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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Helping customers escape from real life – From bartending to running upscale local restaurants

Table Hopping June 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Len Lear When Michael Dombkoski, who has lived in Glenside with his wife for 21 years (they have three children), was a business major at Villanova University in the early 1980s, he did not really plan to go into the restaurant and hotel industry. But Michael, now 53, took a job as a bartender […]
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Lilting harmonies from Hezekiah Jones at Pastorius Park

Note-Worthy June 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Chestnut Hill Community Association, with the generous help of Chestnut Hill Hospital, opened the 66th season of concerts in Pastorius Park Wednesday, June 18. Although the weather was a tad hotter than one might have wished, with a hint of the high humidity most likely to arrive in the weeks to […]
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Mike is so cheap when buying coffee; ‘grounds’ for divorce?

Over the Top June 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd Once the words came out, there could be no putting them back in. My wife Kara would know the full extent of my betrayal. “There’s a pretty good chance you’re about be angry with me,” I told her. “Oh, really?” she laughed; then she saw the look on my face. “Wait, really? […]
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Running as a spectator sport – seriously

Out and Back June 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Lawi Lalang. Edward Cheserek. If you’re a runner and these names mean nothing to you, please read on. It starts on a Friday night, which in my house usually means the great unwinding – pizza, ice cream, and lots of horseplay with the boys. But a recent end-of-week party consisted of me, […]
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We drove 100 km per hour to get to Slowness Day in Montreal on time

Enemies of Reading June 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Our family takes an annual trip to Montreal each summer. In the past we went at no particular time of the season, just when it was convenient to go. But three years ago we happened on “la Journée de la Lenteur” (the Day of Slowness), a small festival designed to coincide with […]
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How would bike sharing work in Northwest Philadelphia?

Opinion June 25, 2014 2 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro Just before its taking off for the summer, Philadelphia City Council passed a law authorizing bike sharing in the city. The bill paves the way for a more than 150 stations where some 1,800 bicycles will be available for anyone who wants to use a public bike to get around. Proponents of […]
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