Pressure to build persists in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | February 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

About five years ago, I had a conversation with a local architect about a home he had worked on in Chestnut Hill, and our conversation turned to new construction in Chestnut Hill. “There aren’t many lots in Chestnut Hill where you can build new homes,” he said. “But there’s a lot of demand for new […]

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Picking up trash means more than clean streets

Opinion | February 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Billy Penn, Philadelphia’s online news site, had an interesting story last week about a resident of Germantown who decided to take the matter of neighborhood litter in his own hands by purchasing his own trash truck. Jordan Ferrarini, who operates a nonprofit called Trades for a Difference, decided the only way to make a dent […]

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Local students connect, discuss power of microlending

Schools | February 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

A group of high school students combined business and real-world experience at the William Penn Charter School Microfinance Inaugural Conference on Feb. 2, a learning opportunity that evolved from Penn Charter’s Microfinance Club. The two-year-old club has been exploring international and local microfinance, fundraising through school-wide activities and making loans to entrepreneurs through, an international nonprofit that provides financial […]

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Local sportswriter honored by lax hall of fame

Sports | February 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Last weekend at the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, Chestnut Hill Local sportswriter Tom Utescher was one of four recipients of the Founders’ Award, presented by the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association “to recognize significant and enduring contributions to the growth and development of lacrosse in Pennsylvania.” In the introduction, Utescher’s longtime coverage of […]

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Johnny Doc and Tammany tactics in Philadelphia

Opinion | February 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

In a New York Times op-ed from 2014, Terry Golway, author of a book on the subject, asked readers not to forget the virtues of Tammany Hall, the Irish-Democratic ward political machine that ran Manhattan for more than 150 years. Golway didn’t debate the corruption of Tammany leaders, from Boss Tweed on down, but argued […]

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Looking for a middle ground on school funding

Opinion | January 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a series of opinions looking into the city’s charter schools. The law paving the way to the establishment of charter schools – independently run but publicly funded schools that operate under a charter with the school district – went into effect 22 years ago. The series “took the […]

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Starbucks closed for multiple violations; reopens after clearing follow-up inspection

News | January 25th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro The Chestnut Hill Starbucks, 8515 Germantown Ave., was closed on Jan. 17 after an inspection by the city’s Health Department found six violations and ordered the coffee shop to cease operations until those violations were remedied. Those violations, listed on the health department’s report were: • Black residue, pink slime observed on […]

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