Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Recent Crimes in Our Neighborhood

Burglary Residential
1900 Block Rodman St
Other Assaults
500 Block S 21st St
Theft from Vehicle
600 Block S 24th St
2100 Block South St
2200 Block South St
600 Block S 20th St
Vandalism/Criminal Mischief
2100 Block South St

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mail Slot Burglary

At the meeting with the police to discuss crimes in our area on Thursday, it was also noted that there was one incident of burglary by entry through the mail slot on the front door. These mail slot plates often have screws on the outside. These can be easily unscrewed, the plate removed and the opening through the door made wider. The burglar then might be able to reach inside and open the door. This was at one time a very common incident. Let's hope it's not on the rise.

Here's a write-up from the 3rd District about this type of incident from 2012:

"Throughout the City of Philadelphia, including several incidents within P.S.A. # 1 of the 3rd Police District, thieves have begun to exploit residential front door mail-slots as a method of breaking into the homes of unsuspecting residents. In these incidents, thieves were able to remove the flap, or sometimes the entire mail-slot frame, from the front door of the residence and then simply reach in and un-lock the door, walking right into the home. If your mail-slot is within reach of your front door lock, your home is vulnerable to this method of residential burglary.

If your mail-slot is within reach of your front door’s door knob or dead bolt, consider replacing the door with a mail-slot that is located lower in the door. If this isn’t practical and/or affordable, consider installing a smaller mail-slot that cannot be reached through, or sealing off the mail-slot and installing a wall-mounted (locking) mailbox outside of your front door. There are mail-slots available that have a sealed bin (which is locked) on the inside of the door where your mail will collect (but cannot be directly reached into)."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Car Break Ins

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At last night's meeting with the police to discuss crimes in the area, it was said that car break ins are on the rise. This usually happens when valuables are left in the car in full view. Common items taken are GPS devices, laptops, and cell phones, but the thieves are going after loose change too. We locals know better, but make sure your out of town visitors know not to leave anything visible.

SOSNA Newsletter


You're Invited: The Roast & Toast of Lauren Vidas!

Friends & Neighbors,
SOSNA's fearless leader, Lauren Vidas, is nearing the end of her reign as the organization's Board Chairwoman. For the past six years (Yes, 6 YEARS!) Lauren has dedicated hundreds of hours to community meetings, clean ups, neighborhood events, block parties, and SOSNA projects, most notably Carpenter Green. Because of the time Lauren has committed to Carpenter Green the committee has been able to complete Phase 1 of the park- leaving us primed and ready to finish it as soon as we raise the funds.  
So, to send Lauren off, we're going to roast the woman and toast her many contributions to our community, all while having a good time and raising funds to complete Carpenter Green! Tickets include the silent auction, two top-shelf drink tickets, light dinner, live music, great company, and of course - the roast!
Roast & Toast tickets are available on Ticketleap. Let us know you're coming and RSVP on Facebook. We can't wait to celebrate with all of you as we #RoastVidas!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Our Sponsors

        Elfant Wisshickon      Firstrust Bank    Di Bruno Brothers        Moore Brothers Wine Company       William Penn House     AT&T  
Mark your Calendar

Office Closure - Thursday, 8/25 thru Monday, 9/5

Street Scene Urban Garden Competition Awards Ceremony, Sun, 9/18, 2-3pm, Community Garden

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

Save the Date:  58th Annual House Tour, Sun., 10/23, 1-5PM

See Details Below
CCRA News & Events
Office Closure

The CCRA office is closed from Thursday, 8/25, and will re-open on Tuesday, 9/6, at 9 am.
Trash Collection
Due to the Labor Day holiday, no trash will be collected on 9/5.  Garbage collection will resume on Tuesday, 9/6.

Are you or your neighbors winners?
Plantings are Paying Off - $1100 in cash awards
DATE:  Sunday, September 18
TIME:   2pm to 3:30pm
PLACE:  Schuylkill River Park Community Garden 25th &Spruce Sts.
Light Refreshments
Hosts: Patsy Sauri and Street Scene Committee


CCRA 58th Annual House Tour

Sunday, October 23, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(rain or shine)

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
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.

Dog Days at Dilworth Park! Beginning Tues, 8/30, 1 South 15th Street
National Dog Day is in August and Dilworth Park is celebrating!
From 11am-1:30pm, August 30-September 1, stop by the 
Dog Days at Dilworth booth to check out a pet product retailer, ask questions of a professional trainer or learn how to adopt your own furry friend. Partners: Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.
Also, 5-7pm on Wednesdays, August 31-September 28, it's 
Yappy Hours! Pets and their owners are invited to come, sit and stay at the southern end of the park and join the Friends of Center City and Dilworth Park for CCD Sips-priced cocktails, featuring $5 sangria, $4 wine and $3 beer.
Art Exhibition at East River Bank opens Fri, 9/2, 5-9 PM, 36 N. 3rd St.
An exhibition of recent bas-relief cardboard artwork by Center City West award-winning artist Leroy Forney opens at the East River Bank, 36 N. 3rd
Street, with a reception on First Friday, September 2, from 5 to 9 pm, including light refreshments by Le Bus and live music by Magdaliz Roura. The exhibition is open until the end of September on Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Images are available here.

Art Exhibition at Ettinger Studio Gallery, "The Exit and Outlet," Sat, 9/3, 2215 South Street
A new exhibition by artist Mark Rice will open at the C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition features relief prints created from intricately carved linoleum blocks depicting the end of humanity's love affair with the internet. This event is free and open to the public.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "GEOLOGIC," by Andrea Krupp, Fri, 9/9 thru Sun, 10/9

Volcano and sight lines - acrylic and graphite - 25 x 40 in. by Andrea Krupp
Opening Reception, Friday, Sept. 9, 6PM

 "Creating, exhibiting, thinking and writing about my creative/human process are acts that deepen my understanding of the "where," "when" and "why" of my existence. In the face of the Universe, human existence on Earth barely registers.  But with the recognition of the current pressures on Earth and all of its systems, with the recognition that we are living in the Anthropocene epoch, every human being must forge their own understanding of the future. I hope that my work will open new perspectives on the here and now and provoke questions about our future existence on Earth. By reflecting on my experience of Place in Iceland, by reflecting on the Geologic, I want to create images that evoke feelings of timelessness and universality.  I find solace in these silent meditations that anchor the present to a beyond-human scale of time and place." - Andrea Krupp
New Mormon Temple Open House, Now 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.
Are You Registered to Vote? 
If not, click here.

Voter Registration Deadline: 10/11/2016
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.

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)
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)
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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