Sure, it lacks the statistical reliability of a Gallup
poll. But last week's member survey provided interesting responses to
Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugar/soda drinks. Seventy- four members completed four questions about the proposed 3 cents per oz. tax - 62 favored the tax and 12 opposed it. Asked whether the three cents per ounce levy was "appropriate", "too high", or "too low", 42 replied that it was appropriate, 9 replied that it was too high, while 11 replied that it was too low. Fifty- two respondents wrote narrative comments, many of which addressed the rationale for implementing the tax to generate revenues for education
initiatives ($256 million for pre kindergarten seats for 25,000
students and 25 "community schools"), $350 million in infrastructure
improvements and expenditures for energy efficiency, and $26 million
for the $5 billion pension deficit. One respondent in favor of the tax
wrote: "The Mayor has an ambitious plan for universal pre K and
renovation of parks and rec centers. This is a good way to fund it and
maybe it will also reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and thus
promote good health." A member opposing the levy stated: "This is a
severely regressive tax . . . we give unconscionable tax breaks to
developers and affluent buyers of new condos. If we are to have nice
things, we need to tax people who have money, not those who are
struggling, no matter what we think of their personal health."
Let There Be Light: CCRA Pioneers LED Street Fixtures
The CCRA Streets Committee's chair, traffic engineer Frank Montgomery,
and committee members (especially David Rose, Walter Spencer, Maggie
Mund, and Vivian Seltzer) partnered with the City's Streets Department
to implement a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Development grant to CCRA for 21st Century LED street lights. Installations so far are located along 20th Street
near Spruce Street, and parts of Naudain and Bonsall Streets. With well
over a 1,000 lights in varying styles (upwards of 20 types) to be
upgraded in our district alone, this grant constitutes a first step
towards an eventual goal of implementing LED fixtures citywide so that
all neighborhoods enjoy a brighter, "cleaner", white light with improved
aesthetics, energy efficiency and safety.
"Free" Beer at CCRA's "Earth Night" Celebration, Wed, 4/20, Trinity Center, 22nd & Spruce, 6 - 8:30 PM
It's a first! CCRA will be serving Yards Brewing Company craft beer. Also featured: wine pourings (courtesy of Moore Brothers), hors d'oeuvres and desserts (courtesy of Di Bruno Bros.),
"eco-inspired" music, an Earth Day trivia game (with prizes), and
several "green community" organizations touting their eco-friendly wares
and services. There also will be a silent auction and a few live
auction items (click hereto see current (and growing) list. This year's event will have an Earth Day theme (April 22 will be the 46th Earth Day!), and will be held in the beautiful "Great Hall" of the Trinity Center for Urban Life.Tickets $35 for those under 35 and $75 for everyone else, on line at our
Sponsors: AT&T, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Firstrust Bank. Proceeds will support CCRA.
Town Hall with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Thurs, 4/7, Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street (18th & Spruce), 7-8 pm
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. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to dialogue with Councilman Clarke on issues of concern to you.
Street Closure: 25th St. from Manning to Locust
Saturday, 4/2, 8 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, 4/3, 8 AM to 8 PM
from Manning to Locust will be shut down to all traffic. Police
Officers or Flagmen will be stationed at the following intersections to
direct local traffic:
The police officers/flagmen will be able to facilitate vehicle access to and from private resident garages within these limits.
Signs will be posted and no vehicles will be allowed to park inside the closure. If you need a logistics map, contact the SRPGC to have it emailed to you.
residents of Locust Point will be able to access their garage via
Locust Street. This portion of Locust from 23rd to 25th will also be
two-way traffic monitored by local police.
Meet Your Elected Representatives
Thurs. May 12, 2016, 7 - 8 pm, Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel 300 South 18th Street: Pennsylvania Senator Farnese Town Hall, 7-8pm.
Local Merchant Spotlight: Crow & the Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St.
American restaurant & bar with a cheese-cart selection in a relaxed space including sidewalk seats. It definitely has
a strong French flair to it and we are lucky to have them in our neighborhood. Besides being a CCRA business member and
an inaugural member of our Dine-In program (CCRA members can take advantage of the 20% discount they offer with your
membership card), the owner, Michael Franco is a warm and fuzzy kind of guy, as are all the servers. Good place to just
go and hang out. Like Michael, many of the servers are from the former Le Bec Fin. In fact, Le Bec Fin's former owner,
George Perrier, spends a lot of time there, especially in the kitchen!!!! They even have the old famous Le Bec Fin cheese
cart. C'est fantastique pour le brunch de fin de semaine etle dîner tous les soirs sauf le lundi!!!
CCRA Merchant Member 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.
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Illuminations" by Joyce Schwartz, Now thru Sun 4/3, 236 S. 22nd Street.
"Bleu Garden" 30"X 40" oil on canvas"
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 3, 1 to 4 PM
Intoxicated by the colors in nature,
Joye Schwartz paints in an impressionistic style illuminated by the
brilliance of light and playing on the various hues contained in the
world surrounding her.
Joyce Schwartz, who lives in Elkins
Park, Pa., has been painting since 1987. Her artwork is included in
private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Israel, and Australia.
An original watercolor by Ms. Schwartz was recently commissioned by the
Lauder Institute to be included in the collection of Ronald Lauder.
the Sustainable Business Network and Judy Wicks, for "Conversations
toward a Sustainable Philadelphia," intended to spark discussion, and
local action for climate change and environmental justice.
panel will discuss making homes and businesses energy efficient,
renewable electricity on PECO accounts, and solar rooftops. Judy Wicks
will speak about moving her home toward no-carbon, along with a panel of
Micah Gold-Markel, Founder, Solar States
Glenn Smith, Executive Director, The Energy Co-op
Mitchell Swann, PE, board member of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and a Partner at MDC Systems
Sponsored by Sustainable Business Network, Solar States, and The Energy Co-op
Groundbreaking Ceremony for 22nd & Market Memorial Park, Wed., 4/6, 11 AM, SE Corner of 22nd & Market
The park at 22nd and
Market Streets commemorating the victims of the June 5, 2013 collapse
of the Salvation Army building has been renamed the "June 5 Memorial
Park." Join Mayor Kenney and the Memorial Park Committee (which
includes CCRA) in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on April 6.
RSVP to Katie Pytel at Katie@bdnreit.com or 610-832-7703. Donations can be made at www.pennhort.net/memorial.
Greenfield Tours and Outreach Events for 2016, Thurs, 4/7, 9-10:30 AM, 22nd & Chestnut St
Come visit our community's wonderful K-8 neighborhood school. All tours and events will begin at 9:00 and end around 10:30 am. You donotneed to register. Please gather in the lobby by 9:00 am.Students must be living within the catchment to register at Greenfield. For a list of their upcoming tours and events,click here.
Free Street Trees
Does your sidewalk need a tree? Does your block need several trees?
Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders is the Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society (PHS) certified Tree Tenders group for the Plant
One Million campaign for the CCRA area. They are currently collecting
applications for the fall 2016 planting. Trees are chosen and supplied
by the PHS and planted by volunteers. Property owners must agree to care
for and water weekly during the growing season (April - October) for
Applications for the fall tree planting are due by April 23. Click here
for the PHS tree request form which should be sent to Susan at her
email address or to Andrew Terhune via email, mail, or drop through mail
slot at 2024 Pine St., 19103-6523.
Help make Center City part of a greener and healthier region.
Philadelphia City Institute Library needs Donations of Used Books, CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks for Book Sale
The Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square seeks donated books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for its Book Sale on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Books must be in excellent or "like new" condition. Please bring books to the Reference Desk by Saturday, April 23. All proceeds from this event will be used to support the Philadelphia City Institute Library.