Area storytellers’ tall tales at St. Martin’s Saturday

Local Life | November 17th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Barbara Sherf If you like to hear or tell a good tale around the kitchen table, then you will want to come to this year’s Tellabration storytelling celebration on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church with the theme being “Transformation — Stories of Magic, Change and Renewal.” It’s one thing […]

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Winds of change are seldom welcome

Opinion | November 16th, 2017 | Leave a comment

  In 1960, conservative UK prime minister Harold Macmillan gave a speech to the parliament of South Africa, then an independent British commonwealth, in which he coined the term “winds of change.” “The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political […]

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Mass shootings do not reflect human nature

Opinion | November 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by David Cantor In the aftermath of mass murders, as in Las Vegas, we constantly hear that killing others arises from human nature. Filmmaker Ken Burns stated in his “Fresh Air” interview about his recent release on the Vietnam War, “War is human nature in spades.” Yet, during my 28 years studying human beings’ killing […]

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GFS to host first student film festival

Schools | November 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

  Most student-led film festivals are hosted on college campuses, for college students, and many have pricey entry fees. But the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival is different. Founded by Germantown Friends School students Eli Eisenstein ’18, Hyunji Kim ’18, Noah Weinstein ’19, and Adina Gewirtzman ’18, this inaugural event is committed to showcasing the work […]

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Letters, Nov. 2: Potter Protesters misinformed

Letters | November 1st, 2017 | 10 Comments

Potter protesters are misinformed I was terribly saddened, shocked, and appalled that a small group gathered to hurl insults and hateful speech during Friday night of the Harry Potter Festival. Because the hateful group framed their abuse in language from the extreme end of the Christian religion, I felt compelled to respond. I feel it […]

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Lack of leadership on hate speech is reason to fear

Opinion | October 25th, 2017 | 4 Comments

The late October Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival in many ways is a run-up to Halloween. It’s an autumnal celebration of wizards and magic that encourages costumes. The only thing missing this year might have been an autumnal chill in the air. For years, that celebration avoided the all-out scary elements we associate with Halloween, […]

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Crime Report, Oct. 26: One robbery

Crime Report | October 25th, 2017 | Leave a comment

  The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, 2017. Oct. 17. Robbery on the 7700 block of Germantown Avenue at approximately 9:58 p.m. A man told police that while he was walking on Mermaid Lane man came up behind him. Then the robber said, “Give […]

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