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Witches and Wizards to take Potter’s place for Hill festival

by Brendan Sample Though the popular Harry Potter Festival was canceled earlier this year, the Chestnut Hill Business District has officially announced a replacement in the form of the Witches and Wizards weekend. The new festival will kick off on Friday, October 19 with the Brews and Broomsticks Pub Crawl and continue on October 20 […]

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Restaurateur in Flourtown spends $$$ for quiet dining

by Len Lear In late August my wife, sister-in-law, niece and I went to Butcher & Singer, a beautiful and very pricey Stephen Starr restaurant at 15th and Walnut Streets, for a celebratory dinner in honor of the birthdays of my wife and sister-in-law. (They’re twins.) The food, drinks, service and surroundings were almost all […]

Local star traveled world as ‘loser’ with Globetrotters

by Len Lear When Dave Boettcher graduated from Arcadia University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in May of 2007, NBA teams were not knocking on his door, despite the fact that the 6-foot-9 forward/center had more moves than a U-Haul-It truck, was named “Male Scholar Athlete of the Year” at the Glenside university and […]

Latest incarnation of ‘Holiday Inn’ a joy to behold

by Clark Groome To an old musical comedy lover who grew up in what is now known as “The Golden Age of the American Musical” (roughly 1943 to 1970), the Walnut Street Theatre Company’s energetic, entertaining and impressive production of “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” is a joy to behold. It’s not just nostalgia that makes […]

Morris Arboretum Director Paul Meyer announces retirement

by Pete Mazzaccaro Paul Meyer, who has led the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill for 42 years, announced his intention to retire at the end of this year. In a release last week, the arboretum’s Board of Directors “accepted his decision with deep gratitude for his unparalleled achievements over his many years of leadership.” A […]

OpEd: History demonstrates importance of saving Abolition Hall

by David R. Contosta I am writing as a long time resident of Whitemarsh Township and as a local historian and member of the Fiends of Abolition Hall. The farmland surrounding Abolition Hall in Plymouth Meeting, which gives the site an essential, historic context, is now threatened with a dense townhouse development. I would like […]

Hill open government ‘hero’ recognized

Chestnut Hill resident Terry Mutchler, an AP award-winning journalist and the founding executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, is being inducted into the Open Government Hall of Fame, which recognizes long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states. Mutchler is an experienced trial attorney who was appointed by former Pennsylvania […]

Abolition Hall hearings end, Whitemarsh to render decision in 45 days

by Brendan Sample After several months of hearing ongoing arguments, the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors has begun deliberations on whether to grant a conditional use permit to K. Hovnanian Homes for the purpose of building a set of townhouses on the property surrounding Abolition Hall. With Hovnanian and the Friends of Abolition Hall (FAH) […]

Hill doctor survives cancer while treating cancer patients

by Sue Ann Rybak Dr. Anthony Perre, a Chestnut Hill native, grew up playing softball and baseball at the Water Tower Recreation Center. As a teenager he worked at Auritt’s Sporting Goods store located just “a couple doors down from the cheese shop.” “My uncle was Tony Maletta, who was a figure in Chestnut Hill,” […]


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Morris Arboretum Director Paul Meyer announces retirement

by Pete Mazzaccaro Paul Meyer, who has led the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill for 42 years, announced his intention to retire at the end of this year. In a release last week, the arboretum’s Board of Directors “accepted his decision with deep gratitude for his unparalleled achievements over his many years of leadership.” A […]

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Devils overcome Quakers in league hockey debut

by Tom Utescher For a number of years in Inter-Ac field hockey, Penn Charter, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and Baldwin School have had the fewest number of primary field hockey players on their rosters out of the seven teams in the league. Although Baldwin has not played a full varsity schedule in the Inter-Ac for […]

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A Local internship program has started journalism careers everywhere from the Philadelphia Inquirer to Mexico City

by Sarah Alessandrini Allison Steele, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has worked hard to get where she is today, but her first real taste of print journalism was as an Anna Fisher Clark intern at the Chestnut Hill Local in 2000. “I needed an experience beyond what I had been doing before,” said Steele, […]

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Restaurateur in Flourtown spends $$$ for quiet dining

by Len Lear In late August my wife, sister-in-law, niece and I went to Butcher & Singer, a beautiful and very pricey Stephen Starr restaurant at 15th and Walnut Streets, for a celebratory dinner in honor of the birthdays of my wife and sister-in-law. (They’re twins.) The food, drinks, service and surroundings were almost all […]

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OpEd: History demonstrates importance of saving Abolition Hall

by David R. Contosta I am writing as a long time resident of Whitemarsh Township and as a local historian and member of the Fiends of Abolition Hall. The farmland surrounding Abolition Hall in Plymouth Meeting, which gives the site an essential, historic context, is now threatened with a dense townhouse development. I would like […]

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Latest incarnation of ‘Holiday Inn’ a joy to behold

by Clark Groome To an old musical comedy lover who grew up in what is now known as “The Golden Age of the American Musical” (roughly 1943 to 1970), the Walnut Street Theatre Company’s energetic, entertaining and impressive production of “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” is a joy to behold. It’s not just nostalgia that makes […]

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