A call to action, not silence

I am writing in response to a letter in the Nov. 1 issue [“Not Welcome in chestnut Hill”]. The writer described his experience of taking photographs of fall foliage one Sunday morning, when an individual who identified himself as being from Town Watch questioned who he was and what he was doing.

The letter was thoughtfully expressed and did not display the outrage he must have felt within. It simply spoke to the facts and asked that this behavior be addressed.

While I would certainly guess this incident was not intentional, its effect remains.

I know that several people read the letter with concern, recognizing that this is a very undesirable outcome to the growing concern about burglaries in the community. Concern expressed from one person to another is a good thing.

The only thing I know about this event is what I have read in the letter, but what I have felt ever since reading it is that it should not be left unanswered.

If the writer was courageous enough not to let cynicism silence his desire to speak up. I too must speak up. There is good and important work being done by Town Watch in encouraging neighbors to pay attention to neighbors, to look out for each other, to actually know what is going on in the neighborhood so they know when something feels off. But it’s not OK that, in the process, we perpetuate another problem that is, while less tangible, also harmful.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Many difficulties are actually an opportunity to make something good happen, to get things going in a different direction. This is one of them.

Celeste Hardester

Community Manager

Chestnut Hill Community Manager


Another awesome Weird Waste Day

On Saturday, Nov.10, community members and businesses came to Norwood-Fontbonne Academy to recycle their “weird waste.” We collected over 13,100 pounds of computers, TVs, peripherals, and other electronic waste that will be responsibly recycled rather than ending up in a landfill or being sent to a developing nation.

We would like to thank the following people who helped make this event, organized by Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH), such an amazing success: Norwood-Fontbonne Academy for donating the use of their driveway, eForce Compliance (eforcecompliance.com) for their responsible recycling services, our volunteers, and especially all of the community members and businesses who came to recycle their electronic waste and who donated a total of $2,200 for our upcoming Green Warrior Student Grant Program. Thank you!

Amy Edelman,

GRinCH President

on behalf of the

GRinCH Board of Governors


‘Albert Schatz is a hero!’

I tried to read your story about Albert Schatz (“Mt. Airy scientist’s discovery saved millions of lives,” Nov. 15) at the Weavers Way Co-op, where it was laminated and posted on a wall by the cash registers, but it’s at the eye-level of the tall guys who run the place, not for short people like me. (Then again, so are a lot of the shelves now.) So I bought a copy of the Chestnut Hill Local and read every word. Thank you. Albert Schatz is a hero!

Judith Cole

Mt. Airy