by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s internationally acclaimed baroque instruments orchestra, will open its 2014-15 season with a program entitled “Tempesta Sings Bach, Rosenmuller & Praetorius” Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The orchestra will be joined by a vocal quartet comprised of… Read More >

by Sue Ann Rybak The Hogwarts Express came to a screeching halt at the Chestnut Hill West station at precisely 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Thousands of muggles, wizards, death eaters, and dementors packed the train station's platform to get a glimpse of the famous Harry Potter – “the… Read More >

by Kevin Dicciani El Poquito, a Mexican cantina and bar, is coming to Chestnut Hill. Owner George Atterbury said the restaurant is set to open this fall at the former location of Chestnut 7, 8201 Germantown Ave. Atterbury, the former director of operations of the Garces Group, a restaurant company… Read More >

by Mary Nearpass When Mt. Airy's Julie Greenberg, 57, was in her mid-20s, studying to be a rabbi and living in a feminist world of non-traditional relationships, she wondered how she would create a family. As a single woman engaged in passionate activism, Greenberg had always planned on becoming a… Read More >


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Targeting teachers continues to miss the mark

by Pete Mazzaccaro Targeting teachers continues to miLast Thursday, thousands of Philadelphia School District teachers and their supporters staged a demonstration on North Broad Street to protest the recent cancellation of teacher contracts by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. The SRC canceled the contracts a week before because, its members said, it planned on reworking […]

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Germantown Academy players gather together to celebrate after securing match point in last Friday’s five-set volleyball battle with Agnes Irwin. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

GA volleyball outlasts Agnes Irwin, 3-2

by Tom Utescher Coming into last Friday’s home court volleyball match, all of the victories in Germantown Academy’s 11-2 overall record had come in three straight games. This would be a different kind of contest altogether. At the end of September, GA had claimed a 3-0 road victory over Inter-Ac League rival Agnes Irwin, but […]

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Germantown Friends Head of School Dana Weeks drops in on an environmental science class with (from left) seniors Emma Wagner, of Narberth; Josh Valentine, of West Mt. Airy, and Lauren Cunfer, of Center City.

New GFS head of school begins her second year

Two months into her sophomore year as head of Germantown Friends School, Dana Weeks is brimming with plans and ideas about innovative approaches to education, technology, scholarship funds and the many opportunities for the school’s historic Germantown campus. According to Weeks, one of the most exciting changes this year is the launch of a January […]

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Greg Welsh, co-owner of Chestnut Grill & Sidewalk Café, is a successful restaurateur by any standard, but if he could, he would rather be writing and producing historical movies.

Hill restaurateur could have been world-famous physicist

by Len Lear – This is a new feature for Local Life. Periodically we will run a question-and-answer article with a prominent person in the Greater Chestnut Hill area. The questions will be more of a philosophical nature than about the person’s business or job. First up is Greg Welsh. A one-time sociology teacher, Greg, […]

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