Friday, March 15, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
We Want To Hear From You

CCRA wants to hear from you about a protected bike lane project on 22nd Street between South and Market Streets.  Attend a public meeting on MONDAY, MARCH 18 from 6-7:30 PM at the Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut Street, and stop by the CCRA table to let us know what you think. Come anytime, it is an open house meeting with no presentation.   Please enter the Sansom Street doors.  Please see flyer below.  

Water/Sewer Line and Property Tax payment plans Public meeting.
Approximately 40 people braved the cold on Thursday, March 7 to attend the CCRA hosted Water /Sewer Line Insurance and Property Tax Payment Public Meeting. 
Sandi Ramos from Revenue described several programs available to defer or freeze property tax payments as well as the Homestead Exemption and LOOP.  More information about these programs can be found here.  
Alon Abramson from Philadelphia Energy Authority and Alicia Barkery from American Water Resources co-presented a water/sewer line insurance program to cover homeowners in case they need to repair or replace either line.  More information about this program can be found here
The agency representatives gave short presentations followed by QA sessions.  Following the presentations, participants' individual questions were answered in person at the tables at the back. 
Casino Night with Honoree Governor Edward Rendell

Philly Could Get A Fleet Of Traffic Cops To Cut Gridlock And Boost Safety

From - With a massive influx of new jobs and new residents in the past few years, plus more delivery and ride-share services, traffic in Philadelphia has gotten more stubborn. That's meant more gridlock, and also more crashes.

According to the Center City District, the time it takes to drive from Broad to 23rd Street on Chestnut, Sansom or Walnut increased up to 20 percent between 2013 and 2017. Last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia tallied 103 traffic fatalities - including eight children.

To help curb the worsening congestion, Council President Darrell Clarke suggested forming a new class of Public Safety Enforcement Officers.  CCRA has testified in support of this resolution.  

As described in Clarke's resolution, Public Safety Enforcement Officers would be a new class of employees who'd provide assistance to the city's regular police force. They'd watch Philly streets for Vision Zero infractions and traffic issues, help out with special events and enforce quality-of-life crime prevention. These officers would not carry firearms, or have the authority to arrest anyone.

If approved by voters in May, city government would have a year to get the PSEOs on the ground.

Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Annual Meeting, Thursday, 3/21, 7pm, Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce

Light refreshments we be offered before the meeting starts, so plan on coming a little early.  We'll also have our resident "tomato expert" discuss this wonderful plant.

All gardeners, especially people new to the garden this year, are strongly encouraged to come. Attending the annual meeting and the three required garden work days (spring, summer, and fall) are important parts of your participation in the Community Garden.
Wanted: Board Member Candidates

CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.  Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board.  We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in "CCRAville;" are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation.  Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings. See website for full Pledge and list of committees.

Interested members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications as soon as practicable to:  CCRA; 1900 Market St., 8th Fl.; Phila., PA   19103 or by email:, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
Free Street Trees 

Do you have space for a tree in front of your property? The Friends of Schuylkill River Park PHS Tree Tender group plants free street trees in our area. Property owners must remove dead trees and stumps but PHS will arrange for free concrete removal where necessary. Apply online here. The deadline for the fall planting is at the end of April. Help make our neighborhood green and clean!  Email Susan Kahn with any questions. 

Community Events
Spring Show at the Naudain Art Collaborative 

The Naudain Art Collaborative invites you to their spring show, on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m, at Ageless Gardens Gallery, 2503 Naudain Street, featuring weavings and ceramics by Leslie Sudock and pastels, watercolors, and oil paintings by Karen Villarreal. Free and open to the public.

In the Studio: "La Danse." Exclusive preview of Roni's latest work! Saturday, 3/23, 8pm
Koresh Dance Company invites you on Saturday, March 23 to an intimate evening exploring Artistic Director, Ronen Koresh's exclusive preview of his latest work at our home studio on 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Roni's new work is inspired by Henri Matisse's painting "La Danse" and will premiere at their Philadelphia Home Season April 25-28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Doors will open at 8:00pm. Performance will begin at 8:30pm at our David Cooper Black Box Theater followed by a Q&A with the artists. Guest are then invited to enjoy a post-performance reception will include wine, beer, food and music. Click or tap here for tickets.  

Classes at the Markward Playground
Mondays: Zumba at 6:00pm
Wednesdays: Ceramics at 7:00pm
Thursdays: Zumba Toning at 6:00pm

Classes are $10 per person 
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.

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)
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.

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