The likely impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania

Opinion | March 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Marc StierDirector, PA Budget and Policy Center This piece first appeared on the Keystone Research Center and PA Budget and Policy Center’s website. A recent study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington projects the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the state between now and August […]

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Library Friends investigate used bookstore space

Opinion | March 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler How about a little good news? A local realtor and library enthusiast has offered the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library the opportunity to occupy a vacant property where we could operate a used book store. The proceeds would support library programs and improvements. We are in the process of exploring the […]

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Springtime in Mount Airy with the coronavirus

Opinion | March 26th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by John Colgan-Davis For the past week or so there have been some wonderful sights and sounds when I leave my house early in the morning. On the little patch of land to the front and side of the house there are white and blue pansies, snowdrops and now daffodils in bloom. The daffodils, in […]

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We’re here for you, but we need your support

Opinion | March 25th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By John Derr Publisher Some of you may be surprised to have a print version of the Chestnut Hill Local in your hands this week.  I have received more than a few messages from people asking if the Local will still be printing a newspaper.  Of course we will!    A newspaper is recognized as […]

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Libraries have trivial environmental impact

Opinion | March 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Most of us put the weight-equivalent of a hefty library book into the recycling bin every week. Day after day, advertisements for credit cards, insurance, cruise lines, retirement homes and solicitations from charities are put into our mailboxes. And let’s not forget the catalogs. If you’re like me, you glance at the […]

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An almost true crime story

Opinion | February 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Elise Seyfried “I’m gonna kill you, and I’m gonna kill your pregnant wife, and that Jesus you keep praying to!” So screamed our neighbor Ed late one night, down in our apartment courtyard.  How did we know he was referring to us? Well, I was nine months along, and we had been praying the […]

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Eliminating library fines long overdue

Opinion | February 21st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro In the constantly churning cycle of news, one could be forgiven to have missed the announcement last week that the Free Library of Philadelphia had done away with the late fine – a fine charged to card holders who fail to return books on time. As someone who has used libraries my […]

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Friends of The Chestnut Hill Library looking for speakers

Opinion | February 20th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Stan Cutler A little over a year ago, the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, through this newspaper, issued a call for speakers to deliver talks at our branch library’s Community Room. Our assumption was that our community includes many folks with something to say and even more with active curiosities who would like […]

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Speed Date

On the Avenue | February 14th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Joe Dworetzky practiced law in Philadelphia for 35 years, first as a partner at Drinker Biddle and later at Hangley Aronchick. He served as City Solicitor under Mayor Ed Rendell, and for four years was a member of the School Reform Commission. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began a second career as […]

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