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Pattern seen in burglaries at Chestnut Hill Village

Philadelphia Police have found a pattern in a string of burglaries that started at Chestnut Hill Village in late October, according to Det. Justin Frank, but no suspects have been linked to the crimes yet.

Four of the five burglaries in the pattern showed signs of forced entry, Frank said, and the theft of TVs and other home-entertainment equipment was common to all five. A sixth burglary, which occurred on Nov. 16, may also be part of the pattern, Frank said.


After harrowing accident, an uplifting Christmas
A Conshohocken family gets a helping hand from friends in Chestnut Hill.

Bailey Ehasz (second from right) is joined by her family (from left) dad Mark, brother Noah, mom Dawn, and brother Riley at their friends home over the weekend. Bailey has made tremendous progress since a near fatal accident in May. (Photo by Jennifer Katz)

It was primary election day, and Bailey Ehasz and her friend had the day off. The two girls had been up late at Bailey’s house, hanging out, noshing on junk food and being silly. They passed out on the couches in the living room, and when Dawn Ehasz left for work the next morning, she remembers looking at the girls and pausing for a moment before she walked out the door with a “buh-bye, luv ya” to her sleeping 11-year-old and her friend.

“You remember the last thing you said to your child,” said Dawn, sitting in a friend’s house a few doors up from her family’s home in Conshohocken, recalling the morning of May 19.

Dawn was working as a registered medical assistant in a local doctor’s office and taking nursing classes at night. Her mother was working as the receptionist in the same office on that day when her husband, Mark, called upset and hysterical.



Some local students give the gift of life at the holidays

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy sixth graders collect baskets of donated food items and 60 turkeys for distribution to 35 families from St. Hugh of Cluny in Kensington. (From Left) Nick Smalley, Christa Dowds, Megan Eney, Will Dennis (NFA Campus Minister), Dominic DeCinque and parent Joseph Smalley.

The message is quite simple. The students hear it regularly.

“We tell them to give the gift of self — this is our core message.” said Will Dennis, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (NFA) campus minister, of the philosophy of serving others.

During the holidays and throughout the entire school year, students at Chestnut Hill’s two Catholic elementary schools are encouraged to serve others.

Visiting nursing home residents and homebound members of the community, with adults from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, is one way OMC School students give of themselves.

“We want them to follow the example given to us through the readings in Gospel, which tell us of Jesus’ life and doing for others,” OMC Principal Bruce Hagy said.




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