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Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley has given weekly press conferences for eight months now, outlining the threats and damage that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the city. … more
It’s time to vote! Fill out your ballot with a black or blue pen for all the Democrats and vote yes for all the ballot questions. Once filled out, put the ballot in the secrecy envelope, sign … more
America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation … more
Last week, we – the 9th Ward Democratic Committee –  wrote about registering to vote. This week we focus on whether you want to vote early or wait until November 3rd to cast your … more
In his excellent essay “The Telephone,” (a Best American Essay selection of 1998) the Lebanese-American writer Anwar Accawi recalls that in the rural Lebanese village of his youth, no one … more
So many choices! You have most likely been flooded or overwhelmed with ads and slogans over the past few weeks encouraging you to vote and the various ways to do so. And the information is changing … more
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 … more
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 … more
  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 … more
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 … more
  Nearly everything the Trump administration does is cause for alarm, but nothing has stoked widespread worry quite like the President’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. DeJoy, a … more
Art Haywood (D-4th) represents parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties including Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy After winning in November 2016, Trump thanked Black voters for staying at … more
I’m not entirely sure what university leaders were thinking this summer as they drew up plans to bring students back to campus. Perhaps many hoped that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic … more
On August 27, we had the honor of bestowing the title of President to the next board member, Kathi Clayton, who will lead our 72-year organization. This is an elected position by our peers. I have … more
by John DerrPublisher We are excited to announce a new, redesigned, more user-friendly chestnuthilllocal.com.  We plan to launch the new site next Monday and we invite all of you to go online and … more
By Chandler Fattah The world is constantly evolving, adopting new traditions and parting with ideas that no longer appeal to the majority of the public. The impetus for social change is typically a … more
By George Coates, Jr. Shortly after the protests over the horrific death of George Floyd began, it became de riguer that academic and cultural institutions regardless of their stated … more
In the last year, we’ve suffered remarkable national and global crises – both the unrelenting spread of Covid-19 and a complete reexamination of our country’s long, long record of racial … more
By Howard A. Myrick “It’s all local.” So goes the familiar expression about politics. It is a truism that applies (or should apply) also to news analysis and reporting in the … more
Amid the many, many aspects of life that have been disrupted during this long pandemic-induced period of working and schooling from home, a noted loss for people in Chestnut Hill and nearby … more
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