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FoW meeting seeks solutions for unleashed dogs

by Brendan Sample In response to increasing concerns regarding off-leash dogs in in Wissahickon Valley Park, Friends of the Wissahickon held a public dog safety meeting at the Valley Green Inn on Dec. 5. With representatives from both the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and police departments, residents on both sides of the issue were able […]

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At Hill church, not a ‘memory lane’ Christmas experience

by Michael Caruso Donald Nally will lead “The Crossing @ Christmas” in two performances this weekend. The first, under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, will take place Friday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The second will see the choir return […]

CLOSEUP: Vet memories

by Brian Rudnick Chestnut Hill resident and Philly sports fan Ed Driscoll laughs as he browses the humorous sports-themed T-shirt rack outside the Serendipity, 8506 Germantown Ave. One with a drawing of the since demolished Veterans Stadium and the words “The Vet – Pride, Pretzel, Prison – 1971 to 2003” recalls to him some good […]

Snow can’t stop Holiday House Tour

by Pete Mazzaccaro While day-long snow totals may have kept some from venturing from their homes on Saturday, organizers of the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Holiday House Tour on Dec. 9 said they were pleased with both the attendance and the event. “It was a fantastic tour,” said Holiday House Tour committee chair Helen Phillips. […]

LUPZ hears requests for Woodward variances

by Brendan Sample At the latest Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, two local projects made progress toward getting the variances needed for completion. The projects in question involve six properties owned by the George Woodward Company and individual homeowners on Prospect Avenue planning to make additions. While the Woodward firm is not seeking […]

Letters, Dec. 14: Plexiglass bill is misguided

Plexiglass bill misguided My thanks to Jay A. McCalla for stating so eloquently the blatant and unfortunate bias in Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ support of the proposed “no-plexiglass” bill now pending in City Council. The notion that the hypothetical potential for “offending” some patrons at the expense of the legitimate safety of others is, at best, […]

Crime Report: One burglary and one recovered stolen vehicle

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Dec. 3 to Dec. 9. Dec. 8. Burglary on the 7700 block of Crittenden Street at approximately 8:03 a.m. A witness told police he saw Elbert Wilson break into the above apartment from which he was evicted from since Nov. 21, 2017. The […]

Caroling at the Crèche once more at Top of the Hill

By Ruth R. Russell Caroling at the Crèche in Chestnut Hill will return on the Monday evening before Christmas at the Top of the Hill in front of the Nativity scene set up at Santander Bank. Janine Dwyer, conductor of the music for many years, hopes that everyone will mark their calendars for Monday, December […]

Penn Charter will look to a deep bench in 2017-18

by Jonathan Vander Lugt After a rough 2016-17 season plagued with roster tinkering, inconsistent play and a 2-8 record in the Inter-Ac, Penn Charter head coach Jim Phillips is trying to take a different tack. “In years past, [us coaches] would try to micromanage every possession,” Phillips said. “We’d really try to run our set […]


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Snow can’t stop Holiday House Tour

by Pete Mazzaccaro While day-long snow totals may have kept some from venturing from their homes on Saturday, organizers of the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Holiday House Tour on Dec. 9 said they were pleased with both the attendance and the event. “It was a fantastic tour,” said Holiday House Tour committee chair Helen Phillips. […]

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Penn Charter will look to a deep bench in 2017-18

by Jonathan Vander Lugt After a rough 2016-17 season plagued with roster tinkering, inconsistent play and a 2-8 record in the Inter-Ac, Penn Charter head coach Jim Phillips is trying to take a different tack. “In years past, [us coaches] would try to micromanage every possession,” Phillips said. “We’d really try to run our set […]

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Hill couple AIM to find solution for dyslexia in kids

by Barbara Sherf Kim and Andy Sears moved to Chestnut Hill from Florida a year ago in September to enroll their twin daughters, both diagnosed with dyslexia, at AIM Academy in Conshohocken. Their journey is one of determination and victory in the face of a reading disorder that according to Wikipedia is characterized by trouble […]

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Talk about your rabid Eagles’ fans; her grandfather owned the team!

  by Len Lear Philadelphia Eagles fans are going berserk this season since their team unexpectedly has the best won-loss record in the NFL and appears to be a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl. But Marnie Schneider and Susan T. Spencer are immersed in the Philadelphia Eagles in a way few others ever could […]

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Bass’ no-plexiglass bill could stir racial tensions

  Jay A. McCalla It’s comforting to know my physician, like all physicians, took the Hippocratic Oath upon commencing his medical career. The initial promise under that oath – primum non nocere – “first, do no harm,” makes a lot of sense to me. Don’t make things worse. Watch out for unintended consequences. Whatever you […]

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‘Fair Lady’ at Mt. Airy theater ‘rapturous from start to fin

by Hugh Hunter Holiday cheer arrives early with “My Fair Lady” by Lerner and Loewe, now in extended run at Quintessence Theatre in Mt. Airy. Based on “Pygmalion,” by George Bernard Shaw, street waif Eliza Doolittle and phonetics professor Henry Higgins carry on with their odd coupling. Under Director Alexander Burns, the show sparkles and […]

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