September 30, 2010

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Black and White Gala brings green

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 pages 10 and 11 and (photos by Steve Ladner)

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.

“We used to live in Chestnut Hill but never came,” Allen said. “It’s fun. I like the setting and they have great auction items.”

Allen was one of dozens of winners that night. She placed the winning bids on at least two of the more than 60 auction packages, walking away with Water Color Lessons and Fine Quality Prints (a package that included two Alex Forbes originals of the Wissahickon Valley and lessons from him) and the Art Deco Necklace (a piece designed by artist Elaine Coyne).

New center to support children with autism

Soccer team, art class, drama club – throughout September, parents sign up children for interesting and enjoyable extra-curricular activities. Children with autism spectrum disorders, however, are often unable to participate in these activities because of behavioral and communication challenges that accompany their condition.

Declining revenues create ‘cash flow issue’ for CHCA

In his monthly report to the Chestnut Hill Community Association board meeting on Sept. 23, Treasurer David Mansfield presented a dire picture of the community association’s finances, stating that declining revenues in the last year will hinder the CHCA’s ability to meet its financial obligations.

“Fixed expenses plus decreasing revenue has begun to result in a serious cash flow issue,” Mansfield said.

David Wiesner, noted children’s book author, is a neighbor

How often are you likely to find a three-time Caldecott Medal winner living in your own neighborhood?

In Wyndmoor, working to get everything just the way his instincts, his training, and his lifelong devotion to drawing and painting tell him, is David Wiesner, who has been called “one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world.”

David Wiesner would be the last person to ever tell you this. He is an unassuming guy, full of life and warmth, thoughtful, alert to all possibility, generous to his audiences – both young and young-at-heart – and never far from his working space.

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