Thursday, June 6, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Revenue Neutral Tax Bill
On Monday, June 3, 2019, CCRA President Maggie Mund testified in front of the Committee of the Whole in favor of the revenue neutral tax legislation for both the city and school district, Bill 190318 and 190319.   These bills have been previously summarized in this e-newsletter, and a copy of her testimony may be found here.   The committee also heard testimony on Bill 190317, legislation that would increase the amount of the Homestead Exemption to $50,000, a $10,000 increase.  Bills 190318 and 190319 were not voted out of committee, and a compromise raising the homestead exemption to $45,000 was reached.
The Summer CCQ is ready

Be on the lookout for your copy of the Center City Quarterly.  If you would like to view it in color, click or tap on the cover.  Thanks to our editor, Nancy Colman, for putting it together, and to all whom contributed to this edition. 
Help Keep Our Neighborhood Beautiful 

We are very grateful of the responses so far to our Neighborhood Beautification Campaign.  Thank you, your donations matter! The campaign supports many initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, oversight of neighborhood development and - last but not least - sidewalk cleaning. 

Please consider donating to help keep our Neighborhood clean.  To donate right now, visit our website,

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Community Events
This weekend.....

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
Friday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Choral Kaleidoscope: Music of North America
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Featuring works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, James Mulholland, Randall Thompson, William Dawson, Moses Hogan, David Conte, and more. Singing City Choir will travel to Mexico this summer to share music and friendship with our neighbors. This concert brings together choral works from Mexico, the US, Canada, and Cuba, in celebration of the ties that bind us all as fellow North Americans and the music that reflects our diversity and spirit. Join us! Tickets and more information at
Movie Night at the Schuylkill Banks: "Romancing the Stone"
Thursday, June 13, 8:30pm

Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket on the east side of the river (north of the Walnut Street Bridge) for a great time watching viewer's choice movies by the river. All movies start at dusk. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner and Saxbys! Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Art Exhibition at the Ageless Gardens Gallery

The Naudain Art Collaborative invites you to attend an exhibition of artworks by center city artists Lauren Sweeney, Ed Bronstein, and Betsy Alexander and guest artist Sandy Cadwalader on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at Ageless Gardens Gallery,  2503 Naudain Street. 

Enjoy a Riverboat Tour on the Schuylkill River on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June through October. One-hour Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours and three-hour Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours.
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.

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)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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)

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