FRONTLINE: Dossier

Lower Merion Township Commissioner Jane Dellheim

Jane Dellheim, 59, Wynnewood
Township Commissioner, Lower Merion

Book on her night stand: I have several, but right now I’m reading 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. And I always have a Sudoku or crossword puzzle.

iPod tunes on repeat: I don’t have any set tunes, but I listen to different music for different moods—usually solo piano pieces or tai chi when I want to relax.

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Restaurant of the hour: My home; I really like to cook. I try different cuisines and use different spices. I like to make soups and stews with lots of vegetables.

Personal hero: My parents have been the biggest source of inspiration in my life. They have a very strong sense of right and wrong and giving back. They’re rooted deeply in a strong moral base, and they’re just great people.

One thing she knows for sure: That I’m a very fortunate person.

Very own vici: Having the opportunity to serve the community I grew up in, which I’ve been doing for six years now.

Zen destination: I haven’t found it yet, but I love to travel.

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If she had an extra hour each day, she would: Learn to speak Italian, because it’s a beautiful language. And I always wanted to learn to tap dance.

Pet peeve: People not paying attention to what they’re doing—when they’re in their own world and not watching where they’re going.

Life view: chance or fate? Fate. You can control it to a certain degree, but not always.

Most marked characteristic: My openness and my friendly smile. I’m outgoing, and most of the time I’m upbeat.

Quality she most admires in others: Consideration. It goes with my pet peeve. I try to think about other people when I’m out in the world.

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