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The Tis a Gift team (from left): Cassandra Petruchyk, Kathran Siegel and Charles Todd. (Photo by Jeremy Jones)

Shop Local: Tis a Gift – a Mt. Airy gem

by Jeremy Jones Tis a Gift is a gift for fine-craft lovers and for anyone who is fascinated by the wonder of talent, especially the talent of owner and custom-furniture maker Charles Todd. When he says, “The blending of beauty and usefulness is what challenges and intrigues me,” he is reflecting on not only how […]

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Local crews medal at City Championships

by Tom Utescher Germantown Academy, Germantown Friends, Penn Charter, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy all had crews medal at the Philadelphia City Championships last Sunday, and the first three schools struck gold. For the GA Patriots, it was two of the most experienced scullers in the program who did the best. Putting on a strong […]

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Dr. Alison Sweeney, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, with Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students.

Penn professor visits SCH science classes

Dr. Alison Sweeney, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, visited Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s biology and physics classes for three days through the Kleckner Scientist in Residence program, giving students an intimate look into the scientist’s current work and passions. During Dr. Sweeney’s visit, students, who are currently studying the […]

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Owen Lee (left), who grew up in Chestnut Hill, is the co-owner of Park Plates along with Wyndmoor resident Locke Johnson. Both are graduates of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

Talented Hill duo creates food treasures at Park Plates

by Len Lear When Owen Lee, 59, was growing up on Springfield Avenue in Chestnut Hill, controversy was as much a part of his household as the kitchen. His father, Adrian Lee, was a highly conservative political columnist for the Evening Bulletin — and then the Daily News after the 135-year-old Bulletin went out of […]

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Get off your high horse!

by Pete Mazzaccaro Back in February, I used this space to discuss moral outrage and its over-employment in daily discourse. Everyone is outraged all the time about even the most mundane things. A close relative to serial outrage is the high horse position. One of the funnier Old English phrases still rolling around in the […]

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Eric Owens, of Mt. Airy, began his musical career at the Germantown Branch of Settlement Music School and Central High School. He is now one of the world’s leading opera singers, performing in all the principal opera houses, most notably New York’s Metropolitan Opera and London’s Royal Opera at Covent Garden. (Photo by Dario Acosta)

Mt. Airy native (of Met Opera fame) overcomes illness

by Michael Caruso Both Opera Philadelphia and the Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Theater opened productions this past weekend: the former with Verdi’s “Don Carlo” and the latter with Gounod’s “Faust.” While both operas deal with powerful people engaged in epic struggles, the two productions couldn’t have been more dissimilar in scale. AVA’s “Faust” premiered […]

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