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Home builder, preservationists at odds over Abolition Hall development in Whitemarsh

by Elizabeth Coady A zoning conflict between a developer and Whitemarsh Township residents eager to preserve Pennsylvania’s most renown Underground Railroad stop is provoking debate over how a community’s desire to retain its heritage should weigh against the rights of private property owners. K. Hovnanian Homes wants to build The Villages at Whitemarsh, a 67-townhouse […]

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Little Free Libraries spread the love of books in Chestnut Hill

by Sarah Alessandrini If you’ve been walking around Chestnut Hill lately, maybe around Hilltop Road or Shawnee Street, you’ve probably come across a Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are free book exchanges set up outside homes or in public areas such as parks and libraries. These Little Libraries can be found in several public […]

Ben Arnold to close Pastorius Concert Series on July 25

by Carole Verona Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill favorite Ben Arnold closes out the 70th Anniversary “Best of the Best” free Pastorius Park summer concert series on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. To celebrate the occasion, singer/songwriter Arnold will rock the park with a four-piece electric band augmented by a four-piece horn section. Performing with […]

Wyndmoor native Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Birch celebrates 100th birthday

by Sue Ann Rybak Elizabeth “Libby” Birch, a native of Wyndmoor, who currently resides at The Terrace at Chestnut Hill, celebrated her 100th birthday with her family – including six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild – at the Spring House Tavern, 1032 N. Bethlehem Pike in Spring House. When Herman Shipman, her […]

From Cambodia to Chestnut Hill; sculptures for humanity

by Len Lear If you have been to Morris Arboretum lately, you have undoubtedly seen the spectacular sculpture of a praying mantis on the grounds, which will be there until October. What you could not possibly know is that the sculptor responsible for this memorable work, part of the “Time in the Garden” theme this […]

Clint Eastwood made this Hill author’s book into a movie

by Len Lear Part Two There’s an old Middle Eastern saying: once the camel’s nose is in the tent, you cannot get it out. And once Jeffrey Stern gets on a case, you cannot get him off it. That is why he went back to Afghanistan numerous times after the initial year he spent there, […]

Can a local mom squeeze into her daughter’s backpack?

by Elise Seyfried My daughter Julie has worn backpacks since preschool days. The early ones were festooned with cartoon characters and held minuscule amounts of stuff. (Small backs can only tote so much, after all.) In elementary school she graduated to sturdy packs from L.L. Bean with her monogram on them; these were so pricey […]

New executive director at the helm of East Mt. Airy Neighbors

by Sue Ann Rybak Mt. Airy resident Natalia Serejko, 31, has been named East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) new executive director. “I am excited to work with the board to create meaningful community impact, and to offer leadership opportunities to members of the community,” she said. Tonyelle K. Cook-Artis, president of EMAN, said Serejko “will […]

Streetscape: Local planner discusses zoning and planning in Chestnut Hill

by Diane Fiske A local column about architecture, city planning, and design John Landis moved to Philadelphia from California to take a job as a professor of city planning at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania several years ago. He lives with his wife, Bonnie, in Chestnut Hill, where he volunteers a […]


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Little Free Libraries spread the love of books in Chestnut Hill

by Sarah Alessandrini If you’ve been walking around Chestnut Hill lately, maybe around Hilltop Road or Shawnee Street, you’ve probably come across a Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are free book exchanges set up outside homes or in public areas such as parks and libraries. These Little Libraries can be found in several public […]

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Jefferson’s Team Black alone atop NCAA League

by Tom Utescher Team Black, the Jefferson University summer franchise that includes Mount St. Joe grad Caitlin Cunningham, was one of three teams in the NCAA League that came off the July 4 break with a 4-0 record. The summer Lady Rams ended last week as the lone undefeated team, first knocking off previously unbeaten […]

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Germantown Friends School Wrestling Camp: ‘Main event’ for determined athletes of all ages

Wrestling is often described as a sport that tests both mental and physical toughness, demanding focus and determination on top of fitness and ability. This summer, dedicated and hardworking kids from second through eleventh grade are experiencing the challenge and pride of the sport during Germantown Friends School (GFS) Wrestling Camp. In the basement of […]

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Clint Eastwood made this Hill author’s book into a movie

by Len Lear Part Two There’s an old Middle Eastern saying: once the camel’s nose is in the tent, you cannot get it out. And once Jeffrey Stern gets on a case, you cannot get him off it. That is why he went back to Afghanistan numerous times after the initial year he spent there, […]

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Streetscape: Local planner discusses zoning and planning in Chestnut Hill

by Diane Fiske A local column about architecture, city planning, and design John Landis moved to Philadelphia from California to take a job as a professor of city planning at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania several years ago. He lives with his wife, Bonnie, in Chestnut Hill, where he volunteers a […]

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Ben Arnold to close Pastorius Concert Series on July 25

by Carole Verona Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill favorite Ben Arnold closes out the 70th Anniversary “Best of the Best” free Pastorius Park summer concert series on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. To celebrate the occasion, singer/songwriter Arnold will rock the park with a four-piece electric band augmented by a four-piece horn section. Performing with […]

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