2020 Pandemic dragged CCRA, as well as the rest of us into the 21st
Century’s world of Zoom, searching for how to “raise our hand” digitally
and discovering how to “unmute ourselves” before people missed our
comments completely. When our bylaws were written (back in the ‘50’s),
we didn’t even have color TVs!
We are excited to present to you fully modernized, updated CCRA Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. And
we’ll make it easy (ok, easier) to follow by including a Summary,
highlighting the most important updates and changes. YOUR JOB IS TO
ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTE ON THEM. Digital copies of all
documents will be sent in a special edition shortly.
Following the business section, stay
tuned in to hear PA’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro talk about how he
has developed the courage to take on the biggest fights, as he leads a
national battle against drug companies over the opioid crisis. They’ll be plenty of time for Q&A from you, our members. Here’s a sneak peek at Josh, as seen through the eyes of the Committee of Seventy.
CCRA held its monthly board meeting
on Tuesday, May 11. Many topics were discussed including an update on
the ATV/dirt bike issue, 2012-18 Chestnut Street, and other business.
The materials are ready for review on our website.
In testimony as a member of the
Controller’s Community Advisory and Accountability Council, CCRA has
expressed its support for the Operating and Capital budgets as presented
to City Council by Mayor Kenney. Among other things, CCRA stressed the
need for a well-trained, professional police force, more housing for
people in crisis, and education and other neighborhood support
services. Text of the testimony can be found here.
Renaming Taney Street
the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Spring 2020, Taney Street
residents publicly questioned the appropriateness of the street’s
name. Named in 1858, one year after the Dred Scott Decision, it honors
an individual whose actions conflict with the city of Philadelphia's
values of being a diverse and inclusive city.
Now you can get everything
for dinner at Reading Terminal, as early June will see the arrival of
Pennsylvania Libations, a wine and spirits shop that is the first
privately-owned and operated liquor store in Pennsylvania history and
which will feature Pennsylvania-made wine, spirits and cider. Salut!
all the challenges of the past fifteen months, organizations like
Bethesda Project provides a home and a family to people who need it most
right now. You can join Bethesda Project in their mission by joining
them on May 20th at
6pm for the 24th Annual Party & Auction. Event tickets, as well as
the 50/50 raffle and silent auction items can be found at 2021party.givesmart.com.
All event proceeds benefits our life-changing and essential programs
and services supporting those experiencing homelessness in our city.
Real Live Music – With Audiences – to Return to Verizon Hall Oct. 5
Music-lovers can rejoice, as the
Philadelphia Orchestra will once again perform before live, in-person
audiences in Verizon Hall starting Oct. 5. That’s the date of the
season-opening gala featuring no less than superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
And that’s just the beginning; for more, go here.
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.
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
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.