To boycott or not

Opinion | April 27th, 2018 | 2 Comments

It was quiet in Starbucks in Chestnut Hill on Monday. On a normal weekday, the long café area is an all-ages row of people hammering away at the keyboards of their laptops and small groups chatting over their lattes. Yesterday, there were five people seated, three in line. It may have just been the fact […]

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Why committeepeople matter

Opinion | April 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Karen Bojar At the bottom of your May 15 primary election ballot you will see two, or in some cases, three people running for two committeeperson slots. Each ward is divided into smaller units known as divisions, which generally consist of between 500 and 800 voters. The Democratic voters in each division elect two […]

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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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