Thursday, April 16, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Now more than ever, it's important to promote unity in our community. Center City Residents' Association is excited to partner with several civic organizations in Center City West that are working to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our neighborhood. Big shout out to the Markward Recreation Advisory Council for getting the ball rolling on these fabulous posters!

We are especially mindful of the need to break social isolation as well as support the essential workers who are keeping our neighborhood going in this time of crisis. CCRA is one of many organizations encouraging people to display their support for essential employees by banging pots and pans in outdoor spaces at 7pm every night. We also encourage residents and businesses to display the posters included in this e-mail as a show of solidarity with your neighbors.

Together, we can say thank you to our first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and countless other frontline workers who are risking their lives everyday as this pandemic unfolds.

As the toll of this crisis becomes more apparent in the future, we welcome your suggestions for how CCRA can support the community in these unprecedented times.

- Maggie Mund, President

Covid-19 Updates

- Beginning Sunday, 4/19, at 8pm, all in-person businesses across PA must REQUIRE all employees & customers to wear face masks or facial coverings, per a new order issued by state officials on Wednesday.  The order applies to ALL businesses that are continuing "in-person" operations - this means grocery stores, other essential retailers, and take out restaurants will be asked to enforce this policy. The mask does not have to be a surgical one, but it must cover your nose and mouth.

FAQs about homemade masks

-  SEPTA begins issuing masks for bus and subway riders before boarding.

- Here's an updated list of  area restaurants and businesses.  Thank you for the suggestions and updates! If you know of any restaurants that are open (or have suspended service), please notify Travis Oliver

Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Host for Hospitals

HOST for HOSPITALS is reaching out to our neighbors to help meet an urgent and growing need.  At this time of the Coronavirus, a large number of patients with critical medical situations still must travel to town for non-elective, out-patient care: families with sick children; adult and pediatric oncology patients; pregnant moms with medical complications are among those who do not have a lodging option. 

Most importantly, the Ronald McDonald Houses are no longer accepting new families, and the Hope Family Lodge for cancer patients closed March 27, with 30-plus patients who were at this facility being forced to leave.

HOSTS for HOSPITALS asks that anyone with a private, furnished lodging setting contact them to potentially help patient-families in need: homes, apartments, AirBnBs, in-law suites or other spaces that adhere to social distancing.  If you know of such a resource please contact Executive Director, Mike Aichenbaum at 484-380-2999, or  (
We Need You!  

If your CCRA membership is soon to expire or has already done so, please
RENEW and do not delay! Even in this time of Covid-19, CCRA continues to be an ever present 'voice' of advocacy and a highly regarded organization having a direct pipeline communicating with the city.
The stronger we are in numbers, the stronger our voice.
CCRA has been advocating for its citizens since 1947, through many periods in history. Presently, we have become a Covid-19 resource sharing current information and updates in real time with our members. We recently led the movement with other civic organizations and notified Mayor Kenney to call for street closures, banning traffic so that people can properly social distance outside without the terrible congestion. 

Our side walk cleaning continues as cleanliness is critical in these times. CCRA is trying to spearhead the Clap Because We Care idea in our area too, as is done every night in NYC. Homelessness and public safety remain a priority, and we are in regular contact with the police force. CCRA's lone employee, our manager, is working daily to maintain our excellent standard of operations. The Board and committees regularly meet via zoom so that we can continue to be the 'people powered voice' today, through the recovery, and beyond.
Please renew today and thank you for your continued support!
Stay safe and healthy!
- CCRA Membership Committee
Congratulations To:

Sara King-Dowling and Penelope
for the most likes of her pet on Facebook

They will receive gift certificates to Di Bruno Bros and World of Pets

Thank you to all who participated in our first Facebook photo contest.  Be on the lookout for the next one. 
Head's Up: Package Thief in the Neighborhood
A man robbed one of our member's  front stoop at 23rd and Spruce.  The man was traveling with a female companion and after walking past once, tried to grab the package on one attempt, stopped, circled back and successfully grabbed it the second attempt. The member had a door cam and managed to take pictures of suspects.  They were reported to the police.


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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.

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)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)

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