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  • 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. 

  • 02 Aug 2020 9:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team confirmed on Sunday night.

    Pederson is asymptomatic and is feeling fine. 

    Pederson, who is believed to have contracted COVID-19 outside of the team's training facility, needs to quarantine and have multiple negative tests before returning to work.

  • 30 Jul 2020 6:54 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    With COVID-19 cases increasing in Pennsylvania, especially in and around Philadelphia, city and state health officials are highlighting the mandate to wear face masks in public. There was even an apology to restaurants from the Philadelphia health commissioner. 

    Philadelphia’s restaurants were caught off guard on Tuesday when the health commissioner announced that indoor dining restrictions would continue. He said Thursday that won’t happen again and also revealed the city is now keeping count on how many people are wearing masks.

  • 30 Jul 2020 6:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philly has a new plan to tackle the city's growing trash problem. Trash has been piling up during the COVID-19 pandemic due to workers calling out sick. Now, the Streets Department hopes to hire 120 temporary workers to help clear the backlog.


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