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February 18, 2010 • Germantown Chronicle Feb. 18.pdf

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  1. NWShovels Out from Record Snowfall

  2. Rep. Parker Seeks Change in PA Sexual Assault Rules

  3. Public Benches in the Works for William Allen Square

  4. Snow Slows – But Doesn’t Stop – Germantown’s Firefighters

  5. The Rest of the Stories (below)

  6. $18,000 Raised for Haiti Relief

  7. Dr. Muller Recognized by Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

  8. SEPTA, GCC to Discuss R7 Improvements

  9. Explore Witchhazels at Morris

  10. WHLOA to Hear from Dr. Fitzpatrick

  11. Concert, Poetry Coming to Church of Brethren

  12. Purim at Chabad-Lubavitch

  13. ‘Awakening the Dreamer’

  14. EMAN’s ‘Saturday Night Fever’

  15. Open House at Germantown Mennonite

  16. Black History Month Event

  17. CIPEvent Rescheduled

  18. Green Tree Picasso Trip

  19. Flickering Light Returns

  20. At Big Blue Marble

  21. ‘Artist and Farmer’ Reception for Co-op Photos

$18,000 Raised for Haiti Relief

Supporters of Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller as well as Clear Channel listeners across the Delaware Valley stepped up to the plate despite the weather and contributed nearly $18,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Disaster Fund over the weekend.  Due to the forecast of a major snow storm the Philly Loves Haiti radio-thon scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 to benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Disaster Fund was moved online.  

Announcers from WDAS-FM, Power 99, Radio 104.5, Q102, My106.1 and Rumba 1480-AM went on the air to tell listeners how they could get sought-after autographed merchandise from their favorite artists and athletes through the online auction. Listeners could go to any of our Clear Channel websites to donate and bid on auction items all through the snowy weekend.  The bidding was hot for items like an acoustic guitar signed by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, an autographed poster of Pearl Jam’s last performance at the Spectrum, and a meet-and-greet with WDAS air personality Steve Harvey.  

The event was sponsored by City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, Clear Channel Radio, along with City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, City Councilman Curtis Jones , State Representative John Myers and Pat Redmond of the Heart of Philly MCs and the Tri-State Motorcycle community and BACKLINE MAGAZINE 1540 AM.  

Dr. Muller Recognized by Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

In January the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association presented its first national Veterinary Advocate of the Year award at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla.  Dr. Jennifer Muller of Mt. Airy was recognized as the HSVMA Veterinary Advocate of the Year.

Dr. Muller has been a leader in efforts to improve living conditions and strengthen regulations at Pennsylvania’s commercial breeding kennels and puppy mills. She helped shepherd a new law through the Pennsylvania Legislature that imposed tougher standards on commercial breeders and currently chairs the Pennsylvania Canine Health Board. She was appointed chair by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Dr. Muller also serves on Governor Rendell’s Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board.

HSVMA created this award to recognize a veterinary professional who truly represents the mission of HSVMA to advocate and care for animals.

Dr. Muller has a mobile veterinary practice that makes house calls, primarily in Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, and the surrounding area. Appointments can be made at 215-704-9009 or

SEPTA, GCC to Discuss R7 Improvements

The February 11 meeting of the Germantown Community Connection (GCC) was cancelled due to inclement weather. The planned agenda for this meeting will be moved to Thursday, March 11. 

On February 25, SEPTA in conjunction with the GCC will host an informational meeting at to discuss scheduled stimulus improvements on the Chestnut Hill East (R7) Regional Rail Line. The 7 p.m. meeting is scheduled to take place at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue.

Funded by a federal $1.7 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), several stations will be discussed, including the upcoming Wister and Germantown Stations Amenity Project this year. These stations will require extensive work including painting, stairwell rehabilitation, building and pavement improvements, sign installation, and vegetation and debris removal. Other stations to receive upgrades this year are Gravers, Wyndmoor, Mt. Airy, Sedgwick, and Washington Lane.

During the project the stations will remain open and there will be minimal impact to normal train service.

Station improvements have begun on several Chestnut Hill West (R8) Regional Rail Line stations including Chestnut Hill West, Tulpehocken and Chelten as upgrades are made to the station buildings, platforms, walkways, and lighting. Currently, Allen Lane and Queen Lane stations are in the process of a major revitalization construction.

For additional information, contact Betty Turner at the Germantown Community Connection at 215- 843-1457 or

Explore Witchhazels at Morris

On Sunday, February 28, 12-2pm grab your family and head over to the Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Avenue in Chestnut Hill, for a day of outdoor fun and garden exploration. Follow the prepared treasure hunt to discover the many varieties of witchhazels growing at Morris Arboretum.

Ranging in color from yellow and orange to pink and red, witchhazels are some of the first harbingers of spring, and the Arboretum’s witchhazel collection is unparalleled in the area. The treasure hunt will invite visitors to compare the different varieties’ beautiful flowers and take in their heady scent. After the hunt, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and cookie at Bruno’s Café in the Lower Gallery, and then return to the Visitor Center to make a fun craft. This event is free with regular admission: free to members and children under age 3, students with ID $7, adults $14, seniors $12.  Reservations are not required.

Come and enjoy the witchhazels all month. The treasure hunt map will be distributed at the Visitor’s Center every day in February.

For more information, please visit

WHLOA to Hear from Dr. Fitzpatrick

Flourtown resident Dr. Thomas A. Fitzpatrick will be the guest speaker at the Sunday, Feb. 21 Wissahickon Horse-Lovers Organization for Adults meeting at Monastery Stables off Kitchens Lane in Mt. Airy.  Dr. Fitzpatrick, president of the Philadelphia Saddle Club, will talk about the club and about the annual Wissahickon Day horse event in Fairmount Park.  The talk at Monastery Stables begins at 1 p.m. (weather permitting).  RSVP at

Refreshments will be served and visitors will tour the barn.  Call 215-233-8022 in case of inclement weather.

Concert, Poetry Coming to Church of Brethren

Germantown Church of the Brethren, 6611 Germantown Avenue, will host the Angels of Harmony from Eastern University in a gospel concert on Sunday, February 21, at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome, especially youth. There will be a freewill offering. For more information call 215-848-6501 or e-mail

On  Sunday, February 28 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Germantown Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall and Family Life Center, 6601 Germantown Avenue, “POET-IFY: Poetry to Edify” will celebrate Black History Month with featured poet and host RuNett Nia Ebo. Other guests include Hands For God and Elijah Pringle III. Open mic time will be available.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10, $12 at the door, $5 for seniors (60+) and children under 12. For tickets or more information call 215-438-POET or e-mail to

Purim at Chabad-Lubavitch

Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia will be hosting a Family Purim Celebration on Sunday, February 28, 5 p.m., at 7334 Rural Lane.

The holiday of Purim, the most joyous of the Jewish calendar, commemorates the victory of the Jews over the wicked Haman nearly 2,400 years ago. The happiness of the day is expressed by sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the poor, and most of all - by a grand, festive feast.  In addition, the biblical book of Esther, known as the “Megillah,” is read.  The Megillah recounts the entire story of Purim.

Chabad’s Purim Celebration will begin with a Megillah Reading at 4:30 p.m. followed by a festive dinner at 5 p.m. Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend.  The cost is $18 for adults, $10 children, children under 4 free.  To RSVP, go to or call Rabbi Yitzchok Gurevitz at 215- 438-5327. 

Chabad will also be distributing “shalach manos” to various senior centers throughout Northwest Philadelphia in connection with the holiday.  For information or to volunteer contact Rabbi Gurevitz.  Full details of additional services and Megillah readings are available at

‘Awakening the Dreamer’

An “Awakening the Dreamer Symposium” will be held  Sunday, February 28, 1:15 - 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue.

Understand the linkages between social justice, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, and be inspired to act.  Discover the unique part that you wish to play, leave with a sense of commitment and of possibility. There is a $10 donation. Register at or call 215-843-4933.

First United Methodist Church of Germantown is looking to support projects that promote social justice and peace in the local community. All proposals are welcome and are reviewed by a committee of church members. Criteria in awarding grants include the size of the population to be served, the nature of the services provided, and expected benefits to the community.Application forms can be obtained by calling the office of First United Methodist Church of Germantown at 215-438-3677, or downloading a form at Completed proposals must be returned to the church office no later than Friday, March 12.

EMAN’s ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Put on your party clothes and dancing shoes and join us at East Mt. Airy Neighbors’ second annual “Saturday Night Fever in East Mt. Airy” on the evening of February 27. Last year’s event was both successful  and fun and this year’s promises to be even better. It will feature live music by the amazing Urban Guerilla Orchestra, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, an open bar, lots of dancing and lots of fun.

It will take place in Benbow Hall of the Brossman Center at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, 7:30-11 p.m. on February 27. Tickets are $75. For reservations and information visit, call 215-242-4170, or e-mail to

Open House at Germantown Mennonite

The Historic Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, built in 1770 and home to the table on which the first protest against slavery in America was signed in 1688, will host an open house on Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Meetinghouse is located at 6133 Germantown Avenue. For further information, call Christopher Friesen at 215-843-0943.

Black History Month Event

In honor of Black History Month Citibank in Chestnut Hill, 8500 Germantown Avenue, invites the community to join in the celebration of the achievements of local musicians, artists, authors and designers every Saturday in February from noon-2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, February 20, (rescheduled from February 6) join us and experience the journey and history of African American music: spiritual gospel, blues, jazz, and classical. Also, capture the art and sculpture of Philadelphia artist Leon Dewitt Finney, whose extraordinary work is placed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Lucien Crump Art Gallery. He will be showcasing his work at Citibank in honor of Black History Month. Joining him is talented female sculptor Stephanie Threet, whose individual works are very much derived from the rhythms of music and vibrations of her surroundings, resulting in rhythmic patterns on canvases of clay. The scrafitto method is used to emboss the clay surface with energetic and often vibrant designs.

CIPEvent Rescheduled

The Healthy Steps for Older Adults 50+ falls prevention program originally scheduled for February 11 at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, has been rescheduled for February 25. This is a fun and informative four-hour workshop beginning at 9 a.m.  You will receive a colorful 68-page guide with useful resources.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Bring a list of your medications and call the Program Office in advance to register at 215-848-7722.

The CIP Songsters Unlimited and Martin Luther King High School Annual Intergenerational African American History Month Concert originally scheduled for February 10 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 1 pm, at CIP. The annual intergenerational concert is under the direction of Dr. Jerome Lang.  Light refreshments will be provided. For information call 215-848-7722.

Green Tree Picasso Trip

On Thursday, February 25, Green Tree Community Health Foundation (Green Tree) will host a private evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view the Picasso Exhibit – Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.  Sponsored by Cigna Foundation, Duane Morris, LLP and Eckert Seamans, the event promises to be a wonderful evening.  Proceeds will benefit Foundation-supported art therapy programs. 

The event begins at 6 p.m.; attendees will be privileged to have a lecture and discussion on the School of Paris prior to the private tour.  A reception will follow in the Museum Restaurant.  The lifetime work of Gil Brenner, renowned international traveler and philanthropist, will be honored.

Green Tree Community Health Foundation, 6023 Germantown Avenue, is a nonprofit public charity striving for a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents in its 30-zip code, Eastern Montgomery County, and Northwest Philadelphia service area to access health services and to value, embrace and maintain their health.

Registration is required and available online or by calling 215-438-8102.

Flickering Light Returns

The Flickering Light (TFL) film series will open its second spring season in a new venue and with a new format.  TFL brings the best of international, independent, and festival programming to the Mt. Airy Arts Garage, 542 Carpenter Lane.  Starting in March, the weekly screening series will present a mix of foreign, documentary, queer, animation and shorts programming.  Admission remains only $5.

The season begins on march 6 at 7 p.m. with a two-week tribute to the too little-known German-Turkish filmmaker, Fatih Akin.  Gegen Die Wand is a whirlwind of a film exploring the unique position occupied by Turkish immigrants (and their children) in contemporary Germany.  The film is uncompromising, with neither German nor Turkish norms let off the hook.  The counterpoint to this is the Akin-penned Kebab Connection – a slapstick/kung fu/satirical mishmash that opens with an epic battle over a food stand sandwich.   

The March schedule is rounded out with Word Is Out and highlights from the Chicago International Children’s Animation Festival.  Word Is Out presents the stories of 27 gay and lesbian Americans from across the country.  It celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  The Chicago festival collects unique animation films from around the world.  This program features the best of what they’ve screened. 

For information visit

At Big Blue Marble

“When you eat soup every night, thoughts of bread get you through.”  This is one of thoughts in the new memoir Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston. She’ll be reading at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane, as part of the Writers and the Process series on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m.

Ghostbread makes real the shifting homes and unending hunger that shape the life of a girl growing up in poverty during the 1970s. One of seven children brought up by a single mother, Sonja Livingston was raised in areas of western New York that remain relatively hidden from the rest of America. From an old farming town to an Indian reservation to a dead-end urban neighborhood, Livingston and her siblings follow their nonconformist mother from one ramshackle house to another on the perpetual search for something better. Ghostbread won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction.

The Writers and the Process Series is hosted by local writer Minter Krotzer and invites authors from across the country to Big Blue Marble Bookstore to discuss their new books and the writing and publishing process.

For more information call 215-844-1870.

‘Artist and Farmer’ Reception for Co-op Photos

Through April 4, Mt. Airy’s Highpoint Café, 602 Carpenter Lane is exhibiting a photographic essay by Sol Levy featuring pictures of Weavers Way Co-op’s Farms and Related Programs, 2007–2009. An “artist and farmer reception” will take place on Sunday, February 21, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Highpoint Café, located at Greene Street and Carpenter Lane, diagonally across from Weavers Way Co-op.

Levy has documented the transformation of Weavers Way’s Farm Program from an informal demonstration garden to a working farm with multiple locations and a thriving educational component administered by Weavers Way Community Programs (WWCP), the Co-op’s nonprofit arm. Levy’s photos document that transformation at the Co-op’s main farm at Awbury Arboretum, as well the development of Saul High School CSA farm (Henry Got Crops!) and Stenton Family Manor Farm. The photos also document the farm’s education programs, featuring Crefeld High School, Central High School, Germantown Friends, A. B. Day, Wissahickon Charter, Wyncote Academy, West Oak Lane Charter School, Saul High School and the Stenton Family Manor families. Also featured in the exhibition are photos of WWCP’s Marketplace Program—featuring students from Henry, Jenks, Houston, and Wissahickon Charter schools—and special events at the farm, including Planting Day, Harvest Festival and a performance by Morris Dancers.

“In this exhibit I am trying to show the richness of the farm programs and the participant’s joy in working on the farm,” Levy said. “I was also fascinated by the growing process and the produce and flowers growing and presented for purchase at the markets… as a non-farmer, I became fascinated with how the farms grew and developed and how the farmers taught and involved the various schools and other groups that came to work on the farm.”

Levy is a member of the Northwest Artists Collective, and a former member of Artist Cultural Exchange and Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists. For seven years he helped coordinate the Alma Galley, which was part of the Sedgwick Cultural Center.

Weavers Way is open to the public. Working and nonworking memberships offer many extra benefits, and all are encouraged to join. For more information about Weavers Way, visit or e-mail


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Powerlines brought down by heavy snow set fire to the roof of Collins Collision on the 5500 block of Lena Street on Thursday evening, February 11, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department. The blaze spread throughout the whole building before being brought under control after 10 p.m. No adjoining buildings were damaged, said one neighbor; perhaps they were protected by the three feet of snow on their roofs. For more on what fighting fires and responding to emergency calls in winter is like for the men and women who staff  Germantown’s Engine 19, Ladder 8 company, see below. Photo by John Phillips.