by Tom Utescher For the first time in her basketball career, Alex Louin found her school team playing all the way through the month of March. Louin graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy last spring, and now her “school team” is the one at Villanova University, which continued its season… Read More >

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 >

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From Pew's State of the City report: Philadelphia population trends.

DAILY DOSE: Pew’s State of the City: reasons for optimism in Philadelphia

Today, The Pew Charitible Trusts released a new State of the City report that revealed a lot of positive trends in the city. Here were the big takeaways from the report according to Pew: Philadelphia’s population increased in 2014 for the eighth straight year. That boom is being fueled by Millenials who say they want […]

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Good returning talent for Mount track

by Tom Utescher All-weather tracks dry out more quickly than grass playing fields, so while weather conditions haven’t been ideal for the last few weeks, the runners, jumpers, and throwers at Mount St. Joseph Academy have been able to get in more outdoor training than most of their spring sports counterparts. Last year the Magic […]

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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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