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
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
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@)
- 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
- No fans will be allowed to attend any Eagles or Phillies games in 2020. The teams will play without crowds.
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.
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
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 https://pypa.info/
School District's plan for the fall
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.
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.
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.