came as quite a surprise Tuesday evening when Cherelle Parker emerged
victorious in the 2023 Democratic Mayoral Primary, as in the two polls
we saw she finished squarely in the middle of the pack.
So how did she do it? The old-fashioned way, evidently, garnering support from unions, ward leaders and leading Democrats.
#1 being crime, Ms. Parker has supported stop-and-frisk to help fight
crime and has urged the hiring of 300 additional police personnel. Her
position on the new Sixers arena appears undecided at the moment.
Congratulations to Ms. Parker for running a successful campaign that
culminated in victory. If she wins in November, she would be Philly’s
100th Mayor – and its first woman. For all that and more we can only
wish her the best.
CCRA’s 76th Annual Meeting, held at the Freire
School May 11, was attended by over 50 members, who elected the new
class of CCRA Board Members and heard from two important speakers.
PA State Rep. Ben Waxman talked about revisiting
legislative priorities like gun control and state aid to
Philadelphia. Next, we heard from Jeffery Young Jr., the candidate on
the ballot to succeed Darrell Clarke as the District 5 council member.
Young cited a commitment to the best quality of life possible in all
neighborhoods. More information will be available in our upcoming Center
City Quarterly Newsletter.
Suburban Garage Sale Goes Urban
spring cleaning time, folks. Time to clear the clutter out of the
closet. GoodWill is a great option….but if you have some “chachkas” to
sell, check out our local BFF affiliate Trinity Memorial Church
for their Sidewalk Sale on June 3. Shop the day of, or, better yet, buy
a table and turn your “trash” to another’s “treasure”. Here’s the flyer
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 men’s
fashion oasisBlue Sole Shoes.
Get Your Happy Feet to Blue Sole Shoes
you’re a man (or if there’s a man in your life), there’s really only
one place to go when it comes to shoes, and that would beBlue Sole Shoes at 18th & Chestnut.
But be not misled: this isn’t merely a shoe store; au contraire,
this is a premier men’s boutique that harkens back to 2007. And so
we’re talking not only fashion-forward shoes here but also stylin’
belts, socks, bags, accessories and yes, gift cards, all delivered with
top-notch customer service.
It’s a tough call as to which is more attractive: theirwebsite or the store itself, so why not browse both?
Oh, and this: CCRA members receive 10% off regularly-priced merchandise.
Clean, Safe and Green
De-Stress With Exercise at Love Park
an “all levels” free workout at Love Park on Wednesday, May 24, at
4pm. Get 45 minutes of exercise, meet new people, and have fun. Two time
slots are available. This is a great opportunity to stay active and
reduce the stress of work. For more information and to register (required), visit here.
Like the idea but busy that day? No excuse for slackin’! Find all kinds of free outdoor workouts for the summer here.
Relax at the Schuylkill Bank with Parks on Tap
on Tap is setting up shop right on the Schuylkill Banks, under the
Walnut Street Bridge from Wed., May 31, thru Sun., June 4. Special
event: join your neighbors for Happy Hour on May 31 from 4-6 to help
support Penn Treaty Park. Visit here for additional information and directions.
Heartening Trends re Violent Crime
to a redeployment of patrol officers and an update to the Police
Department’s “pinpoint” strategy re gun crimes, the PPD reports the
following encouraging signs over this time last year:
Michael Carbonaro Magic Show is coming to town (well, the burbs)! This
is an amazing opportunity to witness some truly mind-blowing magic
tricks and illusions. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience! Michael Carbonaro will be performing at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, on Saturday, May 20. Get your tickets here. Add in a stop at Primex Garden Center, and you’ve got yourself a worthy road trip.
Volunteer to Support Local Literacy and Education
Literacy, the adult learning center at 211 N. 13th St, is in need of
volunteers. The center offers basic high school courses, English for
Speakers of Other Languages, financial literacy, citizen prep, high
school equivalency prep, workplace skills, and computer literacy.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of onsite or remote positions to
teach, facilitate, tutor, schedule, and assist. Details and contact info
Community News and Events
Grays Ferry Triangles Meeting Set For May 24
putting it mildly to say that the Grays Ferry Triangle Gateway project
is a bit complicated. More than a few moving parts, with a fair amount
the Triangles project itself has the general support of the three
relevant RCO’s: South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA), Fitler Square Neighborhood Association (FSNA), and CCRA.
A more controversial issue is that of the reversal of traffic on 24th Street between Lombard and South Sts.
make sure you’re up to speed, there will be SOSNA’s virtual meeting at
7pm on May 24, which will provide an opportunity to hear from the
Streets Dept. and the RCO’s and to ask questions.
Details on the Grays Ferry project here. To register for the meeting, go here.
Images of 24th Street between Lombard & Bainbridge Sts today.
End of COVID-19 Emergency Means What?
official! COVID-19 is no longer a national public health emergency. It
ended after the World Health Organization announced that it is no longer
a global public health emergency. Does that mean the pandemic is over?
national and global health professionals say that things have improved
enough so that we can move toward a new phase of the pandemic. Read more
Guided Architecture and History Tour….Right Here!
The Old Barnes Building Is New Again
wonder whatever happened to the original Lower Merion Barnes Museum
building when the Foundation moved to its current Parkway
location? Well, wonder no more, as it’s been modernized and re-born as
the Frances M. Maguire Art Museum.
new home to the 3,000-piece collection of St. Joseph’s University, it’s
an iconic legacy Paul Cret-designed building with all the modern
touches that provide new ways to experience art.