From the Chronicle • Germantown News Stories

June 24, 2010 • GC.062410.pdf

In This Issue

The Stories

  1. BulletPaulmier Out as 12th Ward Leader, Couser Chosen In 22nd

  2. BulletSign Up Now for Recycling Rewards

  3. Bullet6300 Block Celebrates Freedom Milestone on June 19

  4. BulletJackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in 1947

  5. BulletFundraising Begins for Restoration of ‘Gateway to Northwest’

  6. BulletGo ‘Out on a Limb’  – and Celebrate

  7. BulletApply Now for Tree Plantings

  8. BulletHike the Wissahickon with FOW Trail Ambassadors

  9. BulletHIV Testing at St. Michael’s

  10. Bullet‘In the Spirit’ at Germantown Christian Assembly

  11. BulletJazz at Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  12. BulletAt New Redeem Apostolic

  13. BulletClothing Giveaway

  14. BulletAt High St. Church of God

  15. BulletAsk the Physical Therapist

  16. BulletArtists Sought

  17. BulletFamily Fun at FreshVisions “Dreadlock Homie”

  18. BulletCommunity Dialog in Germantown

  19. BulletHealth Fair at Mattie Humphrey Center

  20. BulletReal Estate Seminar

  21. BulletCommunity Dialog in Germantown

  22. BulletHomeownership Seminars

Paulmier Out as 12th Ward Leader, Couser Chosen In 22nd



Northwest Democrats went to their ward meetings on Monday, June 7, with the goal of choosing their ward leaders for the next four years. In all cases they achieved that aim, but not without some controversy or surprises in three of the Northwest’s major wards — the 12th, 22nd,  and 59th.

In the 12th Ward, which covers much of lower Germantown, long-time Democratic Leader Greg Paulmier was unseated by challenger John Connelly, who had been the ward chairman for 12 years. Paulmier had been ward leader for 16 years.

The roll call vote at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, was 24-16, said Connelly in a later interview.

When asked why he decided to run against Paulmier, Connelly said, “We needed some major changes in our leadership. There was no leadership in the 12th Ward, number one, and the committee people indicated they needed a change . We needed some new leadership because we’ve been going nowhere the last twelve years under Greg Paulmier.”

Paulmier, however, said in an interview that he had had many accomplishments he was proud of, including advocating for the renovation of Lonnie Young Recreation Center, which was later accomplished, and working to keep 20th Street from being closed to traffic at LaSalle University. He also mentioned the successful lawsuit he brought to the state Supreme Court in 2007 to get his name returned to the ballot in the Democratic primary race for the 8th Councilmanic District after his candidacy had been challenged. 

Paulmier said, “Without my challenge … precedent-setting across Pennsylvania – we wouldn’t have Seth Williams as District Attorney. It was a precedent-setting case for a more democratic process.” Williams filed a similar suit successfully during his 2009 run for the Democratic nomination for District Attorney after facing a challenge to the legitimacy of his candidacy.

As to his agenda as Democratic Leader, Connelly said, “We want to look at community development as a start, look at the crime rate in our neighborhood and come together with the Philadelphia police depart to improve the crime rate. And look for some goods and services for Germantown that we haven’t had for a long time.”

Connelly said the decision to oppose Paulmier was entirely his. “If anybody knows John Connelly they know he’s his own man. It was my own intention – encouraged by no one except some committee people.”

The meeting at the normally quiet confines of the Germantown Home at 6950 Germantown Avenue, where the Democratic committeepersons of the 22nd Ward gathered to choose their ward leader were anything but that on June 7, according to several at the meeting.

Lila Bricklin, a newly-elected committeeperson attending her first meeting, said, “I felt like I was at Tammany Hall.”

Democratic Leader Ron Couser, elected as ward leader in 2009 after previous ward leader Vernon Price resigned to take a position with the District Attorney’s Office, was opposed by Cindy Bass, staffer to Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Bass had previously run for ward leader in 2002, she said, and added, “There was a change in leadership as Vernon Price had stepped down. The vacancy was filled for an interim period by the ward chair [the position which Couser had previously held] and since it was an open chair I did submit my name for consideration.” Bass had previously unsuccessfully run for the Democratic nomination for the State Senate in the 4th District, and in 2007 for the Democratic nomination for the 8th Councilmanic District.

Some of those present said that Couser ran the meeting in an autocratic fashion with unclear procedures. At one point Bass requested that an individual be designated to serve as her representative during the vote count; that individual was physically removed from the proceedings at one point according to witnesses.

However, Couser said in a later interview, “He [Bass’s representative] was asked five times to come to order – he was ruled out of order. Once he got himself together he was allowed to come back to the meeting. When you run any meeting you have to have charge of the meeting.”

One attendee who declined to be identified said, “As I left the meeting there were people saying this has never happened before. It was just like one big mess.”

The final vote was 27-22 in Couser’s favor.

He said in a later interview, “The election went fine and everybody won and everybody lost. Everybody who had a controversy should have reported it to the City Committee. It was run by the rules of the Democratic Party. Everyone was given an opportunity for the candidate of their choice.”

Bass said in a later interview, “I’d like to say that I did congratulate the Ward Leader that evening and I intend to be an active part of the 22nd Ward and ensure that the democratic process is very much a part of everything we do as it has been in the past.”

In the election for Germantown’s 59th Ward at the Morton Homes, Democratic Leader Donna Reed Miller, the 8th District councilperson,  was opposed by  Committeeperson Joyce Alexander.  Miller won re-election by a comfortable margin, but Alexander decided to protest the results to the Democratic City Committee. She was out of town and could not be reached until shortly before press time, but had not heard of the results of her challenge, she said in a later interview.

In an earlier statement given to this paper, Alexander said, “There are DCCC rules such as organization of the party, elections, meetings, organizing procedure, voting and proxies which were not followed at the 59th Ward election.”

Little or no controversy, on the other hand, marked the re-election of John O’Connell as Ward Leader of the 9th Ward, which covers Chestnut Hill and part of Mt. Airy. O’Connell was unanimously chosen for a seond full term. He originally was elected in 2002 after State Senator Allyson Schwartz resigned to run for Congress. In a statement given to this paper, O’connell said that he considers the 9th Ward “the jewel of the Philadelphia Democratic party.

“Our endorsement process and our independence are known as what’s right about the Democratic Party in Philadelphia,” he said.

Sign Up Now for Recycling Rewards


Editorial Staff Intern

The Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program has returned to the Northwest in its second manifestation. The program, which awards discounts to various businesses as an incentive to recycle, is expected to make the city a greener place, as well as generate some much needed income for the city’s coffers.

“The idea for RecycleBank was born in Philadelphia,” said David J. Kinsey, director of community affairs for RecycleBank. Ron Gonen, co-founder of the program, developed the idea while working toward an MBA at Columbia University. The university gave him $100,000 to jumpstart the program, said Kinsey.

The pilot program kicked off in 2005 in the Chestnut Hill and West Oak Lane areas of the city, when the project came to the attention of former Mayor John Street. It lasted until 2007.

Initially, the program required the city to provide new recycling containers equipped with a computer chip that would be read when recycling was collected.

“The result was increased recycling rates,” Kinsey said. Though the program worked, administering new containers for every household in the city was not financially feasible, and a more efficient program model was required.

RecycleBank may have been absent in Philadelphia for the past three years, but it was continually expanding its services during the intermittent period. According to Kinsey, RecycleBank now has a presence in about 26 states and serves roughly a million people. It was even launched in the United Kingdom last year. “Now we’re a global recycling rewards program,” Kinsey said. “We’ve come from 26,000 [participants] in 2005 to upwards of a million in 2010.”

The Northwest marks the final area for Philadelphia Recycling Rewards to begin on a full-time basis. “We’re citywide starting July 1,” Kinsey said.

Philadelphia is divided into six collection districts. Northwest Philadelphia is District 4. “We started in some of the areas that had the lowest recycling rates,” Kinsey said.

Each collection district has been phased in over the past few months. February saw the program’s start in the third area, which includes parts of North Philadelphia. District 5, which includes the Olney and Frankford neighborhoods, began in March. Parts of Center City and South Philadelphia started in May.

“We just launched the Northeast in June,” Kinsey said.

Philadelphia Recycling Rewards has tried to make the process as simple as possible. For a household to participate, it needs only to sign up through the website, or to make a phone call to 888-769-7960. Once a home is registered, a barcode sticker will arrive within three weeks. This sticker is placed on the recycling container. Each time recycling is collected, the barcode is read and points are assigned.

“The barcoded sticker is read like an EZ pass would be read,” Kinsey said. “You earn points every time your recycling is collected.”

Points are assigned on an area basis. This means that all households registered in the Northwest will receive the same amount of points for the total amount of recycling collected.

“Everyone in the Northwest … gets the same amount of points every time they recycle,” Kinsey said.

For every pound of recycling collected in an area two points are assigned to a household.

Besides earning points for recycling, the program is also offering rewards for trash reduction, a feature that is unique to Philadelphia. One point is earned for every one-pound reduction of trash.  Trash reduction points are distributed monthly.

Accumulated points can be converted into vouchers at any time.

According to Kinsey, the city pays $65 a ton for trash, but makes $25 a ton for recycling. “It could save the city a million dollars in the first year,” he said.

Kinsey also said that anyone who signs up before June 30 will receive a 100-point sign-up bonus. From July 1 onward there will be a 25-point sign up bonus.

Kinsey says the program has been embraced throughout other areas in the city. “There has been an increase in recycling,” he said. “We’ve also seen trash reduction in almost every single area.”

With that in mind, as well as the positive response to the pilot, Kinsey anticipates good things. “We expect an enthusiastic response [in the Northwest],” he said.

According to Kinsey, about 230 businesses are already participating in the program, with the numbers increasing daily.

Each business working with the program has a its own rewards system. For example, 100 points can save $10 dollars if $50 is spent at the Sneaker Villa, and $5 can saved off of Fresh Grocer purchases if 50 points are accumulated. 200 points would warrant free admission to museums such as Please Touch and the Franklin Institute, equal to a $15 value.

Other local businesses involved include Weavers Way, Infusion Coffee and Tea, and Earth Bread and Brewery.

Kinsey estimates a household can save anywhere between $100 and $400 a year with their recycling rewards.

Another feature of the program may serve as a further incentive. “Not only can they earn points, we have an opportunity for them to donate their points to schools,” Kinsey said.

Private, public and charter schools can sign apply to be included a part of the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards system. Each school must develop a green plan that donations will help to complete. RecycleBank determines the eligibility of the school to participate. “They have to apply to be a green school,” Kinsey said.

Schools can apply in September or December or both with a green project. This means schools can reapply if they didn’t meet requirements tin September, or can apply for two different projects in one year.

Kinsey estimates that schools can earn between $100 and $500 per person per donation.

Of all aspects of the program, Kinsey emphasized this: “People have to sign up,” he said. “[And] they choose how to spend their points.”

6300 Block Celebrates Freedom Milestone on June 19

Wendy Burton, a tour guide at the Johnson House,

Inaya Mander, Asata Mander, and Cornelia Swinson,

executive director of the Johnson House were serving

up tasty treats at the Johnson House.

A portion of all the funds raised were donated to the Johnson House.

Lisa Locke, owner of Sozo Sisters

( was

selling her fashion designs

on the lawn at Johnson House.


Millicent Sparks portrayed Harriet Tubman,

reenacting Tubman’s tales of Tubman helping

African Americans to seek their freedom, at

he Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only accessible

and intact stop on the Underground Railroad.

Photos by Sue Ann Rybak.



Despite the warm weather, there was not a large turn out on the 6300 block of Germantown for the Juneteenth National Freedom Day on Saturday, June 19. But those who did come by got lesons in history on several levels.

Germantown celebrated the 145th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment and the ending of slavery on Saturday, June 19. Origins of the holiday date to June 19,1865, when enslaved Africans Americans in Galveston, Texas finally learned of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation upon the arrival of Union troops.

“The most important thing about Juneteenth is for people to realize that this is not just a celebration for the African American community, but rather a celebration of ‘justice for all humanity,’ and its impact on the community,” said Cornelia Swinson, executive director of the Johnson House, 6306 Germantown Avenue.

Millicent Sparks portrayed Harriet Tubman at the Johnson House on Saturday morning. She recalled how her husband left her because she wouldn’t “stay put.” He said “wherever trouble be, you be.” She said she chose to listen to God, instead of some man. When asked how many slaves she rescued at one time, she replied “Too many to remember, child. We often picked up some along the way.” She laughed as she said she later got her a young man and he “stayed put.”

The outdoor festival was sponsored by the 6300 Block of Germantown Avenue Business Alliance, Historic Germantown Freedom’s Backyard and Lest We Forget-Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and see some of Germantown’s historic sites,” Carolyn Faris, program assistant at Historic Germantown said.

The Johnson House Historic Site, Cliveden, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Concord School House and Upper Burial Ground were all be open for tours. Visitors had the opportunity to view the 1688 “Protest Table,” where the first [white] protest against slavery was written on April 18, 1688, she said. The Concord Schoolhouse and Upper burial are usually only open by appointment. But Saturday, people can tour the school, which was Germantown’s first English language school.

A story hour featuring “Juneteenth Jamboree” and “Henry Freedom Box” was held at the Color Book Gallery, 6353 Germantown Avenue. Deborah Gary, owner of Color Book Gallery, said that growing up in North Philly, she was always involved in Juneteenth Day and other community events. The block was not be closed to encourage people to visit the exhibits inside and out, said Gary.

Other activities along the block included SoZo’s Market Place, face painting, a story hour, screening of the documentary film ‘My Slave Sister Myself’ (www.lestweforgetmuseumofslavery. com/a-products.htm) and exhibits on art, slave memorabilia, and vintage beauty/barber equipment.

Bernice Westphal, who took her granddaughter Layla Jiles to the event said, “It is a wonderful cultural experience.”

For more information on Historic Germantown call 215-844-1683 or visit

Black Diamonds

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in 1947

Jackie Robinson beating the tag on a steal of home plate in 1953.


Guest Writer

Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson became the first black player in the modern Major Leagues, breaking a six-decade absence of black players from the “official” major leagues.  While he is rightly honored and heralded, our series has demonstrated his achievement was not unique. Jackie and all black and Latino baseball players owe much to the great players and teams that preceded them.

Jackie was an amazing player and his style of play helped to revolutionize the game.  His daring feats on the base paths, including his famous steals of home base, are legendary.  He was an amazing athlete who excelled in football, track and basketball.  He may have been the greatest all-around athlete to ever play baseball.

Robinson, like many of his peers, served his country in the Second World War.  Robinson after some delay was eventually enrolled in Officer Candidate School.  Black soldiers faced intense racism, and fought hard for the right to fight and die for their country. The advocacy of Joe Louis, the most influential black athlete of his times, for black officers was crucial to Robinson and other great black soldiers’ careers.

An event in July 1944 derailed Robinson’s military career. While awaiting results of hospital tests on an ankle he had injured in junior college, Robinson boarded an Army bus with a fellow officer’s wife; although the Army had commissioned its own unsegregated bus line, the bus driver ordered Robinson to move to the back of the bus. Robinson refused. The driver backed down, but after reaching the end of the line, summoned military police, who took Robinson into custody. When Robinson later confronted the investigating duty officer about racist questioning by the officer and his assistant, the officer recommended Robinson be court-martialed. After Robinson’s commander in the 761st, Paul L. Bates, refused to authorize the legal action, Robinson was summarily transferred to the 758th Battalion – where the commander quickly consented to charge Robinson with multiple offenses, including, among other charges, public drunkenness – even though Robinson did not drink.

By the time of the court-martial in August 1944, the charges against Robinson had been reduced to two counts of insubordination during questioning. Robinson was acquitted by an all-white panel of nine officers. Although his former unit, the 761st Tank Battalion, became the first black tank unit to see combat in World War II, Robinson’s court-martial proceedings prohibited him from being deployed overseas; thus he never saw combat. After his acquittal, he was transferred to Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, where he served as a coach for army athletics until receiving an honorable discharge in November 1944. While there, Robinson met an ex-player for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, who encouraged Robinson to write and ask for a tryout. Robinson took the ex-player’s advice and wrote Monarchs’ co-owner Thomas Baird.

Robinson, of course, broke the color barrier with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first-ever Rookie of the Year and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 after a ten-year career.  His number 42 is retired by every Major League baseball club.  That honor and number, however, also belongs to many, many other players and clubs in the preceding 60 years.

Editor’s note: this is tenth and final segment in a series of articles called “Black Diamonds”  on the history of African American baseball,  commemorating the 25th anniversary of Mt. Airy Baseball. Mt Airy Baseball honors this great tradition by calling its senior and tournament teams the “Stars,” paying tribute to the former Philadelphia Stars team of the Negro Leagues. 

­­Fundraising Begins for Restoration of ‘Gateway to Northwest’

Above left: the pergolas in their heyday in the early 20th century.

Photo courtesy of Germantown Historical Society, A.C. Chadwick, Wissahickon Collection.

Right: Tom Schoonmaker (left) and Pat Moran) at work on June 5 cleanup day at the pergolas.

Over the past few months, efforts have been underway to restore the Stotesbury Pergolas at Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street. To support this continuing project, a campaign to raise $25,000 was announced on June 18.  $11,000 in lead funding has already been donated by Bowman Properties of Chestnut Hill and The Drumcliff Foundation of West Mt. Airy. 

In commenting on the project, Bowman Properties President Richard Snowden said that “we at Bowman are excited to be a part of the restoration of this very important Northwest Philadelphia landmark”. Dan Gordon, a trustee of the Drumcliff Foundation, stated that “The Mt. Airy Gateway Project is an extraordinary way for the community to put its best foot forward.  As a volunteer driven project, it fully maximizes the dollars that are being contributed in an effort that brings the community together in an exciting way.”

Last October, the Mt. Airy Gateway Project was initiated by the Germantown Historical Society (GHS) and West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN).  To assist with the effort, Patrick Moran of GHS and Doris Kessler of WMAN assembled a committee comprised of Jan DeRuiter, Peter DiCarlo, Lois Frischling, Dan Husted, Doris Kessler, Claudia Levy, Lizabeth Macoretta, Patrick Moran, and Christopher Plant, all of West Mt. Airy. 

The first action item performed by the committee, volunteers, and students from St. Gabriel Hall was to remove decades of ivy and invasive plants.  Over the winter, the committee then reviewed the restoration concept and design  recommendations by project architect and West Mt. Airy resident Peter DiCarlo of di Carlo Architecture and the landscape design proposed by Claudia Levy of di Carlo Architecture and Doris Kessler.  In February, the group met with senior staff of Fairmount Park who enthusiastically supported the project.  The committee looks forward to working with the Park’s point person, Chris Palmer, Director of Operations and Landscape Management.

The project’s next step is an engineering review of the stone structures and pergola design.  Once completed, the review must be approved by the Philadelphia Art Commission.

The Stotesbury Pergolas were gifted to the community by legendary financier and philanthropist Edward T. Stotesbury.  Composed of Wissahickon schist and Indiana limestone, the original design included double stone piers on either side of Lincoln Drive.  The piers were bridged by carved wooden beams that supported climbing vines. 

During the 1950s, Lincoln Drive was widened.  The stone piers (and pergolas atop the piers) nearest the road were demolished.  Thus began the decline of this historic landmark and with it, the memory of why these walls bordered the intersection.

Last fall, a halt was put to the further deterioration of the Mt. Airy Gateway.  Regular site improvements, restoration planning and fundraising efforts have been in full swing and will continue over the next ten months. 

The GHS has images of pergolas’ original conception. One notes that the beam design of the current restoration draws upon the original carving design in a detailed fashion.  Materials research reveals that Wissahickon Black Locust is the most weather resistant of possible woods for the new pergolas.  The Friends of the Wissahickon will help harvest and mill the wood from fallen local Black Locusts.  The milled wood must air dry for six months prior to shaping the pergola beams.  Their installation is scheduled for late winter/early spring of 2011.  The complete landscape design will then be planted and the entire project will be completed in spring of 2011.

Help return this historic gateway to Mt. Airy.  Please send a check made payable to WMAN to 6703 Germantown Avenue, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19119-2109.  Please include “Mt. Airy Gateway” on the memo line.  All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Your support of the Mt. Airy Gateway Project is greatly appreciated.

Mt. Airy Baseball marked the conclusion of another successful season – its 25th – with a ceremony at the ballfield at Mt. Airy Playground on June 19 with the presentation of plaques to the league’s first two commissioners, Ernie Covington (left) and John  Nolan, for their efforts in guiding the league in its first seasons. The league began with about 25 players on a few teams; this year, said current Commissioner Dan Winterstein (right), more than 600 players on 25 teams took part. The regular season ended last Saturday; travel and tournament teams will continue play until the end of July. 

Go ‘Out on a Limb’  – and Celebrate

Babies in the Air! Celebrating their first birthday in July are more than 30 babies photographed on Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit, Out on a Limb, which also turns 1 in July. Photo by Nick Kelsh.

You’re invited to Out on a Limb’s first birthday party on July 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Avenue. Enjoy free birthday cake starting at noon and a giveaway from Bredenbecks Bakery in Chestnut Hill,while supplies last. Visitors will enjoy a visit from Judy Tudy, the “mommy clown”, who combines magic and storytelling into one enchanting show. These interactive presentations allow children to reach into their imaginations and explore.  Judy Tudy will also create balloon animals and flowers for kids. The festivities take place near the entrance to Out on a Limb, the 450 foot long canopy walk that lead you up into the tree tops, 50 feet above the ground. Visitors can experience the forest as a bird by entering a huge nest, complete with giant robin’s eggs, or as a squirrel by scampering down onto the Squirrel Scramble’s rope netting between towering trees. See trees as you never have before at Out on a Limb’s first birthday party. Come one, come all! The event is free with regular admission.  While you’re there, be sure you check out the Garden Railway with its new exhibit of Roadside Attractions, and some fun circus trains. 

Apply Now for Tree Plantings

Apply today to have a tree planted on your property this fall.  The West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) Streetscapes Committee is participating in the fall 2010 TreeVitalize Philadelphia Tree Planting Program.

TreeVitalize supports neighborhood volunteers in planting trees by supplying them with free trees and limited services to help prepare planting locations.  TreeVitalize is a public/private partnership launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in Southeast Pennsylvania.  The Streetscapes Committee will be organizing the effort in West Mt. Airy. 

Interested homeowners should contact Dave Tukey, project coordinator, at or 215-844-2807, or Doris Kessler, WMAN Streetscapes Committee chair, at or 215- 242-0651.  An application and further information is available online at  Completed applications must be received by Friday, August 6.

An application does not guarantee that a homeowner will receive a tree.  A permit from the Fairmount Park Commission is required for each tree requested and tree locations must conform to Commission guidelines. 

The Tree Planting Program is part of a continuing effort to increase the number of trees in Philadelphia.  Since November of 2007, the WMAN Streetscapes Committee has planted more than 200 trees in West Mt. Airy.  To learn more or to volunteer, please contact West Mt. Airy Neighbors at or (215) 438-6022.

Hike the Wissahickon with FOW Trail Ambassadors

The Friends of the Wissahickon offers free nature walks in Wissahickon Valley Park this summer led by FOW Trail Ambassadors. 


Unless otherwise noted, hikes use rocky, rugged trails that may be steep and slippery, except for the Lower Forbidden Drive Hike on June 26, which will be easy. Please bring water. Children over the age of six are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult on hikes that are designated as suitable for them. Walks are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Please visit for more details and updated information.

The Trail Ambassador Walks schedule for June includes:

Woodsy Trek to Visit Our Legendary Indian, Saturday, June 26 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. This hike is led by Bruce Wagner and lasts two hours. Meet at the Valley Green Inn Horse Shed. For further information contact Bruce at

Lower Forbidden Drive, Saturday, June 26, 3 p.m., led by  Sarah West. Meet at the small parking lot where Forbidden Drive meets Lincoln Drive, a short distance down stream from Historic RittenhouseTown. This walk lasts for one hour and is less than one mile along lower Forbidden Drive on level ground as far as the Blue Stone Bridge. For further information contact Sarah West at

HIV Testing at St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6671 Germantown Avenue, will join Philadelphia Fight ( to participate in National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speakers, literature and on-site HIV testing will be available.

Other health-related information will be provided including resources for people who are living with HIV/AIDS, a healthy living table, and information about the SHARE food program, The event is free and open to the public.  Walk-ins welcome. No need to pre-register or call ahead.

This program is a part of the 16th Anniversary of National HIV Month during the month of June. The theme this year is “Take the Test, Take Control.”

Today, the Center of Disease Control estimates approximately 250,000 Americans are living with HIV but unaware of their HIV status. HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health.

For more information, contact the church office at 215-848-0199.

‘In the Spirit’ at Germantown Christian Assembly

Local performing artists will present the inspirational play “In the Spirit” on June 25, 26 and 27 at Germantown Christian Assembly, 610 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue. All are invited to this original drama that explores how unseen spirits profoundly affect our daily lives and decisions. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on June 25, 1 and 7 p.m. on June 26, and 3 and 6:30 p.m. on June 27. There is no fee but a free-will offering will be taken.

“In the Spirit” is an original drama written by Latrelle Clarett Nicholson, a local teacher and writer. The performance is a production of Kingdom Remnant Project Inc. (KRP), a Philadelphia-based theater company dedicated to Christian ministry through the performing and creative arts.

Based at Germantown Christian Assembly since 2006, KRP launched in 2006. Since then its performances have focused on relationship and family issues with an insightful and encouraging message of hope through faith in Jesus Christ.

For information on “In the Spirit” call 215-880-4442 or e-mail Learn more about  KRP at

Jazz at Mt. Zion Baptist Church

The J. Quinton Jackson Memorial Scholarship Committee of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown will present “An Evening of Jazz” with the Jordan Williams Trio.

The evening of music will be held Saturday, June 26 at Center In The Park 5818 Germantown Avenue, from 7-10 p.m.

Proceeds from the $20 donation will benefit the scholarships awarded by the  J. Quinton Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For more Information call Robert Taylor 215-247-1478.

At New Redeem Apostolic

New Redeem Apostolic Church, 5001 Germantown Avenue, welcomes Apostle Anita L. Hogue of Temple of Deliverance OMFC Tabernacle Church of Lynchburg, VA on Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. For information call the church at 215-848-8630.

Clothing Giveaway

The Canaan Family Life Center, 304 West Schoolhouse Lane, will have a free clothing giveaway on Saturday, June 26 from 9-11:30 a.m. There will be clothing and shoes for men, women and children. Bring your own bag. For information call 215 848-2290.

At High St. Church of God

Striving Toward Excellence is the theme for the Sunday June 27, worship service at 4 p.m. at High Street Church of God, 222 East High Street.

We will have testimonies from former scholarship recipients, music and praise dancing. A free will offering will be received for the Women’s Scholarship Ministry.

All are invited to attend.  For further information call 215-438-3190.

Ask the Physical Therapist



Editor’s note: “Ask the Physical Therapist” is an occasional column by John C. Lockard, owner of Northwest Physical Therapy, Inc., 8200 Flourtown Avenue, Suite 11, Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Question: Should I see my doctor if I get dizzy when I get out of bed in the morning?

Yes.  There are many reasons why someone can get “dizzy”.  Your doctor is the best source to determine a diagnosis.  The doctor may send you for some tests to help in the diagnosis.  They may also refer you to a specialist, either a neurologist or an ear, nose and throat specialist.  The doctor also refer you to a physical therapist who has special training in vestibular therapy (inner ear).

Question: Is exercise good for pain in the calf?

Exercise can be good if the pain is coming from a tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendon leading down to the heel bone.  However, there can be many causes of calf pain.  Therefore, the best place to start is your physician to determine a diagnosis.  The doctor will want to rule out whether you have anything serious, such as the possibility of a clot (deep vein thrombosis), which can be life threatening, or pain which is being referred from a problem in your back.

If the problem is tendonitis,  your physical therapist will design a program which will help you attain full motion and strength in the affected muscles.

Artists Sought

The Chestnut Hill Business Association is seeking fine artists and craftsmen for its 26th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival scheduled for Sunday, October 10.  This juried show features works in six different categories, including Oil/Acrylics, Watercolors and Other Works on Paper; Drawings and Illustrations; Art Photography; Sculpture; and Fine Crafts.  Cash prizes are awarded in each category. 

The festival is staged along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.  The festival attracts over 25,000 people who come for the art, ambiance and other fun activities, including live music on two stages; amusement rides for children; food courts and al-fresco dining.

For information call 215-247-6696 or visit to download an application form.

Family Fun at FreshVisions “Dreadlock Homie”

Capping off FreshVisions’ family theatre season of plays will be our presentation of Ebony Kaleidoscope 5. This two-part production will present, due to popular demand, The  Amazing Return of Dreadlock Homie, World’s Greatest Island Detective and the black poetry piece More Better Poetic Motions in Black.

The show will be presented for four performances on the weekend of June 25-27. Friday, June 25 show time is 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 26 has two shows at 3 and 8 p.m., and the final show on Sunday, June 27 is at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and above and $10 for all under 12.  All performances will be held at our home theatre, the historic Germantown Theatre Center, 4821 Germantown Avenue. For information call 267-226-7135. Tickets are available on-line at

In The Amazing Return of Dreadlock Homie, World’s Greatest Island Detective, thrills and uproarious laughter will once again be the order of the day as we follow our favorite bubble blowing master detective, Dreadlock Homie and his erstwhile partner and companion in crime-solving, the doctor of style, Dr. Whazzop as they tackle a new case that only they can solve.

The title of this new case is “The Master Plan of Professor Morrie O.G.” Yes, Homie’s arch-enemy, the Original Gangster of all evil, the brilliant and vile Professor Morrie O.G. returns to bedevil Homie and menace the world.

Will Homie, Whazzop and the world itself finally fall before the malevolent machinations of this brilliant and demented criminal? Or will our heroes, once again, save the day? It’s a rollercoaster ride of fun and frolic for the whole family.

As with all the previous Ebony Kaleidoscope productions, our second feature will be dramatized black poetry by some of the towering giants of black literature such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Sterling A. Brown, Naomi Long Madgett, and more in More Better Poetic Motions in Black.

This production will star FreshVisions’ highly trained youth performers, which includes both our Main Company and our Youth Troupe members.

Some of FreshVisions’ acclaimed past youth-performed productions have been: Cocoa Brown and the 7 Homies, Alicia in Ghettal-Land, Marching to Freedomland 2: Giants of the Civil Rights Movement,  Ebony Kaleidoscope 2 featuring the plays, Black Oceans of Poetry in Motion and Scarry Play, Oooh! In addition, FreshVisions’ Adult Series presentations of Douglas Turner Ward’s classic play Day of Absence, James DeJongh’s  Do Lord Remember Me, Robert Hightower’s  The Wait  and last year’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, by Lonne Elder III, were rousing successes.

For further information call 267-226-7135 or visit our website at

FreshVisions Youth Theatre Company is a program of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Council.

Prominent Authors Coming to Book Fair

Chestnut Hill has announced that this year’s second annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, July 9-11.  This weekend-long event will be presented at Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia and showcases more than 50 locally and nationally recognized authors. It will also host more than 25 free events at additional venues in the area.

In its second year, the festival will feature authors such as former mayoral candidate and businessman Sam Katz; Daily News Columnist and writer Solomon Jones; Holocaust survivor Yehuda Nir; Richard C. Morais, recently selected by Oprah Winfrey as a top pick for the summer; and Steve Poses, one of the architects of the Philadelphia restaurant renaissance. A complete schedule is attached.

“Last year’s book festival was a huge success,” said Greg Welsh, President of the Chestnut Hill Business Association. “Even though Chestnut Hill has so much to offer, we thought that a book festival would be one more event that would add to its uniqueness. We’re happy to put this together for the second year and looking forward to another great roster of writers.”

The weekend will be filled with panel discussions, author readings, writer’s workshops —poetry, fiction — singer songwriter slams and a simultaneous chess demonstration pitting 16 year-old Will Fischer against eight other players. For kids, there will be children’s authors’ readings, a Cat in the Hat appearance, Green Eggs and Ham Brunch, and much more.

For more information visit or call 215-247-6696.

Community Dialog in Germantown

West Central Germantown Neighbors (WCGN) and Germantown Community Connection (GCC) will host a community dialogue, “Living in Germantown: All Together,“ on Wednesday, June 30, from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue. Community leaders will help us imagine a more perfect Germantown, and decide what that looks like, and discover services and resources we need in our community to get there.

Motivated by President Obama’s More Perfect Union speech, and his call to action for Americans to talk to each other about race and class, this community vision of a racially harmonious Germantown is part of the ongoing work done by many organizations and individuals in our neighborhood, over years, all working for positive change.

This meeting is open to all, and you can also volunteer to be part of our cookie baking team, a greeter team, a set up and clean up team or the facilitation team. Community leaders facilitating the event are Barry Cross, Tom Grundy, Nadine Rosechild, and Susan Guggenheim.

For more information, contact  Susan Guggenheim, WCGN,, at 215-284-6038, e-mail; or Betty Turner, GCC,

Health Fair at Mattie Humphrey Center

Public Health District #9 Mattie Humphrey Center is having a Mimi-Health Fair on Monday, June 28 from 12-4 pm. at 131 East Chelten Avenue. Various health organizations will be on hand to answer health related questions and hand out health-related information. Receive a snack pack full of goodies.

For more information, please contact Linda Taylor at 215-247-7874.

Real Estate Seminar

A free real estate seminar will be held at Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue, on Tuesday, June 29, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Prudential Fox and Roach realtors Dawn Evans and Clara Glenn will be joined by a mortgage broker, home inspector and appraiser to provide valuable information on the current real estate market for both buyers and sellers.

Do you have credit concerns? There will be a very special segment on secrets to raising your credit score quickly. Dinner will be served, plus there will be free prizes.

Call 215-685-2095 for more information.

Community Dialog in Germantown

West Central Germantown Neighbors (WCGN) and Germantown Community Connection (GCC) will host a community dialogue, “Living in Germantown: All Together,“ on Wednesday, June 30, from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue. Community leaders will help us imagine a more perfect Germantown, and decide what that looks like, and discover services and resources we need in our community to get there.

Motivated by President Obama’s More Perfect Union speech, and his call to action for Americans to talk to each other about race and class, this community vision of a racially harmonious Germantown is part of the ongoing work done by many organizations and individuals in our neighborhood, over years, all working for positive change.

This meeting is open to all, and you can also volunteer to be part of our cookie baking team, a greeter team, a set up and clean up team or the facilitation team. Community leaders facilitating the event are Barry Cross, Tom Grundy, Nadine Rosechild, and Susan Guggenheim.

For more information, contact  Susan Guggenheim, WCGN,, at 215-284-6038, e-mail; or Betty Turner, GCC,

Homeownership Seminars

Every Thursday Northwest Education and Development Corporation (NWEDC) will host a homeownership seminar located at 5538C Wayne Avenue. This seminar will provide information on home financing, savings, home inspections, settlement costs, the dangers of predatory lending, after settlement, grants and bonds for closing, credit, and much more. These seminars are funded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. If you are interested in attending this informative event, please call NWEDC at 215-849-3104.  Seating is limited.

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West Oak Lane

Jazz Festival


State Representative Dwight Evans (left, red shirt), Executive Director of Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation Jack Kitchen (at right, straw hat), Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife, Lisa, and many community members came out to kick off the seventh annual three-day West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival on Friday June 18.  

The festivities began with a parade down Ogontz Avenue, featuring the UCC Royal Brass Band, and featured various jazz acts throughout the weekend.