Thursday, February 7, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Street Closures Due To Filming
A television show called "Crumpet" will be filmed in our neighborhood on Friday, 2/8, on Spruce Street. (see attached letter).  In order to make filming possible the Police Department will intermittently close the 2100 block of Spruce Street, the 2000 block of Spruce St, and the S 200 block of 21st St throughout the day. Evening filming will take place between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM (times are approximates).
The Bicycle Coalition Needs You

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for a person who commutes by car on a daily basis to speak at an upcoming conference about Vision Zero: the policy that seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by 2030.  They are looking for someone to sit on a panel and talk about they like and don't like about the safety aspects of their commute.  The event will be held on Saturday March 16 at Temple University Howard Gittis Student Center.  This panel begins at 11:00 AM.  If interested, please contact
Be Mindful And Help Keep Our Neighborhood Clean

Big Bellys

Please don't put household trash in or around big bellys. Public trash cans are for incidental trash, like soda bottles or sandwich wrappers. They are not a replacement for regular household or commercial trash pick up.  

Member Requests

Curb Your Dog

If you are walking your dog, please be courteous and clean up after your pet.  CCRA has received a few calls regarding this matter.  Let's keep our neighborhood beautiful.
Rake Up Your Leaves

Please try keep your home leaf-free.  The Center City District is not responsible for picking up the leaves.  

Thank you for respecting our neighborhood.
Renew Your Membership To Get The DiBruno Brothers Discount

We are happy to report that DiBruno Brothers has renewed their popular 10% discount to CCRA members who join or renew by 2/28/19.  The discount will be good as of today to members who have already renewed.  Remember to pick up your card at your local DiBruno Brothers establishment to
start saving today!  
Community Garden Plot Lottery
Each year five garden plots (four 10x10 and one 10x15) in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (located at approximately 25th and Spruce Streets) are awarded to non-members of the Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) for a one season term. To be eligible, candidates must be bone fide residents of CCRA's geographic boundaries, defined as residing in the area encompassed by South Street, Broad Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the Schuylkill River, City of Philadelphia, PA. Winners pay a one-time fee of $65 for a 10x10 or $85 for a 10x15. 

To enter the lottery, please send email with your name, address, phone number, and email to the following address (requests MUST include your residential address and email): Center City Residents' Association 1900 Market St. 8th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or email,  
Requests must reach the destination by March 2, 2019. The drawing will take place in early March and winners will be contacted by phone or email. One entry per household.
Last Chance:  The Bethesda Project Is Looking for Volunteers 
They are in need of three volunteers to help them at the upcoming Community Life event, Bethesda Games Valentine Edition. This event is taking place on Thursday, 2/14/19, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in the community room of their North Broad residence. Volunteers will help set-up decorations, run games, serve lunch & snacks, and clean-up. Please let Sarah Erdo know if you are willing and able to help out with this community building event.  They also need beverages and snacks for this event. Please let me know if you are able to donate popcorn, potato chips, cheese curls, and /or soda.

Community Events
Hudson Street Gallery Exhibition Artwork by Gail Gaines

Gail Gaines is a Philadelphia resident, fashion designer, illustrator, and educator.  Friday, February 22, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. Free and open to the public. 
Singing City Presents "The Children's March," Sunday, 2/24, 2019, 3pm Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St.

The Children's March in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 was the catalyst for bringing about the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. On May 2, 1963, the children of Birmingham flooded the city's streets-and the city's jail-to challenge segregation. With dogs and fire hoses, police tried to stop them. Yet, in ways their parents could not, the children prevailed, defying the police intimidation that long had plagued Birmingham's black community. Singing was a large part of the protest that resulted in the arrest of thousands of children. A DJ used code and song to spread the word, transmitting news of the march over the radio. This is a work that unites all ages in re-telling the story that changed the direction of the Civil Rights movement in America.  Click or tap here for more information.
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.

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)
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)

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