Local residents and politicians bullish on new school board

News | April 13th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Residents, educators, advocates and politicians all agreed that the dissolution of the School Reform Committee and the return of the School District of Philadelphia to local control was “a step in the right direction.” The new, nine-member board of education includes Julia Danzy, Leticia Egea-Hinton, Mallory Fix Lopez, Lee Huang, Maria […]

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Condo planned behind historic Rex Ave. house

Featured Post, News | April 4th, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Sue Ann Rybak Guy Laren, of Constellar Corporation, a property management firm, has proposed building a four-story condominium complex on the lot adjacent to the former home of noted architect H. Louis Duhring Jr. at 208-210 Rex Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Duhring, who died in 1953, designed many of the Hill homes George Woodward […]

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6th Annual Hoops Madness Tournament a slam dunk

News | March 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak All it took was one step inside the Woodward Gym or Kingsley Gym at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to know that this year’s 6th Annual Hoops Madness Tournament was a slam dunk. Attendees were greeted by the rhythmic sounds of basketballs pounding the court, the squeaking of basketball shoes against the […]

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Seminary fires president over ties to disputed therapy

Featured Post, News | March 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak United Lutheran Seminary, formerly the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, in Mt. Airy, fired its president, the Rev. Theresa Latini, after news broke that she once served as director for OneByOne, a Pittsford, N.Y.,-based proponent of so-called conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. […]

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6th Annual ‘Hoops Madness’ tournament returns March 24

News | March 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

  by Sue Ann Rybak Inspired by March Madness, the NCAA college basketball championship, the Hoops Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns for a day of basketball, community and fun on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Brien Tilley, tournament […]

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Despite recent repairs on boiler, Jenks still needs major upgrades

News | February 28th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak At an average age of 65 years old, many Philadelphia school buildings are in dire need of repairs, including J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. According to a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) report the School District of Philadelphia released in January 2017, the […]

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SRC votes to spend $20 million for online learning

News | February 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) voted Feb. 15 to give roughly $20 million to outside vendors for virtual classes and data collection rather than allocating those funds to address and fix infrastructure-related environmental hazards district wide and hiring experienced certified teachers, counselors and librarians. Resolution B-12 allocates $10 million for […]

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