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Chestnut Hill Christmas in July

Santa is ditching his coat and donning a Hawaiian shirt as he brings Christmas cheer to Chestnut Hill early this year. This weekend, in fact.
Springfield Township Monthly Meeting Update

Springfield Township July Workshop Meeting

Demolition of old Enfield Elementary School scheduled for Fall, Haws Lane Townhome Development

Mystery Disease Strikes Song Birds

Got a bird feeder? Take it down.
Weather Update

Park concert moved indoors tonight

Due to chance of a severe thunderstorm, the July 21st concert at Pastorius Park has been moved to the auditorium at Springside CH Middle School.
Community

Coming to terms with history, then stepping away

The Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle has served as the interim rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, for 25 months. When he steps down from that role on Sunday, July 25, it will also mark his retirement after 44 years of active ordained ministry.

Ikea donates interior design to Chestnut Hill Hospital

IKEA South Philadelphia has partnered with Chestnut Hill Hospital by donating home furnishing products for the Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Medicine residents’ on-call rooms.

Power still out in some local areas

As of Friday morning, PECO reported there were still 160 power outages in the region, affecting 2,399 customers. The remaining outages are smaller: Four reported outages in Springfield Township affect 38 customers.

More News
The free summer concert series continues at Pastorius Park with the second show in the 2021 series.
While finding parking along Germantown Avenue will always be difficult, it will soon be easier to walk the avenue in Mt. Airy.  
Thursday, July 22, is the CHCA Annual Membership Meeting, in person, and the deadline for voting on new members of the board.
The Allen’s Lane Bridge reopened on June 11. It closed back in May of 2019 due to the poor condition of the deck, superstructure, and substructure, blocking a major route from Lincoln Drive to Germantown Avenue.
Business
I have driven by the O & F Farmstand at 7639 Germantown Ave. at the intersection with Cresheim Valley Drive on the border that separates Chestnut Hill from Mt. Airy hundreds of times over the years, as I am sure many other area residents have done, and wondered who owns it.
Crime

Crime Report: 4 bikes stolen, home robberies while away

Crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between July 11 to June 18.

Chill Local
Arts

Busy as two jobs keep her, Kristen Spangenberg is also a talented singer under the professional name Kristin D.

Kielinski Photography in Mt. Airy is a husband-and-wife team whose work seems born of an ability to coax their own hearts, and that of their subjects, into the picture.
Isabel Catalan had never recited in public before. Her first audience was the Wawa Welcome America.
Flix

The boundaries of "doing whatever it takes to get by" change during times of financial hardship, a phenomenon that “Win Win” explores as it dramatizes the decision-making process in everyday life.

Food for Thought

I knew I hadn’t planned well by the second day of “vacation.”

Worth Reading
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.
Citizen Canine

Fairmount Bark provides boarding for a night or a week or two; day care, including day care home visits by staff members; bathing; and all grooming services except for hair cutting.

BOOKS

Mt. Airy author, performer, social justice warrior

Poet Susan Windle new book “Through the Gates, The Second Omer Journey” continues her journey through daily life sustained and guided by the Jewish practice of Omer.

Noteworthy

Two local ensembles close out ‘virtual’ seasons

Two of the local classical music community’s most cherished and acclaimed resident ensembles closed out their “virtual” seasons with concerts in June. Matthew Glandorf conducted …

Homes & Home
Gardening

How to grow flowering orchid cacti on your enclosed porch

My wife, Valerie, is particularly fond of the flowers that bloom on our front porch for a month starting in mid-April. The orchid cacti (two specimens are in bloom in the picture) have survived another winter on our climate-controlled, enclosed front porch.

On mothers, daughters and houseplants

The Clivia plant that my wife, Valerie, is inspecting in the photo is at least fifty years old; it was her mother’s.

Features

Design for all spaces

There are a few design guidelines that can be applicable no matter what the scope of a project.  If you own a Federal home your furnishings need not be Federal antiques.

Celebrate spring and summer with flowers in new and unexpected places

Philadelphia in April is awash in green and pink, and yellow, and purple, and Chestnut Hill in May will be extraordinarily bedecked in floral blooms of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Real estate
Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors. 
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 …
Sports

GA grads win, CHC summer team comes up a little short

The area athletes playing summer basketball for their colleges experienced mixed results last week. In the early evening session, the Chestnut Hill College women on Team Orange encountered some …

Two very different games for GA summer hoopsters

In high school summer basketball action last week, Germantown Academy's two games on Tuesday evening presented a study in extremes.

  Some previously existing summer basketball leagues for scholastic players did not survive the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new one for high school girls was launched last week at Germantown …

Last Thursday, the second night of summer hoops action for college women pitted Team Orange (mostly Chestnut Hill College players) against Team Royal, whose cast of Ursinus College athletes includes …
Late Sunday night at the U.S. track and field trials in Eugene, Ore., middle-distance star Ajeé Wilson earned a return trip to the Summer Games. Her home training ground is the track at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
Schools

For Gerri Allen, longtime teacher of second grade boys at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), one of the greatest rewards of teaching is helping students “find the spark of wonder in their learning, something that will excite them throughout their educational careers.”

The Philadelphia School District added a level of confusion to the Fall return to classes when they announced in May that classes would start at 7:30 a.m., a half hour earlier than 2019. And then backtracked.

A few summers ago, Shawn Gindea noticed that finding a summer job for high school students was a challenge given that few students have substantive experience and some may be inhibited by lack of connections or even easy transportation to the job.

The 119 members of the Class of 2021 graduated from William Penn Charter School on the morning of Saturday, June 12, in a socially-distanced ceremony that was also broadcast by livestream.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy lower school science teacher and adventure seeker Anya Rose has been selected to take part in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Iceland this summer and will be on her way to the land of “Fire and Ice” on June 19.

Obituaries
Shirley Gloria Hallam
Shirley Gloria Hallam   On July 7, early in the morning, Shirley Hallam, aged 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She had been in home hospice care for six weeks following an acute …
Sarah (Sallie) Harwood Norris
Sarah (Sallie) Harwood Norris, widow of Dr. Charles M. Norris, of Cathedral Village died of natural causes on June 10, 2021.  She was 93 and is survived by her two sons, Charles M. Norris, Jr. …
Harvey Jerome “Jerry” Fingeroff
Harvey Jerome (“Jerry”) Fingeroff, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2021 at his home at The Hill House in Chestnut Hill. A self-proclaimed “deli man,” Jerry owned …
Marie Rankin, eccentric, generous Hiller, dies at 81
Marie Rankin, of Chestnut Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25 at the age of 81. Marie was born in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. At age 16, Marie traveled by boat alone to the U.S. in …
Anthony Kroch, linguistics professor
Anthony (Tony) Kroch, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer at the age of 75 on April 27 in his home in Mt. AIry. He was attended by his wife, family and …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

How to handle being mistaken for Bernie Sanders

In this, a first installment of The Dude, or “Tales from the Pre-Crypt,” the author considers the everyday slings and arrows of advanced age.

Opinion

The summer of looking around

During the long days of the pandemic, there were long talks about how life would be different afterwards. In many ways the future arrived. In some ways, it did not.

It’s Your Local

It’s OK. You can admit it. We’ve all done it at some point.

Good luck to all the candidates. Thank you to all voters.

It is exciting to see that we have so many candidates running in the 2021 CHCA Board of Directors election. It shows a robust level of community engagement and interest in the work of the community association.
Letters
 I am Jim Seif and I write to ask your support for my candidacy and for other independent “non-Slate” candidates for the CHCA Board.
I am so disgusted by the gleeful reception that [Bill] Cosby is receiving, and his gloating effort in trying to reaffirm his innocence after his release from prison on what is a technical loophole.
The letter by Marci Mowery and Tim Herd in the 24 June Local is welcome and important.  The heading encapsulates its significance.
About Chestnut Hill
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Nurses Week
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Covid collecting for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs …
Discovering Chestnut Hill: The Wissahickon Garden Club
Normally, the first week of March brings us a reminder that spring is just around the corner, with the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania …
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 …