Thursday, May 14, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Rumble In Rittenhouse: Farnese v. Saval State Senate Debate Live Online, 5/22 @5:30 PM

Join us online for our virtual debate between State Sen. Larry Farnese and his challenger Nikil Saval, streaming live Friday Night at 5:30 PM.  

We need questions - from you!  Usually, we pass out 3x5 cards to collect audience questions, but that won't work.  Email us your questions for the hot race at, subject: debate.

If the UFC can host a fight, CCRA can host a debate.  Let's make it happen!  
Save The Date!

 CCRA Virtual Annual Meeting 
Tuesday June 16 at 7:00 pm. 

Our Guest Speaker is Officer Jesse O'Shea from the 9th Police District. More details to come.
Covid-19 Updates

- The CIty has launched Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program will make rent payments for people who have lost income because of Covid-19.  For more information, click hereApplications must be submitted by Saturday, 5/16, at 5pm.

- PA has launched the Emergency Cash Assistance Program. 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.

-SEPTA will return to their regular spring schedule on Sun, 5/17 and Mon, 5/18.  This includes buses, trollies, and subway.  The Regional Rail is scheduled to operate at the end of May. 
- 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.
Center City Quarterly
Last Call for Submissions
Do you know of a neighbor, friend, relative, service provider or local merchant who is going to extraordinary lengths to make life better for others? Do you have a story of your own to share? Pictures of good Samaritans in action? We want to gather them all, and share them in a special online edition of the
Center City Quarterly.
This will serve as our Summer issue, so any regular features, such as the President's Report and Calendar of Events, will still appear accordingly, along with announcements and updates on events that were previously published.
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Send submissions via email to, with CCQeditor in the subject line; please be sure to obtain your subject's permission to be featured
  • Copy preferred in the form of Word attachments, 250-700 words
  • Photos, artwork and graphics should be submitted as jpg files (as large-format as possible); be sure to include complete CAPTION and CREDIT information

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Community Info
Take the Survey

Take the National Daily Health Survey to help inform Stanford Medicine's local and national COVID-19 response plans.
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, 2020 Virtual Edition, will take place online on June 5, 6, and 7.  Learn more about the show on Website , Facebook, and Instagram 
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's easy and secure - just use your PA Id or Drivers License number to go online. For a "how to" video see:
If you don't have a PA Id or Drivers License, you can download the paper sign up form  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
Love Your Park @ Home continues through Sun, 5/17

This 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 . 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.

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.
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)
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)


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