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City seeks bridge lease to complete Cresheim Trail

by Sue Ann Rybak The City of Philadelphia currently is negotiating with the Philadelphia Electric Co. (PECO) to acquire the train trestle over Germantown Avenue next to the Trolley Car Diner and sign an agreement to lease the adjacent right-of-way to complete the Philadelphia portion of the Cresheim Trail. Both the trail and the trestle […]

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‘Uber Queen’ gives free rides for homeless to shelters

by Christine Wolkin When most of us see the homeless standing by the side of the road, coin cup and cardboard sign in hand, we may rummage through our car for some change we can spare. Some of us, out of fear for our own safety, may even roll up our windows or lock the […]

Former Hill soloist returns for a stunning recital

by Michael Caruso Former Chestnut Hill resident Ignat Solzhenitsyn returned to Philadelphia Friday, Jan. 12, to present a solo piano recital under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The event took place in the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall in Society Hill and was heard by an enthusiastic audience that jammed the […]

Chestnut Hill director spins holiday magic in new film

by Christine Wolkin Christmas is for kids … and we all stay kids. Filmmaker and Chestnut Hill native Andrew Repasky McElhinney, 39, reminds us of this in his new whimsical holiday season feature, “Christmas Dreams; The Little Drummer Boy Meets the Nutcracker,” on which McElhinney collaborated with composer and producer Michael Rapp and partner Gene […]

Afghan targeted for death rescued by Chestnut Hill family

by Stacia Friedman Janet and Matthew Stern of Chestnut Hill already had three adult children in their 20s when Nasim Fekrat, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, joined their clan in 2007. “At the time, my son Jeff was in Kabul as a freelance journalist,” said Janet, 64, a senior associate at Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors and leadership […]

Ardleigh Street residents dealt with icy block for two weeks

  by Pete Mazzaccaro Ardleigh Street resident Chris Mattingly looked out his window on the morning of Dec. 31 and noticed a growing iceberg on the west side of his street. A river was making its way down the street’s slope, past the Water Tower and down to Hartwell Lane. “I called the fire department […]

We’re all guilty of Trump’s ‘sh!#hole’ logic

When President Donald Trump wondered aloud in a congressional meeting “why we let in all these people from sh!#hole countries” many people’s natural reaction was a mix of outrage and embarrassment. But there is an upside to Trump’s blunt, ignorant declaration. Hear me out. First, there’s no denying the fact that Trump’s comments are deeply […]

Letters, Jan 18: upset by deer kill, a thanks to playground volunteers

Upset by deer culling scene Wednesday, Jan. 10 was a day I’ll never forget. It was 10:45 p.m. when on Bells Mill Road I came upon a gruesome sight. Traffic had slowed down because two vehicles had pulled over. One was a pickup truck, which I quickly realized was our federal government’s Wildlife Services, which […]

Crime Report, Jan 18: One theft from vehicle

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, 2018. Jan. 12. Theft from vehicle. A man told police that at approximately 10:30 a.m. he went hiking. When he returned to his car at approximately 12:25 p.m., he discovered his passenger side window broken and his wallet […]


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Ardleigh Street residents dealt with icy block for two weeks

  by Pete Mazzaccaro Ardleigh Street resident Chris Mattingly looked out his window on the morning of Dec. 31 and noticed a growing iceberg on the west side of his street. A river was making its way down the street’s slope, past the Water Tower and down to Hartwell Lane. “I called the fire department […]

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SCH boys’ basketball beats GA, wins first conference game in three years

by Jonathan Vander Lugt For three years, Springside Chestnut Hill basketball has gone without a conference win. Their Friday, January 9, 2015 victory over Penn Charter was the last time they did it. They’ve weathered back-to-back winless league seasons, and led off 2018 with yet another blowout loss – an 88-52 drubbing at the hands […]

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NFA Christmas Concert

NFA Christmas Concert Brings Music to the Ears Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Fourth grade students (from left), Gavin Gravener, Briel Janke, Chloe Helenski and Henry Blocker III,  play their recorders in the school’s annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 6.  Under the direction of  John Spagenberg, the school’s band director, the audience listened to the lively tunes of […]

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‘Uber Queen’ gives free rides for homeless to shelters

by Christine Wolkin When most of us see the homeless standing by the side of the road, coin cup and cardboard sign in hand, we may rummage through our car for some change we can spare. Some of us, out of fear for our own safety, may even roll up our windows or lock the […]

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We’re all guilty of Trump’s ‘sh!#hole’ logic

When President Donald Trump wondered aloud in a congressional meeting “why we let in all these people from sh!#hole countries” many people’s natural reaction was a mix of outrage and embarrassment. But there is an upside to Trump’s blunt, ignorant declaration. Hear me out. First, there’s no denying the fact that Trump’s comments are deeply […]

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Chestnut Hill director spins holiday magic in new film

by Christine Wolkin Christmas is for kids … and we all stay kids. Filmmaker and Chestnut Hill native Andrew Repasky McElhinney, 39, reminds us of this in his new whimsical holiday season feature, “Christmas Dreams; The Little Drummer Boy Meets the Nutcracker,” on which McElhinney collaborated with composer and producer Michael Rapp and partner Gene […]

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