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The Chestnut Hill Local is often referred to as a “community newspaper.” It’s a simple term that defines a straightforward purpose. The Local is a newspaper that was created to cover the … more
by George Stern It’s not easy to say, “I was wrong.” It’s so much simpler to pretend that everything’s OK, to make excuses (“I really meant…”), to blame others (“he misled … more
By Howard A. Myrick What?! Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill …boarded up shop windows and buildings …shuttered windows in nearby Mt. Airy … looted stores and vandalized historic statues … more
by Len Lear Now that police brutality is front and center as a national issue, it feels like the reign of Frank Rizzo, who essentially encouraged his almost all-white police department to be … more
Because I’ve worked in journalism for a long time, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk to police officers over the years. From district captains to homicide detectives, patrolmen to public … more
Dr. Rilling meets with a patient at Lock Haven Hospital, from which he will be retiring on June 11 after a long and distinguished career as a general surgeon. by David Rilling, M.D. Ed. note: Dr. … more
How often have you heard the phrase “in these uncertain times”? Since the beginning of widespread COVID-19 business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, the phrase is used daily by everyone … more
Senator Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus By Sen. Art Haywood While small businesses owners and politicians have demanded that the state … more
by Karen Bojar According to the PA Democratic Party, 1.26 million Democrats applied for a mail-in ballot; however, only some 520,000 Republicans did so. The dramatically lower numbers for … more
by Rona Sisson Dear CHCC (Chestnut Hill Career Column):  I have been required to work from home, but frankly want to get back into the office asap.  I love my job but … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week, I listened to an interview with SEIU president Mary Kay Henry. Henry’s union, Service Employees International Union, represents almost two million workers who are … more
By Kadafi El-Kardah, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Life under quarantine has Philadelphians looking for ways to beat the boredom and itching for a change of scenery. For many dog owners, … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro The story of COVID-19 is one of sacrifice, stress and loss. This week, we have a story highlighting the efforts of Army Reservists who are working at Chestnut Hill Hospital to help … more
Visitors attend the open house for “Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia: Bullock, Searles and Twins Seven-Seven,” before the Woodmere Art Museum closed due to COVID-19. By William Valerio For the … more
Ira Einhorn is seen at an Earth Day rally in Center City in 1970. He was one of the founders of Earth Day and was an influential political and environmental figure until his arrest for murder in … more
Helen Corson Hovenden's 'The Concert' By William ValerioThe Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEOWoodmere Art Museum Sometimes when I write for the Local I get an email or two with a follow-up … more
by Jean Hemphill There is a trail in Fairmount Park off Chestnut Hill Avenue that runs along a creek.  It has three huge old trees that fell almost at the same time a few years … more
Laura sharpened her cooking skills while isolated on the Indonesian island of Bali. People have marveled at the bizarre Balinese holiday I have talked about for years and am currently fully immersed … more
Friends of Pastorius Park's Ted Wiedermann, Quita Horan, John Schmitt, Bill Washburn, Ernesta Ballard and Andy Vogelson, with photos of possible ground cover that could be planted on the bank near … more
By Claudia Apfelbaum, LCSW In the time of Covid-19, something good is happening, despite the tremendous social, physical, mental and financial costs. The “something good” is that we … more
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