First I'd like to thank all the members
who have already contributed to our special spring "clean, green and
safe" campaign. Whatever your level of contribution, CCRA genuinely
appreciates it more than ever during these uncertain times. If you have
not yet contributed, it's not too late; please click here.
When and how life returns to normal is
still unclear, but the need for CCRA's role in communicating between
neighborhood residents, businesses, and government has never been
larger. We continue to work with the Ninth Police District to address
public safety issues due to the lack of social distancing and face masks
throughout the neighborhood. And new this week, check out our FB page
(see announcement below), which is now promoting neighborhood restaurant
This weekend, the second in May, is
indelibly associated in my mind with the Fitler Square Fair, where I
bought presents while supporting the Square for many years, and I danced
to the Mummers with many others. CCRA's House and Garden Tour, Fitler
Square Fair, Rittenhouse Row Festival, Lollapalooza, and other
wonderful neighborhood celebrations are all postponed this year. But
Thankfully, Spring has not postponed. Walking around the neighborhood, I
am so grateful to all the residents and buildings with beautiful window
boxes, tree wells, flowering trees, container gardens, and now colorful
balloon bouquets. They all represent a gift to the residents and
visitors to our great neighborhood and a sign of hope for the future.
Please keep it up!
- Maggie Mund, President
News and Updates
We Can Still Celebrate Our Mothers this Mother's Day
Mother's Day is an important time to honor motherhood and the influence
of mothers. Unfortunately, this year's celebration falls in the middle
of the "Stay at Home" Order. However, your Mother's Day should not be
ruined due to these rough times. Thankfully, the City has gathered
several ideas that can help us celebrate our moms:
Spend time together-virtually! - There
are many apps out there to connect you with mom. Have a video call with
your mom through Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and Happy Hour
are just a few. If that doesn't work, a phone call is just as good.
Write a letter or make your own Mother's Day card.- Take
a piece of paper and a pen, and let your creativity flow. You don't
need a lot of money to do this and it's a way to show your gratitude and
love. A handwritten letter or homemade card will be a meaningful and
Create memories. - Get
to know your mom better. Talk to her and find out more about who she is
as a person. If you live with your mom, you can review old photo albums
and cherish good moments. This is also an excellent way to create new
Support local businesses. - If
your budget allows it, you can buy her a gift, flowers, or a nice
dinner from her favorite local restaurant. Always remember to follow
social distancing protocols.
Treat her like a queen. - You
don't have to wait until Mother's Day to treat your mom like a queen.
If you want to make this day extra special and you live with your mom-or
are currently staying with her-you can cook a special meal, take an
online class together, or have a movie night at home. Those little
activities can make her day memorable!
line: don't let what's happening today get your down. Let's celebrate
our mothers! How will you be celebrating Mother's Day? Share your pics
and stories on our Facebook page.
Free Shout-Outs with our Local Restaurants
is standing with our LOCAL RESTAURANTS in these troubled times by
offering them a FREE "SHOUT OUT" via CCRA's Facebook, Instagram and
other social media outlets. The survival of these local fooderies and
dining spots is essential to the quality of life of residents of Center
City West. We look forward to the day (shortly, we hope) that they will
again be able to open as a full-service dine-in restaurant!
Meanwhile, let's all support them by using
them for TAKE OUT, FOOD DELIVERY AND NOW ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES delivered
to your home! Check out their specials, hours, and locations on our Facebook page. Feel free to post your comments, food photos, etc. on our site, as well.
Please pass on this info to your favorite restaurants. They just need to contact Travis Oliver, our Office Manager at 215-546-6719 for details.
Stay well and know that your neighborhood association is here to serve you and our community.
- Here's an updated list of area restaurants and businesses. Thank
you all for the continued suggestions and updates. Keep 'em coming! 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.
We Need You! Please Renew Your Membership
If your CCRA membership is soon to expire or has already done so, please
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.
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.
Important Primary Election June 2 Update Voting by Mail is Crucial - Polling Locations Will Be Reduced, Combined, and Changed
We've learned from leaders in the 8th Ward that due to COVID-19
health and safety needs, "in person" polling places Citywide and in our
8th Ward will be greatly reduced in number.
Voters need to expect that their polling place will change, including polling places located inside residential buildings and high rises. The City Commissioners Office urges all primary voters to sign up online to vote by mail at https://votespa.com/ApplyMailBallot. It's easy and secure - just use your PA Id or Drivers License number to go online. For a "how to" video see: https://youtu.be/y3Xizxvswfg
If you don't have a PA Id or Drivers License, you can download the paper sign up form https://apps.philadelphiavotes.com/ and send it in ASAP to receive a mail in ballot. If you need a form mailed to you, call
Be sure to vote!! This primary includes important contested state races, and will decide our next State Senator, State Representative, and nominee for Auditor General.
Parenting Discussion Group
For parents of children of any and all ages.
Friday, May 8, 2020
4:30 - 5:30p
the Church of the Holy Trinity Zoom group and exchange ideas to be the
parent you need to be and raise adults you want your child/ren to
be. This is a no judgement zone and a chance to unwind with other
parents after a week of juggling, before you head into a weekend of
We will begin with an opening check-in question:
What has changed in your parenting style since the beginning of March 2020?
We will close with sharing reactions to a quote by Carl Jung: "Nothing
has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and
especially on their children than the unlived life of a parent."
between the opening check-in and the closing circle, we will have
other interesting pieces of research to discuss about raising
If you want to cook your own fish dinner, Robert Amar, owner of Small World Seafood, is selling fresh fish on Friday on Rittenhouse Square in front of The Dorchester. You can sign up for notifications about seafood selection each week. Order forms are sent to you on Thursday. Pick up Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. Friends report this is very good fish.
Love Your Park @ Home kicks off this Saturday!
year, Love Your Park Week, the annual springtime celebration of Philly
parks, encourages Philadelphians to celebrate from the comfort and
safety of your homes with Love Your Park @ Home from Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 17.Each
day, Love Your Park @ Home will offer free park-themed activities for
the whole family, from virtual art and history tours to gardening
tutorials and much more.
How will the Covid-19 pandemic shape the future of our urban parks? OnThursday, May 14 from 12-1pm, join us for a conversation about resilience and the future of civic spaces with three leading park advocates:
Carol Coletta, President and CEO, Memphis River Parks
Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Host
Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation