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Fishadelphia brings community fishery to NW Philadelphia

A brand new way to eat delicious and inexpensive locally-caught seafood has come to Mt. Airy this month. Fishadelphia bills itself as a community-based fishery program.

Chestnut Hill is steeped in jewelry expertise

Chestnut Hill doesn't quite have its own version of Jewelers’ Row, but once you reach the hub of the Northwest Philadelphia shopping district, there’s a jeweler for every block.

As commencement ceremonies return to normal, student speakers recall school years like no other. Here are excerpts from their speeches.

Area graduates brimmed with optimism and gratitude to parents and teachers, though they addressed issues such as COVID, social unrest and war.

Here comes the sun: Church looks to heavens for energy

You could say that the mission of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, one of the oldest in the nation at 324 years old, is saving a lot more than souls. 

A website to save monarch butterflies: one child’s solution

Chestnut Hill resident Noah Raven, whose last name already suggests a proclivity to help preserve wildlife, has started an initiative to save monarch butterflies.
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Bob Saget was candid about Mt. Airy, luck and tragedy

Saget, star of the two long-running TV shows “Full House” and “America's Funniest Home Videos.” was a 1975 graduate of Abington High School. 

Jackson Erdos wins “American Ninja Warrior Junior” Season 3 Championship

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy freshman and Chestnut Hill native Jackson Erdos took home top prize in the Championship round of American Ninja Warrior Jr., in the 13-14 age group.

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CHCA Agenda for week of July 4, 2022

There are no variance requests under review at this time.

Crime Report: June 13 - June 27, 2022

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from June 13 to June 27. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period but weren’t reported until later may be included.)

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Mt. Airy Day Cancelled

Mt. Airy Day, the annual festival celebrating the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood, has been cancelled because of weather forecasts predicting rain and thunderstorms this weekend.

Bass commits to funding more pickleball courts

City Councilmember Cindy Bass committed to contributing capital funding to move pickleball courts from the Water Tower Recreation Center during a Monday night meeting and said that her office would work to create more pickleball courts across the 8th Councilmanic District.

Philly Goat Project visits Hill preschoolers

The 65 children brushed the five animals in three separate half-hour sessions, and gave them carrot treats in the playground.

Parks & Rec put on notice by Water Tower neighbors over pickleball noise

June 15 will mark the end of the city’s piloting period for new hours, which started in March.

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.

Bass retains ward leadership as opponent’s bid for open ward falls short

Bass’s victory came on the heels of a Friday court ruling that ordered her to allow Cain and three other committeepeople who had challenged her control over the ward to participate in ward meetings. 

Homeowners hit with sudden and steep increases in property taxes

Homeowners in the Northwest are grappling with the potential impact of increases as high as 30 to 40 percent - and in some cases even more.

Germantown Quaker group giving $500,000 in reparations

Recognizing that for most middle class Americans, home ownership is a primary source of wealth and stability, the congregation is focused on making sure their immediate Black neighbors are able to keep and maintain their properties. 

Mt. Airy native graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy

Frazier was a member of the United States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Yard Patrol Squadron, where he served as Commodore and a member of the Brigade leadership. 

More state funds for historic Sedgwick Theater 

State Sen. Art Haywood helped secure the $750,000 grant, a significant step toward the theatre group's ultimate goal of buying and restoring the entire building.
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.
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. 
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.
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Springfield Township: open space, roads, traffic and community events take top billing at May BOC meetings

Board of Commissioners All seven commissioners attended the May workshop meeting (Board President Eddie Graham and Commissioner Michael Maxwell participated virtually). Graham and Commissioner …

Sophisticated, authentic Mexican cuisine in Flourtown

Tamarindo’s, whose comfort food is as comfortable as a pair of flat shoes, is named for the tamarind, a fruit common in the Yucatán.

Blue Lives Matter logo divides Springfield Township officials

“It is a very offensive flag to the African American community,” said Ed Graham, one of several commissioners to speak out against the logo. “There is no such thing as Blue Lives Matter. That doesn’t represent an ethnicity of people [like Black Lives Matter].”
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