56-year-old club facing 300% tax hike: Beloved Irish Center in Mt. Airy in danger of closing

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by Marita Krivda Poxon Rumors had been circulating for many months about the financial difficulties that the Irish Center at 6815 Emlen St. in West Mt. Airy (also known as the Commodore Barry Club) continued to have ever since the City of Philadelphia raised the Irish Center’s property taxes in 2013. But while many suspected […]
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It also deters geese and deer – Hill inventor receives a patent on weed-free grass

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by Sally Cohen Constant mowing of airfield turfgrass is costly, generates excessive fuel emissions and attracts wildlife dangerous to aircraft, like Canada geese and deer. Lafayette Hill resident Christina Kobland envisioned a better way and was recently awarded a U.S. patent on her invention. Marketed as FlightTurf®, it’s a turfgrass vegetation management system maintained weed-free […]
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Annie Bortnick: from France to Chestnut Hill, with love

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by Damon Fillman Annie Bortnick, 68, is a painter and teacher who has lived in Chestnut Hill for the past 36 years but who has very fond memories of her childhood in the Auvergne region of Central France, where volcanoes like Puy de Dôme sometimes host the finish line in the famed Tour de France […]
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Pilates expert also exercises imagination in new book

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by Len Lear About 10 years ago I took my first Pilates lesson ever at Vitality Studio in Mt. Airy, which was owned from 2003 to 2008 by a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Phylinda Moore. (It is still in business but with a different owner, Jessica Meeker.) After one hour of working out on […]
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Local mom soars with much-acclaimed ‘Angel of Losses’

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by Fred P. Gusoff The first time might be the charm for Stephanie Feldman. The Fort Washington resident and stay-at-home mom, whose in-laws are longtime residents of Chestnut Hill, is watching five years of research and writing come to fruition. Her first book, “The Angel of Losses,” just published in July, hit bookstore shelves and […]
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Hill woman gets dizzying taste of life as an astronaut

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by Meredith Sonderskov On a recent train from New York to Philadelphia, I noticed a man seated across from me wearing a t-shirt that read “Johnson Space Center NASA Houston,” possibly because of all the recent publicity on the 45th anniversary of the U.S. astronauts’ moon landing. My mind flashed back to early summer 1964 […]
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SLIDESHOW: Adopt-a-Pet

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Photographer of 9/11 and CHA grad documents history

Local Life August 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Lou Mancinelli On his first day of college classes, two planes flew into the World Trade Center. There was fear and catastrophe on the streets of New York. One of Michael Koehler’s first responses was to document what was happening with his camera. “I was thinking how, especially when I saw the towers fall, […]
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Thai one on at Hill restaurant where east meets west

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by Jacqueline Rupp From its modern setting to high-tech accommodations, the three­year-old Thai Kuu, the BYOB at the Top of the Hill Plaza, offers Thai cuisine that’s tailored to the American palate. That probably is due in part to the owners of Thai Kuu, the husband and wife team of Steve and Atchara Cooley. Atchara, […]
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Girl Scouts beautifying Wyndmoor

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by Anna Hyde & Sarah Beck Four girls from Wyndmoor’s Girl Scout Troop 779 are working on a project to help beautify Willow Grove Avenue for the “Bronze Award,” the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The Girl Scouts have been watering and maintaining the existing flower barrels, will be adding new ones […]
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