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There’s tons of fun on the Hill for First Friday

Mark your calendars for Chestnut Hill’s First Friday Celebration on Nov. 5.  Participating shops will stay open until 8 pm with various store specials, refreshments, musical artists, and events.

O’Doodles Toy Store will be hosting a “family game night” from 6 to 8 p.m.. Learn to play the hot new game of 2010:  Spot It!  Bring the kids and get ready to enjoy some real “unplugged” fun and refreshments, all for just $10 per family.   

Across the street at The Little Treehouse Play Cafe, a special “kids dinner” will be on the menu. For just $5, kids can order pizza, mac & cheese or a turkey sandwich with sides and a drink. 

Be sure to hit one of many happy hour specials at Hill restaurants.  Hokka Hokka will offer specials between 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m.  Tavern on the Hill will feature half-price beers on tap, $4 glass of house wines and a complimentary bar treat from 5 to 7 p.m..  They will also have live music playing during dinner. 

A REAL TEA PARTY TREAT Gerald Schultz, owner of the Antiques Gallery in Chestnut Hill, spares no expense when it comes to Halloween. Visitors to his shop on Saturday found the owner decked out in a Mad Hatter costume from Pierre’s, a major supplier of costumes to theater troops in Philadelphia and New York City. Schultz raises the bar for Halloween get ups every year. (Photo by Jay Valinis)f
Other News…

Justice Breyer visits Springside School
CHCA board votes to ‘investigate’ Web portal


Wissahickon has become ‘a killing field’
Hill activist group hopes to end deer slaughter in park

Although it has been going on out of the public eye and with virtually no publicity for years, the annual slaughter of deer has been continuing for 12 years in Wissahickon Park, the section of Fairmount Park that cuts through Chestnut Hill.

In September of 1998, the Fairmount Park Commission (now called the Department of Parks and Recreation) voted to start killing the overwhelming majority of deer in the park.


Democracy hobbles on …

Last week, I was joking with some friends that I had thought of a good solution to the partisan divides that have gridlocked our country’s government: benevolent dictatorship.

The theory was this: As a nation, we’ve stretched democracy about as far as it can go. In fact, it can be argued that we’re currently busy making a pretty good case for the limits of democracy to solve the complex problems of our age. Crippled by concern for special interests and power-mad political parties, our lawmakers legislate primarily to stay in office, not for the common good.


CHC men can’t quite keep up with Rams

Chestnut Hill College men’s soccer coach Keith Cappo, a graduate of Penn Charter, returned to School House Lane last Thursday, bringing his CHC Griffins along to tackle conference rival Philadelphia University at the Rams’ Ravenhill Field.

More than an hour into the contest, a first-half goal for the hosts remained the only point on the scoreboard, but the pace picked up after that. CHC tied it up, Philly U. regained the lead, then the Griffins pulled even at 2-2 with just 6:51 to go.


“We have to think as a culture beyond violent solutions and there are actually much more natural ideas that we favor such as allowing the bio-community to balance itself. In Pennsylvania there are bobcats and coyotes. They’re harmless to people, yet all year round there are hunting and trapping seasons against them. Why is that?”
– Lee Hall (left) of Devon, Legal Vice President of Friends of Animals. next tot Hall is Mary Ann Baron (center), cofounder of Philadelphia Advocates for the Deer.
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