Thursday, August 26, 2021

SOSNA Newsletter


Do you have some household items you're ready to bid farewell to this fall? Some clothing or furniture that could use a new home?

As part of the first SOSNA Second Saturday, we are promoting neighborhood-wide Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, September 11 from 9AM-2PM and everyone is invited to participate!

All neighbors and local businesses are invited to join in and for a $5-15 donation you can be listed on our official map with any items you'd like to advertise. Don’t worry - you’ll get to keep any $$ you earn selling your wares! We just ask for a small up front donation to participate.

If you don’t live in the neighborhood but still want to participate, we have options for you! We will also be providing space in our new community center at 1901B Washington Avenue (corner of 19th & League St) as well as other public locations in the neighborhood. If you need space to vend, simply select that option on the form.

Follow the steps below by 5pm on September 1st to get in on the print promotions, or before 5pm on September 9th to be listed on the online map only.

How to Participate

1. Fill out the form with your info, along with any items you'd like to advertise (keep it brief please!)

Fill out our Google Form with your info by 5pm on August 15th to get in on the print promotions, or before 5pm on September 9th to be listed on the online map only.


2. Go to our donation page to pay the $5-15 fee to be listed on our official map and promotional flyer:

We will promote the map and list of participating addresses to our email newsletter list, and will also share printed versions at local places of interest and with local congregations. Please donate at the link to get in on these promotions and boost interest in your sidewalk sale.


Your contributions help support the SOSNA's community organizing and free neighborhood programming all year long. We don't want the fee to be a barrier to participation for anybody, so if that presents a hardship for you, please just send us a quick email at

And if you are part of a local organization or congregation and would like to help get the word out to your members, please reach out to us at

CCRA Newsletter

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

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CCRA This Week: August 26, 2021
News And Updates
Don’t Make a Bad Situation Worse

No one here is unfamiliar with the problems regarding trash pickup in the City. The situation is unhealthy, unattractive and frustrating. (Don’t get us started.)

Frustrations notwithstanding, however, there is something everyone can do to help. And that would be: Don’t put your trash out earlier in the day than is specified by the Streets Department regulation. Because when people do that, well, use your imagination. Pretty it ain’t.

So then: From Vine to Bainbridge and from the Schuylkill to the Delaware, do the right thing with putting out your trash and recycling:

  • October 1 thru March 31: Between 6pm the night before and 6am the day of pickup.
  • April 1 thru September 30: Between 8pm the night before and 6am the day of pickup.

It’s a good rule. Follow it. Don’t be part of the problem.

Useful Links
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Commentary: MLB Bike Lanes

CCRA Board Member Ben Zuckerman shares his thoughts about the new bike lanes on MLK Drive.

CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting

CCRA held its Zoning Committee on Tuesday, August 24. You can access the report below. The next Zoning Committee meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 7pm.

Click here for the report

Click here to watch the meeting.
Office Closure - Summer Break part 2

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, and to give staff and board a break, CCRA is closed from Friday, August 27 through Monday September 6. The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 7.
Merchant Partner of the Week
Every week we spotlight a member of the CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals & Discounts’ Program, which helps local Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet by providing complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. This week we feature the Merchant Partner Eye Candy Vision.
The Eyes Have It at Eye Candy Vision

What do people look for in an eyeglass emporium? They want it all, of course: Regular glasses, progressives, contact lenses, sunglasses. Great Selection, great Style, great Service. How about an on-premises Optician and Lab? Eye Candy Vision, located on 218 S. 20th St., has all that and more. Their display window alone is to die for. (Disbelieve? Just ask Yelp.)
What could be better? Well, how’s this: CCRA members receive a 20% discount. (Discount cannot be combined with other sales, discounts or insurance programs.)
Photo Credit: Benjamin Zuckerman
Clean, Safe, and Green
Do you love trees? Train to be a PHS Tree Tender this fall!
This virtual four-part program will teach any tree lover the basics such as identification, planting, tree biology and proper care. As a participant, you will join a network of over 5,500 PHS Tree Tenders and will be joining one of the nation’s oldest and most respected volunteer urban tree care programs. Become a neighborhood greening hero!
Don’t Look Now, But: Where Are the Lanternflies?
This time last year lanternflies were nothing short of a plague. They were in your face and, in some regrettable moments, they were in your clothing. (Eew.) This year? It’s not your imagination. They’re barely here. Not to put a kinehora on it, but how did this happy circumstance come to pass?
Evidently it’s a bit of a mystery. It’s not really known for certain. Did predators step up? Maybe. Did soil-based fungi help? Possibly. Have they just moved on? Could be. For more on the bugging-out, go here.
Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
Afghanistan: How to Help

Last week we noted the regrettable turn of events in Afghanistan and the heartbreak that ensued. Sadly, things remain painfully difficult there.

But there are numerous ways to effectively help. Two local organizations include the refugee settlement agency Nationalities Service Center (NSC), and HIAS Pennsylvania, which helps low-income immigrants build new lives in our community.

For details on how to help these and other groups, please go here.
Community Info and Events
Tonight! Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight For the Vote
Register for a special evening of conversation to celebrate Women's Equality Day and Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight For the Vote, highlighting materials from the Free Library and other special collections. The exhibit's research and development will be discussed alongside the digital project Suffrage. Race. Power. Unerased, which re-centers the contributions of Black women in the suffrage movement through multimedia experiences and dialogue. Learn more and share your own stories!
You’ll need proof of vax to get into the Kimmel
When the Kimmel Center reopens next month, all guests will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination in order to gain entry. The mandate applies to all its venues, both on the main campus and away. The Kimmel will also enforce Philadelphia’s mask mandate throughout its locations. Closed throughout the pandemic, the Center is set to re-open Sept. 18. For details, go here.
Rooftop Bars
Looking for some incredible outdoor hangouts as we wait for........relief from soooo muuuch this summer? Check out these local rooftop dining/drinking spots 
Thanks to member Irene Levy Baker for the tip. For other great things to do in Philly, check her webpage at 
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah Gustatorily w/ Michael Solomonov & Adeena Sussman
You can make this Rosh Hashanah notably scrumptious on September 1 with a one-hour live virtual cooking class featuring five-time James Beard Foundation Award-Winner Michael Solomonov and NYT best-selling cookbook author Adeena Sussman. As part of the celebration recipes will be provided in advance, and questions may be asked live.
For more, go here.
Museum of the American Revolution: Free admission to kids 12 and under on Labor Day weekend 
The Museum of the American Revolution offers free admission to kids age 12 and under from Sat., Sept. 4 to Mon., Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available at the Museum’s front desk only). See the special summer exhibition Flags and Founding Documents, 1776 – Today, ending Labor Day Weekend.
Our American Experiences: a 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Festival - part of the Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival is on Saturday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come and go as you please throughout the day. FREE, donate what you wish. Many events will take place at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets. 
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.

Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Excursions from the Square (215-732-8487, 215-738-4500)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Frameworks Studio and Gallery, 2103 Walnut St, (215-567-6800)
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)
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)
William Schwartz Jewelry, 1831 Chestnut St (215-665-8115)
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)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103