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  • 25 Jan 2022 9:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Monday, January 24, CCRA sent letters to Council President Darrell Clark, and Councilmembers Kenyatta John and Curtis Jones, supporting the street name change from Taney St. to LeCount St. 

    You can read the letter here.  

  • 24 Jan 2022 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Throughout the pandemic, the Health Department has updated its guidance based on the latest science, the latest CDC recommendations, and what’s actually happening in Philadelphia. There have been a lot of questions about how to keep students and staff safe in schools, especially as we learn more about COVID and the latest variant.

    We know that this is one of the most stressful times of the pandemic, and we all want our children to be safe. We will continue to look for ways to beat back this pandemic, to keep our children safe, and to come through this together.

    In addition to following this guidance detailed below, the best way to keep our children safe is by getting them, and ourselves vaccinated. Anyone who is eligible should be vaccinated and receive all recommended doses.

    COVID Guidance for Schools

  • 24 Jan 2022 1:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement is excited to host our 3rd Annual Black Generational Wealth series for the bi-monthly My Brother’s Keeper Action Academy, a national program established by President Obama to dismantle systems of inequality and close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. 

    This series is structured into weekly financial empowerment events held throughout February 2022 to empower Black men and their allies with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth.  

    This series will hold 4 different workshops covering topics like financial literacy, accessing City resources and initiatives, entrepreneurship, and transferring wealth.  These seminars will feature local business leaders, financial experts, and City officials with a wealth of experience and insight.  

    Get more details and sign up for the Black Generational Wealth Series below!

    Black Generational Wealth Series 2022

  • 21 Jan 2022 12:10 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    We would like to hear from our members! Please take this very brief survey and let us know your thoughts, so that we may improve on this popular membership benefit program. Thanks much!

  • 20 Jan 2022 5:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Each year five garden plots (four 10X10 and one 10X15) in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (25th and Spruce St) are awarded to non-members of the Center City Residents’ Association (CCRA) for a one-season term. To be eligible, candidates must be bona fide residents of CCRA’s geographic boundaries (Schuylkill River to the West side of Broad St; between the North side of South and the South side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard). Winners pay a one-time fee of $65 for 10X10 and $85 for 10X15 plot. To enter the lottery, please email with your name, address, phone number to: 

    Requests must reach the destination by March 1, 2022. The drawing will take place in early March and winners will be contacted by phone or email. One entry per household.


  • 20 Jan 2022 12:44 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Eliza Cecilia Beaux

    Born in Philadelphia, 1855. Before 1872, studied drawing with Dutch artist Adolf van der Whelen. 1875, fossil drawings on commission from U.S. Geological Survey. 1877–79, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    She began her career as a commercial artist and designed the official emblem/pin of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia in the late 1890’s. The pin has been conferred on renowned world explorers whose expeditions the Society supported and/or who presented reports of their travels and discoveries to the Society. Notable honorees from 20th -21st centuries include polar explorers Ernest Shackleton, Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Todd Carmichael; Amazon explorers Theodore Roosevelt and Paul Rosolie; and world explorers Peter Rowe, Ryan Pyle, and Steve McCurry.

    Beaux first exhibited her work in 1879. 1888, studied at Académie Julian, Paris. Worked in Concarneau, Brittany; traveled in Italy. 1889, returned to Philadelphia. 1893, elected to Society of American Artists. 1895-1915, taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 1896, France and England; exhibited at Champs-de-Mars, Paris. 1898, Gold Medal of Honor from Pennsylvania Academy. From 1899, a prominent portrait artist with many distinguished commissions and exhibitions. Virtually ceased painting after 1930.

    1935, largest lifetime exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Died 7 September 1942, Gloucester, Mass

  • 18 Jan 2022 3:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

    • Limit of one order per residential address
    • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
    • Orders will ship free starting in late January

    Fill in this form with your contact and shipping information to order your test

  • 10 Jan 2022 3:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 06 Jan 2022 5:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth, and Philadelphia, the city where the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor found her freedom, is ready to celebrate her exceptional life.

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