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 >

by Len Lear One of the country's most popular country & western music bands, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, founded by two Chestnut Hill area musicians, is returning to Philadelphia next Monday, March 2, 8 p.m., at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., to perform selections from their… Read More >

by Fred P. Gusoff When you’re walking or driving along the 7000 block of Germantown Avenue, don’t blink or you’ll likely miss one of the best-kept secrets in Northwest Philadelphia. Off to the side of the road, in a nondescript building that once housed the old Mt. Airy Post Office… Read More >

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Chestnut Hill Historical Society embarks on a new home documentation project

by Heather Snyder Killinger Chestnut Hill residents in possession of historical photographs of their home or business are encouraged to assist the Chestnut Hill Historical Society with a new project. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is comprised of over 2,800 buildings, designed and constructed in widely different styles, but executed in similar scales and materials. […]

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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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‘Million Dollar Scholar’ gets a deal on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’

by Len Lear My wife, who is now retired, was a guidance counselor for years at Olney High School, whose huge student population of about 3,000 is made up almost entirely of low-income, inner-city minority teenagers. One of the jobs of a guidance counselor is to help students with college applications and to explore the […]

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A neighborhood state of mind

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week’s edition of the Philadelphia City Paper featured an article on the work of Richard Broadman, a longtime Free Library of Philadelphia employee who has spent the last three years creating a map of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. It’s a fascinating and sprawling project that traces the roots of contemporary neighborhoods and neighborhood […]

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‘Double Indemnity’ to screen March 10

On March 10, The Chestnut Hill Film Group will present as part of its ongoing series, “Tuesday Nights at the Movies,” the 1944 film noir “Double Indemnity.” After a seedy insurance salesman has an affair with the wife of one of his clients, the two plot a scheme to murder her husband and collect the […]

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