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Black and White Gala brings green

The 2010 Black and White Gala was a “roaring” success according to the early tally. This year’s roaring 20s themed gala, which took place under a tent on Germantown Ave. last Saturday night, welcomed more than 320 guests and raised more than $55,000 for the Chestnut Hill Community Association and Chestnut Hill Community Fund Green Spaces Initiative.

“It was a major success,” said Jane Piotrowski, CHCA social division vice president. “It brought new faces to the Avenue.”

Jerome Maddox and Valerie Allen, former Hillers who now reside in Mt. Airy, made it to their first-ever black and white gala.
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The good times rolled at the Chestnut Hill Black and White Gala last Saturday. Perhaps the liveliest table of the night was occupied by (from left) Rebecca Dougherty, Stephanie and Chris Ball and Jen and Phil Flynn. For more photos, see the chestnuthilllocal.com. (photos by Steve Ladner)f
Other News…

New center to support children with autism

Declining revenues create ‘cash flow issue’ for CHCA

Black and White Gala pictures

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Nazi Germany escapee, now 97, dancing up a storm
Still teaching students in Hill area

Although she will never be on the popular TV shows, “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” it’s a pretty good bet that Hedy Tower is the oldest dance teacher in the U.S. It started with a curtsy when Hedy was seven years old – such an impressive curtsy that a dancing teacher invited her to dance with her group. Hedy said yes, thank you, and did.

She’s been dancing and teaching for over nine decades since then. Now, at the age of 97, she can still lift her legs higher than her eyebrows and do a spread-eagle yards wide. But as remarkable as this ability may be, its accomplishment to Hedy is most important as an illustration of the disciplined physical development required in the art of creative dancing.
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The High Seas of International Finance

One of my favorite peces of cinema is the opening film short of Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life,” “The Crimson Permanent Assurance.”

For those unfamiliar, the film is a brilliant Terry Gilliam fantasy in which the aged workers of a venerable London firm – The Permanent Assurance Company – stage a mutiny when The Very Big Corporation of America, which has recently acquired the “once proud family firm,” sacks a man known in the film only as Evans.
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CHA booters fine tune against tough teams

With the start of Chestnut Hill Academy’s Inter-Ac League soccer campaign approaching (CHA opens at Penn Charter on October 5), the Blue Devils prepped against a pair of “preps” from New Jersey late last week. On Thursday the local booters fell to the Hun School, 1-0, and on Saturday they took on one of the top teams in the Garden State, Pennington.

A 4-1 setback in the latter match gave CHA an overall record of 3-4, while Pennington rose to 5-1 (the loss was to Moorestown High School).
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WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE BACK NOW? “We’re going to have a porch built along the entire back length. Friends of the Wissahickon are going to help us build that. … It’s going to have a circle on the floor of a different wood that shows where the tree had been. And there’s going to be an opening in the ceiling like a Plexiglas opening that would show where the tree would have gone through the ceiling.” Trish Fries, Environmental Education Planner, Wissahickon Environmental Center in Fairmount Park. 

See closeup.brianrudnick.com for interview

 

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