Crossing fingers for the return of Mt. Airy Day

For three years, the Northwest Philadelphia area community has been waiting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mt. Airy Day.

Native American biblical scholar to lecture at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Rev. Chebon Kernell, a native American theologian, will be leading two days of conversation at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Our Town

You, too, could live like Bond, James Bond, right here on the Hill

Chestnut Hill contains many important examples of Midcentury Modern design. But others also deserve attention -- like the former residence of James Bond, scheduled for a sheriff's sale.

Celebrate Mom with local Mother's Day brunches

Let’s all face the facts: We probably would not experience good food were it not for mothers.

Bass pulls ahead in money for District 8 council seat

In a statement emailed to the Local Friday, Bass repeated the quote she provided for a previous Local story: “It’s not an auction; it’s an election.”

The Wissahickon Watershed: A birdwatcher's paradise

The Wissahickon Watershed, with its enchanting landscapes and remarkable bird population, is a testament to the resilience of nature in an urban setting.
Local Calendar
Community Feature

Mount St. Joseph Academy's crew swept the eights categories to take home four gold medals.

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For week of May 22, 2023
Woodmere Art Museum celebrated the completion of its landscape project in Woodmere's Outdoor Wonder (WOW).
Four juniors at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy clinched first place in the inaugural Mid-Atlantic AeroSpace Robotics Challenge.
Residents from Mt. Airy gathered at the Richard Allen Lane train station on Sunday for a Community Planting & Pizza Day event.
Walking along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill you can easily miss it, somehow.

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

The fleeting joy of childhood whimsy

Designing rooms for children always presents a rare opportunity to revisit our younger selves and imaginations.
By Design

Renovating historic buildings to reflect a modern aesthetic

The anticipation of seeing a building that was built hundreds of years ago still holds that unique wonder.
Design Matters

When old becomes ‘in’

Studio IQL is located on Indian Queen Lane, in a converted church. I made an offer on it the first time I saw the building. 

How 'sense of place' can help keep Hill's historic character

The answer most people give today when they are asked why they love Chestnut Hill is that they love its historic village character.

Fluttering adventures in your own pollinator garden

It’s really here. Spring has finally settled in. Despite some recent chill, the welcome warmth of spring is drawing us outdoors again.


Area scullers face stiff competition at Stotesbury

The four area sculling programs were all in action last weekend at the historic, sprawling spectacle that is the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

In AACA swansong, Mount softball sends Pandas packing

For many years, Nazareth Academy was a dominant softball power in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies. Not last week.

SCH girls' lax closes regular season with two wins

In girls' lacrosse, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy finished the regular season with a winning overall record.

With 162 team points accumulated across almost the full spectrum of events, Episcopal Academy repeated as Inter-Ac champion.

The Mount Magic won six of 15 events, finishing second in six others, and piling up additional points with its team depth.
The softball squads from Springside Chestnut Hill and Mount St. Joseph Academy turned out to be pretty evenly matched when they met at SCH last Wednesday.
Penn Charter won just three events last Saturday when it hosted the Inter-Ac track and field championships, but the versatility and depth of the Quakers girls allowed them to win the team title.
In a 14-9 loss to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in an April 12 girls' lacrosse match, Germantown Academy had borne the greater share of the burden of 14 total penalty cards.

Once again, the Springfield Township School District will host the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of the Wissahickon Valley.

Students at the J.S. Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences will stage their version of the cherished Broadway and film musical “The Lion King” May 17-18.

Mount St. Joseph Academy enters a few four-oared sweep boats in just about every regatta, but everyone knows the school's eights are the engine of the crew program.

Albert John Wenzel, multitalented CHA grad, dies at 76
Albert John Wenzel, formerly of Wyndmoor and former member of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, died April 11.
Linda Brunn, Mt. Airy social justice warrior, dies at 79
Linda Brunn, social justice activist and volunteer for countless causes in Northwest Philadelphia, died March 25 at Einstein Medical Center.
Unconventional local personality Chris Romig dies at 61
With his long white beard and jean jacket, looking like a hippie from the 1960s, Gerald Christian Romig III definitely stood out in Chestnut Hill.
Gay rights pioneer dies at 89
Ada Bello, who lived all her adult life in Northwest Philadelphia and her last 18 years at Cathedral Village in Roxborough, died of pneumonia and Covid.
A legacy of courage for a trailblazing bishop
The Rt. Rev. Frank Tracy Griswold, III, of Chestnut Hill, the 25th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church who came under fire after supporting the ordination of women and gay Christians, died on March 5.
Opinion & letters
The choice is between incumbent Councilmember Cindy Bass and political newcomer Seth Anderson-Oberman. Both are vying to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent the 8th District
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
Election-themed thrillers on tap at Hilltop Books
Chestnut Hill resident Stan Cutler will appear at Hilltop Books, the community bookstore at 84 Bethlehem Pike, on Saturday, May 27.
Gala to honor modern-day heroes of 'The German Township’
Once collectively known as the German Township, the three neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy and Germantown are steeped in centuries of a rich history.
CHCA Agenda
Thursday, May 25, 2023, CHCA Board of Directors Meeting
Local musician, ‘ambassador for jazz’
Walter Bell, an international force in jazz, gave up the flute for 20 years because his music career wasn’t paying the bills.
CHCA Agenda
For the week of May 8, 2023