Thursday, March 31, 2016

CCRA News Letter

Members Weigh In On Soda/Sugar Tax
Let There Be Light: CCRA Pioneers LED Street Fixtures
"Free" Beer at CCRA's "Earth Night"
Town Hall with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke
Street Closure
CCRA Upcoming Events
Local Merchant Spotlight
CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two
Steps Toward a No-Carbon House
Groundbreaking Ceremony for 22nd & Market Memorial Park
Greenfield Tours and Outreach Events
Free Street Trees
Philadelphia City Institute Library need Donations



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Members Weigh In On Soda/Sugar Tax
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 here to 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
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.  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
25th Street 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:
25th & Spruce; 24th & Spruce; 23rd & Locust; 24th & Locust.
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.
All 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 et le 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.

Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
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)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
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)
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)

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
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.

Steps Toward a No-Carbon House, Tues, 4/5, 5:30- 8 PM, Trinity Mem. Ch, 22nd & Spruce 
Join 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. 

This 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 experts:
  • 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
Beer and snacks will be served.  This event is free.

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 or 610-832-7703.  Donations can be made at  
Click here for a photo and additional information.
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 do not need 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? 
The 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 two years.
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.
For more information, email Tree Tenders group leader Susan Kahn at, or contact Andrew Terhune at or 215 850 9957.

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.
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