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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
THE POLLSTERS HAVE SPOKEN AS HAS CENTER CITY
Our forefathers gathered in Philadelphia and created an electoral system enabling an enlightened citizenry to determine whether the pollsters were correct. Eleven score and seven years later, Philadelphians belied the Inquirer/Daily News/NBC poll showing Jim Kenney at 42% in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination. 231,000 voters, 61,000 fewer than in 2007 when we elected Mayor Nutter, showed up at the polls and also showed up the pollsters - Kenney won with 58.5 of the vote citywide.
But enough about our forefathers' 1788 gathering in Washington Square West, what about the returns in our CCRA neighborhood? Our voters ran with the winner giving Kenney 61.6% of the vote, three points higher than Kenney's City numbers. In the highly publicized race involving the southern section of our community where incumbent Kenyatta Johnson was challenged by Ori Feibush for the Second Council seat, Johnson won by a wide margin even though we cast 58.9% of our votes for the loser Feibush who only received 37.3% of the vote district wide.
Our neighborhood also bucked the City trends in the Council at Large races. Seven candidates ran for two Republican Council at Large seats. Republican incumbents, Oh and Obrien, won narrowly with the number 2 vote getter, O'Brien, besting our neighbor Terry Tracy by less than 250 votes. Our community turned out in force for Tracy and also cast nearly 42 % more votes for Matt Wolfe than the rest of the City.
Republican Vote Results City Wide CCRA Republican Vote
David Oh 18% Terry Tracy 19.9%
Dennis O'Brien 16.2% David Oh 17.9%
Terry Tracy 15.7% Matt Wolfe 15.8%
Dan Tinney 15.1% Dennis O Brien 12.8%
Al Taubenberger 13.2% Al Taubenberger 11.8%
Matt Wolfe 11.7% James Williams 11.2% James Williams 10% Dan Tinney 10.8%
The Democratic field for Council at Large included 16 candidates seeking five seats. Local resident Allan Domb and Logan Square neighbor Helen Gym, both of whom won nominations after placing as the third and fifth highest vote getters, fared well among CCRA area voters but other local favorites, Paul Steinke, Sherrie Cohen, and Tom Wyatt did not win citywide. The top ten Democratic vote getters and their percentage of votes in the 16 person field were:
Democrat Results City Wide CCRA Democrat Vote Top Ten
Derek Green 10.7% Paul Steinke 16%
Reynolds Brrown 9.77% Helen Gym 15.6%
Allan Domb 8.95% Alan Domb 14.3%
Wm.Greenlee 7.9% Sherrie Cohen 9.8%
Helen Gym 7.6% Tom Wyatt 7.9%
Isaiah Thomas 7.46% Derek Green 6.1%
Sherrie Cohen 7.11% Wm. Greenlee 5.8%
Ed Neilson 6.35% Reynolds Brown 5.7%
Paul Steinke 5.74% Isaiah Thomas 4.9%
Jenne Ayers 5.09% Wilson Alexander 3.3%
MEM. DAY - OFFICE CLOSURE/NO TRASH PICKUP
The CCRA office will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no trash collection on Monday. All trash will be collected beginning Tues, 5/26.
Pain-Free Gardening Workshop, Wed, 5/27, 6PM, Schuylkill River Community Garden, 25th & Spruce St.
Julie Kiene, a Registered Occupational Therapist at Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) at UPenn School of Nursing, will share some helpful tips on good body mechanics and ergonomics that can help us continue gardening smart-and PAIN FREE. All are welcome. No RSVP required.
STREET SCENE URBAN GARDEN AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
CCRA's Street Scene urban garden and PHOTOGRAPHY (new this year) returns, bigger and better than ever. Garden entries are due by June 30, and photography entries are due by August 15. The CCRA Street Scene web page and entry forms are live. In addition, each week through October 31, the CCRA e-newsletter will contain a gardening tip to help you plan, plant and maintain your most fantastic Street Scene entry yet!
A big thank you to our sponsors, Reinhold Residential, Pam Rosser Thistle, REALTOR, and Friends in the City.
STREET SCENE TIP - LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. PART TWO: SHADE AND PART SHADE
Many window boxes are located in places that get at least partial shade every day, and some on the north side of the street get very little full sun even in the height of summer. Although you may initially feel disappointment at the inability to grow such window box favorites as petunias and verbena, there are a number of flowers that would scorch and wither away in a sunny container. Your shady window box won't dry out as fast as one in full sun. A vibrant window box garden will brighten up a façade that may seem dark or unwelcoming. Shaded window boxes are as easy to plant as those getting full sun. Here are some suggestions:
You can't beat coleus for gorgeously colored foliage in a shade-loving plant. A mix of coleus varieties with super-saturated leaf colors and textures give you a great view out -- and give your home wonderful curb appeal -- all summer long. Be sure to pinch back the coleus blossoms (those long, spikey things) to ensure continued leaf growth all season. (There are new and improved varieties that are sun-tolerant, so coleus is no longer limited to window boxes on the shady side of the street.) Tip: Coleus also grows well indoors; take cuttings of your favorite varieties before the end of the season, root them in water, then plant them and enjoy the houseplants all year long.
The begonia is a versatile flower, both in appearance and in performance. You are probably familiar with the wax begonia sold in many home improvement stores in shades of white, red, and pink. Tuberous begonias are beloved for their rose-like appearance. Dragon wing and angel wing begonias have foliage as showy as their flowers. Begonias are bothered by few pests, can grow in sun or shade, and can survive moderate drought.
Many perennials that thrive in the shade are excellent for window boxes, including bleeding heart, astilbe, hosta, coral bells and of course ferns. Sometimes you might be lucky to have these plants survive over the winter and give you more than one year of beauty. Choose small plants to start.
Caladium are tubers with big leaves shaped like hearts, arrows, or lances in color combinations of red, pink, rose, white, chartreuse, and green. The brilliant foliage of this classic plant is often translucent, which makes them light up your window box.
A pretty annual is the cobalt blue trailing flowers of lobelia. Lobelia tends to peter out in hot weather, so replace it with a summer annual like impatiens in June
There's a type of impatiens for any situation. Mounded varieties are perfect for small flowerbeds and containers. Trailing varieties cascade out of window boxes. New Guinea impatiens are taller and more sun-tolerant, and many have colorful leaves as well. New Guinea impatiens have their own unique features. They grow to 2 feet tall, boast larger flowers and many times, variegated leaves, and they need more sun to bloom than garden impatiens. Both common and New Guinea impatiens like cool temperatures (60 to 70°F), plenty of soil moisture, and don't need their old, faded flowers to be removed. Neither type can endure a hot, sunny location, but New Guinea impatiens are more tolerant of sun as long as they are kept moist.
All-white window boxes are among the most elegant you can create and look fabulous in shade. They're also some of the easiest -- since you don't need to worry about your color choices working with each other. After all, white looks good with everything -- especially itself. Consider combining the white geranium Perlagonium 'Orbit White' with Impatiens 'Xtreme White", Bacopa (Sutera 'Snowstorm') and for a trailing finish, a variegated ivy such as Hedera helix 'Glacier'.
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.
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
FARMERS' MARKET AT DILWORTH PARK EVERY WEDNESDAY 11 AM - 2 PM
Get your fill of fresh and healthy produce at this weekly farmers' market at Dilworth Park (west side of City Hall) beginning Wednesday, 5/27, 11 AM - 2 PM.
Penn's Village Anniversary PERFORMANCE and Member/Volunteer Party, Wed, 5/27, 6 PM, Acad of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St
Celebrate Penn's Village anniversary this year with a Lyric Fest performance. Lyric Fest's mission is to bring people together through the shared experience of song, and the songs they have chosen echo our mission with zest and good humor. Afterwards, filter out to the garden for the member and volunteer party with refreshments donated by Whole Foods. All are welcome. The performance and party are free for Penn's Village members and volunteers; $20, payable at the event, for guests and non-members. Register by calling 215-925-7333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENFIELD SCHOOL PRESCHOOL PLAYDATE, SAT, 6/6, 10 AM - 12 PM, 22ND & SANSOM ST
Parents of newborns to 5 yr. olds (and prospective parents) are invited to a playdate at the Greenfield School playground Sat, 6/6, 10 AM - to Noon, 22nd & Sansom. Meet parents of Greenfield students and parents of potential Greenfielders to learn about the School and meet your neighbors! The Greenfield catchment area is from the north side of Bainbridge to the south side of the Ben Franklin Parkway, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.