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  • 07 Aug 2020 10:50 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the summer ends and we begin gearing up for the start of the school year, the City is focused on a key goal: ensuring that all K-12 public school students have what they need to learn remotely this fall and beyond.

    https://www.phila.gov/2020-08-06-phlconnected-connecting-k-12-students-to-the-internet/?fbclid=IwAR2FJVfc6Un5Cm2kboVedeDTAgNsFgSwZOFKldYr4QP77Iu622Aa26mgmAA



  • 06 Aug 2020 1:41 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


     The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has released an interim plan to address the racial inequities posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The plan was developed by a diverse group of stakeholders representing the City, health care institutions, academic centers, and nonprofits. It is divided into eight areas of concern:

    • Access to COVID-19 Testing,
    • Surveillance Data
    • Community Outreach
    • Chronic Health Conditions
    • Protecting Essential Workers 
    • Community Spread
    • Spread in Congregate Settings
    • Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

    Each section acknowledges existing disparities in the community, highlights what the City and Health Department are currently doing to address those disparities, and plans for further addressing them. Read the full plan below.

    Coronavirus Interim Racial Equity Plan


  • 06 Aug 2020 12:14 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You'll need to cart your own trash there. But drop-offs are free, and public hours were recently expanded. You can now swing by daily, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you want to avoid crowds,  go before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m., but even if there's a line when you arrive, the process is typically quick. Expect to spend five to ten minutes moving through the drop-off process.

    Philadelphia's Sanitation Convenience Center drop-off process

    Visits to the Sanitation Convenience Center are outdoors. You must wear a mask, and you must show proof that you're a city resident. The centers are gated. When you arrive, you'll need to show a valid ID (or a piece of mail with your city address on it) to an attendant. The attendant will then direct you on where to go depending on what kind of trash you're hauling. The centers are organized into sections for different categories of trash, including regular household trash; recycling; electronics; appliances; bulk items like furniture; yard waste; and tires.

    What's accepted

    You're allowed to drop off regular household items once a day and oversized items once a week.

    https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-trash-collection-garbage-sanitation-convenience-centers-20200728.html


  • 06 Aug 2020 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Enrollment for PHLpreK is open! The City is offering free, quality pre-K at over 130 locations throughout Philadelphia this year

    You can sign up by contacting a participating provider.

    There are two ways to find a PHLpreK provider near you:

    1. Call 844-PHL-PREK for assistance finding a provider
    2. Visit PHLpreK.org for a full list and map of providers

    PHLpreK requirements:

    • Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2020
    • Your family must live in Philadelphia
    • There are no income or employment requirements
    PHLpreK and COVID-19:

    Please note that all providers must follow new safety and cleaning protocols, in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. These include:

    • Mask requirements
    • Social distancing and limited class sizes
    • New cleaning protocols.
      The safety of PHLpreK students, families, and staff is our top priority. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety plan at PHLpreK.org.
    Learn more and enroll your child below!
    PHLpreK Enrollment


  • 05 Aug 2020 2:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    At our meeting held on August 4, 2020, the Executive committee took the following actions.  Please see * below for bylaw provisions regarding executive committee decision making.

    1.       We voted Not to oppose the proposed Southern Land Development at 1608-20 Sansom Street.  The entire board heard the presentation in June; there were few comments.   A zoom public meeting was held in connection with our Major Development Task Force criteria and the CDR process--the task force recommended CCRA not oppose the development.  Executive Committee accepted the recommendation of the task force.  The report of the task force is attached.

    2.       Taney Street Name Change—Executive Committee agreed to support the process by which Taney Street will be renamed.  Joshu Harris contacted CCRA about supporting a thorough inclusive process run by Councilmember Johnson.  We agreed to join Fitler Square Neighbors and South of South Neighborhood Association in the community engagement process.

    CCRA Background,  In a previous e-newsletter, we had included a petition for our members to sign in support of the name change.  The article that ran is here:

    The neighborhood is alive with efforts to decry America's racist past, as reported in the Inquirer on 6/22.  Protestors on Fitler Square's Taney Street expressed their commitment to change the name of the street, named after former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Justice Taney wrote the majority opinion in Dred Scott vs. Sandford, in 1857.  The decision held that Africans, enslaved or free, did not have standing to sue in federal court and that slaves were the property of their owners. Neighbors want the street renamed "to honor someone who has united the country rather than divided it, and who recognizes the important contributions of all Americans".

    Click here to add your name to the Petition to Rename Taney Street

    No member contacted us directly regarding the petition. 

      3.       We voted to recommend a CCRA representative to join the Controller's Community Accountability Council 

    Information about the City Controller Accountability Council:

    The City Controller is forming a Community Accountability Council to advise on its independent review of the City's handling of the George Floyd civil disturbances.

    Maggie Mund is applying to be on this council representing CCRA.

    If you would like to apply as well, applications are due by August 9. They're giving precedence to representatives of communities most directly affected by the unrest, and I certainly think we qualify.  Here's the press release from July 27: https://controller.phila.gov/office-of-the-city-controller-creates-community-accountability-council-to-advise-on-offices-independent-review-of-the-citys-response-to-civil-unrest/.  And here's the editorial in yesterday's Inquirer, which is how I found out about the program: https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philly-controller-rhynhart-independent-review-city-unrest-response-20200731.html

    Here's the application form: https://controller.phila.gov/about/opportunities/

    *CCRA bylaws

    The Executive Committee shall have full power to act on behalf of the corporation in all matters requiring attention between meetings of the Board. Whenever possible, such action of the Executive Committee should be made subject to ratification by the Board as soon as reasonably practicable. In such case, the Executive Committee shall as soon as reasonably possible notify the Board in writing of its proposed action. If, within two (2) business days of receipt of such notice, five (5) or more non-Executive Committee members of the Board who otherwise would be eligible to vote on the issue provide written notice of their disagreement with the proposed action, the proposed action shall be suspended until considered at the next meeting of the Board where such consideration is feasible. Motions made by the Executive Committee that are binding on the corporation require majority approval of the full Executive Committee.   


  • 05 Aug 2020 1:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


  • 05 Aug 2020 12:58 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Health officials can't explain why, but new coronavirus cases are decreasing in the City.  

    It's too early to tell why cases are declining.  Cases aren't falling by much, however they are falling. 

    Any decrease is "good news" and we can chalk it up to those who are wearing masks while outside.

  • 05 Aug 2020 12:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Due to flooding SEPTA has suspended all Regional Rail lines.  There is a barge "floating" down the Vine Street Expressway.  


  • 03 Aug 2020 10:10 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania health officials on Monday reported no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 for the first time in more than four months.

    The last time that neither the state Department of Health nor a county health department confirmed a new coronavirus death in Pennsylvania was on March 20, when the statewide death toll stood at one. On Monday, health officials said the death toll remained at 7,209, while noting there’s often a lag in reporting of cases and deaths from the weekend.


  • 03 Aug 2020 2:25 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Wawa located at Broad and Walnut Streets has permanently closed following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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