the weight of the ma­ter­i­al  col­lec­ted.

Par­ti­cipants can re­deem points for dis­counts at stores or tick­ets to events in the city, Park­er-Cox said.

A few res­id­ents said they already had signed up for Re­cyc­ling Re­wards but had nev­er got­ten the stick­ers to put on their bins. Park­er-Cox said she could give the stick­ers to any res­id­ents who sign up with her.

In­form­a­tion on the pro­gram is avail­able at 1-888-769-7960.

The Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will not con­duct meet­ings in Decem­ber or Janu­ary, said Mike Hatala, the group’s pres­id­ent. The group’s next ses­sion will be Wed­nes­day, Feb. 15, in the base­ment of St. An­selm’s R.C. Church Dunks Ferry Road. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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