Monday, June 29, 2020

SOSNA Newsletter

The week of June 29th is TRASH ONLY
Every week trash and recycling resumes Monday, July 6.
SOSNA is Moving!
Starting July 15, we'll be in our new office location at 1901 League Street.

We're also still seeking a roommate to share the space with us. The total space is 3,200 square feet. It was previously a wedding/photography studio. We're offering 1,400-1,600 square feet of space for $1/sqft. If you're interested, please email for more information.

Please note that office hours are still closed until further notice.

A grant program for Philadelphia small businesses impacted by civil unrest

Download the flyer in English | Español | Francais | 中文 | 한국어
Goal: To provide grants to small, independently-owned businesses in historically disadvantaged communities that have suffered property damage, vandalism or inventory losses during the recent civil unrest. Grants will be made up to $10,000 depending on the extent of damage and needs of the business.
Businesses must:
  • Occupy a storefront, retail, or commercial space physically located in Philadelphia. This includes kiosks.
  • Have experienced more than $500 in damage during civil unrest between May 30, 2020 and time of application.
  • Be independently-owned; franchises are eligible only if independently-owned.
  • Earn annual revenue of less than $2 million at the impacted location.
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes (or on an approved payment plan).
  • Have required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate.
Program Priorities:
Due to limited funding, the Restore and Reopen grant program will prioritize businesses that:
  • Are located in historically disadvantaged communities.
  • Employ local residents.
Where and How to Apply:
  • Applications are available online at DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29. Applications will be evaluated beginning Tuesday, June 30; not as they are received.
Our neighborhood's beloved Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society has recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and Museum has been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to recruit volunteers to help clean up the damage of the flooding and fundraising to help make up costs incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the basement.

If you'd like to volunteer to help clean up: We'll be practicing social distancing so we will try to only have 1-3 volunteers in the basement at one time (**all must wear a facial covering at all times**). There are a few times slots available this week to volunteer. Please email if you'd like to volunteer.

Tuesday, 6/30 - 10a-12p (need 3-4 people)
Tuesday, 6/30 - 12-2p (need 3-4 people)

If you want to donate: we're looking for donations (see list below) of tools to help the clean up team and there is also a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of the repairs and operational costs incurred due to COVID-19.

1. Bleach
2. Gloves
3. Mops
4. Towels
5. Buckets
6. Plastic storage boxes/bins
The Carpenter Green Park Pergola is ALIVE (almost)! The pergola will offer a little respite from the sun in our new park WITH a misting feature!

BONUS: It's getting painted EAGLES green 🦅

There's still time to make your mark on the park. Donate today!

Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case is one of the most racist and offensive decisions this country has ever experienced. That is why it is about time to take Taney’s name off our street signs and replace it with someone who we can be proud of!

Join Fitler Square Neighborhood Association & Rename Taney and sign their petition now:
UPDATE: On June 26, Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley signed an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.
In addition to staying at home, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly, wearing a mask in public is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19. Many people are making their own masks for themselves and others with what they have available at home. Here are some tips to make sure you know why, when, and how to properly use a mask. LEARN MORE
Our office will be closed until further notice. If you have any concerns or questions, you can reach our Executive Director, Nicole via email at

Your thoughtful donation is an impactful investment in our neighborhood, and it helps SOSNA and our volunteers continue to be a resource for you and engage more of our neighbors.
SOSNA is only able to do our work with the support of our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the countless hours our neighbors volunteer with us and we rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our mission of improving our community.
SOSNA works in a number of ways to improve our neighborhood. Check out our committees below to learn how we’re making a difference.

SOSNA is only able to do the work that we do with the support of our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the countless hours our residents volunteer with SOSNA, and we rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our mission of improving our community.

Donate today!
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Friday, June 26, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
CCRA Supports Proposed Police Reform and Requests That FOP Be Asked To Renegotiate Its Contract And That Council Convene Over the Summer

On June 8, Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson sent a letter to Mayor Kenney, signed by 13 other supporting Councilmembers, containing 15 relatively specific recommendations for police department reform.  On June 9, Mayor Kenney issued a document titled:  "Actions for change:  No budget increase, new use-of-force policies, changes to union contract, and more."    It responds, affirmatively, to each of the 15 recommendations in Johnson's June 8 letter, and actually goes much further.  It also ties in the previously announced Police Reform Working Group and a newly created "Reconciliation Steering Committee." (View document here.) Over the past several days, the CCRA Board voted to endorse the reforms set forth in these documents, and to so advise the Mayor and City Council.  Equally important, given the centrality of the City's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police to the implementation of several of these reforms, CCRA is requesting that the Mayor and Councilmembers ask the FOP to renegotiate its contract now.  Furthermore, given the urgency of the moment, CCRA is also requesting that Council convene over its traditional summer recess (from now until mid-September) in order to hold hearings and enact the legislation necessary to effectuate the proposed reforms.  We look forward to the responses of Mayor Kenney and all Councilmembers to our requests.  The text of our letter, which is going out today, is as follows:

To The Mayor and City Council:
In the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, the Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) agrees with Councilmember Johnson's June 8th letter, signed by 13 other Councilmembers, which asserts that "police reform cannot wait" and that the City must "act decisively." We also support Mayor Kenney's June 9th agenda for police reform and his commitment to "seize this moment" and "move quickly, because too many lives are being lost."  Both documents are laudable.  However, because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly," CCRA implores the Administration and Council to immediately call upon the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police to renegotiate its contract so that these necessary reforms can be realized.  And because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly," CCRA implores Council to do three things:  (1) swiftly draft bills necessary to implement the proposals already endorsed by a great majority of Council and the Mayor;  (2) promptly hold public hearings on the proposed new laws; and (3) convene no later than August to enact the necessary legislation.
In keeping with the urgency of the moment, we look forward to a speedy response.
Southern Land Company's Proposed Mixed-Use Building at 1608 Sansom Street
Virtual Meeting Information
Southern Land Company's public meeting will hold a live stream in lieu of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:
Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 7pm EDT

Phone Number: 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 843 0114 6540
Password: 700717
A copy of the CDR presentation can be found here.

Covid-19 Updates - Reopening

- Philadelphia Remains in the "Yellow Phase" of reopening.  The Kenney Administration says the "earliest to go to 'Green Phase' is July 3." Some businesses are allowed to open beginning June 26.  Businesses include salons, barbers, spas,and other personal services. 

- SEPTA requires all riders to wear face covering and to practice social distancing when you can.  All SEPTA services are running normally on their summer schedule except the Regional Rail. Starting Monday, June 29, Regional Rail will run hourly weekday service on most lines, with the Airport and Paoli/Thorndale Lines operating every 30 minutes throughout the day. The Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd Lines will remain suspended.

- Philadelphia Zoo will reopen on July 9 - the Philadelphia Zoo will open for members only July 6-8 and will open to the general public starting July 9. Reservations are required for ALL GUESTS, including members.
- Here's an updated restaurant list.  If you are aware of any changes, such as outdoor dining availability, please inform Travis.  Thank you all for your suggestions.

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

Would you like to be a member of CCRA?  It's easy to join.
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For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Community Info
Petition to Rename Taney Street

The neighborhood is alive with efforts to decry America's racist past, as reported in the Inquirer on 6/22.  Protestors on Fitler Square's Taney Street expressed their commitment to change the name of the street, named after former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Justice Taney wrote the majority opinion in
Dred Scott vs. Sandford, in 1857.  The decision held that Africans, enslaved or free, did not have standing to sue in federal court and that slaves were the property of their owners. Neighbors want the street renamed "to honor someone who has united the country rather than divided it, and who recognizes the important contributions of all Americans".

Click here to add your name to the Petition to Rename Taney Street

Free Virtual Tour at the American Revolution Museum 

Celebrate Independence with a Week of Free Virtual Experiences for All Ages. Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4.

Fourth of July Live Fireworks Show Has Been Cancelled
The City spoke with the Inquirer and said the firework shows, "encourage people to gather in close proximity, which is not recommended at this time due to potential spread of COVID-19." Instead, the city will broadcast a recording of last year's fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the paper reports. You'll be able to tune in on TV and online.
The Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library (PCI) on Rittenhouse Square want to know why you love the PCI library. 

Now through July 4, 2020,we invite you to tell the world I Love PCI Library Because... 

Participate by clicking here. Library patrons of all ages are encouraged to submit any item from a few words to a picture that illustrates why you love PCI library. Your responses will be made into a slide show on PCI Friends website, and, once the library reopens, the slide show will be shown on the wall where the mural used to be.
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.
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)
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)