Come to CHCE health talks

Do you like your doctor? Do you know the secrets to being an empowered patient? Did you know that your doctor and hospital system offer free educational resources and services at no cost to patients aimed at keeping you healthier? As a Medicare recipient, are you informed of the annual benefits Medicare offers to patients also aimed at disease prevention and health promotion?

Attendees of Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment’s Health and Wellness Series enjoyed a lively presentation by Alfred O’Neill, Principal of Harbinger Associates on Thursday evening March 12th. Mr. O’Neill, a health care marketing professional and patient advocate, offered a wide range of suggestions and paths available to improve our interactions with the health care system designed to conquer the digital divide and strengthen our health outcomes. As Mr. O’Neill enumerated, there are many paths available to become an effective self-advocate.

The CHCE Health and Wellness Series meets again on April 9th as our neighbor and newly appointed Montgomery County Commissioner, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh will present on recent developments with the Affordable Care Act. Please join us at 7 p.m. There is no cost for this event.

Wendy Liebling

Kate O’Neill

Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment

I’m shopping local

As one who has read the Local for 15 years, and felt it had become the same old, same old, I was enlightened and interested in the in-depth and so well written articles about shop owners written by Jeremy Jones.

The profiles encouraged me to stop and shop in each business mentioned. I now have an understanding of each one’s passions for what they do and why it is so important for us to support them.

No more box stores for me, I will stay and shop local!

Stephanie Abraham


Break the cycle of killing deer

Concerning the deer decimation project in Fairmount Park, which began in March of 1999, it should also be a matter of public record that other ongoing expenditures incurred by our city relating to the My Right to Know Request of May 2010, asking for an accounting of these expenditures, was denied. The response – The city has no records.

According to the Cooperative Service Agreement between our city and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, Philadelphia is responsible for equipment, supplies and support materials. There’s also been a police presence with the project, and, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the police aviation unit has been involved.

City of Philadelphia employees have a number of duties and responsibilities under the agreement, including driving the vehicles, transporting deer to the processing facility, paying the costs of processing, dragging deer for removal, assisting with surveys, collecting data, baiting and helping with overall safety, we’re talking big bucks here.

This hellish cycle must be broken. Deer have been scapegoated for problems they didn’t create. It is one of the greatest injustices to ever befall our city. Henry David Thoreau believed that deer are also ‘’citizens’’ and should be granted the respect and dignity they deserve.

Bridget Irons

Chestnut Hill