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Project Transition patients forced out of CH Village homes

About two months ago, Chestnut Hill Village management decided not to renew more than 20 apartment leases held by Project Transition, a Chalfont-based, for-profit, psychiatric treatment program that seeks to reintegrate its patients into society.

The problem is that no one from the Chestnut Hill Village management office or AIMCO, the Denver-based apartment management company that owns Chestnut Hill Village, told Project Transition CEO Luke Crabtree that all of his patients would need to be out by June 30.

In a phone interview on Friday, Crabtree anticipated moving about half of his Chestnut Hill Village tenants out by June 30, reducing the number of units leased by Project Transition to 11, but it was his understanding that the last of his tenants would not have to leave until March 2010.

Teens seek funds for service trip

Teenagers, Inc., a Chestnut Hill-based service and social organization for middle and high school students, has touched every corner of Chestnut Hill with service projects since its inception 12 years ago. In June, Teens Inc. participants will for the first time take that commitment to service overseas with a service project in Guatemala.

Although the teens will be volunteering their time, the trip will be costly. That’s where you come in.

The Little Treehouse is all grown up in new quarters

The Great Alexei wows children and parents at the Little Treehouse. 1,000 children visited the Treehouse last weekend. (Photo by Erin Vertreace)

Like many Chestnut Hill parents, I had been to The Little Treehouse play café on Germantown Avenue several times. I knew there was some controversy surrounding building plans, but my kids loved playing there, and I was happy to have the chance to chat with other parents.

To be honest, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about; I thought the space was great the way it was and didn’t need to be any bigger. So, I was a little apprehensive about The Little Treehouse moving to its new, much larger location, but I was immediately intrigued when I saw the beautiful, old stone building (I later learned it had been a post office years before).

And I was in awe at the enormous play space with towering ceilings and light pouring in from cathedral-like windows. My daughter pointed at colorful tribal-like paintings lining the walls and gazed up at huge foam flowers dangling from above and plants in pots near the ceiling. The space was open, warm, and full of color, everything a great place for kids should be.