Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm
BEX,1 Commerce Sq (2005 Market Street)
CCRA Board Meetings
Having been the official president of CCRA since July, I am amazed at how even long time members don't seem very aware of what CCRA does.  Clearly, we are not communicating very well, as our volunteer committees are handling a variety of quality of life issues.  So from now on, we will be posting our board agendas and meeting summaries.  The monthly Board Meetings, usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, (except in July and August and when there is a holiday), are open to our members.  If any member would like to attend, please notify our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver. In order to attend, your membership must be current.  If you are unsure, please email Travis and he'll let you know.  
My official term began in July, and our first board meeting for this fiscal year was in September 2019.  Please see the agenda and meeting summary for September here.  Every month, the board agenda will be posted and circulated a few days before the meeting, the meeting minutes added the following month (once the Board approves the minutes)   Our agendas to the board meetings are now on our website
Maggie Mund, President
Increased criminal and nuisance activity in the Neighborhood

CCRA is aware of the uptick in panhandling, homelessness, break-ins, and other crimes and nuisances that are occurring in our neighborhood.  We are currently talking with city officials; however, if you are concerned about what's going on, we strongly recommend you attend the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival on Saturday, stop by our table, and speak with the CCRA representatives, as well as, Police Captain Michael Hooven and Officer Jesse O'Shea.  CCRA reps will be at the Festival from 10 am to 3 pm; the police will be available from 11am to 1pm.   Please stop by so that we may answer your questions and hear your concerns.

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Community Events
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 

Nightmare on the Schuylkill

Nightmare on the Schuylkill - Philly's Biggest Costume Contest - VIP Open Bars at 3 locations on Philly's Hottest Block - All with your ticket!

3 Parties - 3 Themes! 
Win $500 for Best Costume or
$1000 for Best Group Costume!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Dedication of Convergence Mural
Tuesday, October 29, 1-2 PM
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, along the banks of the Schuylkill River just north of South Street Bridge
Mischief at the Mütter 

The Mütter Museum's annual Halloween beer garden and party is back for another year with late-night access, DJ music, a costume contest, two complimentary drink tickets per guest, kegs of beer and unlimited snacks.  Click or tap here for more information.

This event is for ages 21+
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.

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)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
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