March 25, 2010

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Dismayed by market plight

I shop at the Good Food Market. The prepared foods are wonderful.

What happened to our American spirit? A woman opens a great neighborhood market. A handy place for that quart of milk. And, what happens?

I do not know Mrs. Jennifer Zoga. But I believe her hard work to bring something wonderful to Chestnut Hill should be welcomed.

Shame on those with such “blackness” of heart. Another empty store will not be a welcome addition to our neighborhood.

Roberta Gold
Chestnut Hill


Hypocrisy cited in GFM complaints

I find it interesting that the Chestnut Hillers and their neighboring communities put such an emphasis on others conforming to zoning codes.  Your front-page headline article about the plight of the Good Food Market exemplifies how meddlesome some folks are. 

Here, Jennifer Zoga, the owner, is trying her best to offer quality products and satisfy the need of the majority.  However, there are those who are well versed in zoning law who continue to insist upon the commission evaluating and punishing her for perceived or real (but irrelevant) variance violations.

To me, this is the epitome of hypocrisy.  I wonder how many of the “good folks” who insist on the letter of the law for others have illegal apartments in their house, or too many cars parked in their driveway, or cracked pavements that present a danger to others, or. . . .

Let the person who dropped the dime, the one who squealed on the Good Foods Market, come forth and identify themselves and justify in print why they are orchestrating this uncalled for attack on a person just trying to make a go of a business.

Herman Axelrod
Blue Bell

Sullivan ready to pull an all-nighter!  

Near the bottom of the published agenda for the CHCA March meeting, readers will note that “a final agreement between the State Attorney General’s Office and the Association” will be introduced for the first time in a public forum, to be discussed in detail and subject to full disclosure, according to President Walter Sullivan.

Prediction: Indifference will be the official posture and “just move forward” — the most tiresome battle cry in decades. Fear that commerce will suffer from unseemly public attention to this old unpleasantness will have the business-heavy 2010 board zipping its collective lip while revisionist historians and know-nothings flap their jaws.

The muzzles won’t be 100 percent effective. Some of your more “colorful” board members will break ranks and resurrect that paranoia-fueled hysteria of sinister plots and secret meetings. (You go, girls.)

A few with natural curiosity or prurient interest will need to spend some time buried in the archives of the Chestnut Hill Local.

Here’s a teaser, then.  Quoting from March 18’s Local: “those same board members tried to have the CHCA undergo a forensic audit, which a majority of the board declined.”  

What were they declining?  A colostomy?  Root canal without novocain? 

Actually, it was a freebie, offered by founder and first president of the CHCA Lloyd Wells who, after he learned that a forensic audit was an expense the financially troubled Community Association could ill afford, offered to pay for the thing himself.  

And that part about the “majority of the board declined”?  This is rich.  After the rude blow-off, some board members crassly suggested that Wells send them the proffered money anyway — to be used as they saw fit.

As those smart young lawyers like to say, “good luck with this.”

Martha Haley           
Haddon Township, NJ
Former CHCA board member


ShelterBox aids disaster victims

As pointed out by Barbara Sherf in her March 18 article in the Local [“Compassionate Local ‘Hearts’ Open Up for Haitians), ShelterBox is truly a remarkable program.

It was founded by Tom Henderson, a Rotarian from Cornwall, England. Since its first year of operation in 200, this program has provided temporary emergency shelter for close to a million people whose homes have been destroyed by earthquakes, floods, volcanic activity and war.

So far, more than 8,000 boxes, each containing a 10-man tent, stove, cooking utensils, water purification system, blankets, tools and other implements necessary for survival for up to six months, have been sent to Haiti.

And by now 1,000 boxes have arrived in Chile. This month ShelterBoxes have been sent to Haiti, Chile, Peru, and Uganda. Every box originates in Cornwall, and each is packed by volunteer Rotarians and other members of a community smaller than Chestnut Hill.

Each box costs $1,000 – for Haiti this translates to more than $8 million in aid from a non government agency. About half of all funding comes from the 31,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world and the other half from other public sources including schools, churches, individuals and small and large companies.

In our area nearly every Rotary club has donated at least one box. Additional boxes have been, or will be, purchased by the John S. Jenks School, Chestnut Hill Academy and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There is no end to the demand for boxes. On any given day there are 12 million people throughout the world in need of shelter following disasters.

ShelterBox has a very informative Web site (www.SheterBoxUSA.-org),  but tents will be on display nearby. From March 19 through March 26 a tent will be set up in the Neiman Marcus store in King of Prussia; on March 23 there will be a display in the Kimmel Center at the concert to aid Chile and on May 2 we will have one set up at the Chestnut Hill Garden Festival.

Please visit the Web site or see what has provided hope and dignity to nearly a million people throughout the world.

Thomas Lloyd
Chestnut Hill

ShelterBox Youth Coordinator Grateful to hospital

I would like to write a small letter of thanks to Chestnut Hill Hospital for its excellent care. I am not sure how to go about this, but here is my letter.

 The February snowstorm almost took my husband’s life and thanks to the excellent ER staff at Chestnut Hill Hospital, they gave him his life back.

First and mostly, I would like to thank the ER staff at Chestnut Hill Hospital, includeing, Dr. David Becker for saving my husband’s life.  But I would also like to share my experience with our community.  If it were not for the experienced staff on duty on Saturday February 6,  during the 20 – plus inch snow- storm, my husband would not be here with me today. 

 My husband and I can not express enough how very grateful we are to everyone who was working the ER on that day.  We both feel we are fortunate to have Chestnut Hill Hospital in our neighborhood, especially in the event of a life and death emergency. 

Agressive dogs

There was a recent public service announcement in the Local that was looking for a home for a rescue dog.  It was a bit disturbing on a number of accounts.  First of all, the notice said the dog had been used for paint-ball practice.  That might not have been the case. 

Some letter carriers and animal control officers use paint to mark dangerous or aggressive dogs.  This is because many dogs are hard to distinguish due to uniform breed standards,  and owners of dogs may challenge which dog was aggressive.or deny that they own the dog.

The other thing mentioned is that the dog was found wandering in the Northeast.   I-95 is a one-exit dumping ground, and many times people who don’t want to go through the trouble of turning over unwanted dogs to the SPCA will take an exit off I-95 and dump their dog along the way.  

In February, some preteen kids found and took in dogs they said were wandering around in the area.   Later, while being walked, the dogs started fighting, and one of the kids almost had to have his arm amputated after he was caught in the middle of the fight.

People are well-intentioned but may be willing to overlook the potential for harm in adopting a dog bred for aggression.  There were no caveats in this notice, and people who are seeking a family pet would be advised to do so from a reputable breeder or at least the SPCA, which will test dogs for behavior flaws and tell you if the dog is suitable for the lifestyle you have at present.  Adopting a dog that has unknown history can be very risky.

Carmella Paulmier


Zoo blasted on elephant policy

Last month, the Philadelphia Zoo announced it had decided Kallie and Bette, its two elephants, were too unhealthy to be bred, even though as recently as December, zoo officials had publicly announced definite plans to attempt breeding Kallie and Bette this summer. Since the zoo refuses to allow public access to medical records of the elephants, it’s impossible to know the true status of the elephants’ health.

The Philadelphia Zoo, which receives substantial public monies and free city services, and rents the zoo property for $1 per year, has been criticized by many citizens for its decision to move the elephants to a breeding-holding facility in Pittsburgh instead of a sanctuary. Many have also denounced the zoo for its refusal to open the breeding-holding facility to third parties and its refusal to provide updates on the elephants.

The only photos and video released of the elephants since they moved to the breeding-holding facility last July were publicized later that month. Despite repeated requests, both the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Philadelphia Zoo have refused to release further information on the elephants or allow outside parties to visit the facility.

Nearly three years ago, the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a 2,300-acre refuge in California with the space and natural conditions necessary for elephants to thrive, offered to take the then-three African elephants at no charge (52-year-old elephant Petal has since died, collapsing in her cement stall in June, 2008).

Zoo director Vik Dewan refuses to send the elephants to the spacious sanctuary, opting instead to send them to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s breeding-holding facility, where the elephants are kept in pens consisting of just a few acres, and pain-inflicting devices such as bullhooks are used to dominate them and make them obey. For more information on this horrific injustice, visit

Lucille Phelan

Thanks for the support!

Flannery’s Deli in Wyndmoor will be closing our doors on Friday, March 26 after seven years in business.  We’d like to thank our loyal customers, friends and neighbors for your business and support over the past seven years.  We are actively looking for a new location nearby and will be sure to get the word out.  It’s been a pleasure doing business with you and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Matt and Sue Flannery
Flannery’s Deli



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