There was a horrible fire last Tuesday night, as most of you know. It destroyed a 21 unit apartment building, 2122 Locust situated on the southwest corner of Locust & Van Pelt (the north south street between 21st and 22nd). It also displaced residents in the neighboring apartment building, 2126 Locust. Since Tuesday night, we have worked to see how we could help the victims of this fire. We have spoken to representatives of the Red Cross, the realty firms managing the two buildings, Trinity Memorial Church (which housed evacuees on the evening of the fire) staffers of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and three of the displaced residents of 2122 Locust. From what we have been able to learn, all the evacuated tenants have a roof over their head and their immediate needs are being met. Many have lost all their material possessions. The Red Cross expressed appreciation for CCRA's outreach and suggested that it might later call upon our membership network to supplement its relief efforts for this fire. To our knowledge, no general fund has been established to assist the victims of this fire (in part because no agency has the contact information for all the displaced tenants) although Congregation Beth Zion Beth Israel has issued a request for funds to support a congregation member, whose identity is being kept confidential. Councilman Johnson's office proposes to partner with CCRA on a community forum regarding this fire, in particular, and fire safety, in general. We will inform you when scheduling is finalized. We will continue our efforts and, as ways to help the fire victims become known, we will let you know how you can help.
The City has announced that vehicles not removed from snow emergency streets as of 9 PM on Friday 1/22 are at risk of being towed and ticketed.
Snow emergency streets identified on the Streets Dept. website are Walnut St., Market St., Schuylkill Ave from Market to Walnut, and 20th St., from Chestnut to Market St.
"Coffee with the Candidates" FOR PA HOUSE SEAT, sat, 2/6, 9-11am, saxbys corp hq, 2300 chestnut st 3rd fl
Enjoy complimentary coffee and beverages in a beautiful space while listening to 3 candidates seeking the local Pennsylvania House of Representative seat - incumbent Brian Sims (not yet confirmed), and challengers, Marnie Snyder and Ben Waxman. This event is not limited to CCRA members so tell your friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!
COME ONE, COME ALL! TOWN HALL MEETING, THUR, 2/11, 7-8 PM, 2025 CHESTNUT ST
Come to the second in our series of Town Hall events featuring Philadelphia civic and political leaders. 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!
SAVE THE DATE
SCHOOL DAZE: CHOOSING THE RIGHT CENTER CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
TRINITY MEMORIAL CHURCH 22ND & SPRUCE STS.
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)
Do you have a place in front of your home or business that would be suitable for a street tree? Use the Parks and Recreation Department's Tree Maintenance Citizen Service Request Form to request that a new or replacement tree be planted in the sidewalk in front of your property. The trees are free, but the properties' owners must request them.
Upon receipt of your request, the city will schedule an inspector to verify that the location is suitable for a street tree, e.g. that the sidewalk is wide enough, and that it doesn't interfere with any signs or traffic signals. If it is suitable, your address will be put on the city's list of locations scheduled for street tree installation.
Be patient. It may take anywhere from 1 to 2 years for installation, but the sooner you get on the city's list, the sooner you'll have a tree.
WINTER GROUP SHOW AT TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, NOW THRU SUN, 2/7, 236 S. 22ND ST.
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!
Conversations with PA Ballet Program at Phila City Ins Library, Mon, 2/1, 6:30 PM, 1905 Locust St
Ian Hussey, principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, will speak on Monday, February 1, at 6:30 P.M., in another "Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet" program at the Philadelphia City Institute Branch Library at 1905 Locust Street. He is preparing for the company's Strength & Longing production on February 4 - 7 at the Merriam Theater. The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the lower level meeting room. Unfortunately PCI does not have an elevator.
Beethoven's Obsession with Theme and Variations, Mon, 2/1, 2 PM, Acad of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St.
Join Penn's Village member Dan Coren, a classically educated musicologist, as he discusses how Beethoven took the simple idea of Theme and Variations and transformed it into his vehicle of choice for expressing his most profound musical thoughts. RSVP by calling 215 925 7333 or emailing email@example.com. The venue is handicap accessible so if you would like to use this amenity since it is a separate entrance let them know. Penn's Village would very much appreciate a $5 donation from attendees who are not Penn's Village members or volunteers, payable at the event.
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.