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City explains next steps for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Currently in Phase 1A, the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, the city announced which residents will be eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B and Phase 1C.   In Phase 1B, frontline …

City allows indoor dining, other activities to resume

Indoor dining resumed in Philadelphia, Saturday January 16, as the city lifts a portion of the Safer at Home restrictions. Theaters can also reopen with a maximum occupancy of 10%.

New round of Business Relief Funds announced by Mt. Airy CDC

The Mt. Airy Community Development Corporation (CDC) will open applications for a fourth round of business relief funds on Friday, January 15.

Local singing minister involved in many humane causes

It's hard to imagine how just one person can do it all. 

CHCA’s Deck the door contest gets people out and walking

The Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Deck the Door Contest ran from December 14 through December 28. The feedback was so positive that the CHCA hopes to make this an annual event.

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The tree collection is a small part of their grazing operation.
Anyone who has ever applied for federal or state benefits programs knows that it can try one’s patience. Some tech-savvy individuals based in Philadelphia addressed this problem by creating Benefits Data Trust.
The pandemic had a devastating effect on almost every independently owned business in the Chestnut Hill area, but imagine if you have a business that depends on weddings, store openings and other celebratory events.

Crime Report: Car taken at gunpoint; suspects arrested

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy from Jan 3 through Jan. 10. Chestnut Hill On January 5, an armed robbery of a vehicle took place on the 8000 …

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Food for Thought

The year 2021 may just be the perfect storm for a restaurant revolution, an experimental food frenzy unlike any we‘ve ever seen.

This week marks the end of a very long, very dismal year, a year that was nothing we hoped it would be.

How long does it take to walk down the aisle? In this case, half a decade. Or, as the old joke says, "Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffer-ing."


I would never claim to be a jazz aficionado, but I do listen to many genres of music, depending on my mood, and I was blown away this week when I happened to listen to “Piano Arrangements,” a 2018  jazz CD by Mt. Airy pianist Lou Walinsky.

You never know where interesting stories will come from. I recently Googled the name Nick D'Angelo, an artist from upper Roxborough whom I wanted to know more about after learning about him.
Matthew Glandorf led the combined forces of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia to welcome in the new year with music by Henry Purcell, Heinrich Schutz and Johann Sebastian Bach.
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I happened on John Kaag's "American Philosophy: A Love Story" back in 2016 and immediately became a fan of this young philosophy professor.

Springfield’s ‘History in Motion’ via zoom on Jan. 28

The Springfield Township Historical Society will present guest speaker Nancy Moses, author of “Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds.”

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

Pandemic poses a threat to orchids

Philadelphians who like seeing orchids in bloom year-round mimic a subtropical climate six-months of the year, using artificial lighting, heating and city water.

Gardening: The exacting demands of orchid care

Plants have a need to flower. While a plant may not feel desire in the same way an animal does, it is compelled to reproduce. Horticulturists are voyeurs who are happy to assist. My wife, Valerie, is …


Stepping into the new year with new colors and accessories

Happy New Year! 2021 has arrived, and I think I think I must have read more than 20 articles on how things are going to be different going forward.

Looking forward to a return to comfort next year

The holidays will be different this year. From what I am hearing, many are going "all out" in their holiday decorating, trying to make thigs as normal as possible. While others are planning a very …
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, …

SCH goalie commits after late recruiting rush

In the middle of November, the early signing period for the National Letter of Intent came and went, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy goalie Julia Wilbekaitis wasn't even sure if she was going to …

Mount hoopsters ready to go when PA lets season proceed

Along with its fellow members in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies, Mount St. Joseph Academy started basketball team practice last Monday. Later in the week, Governor Wolf's latest order …

Winter sports outlook for area schools

On December 10, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a new round of statewide restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the statement was the stipulation that "All sports at K-12 …

For high school athletes in the area, it was a normal November in at least one sense; top performers officially committed to the colleges of their choice by signing a National Letter of Intent during …

Earlier in the brief 2020 field hockey season, Germantown Academy and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy had each beaten the Penn Charter squad by one goal. That led many people to expect a very close …
Aside from skipping a few multi-school invitational meets during the regular season, the cross country team at Mount St. Joseph Academy carried on pretty much as normal during this unusual autumn.

Shannon Palus, a member of the Germantown Friends School Class of 2008 and a science writer and editor at Slate, Zoomed in to discuss her career, ethical issues in reporting and her writing process.

Mia Costonis, Alysa Akins and Meena Padhye are Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) students who have learned a lot more at school than English, history, math and science. They have learned how to change the lives of women in Cambodia.

Following in the footsteps of many successful Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) students, three Springside Chestnut Hill Academy teams recently placed at the top of the Global Youth …

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.
Nancy Lang Boyer, artist and winner of Penn State Show
 Nancy Lang Boyer, oil and pastel painter, passed peacefully at the age of 94 on December 17 at home in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, where she lived during the past four years, across the street …
George von Scheven, architect
George von Scheven, 83, a former Chestnut Hill resident, died December 4, in San Francisco, CA.  His family was at his side. Mr. von Scheven was born in 1937, in Frankfurt am Mein, Hessen, …
Bernice Krauss Bricklin, attorney, political activist
Bernice Bricklin, a political activist and attorney, died at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on Dec. 19 from complications of COVID-19. She was 93. Bricklin was born on August 4, 1927 in …
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Finding your creative self in the New Year

Is there some way in which you're hoping to live a more creative life this year? Are you hoping to express yourself? Begin wood sculpting, or quilting, or writing a novel or memoir? Writing songs?

How 2020 affected my reading: A curmudgeon's top 6 books this year

In looking back over my reading list for this year I was surprised to see that the great majority of books I read were on my Kindle.


Springfield Township Rotary Club kept busy during 2020

We kept our masks on and gloves when needed and hit the ground running, the virus was not stopping us from helping others.

American carnage: COVID-19 and gun violence

I have no doubt that you are as focused as I am on the outrageous events at the Capitol last week, in which some 8,000 followers of President Donald Trump sacked the halls of Congress at his urging …

Career Advice: Planning for higher education in 2021

My aunt set up a 529 savings plan for my daughter, who is two years old.  She just let me know this month, and while I think that is fantastic, I asked how the money can be used, and what if my daughter doesn’t choose to go to college? 

The cataclysmic conclusion of 45

If I may draw back the curtain, so to speak, behind the editorial processes at the Local, I work with Arnie cartoonist Richard Anderson on a theme or idea for the cartoon that will relate to the …
What an incredible article about Yvonne Haskins and a great photograph, too (“Mt. Airy community activist, ex-cop, has unique history,” Dec. 31)!
I write with gratitude for the role Evan Turner played in building credibility for the new Chestnut Hill Historical Society (now the Chestnut Hill Conservancy) during our earliest years in the late sixties.
If the store manages to meet overhead and labor costs, I would consider that a financial success.
I want whoever wrote the obituary of John Connable Bennett Jr to write mine (You can start right now!) . I did not know Mr. Bennett but I know him now (imagine not liking Harvard). Thank you for a …
Thank you for the excellent article about Barbara Bloom (“Hill resident Barbara Bloom, MALT founder, dies at 79,” Dec. 17). She was, indeed, a remarkable person.
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 …