by Mary Frances Cavallaro Late last year a businessman named George Atterbury and his partners, together with chef Andrew Sabin, opened El Poquito at 8201 Germantown Ave., where Chestnut 7 was previously housed and, before that, Solaris Grille for many years. El Poquito serves Mexican fare, dinner daily and weekend… Read More >

by Debra Malinics Many years ago, I rode at Monastery Stables off Kitchen’s Lane in Fairmount Park (West Mt. Airy). Whenever possible, I would take our dog, Mugsy, a beagle-basset mix I adopted in 1984 from Morris Animal Shelter in center city, to the stable with me. He, and my… Read More >

by Sue Ann Rybak While mother nature may be a bit slow to warm things up this spring, the Chestnut Hill Rotary's Fifth Annual Chili Festival had no trouble turning up the heat on Sunday, March 22. More than 400 people attended this year's festival to answer that burning question… Read More >

  If you're on the fence about letting your teen drive the family car, you won't be when you see the results of a recent study by AAA. The study, detailed on here, found that teens are too distracted to drive. Giving a teenager keys to a car is… Read More >

by Jeremy Jones What do a spunky Chestnut Hill shopkeeper and an erudite Greek philosopher have in common? They both speak the same language. Hillary O’Carroll interprets what Aristotle meant when he said, “The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.” O’Carroll conceived, owns and operates Isabella Sparrow at… Read More >

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DAILY DOSE: Obama chats with ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon

Now for something a little different for today’s DAILY DOSE — a video we just have to share. In this 12 minute clip, President Barak Obama chatted with David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun police reporter and creator of the greatest television series of all time: “The Wire.” Nothing else on TV addressed the issues […]

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SCH girls lacrosse excited to get outdoors

by Tom Utescher Late-winter weather problems have disrupted the plans of many schools that are trying to get their spring sports underway, and the girls lacrosse team at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is no exception. After a few postponements and cancellations, the Blue Devils finally got to play against outside competition in a scrimmage at […]

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Sands to step down as SCH president

Longtime Springside Head of School Dr. Priscilla Sands recently announced her decision to step down as president of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. She will assume leadership of the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Calif., an independent school for girls in grades 7 to 12. SCH thrived under […]

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Raped twice, G’town author to speak about ‘Mayhem’

by Len Lear Long-time Germantown resident Victoria Brownworth is a highly respected Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist whose latest work, “Ordinary Mayhem,” is a just-published (by Bold Strokes Books) horror novel. “Mayhem” tells the story of a female photojournalist who reports on horrific violence in Afghanistan and Congo. It is available online and at major booksellers. Brownworth […]

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Kobe Bryant a great basketball player, but he’s a jerk

by Bob Ingram When he was a senior at Lower Merion High School, I remember watching Kobe Bryant and his point guard working out at the Kaiser Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood. Alley-oop pass after alley-oop pass, Kobe soared for slam after slam. He led Lower Merion to the state title, a man playing against […]

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Agatha Christie classic lightweight but entertaining

by Clark Groome Two reactions followed me home from the opening night of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” The first is that despite its pedigree and popularity as a theatrical adaptation of one of Christie’s best selling and most highly acclaimed novels, “And Then There Were None” […]

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