Friday, July 15, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER: Street Scene Urban Garden Registration To Win Dollar Prizes Due 7/15

Rethink Vine Street Expressway: Tonite, 7/14, 5-7PM and Tomorrow, 7/15, 3:30 - 5PM, 1101 Vine Street

Philly Free Streets Info Mtg, Mon, 7/18, 6:30-7:30PM, 1523 Bainbridge St.

Democratic National Convention Updates 7/25 - 7/28

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
A Score Against an Eyesore

The Art Commission rejected digital billboards for SEPTA Station entrances, a proposal that CCRA's board had voted to oppose.  The promoter was invited to try again with a better design.  We will see what happens. Stay tuned.

Further Temporary Garden Closures at Schuylkill River Park
Dranoff Properties has asked the City's Parks and Recreation Department for  a temporary license permitting workers to enter the public planting  area east of the brick garden walls adjacent to, and immediately south of  the 25th & Locust One Riverside construction site so that a brick wall may be erected. To view a graphic depicting the area involved, click here. The wall would separate the One Riverside property from the Park land to the south. The parcel at issue does not include any of the plots leased by CCRA to gardeners all of which are located within the garden walls.   CCRA, as the City's licensee, plants and maintains this public garden on the City's behalf. Consequently, Parks and Recreation has conditioned the delivery of a license on the issuance of a letter from CCRA approving the Parks and Recreation decision.  The erection of the wall will necessarily disrupt the plantings in the licensed area and could affect its in-ground irrigation system. Consequently, the Association and the Schuylkill River Park Garden Steering Committee have requested that Dranoff contract to provide remediation services covering the irrigation system, the plants and ground covering, the trees, and the soil.  As part of the Agreement, the current English Ivy ground cover will be replaced with a non-invasive species.  Negotiations are continuing between Dranoff and CCRA.
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 July 15th. For information and to register, click here.

Lead Sponsors:                                 Sponsor:
         Berkshire Hathaway                          Bala Golf Club
         Rittenhouse Market
         South Square Market
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
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 Rm 456 in City Hall at 9 AM 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.
Neighborhood News and Events
Two Public Mtgs Re Vine Street Expressway: Tonite, 7/14, 5-7PM and Tomorrow, 7/15, 3:30-5PM, Chinese Christian Church, 1101 Vine St
Help reimagine the Vine Street Expressway, between 15th & 16th Streets.
Tonite:   Join local stakeholders in a series of activities to share your local experience related to the Vine Street Expressway and transformative change.
Tomorrow:  Design Challenge wraps up with a final presentation of real and transformative ideas to reconnect communities separated by the Vine Street Expressway.
Philly Free Streets Info Meeting, Mon, 7/18, 6:30 PM, The Bainbridge Club, 1523 Bainbridge St

Join South Street West for an information meeting  in anticipation of the upcoming Philly Free Streets Event (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday September 24th) when the entire length of South Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as part of a nine mile car-free route.

Democratic National Convention Updates, Mon, 7/25 - Thurs, 7/28

So far, so good.  Other than Broad & Market Sts. and the area around City Hall, only one protest permit has been issued for CCRAland.  Conscience Convergence will hold First Amendment workshops, discussions and art installations on July 25-29 from 9AM - 8PM in Rittenhouse Square.

The links below provide the latest news, events, etc.:

The Muse Behind the Artist III, Wed, 7/20 5:30-7:30PM, The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St.

Penn's Village celebrates the talent of "hometown" artists as they discuss the inspiration behind their art. The Print Center's Executive Director Elizabeth Spungen will moderate the panel discussion with time to entertain your questions and insights.  A wine and cheese reception will follow to meet the artists. This program is free for Penn's Village members and volunteers.  A $5 donation is requested from other guests. Please register by emailing or call 215 925 7333.

Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: Summer Group Show Now thru Sun 8/7, 236 S. 22nd St.

Twenty-Two Gallery represented artists and guest artists will show their best original works in many styles and mediums.  Mediums include: photography; oils; water color; sculpture; Sumi-e  & print work.  Many sizes and price ranges to choose from.
New Mormon Temple Open House, Wed, 8/10 thru Fri, 9/9, Must Reserve in Advance
The general public is invited to attend a free open house of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania  Mormon Temple. Reservations are requested. To register, click here.

Open House Dates:  Wednesday, August 10, through Friday, September 9, 2016, except for Sundays.

Dress:  Modest dress is requested.

Tours:  Open house tours begin with a short video presentation providing an overview of temples and why they are significant to members of the Church. Following the video, a tour host will escort you through the temple, explaining the purpose of each room and answering questions as time allows. At the conclusion of the tour, you are invited to a reception area to have any further questions answered.
Penn Medicine presents "Stay Active for Life (SAIL)" 8/30 thru 10/20, Tues & Thurs, 6-7PM, 1800 Lombard St
Classes are specifically designed for people 65 years or older to help improve balance and mobility, reducing the risk of falls, and improving quality of life. Each class can be tailored to fit individual needs and are perfect for any fitness level - you can even participate sitting down! To register, email Joseph Muniak, MS, OTR/L or call 215-893-6579.  For more information, click here.

Exhibition - Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Phila, Union League Heritage Center, 140 S. Broad Street

The Union League Heritage Center is holding an exhibition of images and stories of 11 political conventions held in Philadelphia between 1848 and 2000. 140 S. Broad Street, street level entrance. Free and open to the public, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and second Saturdays of each month, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through early 2017.  Click here for more information. 
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.

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)
PhotoLounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
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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