Thursday, October 8, 2020

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CCRA's testimony at the Public Safety Hearing on ATVs

Yesterday, Board member Dawn Willis represented CCRA at the Public Safety Hearing examining the ongoing safety and noise issues created by ATVs and other unauthorized vehicles on City streets and the possibility of creating a space for safely riding in Philadelphia (Resolution No. 200442). 

CCRA shared the concerns from the members with the councilmembers. CCRA feels that they did listen to us, however there are no short-term solutions for this ongoing problem.

CBS 3 covered this issue yesterday.
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If you hear sirens tonight, don't be alarmed

Tonight at 7:30pm, fire apparatus sirens will sound throughout the city to indicate the start of the citywide fire drill. Philadelphians are urged to participate by putting their home escape plans to the test. Homes should have smoke alarms installed on every level, including the basement. If you need a smoke alarm, call 311 and the fire department will come install one for free.  
Thank you to our long time CCRA Merchant Members. Please support our local businesses!

Nature Gallery Florist

Since 1989 Nature's Gallery Florist has been serving Center City and is well known for their elegance and top service. European, Japanese and traditional designs can be seen in many daily creations. Just walk into the store or visit online, and you will see the magnificent array of orchids and orchid gardens, flower arrangements, succulents and cacti, plants and gift baskets. Your designs will have a level of sophistication and exclusivity. Rest assured, your will have the most personal attention to every detail no matter the size of the order or job. Only the most exclusive and unique blooms are delivered daily and assembled by expert hands. CCRA members get an additional 5% off for in-store, online, or telephone orders (215-563-5554) and know that your expectations will be exceeded.

Eye Candy Vision

Eye Candy Vision is the source for all your eyecare needs including eyeglasses, comprehensive eye examinations, contact lenses and the latest in sunwear. One of the city's largest selection of affordable funky and traditional eyewear. Their professional team will help you enhance your look and make you feel great wearing your new glasses. And they have an in-house lab to offer you the finest quality finished product around. Quality service and care as soon as you enter the store! Many insurance plans accepted. Don’t waste a minute, CCRA members will receive 20% off. Membership card must be presented.

Halloween Celebration Changes

Due to the pandemic Friends of Filter Square Park has canceled their annual Pumpkin Hunt. The event draws a large crowd each year and they cannot keep children safely socially distanced while they gather the pumpkins. They will still decorate the fountain for Halloween and, in their fall newsletter, encourage families to post pictures to Instagram at #FrightatFitlerSquare.

Also, SOSNA will not be doing any Halloween or fall-related activities this year due to COVID. They believe that it is still too unsafe to sanction any form of gathering, etc.
It’s Not All Bad: Schuylkill Banks

Had enough of the annus horribilis, aka 2020? Of course you have. Need a convenient escape? Of course you do. Well, you could do worse than the Schuylkill Banks. Check out the 15-minute 4K floating video embedded here:
Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

Cases in Philadelphia continue to rise.

Gov Wolf restricted outdoor gatherings to 15% (up to 7500 people max). Guideline for the Philly area under review.

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
General Election Ballot Voting Instruction Summary

  • Please mail in your ballot as soon as possible. Do not wait until the November 3, 2020 deadline. It will probably be too late to ensure that your vote is counted; or drop off at City Hall Rm 140, Mon - Thurs 11:30am - 6:30pm; Fri - Sun 9:30am - 4:30pm. There is also a 24-hour drop box at City Hall.
  • Use blue or black pen ink to complete the ballot response.
  • Once you have completed the ballot, please place the ballot in the smaller envelope that says "OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT" and has no other printing on it. Do not write anything on this envelope. Please seal the ballot inside this envelope.
  • Place the sealed "OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT" envelope in the larger "VOTER's DECLARATION" envelope and seal the outside envelope.
  • It is critical that you date and sign the voter declaration on the back of the "VOTER'S DECLARATION" envelope and place your address there.
  • If you applied for a mail-in ballot, you can vote at the polls ONLY if you bring your ballot and signature envelope to be voided.
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Extend Outdoor Dining Thru 2021? City Council Says “Yes, Please”

Outdoor dining has been a lifeline to eateries looking to survive the pandemic. But the rule changes to enable outdoor dining are set to expire in December; what then? Not to worry, says City Council. The Council has introduced two bills that would extend outdoor dining for an additional twelve months.

Parking Spaces Disappear, No One Complains. What?

One of the many unexpected side-effects of the pandemic has been the ‘streetery’, whereby streets (and parking spaces) are converted to eateries. The subtraction of parking spaces would figure to anger local residents, but curiously that hasn’t happened. Where’s the outrage?

Volunteer Opportunities for Gardeners
Gardening volunteers needed for Schuylkill River Park: Volunteers needed for monitoring and maintaining planting beds and public spaces in Schuylkill River Park.  No experience or tools necessary, flexible time, at your convenience. This project is overseen by Friends of Schuylkill Park and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Please contact Joan Wells:
Volunteer gardeners needed in Rittenhouse Square: Friends of Rittenhouse Square needs volunteers to plant flowers, pick weeds, sweep trash, and do other tasks to beautify Rittenhouse Square. To volunteer use this link
Bethesda Project Home Run 5K

Bethesda Project is hosting their first ever Home Run 5K! The event, which takes place the weekend of October 16-18th, will be completely virtual! Participants run, walk, or jog at a place and time they choose during the weekend and simply log their 5K time on our website. Registration is $25, with a commitment to raise $200. All funds raised support Bethesda Projects’ programs and services for those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia, which are needed now more than ever due to the pandemic. Registration information can be found at
A message from the Garces Foundation:

As businesses shuttered and illness spread across the country, we saw immigrants lose their jobs, and with that, their security, in a matter of weeks. 97% of the people we serve, primarily restaurant workers, are unemployed and searching for work. In response, we created the Garces Foundation Food Pantry. In partnership with local restaurants, we are providing boxes of food to support our local community. Since March, every week 800 immigrants have received a box of healthy and fresh food. With help from our community partners, team of volunteers, and donors, we have provided 4,739 boxes of food. Your contribution ensures that the Philadelphia region's vulnerable immigrant workers will continue to have enough food in 2020. Please consider supporting this important new program, which provides one week of food to a family in need. Donate by mail to Garces Foundation, 1901 S 9th Street, Suite #205, Philadelphia, 19148 or  visit here.
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.

The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
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.
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)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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