Springtime in Mount Airy with the coronavirus

Opinion | March 26th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by John Colgan-Davis For the past week or so there have been some wonderful sights and sounds when I leave my house early in the morning. On the little patch of land to the front and side of the house there are white and blue pansies, snowdrops and now daffodils in bloom. The daffodils, in […]

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We’re here for you, but we need your support

Opinion | March 25th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By John Derr Publisher Some of you may be surprised to have a print version of the Chestnut Hill Local in your hands this week.  I have received more than a few messages from people asking if the Local will still be printing a newspaper.  Of course we will!    A newspaper is recognized as […]

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An almost true crime story

Opinion | February 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Elise Seyfried “I’m gonna kill you, and I’m gonna kill your pregnant wife, and that Jesus you keep praying to!” So screamed our neighbor Ed late one night, down in our apartment courtyard.  How did we know he was referring to us? Well, I was nine months along, and we had been praying the […]

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Eliminating library fines long overdue

Opinion | February 21st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro In the constantly churning cycle of news, one could be forgiven to have missed the announcement last week that the Free Library of Philadelphia had done away with the late fine – a fine charged to card holders who fail to return books on time. As someone who has used libraries my […]

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Friends of The Chestnut Hill Library looking for speakers

Opinion | February 20th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Stan Cutler A little over a year ago, the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, through this newspaper, issued a call for speakers to deliver talks at our branch library’s Community Room. Our assumption was that our community includes many folks with something to say and even more with active curiosities who would like […]

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Facebook dating, vertigo and other forms of trauma

Uncategorized | February 14th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stacia Friedman The first I learned about Facebook Dating was from a billboard at the Upsal Train Station. It just had two words. Facebook. Dating. I knew what Facebook was, an addictive form of avoiding work, housecleaning and feeding my cat while indulging in videos about the impossible cuteness of baby hedgehogs. I also […]

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Polarization: Are we our own worst enemy?

Opinion | February 6th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro In his new book, “Why We’re Polarized,” journalist Ezra Klein explores the big question of our times. It’s a question that has captured a great deal of our attention, with dozens of books and thousands of articles and op-eds on the matter. Why are we so divided? The signs are everywhere. There’s […]

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Recalling Philadelphia’s civil rights figures during Black History Month

Opinion | February 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Howard A. Myrick In 1688, Germantown Township (and Chestnut Hill) were the gateways to nearby farm lands. In that year, at 5109 Germantown Avenue, Francis Daniel Pastorius and three fellow-Quakers signed the Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery, the first protest against African American slavery written and published by an American religious group. These German-towners, […]

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