Thursday, May 27, 2021

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CCRA This Week: May 27, 2021
News And Updates


And so, Memorial Day.

A three-day weekend, the unofficial start to summer and, of course, a time for memorializing those who gave their lives in defense of America.
Feels a little different this time around, doesn’t it? So maybe this year let’s also soberly honor those science and medicine people who defended us against the Coronavirus and, most notably, the far, far, far too many who so tragically lost their lives in the battle.
So for all of the above: A Memorial Day Salute.

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Tonight! CCRA Annual Meeting - Guest Speaker AG Josh Shapiro
Thursday, May 27, 6pm
Join us and meet our new board members, say goodbye to our outgoing members – that’s including our current President Maggie Mund. This meeting is open to all!
CCRA Members: join us at 6 pm as we vote in board members, new bylaws amendments, and changes to our Articles of Incorporation. Our bylaws state that we need a quorum of 50 members to vote. This part of the meeting is essential and we need your vote. 
Afterwards, at 6:30 pm, stay for an update and Q&A session with PA's Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Listen as AG Shapiro talks about the biggest fights in his career. He is very excited to listen to the members of CCRA.
If you know anyone who would be interested in hearing AG Shapiro, tell them to register using this link (, then log on at 6:30 pm.
You do not want to miss this.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, May 25, CCRA held its public zoning committee meeting. There are 5 properties on the agenda. You can view the meeting on our YouTube Channel. You can read the report below. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, 7pm.
Office Closure

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday (and to give our Operations Manager a little break), CCRA is closed beginning Friday, May 28, and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1.
Trash Collection

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, May 31. Collection will resume on Tuesday, June 1.
COVID-19 Updates
Community Info and Events
Free Admission to the Museum of the American Revolution

This Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday, May 27 to Monday, May 31, 2021, veterans, military, and Blue Star Families will receive free admission to the Museum of the American Revolution, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Follow-up Multi-Organizational ATV Town Hall
On Wed., June 9, 6 pm, QVNA is sponsoring a follow-up Multi-Community Town Hall with Community Leaders on the escalating safety issues caused by ATVs, dirt bikes and motorcycles of all sizes. 
At the May 5th Multi-Community Emergency Town Hall on this topic, more than 1,100 residents attended from neighborhoods throughout Philly. Hundreds more watched it on Facebook. The Town Hall resulted in new legislation being introduced in City Council.
Got Cicadas? Not… Quite… Yet.
Coming Soon: Because lanternflies aren’t enough, we will now shortly have cicadas to ponder. But not just any kind of cicadas; oh no, we’re talking Brood X cicadas here.

Highlights: they appear every 17 years, are black and orange with red legs and red eyes, and the males emit a distinct and loud hiss in order to attract a mate.
No-Glue SLF Traps and Alternatives
Management of the invasive Spotted Lantern Fly is important, but glue traps harm other wildlife, like birds, bats, and squirrels. Here are some no-glue trap ideas from Lehigh Valley Audubon Society.
Help Philadelphia Gay News by filling out the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey!
This survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. The report will be published on the website for free download on approximately August 15.

The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete.
Restaurant Assn.: 20% of PA restaurants have closed permanently
It’s a bad number that could have been far worse: According to the National Restaurant Association, 20% of Pennsylvania restaurants have closed permanently. Plenty bad, but at the height of the pandemic, industry experts were predicting 30%, or even 75%. A big help: state and federal grants. 
Conde Nast: Philly eatery one of the Best New Restaurants In The World
Good luck getting a reservation, but Kensington’s new Laser Wolf restaurant has been named by Conde Nast as one of the best new eateries in the world. A skewer house concept from Michael Solomonov of Zahav fame, Laser Wolf serves meats, vegetables and fish alongside hummus and salatim. 
When is a cheesesteak not a cheesesteak?
The answer is obvious: When it’s 500 feet long. Such was the conundrum facing the gastronomes behind the birthday celebration for Rim CafĂ© owner Rene Kobeitri which took the form of an attempt to break the Guinness Book record for world’s largest cheesesteak. As usual, the disagreement broke down along purist vs. non-purist lines. The delicious details can be found here.  
Women Over 50: Answers to Your Top Health Questions
On June 23, 12:30 pm, join Penn Medicine experts for a web chat where they will discuss ‘Women Over 50: Answers to Your Top Health Questions.’ Women’s Health at Penn is inspired by women, with programs based on science and designed to meet each individual’s unique needs.

Submit your own questions in advance by emailing Penn Medicine by Friday, May 28, for a chance to have them answered during the chat.
CCRA Merchant Partner "Deals and Discounts" Program

Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn to 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)
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. (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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