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  • 21 Apr 2021 3:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    President Joe Biden announced a new tax credit Wednesday to reimburse small businesses that give workers paid time off to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as he touted reaching his goal of administering 200 million shots in his first 100 days.

    'We did it': Biden celebrates U.S. hitting 200-million-dose milestone in his first 100 days (msn.com)

  • 20 Apr 2021 1:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, there is not enough vaccine in the city right now for everyone who wants it. So the Health Department needs to make sure that people who are at the highest risk from COVID can get access to it first. This form will let the Health Department know that you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and make sure that people with the highest risk can get it first. If you cannot complete this form, call 311 or (215) 685-5488 or email covid@phila.gov.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form (phila.gov)

  • 19 Apr 2021 12:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    "Fellow Philadelphians,

    In the coming days, a verdict will be rendered in the criminal case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the murder of George Floyd. The decision will be reached almost one year after Mr. Floyd was killed on the ground under the knee of an officer sworn to protect and serve.

    Mr. Floyd’s killing was a tipping point for Black and Brown people and entire communities who have felt a life sentence of pain, fear, anger, and distrust for generations. It caused outrage, and in some instances, violence, by people desperate to be heard and understood.

    Waiting for the verdict is not the hardest part. It’s knowing that a life has been taken too soon and how unjustly Black and Brown people in this country are treated by law enforcement. It’s knowing that regardless of what the jury decides, the judgment rendered will retraumatize the victimized and remind us of the compounding effects of centuries of inequities and systemic racism that have brought us to this moment. It’s knowing that outrage may be felt once again."

    Please read Mayor Kenney's full letter to Philadelphians below and join us for a community healing circle happening over the next three weeks to provide safe spaces for neighbors to come together in solidarity, the first of which you can register for online.

    Open Letter to Philadelphians

  • 18 Apr 2021 5:05 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Dear Neighbors:

    On Friday I emailed you with great urgency, at the request of the City's Law Department, asking you to submit an affidavit to the Law Department regarding a pending case and to do so by this Monday.

    Yesterday, the City retracted its request. The City will not use affidavits submitted in response to its now-withdrawn request. The City's statement can be found here: view article

    We apologize for CCRA's lack of diligence in this matter as we should not have made a request to our membership in reliance on the City's representations without conducting our own independent inquiry. 

    As we now understand it, the point of the affidavits was to memorialize resident concerns about quality of life policing, and to use the affidavits as part of litigation concerning a potential ruling in Bailey et. al. v. City of Philadelphia, case no. 2:10-cv-05952 (E.D. Pa.). To review the relevant submissions by the parties, see below:

    CCRA is extremely disappointed with all involved, including the City, that no effort was made--other than at the 11th hour and in a terribly mismanaged way--to engage community groups regarding our residents’ concerns and how, if at all, a court ruling may impact the resolution of those concerns. 

    We understand that many of our residents remain very concerned about quality of life issues and discriminatory police conduct, and we will consider how to engage with all relevant entities, including potentially the City's Law Department, to make sure that our concerns on both points are heard in a responsible, transparent and ethical manner. 

    Please stay tuned for further updates. 


    Maggie Mund, President, CCRA

  • 15 Apr 2021 1:25 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Following the success of the open access clinics at the Center City Vaccination Center, the Health Department has committed to facilitating access to COVID-19 vaccine for Philadelphians who may be uncomfortable or have difficulty registering online for a vaccine appointment. The City knows that many of our seniors aren’t as internet savvy as younger Philadelphians, so in addition to making the City’s Vaccine Interest form available by calling 311, the Health Department is opening walk-up clinics in three of the hardest hit sections of the city.


  • 15 Apr 2021 12:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In 2020, Philadelphia lost 447 people to gun violence – the most gun related homicides in 30 years.  With 125 people killed and 546 nonfatal shootings since the start of the year, 2021 is on track to be the worst year on record. We must expand our solutions to match the scale of the problem.


  • 15 Apr 2021 11:36 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Dear Residents & Business Owners,

    Uncle George Productions, LLC will be filming scenes for the television show SERVANT in your neighborhood on Tuesday, April 20th through Thursday, April 22nd. Please review the information below in the event that it may pertain to you. 
    Please note that Fitler Square Park will be closed to the public on the following dates:

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

    In order to make our filming possible, the Philadelphia Police Department will temporarily close the 200 and 300 block of S. 24th St and the 2400 block of Delancey Pl. to vehicular traffic on April 20th from approximately 7 AM until 7 PM. We will also be intermittently closing the 2300 block of Pine St. during these hours.

    Streets will be permitted as NO PARKING zones in order to support our equipment and production vehicles. We kindly ask that residents move their vehicles prior to our arrival. Any vehicles not moved will be relocated to another street in the neighborhood by the Philadelphia Police Department. Below are the dates and times of the NO PARKING zones.

    Sunday, April 11th, 6:00 PM to Tuesday, April 27th, 8:00 PM
    • East side of S. 24th Street between Delancey Place and Pine Street
    Wednesday, April 14th, 6:00 PM to Friday, April 23rd, 8:00 PM
    • North side of Pine Street between S. 23rd Street and S. 24th Street
    Monday, April 19th, 6:00 PM to Friday, April 23rd, 5:00 AM
    • Both sides of S. 24th Street between Manning Street and Pine Street
    • Both sides of Pine Street between S. 23rd Street and S. 24th Street
    • East side of S. 23rd St. between Spruce Street and Lombard Street
    • South side of Delancey Place half block closest to S. 24th St.

    As we have during past shoots, we will be offering resident displacement parking on the North side of Locust Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street beginning Sunday, April 18th at 6 AM until Saturday, April 24th at 9 AM. Please park per the resident displacement parking signs, avoid parking on corners and avoid truck and bus turns. To ensure our shoot is completed safely, and with minimal impact to the neighborhood, our production is working closely with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (215.686.2668). In order to safeguard the public as well as our cast and crew, we are working under the protocols determined by the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, film industry COVID-19 specialists, and our own Health & Safety Advisory team. All of our crew will be tested for COVID-19 prior to filming in your neighborhood. Symptoms will be monitored daily. All crewmembers will be required to wear PPE at all times, and maintain social distancing when possible. Our crew will also be relegated to specific work areas while on site.

    If you should have any questions or concerns about our filming, please call, or look for a Location Department representative on set.
    As always, we look forward to filming in your neighborhood. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration.

    Uncle George Productions, LLC
    Location Department
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  • 13 Apr 2021 12:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Tuesday morning, U.S. federal health regulators recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine while they investigated six reports of blood clots in women ages 18 to 48. One has died, and a second is hospitalized in critical condition.

    How Worried Should You Be About the J&J Vaccine and Blood Clots? (msn.com)

  • 12 Apr 2021 4:58 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A 2-year-old boy was found safe following an Amber Alert in Philadelphia while his father, who police say is a suspect in the murders of the child's mother and grandmother, is now in custody.

    Boy Found Safe, Father in Custody Following Murders of Child’s Mother and Grandmother in Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

  • 12 Apr 2021 4:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Center City District's housing reports reveals that Greater Center City had 9,400 residential units under construction as of the end of last year, reports PBJ.com

    Nearly 10,000 Apartments Under Construction in Philadelphia, With More Coming – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

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