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COVID-19 cases drop in city as vaccine efforts gain steam

Case rates of the coronavirus continue to fall in Philadelphia and vaccination rates gradually rise, as the city works out how to expand sites and get the vaccine to more people. “The doses …

At public meeting, Cliveden reconsiders Battle of Germantown reenactment

Guns have blazed on the grounds of Cliveden for the past 45 years in the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, but this year things may be different.

Pending SCOTUS decision will affect foster care in Philadelphia

In a recent commentary for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), they wrote that “suggesting that same-sex couples are unsuitable to care for children is not just hurtful to us, but it reinforces the worst ideas that many LGBTQ young people have about themselves — that they have less worth than other people.”

New restaurant in Mt. Airy's 73-year-old Irish Center

The Commodore opened in October (with a “soft” opening).
Community

Chestnut Hill Hospital to host virtual talk on gut health

What’s upsetting your digestive system? Learn healthy tips and recipes to keep your digestive system working smoothly during a virtual session with Asyia Ahmad, MD, gastroenterologist, on Thursday, March 4 at noon.

New book by Mt. Airy military man about 'Toxic Isms'

Howard A. Myrick's latest accomplishment is a newly published book he authored, “Surviving Toxic 'Isms' and Polarizing Dissent; Protecting Our Democracy."

Hill co-founder's group helped defeat Trump in PA

A great many people in Northwest Philadelphia and the adjacent suburbs were undoubtedly delighted over the Biden/Harris victory in Pennsylvania in November, but I doubt if anyone was more exhilarated …

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A petition to restore service on the Chestnut Hill West drew local attention to the 5th Square PAC, but the local organization’s main focus is a complete redesign of Philadelphia’s entire public transit system.
Mark Carver was Manager of Copy Services at the Staples in Chestnut Hill for nine years. On January 21, his position was eliminated. It was the day after he turned 56.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Development Review Committee heard from the developers of an apartment building at 10 Bethlehem Pike, and addressed concerns surrounding plans for a Mexican restaurant at 8612 Germantown Avenue.
Last Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Development Review Committee (CHCA DRC) voted over Zoom to form an ad-hoc committee to resolve design questions around …
Business
Not too many businesses can say that their sales in December, 2020, when the pandemic was spiraling out of control, were twice as high as they were in December, 2019, four months before the pandemic had even begun.
Crime

Crime Report: Shot fired by man breaking into cars in Chestnut Hill

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period between Feb. 22– Feb. 28 On Monday, Feb. 22, a man tells police he witnessed someone ransack …

Chill Local
Food for Thought

Have you ever seen the calendar in the beginning of “Living” magazine that shows Martha Stewart’s personal “to-do” list for each month? I often look at it in awe – and have a good laugh.

Try out your own hamantaschen at home this week with one of my favorite recipes from the City Tavern Baking and Dessert Cookbook.
Flix

‘I Love You, Man” is a smart and highly entertaining bromantic comedy.  I liked it, man.

Arts

One of Greater Philadelphia’s most distinctive and acclaimed musical instruments is the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill.

A few years ago I asked local resident Dan Rose how he liked living in Chestnut Hill. He replied, “My wife, Martha, and I have lived in several places, but I have loved only two, Vermont and Chestnut Hill. I will only leave Chestnut Hill in a pine box.
I have always enjoyed Tom Judd’s voice in the creative mix of our city’s artists, and Woodmere is honored to celebrate a new exhibition, History in Motion: Tom Judd’s Subway Mural, on view through June 13, 2021.
Worth Reading
What's a parent to do when a child's odd behavior escalates far enough, frequently enough, that it can't be shrugged off as just an eccentric personality? And what if the problem is magnified by six?
BOOKS

Before cancer, wonderful memoir by Philly sports guy

Occasionally someone will ask me how I find out about so many fascinating musicians, authors, artists, etc., in the relatively small geographical we cover.

Liner Notes

White Stripes hits collection a worthy re-introduction to the garage rockers

 Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s likely had one or both of the following greatest hits collections: Steve Miller Band’s “Greatest Hits 1974-1978” and “Legend: …

Homes & Home
Gardening

Gardening: Spectacular orchids are a gardener’s reward

Among the more dangerous pursuits of 19th-century explorers was orchid collecting.

Gardening: Raising exotic orchids in Philadelphia requires ingenuity

It takes a particular sort of person to keep tropical plants alive in Philadelphia.

Features

Arts and Crafts was a design remedy for mass produced home goods

One thing you can say for sure is that once the pendulum swings one way, it will surely swing back the other. So it was in the 1880s and 90s that designers and architects, hating the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, staged a revolt of their own and laid the foundations for the English Arts and Crafts movement.

Most consistent thing about design tastes is that they always change

As much as I love design, my earliest interest in interiors was not really the paint colors, wallpaper or furnishings, but more so what caused those things to become popular features within a space. 
Real estate
An architect’s rendering shows what the entryway to 7111 Germantown Avenue, a new condo development, will look like once complete. By Pete Mazzaccaro Local developer Ken Weinstein has made a …
Alex Aberle and Violette Levy stand in front of their 16-room, 6,724-square-foot structure with 12-foot-high ceilings, revitalizing one of Mt. Airy’s most historic homes into an airy modern …
Mimi represents this property at 28 West Abington, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick twin that was the home of one family for over 50 years. Asking price is $349,900. By Stacia Friedman Magnolia, …
Sports

GA basketball celebrates seniors, overcomes SCH

Prior to the extended stretch of snow last week, the girls of Germantown Academy and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy were able to gather for an Inter-Ac League contest. For host GA, it was also an …

SCH's McShane picked for National All-Star Game

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer standout JoJo McShane is one of 45 players from across the country who have been chosen to play in the Tenth Annual High School All-American Game sponsored by …

PC basketball drops road game at Notre Dame.

Less than a week after defeating Germantown Academy for the first time in seven years, the girls of Penn Charter traveled to the Main Line to take on a scrappy squad from the Academy of Notre …

A select set of parents were permitted to enter the gym at Mount St. Joseph Academy last Wednesday afternoon as the basketball team gave an official sendoff to their daughters, Isla Maguire, Paige …

Inter-Ac League girls' basketball competition finally got underway last Wednesday, when two league powers clashed in the Dooney Fieldhouse on Penn Charter's campus. Ahead by a dozen points going …
The Mount St. Joseph Magic improved their position considerably in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies basketball standings last week. The Mounties rang out the month of January with three …
Schools

Deftly bridging the virtual distance to engage his audience, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, kept over 250 members of the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy community spellbound as he spoke …

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy held its sixth annual “SCHout” diversity conference on Tuesday, January 23.

Recently, two classes at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences had a virtual visit from local author and illustrator Brian Biggs about his most recent collaboration with Mical Ostow, “Sullivan, Who is Always Too Loud.”

A Zoom meeting for school children, meant to celebrate Black inventors, was hacked by an unknown person who subjected students and their families to a racist and sexual attack.

Obituaries
Julia Vieland, pianist and teacher
Julia Vieland, pianist and teacher, died peacefully at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on February 3, 2021. Julia devoted more than 75 of her 96 years to sharing the joy of making music through her …
Barbara Ann Ruth, interior designer and architect
Barbara Ann Ruth, a former Chestnut Hill resident, died peacefully at her home in Philadelphia, Jan. 20 at the age of 81. Barbara blazed her own trail in life. While her family was well known for …
Lifelong Northwest Philly resident and oldest man in city, Russell A. Harvey, dies at 105.
On May 29, 2019, Mayor Kenney and the city-sponsored a luncheon in the ballroom at Sugar House Casino to honor the city's centenarians. One of the honorees was Russell A. Harvey, a lifelong Northwest …
Ruth R. Russell, journalist, longtime Local editor
Ruth R. Russell, a longtime Local editor and Chestnut Hill resident, died on Jan 2. She was 87. Russell was a life-long Philadelphian. She was born in Olney to William and Doris Rummler. William …
Carole Delmore Sivin, artist, educator
Carole Sivin, a long-time Hill resident, artist and professor died on Dec. 30 at the age of 84.
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

Getting vaccinated (Hallelujah!) in a clean well-lighted space

Way back in the distant past, the year 2020 shall we say, around August, certainly by December, the CDC began to announce its suggested protocols for administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Opinion

I’m a small business owner and I support a federal paid family and medical leave program

As a small business owner and a mom, I know what it’s like to need to step away from work to care for loved ones. My husband and I have owned and operated the Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe in Chestnut Hill for more than 20 years.

Mistakes were made

One of the things I’d like to do more in this space is give readers some behind-the-scenes takes about what happens at the Local. In talking to people, I regularly come to understand that the …

Where in the World is Philadelphia?

We all want to save the planet. But what does that really mean?
Letters
In the spirit of “keepin’ it local” and supporting business on the Hill, a big hats off to Mimi’s Café and their Valentine’s Day take out fest! 
One thing you can count on this winter: if there are snowflakes in the air, there’ll be no mail delivery.
William Dejoy was appointed Postmaster General of the USPS in May 2020 and has made changes to the USPS causing serious delays and hardships for citizens.
It all began early in the morning of Tuesday, February 9, when I received a message on My Tower Health Portal that I needed to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination.
About Chestnut Hill
Together with our community champions: Looking back at 2020 for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Because of your support, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has been able to sustain our stewardship of the history, architecture, and open space we treasure.
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Women’s Equality Day observed
This photograph from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives appears to show women heading to the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession held in Washington, D.C., in protest of the lack of voting rights …
Discover Chestnut Hill: remembrances of Chestnut Hill Past… (Part 1 Of 2)
This April 1940 photograph shows Alessandra Cartelli’s mother and sister, Rose and Louise Cartelli, before boarding the ship to Philadelphia to join Pietro Cartelli. By Molly Murphy Anyone who …
In celebration of International Rock Day
This circa 1924 photograph shows a large outcrop of Wissahickon Schist being quarried in the 7500 block of Germantown Avenue, later the site of the Trolley Car Diner. Vito Benvenuto of Benezet …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Documenting our history and the pandemic
SEPTA’s “Lifeline” map of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy is shown here, with lines in operation highlighted, as well as the locations of “life-sustaining” businesses. By Alex …