Meet your CCRA neighbors, enjoy complimentary food and drinks, and listen to music while taking a sneak peak of the Pyramid Clubs renovations. To register for this event,click here. The password is Pyramid57. Space is limited.
What's New in the Neighborhood
New Survey For You: Sugar Soda Tax vs. Container Tax
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown endorses an alternative to the Mayor's suggested 3 cents per ounce Sugar/Soda tax. (Bill 160176). Her suggestion, a tax on drink containers (Bill 160508). Bill 508 assesses a 15 cent tax on every container over seven ounces holding any soft drink, water/flavored water, coffee, vegetable juice, or energy drink. The container bill does not tax baby formula, milk products, or fountain drinks sold at restaurants.
The Councilwoman has stated that "If the goal is to provide a sustainable proposal that will allow for universal pre-K for all, improvements and access to recreation centers for all and community schools for all, then the tax should impact all - from soda to Perrier." The Philadelphia Tribune reports that the proposed container levy would yield "a minimum of $64 million," approximately $30 million less than the soda tax projections. The Councilwoman's thoughts are set forth in a link received from her office.
Philadelphians for a Fair Future, of which CCRA is a member, characterizes the container tax as "forcing all consumers, especially poor people, to pay the tax on almost every beverage imaginable - water, milk, 100% fruit juices, and other essentials. By contrast, the Sugary Drinks Tax is a tax that no consumer is forced to pay." The group also notes that the container tax increases the cost of more healthful beverages such as water and fruit juice and encourages sugary beverage consumers to save money by purchasing supersize sugar drinks.
COMPLETE THE ATTACHED SURVEY TO PROVIDE YOUR THOUGHTS. We will present your responses, anonymously, unless directed otherwise, in next week's newsletter.
CCRA News and Events
The CCRA Office will be closed from Friday, 5/27 thru Tuesday, 5/31. The office will reopen on Wednesday, 6/1, at 9 AM.
Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, 5/30. Collection will resume on Tuesday, 5/31.
Friends of Fire Fighters, Fri, 6/3, 6 PM, Markward Playground, Taney & Pine Street
Bring your kids to meet fire fighters, climb on a fire truck, and wear real helmets. In addition, get information regarding fire prevention. Check the CCRA Facebook page for cancellations due to weather or fire emergency.
South Street Bridge Traffic To Be Impacted
Construction of a curb cut for the garage entrance to the Children's Hospital research building under development just south of the South Street Bridge MAY start the week of 5/31 impacting vehicular traffic on the South Street Bridge. One driving lane and a bike lane will be maintained at all times. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the north side of the bridge. We will provide specifics as soon as they are received.
Neighborhood News and Events
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Patterns of Nature" Photography by Andy Smith, Now thru 6/5, 236 S. 26th St
"River Rock Patterns" archival pigment print on canvas
"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
Host families are needed for two young out-of-town pianists, age 18 and 19, from California and Budapest, participating in the annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy at Curtis Institute (1726 Locust). Host families are invited to attend all PYPA concerts and master classes at no charge as guests of organizer and artistic director, Ching-Yun Hu. Pianists will be arriving August 7 and departing on August 17. http://pypa.info/. Homes should be within walking distance of Curtis. Piano is a plus but is not required. If you have a piano (tuned), you will enjoy listening to them practice. If you wish to be a host, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.