Thursday, July 30, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Fire in Fitler Square this morning

A construction site fire has been reported. It was quickly detained.  No reported injuries have occurred. Thank you to our First Responders who took care of this quickly.
Approval sought for residential tower on Trader Joe's lot on 22nd St.

On Sept. 1, the owners of the Trader Joe's parking lot on 22nd St will go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment to request approval for the construction of a 341-unit residential tower. Plans call for the residential units to occupy tower floors 7 through 29. 145 car parking spaces would be available in floors 0 through 6; an additional 103 spaces would be available via an accessory garage. Plans also call for 114 bicycle spaces. As the lot is zoned for mixed-commercial use, construction of a residential-use only tower would likely require a variance.

Op-Ed Piece in the Inquirer from our own CCRA Former President and Current Zoning Committee Attorney, Wade Albert

Trash Piling Up? Here's where you can take it.
You'll need to cart your own trash there. But drop-offs are free, and public hours were recently expanded. You can now swing by daily, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you want to avoid crowds,  go before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m., but even if there's a line when you arrive, the process is typically quick. Expect to spend five to ten minutes moving through the drop-off process.
Philadelphia's Sanitation Convenience Center drop-off process

Visits to the Sanitation Convenience Center are outdoors. You must wear a mask, and you must show proof that you're a city resident. The centers are gated. When you arrive, you'll need to show a valid ID (or a piece of mail with your city address on it) to an attendant. The attendant will then direct you on where to go depending on what kind of trash you're hauling. The centers are organized into sections for different categories of trash, including regular household trash; recycling; electronics; appliances; bulk items like furniture; yard waste; and tires.

What's accepted

You're allowed to drop off regular household items once a day and oversized items once a week.

Covid-19 Updates

- City continues to be in a "modified" green phase - Earlier this week, Mayor Kenney stated that Philly has begun a "second wave" of new infections. 

- Indoor dining has been postponed until September 1.  

- Public schools will be online at least through November.
- Indoor dining remains restricted at least through the beginning of August.

SEPTA is bringing in "Social Distancing Coaches" to help keep riders in compliance with mask requirements

-Here's an updated restaurant list.   More restaurants are offering outdoor dining.  See if your favorite is on the list. If it's not listed, please inform Travis.  Thank you all for your suggestions.

- Check out a list of other places that are open and soon to be open.

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

For a limited time, CCRA is offering a special. If you refer a new member, your membership will be extended by 3 months (Up to 4 members).
The Fine Print

This deal is available to active CCRA members. When new members sign up, they must add your name in the "How Did You Hear About Us" section of the application. The offer expires September 30.

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Community Info
Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square will accept returns of library materials in lobby on the following day and time:
  • Friday July 31, 10 am - 4 pm
Please wear a mask or face covering when returning library materials. Please allow at least 5 days for your items to be checked in once you have returned them.

Hosts for Hospitals

Do you know of anyone who'll be away any time this summer? Or of a vacant corporate apartment? An AirBnB not being rented out?  An in-law suite or carriage house not being used? During this time of pandemic, patient-families are in urgent need of private-setting lodging. HOSTS for HOSPITALS provides low-cost lodging & caring support at volunteer Host-homes for patient-families coming to Greater Philadelphia for medical care. Visit the Hosts for Hospitals website to learn more.

Ching Yun Hu, center city resident, and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, invites you to attend the 8th Annual Piano Festival, Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 9. All events will be livestreamed. Choice of Observer Pass for all events or One-Day Passes. To see schedule and purchase tickets click on Events at
VoteSafe Pennsylvania Aims to Help Voters Access Safe Options For Election 

VoteSafe Pennsylvania has launched a statewide bipartisan campaign that aims to ensure every Pennsylvania voter has access to safe voting options for the November election.

As covid-19 threatens to disrupt traditional voting procedures, VoteSafe Pennsylvania is advocating for secure mail-in ballots and safe in-person voting sites. The group is also educating voters about what voting options are available to them, as this year marks the first time all Pennsylvania voters can vote via mail-in ballot.
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.
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)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)

Monday, July 27, 2020

SOSNA Newsletter

Before you post that frustrated review or rant about delayed trash pickups, please understand that in the middle of pandemic, through face-melting heat and torrential downpours, sanitation workers have been on the frontlines. Without adequate or enough PPE, our sanitation workers are contracting COVID-19 in these unsafe conditions while we continue to produce household waste.

Thank your sanitation workers and please try to be patient through this process - we know it's not an ideal situation for anybody but we get through this together!
Philadelphia Orchestra Presents
HearTOGETHER: A Healing Conversation in Music and Words
The Philadelphia Orchestra is expanding HearTOGETHER into a monthly series of dialogue and music with industry thought leaders and guest artists who will continue to explore racial and social justice, and creative equity and inclusion, through the lens of the world of orchestral music.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 7 PM ET

Moderated by President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky, the event will feature a conversation with, and performance by, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, as well as discussions with Sphinx Organization President and Artistic Director Afa Dworkin and Accordant Advisors CEO Shariq Yosufzai.

Watch via Facebook LIVE or after the event here.
More Information

Fundraiser for Sanitation Worker PPE
The City has not provided enough PPE for our sanitation workers so they've started a t-shirt fundraising campaign to be able to purchase their own PPE and cleaning supplies until more is provided.

Support their fundraiser!
22nd Street Re-Striping Info
22nd Street looking a little different? Check out our Vision Zero Committee's visual to help navigate the new corridor and keep it safe for all users.

You can read more about it here.

from 1901 Christian to 1901B Washington Avenue. We're also still seeking a roommate to share the space with us. We're offering 1,400-1,600 square feet of space for $1/sqft.

Please direct inquiries to for more information.

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 and cover the cost of the damage. This is estimated to be between $3,000-5,000 in costs.

Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to fundraise the costs incurred over the COVID-19 period including the cost of the damage to the basement.
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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