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Horticultural center is dedicated at Morris Arboretum

After 30 years of dreaming and planning, trustees, volunteers and other interested individuals celebrated the dedication of a new horticulture center at the Morris Arboretum last Tuesday morning amidst a slight rain called an “elegant” setting “for the people here passionate about horticulture,” by David Cohen, chair  of the University of Pennsylvania board of trustees.

The 20,840-square-foot facility “will give staff much needed facility and resources to enhance the experience for visitors and provide space for the arboretum’s public programs,” he said.

A FINE FALL FOR ARTS Iselin, N.J. artist William Bunting was one of hundreds of artists at last Sunday’s Fall for the Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill.  The festival brought the usual  big crowds for what was a beautiful fall day. For more photos, see page 9 and visit for an extensive slideshow of the event. (Photo by Steve Ladner)f
Other News…

Hay maze opens this Friday at Woodmere

William T. Moffly III, real estate broker, Eichler & Moffly founder

Eichler and Moffly anniversary pictures

Fall For Arts slideshow


Romantic BYOB is beauty and a feast
After 21 years, Mt. Airy’s Umbria better then ever

When lifelong area residents Donna and Alisa Consorto opened their thimble-sized storefront BYOB restaurant, Umbria, at 7131 Germantown Ave. in a then-depressed commercial stretch of Mt. Airy in 1989, no one would have gotten favorable odds betting on their long-term survival. Yet the mother-and-daughter team, originally from Wyndmoor, have beaten the odds and are still thriving while many others have disappeared over the past 21 years. (Donna retired 11 years ago, and since then Alisa, 50, has run the show. “I definitely look every second of those 50 years.”)


Fall Fest is a glass better than half full

We spend a lot of our time wringing our hands over what doesn’t work.

This isn’t without due cause, of course. There’s a lot that we should be concerned about. In the last few months, we’ve reported projected cash shortfalls for some of Chestnut Hill’s most significant institutions. A few weeks ago, the Chestnut Hill Community Association raised alarms over its ability to pay bills. Cash shortages have recently sent the Chestnut Hill Business Association and the Parking Foundation into talks to merge with the Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District.


CHC women ninth in region, men also win Saturday

In a men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader at Chestnut Hill College last Saturday afternoon, the host Griffins fleeced Felician College of Rutherford, N.J. The Golden Falcons went home empty-handed, without a win or even a single goal.

CHC sophomore goaltenders Jessica Veazey and Michael Goldstein registered six saves and five saves, respectively, as the Griffin women won, 3-0, and the men prevailed, 1-0, against their conference rivals.


Last Sunday, while Chestnut Hill held its Fall for the Arts Festival, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Robert Fulton Elementary School in Germantown for a rally to energize Democratic voters. Local Chestnut Hill resident and 9th Ward Democratic Committee Leader John O’Connell was at the rally and managed to get some good photographs of the event.



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