Too many go hungry in our own city

Opinion | May 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

A regular feature of this newspaper, for almost as long as it’s been published, are the stories of local people doing good deeds abroad. We routinely cover individual mission trips to Africa, home-building trips to Guatemala by Teenagers Inc. and local church food and clothing drives. This week we have just such a story on […]

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Streetscape: ‘Modern Times’ at the Art Museum

Opinion | May 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Diane M. Fiske A Chestnut Hill resident who, with another architect, designed the iconic PSFS building is featured in the current show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art called “Modern Times: American Art 1910-1940.” Architect George Howe, co- designer of the PSFS building at 12th and Market Streets with William Lescaze in the late […]

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Election results in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill top citywide turnout again

Opinion | May 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Karen Bojar According to as yet unofficial figures provided by City Commissioner Al Schmidt, only 17 percent of Philadelphia voters fulfilled their civic duty in the May 15 primary election. Although the Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy/Cedarbrook wards, which comprise the 200th Legislative District, maintained their position among the top wards for turnout, their “high turnout” […]

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Local votes make biggest impact

Opinion | May 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again – a primary election for offices both local and national – an election that will decide the nominees to run as Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress and state representative. In Montgomery County’s new 4th Congressional District, a trio of Democrats vies to represent the new district, a […]

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Planting trees good for looks and lifespans

Opinion | May 4th, 2018 | Leave a comment

It would appear that Chestnut Hill has no shortage of trees. The neighborhood was dubbed “Philadelphia’s Garden District” 21 years ago for good reason. Trees of all variety abound, wrapping the neighborhood streets in greenery from the Wissahickon to Stenton Avenue. As green as Chestnut Hill is, there are still spaces that could use trees. […]

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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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