At-large Philadelphia City Councilman and Chestnut Hill resident Bill Green presented his plans for “paperless” operation of city government, proposed elimination of two city taxes and changes to the city’s zoning at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Chestnut Hill Community Association board of directors
Green focused on the city budget, explaining that City Council’s power is limited to appropriations, which provide the administration with the ability to spend as much or less of the amount of money council appropriates.
John J. Capoferri, a local developer and former owner of Caruso’s Market in Chestnut Hill, has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to charges of theft and forgery.
Capoferri was sentenced to 20 to 48 months for theft by deception, one to two years for forgery, and three years probation for theft of services. The prison terms will run concurrently followed by probation
Hiller hired to run Mt. Airy BID
Hollie Malamud-Price has lived in Chestnut Hill for less than a year. She moved here, or rather she followed her husband here (as she puts it), in late 2009. Born and raised in Michigan, it was not an easy transition until she settled into her new life in Northwest Philadelphia.
Malamud-Price was struck by the similarities between the enclave communities of Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy and the main street corridor of Germantown Avenue with the Detroit bedroom community of Ferndale where she had been living.
“Ferndale had gone through a renaissance,” Malamud-Price said during an interview at Infusion last week. “When I came here it reminded me of 9 Mile Road (the name of Ferndale’s main street).”
When she heard of an opportunity to affect the community in Mt. Airy she jumped at the chance to bring her nonprofit experience and urban sensibilities to the newly created position of executive director for the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District.
Larry Melissen, local chef, dies
Larry Melissen, 47, a former chef at McMenamin’s who during his tenure at the Mt. Airy tavern won several culinary awards, died of complications from diabetes Aug. 11 at his mother’s home in Fort Washington.
Melissen, who later went on to work at Tavern on the Hill in Chestnut Hill, was awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s “best chicken wings” in 2001 and “best food in a Philly bar” in 2004 for his “impressive bistro menu.”