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Shuttle buses and police checkpoints for Harry Potter Festival

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last year, Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival’s success caught up with it. By the business district’s count, some 45,000 people congregated in Chestnut Hill for a weekend of wizard-themed festival last October. While business owners were pleased with the turnout, residents complained about parking and traffic tie-ups. Festival goers said there weren’t […]

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Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

St. Martin’s choir returns after residency in England

by Michael Caruso Fresh from a successful residency in England, the choir of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, will sing the first Choral Evensong of their season Sunday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Music director Erik Meyer described it as a “Welcome Home” program of music. “As we sang mostly American music in […]

Homeless women selling papers on Hill seeks better life

by Constance Garcia-Barrio The murder that snuffed out her mother’s life ravaged the whole family. “My mom had gone to California to visit a friend,” said Damilla Thornton, 28, who sells One Step Away, Philadelphia’s street newspaper, produced and distributed by people experiencing homelessness. Thornton hawks the paper at the Weavers Way markets in Chestnut […]

All that’s ‘Golden’ does not glitter for this reviewer

by Hugh Hunter “On Golden Pond” (1979), by Ernest Thompson, was a hit Broadway play before it became an Oscar-winning movie. A revival, now running at Stagecrafters under Director Mariangela Saavedra, retells the story of an aging couple’s struggle to find peace and purpose at the end of their lives. The Thayer family has vacationed […]

Hiller, 90, still vividly recalls bloodiest WWII battle

By Sue Ann Rybak PART TWO (Part one can be found here.) Chestnut Hill native Minturn Wright, 90, who now lives in the Hill at Whitemarsh, recalled vividly his horrific experiences in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle of the war, in a recent interview with the Local. (An official report […]

CHC expert publishes 3rd book about modern families

by Len Lear Unless you are part of a stepfamily, you have probably not thought too much about the ramifications of being a stepfamily member. But Scott Browning has. Browning, 61, a Ph.D. professor of psychology at Chestnut Hill College for the past 29 years, is arguably one of the nation’s top experts on stepfamilies. […]

Library’s after-school program helps kids LEAP ahead

by Sue Ann Rybak Elijah Museau, 8, a student at Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences, sat at the table tentatively listening to Marlene Sider, the literary enrichment after-school program (LEAP) director at Chestnut Hill Library, explain his math homework. Thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s LEAP program, students like Museau can receive […]

‘A painting a day’ for world-renowned Hill artist

  by Len Lear Over the last 20 years or so, I have interviewed many fine Chestnut Hill area artists, but Hill resident Abbey Ryan is in another galaxy. Having taken a wonderful one-year college course many years ago on the legendary post-Middle Ages European painters, I could not help but notice the resemblance of […]


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Library’s after-school program helps kids LEAP ahead

by Sue Ann Rybak Elijah Museau, 8, a student at Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences, sat at the table tentatively listening to Marlene Sider, the literary enrichment after-school program (LEAP) director at Chestnut Hill Library, explain his math homework. Thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s LEAP program, students like Museau can receive […]

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GFS cross country wins George School Invitational

On Saturday, September 16, Germantown Friends Varsity Boys Cross Country decisively won the 65th Annual George School Invitational for the third year in a row. The Tigers were led by seniors Zach Goldberg (second place, 16:41.17), Colin Riley (third place, 16:49.18), Tim Peterson (fifth place, 17:07.53) and Alexander Blaylock (14th place, 17:36.47). Junior, Miles Gomez-Younkin […]

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OMC students raise funds for school programs

by Sue Ann Rybak Our Mother of Consolation elementary school students Eve Laurito, Abigail Leckrone, and sisters Taylor and Summer DelliCarpini know that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. The girls took to heart Mother Teresa’s words, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the […]

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Homeless women selling papers on Hill seeks better life

by Constance Garcia-Barrio The murder that snuffed out her mother’s life ravaged the whole family. “My mom had gone to California to visit a friend,” said Damilla Thornton, 28, who sells One Step Away, Philadelphia’s street newspaper, produced and distributed by people experiencing homelessness. Thornton hawks the paper at the Weavers Way markets in Chestnut […]

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Dealing with the facts of climate change

by Christopher Shuman My family who lives in Chestnut Hill has brought to my attention Mr. Moat’s recent letter asserting that there is “no such thing as man-made climate change” [Letters, Sept. 7] Given its misguided message and disparagement of researchers like me, I decided that a clear and unequivocal response was needed (also see […]

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Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

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