Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Weekly E-Newsletter - January 14, 2021
News And Updates
Fear and Loathing: Just Say No 
“Never take counsel of your fears.” -- Ben Franklin

Many Americans remain traumatized following the events at the US Capitol last Wednesday. A full week later, the actions on display there are no easier to process, and reasonable fear exists among many regarding what’s to come.

This is not a time for fantasy or denial, or for giving in to fear, regardless of how well-founded. This is a time to view things in the cold light of sobriety (excepting, of course, for 5 pm cocktails).

The Boy Scouts got it right: Be Prepared. To that end, please do have a (sober) look at the City’s Emergency Preparedness guidance (available here).

Will all the steps in the guidance be necessary? Likely not. But, as we’ve been counseled before in different yet similar circumstances: Don’t let the terrorists win.

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Public Meeting Held for 2012-18 Chestnut St
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, CCRA hosted a community meeting regarding the Alterra Properties building project located at 2012-18 Chestnut St.

Questions were asked and answered. However, public comments will be accepted through email until Jan 20, 2021. Email public comments regarding this development to with "Alterra Properties" in the subject line.  

Big thanks to zoning co-chair Janice Woodcock for emceeing the meeting.

CCRA Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6 pm

On Tuesday, January 12, CCRA held its monthly board meeting. At the meeting, a letter to the Phila. Historical Commission (PHC) regarding the properties on the 1700 block of Walnut Street - damaged by fire on May 31, 2020. All documents are ready to review on our website.

Winner of the Ongava Safari Trip to Namibia Announced
At the board meeting on Tuesday, we picked the lucky person who will be going to Namibia. We recorded a clip at the board meeting and posted it to our YouTube Channel.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the raffle and those who donated to the sidewalk cleaning appeal. Our "Green Star Donors" will be acknowledged in the Spring edition of the CCQ newsletter.

Office Closure

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, January 18. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 19.
Trash Collection

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, January 18. City Collection will resume on Tuesday, January 19.
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Art Therapy? Sign Us Up! And Buy the Book!
Art therapy is terrific during good times. Now? Yes, please! To the rescue comes “Draw to Action”, a coloring book featuring original designs from 30 Philadelphia-based artists and whose proceeds will go to 15 Philly non-profits and social impact organizations. Now, who sells colored pencils these days?

Click the pic to register
Pandemic’s Essential Workers: Behind the Faces
Everyone has seen the faces of the pandemic’s essential workers, and many have wondered: How do they do it? What are their lives like? Photographer Kyle Cassidy asked those questions, and then went out and got answers. The result is an outdoor (and online) exhibition at the Science History Institute.

Free and Discounted Ice Skating

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park near City Hall offers FREE admission and skate rental to adults every Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. now through February 28.

College Student Skating Discount Presented by Temple University every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. College students with a valid student ID pay $2 admission to skate and can purchase $2 hot chocolates. Skate rental not included.
Pandemic or No, Restaurants Still Rule in Rittenhouse
Yes, the pandemic has been brutal to the local restaurant scene. But indoor dining is back (at 25% capacity), outdoor dining is working at many eateries, and there remain numerous outstanding dining options in and around Rittenhouse Square. And they need your support. Bon Apetit!

CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Please 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.

Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
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) (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern 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 virtual 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 a 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)
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