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.
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 www.renametaney.com. 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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 - https://www.fsrp.org/events. 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
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.