Thursday, March 12, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Coronavirus Concerns Come to CCRA
At last night's board meeting, CCRA wrestled with what to do about upcoming public meetings and events in light of the spread of coronavirus. Looking at university decisions to close and hold class online, public safety advisories recommending that non-essential travel be curtailed, remote work encouraged and meetings be conducted via web based video services, and PPA's decision not to present at our Board meeting, we decided the following for CCRA's upcoming public events:
Public Meeting -
Re: Parkway Corporation's Proposed Commercial Building at 
the corner of 23rd and Market Streets
Originally scheduled for March 19 at 6:00 PM at Church of the Holy 
Trinity at 1904 Walnut Street, the Applicant is working to create a virtual capability for the meeting. Please stay posted.
Candidate Debate: Farnese vs Saval.
This event will be live streamed on CCRA FB and YouTube pages on March 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for details.
The 2020 House and Garden Tour is postponed. It will not occur on April 26, 2020. Sponsors and ticket purchasers will be contacted regarding refunds.   Tour stop owners will be contacted about a new date.
CCRA Board meetings will be held via web based video service until further notice.
The office will remain open, but WeWork is circulating advisories and deep cleaning (with subsequent closing) may be coming. CCRA operations should not be affected as we have remote working capability.
I am sure we are operating out of an abundance of caution, but the one thing we know is certain, the coronavirus will get worse before it gets better, and social distancing is one recommended strategy to reduce its spread. I am most upset about postponing the House and Garden Tour --the Committee has worked so hard to capture amazing houses and gardens, and there was great enthusiasm building for the event. I hate to feel my world closing in, and that our beautiful, walkable, lively neighborhood will suffer as a result.  But until we know more, the board decided these measures were the best course of action. -  Maggie Mund, President
Earlier this week, we sent this survey to our members regarding your opinions about the issues that concern us all. 

Your opinion is very important to us and will help guide us in prioritizing the issues and concerns of most importance to our center city community. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. 
Please complete the survey by March 20, 2020.  

If you have already taken the survey, thank you.  
Wanted: Board Member Candidates

CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.  Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board.  We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in "CCRAville;" are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation.  Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings. See website for full Pledge and list of committees.

Interested members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications as soon as practicable to:  CCRA; 1900 Market St., 8th Fl.; Phila., PA   19103 or by email:, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
The Center City Foodie - Leo Levinson
Dim Sum House by Jane G's
1930 Chestnut Street

About 5 months ago, there was a fire at Jane G's that shut the place down.  Customers like me were distraught because Jane G's served some of the best Szezchuan Chinese food in the City.  Besides, it was located only 3 blocks from my condo.  For many restaurants, a fire is a time to throw in the towel, but not for the indefatigable owners, Jane Guo and her son Jackson Fu.  What didn't defeat them made them stronger and I'm relieved to say that the newly renovated and reopened Dim Sum House by Jane G's 
is in top form, as it ever was.

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Community Events

JEVS Human Services hosts a prom for graduates of their GED program every year. These students dropped out of school, so they have never attended a prom. They have turned their lives around, earned high school equivalency diplomas, and are going on to college or careers. 

If you have any of the dressy items for women or men listed below, please donate them to JEVS Human Services at 1845 Walnut St. 

Donated Items Needed
* Prom Dresses
* Men's Suits
* Men's socks (new)
* Makeup (new)
* Belts
* Costume Jewelry
* Dress Shoes
* Men's Shoes
* Ties / Bow Ties
* Clutches and purses

Naudain Art Collaborative Art Salon will hold an exhibition on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ageless Gardens, 2503 Naudain Street. 

This exhibit features new member Mark Willie's watercolor landscapes, as well as Karen Villarreal's oils, pastels and watercolors and Bhavisha's oil paintings of elephants and flowers. 

 Free and open to the public.

_Meeting at the Beach_ oil on canvas_ 20 x 24 in._ by Philip Cohn
97 Year Old Area Artist Shows Paintings and Etchings at the Twenty-Two Gallery 

Philip Cohn, studied at both PAFA and The Barnes Foundation in the late 1940's.  His life in Philadelphia, coupled with his international studies, have given him a worldly foundation for his subjects.  He is master at portraying the human condition.

Since 1948, Philip Cohn has had many solo and group exhibitions through the years.  His work has been exhibited in many local art establishments including the Woodmere Art Museum, The Hahn Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Widener University Art Museum, Chestnut Hill Gallery and PAFA.  He is widely collected both publicly and privately.  Mr. Cohn will join Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St., for an opening reception on Friday, March 13th, from 6 to 9 pm.  All works will be on display and for sale through April 5th, 2020.
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.

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.
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)
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