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Hill cyclist who crossed the U.S. looks for more challenges

by Brendan Sample To most people, just the prospect of traveling across the country on a bicycle would likely be too much to handle. The endurance needed to accomplish such a feat is simply something that not many possess. For one Chestnut Hill resident, however, such an event was not only doable, but served as […]

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Hill tops Philadelphia with 9th highest median home price in Pa.

by Brendan Sample According to a new study by PropertyShark, a real estate website that collects and distributes data for properties across the country, Chestnut Hill has the ninth-highest property value among Zip codes in the state of Pennsylvania. From June 2016 through July of 2017, the median sale price of a home in the […]

Mt. Airy city planner/turned gardener blossoms into poet

By Len Lear “I find myself on my back in some soft meadow looking up at a continent of fluffy whites tumbling in an industrial strength dryer, playing cat and mouse with the sun.” From William Hengst’s poem, “You Move in All Directions” As a young city planner in Philadelphia with a B.A. degree from […]

Letters, Aug. 17: Mt. Airy marijuana dispensary critique and summer concert series thanks

Medical marijuana, yes; this location, no! On April 25, more than 300 residents of Mt. Airy filled the sanctuary of Oxford Presbyterian Church for a three – hour meeting to hear from the owners of TerraVida Holisitic Center, Chris Visco and  Adina Birnbaum, who were proposing to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 8319 Stenton […]

Crime Report: Two thefts from vehicles and two thefts

The following crime report is for crimes in Chestnut Hill from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, 2017. Aug. 9. Theft on the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue on Aug. 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m. A manager for Jos. A. Bank told police that two lambskin black leather jackets were missing from the store. The manager […]

For teens, research finds social media a big problem

In the current (September) issue of The Atlantic, psychologist Jean Twenge asks a proactive question: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” Like many feature articles in the Atlantic, it’s long and detailed – in fact it is an excerpt from a book on the same subject. But the gist is not hard to summarize. Twenge writes […]

GFS’ Wright rows for junior national team

by Tom Utescher For most high school rowers, the season ended near the end of May or, at the latest, in early June at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. For James Wright, a rising senior at Germantown Friends School, the crew campaign continued right through into August. After competing at the Youth Nationals in […]

N.W. activist working to relieve suffering of Haitians

by Constance Garcia-Barrio A revolution with guns and machetes more than 200 years ago gave birth to the republic of Haiti. Today, nonviolent strategists, including Ray Torres, 65, of Germantown, have become midwives to new possibilities for the Caribbean nation. In 1994, with years of social activism under his belt, Torres joined a delegation from […]

How to get the perfect gift for a loved one? Get lucky

  By Elise Seyfried We’ve been mother-and-daughter-in-law for five years now, and I’ve never found the right gift for her. Sometimes I ask her husband, my son Sheridan. That’s usually not helpful, because Sheridan is totally uninterested in “things.” Asking him about Ya-Jhu’s preferences elicits a sigh, and then: “I don’t think she needs anything, […]


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Hill tops Philadelphia with 9th highest median home price in Pa.

by Brendan Sample According to a new study by PropertyShark, a real estate website that collects and distributes data for properties across the country, Chestnut Hill has the ninth-highest property value among Zip codes in the state of Pennsylvania. From June 2016 through July of 2017, the median sale price of a home in the […]

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GFS’ Wright rows for junior national team

by Tom Utescher For most high school rowers, the season ended near the end of May or, at the latest, in early June at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. For James Wright, a rising senior at Germantown Friends School, the crew campaign continued right through into August. After competing at the Youth Nationals in […]

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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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Mt. Airy city planner/turned gardener blossoms into poet

By Len Lear “I find myself on my back in some soft meadow looking up at a continent of fluffy whites tumbling in an industrial strength dryer, playing cat and mouse with the sun.” From William Hengst’s poem, “You Move in All Directions” As a young city planner in Philadelphia with a B.A. degree from […]

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For teens, research finds social media a big problem

In the current (September) issue of The Atlantic, psychologist Jean Twenge asks a proactive question: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” Like many feature articles in the Atlantic, it’s long and detailed – in fact it is an excerpt from a book on the same subject. But the gist is not hard to summarize. Twenge writes […]

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From France to Chestnut Hill: ‘All killer and no filler’ for area artist

by Len Lear Annie Bortnick, a native of France who has lived in Chestnut Hill for 40 years, is a portrait painter who captures the soul of her subjects with a jeweler’s eye. She is a bonfire in a field of deep kindling. Her work is all killer and no filler. “Many experiences inspire me,” […]

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