A house is not a home

Opinion | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, we reported on the demolition of a small house at 8610 Evergreen Place. The small building, built in the 1880s as a barn for a Germantown Avenue home, had been razed to make way for a three-story apartment building. There was nothing special about the property. While it was on a list of […]

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When weather attacks

Opinion | January 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

If I had to pick a moment when weather reporting went from the most casual and mundane aspect of the daily news report to the epicenter of honest to goodness “action news” reporting, with an emphasis on action, I’d say it all started with the 1996 film “Twisters.” “Twisters” starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton […]

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Evergreen Court building demolished to make way for apartment building

News | January 4th, 2018 | 3 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro A small commercial building at 8610 Evergreen Place was demolished several weeks ago to make way for a three-story, eight-unit apartment building with a small, 1,000-square foot retail unit on the first floor. The building was previously owned by the late, well-known Philadelphia jazz musician, Grover Washington Jr, where it was the […]

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Thanks for not sharing: the new social media dilemma

Opinion | December 29th, 2017 | 1 Comment

By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg The 24-hour news cycle doesn’t refer just to CNN and Fox News. It means that thanks to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, we are constantly informed about the breaking news in the lives of our many online acquaintances. Social media is how we know that a college friend’s daughter is […]

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Looking forward to 2018

Opinion | December 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

Journalists are by nature people who look back at the past. We’re largely curious by nature and trained to examine the actions of the past with an eye towards documenting them and putting them in the context of a narrative. We are also by nature cynical. We are slow to trust what we hear, and […]

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NW District Planning meeting Jan. 8

News | December 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

  The first of three meetings for the city’s Northwest District Plan will take place on Monday, January 8 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave. The planning team headed, by community planner Ian Hegarty, will present a summary of the information gathered so far about land use, demographics, housing, economics, and historic resources. […]

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For fraternities, it’s time to shape up or shut down

Opinion | December 21st, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Tim Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi initiate at Penn State, was encouraged to drink large amounts of alcohol as part of a hazing ritual known as “the Gauntlet.” Some 12 hours later, after having fallen down a set of basement steps and suffering multiple head injuries while trying to get up, having been virtually […]

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CH Conservancy looks forward after wrapping up historic 50th year

News | December 20th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro For Lori Salganicoff, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, the organization’s 50th year was in many ways more of the same things the former Chestnut Hill Historical Society has always done. It added nine acres of Wissahickon Watershed to its 140-acre collection of open space easements and preserved two homes by […]

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NFA Christmas Concert

Schools | December 20th, 2017 | Leave a comment

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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Tax bill is highway robbery of working, middle class

Opinion | December 14th, 2017 | 12 Comments

Just in time for the season of giving, congressional Republicans appear to be on the verge of passing a tax bill that represents one of the most transparent money grabs for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, breaking a huge string of promises President Trump made on the campaign trail to “stick it to Wall Street” […]

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