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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BID should not include residential properties

Opinion April 9, 2014 0 Comments

The Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District (BID) has been in existence since 2004 with a term limit of five years. The BID was reauthorized in 2009 with minimal effort and without controversy. This was due in large part to the agreement of the property owners who comprise the BID membership that useful services were being […]
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Two plays, both compelling and both somewhat flawed

Curtain Call April 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s fascinating if somewhat over-produced “Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq” made up an exciting pair of recent theater openings. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Playwright Christopher […]
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17th and 18th century instruments sparkle at St. Martin’s

Note-Worthy April 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso I recently attended three concerts that reminded me of a long departed but still greatly missed concert series. The first was the Chestnut Hill performance of “The Ides of March,” featuring Camerata Ama Deus conducted by its music director, Valentin Radu. The second was a Philadelphia Orchestra concert led by guest conductor […]
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Jim’s low-tech brain cannot deal with high-tech banking

Life So Far April 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris I woke up feeling peppy yesterday, and I had a couple of free hours, so I decided to start working on my essay, “The Flowers are Blooming and Life is Good,” but first I had to deposit a check at the ATM. The machine had previously asked me to discontinue getting paper […]
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