a Spring season of two, maybe three truly Spring-like weather days, the
official unofficial beginning of Summer is upon us.
So Get Out. Enjoy the great outdoors.
And patronize our hard-hit businesses, be it here in town or down the Shore.
And of course, recall the fallen on Memorial Day.
We all may complain a lot, and often with good cause.
But let’s never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
CCRA News and Events
UNLEASHED DOGS IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
the past ten months or so a group of dog owners in our neighborhood has
decided that they do not need to comply with the requirement that dogs
in Rittenhouse Square need to be leashed. The problem this poses is
threefold: unleashed dogs in a pack tear up the grass wherever they
congregate; the owners are unable to monitor where the dogs poop and
thus cannot pick up after them; and the dogs bark and yelp while playing
and disturb the neighbors in the high-rises around the square. CCRA and
the Friends of Rittenhouse Square have made repeated efforts to explain
to the group why they should comply with the rule. New signs were
posted making the leash-law clear. All of these efforts failed to change
the scofflaw behavior, which was often met with rude and hostile
responses from owners. No amount of reasoning with these people could
achieve voluntary compliance, even though there is an off-leash park
only five blocks east at the river.
a recent meeting of the Rittenhouse Square Noise Task Force, organized
by CCRA, the issue was discussed thoroughly. In attendance were
representatives from nearly all the high-rise buildings around the
square along with Police Community Relations Officer Jesse O’Shea and
Animal Control Officer Rachel Schumacher. The Philadelphia Animal Care
and Control Team is authorized to ticket owners who violate leash
laws. Officer Schumacher agreed to begin a regular patrol of the square
during the mornings when this activity is prevalent in the nice weather
and to warn the owners to comply. Non-compliant owners will be issued
tickets, which start at $100 and double and triple for repeat
her first morning in the Square, Officer Schumacher warned 16 owners to
leash their dogs. There was some grumbling, but she achieved 100%
compliance. Officer O’Shea provided backup, and the enforcement strategy
started off well. She will return regularly and issue tickets to repeat
offenders. We hope that isn’t necessary. What these people fail to
understand is that the Square belongs to everyone, and their selfish
behavior deprives many people of their rightful enjoyment of it. We hope
this approach will work.
you see unleashed dogs in the square, you may report that to the ACCT
at 267-385-3100. Ext. 1. Also, sending pictures of people with unleashed
dogs to Officer Schumacher’s
attention will aid in her enforcement efforts. We hope this problem can
be resolved…there are much more serious situations that deserve our
attention, but this one annoys a great deal of our members.
Members Want Input on Loo Decision
to all our members who wrote to us expressing their concern about the
installation of the Portland Loo public toilets in our neighborhood. All
of the responses were supportive of our further discussions and
engagement with the City over their proposed installation, maintenance
and location in Center City West. We’ll keep you posted.
CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, May 24, CCRA held its public zoning committee meeting. You can watch the meeting here. The decisions from the Zoning Committee can be found here. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, via Zoom.
Office Closure and Trash Collection
In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, May 30. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.
Reminder: no trash will be collected on Monday, May 30. Collection will resume on Tuesday, May 31.
Less News, More Beach for your CCRA Team
News Team at CCRA is slowing down for the summer, since we want to go
down the shore like everyone else. We’ll be publishing every two weeks
for the summer.
Look for your next issue on June 9. We will resume weekly distribution beginning in September. See you on the beach!
Barbara, Richard and Travis
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 featureAlimentari, the restaurant atop the legendaryDi Bruno Brothers.
“Alimentari, My Dear Watson”
quite simply is the most logical of deductions to conclude that a
restaurant version of the esteemed food store Di Bruno’s could only be
superb. And so it is.
The word “alimentary” actually means “to nourish”, and do they ever, with small plates, cheese, charcuterie and Pizza alla Roma, all served in a unique, classy
and minimalistic cafe with wooden tones, small plants, and natural
lighting, all perfect for sharing, nibbling and sipping beer, wine and
And, as with the Di Bruno’s store itself, CCRA members receive 10% off their food bill.
See you there!
Clean, Safe and Green
Bike Cops Added to Make Bike Lanes More Bike-Only
agree that bike lanes are a boon to Center City traffic. Problem is,
cars and trucks too often park in bike lanes, forcing bikers
into traffic, where accidents happen.
response, the PPA is adding eight bike lane enforcement officers who
will target vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes. Details here.
From Forfeit to Field Sprint
to D.A. Larry Krasner, money forfeited to the D.A.’s office has now
been repurposed to help increase the capacity of three local biking
groups focused on the young’uns. The hope is that kids owning, riding
and fixing up their bikes will give them a creative outlet and reduce
idle hands…..and we all know where that leads!
Ritta Robinson and Grace Poles try out Philly Pumptrack in Fairmount Park. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY News), Courtesy of WHYY
Protect our Waterways! Help us Mark Storm Drains!
rainwater washes over our sidewalks and streets, it picks up pollutants
and trash that ends up in storm drains. Stormwater carries with it
pollutants such as grease, oil, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, and
trash as it flows directly into the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, the
source of our drinking water. Help remind people that only rain belongs
in the drain! If you have an hour or so to mark storm drains in Center
City in the next few weeks, email Susan Kahnhere.
Time for Fresh Air?
all have time to listen to Terry Gross. But then there’s the real
air…..that crappy stuff we breathe. Our air quality regulation of toxins
needs to be updated (1981 was the last time). Imagine what’s in it!
Have an opinion about what should and should not be permitted? To demand public hearings and community input, clickherebefore the June 1 deadline.
Select City Workers Get a Leg Up on Workforce Housing
bill passed last week in City Council provides certain municipal
workers a competitive advantage when at least 1,000 workforce housing
units become available as par of the Neighborhood Preservation
Initiative, the effort aimed at increasing the city’s stock of
has expanded its support for women-owned businesses through a program
called “Comcast Rise” and wants women to call on them for help. In spite
of any prior experiences with asking Comcast for help, let’s give this
one a try.
you need help with marketing consultations, media placements,
commercial creative production services, or technology services, go here to apply.
off summer with a concert in the park! Enjoy the sweet sounds of
Elegance Quartet on Tuesday, June 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. (RAIN DATE:
Thursday, June 9, 6-7:30 p.m.)
a picnic dinner and enjoy a night under the stars in the park. Elegance
Quartet, an electric string band, will perform your favorite songs with
their signature style. The Quartet has performed with some of the
biggest names in the music industry (Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, to name a few!) and we're lucky to have them
in Fitler Square. Check out Elegance Quartet online to learn more.
Local Outdoor Events - Sunshine Requested
a neighborhood. These three outdoor events remind us of why we live
here. Check out these upcoming festivals, now that spring has finally
The Rosenbach, Outdoors, 2008-10 Delancey Place,Thursday, June 16,
Day-long public reading by literati, artists, public figures,and
familiar personalities along with musical performances. https://rosenbach.org/bloomsday/
Post-Pandemic Recovery Facing Turning Point
city is facing a turning point in its post-pandemic recovery, and a new
report suggests that as little as 70,000 new jobs could mean the
difference between rebound or flat-lining. Details of the report from
the Pew Charitable Trusts can be found here.
FORE! Mini Golf in Center City? That’s Not a Typo
tech-infused, 26,000-square-foot miniature golf facility that includes
four competitive courses along with a bar and restaurant? Where else
but in Center City? Introducing Puttshack, coming next year to the Shops
at Liberty Place on Chestnut Street.
hope for making the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row safer for
boaters. While the last dredging contract still languishes in court
proceedings, Sen. Bob Casey and other local honchos announced $13M in
new infrastructure funding for the restoration of the the waterway near
Boathouse Row, which is home to some of the region's most anticipated
annual regattas. Work is anticipated to start in July…of this year!
Help Needed at Fitler Square Farmers’ Market - Saturdays!
are looking for a few individuals to help at our busy Saturday morning
market stand! Persons should be energetic, outgoing, must be able to
lift 40 lbs, be able to take direction, and work well with others in a
fast-paced environment. A love for good food and local produce is a big
plus! The job includes loading and unloading produce, making displays,
checking quality of produce, recording inventory, greeting and helping
customers, and cleaning up. Our market is at Fitler Square Saturday mornings, the shift would be from 8AM-2:30PM. If you think you may be a good fit or have interest, we would love to hear from you! Please contact by emailing Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know why you think you would be a good fit!
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.
The Rounds, Use code CCRATHEROUNDS to receive free membership.