While technically Summer doesn’t end until September 22, Labor Day has come and gone, and we’ll go with that. Farewell, Summer!
Welcome Back. Welcome Back to all vacationers (you know who you are),
to all workers (please return to the office), and to all school kids
(yeah, we know).
much leisure, we must say that It does feel good to be getting good
work done. As always: Good to be away, good to be back.
CCRA News and Events
City Controller Rhynhart to Discuss Gun Violence
at CCRA Event Sept. 20
CCRA is hosting a Zoom event with City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart at 1pm on Tuesday, September 20.
Register here to join the discussion on gun violence in the City and hear whether the City's approach to its reduction is cost-efficient and effective.
Ms. Rhynhart will present her observations and findings on gun violence, and will entertain questions from CCRA members.
the Controller's office has no direct control over anti-violence
programs, it is in a key position to observe what is taking place, by
whom, to what effect, and whether our tax dollars are spent on
anti-violence programs that are efficient and effective. Details on her
Annual Meeting 9/29
CCRA’s Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 29 at the Freire School Auditorium at 2027 Chestnut at 7pm.
In addition to electing new Directors,
we will have an exciting keynote speaker and announce a significant new
initiative in our efforts to seek Justice, Equity, Diversity and
inclusion in Center City West.
Refreshments will be provided by 12th Street Caterers who wowed us with their food at the 75th Anniversary Gala. Mark your calendars and join us.
this is a members-only event, we are requesting all members register in
advance. Each member is permitted to bring one guest.
one can never have enough friends, our pals at Fitler Square Neighbors
are piloting an initiative that will include events and innovative
programs intended to help neighbors form stronger friendships with each
other and create greater community cohesion.
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 boutique-y
travel agencyExcursions from the Square.
Excursions from the Square Says Get Up and GO!
Not just any travel outfit,Excursions from the Squareis
singularly unique in that it focuses on museums, architecture, history
and the performing arts. Offering trips for both groups and individuals,
destinations include the New York Botanical Garden, a Hudson Valley art
tour and the Berkshires. Now is the time to book an excursion!
(CCRA members receive a 10% discount on a one-day trip and a $25 discount on extended trips.)
Clean, Safe and Green
Be a Tree-Tender!
Register now for the upcoming PHS Tree Tenders Fall Basic Trainingwebinar to learn the basics of tree biology, identification, planting, and care.
As a participant, you will be joining one of the nation’s oldest and most respected volunteer urban tree care programs.
four-part program will take place virtually over Zoom from 6:00 - 8:00
pm on Thursdays beginning September 22 through October 13. Outdoor
workshops also included. Sign up here.
And help CCRA Green Tree Tenders plant street trees in the neighborhood on Saturday, November 19.
You’ve probably heard some buzz about REAL-ID and wondered what exactly it is and do you exactly need it.
The answer, unsurprisingly, is that
A) it depends, and
B) it’s complicated.
To break it all down we suggest you get real here.
Rudest U.S. City? Take a Freaking Guess
a language tutoring outfit called Preply, looking to help travelers
determine what to expect when visiting, surveyed over 1,500 residents of
the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. and asked them about the
rudeness level of their own city.
Who’s No. 1? You guessed it: Philadelphia, with a rudeness quotient of 6.43, well ahead of second-place Memphis (Memphis?), with a 6.05 score and, surprise, New York City at 6.0.
This is not the opinion of outsiders we’re talking here; these are the locals talking.
Well, after all: “No one likes us, and we don’t care.”
can future-forward your Fall this year by attending the B.PHL
Innovation Fest held this weekend at Location 215 on Spring Garden St.
a gathering place for creatives, entrepreneurs, leaders, students, and
industry changemakers, and features talks and workshops with a variety
of local names, from Sixers star Tyrese Maxey to Japanese Breakfast
vocalist Michelle Zauner to former Comedy Central VP Tara Schuster. Find
the future here.
A Friend of the Schuylkill is a Friend of Mine
Mark your calendars for the Fall Opener Event of the Friends of Schuylkill River Park.
this Saturday, September 10, and will feature a combo flea market/yard
sale, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Philadelphia Freedom Band and,
of course, much food and drink. Amble over to their website 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.