Hill’s pocket parks are hidden gems

News | July 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Barbara Sheehan Thanks to the foresight of civic-minded Philadelphians who came before us, we have many choices of parks within walking distance for residents in the 19118 zip code.  There is Pastorius Park, popular with dog and their owners, and the Water Tower Recreation Center, which hosts many indoor and outdoor recreational activities such […]

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Hill business manager also sings in foreign languages

Arts | July 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear You may know Kristen Spangenberg as the beautiful, charming manager of two Chestnut Hill businesses, the pet supplies store Bone Appetite and the real estate management firm Bowman Properties, which owns Bone Appetite. Before the pandemic she was managing Bone Appetite from the Bowman office as well as in store part-time. But […]

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Forget Columbus. Filippo ‘Philip’ Mazzei is the historical figure Italian Americans deserve

Opinion | July 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro As statues of Christopher Columbus have been toppled around the country, an angry and violent crowd assembled in Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza to defend the statue of the 15th century explorer. Hundreds of South Philadelphia residents, most Italian Americans, said they were protecting history – an icon of Italian American Heritage. They can […]

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Aid to Local in honor of Hill merchant, columnist Pat Stokes

Community | July 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear The family of Patricia (“Pat”) Schriever Stokes, the late columnist for the Local, business owner on the Avenue, jazz and culture buff, aesthetic window designer, watercolorist and tireless Chestnut Hill promoter, has made a significant contribution to the non-profit Chestnut Hill Community Fund to be designated for the operation of the Chestnut […]

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LUPZ discusses zoning review needs in Chestnut Hill

News | July 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Kate Dolan The agenda at last week’s Chestnut Hill Community Association Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee meeting kept mostly to the general discussion of the future of development in the neighborhood and rezoning possibilities. In the absence of pressure to actively review projects due to delays and postponements caused by COVID-19, members of […]

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It should be as easy as wearing a mask, right?

Opinion | July 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By the time you read this column, more than 130,000 Americans will have died due to COVID-19. In late May and early June, it looked like we had left the pandemic’s worst days behind us. But the past two weeks have seen new cases and hospitalizations skyrocket as Florida, Texas, California and other states across […]

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