Vaccine? Check. Air Travel? Check. Back to the Gym? Check. So what’s next on boomeranging back to normal? How about a ballgame?
And so it was that we traveled – via
the Broad Street subway line – to Citizens Bank Park last Saturday. 25%
capacity at most, so the place felt empty. Masks required (and
enforced). No vendors offering hot dogs and beer. :-(
But still: blessedly it was Major
League Baseball, and all that it implies. The thrill of victory, the
agony of defeat, yada yada yada. Pretty damn glorious.
Epilogue: The home team lost to the hated
rivals from Gotham on a controversial late-inning call by the umpires,
and the locals’ star player was ejected for vociferously contesting the
call. Now, if that’s not normal, we dunno what.
Did you know our AG, Josh Shapiro, found a
key role to play in the fight against gun violence? Hear about his
“sneak attack” and Philly’s role in its success. Join us virtually and
get to ask him questions at our Annual Meeting.
Members - please join the meeting at
6pm to vote for the board of directors, bylaws changes, and changes to
our Articles of Incorporation. We need you there to reach a quorum.
Your friends and family are welcome to join us. Non-members are encouraged to "check in" at 6:30 pm.
CCRA Members are welcome to attend. Please contact Operations Manager Travis Oliver and he will send you the link to the meeting once it's available.
Update on the ATV and Dirt Bike Issue
night, CCRA and dozens of civic associations attended a Town Hall
meeting regarding the ongoing nuisance of ATVs and dirt bikes roaming
throughout the city. Hosted by the Queen Village Neighbors Association,
neighbors met with local city reps, and councilmembers. Along with the
Deputy Police Commissioner we're working on some solutions. Read below
to find out more.
welcome back Boyd’s Philadelphia to our CCRA Family! Boyd’s has been
proudly serving Center City since 1938 and quickly earned the reputation
to be “the “ place to shop for clothing. Their family tradition of
quality, knowledge and exceptional customer service is evident the
moment you walk in the store. Boyd’s is conveniently located on 1818
Chestnut Street and offers a variety of complimentary services.
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."
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Safe, Clean, and Green
Love Your Park Day at J5M
Please join the
Friends of June 5th Memorial (J5M) park this Saturday, May 8, from
(10:00 am-1 pm) for the City-wide Love Your Park Day. Join them as they
care, clean, and learn about the memorial’s design and mission to
advocate for demolition and construction safety.
Come by the
memorial on Saturday (even if you cannot participate in the Love Your
Park Day) to learn how to get involved in future Friends programming and
activities at the June 5th Memorial park.
every year since 2006, May has been Jewish American Heritage Month and,
pandemic or not, 2021 is no different. Among the (online) events:
“Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story”; The
Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations; and an all-night Shavuot
Last week, PWD and the Public Advocate reached a potential settlement.
While this change will not eliminate the need for a rate increase, it will help reduce the scale of the needed increase at this time, if approved by the Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board (Rate Board).
This means the
anticipated rate increases for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 will be lower
than originally proposed. Updates on bill impacts will be provided when
Just In Time: Center City Restaurant Week Is Here! Well, Almost
dining, indoor dining, take-out & delivery…. Have it your way from
May 17 through May 28 as Center City Restaurant Week is just around the
corner. If for no other reason, show the local eateries large portions
of love after the year they’ve had.
ICYMI: Bike Lane Closure at Wissahickon Valley Park
Parks & Recreation announced the Wissahickon Valley Park’s four
bike bridges will close for a major renovation project. Cyclists and
pedestrians will not be able to use the trail to connect from Forbidden
Drive (aka Park Drive) to Ridge Avenue. The detour route will be posted
along the trail for use by commuters and recreational hikers and