The most valuable real estate in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | November 21st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Not For Sale: Top of the Hill property on the 8700 block of Germantown Avenue. It’s a single-floor building with 20-foot ceilings and more than 3,000square feet of hardwood floor. The interior has beautiful natural light from enormous mullioned windows. The place was built in 1909 and has been regularly upgraded and […]

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The Local at 60: Still committed to the mission that launched it in 1958

Opinion | November 21st, 2018 | Leave a comment

In late 1955, Chestnut Hill entrepreneur Lloyd Wells decided Chestnut Hill needed a new newspaper. The first issue of the Chestnut Hill Cymbal was published in December of 1955. Its purpose, captured in that inaugural issue’s policy statement, was “to generate understanding and create public interest in the problems facing our community today.” Those same […]

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Libraries are an essential part of our way of life

Opinion | November 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Our library is a beautiful, iconic place on the 8700 hundred block of the Avenue. I was there last week when a whole bunch of second-graders from Jenks School walked in through the front door. They were quiet, as if in church, marching in single file, wide-eyed and well-behaved, around the checkout […]

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Senate’s Blue Wave buffer is by design

Opinion | November 15th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, in the leadup to the national midterm general elections, the country was waiting anxiously for “the Blue Wave.” The Blue Wave was the term for an anticipated sweep by Democratic candidates in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, governorships and state legislative bodies. Would it happen? Or would it be little […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Learn about Fairmount Park History in a spectacular home at the Park’s edge

Opinion | November 9th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Lori Salganicoff , Executive Director, Chestnut Hill Conservancy The Thursday, Nov. 15 final event in the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Fall 2018 “Discovering Chestnut Hill” tour and lecture series will present a history of Fairmount Park in Homewood, the spectacular Chestnut Hill home of Kim and Iain Dukes (former home of Eleanor Widener Dixon). Limited […]

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Looking forward to relief in a soggy season

Opinion | November 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

This has been a miserable fall.For most of October, I’ve felt a lot like one of the kids in Ray Bradbury’s short story “All Summer in a Day,” in which people live on Venus and are able to see the sun for one hour every seven years. When the sun comes out, they’re able to […]

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It’s all about the vote

Opinion | November 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

As I was out this weekend decorating the house for Halloween, I noticed a group of people canvassing on my block. Canvassing during election season is typical. Because I’m not registered as a Democrat or Republican, I tend to make the lists of organizations curious to find out how I might vote. I was visited […]

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Opiate crisis and its effects much closer than we think

Opinion | October 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Mark Schenker It is only 9.4 miles from the cobblestoned streets of Chestnut Hill to the urban nightmare of Kensington and Allegheny, the local center of the opiate crisis. The images and stories of addiction on our streets are horrifying and tragic, and yet seem so far away from us. Unfortunately, addiction is a […]

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Halloween in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | October 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Alex Bartlett, Archivist, Chestnut Hill Conservancy Over the years, the celebration of Halloween has evolved from a simple occasion associated with placing carved pumpkins on front porches and hanging paper cut outs of ghosts, goblins and ghoulies to a much more elaborate one. In the mid-1990s, locals had a large variety of Halloween-related events […]

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Toxic sites in neighborhoods of color

Opinion | October 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Linda Noonan In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live […]

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