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City officials have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the positive turns the COVID-19 pandemic has taken – last week the city reported two fatalities from the disease, a far cry from … more
Every once and a while book comes along that changes your outlook on life. This just happened to me recently when I read The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos. more
Can a movie be any more pleasurable than this one? As the final credits roll, it will seem impossible. more
Chestnut Hill is facing a housing boom with the owners of 30 W. Highland Ave and 100-102 E. Mermaid Lane seemingly wanting to develop more units and/or bigger buildings than their zoning permits.  This is a classic developer strategy to maximize profit by negotiating from a higher starting point than where they expect to end. more
I am writing to call on the Chestnut Hill community to demand and form a community-centric property development vision, plan and process. One that is inclusive, instead of exclusive. One that can be referenced for decisions, and that makes the entire community successful. more
The advent of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, now a year-old worldwide pandemic, has changed everything “except our modes of thinking,” to paraphrase Albert Einstein. And that is the great … more
By the time “Sunshine Cleaning” gets to cleanup time, you realize that it's been an original and touching drama. Okay, dramedy. Dark dramedy. more
In the last month, just as the promise of a ‘return to normal’ following a year of pandemic isolation, Chestnut Hill has found itself the latest point of focus for the city’s … more
After two years’ silence, the East Mermaid Lane Neighbors (Neighbors) called a meeting with the Goldenberg Group (Goldenberg) to discuss their posted demolition permit for 100 E. Mermaid Lane, the Meeting House, and their lack of communications and transparency with the Neighbors.  more
In a meeting with East Mermaid residents recently, the Goldenberg Group unveiled its plans for the Blossom//UCP site.  Their cheery drawing showed a sprawling, 250-unit behemoth of an apartment building, plopped on a property zoned for residential use. more
We are dismayed about The Goldenberg Group's proposed development on our block of East Mermaid Lane. more
In 1681, when William Penn took possession of Pennsylvania, 2100 native plant species could be found throughout. Europeans had only begun to have an impact on the American forest, which, until the … more
Be careful what you wish for. Who knows what they're spraying on that allegedly greener grass? That's the lesson learned by the title character in the animated cautionary adventure, … more
The latest chapter of the culture wars was opened last week when the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s extensive catalog of illustrated books announced it would pull six of them from … more
As the pastor of the oldest church in Chestnut Hill I am particularly concerned about the structure being proposed for the adjoining property now occupied by the Sunoco gas station. more
Feminist activists and historians have long advocated for recognition of women’s unpaid labor. In the course of doing research for my upcoming book, “Feminist Organizing Across the Generations,” I became aware of just how much of this work has not been documented. more
Thank you very much for the interesting interview with Dr. Myrick (“New book by Mt. Airy military man about 'Toxic Isms,'” Feb. 18). It is good to know that there are interesting people nearby (I live in Germantown) with exciting stories to tell, especially true personal stories. more
Ah, Beltway politics: the political stimulus, the journalistic response, and the big-business muddying of the waters. more
Resilience and wellness is on peoples’ minds right now, and for good reason.  The COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that those with co-morbidities are at more risk of becoming very ill if … more
As pandemic closures reach their first anniversary, many of us in progressive, blue states feel good about how we “did.” Our public health and elected officials succeeded in putting … more
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