a saying in baseball that goes “a tie is like kissing your sister”. So
it is with the mistrial of Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and his wife
No doubt the prosecution is disappointed, and by all indications the defense has a retrial to look forward to.
we’re neither judge nor jury, we’re in no position to opine either way.
But we do appreciate the service of the men and women on the jury and
how a democratic society depends on each of us serving, voting and
The Countdown Has Begun to the 75th Anniversary Celebration
are going fast for our June 1st Anniversary bash, including the private
pre-party (aka “Le Prelude”) at the Blatstein house. We don’t want our
members to miss the chance to schmooze with the neighbors, rub shoulders
with our local politicos, meet our volunteer board members and…… meet
your favorite Lead Writer for “CCRA This Week”. Yes, that would be
Richard Vaughn, the man who writes the stories you breeze through every
To celebrate our community, hear local tales, eat, drink and be merry, wander over here.
CCRA News and Events
Meet the Candidates for Our State House Seat
Center City Residents Association (CCRA) and the South of South
Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) will be hosting a public forum,
spotlighting the candidates running for the 182nd state house district,
which includes most of CCRA’s catchment.
will be your chance to hear from the candidates and have them answer
questions that you submit! The public forum will occur:
Street Tree Planting:
Join the CCRA Tree Tenders and neighbor volunteers this Saturday, April
23 at 9:30 a.m. to help plant 15 street trees in the neighborhood. All
tools and instruction will be provided. All ages and abilities are
welcome! Meet at the entrance to the community garden at 25th and
Spruce Streets at 9:30 am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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
sustainable delivery serviceThe Rounds.
Making The Rounds Work For You
Bothered by the amount of the simple, sheer physical waste in your life? Who isn’t? Well, local startup The Rounds is working to do something about it.
Rounds is in fact built on the “milkman” model in that it delivers
products to the customer’s door in reusable packaging (think milk
bottles). Then, when the user is done, it retrieves the packaging,
rinses and repeats. No waste!
the idea is to lower the amount of waste from individual, disposable
orders. The Rounds delivers everyday essentials like oats, nuts, toilet
paper, soaps, paper products, cleaning products etc. In short it’s
green, it’s sustainable, and it’s cheaper.
Intrigued? Thought so. For more info and to get started, please visitThe Rounds. And know this: Use the code CCRATHEROUNDS in the promo field at signup and your monthly membership will be free for as long as you are a CCRA member.
Clean, Safe and Green
Lights-Out for Tall Buildings Can Prevent Lights-Out for Birds
Spring comes bird migration season, and with it the risk of our avian
friends making their way through town and possibly crashing into
the concern of Lights Out Philly, which encourages building owners and
managers to turn out lights at night, both inside and outside of
buildings. Details of the program can be found here.
Branch Out: Celebrate National Trails Day
know. Because of Covid you’ve had nothing to do BUT go outside. But
now the “ID The Tree” website gives you and the family something new to
do while exploring our local trails and outdoor spaces.. And, if you
still can’t ID that tree, download iNaturalist on your mobile. You can
just take a tree photo and the app will do the work for you. A great way
to Celebrate April 23, which is National Trails Day. Branch outhere.
Lanternflies Redux? Yep. :(
guests too clueless to know when to leave, our BFF’s the spotted
lanternfly is getting ready to hatch any day now and will soon be once
again descending on our fair land. What to do?
squishing them underfoot still considered best practice? What are other
options? Or are we simply outnumbered? All you need to know about these
charming critters can be found here.
Bike Patrols Add Night Shift
more visitors return to Center City, the Center City District has added
an evening shift to the bike patrol program it launched in late 2020.
As part of a larger citywide safety program, a team of 15 unarmed patrol
members dressed in black-and-yellow have been cycling through Center
City from 11am to 7pm. Details here.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and local community leaders to reflect on
the many ways Philadelphians are working towards a more just and
environmentally friendly future. This Cherry Street Pier event also
features storytelling, interactive activities, vendors and more.
Earth Day Festival 2022: The Future Is In Your Hands
Friday, April 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., come celebrate life on Earth
and the systems that support it with science programming and
conservation conversations. Sip a craft beer or snack on locally sourced
treats while you ponder the clean water that went into making
them. Meet Academy scientists as well as local sustainability experts
from around the city to talk about how to get involved at home and
afar. Focus on the future with solutions-based tips and talking points
presented by Academy educators. Earth Day Festival: Friday, April 22 Event Details - The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Review Set for Black Doctors Row Historic District
Historical Commission has finalized its review of SOSNA &
Preservation Alliance's nomination of the Christian Street / Black
Doctors Row Historic District. Public meetings will be held to consider a
proposal to designate a historic district that consists of 154
properties (203 with condominium units) on Christian Street between S.
Broad Street and S. 20th Street.
The full district nomination can also be accessed onPHC’s website.For background, go here.
It Happened in Rittenhouse Square - Celebrate this LGBT Anniversary
According to Wikipedia…..”On April 25, 1965, the first of two historic Sit-ins
occurred at the popular Dewey's Restaurant in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. It was one of the earliest demonstrations advocating for
community in United States history. Three unidentified teenagers and
approximately 150 supporters walked into the Dewey's location at 219
South 17th Street, refusing to leave in the name of civil rights. This
initial sit-in was in response to Dewey's recently implemented
discriminatory policy claiming it would not serve “homosexuals,”
“masculine women,” “feminine men,” nor “persons wearing nonconformist
To pay your respects, visit the Historic Markeron the sidewalk, on South 17th Street south of Saint James Street.
Community News and Events
Showtime: “The Philadelphia Show” at the Art Museum April 30
you’re a devotee of antiques, fine art or design, you’ll want to make
it over to the Art Museum on April 30, as that’s the date for The
Philadelphia Show, where exhibitors offer decorative and fine art from
the seventeenth century to the current day. Highlights from the show’s
sixty-year history can be seen in this year’s loan exhibit, entitled Zero to Sixty. Details here.
CCRA Merchant Partner Seafood Unlimited is Back!
After a far-too-long pandemic-caused hiatus, our fave seafood eatery is back!
and Judi are happy to announce that Seafood Unlimited at 270 S. 20th is
once again up and running and waiting for YOU. Here’s theirwebsite. And….don’t forget your CCRA card for your discount.
Celebrate Markward Rec Center Reopening
of Schuylkill River Park presents the Spring Opener at Markward
Playground. Philly favorite Mister John's music will be leading kids and
adults in a sing-along celebration. Then, PHL Good Music LIL’ JAWNS
will share the feel good melodies, infectious rhythms, and meaningful
messages within Black American Music in an interactive experience for
the whole family. Check out the new Markward Community Plan and the
reopened Rec Center! Free event open to the public. Details here.
Civics 101 - Get Out and Vote
need to rely on your friends, mother, or ward leader to get the scoop
on the how and when to cast your vote. Thanks to the Philadelphia
Citizen, you can learn all you need to know about the upcoming election,
the positions up for grabs, and the candidates who are running for each
position. Get informed here.
As part of the ever growing migration from New York to Philadelphia, Nick Stone’s Bluestone Lanehas
opened its second cafe in the Rittenhouse Square area. With locations
originating in NYC, his newest “Aussie coffee culture cafe” has landed
at 2000 Walnut Street. Serving breakfast and lunch (including his
classic avocado smash with cherry tomatoes, feta, prosciutto and a
sprinkle of chili flakes on multigrain toast), this popular
indoor/outdoor hangout is one man’s dream come true. For the backstory,
read here how Mr. Stone created this $20 million business.
Led by Music Director & cellist Dr. Stephen Framil, the program includes Mendelssohn's Variations Concertantes in D, Op. 17, Zoltán Kodály's Duo for Violin & Cello, Op. 7, and Mendelssohn's Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, Op. 3;
and features Rowan University violin professor Dr. Timothy Schwartz,
international concert violist Sarah Sutton, and The College of New
Jersey piano professor Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru.
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.