certainly (and thankfully) no 2020, the year 2021 was quite a doozy
unto its own. It started with the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, and it
ends with the Coronavirus still very much among us.
certainly was quite the year for the CCRA newsletter. For one thing, it
was renamed, to “CCRA This Week”. For another, it now features expanded
coverage and a greater social media presence. For a third, we now
feature a weekly editorial at the top of the page.
are greatly pleased by reader reaction to all of the above, not only
because it has been overwhelmingly positive but because it shows that
our readership – that’s you, Dear Reader – is active, involved, and
appreciates our weekly efforts.
So, what to expect going forward? Why, more of the same, only more so, of course!
So that’s it for now, friends. Have a great, joyous, and safe holiday, and we’ll see what the next year brings.
-Barbara Halpern, Editor
-Richard Vaughn, Lead Writer
-Travis Oliver, Design/Layout and Writer
A Holiday Shout-Out to Our Many Merchant Partners!
‘Tis the season to be jolly and – for CCRA – ‘Tis the season to be grateful.
As the Holidays approach we wish to extend a most grateful and fond “THANK YOU!” to all our Merchant Partners (listed here) for teaming up with CCRA this past year and offering our membership your beyond-superb 'Deals & Discounts’.
You have made our members very jolly, and we are equally thankful and appreciative to have you as part of the CCRA family.
It is also our sincere hope that our partnership has helped you get back on your (almost) post-pandemic feet.
Here’s wishing all our Merchant Partners a happy Holiday season and the brightest of New Years!
Going Green, Going Strong
city like Philadelphia can’t get green enough, and the CCRA Green
Committee put much muscle and effort behind a number of environmental
initiatives in 2021. Get the scoop from Green Committee Chair Susan Kahn
The “100-Year Flood”
Schuylkill River flooding over the summer was both impressive and
scary. Floodwaters covered the boardwalk, the trail, the train tracks,
and some streets including the Vine Street Expressway causing a mass of
detours. Although the flooding shortened the growing season of the
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, extensive testing showed that
the receding waters had not damaged the soil. During several days of
clean-up, gardeners readied the plots, paths, and tools for the 2022
Communication Breakdown? Not Here.
was more than enough to discuss this year, and more ways than ever to
do so. The issues were many, and our social media followers continued to
Communications Dept. Chair Barbara Halpern walks you through it all here.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: The Time Is Now
past 18 months or so have seen a long-overdue reckoning when it comes
to the true meanings of equality and justice. CCRA’s Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Committee was born with exactly that in
mind. Committee Chair Maggie Mund elaborates here.
Meanwhile, Back at the Back Office….
organization can function very well, or at all, without a sound
accounting, financial and yes, legal footing. It’s far from nothing to
keep abreast of all the rule changes and still make sure that the
numbers add up. Finance Committee Chairman Rick Speizman lays it all out
for 2021 here.
Membership Has Its Privileges
There has never been a better time than right now to be a CCRA member. If it’s not the socials, it’s the informative town halls.
it’s not the volunteer opportunities, it’s the Deals & Discounts.
Read all about it from Membership Chair Michelle Ettinger here.
Streetwise in the Big City
is nothing if not a City of streets, and no year goes by without lots
of churn and change in making the streets work better for pedestrians,
bicyclists, and motorists. Let CCRA Streets maven Bill West take you on a
tour of 2021’s journey here.
Gotta Have It: City Requires Vax for 2022 Indoor Dining
line with CDC guidelines, the City of Philadelphia has required that in
2022 restaurants in town will require customers to show proof of
vaccination in order to dine indoors. This will apply as well to
catering halls, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas. Detailshere.
June 5th Memorial Park Wins AIA Tri-State Design Award
5th Memorial Park, the memorial to those killed and injured in the 2013
demolition of a Salvation Army Thrift Store, has been awarded a 2021
Merit Award for Regional and Urban Design by the Tri-State American
Institute of Architects. Erected in 2018, the Park sits at the original
site at 2140 Market Street. CCRA is a Member of the Friends of June
5th Memorial. Details of the Award can be foundhere.
Let Drexel Help Lighten Your Load
to get all Marie Kondo about it, but you probably have lots of “stuff”
that perhaps you no longer want nor need, and now here’s the Holiday
season to pile more on.
not only here comes Santa Claus, but here comes Drexel’s Academy of
Natural Sciences with good advice on reevaluating (and reusing) all that
“stuff”. Begin the un-stuffinghere.
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