by Jeremy Jones Are you a “B”? “For some reason we are drawn to items with “B” monograms,” says Cynthia Brumback in her book, “The Art of the Monogram.” Monograms first appeared on Greek and Roman coins as early as 350 BC, to identify a region’s ruler. Since that time,… Read More >

Just when it looked like Philadelphia was going to get buried in the icy throes of Winter Storm Juno, the area managed to escape the blizzard with a few inches of snow. However, by that point, Hillers were already huddled in their homes waiting for the impending ice age the… Read More >

by Tom Utescher After going into the holiday break all even with a 2-2 record, Mount St. Joseph Academy swimmers chalked up their second win of the new year last Tuesday evening, when they paddled past visiting Merion Mercy Academy, 101-64. In its first meet of 2015, the Mount won… Read More >

by Sue Ann Rybak A fire on Friday morning, Jan. 23, damaged an apartment in a multi-unit building at 220 West Evergreen Ave. Caitlin Stevens, who lived in the apartment above the fire said she initially thought she heard the cat scratching but quickly realized that the popping and crackling… Read More >

by Len Lear While countless “reality shows” on TV such as “Duck Dynasty,” “Honey Boo Boo,” “The Kardashians” and many more appeal to the most abysmal qualities in human nature and essentially an audience of yahoos, all is not lost. A new reality show, “Natural Reboot,” created by a Philadelphia-based… Read More >

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Electronic self-distraction

by Pete Mazzaccaro Ask nearly anyone today what they think of the time they spend on a smartphone and they’ll likely tell you they think it’s far too much. If you’re lucky, they’ll look up from reading their Facebook feed when they speak to you. Moreover, we continue to be worried a lot about how much […]

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Roundball roundup: GA coach reaches milestone

by Mike McLeod Legendary Germantown Academy basketball coach Jim Fenerty picked up his 500th career win with the Patriots, as his team ran away with a 63-34 win last Friday at William Penn Charter. The milestone comes in his 26th season at the helm for the Patriots, and pushes his record at the school to […]

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GFS’s J-Term offers students more choice, less homework

When Upper School students returned to Germantown Friends in January after Winter Break, they did not resume their regular study of English, history, math, science and language. Instead, they immersed themselves in classes with unexpected, thought-provoking names such as Baseball in American Society, Unit Origami, Charles Darwin: A Life in Science and The Mystical World […]

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Chestnut Hill residents Tim Alexander, 77, and Carina Fiorella, 7, “speak” to each other through sign language at the Chestnut Hill Library.  Alexander taught at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and shares his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. (Photo by Barbara Sherf) 

Hill parking lot monitor bears ‘sign’ of life well-lived

by Barbara Sherf By using his hands to communicate, longtime Chestnut Hill resident and Germantown native Tim Alexander (literally) took to heart a biblical saying his mother taught him as a young boy: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Alexander, 77, who worked in special education for 35 years and at the Pennsylvania School for […]

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