by Sue Ann Rybak You wouldn't expect to find young people raising sheep, pigs and cattle on a farm in Philadelphia, but that's exactly what kids in the Manatawna-Saul 4-H club do every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at the farm located on Spring Lane in Roxborough. While… Read More >

by Lou Mancinelli At the recently opened Liberty Veterinary Clinic, near Bells Mill Road and Ridge Avenue in upper Roxborough, your cats and dogs will receive the finest care from a veterinarian who became one because life as a neuroscience Ph.D student, doing research in the lab at the University… Read More >

by Carole Verona Things change. And they change often. But at the Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library, one thing has been constant for at least a generation: Margaret Brunton has been the branch's head librarian for 21 years. Nothing is forever, however. On Friday, March 14, Brunton will… Read More >

by Sue Ann Rybak The Germantown YWCA, at 5820 Germantown Ave., is only a shell of its former self. The once majestic Georgian Revival style red-brick building, designed by Louis H. Rush in 1914 as a haven for women, sits vacant and cluttered with debris. It's hard to imagine how… Read More >

by Tom Utescher This year, Mount St. Joseph Academy played more home games in the PIAA District 1 tournament than the team ever had before, but that did not translate to a successful outcome for the Magic, who began as the third seed in Class AAAA. They actually would’ve made… Read More >


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A snow storm … at last

The season’s first significant snow storm waited for March to hit the Philadelphia area with what could amount to almost a foot of snow by the time it ends this evening. Local photographer Steve Feistel was out on a walk and captured these pictures of the Hill this morning.   Created with flickr slideshow. Share […]

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Tigers terminate CHC men’s season

by Tom Utescher In a number of their losses this season, the men of Chestnut Hill College have come from a long way behind to make the contest a lot closer by the end. Last Tuesday’s season finale was not one of those games. After visiting Holy Family University sprinted to a 17-5 lead out […]

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Oscar-Nominated GFS alum Nathaniel Kahn filmmaker inspires students

Nathaniel Kahn delved into his father’s past in his 2003 Academy Award-nominated documentary “My Architect,” and stepped into his own past last week by visiting Germantown Friends School. “My journey toward making films began here,” he told the Media Studies students in Meg Goldner Rabinowitz’s class on Monday, Feb. 23. Kahn is a GFS “lifer” […]

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Barbara Levitt, a yoga teacher for 42 years and author of “Golden Yoga,” teaches. “seated” yoga classes twice a week in Chestnut Hill for elderly people who aren’t able to do exercises on the floor. (Photo by Meredith Sonderskov)

‘Golden Yoga’ on Hill for those who must remain seated

by Meredith Sonderskov Pablo Casals, the famous cellist, was 94 years old and still practicing three hours every day. When he was asked why he still practiced, he said, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.” One thing the Chestnut Hill area has no shortage of is yoga classes. You can hardly throw a small stone […]

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A priest, a nun, and a rabbi – also a chef, a shoe salesman, a go-go dancer, a poet, a toastmaster and a barbecue grill salesman – walked into a bar…

by Hugh Gilmore Well, not exactly a bar. Right next to the bar, the Bombay Room of the Chestnut Hill hotel, last Friday night. And this was to quench their thirst for knowledge by getting a seat close to the free wine and cheese the Chestnut Grill had set out for literature lovers and other […]

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Would-be Forest Ranger now heating up Mt. Airy stage

by Rita Charleston “The Lady From Dubuque,” written by Edward Albee and directed by Scott Jones, takes the stage at Allens Lane on weekends, March 6 through 21. According to actor/director/model Jones, the plot revolves around three couples who meet in someone’s house to play dangerous word games, but mounting tensions drive the guests to […]

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