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CHCA Appeal includes funds for The Local, Pt. 2

In last week’s Chestnut Hill Local, I wrote about the financial state of the paper. This year, unlike previous years, you will be able to help The Local address some immediate needs when you give to the CHCA Annual Appeal.
Features

Water Tower Craft Show returning after 5-year hiatus

For more than 30 years, organizers hosted a holiday craft show every December at the Water Tower Recreation Center, connecting dozens of artisans from the Philadelphia area with shoppers. Now it's coming back.
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Is your home actually ready for the holidays?

let Birdwatch catch up on your home maintenance while you spend your time catching up with friends and family.

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Wednesday, November 23 Manayunk gets lit Gather on Main Street for the third annual holiday decorating event.

Local artists and artisans on display for the holiday

Northwest Philadelphia has a long history of supporting its artists and craftsmen, especially during this season of giving and gifting. Our community is enriched by their presence.

The halls are decked and the season’s events are jolly

The holiday spirit of Santa, Ralphie Parker, Buddy the Elf, and a post-conversion Grinch descends on the Northwest Philadelphia area as neighborhood residents celebrate.

Black Friday looms

The holiday season feels more familiar this year as the world gets back to normal, with many people getting out and about with less worry about Covid.
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Community Feature

You'd never know it from his 25-year career as a professional actor with many accolades that Germantown resident Gregory Isaac did not secure his first theatrical role in a school play because of any acting ability.

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Dec. 1, 2022: Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee, 8pm via Zoom
The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from Nov. 14-Nov. 27. 
When the Lantern Theater announced that it would be coming to Mt. Airy’s former Presbyterian Church at the corner of Germantown and Mt. Pleasant avenues, there was at least one issue it didn’t see coming.
Councilmember Cindy Bass introduced legislation in City Council on Thursday that would combat the theft of catalytic converters.
Business
Germantown business leaders launched the shopping season with multiple Small Business Saturday events.
Crime

Crime Report: May 16 to June 6

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 16 to June 6. 

Homes and Gardens

A Williamsburg Christmas echoes a colonial era

As we approach the holidays with great anticipation, we begin to see the season take shape before us: the garlands on the poles along Germantown Avenue, the twinkling lights, the big red bows, the the aroma of balsam fir. 

Leaning in and kicking back in Andes, NY

As a designer, I have been hired many times by homeowners who have purchased a house that’s perfect in all ways but one.

Keep your tree fresh this holiday season

Few things draw the attention of holiday guests quite like an awe-inspiring Christmas tree.

A modern update for a mid-century treasure

Perhaps while on your way to C&C Creamery, you may have noticed a mid-century treasure on Hermit Street just above Henry Avenue.

Resurrecting the past can create something new

The architectural elements of any building during any specific period provide a myriad of details about the economic, social, and political climate of the day.

Sports

Local woman celebrated for Hall of Fame "Vichy Eight"

A group of pioneers in women's crew, members of what became known as the Vichy Eight, were inducted recently into the National Rowing Hall of Fame, including Chestnut Hill resident Barbara Hoe.

NFA soccer champions

The Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Co-ed Varsity Soccer Team won the 2022 CAL Championship with a final score of 3-1.

SCH soccer seniors are leaving an impressive legacy

When Springside Chestnut Hill Academy won its second straight Pa. Independent Schools championship in girls' soccer last week, the outcome marked the conclusion of a remarkable high school career for the Class of 2023.

For the girls on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer team, there was one more box to check.

On the last weekend of the intramural soccer season, the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club soccer team played a "friendly" game with Hunter Soccer Club at the Water Tower Recreation Center.
Germantown Academy and Springside Chestnut Hill split their two official Inter-Ac League games this fall, and last Tuesday the Patriots and Blue Devils got to meet a third time.
The boys' and girls' soccer teams from Germantown Academy, Penn Charter and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy all went into action last Tuesday in quarterfinal games in the Pa. Independent Schools tournament.
Schools

While plastic continues to pile up in our landfills, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s fourth-grade students are fighting plastic pollution.

Undefeated Inter-Ac League champions in volleyball, Germantown Academy advanced to the finals of the Pa. Independent Schools tournament in its final home court match last Wednesday.

What began as a cold, wet morning last Tuesday turned into a brilliant fall afternoon. However, when the sun set, it also set on Mount St. Joseph Academy's field hockey season.

Obituaries
'Germantown girl,' a show biz superstar, dies at 64
In the Philadelphia theater community, lifelong Germantown resident Joilet Harris-Lawton was regarded as a superstar. 
Popular preschool director and hospital receptionist dies at 87
Rujean Inglis Mitinger, 87, of Chestnut Hill, former director of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill Preschool, died on Nov. 6.
'Incredibly persistent' author of Philly nostalgia dies
“Len, please write an obituary about me. I trust you to say the right things. I just want my book to be legendary!”
Hill scholar led a big life in a quiet way
It is difficult for most of us to appreciate the towering intellect of someone like Dr. Nathan Sivin, who lived in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years. He died June 24.
Former fixture in Hill retail dies suddenly in his home
Mt. Airy native William “Bill” Markloff was a kind, gentle soul who hired and mentored countless young students at the Top of the Hill Market and Cafe on East Evergreen Ave.
Opinion & letters
Editorials
This year, unlike previous years, you will be able to help The Local address some immediate needs when you give to the CHCA Annual Appeal. 
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
A contemporary twist for a literary classic
Stagecrafters kicked off the holiday season with a lush production of "Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley."
Local lawyer, musician and author mines gold again
Richard Tuttle, a professional musician and retired lawyer who just released the CD single, “Break Someone Else's Heart,” is also an author whose dialogue is often spellbinding.
Cancer survivor and papermaker headline exhibit at Allens Lane Art Center
Somewhere between the third and sixth grade, Mt. Airy resident Nancy Agati decided she might like to be an artist one day.
Tuesday Nights at the Movies
DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME (1947 / 65m) THE BRUTE MAN (1946 / 58m)
Quintessence Theatre wins prestigious Barrymore
Quintessence Theatre Group has won Theater Philadelphia’s $25,000 Philadelphia Award for Social Insight, honoring the company for its production of "Flyin' West."