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Chestnut Hill Business District accounts for past successes, sets goals at annual meeting

by Pete Mazzaccaro Members of the Chestnut Hill Business District met on Wednesday June 13 for its annual meeting. The organization serves as an umbrella for the Chestnut Hill Business Association, Parking Foundation and Business Improvement District. Part of the meeting was to fill board seats at the organization. The board of the Chestnut Hill […]

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Popular Zydeco-a-Go-Go next for Pastorius Park, June 27

by Carole Verona “Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a Cajun expression meaning “Let the good times roll.” And the good times will definitely roll when Zydeco-a-Go-Go brings its spicy blend of Louisiana’s zydeco and Cajun music to Pastorius Park. The free concert takes place on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. “It’s such an […]

Mt. Airy to host first Philly Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival

by Sue Ann Rybak You don’t have to walk far along the tree-lined streets of Mt. Airy before you see a sign that says “Hate has no home here” or “Love is Love.” The message is clear – even to a child – that everyone is welcome here. It maybe one of the reasons why […]

St. Joseph’s Villa marks 50 years with gala celebration

by Brendan Sample To commemorate 50 years of providing live-in healthcare to retired sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia and laypeople in the community, the St. Joseph Villa will hold a gala and fundraiser on Sunday, June 24 at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. The gala, which is by invitation only, will also serve as […]

After 241 years, Mt. Airy mansion again a battle site

by Elizabeth Coady Two hundred and forty-one years after American soldiers set up camp on the grounds of the Upsala Mansion at 6430 Germantown Ave. (now in Mt. Airy) to prepare attack against the British in the Battle of Germantown, a new clash rages at the imposing historic mansion. History predominates outside the house, built […]

Local rocket scientist became ‘Piano Man’ for Tom Hanks

by Len Lear How often have you heard the phrase, “Well, he is no rocket scientist, but … ”? Well, Remo Saraceni IS a rocket scientist; or at least he was. Saraceni, 83, who grew up in Abruzzo, Italy, earned a master’s degree in electronics from the Technical Institute of Milan in 1958 and came […]

Woodmere gift; 300 works by ‘radical colorist, prophet’

by Elizabeth Coady Three hundred works on paper by the belatedly recognized 20th century Philadelphia modernist painter Arthur B. Carles have been bestowed to the Woodmere Art Museum in what the museum’s director lauds as a “transformational’’ gift. The 300 works by Carles, hailed posthumously by art historians as a radical colorist and a prophet […]

Local widow was Philly’s first black teacher of Italian

by Barbara Sherf Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Elena (Levister) Verzieri fondly remembers playing with the children and grandchildren in a neighborhood of predominantly Italian immigrants. “When we were playing and their parents and grandparents would come out and speak to them in Italian, I said, ‘I’ve got to learn that language,’” […]

Festival of choral music at Hill Presbyterian Church

by Michael Caruso Donald Nally and The Crossing continued their “Month of Moderns” festival of choral music with their second concert, which was performed Sunday, June 17, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The previous weekend’s program featured six very different works of contemporary choral music. This time around, the program featured two settings […]


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Mt. Airy to host first Philly Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival

by Sue Ann Rybak You don’t have to walk far along the tree-lined streets of Mt. Airy before you see a sign that says “Hate has no home here” or “Love is Love.” The message is clear – even to a child – that everyone is welcome here. It maybe one of the reasons why […]

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GA, PC girls square off in summer hoops

by Tom Utescher The girls’ hoops teams from Germantown Academy and Penn Charter both suffered close losses in their first outings last week in the Gwynedd Mercy Academy summer league. In the last scheduled game of the week, the two traditional Inter-Ac League rivals faced one another, and the GA Patriots prevailed, 41-24, after leading […]

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Mayor Kenney pays visit to Jenks

by Brendan Sample As a part of his office’s efforts to come to at least one city school every week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney visited the J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, June 12 Kenney did not have a particular agenda when visiting the school, but instead was focused on simply […]

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After 241 years, Mt. Airy mansion again a battle site

by Elizabeth Coady Two hundred and forty-one years after American soldiers set up camp on the grounds of the Upsala Mansion at 6430 Germantown Ave. (now in Mt. Airy) to prepare attack against the British in the Battle of Germantown, a new clash rages at the imposing historic mansion. History predominates outside the house, built […]

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Engage with Chestnut Hill’s past, future: Support the Chestnut Hill Conservancy

by Lori Salganicoff Executive Director, Chestnut Hill Conservancy This biweeky Discovering Chestnut Hill column allows the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Local to share and highlight some of the things that make Chestnut Hill so special. The community is a unique place defined by its interwoven history, great architecture, and undisturbed open space. Chestnut Hill […]

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Woodmere gift; 300 works by ‘radical colorist, prophet’

by Elizabeth Coady Three hundred works on paper by the belatedly recognized 20th century Philadelphia modernist painter Arthur B. Carles have been bestowed to the Woodmere Art Museum in what the museum’s director lauds as a “transformational’’ gift. The 300 works by Carles, hailed posthumously by art historians as a radical colorist and a prophet […]

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