August 26, 2010

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Neighbors appeal ZBA ruling on dialysis center

Peter and Susan Burke, near neighbors of the proposed dialysis center at 10 E. Moreland Avenue, appealed a July 6  Zoning Board of Adjustments decision to allow the dialysis center to operate until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The appeal was filed by attorney Dan McElhatton on Aug. 3. McElhatton represented neighbors opposed to the zoning variance requests of The Good Food Market last year.

Renfrew Center marks 25 years treating eating disorders

When Sam Menaged, founder and CEO of the Renfrew Centers, first floated his idea for a residential eating disorder facility for women 25 years ago, he didn’t get much support. It was the early 1980s and eating disorders – like anorexia nervosa and bulimia – weren’t part of mainstream culture yet.

“It was never in the news – it was never in the paper,” Menaged recalled. “It simply wasn’t talked about.”

Menaged’s colleagues at the Horsham Clinic, a private behavioral health care facility in Ambler, shot down his suggestion of adding an eating disorder facility. They told him there wasn’t enough demand and that the idea was too risky financially.

Recession's effect on Hill area restaurants?

The restaurant business has always been a high-wire act, or to quote from a Frank Sinatra song, “You’re riding high in April, shot down in May...” There are always going to be new kids on the block to challenge you and take customers away from you. Everybody wants to try out the hot, new trendy spot. An acclaimed chef leaves you to open his/her own restaurant (as almost all of them eventually do). A bad review (even on a blog) can sink an unstable ship.

Cold weather, snow, hot weather, rain — all seem to be your enemies. The customers don’t come; you throw out fresh vegetables and seafood; it’s one pothole after another. A freezer breaks down; more food thrown out. A toilet overflows on a Saturday night. You get a lot of walk-ins (without reservations), and you don’t have enough servers to handle them promptly. They’re angry that they have to wait so long for their food. Your chef calls in sick. Your family is furious with you because you have become a stranger. You juggle the bills because you can’t pay them all.

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