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Holidays return to the Hill, a little cozier

The holiday season this year is a little different, and traditions are being reinvented to keep up. Holidays on the Hill might require more social distancing, but that means visitors can shop and stroll with more room to look around.

‘Master Birder of Carpenter’s Woods’ calls attention to bird die-offs

Keith Russell, 64, is a lifelong resident of Northwest Philadelphia except for his college years, having grown up in Mt. Airy and lived in Germantown since 1988. “My earliest memory of having …
Community

Hill trauma therapist treating those affected by pandemic

It is no secret to anyone, of course, that the pandemic has exacerbated the stresses and strains already felt by people struggling with medical, financial, work-related and family-related issues. The …

Calming the Covid 'beast' at Chestnut Hill Hospital with palliative care

As the pandemic spikes this holiday season, with Philly reporting the highest incidences of Covid in the state, the role of palliative care for Covid patients is in sharp focus. At Chestnut Hill …

More News
The Springfield Township Commissioners presented the 2021 preliminary budget, reviewed a draft survey of township residents regarding satisfaction with the Police Department, discussed how to rewrite …
The city announced new COVID-19 restrictions this afternoon in response to the unprecedented surge in daily cases. “The average number of reported positive cases of Covid-19 per day in Philly has jumped at least 700 percent in less than 2 months,”
Philadelphia reported record-breaking numbers of Covid-19 cases this week and will announce new safety restrictions at a special press conference on Monday. On Friday, 1,158 cases of Covid-19 were …
Business
According to Chuong Le, 37, co-owner (with Hung Nguyên) of Saigon Noodle Bar, the charming Vietnamese foodery in the Market at the Fareway in the back of the Chestnut Hill Hotel. “We did …
Crime

Crime Report: Snack food stolen

Editor's Note : With the launch of Mt. Airy  Local this week, we are now publishing crime reports for both Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy. Our crime report is based on the Part 1 crime reports from …

Chill Local
Food for Thought

For the past eight months, I have delved into the world of DIY in ways I never thought possible. I used to think DIY meant spending five hours putting together a maddening Ikea product. But since …

One of my favorite things to do is grocery shop. I think I’ve spoken before in this column about how I love a nice, leisurely trip to the grocery store to pick out foods and see products, plan …
Flix

Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. It should come as no surprise that a Rob Reiner-directed …

Arts

An artist whose work is deeply embedded in Woodmere’s collection is Walter Elmer Schofield (1866–1944), who became known in Chestnut Hill as “Uncle Elmer.” This was because …

Among its many singularities, 2020 is a year when the Christian “Solemnity of All Saints” fell on a Sunday. This liturgical celebration of the saints of the faith took place Nov. 1 and …
At the beginning of the pandemic, countless music and art teachers in the area and around the country lost their students and their income, but their ingenuity and resilience have helped many of them …
Classically trained flutist Anne Levinson is no stranger to Bach, Beethoven or Sherwin Williams. While many musicians have side gigs when they are starting out, Levinson has established a reputation …
Worth Reading
John Steinbeck, a native Californian, went to Stanford University hoping to find someone who'd teach him to write. He didn't. What he found, according to William Souder’s new biography of the …
BOOKS

Long-time Mt. Airyite/teacher authors 'Pastoral to Urban'

Emilie Clothier Harting, 78, and her family lived in Mt. Airy for 48 years. Recently, Emilie and her husband of 55 years, Rob, moved to Foulkeways, a Quaker senior independent living community in …

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Liner Notes

Gorillaz new album is the ultimate pandemic playlist

There’s really nothing like Gorillaz. The virtual band began in 1988 as a side-project of Blur frontman Daman Albarn and his good friend, the animator Jamie Hewlett. It started primarily as …

Homes & Home
Gardening

There’s no way to avoid attention-seeking begonias

Valerie, my wife, has diagnosed me with Selective Attention Disorder (SAD).  One could say that I suffer from SAD, if in fact the condition was in any way painful or debilitating. But I do not …

Garden visits from traveling hawks

We see birds at the feeders whenever we look out the back window. Valerie, my wife, fills feeders with shelled sunflower seeds three or four times a week. In early Fall, after the babies have fledged …

Features

Firehouse proposal challenged Hill’s sense of surroundings

Working in the field of design, my interests are quite varied, especially in how we are all affected by our surroundings, both interior and exterior. It has always been fascinating to me how people …

The challenge of restoring historical rooms

  Although it is a well certified and established belief that the architectural exterior of a building conveys, with great distinction, a very specific period in time, a single historic …
Real estate
An architect’s rendering shows what the entryway to 7111 Germantown Avenue, a new condo development, will look like once complete. By Pete Mazzaccaro Local developer Ken Weinstein has made a …
Alex Aberle and Violette Levy stand in front of their 16-room, 6,724-square-foot structure with 12-foot-high ceilings, revitalizing one of Mt. Airy’s most historic homes into an airy modern …
Mimi represents this property at 28 West Abington, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick twin that was the home of one family for over 50 years. Asking price is $349,900. By Stacia Friedman Magnolia, …
Lifelong Mt. Airy resident Tamika Nealy-Farmbry, an associate broker for Elfant Wissahickon Realtors in Chestnut Hill, points to one of the company’s local billboards. by Len Lear Growing up in …
Sports

Mount tennis claims another Catholic Academies title

For Mount St. Joseph Academy's tennis team, the 2020 pandemic affected the season schedule, but the final outcome remained the same as in years past. The Magic won the Athletic Association of …

SCH football team isolates after Covid scare

With much uncertainty surrounding fall sports, the Inter-Ac managed to put together an athletic season for this year. On October 30, SCH had its first football game of the season against Episcopal …

With a dozen minutes remaining in last Thursday's Inter-Ac League soccer match, visiting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy took a 3-1 lead over the host Patriots of Germantown Academy. A GA goal by …

Germantown Academy's cross-country team had already hosted the lads of Haverford School for a dual meet on the Inter-Ac League's opening day on October 31, and last Saturday the Patriots faced the …
The Inter-Ac League officially launched its fall athletic season last Saturday, and among the initial contests was a cross country tri-meet involving Germantown Academy, Penn Charter, and Springside …
Schools

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy alumna Nilah Jordan '20 recently donated $1,500 to Operation Smile to help pay for six cleft palate surgeries, antibiotics for 30 children, and a new exam station for …

We all need the reminder to take a deep breath, especially in today’s world. Taking a moment to breathe and reflect is the driving impetus behind BREATHE, a new program in Springside Chestnut …

Vote for me until I can. Those were the words LaTosha Brown, award-winning organizer, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and jazz singer, shared with middle and upper school students at …

Not to be deterred by the inability to perform on stage for a live audience, this fall Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s high school drama group,  Players, will be performing and …

Last week, Germantown Friends School (GFS) kindergarten teacher Annie Errickson and assistant teacher Lauren Postell transformed their classroom into a construction site as part of their themed …

After placing 2nd in an earlier regional round, a team of four Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) entrepreneurs — seniors Keith MacMahon, Joe Falcone, Andrew Lauerman and Ed Gu — went the …
Obituaries
Vera Louise Glassman, public school teacher, Bird-in-Hand volunteer
Vera Louise Glassman, a longtime resident of Mt. Airy in Philadelphia, died due to complications from breast cancer on November 8 at home with her family in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She was …
Valerie Wunder, past president of the CHCA
Valerie A Wunder, of Tucson, Arizona, a former resident of Chestnut Hill, died on October 9 at St Joseph’s hospital. Born on July 30, 1941, in Philadelphia, Wunder attended Lincoln High …
Mt. Airy peace activist dies of brain cancer at 47
Mt. Airy resident Emile Bruneau, a lecturer who served as director of Annenberg’s Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, died of brain cancer on Sept. 29
Hail Caesar! Unique area chef/restaurateur dies at 85
Alfio Gaglianese, who died Sept. 25 after a brief illness at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton at the age of 85, was definitely one of a kind. There are countless talented Italian …
Obituary: Charles E. Peter Mather III, insurance broker, British consul
Charles E. ”Peter” Mather III, 86, died Sept. 21 after a long illness. Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, he was a resident of East Falls at the time of his death. Mr. Mather attended …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

Detoxing from my 4-year cable news addiction

I was at work one day in 2001 when my wife phoned and said I should come home. An airplane had crashed into the World Trade Tower in New York. Something was going on. It didn't seem like an accident. …

This being the Local's last issue before the election, it's time to summon up some of the issues this writer is glad to have over with. And then give thanks where it's due. If we all figure out …
Opinion

City’s Holiday Covid guidelines miss the mark on shopping advice

Last Thursday, the City of Philadelphia issued its guidance on celebrating the holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The bullet-pointed advice advocated limiting holiday dinner guest …

Hoping for an end to Trump’s relentless hopelessness

On Sunday night, some 24 hours after the banging of pots and honking of car horns in celebration of Donald Trump’s electoral defeat had subsided, 60 Minutes lead its hour-long news magazine …

The robocall scourge

When we all first joined the digital revolution, picking up our first smartphones 10 or 15 years ago, we all likely imagined the amazing new opportunities these devices would afford us. We all had …

Awards breakfast for drug support organization is personal

It was almost exactly seven years ago — November 1, 2013. It was a Friday, I had the day off, and I had ridden my horse in the Wissahickon that morning. On the way to do afternoon errands, I …
Letters
 Please take a bow. Don’t be bashful, you deserve it. Four years ago, in the wake of the Trump victory, 87 Cathedral Villagers came together in two organizing meetings held on …
This has been a hard-fought and discordant campaign season, disruptive to sone friendships and, yes, to families. I can add a brighter aspect to the election. Learning that some of our …
When Joe Biden takes office his very first action should be to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.  His second action should be to implement a plan to heal the divisions in the electorate …
Thank you to everyone for voting and to everyone who worked in so many ways to make the 2020 election happen. If you have any questions or would like to join us as we plan 2021, please let us know …
About Chestnut Hill
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Women’s Equality Day observed
This photograph from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives appears to show women heading to the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession held in Washington, D.C., in protest of the lack of voting rights …
Discover Chestnut Hill: remembrances of Chestnut Hill Past… (Part 1 Of 2)
This April 1940 photograph shows Alessandra Cartelli’s mother and sister, Rose and Louise Cartelli, before boarding the ship to Philadelphia to join Pietro Cartelli. By Molly Murphy Anyone who …
In celebration of International Rock Day
This circa 1924 photograph shows a large outcrop of Wissahickon Schist being quarried in the 7500 block of Germantown Avenue, later the site of the Trolley Car Diner. Vito Benvenuto of Benezet …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Documenting our history and the pandemic
SEPTA’s “Lifeline” map of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy is shown here, with lines in operation highlighted, as well as the locations of “life-sustaining” businesses. By Alex …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Earth Day turns 50
This photograph from the April 26, 1990, Chestnut Hill Local shows John Story Jenks School teachers and students celebrating the 20th anniversary of Earth Day by planting a flowering crabapple tree. …