City needs to address property tax hikes

Opinion | April 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

The relationship we have to taxes has always been problematic. In many ways this country was founded  by disgruntled taxpayers. And if there’s one thing that’s worse than paying taxes, it’s having to suddenly pay more taxes. This is the scenario for people in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and other neighborhoods around the city – […]

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The Italian artisans who built Chestnut Hill

Opinion | April 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by David Contosta for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy On Saturday, April 21, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society will give the first of three guided walking tours that highlight the Italian artisans who built Chestnut Hill. This first tour concerns the Germantown Avenue corridor in North Chestnut Hill and will concentrate on several institutional […]

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CHCA: Growing a stronger community together

Opinion | April 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Kathi Clayton and Susan Bray All of us who live and work in Chestnut Hill area are community members and stakeholders. We have a vested interest in the long-term viability and stability of our community. Seventy years ago a group of residents, acknowledging their responsibilities as primary stakeholders in this village within the city, founded […]

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Patting ourselves and our community on the back

Opinion | April 13th, 2018 | 1 Comment

It’s not often we get to pat ourselves on the back in the weekly newspaper business. But this week we have the opportunity to pause and take a little bit of credit for winning four awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association. We do a lot of work in the course of a year, and […]

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Commentary: Rex Avenue preservation and development

Opinion | April 12th, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Lori Salganicoff  & Eileen Javers The Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s primary interest in the project at 208-10 Rex Ave. is preserving the historic mansion and helping to encourage that any new development be consistent with the character of the area. The historic Italianate house was the first structure on its large block when it was […]

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Our partisan-colored glasses

Opinion | April 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

In his farewell address to the nation in September 1796, outgoing President George Washington warned us about what he saw as one of the principal threats to democracy: The political party. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, […]

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Dis is Philly

Opinion | March 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Dis is Philly” is a local idiom with multiple, didactic applications for the visitor who wants to understand our city quickly. For example: Question: How is it legal for our Council people to have outside, full-time employment? . Answer: Dis is Philly. See what I mean ? The phrase explains in […]

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Facebook threatens to make us all Manchurian Candidates

Opinion | March 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

In the 1962 film “The Manchurian Candidate,” based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel, Frank Sinatra plays major Ben Marco, a Korean War vet who spends the film unraveling a Communist plot that included the brainwashing of one of his men, Raymond Shaw. Marco learns that the communists programmed Shaw to carry out any command, […]

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