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  • 03 Jun 2020 10:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The city of Philadelphia on Wednesday morning took down a statue of the former mayor Frank Rizzo, a champion of conservatives who aggressively policed black people and gay people in the 1960s and ’70s, and whose likeness has long been criticized as a symbol of racism and oppression.

    Mayor Kenney said that the statue was already scheduled to be removed in 2021 - according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. But he said the protests showed that the statue “had to go away for us to understand where we need to go to look forward.”

  • 03 Jun 2020 10:44 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    The City’s Safer at Home plan and executive order outline how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business when the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted, which may occur as soon as Friday, June 5, 2020. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to advise residents that they are “safer at home,” and should only leave to engage in essential activities.

    The move to Safer at Home is dependent on the data tracked by the Department of Public Health. While we don't know what effect current events will have on the virus’s spread, we continue to monitor the metrics and based on what we’re seeing, we will make an official decision in the next few days.

    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.

  • 02 Jun 2020 12:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Polls are open from 7am-8pm & Mail-in Ballots MUST be delivered or postmarked by TODAY, June 2.


    VOTER HELP LINE: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
    - You can also call this number if you have any challenges voting or need help finding your polling place.



    • Mail: NEW!!! Mail-in ballots must now be postmarked June 2. You can bring your mail-in ballot to the post office today so they will be counted by Tuesday, April 9.
    • Deliver by 8 pm: In Philadelphia, bring your ballot to 520 N. Delaware Ave or City Hall south entrance; see for other neighborhood locations 
    • Check ballot status: 
    • If you cannot hand deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections: You can still go your polling location. Bring your ballot to your polling location, rip it up in front of an election worker, and vote in person. 
    • What if your mail-in ballot did not come in time? Anyone who requested a mail ballot can vote in person on a provisional (paper) ballot. You won’t be allowed to vote on the city’s new voting machines, but you can vote by paper ballot and it will be counted later.


    • Voters only need ID if it is their first time voting at a new polling site.  First-time voters without ID can vote by provisional ballot.


    • Democratic and Republican Candidates for Attorney General, Auditor General, Treasurer, State Senator (odd numbered districts), Delegates to the National Convention, Republican State Committee People, and the United States President and Vice President


    • All Pennsylvanians who are registered by May 18, 2020
    • Persons with felony convictions ARE allowed to vote after their release. (This includes those on probation, parole, and house arrest.)
    • Voter’s registered with the Democratic or Republican Party can vote in their party’s Primary Election. Registered voters with no party affiliation can only vote on ballot questions during the Primary Election. 

    Voting Questions or Problems? Call the nonpartisan hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE or call the Vote For Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3042, and someone will call you back.

    More information and an UPDATED poster to download is available at

  • 01 Jun 2020 6:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election officers in Philadelphia and surrounding counties (except Bucks)  to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail to 5pm June 9. 

  • 01 Jun 2020 12:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA is suspending its services in Center City at noon due to the expected demonstrations.  

  • 31 May 2020 6:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA will shut down all service on Sunday at 6 p.m. and service will remain suspended until Monday at 6 a.m. due to continued riots and looting throughout the city.

  • 31 May 2020 5:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Statement by CCRA President Maggie Mund

    We recognize the pain caused by the police brutality in Minneapolis...and throughout the country over the recent past.  We support peaceful protest everywhere to end this violence against black and minority communities which runs counter to American values. 

    But we cannot condone random and senseless civil disorder as a response.  Rioting and looting which turns our neighborhood into a battleground will not solve this problem and only serves to set citizen against citizen. 

    We call on the protest leaders to do everything in their power to channel their anger and hurt into peaceful protest in the best American traditions.  We want to work together with communities throughout the city to achieve meaningful reform.  That cannot happen when our neighbors fear for their safety and our neighborhood is looted and defaced.

    Please join CCRA as we call on Mayor Kenney and Police Chief Outlaw to assure the city that while peaceful protest will be encouraged, we need a plan that will prevent the violence and looting that rocked Center City last night. To date, we have learned that the National Guard will be called in and that Center City will be closed to vehicular traffic from Vine to South streets, and from the Schuylkill to Delaware rivers. Please contact city officials at,, and  

    More city council representative contacts may be found on the attached sheet.

    We would like to thank our neighbors who have been out cleaning up the broken glass and other consequences of last night's lawlessness, restoring the neighborhood to a semblance of order. 

    Please note that there is a curfew effective tonight at 6 PM to 6AM .  Stay safe

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  • 31 May 2020 3:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In observance with the curfew tonight, all retail businesses are to close immediately.

  • 31 May 2020 1:36 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Benjamin Franklin Bridge has been closed until further notice effective immediately for multiple reasons, officials declared Sunday. 

    Among those reasons is a planned march from the bridge to Liberty Bell as a demonstration for justice after the death of George Floyd on May 25. 

    Police activity has been reported at the bridge and the pedestrian walkway has been closed as well. However, officials say PATCO services remains unaffected at this time.

    Delaware River Port Authority officials also stated that Ben Franklin Bridge was closed due to the condition of Philadelphia. Currently, they are trying to restrict anyone trying to come into Center City at this time. 

    Additionally, all streets in Center City have been closed in order to facilitate the clean up process following Saturday's riots. 

    The closure area runs from Vine Street to South Street, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River.

    SEPTA bus access will also be restricted. Only, residents and business operators of Center City will be permitted access indefinitely to aid the restoration of the city. 

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also announced police activity on I-95 southbound at Exit 20 - Columbus Boulveard/Washington Ave. The ramp has been closed, but it is not known if that is in connection to any protests. 

  • 31 May 2020 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The curfew begins at 8pm tonight and ends at 6pm Monday morning.

    Thank you to our friends and neighbors who are cleaning up from last night's chaos.  We are better than this.  And we will get through the stronger than ever.


    Photo credit: Paula Cohen Buonomo

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