Thursday, October 3, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Attempted Break-in around Fitler Square

This morning around 7:15, a man attempted to break into a home located on the 2400 block of Waverly Street. The police were notified. Please be cautious and lock doors! 
What to do if you are concerned about a new liquor license
Businesses seeking liquor licenses are required to post a large, orange poster, in landscape, when they are seeking a liquor license.  Neighbors within 500 feet have thirty (30) days from the date of posting to protest the license by sending a letter to the state liquor board saying they oppose the license, as the LCB explains here.  Protesting a license starts a process that (as a practical matter) will cause the applicant to contact the protestors to address their concerns (usually, noise, crowding).  CCRA can help you with your protest, if you like.  Call or email the office saying you have a liquor issue.  CCRA itself is UNABLE protest a license application under PA liquor law.  License applicants are NOT required to contact CCRA and usually don't.  Once the poster goes up, YOU have to take action.  Again, CCRA can help you but can't do anything with you. 
Raffle Tickets to the Blatstein House Tour are now Open to the Public! Get Yours Now Before They Are Gone!

Raffle tickets for the Blatstein House Tour have been opened up to the general public, so tell your friends and neighbors who may be interested.  

The raffle drawing will be held on October 15, one week before the event, and winners notified on that date by email.  To sign up for the raffle, please click here.

Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election
Monday, October 7, 2019

Click or tap here to register
Click or tap here to check on the status of your registration

More Television Filming in Our Neighborhood 

A local production company is filming scenes for an upcoming television series on Wednesday, 10/9. The film company is permitting streets as "NO PARKING" zones in the following area: 
Tuesday, October 8th, 12:00 PM to Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 AM
  • South side of Walnut St. between Broad St. and S 16th St.
  • South side of Walnut St. between S 18th St. and S 19th St.
  • Both sides of Locust St. between S 18th St. and S 17th St.
  • Both sides of S 15th St. between Sansom St. and Chancellor St.
  • Both sides of S 16th St. between Sansom St. and Walnut St.
  • Both sides of Sansom St. between S 15th St. and S 16th St.
  • South side of Market St. between S 19th St. and S 21st St.
If your car is not moved by Tuesday, October 8th, 12:00 PM it will be relocated by the Police to another street in the area.
CCRA at the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival

Come talk to CCRA representatives at the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival. Philadelphia Police Captain Michael Hooven and Officer Jesse O'Shea will join us from 11 am to 1 pm. They will be there to answer residents' questions and learn about your concerns. Please be sure to stop by and say hi.

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Community Events
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date : Friday, October 4, 2019
Time : 9am to 7pm
Place : Society Hill Towers Community Room
285 Saint James Place (behind Zahav)
Donors needed! Sign up for an appointment on the Red Cross blood donation site or call 1-800-Red Cross or visit
click on "donate blood", enter zip code - 19106 - to locate drive, scroll down to October 4th, open Society Hill Towers site, select your appointment time!
Volunteers needed! Are you available between 9am and 7pm for an hour or two?  Contact drive organizer, Mary O'Neill @
Can you assist to welcome the donors? Check them in / verify their appointment, provide Thank You stickers. RapidPass saves you time! Day of drive, you will be sent an email reminder - please use RapidPass - to answer screening questions in advance.

Sponsored by the Society Hill Towers Activities Committee, Society Hill Civic Association and Penn's Village
Want to see a Center City Neighbor's solar power in action?
See solar panels up close, ask questions about how solar works, learn about why people in your community made the choice to go solar, and connect with other people in your community who support solar energy.  This home will be one of hundreds across the nation showing off their solar panels as part of the National Solar Tour. 
This event is free and open to the public - everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between - this event is for you. Stop by for a few or stay for a while! The solar open house will take place on October 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. RSVP here 
Women's Fall Potluck at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Sq., Sunday, 10/6, after the 11:00 a.m. service

Enjoy each other's company and contributions to the lunch, and briefly discuss a short essay/reading during dessert. Contact Nancy Rasmussen at if you can attend and include what you'd like to bring (for approximately 10 women): main dish, salad of some kind, appetizer-y offering, or dessert. Nancy will coordinate and get back to everyone with confirmation, numbers and the very brief reading.

Space is limited.  Reserve by October 11!

The Silver Binder Presentation: Organize Your Personal Information for Safe Keeping
William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut, Community Room, 1st Fl, Tuesday, 10/15, 2 PM

Where are your important documents such as insurance policies, the deed to your home, bank and investment statements? Who will take care of your pet if you have an emergency? Who will take care of you? 
Mario Oropeza, a Penn's Village volunteer, developed this workshop to get you started on what may seem like an intimidating task: organizing the vital details about your legal, health, and financial affairs as well as important contacts.  A binder will be available at the workshop with forms which will enable you to document everything your family and friends need to know. 

The cost of the binder is $35 for Penn's Village members and volunteers; $45 for other guests (cash or checks only please) and includes a digital version of the forms. Guests are welcome to attend three Penn's Village programs at $10 per program before becoming a member and/or volunteer. The guest cost for this program is included in the cost of the binder.
Birthing a Bill in PA:  From Conception to Legislation - What's Our Role as ordinary Citizens?"
You are invited to a free educational forum presented by Protect & Elect: "Birthing a Bill in PA:  From Conception to Legislation - What's Our Role as ordinary Citizens?"

Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. 

Panelists: Jeffrey Dempsey, Program Director, CeaseFirePA; Larry Farnese, State Senator; and Joanna McClinton, State Representative.

To RSVP, go to and scroll down to this event or RSVP to
Growing up in the Digital Age

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on-depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.
Documentary Viewing followed by a 20-minute Panel Discussion
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:30 - 8p          
Free, but please RSVP 
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)
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)
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)
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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