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From Weavers Way groceries to fine art: Mt. Airy artist the ‘maven of deteriorating buildings’

by Len Lear Most people probably pay little attention to deteriorating buildings in Philadelphia, but when Mt. Airy’s Lara Cantu-Hertzler sees one, she envisions a work of art. You might even say she is the Philadelphia artistic maven of old, crumbling buildings since her artistic renderings of them have earned her numerous gallery exhibits and […]

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Hill earns Best of Philly nods

Several Chestnut Hill businesses earned accolades from Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” superlatives in the magazine’s August issue. Market on the Fareway, 8229 Germantown Ave., was top food destination in the city. “Hipper than Reading Terminal,” was the determination of Philly mag staff. Also earning honors were: Best new spa, Cure de Repos, 8133 […]

Can someone literally ‘talk you to death?’ Possibly so

By Stacia Friedman I now know why people feel compelled to travel. It isn’t for love of the open road, exotic adventure or an overwhelming desire for refrigerator magnets. No. It’s to give them a deeper appreciation of all they left behind. I didn’t have to bungee jump in Peru or climb a mountain in […]

Mt. Airyite brings smiles to faces of kids with cancer, one pillowcase at a time

  By Len Lear You might not think that a simple thing like a pillow case would make much difference in the life of a child with cancer or other life-threatening illness, but it really does. For example, Handcraft Workshop, a four-year-old business at 7224 Germantown Ave., has partnered with Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly […]

Mt. Airy Baseball 12U’s win tourney title

Mt. Airy Baseball sent five teams to the Hatfield-Towamencin Youth Baseball Association’s multi-age Clash with the Titans tournament held at Green Lane Field in Lansdale on Sunday, July 23. The 12U Stars won the championship in their 12-team division. From left: 12U Mt. Airy Stars players Dorian Stroud, Neil Bennett, Alejandro Flores, Coleman Monahan and […]

WWII vet, 93, ‘earned the right to give my dog diarrhea’

  by Mike Todd “Somebody’s there,” my seven-year-old son Evan said as we rounded the top of the hill.  Indeed, the bench at the overlook was occupied by an old man, enjoying the peace and quiet that he would soon find in short supply. “HI!” Evan and his four-year-old brother, Zack, yelled at the man […]

After retiring, Mt. Airy editor was barely off his rocker

by Al Erlick Al Erlick, long-time resident of West Mt. Airy who died May 24 at the age of 88, had retired after 24 years as editor of The Jewish Exponent and then wrote this article for the Local in 2006. We are running it in his memory: The announcement of my retirement occasioned a […]

Environmental justice takes a local church’s mission beyond faith

by Eric Dolente Chestnut Hill United Church seems like any average suburban church with a small office building and a small parking lot. Bu the church is out to do more than administer to the spiritual needs of its congregation – it’s tackling environmental issues on a much larger scale with its Environmental Justice Center […]

‘Rev. Chris’ to mark 10 years of jazz ministry at local tavern

by Brendan Sample After 10 years of performing live jazz at the Tavern on the Hill, Chris Marsceill, better known on stage as “Rev. Chris,” certainly has a lot on which to look back. Though his regular performances on the piano with his band have made him a fixture of the Tavern, getting to that […]


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Hill earns Best of Philly nods

Several Chestnut Hill businesses earned accolades from Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” superlatives in the magazine’s August issue. Market on the Fareway, 8229 Germantown Ave., was top food destination in the city. “Hipper than Reading Terminal,” was the determination of Philly mag staff. Also earning honors were: Best new spa, Cure de Repos, 8133 […]

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Mt. Airy Baseball 12U’s win tourney title

Mt. Airy Baseball sent five teams to the Hatfield-Towamencin Youth Baseball Association’s multi-age Clash with the Titans tournament held at Green Lane Field in Lansdale on Sunday, July 23. The 12U Stars won the championship in their 12-team division. From left: 12U Mt. Airy Stars players Dorian Stroud, Neil Bennett, Alejandro Flores, Coleman Monahan and […]

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SCH class of ‘92 hosts run and walk to remember late classmate, Gerald Howard

On Saturday, July 15, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy hosted The Gerald Howard ’92 Memorial 5K Fun Run & Walk. More than 50 family and friends honored the memory of the Chestnut Hill Academy alumnus, and father of two current SCH students, by taking part in the run that cut through campus into the Wissahickon trail […]

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Mt. Airyite brings smiles to faces of kids with cancer, one pillowcase at a time

  By Len Lear You might not think that a simple thing like a pillow case would make much difference in the life of a child with cancer or other life-threatening illness, but it really does. For example, Handcraft Workshop, a four-year-old business at 7224 Germantown Ave., has partnered with Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly […]

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Can someone literally ‘talk you to death?’ Possibly so

By Stacia Friedman I now know why people feel compelled to travel. It isn’t for love of the open road, exotic adventure or an overwhelming desire for refrigerator magnets. No. It’s to give them a deeper appreciation of all they left behind. I didn’t have to bungee jump in Peru or climb a mountain in […]

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From Weavers Way groceries to fine art: Mt. Airy artist the ‘maven of deteriorating buildings’

by Len Lear Most people probably pay little attention to deteriorating buildings in Philadelphia, but when Mt. Airy’s Lara Cantu-Hertzler sees one, she envisions a work of art. You might even say she is the Philadelphia artistic maven of old, crumbling buildings since her artistic renderings of them have earned her numerous gallery exhibits and […]

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