sporting world – as well as the entire world – took notice this weekend
as Roger Federer concluded his remarkable tennis career in
London. Closer to home, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge tied Roger
Maris’ iconic record of 61 home runs.
their athletic feats border on the miraculous, what was noticeable was
their lack of grandstanding, boorishness or poor sportsmanship. Both men
comported themselves in the most gracious of manners, behaving humbly
and deflecting the justified praise onto their respective teams.
In an era when being a bad sport has become the norm, it was refreshing to see.
Such comportment should be encouraged -- win or lose -- not only in daily life but also in arenas both athletic and political.
CCRA News and Events
Tonight! CCRA Annual Meeting
CCRA’s Annual Meeting is tonight, Thursday, Sept 29th, at the Freire School Auditorium at 2027 Chestnut Street at 7 pm.
addition to electing new Directors, keynote speaker State
Representative Amen Brown will discuss his successful efforts to allow
the seizure of off-road vehicles and other ways Harrisburg can help us
with quality-of-life issues. Also on the agenda is our announcement of a
significant new initiative in our efforts to seek Justice, Equity,
Diversity, and Inclusion in Center City West.
This is a members-only event. All members should register in advance. Each member is permitted to bring one guest.
Click here to see the board member nominee bios. Registerhere.
zoning committee held its monthly public meeting on Tuesday, September
27th. Three properties were presented to the committee. If you would
like to view the meeting, click here. If you would like to see the report, click here.
The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, October 25th, at 7 pm.
Team CCRA Crushes Foes at Philly Quizzo Trivia Throwdown
It didn’t figure to be close, and it wasn’t.
CCRA never trailed at the Billy Penn Philly Quizzo trivia competition
on Tuesday evening, September 27th, as its collective smarts outpaced
all comers in a convincing, end-to-end victory at the Sidecar Bar &
Grille at 22nd and Christian Streets. To top it off, the $100 first
prize conveniently pretty much paid for dinner and drinks, with Rick
Speizman graciously picking up the rest of the tab. The victors: Barbara
Halpern, Gordon Henderson, Maggie Mund, Rick Speizman, Richard Vaughn,
and Irena Wight.
Did someone say “Jeopardy!?”
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 spotlightDom’s Shoe Repair.
Dom’s Shoe Repair: A Shoe-In
have a beloved pair of shoes you wore to death and which pained you to
toss? Or a pair of boots to die for that simply went the way of all
flesh? Or sandals, too? We’ve all been there. It’s painful.
The next time that happens, you need to march that footwear toDom’s Shoe Repair
at 203 S. 20th Street. The man may not quite be a miracle worker, but
he’s close. Stories abound about how he’s taken lost causes and
restored them to their former glory.
no, it’s not just about the shoes (nor boots, nor sandals). Dom’s has
been known to resuscitate handbags in dire straits. There are even
urban legends about him making watchbands as good as new!
All of which are done with honesty, humor and hospitality.
Clean, Safe and Green
Stay In Your Lane: Bus Lane Crackdown Coming
who thinks he or she is clever by blocking or driving in a bus lane
better think twice now, because a new enforcement initiative plans to
crack down on offending vehicles on Chestnut Street, Market Street, and
Some Fall Plants & Flowers That Will Spice Up Your Window Boxes
that summer's over and fall is gaining momentum, many of us are
gravitating towards the rich, warm tones and cooler temperatures of
If you’re wondering which fall flowers and plants to add to your fall window box arrangements, click here to view a few suggestions that will add color to your window displays.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
South Street Fest this Saturday: Where? South Street!
South Street and environs is the place to be this weekend for not one but two reasons.
is the 14th Annual South Street Oktoberfest, an all-day street-fest
complete with live Oompah music, German dancers, and a Liter Lift
Competition… you may even see lederhosen!
because even that’s not enough, the 17th Annual Philly AIDS Thrift
Block Party is back with a bang, featuring live music, food trucks,
celebrity dunk tank, carnival games, and craft/vintage vendors. Come
one, come all, as they say.
thought gay life in Philly had already reached heavenly heights, but on
Sunday, October 2nd, 12 - 8 pm, Love City Brewing is flying the rainbow
flag to a new zenith - hosting THE FIRST EVER all-day QUEERtoberfest,
with a not-to-be-missed lineup of drinks, food, and entertainment. Are
you ready for a German-centered day of drag queen opera, a burlesque
show extravaganza, and a yodeling contest (think Bavarian Alps)?
miss the traditional Köln-style service of a light, hoppy, Sure Shot
Kölsch and other Lovefest Oktoberfest beers! All are welcome!
Ziplining, canoeing and rock climbing… all in Philadelphia?
at Discovery Fest at The Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park this
coming Saturday, October 1st. This year Discovery Fest celebrates
Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s 30th Anniversary of service to
Philadelphia youth and communities.
Fest is an all-day, family-friendly festival that will offer attendees
the chance to experience Outward Bound the way the Outward Bound
School’s students do.
Did we mention that admission and all activities are FREE?
Loo Poo: Portland Loo Coming to 15th & Arch Next Year
all part of a public restroom pilot the City is leading which is slated
to introduce a total of six ADA-accessible standalone toilets across
different neighborhoods over the next five years. The toilets will be
maintained by employees from the Department of Public Health’s Substance
Use and Harm Reduction division.
disclosure here: CCRA is not a fan. Considering the City’s failure (or
inability) to maintain and empty the Big Belly trash cans throughout our
neighborhood, we believe that unemptied human waste will prove even
have surveyed our members, and they are unanimously in agreement with
the concerns we have raised and which have not been addressed by City
planners. We are actively engaged with City Council President Darrell
Clarke in attempting to make the Registered Community Organization's
(RCO’s) consent to any location of a Portland Loo in their jurisdiction a
requirement in order for the City to proceed.
because you’re inundated with election entreaties about the November
8th election doesn’t mean that you know all you need to know about it.
You can cut through the haze with this election guide here.
Going Up: Laurel Nears Completion
seen (and heard) the construction of the Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911
Walnut Street for some time already, and now the time is nigh for
completion. Some fast facts: 599 feet tall, 48 stories, the
ninth-tallest skyscraper in town, the tallest residential building in
Center City, 185 rental units, and 64 luxury condominiums.
airfare sky-high, forget about going to Germany this year for
Oktoberfest. Of course, it’s pretty much finished over there by the
time Philly launches this annual drinking event.
Got FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?
One of the best ways to sort-of experience an “authentic” Oktoberfest is right here…in the ‘hood, of all places.
the consummate party place, the 23rd Street Armory is hosting a
not-to-be-missed, weekend-long (Friday, October 7th at 7:30 pm -
Saturday, October 8th at 11:30 pm) extravaganza, with “tented ceilings,
original biergarten benches from Munich, live German Oompah music,
authentic German dance performances, original festival food, and of
course plenty of German beer served in 1-Liter Masskrug!”
Wanna go? Get your tickets NOW. In “PC” (uh…Pre-Covid) days, they always sold out.
things just don’t translate from suburban to urban. Apparently, that’s
not true for the traditional fall harvest farm festivals held throughout
Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware County because (nah nah) we got our
own! Leave it to Center City District to create a hay maze on the
Greenfield Lawn featuring pumpkin painting and scarecrow stilt walkers
right here on Dilworth Plaza along the western side of City Hall.
we even one-upped our commuter friends. Knowing our urban propensity
for dynamic partying, the city has added a Made in Philadelphia Fall
Market right next to the lawn, replete with bands, DJs, and, of course,
booze for the adults. The fun continues all weekend long.
Hay maze: Friday, September 30, 9 am - 9 pm, Dilworth Plaza
Just in time for some early holiday shopping (okay, spank us for saying that), the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’sFine Craft Fairreturns
to Rittenhouse Square, Friday through Sunday, October 7th - 9th, with
more than 150 crafters from all around the country.
Come out and support traditional and contemporary artists. Ogle their original,
hand-crafted works of contemporary furniture, functional and decorative
pottery, designer clothing, fine jewelry, and blown glass.
Jefferson Health President Bruce Meyer to Speak at CCBA Event October 6th
Jefferson Health Senior Executive VP Bruce Meyer on Thursday, October
6th at the Pyramid Club for a lunchtime discussion about issues
affecting the healthcare industry. It’s all part of the Center City
Business Association’s ongoing signature series of seminars and panel
discussions, which CCRA members can attend for a reduced rate (promo
Johnson represents a significant portion of our neighborhood in City
Council. His first federal trial on bribery charges resulted in a hung
jury and was declared a mistrial by a federal judge. His second trial
commences this week.
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.