4th Annual ‘Bark For Life’ supports fight against cancer

Pets | October 10th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Jodi Benjamin On Saturday morning, October 11, a slice of Fort Washington State Park, 41 W. Mill Road in Flourtown (NOT the Fort Washington side of the park), will be transformed into a dog haven. From three-pound chihuahuas to mammoth bouviers, from stocky bulldogs to sleek greyhounds, and from well-coiffed bichons to nose-to-the-ground terriers, […]

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Lavender Hill Home owner retires; employee takes over

Local Life | October 10th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Carole Verona Florence Maloumian, 73, says that she opened Lavender Hill Home, her store at 8121 Germantown Avenue, 15 years ago without a plan. But by the end of November, she is leaving the business with a solid strategy in place. “I’m not retiring. I’m transitioning to something else,” she said, as she prepares […]

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Hill actress authors book about notorious serial killer

Local Life | October 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Karen Plourde and Len Lear Chestnut Hill author and actress Valerie Ogden spent two years getting into the head of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Baron Gilles de Rais, better known as “Bluebeard.” de Rais (1405-1440) has been called by historians, among other things, “perhaps the most infamous sexual criminal in history.” […]

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Mt. Airy’s Lyons roars with perfect pitch in ‘Eulogies’

Local Life | October 9th, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio One of the four freshman music majors in the off-campus house where I lived decades ago had perfect pitch. I recalled her gift of nailing every note as I read “Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines,” a short story collection by Mark Lyons, 71, of Mt. Airy. Each character has a distinctive voice that brims […]

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Marking a living as an artist: ‘Impossible!’ – Ex-nurse’s only ‘patients’ now are her stunning paintings

Local Life | October 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Kathleen Shaver, 61, who has lived in Philadelphia since 1971 and in Chestnut Hill since 1981, is one of many local artists who will be opening their studios to the public on Oct. 11 and 12. A spectacularly talented abstract artist (who did representational work early in her career, like Picasso), Kathleen […]

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First of ‘Five Fridays’ brings Beethoven to St. Paul’s

Local Life, Note-Worthy | October 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the first in its “Five Fridays” series of chamber music recitals Friday, Oct. 3. The series devotes all its proceeds to Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face-to-Face Germantown, two charitable organizations that help people in need make the transition from homeless shelters to housing […]

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