Thursday, February 18, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

Philly is #1
Crime in Center City
(More) Cranes Over Philly
Mayor Kenney Identifies Goals
New Card for CCRA Member Di Bruno Bros Discount Program
CCRA Upcoming Events
CCRA's Panel DIscussion on what to Look for in an Elementary School
CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Help Improve Center City with Street Trees
Prom Dress Donations Needed
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two
What to Ask your Pharmacist


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PhiLLY IS #1 
Philadelphia tops Lonely Planet's 2016 "Best in US" list.
Crime in Center City
At 1:00 AM Monday-Tuesday (2/15-2/16), an assailant attacked two men at 15th & Locust.  One victim was shot in the arm, leaving him in critical condition from blood loss.  Previously, CCRA had heard that 15th & Locust was hosting drug dealers in the late evening.  Even before the shooting, CCRA had reached out to the Rittenhouse Nuisance Task Force - a state/city interagency group, shepherded by Sen. Farnese's office, addressing quality of life issues in our neighborhood - to get 15th & Locust on the radar.  The RNTF is to meet the day this newsletter circulates, so we cannot apprise you further of the governmental response. We can say that the shooting was drug-related on all sides.   It goes without saying that CCRA has been and is pushing for the police and other city departments to fix this corner ASAP. 
While on the subject, we've been asked why CCRA no longer provides a monthly crime report with this email.  There are two reasons.  First, CCRA takes its information from the Ninth Police District's website:, which you can access.  Second, the newspapers reported high-profile crimes in CCRA territory that did not seem to appear on that website (presumably because those crimes were investigated by other police units).  CCRA didn't want to appear to omit crimes of which our readers would be aware. 
(More) Cranes Over Philly
The Inquirer recently reported on development plans for the Marketplace Design Center, including vertical additions bringing the structure to 22 stories.  You can see it here for yourself.   The renderings don't include Robert Wyland's whale mural, which has graced the side of the building for the last 23 years.  Bistro San Tropez, the top floor bar & restaurant, will close on February 27.  Excellent food with magnificent views of the Schuylkill - a hidden gem and a true only-in-Philly experience.  If you haven't been, go while you can.  The chef is reportedly seeking a new location - with a view, we hope. 

Mayor Kenney Identifies Goals
In his transition report released on Tuesday, Mayor Kenney identified several initiatives likely to interest CCRA members.  Infrastructure and transportation objectives include * Establishing Vision Zero Task Force policy priorities and goals (Vision Zero is an effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities) * Expand Indego Bike Share by adding new stations in neighborhoods across Philadelphia * Issue recommendations to encourage bike share and docking station hosting * Issue report on planning process for Circuit Trail completion * Solicit public input for installation of new bus shelters to ensure equitable placement * Work with SEPTA to ensure equitable rollout of SEPTA Key modernization system * Establish Office of Complete Streets * Create a Clean Streets working group and develop a website * Assign an infrastructure and transportation policy advocate to work with a small team to strengthen relationships with funders, clients, vendors and the public.  Vision Zero goals for January 1, 2017 include developing recommended strategies with the Police Department to increase enforcement of speed and traffic laws.  The report may be found here.
Di Bruno Bros. has been a long time avid supporter of CCRA.  Aside from donating gift cards and the wonderful hors d'oeuvres and desserts for our Celebration of Center City Living events (April 20 this year),  Di Bruno's gives CCRA members a 10% discount on purchases from their Rittenhouse (1730 Chestnut St.) and Comcast (1701 JFK Blvd.) locations.  As of Feb. 1, there is a new "CCRA Friends of Di Bruno Bros." card (the old one expired on Jan. 31).  To get yours, present your old card to the cashier and give him/her your name.  The cashier will check it against a list of current members and issue you the new card.  If your name is not on the membership list, please contact the CCRA office at 215-546-6719 or with "Di Bruno Bros." in the subject line. Note that the discount program is presently available only to those who were paid up CCRA members as of Jan. 31 (and those whose membership lapsed on or after Nov. 1 but renew by Feb. 29).
March 9, 2016 - PA Rep of 182nd District Primary Candidates' Debate, 7-8:30pm, Moderator: Chris Brennan, Political Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer. 2025/2027 Chestnut St......subject to change
March 24, 2016 -  US Rep of 2nd District Primary Candidates' Debate, 7-8:30pm, Moderators : Sam Katz.  2025/2027 Chestnut St...subject to change.
April 7, 2016 - Town Hall with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Not only is he the president of City Council, but he is the councilperson for the 5th Councilmanic District, a portion of which falls within CCRA's boundaries.Venue TBA.
May 12, 2016 -  PA Senator Farnese Town Hall, 7-8pm.  Venue TBA.
"School Daze": CCRA's Panel Discussion on what to Look for in an Elementary School, WED, 3/16, 7-8:30pm, trinity mem church, 22nd spruce st
CCRA will hold a program on choosing the right elementary school for your Center City child. This program will include brief presentations by three panelists, Martha Benoff, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, Eileen Dwell, retired Philadelphia and suburban school principal, and Susan Souffie, rising kindergarten parent. Following their presentations there will be a question and answer period followed by refreshment time to mingle with other parents. The event is free, but advance registration is requested for head count purposes and for submission of questions to the panel. To register, click here.
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.

Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Vet Pets, 265 S. 20th St. (888-458-8587)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
PhotoLounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Rittenhouse Pet Supply, 135 S. 20th St (215-569-2555)
Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use promo code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code allattheprince.
My Doc Urgent Care, - 1420 Locust St (215 800-1909). Show your membership card and for a $25 flu shot with this coupon

Help Improve Center City with Street Trees
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.
Prom Dress Donations Needed: Help Make A Night Special 
Jewish Family and Children's Services is collecting gently used prom dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes, and handbags for a prom dress sale on Saturday, March 12.  The event will benefit the ELECT and Child Welfare Programs, and is also open to Philadelphia area high school students with a school ID.  The sale has become an annual event, with hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists on hand to help shoppers put together the perfect look.
All dress sizes, styles, colors and lengths are gratefully accepted, but there is a particular need for size 14 and up.   Items will be collected through Tuesday, March 1.

To donate, please contact Melissa Blackson at or call 267.256.2053 for drop off locations or to arrange pick up. 
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Groundless" Jean Plough, NOW thru sun, 3/6, 236 S. 22nd St
"Apparition," oil on canvas, 32"X 34"
"Groundless" is new work without reference point, created through aimless wondering, based on the following rules:
1) do not have any goal
2) do not try to make it look like anything
3) do not try to salvage any area
4) do not be attached to the outcome
"My work is always a surprise, that's why I enjoy doing it. It's like playing around...the paintings turn out like mini-Rorschach tests."  Jean Plough
What To Ask Your Pharmacist, Mon, 3/7, 1PM, Penn's Village Office, 201 S. 21st St., 2nd FL.
Which pill should I take with breakfast?  What if I miss a dose of an important medicine? Are all multivitamins the same?   Many of us feel overwhelmed after a doctor's appointment, so it is important to know that your pharmacist does more than count out pills and should be an important source of vital information.
Lindsay Dymowski, president of Centennial Pharmacy Services, the Penn's Village Health Pals pharmacy partner, will help you become savvy pharmaceutical consumers, knowing the questions you should ask and the information you need to take medications safely. Following Lindsay's presentation there will be time for both group discussion and individual consultation, so bring along your medications if would like one-on-one time with a pharmacist. Register for this event by Friday, March 4th, by calling (215) 925-7333 or by sending an email to 

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