Thursday, March 11, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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Weekly E-Newsletter - March 11, 2021
News And Updates


While the Sunday evening sit-down with Oprah and the Sussexes didn't exactly make for inspirational viewing, it did have one salubrious effect.

It gave us something to talk about other than the you-know-which president and you-know-which virus.

The problems of two little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but thanks to Oprah, it was just enough.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
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You have questions; We’ll have answers!

On March 16 at 5 pm, CCRA has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for a Town Hall focusing on the risks and rewards of being one of the lucky recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Our featured speaker is Sandra Brooks, M.D, Chief Medical Officer at Jefferson Hospitals.

Join the discussion if you have questions like:
· What’s safe, what’s not?
· What about indoor shopping, dining?
· Can we finally visit our family, older friends, and family?
· Who can be at our table, especially for the upcoming spring holidays?
· How about if I’m living with someone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated?

Click the Zoom link below on March 16 to find out the answers and ask any other questions through the chat room.

It’s an open forum, so feel free to share this email with anyone you think might benefit.
We want to thank Philadelphia FIGHT, Independence Blue Cross, Global Philadelphia Association, Washington West, Independence Business Alliance, and Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson's Office, for their support in promoting this event.
CCRA Board Meeting

On Tuesday, March 9, CCRA held its monthly board meeting. Among other topics, the board brainstormed how to further implement our mission as a neighborhood organization in post-Covid Philadelphia. Many innovative and much-needed new ideas were discussed to build back our beleaguered city and ready it for emergence from a challenging year. Once vetted, all new initiatives will be shared in the e-news. Stay tuned!

All of the documents that were reviewed are on our website.
There's still time! Tell us what you think
Got an opinion on the subject? Of course, you do; you’re a Philadelphian. And you know what you can do with that opinion? Take a survey of your thoughts, courtesy of the CCRA Historic Preservation Committee. Now is the time to be heard. You can thank us later.
Wanted: New Zoning Committee Members
The Zoning Committee is now seeking applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and active participation is required. Community engagement is a must; knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job. You must be a CCRA Member.

If interested, please send your bio/resume to Operations Manager Travis Oliver - with the subject line "Zoning Committee."
LAST CHANCE! 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
March Public Hearings Highlight Water Revenue Needs: How to Attend
PWD filed a formal request for a rate change last month. If approved, water bills for residential customers would increase by 11.6% in September 2021 and 5.3% the following September. For a typical resident using 3,740 gallons a month, the bill would be $78.45 after the full increase.

Four public hearings will be held: 3/16, at both 1 pm and 6 pm; as well as 3/18 at both1 pm and 6 pm.
Ben Franklin Parkway Is Ready for its Makeover
With an eye toward making the iconic Ben Franklin Parkway a more “pedestrian-oriented place”, the City issued a request for proposals last week seeking consultants for a major redesign of the stretch of Parkway from Logan Square up to the Art Museum. The proposal calls for a major redesign of Eakins Oval, including the removal of a surface parking lot.
‘Food Desert’ No More: Giant Flagship Store Opens at 23rd & Arch
Friday, March 19 not only marks the last day of Winter but the first day of business for the new Giant flagship supermarket inside the Riverwalk
mixed-use development at 23rd & Arch. Included: ground-level parking, a full-sized Starbucks, food hall, beer garden… you get the idea.
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.

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)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663) (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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