Letters: August 6

Letters | August 6th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Chestnut Hill vs. University City With regards to the editorial on maintaining a family friendly culture in Chestnut Hill, you compared the John Story Jenks school (a neighborhood public elementary school) with the Saddie Alexander school in University City. In doing so you referred to Alexander Elementary as a charter school and a magnet school. […]

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Letters: July 30

Letters | July 30th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Former owner of 415 W. Moreland speaks out * Last month, the Local reported that a home on 415 W. Moreland Ave. had been purchased by developer Sam Blake, who had determined the house was in too poor a condition to rehab. He has decided to raze the house on the property, subdivide it and […]

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Letters: July 23

Letters | July 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

A huge omission Last week’s article about my appointment as director of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels contained one huge omission. There was no mention of Lynne Mason who has been the heart and soul of our organization for the past five years. Lynne will thankfully remain with Meals, promoted to assistant director, and it […]

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Letters: July 16

Letters | July 16th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Charity Rip-off I received two calls this week asking me to donate money – one call from a charity for money for kids cancer drive and one call to raise money for homeless vets. I asked the first one what percentage goes to kids. They said 12 percent. I asked the other group what percent […]

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Letters: July 9

Letters | July 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Preservation is easy when it’s not your money While I have always admired the Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s mission to preserve the architectural character and open spaces of Chestnut Hill, I would like to address what I see as unfairness being directed at Blake Development. Over the years Blake Development has redeveloped many eyesores in […]

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Letters: July 2

Letters | July 2nd, 2014 | Leave a comment

Plenty of parking in Chestnut Hill In reference to the Susan MacBride (of Roxborough) letter in the June 26 Local, I am puzzled by her concern of not being able to find parking space in any of the six parking lots located between Gravers and Evergreen. Some of the merchants like Kilians even offer complimentary […]

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Letters: June 25

Letters | June 25th, 2014 | 3 Comments

To preserve and protect The proposal by Blake Development Corporation to demolish 415 West Moreland Ave is a serious breach of the implicit, unwritten agreement we all live by in this National Historic District: that is, we will preserve the fine historic properties we’ve inherited if at all possible, rather than break up large parcels […]

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Letters, June 19

Letters | June 19th, 2014 | Leave a comment

A MALT Thank You On behalf of MALT I want to thank our 2014 Hidden Garden Tour hosts for opening up your homes to 175 garden enthusiasts on May 31.. We had glowingly positive remarks about this year’s event. People spoke about seeing the perfect rose bush, the gorgeous hardscapes and softscapes, the wonderfully creative […]

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Letters: June 11

Letters | June 11th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Another successful book fest Thanks to the wonderful authors at the Chestnut Hill Book Festival on Sunday those attending are much more informed on a variety of subjects and have increased their summer reading pile. Our own Hugh Gilmore hosted a lively panel “Creating a Writing Life” as only Hugh can do. Authors Katie Haegele […]

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Letters: June 4

Letters | June 4th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Remembering Henry School past, hoping for better I walked into Henry School 84 years ago, holding hands with another six-year-old girl who was as scared as I was. To this day, we have remained devoted friends. Eighteen of us started school that day. Our teacher was Miss Edith Scott, our school secretary and minor injury […]

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