CATCHMENT CHARTER SCHL DISCUSSION: SAT 12/20 11AM JEFF U. ALUMNI HALL 10TH &
Sponsors of a
proposed K- 12 charter school which would primarily target students from the
Vine to Pine zip codes (19102, 03, 06 and 07) will present their plans tomorrow
at Jefferson's Solis Cohen Auditorium on the south side of Locust betw. 10th
& 11th streets (click here to view flyer). The charter
applicant, MaST (click here to visit
site) operates a K -12
school on Byberry Road in the Northeast which was rated 86 on the
Pennsylvania Dept. of Education School Performance ranking, a result which
compares favorably both to neighborhood schools such as Greenfield (72), Mc
Call (83) and Meredith (78) and to nearby charters such as Independence and
Russell Byers (both at 74). Most Charters (including Byers, Independence and
MaST's Byberry Rd. school) select their student body by a lottery. Students at these
charter schools reside in communities spread throughout the City. Consequently,
traditional charters are less likely to nurture the neighborhood networking
fostered by successful catchment based schools such as Greenfield. The MaST
proposal gives priority to applicants from zips 19102, 03, 06 and 07 (Vine to
Pine). If slots remain, then seats are available to students from surrounding
communities, so that the next backup catchment area is comprised of zips to the
north (19130 - Fairmount, Spring Garden, Franklintown and 19123 - Old City,
Northern Liberties) and to the south (19146 - Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze
and 19147 - Queen Village, Bella Vista, Italian Market). In addition to
providing the novelty of a catchment based charter option, MaST's K-12
provide the downtown area its only catchment based high school.
ZONING REMAPPING PROJECT ON SOUTH STREET
new Zoning Code eliminated approximately half of the zoning categories
created under the repealed Code. As a stop gap measure, the zoning map was
revised by converting the former code classifications into their 2012
counterparts with the idea that each neighborhood would conduct a detailed
remapping exercise to fine tune community zoning. A CCRA taskforce has
commenced meeting every two weeks to review the zoning map in our neighborhood,
JFK to South Street, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, an area which
contains close to a thousand individually zoned properties. To make the task
manageable, the taskforce has decided to divide the community into sections.
Once the committee has analyzed the current zoning classifications and the on-
street structures of each section, public meetings will be convened to solicit
community input. The first focus will be the north side of South street from
Broad to the Schuylkill River because the Planning Commission and South of South
Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) have already commenced working on the south
side of South Street. Once the South Street task is completed, the taskforce
will turn to a more ambitious project, a review of the zoning from JFK south to
Locust, an area containing a variety of high density zoning classifications.
The Association is particularly interested in reviewing the JFK to Locust map
with members of condominium/coop boards in the northern portion of the
Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of
Character, thurs. 1/8, 7-9pm, trinity center for urban life, 22nd and spruce
This lively lecture and
interactive discussion, sponsored by CCRA
and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse, is relevant to all ages. Hear about concepts
crucial to success and how to incorporate into your child's life as well as
your own. Presented by David
Meketon, award winning educator and research liaison with Angela Duckworth at
the University of Pennsylvania. Refreshments donated byTrader
CCRA office will close on Wed., 12/24, at 3 PM and will
reopen on Mon. 1/5 at 9AM.
you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION
who have trash collection on Thursday 12/25 and 1/1, your garbage will be
collected on Friday, 12/26 and 1/2.
MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a
here) to any member
who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA card)
and personal identification.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center
Uber - Limo service Uber
provides $20 off a
first ride, Good for new users only. Members use
Philly Foodworks - Use the
code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND
Ancona, "The Human Condition" thru SUN., 1/4, Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd
"The Human Condition" is a collection of
figurative paintings and drawings that present a subtle critique of the
conditions of life. For better or worse, circumstance and fortune are the
architects of one's fate. By portraying individuals along the continuum of
society--from celebrities to those barely able to survive--these works evoke
themes of identity, equality, loneliness, struggle and most of all, tolerance.
Concert to benefit WinterShelter. Tickets are $10 for general, $50 for Patrons.
for more information, click here.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE LOVE
PARK THRU SUN, 12/28. CCRA DISCOUNT
Christmas Village in Philadelphia brings the
holiday atmosphere of a traditional German Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) to
Love Park on JFK Blvd. between 15th & 16th streets.
CCRA members can show a valid membership card and receive discounts.
Choose from a German bratwurst or schnitzel
served on a warm roll (Brötchen); both feature a hearty complimentary side of
delicious German sauerkraut. For more information visit the official website:
TREECYCLING, SAT, 1/10,
10AM-4PM, MARKWARD PLAYGROUND, TANEY AND PINE ST.
Friends of Schuylkill
River Park will be collecting Naked X'mas Trees. $5 minimum suggested
donations. No early birds, late comers, no tinsels, ornaments -- NAKED Trees
If you need help,
delivering your trees, please email
Tenders Winter Basic Training, Sat, 1/24 and 1/31, 8:30am-1pm, PHS Town Hall,
100 N. 20th St, 1st Fl.
During two Saturday sessions, learn
the basics of tree planting and care including Tree Biology, identification,
stresses, planting, pruning and root care, and how to use these skills in home
landscape and in helping to restore the tree canopy in your neighborhood and the
$25.00. Register at https://www.pennhort.net/treetenders
ICE SKATING AT
THE NEW DILWORTH PARK, NOW THRU SAT., 2/22, CITY HALL
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall is open 7 days a week.
Costs are $3 for kids 10 & younger, $4 for adults, and $8 for skate rental.
For hours and a list of special events, click here.