Thursday, April 23, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates

Dear Neighbors:

I hope you are all staying safe and taking care of yourself as the Covid-19 crisis continues. Here at CCRA we are doing our best to keep you connected with the latest developments at the City and State related to the virus. At the CCRA board meeting (zoomed April 14, 2020), the Board authorized this letter requesting that Mayor Kenney authorize the opening of the outer drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for exercise. CCRA recruited Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Fitler Square Improvement Association and South of South Neighborhood Association to write similar letters. Just today, we learned the City would not be honoring this request. Needless to say, this is very disappointing. Although the recent cold, rainy weather has not made outdoor exercise all that inviting, we all now know 70 degrees and sunshine are coming. I do not understand how such a simple ask, done routinely for special events, could be denied. We are endeavoring to learn more.

- Maggie Mund, President
Covid-19 Updates

- Gov. Wolf releases plan to reopen PA.  Restrictions will begin to ease in the Commonwealth on May 8 - getting back to business gradually and safely.

FAQs about homemade masks

- 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.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm

Please make sure you download the Zoom Application on your phone or computer prior to attending the meeting.

Call-in phone number:  646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 865 7376 4908
Password: 092571
Celebrate Arbor Day by applying for a free street tree!  

PHS is processing on-line for the fall planting.  The application can be found 
hereThanks to a generous donor a limited number of $100 grants are available to be used for stump grinding. 

Questions? Email Susan Kahn -
-Friends of Schuylkill River Park PHS Tree Tenders
Last Chance to Enter the Facebook Photo Contest

A great way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day during these tough times is to celebrate spring.

Our first contest was a huge success, so we decided to have it again. This time it's: Nature! We want to see the most beautiful pictures of the trees, plantings, and more that makes our neighborhood beautiful. Are your doing your part to make Center City West beautiful? We want to see it. This contest will run from April 20 - April 26. 

The rules are simple. To enter, post your pictures in the comment section of our Philly Nature Photo Contest Facebook post.  The picture with the most likes will win. Feel free to share this with friends and family. The contest is open to all.

Reminder: while taking your photos, remember to practice social distancing and wear your mask in public. Good luck!

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Community Info
Quarantine Got You Down?

From the Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University

In these difficult times, when everyone's lives are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can do something important for your family, friends, neighbors and community.  Please take time to participate in our survey of the impacts of COVID-19.  We need reliable information on the impact on work and health (physical and mental health) to effectively assess the needs of communities and support them better.  We all have shown great solidarity toward one another and we hope that this extends to taking part in this study. Thank you for helping us help you! Do not hesitate to share this survey link with your friends, family and colleagues.  Your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Please clink on the link the complete the survey

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.

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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