Word Mavens reveal ‘Stuff Every Grandmother Should Know’

Books, Local Life | February 15th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Joyce Eisenberg, 65, and Ellen Scolnic, 56, aka “The Word Mavens,” are area residents who have written three books, including one that was released Feb. 12, “Stuff Every Grandmother Should Know” (Quirk Press). They have also written many gently humorous, non-political essays about domestic slice-of-life events, sort of like the late syndicated […]

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Mt. Airy bass-baritone a world-renowned performer: Will sing Sunday in benefit at Hill venue

Arts | February 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Nineteenth century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously wrote, “No pressure, no diamonds.” Or one might paraphrase: “No hard work, no success.” One local living testament to that truism is Justin Hopkins, Mt. Airy opera singer who will perform a scholarship benefit concert Sunday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., in the Epiphany Chapel at […]

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Hill professor authors book on IKEA design influencer

Local Life | February 1st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear It is no exaggeration to say that the Thorell family has been one of the most highly respected and accomplished families in Chestnut Hill for generations. Marge Thorell, for example, is a professor who has taught writing at Penn, Temple and Drexel; Vice President/Group Director at Digitas Health, a digital pharmaceutical advertising […]

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Acclaimed author to speak at GA on Feb. 5: GFS grad’s book reveals ugly side of George Washington

Local Life | January 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear In April of 2017, Robert Fles, retired teacher and administrator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and a former long-time resident of Chestnut Hill, wrote in these pages, “Just how imperfectly human (George) Washington was leaps from virtually every page of a new book about him. Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s title for her recently […]

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Hill pianist produces Golden, heavenly sounds — free!

Arts | January 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Barbara Golden, who has lived in Chestnut Hill since June, 2015, so she could be close to her daughter and her family in Wyndmoor, may not be a symphony orchestra soloist, but a listing of her audience-delighting performances would literally take up this entire article and much more. Golden, 67, a music […]

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