Keep the news coming

Opinion | January 23rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro This week marks the fourth issue in January and the last of four special covers appealing to our readers to become members of the Chestnut Hill Community Association, both as a means to support the important work of the CHCA and to support the community journalism of the Chestnut Hill Local. Early […]

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Warm weather weekend not entirely welcome

Opinion | January 16th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro It’s hard not to enjoy warm weather. Everyone in the Philadelphia region, the entire Northeast, really, was treated to a very unseasonably warm weekend. Temperatures climbed into the upper 60s prompting people to get outside, garden, hike or simply sit on porches taking in the winter reprieve. I saw dozens of people […]

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It’s time to fix the sorry state of city schools

Opinion | January 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro The School District of Philadelphia had to close Carnell Elementary School on December 20 when officials decided asbestos level in the Oxford Circle school building were unsafe. This week, the school district said it would keep the school closed until at least January 13 assuming testing in the building deems it safe […]

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Everybody wants to be more like me in 2020

Opinion | January 3rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Roz Warren Before I sat down to make my  New Year’s Resolutions for 2020, I did a little research. According to the internet, the ten most popular New Year’s Resolutions are: (1) Lose Weight (2) Exercise (3) Improve Your Finances (4) Learn a New Skill (5) Quit Smoking (6) Read More (7) Find a […]

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Leaping into a new year and a new decade

Opinion | January 2nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak 2020 is a leap year. A leap year is a calendar year with an extra day added – instead of 365 days in the year, there are 366 days to adjust for the time difference between the solar calendar the Gregorian calendar. It takes Earth 365 ¼ days to revolve around […]

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The Wizard of Oz: Lessons from another complicated time

Opinion | December 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

The Wizard of Oz is currently showing at Quintessence Theatre, 7058 Germantown Ave. It was extended through Jan. 5. For tickets, visit quintessencetheatre.org The character of the wonderful Wizard of Oz was introduced into American popular culture in 1900 in a children’s book written by L. Frank Baum. That wizard, Dorothy and the gaggle of […]

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Can Philadelphia build the greatest library in the world?

Opinion | December 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler I’ve been to the new central libraries in Seattle and Austin. The experience of traveling on the escalators in those buildings got me thinking about our work as library volunteers. Those libraries are gorgeous public places that proclaim the culture of those cities. I believe Philadelphia should emulate them. Our culture is […]

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The case for us: A letter from the publisher

Opinion | December 26th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by John Derr Your community newspaper For more than 61 years, the Chestnut Hill Local has been serving Chestnut Hill and surrounding neighborhoods by providing important news, interesting features, useable information and comprehensive coverage of events and sports that no other media outlet invests the time, energy or resources to make available to you on […]

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