Thursday, April 26, 2018

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
A New Live Auction Item for the Celebration! 
We're almost ready to party!  Come to the Celebration of Center City Living: Urban Village, which is on Thursday, May 10, 6-8:30 pm, at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Sq., where we will be honoring this year's Lenora Berson Community Service Award winner Paul Levy.

The silent auction item list is growing. Click or tap here to see what's on the list so far. In addition to the week-long stay in Cape May, Paul Levy has donated a very special Live Auction Item.  Mr. Levy will lead a tour of ten people on a pre-opening Reading Aqueduct Park Tour.  This will be the first opportunity the general public will get to see the park 

Get your tickets today and join us in honoring Mr. Levy. The price of the ticket includes food, wine, and other spirits that will be available to go with the live music. We're looking forward to seeing you as we celebrate our Urban Village.

Thank you to our current sponsors: AT&T, Brandywine Realty Trust, Independence Blue Cross, Boyds Philadelphia, Republic Bank, Robin Apartments, Trident Mortgage, Di Bruno Brothers, Veda Restaurant, and Devon Seafood Grill for helping us put together an evening of celebration,

Click or tap here to purchase tickets through our website, or call the office at 215-546-6719.
TONIGHT, Thurs, 4/26! Public Meeting to for the Coming Project at 1911 Walnut Street, Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St, 7pm

In anticipation of the scheduled Civic Design Review hearing early next month of the planned development of Laurel, the Southern Land Company's project at 1911 Walnut Street, CCRA is holding a public meeting on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 PM, at Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street. Southern Land will present the project and will take questions from the audience after the presentation. This is the public's opportunity to see the plans, hear from the developer and ask questions. All neighbors are invited to attend.
Last Chance to Join the Zoning Committee

Are you interested in zoning matters?  Are you an architect, engineer, attorney, or just a concerned citizen?  If so, consider applying to serve on CCRA's Zoning Committee.

Responsibilities of Members of the Zoning Committee:
Zoning Committee members are expected to familiarize themselves with the proposed projects prior to the ZC meeting by:
  • Reviewing the posted materials 
  • Reviewing the sites of the proposed projects
  • Attending monthly meetings
Zoning Committee members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at the meeting by:
  • Permitting the applicant to present their case without interruption
  • Only questioning the applicants in an organized manner as directed by the presiding Co-Chair
  • Limiting discussion to topics that are zoning code and quality-of-life related
  • Regularly attending Zoning Committee meeting and advising the presiding Co-chair when unable to do so
Members shall be composed of CCRA members in good standing.  A variety of backgrounds and experiences is essential for good neighborhood representation.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Zoning Committee is encouraged to submit a brief resume and statement of interest to CCRA. Please respond by May 1
CCRA Annual Meeting, Wed, 5/23, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St, 7pm
Join CCRA for its 2018 Annual Meeting.  
Following a brief business session, CCRA will turn the program over to an esteemed panel to discuss current issues in development in Center City.  The panel will include Anne Fadullon (Director of Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development), Jon Geeting (Director of Engagement for Philly 3.0) and Paul Steinke (Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia).  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer will serve as moderator. 
This is sure to be an exciting, through-provoking event.  The Annual Meeting is open to all, although only CCRA members are entitled to vote during the business session.  Food and refreshments will follow.
Additional Penn's Village Programs Open to Non-Members

Penn's Village helps Central Philadelphia seniors stay in their homes by linking neighbor to neighbor to help with transportation, chores, and medical visits, and provides social and educational programs.  Click or tap here to see their programs.
Upcoming Events
 Save the Date:
Monday, June 18 -  4th Annual Sky High Block Party
Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St
Ladybug Release Party

CCRA's Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (SRPCG) invites all SRPCG and CCRA children (and their well-behaved adult guests) to their annual Ladybug Release Party at 5pm, Wednesday, May 16, at the garden located at 25
th and Spruce Streets, rain* or shine.
Hot dogs and drinks will be served, but all guests are requested to bring a healthy snack or dessert to share. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, May 15.
*Check email for last minute cancellation in the event of a thunderstorm. 
Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square May 11 - 13

The 2018 bi-annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, organized in partnership with the PA Guild of Craftsmen and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square will be held from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, to Sunday, May 13, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. One hundred forty (140) of the Guild's finest craft artists are expected to participate. In addition, the Friends of Rittenhouse Square will host an Outdoor Café on 18th Street on Saturday during the show in partnership with Rouge, Devon Seafood Grill and Parc. The Craft Fair will return October 12 - 14.
Society Hill 40th Annual Open House & Garden Tour, Sun, 5/20, 1 to 5pm, rain or shine
Join Society Hill Civic Association for a delightful, self-guided walking tour of a collection of private homes and gardens in historic Society Hill.  Walk the same streets as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.  All the houses' architectural and interior styles range from the 18th and 19th
Century to the most contemporary.  All new selection of houses each year.
To purchase a ticket, or to get more information:
  1.  Visit and click on Open House Tour. VISA & MC accepted.
  2. By phone or email:  SHCA 215-629-1288 or email:
  3. Day of the tour: At our headquarters, Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard Street, Philadelphia 
Complimentary light refreshments; rest rooms available
Comfortable shoes recommended. No high heels. No interior photos permitted.
All proceeds benefit Society Hill Civic Association, sponsor of the tour

For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
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 and personal identification.

NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
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