Tuesday, March 24, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Dear Neighbors and Friends, 

As we all struggle with the social isolation brought on by Covid-19, CCRA has struggled about how we can best help the neighborhood.  In reflecting upon our history of neighborhood advocacy and communication to and from residents, we realized that that role was our "highest and best use".  To that end, we have assembled a list of useful links to help you navigate the many questions brought on by the virus.  We also have compiled a list of neighborhood restaurants offering take out or delivery service.  Please patronize them as you can-our neighborhood will be a shell of itself if these vital friends and neighbors cannot survive this economic downturn.  Finally, as helpful articles from elsewhere become available, we will reshare them as appropriate.

Stay safe, but if symptomatic, please get tested.
Maggie Mund, CCRA President

Covid-19 Information

We know that there is a lot of confusing information circulating regarding Covid-19.  We at CCRA have created a list of useful links to help you find reliable health information, educational information, and other links to help keep you busy and sane while you remain at home. Click here for more information.
List of Neighborhood Restaurants open for Business
CCRA has compiled a list of restaurants in our neighborhood that are available for take out or delivery. It was inspired by the DiningataDistance list circulating on Next Door, but confined to our catchment area.  See here for the list.  Let Travis Oliver know at centercity@centercityresidents.org of others.
How to Help
There are several ways to help those in need.  Check out this recent Inquirer article. For information on where to donate, volunteer, or just connect with like minded people during this confusing time. 
PA Senate Campaign Debate Postponed!
Originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 7 PM, the debate between PA State Sen. Larry Farnese and Challenger Nikil Saval has been postponed because the primary has been pushed back from April 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Thanks to those of you who sent in questions; we will save them for consideration when the debate is rescheduled. We will keep you posted.
Speaking of Elections
Click here to apply for an absentee or a mail-in ballot this year.
Parkway Development 23rd and Market

A successful web-meeting was held last Thursday night concerning the commercial building proposed at 23rd and Market. Seventy-Seven participants were on the call-that's certainly more than the public meeting would have attracted.

Public Comment was collected during the meeting AND WILL BE COLLECTED via email until March 30, 2020. Email public comment regarding this development to: centercity@centercityresidents.org with "Parkway Development" in the subject line.

Below are links to view or download the meeting. 

Click here to view website where you'll find the full CDR presentation, the CCRA presentation and links to the video.

This presentation is related to the developer's appearance before the Civic Design Review board, date to be announced.

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:
centercity@centercityresidents.org, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.

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Community Info

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.

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)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
215.546.6719 | centercity@centercityresidents.org |  www.ccraphilly.org

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