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Two new developments add more density in Mt. Airy

There are 100 new units of housing in two separate developments coming soon to Mt. Airy, both of which are just off the commercial corridor of Germantown Avenue.
Features

Black Arts Festival this week hopes to bridge racial gap

The Rev. Robert Polk, a 94-year-old resident of the Cathedral Village Retirement Community in upper Roxborough, said there were almost no other Black residents when he moved there 20 years ago.

Local painter with an amazing first solo show

Linda Chicchi has already sold a dozen of the 32 paintings at her solo show at Center on the Hill, the activity center for seniors located in the Presbyterian Church on Germantown Avenue.

‘Lumpy’ script for Pulitzer Prize winner ‘Proof’

Among other awards, "Proof" by David Auburn won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for Best Play, and the work is now a staple with community theaters.

New exhibit by Hill artist who survived head-on collision

Alphonso “Al” Lassiter, 72, has a perpetually smiling face that has brightened up the Chestnut Hill Weavers Way market at the cash register and around the store for the past 12 years.

A full range of home goods, all here on the Hill

Chestnut Hill furniture showrooms are as diverse as homeowners’ lifestyles.

Mt. Airy soap maker follows family tradition

In their heyday, the “soaps,” those once ubiquitous daytime series, offered a steady paycheck for people in the film and television industry.
Local Calendar
Community Feature

It is no secret that the pandemic has been particularly hard on restaurants and other food-related businesses.

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Rick loses his idealism when he loses Ilsa amidst the chaos of World War II, opening a bar in neutral Casablanca to lick his wounds.
The Chestnut Hill Community Association’s first annual Fall Frolic was a big hit on Thursday evening, drawing a crowd of at least 174 people to the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Philadelphia Police are on a hunt for a man who sexually assaulted a 71-year-old Mt. Airy woman in her home on the 7400 block of Devon Street Thursday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.
The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from Sept. 5-19. 
Business
Clover Market returns to Chestnut Hill this Sunday, September 11th.
Crime

Crime Report: May 16 to June 6

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 16 to June 6. 

Homes and Gardens

His Royal Highness has something to say to Chestnut Hill

With the death of Queen Elizabeth, I listened to TV commentators talk about the ascension of Prince Charles to the throne, becoming King Charles III. 

When you know you’re really at home 

What gives us that sense of being truly at home? It's different for each of us.

Details that matter when renovating a historic building

Because Philadelphia is a city of historical importance, and so many smaller communities within the city have received National Historic District status, most homeowners take great pride in their work.

A pop-up shop cultivates a commitment to plant

The second annual Jabali Jungle event in Germantown celebrated plant and flower shops, and urban farms owned by people of color.

Gray is over and pattern is the new black

A few weeks ago, I read an article that reviewed the New York Drawing Center exhibition entitled “The Clamor of Ornament.” It got me thinking about the appearance of interiors and their associated hallmarks.

Sports

Second Ehret era in PC field hockey begins with a win

For some time, the Penn Charter field hockey team has changed head coaches every one or two years, but now its looks like the Quakers may have found a mentor who will become a steady leader.

SCH field hockey faces down challenge from visiting Bears

As their early non-league field hockey games grew progressively more challenging, the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Blue Devils found themselves in a real battle last Thursday.

For SCH volleyball, staffing shortages affect ANC match

After overcoming Shipley School and George School in preseason scrimmages, the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy volleyball team had a different outcome against a third Friends Schools League squad.

Germantown Academy graduated six players off of its 2021 field hockey team, including Sydney Cameron, who is now on the team at Wesleyan University.

Graduating fewer players than the year before, the boys' soccer team at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy lost six athletes from its 2021 roster.
The season started so badly for the Chestnut Hill Thunder that the rules of baseball helped ease the embarrassment.  
While Mount St. Joseph Academy graduated five players at various positions from its 2021 volleyball team, the Magic performed well in an August 29 scrimmage.
It's their year. Members of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Class of 2023 first began to appear on the varsity roster as eighth graders. Now they are seniors.
Schools

The Mount St. Joseph Academy tennis team looks to extend its reign in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies this fall, having won its seventh straight league championship last fall.

In terms of the personnel on the roster, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's field hockey squad looks to be the strongest it's been during the tenure of head coach Emilee Ehret.

After losing nine seniors off the 2020 soccer roster, Mount St. Joseph Academy has fewer gaps to fill this fall, missing five players who graduated from the 2021 team.

Obituaries
Mt. Airy teacher and photographer saw beauty everywhere
“I have received so many letters since Martha died about how she affected people's lives."
John Rauch, a good friend and neighbor
Northwest Philadelphia has recently lost one of our beloved longtime neighbors, John Rauch. To the world at large, John was one of the 20th century’s most important architects. He had a long …
Passionate Mt. Airy mental health advocate dies at 69
When Flo Messier became the supervisor of the mental health unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in 2018, she told me it was her “dream job.”
World-class Germantown jazz guitar 'Queen' dies at 70
I am not a jazz aficionado, but when I heard lifelong Germantown resident Monnette Sudler play the guitar in October of 2014 at one of Woodmere Art Museum's Friday Night Jazz series, I was blown away.
Medical pioneer, 50-year Mt. Airy resident, dies at 84
Dr. RobRoy MacGregor 3d was a 1964 graduate of Harvard Medical School with the highest honors, an expert on infectious diseases, an early champion of HIV treatment and an emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
Opinion & letters
Editorials
Our most observant readers detected that last week’s issue of the Local was dated September 9 instead of September 8.
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
Needle exchange advocate to speak to Hill Rotary Club
According to city statistics, Philadelphia hit 1,250 opioid overdose deaths last year – a situation that Jose Benitez, CEO of Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), knows all too well.
Hiller left world of finance for service in Guatemala
When Brendan Dwyer was four years old, his mom, Marianne, became the director of Teenagers, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to connect teens to the world through community service.
Two CHC campus construction workers hit by drunk driver
One of the victims had to be transported by helicopter to Einstein Hospital.
Bass calls for 'urgency' regarding Chestnut Hill's new streetlights.
Questions still remain about the new streetlights that went on residential streets early this summer