For the record: The Local’s future is bright

Opinion April 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro If you have read the Local in April, you’re well aware that the state of the paper – from its fiscal well-being to the health of its readership – has been a matter of controversy. That controversy was kicked off by questions and comments of several CHCA board members who felt that […]
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Report from the rathole (rat-hole? rat hole?)

Enemies of Reading April 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been three weeks since a prominent local citizen called this newspaper a “rathole.” Correction: a “content rathole.” An infelicitous phrase, to say the least. A flurry of support for the newspaper followed, including many letters to the editor. Some of the writers demanded a retraction. […]
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Compelling music honors St. Martin’s 125th anniversary

Note-Worthy April 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, marked the final Sunday of Lent before Palm Sunday during its 125th anniversary year with a Choral Evensong April 6. The afternoon’s guest of honor was the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saints Peter & Paul in […]
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Forget the Final Four, Philly; We have the Frozen Four

From the Sidelines April 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome For a city where college hockey is all but non-existent, this year’s Frozen Four, the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Ice Hockey Tournament held at the Wells Fargo Center, gave the impression that the sport had come home. While hoops and, perhaps, rowing are atop the Philadelphia college sports heap, the four-day Frozen […]
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Four hands on a piano may be perfect; may be too many

Note-Worthy April 10, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the fourth in its series of “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” on March 28. The performers were duo-pianists Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro. The duo is part of Astral Artists, which provides nearly all of the musicians who perform as part of St. Paul’s “Five […]
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Silent majority no longer silent

Opinion April 9, 2014 6 Comments

A front page article in last week’s Local about the latest CHCA board meeting contained comments by board members Richard Snowden and Elizabeth Bales that have awakened a silent majority in Chestnut Hill and nearby communities that is no longer silent. As this is being written, we have received more than 40 letters from area […]
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BID expansion would punish George Woodward Co.

Opinion April 9, 2014 0 Comments

When the leaders of the Business Improvement District (“BID”) asked our permission to expand the District’s boundaries to include two of our apartment buildings on West Evergreen Avenue (Colonial Manor Apartments and Chestnut Hill Apartments), we gave it. Even though it would cost us almost $12,000 a year, we wanted to be good citizens and […]
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