Join us a Guerin at 9:00 a.m. Bags, brooms and shovels will be there, and we hope you will too. See you on Saturday!


A new study from Penn shows that neighborhood cleanups improve the health and safety of the entire neighborhood. We didn’t need a study to tell us that, but it’s good to have scientific proof:

Penn study says neighborhood cleanups are good for health and safety

Sprucing up vacant lots in a high-crime neighborhood may make people feel safer, researchers reported Tuesday – a seemingly obvious finding that nevertheless adds to a growing body of research showing how cheap and simple interventions may affect the health of a community.

Read more.

Hello neighbors, 

It’s time for another clean up day tomorrow July 21. You can pick up trash bags at the Guerin Rec Center to start the clean up on your own block at 9:00 AM. Then meet up with neighbors at the Rec Center on the corner of 16th and Jackson at 10:00 am. Bring brooms and shovels if you have them. 

Let’s make NoTrashNewbold a reality!

See you there. 

Lots of Love for Guerin!!

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last Saturday, May 12th was billed as “Love your Park” day in Philadelphia. I can state unequivocally that Guerin Rec Center, at 16th and Jackson got some great TLC last Saturday. Many thanks to those that helped out with trash removal, weeding, painting, tree pruning and planting of flowers. Wow- what a difference!

Special thanks to Guerin Rec Manager, Debbie Darroyo for all of her efforts in supplying tools, as well as in her recruitment of volunteers which included the Guerin maintenance staff.

Would be great to have this event on a more frequent basis to keep our park looking clean, bright, and to keep it safe for the kids. I guess in theory, each civic conducts some park cleanup as part of regular cleanups- as time and volunteers allow of course. NCA is no different. We really need more assistance, more volunteers in our beautification efforts.

But, to end on a positive note, the before and after of our park-maintenance effort Saturday was quite evident. Walk by and take a look! Some pictures are to follow here at the blog soon.


More of what’s in store….

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Want to begin by expressing my gratitude to Jason Brown, NCA Green Committee Chair, as well as to all of the volunteers for their efforts during the city wide cleanup on April 14th within NCA.

With the additional volunteers we had a significant impact on Wolf and Jackson Streets.
Both of these streets, especially from Broad to 18th are always in need of attention.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to lend a hand, and a broom, on Saturday. I hope to post a couple of pictures soon here from the clean up as well.

Want to make you all aware that beyond the next monthly NCA meeting on April 30, our next Civic event will be “Love your Park” at Guerin on May 12th. Love Your Park is a collaborative effort of the Department of Parks and Recreation, PHS/Philadelphia Green, Greater Philadelphia Cares, and park-friends groups throughout the city. The purpose of this day is to focus public awareness on the tremendous asset and resource that we share in Philadelphia’s park system, to accomplish much needed park beautification projects, and to strengthen and expand community support for the parks.

In reporting back on the fundraising effort for the big belly trash cans I feel compelled to share a bit about how this got started. My original idea, which led to my proposal to the NCA board, was that all or most of the large intersections should have trash cans as one step in a concerted effort to clean up the streets of NCA.

Though the fundraising effort for the big belly trash cans is underway, the reality is that we have everywhere to go. It is going to take some financial help from a lot of folks (or a generous few- contributing a lot) to make it happen. Each Big Belly is a solar trash receptacle, as well as a recycling receptacle, in one self-contained unit. Each complete unit is $4500

As the promotional effort on our fundraising evolves, hopefully the need throughout the civic is realized, and especially with those that live closest to each unit. The incentive here is for donors to contribute with the return benefit of a cleaner block- on a more consistent basis.

Of course, with added trash units within the civic, it does not mean our monthly cleanups will cease. Clean streets can only happen with a concerted “guerilla tactics” approach, where each piece complements the other and is implemented on a regular basis. This is much like the theory of repetitive advertising. Of course, at this point, many of us will accept even some improvement to our litter problem.

An example of a successful residential installation of Big Belly trash cans be found within the South of South Street Civic Association (SOSNA) in southwest Center City. Here is a link to the Big Belly campaign on the SOSNA site:
A total of five units have been installed within the SOSNA boundaries. It all happened with a pilot program and then phases one and two of the campaign. Phase three is now underway.

The success of the SOSNA campaigns did not happen overnight and reaching the fundraising goals was not (if you’ll pardon the expression) a walk in the park. I was able to talk with some SOSNA folks on their fundraising experience. While it was a daunting task at times, they reached their goals for the pilot as well as phases one and two.

With SOSNA we now have a model from which Newbold can borrow and implement.
Perhaps the area within the SOSNA boundaries represents a more affluent demographic which aided in the fundraising effort; Conjecture on my part? maybe, but perhaps not.

Another option for fundraising could be a grant application to a pertinent funder, but with the success of the SOSNA campaign it stands to reason that we begin with a campaign for donations from residents.

A contact within the Philadelphia streets department shared with me that the city will provide the installation, but each Civic must purchase the units. Once installed, the city would then maintain and empty the units.

In order to gain the necessary funding, we will need a groundswell of promotion to get the word out on our funding goals for the Big Belly trash units. Look for additional promotion on the May 12th event in the coming days and weeks as well. On this day will we have Big Belly-fundraising flyers to hand out, as well as representatives from NCA on hand to answer questions about the campaign.

I greatly welcome your perspective, questions, suggestions- and- outright cash donations.
Couldn’t resist. 

Rick Gabe


Posted: January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s always been my longstanding belief that the trash problem in Newbold and throughout the city can be solved, but it will take a multi-faceted, guerilla-tactics approach to solve it; And it will not be an overnight success either. 

With that said, it has been my goal for some time to get the big-belly solar trash cans on some of the major intersections within Newbold. In recent months I have been assured by folks within the Streets Department that the City would maintain the units as part of their regular trash pick up. However the civic is responsible for paying for each unit. There is more work to be done but for the civic, we will need to raise some money if we want trashcans in our hood.

So, as the title here implies, coming soon, or within the next two to three weeks I will initiate a fundraising campaign to raise the needed funds for the big belly recepticles. The approximate cost of each combo trash-recycling unit is about $4,300.

Again, very soon I will update here at notrashnewbold what the specifics of our fundraising campaign effort will entail. In the meantime, any questions or inquiries regarding donations towards this effort may be directed to me at my email address:





UnLitter Us South Philly 2The five civic groups surrounding lower South Philly are joining forces with Unlitter Us, a subset of the Philadelphia Streets Department, to create additional attention to the trash problem on our streets.

 The date is Saturday Oct 15, from 10amto1pm outside South Philly High School. This will be a rally as well as a street cleanup. All are welcome to attend and to participate in the cleanup.

 What better way to get attention than to hold a rally?  Get some attention- get the media out to cover it. And why not hold the event very near the heart of the litter beast: the intersection of Broad and Snyder. 

This is what you might call- beautification guerilla tactics- or going for the gusto. This is the type of unified effort that hopefully spawns change. At the very least- this is the first of many rallies. And we know that nothing sells like repeat advertising. Yes, we have seen the creation of city-wide cleanups over the last couple years but they are a tiny band aid on a much bigger wound.

 Some of the local businesses in the area will have a table at the rally as promotion- and hopefully they reciprocate the business promotion by keeping their storefronts clean. This reciprocation will garner recognition by Unlitter US as a business partner. 

What is exciting about this rally is the goal of total involvement: that the city, its residents and businesses must take responsibility. That far too much of our city, including South Philly is a trash eyesore. So much so that Travel and Leisure magazine recently ranked Philadelphia as the second dirtiest city in the U.S.

 The posting of Litter free zones throughout South Philly will also be a focus this Saturday. Though signage of this type will be helpful in getting the message out, will it change people in our city from their bad litter habits? Not by itself.

For more on the event here is a link to the promotion article listed in the October 6th issue of the South Philly Review:

 See you on Saturday!