From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

January 6, 2011 • MAI.010611.pdf

In This Issue


  1. The Year in Review, Part 2

  2. Cliveden Brewers

“In my opinion, most great men of the past were there only for the beer,” an Englishman once said.  One could have fun speculating on how beer may have shaped the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and key moments in our country’s past.


The Cliveden Brewers Guild has created “Cuvée de Cliveden,” a dark delicious beer to be featured at Earth Bread and Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue, to help provide a more inclusive view of that past.  “Cuvée de Cliveden is a unique collaboration between the Brewers Guild and the restaurant,” said Phillip R. Seitz, Cliveden’s curator of history and fermentation.  “Each glass purchased helps to support new programs addressing history and racial equality at Cliveden.


  1. Lovett Library to Reopen Jan. 18


As of press time, Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue, is slated for a Tuesday, January 18 reopening, according to Joe Benford, chief of the Extensions Division of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In an interview on Tuesday, January 4, Benford said, “That ‘s what we’re shooting for.”



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Mt. Airy 2010: The Year That Was in Stories, Pictures

By  KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


This week we present Part Two of our annual look back at the people, places and events that shaped our neighborhoods in 2010. The following stories and pictures are from the pages of our newspaper in the months of July through December, 2010.


JULY 1

Millions missing at La Salle

On Tuesday, June 28, La Salle University announced that a long-time employee had been fired by the school after the University determined that several million dollars over a long period of time were missing as a result of an apparent fraud scheme. Reports identified the employee’s job as overseeing food services and catering, and said that the alleged scheme involved setting up a fake food company to which he authorized payments by La Salle.

Once a Marine …

A week before the Fourth of July, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Avenue, honored member Richard Washington on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Washington is the oldest surviving African American member of the United States Marine Corps in the state of Pennsylvania.

Lying for fun and profit

The Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia had a basement full of liars - professional and aspiring. The workshop, held by a group of published writers, named the Liars Club because of its members’ penchant for writing fiction, was geared toward advising would-be writers on the ins-and-outs of the writing business.


JULY 8

Firehouse closed

Engine 9, Ladder 21 fire station at Germantown Avenue and Carpenter Lane will indeed reopen after renovations to the building have been completed, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department. The building had been closed without notice in April after cracks were found in the flooring in the room that houses the equipment. Repairs were originally forecast to be done by fall; the station was still closed at year’s end.

Let Freedom Ring

July 4 ceremonies at Cliveden of the National Trust, Concord School and the Upper Burying Ground, and Johnson House Historic Site began with the ringing of the bell at Concord School 234 times – once for every year since 1776. The Upper Burying Ground on the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue contains several resting places of Revolutionary War soldiers.


JULY 15

Arson at Henry Playground

C. W. Henry Elementary School was the site of a different kind of pyrotechnics than those usually found on July 4: the illegal kind. On the evening of Independence Day, the Fire Department responded to a call about a fire at the school’s playground. The blaze destroyed a part of the playground set and the rubber matting it sat on, principally plastic railroad cars used by the youngest children.

Whose Lot Is This?

The parking lot behind  Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library was overgrown with bushes and filled with debris but city officials could not seem to decide whose responsibility it was to maintain the area. An accumulation of illegally-dumped tires and litter and yards-high weeds barred access to the parking meters at the lot.


JULY 22

Robberies alarm residents

More than thirty people turned out for a hastily-called community meeting on Sunday morning, July 18, at Allens Lane Art Center, indicative of the  importance placed on the subject matter by both West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) and neighborhood residents: a rash of robberies that all took place in a small geographical area in the first days of this month.  Six nighttime robberies, most of them at gunpoint, took place in little more than a week.

It’s your job, isn’t it?

Progress was being made at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library in regard to the unsightly state of the facility’s parking lot although  confusion seemed prevalent about who’s responsible for what, and who would be doing something about it. A Streets Department spokesperson said that the department would be working with the library to clean the trash-choked rear lot behind the building.

Telling a buried story

David Young, executive director of Cliveden of the National Trust, welcomed a dozen or so attendees to a meeting at the site at 6401 Germantown Avenue with the words, “Thank you for taking the time to share your input and thoughts on this very interesting project.” The project was one on a topic that the historic site has begun to explore after years of neglect: “Slavery and the Chew Family in Philadelphia, the Forgotten Chapter of Cliveden’s History.”


JULY 29

Overflow Crowd

More than 60 people came to the Germantown Jewish Centre for the July meeting of PSA 3. The meeting site had to be moved twice to larger rooms at the GJC accommodate the swelling numbers. Police Department officials promised an increased police presence in the evening hours. Citizens were alarmed at a recent string of armed robberies in a relatively small area of Mt. Airy between Carpenter Lane and Allens Lane, from Lincoln Drive to Germantown Avenue.

Outside Saviours

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library’s parking lot, also known as Campbell Place, finally received a cleaning last week on Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22, but not from the city of Philadelphia. The lot’s saviors, who spent four hours on both days working to make the place presentable, came in the form of a volunteer group working through People for People, a non-profit organization located on North Broad Street.

Streetscape Rebuilding

“This is the big push that we’re in right now,” said Elizabeth Moselle, director of the Commercial Corridor Revitalization Project at Mt. Airy USA, about construction activities taking place on Germantown Avenue. The Mt. Airy Streetscape Project was bustling along as work crews continued excavation and reconstruction in the neighborhood’s business district. A major reconstruction was taking place between Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Nippon Street on Germantown Avenue, including total replacement of curbs and sidewalks.


AUGUST 5

Lunchgate?

Germantown High School found itself in the spotlight through allegations of inappropriate behavior involving Department of Labor (DOL) funds granted to the school. According to a former employee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, who worked at the school as a program assistant for the Step Up Mentoring Program, lunches purchased for students using Department of Labor funds were eaten by faculty and staff, leaving some students to go hungry. District spokespersons denied any wrong-doing at GHS.


AUGUST 12

‘Mummy Bandit’ suspect nabbed

The hunt for a serial bank robber whom the FBI had dubbed the “Mummy Bandit” came to an abrupt end on August 4 Haverford Township police took into custody a suspect who lived on the 6600 block of Sprague Street, Mt. Airy. The FBI had circulated widely a description of the “Mummy Bandit,” so-called because of gauze bandages that the robber had worn on his face and arms during the commission of the crimes. He was wanted for a string of bank robberies, including several in the Northwest.

Panda House Protest

On August 12 several community groups, including East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN), Pelham Town Watch and the 22nd Ward Democratic Committee were to protest at the Panda House Restaurant for what they termed nuisance behavior and the failure of the owner to live up to the terms of agreement hammered out before the restaurant opened. Panda House, located at Germantown Avenue and Hortter Street, has been accused of violating provisions agreed to in a document signed by its owner, Adam Xu.


AUGUST 19

Germantown Y to reopen

The Board of Directors of the Germantown Y announced a planned reopening for the week after Labor Day, more than two years after a flood and management issues closed the fitness portion of the facility.


AUGUST 26

Let it snow …

Good news on two fronts for Northwest residents. The long-vacant historic Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue  in Fairmount Park will be the new home of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, and wintertime sledding on the best hill in the Northwest - “Tommy’s Hill” behind the mansion – would still be permitted.


SEPTEMBER 9

Quiet, Please

The use of amplified sound during the Mt. Airy Youth Athletic Association basketball league’s games at Mt. Airy Playground for announcements and music had been a point of contention for some time because of the noise, said nearby residents. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) planned on closing the matter for good. After repeated complaints, the DPR is disbanding the basketball association and is going to start its own.


SEPTEMBER 16

Good Neighbors

West Mt. Airy Neighbors planned a luncheon at the Commodore Barry Club to celebrate its selection of “50 Good Neighbors“ in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.  According to Liz Macoretta, WMAN executive director, it was difficult for the five-member committee to narrow down the list of nominees, which Macoretta said was “well in excess of 50.”


SEPTEMBER 30

At Last

The Y, an idea that went from being an effort to encourage and support men in the mid-1800s to a resource for the community in 1927 and to a catastrophe in 2008, returned to Germantown. Despite losing its charter with the YMCA, the organization, renamed the Germantown Y, reopened its doors for the community on September 11 with a huge celebration. The Germantown Y  had been closed due to flood damage since 2008.

Under Water

On Saturday morning, September 18 a break in a large 16-inch water main at Carpenter Lane and McCallum Street flooded nearby streets which immediately began breaking up under the impact of the deluge. The break was fixed that day and the streets were repaired by the middle of the next week.


OCTOBER 14

Fired Up

As the November election approached, President Obama came to the Northwest on Sunday, October 10, whipping up a crowd of 18,500 in a get-out-the-vote effort to keep Congress from falling to the Republicans. “Are you fired up? Are you ready to go? I need you to be as fired up on November 2 as you were in 2008!” Obama told cheering throngs who stood shoulder-to-shoulder during a political rally in Morton Park near the corner of Germantown Avenue and Haines Street.

Don’t Shoot

A decade-old issue revolving around the Wissahickon Valley recently reemerged in a new form with the formation of a new group, Philadelphia Advocates for Deer (PAD). PAD hopes to overturn a decision its members feel never should have been made: the endorsement by the former Fairmount Park Commission, (FPC), of reducing the Wissahickon deer herd by shooting deer in the park.


OCTOBER 28

Community Is Heard

Something unusual happened at the federal bankruptcy hearing on Thursday, October 21 for Germantown Settlement, a social services and housing non-profit that has been awarded over $100 million dollars over the past 25 years in grant money. Community members as well as creditors, debtors, and attorneys had a chance to let their voice be heard in court. Over a dozen residents came to the hearing, where Settlement’s plan of reorganization was supposed to be discussed. However, the plan had been formally withdrawn just a day before.


NOVEMBER 11

End nears for Settlement

Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement’s subsidiary the Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation (GGHDC) would no longer be in Chapter 11, a legal bankruptcy to allow an entity to reorganize, but would be in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which requires the sale of all assets to pay off its debts. On Monday, November 8, U.S. Trustee George M. Conway filed  a motion which would convert Settlement’s bankruptcy proceedings to Chapter 7 as well. Raslavich also granted a motion on behalf of the Germantown Community Connection that it have a voice for questions in future creditor meetings during the liquidation.


NOVEMBER 25

6 More Acres of Parkland

The Wissahickon East Project celebrated a milestone at a November 18 public meeting at Grace Epiphany Church, attended by about 80 people. Mike DiBerardinis, the city’s commissioner of Parks and Recreation, and Mark Focht, executive director of Fairmount Park, stated their commitment to accept six acres of Cresheim Creek land into Fairmount Park, a major victory for the project which has been organizing and lobbying for years to first stop housing development on Cresheim Creek land, negotiate a no-building easement, and finally find a home for the land.

Spot Zoning

A controversial Chestnut Hill zoning issue was further complicated with the decision on the part of Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller to introduce a special spot zoning bill into City Council in the form of Bill 100753. The bill would rezone a specific area of 10 East Moreland Avenue and thereby permit the potential buyer and developer, a German company that is the world’s largest operator of dialysis centers, to have unlimited hours of operation.


DECEMBER 9

Chapter 7 for Settlement

The long history of Germantown Settlement came to the beginning of the end on December 2 when federal Chief Bankruptcy Judge Steven Raslavich ordered that its holdings be sold off to pay its debts, which amount to at least $16 million owed to its creditors. Raslavich denied a last minute appeal that Settlement (founded in 1883) be allowed to remain in existence under the direction of Emanual Freeman, its president and director for 28 years. Raslavich said that that would be like “leaving the fox inside the henhouse,” in the light of allegations of misconduct raised by creditors and community members who testified during earlier hearings in federal Bankruptcy Court.

Ice-cold at Lovett

The Friends of Lovett Memorial Library (FOL) advocacy group was doing its best to spread the word to the community about the critical situation facing the library and get as large a turnout as possible at a community meeting to advocate for a quick resolution of the library’s difficulties. A heating system failure had closed the branch in late November, a closure that was done without notice to the community.


DECEMBER 23

Quick Fix for Lovett

Officials of the Free Library met with a large crowd of concerned residents on December 8 to discuss what to do about the lack of heating that closed Lovett Library. They said that a replacement heating coil was on order to get Lovett through the balance of the winter and that the branch would be moved to the top of the Free Library’s priority list for a new heating and air-conditioning system in 2011.


Lovett Reopening Projected for Jan. 18

By KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


As of press time, Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue, is slated for a Tuesday, January 18 reopening, according to Joe Benford, chief of the Extensions Division of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In an interview on Tuesday, January 4, Benford said, “That ‘s what we’re shooting for.”


Lovett’s heating system failed unexpectedly in November, forcing the closing of the branch after the onset of colder weather. At a public meeting on December 8, Free Library officials, including Benford, promised a short-term cure for the problem to get the branch through the balance of the winter. That involved ordering and installing a new heating coil to replace the one that failed .


Benford said, “We just received the heating coil yesterday [January 3] and they’re going to start installing it tomorrow. Repairs should be complete by Wednesday of next week. – if everything goes according to plan.”


Still undetermined is a new heating and air-conditioning system for the branch. Benford said, “We’re looking on getting it into the capital project budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1, 2011.”


Cliveden Brewers to Serve Up a ‘Taste’ of Cliveden

By CONSTANCE GARCIA-BARRIO

Correspondent


“In my opinion, most great men of the past were there only for the beer,” an Englishman once said.  One could have fun speculating on how beer may have shaped the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and key moments in our country’s past.


The Cliveden Brewers Guild has created “Cuvée de Cliveden,” a dark delicious beer to be featured at Earth Bread and Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue, to help provide a more inclusive view of that past.  “Cuvée de Cliveden is a unique collaboration between the Brewers Guild and the restaurant,” said Phillip R. Seitz, Cliveden’s curator of history and fermentation.  “Each glass purchased helps to support new programs addressing history and racial equality at Cliveden.”


The guild and Earth, Bread and Brewery invite the public to Cuvée de Cliveden’s January 13 launching party.  Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.


“Cliveden is excited to team up with an innovative Mt. Airy business like Earth, Bread and Brewery, and the Brewers Guild, one of Cliveden’s affinity groups,” said David Young, executive director of the historic site.  “It’s a terrific way to build visibility for Cliveden’s programs.”


Much discussion went into brewing the new beer.  “There are four things in beer: water, malt, hops and yeast,” Seitz said.  “Each ingredient contributes to the beer’s flavor, and each presents a spectrum of possibilities.  For example, water can have little taste.  Then again, it could have a mineral tang. 

“Or take malt.  There are 70 different kinds of malt, and hundreds of varieties of hops.  Each one gives the beer a distinctive taste.  Sometimes it takes you a couple of tries to get the taste you want,” said Seitz, a veteran home brewer who lives in Mt. Airy with his wife Debby, marketing manager for WXPN, and son Lyle, 10.


The Cliveden Brewers Guild, whose 20 or so members includes men and women, met last October to discuss how Cuvée de Cliveden should taste.  “We kept talking about it until we were exhausted,” Seitz said.  “We used a beer calculator, which does the mathematics of beer color and strength that active beer drinkers sometimes can’t do.” The guild, open to the public, meets every second Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Cliveden’s carriage house.


The project intrigued Tom Baker, the brewer at Earth Bread and Brewery.  “Guild members decided on the beer’s flavor,” said Baker, who owned Heavyweight, a brewery in New Jersey.   He and his wife now live in Germantown.  “I enjoy working with them,” Baker said.  “You get used to doing things a certain way, but guild members brought a fresh perspective, new ideas.  We’ve included some unusual ingredients in Cuvée de Cliveden. 

“Cuvée means blend,” he adds.  “For instance, it has candy sugar, raisins and a yeast that’s used with Belgian ale.”


The Belgian ingredient comes as no surprise, given Seitz’s brewing background.  Seitz and a Belgian student, JeanPaul Cassart, became acquainted in Washington, D.C., Seitz’s hometown.  “I had just finished a master’s degree in American Studies at George Washington University,” said Seitz, 51.  “I was working on the history of medicine at the Smithsonian, including a lot of biology.”


Seitz and Cassart had many a beer together during the Belgian’s stay.  When Seitz traveled to Belgium, Cassart introduced him to the country’s beers.  As fate would have it, soon after Seitz returned from that 1985 trip, an advertisement for a home- brewing kit arrived in the mail.  Seitz seized his chance.


Over the years, Seitz made many trips to Belgium, including visits to the Trappist monasteries of Rochefort and Orval, famous for their beers, and countless Belgian guests have stayed at his home.  Friendships and beer intertwined for Seitz, and still do.  “I’ve set up my current home brewing operation so that I can’t do it alone,” he said.  “A friend has to help me.”


Seitz and other guild members hope for the same camaraderie with Cuvée de Cliveden.  “Beer makes for conviviality,” he said.  He hopes that Cuvée de Cliveden brings beer connoisseurs to Earth, Bread and Brewery on January 13.  “With a hint of raisins, coffee and plums, it’s a delicious beer,” he said.  “Restaurant patrons can pay a few extra bucks and keep a special with the guild’s logo.  Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of earth Bread and Brewery are donating the proceeds of patrons’ first glass to Cliveden.  Maybe they’ll make new friends, and certainly do a good deed, by supporting Cliveden’s programs on racial equality.”


Those who wish to taste Cuveé de Cliveden shouldn’t wait.  “Tom Baker has made just over seven barrels of the beer, and he never brews the same beer twice,” Seitz said.  “Once Cuveée de Cliveden is gone, it’s gone.”

For more information call Earth, Bread and Brewery at 215-242-6666 or Cliveden at 215-848-1777. You can speak with Phillip Seitz, curator of history and fermentation, at extension 230.



The Therapist is In

Those Toxic Words  ‘You Always…’ and ‘You Never’

By SUSAN KAROL MARTEL

Guest Writer


“The Therapist Is In” is an occasional column dealing with questions and answers concerning emotional health. Northwest resident, author, and columnist Susan Karol Martel, Ed.M., has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than thirty years. The questions and answers she addresses are those most frequently asked by her clients. If you have a question you’d like her to answer, please e-mail her at skmarteledm@yahoo.com.


For this issue, I’m combining complaints I’ve received from couples containing those infamous words “He always……” or “She never….”  So, if you’re looking for a realistic and achievable New Year’s resolution, read on.


Always and never. These words may be among the most polarizing and dangerous in the English language. When your significant other uses them when referring to you, you become defensive, right?  So defensive that you just might overlook telling him or her that there may have been at least one time, maybe even more, when what s/he said about you with such certainty, just wasn’t true.


Not according to Webster or Wikipedia, but within context, do you know what these words actually mean?  I’m referring to your partner’s meaning when he or she says “You always/never…….”  Though I’m only a therapist and not a mind reader, I’ll try to translate: “I feel I’m not getting enough of what I need. And each time this happens (whatever this is,) it reminds me of the other times the same thing happens. I end up so frustrated that I don’t know how to change things other than to share my frustration! That’s when I’m most likely to say ‘You always…..’ or ‘You never…..’ ”


Before I became a therapist, I taught English at Cheltenham High. Those of you my age may remember your 10th grade writing class.  You learned that a good composition is built on the strength of each paragraph. Each paragraph begins with a lead sentence; each sentence that follows must support your topic using facts. You couldn’t just write any old thing.


Over the years, I’ve thought about the connection between teaching composition and working with clients on using words that express exactly what they mean and the feelings that they are trying to convey.


The next time you use always or never in a sentence, ask yourself: Is what I’ve said absolutely true? If it is – for example, “You’re always too tired at night when I want to have sex!” - your relationship may need a correction.  However, if what you’ve said isn’t always true, ask yourself what do you really mean? What feelings are behind your expression?


Let’s take a standard American (and possibly universal) favorite.  S/he says: “You never take out the garbage!”  This statement flows off the tongue effortlessly and is much easier to say than: “Honey, let’s figure out a way to schedule a reminder for taking out the garbage.  When you forget and I have to do it, I end up late for work.  If neither of us does it, the cans begin to smell and the garbage attracts bugs, rodents, raccoons and other pests.”  (It is best not to say:  “I don’t know why you spent all that money on a stupid

Blackberry if you can’t even use the scheduler to remind you to put the garbage out.”) Consider saying (lovingly) instead: “Why not use your new Blackberry to schedule a garbage day reminder. And if you know you can’t do it that day, I’ll try to make time to do it.”


Believe me, if this works, the Blackberry purchase will be worth it and will save you big bucks in therapy later. But, I warn you that after hearing your new approach, your significant other may leave the room, steaming.  Or, your words may start a word war that will make always and never pale in comparison to some of the expletives you’ll hear.


If your significant other doesn’t respond positively to your new approach right away, be patient.  S/he may think someone else has inhabited your body; or s/he simply needs time to get over your having nagged about the garbage week after week, year after year. Stay consistent.  S/he’ll soon get used to the new you. Just as your old expressions of always or never have conditioned your partner in the past, you can recondition him or her with hopes that what you receive in return may change, too.


If word choice is a mutual problem, work on it together.  Put a certain amount of money in a jar each time one of you uses the danger words in that familiar, non-endearing way. You’re likely to have results even before you have enough change for a Happy Meal at Mickey D’s.


Using always or never can be side effects of a preexisting condition that may take a bit more work than you, your partner and the Blackberry are capable of. If that’s the case, you may need some counseling; alternatively, go back to 10th grade English, repeat the class in composition, and try this exercise again.


Good Holidays and a Happy New Year!


MABID Seeks Clean and Green Proposals

The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is excited to announce a request for proposals for their Clean and Green Program. The purpose of this Program is to clean and/or beautify the Mt. Airy business district which runs along Germantown Avenue from Washington Lane to Cresheim Valley Road (6300 - 7600 blocks of Germantown Avenue). 


Project requirements are as follows: 

Applicants may be an individual, business or organization.  Applicants must provide 100 percent of the project labor at their own expense but may request 100  percent of the cost of all materials and supplies.

The project must be publicly visible in the Mt. Airy BID assessment area (Germantown Avenue and commercial side streets).  The project may focus on the cleaning and greening of residential side blocks located just off Germantown Avenue from Washington Lane to Cresheim Valley Road.

The project must be focused on the area between the front façade of properties to the curb of the street and cannot include the front façade.

While applicants may request grants of any size, the Mt. Airy BID Board has limited total grants for the 2010-2011 fiscal year to $3,000.

Applicants must complete a one-page application describing the project, the benefits to the Mt. Airy business district, the total budget amount and an itemized budget, the amount requested and, the timeline.


The BID Program Committee will meet as needed to approve projects and applications. If approved, applicant proceeds with the project and pays for all materials. At completion of project, applicant submits all material receipts to BID Executive Director and receives reimbursement within two weeks.


Mt. Airy BID must be included in list of sponsors of project and Mt. Airy BID signs, provided free of charge to applicant, must be displayed during the project.

For an application please contact Hollie Malamud-Price at 215-844-6490 or at holliebid@gmail.com.


Volunteers Sought for King Day of Service

In this New Year, we encourage you to  start thinking about how you can make a positive community impact in 2011. What better way  to kickoff the New Year than to become a service leader or volunteer in the Martin Luther King Day of Service?


The 16th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is just around the corner and we hope that you will join us on Monday, January 17 as a service leader or volunteer to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.


There are many ways you can get involved on and around King Day; you could even host a King Day event in your home for friends and family! The HandsOn Network is pleased to announce its America’s Sunday Supper and Community Cinema programs which will enable individuals to hold meaningful service-themed gatherings and discussions in remembrance of Dr. King.


If you work with young people or have children of your own, we encourage you to have them participate in our One King Day, One King Book initiative.


For more information about the Greater Philadelphia  King Day of Service, visit our website at www.mlkdayofservice.org or contact us at mlkdayofservice@globalcitizen.us.com or 215-665-2475.


To learn more about our MLK365 program, visit  globalcitizen.us.com. If you have any questions, relating to MLK365 please call our hotline at 215-665-2655 or email at mlk365@globalcitizen.us.com.


GGBA Meeting on Internships

The Greater Germantown Business Association (GGBA) is planning to go back to school at our January 11 meeting with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the Philadelphia Education Fund and The Business Center.


GGBA is excited to be in partnership with The Philadelphia Youth Network and the Philadelphia Education Fund to provide internship opportunities to Germantown High School students. Our January 11 meeting will be an opportunity for you to learn more about how to get some excited and motivated young people to assist you in your business, institution or profession for free.


Joining us will be Linda Ralph-Kern of the Philadelphia Education Fund  who will tell us all about the community partnership related to Germantown High School. In addition, Farrah Farnese, representing the Philadelphia Youth Network, will describe all the programs that are available to our businesses, institutions and professions that can not only impact students’ lives and help them understand the world of work in our community, but also provide us an opportunity to get some extra hands to help us in our businesses for free.


Also joining us will be Pam Rich-Wheeler of our partner and member, The Business Center. Pam will be describing the offerings of The Business Center and the discounts available to GGBA members who participate in The Business Center’s “First Friday” business seminars and workshops.


The event is Tuesday, January 11, 8:30 - 10 a.m., at  Germantown High School, 40 East High Street. Parking will be available on the school lot on High Street. As always, a light Continental breakfast will be available. Please R.S.V.P. to John Churchville at 215-848-8511 or jchurchville8@gmail.com by not later than Friday, January 7.


Register Now for Mt. Airy Baseball

Even though winter is still with us, another baseball season will be here before we know it.   For twenty-six years, Mt. Airy Baseball has been an important part of the community, providing play and instruction to boys and girls, ages 5-17. Through the work of dozens of volunteers, the program has grown to include more than 625 children playing on 45 teams and in five age divisions.


There are three ways to register for the 2011 season.


With On-Line Registration, you can register on-line at our web site, mtairybaseball.org; Walk-in registration will be held the last 4 Saturdays in January, the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th ,  and on February 5. All will take place from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Mt. Airy Playground, Germantown Avenue and Sedgwick Street.


With Mail-in Registration, a registration form is available on the web site mtairybaseball.org or by calling 215-552-8103.   Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


There is a $10 discount for registering before January 31, 2011.


Winter Programs

Openings are still available in the Winter Programs.   The Mt. Airy Baseball Winter Programs have entered their eleventh consecutive year. Twelve clinics of 3 sessions/each will be held in pitching and hitting.   We also offer workouts at the Ambler Sports Academy where players can hit in indoor batting tunnels. 


Gerry Givnish, Haneef Hill and Micah Winterstein will serve as Pitching and Hitting Instructors in the clinics. Gerry coaches the Mt. Airy Senior League Teams and has conducted numerous clinics for Mt. Airy Baseball.  Haneef is a former All-Public League player and played four years for Virginia State University where he was an all-conference player . Micah was an All-City and All-Public player at Central High School and now plays for Guilford College.  Haneef and Micah have taught at several baseball camps, academies and clinics in the Philadelphia area.  Other college and high school players and coaches will help instruct as well.


Mail in registration forms for the Winter Instructional Programs are available in the handouts section of the web site, mtairybaseball.org  or by calling 215-552-8103.


Tournament Teams

Each year, Mt. Airy Baseball sponsors tournament teams in several age groups for the more serious and competitive players.  This year we plan to enter teams in the 9,10, 11 and 12 year-old age groups.  The Senior League teams will also enter tournaments.


Tournaments begin after league play ends in June.  However, tournament team players practice or scrimmage once a week from April through July.   These practices and scrimmages do not conflict with the regular season schedule. 


Players are selected based on ability and availability.  To be selected for one of the 9-12 tournament teams, one must be available to practice during the season and play in tournament games between June 18-July 31.  


There will be open tryouts for those players who are interested in competing for a position on a tournament team.  Players who have had roster spots on these teams in the past must try out again.  In this way, we seek to ensure equal opportunity to be selected for a tournament team.  Try-outs are for tournament teams only.  There are no try-outs for the regular season teams.  Every child is placed on a regular-season team.


Once registered for the regular season, players and parents will hear more about these and other developments over the next several weeks.  


What parents must do now is register their child to reserve a place on a regular-season team.   Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great season for Mt. Airy Baseball!



MAUSA Workshops for First-Time Homebuyers

As the foreclosure crisis continues, Mt. Airy, USA is poised in 2011 not only to help homeowners save their homes and avoid foreclosure, but also to offer services designed to assist first time homebuyers in navigating the home buying process.


Mt. Airy, USA helps eligible homeowners prevent foreclosure by participating in a number of loan modification programs including the City of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized foreclosure diversion program and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority’s Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. If you need help with foreclosure prevention or need more information about Mt. Airy, USA’s foreclosure prevention counseling, please call 215-844-6021. 


Free first-time homebuyer workshops will be presented at Mt. Airy, USA on January 13 and 27, February 10 and 24, and March 10 and 24, from 5:30-9 p.m. Mt Airy, USA’s First Time Homebuyer Workshops will be held at their office located at 6703 Germantown Avenue, Suite 200. The entrance is at the rear of the building.


The workshops cover everything including finding a broker, executing sales agreements, obtaining financing, and getting a home inspection. These information sessions feature housing professionals, brokers, lenders, home inspection and insurance experts. The goal of the workshops is to provide aspiring homeowners with the practical hands-on information they need to make wise choices and to make the process run as smoothly as possible. They also give homebuyers information on things they might not otherwise have considered, such as why it is so important to have a home inspection even for a new house, and what to look for besides low rates, when shopping for a mortgage. Many other topics are included to aid people who have never purchased a home before.


To register for a First Time Homebuyer Workshop, go to www.mausa.eventbrite.com or call 215-844-6021.


Mt. Airy, USA also offers reduced-rate one-on-one counseling sessions with tools and instructions to help individuals manage finances, improve their credit, and build their savings. To sign up for individual credit counseling, call 215-844-6021.



Germantown Conservancy

As required by the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law, The Germantown Conservancy, Inc. announced its Calendar for monthly business meetings of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors for 2011, at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Conservancy’s headquarters at 6145 Germantown Avenue, as follows: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.


The Germantown Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) community development corporation certified as a development entity by the U.S. Treasury Dept. and which is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State as a charitable organization.  The Conservancy primarily performs urban redevelopment as a court-appointed conservator under the Act 135-2008, the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act, and as such is required to comply with the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct, the Sunshine Law and the Right to Know Law.  The Conservancy is bipartisan in that it has a Democratic Chairman, Bill Durham and a Republican Chairman, Hon. Peter J. Wirs.  Inquires are to be directed to the Vice Chairwoman and Acting Secretary, Pam Bracey, at 215-438-1232.


Genealogy Workshop

On Jan. 15 Stenton will host the museum’s first-ever Genealogy Workshop, “Researching and Preserving Your Family History,“ from 1 - 4 p.m..  The afternoon will begin with a presentation from Jefferson Moak, archivist with The National Archives and Records Administration in Philadelphia, who will discuss an overview of the subject of genealogy in Pennsylvania, and records available through the National Archives. This will be followed by a presentation led by Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, which will focus on how to get started with family history research, including record types and resources, and how to organize information and develop research plans. Use of Family Group Records, Pedigree Charts, and online databases will be discussed as well. Participants are invited to bring a laptop computer to begin genealogical research during the workshop. Special exhibit of Logan Manuscripts will be on display. Refreshments will be provided. Cost is $15 Per Person, $10 for Friends of Stenton. Complete reservations by contacting Kaelyn Taylor at 215-329-7312 or programs@stenton.org.

Stenton is located 4601 North 18th Street (the corner of 18th and Windrim Avenue), four blocks east of Wayne Junction.  The house is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., by appointment throughout the year. For more information or directions, phone 215-329-7312 or visit www.stenton.org.



Workshop for Entrepreneurs at Business Center

Starting a business can be an exciting venture offering many rewards. However, you must be prepared and you must understand the basics.  In business there are no guarantees – but you can improve your chances of success with good planning, preparation, and insight.  Start by attending The Business Center for Entrepreneurship’s business planning courses and one day workshops to get you started in the right direction. The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise is a small business support center located at 7500 Germantown Avenue whose mission is to start, sustain and expand your operations.  There are a number of workshops available for you in the upcoming year:

Let’s Get This Business Started Right, (January 6) a one day workshop for those who are in the early planning stages and need some assistance with identifying the basic fundamentals of business start-up. 


The Business Plan Workshop will be held on-site and on-line for the entrepreneur who is committed to writing the business plan and attending weekly sessions, January 8th – March 5.


Speed Networking is a one day workshop (January 7) that exposes entrepreneurs to the technique of getting connected, maintaining business relationships, and how to leverage business relationships to its maximum potential. 

Participation in The Business Center’s programs not only builds skills and knowledge but also provides networking opportunities to build a stronger network.


Register today by calling 215-247-2473 x7 or by visiting their website at www.thebizctr.com.


CHAFood Drive Helps Crisis Ministry

Chestnut Hill Academy students arrived at school a little colder than usual on a November Friday as they carried frozen turkeys nearly as big as themselves to a waiting trailer bound for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM).


The school’s goal this year was to collect 150 turkeys—in celebration of Chestnut Hill Academy’s 150th anniversary—but by the end of the morning, the tally had reached nearly twice that amount, straining the trailer’s tires but ensuring a brighter holiday for many more families in need.


“We are so thrilled that we not only met our goal but far surpassed it,” said CHA 1st grade teacher Mimmi Lowry, who organizes the annual Thanksgiving food drive. “Our families were inspired by the 150th anniversary challenge, but also by the increased need within our community. We are so glad that our gift of food will reach so many more families.”


GACM not only received a trailer of turkeys from CHA but a van full of canned goods as well. Lower School students, 5th grade big brothers and their 1st grade little brothers, formed an energetic bucket brigade to convey the bags of food from the school to the GACM van.


“The spirit of CHA shone through today,” said Betsy Longstreth, director of development for the school. “It’s the same spirit that has kept us strong for 150 years.”


Classes Forming at New Pottery Studio

Northwest residents will soon have another venue to express their creativity.

Manayunk Pottery located at 3741 Sharp Street will be opening on January 11. Located at the studio of Manayunk resident Janice Strawder, classes will offered for adults and children in handbuilding, wheel throwing, tile making and sculpture.


Strawder, a former resident artist at the Clay Studio, has been practicing ceramic art for over twenty-five years. She will be joined on the faculty by Kate Hochner, Kathy Bright, and Jimmy Clark all specialists in specific ceramic techniques.


“After working so many years at collective studios, it’s like a dream come true to finally have a place of my own,” says Strawder. “With so much space, I realized I could also offer classes and share my passion for clay with others.”


Five-week adult courses will be offered during the week both during the day and evenings, with plenty of open studio time in between. A class for children will be held Saturday mornings at 10 am. For those interested in trying out something new, a Friday night sampler class will offer a different technique each week and can be attended on an individual basis.


Strawder’s plans for the future include intensive workshops, field trips to ceramic art exhibitions and museums, as well as exotic firings with wood, salt and sawdust.


For more information contact Janice at manayunkpottery@gmail.com or 267-974-0887. Watch for a website coming soon at manayunkpottery.com.


‘Eyes on the Prize’ Showing

Documentaries and Discussions at Green Street Monthly Meeting presents a free showing of Eyes on the Prize on Saturday, January 8, 7 p.m., at 45 West School House Lane (Green St. Meeting House). We will view segments highlighting the work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Michael Simmons, co-author of the SNCC Black Consciousness Paper will lead a discussion afterwards. Popcorn, cider and child-care will be provided. For information visit http://greenstreetfriendsmeeting.org.


Donate Points to RecycleBank, Help Wissahickon Charter

Wissahickon Charter School is eligible to receive a $4,000 grant from the RecycleBank Green Schools Program, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle and take greener actions and offers environmental grants to schools.


In this season of giving, please consider donating your RecycleBank points to Wissahickon Charter School. For every 100 points that are donated to the school by January 18, RecycleBank will give $10 to support our environmental programs. To donate points- follow these easy steps: Sign into your RecycleBank account at www.recyclebank.com, click on Donations in the Redeem section, and select the Green Schools Program and then select Wissahickon Charter School from the list of participating schools.


Discovery Program teacher, Liz Biagioli submitted the grant to RecycleBank this fall, requesting funding for the 7th grade Outward Bound Insight Days program, where students receive hands-on educational programming while immersed in a natural setting.  Through these Outward Bound Insight Days, the 7th grade students review seven yearlong environmental sustainability topics that they covered in earlier years, such as Community, Water, and Energy, with the goal of preparing them to design and complete an individual Action Project during their 8th grade year, a graduation requirement for all students.


“Partnering with Outward Bound, we are able to offer programs that truly enrich and strengthen our students’ learning as well as our school’s mission”- Discovery Teacher Liz Biagioli.


Wissahickon Charter School is a K-8 public charter school with a mission that focuses on the environment. The school is located in Germantown and serves 419 students from across the City of Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.wissahickoncharter.org


Day of Service at USG

Children can make posters and decorate lunch bags.  Older kids can read them stories about Martin Luther King, Jr. Their parents can make bag lunches for homeless shelters.


These are a few of the many ways to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17. At the Unitarian Society of Germantown on Lincoln Drive, there are twenty projects for volunteers.  The day starts with coffee and bagels at 8:30 a.m. and ends with a wrap-up lunch at 12:30 p.m.


“We want our volunteers to have a good experience,” said Kevin Donahue, the organizer of the neighborhood activities.  “Each project has a team leader who assures that the volunteers have the opportunity to do some meaningful work.”


Kevin is a member of the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Montgomery County. He is organizing this effort with the help of many local churches, including the Summit Presbyterian Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, and the Mainline Unitarian Church.


Most of the projects are at nearby neighborhood sites.  Twenty volunteers will help to clean the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club.  Twelve others will be visiting a local nursing home. Twenty more will be outside removing trash from local streets.


“We are planning for 300 volunteers,” said Kevin. “Their work, and the kind donations of our contributors, will make our neighborhood a brighter place.”


The Unitarian Society of Germantown is one of many area churches providing services on Martin Luther King Day. “Service is an exercise in compassion,” says Reverend Kent Matthies, minister of the church on Lincoln Drive.  “Acts of compassion make our neighborhood a warmer place where all of us want to live.”


Volunteers can get more information and register to help at the event’s web site: www.mlkphillyuus.org. The Unitarian Society of Germantown is at 6511 Lincoln Drive.  Parking is in the rear off Johnson Street.


Look at Haiti One Year After Quake

One year to the day after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Robert Busser, who spent nearly two months on recovery efforts there, will speak of his experience, current challenges and continuing ways to help, on Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, in the Dixon House Library.


On the moment magnitude scale the size of the earthquake was a seven and left over one million people homeless.  Mr. Busser, a retired architect, created a housing design that yielded 2,000 homes built by Haitian carpenters. Of these young carpenters, graduates of Haitian vocational schools, Mr. Busser has nothing but praise. “They took the time to see that each aspect of the building was true. There was work of good quality. It was very impressive.”


Mr. Busser will present photographs of his recovery efforts and the impact of the earthquake. The current cholera epidemic affecting over 100,000 Haitians will be documented by video.  Mr. Busser is quick to note: “Haiti is economically poor, but spiritually rich.” The praise the people offer to God is their longing to create a world unblemished by suffering.  The earthquake was Haiti’s worst in 250 years. 


In addition to Mr. Busser’s work, Saint Paul’s Church sent two shelter boxes in cooperation with Rotary and Shelter Box, Inc. These provided disaster relief shelter and life saving equipment for twenty people. All totaled, 28,417 shelter boxes were sent to provide relief in Haiti.


NIMCelebrates Dr. King’s Legacy

On January 16, the Sunday before MLK Day, NIM, headquartered in Northwest Philadelphia, will present its 28th Annual Interfaith Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., introducing to Philadelphia keynote speaker Daisy Khan, Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement who spearheads along with her husband Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf the development of the controversial Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.  The program titled “We’ll Walk Hand In Hand” will feature responses to Ms. Khan from a diverse interfaith panel, city youth reading the words of Martin Luther King and music from three city choirs.


NIM, a northwest Philadelphia neighborhood organization, has quietly become one of the most effective and influential non-profit organizations in the city, providing services to half of all nursing home and other long-term care facility residents and childcare training programs that affect one in eleven children throughout the city. The organization’s “neighborhood” has, over its 42 years, expanded to encompass the entire city of Philadelphia, and NIM has accordingly decided to host its annual event in the Arch Street Presbyterian Church located in Center City rather than its previous location of Northwest Philadelphia.


Regarding the decision to bring Daisy Khan to Philadelphia, Rabbi George Stern, Executive Director of NIM, stated, “There is no better time than Martin Luther King Day to try to open people’s hearts and minds to difference and motivate them to do the hard work of communicating across great distances. In a nutshell, that is the work we do, whether in interfaith dialogue or eldercare advocacy. We will have other leaders present as well, religious and non-religious, and hope that the ultimate achievement of the event will be mutually respectful communication.”


NIM, an alliance of 58 Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Unitarian congregations, has grown organically through cooperation and collaboration around what its own diverse communities need, specifically honing its focus on long-term care advocacy and childcare training. Eric Wilden, Assistant Director of NIM, stated, “We will always feel like a neighborhood movement, because that’s how we approach problems, whether we’re in West Philly, northwest Philly, or any other part of the city. People are proud of their neighborhoods and they want them to work better for themselves and their neighbors.”


NIM has indeed been wildly successful throughout the worst economy since the Great Depression, increasing its staff by a third and nearly doubling its budget over the past year.


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous Open Beginners’ meetings are held every Monday at  4 p.m.,  in the Thelma S. Nichols Building, 47 East Haines Street, 2nd fl.; every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive; every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue; every Thursday at 8 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 140 East Mt. Airy Avenue; and every Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Avenue. For information call 215-923-7900 or visit www.sepennaa.org.


Energy Workshop

On Saturday, January 8  at 11 a.m., the community is cordially invited to an Energy Workshop at Calvary Church, Germantown, 5020 Pulaski Avenue (corner of Manheim Street) in the Parish House for an Energy Workshop with  representatives from PECO (Philadelphia Electric Company), PGW (Philadelphia Gas Works) and the Philadelphia Water Department.

The workshop will be held in the Parish House. the building directly behind the church. Please plan to attend to find out how you can save money, energy and the environment.

For questions call the church at 215-843-0853.


Soup and Sandwiches

The Women’s Fellowship at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, 6459 Germantown Avenue,  will hold a Soup and Sandwiches event on    Saturday, January 15,  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the church. Parking is available in the lot at Cliveden and Morton streets.

Featured will be Seafood or Chicken Gumbo, Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage and Potato with Kale), Chicken with rice or vegetable, and sandwiches including grilled cheese and turkey or ham with cheese. There will be free dessert.


For information contact  Sharon Brown at 215-849-0257.


A ‘Delectable’ Dark Comedy Begins 2011 at Old Academy

Old Academy Players are pleased to present their first production of 2011, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grande Boeuf.  This delectable dark comedy, written by local playwright Michael Hollinger, will be performed in the Players’ historic theater on Indian Queen Lane from January 14 through January 30.  The Players hope that, in addition to enjoying the show, you will help them truly fill an Empty Plate – by attending a special benefit performance for Philabundance on January 16 and/or by contributing to a food drive throughout the run of the show.


It’s 1961, and there is no finer restaurant in all of Paris than the Café du Grande Boeuf.  It is owned by Victor, a wealthy American expatriate, who – along with his “Mademoiselle” — is the restaurant’s only customer.  When Victor comes in one day, having just returned from a trip to the bullfights in Madrid, and announces that he intends to starve himself, the staff of the Café is understandably distraught.  Victor’s story, the attempts of the staff to dissuade him with seductively described culinary masterpieces, and the relationships between the various characters are served to the audience with flair in An Empty Plate in the Café du Grande Boeuf. 


Empty Plate contains much dialogue about delicious food and the effect of not having enough.  Though the play itself is a comedy, the Players saw the subject matter as an opportunity to do something for the community.  Throughout the run of the show, they will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items for the North Light Community Center Food Cupboard in Manayunk.  In addition, there will a special benefit performance for Philabundance on January 16.   All ticket proceeds from this performance will go directly to Philabundance.  


An Empty Plate in the Café du Grande Boeuf is directed by Old Academy veteran William Petersen.  He is pictured here at rehearsal with the cast.   From left to right are  Petersen, Arnold Feldman, Brian Weiser, Elliott Rotman, Paul Muscarella, Shari Lewis, and Theresa Bateman.  Bateman and Michelle Moscicki are the producers.


The play runs from January 14 through January 30.   Tickets are $12.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.  The special benefit performance for Philabundance is on Sunday, January 16, at 2 p.m.  Parking for all performances is free.  For information and reservations, call 215-843-1109, or visit oldacademyplayers.org.


Barefoot Boogie and Drum

Community Barefoot Boogie and Drum is held the third Saturday of the month at New Covenant Campus in Baird Hall, 7500 Germantown Avenue, from 8-11 p.m.  The next session is January 15. Admission is $10 or $7.50 if you bring a friend. We have great DJs that get everybody moving, as well as live drumming; bring a drum if you wish.


Enter via the driveway across from the Trolley Car Diner and follow signs to Baird Hall.  Call 215-266-5757 or visit www.CAMAcenter.com/boogie.html


Bootsie Barnes at Jazz Bridge Concert

Appearing at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue on Thursday January 13, will be saxophonist Bootsie Barnes and his band: Duane Eubanks, Lucas Brown, and Byron Landham. There will be one show from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $10/$5 for students, with no advance sales. For information call 215-517-8337. 


This concert is sponsored by Jazz Bridge, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that assists our local jazz and blues musicians in crisis. 


A free CD will be given to each person attending, a donation from DreamBox Media, Philadelphia’s only jazz record label.


Bootsie Barnes began his musical career at age 6 on piano, but when his grandmother gave him a saxophone at age 19, he knew he had found his niche.  He worked with big bands directed by Sam Reed at the Uptown Theatre Band, Johnny Lynch’s Club Harlem Band in Atlantic City, Bennie Lyons, Rollie McGill, Chico Booth, Andy Aaron & the Mean Machine, King James and Lloyd Price’s Big Band, and  Al Grey’s “Count Basie Allstars. 


In the late 1980’s, Bootsie toured as the opening act for his childhood friend and classmate  Bill Cosby and made guest appearances on The Bill Cosby Show (playing himself) as well as many other television appearances. In 2003 once again he toured with Cosby, playing the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.


Today, Barnes is known as “the man with the Tenor Touch “because of his dynamic style. 


Bootsie can be heard as a sideman on many, many recordings; he has released one vinyl album and three CDs as a leader:  Been Here All Along, You Leave Me Breathless, Hello, and Boppin’ Round the Center.


Guitar Masters at Roller’s Flying Fish

Guitar virtuosos Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Bruno will be appearing live at Roller’s Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Avenue, on Friday, January 14 at 8 and 10 p.m. and Saturday January 15, 8 and 10 p.m.


Chuck and Jimmy are collaborating on their first record. Anderson and Bruno are top tier jazz guitarists with decades of playing, teaching and recording experience between them.  Roller’s is a first class eatery with food prepared by Master Chef/Artisan Paul Roller. Wine, beers, liquor and gourmet food is available at this show and is not included in the ticket price. Roller’s is an intimate venue that allows the full appreciation of the performing artists being presented. 


Tickets are $28.50, general admission.  Reservations can be made for dinner only by calling 215-247-0707.


Order tickets online at eMusictime.com; advance online ticket purchase is recommended.


Green Party Membership Meeting

Greens will gather at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 27, in the American Room (2nd Floor) of Calvary Community Center, 4740 Baltimore Avenue, (entrance on 48th Street) in West Philadelphia. They will discuss a City Council ban on fracking for gas, a national peace march in the Spring, and new nominees for Green Party leadership. This meeting is open to the public. There will be no charge for admission (a free-will offering will be accepted).

For more information please call 215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.



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