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The Borders Effect: Foot traffic slows on the Hill

For Enzo Mandarano, a co-owner of Cosimo’s Pizza in Chestnut Hill, February has been a perfect storm.

We’ve had a ton of snow – three blizzards (the last of which was still being shoveled from driveways and roadways on Friday morning when I stopped by to talk to him). It’s been hard to get people out for pizza all month.

But Philadelphia’s historic winter hasn’t been the only thing keeping feet off the street and in line at the Top-of-the-Hill shop – a favorite of lots of local kids. Mandarano points to the empty shell of Borders Book shop across the street, which closed for good on Jan. 16. 

PGinny Robinson exchanges vows with Mark Messick in a wedding held at the Little Tree House Café. The Rev. Kent C. Matthies of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Germantown conducted the ceremony. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro)
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Ex-Hill physician favors Thermography over mammograms

The biggest issue with the technique is that it is not covered by insurance, but for Yardley resident Dr. Wendy Warner, who formerly lived in Chestnut Hill, Thermography is more functional in detecting developing breast cancer tumors than other methods.


Play ball!

The ground is still partially covered with snow as I write this, but winter already seems long gone. In two days, pre-season baseball will begin again. One month from now, the season will start on April 4 with a prime-time matchup between one of the game’s great rivalries — The New York Yankees at Fenway against the Boston Red Sox.


Local windows win PHA awards
Two Chestnut Hill businesses were selected as winners for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show’s 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest. Monkey Business (left), at the Top of the Hill by the French Bakery, was Voted Crowd Favorite. Ten Thousand Villages (below) won for Most Well Traveled. This was the third straight year for Monkey Business, a 56-year-old thrift store that benefits the Green Tree Community Health Foundation. A panel of judges selected 18 winners out of 90 shops throughout the city. Artista Gallery in Mt. Airy was named the Judges’ Choice. (Photos by Jennifer Katz)



CHC men fall in final seconds at CAC Conference

Going into last Saturday’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game, the host Chestnut Hill College Griffins had already clinched a spot in the playoffs, while Wilmington University was trying to become the last team to qualify.



“In the 1996 Olympics, the Lithuanian basketball team arrived without uniforms because they were too poor to buy uniforms, so the Grateful Dead offered to buy them uniforms and what they bought them had the Dead insignia — the skeleton playing basketball, and it was tie-dyed. I got this at the Olympics in 1999.  A lot of Lithuanian social clubs sell this T-shirt.” —  Anita Fackenthal on her tie-dyed T-Shirt
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