Old Man Winter is gone. He didn’t leave without a few parting Arctic blasts, but gone he is.
trees are turning already, sap a-rising. Soon will come the flowers and
the chirping of birds. To some, the most wonderful time of the year.
And this time around, the most pandemic-free we’ve been in three years,
seems especially sweet.
Do we really need to tell you to Go Enjoy?
CCRA News and Events
WANTED NOW: BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES
CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our
fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023. Board members generally serve a
term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board. We are seeking CCRA
members who have a passion for living in “CCRAville;” are interested in
issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to
active Board participation. Successful candidates must serve on at least
one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in
our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month
on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing
for, monthly Board meetings. See website for full Pledge and list of committees (go to “About CCRA” Toolbar and click on Board of Directors and Committees).
Interested members are encouraged to forward a resume or statement of interest that includes a summary of qualifications by Monday, March 27here,
with "Board Candidate" in the subject line. (We also welcome your
suggestion of any individual who resides in CCRAville who you believe
would be an asset to the Board. Be sure to include their email address
and/or phone number.)
CCRA Public Community Meeting re: 19th & Chestnut
Thursday, March 30, at 7 pm, CCRA is holding a public meeting, via
Zoom, regarding the proposed tower to be constructed over the CVS at
19th & Chestnut.
plans will be shown and discussed by the project architects and the
public will have a chance to ask questions. To register, click here.
CCRA Green: Make this Earth Day Count in our Neighborhood
What happened to all the ash trees on 25th Street between Lombard and Pine? Why were they removed?
they - and millions more ash trees in North America - succumbed due to
damage done by an exotic beetle called the emerald ash borer, or EAB.
Adult emerald ash borers feed on ash leaves, lay eggs in bark crevices
where they hatch in one to two weeks. The resulting larvae bore through
the bark into the cambium layer, the part of the tree that transports
water and nutrients throughout the tree. Once in the cambium, the larvae
create serpentine galleries. The larvae overwinter under the bark and
emerge the following spring as adults to continue the cycle. Over the
course of several years of infestation, the galleries from larvae
effectively girdle the tree, killing it.
Green Tree Tenders will be replanting these and 12 additional
neighborhood street trees on Earth Day, April 22. Volunteers are needed;
no experience necessary! Email Susan Kahn here.
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 new
Merchant PartnerMr FIX.
Who Ya Gonna Call? New Merchant Partner Mr FIX!
Technology is great…. when it works. When it doesn’t…. well, you know.
But there is help, in the name of new Merchant Partner Mr FIX,
the tech repair shop on 20th between Pine and Lombard. Not just any
repair joint, Mr FIX is your go-to for a to quick fix for your
cellphone, laptop, tablet, computer and gaming console at affordable
only that, Mr FIX offers a wide variety of new and used devices for
sale, including cellphones and computers. And… they pay more than both
Apple & the carrier stores for your old or broken devices! What’s
not to love?
What IS to love is the fact that CCRA Members receive $10 off any repair with proof of membership. Get your fix at Mr FIX!
Clean, Safe and Green
Not Your Imagination: Boathouse Row Has Gone Dark
to be that endless slogs along the Schuylkill Expressway could be
lightened and livened up by taking in the lit-up Boathouse Row. Not so
now, however, as the Row has “gone dark” from now through the end of
all in the name of a major upgrade, as the Fairmount Park Conservancy
is partnering with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to replace and
upgrade the existing light system, at a cost of $2.1 million. The
lighting system, once complete, will have 6,400 individual LED lights,
with 16 million color combinations. Lightings will be able to change
from one color to another, or be programmed in a way that appears to
make them “dance” along the boathouses.
Worth the wait on the Schuylkill? We think so. The details glow here.
City Receives Two Gun Violence Grants
The City of Philadelphia has received two Gun Violence Investigation and Prosecution
grants worth a total of $20 million to support citywide gun violence
investigation and prosecution initiatives. Among other things, the
funding will be used to support the expansion of the Digital Forensics
Lab. Details can be found in CCRA Member Bonnie Eisenfeld’s article here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Spring in Full Bloom (Yes! The Cherry Blossom Festival)
that time of year again. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival honors
these beautiful flowering trees and the city’s deep Japanese cultural
festival returns to its pre-pandemic form, with a beer garden,
marketplace and a Japanese cultural activity center popping up on April
15 and 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Watch the kimono
fashion show, Japanese tea ceremonies, dance performances, Ikebana
(flower arranging) and Origami (paper folding) workshops. Listen to live
music and Taiko drumming. Visit here for more information.
Here’s the Real Schmaltz!
will pass over on April 16, but that’s not the beginning nor the end of
your connection to Philadelphia’s Jewish history. On Sunday, April 16, Hidden Philadelphia
(one of our favorite resources) is offering a tour of “The Lost Jewish
Quarter”, the apex of Jewish life from the 1880's through the 1920's.
Yes, it’s a bit of a schlep
(between Spruce and Christian, 2nd and 6th), but this walking tour will
show you where Bubby and Zeide lived, shopped and worshiped.
And….talk about meisters- your
guide earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature and a Master of Jewish
Education, and has taught Hebrew and Judaica at numerous institutions
including Gratz College. Tachlis, you want? Spend your gelthere for tickets.
A VISTA for All Philadelphians
Upcoming Virtual Open House Event
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 (12 PM - 1 PM)
looking for your next career step?
curious about a career in city government?
passionate about serving others?
committed to fighting the injustices of poverty?
year of service as a Serve Philadelphia VISTA might be the perfect next
step for you. Join us at an upcoming virtual Open House to learn more
about the program and application and meet with current members to learn
about their experience. More info can be found here.
CCRA Volunteers Help Students at Freire School
part of CCRA's mission to meet the diverse needs of our neighborhood,
CCRA has "adopted" the Freire Charter School at 21st and Chestnut, which
offers a rigorous college prep education, focused on social justice,
self-actualization, and academic excellence to primarily underserved
students of color. CCRA members can volunteer at the school to enhance
the school’s curriculum.
member Dr. Gordon Henderson, a retired political science professor from
Widener, coaches Freire Charter High School students as they prepare
their arguments for presentation to a Mock Supreme Court.
The Circus Comes to Town at the Franklin Institute
“Science After Hours: Spectacular Spectacular” is
returning to The Franklin Institute on Friday, March 31st to kick off
the 2023 season of the popular adults-only event series with an evening
of show-stopping big-top performances and surprise entertainment.
are invited to dress in their fanciest flair and step right up for the
spectacular spectacle. You’ve been warned! Spectate the details here.
Chatty Crickets: Academy of Natural Sciences - Friday Night, March 31
you’re a science nerd, this one’s for you (and me): a program at the
Academy of Natural Sciences about the nightly conversation crickets
have. Are they going buggy? NO! They’re chatting via their “song” to
find a mate and deter predators. If only the dating websites could
and then listen; First the expert will amaze you with the facts.
Then, as the night progresses on March 31 (6:30-8pm), the auditorium
will enliven with the sounds of crickets, accompanied by a special
appearance by the musical ensemble, The Stridulators (you get extra
credit with us if you know what stridulate entails). So, my Science
Friday fans, turn off the podcasts, reserve your place and geek out here next Friday night.
Flag This: Kudos to the City!
Last November,the city acknowledgedthat
the flags flying along the Parkway had become worn and a bit tattered,
bordering on “disrespectful” to the many countries, visitors and
immigrants. They vowed to replace them.
surprise! The city came through and we now have beautiful, new flags
for each country represented. Philadelphia’s “museum and cultural mile”
is again an iconic source of pride for the city and a representation of
its rich culture. Check out the photo that Ben took this week.
Not exactly the same as putting a man on the moon, but let’s give
credit where credit is due. Thanks, City Hall (a nice change from our
usual bitching and moaning).
Proust, Faulkner, Moby-Dick All Selling Out Fast at the Rosenbach
Readings of classic literature – both in-person and online – are selling like proverbial hotcakes at the Rosenbach Museum
and Library at 20th & Delancey. They’ve got Bram Stoker’s Dracula,
Jane Austen’s Emma and Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, to name just a
very very few.
it’s not just readings; book lovers are led on a deep dive into the
criticism and backgrounds of fiction, history, and poetry with the
guidance of a literary expert and the company of other readers.
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.