Some local businesses devastated by crisis but not all

Business | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear While many area businesses have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, there are exceptions. Here is a sampling of Chestnut Hill businesses we contacted last week to see how they were coping: •Rikki Renz owner of AR Workshop Chestnut Hill, a Do-It-Yourself business at 8607 Germantown Ave. ( “We have closed our […]

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Mermaid Inn jazz favorite, 90, releases autobiography

Arts | March 20th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear and Elizabeth Coady One of the most popular performers ever to play the Mermaid Inn, Marty Grosz, is celebrating his 90th birthday and his astonishing 70-year career in music with his autobiography, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” The memoir, “full of sardonic wit with a touch of vaudeville,” was just […]

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Hill author’s latest novel finds old neighborhood bleak

Arts | March 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear In Chestnut Hill author Ted Fink’s poignant and gripping third novel, “The Incident at Parkside,” 77-year-old Melvin Kappernick does something unexpected; instead of retiring to a gated community in Florida, he moves back to the neighborhood of his youth in an attempt to recapture some of the mystery and magic he knew […]

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Irish super group, RUNA, at Mt . Airy venue this Sunday

Arts | March 4th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When asked what was the hardest thing she has ever done, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, front-person, singer and step-dancer for the Irish super group RUNA, replied, “Deciding to become an Irish folk musician! Ha ha! You definitely don’t choose this career for the wealth or the fame! It’s a love of really hard work, […]

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