going to go out on a limb here and make the bold assumption that our
readership is acquainted with the fact of the recent convictions of
union leader John Dougherty and City Councilmember Robert Henon. Johnny
Doc and Bobby, as they’re better known, find themselves charged, tried
and convicted on federal bribery charges.
As we’re neither judge nor jury, we’re in no position to assess either the guilt or innocence of the defendants.
we can and do say that the convictions send a strong and clear message
about how business is – and is not – done in the City of Philadelphia,
with the hope that the possibility of lengthy prison sentences gives
pause to the next individuals with some bright ideas about getting cute
with the law.
immediately, the membership level "Family" has been renamed to
"Household Membership." When you sign up or renew your membership, your
new membership card will reflect that change.
observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CCRA is closed on Thursday,
November 25, and Friday, November 26. The office will reopen on Monday,
November 29. The board and staff would like to wish everyone a Happy
Since the office is closed, there will be no CCRA This Week published. The next issue is scheduled for Thursday, December 2.
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 photography
emporium Photo Lounge.
Got Pix? PhotoLounge is the Photo Go-To
In a world where image is often everything, you can’t take a chance when you’ve got critical photos to print. That’s where PhotoLounge comes in.
independent small business since 1997, PhotoLounge believes in its soul
that photos should be beautiful, affordable, easy to make, easy to get
and long-lasting, and they back that up every day with superior service
and knowledgeable, courteous staff.
name it, they do it: digital prints, reprints and enlargements,
archiving, fine art printing and Giclee, film processing, design and
print photo books, professional head shots, passport photos and
more. The store itself is an eyeful, and worth the trip alone.
So go where the pros go: PhotoLounge at 130 S. 17th. And BTW: CCRA members enjoy 10% off excluding other sales or discounted items.
life is trade-offs, the return of the Philadelphia Marathon brings with
it the requisite road closures, too many of which to list here, so for
all the details sprint here.
Comments Wanted re Philly Tree Plan
Philly Tree Plan will identify new ways to grow our tree canopy, which
keeps our air clean, protects us from extreme weather, and keeps our
communities healthy. To understand the Plan’s goals and recommendations –
and to provide comments -- view the Philly Tree Plan Draft here. (Comment period ends Wed., Dec. 1.)
More is Better on the Schuylkill Banks
6 saw the official opening of the latest piece of the Schuylkill Banks
Trail, which now extends from the southern end of Bartram’s Mile to the
vicinity of 61st St. in Southwest Philadelphia. Spanning an additional
1,800 feet south, the extension features a greenway, riverfront
platform, and superb city views. To go there, gohere.
Online Harassment of Women in Public Life to be Addressed at Dec. 2 Virtual Event
of the more unfortunate aspects of modern life is the online harassment
of women in public life. It’s a problem badly in need of a solution,
and the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the National Democratic
Institute aim to do just that with their Dec. 2 virtual event. For
details and to register, please gohere.
extension of Visit Philadelphia’s popular Love + Grit podcast, the Love
+ Grit Storefronts Project transforms empty storefronts by turning them
into art installations featuring original creations by
QBIPOC (queer, Black, Indigenous, people of color) artists that
highlight 24 Black- and Brown-owned businesses adversely affected by
COVID-19. Details can be found here.
Community News and Events
Century’s Longest Partial Eclipse of the Moon Begins 2:18 Friday
Friday’s near-total lunar eclipse — the longest of the century and the
first of this length in 580 years — is truly once-in-a-lifetime.
on the morning of Friday, Nov. 19, the full Beaver Moon will take place
in a 97%-total lunar eclipse, according to NASA, meaning that nearly
all of the moon’s surface will be shrouded in the Earth’s shadow. The
eclipse will be about three and a half hours long, stretching from 2:18
to 5:47 a.m. EST. The Beaver Moon eclipse will peak at 4:02 a.m. EST,
NASA reports and will be visible across North America. Details here.
All-Bach concert to benefit The Sunday Love Project performed by Midori
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St, on Monday,
November, 22, 7:30 pm, and Music For Food for an intimate, all-Bach solo
violin concert by the legendary Midori. All proceeds benefit The Sunday
Love Project whose mission is to share food among the homeless, while
simultaneously building community. This concert is part of Music for
Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.
are invited to join The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia and the
Geographical Society of Philadelphia for a Nov. 22 Zoom discussion of
the November Conference of Parties in Glasgow and predictions for future international climate policy. Registration for the event can be had here.
Deadline Extended for Service Academy Nominations
Rep. Dwight Evans has extended the deadline to Wednesday, Nov. 24 for students in the 3rd Congressional District to apply for a nomination to one of the nation’s five service academies
Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis,
MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. (The fifth service academy,
the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, does not require a
congressional nomination for appointment.)). For requirements, click here.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thurs. Nov. 25, 8:30 a.m.
oldest parade of its kind in the country marks the official start to
the holiday season with floats, bands, dancers, balloons, and a visit
from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
20th Street and J.F.K. Blvd down Benjamin Franklin Parkway. More details here.
Christmas Village Returns Thanksgiving Day
the season, and with it returns the European-themed Christmas Village,
held once again at LOVE Park and City Hall beginning on Thanksgiving
Day. Where better to attack your Holiday shopping: over 100 vendors in
booths and tents offering, well, you name it.
Plus food, plus drink, plus a Ferris wheel and a kiddie train.
City has chosen Design Workshop to lead the redesign of the iconic
Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A landscape architecture and urban planning
firm, Design Workshop Is expected to begin work on the redesign in early
2022, the goal being to make the Parkway more attractive to foot and
bike traffic. Detailshere.
Holiday Benefit Concert at the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq
The JMB Foundation for Women is holding its ninth annual Holiday Benefit Concert
at the Phila Ethical Society on December 4th, 2:00 p.m. Admission is
free. Donations go towards the support of several programs for women in
East Africa. Performers include Philadelphia’s own Curtis students and
grads, Ruth Naomi Floyd, and others. For more information: jmbfoundation.squarespace.com
Now We’re Really Back: Mummers!
No More: The Mummers Are Back. After being canceled last year due to
the pandemic, the Mummer’s Parade will be back on Broad Street on New
Year’s Day 2022. A 120-year tradition, the parade kicks off at 9 am at
City Hall and runs down Broad Street to Washington Ave. Detailshere.
Merchant Partners "Deals and Discounts" Program
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.