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Fire-gutted Wyndmoor home to be demolished

by Elizabeth Coady Troy Frys and his wife, Susie Ratzavong, were relaxing inside their Wyndmoor home after supper one evening late last summer when a loud boom sent them rushing outside to investigate. “We thought it was another car crash,’’ said Frys, 53, who lives near the intersection of Stenton Avenue and Gravers Lane. This […]

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Hill self-starter would like city program for entrepreneurs expanded

by Peter Elliott Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Commerce and Economic Development held a hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to determine the funding of the Power Up Your Business program. The program, which is provided by the Community College of Philadelphia, has helped hundreds of small businesses within the Philadelphia area by giving them the […]

Young cancer patient experiences ‘life in major leagues’

by Sue Ann Rybak Thanks to the Philadelphia Phillies and Kisses for Kyle, an organization that provides special experiences and financial assistance to families battling childhood cancer, 11-year-old George Hamlin and his family were one of six families invited to experience life in the Major Leagues with 13 Phillies prospects including first baseman/outfielder Austin Listi, […]

Local firm offers free house cleaning for cancer patients

by Len Lear Of all of the concerns affecting a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, the last thing you might think about is getting the house clean. But Dawn Zapf, 54, of Cheltenham, thinks about it all the time. Zapf started a house cleaning service 25 years ago called Executive Maids, whose 15 employees […]

Fascinating Civil War diaries of black woman discovered

by Constance Garcia-Barrio A deluge of diaries, memoirs and movies have portrayed life for white people during the Civil War (April, 1861, to April, 1865). However, aside from Harriet Tubman — a cook, nurse, spy and scout for the Union army — and the mammy in “Gone with the Wind,” one hears little about black […]

Local educator knows first-hand why caravans are coming

by Len Lear Regarding the caravans from Central America that have been trying to come to the U.S., why is it that so many people are willing to give up everything they have known to try to come here, even on foot, when the odds are so much against them? “More than anything, the reason […]

Create traditional Chinese paintings with local course

by Len Lear According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, since the third century, calligraphy, or writing as a fine art, has been considered supreme among the visual arts in China. Not only does it require immense skill and fine judgment, but it is also regarded as uniquely revealing of the character and breadth of cultivation of […]

Ask a Rehabber: What to do when finding young wildlife

by Rebecca Michelin, Director, Schuylkill Center Wildlife Clinic “I’ve found a baby (fill in the blank). What do I do?” This is one of the most challenging and most frequent questions we receive at the Wildlife Clinic. During “baby season” (typically March through July), we get hundreds of phone calls about injured and orphaned baby birds […]

I would rather be an addict than love one, continued – Part 3

by Hugh Gilmore In 2012, I wrote a two-part column for the Local that began: “I would rather be an addict than love one. I would rather climb in a sea-going boat and set it afire than stand on shore and watch my child die. I would rather steal from my parents than love a […]


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Hill self-starter would like city program for entrepreneurs expanded

by Peter Elliott Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Commerce and Economic Development held a hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to determine the funding of the Power Up Your Business program. The program, which is provided by the Community College of Philadelphia, has helped hundreds of small businesses within the Philadelphia area by giving them the […]

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After Inter-Ac finale, GA first, PC tied for second

by Tom Utescher In the first Inter-Ac League game between Penn Charter and Germantown Academy back on Jan. 30, host GA got out to a 27-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, and the Patriots proceeded to a 68-46 victory. In last Thursday’s rematch at PC, things seemed to be going much better […]

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GFS Community Writers Series features ‘Artificial Unintelligence’ author Meredith Broussard

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Germantown Friends School Community Writers Series will welcome Meredith Broussard, author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” for a reading and discussion. Broussard’s book explores how future historians will read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers and challenges the assumption that computers always “get it right.” Broussard is an […]

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Young cancer patient experiences ‘life in major leagues’

by Sue Ann Rybak Thanks to the Philadelphia Phillies and Kisses for Kyle, an organization that provides special experiences and financial assistance to families battling childhood cancer, 11-year-old George Hamlin and his family were one of six families invited to experience life in the Major Leagues with 13 Phillies prospects including first baseman/outfielder Austin Listi, […]

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Time capsules

by John Derr, Publisher This spring, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy will place in the ground a time capsule to be opened in their centennial year in 2067. A ceremony will take place on April 27 of this year at the Conservancy for the burial of the time capsule. Then, in 2067, another event will be […]

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Create traditional Chinese paintings with local course

by Len Lear According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, since the third century, calligraphy, or writing as a fine art, has been considered supreme among the visual arts in China. Not only does it require immense skill and fine judgment, but it is also regarded as uniquely revealing of the character and breadth of cultivation of […]

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