Monday, August 31, 2020

SOSNA Newsletter




✅ Set materials out on your scheduled day.
��️♻️ Practice Curb Your Waste Tips to reduce delays.
��Weather, increased tonnage and staffing may impact schedule.

More information here:


You can take your trash to nearby sanitation drop-off centers:
The centers below are open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

West Philadelphia
5100 Grays Ave.

Southwest Philadelphia
3033 S. 63rd St., near Passyunk Ave.


Available at the sanitation centers listed above. (Please bring proof of residence; 2 bins per household; FREE).  Also available for purchase at Rittenhouse Hardware or Lowe's.


Attention Philadelphia Homeowners:

PHDC's Basic System Repair Program (BSRP) and Adaptive Modification Program (AMP) are taking applications!

In mid-March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BSRP and AMP placed a hold on accepting new applications. The hold has been lifted, and we are now accepting new applications.

Applications can be done via online, mail, or phone (phone hours are still limited due to the pandemic).

Basic System Repair Program
BSRP provides repairs to correct electrical, plumbing, heating, structural and roofing emergencies in eligible owner-occupied homes in Philadelphia. Income guidelines do apply. If you would like to know what repairs are covered, and if you qualify, please visit:

Adaptive Modification Program
AMP is designed to help individuals with permanent physical disabilities live more independently in their homes. It provides adaptations to a house or an apartment, allowing easier access to and mobility within the home. Incomes guidelines apply for AMP as well. If you would like to know what adaptations are covered, and if you qualify, please visit:


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.

Voting is one of the most important things U.S. citizens can do. Our city benefits when everyone makes their voice heard.

Whether voters choose to vote by mail or at the polls, all voting options are safe, legitimate, and secure.

This post below will cover how Philadelphians can:

  • Register to vote
  • Apply to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot
  • Turn in a mail-in ballot
  • Vote at the polls

Remember, it is recommended that if you are sending any applications or ballots through the mail, make sure to mail them EARLY.

  • October 19 is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania.
  • October 27 at 5 p.m. is the last day for your county office to receive mail-in and absentee ballot applications
  • November 3 is the day of the General Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. As long as you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be able to vote. Voted mail-in and absentee ballots must also be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you have any other questions, the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s website provides useful information for voters regarding upcoming elections. You can also visit VotesPA for any statewide updates and general information about voting in Pennsylvania.

Back-To-School Support


COVID-19 has changed what “back to school” means for most Philadelphia students and their families. As classes resume, the City and partners have created new programs to support students’ learning and their families’ stability.

Read the post below for resources that your family can use like:

  • PHLConnectED
  • Access Centers
  • Childcare for School-age Children
  • PHLpreK
  • Mental health supports
  • Support for families
Back-To-School Support


Job Resources by SOSNA

SOSNA's created a  folder for job resources to reference when looking for a new job, career fair, training or other opportunities in the Philadelphia area. We update the folder below weekly so check back often!


Share Food Program seeking volunteers

Share Food Program is in need of volunteers to pack senior boxes to ensure that they are able to distribute boxes to the participants.

Sign-up page:

They offer six shifts for volunteers to sign-up for:
�� Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
�� Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
�� Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

Registration is OPEN for the SWCC 5K 2020!

Although we would love to be racing alongside you this Fall, we will instead be celebrating our 12th Annual SWCC 5K with a self-paced virtual race! The 5K or Monster Mile can be completed anywhere between October 23rd and 31st.

Please sign up HERE to participate in the 2020 virtual race!

Labor of Love Fundraiser

Join us for our Labor of Love Ride or Stride on September 6-12. During this 7-day virtual event you can ride or stride daily at your own pace and on your own schedule. We have created 6 virtual courses, varying from 3 to 160 miles. You can bike or walk these distances or your own course/distance anywhere and anytime. Registrants can commit to 1 of the 6 virtual courses or walk/ride their own course. There is a minimum fundraising goal of $50 to participate. After registering, you can participate with a team or as an individual.

Register online here.

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, August 28, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

  Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Weekly E-Newsletter
News And Updates
Save Sigma Sound! The Battle Continues
Save Sigma Sound! The Battle Continues 
A delay in adding the building housing Sigma Sound Studios, located at 200 N. Broad St, to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places was granted to the building’s owner, Nino Tinari. Sigma Sound was the home of Philadelphia International Records which created the “Sound of Philadelphia” as produced by legends Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970’s. Tinari wants to build condominiums on the site. An effort is being made to keep the building intact by designating it a Historic Place.
Useful Links
Our Sponsors:
Summer Break
In observance of the Labor Day holiday and to give our Operations Manager a break, CCRA will be closed from Monday, August 31, through Monday, September 7. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 8. All calls and emails will return on 9/8. If it’s urgent, please send an email at and someone will respond.

Local Eateries Close
Center City’s Last 24-hour Diner Closes The Midtown III diner – Center City’s only 24-hour diner has closed for good. Located at 18th and Ranstead Sts., it fell victim to the pandemic and the resultant lack of foot traffic from Center City offices and late-night crowds. The Midtown III had served Philadelphians round-the-clock for 35 years. (
Le Bus Bakery - The popular bakery on 129 S.18th St is closing. Their last day is Friday, Aug 28. For decades, Le Bus Bakery has been serving fresh bread to locals and visitors. They will be missed.
Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

PA shares updates on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, county transmission levels, and cases traced to businesses

No Fall sports for Philly-area Catholic High School students.

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Only 5 weeks left to complete the 2020 Census 
You (and everyone you know) can fill out the census at 
Census Facts: 
  • Did you know, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes, and will have an impact on the city for the next 10 years?  
  • If just one person is missed in the 2020 Census count, Philadelphia could face the loss of $21,000 in federal funding over the next ten years. If an undercount happens, the city’s capacity to meet the needs of its residents will be seriously impacted.    

Take action to improve your community and complete the Census! 
Museum Re-openings: What you need to know
Most, if not all, Philadelphia museums have re-opened or will be doing so soon. Requirements include masks, social distancing and no more than ten people in a room at a time.
Indoor Dining Resumes Sept. 8
After nearly a six-month ban, indoor dining in restaurants will be permitted beginning Sept. 8. Among the restrictions are: a 25% maximum restaurant capacity; no more than four diners at a table; and diners must be at least six feet apart (or have an impermeable barrier between them).
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.

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)
Veda Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St (267-517-2001)
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)
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.

1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103