Blossom Philadelphia transfers its residential services

News | December 6th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak After the losing its license last month to operate community homes for individuals with disabilities, Blossom Philadelphia informed families in an email that it will transition its residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities to four other providers. The letter written by Paula Czyzewski, Blossom’s chief executive officer, did not identify […]

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Local family gives thanks for ketogenic diet

News | November 29th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Two-and-a-half-year-old Penny Fry, who has Dravet syndrome, sat in her high chair on Thanksgiving Day eating her snack – baked brie and a syringe of canola oil – while her mother Wendy Fry, of Ambler, finished cooking dinner. Dravet syndrome is a very rare and often deadly form of epilepsy caused […]

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Crime Report: One theft from vehicle

Crime Report | November 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11. According to the 14th District, the Part 1s for Nov. 9 are not available. Nov. 11. Theft from vehicle on the unit block of Valley Green Road. A man told police he went for a run and when […]

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Court denies CHC exemption appeal from bias finding

News | November 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on Oct. 24, denied Chestnut Hill College’s appeal to be exempt from Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination statutes. Had the appeal succeeded, it could have removed students at private, religious colleges in Pennsylvania from the protection of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (HRA) and the intervention of the Pennsylvania Human […]

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Mt. Airy USA needs volunteers as Reading Captains

News | November 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Mt. Airy USA is partnering with Read by 4th, a citywide effort to ensure that all students receive the support needed to read on grade level by the time they reach fourth grade, to host a free workshop for volunteers to become Reading Captains or reading ambassadors on Saturday, Nov. 11, […]

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Pa. DHS revokes Blossom’s license for group homes

Featured Post, News | November 1st, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has revoked Blossom Philadelphia’s license to operate community homes for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities after inspectors found “gross incompetence” at the nonprofit in Chestnut Hill. Last week the Local published a front-page article about the nonprofit changing its name and affiliation from United […]

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