Friday, June 10, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

Sky High Block Party, Mon, 6/20, 6 - 8 PM, Pyramid Club - You are invited

Community Interfaith Post Ramadan Dinner, Tues, 6/21, 7:30 PM Trinity Memorial Church
Democratic Convention: How it Might Affect You and the City's Preparations, Thurs, 6/23, 7 PM, 10th Presbyterian Church
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Public Forum: Democratic Convention & Center City, Thurs, 6/23, 7 PM 10th Presbyterian Church, enter 1702 Delancey St.
Ask questions.  Get Answers.  Find out how the city, state & feds are preparing for the Democratic Convention (July 25-28) and how it will affect you and our neighborhood.  Hear from and speak with the key decision makers at the Managing Director's Office (Brian Abernathy, Asst. Man'g Dir.), Emergency Mgmt. (Sam Phillips, Dir. of Emerg'y Mgmt.), Commerce. Dep't (Director/Deputy level), Police (Joseph Sullivan, Ch. Insp'r, Homeland Sec. Bureau & Denis Wilson, Ch. Insp'r, Patrol Bureau Rgnl. Opers. South), Democratic National Convention Committee (Director/Deputy level), and DNC Host Committee (Director/Deputy level). 
Sky High Block Party, Mon, 6/20, 6 - 8 PM, Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St, 52nd Fl.
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 hereThe password is Pyramid57. Space is limited.
What's New in the Neighborhood

Eleventh Hour Bill: 7 Digital Video Signs for CCRAland
SEPTA Digital Billboard NE corner, 16th & Market
Council's closing sessions always contain legislative surprises. This year it's Bill 160461  authorizing digital video billboards at 51 SEPTA stops, seven of which are either in CCRAville or just across the street.  The adjacent picture showing the NE corner of 16th & Market depicts what is proposed for:
                Broad & Spruce NE
                Broad and Locust NE
                Broad and Walnut NW
                Broad and Chestnut SW
                Broad and So Penn Sq SW
                Market at  19th
                Market at  22nd
The bill emerged from committee two days ago. Because Council suspended the Rules, eliminating a second reading, the vote occurs June 16, Council's last scheduled session. CCRA wrote our  District Council representatives, Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilperson Kenyatta Johnson,  requesting  that the proposal be tabled, noting that  there had been no public outreach even though the proposal  raises any number of issues ranging  from simple aesthetics to the  encroachment of distracting  signage on the public way. Members who wish to weigh in on this bill may contact  Council President Clarke at 215 686 3442 whose district more or less includes the area north of Locust or Councilman Kenyatta Johnson 215 686 3412 whose district, generally speaking, lies south of Locust. Two at large council people live near the targeted sites, Allan Domb 215 686 3414/15 and Helen Gym 215 686 3420
Moving in the Right Direction
The derelict house at 18th & Delancey has been an eyesore for ages. CCRA shares the frustration of those neighbors who have endured this blight. The Managing Director's office, at the request of Govt. Rel. VP Harvey Sacks, recently talked with L&I Comm'r. David Perri, who reports that the City is in court over the property and that in May the court fined the owner $125,000! (due July 3) The court also required the owner to let L&I into the building for inspection. L&I now classifies the property as "unsafe" but not "imminently dangerous." Comm'r Perri assures CCRA that the City will keep pressing in court for repairs and fines for delay. Next court date is June 22.
CCRA News and Events
Interfaith Community Iftar Dinner, Tues, 6/21, 7:30 PM, Trinity Mem. Church, 22nd & Spruce St
The Peace Islands Institute, CCRA, and ten local congregations are partnering on an interfaith break-the-fast meal preceded by a discussion of Islamic Ramadan traditions on Tuesday, June  21, commencing at 7:30 pm with the Ramadan meal served at sundown, 8:30 pm. To ensure a headcount for seating, preregistration with a $10.00/person fee is required.  Register  online  or call 215 546 6719. Proceeds will be donated to the Bethesda  Project for Homeless Shelters in Philadelphia.
Local Merchant Spotlight: South Street Sounds, 1531 South St., Tues-Sat, noon to 6
Just at the edge of the CCRAville is a neighborhood gem small in size but big in personality.  South Street Sounds and its proprietors Jeff & Leona have been at 1531 South Street for 12 years.  The store sells inexpensive music instruments and accessories. Specializing in all types of guitars, the store also sells instruments from bass to bongos and provides lessons for guitar and drums as well as instrument repairs and sound equipment rental.  Jeff also provides sound and music services for private parties.  There is a recording studio and rehearsal space in the basement that can be rented by the hour.  Stop by and see for yourself the best kept secret for music enthusiasts.
Neighborhood News and Events
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Illusory Display" By Joann Doneen, Fri, 6/10, thru, Fri, 7/1, 236 S. 22nd St.

Illusory Display Oil  marble dust 30 in. x 30 in.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 10th, 6 to 9 PM  

"The paintings in this exhibition explore 'place'.....and our inner knowing of experience. When we intimately engage our visual experience, how solid does the world appear? The fleeting expression, of place, even in its exquisite vividness, somehow carries a feeling tone of transparency. What do we know of now, or its value? The process of painting, making marks on a surface, the paint, the materials, the tools, together with movement and touch, become a personal visual journey, a seeking to know. As the paintings for this exhibition progressed, I found the 'floating Image' and the attention to 'edge', or 'where things meet', to be a reoccurring theme or motif."  -  Joann Doneen
Basic Kayak Tour at the Schuylkill Banks, Sat, 6/11, 3:45 PM, Walnut St. Dock (under the Walnut St. Bridge)
This professionally guided tour of the tidal Schuylkill includes equipment rental, 1/2 hour of instruction and 1 hour on the river. The tour departs from the Walnut Street Dock. Individual and tandem kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $37/person ($5/person discount available for groups of 5 or more people on this tour). Click here for more information.
All American BBQ at Dilworth Park, 6/15-6/19, City Hall, 15th & & Market
This All-American BBQ will get you in the mood for everything summer with a series of fun activities and games (enjoy the fountains and stay to play foosball, ladder ball, and mini golf all weekend for free), plus a social 21+ beer garden by the Dilworth Park Café. A variety of DJs and live music, along with tasty BBQ and other grill items, will make this one of summer's not-to-miss events. For more information and complete schedule, click here.
Free Phila Orchestra Concerts with Youth Orchestra in the Neighborhood, 7/1-7/3
Project in Partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Brings NYO2, a 78-member Youth Orchestra, to Philadelphia for a Weekend of Training, Mentoring, and Performing.
July 1 at 8 PM -  RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
July 2 at 6 PM - Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce St.
July 3 at 12 PM - Sunday afternoon - 23rd Street Armory, Philadelphia
Each concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or 
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.

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)
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)
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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