Thursday, November 7, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
1900 Block of Walnut Street will be Closed
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10th
Please note that the entire 1900 block of Walnut Street will be closed down to vehicular and pedestrian traffic starting Saturday, Nov 9th at 4 am, through  Sunday, Nov 10th at 6 pm. 
The New 3-Second Rule for 15th & Market Traffic

SEPTA and the City are testing a new traffic signal at the corner of 15th and Market streets designed to give buses a three-second head start over traffic. It's called a "queue jump signal."  Officials hope that bringing the signals to busy bus corridors will help improve service and ease congestion in Center City. 

Starting this month, SEPTA drivers approaching 15th and Market in the bus lane heading eastbound heed to the new LED traffic signal, which uses a white bar that tells them to stop or go. Drivers know to brake when the bar is horizontal and move again once it switches to vertical. Drivers have three seconds to forge ahead into the intersection before the green light blinks on for other vehicles. The three-second head-start is enough to prevent buses from getting blocked in by other vehicles at the intersection. 
Recycle your Fallen Leaves

Fall is officially in full swing and so are the leaves falling to the ground.  As a reminder, it's the homeowner's responsibility to pick up the leaves on your property.  The City has a "Fall Leaf Recycling Program" that runs from 11/12 to 12/21 - Saturdays only.  The closest area to drop off your bagged leaves is located at Broad and Christian Streets. The leaves must be in large brown biodegradable bags and it cannot have any garbage and recyclable items in them.  
Attend CCRA's Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm

Curious about what CCRA's  staff and volunteers do on your behalf?  Check out the attached agenda, and attend our board meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm at the BEX Facility in Commerce Square (2005 Market Street).  All members are invited to attend and observe.   Stay to the end and board members will be happy to answer your questions.
Join Our House Tour Committee
The House Tour committee is preparing for our House and Garden Tour in the spring.  The committee is asking members if they would like to join them in preparation of making our biggest fundraiser a success.  If you would like participate on the committee, email our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject line: House Tour.   
We're looking for an Account Executive for our 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. 
MANNA is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Pies in the Sky event.

Each pie funds a Thanksgiving dinner for a family in our city. With nearly 1,000 pies already sold, MANNA needs volunteers to help deliver the purchased pies, as well as folks who can package and deliver meals on Thanksgiving Day. Contact our Volunteer Team at 215.496.2662 ext. 3 or email
Planting Trees throughout Center City West
Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders will be planting 14 trees throughout Center City West on Saturday, Nov. 16. They are joined by hundreds of PHS Tree Tenders and other volunteers from over 60 neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties who will plant nearly 900 trees this weekend. 
The increasing shade, flood management and air purification these trees provide over time is critical as the city continues to get warmer and wetter with a changing climate. According to climate scientists and the Philadelphia Climate & Urban Systems Partnership led by the Franklin Institute, the city is projected to experience up to 21 more days over 90 degrees by the 2020s. 
Center City property owners are encouraged to apply for street trees for the next round of plantings in April 2020. For more information and to apply for a street tree, contact FSRP Tree Tender leader, Susan Kahn by November 22. Learn more about Tree Tenders at

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Community Events
Fire and Ice Festival Grand Opening Celebration at Dilworth Park

Celebrate the start of the 2019 winter season at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin! Fire and ice performers will entertain guests as synthetic snow and firework effects dazzle the crowd. 
November 8: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Rink Opens: 6:30 p.m.
November 9: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Rink Opens: 11 a.m.

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.  

C. R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, 2215 South Street, invites you to an open house Sat, 11/16, 1- 5pm for an exhibition of "Small Works, New Again." Six featured artists are Joan Curran, David Fertig, Rebecca Gilbert, Jim  McElhinney, Sarah McEneaney and Bill Scott. 
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.

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)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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