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PA’s State House districts will change soon, putting Rabb’s seat in jeopardy

The proposed map has also raised the eyebrows of many Chestnut Hillers, more than 300 of which have signed a petition to keep Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy intact. 

Activists file complaint against Councilwoman Cindy Bass in dispute over the Germantown YWCA

The Friends group said its meeting was “hijacked” by Bass, who they say “incited physically-threatening behavior by unknown men who seemed to be there on Cindy’s behalf.” 

Hold-ups on the hill draw concern for business owners

In the wake of three attempted robberies along Germantown Avenue in the past month, two of which were successful, some business owners at both the top and bottom of the hill say they feel wary about …

World-renowned Hill physician, 89, releases 23rd book

Long-time Chestnut Hill resident Dr. George L. Spaeth is arguably the most renowned ophthalmologist in the world. The Director Emeritus of the Glaucoma Service at Wills Eye Hospital received his …

Yoga instructor opens new post-natal fitness center

“Being a mother myself, I know how challenging it can be just trying to exercise, let alone do anything without your newborn child."
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New hair salon caters to children with autism

This is the story of one woman’s mission, a mission that called her to a craft, then a career, and finally, to a dream she has just recognized.

Rescuing stray dogs from all the way in Puerto Rico 

Carmen, a 14-year old therapy dog, is a sato, which is Puerto Rican slang for a mixed-breed stray dog. She was found on “Dead Dog Beach” on the southeastern shore of Puerto Rico.

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: Trickling Streets Becoming Eroded Gullies

And the damage is not limited to forested areas on city-owned land.

Chestnut Hill Hospital sale falls through

The financially ailing Berks County-based health system has been trying to sell the local community hospital since the fall of 2020.

Chestnut Hill More on the Hill

Advice from an expert: how to be young while old

Now I am not 2,000 years old, although my right hip feels like it in the morning. But I am almost 82, which in dog years is 574, so I am definitely on my way.

Trailblazing Hill exec launches new fund for female entrepreneurs

“It’s the attitude of that medical professor that inspired me to do what I do,” von Seldeneck said. “That notion, that women can’t be successful business people and successful mothers simultaneously, has been proven wrong time and time again. But that doesn’t stop people’s unconscious biases.”

Hiller's new crime novel based on mobster dad’s life

Based on a true story, Chestnut Hill author Alfred O'Neill Jr. has just written “…an intriguing crime story packed with shady characters, double-dealing and violence … Alby and …

The good and the bad about online dating

The model, actress, writer, filmmaker and president of On Demand Models, LLC, has a world of personal experience, both good and bad, with online dating.
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Curbside parking rates are $2.40/hr, with a maximum of two hours, cash or credit. The lots are $2.40/hr with a maximum six hours. Both MeterUp! and ParkMobile apps work, and times can be extended via the app.  For a map of the six lots or more on hours and rates, see chestnuthillpa.com/parking/

The Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation is offering free parking in its six public lots all day and night every Wednesday from November 10th through Christmas.

Microscope inspiration for art based on life

“Art was always my first love, but my interest in biology and medicine influences my paintings and drawings,” said Hannum, a Mt. Airy resident. Yet her work in no way resembles medical illustration or textbook images. It has a profound depth and mystery which Hannum, 45, achieves by using a classical but time consuming technique. “I work in layers of acrylic glazes,” she said, “Sometimes up to two hundred layers.”

COVID surges citywide, Northwest Philadelphia doing slightly better

Covid’s Omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout Philadelphia, pushing the number of people hospitalized with the virus from 368 to 949  in the space of four weeks. At Chestnut …

Mt. Airy industry critic’s newest financial book

Over the decades I have dealt with quite a few stock brokers promoting one stock or another. I often wondered why these brokers, if they are so smart and prescient about their analyses, don't quit their day jobs and start investing their own money full-time in all of these stocks they are so sure will hit home runs.

Tenants evicted over the holidays to make way for 50-unit mid-rise

On November 1st, tenants at half the units in the historic Wood Norton apartments were surprised by a letter announcing their buildings will be demolished so a new, six story apartment building with more than 50 units can be built.

Grassroots efforts to rise above ugly partisan divide

Local mediator Max Rivers seeks to share Braver Angels, a national organization that aims to douse the fire in political discourse and help people understand those that hold opposing viewpoints instead of just screaming at them.
The city’s Civic Design Review board praised the architecture of Blake Development’s five story, 114-residential unit development proposal Dec. 7 and opted not to require its development team to come back for a second meeting.
Despite more than two decades of vacancy, a renewed interest in redeveloping Germantown Town Hall has emerged from at least one Germantown-born and raised developer, Anthony Fullard.
Mt. Airy residents are so used to some developers erecting high-rise apartments without apparent regard for the impact on local traffic or quality of life that they were not sure what to expect when Lee Hecht, president of Able Plumbing Supply, invited them to a Zoom meeting.
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Haws Lane development in a tight spot

Jim Lee, Springfield Township Commissioner for Ward 3, provides some additional thoughts and context as there continues to be a lot of dialogue being shared by neighbors and various interested parties about Haws Lane.

Developer presents plan for Behavioral Health facility for Haws Lane site

First, they wanted to build a 55-unit senior housing apartment complex, then a 41-unit townhouse complex, then 36-units. Still the neighbors said no.  Now the company is opting for a behavioral  health facility – something they don’t need to get neighbors approval to build. 

Springfield Township applauds police while grappling with Thin Blue Line symbol

New Police hires and promotions; Preliminary presentation - 1110 Willow Grove Avenue development; Proposed Haws Lane Development; 2022 Budget Presentation; Mermaid park tree planting; and Holiday lights competition.
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Haws Lane neighbors, under deadline, still trying for a possible park

About 40 residents turned out on December 6th for a lengthy Springfield Township Commissioners workshop meeting on the 4.7-acre site at 380-402 Haws Lane.  In other business, a group of youngsters and their parents are hoping to put a skateboard park at Laurel Beach Park in Wyndmoor.  And it looks like there won’t be a light installed at the busy intersection of Haws Lane and Church Road. 

Post-Ida Stormwater Management Projects and Recycling Top the Agenda for Springfield Township October Meetings

The township’s Emergency Operations Center received 41 damage assessment reports from residents living in watershed areas in Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown and Oreland. Ford offered 12 potential projects for stormwater management improvements ranging from retrofitting and expanding existing inlets, storm sewers, and detention basins to new sewer and detention basin construction, and a community program encouraging residents to use rain barrels.