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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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Chestnut Hill to decide: Smart meters or kiosks

by Brendan Sample In the next step toward upgrading Chestnut Hill’s parking meters, representatives from the Philadelphia Parking Association met with community members on Wednesday, April 11, to further discuss a potential upgrade to either smart meters or kiosks across the neighborhood. While there is no timeline for when this change could happen, the Chestnut […]

Back on the Prostate Cancer beat, Part 6: They broke me when they made the mold

by Hugh Gilmore As I explained previously in this series, I’ve been undergoing five-days-a-week radiation therapy since early March. If I’m lucky, this treatment will rid my body of the residual prostate cancer that last year’s robotic prostatectomy didn’t quite remove. The procedure got setup like this: In February I watched in a small casting […]

Awbury Arboretum exhibit to highlight pollinators

by Maddie Clark Come Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m., the Awbury Arboretum will host another event in its yearlong program, the Year of the Pollinator: Pollinators FOUND. “Our April event is the crux of our Year of the Pollinator program,” said Dan Sardaro, a public relations/publicity intern at Awbury. The event will be a […]

Gifted Mt. Airy jewelry designer reaches for the stars

by Len Lear Nina Anderson is certainly not a household name now, but it would not surprise me — or those who admire her work — if her name is featured in fashion magazines in a few years. “Her jewelry is so good,” said Jonathan Williams, owner of Chestnut Hill Cleaning Company, who brought her […]

Famed Germantown author/musician: ‘Work twice as hard’

by Robert Zigmund James McBride, who moved with his mother to Germantown from Brooklyn as a child, must have a really big room to hold all of his awards. “Philadelphia is full of wonderful, wonderful musicians,” he told us recently, “and it’s where I really learned to play jazz.” A saxophonist and acclaimed composer, McBride […]

Hill opera singer ’steps onto stage’ — for the homeless

by Barbara Sherf New York opera and Broadway singer Leigh Munro, who teaches “Singing for Seniors” at her Chestnut Hill Voice Studio, is amazed at the volunteer ideas one can find on the internet. Six months ago, Munro, 76, who also teaches singing at Center on the Hill, was checking off items on her “bucket list.” […]

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 […]


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Chestnut Hill to decide: Smart meters or kiosks

by Brendan Sample In the next step toward upgrading Chestnut Hill’s parking meters, representatives from the Philadelphia Parking Association met with community members on Wednesday, April 11, to further discuss a potential upgrade to either smart meters or kiosks across the neighborhood. While there is no timeline for when this change could happen, the Chestnut […]

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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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Famed Germantown author/musician: ‘Work twice as hard’

by Robert Zigmund James McBride, who moved with his mother to Germantown from Brooklyn as a child, must have a really big room to hold all of his awards. “Philadelphia is full of wonderful, wonderful musicians,” he told us recently, “and it’s where I really learned to play jazz.” A saxophonist and acclaimed composer, McBride […]

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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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Gifted Mt. Airy jewelry designer reaches for the stars

by Len Lear Nina Anderson is certainly not a household name now, but it would not surprise me — or those who admire her work — if her name is featured in fashion magazines in a few years. “Her jewelry is so good,” said Jonathan Williams, owner of Chestnut Hill Cleaning Company, who brought her […]

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