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Shuttle buses and police checkpoints for Harry Potter Festival

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last year, Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival’s success caught up with it. By the business district’s count, some 45,000 people congregated in Chestnut Hill for a weekend of wizard-themed festival last October. While business owners were pleased with the turnout, residents complained about parking and traffic tie-ups. Festival goers said there weren’t […]

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Young players progress for CHC volleyball

by Tom Utescher Just after rolling over one of the weaker volleyball teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Chestnut Hill College hosted one of the strongest squads last Thursday evening. The Griffins battled, particularly in the second set, but northern New Jersey’s Caldwell University Cougars came away with a 3-0 victory and a 3-0 […]

PC girls win Inter-Ac X-C battle at GA, 23-32

by Tom Utescher When the Penn Charter girls arrived at Germantown Academy for an Inter-Ac League cross country dual meet last Tuesday, the Patriots already knew that this was a PC squad that was a lot different than ones they’d seen in recent years. The Quakers had opened the league season a week earlier by […]

GA soccer shoots past Hun School girls

by Tom Utescher It was a week of encouraging redemption for the girls’ soccer team at Germantown Academy. After a successful non-league entry into the 2017 season (3-1, with the loss coming to powerful Pennington School), the Patriots had suffered an 0-4 setback in their Inter-Ac League opener at Episcopal Academy on September 15. To […]

Mount golf sending seven to district tourney

by Tom Utescher With the regular season in girls’ golf already nearing its conclusion, Mount St. Joseph Academy continues to glide through the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies and will send a large contingent of players into the PIAA District I tournament. Last Monday at a district qualifying event, no fewer than seven Mounties made […]

GA runners overcome SCH boys, 23-37

by Tom Utescher The boys’ cross country teams at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Germantown Academy are both doing some rebuilding this fall after graduating their lead runners from a year ago. Even when GA had Peter Butler finishing as runner-up at the 2016 Inter-Ac League championships and SCH had Noah Chandler place third, the […]

SCH boys post fourth straight soccer shutout

by Tom Utescher Under the lights at Archbishop Ryan High School last Saturday night, the lads of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy notched their fourth straight shutout, taking away a 2-0 victory to raise their record to 8-1-1 (all non-league). Junior Luke Greenberg helped set up a first-half goal by classmate Phil Burckhardt and then he […]

Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

St. Martin’s choir returns after residency in England

by Michael Caruso Fresh from a successful residency in England, the choir of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, will sing the first Choral Evensong of their season Sunday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Music director Erik Meyer described it as a “Welcome Home” program of music. “As we sang mostly American music in […]


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Library’s after-school program helps kids LEAP ahead

by Sue Ann Rybak Elijah Museau, 8, a student at Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences, sat at the table tentatively listening to Marlene Sider, the literary enrichment after-school program (LEAP) director at Chestnut Hill Library, explain his math homework. Thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s LEAP program, students like Museau can receive […]

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Young players progress for CHC volleyball

by Tom Utescher Just after rolling over one of the weaker volleyball teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Chestnut Hill College hosted one of the strongest squads last Thursday evening. The Griffins battled, particularly in the second set, but northern New Jersey’s Caldwell University Cougars came away with a 3-0 victory and a 3-0 […]

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OMC students raise funds for school programs

by Sue Ann Rybak Our Mother of Consolation elementary school students Eve Laurito, Abigail Leckrone, and sisters Taylor and Summer DelliCarpini know that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. The girls took to heart Mother Teresa’s words, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the […]

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Homeless women selling papers on Hill seeks better life

by Constance Garcia-Barrio The murder that snuffed out her mother’s life ravaged the whole family. “My mom had gone to California to visit a friend,” said Damilla Thornton, 28, who sells One Step Away, Philadelphia’s street newspaper, produced and distributed by people experiencing homelessness. Thornton hawks the paper at the Weavers Way markets in Chestnut […]

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Dealing with the facts of climate change

by Christopher Shuman My family who lives in Chestnut Hill has brought to my attention Mr. Moat’s recent letter asserting that there is “no such thing as man-made climate change” [Letters, Sept. 7] Given its misguided message and disparagement of researchers like me, I decided that a clear and unequivocal response was needed (also see […]

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Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

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