Friday, December 14, 2018

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Crosstown Support for Those Who Appealed Realty Assessments

After a unanimous vote to request that  interest and penalties be tolled for those who appeal their realty tax assessments, the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition (a federation of 31 civic associations of which CCRA is a charter member) has mobilized to support Bill 171009.
This Bill  reenacts the protections created 5 years ago by Bill 130308 A, which dealt with appeals from  AVI, the 2013  Actual Value Initiative which reassessed all properties in the City.  The Bill protects  taxpayers whose properties had been incorrectly  assessed while assuring that properly assessed properties  paid their fair share by suspending penalties and interest for taxpayers who (1) appealed their reassessments (2) timely paid their tax as computed on the prior assessment and  (3)  timely paid the assessment determined  via the appeal process.
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Clean 

Each year CCRA uses Neighborhood Beautification contributions to fund a $29,000 contract with the  Center City District for sidewalk cleaning after each weekly trash collection and further to finance our other aesthetic initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden.  We would be grateful if you could contribute a charitable donation to help cover the costs. Click or tap here  to donate.  If you have already contributed, thank you very much for your generous support. 
Fire at the Dorchester

Earlier this week, there was an apartment fire at the Dorchester Condominiums located on Rittenhouse Square.  According to the Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire is still under investigation and a firefighter was injured. CCRA has expressed its sincere gratitude to the Philadelphia firefighters who successfully battled a recent fire on the 29th floor of the Dorchester.  Our firefighters put their lives on the line daily for our health and safety.  Please remember them in your thoughts.
LinkPHL Is Coming
Have you noticed the kiosks being built around Center City? It's called "LinkPHL" and is currently rolling out in Philadelphia, with the first Links installed on Market Street. Link Wi-Fi is free, super fast, and secure.  These kiosks can be used from charging your USB devices to making phone calls. For more information, click or tap here.
News from the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden

For 10 years the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden has participated in the PHS' City Harvest Program to provide fresh produce to local food cupboards and homeless shelters. Three times a month our veggies are taken to The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion for distribution and many times throughout the month to St. John's Hospice for meals for the homeless. With space in the garden dedicated to the City Harvest program as well as more than 30 individual gardeners' volunteering a spot in their plot for C.H. produce, this year we were able to donate 1,164 pounds of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit.

As part of its mission to make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and play, CCRA administers the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (SRPCG) on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.  SRPCG is operated by a Steering Committee, which is charged with a myriad of functions involving management of the garden, plot assignments, and care of all garden equipment.  For more information, go to SRPCG.  
Zoning Meeting Updates

Since the next zoning meeting was scheduled on Christmas Day, Tuesday, 12/25, it has been canceled.  The committee will meet on Tuesday, 1/22/19, 7pm, at Brandywine BEX, 2 Commerce Sq, (2005 Market St).

If you are using Amazon to shop for your holiday gifts, remember AmazonSmile will donate to CCRA for every purchase.  Use the site or click or tap below.  
Community Events
Holiday FIGMAGO: Neighbors Event 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 15th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Location: 829 Bainbridge St
Details: We are inviting local neighbors to come visit our art studio for free. We have fully decorated for the holidays, and have an indoor Christmas themed art installation (called FIGMAGO) as well as a scavenger hunt for guests to participate in. The event is all ages. 
Penn's Village Town Hall Meeting

Join Penn's Village for a Town Hall Meeting To Celebrate the New Year and to Explore their Past, Present and Future, on Thurs, 1/10/19, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, at Jefferson University Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street Hors d'oeuvres and Refreshments will be served. Accessible entrance and restroom provided.

Open to members, volunteers and all who are interested in learning about Penn's Village.  RSVP by December 28 to or 215-925-7333. Please bring a check or cash to participate in our raffle for highly desirable 2019 Hamilton seats.
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.

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)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
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)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
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.

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