Can the Hill do better by kids?

Opinion July 30, 2014 6 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro There’s a lot about Chestnut Hill’s reputation as a classically attractive neighborhood, with great architecture and well-cared-for shop fronts. What the neighborhood does not necessarily have a reputation for, though, is as a good place for kids. As our Anna Fisher Clark intern – and lifelong Hiller – Siobhan Gleason notes in her […]
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What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 2

Enemies of Reading July 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore In the world of writing, the word “memoir” used to be reserved for autobiographies or reminiscences written by someone of notable achievement. Movie stars, for example, or great statesmen like Winston Churchill. Unlike an actual autobiography, which usually is meant to encompass someone’s entire life, a memoir gives the reader a view […]
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Running with reality

Out and Back July 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala On the beaches of the East Sea, the sun literally shines everywhere. It makes perfect sense. The winters this far north are long, desolate and cold. It’s reason enough to want to take your clothes off during the few weeks of peak summer when it barely breaks 80 on the hottest of […]
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Finally, no one rained on Pastorius Park’s parade!

Note-Worthy July 25, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The planets and stars were all in alignment Wednesday, July 16, when the Venissa Santi Quartet performed in Chestnut Hill’s Pastorius Park. For the first time in a month, the weather had nothing to do with the concert. There was no threat of rain, so Santi’s performance was neither moved indoors nor […]
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As Bette Davis used to say, old age ain’t for sissies

Everyday Matters July 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Elise Seyfried Well, folks, it happened last summer. I got my first senior citizen discount in the supermarket I frequent at the Delaware shore. Shoppers ages 55 and up get a 5% discount every Tuesday. I stood in line with my driver’s license, ready to prove I was old enough (it’d been awhile since […]
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Is today his ‘clucky day?’ – Vegetarian wannabe is too chicken to stop eating meat

Over the Top July 24, 2014 1 Comment

by Mike Todd “Come on, try it,” I said to my wife, Kara, nudging the cube of who-knows-what toward her. “Uh uh,” she said, shaking her head. “Oh, try something new, Evan,” I said, reminding her of the phrase we employ 27 times a day in our vain attempts to get our four-year-old son, who […]
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The changing face of American sports

Opinion July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro This week’s issue is an unofficial sports issue. It’s not planned – just the way the stories worked out. From columns by Clark Groome and new running columnist Dante Zappala to cover stories on Chestnut Hill’s squash prowess and a historic win by Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club’s American Legion League team, we […]
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Down on the farm in Treunbrietzen

Out and Back July 23, 2014 1 Comment

by Dante Zappala Follow the road out of Berlin down towards Wittenberg. Just before you get to the town of Treunbrietzen, make a right. You’ll rumble over cobblestones and cross a one lane bridge. Hang a left. Take the first dirt road you see to the barn with the solar panels on the roof. It’s […]
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Columnist offers more fixes for professional sports

From the Sidelines July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week we dealt with stopping stoppage time in soccer and eliminating the role of the Major League Baseball All-Star game as the determinant of which league has home-field advantage in the World Series. Here are a few more problems and solutions that shouldn’t be hard to implement, even though it’s not […]
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An ‘eye for an eye’ in everyday life

Opinion July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Susan Karol Martel Nowhere is the truth of the phrase “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” more apparent than it has been due to events over the last several weeks in the Middle East. On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and, days later, discovered in a crude grave. […]
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