Murray Opticians closing after 56 years on the Avenue

News | March 29th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak For 56 years, J.L. Murray Opticians & Co. at 8632 Germantown Ave. has helped generations of Hillers see clearly, but on March 31 the store will close its doors for the final time. Joseph Murray opened the store in 1961. In 1976, optician Joseph Cooney started working for Murray. When Murray […]

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Local teenagers capture silver at Philadelphia’s Flower Show

Schools | March 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak W.B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences in Roxborough, the largest agricultural school in the U.S., won two awards at this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” which ran March 10 through 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The school’s exhibit, “Flowing in the Wind,” won the American […]

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SCH student with cerebral palsy challenges her peers

Schools | March 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak When Chestnut Hill resident Jaelyn Wingard was nine months old, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but she never let that stop her from pursuing her aspirations. On Saturday, Feb. 18, the 16-year-old Springside Chestnut Hill Academy junior fulfilled another goal — to hold a conference focused on ability. “I decided […]

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Nonprofit formed to support Houston School

News | February 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Mt. Airy is often referred to as Philadelphia’s village in the city. It is well-known for being a racially and economically integrated community, and it was even featured in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine “O” for its “racial diversity and neighborhood appeal.” It was that diversity that made Karin Annerhed-Harris, of Uppsala, Sweden, […]

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Warm up with ‘Valentines on Ice’ in Chestnut Hill

Local Life | February 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak World-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin, creative partner of Fear No Ice, the world’s first and only international ice sculpting performance company, invites residents to attend the Chestnut Hill Business Association’s Third Annual “Valentines on Ice” at Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 11, noon to 2 p.m. The […]

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Massive turnout at advocacy group meeting in Germantown

News | February 9th, 2017 | 5 Comments

by Sue Ann Rybak There was barely room to breathe in the auditorium at Greene Street Friends School in Germantown on Sunday, Feb. 5, as more than 250 people attended the first Indivisible Northwest Philly meeting. Organizers were caught off guard by the massive turnout and had to turn people away. The grassroots advocacy group […]

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CHBD gets $2 million to improve pedestrian lighting and safety

News | February 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The Chestnut Hill Business District has received $500,000 from the state to improve pedestrian lighting and safety along Chestnut Hill’s commercial corridor. State Senator Art Haywood presented a check from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multi Modal Transportation grant program to Martha Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill […]

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