·“Pi Day”: Reminds us of the power (and mystery) of Mathematics
·St. Patrick’s Day: Reminds us of the joys of celebration
·Ides of March. If only someone had advised Vladimir Putin to “Beware the Ides of March”
Where’s a good Brutus when you need one?
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Board Welcomes Amy Lent
its February board meeting, CCRA voted unanimously to accept Amy Lent
as a new board member, filling a vacant slot. A warm welcome to Amy; we
all look forward to working with her.
Here’s Something About Amy:
Lent has decades of experience as a leader in the museum field,
following a successful early career in marketing and operations in the
retail sector. She and her husband Bill grew up in north Jersey, lived
for many years in Doylestown, and retired to Philly a year ago after
living in Maine for 14 years. They have a son living in NYC. Amy loves
everything about Philly – its friendliness, diversity, cultural
offerings, parks, restaurants, and architecture. She looks forward to
working with the CCRA to make the city as vibrant and thriving as it can
Sense in the City - Climate Justice and Economic Justice
The fifth Sense in The City discussion will be on Climate Justice and Economic Justice on Wednesday, March 23, 12:00noon-1:30PM.
Climate Justice and Economic Justice Description:
are different groups affected by the struggle for sensible climate
policy and the high demand for well-paying jobs? How can
environmentalism and racial justice efforts overlap and support each
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we feature Rittenhouse
pet wellness centerLiberty Vet Pets.
Sick Puppy, Flitty Kitty? Go to Liberty Vet Pets
pets are family, it is critical to get it right when choosing a
veterinarian. Well, dither no more. The right choice in Center City isLiberty Vet Pets on 20th Street, just off the Square.
is both a veterinarian’s office and an animal hospital (and they have a
lab). Both its kind and caring Veterinarian and Associate Veterinarian
are UPenn grads.
At Liberty they do it all and more:
Preventive care, dental, vaccinations, general surgery and nutrition. And get this: They make house calls. For real.
What else? CCRA members enjoy 10% off services and boutique items (excluding food; CCRA membership cards must be presented).
So the next time a four-legged family member needs a little TLC (or more), go straight to the good folks atLiberty Vet Pets.
Clean, Safe and Green
Pedestrian Crosswalk at Rittenhouse
CCRA has an ongoing relationship with the Department of Streets, we
have received the following notice. If you have any questions or
concerns about the project or the location of the new device, please
email Travis Oliver at CCRA's office. We’ll take it from there.
Department of Streets Traffic Division retained contractor Carr &
Duff, who recently began work on the RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flash
Pedestrian Beacons) project using ARLE (Automated Red-Light Enforcement]
of the project locations is at 20th Street and Rittenhouse Square at
the crosswalk between St. Patrick's and the wine shop. This particular
location was selected based on community requests and volumes of traffic
and pedestrians crossing 20th Street at Rittenhouse Square.
of Streets strives to incorporate safety improvements that are foremost
geared toward protecting the City's most vulnerable users. The RRFB
program provides safer pedestrian crossings by enabling the pedestrian
to activate a rapid flashing yellow beacon on either side of an
otherwise uncontrolled crosswalk.
on studies over many years throughout the country, these rapid flash
beacons have been found to induce better yielding behavior by drivers
for pedestrians in these crosswalks. Drivers are required by law to
yield to pedestrians in crosswalks in Pennsylvania. We're expecting the
20th/Rittenhouse RRFB to be completed later this month or early April.”
News From Medicare: Less Covid, More Free Tests
news on two fronts. One, the rates of Covid infections remain low and
two, starting this week, if you already ordered four free at-home
COVID-19 tests from COVIDtests.gov, you can now get four more free at-home tests shipped to your home.
again to place your second order. As before, just enter your name and
mailing address (you can also give your email address if you want status
updates on your order).
If you haven't yet ordered any at-home tests, you can get a total of 8 tests shipped to your home. You'll just have to place two separate orders — each order equals four tests. As for Covid…..where did it go?
as the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law
Olmsted (1822–1903) is best known for designing the grounds of New York
City's Central Park, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore
Estate in North Carolina and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in
Chicago. Learn more and get tickets here.
Schuylkill Banks Clean Up
15th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 2nd from
9AM to 1PM! Join your neighbors on the Trail, under the Walnut St.
Bridge for a morning of trail beautification projects, including leaf
collection, mulching, light pruning, and trash pickup. Gloves, tools,
and water will be provided. Help make a big impact on this citywide day
of cleanups, organized by the Streets Department! For details and to
register, dig here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
New Luxury Apartments in North Philly near The Met: Progress or Gentrification?
Historic changes have been underway in North Philly for 5-10 years, with mixed opinionsfrom
long-time residents. Now, the latest new development under zoning
submission is a luxury apartment complex at the now shuttered Jimmy G’s
Steaks, with two other large buildings under consideration. They’ll be
joining The Met, Cicala at Divine Lorraine, and two apartment towers.
for details. Pointedly, the effects on a Black neighborhood are
multifaceted and mixed (property values increase, but so do real estate
taxes and rents for residents and local businesses). Urban life: it’s
City Approves Permanent Harriet Tubman Statue
on the heels of the temporary installation of “The Journey to Freedom”
statue outside City Hall, the City will permanently honor Harriet Tubman
with a statue by the same artist who created the temporary piece to
recognize her legacy as a woman who went from being enslaved to rescuing
people who were themselves enslaved. Details here.
Meet the Women Behind West Philly’s Ethiopian/Eritrean Eatery Scene
too-well-kept secret is the Ethiopian and Eritrean food scene that
stretches across West Philadelphia and much of which is run by women. It
all started in the early 1980’s and includes restaurants, wine bars and
local convenience stores. Details here.
Community News and Events
Live Auction Supporting Greenfield Elementary School
From Greenfield’s Home and School Association:
Our 2022 Greenfield HSA Auction Will Be In-Person This Year!
We have a beautiful outdoor space at the Garden at Cherry Street Pier.
save the date for Thursday, May 19 from 6PM-10PM and the rain date of
May 26th. Start booking your babysitter because we are going to have a
fun night out for a great cause!
You Want Crypto With That House?
Because anyone can have a wine cellar, a house for sale
in the Belmont section of West Philly comes equipped with a crypto
currency miner, designed to generate passive income for the homeowner.
The Helium miner is currently said to net $80 per month at present
Who Would Steal Insects, and Why?
may recall back in 2018 when about 7,000 insects were stolen from the
Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion in Northeast Philadelphia. How can
such a thing happen, and who was behind it?
Well, now it can be told via the documentary “Bug Out” to be shown this Friday on the free streaming service IMDB TV. Details here, trailer here.
Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss Takes Off
who amongst us isn’t ready to escape the abyss of winter weather and
the lockdown? Just in time, The Academy of Natural Sciences is opening
an escape route for us: Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss.
water, oceans……and life that survives without sunshine (like winter in
Philly?). You’ll be able to explore the mysteries of the deep sea,
encounter recently discovered creatures and experience the technology
that allows scientists to travel to the bottom of the ocean. There’s a
cool machine to fly, robots to manipulate, and bubbling thermal ocean
vents to investigate. Jump here for details. .
Get Mystified at Philly’s New Museum of Illusion
up the little kid inside you and teleport yourself to 4th and Market to
see 60+ visual creations: holograms, stereograms, optical illusions,
immersion rooms and other unique displays, curated by local Philly guy
Rob Cooper. How does he conjure up these mirages? Beam yourself here.
Local Museums Support Ukraine
sites in Philadelphia’s historic district, the birthplace of democracy,
are partnering to support democratic ideals in Ukraine and around the
world. On Saturday, March 19, the African American Museum in
Philadelphia, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenters’ Hall, Franklin Square,
Independence Visitor Center, the Museum of the American Revolution and
the National Constitution Center will donate 100 percent of all
admissions proceeds from that day to UNICEF, to support its efforts to
deliver aid to the hundreds of thousands of children and families
suffering from the effects of the war in Ukraine. For details, travelhere.
Guest Writer: Marian Robinson
Philadelphia presents Philly Theatre Week., April 1- 10. Have a seat!
The celebration features 85 events across the region, and more good news
is the cost: free, to $15 or $30 tickets. Events include unique live
and virtual performances, readings, audio plays and more. Philly Theatre
tickets are sold through Eventbrite. For more information visit phillytheatreweek.com. The kickoff celebration is March 30th featuring preview performances by participating artists and organizations.
Take Us to the Bridge: Chestnut St. Span Re-opens
over two years of construction and repair, the Chestnut St. bridge will
reopen this weekend. Connecting Center City with University City, the
span has been offline since August 2019 while crews repaired the steel
superstructure, added a concrete deck, enlarged sidewalks and added a
parking-protected bike lane. Just in time for Spring, the details live here.
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.