Carman’s building, not business, for sale

Business, News | April 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro A recent post on the online neighborhood forum Nextdoor announcing the listing of the building that houses Carman’s Shoe Repair, 8111 Germantown Ave., suggested Carmen Notarianni Jr. might be selling his business or retiring. Notarianni told the Local last week that he has no plans to sell his business or retire. Carman’s […]

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Black hole photos mark a time to stop and wonder

Opinion | April 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

For many kids of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Disney’s 1979 film “The Black Hole” occupies a particularly nostalgic place. In kindergarten, I owned a tin lunchbox with the film’s art plastered on every side. And I wasn’t the only kid who loved the movie at the time. Last week’s scientific photo of a […]

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It’s a matter of choice

Opinion | April 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Democratic voters in the 8th Council District – of which Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown are a part – face an unusual prospect for the May 21 primary election. If circumstances remain unchanged, there will be no primary. In March, it looked like voters were going to have an interesting choice to make. Incumbent […]

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Shedding light on the new Local

Opinion | April 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

This week’s Local is a bit of a double feature. At the back, we collected a bit of the paper’s history at the end of what has been its 60th year. In our 16-page section on those 60 years, you’ll find reprinted stories that detail the paper’s sometimes tumultuous early history and the recollections of […]

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When recycling stops working

Opinion | March 28th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Last month, the Inquirer uncovered what should have come as a surprise to the many, dutiful recyclers in Philadelphia. The city, it turns out, was being forced to burn roughly half of the recycling it collected in an incinerator. There are several reasons for this. The main reason is that China, which had been accepting […]

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Two file petitions to challenge Bass for 8th District Council seat

News | March 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week, Tuesday, March 12, was the official deadline for candidates to file petitions to qualify for the upcoming primary election on May 21. In Philadelphia’s 8th Councilmanic District, of which Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy and Germantown are a part, two Democratic candidates filed to challenge incumbent Councilperson Cindy Bass: Olney activist […]

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The Local needs you – and your opinion

Opinion | March 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

I’ve been editor of the Chestnut Hill Local now since June of 2006 – that’s 12 and three-quarters years, or 153 months. In that time, I’ve overseen approximately 660 issues of the paper. During that span of time, I’ve rarely refrained from writing a weekly column in this space. At most, I’ve skipped maybe five […]

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