Friday, August 5, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Public Mtg Re 325 S. 18th St (SE Cor 18th & Delancey), Mon 8/8, 7:30, Temple BZBI, 18th & Spruce

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
Further Work At Schuykill Community Garden

The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden's 28th year has been its most eventful. First, the Garden was closed temporarily as a result of construction debris falling from  One Riverside, the high rise  condominium being erected to the north of the Garden. Now, One Riverside workers have commandeered, albeit temporarily,  the planting parcel outside of the enclosed garden plot area to erect a wall  separating parkland from the One Riverside premises.
This commandeered space,  to the north of the walkway leading to the Garden's main gate off 25th Street,  is tended by Garden Steering Committee volunteers led by Joan Wells, gardener extraordinaire and recipient (with husband Dane) of the Lenora Berson Community Service Award. The One Riverside wall construction project is subject to a Temporary Licensing Agreement issued by the City Department of Parks and Recreation prepared in consultation with CCRA and  the Garden Steering Committee. The Licensing Agreement calls for One Riverside to complete the wall work by October 30. More important, the Agreement obligates One Riverside to ensure that the work area is restored to its original condition.  Under the Agreement, One Riverside must perform the work in collaboration with a landscape architect and an arborist so that the plantings,  trees, and soil are protected. Depending on the timing of completion, some of the planting efforts may be delayed until the Spring 2017 planting season. 
CCRA News & Events
Public Meeting on Derelict Property on SE Cor.18th & Delancey: Mon, 8/8 7:30 PM 18th & Spruce

An Earlier View
If you are interested in seeing changes at 325 South 18th,  join your neighbors at Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel, 18th & Spruce, on Monday Aug 8 at 7:30 to hear how the public can participate in an  action seeking the appointment of a conservator to rehab the structure and recoup the expenses from the property's value. The meeting will be led by  representatives of the Philadelphia Community Development Coalition and two near neighbors who have filed  the conservator  claim.   Under the conservator statute, citizens may present evidence on issues such as:
  • Whether the property's condition affects the economic well being of nearby residents and businesses
  • Whether the property has not been occupied for the last twelve months
  • Whether the building is fit for occupancy or use.
  • Whether the buildings condition has created health or safety hazards
South Street Bridge Construction

Now  thru  9/16:  Phase 2 of this work which affects the north side of the bridge (westbound for vehicles)

Needed: Editor For Weekly Enewsletter; Business Manager For Hard Copy Quarterly
This could be you.  CCRA seeks an editor to handle this publication.  Duties including editing, copying, reviewing presentation and order of items and should take about 1 to 2 hours per week.  The editor may supply editorial items for this publication but isn't being asked to fill this spot every week.  he generous CCRA compensation and benefits package includes ample public recognition and abundant eternal gratitude. 
Further, we are always seeking copy for the newsletter. 500 words maximum.  
But wait!  There's more!  The Center City Quarterly, our hard copy publication,  needs a business manager to solicit advertisements, monitor collections, and otherwise ensure the smooth functioning of the business end of the CCQ.  The amount of work will fluctuate with the publication calendar but should average to about 1 to 2 hours per week.
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
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.
Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, Tues, 8/9 to  Tues, 8/16, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St, 1726 Locust St.

Tickets are now on sale for The Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy at the
Curtis Institute of Music.   Ching-Yun Hu, founder, artistic director, and concert pianist, is a center city resident and a faculty member at Temple University. For concert schedule, tickets, and more information go to:

Are You Registered to Vote? 
If not, click here.

Voter Registration Deadline: 10/11/2016
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.

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.

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)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
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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