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Local parents, educators excited, cautious following SRC dissolution

by Sue Ann Rybak Local politicians, educators, advocates, parents and other community members said they are both excited and concerned after the Philadelphia School Reform Commission’s decision to dissolve itself on Nov. 16, returning the Philadelphia School District to local control after more than 15 years. The SRC, which was made up of city and […]

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An amalgamated American dreams of Thanksgiving ‘galumpties’

    by Hugh Gilmore My dear old ma cooked about 10 dishes that tickled my taste buds more intensely than anything I’ve called a meal since. I don’t think I’ve ever bragged about my mother’s cooking, but I sure did like it. I am told we were Irish back then, but I have no […]

The Teflon Dems: No scandal is too great for Philly’s ruling party

by Jay A. McCalla I honestly don’t know what it takes to become a pariah in Philadelphia politics. The late State Sen. Buddy Cianfrani did prison time for official corruption and reemerged to become a powerful and respected political “advisor.” City Commissioner Anthony Clark is notorious for not showing up to work. He consistently has […]

Hill couple AIM to find solution for dyslexia in kids

Kim and Andy Sears moved to Chestnut Hill from Florida a year ago in September to enroll their twin daughters, both diagnosed with dyslexia, at AIM Academy in Conshohocken. Their journey is one of determination and victory in the face of a reading disorder that according to Wikipedia is characterized by trouble with reading despite […]

Mt. Airy soprano displays ‘extravagant fullness of tone’

by Michael Caruso West Mt. Airy mezzo-soprano Jody Kidwell and pianist Jeffrey Uhlig joined forces to present a voice-and-piano recital Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, in the historic Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School in the Queen Village section of the city. The performance was the annual “Karin Fuller Capanna” faculty recital in memory […]

Mt. Airy activist’s book blasts Catholic Church leaders

by Len Lear “I belonged to St. Vincent de Paul Church (in Germantown) for 20 years or so. St. Vincent ‘s is the only parish I ever attended within the institutional church that ever addressed racism and poverty as part of the gospel. Sadly, they could not address misogyny, which is why I eventually left. […]

100 years in Flourtown helping kids rebuild their lives

  by Sue Ann Rybak Charles, 17, credits Carson Valley Children’s Aid (CVCA), 1419 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown, an organization dedicated to delivering services to at-risk children, youth and families, with helping him get his life back on track. “My life was a mess before I came here,” he said. “I have been in and […]

Hill Tree Tenders support easement gardens

by B.J. Hauswald and Mary Pomichter Chestnut Hill Tree Tender Volunteers On Saturday, Nov. 18, Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders and a large group of volunteers again planted trees throughout the community. This is an ongoing effort to install well-suited trees throughout Chestnut Hill to replace the many lost and aged trees and help preserve Philadelphia’s […]

The winding road to school reform

  Public-school advocates scored a rare victory last week when the state-appointed Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to dissolve, returning control back to the city. Many public-school activists cheered when the vote was cast. They had been calling for a return to local control for schools since the 2001 move by state lawmakers took it […]


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Hill Tree Tenders support easement gardens

by B.J. Hauswald and Mary Pomichter Chestnut Hill Tree Tender Volunteers On Saturday, Nov. 18, Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders and a large group of volunteers again planted trees throughout the community. This is an ongoing effort to install well-suited trees throughout Chestnut Hill to replace the many lost and aged trees and help preserve Philadelphia’s […]

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Two championship teams for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy’s fall athletic season

For the second year in a row, the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy JV field hockey and varsity boys’ soccer teams have won the Catholic Academy League titles. The soccer team is pictured above with the Catholic League trophy. Back row (L-R): Kevin Doerzbacher, Raymond “Red” Boles, Joseph Jackson, Ava Rossi, Mali-Vinn Renz, Quinn Egan, Michael Malloy, Emily Reithmiller, […]

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Hill couple AIM to find solution for dyslexia in kids

Kim and Andy Sears moved to Chestnut Hill from Florida a year ago in September to enroll their twin daughters, both diagnosed with dyslexia, at AIM Academy in Conshohocken. Their journey is one of determination and victory in the face of a reading disorder that according to Wikipedia is characterized by trouble with reading despite […]

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Mt. Airy activist’s book blasts Catholic Church leaders

by Len Lear “I belonged to St. Vincent de Paul Church (in Germantown) for 20 years or so. St. Vincent ‘s is the only parish I ever attended within the institutional church that ever addressed racism and poverty as part of the gospel. Sadly, they could not address misogyny, which is why I eventually left. […]

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The Teflon Dems: No scandal is too great for Philly’s ruling party

by Jay A. McCalla I honestly don’t know what it takes to become a pariah in Philadelphia politics. The late State Sen. Buddy Cianfrani did prison time for official corruption and reemerged to become a powerful and respected political “advisor.” City Commissioner Anthony Clark is notorious for not showing up to work. He consistently has […]

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Shakespeare’s ‘Tale’ now in G’town

By Hugh Hunter If you like Shakespeare, you do not want to miss “The Winter’s Tale,” now running at The Drama Group. This prime example of late Shakespeare offers a bit of everything, including an exit line “exit, pursued by a bear” and a statue that comes to life, “Tis time; descend; be stone no […]

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