April 22, 2010

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Farming plan in Roxborough, Whitemarsh concerns neighbors

A Fairmount Park project that could convert five acres of a parcel known as Manatawna Farms that stretches between Philadelphia and Whitemarsh Township has neighbors in the area concerned about potential harm the farming might have on the environment and wildlife.

The plan, detailed in an eight-page Request for Information issued from the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, would convert “up to five acres of Manatawna property to commercial, chemical-free farming.” The plan calls for the five-acre section to be divided into 10 half-acre plots.

Parking Foundation loses Lot #7

On Monday, the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation, which manages nine retail lots in Chestnut Hill between Southampton and Rex Avenues, lost control of Lot 7, which provided parking for 73 cars between Highland Avenue and Gravers Lane behind shops on the west side of the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue.

Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation president John Ingersoll, told the Local that Acadia Realty Trust assumed control of the lot on Monday, April 9, when the real estate firm did not agree to terms of the long-term lease that had made the lot available to the general public for many years.

CHASS becomes a reality

Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School are taking their relationship to the next level with all the modern day implications of partnering without a marriage license. Last month, the two institutions announced that they are combining their upper school programs and integrating their operations.

The plan is to fully integrate the upper school programs within three years, so the current 6th grade classes will enter into a 9th grade program that is co-ed. The schools will further combine their business offices, including development operations. In many ways this is the next step in a process that began with the creation of CHASS in 2007.

Regina M. Dwyer, volunteer, dies at 87

Regina “Jean” McCarthy Dwyer, 87, of Chestnut Hill, a longtime community volunteer who was best known for her annual pie collection for St. Vincent’s Dining Room, died of cancer April 15 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Flourtown.

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Mrs. Dwyer’s collection jars were a familiar sight in shops along Germantown Avenue. She also was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society chapter at Our Mother of Consolation Church.

During World War II, she served in the Navy’s WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and was a member of one of the first classes to graduate from the Navy Radio Training School at the University of Wisconsin. She was later stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York.

Born in Germantown to Dr. Francis X. and Helen Jarvis McCarthy, Mrs. Dwyer moved with her family to Conshohocken where they lived until she was 14. She had fond memories of her childhood there that included sledding down Fayette Street, swimming at Martin’s Dam, and being driven to Fontbonne Hall and Mount Saint Joseph Academy by her father, who often made house calls along the way and treated the Sisters of Saint Joseph.


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