We recognize the pain caused by the police brutality in
Minneapolis...and throughout the country over the recent past. We
support peaceful protest everywhere to end this violence against black
and minority communities which runs counter to American values.
But we cannot condone random and senseless civil disorder as a
response. Rioting and looting which turns our neighborhood into a
battleground will not solve this problem and only serves to set citizen
We call on
the protest leaders to do everything in their power to channel their
anger and hurt into peaceful protest in the best American traditions.
We want to work together with communities throughout the city to achieve
meaningful reform. That cannot happen when our neighbors fear for
their safety and our neighborhood is looted and defaced.
join CCRA as we call on Mayor Kenney and Police Chief Outlaw to assure
the city that while peaceful protest will be encouraged, we need a plan
that will prevent the violence and looting that rocked Center City last
night. To date, we have learned that the National Guard will be called
in and that Center City will be closed to vehicular traffic from Vine to
South streets, and from the Schuylkill to Delaware rivers. Please
contact city officials at James.Kenney@phila.gov, Brian.Ambernathy@phila.gov, and Darrell.Clarke@phila.gov.
More city council representative contacts may be found on the
Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
William Penn House
News and Updates
In Case You Missed It: Farnese v. Saval State Senate Debate
The May 22 debate is now streaming on our YouTube channel. You can view it here.
Also, please subscribe to our channel to get any videos updates.
Would you like to join the CCRA Zoning Committee?
The Zoning Committee is now seeking
applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and
active participation is required. Community engagement is a must, knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job. Email Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject zoning committee.
- Last chance to apply: If
you are struggling financially because of the pandemic you may be
eligible for an emergency cash grant from the PA Dept. of Human
Services. Application are being accepting now through June 2.
Residents can apply online or call BenePhilly at 1-833-373-5868.
- Philly to enter the "yellow phase" of reopening on June 5
- most businesses will be allowed to reopen, however "teleworking" is
still in place until further notice. In addition, masks must be worn at
all times while visiting a business and the social distancing rule still
- State Relaxes Philly's Restaurant Rules, but Kenney Pumps the Breaks: Now
you will be able to walk up to a restaurant or food truck and order
though you still can't eat inside. And, yes, you will have to wear a
mask. Also, dining outside will be allowed once the city enters the
"yellow phase." Even though the state will relax restrictions on June 5,
Mayor Kenney just announced that restaurants should hold off on
allowing outdoor dining until further evaluation.
- Summer Camp Changes: Parks and Recreation has modified the summer camp season. Click here to read the letter or visit their site for more information.
- Parking lots: Lots will begin charging for use on June 1.
- PEUC Program: If your regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon, you can now file a claim for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.
Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Have you seen these signs in Rittenhouse Square?
CCRA is reinforcing the message that
social distancing is still important with these eye-catching graphics
posted at 3 of the entries to the park. We also printed 8 1/2 x 11
signs which Friends of Rittenhouse will post on our behalf. So please
remember, stay safe as you continue to patronize our local restaurants
and stay healthy through outdoor exercise.
Making Changes to our Restaurant List
Here's an updated list of area restaurants and businesses.As
restaurants and other dining establishing begin to open, expect some
changes to their places. If you know of any changes, please let Travis Oliver know so he can update the list - i.e. cocktails to-go, outdoor dining, new hours, etc. Thank you always all for the continued suggestions and updates. Keep 'em coming!
June 2nd PA Primary
Polling locations will be open on June 2nd, but due to COVID-19, many polling locations have been moved and consolidated. Check your polling place here, expect lines, and vote safely.
Drop-Off Locations for Mail-in Ballots in Southeast Pennsylvania
For locations to return your voted mail-in ballot in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia County, click here. Individual voters must return their own ballots.
To guarantee your vote will be received before
the deadline at 8 pm on June 2nd, it is strongly recommended
using a drop-off location. The typical 1-2 day USPS delivery time for
mail within the region is not guaranteed. Ballots postmarked before the
deadline but received after 8 pm on Election Day will not be counted.
Brian Wengenroth will read "The Clicking of Cuthbert,"from
P.G. Wodehouse's collection of ten short stories by the same name, all
with a golfing theme. This, the first story in the collection,
introduces the Oldest Member, an elderly sage who appears in most of
Wodehouse's many golf stories and narrates from the clubhouse off the
18th green of an unnamed golf club somewhere in England. Wodehouse wasone of themost widely read humorists of the 20th century, using a mixture of Edwardian slang,
quotations from and allusions to numerous poets, and several literary
techniques to produce a prose style that has been compared to comic
poetry and musical comedy.
This will be an online event hosted viaZoom Conferencing.
You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and
install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the
event. Pleaseemail in
advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot
join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app,
you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion.
You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to
the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.