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March 11, 2010 • Germantown Chronicle.pdf

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The Rest of the Stories

  1. Northwest’s ‘Gateway’ To Be Restored

  2. President Obama Makes Passionate Plea for Health Reform

  3. Women’s History at Johnson House

  4. 9th Ward Fundraiser

  5. Peace Demonstration

  6. 14th District PSA Meetings Next Two Weeks

  7. 39th Police District PSA Meetings

  8. Dignity Housing Hosts Jazz Buffet

  9. Dine and Listen with Opera Company

  10. Job Fair for Weavers Way Chestnut Hill Branch

  11. ‘Bad Girls of the Bible’

  12. Woodcrest UCC to Install New Pastor

  13. Choral Evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal

  14. Jewish Cooking, Calendar Classes

  15. Open House at High Street

  16. Annual Ushers Day

  17. Easter Egg hunt at Stenton

  18. Millionaire Minds

  19. Meeting on Recycling, PECO

  20. Lovett History

  21. Seminar on Selling to the Government

  22. Center for Enrichment Program on Positive Living

  23. AARP280 Meeting


  1. And More ...

Northwest’s ‘Gateway’ To Be Restored


By PATRICK COBBS

Staff Writer


Left: Patrick Moran (center), president of the Board of Directors of the Germantown Historical Society, and other volunteers giving the gates an initial clean-up in October, 2009.



Imagine a cruise along the Wissahickon Creek back when Lincoln Drive was still new and the Pennsylvania and Reading rail lines had given the Northwest a boom period. Picture that cruise in a new automobile in about 1910 when 60 miles per hour was considered world-class racing speed.  


Right: the gates in their heyday about a century ago. Photo courtesy of Germantown Historical Society, A.C. Chadwick, Wissahickon Collection.


Even at a much less reckless rate you would need something to announce you had arrived in the new, extraordinary residential community once you emerged from the park. Something like the Park Gates and Pergolas at Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street, situated in between the enormous home of John Dexter McIlhenny (now hidden behind Lingelbach Elementary School) and the stately Thomas Mansion.


“You had the immediate sense that you’d come to a very, very important community,” explained Patrick Moran of these stone gates, which are still standing.


Moran is the president of the board of directors of the Germantown Historical Society and he is heading up the effort to restore the Park Gates to what they were really meant to be – an announcement not only that motorists are entering beautiful Fairmount Park, but coming the other way, that they are about to experience the grandeur of the Northwest.


Moran sees the Park Gate restoration project doing two things at once. First, since Fairmount Park and West Mt. Airy Neighbors have been so supportive of the effort since the Historical Society began considering it about a year ago, he hopes it will be an opportunity for the community to show its pride.


And second, he imagines it marking a change of mission for the Historical Society to one that takes a more active role in preserving the historic elements of Germantown and Mt. Airy. The board of directors has decided to return to a more active preservation focus after nearly 20 years, he said.


“Because our community has so much that’s important,” he said. “It really needs people to be aware of its fragility. So we agreed that this was something that we needed to resume.”


The idea for the project came when Moran was browsing through Liz Jarvis’ book Mt. Airy by Jarvis Press. He noticed a picture of the gates from about 1911, with the McIlhenny Mansion in the background.


“In the foreground of the photo is an image of the gates and there were the pergolas. And when I was looking at them I had this kind of ah-ha moment what the structures’ purpose was,” he said.


The point of announcing the park and the residential community alike seemed to be a perfect fit with the Germantown Historical Society’s newly activist position. It became the ideal starter project.


Restoring the Park Gates will involve cleaning up the landscaping around the remaining two stone piers and making sure they are architecturally sound, then installing a new lattice atop the piers. The new design is by Peter Di Carlo of Di Carlo Architecture, and local craftsman Daniel Husted will build the lattice from black locust harvested from fallen trees in the park. In addition the area around the piers will be re-planted and re-landscaped using all native species.


Moran expects the project to get moving fairly quickly once the warm weather arrives. He estimated the final cost at between $15-$20 thousand. To date the project has raised almost $11,000 toward the cause and Moran hopes to be holding community fundraisers soon not just to raise the remainder of the funds, but to get as many people involved with the project as possible. That’s community pride again.


“For a real small amount of money people can actually contribute to something that will have a long life in terms of beatification of the neighborhood,” he said.

Contact West Mt. Airy Neighbors at 215-438-6022 or the Germantown Historical Society at 215-844-0514 to learn more about the Park Gate Project.



President Obama Makes Passionate Plea for Health Reform


President Barak Obama spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about his health care reform proposal at Arcadia University March 8 Above right:  a crowd of equally impassioned detractors protested at the main gates of the campus.


Mike Farrell of Doylestown displays his message of “Freedom Not Force” as a fellow protestor packs up and goes home from the picketing. Farrell feared the country would not be able to afford a healthcare overhaul and he objected to the mandated coverage in Obama’s plan.


By PATRICK COBBS

Staff Writer


President Barak Obama returned to the area Monday for the first time since his 2008 campaign rally in Vernon Park. Speaking only three miles off of Germantown Avenue on the campus of Arcadia University in Glenside, he visited in an attempt to return the steam of victory to the health care debate, which has stalled inside the Beltway.


“The insurance companies continue to ration health care based on who’s sick and who’s healthy; on who can pay and who can’t pay,” he said. The indoor gym was packed with supporters who cheered at every punch line – including when, early in the speech, he removed his navy blazer and rolled up his shirt cuffs.


“We can’t have a system that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people,” he went on. “We need to give families and businesses more control over their own health insurance. And that’s why we need to pass health care reform - not next year, not five years from now, not 10 years from now, but now.”


He called the national health care market too concentrated and he blamed insurance companies for profit calculations that pay little heed to people’s health needs, and that instead attempt to drain money from the middle class. And he admonished Republicans for distracting the argument with cost concerns and other politicians for being too involved with the Washington “echo chamber” to do what’s right.


“How much higher do premiums have to rise until we do something about it?” he asked. “How many more Americans have to lose their health insurance?” 


And so, “this year,” the President promised, America would have new health care rules that do three main things. One, “end the worst practices of insurance companies” by opening health care to 31 million uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions, and imposing bans on health care companies that want to deny coverage to children with preexisting conditions. There would also be bans on dropping coverage of people when they get sick, he said, bans on arbitrary, massive premium hikes and the creation of a new independent appeals process for people who feel their claims were unfairly denied.


The second change the President promised for this year had to do with the so-called government-run question. He proposes opening up the federally overseen but privately run plans that are available to members of the government to a wider pool of Americans. This proposal mirrors the Senate approved version of the health care bill. The pool of new clients would give bargaining power to individuals and small businesses, he said. And on top of that, he promised a federal tax credit to help make insurance more affordable.


And the third change President Obama promised for this year was to include most of the Senate-approved cost containment strategies for private health plans.


The President’s speech was interrupted only once by a pair of men near the back of the crowd who tried to press him on some plan details not contained in the speech. Jack O’Brian, a father of ten from Coatesville, was one of them.

“We have an abortion crisis in this country, of 1.5 million abortions per year,” he explained after the speech. “Don’t ask us to pay for that.”


The Obama plan keeps the Senate stance on abortion, which pro-life groups oppose, according to previously published Associate Press reports. No health plan is required to cover abortion under the Senate approach, and those that do would have to collect private payments for premiums associated with abortion and keep federal money in a separate account, according to the Associated Press.


O’Brian, along with many others who gathered near the Arcadia main gates to protest the President’s speech, was also convinced that the country could not afford the plan.


Though the President said his plan was “paid for” he did acknowledge that it had about a $100 billion per year price tag. But he thought most of that could come from the increased efficiencies associated with the reforms – like new fees on healthcare companies. He also said he would be asking wealthy Americans to pay “their fair share of Medicare.” This would be an increased Medicare payroll tax for those making more than $200,000 per year or married couples earning over $250,000, according to the Associated Press. 


Mike Farrell of Doylestown was among the more than a hundred protestors outside the university gates. He carried a sign that read “Freedom, not force.”


“I think everyone should have the freedom to have healthcare,” he said. “But not to force your version of it on everyone in this country.”


The President did not mention this in his speech, but his proposal does require all Americans, except those who file taxes on less than $45,295 of income per year or who would spend more than eight percent of their income on premiums, to buy insurance or pay a fine, according to the Associated Press. This provision is also contained both versions of the health care bill approved last year by the House and Senate.


Despite the disruption, most inside Arcadia’s Kuch Center were in full support of the speech. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who was in attendance, said he approved of Obama’s three main efforts.


“All of them are good for Philadelphia,” he said, after the speech.


And State Representative Dwight Evans (D., 203rd) of West Oak Lane, was also on his side.


“I totally agree with the President,” he said. “There needs to be a vote. Let’s get this vote done. I think that we need to make sure that our constituents have the same health care we have.”


Joe Hoeffel, former congressman now seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Pennsylvania, took the same position. He anticipated that forcing a health care vote before Easter could work well for Democrats. And he thought that even with the long-term financial costs of the plan, health care reform was critical to the country. He dismissed the strong opposition outside the school gates as political posturing.


“I think we have to enter into this kind of an obligation if we are to get health care under control,” he said. “Our health care system is a mess… The Tea Party, and the right wing Republican Party don’t want us to face our problems, they want us to fear our problems.”


But the argument wasn’t perfectly split between party colors. Going into the speech, Democratic State Senator Leanna Washington (4th) was a little unsure of her position on the proposed reforms. She wanted to make sure her constituents weren’t caught in the pinch of not being able to get insurance and not being able to afford it once the coverage mandate came down.


“I’m in kind of a complicated situation,” she said. “We need healthcare reform, there’s no question about that… [but] is it really going to be universal healthcare?”


And for some, like Brandon Wells, 17, Saheru Williams, 14, and Akua Wilson, 9, of Germantown, Obama’s speech was about more than the meaning of the words. It was about the experience too. Williams said it was surprising and striking to see Obama on the podium. Wells called it a “once in a lifetime experience,” and for Wilson the experience was more basic.


“It was loud,” she said.


For the full text of the President’s speech and a slide show link  visit Features.



Women’s History at Johnson House


You are invited to join the Johnson House during Women’s History Month as we exhibit, present and honor heroic women whose “work” lead to change in Philadelphia and Germantown on Sunday, March 21, from 3–5 p.m.  Subjects will include: 

Women in the Philadelphia Abolition and Anti-slavery Movements. Learn about abolitionists, some more familiar than others, such as Lucretia Mott, a noted Hicksite Quaker abolitionist and suffragette whose beliefs in racial harmony and equality were well known to the anti-slavery community; Amelia Bogle, daughter of the well-to-do caterer Robert Bogle who was born into slavery and was a corresponding member of the Women’s Anti-slavery Convention and secretary of the Dorcas Society, which distributed clothing to the sick and poor in the Black community; Harriet Tubman (the “General”), who after escape in 1849 to the beginning of the Civil War, along with the Underground Railroad, became the most dominate force of abolitionism, assisting over 300 in their escape from slavery; and Amy Matilda Williams Casey, second wife of Joseph Casey, a wealthy businessman, who devoted her time to the Anti-slavery Movement and Female Anti-slavery Society.


The Woman’s Club of Germantown. Elizabeth Wilson White, president of Mothers in Council, thought of a club for Germantown women.  The idea was of an organization of Germantown women who could come together in a friendly way, regardless of social distinctions and create a force that would tell in the social, civic, educational and philanthropic life of Germantown.  The Johnson House was purchased from Samuel Johnson (early Johnson descendent) by The Woman’s Club.  Formed in 1917 and active through 1985 the club dissolved; remaining funds were donated to the Germantown Mennonite Church to maintain the physical integrity of the Johnson House.


This is a free educational and inspirational event.  The Johnson House is located at 6306 Germantown Avenue (corner of Germantown and Washington Lane).  For more information please call 215-438-1768.



9th Ward Fundraiser


The Ninth Ward Democrats will have a “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Party  Fundraiser on Friday, March 19, 8-11 p.m. at the Venetian Club, 8030 Germantown Avenue.

There will be drinks, dinner and music.

The cost is $40. RSVP to John  O’Connell at 267-312-1925 or e-mail to john@elfantwissahickon.com. Checks should be made payable to the 9th Ward Democratic Committee.



PennDOT crews were installing safety netting underneath the Henry Avenue Bridge high above Lincoln Drive last weekend in order to catch any debris that might fall from the bridge while it’s undergoing a much-needed overhaul this spring. The installation forced the closure of the Drive from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.



Peace Demonstration


On March 21, 26 peace groups will hold a Baghdad Bombing Peace Event, from 2-4 p.m. near Senator Arlen Specter’s home on West Schoolhouse Lane (at Vaux Street) in Germantown. They want Specter to cut off funding for the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and to bring the troops home now.


On this date in 2003, the U.S. carried out a prolonged aerial bombardment of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq and the second largest city in the Muslim world (after Cairo, Egypt). People in the U.S. watched the bombing live on television. People in Baghdad watched the bombing live.

The demonstrators want Specter to endorse a bill which will cut off Pentagon funding in Afghanistan and Iraq except for the safe return of all U.S. troops. They also want the closure of all Pentagon bases there.


For information, e-mail to nwgreens@yahoo.com or call 215-843-4256.



14th District PSA Meetings Next Two Weeks


March meetings for the Police Service Areas (PSAs) in the 14th Police District are as follows:

PSA 1, March 18, 7-9 p.m., West Oak Lane Senior Center, 7201 Ogontz Avenue, Limekiln Pike and Haines Street, with Lieutenant Raymond Jackson.  The community facilitator will be Geneva Greene representing the Block Captain Association. PSA 1 covers West Oak Lane, East Germantown between Stenton and Chew avenues, and East Mt. Airy south of Gorgas Lane and Vernon Road.

PSA 2,  March 18, 7-9 p.m., New Bethel AME Church, Germantown Avenue and Tulpehocken Street, with Lieutenant Brian Murphy. The community facilitator will be James Igess representing Wister Neighborhood Council. PSA 2 covers the area  between Germantown and Chew avenues, from Gorgas Lane to Wister Street.

PSA 3, March 25, 7-9 p.m., Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 West Ellet Street, with Lieutenant Mark Overwise. The community facilitator will be Heather Pierce of Carpenter Woods Town Watch. PSA 3 covers West Mt. Airy and West Central Germantown.

PSA 4, March 25: 7-9 p.m., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, amphitheater, Germantown Avenue and Allens Lane, with Lieutenant Michael Kopecki.  The community facilitator will be Dr. Arlene Bennett representing the Safe Streets Committee.  PSA 4 covers Chestnut Hill and East Mt. Airy between Germantown and Cheltenham avenues bordered on the north by Cresheim Valley Drive and on the south by Gorgas Lane and Vernon Road.

For more information call the 14th Police District at 215-686-3140.  




39th Police District PSA Meetings


The 39th Police District will hold its next meeting for PSA-1, which includes southwest Germantown, on March 15, 7 p.m., at the Carfax Building, 3540-44 Indian Queen Lane, East Falls. Lt. Deal is responsible for PSA-1.

Meetings are held the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m., at varying locations. For more information contact Police Officer Lukaitis, the crime prevention officer, or Police Officer Keys, community relations officer, at 215-686-2751.




The Night Kitchen Bakery dished up Lemon Curd Cake in the Dessert Room at this year’s Red Ball fundraiser at the Please Touch Museum on Saturday, March 6. Proceeds of this annual fundraiser benefit the Red Cross. The Night Kitchen will also be serving its dark chocolate Mocha Cake that will be paired with Earth Bread and Brewery’s Saison Beer at this year’s Brewer’s Plate, Fair Food’s marquee fundraising event. It’s Sunday, March 14, at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, from 4-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Edelman at NightKitchenBakery@comcast.net



Dignity Housing Hosts Jazz Buffet


On Sunday, March 21, Dignity Housing will hold its 5th Annual “Beyond the Beat” Jazz Buffet Fundraiser at The Commodore Barry Club.  This event features a buffet dinner along with a raffle, music and dancing.


“Beyond the Beat” Jazz Buffet will bring together city leaders, businesses, and the general public in recognizing the importance of affordable housing and services for the homeless.   This event is especially important during the economic recession, when the numbers of impoverished individuals are rising.


Dignity’s Executive Director Alicia Christian said, “This event provides an opportunity to support the work and mission of Dignity Housing while enjoying a wonderful Sunday experience with great food, excellent music, and a little dancing.”  


Dignity Housing has worked to provide a solution against homelessness and poverty for over 20 years by providing transitional housing and social services to over 2,000 individuals throughout Philadelphia. For information about Dignity Housing or reserve tickets for “Beyond the Beat” Jazz Buffet, visit the agency’s website, dignityhousing.org.



Dine and Listen with Opera Company


The Delaware Valley Opera Company will host “Regards to Broadway,” the company’s popular evening of Broadway favorites, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Keenan’s Valley View Inn, Domino Lane, Roxborough. The evening includes dinner and a concert performed by some of DVOC’s finest singers.


Doris Coleman, whose career as a pianist has included TV appearances with such opera stars as Anna Moffo, will act as the evening’s accompanist.


Tickets for “Regards to Broadway” are $40 per person, and include the concert, a three-course meal and non-alcoholic beverages. Patrons have a choice of roast beef, capon or a vegetarian option.


RSVP by March 14 with payment and meal selections to: DVOC, 1731 Chandler Street, Philadelphia, 19111. For information call 215-725-4171.



Job Fair for Weavers Way Chestnut Hill Branch


Weavers Way Co-op will be holding a Job Fair on Monday, March 15, to help staff the co-op’s new location in Chestnut Hill, which is scheduled to open in May. Weavers Way expects to create a minimum of 30 new full- and part-time jobs with the opening of the new store, and will be recruiting for departments including Grocery, Produce, Deli, Prepared Foods, and Cashiers. The Job Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8400 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, right next door to the new store.


“We are excited about opening in Chestnut Hill for many reasons,” said Weavers Way President Nancy Weinman, “but one big reason is that we will be bringing so many new jobs to Northwest Philadelphia, and at a time when they are sorely needed.”


Weavers Way offers full-time employees earn a living wage and receive a full benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation and sick time, and employee discount. Previous grocery experience is a plus but not a requirement. Ideal candidates will be able to work some early evenings and at least one weekend day. For more information about employment at Weavers Way, contact hr@weaversway.coop.



‘Bad Girls of the Bible’


A dramatic interpretation of “Bad Girls of the Bible,” a Liz Higgins book that fictionally retells the lives of biblical female role models, will be presented on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m., by the Drama Guild of Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 East Vernon Road. Tickets are $12 and will benefit the children’s theater arts ministry and drama ministry.


“Our dramatization of ‘Bad Girls of the Bible’ interprets the book’s biblical messages that reflect challenges faced by our youth in today’s contemporary society,” says Rev. Lamont Anthony Wells, pastor of Reformation Lutheran.


“Based on the lives of women in the Bible we creatively bring old stories to life, giving modern applications to retelling of those stories, using candor and entertainment for people of today, says Linda Walker, Drama Guild director.


The Reformation Drama Guild has performed at theatrical venues throughout Philadelphia and has interpreted historic and biblical works including “Black Nativity,” The Underground Railroad,” “Rosa Parks,” and “A Balm in Gilead” among others.


Tickets are $12 and will benefit the children’s Theater Arts Ministry and Drama Ministry. For tickets and information call the church at 215-548-4322 or Linda Walker at 215-224-8757.



Woodcrest UCC to Install New Pastor


Woodcrest United Church of Christ (UCC) is pleased to announce that the Reverend Carolyn E. Wright will be installed as its pastor on March 21.  Rev. Wright’s installation will be a historic one.  She will be Woodcrest’s very first female pastor and its second African American pastor. She answered Woodcrest’s call for a permanent pastor after serving as a stated supply minister at the church for approximately one year.


The installation service will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. Bishop Kermit L. Newkirk Jr., Senior Pastor of Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church, will be the installation speaker and the Philadelphia Association of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ will preside over the installation service.  The Woodcrest UCC Mass Choir and liturgical dancers from Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church will provide the afternoon service with music and dance.


All are invited to attend this service of worship, fellowship and celebration as Woodcrest UCC marks a new beginning.  A reception will follow the installation service.


Woodcrest UCC is a congregation within the United Church of Christ.  It is located at the corners of Mt. Pleasant and Thouron avenues. Woodcrest has Sunday school at beginning at 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m., Wednesday Prayer at 11 a.m., and Bible Study at 7 p.m., aerobics classes on Tuesday and Thursdays at 8 p.m., and the Elder Diner at noon on Fridays.  The church will celebrate its 70th anniversary in April.



Choral Evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal


On Sunday, March 14, the Adult Choir of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will present its monthly Choral Evensong in the sanctuary at 5 p.m.


Under the direction of Organist and Choirmaster Zachary Hemenway, the Choir will offer the Magnificant and Nunc Dimittis in G by Charles Villiers Stanford, I Sat Down Under His Shadow by E. C. Bairstow, and Jesu Dulcis Memoria by Leo Nestor.    


A central piece of the service is the singing of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.  Composer Charles Villiers Stanford was organist and master of the choristers at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1874 through 1893 and was appointed professor of composition at the Royal School of Music in 1883. Stanford’s choral compositions written specifically for church use continue to be performed widely today. 


Evensong is sung at the close of each day in cathedrals, collegiate chapels, and parish churches throughout the Anglican Communion. Sung by candlelight, evensong is a perfect way to collect one’s self before the start of a busy week. 


The next evensong will be held on Sunday, April 25.  This free musical event is open to the public.  All are welcome.  For more information, please call the church’s office at 215-242-2055.



Jewish Cooking, Calendar Classes


Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia will be presenting a pre-Passover cooking class, the first class of the new Kosher Culinary Circle, a monthly hands-on cooking demonstration open to men and women and children age 10 and up, on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 pm.  The demonstration will include potato kugel, charoset, and matzah balls.  Participants will also have an opportunity to enjoy and sample an assortment of Passover dishes and collect recipes, with special focus on gluten-free selections. The class will take place at a private home in Mt. Airy. Cost is $10 per person, $15 for couples. Space is limited. To RSVP or for information contact Pessy Gurevitz at pessy@chabadnwp.org or call 215-438-5327.


Tea and Torah, a women’s-only Torah study group in honor of Rosh Chodesh, will be held on Monday, March 15, from 7:30- 8:45 PM at the home of Elena Emas, 6901 Wayne Avenue.  The class is titled Making Sense of the Jewish Calendar and is a study of the methodology and history of the 1600-year-old Jewish Calendar and the significance of the calendar to contemporary Jewish life. Rosh Chodesh, literally translated as head of the month, marks the beginning of each new month in the Jewish calendar and is traditionally observed as a special holiday for women. There is no charge. To RSVP or for information call Pessy Gurevitz at 215-438-5327 or pessy@chabadnwp.org.



Open House at High Street


On Sunday, March 21, High Street Christian Academy, 222-44 East High Street, will host an Open House for our 2010-2011 school year. Please come out and meet our staff, talk to our parents, and stay for Academy Day. Register for the 2010-11 school year and the registration fee will be waived, a savings of $150. The Open House is 3-4 p.m. with Academy Day at 4 p.m. 


High Street Christian Academy is an educational ministry of High Street Church of God. For more information call 215-848-8170



Annual Ushers Day


Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 110 West Rittenhouse Street, will be having their  Ushers Annual Day on Sunday, March 14, 3 pm.  Reverend Dr. Richard A. Dent, pastor, First African Baptist Church of Sharon Hill, PA, choir and congregation will be our guests.  All are welcome. For information call 215-844-2756.



Easter Egg hunt at Stenton


On Saturday, April 3, at 1 and 3 p.m., Stenton will host its annual Easter egg hunt in the museum’s historic gardens.  Visitors can celebrate the beginning of spring by filling their baskets with eggs and chocolate goodies, and learn about the historic use of natural dyes made from flowers, vegetables, and animal products, while dyeing eggs that are provided.  Children of all ages are welcome.


This event is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call 215-329-7312 to reserve space or email museum.assistant@Stenton.org.


Stenton is located at 4601 North 18th Street, four blocks east of Wayne Junction.  The house is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m., April 1- December 23, and by appointment throughout the year.  For more information phone 215-329-7312 or visit www.stenton.org.  Stenton is a member of Historic Germantown.  Visit www.freedomsbackyard.com for more information.



Millionaire Minds


On March 27, Sadiorllc will present a Millionaire Minds Conference at the Sedgwick Theater, 7135 Germantown Avenue, from 5-10 p.m. Business networking for independent contractors with guest speakers from local banks and law firms are featured with light refreshments and live entertainment offered. Tickets are $10. Tables are still available. For more information, call 215-247-7300 or visit www.sadiorllc.com.



Meeting on Recycling, PECO


Wister NAC will be holding a two-part service area briefing with Important Information to save you money and earn you rewards. Special guests are Carla Castillo from Philadelphia Recycling Rewards and  Shareen Hinson from PECO Energy Education Team. 


Part 1 is “Get Rewarded for Recycling.” The more people recycle, the more they’re rewarded:  Earn RecycleBank Points with the new Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program, powered by RecycleBank.  Redeem Points for discounts and gift cards at hundreds of participating local and national merchants, or for charitable contributions to your favorite non-profits.  Philadelphia Recycling Rewards will start in phases beginning February 2010.  By July, the entire City will be taking part.  To find out when your neighborhood is scheduled to start, please attend this important meeting.


Part 2 concerns PECO.  Did you know that effective January 1, 2011, the price PECO pays for electricity will be going up? The mandatory price controls established by the state legislature back in 1997 are set to expire.  Unlike oil or gasoline, the price you have been paying for the generation component shown on your bill has been capped by these price controls since 1997.  On January 1, 2011 these caps will expire and the price you pay for electricity will reflect market rates. PECO’s Energy Education Team will offer this workshop and presentation regarding this and other changes and what you can do to prepare for higher energy prices.


The meeting will be held  Tuesday, March 16, at The Germantown Church of the Brethren at 6611 Germantown Avenue, 6:30 p.m.


Wister NAC will also have an information table with Expression of Interest forms for basic system repair, weatherization and adaptive modification programs.  For more information please contact Wister NAC at 215-843-6565.



Lovett History


Have you ever wondered why Mt. Airy’s branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is named the “Lovett Memorial” Library?  To answer that question, and in observance of Lovett’s Founders Month, the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library have invited Friends past president David T. Moore to deliver the 2010 Frank Wister Thomas Memorial Lecture:  “Who Were the Mt. Airy Lovetts?  Stories of a Family and of a Library.” 


The program will take place March 17 at the library, 6945 Germantown Avenue.


The Lovett family had extraordinary experiences that ranged from the Tower of London to the court of the Ottoman Emperor in Constantinople,  from an elegant Broadway hotel to the developing Michigan frontier of the 1840s and 1850s,  from the Mexican War to the Civil War,  from business with the US Land Office to the Patent Office to the Supreme Court,  from a famous estate in the District of Columbia to a famous house that formerly stood along Mt. Airy’s “Main Street.” 


Moore, who chaired Lovett’s centennial in 1985, will present slides illustrative of the Lovett family’s experiences, as well as of the library as it developed through the years.  At the free program, named after Dr. Thomas who was a Mt. Airy physician involved in the founding of the library, refreshments will be provided at 6:30 p.m.  Moore, assistant to the partners at the Philadelphia Print Shop in Chestnut Hill, will speak at 7:15 p.m. sharp. 


The library’s telephone number is 215-685-2095.


Seminar on Selling to the Government


The Northwest Philadelphia Business Coalition, Belfield Business Association, Historic Germantown Business Association and Nicetown Business Association present an SBA Workshop: “Accessing Capital,” and “Selling to the Federal Government.”


Did you know the federal government is the largest buyer in the world? Learn the key to gaining access to capital and How to sell your products and services to the federal government.  Learn how SBA Loan programs can benefit your small business. Learn how to become certified as a minority-owned business.


The workshop will be Wednesday, March 17,  at PNC Bank, 4753 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, 6 – 9 p.m.


Featured presentations include: “Access to Capital” by John L. Banks, lead business development specialist, U. S. Small Business Administration; and “Selling to the Federal Government,” by Paula K. Watts, business development specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration.

To register for this workshop please call 215-843-6565 or email droberts51@verizon.net



Center for Enrichment Program on Positive Living


On Tuesday, March 16, the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment invites the community to “lunch and learn” in the new Center on the Hill at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue right next to the hospital.

Lunch (just $3 per person) will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the program beginning promptly at 1 p.m.


Jan Collins, M.Ed. will ask the very important question, “Are You Encouraging or Dis- couraging Yourself?”  One indicator may be the answer to a second question: “When you look in a mirror, what do you say to yourself?”  From a perspective of Creating Your Positive Life, the group will explore: 1) how negative outlooks and patterns can drain our energy, affecting health, relationships, productivity and self-esteem; 2) how the way we treat ourselves affects how we feel; 3) ways we can create a more positive and uplifting daily experience for ourselves. One concrete goal of this meeting is that each participant learns to identify a frequent area of self-stress and changes it to self-support.


Collins, who has recently moved to Wyndmoor, provides educational presentations for organizations focused on Creating Your Positive Life: putting our energy in a positive direction brings positive experiences into our life. While living in New Jersey she presented various Creating Your Positive Environment  topics and Healing Effects of Sound and Music at Raritan Valley Community College Wellness Fair, radio talk shows, local libraries, civic groups, various support groups, fitness centers, assisted living centers and Anderson House, a facility for recovery from substance addiction. She completed a Master of Spiritual Science program and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program.  Collins holds a Master of Education in Counselor Education, B.A. in Sociology, a certificate as Stanford University Leader for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and another certificate in Spirituality, Health and Healing. 


Preceding that program there will be blood pressure screenings provided by Lynn Trimborn, RN, outreach nurse from Unitarian Universalist House. This service is provided to us absolutely free and begins at 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and Jan Collins’ presentation will follow.


To make your reservation contact the Center for Enrichment at chseniors@cavtel.net or 215-248-0180.



AARP280 Meeting


The AARP Chapter 280 monthly meeting for March will take place Tuesday, March 16, noon to 2 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 25 West Johnson Street. It will feature lunch, speakers, trips, and information for retired people.


Men and woman are encouraged to come join the group, meet new people, and give their ideas.



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President Barak Obama spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about his health care reform proposal at Arcadia University March 8.


For more on the President’s speech and visit, a transcript of President Barack Obama’s address on health insurance reform delivered Monday, March 8 at Arcadia University, Glenside, is posted on the Features page. The transcript was provided by the Media Affairs Office at the White House.   See photos of the event here.