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The Search for Solutions at a Time of Loss

Many of us have lost a loved one, a job, experienced the disruption of working from home with kids underfoot. Others have experienced lonesome weekends without our grandkids, family, and friends. Outdoor spaces feel crowded, yet deserted, at the same time. The fair and equal access to feel secure and seek justice by people of color has been rightly questioned, revealing fault lines throughout our economic system, as well.

At CCRA, we believe in the power of civil society to hold open the spaces for inclusive conversations that are the building blocks of new systems that value justice for everyone. But we must recognize that civil society is also shaped by the very institutional inequity we are seeking to redress.

As we begin to face the future anew, it is more important than ever that we find unity in community. We have seen so many acts of random kindness- neighbors shopping for each other, supporting our local restaurants, and taking brooms and trash bags to clean up from uncalled for destruction.

CCRA continues to act as your advocate in petitioning for more open space, permitting restaurants to open for outdoor dining, and reaching out to those who have experienced loss.  We represent you! We hope to hear from you with ideas of how we can translates a core part of our mission - advocating for a safe, clean diverse, and supportive community - into action.  Contact our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with your suggestions and ideas.  Our members are our source of inspiration. 

Philly Enters the "Yellow Phase" tomorrow

The City's   Safer at Home plan  outlines how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business when the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted. The Dept. of Public Health continues to advise residents that they are "safer at home," and should only leave to engage in essential activities.
Learn more about how the City is   safely supporting the reopening of businesses here.

Lower-risk activities permitted to operate within certain parameters during the Safer-at-Home Order (Yellow Phase) include:

·    Restaurants (including food trucks and walk-up ordering, no dine-in service)
·    Retail businesses (curbside and delivery are strongly encouraged)
·    Child care centers
·    Outdoor youth day camps and recreation
·    Outdoor parks-related amenities
·    Office-based businesses (telework still required whenever feasible)
·    Consumer banking
·    Automobile sales
·    Real estate activities
·    Manufacturing
·    Warehouse operations

Continued Precautions: 
Businesses will be required by the Safer-at-Home Order to follow a safety checklist of operations called " Safe Mode " to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Traffic in Center City West will remain detoured and curfew will remain in effect 

The 9th District Police reported to CCRA that traffic in center city is going to be altered though at least Sunday, and the curfew will be in effect from 8pm to 6am until then as well.
Covid-19 Updates

-  New COVID-19 Testing for Protestors - The city of Philadelphia is advising anyone who attended the protests to monitor themselves for Covid symptoms. If you go and get tested you DO NOT have to say you were at the protest only that you think you may have been exposed to it.

Preliminary School Reopening Guidance - The State expects students to return to classrooms in capacity for the 2020-21 school.  This guidance will help school build a framework that best meets the unique needs of their students and communittees.   

-  PEUC Program:  If your regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon, you can now file a claim for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.

-  Here's an updated list of area restaurants and businesses. As restaurants and other dining establishing begin to open, expect some changes to their places.  If you know of any changes, please let Travis Oliver know so he can update the list - i.e. cocktails to-go, outdoor dining, new hours, etc.     Thank you always all for the continued suggestions and updates. Keep 'em coming! 

Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.

Would you like to join the CCRA Zoning Committee?

The Zoning Committee is now seeking applications to join this active group. Meetings are once a month, and active participation is required.  Community engagement is a must, knowledge of the zoning code can be learned on the job.  Email Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject zoning committee. 

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Community Info
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, 2020 Virtual Edition, will take place online on June 5, 6, and 7.  Learn more about the show on  Website ,  Facebook,  and Instagram 

Philadelphia School District to Hold Virtual Graduation for High School Students

The Philadelphia School District says it will celebrate 2020 high school graduates with a virtual ceremony on June 9th.

School Superintendent Dr. William Hite made the announcement during a Thursday morning conference. The ceremony will be broadcasted at 11am on television, Facebook and the school district's website.

Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
S upport our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount  (described here)  to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Eye Candy Vision ,  218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing , 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros ., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros. , 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info  here )
Dom's Shoe Repair ,  203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture , 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision ,  218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)