Thursday, October 22, 2020

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CCRA Board Meeting

On Tuesday, October 13, CCRA held its monthly board of directors meeting. If you would like to see what was discussed, as well as decisions from previous meetings, you can view the materials on our website.
To our new CCRA members: our board meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month (except July and August). For now, our meetings are held via Zoom. All active members are invited. If you would like to attend our meetings, please notify Travis Oliver. 
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CCRA Facebook Halloween Challenge
Show Us Your Pet's Halloween Costume

Are your furry friends dressing up for Halloween? Share their photo in CCRA's Howl-o-ween pet costume challenge!

To enter, post a photo of your pet in the comments below. Be sure to “like” your favorites! On October 31, we will kick off Halloween by celebrating Center City’s favorite costumed pet.

Follow our Facebook page, click here.

The Campaign to Rename Taney Street has begun a community engagement process in conjunction with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s office. The group, supported by CCRA, SoSNA, and Fitler Square Neighbors Association, is looking for volunteers for door hanger distribution along Taney Street, and funds to support outreach and a virtual town hall. To get involved, support the campaign, learn more about the history of Taney Street, or offer suggestions for new street names, please visit More updates on this campaign to follow in coming weeks!

Sad but True: Covid Restaurant Casualties

Say this for the coronavirus: It does not discriminate, most notably in the now-shuttered Philadelphia restaurants that lie in its merciless wake. From noodle bar to Stephen Starr, from classic French to scrappy vegan, no cuisine has been exempt. R.I.P.

Desperate Times: Entertainment Venues Get Creative

As the pandemic rolls on, local entertainment venues have been forced to innovate in order to provide shows and remain viable. From the Kimmel Center to the local dive bar, the once-unthinkable – streaming performances, outdoor venues, social distancing -- are now on the table.

Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

Cases continue to spike in Philadelphia.

PA COVID update as of today.

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Philadelphia City Council approved new restrictions on fireworks

The new rules make it illegal to set off fireworks after 9 p.m., unless it's a federal holiday. You also have to be at least 150 feet away from any occupied buildings, trees or power lines. Fines will range from $100-$300 for a first offense, $200-$400 for a second offense, $300-$500 for a third offense, and up to $700 for any offenses after that. The bill was introduced by City Councilman David Oh. Mayor Kenney is expected to sign it into law.

Mayor Kenney Puts Kibosh on Society Hill Height Limit

Not for the first time, Mayor Jim Kenney has turned thumbs-down on a zoning bill that would specify a height limit in Society Hill. The bill– passed unanimously earlier this month – would have restricted to a height of 65 feet (or 6 stories) development on a portion of Walnut St. Kenney has stated that the height restriction would limit the supply of units necessary to meet demand.

Candlelight Open Air: Featuring Halloween Film Scores and Classics at Laurel Hill Cemetery

October 26-29

An open air candlelight experience accompanied by classical music.

A spooky and safe atmosphere will be created, as there will be candles that will illuminate the space.
The Philadelphia City Commissioners are hiring Philly residents to help staff 15+ satellite elections offices and to assist with other election-related tasks. Starting IMMEDIATELY for a period of 4-6 weeks, this is a great way to make a difference as a public servant. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute directly to the effective and efficient administration of voting by mail and voting early in person in Philadelphia, this is a great opportunity! 

Don’t delay, the election is just days away and they are hiring ASAP!

Below are a few links that will help you locate polling locations in the center city area.

First here is a link with a list of Satellite Election Offices:

Next is a link where voters can find their EXACT polling location by inputting their address:

Free Admission to Vets and Blue Star Families

The Museum of the American Revolution will offer free admission to veterans, those currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal on Veterans Day Weekend, Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15. The Museum will honor veterans through a virtual lecture, pop-up talks and performances, take-and-make crafts.

The Museum is now open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stories of the diverse range of people who served and sacrificed during the American Revolution are available anytime with the Museum’s free Virtual Museum Tour and Virtual Field Trip.
Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Online.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts invites you to our fall virtual Open House, from Monday, November 9, through Thursday, November 12. Each evening's presentation will include a behind-the-scenes video of projects currently in our lab and follow-up discussion from a panel of staff and experts. Featured objects will include items from the Edward Hopper House, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Masonic Temple Library & Museum. When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link that will work for all four nights. More information on each night's program will be sent a week before each program. Click here to register.

Love Your Park Day

Friends of Schuylkill River Park is participating in fall Love Your Park Day. Join volunteers on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to plant bulbs, mulch trees and spiff up the park. Volunteers must wear masks and preregister here - The group size is limited to 25. The park has been much loved at the same time that Parks and Recreation has cut back significantly on maintenance. Come out and give the park some much-needed TLC! 
CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount or promotion to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

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.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St, (215-790-0103)
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, center city office closed, but you can use the 10% discount at her Narberth office (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
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)
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
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