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  • 31 Mar 2020 1:00 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police say there’s been an uptick in vehicle break-ins amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to police, thieves have been targeting cars with water bottles and cleaning supplies left at plain sight.

    a close up of a sign © Provided by CBS Philadelphia

    Police tweeted Tuesday warning residents to not leave anything valuable inside their vehicles.

    “Thieves are targeting common items such as bottled water, cleaning products, and other household items,” police said. “Please do not leave these items or any valuables in your vehicle and always keep your vehicle locked.”

  • 30 Mar 2020 2:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Schools and businesses in PA will remain closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Wolf said today.

    The stay-at-home order is still in effect.  The order only permit residents to leave home for life-sustaining reasons like grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, tending to a family member or visiting a hospital for emergency care.  You can also take short walks or runs outside for exercise but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

  • 30 Mar 2020 11:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    One of our members reported that her son was almost robbed. He was accosted by an armed man, in his 40's at 10 a.m. this morning on the East side of Broad Street, at the intersection of Pine Street.

    The man grabbed his arm and repeatedly said, "Give me the cash, give me the cash as he pulled a gun out of his waistband." When he said, "I don't have any," the man said "OK, we're going to Wawa at Broad and Walnut. Walk ahead of me." The son did so, and once at Wawa, began to open the door. The man, seeing an officer inside, tried to pull him away, saying, "You're coming with me." The son entered Wawa, and the man ran off.  He gave a description to the transit officer, who then ran down the street to give a description to the police who were down the block. Homeless men at Wawa were very helpful, pointing in the direction of the robber. They told the son that this was the second attempt at robbery that they had witnessed this morning.

    Be careful! Especially during this difficult time.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Be safe!

  • 28 Mar 2020 3:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


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  • 27 Mar 2020 12:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The murals and hand-washing stations are now located at the Broad Street Ministry (315 South Broad St.), 839 South St., 2774 Kensington Ave. and the 1700 block of east-bound Vine Street. These visual representations of health and safety will continue to be a reminder for Philadelphians that containing this virus is of utmost importance—especially for those who can't self-quarantine during these trying times. Although these displays are temporary, the lasting effect they will bring is incredibly essential. 

    The artists behind this project include: Philadelphia-area public and gallery artist NDA, Rad Girl Artist of the Year in 2018 Nile Livingston, Cuban-Egyptian portrait painter Symone Salib and Costa Rican artist Dora Cuenca. All four have a vast range of talent and dedicated their skills collectively to make this mission possible. 

  • 24 Mar 2020 10:48 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 7 PM, the debate between PA State Sen. Larry Farnese and Challenger Nikil Saval has been postponed because the primary has been pushed back from April 26, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Thanks to those of you who sent in questions; we will save them for consideration when the debate is rescheduled. We will keep you posted.

  • 22 Mar 2020 3:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Sunday issued a stay-at-home order for the entire city, his most dramatic effort yet to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    The order goes into effect Monday at 8 a.m. and prohibits public and private gatherings outside a single household, with certain exceptions, Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said during a news conference Sunday.

    Kenney said the was forced to issue the order because prior guidance telling people to stay home to slow the spread of the virus was not having the intended effect.

  • 19 Mar 2020 2:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    It has been reported that earlier this week, the Wework Corp., where CCRA has its office, received notice that an employee at one of the business spaces tested positive for the coronavirus.  The last time the employee was in the office was March 11.  Until further notice, the building, located at 1900 Market St, is closed as Wework does a thorough cleaning and disinfecting.  No date has been set to reopen. 

    CCRA is operating with very limited services - which includes processing memberships. If you mailed your membership dues, it will not be processed until the office reopens. If you would like to speak with Travis Oliver please email him at

    SEPTA Services

    As of today, SEPTA will be operating on a Saturday schedule, 7 days a week until further notice.

    Stay Safe!

  • 17 Mar 2020 2:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Virtual Meeting Information

    Parkway Development's public meeting will be holding a live stream in lieu of an in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:

    Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 6pm EST

    • Meeting number: 740 405 265
    • Password: 3192020

    Join by phone for audio

    1-855-507-4171 --Conference dial-in number

    Access Code 215-665-7206# (Within the US and Canada)

    Public Comment will be accepted during the presentation and via email until March 30, 2020. Email public comment regarding this development to:

    Parkway Development--23rd and

    The presentation will be recorded and after the link is established (a few hours after the presentation is concluded) it will be circulated.

    This presentation is related to the developer's appearance before the Civic Design Review board, currently scheduled for April 7, 2020.

  • 16 Mar 2020 12:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney has ordered all nonessential businesses to shut down by today at 5pmOnly businesses classified as "essential" by the city, like supermarkets, gas stations, banks, post offices, daycares, and veterinary clinics, will be allowed to remain open.

    Because of the shutdown, CCRA will be operating on limited capacity.

    Membership cards and returned phone calls may be delayed.  During the shutdown, if you need to contact us, please use email,

    Stay safe.

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