Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Weekly E-Newsletter - February 25, 2021
News And Updates
Vaccine? Check. Now What?

By now no doubt you and/or many people you know have received one or both Covid-19 vaccine shots, and while the development and distribution of the vaccines has been staggeringly swift, it does raise the question: Now What? What exactly does it mean to have been fully Covid-vaccinated? What has changed, and what has remained the same?

While yes, the probability of protection is now much higher, the Coronavirus remains a slippery, moving target. At some point it will be treated as is the flu, measles and HIV. 
But not now, not yet.

So unfortunately the answer to “Now What?” is not the clear-cut answer that most people want to hear. How to proceed is still a very nuanced and personal decision.
The threat remains, and vigilance should as well.

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CCRA Public Meeting for 2300 Market Street Project

On Monday, February 23, CCRA held a public meeting regarding the Market Street project by Lupert-Adler Properties. Lupert-Adler Properties is proposing to develop the three properties on the south side of Market from 23rd Street to the Aramark Building. To view the the meeting, visit our YouTube Channel. To see the the plans, click below.
New at Branzino Italian BYOB
Our Merchant Partner Branzino Italian BYOB has announced a different deal for CCRA members! Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square at 261 S. 17th Street, Branzino serves modern Italian cuisine that they guarantee to make your mouth water. The food is full of flavor and exquisitely presented. The private garden is just lovely, and the staff is warm and accommodating. Enjoy 10% off for indoor and outdoor garden dining, and pickup from orders directly telephoned into the restaurant at 215-790-0103. Note: 3rd-party delivery services are not eligible for the discount when used. Dine and enjoy Branzino Italian BYOB.
Last Chance to Enter the Lottery
Wanted Now: Board Member Candidates
CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021. Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board. We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in “CCRAville;” are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation. Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings. Click for full Board Pledge and List of Committees.

Interested members are encouraged to forward a statement of interest that includes a summary of qualifications, as well as a resume or bio, by Friday, March 19 to:, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line. (We also welcome your suggestion of any individuals who reside in CCRAville who you believe would be assets to the Board. Be sure to include their email address and/or phone number.)
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Finally! That sinkhole on the Schuylkill River Trail is getting fixed
It’s been a long time coming, but it seems progress is beginning on repairing that sinkhole. There is a small downside while the project is underway. The path detours at Chestnut St. for about three months.  This “non-construction” project began on February 15.

John Coltrane, Marian Anderson & Others Explored via Black History Month
Black History Month is going out with a bang in 2021. The looming legacies of John Coltrane and Marian Anderson will be explored. But that’s far from all. There’s ceramics, sculpture, storytelling and more. 

Four Phila Eateries Rank In Yelp’s Top 100 for 2021
Yelp’s list of Top 100 Restaurants for 2021 included four from Philadelphia. No doubt you’re wondering: WHICH FOUR? Well, we’re not gonna spoil it for you. 
“Brotherly Love”, Meet “Implausible-Sounding Things”
As locals it’s easy to lose perspective on all the uh, ‘unique’ things about Philadelphia
(If we ever had the perspective to lose in the first place). Enter Twitter. A new-to-the-area Twitter user named Lauren (Twitter handle @ActNormalOr Else) innocently mused about the “increasingly implausible-sounding things” about Philly. Unsurprisingly, the Twitterverse responded.

PA Voters can apply online to mail-in voting for the Primary Election
Even if you signed up to receive mail ballots for both elections last year, state law says you need to re-apply. If you choose to register for the “annual mail-in and absentee ballot,” you won’t have to do it again until 2022. The PA Primaries are on May 18.  
The Bicycle Coalition Zero Vision Conference
Vision Zero brings together thought leaders, practitioners and community members to share experiences and ideas about how the implementation of Vision Zero and progressive mobility policies should play a role in Philadelphia and the region’s recovery from the pandemic.  

The 2021 conference format will feature speakers and panels for 2-3 hours per day during the week of March 22-26, 2021.
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.

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)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn receive free membership
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)
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