Friday, July 24, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Neighbors, we're doing our part!

Statistics are showing that although COVID cases are on the rise in Pennsylvania, and generally throughout the country, Philly has been doing its part to control the spread by wearing masks. In fact, Philadelphia is considered the most compliant major city in the nation to wear masks. Center City has seen the most mask-wearers. Great job! 

It's been a hot, sweaty, summer and the masks are uncomfortable, but if we keep this trend going, the cases in our city will continue to drop.  

Also, in light of the city, state, and national unrest in regard to systemic and institutionalize racism, Mayor Kenney has established a diverse Steering Committee to "make real changes, and focusing on listening, understanding, and reconciliation." 
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.

- Gyms and exercise classes have reopened this week.  Please check with your gym  to see if new rules are in place - i.e. reservations, class sizes, etc. 

-  PA Schools and colleges have reopened.  
- Indoor dining remains restricted at least through the beginning of August.

- 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.
See them? Squash them!

The CCRA Garden Steering Committee has been monitoring with concern Spotted Lantern Flies in the garden. They just finished a 4th round of Neem Oil spraying and it is estimated that they have achieved a 75% reduction in the Fly population.  
To control any nymphs or adults you see, squash them or spray them with Neem oil or "Green Power."

Spotted Lanternfly nymphs are already active around the city.  Squash them!   

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For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Community Info

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
Volunteers are needed - can you help?

As the City Reopens with Care, organizations and sites across the city still need volunteers to do things like:
If you are able to volunteer, please take a look at the opportunities available through the Mayor's Volunteer Corps portal and sign up!
If you aren't able to volunteer at this time, please help us spread the word!
Visit e Mayor's Volunteer Corps portal to search and sign up for volunteer opportunities
If you are interested in volunteering and feel safer at home, there are virtual volunteer opportunities like:
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.
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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