Friday, October 21, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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     Our Sponsors:

      William Penn House   
      AMC Delancey   
      Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
      Di Bruno Bros.    
      The Franklin Institute
Mark your Calendar
> 58th Annual House Tour, Sun., 10/23, 1-5pm
> Forum re Rittenhouse Sq. Incident, Mon., 2/24, at 7 PM Holy Trinity (tentative)
> Monthly  Zoning Com. Mtg, Tues, 10/25, 7pm, Stevens Ctr, 2111 Sansom St.  (click here to view agenda)
> Forum: L&I Comm. David Perri, Th., 10/27, 7pm, Tenth Presby.17 & Spruce 
> Tea, Cookies, & Solar, Sunday, 11/13, 3pm, Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq
> 325 S. 18th St Conservatory Hearing, Thurs, 11/17, 9:30am, City Hall, Ctrm 602
See Details Below
Community Forum re Rittenhouse Incident
In light of the recent shooting in Rittenhouse Square, CCRA and Councilmen Johnson and Domb will hold a community forum, set for 7PM Monday, Oct. 24, at Holy Trinity on the Square to discuss this incident and public safety generally and to hear about prevention and what we can do to stop this kind of thing from happening.  Schedule change is possible: if there is, we will email you. Please read our President's statement below.  
Quick Clicks

Only this weekend!  CCRA's House Tour is this 
Sun., October 23rd, 1-5 PM, rain or shine.  
Eleven gorgeous Rittenhouse homes open for public tour. 
Tickets are $30 until Oct. 21, $35 after, at * or 215-546-6719; * Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd Street; * Jezebel's Cafe, 26th & Pine St; *  Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th St; * Maxx's Produce, 255 S. 20th St; * Rittenhouse Hardware, 20th & Pine; *Waffles & Wedges, 1511 Pine St.  Day-of tickets are $35.
Highlights include a returning favorite at 3XX S. 25th Street, where you'll enter through a backyard guarded by gryphons, tour a kitchen featuring perfectly matched granite walls and hidden appliances and a fireplace that soars to the second floor.   You'll envy the huge master bath with its double shower, body sprayers, Japanese soaking tub, double glass sinks in custom-made vanities.  Too good to miss. 
In 1919 Chestnut, we have three efficiency units joined into a marvelous space to create a spectacular one -bedroom apartment with a large, open kitchen.  Amazing details starting with tiles using M.C. Escher designs in the entry which continue into the powder room.  The living and dining areas both have unusual handpainted floor coverings. 
We are grateful to our tour sponsors at AMC Delancey, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Allan Domb Real Estate, Clemens Construction, Dranoff Properties,  Robin Apartments, & Solar States.
CCRA News & Events
CCRA President's Message on Rittenhouse Sq. Incident

Rittenhouse Square is one of the most successful public spaces on the planet.  People from every category, variation and combination of humanity congregate in peace and harmony.  The life of the Square is a monument to the people of this City and their indominable, ecumenical spirit.  It is the best of what we are. 
There was a shooting in the Square on Monday night.  This crime is abhorrent to everything that makes the Square wonderful.  The life of the Square - a place open to all - shall continue.  We will do all we can to assure that. Our neighborhood is overwhelmingly safe.  The more we go out, the safer we are.  The more vibrant our streets, the stronger our community.  We shall not let an aberration deprive our neighborhood, our City or planet of what we have in Rittenhouse Square - or all of Center City.  
CCRA Monthly Zoning Committee Mtg
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Stevens Center, 2111 Sansom Street
Public Forum with David Perri, Commissioner of Licensing & Inspections, Thurs, 10/27, 7PM, Tenth Church, 17th & Spruce St
A wonderful opportunity to hear L&I Comm. Perri and have a direct dialogue with him about L&I issues affecting our neighborhood and to get answers to your L&I-related questions. 
Solarize Center City Update 

Thanks to those of you (more than 60!) who joined us at the Trinity Church for our kick off event. It was lively and a great start. We are busy preparing initial solar proposals and have our first contract in hand. Please visit for more info! Upcoming events include: 

Teas, Cookies, and Solar
Sunday 11/13 @ 3pm @ the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. We will welcome RSVPs shortly.  

Winter Is Coming: Solar Survival
Save the date: Thursday 12/1 @ 5:30pm @ the Dwight D (a new Bed and Breakfast) at the Dwight D @ 256 S. 16th Street. 
We are busy planning additional gatherings, including at area coffee shops and hot spots. If you'd be willing to gather your neighbors to host us or have suggestions for great venues in the area, please don't hesitate to let us know. Call 215 939.6699 or email info@solar-states.comDon't forget, CCRA members get an additional five cents off per watt, which means hundreds of dollars saved on your solar!
"Inside City Hall" - CCRA Member Q&A with Philly Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis

Graciously following up on the offer he made as our Annual Meeting speaker, Philadelphia Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis will answer your questions here in a monthly INSIDE CITY HALL feature.  Email questions to (include "Inside City Hall" in the subject).  CCRA will share them with "Mike D", who will decide what questions to answer.  Answers will be brief, due to space limitations. The larger the group of people affected by your questions the better. CCRA reserves the right to select/edit questions.  
325 S. 18th Conservatorship Hearing ,Thurs Nov 17, 9:30, City Hall, Ctrm 602
Neighbors interested in the conservatorship proceedings re the derelict property on the southeast corner of 18th and Delancey can attend the rescheduled hearing. Michael McIlhinney, Esquire, the attorney for the parties seeking the appointment of a conservator can be contacted at
Neighborhood News and Events
2016 National Auditions Winners Concert, Wed, 10/26, 2016, 7pm, Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Ctr, Broad & Spruce Sts
For the first time in its 24-year history, Astral opens The Astral National Auditions to Philadelphia audiences, with the inauguration of its 2016 Winners Concert at the Kimmel Center.
This year, seven exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral's prestigious roster:
Congcong Chai, piano; Timothy Chooi, violin; Katie Hyun, violin; Natalia Kazaryan, piano; Emily Levin, harp; Zhenni Li, piano; Rolston String Quartet

For tickets, click here.

As a fundraiser for Astral, the CCRA promo code will not be honored, and all proceeds will directly benefit Astral's artistic and educational programs.

Art Exhibition, Thurs, 10/27, 5-7pm, C.R.Ettinger Studio, 2215 South Street

The C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery invites you to the opening of a new exhibition of etchings by artist José Ortiz-Pagán, entitled CÉNIT (Addendum).  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ortiz-Pagán received degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Rome. His images are about political events in the last 40 years and how industrial systems have displaced people. He was awarded the Carlos Marichal award on Printmaking. This event is free and open to the public.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery:  "Recent Work" by Phyllis Anderson, Now thru Sun, 11/6, 236 S. 22nd St
Scribbles Bebop 48 x 72 in. acrylic on canvas 2016

"I have been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. I am inspired by the rhythmic energy of dance or music. My aim is to express the joy and energy of painting through the basic elements of color, line and surface."  - Phyllis Anderson
Under Glass:  A Victorian Obsession w/ Author and Collector John Whitenight, Thurs, 11/17, 2pm, Atheneum, 210 S. 6th St.

John Whitenight, author of the beautiful and captivating book, "Under Glass - A Victorian Obsession" will share his interest in and love of this little known Penn's Village has discovered yet another fascinating neighbor: Victorian decorative art. 

Please register by emailing or call 215 925 7333. There is no charge for Penn's Village members and volunteers but a $5 donation is appreciated from other guests.
Breathe Easy... The Trees Are Coming!
On November 19, PHS Tree Tenders and volunteers will plant about 435 trees in Philadelphia and another 530 trees in Southeast Pennsylvania!  Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders will be planting 11 of those trees! If you'd like to help, email Susan Kahn at

Become a Tree Tender! The PHS Tree Tenders® course offers hands-on tree care training for residents and covers tree biology, urban stress on trees, tree identification, tree planting, community organizing, tree pruning, and root care. The next Philadelphia Tree Tenders class will be held January 21 and 28, 2017. Please register online at
Useful Links
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)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
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)

Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.

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

Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.

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