Annual blood drive was a success

On Saturday we were host to 82 prospective donors and we collected 61 units of blood. This blood will be used by Chestnut Hill Hospital and other area hospitals.

The blood drive has become a tradition in Chestnut Hill that brings out the best in our community.

A special thanks goes out to Bowman Properties and its amazing staff for providing our new location. The cheerful, light-filled space at 8335 Germantown Ave. set the stage for a special event.

Generous food donations were provided by Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Baker Street Bread Co., Primo Hoagies, Evergreen Cheese, and A Taste of Philly. The Miller-Keystone staff says that we have the finest spread that they have ever seen.

Fran O’Donnell, of O’Doodles Toy Store, added to the festivities with the donation of balloons and the toy table to entertain our youngest supporters.

Chestnut Hill showed its gratitude to the blood donors in many ways. Donors received a generous discount at O’Doodles Toy Store and Campbell’s Place.

At the end of the day, it is the individuals that make the day so special. Carol Graves, Noreen Spota, Marilyn Paucker and Julie Byrne worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event. A special thanks to Renee Chenault Fattahfrom NBC10 and Pete Mazzaccaroand the Local for their support.

I am so grateful to all those who donated their time, support and blood on Saturday. It means so very much to me and to our community. See you next year!

Liz Bales

CHCA Blood Drive Chair


An apology to my neighbors

My apologies if you are upset that I have been saving a parking space. After shoveling out multiple spaces each snowstorm and having my car frozen into a space for two days, I have resorted to the Philadelphia tradition of putting a chair, bucket or cone into a parking space that I have cleared.

To the neighbor who left a copy of the NBC article stating that you are not allowed to save spaces. I know. I just don’t know what else to do.

My apologies to the neighbor who thought the note I left on his car was aggressive because I explained that I had shoveled four spaces and asked how many he had shoveled? I was frustrated when I came home from work and found the chair I had placed in a space had been thrown on a neighbor’s lawn.

Parking is tight in our neighborhood year round. The problem is compounded when we lose spaces because of the snow. People pull out of spaces without shoveling; the snow freezes over and those spaces become useless.

Neighbors on other blocks, where I usually end up parking when I get home from work or shopping, have chairs, buckets and cones in the spaces that they have shoveled. Other spaces are lost because neighbors just need some place to put the snow.

Then there are all the spaces that do not get shoveled for various other reasons. As neighbors, we need to find a solution to this problem. Do we form a shoveling brigade each snow storm to clear spaces? Does everyone just clear an extra space or two on their block or on one of the other blocks that they park on?

Or do we all just start moving neighbors’ cones, chairs etc.? That is not something I could do. If you have a solution, please share.

Maryalice Jones May

Chestnut Hill


Jim Harris: Ever the downer

Having grown up in post WWII America and the Cold War, I could never imagine praising Russia for anything. However, I agree with chef Michael Haines’ letter complimenting Mr. Putin for Russia’s presentation of the Sochi Olympics.

I thought the design of the super-structure for the events was impressive, and the athletics, as always, are a joy to watch.

Then I read Jim Harris’ column in last week’s Chestnut Hill Local – an instant downer ridiculing the athletes and various others with no connection to the Olympics. His comments are consistently ignorant and reflect a limited knowledge of the facts.

I realize that I don’t have to read his column, but every time the Local comes, I wonder if it will contain yet another example of his naïve and gloomy rhetoric.

David W. Banov

Mt. Airy

  • Tim

    The snow is sufficiently under control, put away your lawn chairs. Now you’re just abusing the system to save a spot close to your house.