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Hill doctor honored for half-century of service

by Sue Ann Rybak When Dr. Divo Messori graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1957, doctors were still making house calls. Now, thanks to the internet, patients can download a doctor on demand. Technology has changed modern medicine, but not a doctor’s true purpose to heal others. For more than 50 years, he has remembered […]

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Community honors Martin Luther King, Jr. through service

Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., local community members once again came out to participate in this year’s 23rd Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15. Religious leaders, local politicians and community members gathered in Northwest Philadelphia to honor the legacy of […]

Former SCH teacher a ‘hidden child’ of the Holocaust

by Sue Ann Rybak One of Ruth Kapp Hartz’ earliest childhood memories is of her older cousin Jeannette warning her not to use her own name in Nazi-occupied France in 1941. “Remember,” her cousin warned her, “your name is Renee, and you are French!” In a recent telephone interview, the former Springside Chestnut Hill Academy […]

SCH boys’ basketball beats GA, wins first conference game in three years

by Jonathan Vander Lugt For three years, Springside Chestnut Hill basketball has gone without a conference win. Their Friday, January 9, 2015 victory over Penn Charter was the last time they did it. They’ve weathered back-to-back winless league seasons, and led off 2018 with yet another blowout loss – an 88-52 drubbing at the hands […]

GFS boys’ basketball’s search for identity culminates in blowout win over GAMP

by Jonathan Vander Lugt It can be tough to parse meaning out of a game like Germantown Friends School’s 71-26 win over the Girard Academic Music Program. The Tigers, from the jump, were clearly the better team. Often, it felt not only like GAMP was overmatched, but as though GFS belonged in a completely different […]

GA, PC win at hoops showcase; Mount, SCH don’t

by Tom Utescher Last Sunday girls’ basketball teams from Germantown Academy, Mount St. Joseph, Penn Charter and Springside Chestnut Hill were all in action on the courts of Jefferson University. Between them, the four schools went 2-2 at the Play By Play Maggie Lucas Classic, named after the former GA star and current WNBA guard. […]

GA basketball reaches a dozen in the win column

by Tom Utescher The girls’ basketball team at Germantown Academy raised its win total to an even dozen last Tuesday, rising to 12-3 overall and 2-0 within the Inter-Ac League after winning on the road at Baldwin School, 63-32. Sophomore Elle Stauffer, with 14 points, and senior Cat Polisano, with 10, led a list of […]

Wrestling rulebook propels PC past SCH

by Tom Utescher With the outcome in eight of the 14 weight classes decided in last Friday’s Inter-Ac League wrestling opener, host Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was leading 31-9, and the Blue Devils were due to pick up six more points when Penn Charter forfeited in the final class, 285 lbs. From the 160 lb. […]

GFS racquetmen and HLM battle for first win

by Tom Utescher On the squash courts of the Germantown Cricket Club last Wednesday, both the boys of host Germantown Friends and their guests from the Harriton/Lower Merion High School combo team (HLM) were seeking the first victory of the 2017-18 season. With one of the GFS Tigers’ top talents, sophomore Tommy Fournaris, still out […]


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Irreplaceable family heirloom stolen from Mt. Airy home

By Len Lear Gretel Carolyn DeRuiter’s West Mt. Airy home was broken into on New Year’s Eve, and one of the pieces of jewelry that were stolen was the cameo her grandmother, Carolyn Grele, was wearing in the picture accompanying this article. (Gretel was named after her grandmother.) The cameo is of Gretel’s face as […]

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SCH boys’ basketball beats GA, wins first conference game in three years

by Jonathan Vander Lugt For three years, Springside Chestnut Hill basketball has gone without a conference win. Their Friday, January 9, 2015 victory over Penn Charter was the last time they did it. They’ve weathered back-to-back winless league seasons, and led off 2018 with yet another blowout loss – an 88-52 drubbing at the hands […]

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NFA Christmas Concert

NFA Christmas Concert Brings Music to the Ears Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Fourth grade students (from left), Gavin Gravener, Briel Janke, Chloe Helenski and Henry Blocker III,  play their recorders in the school’s annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 6.  Under the direction of  John Spagenberg, the school’s band director, the audience listened to the lively tunes of […]

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Community honors Martin Luther King, Jr. through service

Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., local community members once again came out to participate in this year’s 23rd Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15. Religious leaders, local politicians and community members gathered in Northwest Philadelphia to honor the legacy of […]

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‘C’est la vie’ for Mt. Airy freelancer on French canal barge

by Stacia Friedman Taking a cruise on a luxury French canal barge had been on my bucket list for almost 10 years. After a significant birthday, I thought “What am I waiting for?” The options I found online confused me. Did I want to cruise the canals of Burgundy, Provence or Alsace-Lorraine? So many barges, […]

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‘Reborn’ at 55, now a Mt. Airy ‘dumpster diver’ at 70

by Barbara Sherf At 55, Mt. Airy resident Ellen Benson took a one-year sabbatical from her career in the banking industry, started taking art classes and got married for the first time. “I was tired of the pressure as V.P. of human resources and thought I’d just find a ‘normal’ job and pursue other interests,” […]

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