Thursday, July 1, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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

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CCRA This Week: July 1, 2021
News And Updates
How Hot Is It?
It’s so hot…

...the Rocky statue was seen running through the Art Museum fountain to cool off

...Mayor Kenney’s office has installed a fan in the debt ceiling

...Eakins Oval is now a Rhombus
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July 1 Means New CCRA Board Members

With the dawning of the new fiscal year comes the formal installation of new Members of the Board of the Center City Residents’ Association. We warmly welcome the following stellar members and look forward to working with them for the betterment of Center City:

Judith Axler / Jim Duffin / Gil Feinberg / Larry Goldberg / Bill Goldstein / Jared Gluskin / Richard Huffman / Wayne MacFadden / Ryan Mulholland / Irena Wight

Bios for all CCRA Board Members can be found here.
Zoning In, Zoning Out at CCRA Zoning Committee

Things don’t stand still for long in Center City, nor at CCRA’s Zoning Committee. Outgoing is Sam Gordon, who is retiring as Committee Co-Chair. We thank Sam for his outstanding years of service.

New Co-Chairs are Janice Woodcock (continuing) and Veronica Aplenc (joining).
We also now have four new Members: Flora Becker, Rick Pasquier, Charles Robin, and Steve Rubin. We welcome all Co-Chairs and all new Members.
Office Closure

In observance of the Independence Day Holiday, CCRA is closed on Friday, July 2. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.
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
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Beautiful: 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 your 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.
Cool Off with Trees
According to the US Forest Service, trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 to 50 percent in energy used for heating. Apply for a free street tree from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Community Info and Events
Fireworks are Back! Did They Ever Really Leave?
Yes, Fireworks! July 4th night, above the Art Museum, starting around 9:30pm.
Good viewing spots along the Ben Franklin Parkway between Eakins Oval and Logan Circle.

Pro Tip on the Down Low: Great viewing (and notably less crowded) up near the Art Museum on the Banks trail. Arrive early, meaning beginning at 8pm.
SEPTA Reviews, Reboots Key Card System
Who doesn’t love SEPTA’s Key card? OK, you can now all please put down your hands. Yes, it’s had its challenges, which SEPTA does not deny. To that end, SEPTA is now conducting an industry-wide review of fare payment systems and has announced a Request for Information. It’s complicated, and we wish them well. 
Jet Wine Bar Offers Up the Colors of Pride
As it’s done in the past, Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St) features wines of many colors in honor of Pride month. Their $30 Pride “wine flight” consist of six 2-ounce pours. Sounds great; tell us again why every month can’t be Pride month….?

Drink in the details here.
Try Your LoveLuck at the New Popup
The Lawn at Loveluck is a new Love Park eatery offering food and drink amidst picnic tables and string lights. Opened on Saturday, June 26, it is the brainchild of Safran Turney Hospitality and will feature snacks, burgers, sandwiches, and curly fries.
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.

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)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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