January 8, 2009



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St. Paul’s course links religion, psychology

The Beta Course, joining the journeys of spirituality and psychology, will begin at Saint Paul’s Church  Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s Dixon House Library. 

The course extends over eight sessions and is led by the Rev. Cliff Cutler and therapists Anne Klinger and Flo Gelo of the Samaritan Counseling Center.

Beta was developed in England in the Psychology and Christianity Project at the University of Cambridge.  The course takes Biblical truths and interweaves them with psychological empirical research to develop a spirituality that is applied to contemporary challenges.  All are invited to participate in this course.  The cost for all eight sessions is $25.  To register or for more information call Saint Paul’s at 215-242-2055 or email:  In Beta, faith and psychology are brought into dialogue and applied to everyday life from a Christian perspective.


Nursing scholarships awarded to 17 nurses

Chestnut Hill Hospital nurses who received scholarships from the Green Tree Community Health Fund are (top to bottom, from left): Joanne Markovitz, Barbara Daulerio, Mary Ellen Bower, Natalie McGraw, Susan Esquirrel, Lisa Reiss, Anna Grasela, Cecilia Ford, Bethanne Salomone, Susan Eberwine, Melissa Leach, and Meredith Robison; also shown are Green Tree Community Health Foundation Executive Director Susan Hansen; board member and Scholarship Committee Chair Tine Hansen-Turton; and Dr. Divo Messori.  The scholarships were presented in recognition of each nurse’s commitment to academic achievement, professional advancement and patient care. The nurses are advancing their studies at a variety of local colleges and universities.

Seventeen nurses from Chestnut Hill Hospital received scholarships from the Elissa Messori Jacobsen Fund of the Green Tree Community Health Foundation on Dec. 18. Twelve of those nurses were able to participate in the Foundation’s annual holiday party and award presentation, held this year at the home of foundation board member Cheryl Wade.

The scholarships were presented in recognition of each nurse’s commitment to academic achievement, professional advancement, and patient care. The nurses are advancing their studies at a variety of local colleges and universities.

Green Tree Community Health Foundation, located in Germantown, is a nonprofit public charity striving for a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents in its Eastern Montgomery County, and Northwest Philadelphia service area to access health services and to value, embrace and maintain their health.

The Elissa Messori Jacobsen Scholarship Fund is a special interest of the Foundation. The Scholarship Fund is in honor and memory of Elissa Messori Jacobsen, a nurse at Chestnut Hill Hospital who lost her life to breast cancer, and was started by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Divo Messori. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded 47 scholarships to 33 Chestnut Hill Hospital nurses for a total distribution of $125,907.  The Foundation views this as an investment in nursing excellence which in turn contributes to compassionate care for the community.

To contribute to the Elissa Messori Jacobsen Scholarship Fund, please make checks payable to Green Tree Community Health Foundation and mail to 6023 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Visit the website at


Benjamin Koniers, 6, helped ring in the new year by yanking a  rope attached to an exact replica of the Liberty Bell.  (Photo by Joel Hoffmann)


MT. AIRY IRISH CONCERT: The first concert of the new year presented by The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St. in Mt. Airy, will feature two of Ireland’s premier female vocalists, Susan McKeown (seen here) and Mary McPartlan, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $13 for Ceili Group and Commodore Barry Club members at the door. Call 215-843-8051 or 0502, or email


Richard Tilghman Nalle Jr

Richard Tilghman Nalle Jr., 88, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a retired corporate executive and former head of the Franklin Institute, died Jan. 2 of cancer at his residence in Beaumont at Bryn Mawr.

Mr. Nalle retired as chairman and chief executive officer of the Franklin Institute in 1985 but remained on the board.

Mr. Nalle began his professional career at Westinghouse Electric Co., where he served for 19 years in various management capacities both in the United States and abroad. He later was assistant to the president of United Engineers and Constructors of Philadelphia and, following this, joined Electric Storage Battery Inc. as assistant to the president for engineering and manufacturing. He remained with this company until 1979 and was elected executive vice president and named to its board of directors.