August 14, 2008 Issue
Chestnut Hill Local
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Caruso’s: the family market gets a makeover
When Chris Weidenhammer became the new general manager of Caruso’s Market in May, he knew it would be difficult to convince the community that the store would improve under the ownership of local developer John Capoferri after being family-owned for 100 years.
LUPZ gives provisional OK to Treehouse Play Café
The Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee last week agreed to endorse the Treehouse Play Café project at 8524 Germantown Ave. on a provisional basis.
City to add incentives to its single-stream recycling
After announcing last month that the RecycleBank incentive-based recycling pilot program would be shut down, the Philadelphia Streets Department has revealed that it is working with the company to expand the rewards program citywide.
Dual soccer role for CHC’s O’Connor
Appointed Chestnut Hill College’s overall director of soccer last March, Seamus O’Connor will pilot both the men’s and women’s teams at CHC in the upcoming season. Joining the Chestnut Hill staff last fall as the men’s mentor, the Galway, Ireland native led the Griffins to a record of 7-10-2 in their first season of NCAA Division II competition.
Early this year, CHC athletic director Bill Stiles suggested that O’Connor consider taking over the helm of the women’s program as well. The club had struggled through a winless 2007 campaign.
Pondering the proposal, O’Connor reflected, “I have the time, and I have the access to the recruits through my contacts in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.”
In addition to having coached the Atlantic City Diablos in the WPSL, he’s also worked with female youth players in various club programs.
Upon entering Christina Binder’s showcase gardens, I get the feeling that I’m not in a major metropolitan area anymore. Even though we’re in Lafayette Hill, just outside of Chestnut Hill, the sights, sounds and smells are way beyond the average city dweller’s experience. “This horsetail plant dates back to the time of the dinosaurs,” she explains, “and those butterflies migrated here from Costa Rica.”