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
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 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.
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.
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: https://bit.ly/3nxl3d9
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 https://www.friendsofrittenhouse.org/volunteer
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 www.runsignup.com/homerun5k.
A message from the Garces Foundation:
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.