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Essay: Tea Partying in Glenside with the disaffected

Early last Friday afternoon, Local associate publisher Larry Hochberger asked me if I had any interest in the President of the United States.

Don’t think there’s a reporter or editor anywhere in the country who would say no.

“Sure,” I said. “Where’ll he be?”

“Arcadia University,” Hochberger said.

The President was scheduled to address healthcare reform at the university. It was part of a barnstorming effort on his part to get some kind of legislation – stalled now for nearly a year – through an immobile congress.

I wasn’t thrilled. Arcadia is less than four miles from the Local, but in the world of the local press, it might as well be New Orleans. Why couldn’t Obama address healthcare on the lawn of Chestnut Hill Hospital? That would be news.

MORNING BELL Springside School had the opportunity to preside over the Opening Bell ceremony at NASDAQ MarketSite on Times Square in New York City on March 1.  Ringing the bell (from left) were Springside parent and executive vice president of the NASDAQ OMX, Eric Noll, founder, chair and president of Urban Outfitters and president of Springside’s Board of Trustees, Dick Hayne, and head of school, Priscilla Sands. In her remarks for the event, Dr. Sands said, “We are proud to stand here with the leaders in global commerce, and as you go off into the world to trade in futures, we will be directing the future. This next generation of children is certainly worth the investment.”  View the NASDAQ Opening Bell event at (Photo by Karen Tracy)f

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$10,000 gift kicks off spring, concert series

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Economy closes a door, but another opens in Mt. Airy
Avenida: youthful vibe, family-friendly, fine Latin food

According to a recent CNN Money article, “More than 45,000 businesses closed their doors for good in 2009, including some that survived for more than a century.” The article profiled six century-old businesses in various parts of the country that were victimized last year by the economic hard times. One of those businesses placed under the microscope was the Delaware Market House, a gourmet food market and catering operation in Gladwyne.


CHCA-Span: Surveilling the board

An interesting idea was floated at a recent CHCA board meeting.

The board was debating whether or not it should impose a rule that would kick a member off if he or she missed five meetings during the year. That measure was proposed this year as a change of the organization’s bylaws. Those who favored the proposal pointed out that the current bylaws allowed an elected board member to never attend a single meeting, so long as he or she called the CHCA office beforehand.


PABLO DESERVES A HOME: Pablo is very lucky to be alive today. Seen over the past few months in Fairmount Park, Pablo was rescued last Thursday by Janice Strawder of Stray Animal Rescue. He is presently in the care of Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, where he is being treated for infections, a severe leg injury and malnourishment. He is very sweet, despite the horrific abuse he has suffered. As soon as Pablo is well enough to leave the hospital, Stray Animal Rescue will place him in a foster home, and eventually put him up for adoption. If you are interested in fostering Pablo, call 267-974-0887


Different season, familiar ending for CHC men’s hoops

On the first of March, the Chestnut Hill College men’s basketball team saw its season end the same way it did in 2009, with a loss in the opening round of conference playoffs at Philadelphia University, the alma mater of Griffins coach Jesse Balcer.



Chestnut Hill Hospital CEO Brooks, Turkel, CHCF Treasurer Stan Moat, CHCA V.P., Jane Piotrowski and President Walter Sullivan announce a $10,000 gift fromthe hospital to the Pastorious Park concert series. (Photos by Jennifer Katz)



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