Thursday, June 23, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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TONIGHT! 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

CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting, Tues, 6/28, 7PM, Stevens Center 2111 Sansom.  Click here for Agenda.

Street Scene Urban Garden Registration To Win Dollar Prizes Due 7/15

Save the Date: PA Supreme Court to Hear Argument in School Funding Lawsuit, Tue, 9/13

See Details Below
What's New in the Neighborhood
CCRA Board Agrees to Reopen Garden on Conditions 

Our last newsletter reported the  Board's decision to close the 25th and Locust Street Community Garden because  dangerous construction debris was falling into garden plots from the adjacent job site at One Riverside.
At a June 20 special board meeting attended by One Riverside's developer, Dranoff Properties, and its contractor, INTECH Construction, to which Community Garden leaseholders were invited, the Association authorized a Board taskforce to open the Garden under the following conditions:
  1. INTECH's  installation of a fence with two gates north of the hedge bordering the main path leading from the 25th Street gate.
  2. INTECH's agreement to lock and unlock the interior fence gates at the beginning and end of its 7 to 3:30 work day so that gardeners in the northern sector could tend their plots during non work hours.
  3. The non fenced in areas of the garden should be open 24 hrs a day seven days a week.
  4. INTECH's addition of  CCRA, the gardeners and the Garden's supervisory body, the Garden Steering Committee, to its insurance policy as additional insureds.
  5. INTECH'S  receipt of a letter from its insurer's consultants, the Graham Company, regarding the safety merits of these measures.
  6. A letter from the Association's counsel, Stanley Krakower, Esq.,authorizing the reopening of the Garden. 
 As of today, June 23:
  1. INTECH has installed the fence BUT the two gates have yet to be inserted.
  2. INTECH is reviewing a proposal from CCRA's lawyer regarding additional insured coverage.
  3. INTECH has received a Graham Company letter found to be acceptable to CCRA's counsel.
  4. INTECH has agreed to open and close the gates once they arrive.
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

Street Scene Urban Garden Competition


Categories (For Plantings Visible from the Street in CCRA Area)
                                                  1st Prize     2nd Prize  3rd Prize   
Residential Window Boxes           $150           $75            $50
Residential Tree Wells                  $150           $75            $50
Residential Container Garden      $150           $75            $50
Best Business Planting                 $150           $75            $50

All entries must be received by the new extended deadline, July 15th. For information and to register, click here.

Lead Sponsors:                                 Sponsor:
         Berkshire Hathaway                          Bala Golf Club
         Rittenhouse Market
         South Square Market
CCRA Zoning Committee Is Seeking New Members

The CCRA zoning committee (ZC) seeks CCRA members interested in serving on the ZC.  Those interested should send a resume and statement of interest to the CCRA office via email or mail to: 

Center City Residents' Association
1600 Market Street
Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

The term is from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

As a goal, the Committee seeks 50% of its members from 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)
Save The Date: Tuesday, 9/13
PA Supreme Court School Funding Lawsuit

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City Hall in the education funding lawsuit. 
This lawsuit seeks to ensure a long-term solution to the school funding crisis, so that all Pennsylvania children receive an adequate education, no matter where they live.

Citizens who attend the hearing can show the court that this case is an important civic issue.
Homes Needed for CCRA's 58th Annual Fall House Tour

Our 58th Annual House Tour on Sunday, Oct. 23 will be an important fundraiser for the Association.  As hundreds of your neighbors have done before, would you be willing to place your home, apartment, or condo on the Tour this year?  We provide insurance and multiple on-site hosts/hostesses.  You receive our deepest thanks, as well as recognition in our Tour Book and the Center City Quarterly.  Please contact the CCRA office for further information at 215-546-6719 or
Neighborhood News and Events
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.

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)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)

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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