Thursday, August 12, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

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CCRA This Week: August 12, 2021
News And Updates
The COVID Olympics

So the Olympics are over. Some would say, “Finally”. 
Fair enough. This was not an easy Olympics to watch. Many didn’t.

The COVID Games were delayed a year, saw big financial losses and had no fans in attendance. Not a pretty sight. And yet…

The USA’s Molly Seidel won the bronze in her third marathon ever.

The first two finishers in the men’s 400-meter hurdles both smashed the previous world record.

The gold medal in the men’s high jump ended in a tie (and an embrace by the co-winners).

And Simone Biles opened a welcome dialogue about mental health in elite athletics.

So can the Olympics be wasteful, excessive, arrogant, and long overdue for reform? Most certainly. But even in a deadly pandemic they can also be beautiful, passionate and absolutely thrilling.

So: Lose the dirty bathwater. Keep the Baby.

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City OK’s Bus-Only Lanes for JFK, Market btwn 15th & 20th Sts

With strong support from CCRA and other local organizations, the City’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability has given the green light to moving ahead with creation of bus-only lanes on both JFK Boulevard and Market Street between 15th and 20th Streets, the expectation being improved speed and reliability of bus service on this corridor, the busiest bus corridor in the region. Work could begin as early as next week. Details of the project can be found here.
Masks required when visiting the CCRA Office

Starting today, if you wish to visit CCRA at 1900 Market, masks must be worn at all times in the public areas of the WeWork office space. You do not have to show proof of vaccination. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Please contact Operations Manager Travis Oliver prior to visiting because he needs to register your name.
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 Rittenhouse Square’s Koresh Dance Company.
Move to the Groove at Koresh Dance

Not just another dance company, Rittenhouse staple Koresh Dance serves three missions:
Performance, Instruction and Community. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born Roni Koresh, the Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia season as well as in touring performances. Located on 104 S. 20th St., the Koresh Dance Company offers both classes and workshops for adults and children, and Koresh’s Community Outreach brings free arts education to underserved youth in Philadelphia. Please contact Koresh directly at (215) 751-0959 for the latest info about deals and discounts available to CCRA members.
COVID Updates
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.
Local Businesses are Required Masks or Vaccine Cards for Customers
Starting today, all businesses are required masks or proof of vaccination from customers. Large, outdoor gatherings with no seating also must implement mask-wearing. In addition, children under 12 cannot enter an establishment that requires proof of immunization, since vaccines are not yet authorized for them at this time. Families going to a restaurant must dine outside.
How to replace your vaccination card
If you have lost your card or it is damaged, you can get a replacement. Philly residents who need a new card should contact Philly’s COVID Call Center at (215) 685-4588, or by email at The COVID Call Center can also correct any misspellings and other changes on your card. 
Notice from Koresh Dance Company:

In accordance with the city's new mandate, effective TODAY, Thursday, August 12th, masks are required for all unvaccinated personnel and are optional for those with proof of vaccination status. 

If you are signed up for a class, please bring your vaccination card when you arrive or be sure to arrive wearing a mask. Vaccine cards will only need to be shown one time and we will update your file accordingly.
Vaccination cards can also be emailed to

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.
Community Info and Events
BugFest is back! The Academy of Natural Sciences, located at 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, presents a hybrid version of its annual creepy-crawly event. Find live bug displays and shows, roach races, and fascinating Q&A sessions.
Church of the Holy Trinity, on Rittenhouse Resumes In-Person Sunday Worship
Seating is limited to 30 households. You must register prior to attending. All present in the building must wear a mask over their mouth and nose while in the building at all times. Children attending the services will remain with their families during the entirety of the worship. Childcare will not be provided at this time.
Materials from ancient Egypt, Asia, Mesopotamia, the Americas and ancient Greece and Italy are among the 1 million objects at the Penn Museum, and visitors who register in advance can check them out for free on Sunday. Highlights include the 25,000-pound, 3,000-year-old Sphinx of Ramses II; recently renovated galleries devoted to Mexico and Central America, and Africa; and the Artifact Lab, where guests can watch conservators at work.
New Soul Food Restaurant Rolls Into Reading Terminal
Reading Terminal regulars can soon say “Hello” to Ma Lessie’s Chicken and Waffles, the new southern-inspired eatery which will take over the spot formerly occupied by KeVen Parker’s Soul Food Café.

On Ma Lessie’s menu are chicken and waffles done four ways: fruit-infused, savory, specialty and classic. Other entrees include chicken wings, fried catfish, tilapia, shrimp, and turkey wings. Sides? Mac and cheese, collard greens and black-eyed peas.
Current date for opening is Aug. 18.
Sinkhole Memorialized
In the spirit of never letting a good crisis go to waste, the sinkhole created by a burst waterpipe at 6th and Bainbridge Streets has been put into proper historical perspective.

SEPTA Launches YouTube Channel to Help Solve Crimes
As part of the effort to identify perpetrators of crimes on the transportation system,
SEPTA transit police have turned to a YouTube channel to help solve crimes. Much like the Philadelphia Police Department, SEPTA will now post surveillance video both for viewing by the media and directly by the riding public. Details can be found here.
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.

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)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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