by Carole Verona Things change. And they change often. But at the Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library, one thing has been constant for at least a generation: Margaret Brunton has been the branch's head librarian for 21 years. Nothing is forever, however. On Friday, March 14, Brunton will… Read More >

by Sue Ann Rybak The Germantown YWCA, at 5820 Germantown Ave., is only a shell of its former self. The once majestic Georgian Revival style red-brick building, designed by Louis H. Rush in 1914 as a haven for women, sits vacant and cluttered with debris. It's hard to imagine how… Read More >

by Tom Utescher This year, Mount St. Joseph Academy played more home games in the PIAA District 1 tournament than the team ever had before, but that did not translate to a successful outcome for the Magic, who began as the third seed in Class AAAA. They actually would’ve made… Read More >

by Len Lear One of the country's most popular country & western music bands, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, founded by two Chestnut Hill area musicians, is returning to Philadelphia next Monday, March 2, 8 p.m., at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., to perform selections from their… Read More >

by Fred P. Gusoff When you’re walking or driving along the 7000 block of Germantown Avenue, don’t blink or you’ll likely miss one of the best-kept secrets in Northwest Philadelphia. Off to the side of the road, in a nondescript building that once housed the old Mt. Airy Post Office… Read More >


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Chestnut Hill Historical Society embarks on a new home documentation project

by Heather Snyder Killinger Chestnut Hill residents in possession of historical photographs of their home or business are encouraged to assist the Chestnut Hill Historical Society with a new project. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is comprised of over 2,800 buildings, designed and constructed in widely different styles, but executed in similar scales and materials. […]

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Tigers terminate CHC men’s season

by Tom Utescher In a number of their losses this season, the men of Chestnut Hill College have come from a long way behind to make the contest a lot closer by the end. Last Tuesday’s season finale was not one of those games. After visiting Holy Family University sprinted to a 17-5 lead out […]

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Oscar-Nominated GFS alum Nathaniel Kahn filmmaker inspires students

Nathaniel Kahn delved into his father’s past in his 2003 Academy Award-nominated documentary “My Architect,” and stepped into his own past last week by visiting Germantown Friends School. “My journey toward making films began here,” he told the Media Studies students in Meg Goldner Rabinowitz’s class on Monday, Feb. 23. Kahn is a GFS “lifer” […]

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Acclaimed area art classes for blind students need funds

by Christine Cayer An exquisitely detailed mermaid. An imposing castle. An ornate bowl. A voluptuous woman. All of these works of art are sculpted by blind and vision-impaired adults in the Vision Thru Art class at the Allens Lane Art Center in Mt. Airy, a class of 12 with a wait list. The class, now […]

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A priest, a nun, and a rabbi – also a chef, a shoe salesman, a go-go dancer, a poet, a toastmaster and a barbecue grill salesman – walked into a bar…

by Hugh Gilmore Well, not exactly a bar. Right next to the bar, the Bombay Room of the Chestnut Hill hotel, last Friday night. And this was to quench their thirst for knowledge by getting a seat close to the free wine and cheese the Chestnut Grill had set out for literature lovers and other […]

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Local musicians ‘Waxing Poetic’ Friday at Hill church

by Michael Caruso Lyric Fest will present a concert entitled “Waxing Poetic” Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill’s Widener Hall. The event will combine visual art, poetry and music. The genesis of the concert occurred when Chestnut Hiller and Lyric Fest’s co-artistic director Laura Ward attended an art show […]

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