Thursday, November 19, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

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

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News And Updates
Feel stuck inside? Want to know where you can go that’s interesting, different, and safe right in town? This Book Event about little known places is for you!

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM
via Zoom

Irene Levy Baker, author of “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia” and “Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia,” is here to explain how. She’ll help you plan a staycation and make sure you never waste your free time doing laundry - based on the newly-published second edition of “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia.” (NOTE: Topic will be adjusted based on current openings/closings.)

For more information and to register, click here.

Useful Links
Our Sponsors:
Win a Trip to the African Safari Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia for 2022 

In this unique fundraising year, CCRA is excited to introduce our expanded Clean, Safe and Green Appeal to fund our sidewalk cleaning and related programs.  Two generous CCRA supporters have pledged to match each gift of $100 or more received by the end of the year, doubling the fundraising power of every qualifying gift.  Furthermore, anyone who donates $200* or more will be recognized as a Green Star Donor and entered to win a 5-night, 4-day stay for two at the Ongava Game Reserve hunting lodge in Namibia, Africa, in 2022. Each additional donation of $200 earns another entry into the raffle. The winner will be selected in January. Please note that flights are not included.  To enter, we must receive your donation by December 31, 2020.

Click here for more information about the Ongava Game Reserve.

*If you are the lucky winner, please consult your tax advisor about the retail value of this prize ($3000).
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 7pm

COVID-19 Updates
Office Closure

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CCRA is closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. All emails and phone messages will be returned beginning Monday, Nov 30.

Trash Collection

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, no trash will be collected on Thursday, Nov. 26. Garbage collection will resume on Friday, Nov. 27.

Speaking of Trash...
Please be mindful when setting out your garbage and recyclables on the sidewalk.
We are grateful to our sidewalk cleaners who come every week to clean our sidewalks, but let's help them out when it comes to setting our garbage on the curb.

Free Street Trees!

Last chance to apply for a free street tree to be planted this spring! Property owners apply here.
Deadline is Nov. 30. 

Email Susan Kahn with questions -
Seafood Unlimited new Merchant Partner Promotion is Everyday!
Seafood Unlimited is offering 1 dozen jumbo shrimp cooked or raw for $14.99. (To put this in perspective they sell a jumbo shrimp cocktail with 4 shrimp for $12) .  Take advantage of your membership! 

Community Info and Events
Do you have the time to take a couple of surveys?

Drexel University is inviting you to participate in a short survey on greenspace and health. Results will be used for a public health research study on greenspace utilization and health during the pandemic. Anyone who is ages 18 and older, lives in the Metropolitan Philadelphia region, and can access and complete the survey online, is eligible to participate. The survey is available here.

SEPTA is inviting you to participate in a short survey. COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted many aspects of our daily activities, including how we utilize public transportation. To help SEPTA better understand the changing needs and demands of its customers, they are inviting you to take part in a short online survey. This link is for the SEPTA COVID-19 Travel Survey: Fall 2020, through which the Authority hopes to glean information on customer sentiment, feedback on the various health and safety measures SEPTA has implemented throughout the system as well as trends and shifts in travel and overall mobility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for completing the survey is Tuesday, Dec. 1. 
Thanksgiving To-Go Dinners Available at the William Way LGBT Community Center

On Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, the William Way Center will be giving out Boxed Dinners to-go from 1 pm to 3 pm, or when the food runs out. The Center is located at 1315 Spruce St.
Esquire: Philly’s Kalaya Best New U.S. Restaurant in 2020

Yes, there is good restaurant news here in Philly in 2020. Esquire magazine has named Thai eatery Kalaya as the best new restaurant in the U.S. for the year 2020. Located on 9th St. above Christian, in Esquire’s words Kalaya “absolutely purrs with spirit” and offers Thai dishes “with such depth of soul and flavor that you’re left dreaming about them for days”.

Sigma Sound Lives!

In a time when one beloved institution after another is falling by the wayside, we can happily report that Sigma Sound Lives! The iconic N. 12th Street birthplace of the “Philly Sound” is now included in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, which precludes the building from being demolished. Fun Fact about Sigma: they had so many gold records on the walls that they ran out of room and hung some in the bathroom!

What Really Went On Inside the Convention Center

The whole world was watching as ballots were being tabulated at the Convention Center on Election Day and the days after. The boisterous scene outside has been well documented. But what about what was going inside the Convention Center? Not so boisterous. Methodical, precise, largely tamper-proof.

Need to get rid of unused items?

Want to get rid of unused clothes or broken/unused small electronics, including computers? This is a new environmentally friendly contactless way to remove them from your home, via pickup at your door. 

It is free and brought to you as a pilot program from the City to reduce landfill use. You can schedule a pickup at your house online at Retrievr

Cherry St. Tavern to close for 2020

According to the owners, Bobby and Billy, neighborhood tap house, Cherry Street Tavern will close today, Thursday Nov. 19, for the remainder of the year. If you have a chance, stop by one last time this year.

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.

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)
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)
Veda Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
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)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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