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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
CLIFF'S NOTES ON PAPAL VISIT
The restrictions pertaining to the Pope's visit, posted on the City's website, cannot be adequately summarized within the space provided by our newsletter but here are some of the more significant provisions:
THE LARGE VEHICLE MOVEMENT BOX
As we reported in our August 7 article "Thinking Inside the Papal Box" a traffic box will be erected on the evening of Friday September 25 - no specific time of the day has been mentioned to date. While the box extends into West Philadelphia, for CCRA purposes, the relevant boundaries are Delaware to the Schuylkill Rivers, Girard Ave to the north, South Street to the South. See maps from the Inquirer for more detail. Vehicle travel within the box will be permitted but two cautions:
Cars which exit the box will not be permitted to reenter.
If you use a parking permit to station your car on the street, be advised that cars with permit stickers from other neighborhoods will be permitted to park in any parking permit space regardless of number designation
THE SMALLER NO PARKING BOX
A smaller no parking box will be erected within the larger vehicle movement box. For our neighborhood the only no parking area is bounded by 18th Street on the west, Broad on the east, and Sansom on the south. Cars parked in this box after September 20 will be towed if they do not have a Parking Authority placard, which also entitles placard holders to a spot in a parking garage. After September 24 at 10 PM, all vehicles, including those with placards, must be removed from the No Parking box.
PERMIT PARKING REVISIONS
Starting this Sunday Sept 20 through Tues Sept 29 at 8 am, cars bearing permit parking stickers can park in any permit parking zone (even zones to which they are not assigned). We can expect that neighbors to the north in the smaller no parking box will be looking for spaces in the CCRA area.
Travel by bicycle will be permitted throughout the City. Note however that bikes will not be allowed through the checkpoints for the events on Saturday, September 26 (Festival of Families) and the Sunday, September 27 (Papal Mass)
WHAT MAY NOT BE CARRIED THRU PAPAL VISIT CHECKPOINTS
Those who wish to attend the events scheduled for Saturday, September 26 (Festival of Families) and Sunday, September 27 (Papal Mass) will be screened at checkpoints. In addition to the usual excluded items (weapons, mace, ammunition etc) the following are prohibited:
Aerosols Animals, except for service animals Backpacks and bags exceeding 18in x 13in x 7in
(Clear bags are recommended to speed the MAG line process.) Balloons Bicycles Glass, thermal, or metal containers Hard-sided coolers (soft-sided thermal coolers are allowed) Laser pointers Packages Selfie sticks Signs exceeding 5ft x 3ft x 1/4in made of any material except cardboard, poster board, or cloth
The City website suggests but does not clearly state that taxis and Uber will operate on streets within the "box" except for restrictions applying on Sat September 26 through Monday Sept 28. The site states:
"Taxis and legal Uber vehicles will be able to access the Francis Festival Grounds until Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 a.m. Service in the Francis Festival Grounds will resume on Monday, September 28, at 3:00 a.m."
Even so, two local cab companies advised CCRA this afternoon that they were still uncertain as to what restrictions would apply next week.
57TH ANNUAL CCRA HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18,1-5 PM
The 57th Annual House Tour features 9 residences and the spectacular interior of the Swedenborgian Church which has been repurposed for office uses. Tour tickets purchased before 10/15 are $30 each. To buy a ticket, click here, call 215-546-9719, or mail a check to CCRA (1600 Market St, Suite 2500, Phila. PA 19103).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 57TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18
Hosts/Hostesses are stationed in beautiful homes and condos from 1:00PM until 3:00PM or from 3:00PM until 5:00PM. Duties include greeting tour goers, protecting household items, and encouraging a safe flow of foot traffic. In thanks for your gift of time, you will receive a free ticket to use either before or after your volunteer assignment to tour other homes. If you wish to volunteer, email us at email@example.com.
School Fair: Choosing the Right Elementary School for your Center City Child, MON, 10/5, 5-7pm, fRANKLIN INST. 222 N 20TH ST.
Parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary age children are invited to an elementary school fair designed to help parents research grade school options. The fair gives families the opportunity to speak directly to schools and compare individual philosophies and accomplishments. Public, charter, private and parochial schools have been invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Free general admission to Franklin Institute day of fair to all attendees (ask at ticket desk).
Presented by The Franklin Institute, Center City Residents' Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association.
Preservation easements provide tax Incentives which encourage current owners of historic properties to restrict the development options of future purchasers. If you wish to ensure that future owners will "do the right thing" with your property, you should explore the merits of a preservation easement.
Find out more at a special workshop by the Center City Resident's Association and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. It is sponsored by George C. Pilallis, Connelly & Moore Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. The meeting will begin at 6:00 with a wine and cheese reception in the Wells Fargo banking museum, at Broad and Walnut Streets. The registration fee is $15 for an individual, $20 for a couple and seating is limited. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR GREENFIELD SCHOOL
CCRA has long been a supporter of the Greenfield School, our neighborhood public K-8 school located at 22nd and Chestnut Streets? Would you like to be a classroom volunteer in the school? Or would you like to find out about their volunteer opportunities, including flexible hours and days and choices of subject matter? An information session (with coffee and pastries) will be held in the school library on Wed., Sept. 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Please contact Volunteer Representative Amy Arcaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend the session. Perspective volunteers will enter through the playground door located at 22nd and Sansom Streets to sign in at the office.
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: MEET OUR REPS
The tentative schedule for the Town Hall meetings with our elected officials looks like this:
November, 2015Councilman Johnson
December, 2015Senator Farnese
February, 2016Councilman Clarke April, 2016Representative Sims
Dates and venues will be provided ASAP.
CALL FOR CCRA COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
CCRA is looking for members to serve on several committees and taskforces. If you are interested, please email CCRA.
The committees and taskforces for which CCRA is seeking members include:
Parking taskforce - to examine the demand for parking, parking patterns and what we can do to improve on-street parking in our neighborhood
Sidewalk cleaning taskforce - to examine efficacy of our street cleaning efforts and fundraising for those efforts
Technology/innovation taskforce - to improve CCRA's use of IT to better serve our members, including redoing our webiste
By-laws committee - this committee reviews proposed revisions to the buy laws
Nominations committee - selects future board members and officers for nomination
Due to the Papal visit, the CCRA office will close on Friday, 9/25 and will reopen on Monday, 9/28 at 12 PM.
GARBAGE COLLECTION SUSPENDED 9/25 AND 9/28
Due to the Papal visit, the City has suspended all garbage and recycling collection for 9/25 and 9/28. Residents with Friday and Monday collections must hold their trash and recycling on premises until the following week's collection.
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
Phila Horticultural Society Harvest Fest at the PHS Pop Up Garden, FRI, 9/18 - SUN, 9/20, 15TH & SOUTH ST
The PHS Harvest Fest will be held in the PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15 th & South Streets. The full schedule of events in the gardens is updated regularly at PHSonline.org or click here to view the schedule.
Penn's 5K for IOA (Institute on Aging), SUN, 9/20, 8AM, PENN PARK, 33RD ST BTW WALNUT AND SOUTH
What better way to welcome the fading days of summer than a Sunday morning walk/run through a beautiful, part of our city? Penn's Institute on Aging is once again hosting both a 5K through Penn Park and a serene 1-mile walk through Penn's shaded campus. Penn Park- easily accessible by South Street Bridge- offers unique views of the city skyline, while traversing through maintained green space. Likewise, dogs and strollers are welcomed on the Memory Walk through Penn's historic campus. Join your neighbors and register today to support this leading national facility on age-related research!
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT AT THE ACAD OF VOCAL ARTS, MON, 9/21, 7:30 PM, 1920 SPRUCE ST
Come hear the The Wister Quartet as they perform:
Haydn, String Quartet, "La Chasse"
Lloyd Smith, Piano Quartet, Op. 20
Schubert, "Death and the Maiden" Quartet
Ticket prices are $17 each. Click here to purchase tickets and to view the season schedule.
ART EXHIBIT: "THE NATURE OF COEXISTENCE," THRU SUN, 10/4, TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, 236 S. 22ND ST
"Weathered" Mixed Media on panel, 36" x 24"
In this exhibit, Jessica Barber explores the co-existence of beings and their environments, whether it be industrial / man-made, or organic. Through printmaking and mixed media, she examines these relationships,through an intuitive, textual approach.
TEEN READING LOUNGE RETURNS TO PHILA CITY INS LIBRARY, TUES AFTERNOONS, 3:30-5:30 PM
Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about your world and your future? Do you enjoy reading and want to hang out with other teens that also enjoy reading and talking about books? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) at the Philadelphia City Institute Library. TRL will meet throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a series of interesting discussions, creative activities and awesome guest speakers. Experience your favorite books in a whole new way. Please stop by the Adult Reference Desk or call 215-685-6621 for dates and details. Registration for this program is required. Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.