a presentation from CCRA and Friends of Schuylkill River Park board
member Susan Kahn about the Draft Schuylkill River Park Master
Plan. Susan said the Master Plan is a draft, and revisions will be
considered after the public comment period. There have been many
comments about the relocation and expansion of the Recreation
Center. The board did not take any action regarding the Draft Master
the following resolution to support the Hi-Rise Homeless Initiative,
headed by CCRA board members Matt Fontana and Steve Huntington
light of the deteriorating quality of life for residents, businesses,
and their employees throughout Center City west and particularly in the
eastern end of the neighborhood, it is now moved that CCRA join with
other interested organizations, buildings, and businesses to, 1) work
with the police department to affect the creation of a mini-police
station, and 2) work with the Mayor’s Office to bring more focused
programs to provide social services for the homeless people in the
a Conditional Licensing Agreement concerning Ambrosia’s liquor license
application that CCRA board member Chuck Goodwin negotiated with the
Liquor Control Board on behalf of concerned neighbors.
heard various board reports on remapping, membership, streets,
communications, and more. The agenda and board packet may be found here. Meeting
minutes will be uploaded next month, once the Board votes to adopt. The
minutes are always included in the next month’s board packet.
a board position is available due to the resignation of a board member
who has left the neighborhood. If you are interested, please send a
brief resume and statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. CCRA
board is committed to inclusion and diversity. We are especially
interested in members who have Development or Communications expertise.
There's still time! Please Donate and 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.
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).
Just a Reminder
There are still two weeks for Philadelphia Citizen’s third annual "Ideas We Should Steal Festival,"
and as we are a community sponsor, CCRA members are entitled to a 33%
discount on tickets. And this year’s festival is all online, making
attendance even easier. The remaining dates are December 15 and 22, 5:30
to 7:30 pm.
has supported the community's interest in renaming Taney Street, which
runs through our catchment area. This effort is being led by Ben Keys, a
Taney Street resident, and is supported by other local
organizations. Do you have a suggestion for a new name? You're invited
to participate in a virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, where
neighbors are invited to discuss what the street means to them and what
values you'd want to broadcast with its name. Click here for more information or to sign up.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please complete a community survey The survey takes less than 2 minutes to complete.
Can't Fine the Best Christmas Lights? There's an App for That
One traditional thing we can still do
during these social-distanced times is to check out all the homes
beautifully decorated for Christmas. But where are they, and who has
time to search? Fear not; there is, of course, an app for that. It’s
called ChristmasPrism and is the brainchild of Mike Kane, a team leader
at Center City tech firm Connectify. Details -> https://bit.ly/37R7dLR. Or you can do it old-school style, by hoofing the Philly neighborhoods: https://bit.ly/2IzFo22.
Support Bethesda Project this holiday season
Bethesda Project is an
organization addressing homelessness in Center City, and operates 14
sites ranging from emergency shelter to permanent housing while
providing supportive services. They are looking for community members to
provide guests and residents a little cheer during the holiday season.
This can include dropping off homemade food or sponsoring delivery from a
restaurant (also helps the local economy!), donating gift cards or
high-need supplies, dropping off cards or decorations, or making a video
of yourself caroling we can share with our sites. All of the
opportunities can be done from home with the whole family – a great way
to support a local organization while staying safe! More information here or contact email@example.com.
Indego Plans Expansion
Philly’s bike-share system Indego is
planning a significant expansion beyond its current 1,400 bikes and 140
stations. Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, Indego is looking to
establish locations in West and South Philadelphia, specifically in
Cedar Park and Grays Ferry; the eventual goal is to double the number of
stations to 350 by 2026. Indego is actively soliciting feedback from
riders. To do so, go to https://www.rideindego.com/suggest-a-station/
A Very Special Penn’s Village Holiday Celebration!
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
5:00 pm via Zoom
friends and neighbors as they spread some holiday cheer with music,
readings, and socializing in keeping with the Christmas, Hanukkah, and
Kwanzaa traditions! Featuring a special concert by a local violin &
piano duo, and a performance from Patricia Alsina, our Penn’s Village
friend, from her home in Argentina!
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.
Because of COVID: Philly Flower Show Moves Outdoors for 2021
Necessity being the mother of
invention. For the first time in its nearly 200-year history, the
Philadelphia Flower Show will be held outdoors in 2021. Considered the
nation’s longest-running horticultural event and hosted by the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show will be held at FDR Park in
South Philly from June 5 through June 13.