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Pickleball, a popular new sport, brings a whole new kind of noise

The incessant popping sound of the perforated plastic ball being struck back and forth by geriatrics with wooden paddles is enough to drive anybody who lives in proximity of a pickleball court crazy.

Wyndmoor resident indicted on fraud charges

The scheme allegedly entailed filling out PUA applications and falsely stating that she was working part-time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that her last day of employment was April 20, 2020. In fact, the indictment alleges, Harrell did not lose her job, nor was she reduced to part-time hours due to Covid19 and “continued to be employed thereafter.”

DiCicco out, Temple’s Bergman takes over as zoning chair

After four years, Frank DiCicco stepped down as Chair of the city’s five-member Zoning Board of Adjustment. His replacement is Temple University’s Vice President for Public, Government and Community Affairs, William Bergman.

Vanna Venturi house could soon share its lot with a second building

The 800 sq. ft. dwelling would be 36 feet from the original structure. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended that the request to build the new unit be approved, provided that the idea of rotating it 90 degrees “is explored.”
Community

Friday night ice skating returns to Wissahickon Skating Club

The Wissahickon Skating Club is planning to resume its popular Friday night skating on Jan. 7, 2022 In the meantime, the Wissahickon Skating Club is offering skating to the public on Saturdays from 12:45-2:15 p.m. The club will also host public skating sessions over the holidays.

Shop Local Saturday

Santa could be seen walking around Chestnut Hill handing out candy canes to shoppers and taking pictures with children on Shop Local Saturday.

Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade, December 18

The CHCA brings Santa to the neighborhood every year in the long-standing Chestnut Hill tradition, the Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade! Saturday, December 18th, 9am - 10am.

More News
On November 13, a fire killed a 7-month old boy and his 70-year-old great grandmother on the 300 block of W. Mt. Airy Ave., leaving the family devastated and their twin home uninhabitable. 
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the police officers and staff of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 14th District, which serves most of Northwest Philadelphia, were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Musicopia has now served about 360,000 students, including some in northwest Philadelphia.

Business
Back when teachers from across Northwest Philadelphia used to patronize the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy, many would strike up conversations with the staff. At some point, the conversation would …
Crime

Crime Report: November 22-29, 2021

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between November 22 and 29, 2021.

Chill Local
Arts more

Marielle Issa, who is playing the iconic Jo March in Quintessence Theatre's “Little Women, The Broadway Musical,” is proud to be a Chestnut Hiller, a Germantown Friends School alumna and a first-generation Arab-American.

Whether you celebrate the holidays at black tie soirees with Champagne or in fuzzy pajamas with a mug of hot chocolate, the distinctive clothing shops of Chestnut Hill have just what you need for yourself and those lucky people on your gift list.
"The Revolutionists" argues quite a bit. It is the story of four women who dare to challenge the engulfing terror.

Rarely if ever – just to understate the case by a country mile – have we needed a jolt of holiday spirit in the form of a feel-good Christmas movie.

Food for Thought

This year, I’m celebrating and advocating the return of the Cookie Swap Party. After being on hiatus last year, the parties are back, and they’re a win-win for everyone involved.

Theroux's observations about travel and literature are well made and worth mentioning, but the book's appeal lies with its people.
Pets

CardiB is a young female who is smart and loving and somehow managed to keep her three young kittens alive and safe in harsh outside conditions.

Homes & Home
Gardening

Fresh indoor plants mean fresh indoor air

Plants are actually really powerful, all-natural air purifiers that look aesthetically pleasing and help keep you healthy, too.

Forget the rake! Those falling leaves are friends

The gardening experts of the Chestnut Hill Garden District Fund have a less exhausting leaf management routine to suggest, and if you do it our way, you’ll get mulch for your garden, better soil for your plants, habitat for wildlife, food for birds and you’ll put less of a burden on the city’s resources.

Blending historic details in a modern interior brings warmth and character

With the resurgence in popularity of authentic historic homes, buyers are realizing that original interior architectural features can be maintained while still designing an interior that says 2022.

Highlands Mansion celebrates a return to the public

Highlands Historical Society is celebrating its success in buying back the Highlands Mansion and Gardens in Whitemarsh Township from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving planning tips from Robertson’s

Thanksgiving dinner may be the main attraction, but it isn’t the only thing that makes the holiday meal so special. Presentation is also key. And this year, which may be the first time …
The question always arises as to exactly how much architectural history should be preserved when redoing an interior.
When looking back at interior styles following the popular Arts and Crafts movement, two styles that are often referenced together but could not be more different are Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Real estate
More than two years after developer The Goldenberg Group bought property that formerly housed the old Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House and former headquarters of Blossom Philadelphia, neighbors …
Sports

New SCH Assistant Coach reflects on girls' soccer success

Namit Deshpande, assistant coach for the girls' soccer team at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, has a unique perspective on SCH's highly successful 2021 season.

GFS student earns all-state soccer honors

The Germantown Friends School varsity girls soccer team wrapped up a successful season last month, capturing the Friends Schools League title and advancing to the PAISAA State Tournament. Margaret Harvey ‘23 earned All-State Soccer Honors.

SCH girls double down on championships, finish undefeated

This fall, they firmly believed they had what it would take to win both the Inter-Ac title and the PAIS championship. They were right.

They won the 2021 PA Independent Schools championship meet with a team total of 53 points.

A storybook soccer season came to an end for the boys of Germantown Academy last Wednesday afternoon, when a 10-game win streak for the Patriots ended with a 4-2 loss in the championship game of the …
At the fall sports extravaganza known as Germantown Academy-Penn Charter Day, almost all the events began and ended on Saturday, November 13. On the tennis courts, though, a spate of rain just after noon caused several matches to be suspended.
You couldn't have asked for any more effort on the part of Penn Charter and SCH as they squared off in the Commonwealth Cup finals last week.
Schools

Thanks to all who attended the Oct. 10 CHCA Cocktail Party Fundraiser held at the Market at the Fareway. Proceeds from the event benefited the Friends of the Children's Playground in Chestnut Hill and the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

The entrance, at the intersection of Germantown and Hillcrest Avenues, is for the Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

While Breakthrough has been operating out of the GFS campus for 27 years, it is now an official part of the 175 year-old school.

Obituaries
Charles M. Peterson, III Memorial Service
The family of Charles M. Peterson, III, will hold a Celebration of Life in his honor this weekend. Charlie passed away peacefully on November 15th, 2020.The service will be held on Nov 13th at 4 pm …
Foremost local Native American advocate dies at 93
Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown, a Mt. Airy resident for 52 years and passionate Native American activist, died at age 93 on Oct. 23 at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls.
Bill Gillies, Philadelphia Fireman and well-loved champion of Chestnut Hill
William Edward Gillies died peacefully in his sleep on 26 September 2021 at the age of 87, after a long illness.
Mt. Airy jazz club icon, Marine, pioneer, dies at 98
Long-time Mt. Airy resident Benjamin L. Bynum Sr. who brought countless boldface jazz names to his Cadillac Club, died of age-related ailments on Oct. 19 at the age of 98.
Jerry Pinkney, acclaimed illustrator, dies at 81
Jerry Pinkney, a Germantown native who became one of the most celebrated illustrators in the country, died last Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 81 at his home in New York State, according …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

How to be fascinating at Thanksgiving dinner

You'd have to read about 50 books and 2,000 Twitter tweets to learn what really happened during the race wars back in Plymouth Colony in the 1620s. Let us save you the trouble by leaving out the nasty bits and concentrating on the warm and fuzzy (where we can).

Opinion

All set for Stag & Doe Nights

Stag & Doe nights, feature extended store hours, holiday specials, and complimentary refreshments at many shops. Wednesdays December 1, 8, 15, 22.

Merry Thanksgiving

That magical time from Thanksgiving to Black Friday to Shop Local Saturday to Cyber Monday to Giving Tuesday.
Commentary

Haws Lane development in a tight spot

Jim Lee, Springfield Township Commissioner for Ward 3, provides some additional thoughts and context as there continues to be a lot of dialogue being shared by neighbors and various interested parties about Haws Lane.
Letters
As a citizen of Philadelphia and a Philadelphia public school student, I value our state representatives and what they do to affect our daily lives. What I am writing to you about today is the impact that my state representative, Stephen Kinsey from district 201, has made and what he can do better.
A student who lives in my legislative district recently wrote in to express his views on my work as his representative in state government...He noted climate change as an issue that’s important to him and wondered if I felt the same. I do.
On Saturday evening, November 13, a fire broke out at a West Mount Airy home on Mt Airy Avenue. We who live nearby are heartbroken by this tragic event that gutted the home and killed two of its …
About Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue to transform again during Night(s) of Lights
October 8 through the 17, from 7-9pm, historical images from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows, while neighboring historic buildings will be transformed with colored lights and films.
Eateries of Chestnut Hill
With Center City (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week running from September 18th through 30th, it is a great time to reflect on the history of our eateries, be they restaurants, taverns, luncheonettes, …
Save Your Photos Month
September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them.
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Nurses Week
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Covid collecting for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs …