Friday, January 24, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
CCRA Responds to Neighborhood Concerns voiced at Public Safety Meeting

A significant part of CCRA's mission is to advocate for a safe, clean, diverse, and supportive neighborhood.  Fulfilling this mission was a driving force behind the December 2, 2019 meeting organized by CCRA with the 9th District Police Captain.  It was clear that there was a disconnect between the community and our Ninth District Police.  Homelessness seemed to be ubiquitous and violence was erupting around too many corners.

Action items resulting from the meeting were:  1.  creation of a member-driven task force to help CCRA focus on solutions to local issues of violence and homelessness, and 2.  CCRA board voted to send a letter urging Mayor Kenney and City Council to institute a Focused Deterrence model program to address violent crime. To read a copy of the letter, click here.

Fourteen members of CCRA met on January 16th as a kick-off to the formation of The CCRA Shared Public Spaces Task Force.  A lively and solutions based conversation ensued.  This group will help guide CCRA in next steps to address both local violence and homelessness. If you are interested in joining this task force please contact Travis Oliver, CCRA's Operations Manager.

CCRA is intent on being the "Peopled Powered Voice of the Community".  Please feel free to let us know your concerns about the functionality of our local government and most importantly, get involved as we work on creating local solutions to make Philadelphia an even better place to live, work and play!

CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
BEX, 1 Commerce Sq, 2005 Market St
This is a public meeting.
Let's have a Meet n Greet!
Please join CCRA at DiBruno Brothers' new restaurant and lounge,  Alimentari, on February 18, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. as we celebrate our members!  The first fifty members that RSVP are invited for free hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar with drink specials.  Come see the beautiful new Alimentari space and mingle with your fellow CCRA members.  Alimentari is located at 1730 Chestnut Street (second floor) right above DiBrunos Market.
Community Garden Plot Lottery

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Community Events
On Saturday, January 25, at 5pm, experience Chinese New Year at Dilworth Park at City Hall, featuring Temple University's Klein College of Media & Communication. Master Matt Zhang, a local martial arts instructor, will kick off the evening's live entertainment at 5:30 p.m. with an immersive Kung Fu and Tai Chi performance. At 7 p.m., Chinatown's own Philadelphia Suns will put on a traditional lion dance show, complete with a prancing dragon. Sparkler effects, an Asian-inspired menu and other surprises are planned throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to ice skate on the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink. Lucky red envelopes containing secret prizes will be given to the first 50 guests.
Info on the Real ID Process

Rep. Brian Sims invites you to attend a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representatives to get your questions answered regarding the REAL ID process. 

January 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street Room 51 (5TH Floor)
The event will include an informational presentation by representatives from PennDOT and a Q&A. Bring along your documents to be verified by staff at the event before you go to the DMV. REAL IDs, which are optional, are now available through PennDOT. After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card, or a U.S. passport will be required to board domestic flights or enter secure federal buildings.

Please bring a valid Photo ID to enter Peirce College facilities. 
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.
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.

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)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
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.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
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