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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My nightmare with

Opinion April 2, 2014 3 Comments

by Sue Ann Rybak As a journalist who has been writing about since October, you might think I would not have waited until the last minute to apply for health insurance for my husband who is computer illiterate. But alas, I am a notorious procrastinator. And because my job gives me the option of […]
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A modest proposal for college athletes

From the Sidelines April 2, 2014 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The relationship between college athletes, their institutions and the NCAA has once again come under scrutiny. Last week a National Labor Relations Board’s regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school and as such should be allowed to form a union. While this ruling is limited to […]
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‘Arsenic’ and ‘Laughter’ not perfect but recommended

Curtain Call March 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Two comedies – the classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” – made up last week’s theater openings. Both productions, while not perfect, had lots to recommend them. Here’s my take on both of them: Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring’s venerable “Arsenic and Old Lace” […]
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