From the Chronicle • Germantown News Stories

May 27, 2010 • GC.052710.pdf

In This Issue

  1. BulletGSF Students Volunteer at 16 Sites

  2. BulletHelp Wister Repair Garfield Street

  3. BulletMemorial Day Service

  4. BulletHousing Workshop

  5. BulletSestak Unseats Specter in Senatorial Primary

  6. BulletTrolley Tour Marks Fernhill’s Rebirth

  7. BulletPyramidology’ on the Curriculum for These Crefeld Students

  8. BulletBlack Diamonds - Philadelphia Stars, 1934 Negro League Champs

  9. BulletMiller to Hold Town Hall Meetings for Businesses

  10. BulletPublic Meeting on Streetscape Project

  11. Bullet‘Way to Work’ Helps Employers Add Staff

  12. Bullet‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Ballet

  13. BulletWeavers Way Opens Chestnut Hill Store

  14. BulletMagical Garden Railway Returns to Morris

  15. BulletReserve Space Now for Stenton’s Native American Day

  16. BulletFilm Series at Grumblethorpe

  17. Bullet‘Dream Act’ Stories at Mishkan Shalom

  18. BulletConcert at New Redeemer

  19. BulletJune Events at Germantown Jewish Centre

  20. BulletAfternoon of Music at Mt. Zion

  21. Bullet‘Reality Seminar’ at Cedar Park

  22. BulletStrawberry Festival at Grace Epiphany

  23. BulletVolunteer for CIP’s Community Café

  24. BulletGolf Tourney to Benefit UCP

  25. BulletBarristers’ Award

  26. BulletMemorial Day

GSF Students Volunteer at 16 Sites

At Germantown Friends School, every 6th, 7th and 8th grader — more than 250 strong altogether – walked off campus on May 21. They had permission, though, and a purpose: to work alongside community groups in Germantown making improvements at 16 different sites. By walking to each location, the students  noted, they got exercise, didn’t pollute, saved money, and experienced the neighborhood differently than from a bus.


GFS faculty and coaches led each group, helping the students focus on weeding, painting, and other projects. A number of community gardens benefited from the kids’ collective muscle, from Wister Woods to the YMCA to Vernon Park, as well as those at historic sites Grumblethorpe and Wyck. Other work crews sorted donated items at the Whosoever Gospel Mission, inventoried athletic equipment at the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, and assisted in classrooms at the Small World Discovery Center preschool.


The concept of “community” is one of the Quaker testimonies that GFS is focusing on this year. So the idea of getting to know neighbors and strengthening bonds with each other — goals of the Middle School Community Service Day — fit right in. The work crews were made up of cross-grade groups, students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade who join together for worship sharing during the year. The first ever Community Service Day for the whole Middle School had a positive impact in the neighborhood and, back on campus, for the students as well.


Help Wister Repair Garfield Street

Wister Neighborhood Council and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) need your help. On Saturday June 5, the unit block of Garfield Street was selected for the Popular Mechanics Project, designed to meet RTP’s goals of preserving affordable housing and decreasing energy consumption of those we serve.  RTP will facilitate basic needed repairs and energy efficient upgrades and modifications for 2-3 homes on East Garfield Street, in addition to lower tech/cost upgrades and energy efficient training for the remaining residents of the street.  The majority of the work will be completed on June 5.  Upon completion of the project the targeted homeowners will have a notable decrease in energy consumption and an assumed decreased utility costs.  RTP is always in need of skilled and unskilled volunteers to supplement the work of other volunteer groups, as well as to complete emergency repairs.  As in every volunteer situation, RTP provides all materials and power tools needed for carrying out the repair project, as well as facilitation with the homeowner or volunteer group working on this specific project.


If you or your organization would like to volunteer and come out and help us, contact Wister NAC at 215-843-6565 by June 1.


Memorial Day Service

The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868, on Sunday, May 30 at noon. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.


Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and tours of Laurel Hill will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, American Legion Post #405, Post #1 Society, Union League, and Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans.


The event is free and open to the public. Laurel hill is located at 3822 Ridge Avenue. For information visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org


Housing Workshop

On May 28, 1 p.m., Center in the Park (CIP) invites you to join at CIP in historic Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, with parking available on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum Streets, for a free housing workshop. Are you behind on property taxes?  Facing possible mortgage foreclosure? You may be eligible for help.  Community Legal Services attorney Monty Wilson, will be on hand to discuss options such as hardship pay


Sestak Unseats Specter in Senatorial Primary

By BOB O’BRIEN

Editorial Intern

And KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


Pennsylvanians went to the polls on Tuesday, May 18, in a steady rain, and chose Dan Onorato, Allegheny County chief executive, and State Attorney General Tom Corbett as the standard-bearers of the hopes of  the Democratic and Republican parties in the November general election for governor.


In the high-profile race for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator, Rep. Joe Sestak unseated incumbent newly-turned Democrat Arlen Specter. Sestak will face Republican Pat Toomey in November, who decisively defeated Peg Luksik.

Four candidates faced off for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  Finishing behind Onorato were State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, State Auditor General Jack Wagner, and Joe Hoeffel, former congressman and currently vice chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commisioners.


The major wards of this newspaper’s coverage area are the 9th (Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy), 12th (Germantown), 22nd (Mt. Airy), and 59th (Germantown).


A ward-by-ward breakdown of the votes in Northwest Philadelphia, in unofficial totals:

Democratic gubernatorial race: 9th Ward, Hoeffel 1,699 votes, 46 percent; Williams 905 votes, 24 percent; Onorato, 777 votes, 21 percent; Wagner  320 votes, 9 percent.

12th Ward: Williams 1,831 votes, 70 percent; Onorato 391 votes, 15 percent, Hoeffel 216 votes, 8 percent,  Wagner 185 votes, 7 percent.

22nd Ward: Williams 2,815 votes, 60 percent; Hoeffel 1,018 votes, 21 percent; Onorato 771 votes, 16 percent; Wagner 305 votes, 6 percent.

59th  Ward, Williams 2,002 votes, 67 percent; Onorato, 453 votes, 15 percent; Hoeffel 314 votes, 11 percent; Wagner with 210 votes, 7 percent.

Republican gubernatorial race: 9th Ward, Corbett 275 votes,  82 percent, Samuel E Rohrer 57 votes, 17 percent.

12th Ward: Corbett 18 votes, 70 percent, Rohrer 8 votes, 30 percent.

22nd Ward: Corbett 82 votes, 79 percent; Rohrer 22 votes, 21 percent.

59th Ward: Corbett 42 votes, 70 percent, Rohrer 18 votes, 30 percent.

Democratic senatorial race: 9th Ward, Sestak 1,936 votes, 51 percent; Specter 1,845 votes, 49 percent.

12th Ward, Specter 1,952 votes, 71 percent,  Sestak 782, 29 percent.

22nd Ward,  Specter 3,369 votes, 66 percent. Sestak 1,711 votes, 34 percent.

59th Ward: Specter 2,279 votes, 72 percent; Sestak 872 votes, 28 percent.

Republican senatorial race: 9th Ward, Toomey 281 votes, 89 percent; Luksik 35 votes, 11 percent.

12th Ward: Luksik 6 votes,  27 percent ; Toomey 16 votes, 72 percent.

22nd Ward: Toomey 77 votes, 75 percent; Luksik 25 votes, 24 percent.

59th Ward: Toomey 42, votes, 65 percent;  Luksik 23 votes, 35 percent.


In only two local races did Democratic incumbents face primary opponents for local offices.


In the 4th State Senatorial District (parts of Montgomery County and Northwest Philadelphia), incumbent Senator LeAnna Washington easily turned back a challenge from Lamont W. Thomas, taking better that 80 percent of the vote. Incumbent State Rep. John Myers faced a harder fight in the 201st District. 


In unofficial numbers, Myers received roughly 60 percent of the votes with 4,356 cast in his favor. His opponent Michael K. Ellis won roughly 40 percent with 3,061 votes.


Myers said afterward, “It was a hard-fought election, especially in view of the fact hat nobody had run against me before, so we had to step it up and fight back very seriously.” Myers has served in the 201st District seat since 1995. “I’d like to thank the people that supported me and hopefully build a bridge with those people that didn’t.


“Key issues were to some degree an anti-incumbent mood, that played a role. I think that money played a role and Election Day operations played a role, and I was able to do better in both of those roles.”

Ellis said of his run, “It was a well-run campaign, a clean election. We touched a lot of voters.”


Ellis said he entered the race knowing that his opponent would be difficult to beat. “It wasn’t just me against him,” Ellis said. “It was me against a whole army.” Myers’ candidacy  was supported by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, State Representatives Dwight Evans and Cherelle Parker, and State Senator Washington.


The loss has not deterred Ellis from the world of politics, he said. “I don’t like politicians who just run for office and then you don’t see them for a lifetime,” he said. “I’m going to stay active in my community.”


Incumbent state representatives Cherelle Parker (D. 200th) and  Rosita Youngblood (D. 198th) did not face opposition in the primary. Youngblood challenger Malik Boyd withdrew his candidacy in April. 


Trolley Tour Marks Fernhill’s Rebirth

By BOB O’BRIEN

Editorial Intern


Mel Owings and Pat Urevick, members of the Friends of Fernhill Park, talk about the work their organization has done with Mark Focht, executive director of Fairmount Park, and members of the tour.


Representatives of the Fernhill Park community, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, ACE Group, NovaCare Rehabilitation and other corporations gathered at Fernhill Park in Germantown on Friday May 21 to commemorate the achievements of the Growing the Neighborhood program by means of a trolley tour.


The Growing the Neighborhood program began in 2004. The idea originated with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.


“This is a real outreach to neighborhood parks that are often neglected,” Pat Urevick, a member of Friends of Fernhill Park, said.


Sponsorship from ACE Group and NovaCare Rehabilitation helped to get Growing the Neighborhood off of the ground.


The program’s first project was the renovation of a deteriorating Fernhill Park. For years the park had been in disrepair, equipped with a playground that had missing and broken parts, and basketball and tennis courts that were potentially dangerous to play on. Cars that would drive through the park often ruined the fields, and trash littered the area.


“For years families would not go into the park to picnic,” Urevick said. “It was really uninviting and scary to walk through.”


Growing the Neighborhood works with the Fairmount Park Commission to find parks that have an active community group. The Friends of Fernhill Park had been attempting to improve their park for years, but constantly faced financial restrictions.


“The groups were already there ready to do the work,” Eden Kratchman, Vice President of Global Corporate Giving for ACE Group, said. “They just needed the seed money.”


With the funds provided, community meetings were held to decide the type of improvements that would take place. “There was a lot of neighborhood excitement,” Urevick said. “People got to decide how that money was spent.”


Volunteers, including employees from ACE Group and NovaCare Rehabilitation, and professionals made improvements based on the decisions made in these meetings. Changes to the park included landscaping, tree and shrub planting, and the creation of horseshoe pits, a concrete driveway, and guardrails to prevent vehicles from entering the park.


The attention garnered by Growing the Neighborhood also led to funding from other sources for Fernhill Park. Councilwoman Reed Miller was able to secure $135,000 for new tennis and basketball courts.


The same year Fernhill Park was improved, Kemble and Palmer Parks were also renovated. The program then expanded to include nine more reconstructed parks over the following years, including the Wingohocking and Stephen Girard Parks, as well as the Concourse and Centennial Lakes area in West Fairmount Park.


Six years later, Growing the Neighborhood is commemorating what it and the Friends of Fernhill have accomplished at Fernhill Park.


“It was important for us to come out here six years later,” Katrina L. Wilhelm, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, said.


With community members working to maintain the integrity of the park, it has not degraded to its former status. Funding from outside sources is an integral part of the improvement process, but Wilhelm stressed the importance of individual support and community activism. “We really rely on volunteers to come out and grow their neighborhood,” she said. “It’s really altruism.”


“The Friend of Fernhill are really responsible for the maintenance,” Mark Focht, Executive Director of Fairmount Park, said.


“A lot of people have generously donated time and money for the park,” Urevick said.


Restoring Fernhill Park has proven advantageous to the community in quite a few ways. “[The improvements] make it safe,” Focht said. “Community members feel comfortable coming in and using their park.” Other benefits include increased property values and the neighborhood’s growing attractiveness to younger generations, he said.


“I know that there are many people who moved into the neighborhood because of the park,” Urevick said. “It’s a much cleaner, well-kept and nurtured area.”


The second and final stop on Friday’s trolley tour was the site of Growing the Neighborhood’s thirteenth undertaking, Hunting Park, scheduled to begin this year. The park’s 87-acre sprawl will undergo many renovations, including new football fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds.


‘Pyramidology’ on the Curriculum for These Crefeld Students




In addition to Chinese acrobatics, the students tackled aerial silks, static trapeze, unicycle, ropes, spinning plates, tightwire, juggling and other circus skills. Doing the splits up front is Eve Friedman-Dekro of Mt. Airy.  Backbending behind her is Jessie Kottmeyer of Downingtown. A head above the rest, on shoulders, is Chris Lapp of Hatboro and Doylestown. 


At either end are,(left and right) Megan Schmon of Gulph Mills, leaning on squatter Sophie Levitties of Chestnut Hill, and teacher Sara Nava of Mt. Airy, leaning on teacher Mike Hawkins of Chestnut Hill.  Standing in the center of it all are Polly Carr of Elkins Park, Evan McKenty of Springfield (Delco), and Ishara Serrette of Germantown. Several of the students reported that they now hope to attend circus summer camp.


By PAMELA ROGOW

Correspondent


The motto at Crefeld School in Chestnut Hill is “Not all great minds think alike.” Eight high schoolers there chose something local for their annual Spring Field Trip (trumping surfing in Florida and an excursion to Texas).  


This spring, the “Crefeld 8” trekked daily to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts in Germantown, 5900 Greene Street, where they literally learned the ropes.  (The 23-foot-high  ceiling at the circus school has points for rigging 18 aerial devices like ropes, silks, hoops and static trapeze.)


The students studied with Doug Young, one of 20 faculty members at the circus arts school. Young, who also heads up the circus summer camp at PSCA, has performed both nationally and internationally as a magician, stilt walker and clown.

In addition to aerial skills, the students took on juggling, Chinese acrobatics, tightwire, plate-spinning and unicycle.  Hands-on, indeed!


Resonating with Crefeld’s motto, the spirit of  the Circus Arts School is “all body types welcome.”   (In fact, all ages too.)


Here’s what the Crefeld 8 reported:

Ishara  Serrette, 12, of Germantown, said good naturedly that that she elected circus arts because “all my friends can do cartwheels and handstands and I couldn’t. Two of my friends are in gymnastics, one is in dance."

“My struggles at the circus school were what I thought they would be–like getting on the trapeze and climbing the ropes.  I did get on the trapeze on my own.  It was an accomplishment, the last day before we had to go home.  I’m stronger than I thought.  And it was so much fun!”


For 13-year old Sophie Levites of Chestnut Hill, there “is nothing like this!  It was easy going in a way. I started with devil sticking, the trapeze and aerial sticks.  At first it was scary being on the trapeze. But once you’ve done that, it’s fun, even the back splits on the trapeze. I was surprised that I could do tricks on the aerial silks too.”


Sophie also enjoyed teaching juggling to younger kids toward the end of the week. “That was so much fun too.  I didn’t think we would be good enough to do that, but we were.


“The biggest surprise is that I’m usually afraid of heights. Being up in the air can sometimes scare me, but I did it!” 


For all the students, the biggest eye-opener was that fellow student Chris Lapp, 18, had done circus arts as a child. Who knew?


Already admired for his musicality – he plays a half dozen instruments – Chris is a natural performer.  But he hadn’t practiced any circus arts since he was a child.  Still Chris worked to the top of the ropes the first time he tried it.


“I did a lot of things this week at the circus school that I’d never done before but for some reason, I was able to pick up pretty quickly – unicycle, spinning plates, standing on a ball.  The unicycle was more difficult.  A few of the aerial tricks I had difficulty with, it was tiring.  But I had so much fun the whole week.”


Evan McKenty, 18, of Delaware County, echoed, saying, “It was a lot harder and a lot more awesome than I expected.”


Several of the students say that they’re now looking over summer plans with their parents so that they can go to circus summer camp.


For information on kids’ summer camp, ongoing classes and parties, contact the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900 Greene Street.  Call 215 842-1991 or email them at info@phillycircus.com.  

 


Black Diamonds

Philadelphia Stars, 1934 Negro League Champs

By CHARLES BENDER

Guest Writer


Philadelphia had been the hub of black baseball since the early part of the 20th century, and had fielded some of the most successful teams of the early segregated baseball era.  The 1920’s were considered the Golden Age for black baseball, with the formation of the Negro National League by Rube Foster, the Negro Southern League, and the Philadelphia- based Eastern Colored League. Philadelphia’s black baseball experience in this era was guided by Ed Bolden, a competitor and some times collaborator with the more famous Andrew “Rube” Foster.


Bolden led the Upper Darby-based Hilldale Daisies through the 1920s, winning the Negro League World Series in 1925 against the Kansas City Monarchs. The pressure of running the Daisies and the Eastern Colored League took a great toll on Bolden, and he committed himself to a hospital in 1927.  Shortly thereafter, the Eastern Colored League would fold, and thus end the Negro World Series.


Difficult economic times led to the demise of Foster’s Negro National League after the 1931 season. A few other leagues were formed and disbanded, but finally a new Negro National League was formed by Gus Greenlee, a Pittsburgh gangster and numbers runner. The new league was wildly popular thanks to the creation of an All-Star game mirrored after the new Major League All Star game, and the sport's newest black stars – Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson.


Ed Bolden re-entered baseball in 1933 with the formation of the Philadelphia Stars. The Stars were an independent, barnstorming team in 1933, but joined Greenlee’s Negro National League the following season.


The 1934 Stars won one of the most exciting and controversial championship series in black baseball history.  Led by 20-year-old pitcher, Slim Jones, the Stars defeated the Chicago American Giants for the Negro National League pennant in 8 games, 4 games to 3.


The first four games were played in Chicago, with the Giants taking 3 of those games. Game 5 was delayed for 10 days for unexplained reasons.  When the Stars returned to Philadelphia, they won game 6, but not without considerable controversy.

Early in game 6, Stars third baseman Jud Wilson allegedly hit umpire Bert Gholston.  This should have meant an automatic ejection, but none was given. Stars catcher Ameal Brooks also allegedly hit an umpire.  Despite the vigorous protest of Giants manager Dave Malarcher, neither player was ejected.


A protest was filed with the league President, Rollo Wilson.  Wilson met with the owners and umpires. Umpire Gholston admitted he had wanted to eject Wilson, but had been threatened and intimidated by other Stars players. Bolden threatened not to play game 7 if Wilson was suspended, and Rollo Wilson buckled to the pressure.


Game 7 was played October 1 at Philadelphia’s Passon Park.  The game ended in a 4-4 tie due to darkness.  Game 8 was played the following day, and Slim Jones led the Stars to a 2-0 victory and the championship.

Both the Stars and Giants protested games 7 and 8.  Giants player Turkey Stearnes hit an umpire and the Stars insisted Chicago had used ineligible players.  The Giants countered that two games should not have been played at night.  The league upheld the Stars’ championship.


The Stars victory would mark the last high water mark for championship-caliber black baseball in Philadelphia.  They would remain a second division team for the rest of their history.  They spent their last three seasons in the Negro American League before eventually disbanding after the 1952 season.


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


Miller to Hold Town Hall Meetings for Businesses

On May 25 from 6-8 p.m., Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller kicked off the first meeting in her 2010 Eighth District Business Conference Tour at the Lutheran Seminary Amphitheater, 7301Germantown Avenue. This tour, co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, will consist of four “town hall” type meetings throughout the Eighth Council District; and is designed specifically to address the needs of the small businesses owner/operator in regards to working with the City of Philadelphia. Representatives from the Commerce Department, Health Department, L&I, among others have been invited to attend.  


“There is an air of frustration in parts of the business community when it comes to dealing with certain City agencies; and the general consensus is that the City is not business friendly. I want to begin the process that will change that perception. Small businesses play a major part of Philadelphia’s economy. They create new jobs at a faster rate than their larger competitors. They are a vital part of each and every neighborhood throughout the City.” said Councilwoman Miller.  

The May 25 meeting at Lutheran Seminary targeted businesses in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, including portions of Stenton Avenue.


The June 7 meeting, to be held 6-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue,  will target businesses in and around the Germantown-Chelten business District, including Chew Avenue, Wayne Avenue, Lower Germantown Avenue, and all Broad Street businesses north of Belfield Avenue (within the Eighth Council District.)


The June 14 meeting, held 6-8 p.m. at McDonald’s, 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue, second floor conference room, will target business in and around the 22nd and Lehigh business corridor.


The June 28 meeting, to be held 6-8 p.m. at Porter’s Day Care, 1437 West Belfield Avenue, will target businesses in and around the Nicetown/Logan area including all Broad Street businesses south of Belfield Avenue within the Eighth Council District.


For more information call Michael Quintero-Moore or John Weatherbe at 215-686-3424.


Public Meeting on Streetscape Project

Mt. Airy USA will hold a public meeting to discuss current and upcoming construction activities in the Mt. Airy Streetscape Improvement Project. Representatives from Mt. Airy USA, Miller Brothers Inc., and PennDOT will be present. It will be held Thursday, June 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., at the Lutheran Theological Seminary Amphitheater at Hagan Hall, 7301 Germantown Avenue. The current timeline/schedule (subject to change based on conditions on the ground) includes:

The project began the week of April 19th and by Tuesday, May 25, the crew is expected to finish installing conduit on both sides of the Avenue in the entire area between Mt. Pleasant Ave. and Upsal St. From May 24 through May 28 workers will be cleaning and preparing the area for the installation of light pole foundations. This work may require the temporary closure of the parking lanes on the blocks where the work occurs.


Additional work between Upsal Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue will take place through early September. Work between Mt. Pleasant and Nippon Street will begin in late May/early June and continue through December. Full curb and sidewalk reconstruction (the most disruptive portion of the project) will take place from the week of June 7 through mid-August.


Questions or concerns? Contact: Mehrdad Vahedi, PennDOT Inspector in Charge at: mvahedi@state.pa.us or Elizabeth Moselle, MAUSA: emoselle@mtairyusa.orgor attend the community meeting on June 3rd.


‘Way to Work’ Helps Employers Add Staff

The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, are officially launching Way to Work Philadelphia!  This program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Health and Human Services, aims to help provide eligible individuals with subsidized employment experiences.  The funding that the City will receive will help local businesses grow and put Philadelphians back to work.


Way to Work Philadelphia! will currently last through September 30, 2010, when federal funding will end.  Positions created by the program must pay at least minimum wage but can pay much more, with Way to Work Philadelphia! subsidizing wages up to $13 per hour.  Jobs must employ workers between 25 and 40 hours of work per week.  This program cannot be used to fill positions behind laid off employees, displace current employees or impede promotional opportunities.


“This program is another important tool on our road to full economic recovery,” said Sallie A. Glickman, CEO of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.


“Way to Work should be particularly helpful to the area’s small businesses, which are credited with providing a significant portion of the net job creation in this region,” says Ernest Jones, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation. “First, this program can reduce a significant portion of the costs associated with hiring new employees. This will add to the bottom line and help strengthen a company’s financial condition. Secondly, the program will serve as a valuable human resource support by providing candidates who are pre-screened for job compatibility and who are work-ready and prepared to perform reliably.”


Individuals must be qualified as eligible for the program, which involves income verification and status of dependents. Eligibility will be determined at the point of service, where assessment and other job screening also will occur.  To find out more, individuals should stop by their local CareerLink Center or call (215) 557-2625.


All employers are invited to take part in the program, and in doing so will have the opportunity to select employees from a pool of pre-screened candidates for jobs up to 40 hours a week paying minimum wage or above.  Program rules prevent wage subsidies being used to fill positions behind laid-off employees, displace current employees, or impede promotional opportunities. Businesses interested in hiring workers through this program should visit the Way to Work Philadelphia! website at waytoworkphilly.org or call the Employer Hotline at 888- 557-2535.


‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Ballet


Among the players are Amber Brown (Mt. Airy) as Bottom, Annie Fox (Mt. Airy) as Puck, Jennifer Gruener (Huntingdon Valley) as Titania.


On June 5, Mt. Airy’s own Philadelphia Dance Theatre, headquartered at 7500 Germantown Avenue, will premiere Joy Delaney Capponi’s originally choreographed version of William Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Set to Mendelssohn’s classic score and choreographed by Artistic Director Joy Delaney Capponi.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comic tale of fairies, mismatched lovers and a mischievous sprite.  A selection of new contemporary works will also be showcased.  The production will be presented at the William Penn Charter School’s brand new theatre, 3000 School House Lane, East Falls.  Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 


The ballet is a 48-minute child-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s story.  Lighting design is by Travis Whitaker.  Custom-designed costumes and sets round out this lush and highly entertaining production.


One hundred-plus regional dancers whose ages range from four to eighteen, make up this accomplished pre-professional company. Featured artists include Jennifer Gruener  as Titania; Annie Fox and Elexus Freeman-Filmore (Mt. Airy), as Puck; Gabriela Navarro  as Hermia; Carrie Andrews as Helena; Laura Gruener as lead Butterfly; and Amber Brown (Mt. Airy) as Bottom. Guest artists include Alan Alberto, Ervin Dix, and Yaqshaan Medan (Mt. Airy).


The Philadelphia Dance Theatre strives to provide dancers and audiences the opportunity to experience professional quality productions that are accessible to the broader community.  Tickets are $22 for reserved seating, $18 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Philadelphia Dance Theatre by calling 215-247-4272 or via  email at padance@verizon.net.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the show.


Weavers Way Opens Chestnut Hill Store

Weavers Way Co-op’s newest store opened for business in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, May 17, after many months of planning and construction. Although the opening was not advertised - to give staff a chance to work through the expected glitches and problems of opening a new store - the first few days averaged between 500 and 700 customers per day.


“Weavers Way is all about local,” General Manager Glenn Bergman says. “We are committed to local product — local milk, bread, cheese, and other products, and produce from our own farms right in Northwest Philadelphia. But local also means investing in our community, and we are very happy to be doing just that.”


In addition to bringing greater access to quality local and natural foods, with a mixture of organic and conventional, the new store brings increased vitality to Northwest Philadelphia’s main retail artery and adds 30 new jobs to the local economy. The store is located in the completely renovated former home of Caruso’s Market at 8424 Germantown Avenue, a site that has been a neighborhood grocery store for over 100 years.


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


In the short time since opening day, the Co-op has already gained almost 300 new members, evidence of the Chestnut Hill community’s enthusiasm and support for the Co-op’s new store.


Magical Garden Railway Returns to Morris

Choo! Choo!  The train is pulling into the station - well, a number of trains are arriving at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Grand Opening on May 29 and 30.  Come join the fun during the Grand Opening weekend and stop by the Morris Arboretum Café as it is transformed into an American diner for the weekend to celebrate this year’s theme, American Roadside Attractions.


Replicas of some of the country’s favorite tourist attractions will be featured in this year’s exhibit.  It’s like traveling across America without leaving home. Those who have spent weekends in Margate, New Jersey will surely recognize Lucy the Elephant. If you’ve traveled far and wide, you may recognize The Big Duck of Hampton Bay, NY, or Sapp Brothers Coffee Pot Water Tower of Council Bluffs, IA, or Wigwam Village of Cave City, KY, or the Teapot Dome gas station of Zillah, WA.


With a changing theme each year, the Garden Railway is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. Logs and branches are also used to create unique tunnels and overhead trestles. Nestled among woody plants, colorful annuals and perennials, the finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old. A quarter mile track weaves in and out of the outdoor miniature world created by famed landscape architect Paul Busse.


The Garden Railway is open all summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through Labor Day, September 6.  Thursday evenings in June, July and August, the Arboretum is open until 8:30 p.m. and the trains will run until 8 p.m.


Special weekends are planned throughout the summer, including: 

Pennsylvania Train Weekend, Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. Celebrate Pennsylvania trains at the Arboretum!  Learn the history of the Pennsylvania railroads and see trains from lines that have run through Pennsylvania, such as B&O, Lackawanna, and the Pennsylvania Railroad as well as Arboretum and guest trains.


Train Enthusiast Night, June 17, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Watch train club members, artists, and train manufacturers take over the Arboretum.  Catch the enthusiasm and come visit these wonderful displays in the Upper Gallery. 


Circus Week at the Garden Railway, daily June 26 through July 5. The first circus was held in Philadelphia in 1793.  Come see the Big Top and the circus trains, learn the history of the circus and watch for a few surprises. All Garden Railway events are free with regular admission: adults $14, ages 3-17 $17, students and active duty military $7, seniors $12. For more information, please call 215-247-5777 or visit the Morris Arboretum online at www.morrisarboretum.org.


 The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in Chestnut Hill. 


Reserve Space Now for Stenton’s Native American Day

On Saturday, June 12, 1-4 p.m., Stenton will present Native American Day.  Come and experience life through the eyes of Pennsylvania’s Lenni Lenape, who were among the first Native Americans to come in contact with the Europeans in the early 1600s. Learn about Lenape family life through demonstrations like fire making, as well as hands on activities such as making cordage, Native American games, clothing and more.  This activity is free but reservations are greatly appreciated. Please call 215-329-7312 to reserve your space or email Stenton at programs@Stenton.org.


Stenton, which has been described as “the most authentic of all Philadelphia’s historic houses,” was built by James Logan, William Penn’s Secretary, between 1723 and 1730.  Stenton is located at 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, 1-4 p.m., April 1 through December 23, and by appointment throughout the year.  For more information or directions, phone 215-329-7312 or visit www.stenton.org.  Stenton is a member of Historic Germantown, a consortium of fifteen cultural and historic sites located in Northwest Philadelphia.  Visit www.freedomsbackyard.com for further information.


This program is sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which has administered Stenton as a historic house museum since 1899.


Film Series at Grumblethorpe

Grumblethorpe, 5269 Germantown Avenue, will have a summer film series each Wednesday night. It begins June 2 with a showing of Star Wars (1977).


Films will be shown outdoors on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enhance the movie experience, which will start at dusk (around 8:15 pm).


Wednesday, June 9, we will be showing A Patch of Blue (1965), starring Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters.


Suggested donation is $2. For questions call 215-843-4820 or e-mail to grumblethorpe@philalandmarks.org.


‘Dream Act’ Stories at Mishkan Shalom

On Sunday, May 23 at Mishkan Shalom, the community heard stories. The stories were real-life tales of courage, of determination, and of standing up in the face of relentless opposition. The community also heard great music from terrific bands: Sky’s Edge, the Mahlers, and Vernon Park. They played throughout the afternoon as we listened, danced and enjoyed delicious Middle Eastern food. And on Sunday, May 23, the community learned that without the Dream Act, countless undocumented immigrant students who were raised in the United States will not be able to attend college, to achieve their goals, to reach their dreams.


Sunday, May 23 was Dream Day at Mishkan Shalom in Roxborough/Manayunk. At an event planned by a group of Mishkan Shalom’s teens, eyes were opened throughout the community. Students who are working to move Congress to pass the Dream Act are called Dreamactivitsts, and several shared their life stories at Mishkan Shalom. One Dreamactivist was the valedictorian of her high school class, had been raised since infancy in the United States, speaks English as her only language, but cannot take out loans to help her attend college. She needs to pay the extremely high international rate for college, and she is barely considered by the colleges she is qualified to attend since her family’s income cannot support her college tuition and fees. She was a baby when an unscrupulous lawyer lied to her parents about the forms they needed to move them toward citizenship, yet she is paying for the lack of paperwork now. Unless the Dream Act is passed, she will pay for it throughout her life. This was only one of many moving, powerful stories.


This afternoon of music, learning, and great food was an important event for the community at Mishkan Shalom and for the many who attended the event. The importance of passing the Dream Act and of overhauling the broken American immigration system was emphasized. The possibility of having a great time while working for this change was made clear throughout the grand afternoon.


Concert at New Redeemer

New Redeem Apostolic Church, 5201 Germantown Avenue, invites you to come out and join us by praising the Lord in song, along with the Robert Johnson Male Chorus of Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown, on Saturday, June 5,  from 4 - 6 p.m. The event is a free will service offering sponsored by the Pastor’s Aide Committee. New Redeem Apostolic Church can be reached at 215-848-8630. Ask for Pastor Rev. Linwood Rile, associate pastor Elder Aaron Goode, or overseer Sally Wilkins.


June Events at Germantown Jewish Centre

June events at Germantown Jewish Center, 400 West Ellet Street, include:

People of the Book, Tuesday, June 1, 7:15 p.m. Germantown Jewish Centre’s book group meets monthly at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane.  The group reads fiction and nonfiction books of Jewish interest written mostly, but not solely, by Jewish writers and chosen by the group. Volunteer group members lead the discussion.  This monthly event is free of charge.  This month’s selection is The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.


Hazak Book Group, Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. Join GJC’s Adult 55+ Programming Group for their monthly discussion.  This month the group will discuss a “Pigeon and a Boy” by Meir Shalev.  $5 program fee for non-Hazak members, free for Hazak members (consider joining for just a $10 annual fee).   


Service of the Heart, Saturday, June 5, 10-11 a.m. Join us for this monthly gathering (first Shabbat of each month) – a wordless service of niggunim (traditional tunes without words) and silence.  Participants are welcome to attend just this service or then join one of our other Shabbat services.   


Operas on Hebrew Themes, a four-session course beginning Sunday, June 6. Join us for this Adult Ed course.  Explore themes such as the destruction of the Temple, Samuel and Saul, Moses and Torah and more, with Sam Feinberg and Rabbi Adam Zeff. Operas will be introduced via sound and visual aids accompanied by an in-depth discussion of their biblical background.  For information and  registration costs contact program@germantownjewishcentre.org or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


“Strings for All Ages,” spring concert fundraiser on Sunday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Join us in honoring Rachel Falkove and Michael Masch as we welcome Curtis Institute Musicians Hiro Matsuo on cello and Tomo Matsuo on piano along with special guest appearances by a CAPA High School String Quartet and Albert Falkove on viola (97 year old uncle of Rachel Falkove).  General Admission Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  Sponsorship opportunities are available in advance.  For more info and registration costs contact program@germantownjewishcentre.org or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


Parshat HaShavua B’Ivrit, Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m, a monthly one-hour program at Germantown Jewish Centre. Discuss, in Hebrew, the weekly parsha, led by a different volunteer each time. 

On Sunday, June 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., GJC’s Women’s Club invites you to sell and/or buy at our Flea Market.  Open to all the community, it’s a great day to get out and enjoy the wares of local vendors.  For more information contact 215-844-1507 ext. 0 or email office@germantownjewishcentre.org


Tot Shabbat, Friday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Celebrate Shabbat. The program is geared towards toddlers and pre-schoolers and their families, followed by a dinner. $5 per person (child and adult).  Advanced RSVP is necessary.  For more information contact program@germantownjewishcentre.org or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


Israeli Dancing, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Beginning June 23 and continuing through the month of July the GJC Israeli dance group will meet on Wednesday evenings.  Our repertoire consists mainly of intermediate dances, though we always begin with easier, older dances.  There is an emphasis on instruction and review in the earlier part of the session.  We are an informal, friendly group, and always welcome new dancers!  The cost is $5 per session. 


For more information contact program@germantownjewishcentre.org or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


Afternoon of Music at Mt. Zion

The January Circle of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown will present “An Afternoon of Music with the Newman/Horton Family” on Sunday, June 6.


The afternoon will begin with a meet and greet at 3 p.m. followed by the concert at 4 p.m.Come for an afternoon of singing, praising and rejoicing in honor of our Lord. The free worship concert will be at the church, 41 West Rittenhouse Street.


For more Information call the church office at 215-844-7614 or visit www.mtzionbaptist.org.


‘Reality Seminar’ at Cedar Park

Parents, have you been looking for positive mentoring for your children? And have you longed to have them bond with other upwardly mobile and principled youth who could likely influence them towards sound and worthy activity ?

Then look no further.  Register your child for the “Reality Seminar,” an exciting day-long series of workshops presented by Cedar Park Presbyterian Church.


This engaging event will be held on Saturday, June 5 at the church, 7740 Limekiln Pike (at Upsal Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Several informative workshops will be offered that will appeal to youth, “tweens” and older teens.  The shy and reserved will feel comfortable in the warm and welcoming workshops that will be led and moderated by peers and caring leaders in a casual and laid-back atmosphere.  Questions and concerns relating to peer pressures, gainful living, personal purpose and the worth and reality of faith will be shared and explored and will be crafted for age-specific groups.  Lunch will be provided and there is no charge for this insightful event and fellowship.  Interested participants are encouraged to bring a friend. 


Advance registration is requested and a quick phone call to the church office at 215-549-9775 will suffice. 


Strawberry Festival at Grace Epiphany

Food, fun and fabulous finds for everyone are featured at the 20th annual Strawberry Festival and Flea Market at Grace Epiphany Church on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Come early to get your pick of gourmet baked goods. Drop in for a short concert featuring Grace Epiphany’s Skinner organ at 11 a.m. followed by the Festival’s strawberry shortcake.


Grace Epiphany Church is located at the corner of Gowen Avenue and Ardleigh Street. There is ample parking.  For information please call 215-248-2950.


Volunteer for CIP’s Community Café

Center in the Park (CIP), 5818 Germantown Avenue, was recently awarded a “Make A Big Difference” (MABD) grant supported by Coming of Age Philadelphia.


Coming of Age offers programs and resources to help people 50+ explore and discover the best path to a fulfilling and engaged future.


CIP along with another long-standing community anchor, the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, have partnered to explore opening a Community Cafe.


We would like you to join our Make A BIG Difference Cafe Advisory Team by sharing your expertise in real estate development, interior design, marketing, community organizing or fundraising/development.


Research supports the need for access to healthy, affordable food in our community. Currently, the Germantown/Chelten Avenue business corridor is identified as a priority area that “does not live up to its potential as a thriving urban center.” It is an area bombarded with fast-food chains.


CIP has been in the pre-development phase of creating a sit-down eatery, the Center Cafe at Chelten.


This cafe would serve to promote intergenerational connections and introduce programming to potential CIP members. Our vision is to create a vibrant safe place, with affordable, healthy food. This setting would also introduce older adults and families to CIP’s resources and programming.


You are one of our community’s greatest resources! Please consider becoming a volunteer and Make A Big Difference in the Germantown community.


For more information, contact CIP’s Volunteer Coordinator Dianne B. Tucker or CIP’s Make A Big Difference Project Coordinator Cydney Williams at 215-848-7722, ext. 211.


Golf Tourney to Benefit UCP

On June 28, Valley Forge Asset Management will present the UCP Benefit Golf Tournament, a full-day tournament at North Hills Country Club, to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Over 100 golfers are expected to enjoy lunch, a challenging course, dinner, and live and silent auctions. For more information call UCP, 102 East Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, at 215-242-4200, ext. 202, or visit www.ucpphila.org.


Barristers’ Award

Anapol Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. associate Amber Racine received the President’s Award from the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia at the organization’s annual gala.


The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia was established in 1950 and works to address the professional needs and development of black lawyers in the Philadelphia area through programs, seminars, cultural events and publications. The award is given to a member for extraordinary service to the organization.


Racine, a resident of Mt. Airy, joined Anapol Schwartz in 2008 and concentrates her practice on consumer class actions, consumer fraud litigation, pharmaceutical litigation and other civil and commercial litigation. A member of the National and Philadelphia bar associations, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Barrister’s Association of Philadelphia and the Urban League of Philadelphia, she volunteers with Philadelphia Futures as a mentor to local high school students.


Racine earned her undergraduate degree from Drexel University (B.A., 2004) and her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2008). She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Memorial Day

The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868, on Sunday, May 30 at noon. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.


Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and tours of Laurel Hill will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, American Legion Post #405, Post #1 Society, Union League, and Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans.


The event is free and open to the public. Laurel hill is located at 3822 Ridge Avenue. For information visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.



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A Streetcar to Fernhill


Fernhill Park saw something on Friday, May 21 that hadn’t appeared there in quite a while: a trolley (the rubber-tired variety, anyway), carrying members of the  Fairmount Park Conservancy and a number of corporations.


There were there to tour the Park and see how conservation work there had fared in the ensuing six years since they’d sponsored it.


And they were pretty pleased at the outcome. For more, see Fernhill story below.