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Valley Green Bank shines 1 year later

With banks struggling nationwide and an abundance of branches on the Avenue, Valley Green Bank’s move to 23 W. Highland Ave. just over a year ago was met with more than a few groans from residents. What many did not know was that the bank, which had opened its first branch (7226 Germantown Ave.) in November 2005, was already poised to become a local institution.

Since its incorporation, the bank has attracted many local merchants and residents, racking up 4,000 accounts and more than $70 million in deposits.

“In a three year period we’ve become the third largest bank in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill,” said Valley Green president and CEO Jay Goldstein.


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Tim Mountz shows off the greenery in his Happy Cat Farm booth at the 2009 Home and Garden Festival, Sunday, May 17. More than 15,000 people visited Chestnut Hill for the annual event.  (Photo by Erin Vertreace)
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Celeb chefs to take over local restaurant for a good cause

A Chestnut Hill mainstay retires after 50 years

 


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Daughter’s murder inspires local mom to write best-selling, honored book of poetry

After earning a rave review in the April 12 issue of the New York Times by critic David Kirby, Chestnut Hill area poet Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno’s recently published book, Slamming Open the Door, shot to number 15 in overall poetry sales in the U.S., according to amazon.com (just below Robert Frost and John Updike, pretty impressive company).

And if that were not enough, the book also won the coveted Beatrice Hawley Award (this poetry contest is open to emerging and established poets residing in the U.S.; requirements for entrants are that the submitted work for the contest be an unpublished, book-length work of poetry), and two of its poems been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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Philadelphia’s burden

The mood of the average Philadelphia taxpayer is high anxiety. And it should be.

As the city grapples with dozens of ways to rein in an 11 percent budget gap, there’s a lot of talk of tax hikes. Many in Chestnut Hill were worried after a series of stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer revealed a proposal to revamp the city’s real-estate tax assessment system — a move that would have likely meant significant property tax increases for many.
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Happy Birthday! William Bancosky was surprised on his 90th Birthday by Hilary Mameniskis and her children, Christian and Karis who delivered him a birthday cake along with his regular Meals on Wheels meal. Mameniskis volunteers with Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels. Bancosky, a Lafayette Hill resident, ran a successful pretzel company for many years.

(Photos by Jaime Perez)


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Medals for Mount, Springside at rain-free Stotesbury Regatta

Last weekend at the 83rd annual Stotesbury Cup              Regatta on the Schuylkill the winner was – everybody, at least in meteorological terms. Much more often than not, rain intrudes on what is advertised as the world’s oldest and largest high school regatta, but while the sky occasionally took on a threatening cast during the 2009 event, hardly a drop fell.
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Georgia Barrick, 2, right,  admires her new ‘tattoo.’

 

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