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  • 09 Nov 2017 12:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    CCRA’s Government Relations Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting with United States Congressman Dwight E. Evans starting 6:30 P.M., Monday, December 4, 2017 at Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place. Since November 14, 2016, the Congressman has represented Pennsylvania’s Second District (which includes the CCRA neighborhood) in the US House of Representatives. He is well known in Philadelphia because of his long service (1980 to 2016) in the PA House of Representatives representing West Oak Lane. In the House of Representatives he serves on the Agriculture and the Small Business Committees, and he is Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Economic Development and Wealth Creation Task Force.

    During his brief tenure in the House of Representatives Congressman Evans has introduced six bills. They are H.R. 922, the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2017; H.R. 1702, the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2017; H.R. 2655, the Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017; H.R. 2780, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Cyber Training Act; H.R. 3532, the No Conflict of Interest Presidency Act of 2017; and H.R.3660, the No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act. Two of these bills are in response to the recent national events. H.R. 3532 would require the conversion of the Trump Organization’s businesses, which include real estate, golf courses, hotels, resorts and a range of other investments, into cash, with which President Trump would then be required to buy treasury bills and widely diversified mutual funds, that are considered conflict free under federal law. H.R. 3660, which the Congressman introduced with New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat, would prohibit Federal funds from being used for Confederate symbols on Federal public land. Of the 1,503 remaining symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces, more than 700 Confederate monuments and statues are on public property throughout the country.

    The town hall meeting will give the audience an opportunity to discuss a myriad of topics on current legislative issues and other matters important to them.

  • 09 Nov 2017 10:58 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Maggie Mund, CCRA Streets Committee Chairperson, recently met with representatives of the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) on a number of issues involving streets in the CCRA footprint. The results of this meeting were the following:

    • South Street’s protected bike lane on the south side of South Street (where the current unprotected bike lane exists) is expected to be in place in the spring of 2018. It should be noted that both the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSWBA) approved these plans.
    • Safety improvements are needed for 27th Street between South and Lombard Streets. Safety posts, repainting and other measures are needed immediately on this block. OTIS will provide CCRA’s executive committee pictures and specific details for their review, comment and approval of these improvements in time for their implementation by the end of 2017.
    • Major changes are planned for Lombard Street from 22nd to 27th Streets. Traffic patterns are being considered which will utilize stop signs instead of traffic lights. OTIS plans to do a more in depth study on the issue with CCRA’s involvement. Prior to the anticipated implementation date of late 2018, there will be more effective striping on Lombard Street by the end of this year.
  • 09 Nov 2017 10:19 AM | Wade Albert

    Below is a message from our friends at the Albert M. Greenfield School Home and School Association:

    Albert M. Greenfield is your neighborhood public school, serving more than 620 students, grades K-8. The cost of a Greenfield education exceeds what the School District of Philadelphia provides. Greenfield has an incredible Home and School Association (HSA) whose goal is improving our students, our school and our city.

    Everything Greenfield HSA does depends on our Annual Fund. This centralized fundraising effort covers the yearly budget for all the things we add to the Greenfield student experience:

    • teacher grants for classroom and curriculum improvements
    • partnerships to bring area arts organizations into the classrooms
    • recess supervision, library supplies and student athletics
    • drama club, chess club, debate team and MORE.

    Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the Annual Fund by January 1. We ask you as a neighbor to consider making an invaluable investment in our children. When you give to Greenfield you send a message to our community that quality public school education and enrichment matter. Corporate and individual tax-deductible gifts in any amount are deeply appreciated.

    To give online with PayPal: click HERE

    To give by check: make payable to “Greenfield Home & School Association," and mail to Albert M. Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

    Questions? Contact Nicole at

  • 26 Oct 2017 3:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The night of October 24, 2017 brought a large crowd to Beth Zion-Beth Israel to hear Beth Grossman, the Republican candidate for DA, and Larry Krasner, the Democratic candidate for DA, debate the serious issues they will face as the #1 Prosecutor for the City of Philadelphia. Moderated by the esteemed Inquirer political writer, Chris Brennan, Chris was adept at allowing the candidates to clearly distinguish themselves from each other about how they would each handle a myriad of crimes, including Mr. Krasner's reputation as a defender of the the accused and non-prosecutorial experience vs. Ms. Grossman's experience as a prosecutor of the accused. Chris included some audience questions as well.   The event was organized by the CCRA Government Relations Committee.

    If you missed the debate on Tuesday, October 24, click here to see it in its entirety.

  • 12 Oct 2017 2:05 PM | Wade Albert

    As we previously reported, additional Philadelphia 9th District and Narcotics Field Unit officers this summer have resulted in many arrests. Those officers and arrests continue to this day.  Some of these officers are in uniform, many are in plain clothes.

    The arrests are now mostly for hydroponic marijuana sales and possession, but also for heroin and crack cocaine.  Sums of cash have been confiscated.  One search warrant was served.  These activities at one point were occurring in an underground area and the officers were able to shut that down.  The suspects are varied in age, income levels, backgrounds and where they come from, making the investigations more difficult. 

    A number of additional bike officers on all shifts are forthcoming and Howl at the Moon (258 south 15th street) hired 2 Philadelphia police officers to patrol on the weekend evenings outside of their business. This establishment has also been instructed to hire more bouncers outside.  

    It is important that residents are vigilant at all times.  A great help to the officers is if you can make note and advise them of specific times, locations and suspects, including what they are wearing, patterns of what's happening when and where, etc.  Please call the 9th District's Community Liaison Officer, Officer Mobley,  at (215) 686-3090 with such information.
    If an incident is occurring in real time, please call 911.  If there is no or an unsatisfactory response within a reasonable time, please re-call 911 and ask for a supervisor.

  • 02 Oct 2017 9:27 AM | Wade Albert

    The CCRA Board of Directors has endorsed the Fair Districts PA movement, which is a nonpartisan, citizen-led group working to fight gerrymandering.  Redistricting will happen after the 2020 Census, so time is of the essence.  Fair Districts PA wants to make the redistricting process impartial, transparent and accountable, by creating an independent citizens’ panel to lead the redistricting effort in an open door process, with clear standards. 

    To do that, Fair Districts PA is holding information and mobilization sessions.

    The next event is October 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St, Philadelphia. The featured guest will be Katherine Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods and a strong supporter of redistricting reform in her own state of Wisconsin.  This is a ticketed event: Tickets - Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America.

    Then, on October 6th is Justice and Gerrymandering: Why Redistricting Reform Matters, at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia. The event is from 9am  to noon, and will focus on an overview of gerrymandering and the need for reform.

  • 21 Sep 2017 2:37 PM | Wade Albert

    For the past 3 years, CCRA’s Government Relations Committee, particularly Harvey Sacks (CCRA VP of Government Relations) and Matthew Fontana (CCRA Executive Vice President), has been working diligently to stop the protracted idling of CSX trains that block resident access to the Schuylkill River Trail at Locust Street, disturb the use and enjoyment of property for those living in and near the tracks, cause excessive fumes and noise (especially at night), and can cause possible delays in police and other emergency personnel’s reaction time to critical events that occur in and around the trail.  The majority of the time, the idling is due to crew changes. 

    The City has an agreement with CSX that may require CSX to idle the trains further north of the most densely populated areas of Philly, in Belmont Plateau.  The City's Legal Department and Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) have been willing to work with us to resolve this dilemma and have opened up a line of communications between them and CSX’s legal department. 

    We have met with a myriad of for and not-for profit entities that also boarder the trail and all are passionate to resolve this issue. 

    We have been joined in this effort by Logan Square Neighborhood Association, as they have the same issues as relates to Race Street access.  Whenever the trains idle, both Race and Locust Streets access points are simultaneously blocked.

    After having the City perform a noise study for us and approaching a number of federal agencies that regulate the railroad industry, we have recently approached US Senator Casey and have formally requested he meet with the new CSX president to help find a resolution to the idiling trains.  Senator Toomey has also been helpful in prior communication with certain federal agencies.

    We will keep you apprised.   If you have any information to report or would like to know more please reach out to the CCRA and we will connect you with Harvey or Matt.

  • 14 Sep 2017 3:09 PM | Wade Albert

    Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) along with Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) will be holding their annual elementary school fair on Tuesday, October 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Franklin Institute. Representatives from public, charter, independent and parochial schools will share information on their schools and answer questions. Families are welcome, and the Franklin Institute is offering free parking to those attending.

  • 14 Sep 2017 2:00 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    CCRA met with Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams and discussed a number of neighborhood issues.  Among the most timely was the installation of new and refurbished Big Bellies, scheduled for mid to the end of October.  All the units will be combined trash and recycling units.  All new units will have footpedals; refurbished units will be designed with openings and no handles.  CCRA will be canvassing the neighborhood and recommending additional locations.  If you would like to participate in this survey, please contact the office.   We will keep the members informed as more is known about the installation specifics.   

  • 07 Sep 2017 3:19 PM | Wade Albert

    CCRA learned that the Philadelphia 9th Police District is looking to hire 10 new bike officers.  While this is great news, we also learned that the bike officers have to pay for their own specialized bikes and equipment.  The money does not come from any city funds.  The cost is approximately $3,000 per bike officer.

    The CCRA Board is considering making a donation to the 9th District to help shoulder these costs.  In connection with this effort, we are also soliciting additional funds from our residents and local businesses.  

    If you wish to contribute, please make your check out to “9th Police District PDAC” and forward it to the CCRA office at 1608 Walnut Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.

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