The persistence of potholes

Opinion | March 9th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro I nearly lost my car in January driving westbound on Market Street near 4th. At least that’s what it felt like when a pothole swallowed my passenger-side left front wheel. I’m pretty sure the bottom of my small hatchback hit the pavement in a smashingly loud “bang.” It was a miracle that […]

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Letters, March 8: Broken streets and underfunded schools

Letters | March 7th, 2018 | 1 Comment

Wreckage on Cresheim Valley Drive Many of us in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill are understandably concerned about the abundance of dangerous potholes in our neighborhood. Driving around on local streets is much like competing in a demolition derby. I have lost count of the number of hub caps that I see on nearby streets. […]

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The right to be safe in school

Opinion | March 1st, 2018 | 4 Comments

On January 22, A 16-year-old male student opened fire in the cafeteria at Italy High School in Italy, Texas, hitting a 15-year-old girl in the neck and abdomen. He was taking aim at a second student when he was confronted by school staff and captured. On January 23, 15-year-old Gabriel Ross Parker opened fire on […]

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When the road to progress feels like a hamster wheel

Opinion | February 23rd, 2018 | 9 Comments

When he was still in office, President Barack Obama liked to take an optimistic tone when talking about progress in a general way. It might be hard work, he argued, but the result of that work was always forward momentum. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll […]

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David A. Hale, professor of theater

Obituaries | February 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

David A. Hale, 81, a retired professor of theater at Temple University, died Feb. 13, of a coronary event at his home in Chestnut Hill. Until his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hale had served as chair of the Theater Department, director of theater, and technical director and lighting designer at Temple’s theater in a 30-year […]

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New Congressional map puts Hill, most of Philadelphia west of Broad St., in new district

News | February 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

  by Pete Mazzaccaro A court-ordered redistricting plan has dramatically changed the landscape for the state’s 18 U.S. Congressional Districts. Those changes are significant in Northwest Philadelphia and even more so in neighboring Montgomery County. In the half of Philadelphia west of Broad Street, former residents of Pennsylvania’s 2nd District are now in the 3rd. […]

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