While now remains the winter of our
discontent – cold, dark winter days and nights amidst a deadly pandemic –
Make no mistake: The Ides are beginning to turn.
We now have vaccines from Pfizer,
Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. 27 million Americans
have been vaccinated, 6 million fully vaccinated. Hospitalizations,
deaths and total cases are all now declining in number. Vaccines are
proven successful in preventing hospitalization and deaths, and the new
Astra Zeneca vaccine would appear to prevent transmission itself.
Variants notwithstanding, is there
now reason for optimism? Absolutely, says Ashish Jha, Dean of Public
Health at Brown University.
So yes, it remains cold and dark, and yes,
far too many lives and livelihoods have been lost. But help is not only
on the way; help is here.
And, lest we forget: Spring (!) is
but a little over six weeks away. Warm and sunny days ahead. Even
better, pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 10 days.
(Did someone say, “Play Ball!”?)
CCRA Public Meeting for 2300 Market Street Project
Properties is proposing to develop the three properties on the south
side of Market from 23rd Street to the Aramark Building. A public
hearing to review the project and seek input will be held via Zoom on
February 22nd at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82127029584
CCRA Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 6 pm
CCRA members are invited to sit in on our
monthly board meeting on Tuesday. If you would like to attend, please
notify Operations Manager Travis Oliver and he will send you the link to the meeting.
Wanted Now: Board Member Candidates
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 Pledgeand List of Committees.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.)
Originally scheduled for May of this
year, the Broad Street Run has been postponed and is tentatively
scheduled for this fall. Called the “largest 10-mile road race in the
U.S.”, the 2020 Run was a virtual event last year, broadcast by NBC10
and Telemundo62 and featured runners participating from home.
Ground-Breaking Next Month: $287M Schuylkill Yards Project
is to be broken next month at the West Tower at Schuylkill Yards, a
570,000-square foot project at 3025 JFK Blvd. The Brandywine Realty
Trust building will involve 326 apartments and 200,000 square feet of
life sciences space along with 29,000 square feet of amenity space and
9,000 square feet of retail. Completion is set for October 2023.