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Local Realtors offer advice for NW Philly’s tight housing market

Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors. 

Springfield returns to a new normal in July with livestreamed in-person Board meetings

Springfield Township will resume in-person meetings for all Board of Commissioner and advisory commission meetings beginning July 1, 2021.  But things are not going back to the old “normal.” 

Germantown Jewish Centre reaffirms support for Black Lives Matter after vandalism

On May 28, the Germantown Jewish Centre discovered a large sign they had erected in support of Black Lives Matter had been defaced. The BLM sign had been in place more than a year.

St. Paul’s names new rector

The Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, has called the Rev. Eric Paul Hungerford to be its twelfth rector.
Community

Mt. Airy physician takes over as top city doc after forced resignation

When Mt. Airy resident Cheryl Bettigole, MD, took over last month as acting Philadelphia Health Commissioner, she stepped into a pair of big shoes. Ones that seem to fit her just fine.

'Library Cat' becomes Mt. Airy's beloved 'Church Cat'

My library system had a strict “no library cats” policy, but Shadow Perlmutter didn’t know anything about that. And if he had, I’m sure he would have disregarded it.

51 Marathons: Now that’s Something to Talk About!

“Hill work is speed work in disguise,” said Paul Hines on Sunday, May 30, as he and a small entourage of runners slogged through the rain up Valley Green Road toward Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

More News
With indoor dining restrictions lifting and summer crowds returning, this is the time of year when the Chestnut Hill Business District puts everything in place for the rest of the year.
 Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is responsible for more than two miles of Germantown Avenue, from Cresheim Valley Road to Washington Lane. Starting at Washington Lane, Germantown United CDC takes over for the next few miles.
On Friday, June 11, Philadelphia will end the indoor mask mandate and the 11 p.m. last call for restaurants. These are the final Safer at Home restrictions to be lifted as the city fully reopens.
The proposed division of 540 W. Moreland Ave was opposed by the committee on the grounds that it provided no information on plans for the new lot, nor architectural details for restoration of the existing main house.
Business
Malelani Café is a charming BYOB restaurant, café and music venue that has been doing business at 6734 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy since 2014.
Crime

Crime Report: 7 thefts from vehicles, 2 stolen cars

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between June 7 to June 13. Some dates earlier than the current period took place at that date …

Chill Local
Arts

You cannot help but be stunned by the fact that these are mostly recent paintings by a lifelong Chestnut Hill area artist who celebrated her 100th birthday last year on Aug. 16.

The Germantown Friends School All-School Art Show is now open, hosted online for the second year! The virtual portrait exhibit was conceived as a communal reflection of the past year. …
“Gideon Mendel: Drowning World” dramatically demonstrates the effects of catastrophic flooding on people in the U.S. and around the world.
Flix

Despite sporting a title that makes it sound like a refreshingly forthright slasher flick, this sprawling epic is actually a thought-provoking morality fable about manifest destiny and man-first destiny.   Maybe it’s true that no man is an island, …

Food for Thought

So many food trends exploded on the scene this year, from Instacart to TikTok meals, but there is one food trend experiencing a resurgence in popularity and it seems to be here to stay: the good old gift basket in all its goodie-filled glory.

Worth Reading
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.
Citizen Canine

During the pandemic, taking care of a dog proved to be a great way of coping. In appreciation to dogs for helping us get through this difficult year, we’re starting “Citizen …

Homes & Home
Gardening

How to grow flowering orchid cacti on your enclosed porch

My wife, Valerie, is particularly fond of the flowers that bloom on our front porch for a month starting in mid-April. The orchid cacti (two specimens are in bloom in the picture) have survived another winter on our climate-controlled, enclosed front porch.

On mothers, daughters and houseplants

The Clivia plant that my wife, Valerie, is inspecting in the photo is at least fifty years old; it was her mother’s.

Features

Recalling a first design position and the changes in interior design since

Like so many other time periods of the past, the late 70s and early 80s had their particular hallmarks when it came to styles and design.

As pandemic wanes, world of design shows signs of return

The joys of working in the field of design are many, but as of late, the changes that have occurred over the past several years have become a bit more challenging.
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, …
Sports

Local tournament to donate basketball shoes to a good cause

Ryan Ansel has dedicated his life to basketball. His love for the game was the driving force in him becoming a walk-on at Davidson College and now an assistant coach at Swarthmore College. Hoops for …

Inter-Ac awards go to GA, PC, SCH graduating athletes

At the end of each school year, the Inter-Ac League Athletic Directors recognize outstanding multi-sport athletes in the graduating class. At the three coeducational schools in the league in this …

For three brothers to all play varsity baseball together is quite the feat, especially when one is in 9th grade and the other in 10th.

Mount St. Joseph Academy complemented its 2020 Catholic Academies cross country championship by winning the 2021 league title in track and field last month, and the Magic didn't stop there. Annie …
The 2021 lacrosse season came to an end for Mount St. Joseph Academy last Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA tournament. Seeded fourth coming out of District 1, the Magic clashed with …
Schools

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy lower school science teacher and adventure seeker Anya Rose has been selected to take part in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Iceland this summer and will be on her way to the land of “Fire and Ice” on June 19.

The May Term class hosted a free community pop-up clinic, providing safety checks and minor adjustments to get bikes ready for safe summer riding. 

A soaking thunderstorm? Check. Soggy backpacking gear? Yes. Hiking six-to-ten miles a day? Check. Exhaustion? Yes. Exhilaration, laughter, unforgettable bonding? Indeed.

Dr. Delvin M. Dinkins will begin in July 2022.

This summer, the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, located on Germantown Avenue, will say goodbye to a legend.

Obituaries
Marie Rankin, eccentric, generous Hiller, dies at 81
Marie Rankin, of Chestnut Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25 at the age of 81. Marie was born in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. At age 16, Marie traveled by boat alone to the U.S. in …
Anthony Kroch, linguistics professor
Anthony (Tony) Kroch, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer at the age of 75 on April 27 in his home in Mt. AIry. He was attended by his wife, family and …
George O. Herold
George O. Herold of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home, in the company of his beloved wife Cara, on April 16, 2021.  George, who was 92, had been battling a series of …
Clarence A. “Otto” McGowan, Jr., 85
Clarence Aloysius McGowan, Jr., 85 of Chestnut Hill, died on Tuesday April 6, 2021 due to complications from metastatic melanoma. The eldest of a sister and three brothers, Mr. McGowan was born to …
Mary Anne McNelis Myer
“Polly” Myer, 93, of Chestnut Hill, died at home surrounded by family on April 22. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of ‘48, and Mount St. Joseph Academy …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

The reading chair saga: I nail the ending, sit down and shut up

I know, I know, the world is waiting to see how I resolved my reading chair dilemma, so now I can finally finish this series of columns and tell you the happy ending.

Opinion

Back in business

I have been going into the Local’s office on Tuesday mornings every week since March 2020 when the city first imposed stay-at-home orders for residents and businesses. At the time, Local …

We need more voting, not less

A colleague of mine has a favorite saying for whenever he hears of anything that rubs up against the norms we take for granted in a free society. It can be anything from a wrongful arrest to the …

Career Column: How to make the most of online job resources

Make sure you know your own story, and also know that right now, there are certainly options for you despite how overwhelming a job search may feel. 
Letters
Reports of animals in distress alone in parked vehicles are on the increase.  A vehicle can turn into hell on wheels as time runs out for the innocent victim of carelessness.  Leaving your …
Since the time of your article about our Whitemarsh Art Center's operations during the pandemic (“Great pandemic education rewards for local arts agency,” Oct. 8, 2020), many doors have …
I am not quite sure what prompted me to write an editorial letter to the local paper as I have never done this before; however, I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about and talking with my patients about kindness. 
About Chestnut Hill
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 …
Discovering Chestnut Hill: The Wissahickon Garden Club
Normally, the first week of March brings us a reminder that spring is just around the corner, with the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania …
Together with our community champions: Looking back at 2020 for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Because of your support, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has been able to sustain our stewardship of the history, architecture, and open space we treasure.
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 …