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City announces venue limits as Covid case counts rise

After reviewing Governor Wolf’s new event size limits for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia announced its new limits which will be more restrictive than the Governor’s, due to the “unique …

Hill history hunt illustrates community’s past with modern technology

Now there really is a good reason to walk and stare at your phone! Enjoy a fun and educational jaunt down Germantown Avenue by linking your smartphone to a game that challenges users to spot …

Two old Valley Green tupelos date back to the park’s origin

By Ned Bardnard Emilie and Peter Lapham and I clambered up a trail leading from Forbidden Drive to the Yellow Trail. We looked for old trees growing above Valley Green Inn. We saw a big old …
Community

Mt. Airy expert urges socially responsible investing

Mt. Airy financial expert Vanessa Lowe, 55, is excited. “This is the most fascinating work I’ve ever done,” said Lowe, who is working with the Unitarian Universalist Association to …

Neighborhood veterans donate ‘Salute Our Heroes’ shirts to healthcare workers

When the pandemic paused normal life, local neighboring veterans stepped up with innovative ways to support Roxborough Memorial Hospital. The local Philadelphia veterans from VFW Post 333, NVA, AL …

Pickleball at the Water Tower: A tasty sport for all ages

I had seen friends and neighbors playing Pickleball, and it looked like fun. More importantly, it looked easy. After all, how difficult can it be to hit a ball with a racquet across a net on a small …

More News
Germantown resident Karla Ballard, 49, who went to Houston Elementary School in Mt. Airy and graduated from Germantown Academy in 1990, has had careers in banking, the mobile app business and lofty …
An ordinance proposing the elimination of toxic herbicide use on publicly owned land in Philadelphia is scheduled for a city council hearing on October 13. Bill #200425, titled Healthy Outdoor …
Chestnut Hill college announced last week that it eliminated 12 staff positions and furloughed 21 other staffers among other personnel cuts. Those cuts included a 15% salary cuts to the college …
Fighting breast cancer is nothing like it used to be. Gone are the days when all hope was lost early on or chemotherapy was the only course of care. Thanks to medical breakthroughs and the work …
Business
The Chestnut Hill Business District will present the second “Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In” on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The 45-minute virtual fashion show will be hosted …
Crime

Crime Report:  3 thefts from vehicles

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11. Oct. 6 Theft from vehicle on the 8300 block of Stenton Ave. A woman told police she saw a man open …

Chill Local
Food for Thought

There is no doubt this has been the season of DIY. Somehow, added time at home and with immediate family has sparked all kinds of inspiration, from painting those dingy walls to baking up …

Let’s face it, foodies: summer was kind of a culinary void, a strange absence of all the gustatory glory we love in all the places where we dine for family time, camaraderie, celebratory meals, …
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. The Hollywood bio-dramedy, “Saving Mr. Banks” …

Arts

West Mt. Airy native Kim Haas is on a mission. She wants the public to know about the significant contributions to the culture and life of Central and South America by people of African origin. …

“My work often focuses on the things that I presume go unnoticed in the world: the tiny veins of a decaying leaf, the pattern of light bouncing off a flowing stream, the millions of cracks and …
There’s nothing that pleases me more than receiving questions from the Local’s readers. Recently on these pages, I described that Woodmere’s Straw Journey is built this year around …
Worth Reading
We live in an age of creation and destruction by media. Rising or falling, champs or chumps, very few media stories are true as presented. Never forget that every minute televised is a minute …
BOOKS

Compelling family history for esteemed local author, 84

Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson, a highly respected volunteer for a number of Chestnut Hill area causes over the years is “a young 84-year-old and very active gardener,” according …

Liner Notes

Doves, a band that never impressed in the US, return with first album in 11 years

One of the more puzzling examples of culture lost in translation is the British musical act that fails to make a popular dent in the states. Plenty of acts from the British Isles are received …

Homes & Home
Gardening

Getting the garden ready for winter

The Roman family owned our Highland Avenue twin house from 1924 until we bought it in 2000. The three generations who occupied the place were in the building trades and undertook major improvement …

Dealing with blackspot fungus, enemy of roses

Years ago, after struggling to keep a couple of dozen hybrid tea and floribunda rose bushes healthy in our Germantown garden, we decided that the effort was not worth the reward. For two decades, the …

Features

Taking on a DIY design project, part one

The summer months are usually quiet when it comes to starting new design projects.  People are vacationing, spending much time outdoors, or just not thinking about complicated interior …

The persistent power of William Morris' design principles

Each century, each year, each political, social or industrial movement can create its own design direction r philosophy. There is no movement for which that is more true than the period known as the …
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 golf third in District 1, Gimpel heads to States

In two rounds of golf in western Montgomery County last week, Mount St. Joseph Academy senior Clare Gimpel tied for second place in the PIAA District 1 Individual Championships, claiming a berth at …

Mount St. Joseph Academy volleyball players have been keeping a particularly close eye on changing Covid-19 regulations, since they're engaged in the only indoor sport among the school's six fall …

As Mount St. Joseph Academy runners got out on the cross-country course last month, it was apparent that the Magic are in a strong position to claim their third straight league championship in the …
Schools

Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy junior Zach Schapiro isn’t your average teenager. While most kids his age were glued to their phone on their favorite apps, Schapiro got to work on …

Three seniors at William Penn Charter School were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last week. Sydney Wood of Bala Cynwyd, and Liam La Barge and Daniel Will of Ambler, qualified for the …

While the look and feel of the upcoming school year remains uncertain, one thing in Mt. Airy is always certain: its pride in, and connection to, its public schools. The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition- …

With the goal of advancing equity and racial justice in their respective schools, an ambitious group of 21 student diversity leaders from area independent and Catholic schools convened online in …

Obituaries
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 …
Rev. James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., former rector of St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill
 The Reverend James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., D.D., 89, died peacefully on September 6 in Martha’s Vineyard where he was vacationing.  Born on June 13, 1931, in East Falls to Ella …
Rebeccah Blum
Rebeccah Blum, talented Berlin-based art director and curator, passed away on July 22, 2020.  Rebeccah was the American-born daughter of Susan A. Bockius, Philadelphia, and Mark E. Blum, …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

Disloyal: A Memoir: Michael Cohen blows the whistle to deaf ears

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen doesn't look tough, though he says he is tough, very tough, or at least, used to be tough, very very tough – vicious even, on Mr. Trump's behalf – very …

The publishing world has burped up nearly a book a day this year about President Donald Trump and his inner circle. Most of them are negative, bearing big-think titles such as: "Fear: Trump in the …
Opinion

Bracing for a second Covid spike

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley has given weekly press conferences for eight months now, outlining the threats and damage that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the city. …

Stay calm and vote early – Here’s how (Part 3)

It’s time to vote! Fill out your ballot with a black or blue pen for all the Democrats and vote yes for all the ballot questions. Once filled out, put the ballot in the secrecy envelope, sign …

States need post 9/11 approach to Covid recovery

America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation …

Stay calm and vote early – Here’s how (Part 2)

Last week, we – the 9th Ward Democratic Committee –  wrote about registering to vote. This week we focus on whether you want to vote early or wait until November 3rd to cast your …
Letters
My name is Nora Stocovaz, I am a senior at Julia R Masterman and a resident of the 200th district in Philadelphia. I am writing to you about Representative Christopher Rabb and his role in …
Regarding your article on Isabel Hirshberg (“Local Princeton graduate never keeps things bottled up,” Oct. 1), for our 19th wedding anniversary my husband surprised me by arranging an …
I just read the article about Willie Alston (“After 50 years, shoe repair man still has heart and sole,” Sept. 24), my shoemaker, and I was so excited that I called Willie. I told him …
 Sixteen households in five blocks by Mt. Airy train station organized to bring their recyclables to Domino Lane Sanitation Center (SC) this week and last. We arranged this, after repeatedly …
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. …