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SCH Academy ready to build $34 million lower school

by Pete Mazzaccaro Springside Chestnut Hill Academy announced last week that it had secured the financing it needed to begin work on a brand-new lower school building. A $5 million boost from the family of Peter McCausland helped push the project forward. The school has decided to name the new building after him. Peter McCausland, […]

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Winners of the CH Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Awards

by Shirley Hanson The Preservation Recognition Awards express the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s gratitude to those who give sensitive attention to the historic and architectural treasures in their care. These gifts take the form of a fastidious restoration of one deteriorated feature of a historic building, a careful adaptation of the grounds and entrance to a […]

A January medley of book thoughts, starting with the pain of relinquishing ownership

  by Hugh Gilmore A lot of love goes into building a book collection, and an equivalent amount of pain accompanies letting go of it. “Collections” here means a deliberate gathering of books on a single subject, associated with a hobby, profession, obsession, or deep scholarly interest. The rest of the books in one’s library […]

Krasner brings rare dose of change to city politics

by Jay A. McCalla In a city government where the term “staff turnover” is a frightening – and rarely used — profanity, new DA Larry Krasner committed a constitutive sin: He fired deadwood. He fired that deadwood immediately upon taking office, sparing employees weeks of nervous hand wringing as he scrutinized them. The Krasner high […]

I met the Phila. Eagles killer (and he was nice)!

by Marnie Schneider Ed. note: Marnie is the founder of the Keep on Playing Foundation and the author of “Football Freddie & Fumble the Dog: Game Day in Philadelphia.” Vince Lombardi said, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” Even though losing doesn’t make you a loser, it still isn’t the […]

A stranger’s magical whistle recalls a departed father

by Barbara Sherf Sometimes you just have to listen for a sound that is a sign. That’s the lesson learned on the one-year anniversary of my father’s passing on Oct. 27, 2017. Dad would have been 89 on Monday, Nov. 27, but with dementia taking hold and his quality of life slipping away, he made […]

CHC commencement speaker after criminal trial: Sudan ‘lost boy’ found in Chestnut Hill after civil war

by Elizabeth Coady Michael Majok Kuch’s languid voice and self-possessed air belie his “Lost Boy” legacy recounted in the 2016 book, “How Fast Can You Run.” With an ‘Eagles’ cap atop his head, he is sitting calmly across a table in a small coffee shop in West Philadelphia, where he recently moved while waiting to […]

Safe, low-level anarchy, escapism at Allens Lane Theater

by Hugh Hunter “You Can’t Take It With You” (1936) by Moss Hart & George S. Kauffman was a big hit in its day, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and then the Academy Award for best picture in 1938. Now running at Allens Lane Theater, this favorite from the Depression era is equally an amusing […]

‘Uber Queen’ gives free rides for homeless to shelters

by Christine Wolkin When most of us see the homeless standing by the side of the road, coin cup and cardboard sign in hand, we may rummage through our car for some change we can spare. Some of us, out of fear for our own safety, may even roll up our windows or lock the […]


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Winners of the CH Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Awards

by Shirley Hanson The Preservation Recognition Awards express the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s gratitude to those who give sensitive attention to the historic and architectural treasures in their care. These gifts take the form of a fastidious restoration of one deteriorated feature of a historic building, a careful adaptation of the grounds and entrance to a […]

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SCH boys’ basketball beats GA, wins first conference game in three years

by Jonathan Vander Lugt For three years, Springside Chestnut Hill basketball has gone without a conference win. Their Friday, January 9, 2015 victory over Penn Charter was the last time they did it. They’ve weathered back-to-back winless league seasons, and led off 2018 with yet another blowout loss – an 88-52 drubbing at the hands […]

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NFA Christmas Concert

NFA Christmas Concert Brings Music to the Ears Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Fourth grade students (from left), Gavin Gravener, Briel Janke, Chloe Helenski and Henry Blocker III,  play their recorders in the school’s annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 6.  Under the direction of  John Spagenberg, the school’s band director, the audience listened to the lively tunes of […]

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I met the Phila. Eagles killer (and he was nice)!

by Marnie Schneider Ed. note: Marnie is the founder of the Keep on Playing Foundation and the author of “Football Freddie & Fumble the Dog: Game Day in Philadelphia.” Vince Lombardi said, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” Even though losing doesn’t make you a loser, it still isn’t the […]

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Krasner brings rare dose of change to city politics

by Jay A. McCalla In a city government where the term “staff turnover” is a frightening – and rarely used — profanity, new DA Larry Krasner committed a constitutive sin: He fired deadwood. He fired that deadwood immediately upon taking office, sparing employees weeks of nervous hand wringing as he scrutinized them. The Krasner high […]

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Safe, low-level anarchy, escapism at Allens Lane Theater

by Hugh Hunter “You Can’t Take It With You” (1936) by Moss Hart & George S. Kauffman was a big hit in its day, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and then the Academy Award for best picture in 1938. Now running at Allens Lane Theater, this favorite from the Depression era is equally an amusing […]

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