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CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

Fitler Square Fair, 10 AM, Fri, May 6, Sat, 5/7

Auction Deadline, Mon, 5/9, 12 PM

Town Hall with Sen. Larry Farnese, 7 PM, Thurs, May 12,  BZBI, 18th & Spruce

Public Mtg re 2402 Market St, 7 PM, Thurs, May 19, Luth. Ch., 21st & Chestnut

CCRA Yearly Membership Mtg., 7 PM, Wed, May 25,  AVA, 1920 Spruce St

See Details Below
Last Call!  Email Auction Bids By Mon 5/9

A few auction items from CCRA's recent Celebration  Party  are available through an online auction which ends at noon on Mon May 9.


The highest bid in excess of the minimum  for any Item will be the winner.  Should there be a tie, the winning bid  will be the earliest received.
Send bids by email  no later than  Noon Mon May 9  to  with
 "Auction" in the subject line. 
The Item number
The description of the item (i.e. Phillies tickets, Navy Yard Tour etc.)
The  bid dollar amount (which must be at least the minimum bid)

Item  66 Southern Maine Vacation House One Wk.
3 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 baths. Built in 2005 on one acre in  Windham, 10 miles from Portland on 44-acre Little Duck Pond,  Click here for photowith 262 feet of waterfront. Outdoor dining table, gas grill,  dock, sandy bottom entry for wading or swimming,  canoe, 3 kayaks, and pedal boat.  Deck, well-equipped kitchen, dining area, living room w/fireplace, full bath, master king bedroom, and screen porch on 1st floor. Twin-bedded and queen bedrooms, bath w/stall shower, washer/dryer, and family room w/wet bar/mini-fridge/microwave, HDTV, and queen pull-out couch on grd. floor. Sheets, bath towels, beach towels, and kitchen towels included.  More info/photos at No. 589183.  Avail. Sept. 7 thru Oct. 31. Fully-refundable $500 damage deposit required.
Fair Market Value:  $1,700 Minimum Bid:  $875

Item   30 Phillies Sun May 15 1:35 pm  Cincinnati Reds
Suite 49, Seats 1-4, w/preferred parking pass.
Fair Market Value:  $345 - Minimum Bid:  $160  

Item   33 Phillies Sun May 15 1:35 pm  Cincinnati Reds
(Sec. 327, Row 7)  Fair Market Value:  $68 Minimum Bid:  $35

Item 26 Guided 1 hr tour of Navy Yd. Up to  9 persons
Led by the VP of Leasing & Development w/ visits to dry docks, historic Naval officer quarters, Urban Outfitters global hdqtrs., Tasty Baking. Wkdays betw 9 am and 5pm. Upon arrival at the Navy Yd. the group will be driven in a 10 passenger van. Fair Market Value $200, Min Bid $100.

Item 41 Enterprise CarShare One Yr Membership
Plus $25 driving credits. Fair Market Value:  $100 Minimum Bid:  $50

Item 42 Zipcar. One Yr. Membership
Limited to new members. Plus $50 in Zipcar driving credits (for new and existing members). Fair Market Value:  $145 Minimum Bid:  $75 

OTHER AUCTION ITEMS: Photo & art lessons, plumbing discount, bicycle & Flyers paraphernalia, pet supplies, jewelry, and art photo. Click here to see the list of items.  
CCRA News and Events
PA Senator Larry Farnese Town Hall, Thurs, 5/12, 7 - 8 PM, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St

Have a dialogue with Senator Farnese about what he's doing and planning on doing. Plus, you will have the opportunity to express your concerns.
RESCHEDULED: Public Meeting re 2402 Market St. Project, Thurs, 5/19, 7 PM, Lutheran Church, 21st & Chestnut St

A neighborhood meeting will be held to elicit comments on plans proposed for 2402 Market, the former " Marketplace Design Center". The parcel is currently zoned CMX 4, a commercial mixed use classification which permits a 500 FAR (floor area ratio)  so that the project's  square footage can amount to 5 times the lot size. The existing structure  is 5 stories in height and, according to the developer,  contains 268,000 square feet.  The plans call for a 15 story tower rising from the  fifth floor. The ground floor, about 34,000 sq. ft.,  will house restaurants and retail at street level.  Floors 2-8 will contain 973,000 sq. ft. of office space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Floors 9-20 will house 313 luxury apartments (including 1,2,and 3 bedroom units, lounges, roof terraces, and fitness center). 

A newly constructed riverfront promenade, landscaped for public use, will connect Market and Chestnut Streets to accommodate outdoor dining and recreation, along with street level improvements around the building. Parking will be provided in an adjacent garage.
Pursuant to the zoning code, a non binding Civic Design Review meeting will be held on May 31 at 1 pm on the 18th Floor of 1515 Arch Street. 
CCRA Annual Meeting, Wed., 5/25, 7 PM, Acad of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St

Our Most Important Meeting of the Year
Members Vote in New Officers

Special Keynote Speaker:
Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia

  • "Mike D" as he is known, is an exceptional speaker and will talk about what quality services to Philadelphia citizens means and the Managing Director's role in Philly government, and the Kenney administration's plans and values.  As managing director, DiBerardinis oversees operations of a myriad of city departments.
  • He was Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation czar, a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, Deputy Mayor in the Nutter Administration, and Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources. 
  • DiBerardinis, 66, is well-known and respected among city officials, government workers, and political leaders.
Local Merchant Spotlight                                                      

Jezabel's, at 26th and Pine, is our neighborhood Argentine-influenced café.  Chef-owner Jezabel Careaga prepares on-site acclaimed empanadas, alfajores (shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche and rolled in coconut shavings), medialunas (an Argentine-style croissant) and other Argentine specialties.  If you want to surprise your guests with a taste of Argentina, place an order for empanadas as an appetizer or main course.  And don't forget to bring the kids to Jezabel's for an ice cream cone or snack as you walk them home from school.  Open 7-7 7 days/week.  
Neighborhood News and Events
Philadelphia ranked high in walkability again this year

Philadelphia ranked number 4 of most walkable cities in the U.S. according to Walk Score ®, a Redfin company. New York was ranked number 1, following by San Francisco and Boston. Philadelphia's Walk Score was 78.3. All cities in the top ten increased their scores over last year. Walk Score analyzed 2,500 cities with populations of more than 300,000, using an algorithm that incorporates walking routes, number of nearby amenities (such as restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores), distance to those amenities, pedestrian-friendliness, population and neighborhood boundaries. Click here to view the article. 

Fitler Square Spring Fair   
23rd & Pine Streets
Mother's Day weekend
Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friends of Rittenhouse Square presents "Love Your Park Day, " Sat, 5/7, 9 AM - Noon, Rittenhouse Square, 19th & Walnut St

The Friends of Rittenhouse Square participate in this week of events with a park clean-up day on Saturday. Volunteers meet at 9:00 am in Rittenhouse Square to plant flowers, weed, rake leaves, and collect trash. Contact or 267-586-5675 for more information or to volunteer in Rittenhouse Square. Groups are welcome! 
1807 & Friends Great Chamber Music Season Finale at the Acad of Vocal Arts: Mon, 5/9, 7:30 PM, 1920 Spruce

Tickets $18 at the door or at TicketLeap.  Click here to view Program.
Dance Affiliates presents MOMIX in Opus Cactus: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut, beginning Wed, 5/11, 7:30 PM

Don't Miss This.  Known worldwide for multi-media works of exceptional inventiveness and astounding physical beauty, MOMIX brings its spectacular "Opus Cactus" to close NextMove Dance's inaugural season at the Prince Theater. 

Built on 19 stunning vignettes, Opus Cactus is a "a sprawling, luscious fantasy" (NY Times) features low-flying trapeze, vaulting poles, larger-than-life puppets designed by Michael Curry, constructed costumes by Phoebe Katzin, and harnesses and belly dollies taking audiences on an imaginative adventure through the Southwest landscape, examining a vast landscape filled with snakes, lizards, cacti, birds and Native American culture. Performances are at 7:30 PM May 11 (Wed), 7:30 PM May 12 (Th), 8:00 May 13 (F), 2:00 & 8:00 May 14 (Sat), 3:00 May 15 (Sun), 7:30 May 18 (Wed), 7:30 May 19 (Th), 8:00 May 20 (F), 2:00 & 8:00 May 21 (Sat), & 3:00 May 22 (Sun).  Tickets ($37-$57.) can be purchased at or in person at the box office, 1412 Chestnut Street.  $10 off ticket prices for CCRA members by using the promo code allattheprince.  NextMove at the Prince is presented by Dance Affiliates, a presenter of world-class dance, under the artistic direction of our neighbor Randy Swartz.  More info at
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Patterns of Nature" Photography by Andy Smith, 5/13 thru 6/5, 236 S. 26th St

"River Rock Patterns" archival pigment print on canvas
Opening Reception: Friday, 5/13, 6 PM

"From sunsets to painted hills, from colorful leaves to rocks in the river, from birds in flight or on the water to flowing streams and mushrooms on fallen trees - all these patterns reflect a beauty present in everything. Dostoevsky noted in The Idiot that beauty will save the earth. I believe
this and hope my portrayal of small reflections of this beauty will move
your soul to recognition of deeper connections." - Andy Smith

Society Hill Open House and Garden Tour
Sunday, May 22, 2016

For more information, click here, call 215-629-1288 or email Matt DeJulio.
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.

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)
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)
Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)

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
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