Local family grateful for community aid during illness
Daphne Fifield might have been more prepared than most women her age to handle the fact that she’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 37-year-old mother of two sons had been the same age as her older son when her mother, Whim Lynch, was diagnosed with cancer.
What Fifield recalls is that the community where she lived in Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor came together to help.
“[My mother] was in the hospital on and off for a number of years,” she said. “People just took my brother and I home for extended stays when my mother was in the hospital. We were taken care of.”
It had to catch up with them some time. How long can a single mile-stretch of Germantown Avenue’s business district endure consistent loss of businesses and customers before realizing something has to give?
Last week a group of business owners and community members met to discuss merging the three standing business organizations in Chestnut Hill, the Business Association, Business Improvement District and Parking Foundation.
The Chestnut Hill Arts Initiative (CAi), which – along with ProjectSketchbook – has been bringing works of art to commercial spaces along Germantown Avenue since February, will close out its summer phase with a reception on Aug. 20.
The CAi, according to project coordinator Brookes Britcher, is meant to bring diverse works of art into specific sites provided by Bowman Properties.
The reception is free and open to the public, and everyone in Chestnut Hill is invited to attend. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Magarity Ford Building, 8200 Germantown Ave. Light refreshments will be served, followed by an opportunity to walk the Avenue and experience the art.
Britcher said the reception also would offer people an opportunity to speak with the artists and representatives of Bowman Properties.