In this space last week we extolled the virtues of Spring and exhorted our readership to Go Explore.
Then what? Snow Squall.
What? What do the words ‘snow squall’ even mean?
Well, apparently they mean single-digit wind chills, punishing winds and yes, snow.
OK, got it. Won’t get fooled again.
Until next time.
CCRA News and Events
Better Health (a)Crosstown?
Councilmember Helen Gym(At Large) spoke to the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition (PCC) Tuesday night to inform its members about her support of a City Council bill, called the Community Health Act.
The PCC is a volunteer civic federation of neighborhood civic groups
(including CCRA) which advocates for quality of life issues in the
Gym stated that the bill’s purpose is to better protect communities
against the adverse health effects caused by pollution. The goal of the
bill, written in partnership with legal and environmental advocates, is
to establish a clearer understanding of how new pollution actually
impacts communities, given existing pollution, demographics, and health
characteristics. The plan includes creating a community health map of
neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The goal is to prevent concentrated
areas from experiencing disproportionate harm from pollution. Questions
included whether these new proposed requirements would discourage
industrial companies from locating within the City.
Please contact Councilmember at Large, Helen Gym, with your comments.
Construction Next Door? What Do I Need to Know?
Yes, you DO have some rights! Check out this FAQ from the City’s Department of License and Inspection.
The What’s What of the 2022 Primary Elections
of all, the date: May 17. Last day to register: May 2. Last day to
request a mail-in or absentee ballot: May 10. For more – lots more – go here.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
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 spotlight men’s
fashion oasisBlue Sole Shoes.
Get Your Happy Feet to Blue Sole Shoes
you’re a man (or if there’s a man in your life), there’s really only
one place to go when it comes to shoes, and that would beBlue Sole Shoes at 18th & Chestnut.
But be not misled: this isn’t merely a shoe store; au contraire,
this is a premier men’s boutique that harkens back to 2007. And so
we’re talking not only fashion-forward shoes here but also stylin’
belts, socks, bags, accessories and yes, gift cards, all delivered with
top-notch customer service.
It’s a tough call as to which is more attractive: theirwebsite or the store itself, so why not browse both?
Oh, and this: CCRA members receive 10% off regularly-priced merchandise.
Clean, Safe and Green
A Tree Grows in Philly?
there room for a street tree near your home? Ask the property owner if
they’d be willing to apply for a free street tree! The Pennsylvania
Horticultural Society is accepting applications now for the fall
planting. Apply here. Those unable to commit to caring for a tree can be assigned a volunteer tree-caregiver. Questions? Email Susan - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buzz about the Redbuds
Welcome Redbuds! The Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)
is a small native understory tree that blooms in early spring before
the heart-shaped leaves emerge. The pinkish-purple flowers remain
colorful for a two to three week period. The flower clusters, which are
borne along the stems, are rich in both nectar and pollen, providing a
valuable food source for early bees at a time when food is scarce.
Redbuds are also host plants for the larvae of several butterflies and
moths. Flat brown seed pods are borne in autumn and are eaten by
squirrels and some birds. Want to learn more? Bee informed here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Black Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories
An unsung example of progress made by Black women is that of the Philly firefighter.
Their stories are unique and remarkable; five of such can be discovered here.
Philly’s Black Doctors’ Dream Team
Rising above the pack to get black Philadelphians tested, vaccinated and treated for Covid-19, the Black Doctors Consortium’s Center for Health Equity has
been awarded $3 Million out of the $1.5 Trillion federal spending bill
recently signed by President Biden. This North Philadelphia group of
medical providers, led by Dr. Ala Stanford, will use part of the funds
to create a new general treatment center in Germantown. No need to say
OUCH when you go here to learn more.
2022: The Year of Birds at Awbury
Join us for a Spring Bird Hike led by the In Color Birding Club (ICBC), Saturday, April 16th, 8:00-11:00am.
The In Color Birding Club(ICBC)
was founded in Spring of 2021 to create pathways and intentional space
in nature for Black and Brown folks, specifically birding.
ICBC welcomes all Black and Brown naturalists as well as those
non-BIPOC folks who practice ACTIVE allyship. For more information,
Cost: FREE; no registration required.
Location: Meet at 6060 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia, by the Haines Field entrance to Awbury.
Realtors Bugging You to Sell Your Home? Fight Back!
you’re like nearly everyone else, you’ve been solicited more times than
you can count by Realtors looking to help you sell your home.
right? Well, the City has launched a Do Not Solicit registry which
prohibits agents from soliciting homeowners who would prefer not to be
contacted and which is based on the “homeowner protection law” which
passed in 2020. Details here.
Rittenhouse Gets Wilder (It’s a Restaurant)
was once the Philadelphia Academy of Social Dance at 2009-2011 Sansom
Street is now a three-story, 150-seat restaurant named Wilder thanks to
restauranteur Brett Naylor and his partner and wife Nicole Barrick.
features both contemporary and traditional design; its name reflects
its free-flowing layout and the fresh menu ingredients. Details here.
Renamed: The Merriam is Now the Miller
was originally the Shubert and subsequently the Merriam is now the
Miller Theater thanks to donor Alan B. Miller, a founding Kimmel Center
board member and founder of King of Prussia-based Universal Health
Services. Needed renovations to the 104-year-old theater will likely
commence in the Summer of 2023. Details here.
Cyclists: A Lane of Your Own
Our friends at the Bike Coalition tell us a protected bike lane has been added to the newly reopened Chestnut Street Bridge. Check out the photo!
As for the rest of Chestnut Street- west of the river, the Coalition has the scoop 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.