COVID-19 update for Aug. 8. City case rate falls, plans made to boost net access for virtual learning

Featured Post, News | August 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Kate Dolan Philadelphia’s COVID-19 case counts continue to fall, and the city announced an initiative to connect Philadelphia students to digital access for virtual learning. At Thursday’s COVID-19 update press conference, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced 109 new confirmed cases for that day, a 3.6 positivity rate and “zero new deaths for […]

Read More >

Crowds, trash overwhelm Wissahickon

News | August 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Kate Dolan What is happening at the Wissahickon Park, near Devil’s Pool? On Saturday, August 1, about 30 young people took turns doing flips and dives off the rock towering more than 15 feet above Devils Pool, a small basin where the Cresheim Creek meets the Wissahickon Creek. On its rocky shore, more than […]

Read More >


‘Twin sister docs’ expose racial disparities in pandemic

News | July 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear According to the June 22-29 issue of Time magazine, “In the U.S., black Americans are dying from Covid-19 at twice the rate of their white counterparts. In some states, the disparity is even sharper.” With the pandemic laying bare systemic inequalities and racial discrimination, some people are seizing the moment to push […]

Read More >

New support group for families of children who suffer from substance abuse or mental health issues

News | July 30th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Lori knows what it’s like to have a child who is struggling with addiction or substance abuse disorder Addiction is a chronic medical disease that results in psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, despite harmful consequences on a person’s physical, emotional and social well-being. […]

Read More >

Retail recruiter crucial to Avenue success

News | July 29th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Editor’s Note: The printed version of this story in the 7/30 issue of the Local was edited for space. This is a longer version with extended and extra interviews. by Barbara Sheehan It may take a village to raise a child, but what does it take to keep the village itself healthy? In Chestnut Hill, […]

Read More >

Workers, activists and local politicians rally for racial justice in front of Chestnut Hill Hospital

News, Uncategorized | July 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By DB Fromm On Tuesday of last week, community members, activists, and healthcare staff braved sweltering heat to rally against racism and inequity. Focused on Chestnut Hill Hospital and organized by SEIU Healthcare as part of a nationwide walkout, the gathering was hosted by Chestnut Hill United Church on its front lawn opposite the hospital. […]

Read More >



INTERVIEW: Philadelphia’s first openly transgender police academy grad headed to Chestnut Hill College

News | July 22nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Benson Churgai, 24, is the first openly transgender Philadelphia Police Officer. He graduated with the academy’s 391st class earlier this year alongside 41 other officers who completed nine months of training and testing. His connection to Chestnut Hill is a scholarship he earned to Chestnut Hill College where he said he […]

Read More >