September 3, 2009


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Good Food Market variances supported by CHCA board vote

Near neighbors of the Good Food Market at 12-18 W. Willow Grove Ave. last week were unsuccessful in their efforts to persuade the Chestnut Hill Community Association board of directors to table a vote on a request by market owner Jennifer Zoga for zoning variances for the sale of takeout coffee, gelato, salads and sandwiches.

While board members acknowledged some of the neighbors’ concerns about traffic, parking and safety, they voted unanimously in support of Zoga’s variance application with the city Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Flourtown therapist sells shirts to help rape survivors

Margaret Preston’s T-shirt will help build a fund to provide counseling to rape survivors. (Photo by Erin Vertreace)

It was 2003 and the first in what was to become a series of infamous rapes in Fairmount Park had just happened when Margaret Preston and a friend went to jog along Forbidden Drive at Valley Green. As the two women were preparing to start their run, a visibly frightened woman approached them.

“You could just see the fear on her face,” Preston said. “She approached us and asked if she could run with us.”

Preston, 56, was all too aware of the risk to women joggers. Her daughter had been attacked while she was away at college 12 years ago.

“It’s the worst feeling a mother can have,” she said. “To get the call from the police.”

Her daughter, who did not want to be identified, was able to get away from her attacker before he sexually assaulted her but not before the attack left her bruised and shaken. It left her mother shaken as well.

The Chestnut Hill Community Association board of directors last week voted unanimously in support of three zoning variances that Bowman Properties Ltd. is seeking for the “adaptive re-use” of a historic 19th century building that stretches from 8401-03 Germantown Ave. to 3-9 E. Gravers Lane.

If approved by the city Zoning Board of Adjustment at a Sept. 16 hearing, the variances would allow Bowman to reduce the setback requirements for a 9-foot fence and a three-story addition from 8 feet to 3 feet and 0 feet, respectively. Bowman would also be exempt from a zoning ordinance prohibiting the construction of multiple structures on one lot.