“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org "Alterra Properties" in the subject line.
Big thanks to zoning co-chair Janice Woodcock for emceeing the meeting.
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.
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
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?
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.
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!