From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

February 4, 2010 • Feb. 4 Mt. Airy Independent.pdf

In This Issue

ZBA Denies Variance

for Springer St.

Northwest Reaches

Out to Help Haiti

DIA to Discuss Census, R8

NWZoning Hearings

Enterprising Woman Competition

Info for Seniors at Canaan

Open Mic at Infusion Coffee and Tea on February 4


Conservation Contest

Resource Forum

Myrtle Young-Wilson, 82

Trinity Lutheran

Extends a Welcome

‘Smart Suppers’ at

7th Day Adventist

Allens Lane Seeks Donated Art for FUNdraiser

Dine at Trolley Car Diner and Help Homelink

ZBA Denies Variance for Springer St.


Staff Writer

In 1951 the house at 506 West Springer Street was where Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner escaped the paparazzi of the day to have their secret wedding. Today that house is gone, but lately the vacant lot has been the backdrop for a new controversy – a fight between owner Yuri Yakhnis, and the West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) Zoning Committee, which opposes his development plans.

The Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) voted January 27 to deny Yakhnis’ variance request to subdivide the property into four lots for the construction of two large twins; four new residential units. Now that the ZBA has sided with nearby neighbors, who have charged that putting twins on single-home loaded Springer would ruin the neighborhood, that battle might seem to be over. After all, the R-2 residential zoning for the street seems to back this up too. It only allows for singles.

But they say the devil is in the details, and here the details are interesting.

As a general rule zoning variances are only allowed when property owners can prove a “hardship” as a result of something relating to the property that would make an as-code improvement too difficult to do. When 506 Springer came to the WMAN Zoning Committee on January 6, Yakhnis’ attorney, Richard DeMarco, presented the hardship in pure financial terms.

Because of market conditions and the cost of construction, he argued, two twins is “the only viable use of this lot.”

DeMarco’s position hasn’t changed since then, but some of the facts have. At the ZBA hearing last week he surprised the West Mt. Airy residents with evidence of a potential physical hardship associated with the property. Despite the hubbub at the hearing, he insisted this evidence was about as new to him as it was to WMAN.

It was a geological study done by the previous owners, D&T Properties LLC, in 2007, which shows a need to do substantial additional foundation work for any building slated for that site.

“Lots of ground water makes [the site] unstable enough that you have to drive pilings in at a significant cost of construction,” DeMarco summarized.

The owner of D&T Properties, Anthony Green, read the findings the same way back in 2007 and he was sure they would impact the current owner as well.

“You needed to put helical piers in there to build there,” he said. “You’ve got to go 30 feet deep before you get something solid. I think I had to go down 33 feet and I needed 48 piers. That’s like a 50 thousand dollar project in itself, per house.”

But even with evidence of a traditional hardship the ZBA went with the residents, although the vote was a bit difficult to read. Two of the four ZBA members at the hearing voted against the variance, and the remaining two voted in favor of subdividing the lot in two – not four. However DeMarco maintains that the lot is large enough to allow two single homes by-right, without the need for ZBA approval.

Since the hearing those two votes have been clarified as “nos” to four units on the lot. But DeMarco is convinced that neither the ZBA, nor WMAN fully grasped the significance of the hardship presented in the geological study. To him four houses is still the only commercially viable possibility for that lot.

“You simply can’t make it work because of that cost,” he said. “You can’t make two homes work.”

As of late last week, DeMarco said his client had made no decision about whether to appeal the ZBA ruling.

Northwest Reaches Out to Help Haiti


Staff Writer

They say the human voice is the most beautiful musical instrument ever made. Last Saturday night, as snow was falling, heavenly evidence supported that statement filling the showroom of Cunningham Piano Company in Germantown, sweeping over the small audience assembled there and reverberating through the open grand pianos spread across the giant space.

It was an impromptu concert put on jointly by Cunningham and the Delaware Valley Opera Company to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti. But only the most moving music can follow an account of what the Haitian people are facing now.

“Right now even, as Haitians, we are not in Haiti but we are suffering because our country is in trouble,” said Deurel Dalturis before the concert began.

He and his wife Mireille are members of the Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church on Chelten Avenue. They live in Philadelphia, but their hearts are in Haiti. The money they send home supports an orphanage that cares for 10 children, and since the 7.0 earthquake ravaged that country on January 12 they have been cutting back on basic expenses here, even food, to channel as much as they can back to their homeland. But even in America there is a schism between what they want to do and what they can.

“I can’t tell anybody, ‘bring that kid over here, they can sleep on the floor.’ What am I going to feed them? So I have to keep my mouth shut,” said Mireille Dalturis.

Haiti has been widely described as “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” but it is much more than that. For a hundred years, after a 1697 treaty gave France a third of the territory on the Spanish-held island of Hispaniola, the colony was the most prosperous in the world, outstripping all of the thirteen British colonies in North America combined, and becoming the single largest source of wealth in all of France.

Then, in 1791 the slaves who made that prosperity possible rose up against France and after a more than 10-year struggle – in its final stages against French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – they won. With the loss of sugar revenue from its Caribbean colony France gave up dreams of expansion into North America and, in a surprise offer by the defeated Napoleon, France sold the land that now comprises Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana, including New Orleans to the U.S. for $15 million in the Louisiana Purchase.

Thus, by 1804 Haiti had become the second independent republic and the first black- controlled nation in the Western Hemisphere, as well as being directly responsible for the U.S. gaining more than 20 percent of its current territory.

Its poverty, many say, originates with France’s demand for reparations payments totalling as much as 80 percent of Haiti’s national budget each year from 1825 to 1947. And America has played no small role in Haiti’s plight, including an 18-year military occupation beginning in 1916 which altered the country’s constitution and killed thousands of people, and the 2004 ouster of the nation’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Whatever the official attitude toward Haiti has been, human rights groups and churches have long tried to help the country. Now, after the earthquake virtually levelled the capital city of Port-au-Prince and killed tens of thousands, Americans in general are jumping to the cause.

Helping hands in the Northwest

Northwest residents are no exception. Whether it be collections of staggering sums, such as the $50,000 that Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church recently raised for the relief efforts of the global missionary service Lott Carey, which works in Haiti, or the efforts of the children at All About Kidz Early Learning Center in Mt. Airy who have collected ten boxes of children’s clothing, shoes and supplies over the last two weeks in their kid inspired “Hands Across Haiti” donation drive, local residents are finding ways to inject positive energy into this tragedy.

8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will host a “Philly Loves Haiti” fundraiser on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Marathon Grill, 40th and Chestnut streets, in West Philadelphia. Confirmed participants include Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Councilman Curtis Jones, State Rep. John Myers and District Attorney Seth Williams, and the event will feature music and radio personalities from many local radio stations. For more information call Councilwoman Miller’s office at 215-686-3424.  

Through Friday of this week the Trolley Car Diner has turned its Helping Hands profit-sharing campaign to the Haiti cause. The diner will donate 15 percent of the total bill of any customer with a Helping Hands coupon (available at to the Red Cross in Haiti. Unlike previous Helping Hands campaigns this is the first time the Trolley Car is recruiting diners to the cause without the help of a partnering non-profit.

“We just though this was an important enough event - a disaster - that we needed to do something real,” said Trolley Car owner Ken Weinstein.

In another first for Weinstein, he has pulled an old trolley token box from his vintage ice cream car to take up Haiti donations at the door.

‘Paint for Haiti’

A little farther up the Avenue, the Chestnut Hill Gallery has squeezed in a special “Paint for Haiti” benefit sale between two long-planned shows. Paint for Haiti features original work, and some lower cost prints of many area artists.

Normally artists and the gallery split the profits of art sales down the middle but owner Joe Borrelli has decided to take a smaller cut for this show, donating 30 percent of the sale price of any art during the week to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. Gallery Manager Anne Buckwalter hoped the artists’ reception February 3 would inspire people.

“The idea is to try to draw people in [from] Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy and meet the local painters and hopefully buy some art to help out in Haiti,” she said.

Ongoing relationships

Some area organizations have long-standing relationships with Haiti relief and development efforts. Global Women’s Strike, out of the Crossroads Women’s Center in Germantown held a candle light vigil January 21 to call attention not only to the need for relief in Haiti, but to the equal need that such relief not take the form of yet another military occupation. 

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with grassroots groups in Haiti for a number of years,” said Mary Kalyna. “It’s really important for donations to really make it to grass roots groups… People there were saying, ‘we want the USA but we don’t want it to be an occupation’ because there has been a whole history of the U.S. military there that has not been all that positive.” Global Women’s Strike supports the return of Aristide to Haiti, who has been in exile in South Africa since 2004. 

The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) is also a friend of Aristide’s, and of Haiti. He preached their once during his exile. FUMCOG has worked in the rural village of Fondwa for the past 16 years. Through its relationship with the Fondwa Peasant Association it helped found Fonkoze USA, a micro-credit bank that makes very small loans to peasants through 40 locations in the country. In December FUMCOG donated $4000 to the Peasant Association to help develop professional staff for the organization. Last week the church raised another $5,000 that will go to rebuild a school that served 650 children in the village before the quake destroyed it.

“They had just finished building this school that went from kindergarten to 12th grade,” said FUMCOG’s Haiti Committee Co-Chair Ray Torres. “The students were getting the best grades in the whole district and that school basically collapsed.”

Luckily, because of the timing of the disaster, no students were hurt in the collapse. But, according to Torres, 25 people were killed in Fondwa during the quake, and the town itself, which was unusually well developed compared to other rural villages because of the Peasant Association, was almost totally destroyed. In addition to the school, a seven-building university for local residents, an orphanage, homes and the community center were reduced to rubble, Torres said.

FUMCOG plans to hold a benefit concert in the spring to help re-build Fondwa.

At the opera concert Deurel and Mireille Dalturis expressed their gratitude for the all the Haiti relief efforts. Deurel Dalturis said it was important for Haitians to know that they are not alone, and Mireille stressed the need for well directed resources, and for something more.

“There is no way the Haitian people can gather what they need to take care of themselves,” she said. “If it wasn’t for your love where would Haiti be now? It is for that reason that I find strength… I am hopeful that our children’s children can learn from all of the love that was pulled from all over the world.”

DIA to Discuss Census, R8

The February general meeting of the Duval Improvement Association will be held Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Stapeley in Germantown, 6300 Greene street, in the recreation room.

At this month’s meeting we will be discussing a number of important issues, including special presentations by the U.S. Census Bureau and  SEPTA regarding the status of the Tulpehocken Station renovations.

This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting. We lloookm forward to seeing you on Tuesday and please be sure to inform other neighbors about the meeting.

For questions and information call Brian at 215-834-4100.

NWZoning Hearings

The following hearings will be held at the Zoning Board of Adjustments, 1515 Arch Street, on the 18th floor. All information is according to the Community Alerting Service of the Housing Association of Delaware Valley.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 69 Slocum Street. One use permit. Permit for the legalization of an existing three-family dwelling in an existing structure.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 398 East Godfrey Avenue. One use permit. Permit for a daycare for periods of less than 24 consecutive hours with accessory preparation and serving of food.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m. – 8850 Germantown Avenue. One zoning permit. Permit for the erection of a fence along the frontage of 8850 Germantown Avenue to replace in kind the old fence.

The Business Network International (BNI) Northwest Philadelphia Chapter meets each Thursday morning at the Brossman Center, Benbow Hall Room A, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Avenue.  Meetings run from 8-9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The cost to attend is $11 for the continental breakfast.  For information or a reservation to attend, please call Jim Malone at 215-783-0560.

Gripping ‘A Soldier’s Play’ at Stagecrafters

The first production of 2010 at The Stagecrafters theater is the riveting mystery-thriller A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller, which opens on Friday, February 5.  The action deals with the investigation of the murder of a black sergeant at an army base in Louisiana in 1944 during World War II.  As the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the killing proceeds, the psychological complexities of the case come to the forefront and easy stereotypical judgments become questionable and are refuted one-by-one.

The play, which is flawlessly structured as a classic whodunit, provides a mesmerizing narrative and delivers at the same time a scorching commentary on ingrained bigotry, racism, and social injustice.  Critic Frank Rich (N.Y. Times) noted that Fuller’s writing “... speaks to both blacks and whites without patronizing either [and embraces] volatile contradictions ... to arrive at the shattering truth.” 

Charles Fuller, born in Philadelphia in 1939, earned the D.F.A. degree at La Salle University in 1967 and co-founded the Afro-American Arts Theatre that same year in Philadelphia.  In 1971 Fuller moved to New York City and, over the following decade with the Negro Ensemble Company, wrote and produced, among several plays, one of which, Zooman and the Sign (1980), won an Obie award.  A Soldier’s Play, which opened at Manhattan’s Theatre Four in 1981, featured Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.  A huge critical and popular success, it won Fuller the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the New York Drama Critics Award.  He also adapted his script to the 1984 film A Soldier’s Story, which won him the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Film Screenplay.  After some twenty-five years the play retains its power to engage theatergoers and to hold them spellbound.

Performance dates are February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m., February 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, with Thursday evening performances two tickets for $20.  Students with valid ID get $2 off general admission.  Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $12 a ticket.  The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance.  For show information and reservations call 215-247-8881 (reservations-direct: 215-247-9913).  The theater is located at 8130 Germantown Ave.  Visit for details.

Special note:  A “Meet the Players” question and answer session will be held following the performance on Friday, February 12.  All attendees that evening are welcome.

Enterprising Woman Competition

Are you an enterprising woman? 

The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, 7500 Germantown Avenue, will present the ninth annual Enterprising Woman Business Plan Competition to help local woman achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.  The event is made possible by the support of our sponsors: Gateway Funding Bank, PNC Bank, Exit Realty, Wachovia Bank and Philadelphia University.

The annual competition provides women with the tools they need to launch, improve and grow their businesses.  “The competition also encourages many women to complete and fine tune their business plans and ideas,” stated Pamela Rich-Wheeler, Executive Director of The Business Center.  Smaller and mid-sized businesses earning less than $250,000.00 in annual revenue, can compete for up to $25,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded in three categories; retail, restaurant and service.  Applications for the competition will be taken until February 5 at 11:59 PM.  For additional information contact Melissa Stewart in our office at 215-247-2473, ext. 5, or visit the website at

The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise is a non-profit incubator which targets start-up and existing small businesses.  The purpose of the Business Center is to aid in the development of professional management and entrepreneurial skills.  Services include consulting, workshops and technical resources through a combination of in-house and on-line expertise and community network resources.

Info for Seniors at Canaan

Canaan Family Life Center and Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging will present an informational workshop for seniors and the families of seniors on housing, assistance with utilities, tax information and other valuable information on Thursday, February 11, 10 a.m. – noon, at Canaan Baptist Church, 5430 Pulaski Avenue. For information call 215-848-2290. 

Open Mic at Infusion Coffee and Tea on February 4

InFusion Coffee and Tea, 7133 Germantown Avenue, will host Open Microphone on Thursday, February 4, 6-8 p.m. All acts and all ages are welcome. Sign up at 5 p.m. The event takes place every first and third Thursday, and is free.

InFusion will celebrate Mt. Airy First Friday, on Friday, February 5, 7-10 p.m., by featuring art through the Beans and Screens project, with music by Roots and Groove. Beans and Screens is an art benefit project organized by the Philly-based Independents Coffee Cooperative and features coffee-themed poster art from around the country. Roots and Groove will spin down-tempo, electronica and funk every First Friday. The event is free.

For more information call 215-248-1718 or visit

OARCEnergy Conservation Contest

Aiming to lead a “Go Green” revolution in the city’s Northwest section, OARC is launching an energy-conservation contest for Northwest Philadelphia residents that will provide the winner and his or her neighbors with installation of energy-saving devices worth as much as $600.

OARC will launch its “What Now Survey?” essay contest on February 15 asking participants to describe how they would handle an energy disaster such as the shutdown of electricity grids throughout the northeastern United States, followed by the loss of public utilities such as water, gas and telephone service. Entry deadline is April 15.

Submissions must be typewritten and limited to 100 words per question, and will be judged by a panel of OARC and PECO representatives based on how creative, realistic and financially resourceful they are.

The contest winner will receive a starter home energy retrofit that includes installation of interior and exterior energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, automatic thermostats, low flow showerheads, water-saving aerators for sinks and faucets throughout their home and a complete home energy audit administered by Top Quality Home Services.

In addition, the winner’s block and block association may be eligible to participate in a future OARC-sponsored Urban Energy Conservation Block Party. The estimated value of the energy retrofit for the prizewinner is $500-$600. 

“For the nation and world to succeed in reducing our carbon footprint, conserving energy must begin at home,” said Jack Kitchen, OARC’s President and CEO. “There are small steps we as citizens can take to not only preserve natural resources but also protect our individual financial costs.”

Participants must reside in the following zip codes – 19119, 19150, 19138, 19126 and 19144 – to be eligible for the contest. Interested participants can obtain the contest rules and guidelines on the OARC website at, and by calling the OARC offices at 215-549-9462.

Resource Forum

First United Methodist Church of Germantown will host a comprehensive resource bazaar on Monday, February 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. Representatives from a broad range of organizations will be available to offer information, resources and advice on critical topics in the current economic climate.

Topics covered will include: foreclosure issues; cobra counseling; protecting and growing your assets in this economy; housing counseling; understanding and eliminating debt; entering the “green economy;” writing a winning resume; acing a job interview; on line job search; accessing Benefits Bank, which identifies programs for which you may be eligible, and more.

The church is located at 6001 Germantown Avenue at the corner of High and Harvey Streets.


Myrtle Young-Wilson, 82

Myrtle Young-Wilson, 82, saxophonist supreme, dear and loyal friend, and noble mother, departed this life January 29.

About five years ago she was twice pronounced dead and then brought back by miraculous medical intervention. Even so, her heart was reduced to 20 percent efficiency, even with a pacemaker and defibrillator.

Shortly  after the devices were implanted Bootsie Barnes and other jazz greats wanted Myrtle to join them at the Walt Whitman cultural building in Camden to be honored as masters of their art. Still weak, she declined. “I’ll lace a chair on stage with your horn beside you, you don’t have to play,” Bootsie told her. Myrt acquiesced.

On event night she sat for a while but the trooper in her was compelled to do what she did so well – blow her brains out on her sax. That is how she was – always giving her family, friends, and art her all.

More recently when cancer invaded her body, Myrt tried hard to hang in there.  “Toni,” she would say, “pull out your bling. Let’s go hear tony and the guys.” We made it to the LaRose club every Monday to soak in the great jazz. When my friend started to beg off, I knew she was in trouble.

On Monday, January 25, Tony, Don, Mike and Craig dedicated and played Myrtle’s favorite songs: “Body and Soul” and “Stardust.” The next day, I told her how beautiful it was. Her eyes opened a bit and her head rocked back and forth a few times on the hospital bed’s pillow as if she was hearing the music in her head. That was the last set of tunes played in her honor in this life. On the 28th I do hope she was playing “her songs” in her memory as she breathed her last.

As a young teenager Myrtle attended the Piney Woods Country Life School in rural Louisiana. She became a member of the school’s band in the 1940s. Prof. L.C. Jones, the school’s headmaster, had created the International Sweethearts of Rhythm in 1937 to help bring revenue to the financially-deficient institution.

The group quickly became so popular that it soon enjoyed professional standing. The orchestra indeed had an international flavor as its members were a mixture of races - Indian, Chinese, Caucasian and African American. These young girls were exalted in Europe as well as in America. They were heard over the airwaves courtesy of the Armed Forces Radio Network. The 17-piece Sweethearts often engaged in musical  battles with older seasoned male bands, always thrilling audiences wherever they played.

After the International Sweethearts, Myrtle formed many bands of different configurations – trios, quartets, and groups of between seven and ten members.  

Myrtle and her husband, also a sax player, had a band together. He accused Myrt of truing to outplay him because of her rotund sound and impeccable playing.

She was featured in, and on the cover of, many magazines as well as being listed in journals of who’s who in jazz.

There was much more to her. In years past she nursed many people back to health who had given up or been deemed incurable. She had a benevolent spirit and healing hands. It is a pity she could not turn those gifts upon herself.

Left to cherish and adore her memory are her daughters Stephanie and Daphne Wilson and her adopted daughter Veronica; granddaughters Stephanie and Sydney; sisters Mary Lou, Josephine and Bettie Jo; niece Charleen; nephews Benny Larry (Jr.), Robert Earl, and many others. Those who were close and attentive in her last hours of need included Easton C., Ron S., Lemuel R, Duke C., Pearl W., Paula and Lenny.

Friends included Willa W., Dottie s., Maleeth M., Toni R., the Larose jazz family, and musicians the world over. Thanks for showing your love for a most magnificent individual.

A viewing will be held Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Salem Baptist Church, 610 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown. Interment will be private.   

Trinity Lutheran Extends a Welcome

Who we are?  Trinity Lutheran Church serving the Germantown and surrounding areas for over 100 years.

Where we are? 5300 Germantown Avenue, on the corner of Germantown and Queen Lane.

Do you want to know who we are? Join us on Sunday for worship that begins at 10 a.m.

Come and learn the history of our church and join us as we continue to move into the future. We are more than a cemetery on the corner.

We have a Saturday afternoon program - Camp Belief - that is open to the community. We have a Wednesday afternoon Bible study beginning at noon; join us on this journey as we travel through the Bible and get a better understanding of God’s word. Also, we welcome you to fellowship with us during the year for our many activities and events.

If you are looking for space to rent or a place to have your special event we can help you with that as well.

Trinity Lutheran Church extend a warm welcome to those without a church home. For information call 215-848-8150 or e-mail to

‘Smart Suppers’ at 7th Day Adventist

A Smart Supper is planned for Sunday, February 7 at 5 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Chestnut Hill,  Germantown and Rex Avenues.  The theme will be enjoying a “Gourmet Vegan Breakfast for Dinner.”  Following the meal, Dr. Jeremy Walter Tremblay will give a talk on “Spinal Health – How to Stay Out of Back and Neck Pain.”  The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children.  Tables go fast, so RSVP at or call 215-247-7022. 

Allens Lane Seeks Donated Art for FUNdraiser

Allens Lane Art Center is seeking artists (students, amateurs and professionals) to donate a work of art to be exhibited and sold during our upcoming exhibition “Letters to Allens Lane – A FUNdraiser,” from Friday, March 5 to April 23. Artists from throughout the region are invited to donate a single work of art (unframed) on a standard letter-size piece of paper (8 1/2” x 11”) to Allens Lane Art Center to be in this exhibition. All artists are asked to sign their work on the back so that during the exhibition, nobody will know whose work they are purchasing until after a sale has been made.  All donated works will be exhibited in the gallery and will be for sale for just $50 each.

The exhibition will have an opening artist’s reception on Friday, March 5, 6 – 9 p.m. and all participating artists are encouraged to attend.  The reception is free and open to the public.  All works sold will go to directly benefit the programs and events at Allens Lane Art Center.

To donate your artwork, please either mail your work (large envelope with a cardboard insert to protect it is advised) to:

Allens Lane Art Center, ATTN: Letters Fundraiser,
601 West Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Or you can drop off the work at Allens Lane Art Center Monday –Friday from 10 a.m. -  5 p.m. You can also drop the work off through our front-door mail slot during after hours. Work must be received no later than February 12.

Please include with your artwork the following information: your name, your address, your phone number, and your e-mail address.

Allens Lane Art Center reserves the right not to display any work deemed offensive or dangerous to our gallery patrons.

Allens Lane Art Center is located at 601 West Allens Lane between McCallum and Greene Streets. Free off-street parking is available.   For information about Allens Lane’s programs, events and opportunities, visit or call 215-248-0546.

Dine at Trolley Car Diner and Help Homelink

Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14, Trolley Car Diner & Deli, 7600 Germantown Avenue, and Homelink’s  Meals On Wheels, a private, non-profit agency, are partnering to raise funds in support of Senior Hunger.  As part of its community outreach “Helping Hands Week” fundraising program, Trolley Car Diner will generously donate 15 percent of the cost of your meal when presented with a specially-marked Homelink Meals on Wheels coupon. 

In excess of five million individuals, or 11.4 percent of all seniors, are facing the threat of hunger. The agency delivers nearly 400 meals each week to primarily older adults living in specific zip code areas located in Northwest, North and West Philadelphia.  To be eligible for this Meals on Wheels program, meal recipients must meet the following criteria: Qualify as an older adult or person with a disability in need of assistance with meal preparation due to health concerns; live in the organization’s service area.

The diner is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information about the fundraiser call Lori Shmukler at 267-682-1026.  To request special event coupons, contact Homelink’s Meals On Wheels at 267-682-1020 or visit To make a donation, visit


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Working Together for Haiti

(Left to right) Elaine Tucker, Darlene Roberson and Kay Hill were three of more than 200 congregants of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church who came to the church’s building at 2800 Cheltenham Avenue on Saturday, January 30 to help collect relief supplies for distribution in Haiti. The effort was one part of an outpouring of support in the Northwest for the earthquake-ravaged  Caribbean nation. For more, see  the story below.