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Local parents, educators excited, cautious following SRC dissolution

by Sue Ann Rybak Local politicians, educators, advocates, parents and other community members said they are both excited and concerned after the Philadelphia School Reform Commission’s decision to dissolve itself on Nov. 16, returning the Philadelphia School District to local control after more than 15 years. The SRC, which was made up of city and […]

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MALT teacher/artist will gladly make your funeral fun

By Barbara Sherf In 2012, Kyle Tevlin had been to several “ho hum” funerals and decided to plan her funeral and add some fun to it. The idea morphed, and her business, “I Want a Fun Funeral,” was launched. Tevlin, 57, still works as a graphic artist while building the cottage company she feels so […]

Restaurant server also serves up investigations for D.A.

by Len Lear My wife and I were having dinner with old friends recently in the Spring House Tavern, a 298-year-old property on 1032 Bethlehem Pike in Spring House, a couple miles past Ambler. While talking about a medical issue (my friend is a heart surgeon), a server (Donna) who overheard the conversation (she was […]

Allens Lane drama explores racial conflict and revenge

 By Hugh Hunter “Rasheeda Speaking” is currently making its Philadelphia debut at Allens Lane Theater in West Mt. Airy. It’s a play that explores race relations in America, centering on Jaclyn, a middle-aged black woman who finally lands a decent job as a receptionist, but Dr. Williams (Tom Boland) plots to engineer her dismissal on […]

Discovering Chestnut Hill: A call for preservation projects that deserve recognition

by Shirley Hanson for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy Are you an architect who has helped a client undertake a painstaking restoration of a neglected building?  Are you a building owner who has carefully rehabilitated worn-out parts of your older home?  Are you a contractor who has helped to protect valuable features of an older building? […]

An amalgamated American dreams of Thanksgiving ‘galumpties’

    by Hugh Gilmore My dear old ma cooked about 10 dishes that tickled my taste buds more intensely than anything I’ve called a meal since. I don’t think I’ve ever bragged about my mother’s cooking, but I sure did like it. I am told we were Irish back then, but I have no […]

The Teflon Dems: No scandal is too great for Philly’s ruling party

by Jay A. McCalla I honestly don’t know what it takes to become a pariah in Philadelphia politics. The late State Sen. Buddy Cianfrani did prison time for official corruption and reemerged to become a powerful and respected political “advisor.” City Commissioner Anthony Clark is notorious for not showing up to work. He consistently has […]

Hill couple AIM to find solution for dyslexia in kids

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 with reading despite […]

Mt. Airy soprano displays ‘extravagant fullness of tone’

by Michael Caruso West Mt. Airy mezzo-soprano Jody Kidwell and pianist Jeffrey Uhlig joined forces to present a voice-and-piano recital Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, in the historic Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School in the Queen Village section of the city. The performance was the annual “Karin Fuller Capanna” faculty recital in memory […]


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Hill Tree Tenders support easement gardens

by B.J. Hauswald and Mary Pomichter Chestnut Hill Tree Tender Volunteers On Saturday, Nov. 18, Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders and a large group of volunteers again planted trees throughout the community. This is an ongoing effort to install well-suited trees throughout Chestnut Hill to replace the many lost and aged trees and help preserve Philadelphia’s […]

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Two championship teams for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy’s fall athletic season

For the second year in a row, the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy JV field hockey and varsity boys’ soccer teams have won the Catholic Academy League titles. The soccer team is pictured above with the Catholic League trophy. Back row (L-R): Kevin Doerzbacher, Raymond “Red” Boles, Joseph Jackson, Ava Rossi, Mali-Vinn Renz, Quinn Egan, Michael Malloy, Emily Reithmiller, […]

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Hill couple AIM to find solution for dyslexia in kids

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 with reading despite […]

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MALT teacher/artist will gladly make your funeral fun

By Barbara Sherf In 2012, Kyle Tevlin had been to several “ho hum” funerals and decided to plan her funeral and add some fun to it. The idea morphed, and her business, “I Want a Fun Funeral,” was launched. Tevlin, 57, still works as a graphic artist while building the cottage company she feels so […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: A call for preservation projects that deserve recognition

by Shirley Hanson for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy Are you an architect who has helped a client undertake a painstaking restoration of a neglected building?  Are you a building owner who has carefully rehabilitated worn-out parts of your older home?  Are you a contractor who has helped to protect valuable features of an older building? […]

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Allens Lane drama explores racial conflict and revenge

 By Hugh Hunter “Rasheeda Speaking” is currently making its Philadelphia debut at Allens Lane Theater in West Mt. Airy. It’s a play that explores race relations in America, centering on Jaclyn, a middle-aged black woman who finally lands a decent job as a receptionist, but Dr. Williams (Tom Boland) plots to engineer her dismissal on […]

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