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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From Chestnut Hill to San Sebastian: A trip to Spain for film fest

Opinion | October 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Ralph and Natalie Hirshorn The San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF), in its 66th year, is one of the most accessible, well-curated festivals on the circuit. The presentation is flawless in majestic theaters where films are displayed with military precision. The staff does a brilliant job of scheduling interviews, arrivals and panels. An international […]

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A Night of Lights to remember

Opinion | October 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Eileen Javers In preparing for our 50th last year, our Anniversary Committee realized that there were many ways to easily celebrate two parts of our mission, Architectural Preservation and Keeping Chestnut Hill green. The third was more difficult question for us: how to highlight our Archives – the 20,000+ collection we maintain documenting the […]

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FoPP installs turtle perch in Pastorius Park pond

Opinion | October 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Tracy Gardner On a Saturday in late September, Friends of Pastorius Park executed a project we had planned for two years. It almost didn’t happen, as FoPP had too few volunteers to carry the extremely heavy – and potentially fragile – turtle perch into the pond to be connected to its concrete piers. But […]

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Where are the migrant children now?

Opinion | October 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Mary Ann Baron I recently read in The New York Times that hundreds of migrant children have been relocated from their present homes to a tent city in West Texas called Tornillo. The number of detained migrant children being relocated is 13,000. In this tent city children have no school, legal help is limited […]

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