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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
CCRA TO THE PA: "BRING IT ON"
Twenty-one readers responded to last week's request for reactions to Mayoral candidate Kenney's proposal that the Parking Authority double down on their duties by enforcing quality of life infractions - ticketing for matters such as litter and dumpster violations and improperly permitted construction sites. Do these replies effectively represent a cross section of our neighborhood, home to 27,000 people? Not to worry. Our crack statistical team, clad in their white lab coats, ran the secret CCRA algorithms. Their conclusion: On even days of the month, the margin of error presented by this sample is not higher than 100%. With these assurances, we report that 12 respondents favor the Kenney proposal. Only 5 were opposed, although their responses were far more colorful and entertaining. Four addressed the general topic, quality of life issues, but did not specifically endorse or ixnay the Kenney proposal and, consequently, these 4 were denied access to the feed bin at the bottom of the hamster wheel. Some other interesting upshots:
5 respondents identified sidewalk snow shoveling as a significant quality of life issue.
Some suggested that the Parking Authority be empowered to report violations but not issue tickets.
Several respondents recommended that the program be launched for a time-limited pilot period.
Another respondent suggested that the the Parking Authority white shirts be directed to "prey on the rest of the populous first before giving the additional opportunity to feast upon our carcasses. Let them harass people in Germantown, Tioga, Hunting Park, Point Breeze....as they do our community" and expressed interest in seeing the breakdown on parking revenues in our neighborhood versus other parts of the City.
COMMUNITY GARDENS DAY, SAT, 6/20, 10AM-3PM, 25TH & SPRUCE ST
The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is among the 50 gardens celebrating Community Gardens Day on 6/20/15. Join us for Q & A or a tour from 10am-3pm. For more information, visitwww.ngtrust.org
The Peace Islands Institute, CCRA, and Trinity Memorial Church are partnering on an interfaith break-the-fast meal preceded by a discussion of the Islamic Ramadan traditions on Monday, June 29, commencing at 7:30 pm with the Ramadan meal served at sundown, 8:30 pm. Location: Trinity Memorial at 22nd & Spruce. To ensure a headcount for seating, preregistration with a $10.00/person fee is required. Register online at centercityresidents.org or call 215 546 6719. Proceeds will be donated to Oxfam for Nepalese relief efforts.
STREET SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN, 7/11, 10AM, 25TH & SPRUCE ST
Join Schuylkill River Park Community Garden photographer Michael Stern for a flower photography workshop. Meet at the main (east) entrance gate and learn how to take effective and compelling photographs of gardens, flowers as well as the people that take care of them. This will be a hands-on workshop to help you get the best out of the equipment you have. Learn tips and tricks to help you win the Street Scene photography competition! Rain or shine.
HOMES NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 57TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18
Our 57th Annual House Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 This is an important fundraiser for the Association. As hundreds of your neighbors have done before, would you be willing to place your home, apartment, or condo on the Tour this year? We provide insurance and multiple on-site hosts/hostesses. You receive our deepest thanks, as well as recognition in our Tour Book and the Center City Quarterly. Please contact the CCRA office for further information at 215-546-6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - PLANTS FOR THE WINDOW HARVEST
Enjoy a harvest from your window box. What could be better than reaching out to your window box and grabbing a handful of edible flowers, herbs, or vegetables for supper? Try edibles with ornamental appeal for two times the pleasure. Look for determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called "bush" tomatoes. These varieties are bred to grow to a compact height (approx. 4 feet). They stop growing when fruit sets on the terminal or top bud, ripen all their crop at or near the same time (usually over a 2 week period), and then die. Sow a few leaf lettuce seeds every week in your window box for a continuous supply of salad greens. Other good plants to consider are herbs such as parsley, chives and sage, bell peppers, everbearing strawberries, pansies, johnny jumpups and nasturtiums, which are great trailing plants. Kale can be substituted for spent spring bloomers like the pansies to give you some autumnal color and texture.
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.
Recent watercolor and drawings by award winning Philadelphia area botanical artist, Carol Ashton-Hergenhan at Twenty-Two Gallery.
WELCOME AMERICA CELEBRATION, 6/27-7/4
The 2015 festival calendar brings you 8 days of free, exciting events for the whole family! Visit museums, see a movie, attend a block party, and much more. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Summer Teen Reading Program at Phila City InsT, Tuesdays beg. 6/30 - 8/4, 3-4PM, 1905 Locust St.
The Philadelphia City Institute branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia located at 1905 Locust Street invites all teenagers (entering grades 7-12) to participate in our summer reading program. Interested teens should stop by the library anytime to enter the prize raffle (one hour of reading = one raffle ticket). Great prizes will be provided by the Friends of PCI Library. Teenagers can also participate in fun craft and cooking activities during the library's Teen Tuesdays program, which will be held on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. (beginning June 30 and ending August 4). Please visit the Reference Desk of the library or call 215-685-6621 for more information.
Volunteer To Sort And Inventory Books For The Philadelphia School District, 440 N. BROAD ST.
WePAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children) needs an incredible amount of help from the community to get this job done. Volunteer opportunities are available for a week, a day or a few hours.
You will work at district headquarters at 440 N. Broad Street
The work space is dusty so be prepared to get a little dirty. You will be on your feet so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dust masks are available.
Some assignments require heavy lifting. Many only require standing, so read the description for each volunteer shift.
Click hereto see current opportunities for this work and keep checking back to see new opportunities as they become available.