We can’t have nice things

Opinion | August 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, the city announced that it was going to be ‘closing’ Devil’s Pool in the Wissahickon on Weekends for the next 6 weeks. Every summer without fail, Devil’s Pool in the Wissahickon Valley is the source of some controversy. From its rocky cliffs defaced by graffiti to piles of litter left around and in […]

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Children detained at the border is still a crisis

Opinion | August 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Mary Ann Baron As a psychotherapist for children, adolescents and families I have been watching closely the thousands of children from Mexico and Central America being taken away from their parents at the border recently by our present administration. I’m concerned about the effects on the mental health of these children. I am writing […]

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Libraries continue to be relevant, vital in a digital age

Opinion | August 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

When I first moved to Philadelphia 22 years ago, I spent about two years working at the Borders Books at Germantown and Bethlehem Pike, currently the site of Children of America day care. Borders was a giant retailer then. Its prime retail displays could influence what books were best sellers (I’m pretty sure Charles Frazier’s […]

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Are 3D printed guns worth worrying about?

Opinion | August 9th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, the prospect of 3D printed guns captured the imagination of the nation. Most of that reaction is probably best described as panic. What new sort of evil could criminals perpetrate on a country already reeling from a now regular recurrence of active shooters in public places? For those who haven’t kept up, the […]

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A student’s perspective: Off the beaten path in Taiwan

Opinion | August 9th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Amelia Dogan Editor’s Note: In the July 12 Issue of the Local, rising Penn Charter student Amelia Dogan shared her initial impressions of Taiwan to study.  She is there as part of a program of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) designed to give high schoolers around the U.S. opportunities to study […]

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Ask the Doc: How to balance sun protection with need for Vitamin D

Ask the Doc, Ask the Doc | August 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R Local doctor L. Matthew Schwartz tackles your reader questions about health every two weeks. Please feel free to ask him any question about physical medicine, pain, and integrative holistic medicine or wellness. Send questions to askthedoc@chestnuthilllocal.com. Nora L of Chestnut Hill asks: How can I protect myself from the sun […]

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The Wissahickon is our community

Opinion | August 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

I’m not a native Philadelphian. I moved to the area in 1996 after spending my first 22 years growing up in the state of Connecticut. One of the things that struck me right away about the city was the strong way people in this city identified by neighborhood. People were not from Philly. They were […]

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Op-Ed: Preserving history with responsible development

Opinion | August 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Barry McCarron, Division President at K. Hovnanian Homes When developing a community of lasting homes and neighborhoods, there are several questions developers must address with the existing community and culture they are planning to supplement. The most important question to answer is: how can the developer assimilate into the ethos of the community and […]

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There ain’t no cure for tepid turnout  

Opinion | July 27th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Wherever you turn, there’s no shortage of strong opinion on national politics. This week’s letter section contains three letters about those politics. Our daily news cycles on cable, print and online mediums are consumed with political coverage now more so than perhaps at any other time. The presidency of Trump has much to do with […]

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