Thursday, January 9, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
CCRA Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 6pm
BEX, 1 Commerce Sq, 2005 Market St

CCRA's next steps to Address the Local Issues of Safe Streets

We are continuing our efforts to address the issues of crime in our neighborhood.  On Thursday, January 16, at 6pm, CCRA is taking the next step you asked for by meeting with a few of our members.  Our goal will be to listen and learn from each other, as we discuss some of the challenges and strategies of living in Center City West. The meeting will be at We Works, 1900 Market Street, 8th Floor.  
In his second inaugural speech, Major Jim Kenney promised to tackle gun violence in the city.  As members of our Center City West neighborhood, we want him to hear our concerns about safe streets and share with him some practical ideas to enhance the "feel" of our city streets. As the People Powered Voice of Center City West,  we need your voice to be heard and amplified. 
Thoughts to share at the meeting: 

1.  A short introduction of who you are, how long you've lived here and how you would describe your housing setup, e.g., condo, apt, row house, park setting, etc).
2.  If you are a member of any other groups who may want to collaborate in finding ways to improve street safety and comfort in Center City West, let us know.
3. What ideas, if any, would you like to see implemented?

If you would like to join us as we form a small group to act as a  "think tank" for new initiatives and local collaborations, as we work with police, local businesses, developers and each other towards safer streets, please call our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver at 215-546-6719 to get on the list.

Pizza and light refreshments will be provided.

Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Sq. will be closed from 1/20 to 3/16, during the construction of the new lift

During this time, there will be no book drop-offs and no holds available at PCI.  At the time of closure, all available patron holds will be transferred to the Central Library. Library patrons can make new requests that can be picked up at the Central Library or a branch library of choice. 

Cookbook Club and Conversations with the PA Ballet will be held at the Central Library. The LEAP After-school Program will be held at The Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square (Monday through Thursday 3:30 to 6 pm). English Conversations may be held at the Central Library (not yet determined.) All other programs (including Story Time) will be temporarily suspended.
Good news for CCRA foodies 

We're pleased to introduce our new food and restaurant reviewer, Leo Levinson.  As a board member of Philadelphia's premier gourmet club, The Chaine des Rotisseurs, former chair of the Union League's Grand Cru Society wine club and accomplished amateur cook, Leo knows food.  And as  an active foodie, resident and public relations guru in Center City West, he'll give us the inside track, from pho to fois gras.  Starting next week, look for Leo's column in our digital and print newsletters, sharing new finds, new foods, old favorites and more.  No doubt the way our district's food scene is bustling, Leo already has a lot on his plate.  Bon appetit!
Community Garden Plot Lottery
Please Help Keep our Neighborhood Beautiful 
The Neighborhood Beautification Campaign supports many initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, oversight of neighborhood development and - last but not least - sidewalk cleaning. 
Our neighborhood continues to be among the cleanest in the city, and that is because of YOU! Please help us keep our neighborhood clean with a generous donation this season.  If you already donated, thank you :-)
Thanks for your support of CCRA and happy holidays to you and your family. 

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Community Events
Structure & Purpose: The Legacy of Engineering at Keast & Hood

A retrospective exhibition about the valuable contribution of structural engineers to the safety of buildings, specifically illustrated by original drawings of 20th century landmark architecture, will be at The Athenaeum, 219 S. 6th Street, now through March 31. Free and open to the public, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first three Saturdays of each month, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Academy of Vocal Arts

Winter Recital
January 14 and 16, 2020
Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair
José Meléndez

Come for this special two-night engagement, featuring operatic duets from The Pearl Fishers, Carmen and others, and selections by Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Kurt Weill.
Both performances are held in AVA's Helen Corning Warden Theater at 7:30PM. Performers will be announced soon! Tickets are on sale through the AVA website or by calling 215-735-1685.
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.

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)
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.
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