Thursday, January 3, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Message from the President

Good evening!

I am writing to tell you about some changes in CCRA leadership since the 2017 annual meeting at which Wade Albert and Matt Fontana were elected President and Executive Vice President respectively.  In late Fall 2018, both Wade and Matt resigned, and in December the Board voted that I assume the remainder of Wade's Presidential term (July 2019).   Having been a  CCRA board member for many years, I am excited by the opportunity to lead CCRA and thank you for your support.  I believe strongly in advancing our mission to "preserve, enhance, and celebrate urban living" in the community of Center City West. 
Not long ago, CCRA hosted many community events of civic interest, and I would like to return to that level of engagement.  It will not happen overnight, and it cannot happen without your help. You do not have to be a CCRA board member to volunteer for the organization.  We live in a very dynamic neighborhood, and staying on top of the issues is challenging.  We especially need help in the area of communications and event management.  I am also looking for an engineer or planner to help with Streets department coordination.  Please contact the office if you are interested in helping in these capacities.  

Thank you, 

Maggie Mund,

Philly City Council members promote private company's water- and sewer-line warranty

Philadelphia City Council members want to sell you a warranty. For more information, click or tap here
Xmas Tree Recycling Is Back!
Happy holidays, neighbors! I'm pleased to announce, after a successful pumpkin rescue, Circle Compost's Christmas tree recycling program. Sign up to have your tree composted and we will pick them up on January 5th and 12th. They've given joy and warmth to your home this winter. Now let them create new life to feed our local soils at our nonprofit urban farm and garden partners. Don't let the city send them to the landfill with your regular trash. We will also take your live wreaths. Sign up here.  
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. 
Zoning Meeting Updates

The committee will meet on Tuesday, 1/22/19, 7pm, at Brandywine BEX, 2 Commerce Sq, (2005 Market St).

Community Events
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.
CCD Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week, presented by Maker's Mark Bourbon and El Tesoro Tequila and supported by OpenTable and Lyft, is more popular than ever and is returning in January for nearly two weeks! From 
January 13-25, 2019, more than 115 participating restaurants will serve three-course dinners for $35 per person and three-course lunches for $20 per person (excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol). New restaurants for this season include Bai Wei, Sedition, Mission Taqueria, Giuseppe & Sons, and Fat Salmon. 

Visit to see the full list of participating restaurants and links to make reservations via OpenTable, and enter for a chance to win a grand prize of dinner once a week for a year at select Center City restaurants and a $500 TD Visa ® gift card valid at any shopping location.

Follow @PhilaRestWeek on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. All menus will be posted in the coming weeks.
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.

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.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)

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