Sunday, July 19, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Issues going on in the Neighborhood: We hear you!

There has been so much happening in our neighborhood and our city lately, it's getting harder to keep track.  I am happy to report that more restaurants and retail establishments are opening daily, giving a real semblance of activity to our previously bare sidewalks.  However, COVID and protests continue, there are changes in the city government, fireworks exploding at all hours, and an abundance of motorcycles revving up their engines in the early morning. We want you to know that we are repeatedly bringing these quality of life matters to our government representatives and will report back to you.  But there are some things you can do to help.

COVID - cases are rising. Yesterday, Gov. Wolf imposed new restrictions on the state. We can still play our part to flatten the curve by wearing a mask or facial covering and practice social distancing. Like Gov. Wolf stated, "we will not become Florida."
Outdoor dining - restaurants are supposed to ensure all patrons are seated at tables. No loitering is allowed. If you see someone loitering, call 3-1-1.
Noise complaints - the fireworks continue to be a nuisance. There have been over 8500 calls reported to 9-1-1 since Memorial Day. Keep reporting them to the police. Also, CCRA received a few reports on motorcycle noises in the early morning hours. We have contacted the 9th District Police Dept. and we advise you to do the same. We will let you know of any updates on our website, enewsletter, and social media outlets.
Let's face it, 2020 has been terrible, but we need to stay strong. We have weathered many storms, and although this year seems like a never-ending Category 5 hurricane, we'll get thought it. We are here for you.
In Case You Missed It: 1608 Sansom Street Project
Thank you to all who attended the virtual meeting last week regarding the 1608 Sansom Street project.  If you missed it, it is available here.  (password: 7z+7R%9@)
Covid-19 Updates

- City continues to be in a "modified" green phase - COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Philly and PA. Gov. Wolf announced new restrictions to combat the spread of the virus.

- All events in the city have been cancelled until February 28, 2021. This includes, festivals, parades, flea markets, carnivals, fairs, and concerts.

- No fans will be allowed to attend any Eagles or Phillies games in 2020.  The teams will play without crowds.
- 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.

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Community Info
Mail-in voting 

There has been a concerted effort to expand access to mail in voting in the city.  The City Commissioners adjourned all summer meetings, as they planned to take no action.  Now, due to public outcry, City Council is taking up the matter.  To be a fly on the wall, listen in, and keep abreast, you can tune in- see below:

City Council Hearing on the Nov Election: The hearing will examine issues in the mail-in voting process. City Commissioners are invited to testify. See Resolution No. 200376 This is a testament to the power of repeated resident's contact and the urgency of this moment- City Council is listening
Closure of Protest Camp Postponed

The city has announced that it will postpone plans to close the protest camp on the Parkway.  Last week, a formal written notice was issued to the residents at the camp that they must vacate by 7/17, due to public health and safety concerns. 

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
School District's plan for the fall

The Philadelphia school district said it plans to resume limited in-person instruction in the fall, with most students in class just two days per week and learning remotely the other three.

The district will also be offering a fully virtual program for families that are not comfortable sending their children back to the classroom.

Everyone will be required to wear face coverings or masks, adhere to frequent hand washing, and practice social distancing.

The district is also seeking to change the date for the first day of school for students to Wednesday, September 2, 2020, to allow teachers an additional week to prepare.

They hope for board approval in late July.
Change at City Hall
Mayor Kenney announced that Brian Abernathy will be resigning as Manager Director on September 4.  As of today, his replacement has not been identified. 
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.
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)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)

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