Herb Scott is a ‘real gentleman’

I was so glad to see the article on Herb Scott in the Local this week (“Mt. Airy chef: From coat-checking to catering success,” Aug. 6). I attended an event at Germantown Friends School a few years ago that he catered. He could not have been nicer and more accommodating. He is a real gentleman, and everybody loved the food.

I had no idea of his background until I read the article, but when I read about what he overcame and how he turned his life around, I was even more impressed. It proves that no matter what your background is, you can change things around with the right attitude. I look forward to the profiles you have every week of people doing good things in our community.

Alice Turner

Chestnut Hill

Pulitzer winner a true inspiration

Thank you so much for the article on Quiara Alegria Hudes (“Central High grad a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, July 30). Because of that article, I went to see her play, “Lulu’s Golden Shoes,” downtown on Aug. 2, and I’m glad I did. It was wonderful.

I also saw her musical “In the Heights” on Broadway a few years ago, which was out of this world. What I loved about your article was that I did not even know the writer of “In the Heights” was a Philly person much less a local public high school graduate. Or that she grew up poor in a rowhouse neighborhood.

What a well written, inspirational story. I will definitely look forward to any other plays that Hudes writes, and I will not miss any of them. Now that I know she is a local lass, it is even better! I wish her nothing but the best.

Beverly Duca

Mt. Airy

Column made him laugh out loud

I want to thank Mike Todd for making me laugh out loud today when I read his column in this week’s Chestnut Hill Local, (“Disturbingly honest kid…” (July 30)

I really admire Todd’s writing talent. I rarely get a good belly laugh anymore, and I miss it. So when he had me laughing with tears in my eyes several times today reading his account of Memphis with Zack and Evan at his Colchester cottage (I have five grandchildren, so I totally got Zack’s enunciation vs. Evan’s “crisp and faultless elocution”), I had to contact you to thank you.

Any writer who can make a person laugh out loud reading his words on the page has, I believe, excellent writing skills, a sharp, sophisticated sense of humor and a unique ability to combine the two to produce very entertaining pieces.

Please keep up the good work. I can see a future for Mike at the New York Times or New Yorker, but in the meantime, I will keep looking for his Chestnut Hill Local column for a good laugh or at least a few chuckles. By the way, this is not the first time that Mike and your other columnists have made me laugh, think or get “weepy!”

Joe Hogan


Ed. Note: Mike Todd won a Second Place award earlier this year from the Keystone Press Association for “Best Humor Column” among all newspapers in the state in our circulation grouping.

Thanks to Engine 37

The staff and children of St. Martins Church want to publicly praise and thank the wonderful fire-fighters of Engine 37 in Chestnut Hill. During our Vacation Bible School, a fire alarm went off at the church. We cleared the building and the fire engine arrived quickly.

After determining that all was clear, the generous firefighters offered to show their truck to our 74 campers! For the next 30 minutes excited children had a chance to sit in the cab, sound the siren and use a small hose. Thank you firefighters for your generosity and kindness. You are terrific neighbors and excellent public servants. You gave our kids a great gift!

The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel


Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

The bear is back

What a nice surprise to see that the polar bear bench is back at Southampton and Germantown avenues.

It was gone for so long I was afraid we would never see it again.

It looks great, and I’m sure it will get a lot of use. Thanks to those who rehabbed it.

Cheryl Massaro

Chestnut Hill