it’s pretty much all over but the shouting, as the 2023 Mayoral
Election – aka the Democratic Primary – arrives this coming Tuesday.
If your candidate wins, great. Good for you. If your candidate does not win, please accept defeat graciously.
a great town that now needs everybody to line up behind a competent and
motivated leader. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that
there needs to be positive change. The old same-old, same-old just won’t
cut it anymore.
May the best candidate win.
CCRA News and Events
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 7PM
FREIRE CHARTER SCHOOL
2027 CHESTNUT ST
YOUR VOTE COUNTS --- ALMOST ALWAYS
are fast approaching a consequential election in Philadelphia…a new
mayor (or shall we say, an actual mayor) and a slew of new City Council
Members will be elected. It is an axiom of politics to say that “Every
Vote Counts”, but this year, with the races polling within the margin of
error, that certainly must be true. EXCEPT WHEN IT ISN’T! Case in
point…the 5th District Council seat, currently held by Darrell Clarke
who represents about half of Center City West. As the system had it,
while 7 candidates took out petitions to replace Clarke, challenges
funded by a variety of competing political interests disqualified 6 of
the potential candidates. That leaves Jeffery Young, a former Clarke
staffer and current zoning lawyer, as the only candidate on the ballot
for either party. Whether or not you vote for him, Young will replace
Clarke in the 5th District.
of our members don’t know Jeffery Young but we have a plan to fix
that. He will attend CCRA’s Annual Meeting on May 11th at 7pm at the
Freire Charter School at 2027 Chestnut Street. Young will be interviewed
by an experienced political reporter and you will have the opportunity
to ask questions. In addition, Rep. Ben Waxman, who actually did receive
the most votes to represent the 182nd Legislative District in
Harrisburg, will also be on hand to discuss the goings on there. And if
that wasn’t enough to entice you, dessert will be served.
Please register at the link here and join us next Thursday to meet your elected -- and soon to be elected -- representatives.
In addition to our discussion, CCRA members will elect our new board class. You can see their bios here. Looking forward to seeing you tonight.
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 feature fave
Rittenhouse eaterySeafood Unlimited.
People in the Know go to Seafood Unlimited
all the great dining options in Center City it can be difficult to know
which to choose. But if you’re looking for great seafood, it’s a
no-brainer:Seafood Unlimited located at 270 S. 20th St.
over 45 years Seafood Unlimited has served both locals and
out-of-towners in their sleek, casual setting. Their fresh,
delivered-daily fare is from everywhere: we’re talking sea scallops,
jumbo shrimp, ahi tuna, branzino, crab cakes, lobsters and arctic char.
And do NOT forget to leave room for the home-made desserts: key lime
pie, chocolate mousse and carrot cake.
Judi Einhorn puts their philosophy this way: “Understand the
neighborhood and you’ll understand the product you need to provide”.
Well, they can check that box. And speaking of the neighborhood, CCRA
members receive a complimentary tasting of their stellar gazpacho.
So the next time you get a hankering for something from under the sea, sail on over toSeafood Unlimited.
Clean, Safe and Green
How Green is our Valley?
Schuylkill Valley is greener now, for sure. Wondering who’s responsible
for that lovely new plot between the two dog runs at the Schuylkill
River Park? The answer is our neighbor, Ed Bogucki. Ed envisions the
plot as a “wildlife snackbar” of shrubs, plants and trees that sustain
pollinators and birds.
Recently he led the planting of three lovely trees
that he generously donated, one of which is a Sugar Time Crabapple,
shown here with Ed. He has plans to add some pollinator-friendly
flowering perennials on Love Your Park Day on Saturday, May 13th. Come
out and lend a hand!
Actually, they need a few more hands this Saturday
(9am-1pm), to plant, sweep, weed, and tackle some projects at the
Markward Rec Center. You can bring the kids, too. The Free Library is
bringing the book bike and will hold a story time at 11am. Dig here to register.
Bike with our Elected Reps
If your workout needs a spring push, here’s the
perfect event to get those wheels a-rollin’. Come ride with and meet a
few of our “electeds” (State Senator Saval and Rep. Kenyatta) and board
members from the Bike Coalition. You’ll have a captive audience if you
ride at their speed.
Choose one of three local starting points for this
ride on May 19th at 8am; all three converge at Dilworth Plaza around 9
am. Be present for a press conference about Vision Zero and creating
safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians in the city. Pedal here to register (free event).
If we miss you on the trail, we’ll watch y’all on the local news at 6pm!
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Help Close the Digital Divide
is a City initiative calling on residents and businesses to donate,
recycle, and provide computers to families and people in need across
Through PHLDonateTech’s new partnership with
nonprofit tech refurbisher PCs for People, retired tech devices like
laptops, desktops, and tablets, will be refurbished and provided at no
or low cost to low-income households.
Help make it possible by donating your old tech! Learn how here.
Bingo with a Twist
is not your grandma’s bingo….unless it is! GayBINGO is the fabulous,
irreverent, campy, wildly popular monthly event that has been
entertaining Philadelphians for over 20 years. Starting the season on
Saturday, May 13th at its new location on Broad Street at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. According to their website, GayBingo asks no questions….other than “Who are you wearing”? Details? Number 34 - ask for more, here.
It’s all for a good cause. This nonprofit educates
about, and increases public awareness of, HIV/AIDS and provides
emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease and
organizations providing HIV services in our communities.
Calling All Shred-Heads
No, we’re not talking six-pack abs or guitar licks here.
The Hopkinson House is having a shred event whereby
folks can bring up to two boxes of paper for shredding free of charge.
Don’t forget: Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your
risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Details here.
To allow for quicker, more accurate voter check-ins on Election Day, the Philadelphia City Commissioners will use a new electronic poll book system starting with the 2023 Primary on May 16.
Voters can expect a smoother, faster check-in
process at their polling locations. When voters enter their polling
location, they’ll notice that poll workers will be working off of
tablets instead of paper poll books. These tablets are the new,
electronic version of poll books.
For voters, the sign-in and voting process will be the same as it has been in past elections. Learn more about what to expect on Election Day in Philadelphia below.
And…if you’re opting for “mail-in” you can use any of the Mail In Election Drop-Off Boxes listed here. Of course, there’s always the good old fashioned USPS mail boxes!
Celebrate Death and Life at Mt. Moriah
largest cemetery in Pennsylvania and home to some of our city’s finest
grave architecture, Mt. Moriah has the feel of a lost city in the
jungle. You can join tour guide John Vidumsky on June 4, as he points
out tomb styles from Egyptian Revival to Art Noveau. Details buried here.
Author Talk: Jim Murphy - Real Philly History, Real Fast
On Tues., May 30th at 5:30pm, saunter on over to our local City Institute (library at 19th and Locust) to meet longtime Philadelphia resident and author Jim Murphy. He’ll talk about his book, Real Philly History, Real Fast: Fascinating Facts and Interesting Oddities about the City’s Heroes and Historic Sites.
Take this original “book tour” of our city, at this event, sponsored by
City Institute and Friends in the City. It’s free, open to the public,
and you need not register in advance.
Not only does he cover the known highlights, he
also includes some of its quirky history. Did you know that Philadelphia
was home to the country’s first quarantine station or that one of the
city’s clocks has a face larger than Big Ben? This is Philly history in
bites that are as digestible as a soft pretzel with mustard.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Gardens of Society Hill Tour
the Society Hill Civic Association for a delightful, self-guided
walking tour of approximately 18 gardens, in beautiful, historic Society
Hill. Step into lush urban gardens and outdoor spaces often not in view
from the street.
This tour is SHCA's annual fundraiser. All proceeds
benefit Society Hill neighborhood improvements and beautification.
Tickets will go on sale on May 1.
Saturday, June 3, 1 - 4pm & Sunday, June 4, 1 - 4pm
more mellow than the sounds of a vibraphone? A cool cocktail to go with
it under a café’s shaded outdoor patio. Join local jazz ensemble
Vibe-A-Delphia on Summer Sunday afternoons at Cret Park as part of the
Jazz on the Parkway series. Swing here for details.