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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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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‘Stroke Lady’ in Flourtown turns tragedy into crusade

News | July 6th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Barbara Sherf Each year, approximately 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke. And with every stroke, every second matters. Just ask Toby Mazer, Director of Community Outreach at Flourtown’s Whitemarsh House, where residents live and recover from traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysm, stroke, brain tumor, mental health diagnoses and other neurological conditions. Located in a quiet […]

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Local students honor the 1967 Black Student Walkouts

News | July 3rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Paula M. Riley Long before thousands of teenagers marched on the Parkway last month, Philadelphia school students have been fighting to combat the evils of racism.  Many of these efforts have been overlooked and, until only recently, have been taught in Philadelphia’s schools. But, thanks to five Masterman High School juniors, including Chestnut Hill’s […]

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Black-owned businesses in area optimistic post-pandemic

News | July 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stacia Friedman On June 4, State Rep. Chris Rabb addressed a peaceful march through Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill calling for police reform.  At the time, he told the Local that people wanted “substance,” and he listed several legislative steps needed. Among them was Rabb’s bill to track abusive police officers. “It would create […]

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Chestnut Hill is about to be invaded by the spotted lanternfly

News | July 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Be vigilant. Keep your eyes peeled. Spotted lanternfly nymphs have hatched. It’s quiet now, but in a couple of weeks, adult spotted lanternflies will soon be wreaking havoc on Chestnut Hill and its residents’ way of life. The insect, a planthopper native to Southeast Asia, uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed […]

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Stylist returns to Hill after salon closed by pandemic

News | June 29th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear This is a good news/bad news story. The bad news is that Elvira “Ev” Aslanova, owner of Beehive Hair Salon, which had been doing great business for 11 years on 18th and Fairmount Avenue, recently had to close her business because of the pandemic, which was costing her $2,000 monthly in rent […]

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