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Ruptured sewer line has residents, city at odds over fix

  by Brendan Sample Residents of Prospect Avenue, Summit Street and Stenton Avenue have been growing increasingly frustrated with a lack of progress in fixing a sewage leak from a manhole on the 8600 block of Prospect. Ever since mid-December, raw sewage has been leaking from the manhole and trickling down Prospect onto adjacent blocks […]

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Letters, Feb. 22: Reactions to Schuylkill Center wildlife clinic closing, director firing

A call for healing at Schuylkill Center “There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift our eyes. Remember that nature is our great restorer.” —Calvin Coolidge Our 340 acres at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education serve as […]

Crime Report, Feb. 22. 4 thefts from vehicles

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Feb. Feb. 16. Theft from vehicle on the 8000 block of Roanoke Street at approximately 8:49 p.m. Owner of vehicle was alerted that an unknown man entered his unlocked 2006 Lincoln Navigator through the right rear door in the parking lot. Feb. 16. […]

New Congressional map puts Hill, most of Philadelphia west of Broad St., in new district

  by Pete Mazzaccaro A court-ordered redistricting plan has dramatically changed the landscape for the state’s 18 U.S. Congressional Districts. Those changes are significant in Northwest Philadelphia and even more so in neighboring Montgomery County. In the half of Philadelphia west of Broad Street, former residents of Pennsylvania’s 2nd District are now in the 3rd. […]

Mt. Airy’s ‘20 Horses’ author has unbridled enthusiasm

by Barbara Sherf You might say that 61-year-old Mt. Airy resident Nancy Peter, author of the just-published “Twenty Horses,” is saddled with a lot of responsibility. But she is no neigh-sayer jockeying for position. Wide-eyed and smiling on the cover of her new book, Peter is seen with Cheyenne, a lovely mare she rides out […]

Hill drummer wins Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Album’

by Len Lear I’m pretty sure that Patrick Berkery, 45, a former Chestnut Hill resident who now lives in Wyndmoor, is the only current resident of our area who is also a Grammy Award winner. (I actually Googled to see if I could find any others, and I could not. Bobby McFerrin, who used to […]

Chestnut Hill conductor and magical Bell at Kimmel Center

by Michael Caruso Cristian Macelaru guest-conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The Chestnut Hill resident led a program consisting of Beethoven’s “Leonore” Overture No. 3, Opus 72b, Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 22, with Joshua Bell as soloist, and Dvorak’s Symphony […]

New memoir about aftermath of husband going to prison

by Len Lear Jennifer Burman, 49, who lived in Glenside before having children, then in Wyndmoor for 14 years and in Ambler for the last two years, had a life that was almost perfect for quite a few years. She and her husband, Matthew McManus, a successful loan broker and co-owner of the financial firm, […]

Rep Rabb to host millennials forum for 200th district

Democrat State Representative Chris Rabb will host an event specifically for millennials, between the ages of 18 and 35 this Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The event will at 7165 Germantown Ave., the former North by Northwest and 7165 Lounge property. It is open to all residents, students, activists, and leaders in the 200th […]


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New Congressional map puts Hill, most of Philadelphia west of Broad St., in new district

  by Pete Mazzaccaro A court-ordered redistricting plan has dramatically changed the landscape for the state’s 18 U.S. Congressional Districts. Those changes are significant in Northwest Philadelphia and even more so in neighboring Montgomery County. In the half of Philadelphia west of Broad Street, former residents of Pennsylvania’s 2nd District are now in the 3rd. […]

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GFS season ends with 55-46 loss to George School; stellar senior class graduates

by Jonathan Vander Lugt After Germantown Friends School upset Shipley at home last week, coach Shawn Werdt’s Tiger team had the closest thing to a fairytale ending it could hope for. GFS beat the then-first-place Gators 58-53, and figured that it was probably the last time they’d play on their home court. The team knew, […]

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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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Mt. Airy’s ‘20 Horses’ author has unbridled enthusiasm

by Barbara Sherf You might say that 61-year-old Mt. Airy resident Nancy Peter, author of the just-published “Twenty Horses,” is saddled with a lot of responsibility. But she is no neigh-sayer jockeying for position. Wide-eyed and smiling on the cover of her new book, Peter is seen with Cheyenne, a lovely mare she rides out […]

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Ask the Doc: Back pain, depression and how to get the best from your medical practitioners

by L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R Local doctor L. Matthew Schwartz tackles your reader questions about health every two weeks. Please feel free to ask him any question about physical medicine, pain, and integrative holistic medicine or wellness. Send questions to askthedoc@chestnuthilllocal.com. Dr. Schwartz’s advice is informational and not intended to be a substitute for a […]

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Arts & Entertainment:

Superb acting in riveting ‘50s drama now at Stagecrafters

by Hugh Hunter “Come Back, Little Sheba” (1949), now running at Stagecrafters, grips your attention. The classic William Inge play is about Lola and Doc, an early middle-aged couple. When young college girl Marie becomes their boarder, she stirs up memories and desires. Once set in motion, this rock will not stop rolling down the […]

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