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College unveils two-campus

A rendering by SaylorGregg Architects depicts what Chestnut Hill College’s Sugarloaf campus will look like when the school’s new master plan is relaized.

Chestnut Hill College will come before the Development Review Committee of the Chestnut Hill Community Association on Sept. 15 to present its largest undertaking to date: a completed master plan for both of its campuses — the main campus across from Northwestern Stables and its newly acquired campus at Sugarloaf.

The fire within:
Roxborough renters fight for answers and accountability in the wake of a July 14 arson.

For 42 days, Henry on the Park residents had been swallowing rage, trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in the wake of an arson fire that could have killed many of them if it hadn’t been contained so quickly – if it had started at 2:33 a.m., while people slept, instead of 8:53 p.m.

Bob Markowski:
The man who makes flowers bloom along the Avenue

Bob Markowski brings flowers to life with his magic wand.

Much of the neighborhood is still asleep when Bob Markowski starts his morning ritual.

As early as 4:30 a.m., Markowski, 61, can be seen watering flowers, pruning trees or sweeping debris off a one-mile stretch of Germantown Avenue that runs from Rex Avenue to Mermaid Lane.

“Anything that I see is out of line, I take care of it,” Markowski told the Local in a recent interview. “My job is to do whatever it takes.”

When he says he does whatever it takes, he means it. In addition to his regular paid duties, Markowski has in the past year removed a half-dozen dead animals from the street, cleaned litter and overgrown brush out of an alley next to the R8 Chestnut Hill Station and, most recently, picked a dirty diaper off the street.

“If the city’s behind on emptying the litter baskets, I do it,” he added. “The goal is to make the entire picture look good.”

Markowski is the point man for the beautification of Chestnut Hill. On behalf of the Garden District Fund and the Business Improvement District, he keeps the Avenue clean, green and orderly. A Chestnut Hill resident himself, he takes pride in helping the Garden District realize its aesthetic vision of making Chestnut Hill a premiere destination for shopping and fine cuisine.