October 29, 2009

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CHA cruises against GA

Chestnut Hill Academy’s Varsity football team cruised to its seventh straight victory in a season without defeat, crushing Germantown Academy 42-6 this past Saturday.

The Blue Devils scored 14 points in the first quarter before running a single offensive play on a wet and soggy Landreth Field.

Germantown Academy won the coin toss, but elected to defer possession to the second half. With this decision, the GA Patriots had to kick to senior running back Ibraheim Campbell who ran the opening kick-off return 85 yards for the first touchdown of the game. After a quick three-and-out series for GA, they punted to the Blue Devils. and senior Jon McAllister returned the 55 yards for the second score of the game before CHA’s offense even had a chance to take the field.

CHA running back Ibraheim Campbell (carrying ball) dominated Saturday’s contest against GA, rushing for 147 yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns. (Photo by Sandy Goldstein)

Other News…

Campaign for Springfield Treasurer a heated contest

Stormwater problem areas reported by CHCA board



Unbelievable accomplishments honored this week
No one else on planet Earth like Deborah Groeber

When I was growing up in West Oak Lane, I was very proud of the fact that my mother, Anna, would get on a bus two or three times every week to go to the Lighthouse of the Blind in North Philadelphia, where she was a volunteer. She would read to the blind residents, exchange stories about their respective families and even teach them to crochet. She used to say it was the most rewarding thing she had ever done.


The real frighteners

I’m not superstitious. I don’t spook easily. But I find there’s more and more to be really scared about, and I’m not talking about adults in bad costumes. Boomers in vampire costumes aren’t exactly terrifying, but definitely spooky.

No, the world is really pretty scary. Here are a few frightening things that keep me up at night:

Health care limbo – We are a country of 300 million. Most of us are educated. We produce something like 25 percent of all the world’s wealth. Yet we seem unable to fix a health care system that nearly everyone agrees is completely broken.


MOSE ALLISON AT ROLLER’S: Mose Allison, accompanied by jazz musicians Jim Dragoni and Dylan Taylor, will perform on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at Roller’s Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave. Mose Allison has been a huge influence on American music as a jazz pianist and song writer for decades. His songs have been covered by Van Morrison, John Mayall, The Who, The Clash, Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt, among others. Tickets are only available online at For more information, call 215-247-0707.


Perri leads Mount at AACA Championships

Last Tuesday at the 2009 Athletic Association of Catholic Academies Cross Country Championships, Mount St. Joseph Academy senior Tori Perri was able to have her AACA career end the same way it had begun.

Perri won the league meet at Tyler State Park as a freshman in 2006, but injuries held her back at the AACAs in each of the next two seasons. Back at Tyler last week, the Magic’s premier runner went out on top, winning the three-mile race in 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Perri completed the circuit 34 seconds faster than runner-up Emma Mahoney, a sophomore from Villa Joseph Marie.



Barbara Crawford’s teaching career at Chestnut Hill Academy spanned nearly 50 years, from 1942-1990, during which time she continued to pursue her own art. A number of works from this period and earlier are now on display at CHA in the gallery named in her honor.
Crawford began her artistic career at the University of the Arts, then known as the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art. After graduating in 1936, she worked as a freelance illustrator, publishing her work in several magazines as well as local newspapers.
During the 40s and 50s she exhibited her painting and graphic works in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Chicago Art Institute, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She never exhibited her work publically after the 50s, voicing distaste for the commercial art world.
In 1942, Crawford began teaching art at CHA, replacing the painter Sam Feinstein who departed for the war. Her style of teaching was organic and exploratory, emphasizing process over product. Crawford had a way of making abstraction accessible to her students and illustrated how to convey emotional ideas such as dignity or joy without relying on traditional means of expression.
This exhibition represents the first showing of any of Barbara Crawford’s works in many years and offers us a great insight into the expanse of her talent as an artist.

Gallery Hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., M-F. The Gallery can be accessed through the Springfield Avenue entrance of Chestnut Hill Academy.




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