Wednesday, June 30, 2021

SOSNA Newsletter


Battery Recycling at Music in the Triangle

As a proud neighbor and community member, Vicinity Energy is excited to partner with the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) in Philadelphia to host battery recycling collection events during SOSNA’s Music at the Triangle on July 1st and August 12th!

Please bring your used batteries, and we will see that they get recycled properly. Recycling batteries keeps harmful metals out of landfills and supports the recycling and reuse of raw materials. We will gladly accept lead acid, nickel cadmium, lithium ion, and alkaline batteries at these events. We’re looking forward to enjoying some live music and partnering with you to help #KeepPhillyGreen.

WHEN: Thursday, July 1 and August 12 from 5:30p-7:30P

WHERE: SOSNA Triangle Plaza, 23rd & South Streets

Musical series sponsored by The Igloo & Grace Tavern. Battery recycling sponsored by Vicinity Energy and ACV Enviro

*The health and safety of our neighbors is our top priority. Recognizing the situation with COVID-19 still remains a risk, we ask that all attendees adhere to city and state health standards to ensure that everyone feels comfortable at this event!*

Performance Schedule

The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) is a neighborhood civic association established to improve the quality of life and serve as a resource for residents and businesses by actively encouraging and promoting neighborhood activities and civic involvement in the area bounded by the south side of South Street to the north side of Washington Avenue and the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146

Thursday, June 24, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

  Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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CCRA This Week: June 24, 2021
News And Updates
The 76ers, 86’d

While not for nothing is a newspaper’s sports section known as the Toy Department, at the same time sports can frequently be a metaphor for life.

And so what is one to make of the fact that the Sixers’ season is now over, having fallen to a lesser-talented team?

We believe we speak for the many when we ask, with all due respect:

·      Are you &%$#-ing kidding me?
·      What the &%$# was that?

We’ll hang up and listen.

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Auction Ends on June 30 at 5pm.
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CCRA Remapping Committee Presents
Public Meeting re Center City Zoning Changes
If you live or work between Spruce and JFK from 20th St., to the River, you may be interested in attending the Remapping Public Meeting at 6PM on June 24, 2021. CCRA's Remapping Taskforce has been working with Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) on proposed changes to zoning designations within this area. The PCPC will present the proposed changes during the meeting and request input from those in attendance. Members of CCRA's Remapping Taskforce will be on hand to answer questions. 

Following the meeting, the CCRA Remapping Taskforce will submit a final recommendation to the PCPC.

The proposed zoning changes are viewable here.

Zoom link for the meeting can be found here.
CCRA’s Enhanced Merchant Partners Program Targets Local Mom & Pops
To help local Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet, CCRA’s Merchant Partners Program provides complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. Truly a win-win scenario, Merchant Partners benefits local businesses and residents alike.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Clean Sidewalks are Beautiful, but Not Free: Please Donate
Center City is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in the City, and it’s no accident, nor is it free. CCRA has a contract with the Center City District to clean local sidewalks after weekly trash collection. This effort is not covered by membership, which is where you come in. You are encouraged to donate your fair share to CCRA’s Clean, Safe & Green program, and you can do so here.
Not Your Imagination: It’s Trashier

If trash seems less-picked-up than usual, you’re right. For the past two months, the City’s Sanitation Dept. has been working on delays. Three reasons are given: increased volume (up 30%), the pandemic, and staffing issues. Residents are urged to call 311 if trash is not removed within 48 hours.
CCRA is proud to manage the Schuylkill River Park Community 

The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is one of the 130 Philadelphia community gardens that contributes generously to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Initiative. So far this season, our garden is off to a robust start. To date, its donation of 98 pounds of organically grown produce have gone to feed neighbors in need at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. Thanks to the organizational skills and green thumb of Linda Zaimis, the community gardeners donated a total of 1,106 pounds last summer. With optimal weather conditions and a little luck, the gardeners aim to break their all-time record of 1,550 pounds set in 2019. The goal of the initiative is to “address food insecurity, so if we have many gardens in each neighborhood, and they’re all distributing to different places, then we’re reaching thousands of people,” said Jasmine Thompson, a PHS community garden specialist. Find more information about the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden here.
Community Info and Events
110 Years Young and Going Strong: The Wanamaker Organ
The venerable Wanamaker Organ, located in the 5-story Grand Court at the Center City Macy’s, celebrates a very happy 110th birthday this month. If you can believe it, since 1911 the organ has been played twice a day, every day. That’s through two pandemics, two world wars, the Great Depression, and on and on. For more on this remarkable treasure, go here.
Travel Responsibly

Safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Mask-wearing and advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots, and masking remains a requirement for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead. 
Let Freedom Ring
Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra return to Penn’s Landing for “Let Freedom Ring,” a Free Neighborhood Concert at the Great Plaza on Friday, June 25, at 7 PM. The performance is part of the 2021 Wawa Welcome America festivities and will showcase patriotic and uplifting works that celebrate the diversity and majesty of America.
Epic Sandwiches
Every great city believes that it alone has the world’s best sandwiches.

Philadelphia being no exception, find your foodie fix here.
Let’s Eat! 2021’s Hottest New Restaurants
If there was ever a time to eat, drink and be normal, it would be Now, and we’re here to help. Here is a list of a dozen of the hottest new area eateries. If you can’t find something you like here, then you’re on your own.
Rothman Roller Rink
The Rothman Roller Rink offers daily outdoor roller skating at Dilworth Park. Hour-long sessions are available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Matinee Skate, when admission is $5 off for guests of all ages. Rink patrons are encouraged to book all sessions in advance. The Rothman Roller Rink season will come to an end on July 11. So, during the last chance to roller skate, July 1 to 11, all skaters at the Rothman Roller Rink will receive a complimentary admission to skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink.
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.

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)
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, 130 S.17th St. (267-322-6651)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103