From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

September 16, 2010 • MAI.090910.pdf

In This Issue

The Stories

  1. Bee Enthusiasts Have a ‘Honey’ of a Festival

  2. At Age 50, WMAN Honors 50 Good Neighbors

  3. Individuals and Institutions to be Honored

  4. Mt. Airy Village Fair is Sept. 26

  5. Red Light Camera on Henry Ave.

  6. Toastmasters

  7. Obituary: Dylan Badeau, 24

  8. Environmental Forum at USG

  9. Interfaith Children’s Festival

  10. Community Lawn Party

  11. Improvement and Safety Workshop At MAUSA

  12. CIP/SEC Environmental Day

  13. GRINCH Discussion on Energy Caps

  14. GFS to Take Part in Peace Day Event

  15. Springside ‘Green Power’ Award

Members of the Mt. Airy Gateway Project pause during  the September 11 fundraiser reception at the home of Christopher Plant and Jessica Meeker in Mt. Airy. The event, which was attended by 70 guests, was an opportunity to see the  DiCarlo Archtecture design for the restored Stotesbury Pergolas at Lincoln Drive and Wayne Avenue. Pictured from left to right front row: Pat Moran and Jennifer Katz, second row: Christopher Plant, Laura Siena, Lois Frischling, Doris Kessler, Mark Sellers, Dan Husted, Claudia Levy and Peter DiCarlo, all of Mt. Airy and Germantown. Also on view at the event was a new landscape design for the site developed by Claudia Levy of DiCarlo Architecture and Doris Kessler, chair of the West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) Streetscapes committee. The restoration project is an initiative of the Germantown Historical Society in partnership with WMAN. Photo by Jonna Naylor.

Bee Enthusiasts Have a ‘Honey’ of a Festival


Guest Writer

Philadelphia has a long history of beekeeping, laying claim to the father of modern beekeeping, L.L. Langstroth. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Langstroth’s birth, the Philadelphia Honey Festival took place the weekend of September 11-12. birthday. Events included a viewing of Langstroth’s papers at the American Philosophical Society to honey extraction demonstrations and cooking classes, covering a wide range of interests.

The Honey Festival was sponsored by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild and took place at locations across the city, including the installation of a memorial plaque at Langstroth’s home on Front Street, as well as events at Wyck, 6026 Germantown Avenue, the Bartram house, and the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive.

Langstroth invented one of the first successful movable frame hives - an invention that allowed the beekeeper to remove pieces of the beehive at a time, resulting in minimal injury to bees (and the beekeeper’s back!) The hive encourages bees to produce more honey, and enables the removal of wax and honey without destroying the bees’ home.

Shortly after Langstroth invented his hive, the honey extractor and pre-built wax frame were invented, allowing the beekeeper to run a honey production business. Modern beekeeping businesses also often offer pollination services to large farms.

Langstroth’s contributions to beekeeping led to incredible advances in the national production of honey. Honey became a major soft drink sweetener around World War I, and by World War II its use was restricted, as it was used so extensively in baking that there were shortages, according to “The ABC’s and XYZ’s of Beekeeping.”

In Langstroth’s time there was great controversy over the best size of beehive, and his design won out. According to beekeeping author Peter Sieling, in attendance at the conference, Langstroth was influenced by German beekeepers, as a friend translated beekeeping German publications on his behalf. After refining his technique, he successfully at produced large amounts of honey, but became embroiled in legal battles over the patents for his hives.

Langstroth collected many newspaper clippings that mentioned his legal battles, many of which are archived at the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Center City. A descendent of Langstroth donated around 300 documents from Langstroth’s attic to the APS. Langstroth’s collection included numerous engraved prints of hive designs including complex contraptions resembling kitchen cabinetry, as well as snippets of German publications.. Descendents of L.L. Langstroth were in attendance at the viewing of his papers.

The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram, modelled after the Royal Society of London. Franklin was an early proponent of “buy local,” especially honey and other sources of sugar, such as apples and beets. He observed that the region was forced to import cane sugar and molasses from the West Indies, and if they could only produce their own sugar, they could be more independent. European colonists imported and encouraged honeybees so much so that Native Americans referred to honey bees as the “white man’s fly,” according to one of the old books at the APS viewing.

The Honey Festival also provided a series of fascinating lectures, including university professors and the editor of Bee Culture, Kim Flottum, who spoke at Wyck about the challenges of keeping bees in cities.

A condition causing the mass die-off of honey bee colonies, called Colony Collapse Disorder, has hit beekeepers across the country, spurring renewed interest in beekeeping. Many beekeepers have turned to treatment-free beekeeping, which requires the beekeeper to avoid using antibiotics or feeding the bees high fructose corn syrup (bees are fed sugar syrup to save weak hives from dying off). As honey is partially digested flower nectar, a honey made from high fructose corn syrup is chemically different from honey from flowers.

It is legal to keep honeybees in Philadelphia though it has not always been. According to Flottum, many beekeepers report stronger hives in the city. Few people keep bees in the city, so there is less competition for food, and disease spreads slower. Strains of honeybees kept in the northeastern United States are docile, but stronger, larger beehives mean beekeepers must work harder to be considerate of their neighbors. For example, bees will find their water source in spring, which they visit through the year. The beekeeper should provide water early, lest they find a neighbor’s pool.

Flottum advised beekeepers to be careful of the direction they point their hives, as the bees fly quickly out the front door. If placed correctly, they pollinate gardens and trees; placed incorrectly, they fly out over the neighbor’s deck.

While docile, people often swat bees like flies, which incites stinging. At the Wyck hive, there were demonstrations where a dozen people stood around the hive and no one was stung. Big jerky movements make the bees think you are an invading bear.

Gary Sieling is a resident of Mt. Airy, and comes from a family of beekeepers. He sells beekeeping books at Anyone interested in beekeeping is encouraged to check out the Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild, at

At Age 50, WMAN Honors 50 Good Neighbors


Editorial Staff Intern

On Sunday, September 19, West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) will host a luncheon at the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, to celebrate its selection of “50 Good Neighbors“ in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.  Originally planned for September 26, the date was changed because of a Germantown Historical Society house tour that will be taking place on that date.

According to Liz Macoretta, WMAN executive director, the acknowledgement of neighbors is a throw-back to the organization’s fortieth anniversary, in which it recognized forty neighbors in a similar fashion. ““We really wanted to acknowledge that again,” Macoretta said.

Macoretta said that to be selected as a good neighbor only required a person to live in Mt. Airy and to be nominated for something that was not their job. Candidates were nominated by families, neighbors, acquaintances and strangers.

With such a broad criteria for selection, it was tough for the five-member committee to narrow down their list of nominees, which Macoretta said was “well in excess of 50.”

“It was a long process,” Macoretta said. “We really want to focus on the residents and what they do to help each other.”

Each neighbor selected has offered something unique to the community. Here are a few examples:

Hector Badeau has been the father of twenty adopted children and two biological children, the youngest now 20 years old and the oldest 43. His children hail from different ethnic backgrounds, such as Indian and El Salvadorian, and many have special needs.

Badeau and his wife, Susan, had discussed the merits of adoption for long before before they began adopting children. “It started way back when my wife and I were in high school,” Badaeu said. “It slowly evolved over the years.”

While living in Vermont, the Badeaus became involved in the foster care system, and had adopted sixteen children before moving to Mt. Airy in 1992.

Badeau and his wife have also shared their ten-bedroom house with refugees, seven of whom came from Kosovo and four from the Sudan.

Badeau also spends a large amount of time working with volunteer groups and his church. Currently he spends much of his time working with the REACH mentoring program.

Badeau, credits religion with much of his accomplishments. “Our faith has a lot to do with what we do,” he said. “It plays an important role in our lives.”

Despite all he has accomplished, Badeau was surprised to receive his award. “I was surprised because I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” he said. “When I found out I asked, “What did I do to be a good neighbor?”

Heather Pierce has been the president of Carpenter’s Woods Town Watch (CWTW) since the founding of the organization three years ago. The idea for CWTW spawned from two muggings that took place near her home, but no one wanted the responsibility of being president. She volunteered and was elected to the position.

“I volunteered to take on the position as president,” Pierce said. “Within three weeks we were patrolling."

“We have one of the largest active patrolling town watch groups in the city,” Pierce said. “I have 42 active patrollers.” CWTW also has over 150 members as well.

Normally the CWTW patrols two nights a week, but Pierce will patrol more often or for longer if necessary.

According to Pierce, every neighbor should do what they can. “Our philosophy is you can do one hour a week, one hour a month … every little bit helps,” she said. “Together we make this work.”

Pierce said that the CWTW’s flexible hours and open policies build bonds between neighbors that aren’t soon forgotten. “We actually have one man who moved from the neighborhood and still patrols with us,” she said.

Peirce was also surprised to be selected as a good neighbor. “I lived here my whole life,” she said. “I don’t see myself as doing anything different than what I was taught to do, which is taking care of one another.”

Jan DiRuiter has been one of the foremost activists involved with Wissahickon Park. He worked with the Friends of the Wissahicken, the Sustainable Trail Initiative, , the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, the Wissahickon Wanderers, the Friends of Carpenter’s Woods and more.

“One of the things that attracted me to my house is the proximity to the park,” DiRuiter, who has always been interested in environmental causes, said. “I do spend a fair amount of time out there.”

DiRuiter says that joining local community groups is just a way to do what the park system can’t because of a lack of funding. “The economic reality is that Fairmount is so strapped for money,” he said. “They are desperately underfunded and understaffed.”

Enter volunteers such as DiRuiter. “The cool things about these groups is that everyone wants to be there and it’s a good vibe,” he said. “There’s no membership. You just show up at the events and help out.”

DiRuiter said while he was happy to receive the Good Neighbors reward, he was also surprised that he was chosen. “There are a lot of people in various organizations that put in tons and tons of time [in the park].”

For a complete list of the 50 Good Neighbors, see below.

Individuals and Institutions to be Honored

WMAN’s 50 Good Neighbors include:

Fred Achenbach, Janet Amato, Stephen Anderson, Hector Badeau, Tina Bannister, Laurie Beck Peterson, Susan Beetle, Jeff Best, Mitch Bormack, Al and Juanita Bradley, Kenneth Campbell, Bill Clark, Tony Cooper, David Dannenberg, Jan DeRuiter, Kittura Dior, Jocie Dye and Jason Huber, Deborah Ellerby, Beau Janette Feldman, Jim Foster, Lois Frischling, Nancy Goldenberg, Jay Goldstein, Mark Hartsfield, Kent Julye, Doris Kessler, Edward King, Kristyn Komarnicki, Rev. Dr. Philip Krey, Ken Kunz, Della Lazarus, Jimmy Maddoxx, Madeline Magee, Steven Masters, Patrick Moran, Bob Noble, Heather Pierce, Ralph Pinkus, Mira Rabin, Norman Robbins, Robert Rossman, John Siemiarowski, Laura Siena and Jarma Frisby, Linda Slodki, Marc Stier, Tom Sugrue, Lynn Thompson Gibson, Ronda Throne-Murray, Ken Weinstein, and Liz Werthan.

Local institutions to be honored at the celebration:

Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, Weavers Way Co-op, Cliveden and Upsala of the National Trust, Summit Presbyterian Church, East Mt. Airy Neighbors, the Friends of Houston Playground, Mt. Airy Learning Tree, the Germantown Jewish Centre, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Mt. Airy Baseball, Mt. Airy USA, and the Germantown Historical Society.

Mt. Airy Village Fair is Sept. 26

How fast can you nibble?  How slow can you lick?  Be the fastest to finish a famous High Pointe pie or the slowest to eat a cone of Mt. Airy’s own Chilly Philly ice cream and you’ll be a winner! 

The fourth annual Mt. Airy Village Fair takes place on Sunday, September 26 from noon to 4 p.m.  at Carpenter Lane and Greene Street.  It’s a block party organized and sponsored entirely by local businesses to celebrate the culture and community that makes our corner of the village buzz.

“We love this place and the committee had a barrel of fun creating what will truly be a fantastic fun-filled afternoon”, said Glenn Bergman, of Weaver’s Way Co-op.

Local organizations, businesses and community members will provide games and activities on two blocks of Carpenter Lane at Greene Street.  “We are over-the-moon excited about the line-up of more than 30 enchanting, entertaining and educational experiences we have in store for you!”, said Meg Hagele, of High Point Café.

There’s something for everyone.  Along with the 30 exhibitors, we’ll have two stages of continuous local live acoustic music.  And, of course, the pet parade, a dunk tank and carnival games galore! 

Let the Mt. Airy Village Fair tickle your fancy!  We look forward to celebrating the vibrancy of our beloved community.  For more details, check the website at

The Muslim community of Philadelphia celebrated the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of Ramadan, on Friday, September 10, in Vernon Park. The event  was attended by an estimated 3,000 Muslims from throughout the area, plus neighbors and political figures including Mayor Michael Nutter. The gathering, the largest in the park since last year’s Eid celebration, was hosted by the Germantown Masjid.

Red Light Camera on Henry Ave.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has announced that its newest red light cameras were to be activated on Monday, September 13. The two new intersections are located at Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough and Rising Sun and Adams Avenues in Summerdale.

Drivers found in violation will receive warnings for the next 60 days. After the two-month grace period ending on Friday, November 12 violators will face a $100 fine.

Both Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th District) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (9th District) are pleased to finally have red light cameras in their districts.

“Some people believe that Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane is the Indianapolis Speedway. Red light cameras will soon remind them that it is not,” said Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

Other new red light camera intersections are in the construction phase.

The PA General Assembly gave the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) the power to establish a Red Light Camera Program in the city of Philadelphia. In 2005, PPA began equipping intersections with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red.


Toastmasters wills meet Wednesday, September 22, on the New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Founders Hall, Room B-11 (2nd floor), 7:30-9 p.m. Covenant Toastmasters Club provides a comfortable, instructive environment for developing public speaking and leadership skills.  Guests are always welcome. For information visit

Obituary: Dylan Badeau, 24

Dylan Ryan Badeau, son of Hector P. and Susan Hoag Badeau of Mt. Airy, died peacefully at home on his 24th birthday, September 9, 2010.  After completing middle school at the John B. Kelly school, Dylan attended Roxborough High School where he graduated in 2007.

In spite of lifetime struggles with his multiple disabilities, Dylan was a strong young man with a big heart.  He loved music, with a wide range of taste ranging from the Smurfs to country, gospel to rap, oldies to classical and jazz.  Over the years he enjoyed multiple family camping trips, visiting the Rockies, Yellowstone Park, and the Pacific Ocean among other sites.  He was a member of Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt Airy where the bells choir and the music at Christmas and Easter were two of his favorite pleasures.  Visits with family, particularly the youngest children who climbed up on his bed or wheelchair to talk, sing, play or read to him brought him special delight. Dylan had a unique joie de vivre and quiet spirit that brought a smile to everyone who knew him.

He was predeceased by his brother Adam and is survived by his parents, Hector and Susan Badeau, eleven brothers, nine sisters, three brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a large extended family.

A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday September 18, at 4 p.m. at his home, 30 Pelham Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Keystone Hospice  at KeystoneCare, Office of Development, 8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA, 19038 or online at .

Environmental Forum at USG

April’s explosion of BP’s Deep Horizon oil rig and subsequent BP oil Leak in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.  On Sunday, September 26, the Unitarian Society of Germantown’s Green Sanctuary invites the broader community to explore a multi-leveled, local and regional response to this tragic event. All churches in the Northwest Interfaith Movement are being approached to join in forming an energy collective that buys wind-generated electricity.

Following the worship service, during a Green Leaders lunch, participants will identify opportunities for activism and share many educational and organizational resources. Additional  activities include a film showing of the documentary, Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. 

Worship Service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 26.  Green Leaders’ Lunch starts at noon, suggested donation $10. Break out sessions from 1:30- 3:30 PM.  The Unitarian Society of Germantown is located at 6511 Lincoln Drive. . For more information, call 215-844-1157 or check the website at

Interfaith Children’s Festival

Join Mt. Airy Neighbors, the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, New Covenant Church, and the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in partnership with other faith-based institutions, interfaith groups and community organizations to celebrate the first Philadelphia Interfaith Children’s Festival (PICF) on Saturday September 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday September 26, noon-4 p.m., at the New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue.

The PICF is a free outdoor festival for children and youth, celebrating diverse faith traditions and highlighting community programs that enhance the spirits, minds and bodies of young people. The festival themes include faith-based youth activities; health and fitness; nutrition; and urban agriculture, cultural diversity, personal histories and free international food court. Weekend activities include: kiddie land; dancing; baby massages; 3k Run/Walk/Roll; Petting Zoo, basketball tournament; arts and crafts, urban gardening and more.

For information contact Neomosha Nelson, event coordinator, at or call 215-247-4022.

Community Lawn Party

Calvary Church, Germantown, is hosting a Community Lawn Party on Saturday, September 18, noon-4 p.m. Food, children’s books and supplies, clothing, information tables and fun for everyone will be waiting for you. If it is raining on Saturday, the Lawn Party will be held in the Parish House. Call the Church Office at 215-843-0853 for more information.

Ned Wolf Park, the small gem at the corner of McCallum and Ellet streets, was chosen as the First Prize winner in the Community Park category of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Gardens Contest. Above are some of the residents and volunteers who have labored on the park. The park, and their work, was honored at the September 11 award ceremony at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 

Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service Center Housing Counseling Department (GPASS) is providing comprehensive housing counseling services to anyone in need.  GPASS offers prepurchase counseling for first-time homebuyers, mortgage default and delinquent counseling, rental default and delinquency counseling, credit and budget counseling and much more.

If you are behind in your mortgage, have  received an ACT91 notice, or would like to purchase a home but are unsure of what steps to take, contact our Housing Counseling Department at 215-456-1181 or 215-456-0921 and a housing counselor will make an appointment for you. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This program is funded through Pensylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Improvement and Safety Workshop At MAUSA

On Saturday, September 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mt. Airy USA will present a free Home Improvement and Safety Workshop at their office located at 6703 Germantown Avenue. Learn about affordable home improvement loans, low cost do-it-yourself repairs, avoiding home improvement scams, choosing a contractor, energy efficient repairs that can lower your bills, new recycling guidelines and rewards, and home safety and emergency preparedness tips. Refreshments will be served.

To register, call  Cynthia Bradley at 215-844-6021, ext. 214, or visit

This is the first of the series of free workshops being presented by Mt. Airy USA this fall. Others will include information on estate planning and financial literacy and tips on ways to organize your home and personal documents in order to maintain a clutter-free environment.

CIP/SEC Environmental Day

Center in the Park’s Senior Environment Corps has planned its third annual observance of Environment Day on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the auditorium at the Center in the Park, located in Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue. Parking is available on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum streets.

Kicking off the day-long celebration of environmental awareness is a morning keynote address by Melinda Hughes–Wert, President of Nature Abounds:  the Environmental Organization that Educates and Empowers Citizens to sustain their Community through Environmental Stewardship.

CIP/SEC, established in 1997, provides opportunities for older adults to use their expertise and experience to improve water quality of local streams by: collecting data, monitoring regularly and reporting adverse findings to regulatory agencies; informing the public of its findings and joining other organizations to promote watershed health, awareness, and education.

CIP/SEC’s 3rd Annual Environment Day activities will promote environmental awareness and action through free presentations for adults and youth and include guest speakers, games, exhibits, seeds, prizes and giveaways.  The afternoon speaker will be Drew Brown, educational specialist, Philadelphia Water Department.   For further information or to participate please contact Fred Lewis or Ed Chun at 215-848-7722.

GRINCH Discussion on Energy Caps

GReenINChestnutHill (GRINCH) and the Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) are hosting an Evening of Energy Caps on Thursday, September 30,  7-9 p.m., at Hiram Lodge 8425 Germantown Avenue.

Alex Mulcahy, founder and publisher of GRID Magazine, will be the moderator. We will discuss the energy caps that will end in January and how to mitigate the increase in energy bills by making your home or business more energy efficient. All are welcome.

For more information please call Noreen Spota 215-248-8810 or Amy Edelman 610-505-6282.

GFS to Take Part in Peace Day Event

Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Peace, is a global day of cease-fire and non-violence with the fixed calendar date of September 21, voted upon unanimously by the United Nations and observed by millions of people and thousands or organizations worldwide. 

Peace Day is marked by a wide range of activities including humanitarian aid; educational and peace-building events; environmental initiatives; arts, music & film events; sports games for unity (particularly soccer); and, a wide range of celebrations.

Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date.

Soccer matches will be played on Peace Day around the globe as part of an initiative of the non-profit, U.K. based Peace One Day called  One Day One Goal... 

For 2010 Peace One Day, hundreds of matches across Africa are being arranged, celebrating football’s power to unite the continent in the year of Africa’s first ever World Cup.

Germantown Friends School is bringing One Day One Goal to Philadelphia by hosting a One Day One Goal soccer event on September 21 at 3 p.m. at the GFS Athletic Fields on School House Lane in Germantown. Middle school children from GFS and other private and public schools will play soccer on 3 of the 4 fields. In addition to the children who actually come and play, lower, middle and high school students will be exposed to Peace Day through assembly presentations and classroom discussions/activities.

For more information about Peace Day and Peace Day activities, visit

Springside ‘Green Power’ Award

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) will hold its annual Green Power Awards on Thursday, September 16,  the Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street. Twenty-five individuals, private industries, government agencies and public interest organizations that are building Pennsylvania’s thriving renewable energy market will be honored at the luncheon.

Among the individuals and organizations receiving the awards  is the Springside School in Chestnut Hill for installing a 94 kilowatt solar power array, currently the largest solar array in the City of Philadelphia, making enough clean energy to reduce its carbon pollution by four million pounds each year. This project was instituted by the class of 1966 in honor of its 40th anniversary.

For more information contact PennFuture at 1-800-321-7775 or visit them online at

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