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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.



Celeb chefs to take over local restaurant for a good cause

Dan Rendine and John O’Connell share a dream. Although the two men met through this year’s judicial race — Rendine is a candidate for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and O’Connell is the Democratic ninth ward leader — it was their mutual passion for cooking that brought them together in the inaugural Citizen Chef Night in West Mt. Airy. For three days (May 26-28), the two men and Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop owner John Ingersoll will take over the kitchen at Bacio, Italian bistro at 311 West Mt. Pleasant St., for a fundraising event to benefit West Mt. Airy Neighbors.



A Chestnut Hill mainstay retires after 50 years

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood teeming with antiquities. Though it’s well-known for its historic estates, commuter railways and the Belgian-blocked Germantown Avenue (over which Gen. George Washington retreated from British Forces he had confronted at the Cliveden House in Germantown), it also is home to some classic businesses.

There’s Kilian’s Hardware store, Robertson’s Florist, The Cheese Shop and Carman’s shoes, to name only a few. Among those mainstays is Victor’s Barbershop, a venerable chop shop at 8433 Germantown Ave. that has borne the name of its proprietor, Victor Pace, since 1966 when he bought the shop from Angelo DePinto.

But in a little more than a week, Pace will retire to Sarasota, Fla., returning the shop to DePinto.

“It’s just time,” Pace said. “I’ve been cutting hair here for 50 years.”

Indeed, Pace, 76, has worked nearly his entire career in the little shop that he came to in 1960 when it was owned by Hill barber George Fine. He had received a diploma from barber school just a few years before, in 1958.



Former owner of Caruso’s faces three felony charges

Former Caruso’s Market owner John J. Capoferri has been formally charged with three felony counts and one misdemeanor for failure to pay a private contractor who helped renovate Capoferri’s Chestnut Hill home, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 11.




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