July 15, 2010

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Book fest beats the rain and the heat

Author Richard Morais at this year’s Chestnut Hill Book Festival. Morais read from his novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. (Photo by Steve Ladner)

At times, it looked as if the weather – a rain soaked Saturday followed by a steamy Sunday – might get in the way of the Second Annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival, which ran from July 9 through July 11.  But the event, a mix of readings, presentations, book signings, discussions, and workshop, went on as planned.

Admitting that attendance was impeded by bad weather and that the planning committee was unable to promote the festival as much as they had wanted, Chestnut Hill Business Association President Greg Welsh said the event was still a success.

“There was a great outpouring of people,” he said. “We received nothing but positive response from all who attended.”

ZBA reverses decision on dialysis center

Fresenius Medical Care and Delaware Valley Nephrology Associates, operators of the proposed dialysis center at 10 E. Moreland Ave., have won their appeal for unlimited hours of operation.

At its July 8 meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustment reversed its decision to limit the center’s hours.

Weavers Way gains new strength after fiscal crisis
Second of a two-part story

Co-op member Laurence Rosenzweig talks to general manager Glenn Bergman at Weavers Way, Chestnut Hill. (Photo by
Jennifer Katz)

Weavers Way Co-op was shocked into action in 2002 when it found itself engulfed in a financial crisis. Longtime bookkeeper Andrea Sheaffer had made several questionable calls to cover up financial distress, leaving the co-op an estimated $618,000 black hole in its records.

Sheaffer was never charged with malfeasance. The board established an accountability committee, which issued a report explaining as best it could what had transpired, blaming not just Sheaffer but the organization as a whole for being woefully undermanaged.

The report cited a systematic lack of financial control and created a model for structural change. It also did two very specific things: It attracted the attention of Glenn Bergman and created a strategic plan to move forward.


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