I was dismayed to read your article of October 10 regarding the Fall for the Arts Festival on Germantown Ave. The Stagecrafters Theater has been a a lively and prominent part of the arts scene, producing quality theater in Chestnut Hill since 1929. Yet, there was not mention of the group in your article. As you say, it is “important to support” the organizations mentioned. How about a little support from the Chestnut Hill Local for The Stagecrafters?

Barbara D. Mills

Director of Publicity/Public Relations, The Stagecrafters


Thanks from Meals on Wheels

On behalf of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, I would like to personally thank you for your promotion of our recent Downton Abbey Fashion Show and Tea Fun(d)raiser /Friendraiser.

Special thanks to one of your contributors, Barbara Sherf of Capture Life Stories based in Flourtown, who coordinated and oversaw every detail with excellent taste, poise and professionalism.

I would also like to publicly thank the vendors who donated their time and services.

Diamond Spa owner Roy Miyahara was a most generous and gracious host with his space, drinks, and incredible gift packages. Lovely tea sandwiches were donated by Chef Carl Drake of Drake’s Gourmet Food and Catering and fresh, delicious wraps were donated by Chef Al Paris and his new Green Soul Café. Tea served by Lisa Gregg-Alexander of Whispering Teas paired nicely with the perfect sweet treats from Bredenbeck’s Bakery. Scarlet Begonia’s of Flourtown provided beautiful fashions and a fabulous raffle prize.

Also many thanks to Jonathan Lasky, a student at Antonelli Institute, who was able to capture this magical evening with his wonderful photographs. We were delighted with the number of folks that came and enjoyed the evening and supported our event and raffle.

Again, many thanks to the Chestnut Hill Local and all of your continuous support of our organization.

For more information about our program or to make a contribution to our annual appeal to subsidize meals for folks who need but cannot afford our services, please visit www.ChestnutHillMOW.com

Lynne Mason

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels


Thanks for story on Marrianne Dwyer

Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Marianne Dwyer, “A Taste of Chestnut Hill honors Marianne Dwyer.” Her work with Teenagers, Inc. is exemplary, but she is also the best mother, friend and neighbor. Her kindness and generosity know no bounds. She has reached out to our family, especially Aunt Nina, and so many others, with great affection over the years. She is a very special lady.


Kathy Winter

Chestnut Hill


Don’t forget Chestnut Grille

I was surprised to notice that in your editorial about the Chestnut Hill Hotel and farmers’ market area there was no mention of the wonderful Chestnut Grille. I’ve been a customer of the Grille for many years and have nothing but praise and admiration for its consistency of quality in service, food and just pleasant atmosphere. I couldn’t help but admire them for soldiering through the endless construction last summer without missing a beat as far as customer service was concerned. I hope it continues to be a steady and dependable entity and not changed (for change’s sake). Hopefully it will remain under its current management and not lose customers to the new restaurant that was put up literally on its “doorstep.”

Chestnut 7 could have taken a page or two out of their book, that’s for sure.

Judy Kinsley

Chestnut Hill


‘You captured the essence’

Thank you so much for the article in the Local (“New photo exhibit shows everyday life on G’town Avenue,” Nov. 14). Carole Verona did a wonderful job in capturing the essence of our project, and we are thrilled with the result. We so much appreciate the time and energy Carole put into the article. We were at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts today helping hang the show and realizing how fortunate we have been to able to share our work at the art center and in the Chestnut Hill Local. Thank you again.

Ellie Seif and Carolyn Johnson

Mt. Airy