Last Chance to Win a Trip to the African Safari Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia for 2022. Please donate what you can.
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.
contributions fund a $30,000 contract with the Center City District for
sidewalk cleaning after each week's trash collection. Also, 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 this prize's retail value ($3000).
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SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
Utilize A Questionnaire To Improve Our Public Spaces
CCRA has prepared the linked Sidewalk Conditions Survey to elicit reports as to observed instances of offensive and/or threatening behavior on the sidewalks of Center City West.
We are distributing
this survey to our members and residents of high rises between
Broad Street and 20th, which have been participating with CCRA members
in a "Sidewalk Conditions" initiative. You can also find the link under
"Useful Links" in the enewsletter and on the homepage of our website.
The goal: to obtain data as to the time, location, and nature of any
problematic public space activity. The data will be used to educate and
inform City officials about neighborhood concerns in Center City West.
Thank you, Irene Levy Baker!
On December 1st, Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia,
owner of Spotlight Public Relations, a firm specializing in restaurants
and hospitality, delighted zoom guests with a fabulous book talk about
how to plan a staycation.
If you've missed it, you can see it here
on our YouTube Channel. Learn where to have adventures including good
places to social distance, secret destinations that even long-time
locals don't know about, where to create fun family memories and how to
help restaurants survive with limited capacity - all based on her
newly-published second edition of "100 Things To Do In Philadelphia." It
was an enjoyable and entertaining event to kick off the holiday season!
Thank you, Irene!
would like to thank all of our Business Members whose support is
greatly appreciated, especially during these unprecedented times. Please
take a peek, and see who these unsung heroes are part of our CCRA
family. They vary from retail businesses, nonprofits, civic/community
associations, schools & learning centers, apartment buildings, air
b&b’s, banks, home care, legal and medical services, and more.
Please see the full list here.
Their support helps CCRA continue its mission. Thank you!
In observance of the Holidays, CCRA
will be closed from Thursday, December 24, and reopen on Monday, January
4. All phone messages and emails will be returned beginning January 4,
The board and staff would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday and fingers crossed for a wonderful New Year.
In observance of the Christmas and New
Year's holidays, no trash will be collected on Friday, December 25, and
Friday, January 1. Collections will resume on Saturday, December 26 for Christmas, and Saturday, January 2, 2021, for New Year's.
Please make sure your trash and
recyclables are out on the curb neatly so we can help our sidewalk
cleaners' job much easier during these winter months.
Code Blue is enacted during icy conditions when temperatures feel near
or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. During a Code Blue, the City takes
special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. These measures
24-hour outreach to find people who are homeless and transport them to safe indoor spaces.
Opening all available beds within the emergency housing network to people who are homeless.
Allowing homeless people to stay inside emergency housing throughout the day.
If you see a person who appears to be homeless during a Code Blue, call the City’s Homeless outreach hotline at (215) 232-1984.
Free Covid-19 Tests for Restaurant Workers Available Jan. 7
A rare but most welcome bit of good news
for Philly’s beleaguered restaurant workers: Free Covid-19 testing for
restaurant workers – and their families – will be made available
beginning January 19th at The Goat, Fergus Carey’s sprawling Rittenhouse
Square pub. The testing, which will begin weekly on Thursdays, will be
provided by Ivee and will be paid for by the Cares Act, with testing
results available within 24 to 48 hours. (https://bit.ly/3aihV0F)
Covid-19 Vaccine Questions Answered by CHOP’s Paul Offit -
The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines is wonderful news, and it happened
insanely fast, but there are questions. Paul Offit is Director of CHOP’s
Vaccine Education Center, and he answers the FAQ’s.
Christmas trees are a beloved part of the
Holiday season, but like all good things, they come to an end, and then
what? How to properly dispose of said tree? Well, in Philly, you don’t
trash your tree; you recycle it, and here’s how: philadelphiastreets.com/holiday.
Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at
Dilworth Park is open seven days a week, now through February 28, with
limited number of skaters at one time. Purchase tickets in advance
online for 90-minute, timed skating sessions all season long.
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.