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by April Lisante It was around 7:30 on a recent Tuesday night and my husband and I were sitting on the sofa recovering from our day in the usual fashion. He was trolling You Tube for new Sebastian … more
by Stan Cutler Most of us put the weight-equivalent of a hefty library book into the recycling bin every week. Day after day, advertisements for credit cards, insurance, cruise lines, … more
By Elise Seyfried “I’m gonna kill you, and I’m gonna kill your pregnant wife, and that Jesus you keep praying to!” So screamed our neighbor Ed late one night, down in our apartment … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro In the constantly churning cycle of news, one could be forgiven to have missed the announcement last week that the Free Library of Philadelphia had done away with the late fine – … more
By Stan Cutler A little over a year ago, the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, through this newspaper, issued a call for speakers to deliver talks at our branch library’s Community … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro In his new book, “Why We’re Polarized,” journalist Ezra Klein explores the big question of our times. It’s a question that has captured a great deal of our attention, with … more
Octavius Catto was murdered during election day, 1871, amid violence aimed at intimidating black voters in Philadelphia. by Howard A. Myrick In 1688, Germantown Township (and Chestnut Hill) were the … more
by Stan Cutler For more than 10 years, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library have had the pleasure of working with Mike Henry, a great guy and a great volunteer. Our … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro This week marks the fourth issue in January and the last of four special covers appealing to our readers to become members of the Chestnut Hill Community Association, both as a … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro It’s hard not to enjoy warm weather. Everyone in the Philadelphia region, the entire Northeast, really, was treated to a very unseasonably warm weekend. Temperatures climbed into … more
by Pete Mazzaccaro The School District of Philadelphia had to close Carnell Elementary School on December 20 when officials decided asbestos level in the Oxford Circle school building were unsafe. … more
by Roz Warren Before I sat down to make my  New Year’s Resolutions for 2020, I did a little research. According to the internet, the ten most popular New Year’s Resolutions are: (1) Lose … more
by Sue Ann Rybak 2020 is a leap year. A leap year is a calendar year with an extra day added – instead of 365 days in the year, there are 366 days to adjust for the time difference between the … more
by Constance Garcia-Barrio The first time I straightened my hair with a hot comb in college, my nine white housemates stampeded to the bathroom to watch. The sight even beat out … more
Cover of the first edition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum, 1900. The Wizard of Oz is currently showing at Quintessence Theatre, 7058 Germantown Ave. It was extended through … more
by Stan Cutler I've been to the new central libraries in Seattle and Austin. The experience of traveling on the escalators in those buildings got me thinking about our work as library volunteers. … more
by Henry Briggs I am writing this story on Jenna’s 73rd birthday, but it’s not about the gifts she received. It’s about the gifts she gave to two very lucky people. The story starts last … more
by John Derr Your community newspaper For more than 61 years, the Chestnut Hill Local has been serving Chestnut Hill and surrounding neighborhoods by providing important news, interesting … more
by Terry Trudeau St. Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown recently hosted a welcome home event for Chester Hollman, III, a recent exoneree from the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Hollman … more
by Stacia Friedman I recently overheard a group of women complain about the multicultural approach to the holidays. "It's not PC to wish anyone 'Merry Christmas' anymore," one groaned. "You've got to … more
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