Community

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.

Community Rallies to Support the Water Tower Recreation Center

Thursday’s dinner was the first event of an effort to fund components of a Master Plan developed to improve the recreation center and grounds now and in the coming years.

Hill’s new vegan chef rebelled against killing animals

Now, after 20 years of honing his craft in many fine restaurants, Hosey is using his skills to encourage others to make vegan or vegetarian choices.

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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.

Maguire Foundation gives $10 million to Gwynedd Mercy University

The grant comes on the heels of another $10 million grant the Maguire Foundation gave to the Woodmere Art Museum in late April to help renovate St. Michael’s Hall. 

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.

Federal fraud charge for former head of Germantown Special Services District

The charging document alleges that President and Treasurer Ingrid Shepard “regularly used her position to unlawfully access” the district's bank account, and transfering funds into her own personal account as well as the accounts of two nonprofits that she founded. 
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The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 9 to May 15. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period may be included.)
Board of Commissioners All seven commissioners attended the May workshop meeting (Board President Eddie Graham and Commissioner Michael Maxwell participated virtually). Graham and Commissioner …
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. 
The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 2 to May 8. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period may be included.)

For the three Inter-Ac League schools located on this side of the Schuylkill River, points were hard to come by last Saturday at the 2022 track and field championships.

Business
Almost a quarter into the 21st century, a new problem has entered our lives. People of all ages now find themselves with more personal audiovisual material than ever before - and with so many of …
Crime

Crime Report: April 25 - May 1, 2022

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from April 25 to May 1. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period may be …

Crime Report: April 11 - 17, 2022

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from April 11 to 17.

Homes and Gardens

Closets have come a long way since the early days of Chestnut Hill

The economic boom following World War II led to an even larger consumer culture and increased the desire for even more stuff, especially clothing, shoes and accessories.

Framing a picture is an art in itself

Deciding how to frame each work of art and where to hang it is an art in itself, which explains why Chestnut Hill has more than one fine art gallery and custom frame shop. 

A mural can be one of the most fascinating ways to enhance a wall

Discovered in the Chauvet Cave in France, the mural was first seen around 30,000 BC.  It has remained popular as a form of both public and private art ever since.

Sports

PC girls dominate Inter-Ac meet, GA third and SCH fourth

Penn Charter had been a close second to champion Germantown Academy.

Mount St. Joseph repeats as AACA track and field champion

Mount St. Joseph Magic captured the team title for the second year in a row.

Hill native named All-Conference in Big Ten

Now a sophomore, Burns earned a starting role for the Wolverines as a freshman.

SCH softball breaks open close GA game in fifth inning

It's often the case that a burst of offense in a single inning can decide the outcome of a softball game.

Last Tuesday's boys' lacrosse match between host Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and the visiting Germantown Academy Patriots could've been characterized as the battle of the Brendan D's.

In their last meeting of 2021, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy eked out a one-run victory over Penn Charter in an Inter-Ac League postseason tournament game.
Victory has eluded the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy girls when they've faced Agnes Irwin School during the first month of the Inter-Ac League season.
The Patriots may have slipped to 2-2 in league play with that outcome, but even the traditionally stronger Inter-Ac teams are no longer assuming they'll be writing down a "W" where Germantown Academy's name appears on the schedule.
Schools

The Neurodiversity Life Skills Through Career Program, which will serve incoming students who have a neurodiversity diagnosis, will provide extra support starting the summer before their first year of college. 

Tammy D. Thomas, principal of Emlen Elementary School in East Mt. Airy, was just given the 2022 Lindback Distinguished Principal Award.

Before volunteers took over the John B. Kelly School library in Germantown, the room was a shell of what had been a vibrant learning center. The library was like many throughout the Philadelphia …

Obituaries
Long-time Mt. Airy doctor/professor/actor dies at 84
Jean MacBryde, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, met Bob Swenson on a blind date when he was a freshman at Washington University School of Medicine.  “It was a terrible blind …
Prolific Mt. Airy journalist and author dies at 91
The 36-year Mt. Airy resident, who wrote countless fascinating and entertaining articles for many area publications, including the Chestnut Hill Local, died April 15 at the age of 91.
Longtime Hill author, journalism pioneer, dies at 92
Marion Lucille Steinmann had a long career at Life magazine, where she started as a science reporter and was later promoted to associate editor.
Hill's top cheerleader and world-class mom dies at 74
Margaret (Peggy) Jane Hendrie, a lifelong Chestnut Hill resident, passed away peacefully at age 74 on March 18, surrounded by her family.
Jim Bear, G-Town community radio pioneer, dies at 48
"I was really motivated by the power of community radio to reach local diverse groups with underrepresented sounds and ideas," Bear, a Roslyn native, told me a decade ago. "The major radio stations were owned by big corporations that do not want to take chances or rock the boat. It is all about money.”
Opinion & letters
Columns

Rex Avenue honors a founding family

When the progenitor of the clan for which Rex Avenue is named arrived in the Germantown settlement, the now eponymous lane still resembled the wooded path Lenni-Lenape elders walked in single-file to Council Rock, their sacred meeting place overlooking the Wissahickon valley.

A vibrant community includes all points of view

I do not, as a rule, write editorials. In general I don’t think my opinion on this or that topic is of particular interest to our readers. I’m more interested in what you have to …

Letter: EMAN, shame on you

EMAN has now created a division between the residential community and the business community....divisive to say the least. Working together to solve problems has taken a huge step backwards.

Letter: A Roe v. Wade repeal offers hope

The repeal of Roe v. Wade offers the people of this nation a hope that we may begin the arduous process of reclaiming representative government from the soulless elites who have stolen it from us.
Letters
I’ve grown weary of articles in the Local that assume a progressive consensus in our neighborhood on almost everything related to sexuality, gender, and abortion.
We are hoping to change the norm of treating Pastorius Park as an off-leash dog park, which it is not.
I find it very sad that some believe the rights of the unborn who come into this world, loved or not loved, are more important than the inalienable rights of women who are already here. 
About Chestnut Hill
Finally, Chestnut Hill gets a new librarian
“Why do we still need libraries now that almost every kid has a virtual Google library in their pocket?” 
Saving our stations: The 1983 restoration of the Gravers Lane 
The Gravers Lane train station, the first building in Chestnut Hill to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, was in grave danger when the Historical Society took it on.
With two weeks to go, state rep. candidates DeLissio and Khan make their cases
Running in this year’s Democratic primary are six-term incumbent Pam DeLissio, who for the past 12 years has served Roxborough and parts of Montgomery County, and Tarik Khan, a nurse who made a name for himself getting more than 500 Philadelphians vaccinated during the pandemic.
Scott Galloway speaking on core competencies at SCH
Known for his candor and vision in the entrepreneurial space, Galloway will be the keynote speaker for a special evening celebrating innovation in education.
Major gift for Woodmere renames St. Michael’s Hall
The Maguire Foundation has given $10 million to Woodmere Art Museum for St. Michael’s Hall - funding a major improvement to the institution and prompting it to rename the historic building.