so now we pivot from the battle to be NFL Champion to the battle to be
the next Mayor of Philadelphia, only this time without questionable
goes without saying but is worth saying anyway that this is one
important election, as virtually everyone seems to agree that the City
needs to proceed in a new and better direction. But which direction, and
who best to lead?
There are as many questions as there are candidates. It’s every resident’s responsibility – and that of CCRA This Week – to take the Super Bowl energy and apply it to vetting both the candidates and the issues.
We’re in. You in? Stay tuned.
CCRA News and Events
Casino Night: That’s a Wrap
90 people joined us for Casino Night on Thursday, February 9th. It was
quite the reunion from last year’s 75th Anniversary Gala for many of our
members. It was great seeing familiar faces, and we all got a chance to
meet some newer members. The night was full of fun, laughs, gaming, and
hilarious entertainment by Philly’s local drag superstars, Dominique
Lee and Ms. Morgan Morgan Morgan. Congratulations to our raffle winners.
We hope you enjoy your magnificent prizes - yes, we are jealous. Thanks
to all who attended, our sponsor, Bankroll Club - and a special “shout
out” to our fabulous Development Committee for putting on an amazing
Stay tuned for upcoming events.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Matilda the Musical
Building Friends in Fitler and the Trinity Center for Urban Life presents a Family Movie Night at Trinity Memorial Church on Saturday, February 25. Come enjoy Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, a
2022 musical fantasy comedy drama film directed by Matthew Warchus.
Rotten Tomatoes says: "Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical brings the
classic story back to the screen with a delightful Emma Thompson,
dazzling dancing, and a suitably irascible take on the source material".
open at 4:30 pm, movie starts at 5:00pm. Parents (and grands) are
invited to BYOB and come along and meet other neighborhood grandparents
and parents. FREE TO ATTEND!
Office Closure and Trash Collections
observance of the President’s Day holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday,
February 20. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Feb, 21.
In addition, no trash or recycling will be collected on Monday, Feb. 20. Collection will resume on the next day.
Sat., May 6: Save the Date
The Fitler Fun Day is
Sat., 5/6 , 2-7pm, (rain date Sun., 5/7) The whole BFF community (which
includes all members of CCRA) is invited to join the festivities.
Activities include live music and dancers, tables and chairs for BYO
food and drink, drink and snack sales, face and/or flower pot painting,
library book bike, spring plant sale and….Ask the Arborist (Barlett
Contact Travishere if you would like to host an activity at Fitler Fun Day.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
takes more than compost, seeds and soil. Add commitment, and you’ve got
yourself some beautiful homegrown tomatoes. Interested in your own
plot? This year….or in the future? There are many benefits to CCRA
membership. But we represent the entire community, not just our members.
Here’s your options:
For non-members, you get to enter into a one-year plot lottery. For details on how to enter (and hopefully win), chance it here.
For members, join the wait list now and get a plot
to “grow your own” for six years! No lottery necessary; just get on the
list and wait your turn. For info on how to join the wait list, dig here. Click here to read more.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight hardware
store extraordinaire Rittenhouse Hardware.
Rittenhouse Hardware is Your Go-To Happy Place
late Sunday afternoon, you’ve been working on that house project all
weekend long and now you realize you’re flat out of ten-penny nails. Who
ya gonna call? Where ya gonna go?
impersonal, confusing big-box store? NOOO. CCRA Merchant Partner
Rittenhouse Hardware has your back. Truly local at 20th & Pine, they
have been saving the bacon of the DIY crowd for over 15 years. They
truly get it: they carry everything, are way knowledgeable and happy to
help. And….. CCRA members get a 5% discount on all in-store purchases.
(CCRA Membership card must be presented.)
Clean, Safe and Green
Festival of Ice at Dilworth on Sat (2/18); 1-7pm
the end of winter at Dilworth Park with the Ice Festival. Watch the
artists create intricate ice sculptures as they’ll be dueling
ice-carving demonstrations as well as a full-size baby grand piano made
entirely from ice. You can opt in for ice skating at the Rothman
Orthopaedics Ice Rink, or just enjoy an ice dance performance, themed
food, and beverages. Melt your ice here for the performance schedule.
Flowers in Feb.?
hazel, winter aconites, and snowdrops are blooming two to three weeks
earlier than usual. Winter hazel, winter jasmine, crocuses, hellebores
and some daffodils are also blooming early with this warm spell. Why?
Last month was Philly’s warmest January in 91 years. And last weekend
was a sub-freeze! Will these bloomers survive the rest of Feb? So far, the answer is….Yes.
worrisome than our early February cold snap is a late Feb freeze after
the more delicate spring flowers have started to bloom. The 10-day
forecast looks fairly warm….so hold your breath that everything will be
coming up roses! Digherefor more details.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
City Institute Concert on Saturday 2/25
On Sat, 2/25 @ 3 pm, The Renaissance Orchestra will present a celebration of Black American musicians from Philadelphia at the Philadelphia City Institute Library
on Rittenhouse Square. Although PCI is closed on Saturdays,
arrangements have been made to allow audience members to enter the
free concert highlights the contributions of Philadelphia composers to
the rich and varied cultural tradition of Black American Music. The
Renaissance Sextet, led by Leon Jordan Sr., will perform live, offer
insights on the composers of the music you will hear, and host a brief
Q&A after the performance. This concert was made possible by the
American Federation of Musicians Local 77 and the Music Performance
Markward Rec Center is throwing a Mardi Gras party for kids on Saturday, February 18 from 12 - 4 pm.
Activities include mask-making, coloring activities, a "doubloon" coin toss, and yummy treats. Registration is requiredhere.
Can you Function Better with F-45?
us that a new F45 Training has landed in Center City West at Broad and
South. This fitness brand combines High-Intensity Interval Training
(HIIT), functional movements, and resistance-and cardio-based exercises.
“F45”? The F stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and hiit
style workouts geared towards everyday movement. 45 is the total amount
of time for sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun (really??). They offer a three-class trial for $30, which you can book herefor Grad Hospital venue.
CCD President and CEO to step down.
30 years, Center City District President and CEO Paul Levy has
announced that he’s stepping down at the end of 2023. CCRA and CCD’s
“home turf” overlap a bit, and Paul has always been a thoughtful and
creative collaborator. Under Paul’s stellar leadership, we were able to
contract with CCD to keep our sidewalks clean each week after trash
collection. We expect that the CCD will continue to sweep the sidewalks
of the business district and Center City West. But Paul’s creativity and
realistic optimism will be missed by all Center City residents.
Hot off the press: He’s staying on in the role of non-executive Chairman of the Board and has a CCD succession plan in place.
Of course he does! :)
For more information about Paul and his legacy, read about him here.
Presidents Day – History’s Mysteries at NCC
Buffs…..your time has arrived! Did you know that Washigton was the only
president ever elected unanimously? Learn about this and so much more
at the National Constitution Center.
It’s FREE on Monday, 2/20, with workshops on presidential trivia, First
Amendment, civil rights, and a lecture about new research on Harriet
Scott, the female force actually behind the Supreme Court’s abhorred
Dred Scott decision (think Taney Street rename).
What’s your Election Selection?
The Short Answer:
Check Your Registration Status and register or change, as needed.
your status is “Yes” for mail-in/absentee ballot, look for the Absentee
or Mail-in Ballot Application in your USPS mail this month.
If you don’t receive it or want to start voting by mail-in/absentee ballot, fill out the application (online or paper).
Scan the QR code below to fill out your Application for Absentee Ballot.
To request a mail in/absentee ballot, you must be
registered to vote. If your Registration Status is “Yes” for annual
mail-in ballot, you should be mailed an application each February. You
still need to complete and return that application each year, or complete the application online, Learn more 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.