When change can’t be avoided

Opinion | April 27th, 2017 | Leave a comment

Things change. And as much as Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood that is committed to preserving the best parts of its past, it’s not immune to social and economic changes that can, at times, drastically affect its institutions. The announced closing of the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment is just the most recent example. Opened […]

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City Democrats in dire need of reform

Opinion | April 26th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Jay A. McCalla To paraphrase Amos, a prophet of the Old Testament, the prudent stay quiet in evil times. This may explain why our business community, clergy, labor movement and civic nonprofit corporations have all “taken a knee” when it comes to acknowledging – much less, confronting –   the clamorous corruption that seems to […]

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Priorities are important: a look at the NFL draft

From the Sidelines | April 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome News headlines from the last couple of weeks include the Philadelphia District Attorney being investigated for all manner of inappropriate financial issues; saber rattling by North Korea’s seemingly insane supreme leader, Kim Jong-un – and his sabers have nuclear points – the announcement that one of the area’s top arts organizations, the […]

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What can a citizen do?

Opinion | April 20th, 2017 | Leave a comment

Some of the most startling pieces of viral video ever circulated in the recent past have to be those that captured the moment 69-year-old physician David Dao was wrestled from his seat on United Flight 4311, bloodied and dragged off the plane. It triggered several important discussions about aviation law and passenger rights. For example, […]

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Upcoming event recalls legendary architects’ prescient words about Chestnut Hill at 1970 panel discussion

Opinion | April 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Shirley Hanson for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy In the beginning was the remarkable natural setting along the Wissahickon gorge. What is now Germantown Avenue, over time changing from a trail to a well-traveled roadway, meandered along its ridge. As Chestnut Hill grew, settlers respected the natural setting and the buildings that preceded them. In […]

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‘Rebuild’ to revitalize parks, libraries and rec centers

Opinion | April 13th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Nicole Westerman  Across the City of Philadelphia, there are more than 400 parks, playgrounds, rec centers, libraries, pools and other recreational sites. These sites have experienced decades of deferred maintenance and under-investment. As a result, only 10 percent of sites are considered to be in excellent condition, and nearly every site in the parks […]

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In tough times, supporting local news is essential

Opinion | April 5th, 2017 | Leave a comment

While the nation’s politics are in free fall, the newspapers that cover them are experiencing record-setting gains in readership and subscriptions. In a cover story in this month’s “Editor and Publisher,” newspaper managers across the country point to the big gains they’ve experienced in 2017. The New York Times added 276,000 subscribers in the last […]

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