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Shop owner clears out suddenly, leaving landlord with unsold consignments

by Maddie Clark Phantastic Phinds was once an area staple for all things vintage and historic. When it moved from its Erdenheim location to Chestnut Hill in 2016, it was seen as a feather in the cap of the Germantown Avenue retail corridor That all changed at the end of last month when the business […]

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Family business Rancks right at the top: Still going strong in Hill market after 35 years

by Len Lear The Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, now called the Market at the Fareway, has seen dozens of businesses come and go since it opened in 1982, but the only one that remains from those salad days when you could hardly negotiate your way around because of the beehive crowds is Ranck’s Lunchmeats, which […]

Board chairperson arrested in protest at PECO: Hill Friends’ author can teach you all about ‘Activism’

by Barbara Sherf For the fifth time since the 2016 presidential election, award-winning author of three books, nationally recognized speaker, and 25-year activist Eileen Flanagan will be offering another online course in May titled “We Were Made for this Moment: Finding Your Role in Strategic Activism.” Flanagan, a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, currently […]

Largest audience in ‘Five Fridays’ history at St. Paul’s Church

by Michael Caruso Two of Philadelphia’s most potent musical forces joined arms Friday evening, April 13, to present one of the season’s most memorable concerts. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the final of its “Five Fridays” of fundraising recitals. The performers were four recorder players from Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s leading baroque period […]

Local record collector shares his love of vinyl on Record Store Day

by Maddie Clark “As long as [Hideaway Music] has been here, I’ve been a customer,” said Thomas Browne, a native Irishman and an avid record collector with an insatiable thirst for music. Browne, who visits Hideaway Music every day during his lunch break, discussed all facets of record collecting that make this somewhat obsolete medium […]

Foodery to open on the Avenue

by Brendan Sample Chestnut Hill is set to get another new food and drink establishment, as the Foodery will be arriving in the neighborhood later this year. The new business will be at 7829 Germantown Ave., the same spot formerly occupied by Towey’s Tavern, which closed in October. Though the Foodery bought the bar in […]

City needs to address property tax hikes

The relationship we have to taxes has always been problematic. In many ways this country was founded  by disgruntled taxpayers. And if there’s one thing that’s worse than paying taxes, it’s having to suddenly pay more taxes. This is the scenario for people in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and other neighborhoods around the city – […]

Letters, April 19: School board warnings and bikes in the Wissahickon

New school board still not transparent Thank you for the article on the new school board [“Local residents and politicians bullish on new school board,” April 12]. As someone who regularly attends the School Reform Commission meetings I want to echo the concern raised about the need for transparency. Ultimately, we need an elected school […]

Local Jewish community responds to study: Millennials unaware of Auschwitz

  by Barbara Sherf Locally there was mixed reaction to a recent poll that found two-thirds of American millennials (age18-34) surveyed could not identify what Auschwitz was, according to a study released on Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 11). The study also found that knowledge of the genocide that killed 6 million Jews during World War […]


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Local record collector shares his love of vinyl on Record Store Day

by Maddie Clark “As long as [Hideaway Music] has been here, I’ve been a customer,” said Thomas Browne, a native Irishman and an avid record collector with an insatiable thirst for music. Browne, who visits Hideaway Music every day during his lunch break, discussed all facets of record collecting that make this somewhat obsolete medium […]

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MLB Draft prospect Michael Siani will lead Penn Charter title defense

by Jonathan Vander Lugt Last season, everything fell into place for Penn Charter baseball. Head coach Dave Miller’s team – so packed to the gills with talent that even its bench players are playing Division III baseball – finally actualized on its way to a 25-2 regular season record, a national ranking, and an Inter-Ac […]

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SCH eighth grader sets school record in math competition

by Brendan Sample For most eighth graders, spring represents a time of looking back on their time in grade school as they begin to look ahead to the start of their high school career. One eighth grader at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, however, has needed to keep his focus on his 11th grade-level classes and […]

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Family business Rancks right at the top: Still going strong in Hill market after 35 years

by Len Lear The Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, now called the Market at the Fareway, has seen dozens of businesses come and go since it opened in 1982, but the only one that remains from those salad days when you could hardly negotiate your way around because of the beehive crowds is Ranck’s Lunchmeats, which […]

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City needs to address property tax hikes

The relationship we have to taxes has always been problematic. In many ways this country was founded  by disgruntled taxpayers. And if there’s one thing that’s worse than paying taxes, it’s having to suddenly pay more taxes. This is the scenario for people in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and other neighborhoods around the city – […]

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Brave ghost story by Coward now on Chestnut Hill stage

by Hugh Hunter Noel Coward long wanted to write a ghost story. Composed in the shadows of World War II, “Blithe Spirit” (1941) is full of bantering language and fantastical events. Now running at Stagecrafters, it is a classic comedy that spoofs marriage even as it blurs the line between life and death. Novelist Charles […]

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