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Disturbing new details in case against SCH teacher

Andrew Wolf, the Springside Chestnut Hill math teacher who was arrested and charged with multiple child exploitation offenses on Oct. 7, is being held without bail in federal detention while new …

Catching it in time: a cautionary tale

It was the height of the pandemic and Monika Schermer was panicked. Her husband, like so many in corporate America at the time, had been furloughed from work indefinitely.

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but for women, awareness needs to be a year-round thing.

After stellar 40-year career, now a Local board member

Carole Carmichael, who had a trailblazing journalism career that spanned 40 years, has joined the Chestnut Hill Local’s Board of Directors.

Canines in Costume

The Chestnut Hill Community Association is hosting Chestnut Hill’s first annual Canine Costume Parade on “Barktober” 30. Costumed dogs and their owners are invited to meet at the parking lots next to Mimi’s Café on East Evergreen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, and parade with other pooches down to Buckley Park.

Post-Ida Stormwater Management Projects and Recycling Top the Agenda for Springfield Township October Meetings

The township’s Emergency Operations Center received 41 damage assessment reports from residents living in watershed areas in Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown and Oreland. Ford offered 12 potential projects for stormwater management improvements ranging from retrofitting and expanding existing inlets, storm sewers, and detention basins to new sewer and detention basin construction, and a community program encouraging residents to use rain barrels.

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An appeal hearing held to challenge the proposed five story, 34-unit apartment complex at 10 W. Bethlehem Pike was delayed Wednesday afternoon when a witness for the city didn’t show up. 
Harris Baker Towne III, a 43-year-old financial advisor from Newtown Connecticut, was found dead in the basement of Northwestern Stables barn on the morning of Friday, Sept 24. Police are currently investigating the cause of death, and declined to comment. Charlie King, president of the stables’ Board of Directors, said it did not appear that there had been any violence.
George Woodward Co. built more than 400 of the stone buildings that now typify the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill and W. Mt. Airy.  The Houstons and Woodwards designed much of the existing street pattern and built and donated several of its most important institutions, including the Water Tower Recreation Center, Pastorius Park, a large part of the Wissahickon Valley, and the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center.
Garden State Tile is relocating its Philadelphia showroom from Center City to Chestnut Hill, on the east side corner of Germantown and Moreland avenues, just up the street from Staples. The new …

Crime Report: Oct. 11-18, 2021

The crime report for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy from October 11 to October 18, 2021.

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Arts more

For artist Roland Ayers, Northwest Philadelphia was an anchor and an inspiration. Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams, through October 24. Woodmere Art Museum.

Visit an artists studio to see where it all happens. October 23, noon-6, including a gallery exhibit at the Allens Lane Art Center. (Some studios are only online -- check ahead.)
(1971 / 93 minutes) Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin butt heads with the inexplicable trends of the 1960s as they search for their runaway hippie daughter in this hilarious, off-beat, counter-culture comedy time capsule. Director Miloš Forman's first English-language movie, co-written by playwright John Guare.

"Happy families are all alike," wrote Leo Tolstoy, but "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Including his.

Food for Thought

I always love to report about new restaurant openings, especially after a long year where so many restaurants shut their ovens, bars and lights, never to reopen.

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

Life is divided into two stages. The acquisition stage, in which one accumulates spouses, cars, children, pets, mortgages and crockpots. And the downsizing stage, in which all of the above are placed on the curb with a sign “Free to a Good Home.”

Homes & Home

Front Porch for Fall

As the Autumn colors come out, make your front porch a display showcase.

The Outdoor Gardeners gather to honor some of their members

The Outdoor Gardeners awarded Laurel Awards to Patti Wilson and Paula MacRae for their support of the garden club, and Liz Snowdon won the District “Forget- Me-Not Award” for outstanding service since 2002


Hard truths about design, past and present

In the fall, the Sunday edition of the New York Times publishes a magazine supplement that focuses on design.  As the topic is a broad one, articles can range from antique Italian jewelry to the gardens of France, to the architecture of  Mallorca. The stories are always fascinating and often quite thought provoking.  But it was an article in this fall’s edition that I found to be most intriguing.

Architectural walking tour of the Tulpehocken Station Historic District, Oct. 10

 Take a walking tour of the Tulpehocken Station Historic District on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. The tour begins at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W Tulpehocken St.
When looking back at interior styles following the popular Arts and Crafts movement, two styles that are often referenced together but could not be more different are Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Each century, each year, each political, social or industrial movement can create its own design direction or philosophy. There is no movement for which that is more true than the period known as the Arts and Crafts movement.
Real estate
If developers get their way, the former site of Mt. Airy’s Trolley Car Diner is set to become a five story, 114-unit apartment complex complete with 38 parking spaces, 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and a roof deck.

"Pink" fundraiser hits home for SCH field hockey

For the girls on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy field hockey team, last Thursday's Breast Cancer Awareness Month event meant a lot more than simply donning pink knee socks for their game against visiting Agnes Irwin. Gretta Ehret, Wyndmoor native, Penn Charter graduate, and sister of SCH head coach Emilee Ehret, talked to the Blue Devils about her own personal experiences dealing with the disease, and also its impact on women in general.

SCH girls soccer survives scare, stays unbeaten

The girls on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer team continued their march through the Inter-Ac League last week, finishing out the first round of games October 12 with a 3-0 victory over previously undefeated Academy of Notre Dame, and then starting the second half of league play with another home field victory, overwhelming the Owls of Agnes Irwin School, 7-0, on Thursday afternoon, October 14.

Late goal allows Episcopal to edge GA girls' soccer

Playing at home in Germantown Academy's Carey Stadium last Friday, the Patriots' girls' soccer team launched into their second round of games within the Inter-Ac League.

Attacking from the outset, host Mount St. Joseph Academy rolled to a 10-1 victory over Villa Joseph Marie Academy (Holland, PA) the  afternoon of October 11.

October 6, the Mounties earned their seventh consecutive AACA title, remaining undefeated with a 4-1 victory over visiting Villa Joseph Marie.
The outcome of the October 5th Inter-Ac League soccer opener between Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and visiting Penn Charter was decided, almost literally, at the last second.
Last Monday's victory raised the Blue Devils' record to 3-5 overall. The victories recorded by the locals have all come against non-league opponents; SCH has not fared as well within the Inter-Ac.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is proud to host an informative and timely conversation for the community about the current crisis in Afghanistan featuring two expert panelists with deep ties to the …

The 100th Anniversary activities for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy were scheduled for last year, but like many other things, the schedule changed.

The ants go marching one by one… down Germantown Avenue! Be on the lookout for some ants along the stone wall as you stroll past the playground at the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences.

Turnout was strong at the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s cocktail party/fundraiser at Market at the Fareway on Sunday night. The event, which featured a tasting menu provided by various vendors, wine and beer, and live music, was held to raise funds for the CHCA and the Jenks school playground.

The artworks in this exhibition, created individually and collectively by Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students of the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023, reflect their feelings, thoughts, and accomplishments during the year forced away from their classmates.

Margaret “Anne” “Rooney” Kingsley Blake Torrey
Margaret “Anne” “Rooney” Kingsley Blake Torrey, age 93, passed away on September 28, 2021, at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, PA. Born in Holyoke, MA, in 1927, she was the …
Dottie Sheffield, staunch supporter of Chestnut Hill, dies at 96
Chestnut Hill lost one of its most important and influential civic leaders last Tuesday when Dorothy “Dottie” Sheffield died at her home at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. She was 96 …
John Sigmund, Sr., humanitarian, dad of 9/11 victim
Sigmund, 84, of Wyndmoor, died Sept. 14 from complications of a heart attack. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill.
Sarah Stevens Heckscher
Long-time Chestnut Hill resident Sarah Stevens Heckscher, who died of metastatic breast cancer July 17 in Greenbrae, Marin County, Calif. at 85, was truly a renaissance woman.
Marianne “Nancy” Shipley Rhoads
Marianne “Nancy” Shipley Rhoads, wife of the late Donald Vail Rhoads and daughter of Walter Penn Shipley Jr. and Mary Dawson Strawbridge, died on August 3, 2021. From her parents she …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

What others called waste, I played with on Saturdays: How getting down to nuts and bolts helped me lose my mindset

After Mr. Finnegan, owner of Finnegan’s Furniture Store in Darby, PA, trudged upstairs, leaving me alone in the basement, I turned and looked again at the three tall barrels.


Election Day is November 2

Happy 100th

McNally's Tavern, George Woodward Company, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, at their centennial.

Unmasking Covid

I am one of thousands of immunocompromised Philadelphians for whom taking public transportation, shopping for groceries or dining with friends at even an outdoor café presents serious risk.
On November 2nd, Justice will be on the ballot in Philadelphia and all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This election could not be more consequential, with women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and the very right to vote at all hanging in the balance
I enjoyed Alex Bartlett’s article on Chestnut Hill eateries but have to point out that he missed mentioning maybe the most long lived and popular restaurant ever seen in the area. 
We need to decrease the crime, violence, and Police issues in our City of Philadelphia and Tri-State area. Two Nonprofit Organizations have been working towards helping the issues. Urban …
About Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue to transform again during Night(s) of Lights
October 8 through the 17, from 7-9pm, historical images from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows, while neighboring historic buildings will be transformed with colored lights and films.
Eateries of Chestnut Hill
With Center City (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week running from September 18th through 30th, it is a great time to reflect on the history of our eateries, be they restaurants, taverns, luncheonettes, …
Save Your Photos Month
September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them.
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 …