Friends of the Wissahickon Hosts Valley Talk on Building Resilient Communities, Sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital 


Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) recently hosted Jerome Shabazz, executive director of the Overbrook Environmental Education Center, at the first of four presentations in its Valley Talks series. Speaking on “Social Architecture for Resilient and Sustainable Communities,” Shabazz discussed the center’s strategies to promote healthier, more resilient communities in Philadelphia’s vulnerable neighborhoods through the use of sustainable practices. Valley Talks are sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Pictured from left are: Catherine M. Brzozowski, director of marketing and public relations for Chestnut Hill Hospital; Maura McCarthy, executive director of FOW; and speaker Jerome Shabazz, executive director, Overbrook Environmental Educational Center.

Join FOW and Chestnut Hill Hospital for the next Valley Talks program on April 16, when Dan Lynch and Jerrold Czech Jr. from the Pennsylvania Game Commission present “Living with Wild Pennsylvania Canines,” stemming from recentsightings of coyotes, coydogs (coywolves), and foxes in Wissahickon Valley Park.


Valley Talks take place at 6 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn. Talks are free for current FOW members and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended, as seating is limited. A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered. Visit to register. If you would like to attend an event, but the ticket cost is a challenge, please contact Sarah Marley at