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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
johnson-feibush debate, cancelled due to snow, will be rescheduled & PLEASE BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND SHOVEL YOUR SIDEWALKS
PROMPTLY! AND IT'S THE LAW.
Finally, the weather liars got it right and Center City got the snow we had been promised! In addition to the havoc it created for the Johnson-Feibush debate scheduled for Thursday, March 5, (STAY TUNED FOR RESCHEDULING DETAILS) the snow creates hazardous conditions for pedestrians and drivers alike. Please comply with the Philadelphia City Ordinance regarding snow removal which follows: §10-720. Snow Removal from Sidewalks. (1) The owner, agent and tenants of any building or premises shall clear a path of not less than 36 inches in width on all sidewalks abutting the building or premises within 6 hours after the snow has ceased to fall. The path shall be thoroughly cleared of snow and ice. Where the width of any pavement measured from the property line to the curb is less than 3 feet, the path cleared may be only 12 inches in width. When the building in question is a multifamily dwelling the owner or his agent shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of this Section.
PUBLIC MEETING WITH THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, MON, 4/27, 7PM, TRINITY CENTER FOR URBAN LIFE, 2212 SPRUCE ST
In response to neighborhood concerns, CCRA is pleased to announce that Samantha Phillips, Director of Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management, will explain the City's plans and procedures in place for many situations, including should an accident occur on the Schuylkill tracks. Following a brief presentation, there will be a monitored discussion with audience members. Please submit questions to the Center City office at email@example.com. And please keep in mind that freight rail traffic is regulated by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT); the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City government and CCRA do not have regulatory authority over CSX or its rights of way. Attached is a brief information piece (drafted by our Treasurer, Walter Spencer) that you may find helpful.
TOWN HALL WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN SIMS, TRINITY CENTER FOR URBAN LIFE, 2212 SPRUCE ST, WED, 3/25, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Please join CCRA as we welcome Brian Sims for an informal town hall meeting. This is a great opportunity to hear the representative speak, ask some questions and meet with him in a small group environment. You can hear his insights on Harrisburg and make him aware of your concerns.
Brian was re-elected to his second two-year term in 2014. In 2012, he became first openly gay person elected to stare office in Pennsylvania. Previously, he had been staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and, before that, president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP).
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR CCRA'S APRIL 13 CELEBRATION OF CENTER CITY MONOPOLY PARTY AT FREEMAN'S AUCTION HOUSE, 1808 CHESTNUT STREET
Get out your monocle and top hat and join your friends and neighbors as CCRA salutes Joan and Dane Wells, the 2015 winners of the Lenora Berson Community Service Award. Enjoy Hor'doerves and Desserts compliments of DiBruno Bros and Wine Tastings poured by Moore Bros. while browsing through Freeman's 20th Century Design Show. Silent and live auction items will be available for every budget. Tickets start at $50 for those under 35 and $75 for everyone else, and can be purchased on line by clicking here.
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS BY DONATING AN AUCTION ITEM TO CCRA'S APRIL 13 CELEBRATION EVENT
How would you like to make a tax deductible contribution to CCRA while promoting your business and your civic engagement to a select group of neighborhood residents? On April 13, we are holding our annual party and fundraiser at Freeman's, our neighborhood auction house, 1808 Chestnut Street. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks, music, and a live and silent auction.
CCRA has some 1,000 dues paying household and business members. Auction donors will be recognized, with their donations, on CCRA's website (www.centercityresidents.org ), every day through the date of the Celebration event, weekly through a link in our electronic Newsletter, and in hard copy in both the Celebration program and CCRA's quarterly magazine, the Center City Quarterly, mailed to all of our members.
Interested? Click here or call CCRA at 215-546-6719. The DEADLINE for receiving your completed form and merchandise or certificate(s) is Wednesday, April 1, but the sooner we receive your donation, the longer you will be recognized on our website. (And of course, regardless of whether you contribute an auction item, we would love to see you at this fun-filled event. Tickets start at $75 (or $50 for those under 35) and can be purchased on line at www.centercityresidents.org.
WANTED: BOARD MEMBER NOMINATIONS EXTENDED TO FRI, 3/13
The Center City Residents' Association Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for Board seats which open July 1, 2015. New Board members generally serve a term of 3 years.
The Board is a working Board. We are seeking energetic individuals who have a passion for living in our residential district; are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active participation on the Board, including actively serving on at least one committee (e.g., Membership, Events, Fund Raising, Newsletter, Zoning, Finance, Streets, Historic Preservation, Family/Education). Consistent with the foregoing, all candidates must pledge to devote a minimum of four (4) hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings.
While CCRA membership is open to any individual, corporation, or organization, CCRA By-Laws require that Board Members reside in the area between JFK Boulevard south to South Street, and Broad Street west to Schuylkill River. Members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications by March 13 of possible nominees (which could be yourself), to Committee Chair: Dilek Karabucak c/o Center City Residents' Association, 1600 Market St, Ste 2500, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by email: cmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described 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 (215-665-9220)
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
Academy of Vocal Art's Annual Celebration of Sacred Music, Sun, 3/8, 7:00pm, THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, 1904 Walnut St
Resident Artists perform selections from over 300 years of sacred music backed by the
AVA Opera Orchestra and The Church of the Redemmer.
Tickets: $45 adult, $35 senior, $25 under 30, $10 Student. Click here to register
THE WISTER QUARTET CONCERT AT ACAD OF VOCAL ARTS, MON, 3/9, 7:30PM, 1920 SPRUCE ST
Hear the Wister Quartet with Allen Krantz on guitar. Tickets are $17 per person. For more information, call 215-438-4027 or 215-978-0969
Teen Reading Lounge at the Phila City Institute Library, TUESDAYS BEG. 3/10, 3:30-5:30 PM 1905 Locust St
Attention teens in grades 7-12! Do you like to read and talk about sci-fi and fantasy books? If so, you are invited to participate in a series of interesting discussions, creative activities, and awesome projects through the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program this spring. TRL will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday: March 10, 17, 24 and 31, April 14, 21 and 28, and May 12 and 19. To sign up, please stop by the Adult Reference Desk at the libraryor call 215-685-6621 before March 3. For more information, visit PCI's Facebook page.Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries.
ALBERT M. GREENFIELD SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND TOUR INFORMATION FOR 2015
Greenfield School, located at
22 ndand Chestnut, serving grades K-8, is now accepting registration for children living within the school's catchment area: the south side of the Ben Franklin Parkway to the north side of Bainbridge St., and from the west side of Broad St. to the Schuylkill River. Only children living within the catchment will be admitted. When registering at Greenfield School, you must bring your child's original birth certificate or passport, his/her vaccination records, your own government issued photo ID, and your original gas and electric bill from the past month as proof of residence. Water or cell phone bills are not accepted as proof of residence.
Tours: Greenfield offers school tours on the 2ndThursday of each month. All tours begin at 9:00 am. No need to pre-register. The next Tours will be: Mar. 12, April 9, and May 14. Contact Amy Arcaro if you have any questions email@example.com or visit the Greenfield website at www.greenfieldhsa.org.
"REFLECTIONS " ART EXHIBIT BY JEAN PLOUGH, FRI, 3/13 THRU SAT, 4/4, TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, 236 S. 22ND ST.
"Untitled;" acrylic on canvas; 47 x 72 in.; by Jean Plough
Recent oil paintings by Philadelphia area abstract Impressionist artist Jean Plough at Twenty-Two Gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6-9PM
SING-A-Long, Sun, 3/22, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m, William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St.
Sing along with the man with 5000 songs! George Sinkler will lead audience members on keyboard with his fun-loving baritone and a repertoire from Broadway to pop standards to 1950s rock 'n roll to jazz. Good singer or not, join them! Cost: $5.00 per person Contact Jean Haskell. Register here.
KORESH DANCE COMPANY: AFTERSHOCK, Thurs, 3/26, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. (at Lombard St.)
Koresh will be doing their world premiere of Aftershock!