Well, what is there really to say about our Veterans?
ordinary civilians even begin to appreciate the sacrifices necessary to
fight through the Hell of war a million miles from the comforts of
To drop everything, leaving loved ones behind, to then go off and fight a foreign enemy in a foreign land?
And then to return to civilian life and pick back up as though nothing had happened?
The word “hero” is both over-used and abused these days. It also seems sometimes that this divided nation can agree on nothing.
But this Veterans Day let’s put all that aside and agree on two simple words to say to these heroes: THANK YOU.
CCRA News and Events
past Tuesday the City’s Streets and Services Committee advanced amended
legislation that would make Streeteries permanent in some areas and
would require Council approval for all other areas. The bill, 210776,
was also amended to include additional restrictions that prohibit the
use of adjacent property and allow the Administration to set fees for
licenses and Streetery removal. Not included in the amended bill were
design standards or additional accessibility requirements.
A separate bill, 210798, was amended to extend by six months permission for sidewalk cafes to remain in operation, through the end of 2022.
legislation was approved unanimously and will now go to the full
Council for a final vote, which is expected by the end of 2021. The text
of the amended bill 210776 can be found here; the text of the amended 210798 can be found here.
continues to advocate for safe, accessible, and attractive design
standards to replace what has grown up since the Streeteries were first
approved. Here's thetestimony from our architectural representative Tim Kerner. Stay tuned for further developments.
CCRA Board OKs Bankroll Agreement
its Board meeting this past Tuesday, the CCRA Board overwhelmingly (by a
vote of 27-1) approved the agreement between its Stakeholders Group and
the Stephen Starr organization regarding the operation of the Starr
Group’s proposed sports-themed restaurant (to be called “Bankroll Club”)
which is to be located at the Boyd Theater site on the 1900 block of
agreement with the proponents was a true achievement on the part of the
Stakeholder Group in getting a business to recognize and respond
positively to genuine neighborhood concerns regarding its
operation. Major kudos to Charles Robin and the Stakeholders Group for
bringing this excellent agreement to fruition.
All of the documents distributed at the board meeting can be found here.
A Win-Win in the Tax Code? Do Tell
likely aware of the minimum IRA distribution requirements for people of
a certain age. And you’re also likely aware that said distributions are
subject to federal income tax. :-(
But what you may not know is that you can dodge the taxman AND contribute to a favorite charity (like, for instance, CCRA).
How? By making the distribution to a section 501(c)(3) charity (again, not unlike CCRA).
way, you avoid paying taxes on the required distribution. As always,
individual circumstances may differ, so do consult with your tax
Merchant Partner of the Week
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 Center City framer
extraordinaire Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing.
Get Your Art to Ursula Hobson
you’ve got this beautiful, to-die-for painting/drawing/etching that
demands proper framing. Are you man or woman enough to handle it on your
so, bully for you. But if you’re like the rest of us, you’ll need to
reach out to a pro, and there’s no one more pro about framing than
knowledge of art and framing is unsurpassed, be it material, color,
finish or design. Likewise her technique. Pardon the pun, but she
totally nails it. And she’s a true aesthetic as well; she knows what
looks both appropriate and great.
So whether it’s an original, a print, or something else, you owe it to the artwork to take it to Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing. And this: CCRA Members receive a 10% Frequent Framer discount. (P.S. Call for appointment.)
bikes are ubiquitous, only now moreso. 25 new stations were added in
2021, and 300 new electric bikes were added to the fleet. The service
area was prioritized to reach more underserved communities. Also
prioritized was adding more stations within the existing service area in
order to support subsequent increases in ridership from residential
stations. For a deeper dive, go here.
Today: A Band of Sisters: Women Veterans Who Paved the Way
The Philadelphia Commission for Women and City Council of Philadelphia
Office of Veterans Affairs for a virtual celebration of Veterans Day
2021 today, Thursday, November 11th, at 4 pm. The changing demographics
of the military have huge implications for efforts to support the
reintegration of women veterans into civilian life and into leadership
roles. The panel will provide how the military prepared them to be the
leaders that have paved the way for women veterans and all women. Sign
Free Admission for Veterans on Veterans Day Weekend
Museum of the American Revolution Offers Free Admission for Veterans,
Active Military, and Blue Star Families During Veterans Day Weekend,
Thursday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, November 14. More info here.
Go Out for Thanksgiving Dinner? Why Not?
course, you want a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with family and
friends, but maybe this time around you don’t want all the fuss and all
the cleanup? Maybe outsource the food prep, or maybe even go out to
dinner? OK. But how? Where?
worries! Irene Levy Baker’s City Pulse piece has you covered, as in it
she details all the options, the number of which will likely surprise
you. You can dive in here.
LumiNature at the Zoo
wonderland, 500 colorful illuminated flamingos, a 25-foot-tall flamingo
holiday tree, over 200 illuminated penguins, and a 21-foot-tall colored
snake, plus performance artists, and a holiday light show. Beginning,
Thursday, November 18 through Sunday, January 9
Would you 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.