Prescription for disaster: leave car unlocked on Hill

From the Belfry July 11, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore Long ago, in circumstances best forgotten, I side-swiped a basketball pole and crumpled the driver’s side door of my beloved 1980 Toyota Tercel. I couldn’t open the door without a loud metallic SQUAWK, and I couldn’t lock it at all from inside or out. Not a problem. I entered and exited on […]
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The rain that never came

Opinion July 9, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro As the Fourth of July approached, it looked as if the unthinkable might happen – it would rain on our parade. Early in the week, it was a tropical storm. As Friday approached, though, the storm was upgraded to hurricane status. Rain would spoil the entire holiday weekend. The Bocce Club of Chestnut […]
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Local runner strikes gold at U.S. Track and Field event

Out and Back July 9, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala We’ve gone 6 years without a championship in Philadelphia. Before that, it had been 25. My most formative years as a sports fan lies right in between that abyss of success. I haven’t been to therapy yet but when I get there, I think this is where we’ll find the root causes […]
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Springside/CHA concert by Mutlu masterfully performed

Note-Worthy July 3, 2014 2 Comments

by Michael Caruso The 66th season of concerts in Pastorius Park, presented by the Chestnut Hill Community Association and sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital, continued Wednesday, June 25, with singer-songwriter Mutlu and keyboard accompanist Jeremy Diamond. Unlike the previous Wednesday evening, when the weather cooperated for a lovely outdoor event, this time the threat of […]
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Rough roads ahead for Phillies and Sixers

From the Sidelines July 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The week just passed focused the Philadelphia sports fans’ attention on the Phillies’ and 76ers’ futures. The near-term outlook is pretty dreary. A Phillies five-game winning streak has been followed by what could only be described as a disastrous home stand. The back and forth conversations and reports about what the Phils […]
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Death threats were not wasted on Lynn Hoffman: His new book is terrific

Enemies of Reading July 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Lynn Hoffman and I had been friends for about a year when he called me at the gym. I stopped pedaling the cardio machine and pressed my cell phone to my ear. He told me he’d just been diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the throat. “If I live, I may lose […]
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Commentary: Ecumenism in Qatar

Opinion July 3, 2014 3 Comments

by Mary Hansbury I recently returned from a conference in Qatar, having been invited to present research and read a paper in my field of Syriac studies. The conference was about various Syriac writers from 1,500 years ago. They are Christian writers, but the Muslim government of Qatar funded the conference in its desire to […]
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To the Community of Chestnut Hill: An open letter regarding 415 W. Moreland Ave

Opinion July 2, 2014 0 Comments

At the Chestnut Hill Community Association Board meeting last Thursday night, the Board discussed the value that we as a community place on maintaining the integrity of being a National Historic District. Chestnut Hill’s status as a National Historic District was established in 1985 to officially recognize and protect the remarkable collection of outstanding properties […]
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Endangered property in the Chestnut Hill National Historic District

Opinion July 2, 2014 5 Comments

Because of an imminent threat to an important historic building, the Chestnut Hill Historical Society issued an urgent “call to action” for all its members regarding the announced plan by Blake Development Corporation to demolish the house at 415 Moreland Ave. and build two new houses on the subdivided lot. After a week of intense […]
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Hired training partner beats his employer in Czech half marathon

Out and Back July 2, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Pace Men stood tall atop the winner’s podium, his funny name emblazoned on his running bib for the world to see, casting a long shadow over the great Wilson Kipsang who stood next to him in the runner’s-up spot. If you found yourself in Moravia last weekend, you certainly came home raving […]
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