Friday, June 17, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

Meeting Re Garden Closure, Mon, 6/20 4:30 PM, Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce

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, 22nd & Spruce

Important Public Forum: Democratic Convention -City, State & Fed Preparation Preparations and How the DNC will affect You, Thurs, 6/23, 7 PM, 10th Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey

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What's New in the Neighborhood
CCRA Temporarily Closes Community Garden for Safety Concerns on Advice of Counsel
Due to  reports of construction debris falling from the One Riverside building into the Community Garden at 25th & Spruce Streets, the Association's Board, on advice of counsel, decided to temporarily close the Garden starting tomorrow until safe conditions can be assured.  (Gardeners are receiving direct emails.) A special board meeting on the garden is called for Monday 4:30-6:00 PM at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets.   All members are invited to attend. 
Important Public Forum: The Democratic Convention - City, State & Fed Preparation & How the DNC Will Affect You, Your Business, and Our Neighborhood, Thurs, 6/23, 7 PM, 10th Presbyterian Church, entrance at 1701 Delancey PL.

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), and, 
Jordan Schwartz, Director of External Affairs (and son of the former congresswoman).
CCRA News & Events
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 here.  The password is Pyramid57. Space is limited.
Interfaith Post Ramadan 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.
CCRA Zoning Committee Is Seeking New Members

The CCRA zoning committee (ZC) is soliciting applications from CCRA members interested in serving on the ZC.  Applications shall consist of a resume and statement of interest for appointment to the committee.  The term is from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.  Please submit to the CCRA office by June 30, 2016 with Zoning Committee in the subject line.

The Committee seeks to recruit members with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, with a goal of at least  50% to be members of the following professions.
  • Design professionals (architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, transportation/civil engineers) 
  • Real Estate Professionals (zoning lawyers, developers, property management professionals, appraiser, realtors, financiers)
Responsibilities of Members of the Zoning Committee:

The ZC members shall familiarize themselves with the properties to be heard at the ZC meeting. The ZC members must conduct themselves in a professional manner including, without limitation:

* permitting the applicant to present its case without interruption
* only questioning applicants when the Co Chair permits
* discussing issues germane to the point at hand, including zoning and other pertinent quality of life issues. 
* regularly attending ZC meetings and advising the presiding Co Chair when unable to do so.
South Street Bridge Construction

Phase 1 (South side)  Taking place now thru 8/17/16:

One full drive lane and bike lane will be provided on the eastbound lane. The right turn lane onto Schuylkill Ave. will be reduced in length, but still accessible.  The westbound lanes will not be impacted.  Pedestrian traffic will be diverted to north side at Trail Crossing and 27th St.

Appropriate traffic precautions will be utilized for closures, such as barriers, fencing, flexible delineators, modified striping, signage, police/flagger presence, etc. Please be aware that these dates are based on projections and are subject to change. 
Local Merchant Spotlight: Stir, 1705 Chancellor St.  

Stir is an LGBT cocktail lounge  just off Rittenhouse Square -- across Moravian from the Warwick, near Little Pete's.  All are welcome.  And anyone would be perfectly comfortable enjoying a drink or 3 there.  The staff is friendly & the mixed drinks are strong.  A good place to go.  It's got more of a night club feel later in the evening.  Good for happy hour.  Open 4 pm - 2 am daily.  
Neighborhood News and Events
Schulykill Banks Movie Night: Beer Runners, TONITE, 8:30 PM, 2501 Walnut Street

Tonight at 8:30 p.m., the Schuylkill Banks hosts a free outdoor movie night. Guests can catch a screening of Beer Runners, which will come complete with free snacks and beverages.
All American BBQ at Dilworth Park, Now thru 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.
Help Improve Center City with Street Trees
Do you have a place in front of your home or business that would be suitable for a street tree? Use the Parks and Recreation Department's Tree Maintenance Citizen Service Request Form to request that a new or replacement tree be planted in the sidewalk in front of your property. The trees are free, but the properties' owners must request them.
Upon receipt of your request, the city will schedule an inspector to verify that the location is suitable for a street tree, e.g. that the sidewalk is wide enough, and that it doesn't interfere with any signs or traffic signals. If it is suitable, your address will be put on the city's list of locations scheduled for street tree installation.
Be patient. It may take anywhere from 1 to 2 years for installation, but the sooner you get on the city's list, the sooner you'll have a tree.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Illusory Display" By Joann Doneen,  Now thru, Fri, 7/1, 236 S. 22nd St.

Illusory Display Oil  marble dust 30 in. x 30 in.

"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
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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