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Mt. Airy man overcoming abuse suffered in detention

Mt. Airy resident Craig Stone, now 24, was just 14 years old when he was sent to Glen Mills Schools (GMS), a juvenile detention center in Delaware County, for nine months. GMS, which was originally …

Folkshul marks Rosh Hashanah in Pastorius Park ceremony

To mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, about 30 members of Folkshul held a socially distanced Tashlich ceremony on Friday afternoon at Pastorius Park. The first-time event for the secular …

City’s Covid cases hit all-time low, rental assistance program increased

The city made a significant update to its emergency rental assistance program this week and announced road closures ahead of the Eagles home opener on Sunday, as part of its response to the COVID-19 …

How to treat your local businesses in a pandemic

Two weeks ago, restaurants that have been hanging on throughout the pandemic here in Chestnut Hill finally opened their doors for indoor dining at a 25 percent seating capacity. This week, many …

Mt. Airy block hosts party that drew local polls, encouraged voting

Mt. Airy neighbors fired up their speakers this past Saturday for a “Party with a Purpose” in the form of a socially distanced block party in the 100 block of West Sedgwick and 7000 block …
Community

New CHCA president looking to keep building community during pandemic

Last month, the Chestnut Hill Community Association elected a new president, Kathi Clayton, a retired logistics company CEO and entrepreneurship professor, who took over the organization’s …

After 50 years, CH Hospital nursing class still active

Miss Winterle told us we were the “cream of the crop” of nursing students! The Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing set high standards that carried us through the last 50 years in our …

Honoring essential workers: Officer Daisy Bransfield

The 2020 CHCA Meritorious Award was presented to the Essential Workers throughout the Chestnut Hill area. This is the seventh in a series profiles of essential workers whose work has helped us all …

More News
At its September Workshop and Business meetings, the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners explored constructive ways to improve community police relations and transparency with the community, …
When Daralyse Lyons, 37, isn’t doing splits or jumping out of airplanes, this former yoga teacher, adrenaline junkie and Mt. Airy resident can be found scribbling her latest novel the …
 The city announced an increased capacity for outdoor gatherings and outlined its economic recovery plan as this week marked six months since the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Philadelphia.       The city announced an increased capacity for outdoor gatherings and outlined its economic recovery plan as this week marked six months since the first …
Looking for something different to do on a Saturday morning? How about getting a free Antiques Roadshow-style appraisal of that 18th century antique chest you got from Aunt Jane's estate or the set …
Business
I have been so fortunate over the years to meet dozens of immigrant families who own restaurants in the Philadelphia area, people who came to this “land of opportunity” because they could …
Crime

Crime Report: Acquaintance rape at Chestnut Hill Tower

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Sep. 14 to Sep 20 Sept. 14 Theft from vehicle, 8800 block of Crefeld St.  A man reported that his vehicle had been …

Chill Local
Food for Thought

There is a refreshing new shop to explore this fall, one that fills a healthy food niche for the Hill. Smoothie lovers and those who want to experiment with acai bowls, pitaya bowls and spinach …

This week marks the annual national celebration of a fall staple: the chicken pot pie, the ultimate one-dish autumn meal. The pie, which became an American staple in the 1950s in its frozen form, …
Flix

Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again.  “I don’t want to survive,” says the …

Arts

The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, hosted the Fairmount String Quartet Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, in a live (not Zoom) concert. The ensemble, which has regularly …

When we think about midcentury modernism in Philadelphia, our first thoughts might go to artists who were part of the Knoll family of designers, figures like Harry Bertoia who could apply his hand …
Jacob Agar's paternal grandfather, Vladimir Agaronov, died when Jacob was 22 years old. The rabbi officiating at the funeral service suggested that Jacob sing some Jewish prayers because he knew that …
Worth Reading
We live in an age of creation and destruction by media. Rising or falling, champs or chumps, very few media stories are true as presented. Never forget that every minute televised is a minute …
by Hugh Gilmore The ads for November's Battle of the Giants – Mr. Trump v. Mr. Biden – No Holds Barred, Ladies and Gentlemen – have lately come falling out of the skies on us like millions of …
BOOKS

Memoir: from 3rd degree burns to 50 surgeries, doctorate

When she was four years old, Dr. Lise Deguire was trapped in a fire which destroyed her chin, neck and lower lip and left her with third degree burns on two-thirds of her body. She miraculously …

Liner Notes

Doves, a band that never impressed in the US, return with first album in 11 years

One of the more puzzling examples of culture lost in translation is the British musical act that fails to make a popular dent in the states. Plenty of acts from the British Isles are received …

Homes & Home
Gardening

Dealing with blackspot fungus, enemy of roses

Years ago, after struggling to keep a couple of dozen hybrid tea and floribunda rose bushes healthy in our Germantown garden, we decided that the effort was not worth the reward. For two decades, the …

Valerie’s complex relationship with the morning glory family

My wife, Valerie, cares for a sort of morning glory called moon flower. They bloom in the evening in late summer and early fall, three to four-inch white flowers that resemble the moon. The flowers …

Features

Ex-health care worker has prescription for healthy living

Lifelong Germantown resident Christa Barfield, who just opened a store at 6730 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy called “Grow, Sip, Repeat: Viva Leaf Tea & Plants,” has a life story that …

Michael Morgan: Not just another brick in the wall

When Pink Floyd was writing their iconic rock anthem, “Just Another Brick in the Wall,” they might have been thinking of Michael Morgan, a brickworks artisan whose one-of-a-kind creations …

Learn about extraordinary local architectural pioneer

Most likely you have never heard of Julian Francis Abele (1881-1950), but he is surely one of the most remarkable Philadelphia architects of the past two centuries. Despite the fact that in his youth …
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, …
Lifelong Mt. Airy resident Tamika Nealy-Farmbry, an associate broker for Elfant Wissahickon Realtors in Chestnut Hill, points to one of the company’s local billboards. by Len Lear Growing up in …
Sports

Fall sports action limited at area schools

  High school sports fans at Germantown Academy, Germantown Friends School, Penn Charter, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy won't be able to watch any of their varsity teams in action this …

Chris Booth of Mount Airy will be the interim head coach of the Germantown Friends School (GFS) Varsity Girls Tennis program this fall. He is stepping in for Coach Justin Gilmore (GFS ‘96), who …

SCH alum Meghan McCool warms up before a 2019 NCAA tournament game at the University of Virginia. (Photo by Tom Utescher) by Tom Utescher Meghan McCool's senior season at the University of Virginia …
Schools

While the look and feel of the upcoming school year remains uncertain, one thing in Mt. Airy is always certain: its pride in, and connection to, its public schools. The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition- …

With the goal of advancing equity and racial justice in their respective schools, an ambitious group of 21 student diversity leaders from area independent and Catholic schools convened online in …

For the second year in a row, a teacher at the Henry School in Mt. Airy has won a “Distinguished Teachers Award” from the educational Lindback Foundation. About one in every 300 of the …

Honored Henry School teacher: city plan is 'lose, lose.' by Len Lear (Ed. Note: This article was written before the School District of Philadelphia changed its fall plan from two days a week in the …

Ricky Amorim by Greg Starks Ricky Amorim, a recent graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), is heading to Providence College. Amorim will play lacrosse at Providence as he was the captain …
Obituaries
Rev. James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., former rector of St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill
 The Reverend James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., D.D., 89, died peacefully on September 6 in Martha’s Vineyard where he was vacationing.  Born on June 13, 1931, in East Falls to Ella …
Rebeccah Blum
Rebeccah Blum, talented Berlin-based art director and curator, passed away on July 22, 2020.  Rebeccah was the American-born daughter of Susan A. Bockius, Philadelphia, and Mark E. Blum, …
Dana W. Tobin
 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dana W. Tobin on Friday, August 29th. Dana was a beloved friend, mentor, benefactor and inspiration to countless friends and causes. He …
Ron Petrou, passionate Local 'journal-ist,' dies at 83
Ron was an intellectual who loved tooling around town in his red Miata convertible. by Len Lear Nineteenth century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously wrote, “No pressure, no diamonds.” …
Obituary: Fred Voigt, Committee of 70 head and long-time Hiller
Fred Voigt fishing while on vacation in Rhode Island. By Pete Mazzaccaro Fred Voigt, the long-time director of The Committee of Seventy and a decade’s-long resident of Chestnut Hill died on July …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading
  Oh man, there's a whole lot of Zugunruhe going on, and I don't know if anyone else is noticing it. My kitchen window faces the cul de sac we live on. I can stand there washing the virus off …
by Hugh Gilmore, I promise you that this is not a downer column. But it has to start somewhere and it might as well be here, with this observation: You never know it's so quiet you could hear …
Opinion

A positive pandemic development might be long-term election reform

The upcoming election is about to face a significant stress test.   The primary stressor is the lingering Covid-19 pandemic, which is still spreading across the country and also has experts …

An appreciation of Dave Goldberg, a hero to youth athletes and parents

If kids were asked what they would like to be when they grow up, World Cup soccer star, award-winning actress, Eagles quarterback or pop singer would likely feature prominently on many of the answer …

This is not fine

  The boiling frog is a well-worn metaphor for the remarkable ability of living things to adopt to their environment, even to the point where that environment becomes fatal. The frog in water …

Children should be able to vote; they are the future

Children should be able to vote; they are the future! By Isadore Kleinman Voting decides how the country is going to be run for the next four years and beyond. The country’s leaders …
Letters
 Sixteen households in five blocks by Mt. Airy train station organized to bring their recyclables to Domino Lane Sanitation Center (SC) this week and last. We arranged this, after repeatedly …
Thank you for the article on Michael Morgan [“Michael Morgan: Mot just another brick in the wall,” Sept. 10]. In 2013, like many folks in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, we were educating …
I drive by Chestnut Hill village several times a week. Last week, I was taken completely by surprise when I saw that the bricks of the apartment complex were being painted a very ugly gray. I walked …
  Something has been bothering me ever since I watched the video of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin. How on earth did the officer who shot him not realize that he was being watched and …
In December 2019, the Local reported that membership in the CHCA had decreased from about 1400 in 2018 to just over 1200 in 2019. It also reported that annual membership dues would rise in 2020 from …
About Chestnut Hill
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 …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Earth Day turns 50
This photograph from the April 26, 1990, Chestnut Hill Local shows John Story Jenks School teachers and students celebrating the 20th anniversary of Earth Day by planting a flowering crabapple tree. …