In the time of COVID-19, not all is lost

Opinion | May 4th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Claudia Apfelbaum, LCSW In the time of Covid-19, something good is happening, despite the tremendous social, physical, mental and financial costs. The “something good” is that we humans are having time. It is true that having so much time can be difficult. For years we have been running from home to work, to social […]

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If you value local news, support the Local

Opinion | April 30th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By John Derr, Publisher The March 26edition of the Chestnut Hill Local was notable in that it was the first of six issues (including this week’s) we have published in the lengthening shadow of an escalating health crisis, mandated business closures, state-imposed stay-at-home orders, and increasingly stringent social distancing measures.  This is the sixth issue we […]

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When will it end?

Opinion | April 30th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro This is the sixth issue of the Chestnut Hill Local we’ve put out since widespread closures due to COVID-19 have sent must of us home, working remotely and seeing little of our office at 8434 Germantown Ave. One of the more incredible things to have happened during these last six weeks is […]

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Coming to terms with a senior year cut short

Opinion | April 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Theo Wyss-Flamm On Friday, April 10, 2020, the morning after Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania schools were to be closed for the remainder of the year, my friends and I — all seniors at J. R. Masterman High School — spent hours filling our group chat with nostalgia-inciting pictures and videos from our […]

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After the surge

Opinion | April 22nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

By State Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) The Covid-19 pandemic has rocked the pillars of our nation. We face challenges that threaten our health and economic well-being while our democracy struggles to respond to the immense suffering. Our society, culture and normal daily life has been turned upside down.  Across our nation, thousands have tragically died, […]

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Widespread testing a must before we can ‘re-open’

Opinion | April 16th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro Flatten the curve. We’ve all heard the phrase. It’s what we’ve all been working to do, keeping our social distance in this, our third week of a city and state-wide stay-at-home order. The idea is simple enough. There’s only so much we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many experts […]

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An open letter from Mayor Jim Kenney

Opinion | April 10th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Fellow Philadelphians: Every year since 2016 I’ve been thrilled to take part in Philly Free Streets as thousands of residents from every neighborhood came out to walk, bike, roll, and play after we closed some streets to cars. Each time I was awestruck. Their unbridled joy, their enthusiasm, and their love for our city were […]

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Local leadership deserves credit

Opinion | April 10th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro The national story of coronavirus is one of poor planning and mistakes. With months of lead time, as the virus spread through Asia and then to Europe, the President and many other prominent pundits and political leaders called the threat no big deal, contained and even a hoax. It was time that […]

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Hospital prepared to meet community needs

Opinion | April 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By John Cacciamani, MDPresident and CEO, Chestnut Hill Hospital Chestnut Hill Hospital is ready to meet the needs of our community. Our amazing staff – housekeepers, valets, nurses and physicians are working everyday to provide care to our neighbors. It is their courage, skill and commitment to your well-being that will see us through this […]

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