No need to hang up the shoes at 40

Out and Back | October 2nd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala After 20 years with the Yankees, in the last at bat of his last home game, Derek Jeter hit a game winning single. It was the perfect end to a career. This same type of story has been unfolding in the running world this year, except that none of the players seem […]

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Looking back at the 2014 baseball season

From the Sidelines | October 2nd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Baseball seasons have unique personalities. The season that ended Sunday was no exception. Teams expected to do well – Atlanta, for instance – didn’t live up to expectations. Others of which little was expected – the Kansas City Royals, for example – did better than predicted. Those unexpected twists and turns aren’t […]

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Octoberfest in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro October is here, and it’s a busy month in Chestnut Hill. The first notable event is this Sunday, Oct. 5: the annual Fall for the Arts Festival, one of the neighborhood’s two annual blockbuster festivals that draw hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of people from all over the region who […]

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The enemies of writing: No escape from bugging out

Enemies of Reading | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore I’ll be offering a workshop titled “The Enemies of Writing” for Musehouse next week, so I’ve been collecting “enemies” whenever I notice them. This one-and-done meet-up will happen on Thursday, Oct. 9. (Go to for details, or call them. They’re on Germantown Avenue near Willow Grove Avenue.) All through the summer […]

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Chestnut Hill Radio Station? A real possibility

Opinion | October 1st, 2014 | 8 Comments

by Will Detweiler, CHCA President Imagine walking down the Avenue hearing Coltrane or Chopin, or Kilian’s Russ Goudy sharing tips for fixing a leaky shower, or a live interview with a horticulturist, a preservationist, or local politician. Imagine too, listening to all of this in your home or car. That’s the promise of an idea […]

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From Romania to Chestnut Hill: moving classical musical journey

Note-Worthy | September 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season this weekend, Sept. 26-28, with a trio of concerts in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin will conduct a program that includes Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony” and Curtis Institute of Music alumnus Lang Lang as the soloist in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto […]

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Two great new shows, as entertaining as it gets

Curtain Call | September 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Last week was as enjoyable a week for this theater critic as I’ve experienced in ages. Let’s get right to it. La Bête About three-quarters of the way through David Hirson’s brilliant “La’ Bête,” the play’s mood changes drastically, becoming, after more than 90 minutes of unalloyed hilarity, a thought-provoking piece about […]

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When impatience can be painful

Out and Back | September 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Dante Zappala I just celebrated my birthday. In this small period of reflection, I can appreciate that I’ve learned a lot in my 39 years. But it’s a wonder that I’m a distance runner because one thing I still haven’t mastered is patience. Despite many episodes of getting ahead of myself only be to […]

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Looking at an independent Chestnut Hill

Opinion | September 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro Self determination is in fashion. It was narrowly defeated last week in a popular election in Scotland where a majority decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. In California, a ballot will go before state voters to split the state into six states, the idea being that carving the large […]

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