Thursday, March 28, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
22nd St Bike Lane: Take the Survey!  We need your answers!

The City is proposing to move the 22nd St. bike lane (from South St. to Market St.) from the right/east side of 22nd to the left/west side.  (Parking now on the left/west side would be switched to the right/east side.) The City also proposes to install flex-posts (aka, bollards or 'flexible lane delineators') between the.  We apologize: we should have been neutral.  If you haven't taken the poll, please do so.  Click Here to take the survey (if you haven't already)

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.
Bet on Us!  Casino Night in CCRAville
May 9,  Ethical Society,  Rittenhouse Square, 6-10pm

This year's Celebration of Center City Living event, CCRA's annual fundraiser, will have a new twist.  Not only will we have the usual schmoozing, adult beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, silent auction, and live music, but we're also adding a new way to play in Center City - a Casino Night, with tuxedoed dealers and croupiers leading participants through roulette, black jack, craps, and poker, where the winnings are raffle tickets to be used as chances for donated prizes.  (No worries if you don't know how to play:  lessons will be provided.)  And on hand to receive this year's CCRA Community Service award will be Governor Edward G. Rendell.

We would like to thank our Sponsors:  Lead:  William Penn House; Platinum:  Southern Land - The Laurel and Starr Restaurants; Gold:  AT&T; Crumpet the Movie; Bronze:  City Fitness, Firstrust Bank, Pod Hotel, Robin Apartments; In-Kind:  Di Bruno Bros., Veda, Little Red Fish
Results of  AirBnB Survey
Last month, CCRA conducted a survey, asking members to weigh in about their experiences with locally owned or operated Airbnb properties. The survey was a result of one particular block's problems with an out of town Airbnb landlord. Local neighbors complained to CCRA; it brought the matter to the attention of L&I, which is now addressing the problem.  But we thought we'd better check with you, our members, to determine if there was a need for further vigilance on our part in monitoring local Airbnb properties. 
The answer appears to be no. - no further CCRA action is called for at this time.   The member response to the survey was mixed as well as light light and we, therefore, concluded that no further community-wide action is currently required. We will handle any further Airbnb issues on a case by case basis, should any neighbors complain.
Thanks to all who participated in the survey.  Your responses enable us to focus our resources on local problems of the highest import. 
Spring Cleaning Opportunities

Church of the Holy Trinity (Rittenhouse Square) Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 am to 1 PM.
  • Donations accepted ONLY: March 31 (1 PM to 5 PM, April 1-4 (12 Noon to 5 PM) April 5 (9 AM to 12 Noon)
  • Clean gently used clothing men, ladies and Children's (No underwear or socks )
  • Accessories , gently used shoes, jewelry, scarves and purses.
  • Books- popular fiction and non- fiction, children's books (No encyclopedias, textbooks, technical manual or professional volumes)
  • Music CDs DVDs (No videos)

Community Events
Art Opening: MARK GARVIN "Jazz Resurgence: The 1980's"

Grand Opening of the new gallery space at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Gallery B" MARK GARVIN Jazz Resurgence: The 1980's April 5 thru April 30 Grand Opening & Artist's Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9pm, 236 S. 22nd St.

"During the 1980's the art form of Jazz music saw a resurgence in it's various manifestations: recordings, writing and, especially, live performances. In Philadelphia and elsewhere venues as diverse as the Academy of Music, the Mann Center, the African American Museum, Penn's Landing, Chestnut Cabaret, Ripley's, and many smaller clubs hosted the musicians whose creativity gave rise to this renaissance. It's this context- the live performance- that inspired me to document some of the people who graced the stages of Philadelphia and beyond with their original sounds" Mark Garvin The photographs in this exhibit are archival black and white silver based (darkroom) prints personally, made from the original negatives. Mark Garvin, a native of Philadelphia, is a freelance photographer with an emphasis in the performing arts.  
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.

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.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)

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