From the Publisher

Main Line Today is pleased to announce that Mommy’s Light and Pennsylvania Home of the Sparrow have been chosen as the two newest charities to benefit from our Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs party, set for July 31 at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center.

Mommy’s Light brings joy and comfort to children and teens who have lost their mothers by helping them keep alive the traditions and simple pleasures they’d shared. Pennsylvania Home of the Sparrow changes the lives of the families it serves by helping moms and their children move from homelessness to independence and self-sufficiency.

Since 1997, Main Line Today has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds from its Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs party to the March of Dimes, Alzheimer’s Association, CASA/Youth Advocates and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. By reaching out to two new charities, we continue our ongoing mission of giving back to the communities we serve.

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As I write this, we are deep in the process of counting the several-hundred ballots submitted by you, our readers, to determine this year’s Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs winners to be featured in our July issue. The top vote-getters, along with those picked by our critics, were notified in April and invited to participate in the year’s most anticipated Main Line party—as always, an evening that’s not to be missed. You’ll find it all at this event: the finest restaurants, spas and boutiques, and great diversions for families, kids and even pets. Tickets are available online at Just click on “Best of the Main Line.”

IN THIS ISSUE: Tired of the same old Shore excursion every summer? MLT travel editor Marilyn Odesser-Torpey has just the antidote for your boardwalk blues—five water-bound escapes to take you out of that summer weekend rut. Closer to home, thoroughbred expert Terry Conway explores the ins and outs of horseracing partnerships on the Main Line. It’s a new trend in the area—and one we’re betting will continue to grow in this horse-crazed region. And be sure to check out associate editor Dawn E. Warden’s pair of tributes to the joys and dilemmas of motherhood: “The Ties That Bind,” the first in a two-part series on parent-child relationships, and the End of the Line essay “Feeling Special,” a personal and poignant reflection on her own relationship with her daughter Rachael.

Last but not least, a special word of thanks to our Best of the Main Line sponsors for their tremendous help with this unique event. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be possible without them.

See you at the party.

Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!