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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PA’s legislative victory is an chance to celebrate two groups that help protect children from abuse

Opinion | December 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Helen Mallon Until around 30 years ago, few, if any, organizations existed to help sexually abused children. Today, Philadelphia’s children find a safe, caring response at Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, which is a national model for similar organizations. In one child-friendly building in North Philly, PCA offers coordinated services to children and their families at […]

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Commentary: Water Tower Rec Center needs our support

Opinion | December 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Peggy Bradley What I enjoy most about the Water Tower Recreation Center is the melding of our community. There are no class, race, gender, age or political barriers. It is where I see the best of Chestnut Hill. There are many wonderful programs happening at our community recreation center. These take place every day […]

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