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COVID-19 case rates continue to drop, vaccine availability increases

“This epidemic wave that we are in now is clearly on the decline,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Tuesday.

Ex-SCH teacher's compelling Wissahickon Inn history

“The Lure of the Wissahickon Inn” details the inn’s transformation from a popular 19th century summer resort for urban-weary Philadelphians to its current role as the home of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s (SCH) Upper School.

Chestnut Hill in bloom for Home & Garden Stroll

Last Sunday, Chestnut Hill was abuzz with activity for the Home and Garden Stroll, a version of the annual Home and Garden Festival adapted for the pandemic. Inspired by January’s Chestnut Hill …

Local residents protest Pleasant Playground apartment proposal

Neighbors of the proposed 34-unit apartment building at the corner of Pleasant Playground on Chew Avenue demonstrated Saturday in opposition to the project and to demand a more active role from city …

Visiting destitute village made even worse by Covid

I feel a need to check in and see that we are doing what we say we are doing.

Mt. Airy judge hopeful used to threats, controversy

As a lawyer for Pennsylvania state and local election officials, Mt. Airy native Michele Hangley helped to ensure that Philadelphians’ votes were counted in the 2020 presidential election.

Staying on their toes in Mt. Airy through the pandemic

“I was thinking of closing the school,” said artistic director Joy Delaney-Capponi, “but our students are extremely passionate about what they do."

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A recent audit of the Post Office’s reliability for mail-in ballots in the November 2020 election found that ballots were given a high priority by postal workers. PA mailed 63,862 to voters on April 19, with applications still arriving.
At the city’s COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Farley reported that daily case count averages have fallen along with test positivity rates.
Landscape and lawn design experts, specialty flowers, food, family activities and more await Chestnut Hill visitors this weekend at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Stroll.
The hearing resumption is scheduled for 2 p.m., June 23.
The Mt. Airy Taproom opened on Friday the 13th (isn't that bad luck?) of September, 2019. It was doing a solid business with the Mt. Airy crowd until the pandemic struck six months after its debut.

Crime Report: Gun drawn during 'road rage' incident

  The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period between April 26 to May 2. Some dates earlier than the current period took place at that date …

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Food for Thought

I had the funny realization this week that I do not remember what my husband, I and the kids did for Mother’s Day last year.

The food scene is really heating up this spring in Flourtown, with a flurry of activity among new and existing restaurants and take-out.
This week, I’d like to make my case for the good old sandwich.

This just in: “ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) is just as funny as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” (2004)


Chestnut Hill author Doug Wechsler's 24th book, “The Cicadas Are Coming,” will be released in May in time for the big emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada.

Lifelong Mt. Airy resident Chantel Holland will never forget the time she walked into an institution where she has been accepted as a member of the corps de ballet only to meet with problems.
A Germantown resident for most of his life, Mikel Elam, who refers to his age as “timeless,” is a highly regarded artist whose work has been featured in international publications and media.
Worth Reading
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.

Hill lawyer/author's new novel comparable to Grisham

I recently read “Wyoming” (Cat's Paw Publishing in Spring House) a just-released novel by first-time author Richard Tuttle, who has lived in Chestnut Hill for five years (and Mt. Airy and Flourtown before that), and it blew me away.

Note Worthy

Virtual performance at St. Paul’s promising for return of live music this fall

“Five Fridays” had become a popular favorite of local classical music lovers for its combination of fascinating programs and support for local charities. And Academy of Vocal Arts streamed “Verlaine, Le Voyage Humain,” April 24-28

Homes & Home

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.

Plant an Earth Day tree

Earth Day returns on Thursday, April 22, 2021, the 51st anniversary of the seminal event that changed the world by giving birth to the modern environmental movement. Please plant a tree for Earth Day—any time in and around April 22 works.


When designers are given ‘carte blanche’ over a project

Normally this space is reserved to talk about design trends, styles, colors and architectural elements. These are the foundations of design. Rarely is it discussed exactly how those design projects evolve to completion.

Country styles are a comforting design staple

With so much changing in our world right now, we have been consumed with talking about and predicting what trends in design will result from the drastic changes in the ways we live and work.
Real estate
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 …
Mimi represents this property at 28 West Abington, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick twin that was the home of one family for over 50 years. Asking price is $349,900. By Stacia Friedman Magnolia, …

SCH softball succumbs in non-league game with Lawrenceville

On an April afternoon when the temperature reached the mid-80's at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's softball field, visiting Lawrenceville School seemed to be on fire as well. Belting two home runs …

SCH boys' lacrosse 4-5 overall after Malvern visit

A few minutes into last Tuesday's Inter-Ac lacrosse contest at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the visiting Malvern Prep Friars held a modest 3-1 lead over the host Blue Devils. SCH would not score …

In last weekend's City Championships in crew, rowers from area schools were divided in terms of age and experience. The freshman and novices did all of their racing on Saturday (see separate …

Last weekend in high school crew, the Philadelphia City Championships took place over two days, as usual, but the format was a bit different than normal. In an effort to limit the number of people …
Back on April 6, Germantown Academy had defeated the visiting Penn Charter tennis team, 4-3, and the Patriots had gone on to register additional Inter-Ac League victories over Springside Chestnut …

In a year with little allowance for an outside speaker to come into the classroom, Schuyler Bailar joined Upper School advisories via Zoom to recount his story about coming to understand his gender identity and subsequently becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team.

The smell of mulch is in the air and sprung has spring in Chestnut Hill! On Saturday, April 10, the community came together to help with the Jenks Playground cleanup, which was part of the city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup day.

At the 2021 George Washington Carver Science Fair, Jenks students Eleanor Palmer, Clarissa Lanzas, and Sofia Bartoli-Wright (8th grade) earned the honor of 1st Place for their project.

Powerful things can happen when you combine Quaker testimonies with computer science. The 2021 Germantown Friends School Quackathon (the GFS version of a Hackathon) proved just that.

William Penn Charter School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles.

George O. Herold
George O. Herold of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home, in the company of his beloved wife Cara, on April 16, 2021.  George, who was 92, had been battling a series of …
Clarence A. “Otto” McGowan, Jr., 85
Clarence Aloysius McGowan, Jr., 85 of Chestnut Hill, died on Tuesday April 6, 2021 due to complications from metastatic melanoma. The eldest of a sister and three brothers, Mr. McGowan was born to …
Mary Anne McNelis Myer
“Polly” Myer, 93, of Chestnut Hill, died at home surrounded by family on April 22. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of ‘48, and Mount St. Joseph Academy …
Kevin Thomas Flatow
Kevin Thomas Flatow, of Westport and Norwalk CT, died unexpectedly at home on March 25, 2021. He was 47 years old.  Kevin grew up in Chestnut Hill and moved to Westport, CT at 14. …
Harry Kenneth Milner
Harry “Kenny” Milner, a resident of Wyndmoor, died March 6, 2021, two months before his 101st Birthday.  Kenny was born May 6, 1920, in Philadelphia, to Caroline and Charles Milner. …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

Not so easy to end a 25-year seat-of-the-pants affair, Part 2.

Twenty-five years ago, my wife, Janet, gave me my favorite birthday gift: a reading chair. Over the years, however, the chair, like myself, has grown older and borderline decrepit.


The new normal

With Mother’s Day around the corner and spring in full, floral bloom (sorry, allergies) the feeling of promise is palpable. And this year, the sense of renewal spring typically ushers in is …

New season memories: Baseball not great fun for all kids

In the Philadelphia suburbs of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, before the internet and mobile video and asking your child’s opinion, longer daylight hours just meant you wouldn’t see your kids for longer periods of time.
I'm writing as an animal lover and long time adopter of homeless animals to inform like minded people that the homeless dogs and cats of Philadelphia are in danger because ACCT Philly, the only shelter funded by the city of Philadelphia, is in crisis.
Many readers of The Local are aware there is a flurry of proposed development plans in Philadelphia this spring. The Community Matters article in this week's edition outlines the development review process in Chestnut Hill. We urge everyone to read it.
We, the East Mermaid Lane Neighbors Design Review Committed copied you on a letter sent to Jason Tucker of The Goldenberg Group. 
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 …