Thursday, August 5, 2021

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CCRA This Week: August 5, 2021
News And Updates
Trash Talk, Talkin’ Trash

Parents (and children) of a certain age will recall the Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch, who lived in a trash can and whose signature song was “I Love Trash."

That was all cute and lovable and adorable, but pardon us if we’re a bit grouchy ourselves about the subject of trash around here. We understand that more than a few urban ills seem intractable, nor has the pandemic helped, but… Picking up the trash in a timely fashion?  Pardon the pun, but that’s too heavy a lift?

To their credit, last week a number of fed-up residents brought bags of trash from their own neighborhoods to the Municipal Services Building in protest. And yes, there’s even an app for this called “Glitter," which pays residents to clean up their neighborhoods through corporate sponsorships.

These grass-roots efforts are admirable, but Bottom Line it’s the City’s responsibility here. This trash problem needs to go, along with the unfunny sobriquet “Filthadelphia." 

So, people: COMPLAIN. Loudly, and Often.
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CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting

The Zoning Committee report is ready. Visit here if you would like to read the report. Click here if you would like to see the meeting.

The next public zoning committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 7pm, via zoom.
Merchant Partner of the Week
Every week we spotlight a member of the CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals & Discount’ 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 FrameWorks Studio & Gallery.
New Merchant Partner Brings the Art of Framing
CCRA is both proud and delighted to introduce our newest Merchant Partner, Frameworks Studio at 21st & Walnut Sts. Frameworks Studio & Gallery is not just another framing house. How so? Well, for one, the framers are artists themselves, complete with Fine Arts degrees. For another, there is an active on-site gallery which offers seasonal exhibitions featuring the works of local artists. And finally, as a CCRA Merchant Partner, FrameWorks offers CCRA members 10% off on all framing. So do please stop by at 21st & Walnut and say hello to the newest member of the CCRA Merchant Partner family: FrameWorks!
Clean, Safe, and Green
From My Circuit Trails: Sign and Share the Petition Today
My Circuit Trails has an urgent request and need your support. They're asking you to take one minute right now to sign a petition, encouraging Congress to invest in more federal funding to connect bike trails—like the Circuit Trails. 
Info on COVID
As cases continue to rise in the Philadelphia area, CCRA will keep our members and friends posted on any news the City distributes. Remember to keep updated on our news blog on the CCRA website.
CDC: Philadelphia seeing ‘substantial’ level of community COVID-19 transmission
According to the CDC’s Data Tracker, ‘substantial’ transmission means there have been 50-99.99 total new cases per 100,000 persons in the last seven days. 
How vaccination rate in Philly varies by race/ethnicity and age
Case counts in Philadelphia more than tripled over the latter half of July — and 99% are in people who haven’t gotten both doses of the vaccine.
No Vax, No Service: Some Philly Area Eateries Require Proof
In a response to changing CDC guidelines, several Philly-area restaurants are now requiring proof of vaccination for customers who request indoor dining, as the City Health Dept. has recommended that everyone wear masks indoors whether vaccinated or not. 

For more: Vax
Community Info and Events
Onward & Upward @ Markward: Renovation and Repair
The gem of a park known as Markward Plaza is looking hard at some long-awaited renovation and repair work, as the City has advised that it is now ready to roll. On the punch list: fountain repair (done), replacing broken tables, chairs and sidewalk; fix drainage issues; renovate entrance steps and add new landscaping around the plaza and at Taney and Pine Sts. 

For more: Markward.
TIME Mag: Phila one of World’s Greatest Places
Citing the city’s history, the Art Museum renovation and the hopping culinary scene, Time Magazine included Philadelphia among its “World’s Greatest Places” for the year 2021. Mentioned are Frank Gehry’s Art Museum design, chef Omar Tate and restaurateur Ange Branca. Read all about it here.
Here’s what you need to know about the City’s plans to reopen MLK Drive to cars
The City announced that Martin Luther King Drive will be opened to vehicular traffic beginning on Wednesday, August 4 at 5 p.m., based on consultation with City Council and the successful completion of various infrastructure projects including improvements to the recreational trail, paving, and upgrades to lighting. 

HOSTS for HOSPITALS is looking for those to provide and help recruit temporary housing for patient-families traveling to the Philadelphia area for medical care. Among those now in need are two families each with a child who is an in-patient at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia waiting for a heart transplant.

Please share this message in any way you can. Anyone with a private place to offer for one week or more, at any time this month or thereafter, should contact HOSTS for HOSPITALS ASAP: 484-380-2999 or
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.

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)
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)
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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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