Friday, November 1, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Zoning Committee Report of Tuesday, October 22

Click here to see the report.  For past reports, click here.

The next zoning committee is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 7pm, at BEX - 1 Commerce Sq (2005 Market St).
A Message from CCRA President

I recently joined officers of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in a meeting with Liz Hersh, the director of the City's Office of Homeless Services, (OHS)  and Paul Levy, director of the Center City District (CCD).  Both meetings were to discuss the issue of homelessness and panhandling in the neighborhood, which CCD statistics show, has been getting worse the last few years.  Obviously, the causes of homelessness are many, but most involve some combination of mental health issues, drug use, and lack of employment.  While the long-term answer is more funding for outreach, social services and shelters/housing, OHS has put together a flyer on who to call when you see someone who needs help.  Please use this guide linked here. If there is a particularly problematic individual that appears to be homeless and is causing a public disruption (ex: severely mentally ill), please email the office  describing the individual and the behavior. Put "Homeless" in the subject line. We will forward a description of the individual to OHS on your behalf. If you are interested in working on a small task force to address the homeless issues, please contact the office.

I am glad to report that the Blatstein House Tour was a complete success. All told, we grossed $25,500. When expenses were deducted, the organization netted $21,964, 10K more than the Fall of 2018 house tour. And a good time was had by all! 

But house tour purists, don't despair. CCRA is organizing the traditional house tour, now House and Garden Tour, for the Spring of 2020, and your help is needed! A committee is assembling, and has 4 houses and 1 garden, but more homes and gardens are needed! As are Sponsors, writers/editors/graphic designers, and 100 Day-Of Volunteers. So don't be shy if you want to help. 

Maggie Mund, CCRA President
We're looking for an Account Executive for our publications

Looking for an Account Executive for CCRA publications Are you a motivated self-starter interested in working on your own flexible schedule? Are you passionate about living in Center City and interested in helping businesses improve their outreach? We're looking for a part-time advertising sales executive for our quarterly and weekly publications as well as our digital presence. Generous Commission package available.  Email Travis Oliver with your resume. 
Tree planting volunteers needed! No experience necessary
1. Saturday, Nov. 9 - Friends of Schuylkill River Park will plant trees in the park for Love Your Park Day. Meet at Markward Recreation at 9 a.m.

2. Saturday, Nov. 16 - PHS Tree Tenders will plant street trees in Center City. Meet at the entrance to the community garden, 25th and Spruce Streets at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, email Susan Kahn 
Help Improve Schuylkill River Park 

The Friends of Schuylkill River Park are conducting a survey with park users to identify items that can be improved or addressed in a park-wide masterplan. Use this link to access a survey to help us better understand how the park is currently used, and how it can be made better for you and the community.  

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Community Events
Tonight - Mischief at the Mütter on Halloween Night

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+

Veterans' Day Weekend Saturday, Nov. 9 to Monday, Nov. 11

The Museum of the American Revolution will offer free admission to veterans, those currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.  

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.

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)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
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