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Pond problems at Pastorius Park

by Kevin Dicciani Dead fish, algae blooms, inorganic sediment and stagnant water — these are a few of the issues the Friends of Pastorius Park say need to be resolved at the park’s pond for the betterment of its aquatic ecosystem and the health and wellbeing of its wildlife. “The murky and stagnant pond water […]

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Local rowers return to Henley Royal Regatta

by Tom Utescher For the second year in a row and the third time in the past six years, Hill native and 2004 Chestnut Hill Academy graduate Pete Seymour celebrated most of the long July 4 weekend in England. For anyone as devoted to the sport of rowing as Seymour, this made perfect sense, because […]

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New head of school prepares for first year at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

As summer edges toward a close, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is welcoming a bold new change to its faculty in preparation for the 2016-17 school year, bringing global education to the core of the SCH curriculum. On September 16, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will celebrate the induction of its new head of school, Dr. Stephen […]

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CHA grad, just 21, already an award-winning filmmaker

by Leslie Feldman Gwynedd Valley native Stephen Skeel, 21, has wanted to be a filmmaker since he saw “Star Wars” for the first time at eight years old and was blown away. Ever since then, he has been trying to recreate that magic, more recently as co-founder of 7 Wonders Cinema. It all started in […]

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Local writer’s unusual love story with refined gentleman

by Stacia Friedman Craig and I were an odd couple from the get-go. A highly cultured man with a patrician air, he seemed to be a character out of “Downton Abbey” with his elegant manners, refined bearing and scholarly knowledge of classical music, theater and the arts. I, on the other hand, was a frizzy-haired, […]

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Get your money’s worth with songs of Cash

by Clark Groome While there were always some of Johnny Cash’s songs that I really liked — most notably “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walked the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” — I was never a great fan. At least not until I saw “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at People’s Light and […]

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