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Final Park concert is a world music party

The Pastorius Park summer concert series concludes on Wednesday, August 4, with Worldtown Soundsystem.

Design Review Committee hears plan for pool house, El Limon terrace

While neither required approval from the DRC, the design review did lead to changes recommended by the committee.

MLK Drive Reopening to traffic August 4, 5 p.m.

The City initially closed MLK Drive to vehicles from East Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval on March 20, 2020

ZBA grants variance for 30 W. Highland

On July 7, the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments granted a variance for the new housing development at 30 W. Highland Avenue. The decision had been expected.
Community

Mt. Airy's Woodmere 'legend' an angel to area kids

Ruth Joray was the children's art teacher for 20 years at Woodmere Art Museum. Her work there eventually helped lead to the creation of the museum's Children's Gallery.

CHCA Annual Meeting caps an unusual year

The annual members meeting of the Chestnut Hill Community Association on July 22 began with the recitation of the CHCA’s activities over the past year, and a reminder of how difficult things had been.

Coming to terms with history, then stepping away

The Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle has served as the interim rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, for 25 months. When he steps down from that role on Sunday, July 25, it will also mark his retirement after 44 years of active ordained ministry.

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Providing both options in the same meeting is proving a challenge.
Sunny skies and a late July heat didn’t stop Chestnut Hill from having itself a merry little Christmas this weekend.
The free summer concert series continues at Pastorius Park with the third show in the 2021 series. Jack Saint Clair Orchestra brings jazz Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Santa is ditching his coat and donning a Hawaiian shirt as he brings Christmas cheer to Chestnut Hill early this year. This weekend, in fact.
Business
I have driven by the O & F Farmstand at 7639 Germantown Ave. at the intersection with Cresheim Valley Drive on the border that separates Chestnut Hill from Mt. Airy hundreds of times over the years, as I am sure many other area residents have done, and wondered who owns it.
Crime

Crime Report: 6 theft from auto, 2 assaults

The report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between July 19 to July 25.

Chill Local
Arts

Lou Walinsky is 88 keys of pure American joy. A pianist, arranger and improviser, Lou has spent the last 40 years building his repertoire into a musical melting pot.

Nancy Sophy, MFA, began her tenure as the Center’s new Executive Director on July 12.
There is an orchestra full of outstanding musicians in our area, but when it comes to the respect of fellow music-makers and critics, flutist and saxophonist Lynn Riley is right at the top of the mountain.
Flix

“Bridesmaids” isn't a traditional romantic comedy, nor is it really a wedding flick.  What it is is an exploration of female friendship.

Food for Thought

 It’s all about fruits and rums and over-the-top beverages this season.

Worth Reading
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.
Citizen Canine

Fairmount Bark provides boarding for a night or a week or two; day care, including day care home visits by staff members; bathing; and all grooming services except for hair cutting.

BOOKS

Mt. Airy author, performer, social justice warrior

Poet Susan Windle new book “Through the Gates, The Second Omer Journey” continues her journey through daily life sustained and guided by the Jewish practice of Omer.

Noteworthy

What's in a Name? A win-win for the arts

Both the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts are changing their names. The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center are merging into The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.

Homes & Home
Gardening

How to grow flowering orchid cacti on your enclosed porch

My wife, Valerie, is particularly fond of the flowers that bloom on our front porch for a month starting in mid-April. The orchid cacti (two specimens are in bloom in the picture) have survived another winter on our climate-controlled, enclosed front porch.

On mothers, daughters and houseplants

The Clivia plant that my wife, Valerie, is inspecting in the photo is at least fifty years old; it was her mother’s.

Features

With the right vision, a rancher could be a good choice

I grew up in a “Rancher”.  In fact, my father built it himself, in 1959, and it remained our family home for the next 50 years. 

Design for all spaces

There are a few design guidelines that can be applicable no matter what the scope of a project.  If you own a Federal home your furnishings need not be Federal antiques.
Real estate
Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors. 
An architect’s rendering shows what the entryway to 7111 Germantown Avenue, a new condo development, will look like once complete. By Pete Mazzaccaro Local developer Ken Weinstein has made a …
Alex Aberle and Violette Levy stand in front of their 16-room, 6,724-square-foot structure with 12-foot-high ceilings, revitalizing one of Mt. Airy’s most historic homes into an airy modern …
Sports

CHC women overtaken near the end of summer league contest

In college summer league action on July 22, Team Orange (Chestnut Hill College) led at the end of each of the first three quarters, but was overtaken in the fourth round as Team Maroon (University of the Sciences) pulled out a 58-52 victory.

GA grads win, CHC summer team comes up a little short

The area athletes playing summer basketball for their colleges experienced mixed results last week. In the early evening session, the Chestnut Hill College women on Team Orange encountered some …

In high school summer basketball action last week, Germantown Academy's two games on Tuesday evening presented a study in extremes.

  Some previously existing summer basketball leagues for scholastic players did not survive the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new one for high school girls was launched last week at Germantown …
Last Thursday, the second night of summer hoops action for college women pitted Team Orange (mostly Chestnut Hill College players) against Team Royal, whose cast of Ursinus College athletes includes …
Schools

For Gerri Allen, longtime teacher of second grade boys at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), one of the greatest rewards of teaching is helping students “find the spark of wonder in their learning, something that will excite them throughout their educational careers.”

The Philadelphia School District added a level of confusion to the Fall return to classes when they announced in May that classes would start at 7:30 a.m., a half hour earlier than 2019. And then backtracked.

A few summers ago, Shawn Gindea noticed that finding a summer job for high school students was a challenge given that few students have substantive experience and some may be inhibited by lack of connections or even easy transportation to the job.

The 119 members of the Class of 2021 graduated from William Penn Charter School on the morning of Saturday, June 12, in a socially-distanced ceremony that was also broadcast by livestream.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy lower school science teacher and adventure seeker Anya Rose has been selected to take part in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Iceland this summer and will be on her way to the land of “Fire and Ice” on June 19.

Obituaries
Shirley Gloria Hallam
Shirley Gloria Hallam   On July 7, early in the morning, Shirley Hallam, aged 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She had been in home hospice care for six weeks following an acute …
Sarah (Sallie) Harwood Norris
Sarah (Sallie) Harwood Norris, widow of Dr. Charles M. Norris, of Cathedral Village died of natural causes on June 10, 2021.  She was 93 and is survived by her two sons, Charles M. Norris, Jr. …
Harvey Jerome “Jerry” Fingeroff
Harvey Jerome (“Jerry”) Fingeroff, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2021 at his home at The Hill House in Chestnut Hill. A self-proclaimed “deli man,” Jerry owned …
Marie Rankin, eccentric, generous Hiller, dies at 81
Marie Rankin, of Chestnut Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25 at the age of 81. Marie was born in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. At age 16, Marie traveled by boat alone to the U.S. in …
Anthony Kroch, linguistics professor
Anthony (Tony) Kroch, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer at the age of 75 on April 27 in his home in Mt. AIry. He was attended by his wife, family and …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

The Dude lies down with Elvira Madigan "for about 20 minutes"

The Dude's left gluteus max kept seizing up, a major and literal pain whenever he stood still, so he went to see his sports medicine doc.

Opinion

Our policies for letters and guest opinions

 We encourage letters from our readers. As a community, we thrive on civil discourse.

A Rebuttal

Perhaps to many readers’ surprise, I thought Calvin Tucker’s missive against me in last week’s edition was fair game.

Rep. Chris Rabb should support education opportunity for all, not just some

The EITC allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations which then award scholarships to families who want to opt out of their assigned public school in favor of a participating private or public school.
Letters
We just wanted to let you know that we completed viewing "Skin of Our Teeth,” now at Quintessence Theater in Mt. Airy and were amazed at the production you created.
 I am Jim Seif and I write to ask your support for my candidacy and for other independent “non-Slate” candidates for the CHCA Board.
I am so disgusted by the gleeful reception that [Bill] Cosby is receiving, and his gloating effort in trying to reaffirm his innocence after his release from prison on what is a technical loophole.
About Chestnut Hill
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Nurses Week
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Covid collecting for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs …
Discovering Chestnut Hill: The Wissahickon Garden Club
Normally, the first week of March brings us a reminder that spring is just around the corner, with the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania …
Together with our community champions: Looking back at 2020 for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Because of your support, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has been able to sustain our stewardship of the history, architecture, and open space we treasure.
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Women’s Equality Day observed
This photograph from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives appears to show women heading to the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession held in Washington, D.C., in protest of the lack of voting rights …