Thursday, October 10, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Neighborhood Public Concerns

Another Suspicious Person Spotted. Be alert!

This morning, a CCRA member email us to report a suspicious person located on the 2300 block of Delancey, carrying a suitcase, and tried to enter the home.  The member was home at the time and wasn't expecting any visitors. Be careful and keep your doors locked at all times. 
Dog Attack between Delancey and Pine
Earlier this week, a 3-month old puppy, was attacked and killed on 21st Street between Delancey and Pine Streets by a pitbull being walked by a dog walker.  If you are walking your pup, make sure you pick it up if you spot a bigger dog.  If you're walking a bigger dog, be careful if you see any smaller dogs in your vicinity.  Please be mindful so a horrific tragedy like this does not happen again.  If a dog attacks you or your pet, call the police immediately and contact Animal Control.  

If you are concerned about what's going on in our neighborhood, come talk to CCRA representatives at the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival on October 19. 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.

Last Chance to Get Your Raffle Tickets to the Blatstein House Tour.  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.

New Parking Kioks from the Parking Authority

The Parking Authority will be installing new, state-of-the-art parking kiosks for on-street parking. In addition to multiple convenient features, the new kiosks will accept credit card and coin payments with the customer not having to display a receipt on their dashboard. Instead, customers will enter their license plate number and on-street parking payments will be verified through our officer's handheld ticketing device.

If you would like to see a demonstration on how this kiosks work, PPA is inviting you to join them  on Friday, October 11th at 701 Market Street Suite 5400.

To reserve a spot, click or tap here.

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Community Events

Space is limited.  Reserve by October 11!

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair 
Rittenhouse Square 
Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
Sponsored by Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 
Saturday, October 12
Center city artists in the South section 
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.
Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death - The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

Opening October 17 at the Mutter Museum  

A century ago, a worldwide health disaster hit home. The influenza pandemic of 1918-19, the global epidemic often called the "Spanish flu," killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide.  Here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Loan Parade, a patriotic wartime effort on September 28, 1918, helped to spread the disease. Soon, the city was in crisis. Hospitals overflowed and bodies piled up in morgues. Philadelphia had the highest death rate of any major American city during the pandemic.More than 12,000 people died in six weeks; over 20,000 died in six months.  Visit here for more info.
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.

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)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
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