MEET METER UP - A GIFT FROM THOSE JOLLY PARKING AUTHORITY FOLKS
We all know the Parking Grinch who delights in leaving notes under windshield wiper blades BUT, yes Virginia, there is a Parking Santa. And, Virginia, Parking Santa left something under the community tree this year - Meter Up, a smart phone app that buys meter time AND enables the electronic purchase of supplemental time when the meter is about to expire.
Program registrants provide license plate numbers, an email address and credit card info. In return they receive an app which enables parkers to buy time via a non paper digital transaction. No need to place a printout on the dashboard. Enforcement officers view the meter payment when they key in the license plate numbers.
The program offers two advantages over the status quo:
AN EXPIRATION REMINDER - Seven minutes before the purchased time expires, MeterUP asks the registrant via cellphone whether they wish to purchase more time.
REMOTE ELECTRONIC TIME EXTENSION - Meter Up registrants who wish to extend time can do so, remotely via their cell phone, but it costs more. In zones that charge $2.50 an hour for the first two hours ($5 for two hours), the next two hours will double in cost to $5 per hour ($10 for two hours). The next two hours (hours five and six) will cost $7.50 per hour, or $15 for two hours. In other words, first two hours is X ($5). Second two hours is 2X ($10). Third two hours is 3X ($15). So you can spend six hours at the meter, but it will cost you $30.
Presently the program covers a large part of Center City: 4th Street to 20th Street, and Arch to Locust. It is also being installed in a few other areas, such as a section of Delaware Avenue and the Torresdale Railroad Station Lot. If the shakedown cruise goes well, the plan is to extend the program to meters throughout the city.
MeterUP also has its own website: http://meterup.xyz/. There's a useful two-minute instructional video at the bottom of the front page.
COME ONE, COME ALL! TOWN HALL MEETING (VENUE TBA), THUR, 2/11, 7-8 PM
Come to the second in our series of Town Hall events featuring Philadelphia civic and political leaders. On February 11, from 7-8 PM the CCRA will be hosting Brian Sims, State representative for the 182nd district, for an interactive discussion, an event that was postponed from an original date in October. This is not a campaign event and discussion will be limited legislative and 182nd district issues being decided in Harrisburg and how they affect Philadelphia. We hope to see you there!
CCRA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The Government Relations Committee is on the move and now has limited openings for a few members to get involved in liaisoning with our government officials and working on some interesting initiatives. If interested, please emailus your name, address, and phone number. Even if you do not wish to join the committee, please let us know of any issues you would like us to work on by emailing CCRA - subject: GR issue.
CCRA'S NEW ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY
CCRA has created an online business directory of our Business Members. If you are an active member of CCRA and would would like to be included in the directory, please send an email. Include business, address, contact person and number, website, and a brief description of your business.
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.
WINTER GROUP SHOW AT TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, FRI, 1/8, THRU SUN, 2/7, 236 S. 22ND ST.
Opening Reception Tonite, Fri., 1/8, 6-8PM
Treat yourself... or someone you know... to a wonderful piece of original artwork this winter... It will give you enjoyment for a lifetime and can be passed on for others to enjoy well in to the future....and you will be supporting local artists!
LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL BY DANCE AFFILIATES WED, 1/13 THRU SUN 1/17, THE PRINCE THEATER, 1412 CHESTNUT ST
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, one of Canada's most popular touring companies, returns with three Philadelphia premieres. Rouge, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil's Grupo Corpo, is an ode to resilience and a discreet tribute to native peoples and their musicality and cultural legacy.TICKETS: $37 to $57 (reserved seating) CCRA members use promo code allattheprince to receive $10 off. You can purchase tickets online, by phone 215-422-4580 or at the box office
Performances: Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 PM Friday, January 15, at 8:00 PM Saturday, January 16, at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM Sunday January 17 at 3:00 PM
OPERA DISCUSSION AT WILLIAM PENN HOUSE, FRI, 1/15, 11AM - 12:40 PM, 1919 CHESTNUT ST
Join the Pearl Fishers and bring a brown bag lunch and drink as they simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera at the University City Six Theater. Susan Gould, who lectures on opera at OLLI, will discuss the opera and show clips from performances. Even if you are not attending the simulcast, you are most welcome to attend the lunch. If you have questions regarding this event, email Joan Lukas. To register, click here.
RESIDENTIAL TREE RECYCLING PROGRAM, THRU SATURDAY, 1/16, 10 AM - 4 PM, TANEY AND PINE ST.
Residents who wish to drop off their trees to be recycled may go to the Markward Rec Center at Schuylkill River Park.
For those households that cannot participate in the recycling program, trees placed at the curb will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection day as trash.
For additional information regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560 or online at www.philadelphiastreets.com.
FREE OPERA PREVIEW AT THE ACAD. OF VOCAL ARTS, WED. 1/13, 5:30 PM
Enjoy a Free Opera Preview of the production
Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre rein concert in AVA's Helen Corning Warden Theater. Reserve your space here.
Maestro Christofer Macatsoris will discuss the opera and AVA's
Resident Artistswill sing preview selections. 2015 Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Winner Marina Costa-Jackson and National Finalist Jared Bybee are scheduled to sing roles along with 2015 Zachary Award Top Prize winner André Courville.
Naudain Street Art Collaborative holds first exhibit, Sat, 1/23, 11AM - 7PM, 2503 Naudain St.
The newly-formed Naudain Street Art Collaborative will exhibit works of local artists Ed Bronstein and Emily Squires Levine, at the home and studio of Bhavisha Patel. Ed Bronstein is an urban impressionist, who paints in oils, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink. Emily Squires Levine designs and creates accent tiles, bowls, and eggs in polymer clay.The show is free and open to the public. For more information or for a private showing, email Bhavisha Patel.
ICE SKATING AT DILWORTH PARK, NOW THRU 2/28/16, CITY HALL
The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, offering the new Rothman Cabin, where skaters can enjoy warm drinks and food without having to take off their skates. The rink will also offer special sled skating accommodations for disabled skaters. Sled skating for children and adults will be supervised by trained staff to help push the sleds or train sled skaters in using the equipment. Sleds can be reserved during scheduled sessions that begin in January. For schedule and ticket prices, click here.