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Conservancy, CHCA team up for architectural house tour

by Pete Mazzaccaro The Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy have teamed up to hold a “Great Houses Tour” on Sunday, May 20. It’s a chance for people to get an inside look at some of the neighborhood’s most notable homes and to talk to designers and contractors who worked on them. […]

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Rabb wins close race in 200th district

by Brendan Sample After a close race across the 200th Legislative District of Pennsylvania, local Democratic voters once again chose Chris Rabb as their candidate in the May 15 primary election. Rabb’s 7,855 votes (52.14 percent) beat that of his challenger, Melissa Scott, who garnered 7,208 votes (47.84 percent). With no Republican candidate vying for […]

After 20 years, once-controversial deer cull is now routine

by Maddie Clark In 1999, The Fairmount Park Commission decided to tackle the problem of a booming deer population by hiring a sharpshooter to come in and “cull” the city’s herds. That decision was controversial at the time, prompting protests and legal challenges that have since faded in their resolve. Now, instead of annual protests, […]

St. Paul’s launches $1.5 million capital campaign

Saint Paul’s Church launched its capital campaign this month with an event that included the buoyant Phillies Phanatic as a blast of enthusiasm. He was on hand for a May 5 kickoff at the church. The campaign — “For Such a Time as This” — recognizes the challenge and urgency of being a place of […]

Hill father and son know how to prevent Lyme disease

by Len Lear You mat not be aware of it, but May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the U.S. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania had 8,988 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available on the CDC website. This total […]

On tax abatement, city seeks balance between Amazon HQ and new schools

As planning for the city’s budget wrapped up last week, the age-old question of how to address rising costs and developing needs with insufficient tax revenues was asked yet again. Central to the questions around tax revenue is the city’s long-standing tax break for new construction: The 10-years of property tax abatement for all qualifying […]

Want to date this single lady? Here’s what NOT to do!

by Roz Warren I’d be happy to date you when hell freezes over; one local librarian’s collection of online dating profile turnoffs: •Shirtless pictures. •Headless pictures. •Bathroom selfies. •Gym selfies. •Anything camouflage or Trump-related. •Any photo of a guy with a fish or a dead deer. •Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. (I can’t help it; […]

Pulitzer Prize winner, ex-Hiller, reflects on career

by Barbara Sherf Famed Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer political cartoonist Signe Wilkinson was the first female political cartoonist to receive the Pulitzer Prize, which was awarded in 1992. These days, though, Wilkinson is more interested in learning how to navigate her 9-month-old granddaughter’s SUV-sized stroller along Philly’s none-too-even sidewalks. The Center City resident, […]

Hill area house opens B & B for furry little critters

by Elise Seyfried This morning, it was unmistakable. As I came downstairs and walked through the living room, the rustling sound coming from the pile of wood beside the fireplace told me: it’s still here. Our latest mouse, I mean. Husband Steve made a valiant effort to catch it, but as Steve moved the wood, […]


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Rabb wins close race in 200th district

by Brendan Sample After a close race across the 200th Legislative District of Pennsylvania, local Democratic voters once again chose Chris Rabb as their candidate in the May 15 primary election. Rabb’s 7,855 votes (52.14 percent) beat that of his challenger, Melissa Scott, who garnered 7,208 votes (47.84 percent). With no Republican candidate vying for […]

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SCH girls win league track title; PC second, GA third

by Tom Utescher Back in the 1990’s, the boys’ track team at what is now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy accomplished the rare feat of winning the Inter-Ac League’s championship meet without scoring a single point in the three longest races, the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter events. Last Saturday, the SCH girls’ team followed the […]

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Germantown Friends School investment team competed in global finals

A team of six students from Germantown Friends School (GFS) competed in the finals of The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition this past weekend, a global investment simulation for high schoolers. The student-led team, called Dollar Tiger$, was the only finalist from Pennsylvania and one of just six from the United States out of […]

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Hill father and son know how to prevent Lyme disease

by Len Lear You mat not be aware of it, but May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the U.S. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania had 8,988 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available on the CDC website. This total […]

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On tax abatement, city seeks balance between Amazon HQ and new schools

As planning for the city’s budget wrapped up last week, the age-old question of how to address rising costs and developing needs with insufficient tax revenues was asked yet again. Central to the questions around tax revenue is the city’s long-standing tax break for new construction: The 10-years of property tax abatement for all qualifying […]

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From neuroscience to regal life on Ambler stage

by Rita Charleston “Camelot,” one of the theater’s most beloved musicals, has been extended through June 24 at Ambler’s Act II. Featuring Lerner and Loewe’s memorable songs, “Camelot” brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with a story that poignantly dramatizes the human conflict in this classic […]

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