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Breakthrough Bike Challenge Board Members invite the community to join them for their annual bike ride, which raises funds for cancer research, on Sunday, May 31 in Berks County's Oley Valley. To register or make a donation go to From left: Randy Brown, Chris Hall, Jeff Krieger, Jennifer Pinto-Martin and Ernie Tracy. (Photo by Kim Krieger.)

Local cyclists hit the road for cancer research

  by Sue Ann Rybak It’s time to dust off that old bicycle sitting in your basement or garage and hit the road to join the battle against cancer. What better way to get your “rear in gear” than to cycle for a cancer cure.. Breakthrough Bike Challenge (BBC) will hold it’s second annual bike […]

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GFS medals, GA, PC, SCH in Stotes finals

by Tom Utescher Last weekend at the expansive and historic Stotesbury Cup Regatta, area schools with sculling programs entered a total of 32 boats between them, and saw half that number advance out of the Friday morning time trials. Out of those 16 survivors, Germantown Academy, Penn Charter, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy had at […]

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Germantown Friends School seniors Oliver Mitchell-Boyask and Marielle Issa in a scene they adapted from Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” for the Poley Festival – an annual theater showcase in which ninth- through twelfth-grade students write, direct, design, produce and star in dramatic productions of their choice.

GFS students take center stage in annual drama festival

At Germantown Friends School’s recent Poley Festival, students had the leading role in dramatic productions – both on the stage and behind the scenes – having dedicated a quarter of the school year to works they selected, wrote, acted in, designed and produced. “The most exciting aspect of Poley Festival is that it is student […]

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The 69-year-old Chestnut Hill dancing whiz is seen here at the Thursday Night Contra Dance at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy on May 7.
His partner is Rose. (“I don’t know her last name,” he said.)

Hill retiree, 69, dances to the beat of many drummers

by Stacia Friedman Going from woman to woman usually gives a guy a bad reputation. But it works just fine for Steve Blum, 69, a Chestnut Hill resident for almost 11 years, as he navigates his way around the dance floor. On a recent night at Holy Savior Annex in Norristown, the retired computer programmer […]

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Deflating footballs is still cheating

by Clark Groome Deflategate. What’s all the fuss about? So Tom Brady liked his footballs a tad softer than the rules allowed. So what? He’s a great quarterback for a tremendously successful New England Patriots team. Shouldn’t he be able to maximize his effectiveness even if it isn’t within the exact strictures of NFL rules? […]

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Inside the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. (Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill)

Hill church concert celebrates composer’s 500th birthday

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, brings its local season to a close with a concert entitled “Celebrating a 16th Century Master: Cipriano de Rore” Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The Band will be joined by the vocal quartet, The Laughing Bird, which has sung as part […]

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