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Dialysis center OK’d despite neighbor fears

Despite the objections of near neighbors, the Chest   nut Hill Community Association’s Board of Directors endorsed plans to renovate the industrial building at 10 E. Moreland Avenue and open a medical office and dialysis center on the site. 

The meeting started on a contentious note. Before it was even called to order, board president Walter Sullivan ruled on limiting comments by members of the public to three neighbors only, who would each get two minutes to address the board. This motion, however, was overruled by a majority vote of the board to allow the public an unlimited amount of time to present their concerns to the board. 

RecycleBank rewards return July 1

Beginning July 1, a citywide initiative offered through the Streets    Department will provide Chestnut Hill residents with the opportu-   nity to earn incentives for recycling.  The initiative, approved by City Council in January, has been rolling out in collection districts across the city since February. As of July 1, incentives will be available to all 550,000 city households. 

Implementation for the rewards program is provided by a company called RecycleBank. David Kinsey, Community Affairs Director for RecycleBank spoke to the Chestnut Hill Community Association Board of Directors  on Thursday, May27 about the program.

Willow Grove construction scheduled into September

Water pipe replacement construction has kept the unit block of East Willow Grove Avenue closed for weeks.  Construction is scheduled to run into September. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro)

The Philadelphia Water Department is currently working on replacing water main pipes at East Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Water department spokesman John DiGiulio said the work is routine pipe maintenance.

“Every so often water and sewer lines outlive their life span and that’s what we are doing there,” DiGiulio said.

The construction is taking place from Germantown Avenue to Winston Street along Willow Grove Avenue According to a letter sent out by the Water department, a private contractor, Petrongolo Contractors, Inc. will work block by block until the work is completed.

Three local students launch Local’s latest website

The first staff members of the Northwest Student Press (from left) Ed Trocky, Libby Hill and Erik Hubbard (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro).

Two weeks ago I mentioned in an editorial that we had launched a new website called Northwest Student Press. That site is online right now at

The site was the work of three students who were here this spring for their senior projects. The first two were Chestnut Hill Academy students, Ed Trocky and Erik Hubbard. Next was Libby Hill from Germantown Academy.

Trocky and Hubbard both started at the Local on a busy Tuesday, April 27. Both like journalism, play baseball for the school team and aspire to be sportswriters some day.

“I wanted to do something with writing and journalism and thought the Local would be a good place to pursue something I might actually want to do for a living,” Trocky told me before his month-long project finished up last Friday.

“Yeah, same here,” Hubbard said. “I wanted to try some sports writing.”

I had several plans for them, including work on a student magazine they would produce for the fall. By Wednesday, though, I had a different idea: why not a website? We discussed the basic idea: a community for high school students. It would be a publishing outlet for local students and, hopefully, an online entity they’d be eager to read and interact with.


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