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Actor, author, and war zone tank commander

Lafayette Hill resident Richard Lyntton's life would make a pretty good movie. He’s been a captain and a tank commander in the British military, observed and documented war crimes in Bosnia, been abducted by Serbs in Sarajevo and written several books. 

Mt. Airy author can walk her way into your heart

You might not think that a book about walking would be a page-turner, but a new book proves that any subject can be fascinating if it is told in a compelling way.

Taking on the U.S. Postal Service

Residents have had longtime issues with the neighborhood’s only post office. They say mail has been lost, stolen, and incorrectly or slowly delivered.

Locals celebrate Juneteenth with a range of events

This weekend brings a variety of opportunities to celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Black Independence Day. 

Snacktime Philly brings the party to Chestnut Hill

The COVID pandemic may have resulted in some of the most stressful, isolated moments in many of our lives, but it was good for at least one thing. It brought us the city’s favorite brass band, Snacktime, which is scheduled to play the second concert in this year’s Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Pastorius Park summer concert series on June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Grassroots push to preserve Harston Woods gains momentum

If you think you’ve been seeing a lot of “Save Harston Woods” yard signs in Springfield Township that’s because nearly 200 have been sold by the Friends of Harston Woods (FHW), a grassroots organization trying to save one of the few remaining open spaces in the township.  
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Community Feature

Last Tuesday was opening night in the long-running Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Summer Basketball League, which got its start decades ago at Chestnut Hill's own Water Tower Recreation Center.

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Due to the holiday schedule, this week’s crime report will appear in next week’s paper.
You wonder, “Isn’t a resident a student?”  And then, “If there’s a resident working, then what is an intern?”
Mamma Pina carved thin slices of horse meat for the luncheon carpaccio. Her son-in-law, award-winning Philadelphia chef Jeff Michaud, stirred an antique copper pot of bubbling polenta on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove.
Business
Almost a quarter into the 21st century, a new problem has entered our lives. People of all ages now find themselves with more personal audiovisual material than ever before - and with so many of …
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

Traditionalism’s cozier spaces are making a comeback

Today’s living rooms are providing us with much more than a place to put guests after a family meal. Whether you call it a drawing room, sitting room, living room or family room, the “heart of the home,” as it is so often called, is now receiving wider decorative attention than ever. 

Man on a mission to rescue strangled trees

Nicolas Troyano is on a mission to remove the invasive ivy that is strangling so many huge trees in Chestnut Hill.

Architecture is best when it serves humans, not stars

Christopher Alexander believed that ordinary people, not just trained architects, should have a hand in designing their own houses, neighborhoods and cities.

Historic Germantown charts a path toward greater relevance

Even before pandemic shutdowns, historic house museums were having a rough time. But our local house museums are working hard to buck that trend, including those in Historic Germantown.

Celebrating Modern architecture in the Northwest

Northwest Philadelphia’s remarkable treasures of Modern architecture are being celebrated in late May at the annual DOCOMOMO-US conference, this year being held in Philadelphia.

Sports

Summer hoops league launches at Germantown Academy

Summer league basketball action got underway on Monday, June 13, with the Germantown Academy Patriots playing host to a number of Suburban One League girls' teams, as well as St. Hubert's.

Women's college league back for summer basketball season

Last Tuesday was opening night in the long-running Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Summer Basketball League, which got its start decades ago at Chestnut Hill's own Water Tower Recreation Center.

Summer hoops league launches at Germantown Academy

Summer league basketball action got underway on Monday, June 13.

Rowers from Germantown Academy, Germantown Friends School, Penn Charter, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy joined athletes from more than 180 other schools last Friday and Saturday for the annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

Last Friday and Saturday Mount St. Joseph Academy upheld a long tradition of success at major crew events as the Magic competed in the 95th annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill.
With two easy softball victories last week, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy became co-champion of the Inter-Ac League for 2022.
For the three Inter-Ac League schools located on this side of the Schuylkill River, points were hard to come by last Saturday at the 2022 track and field championships.
Penn Charter had been a close second to champion Germantown Academy.
Schools

At the June 6 workshop meeting, Springfield Township manager Michael Taylor outlined updated strategies implemented by township police in response to the mass shooting last month at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy celebrated the 10th anniversary of its distinctive program for teaching entrepreneurship this year with the announcement of a $3 million gift from former board chair Dick Hayne.

Almost a year and a half after announcing his departure, Head of School Stephen L. Druggan is stepping down from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to become the Superintendent of the American School of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 

Obituaries
Professor, author and social justice champion dies at 86
In the mid-1960s, when I was a graduate student in English Literature at Temple University, I met a communications professor there named Herb Simons.
Beloved Hill children's doctor dies in bike accident
Dr. Douglas Arthur Canning, a Chestnut Hill resident for 30 years, beloved chief of the Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, devoted family man and lover of the outdoors, died at age 65 on Monday, May 30, after suffering severe injuries from a bicycle accident on a road in Connecticut. 
Wyndmoor's fabled Shakespearean scholar dies at 74
Dr. Harold Stenger was a legendary teacher of Shakespeare plays.
Pioneering restaurateur and entertainer dies at 93
Jeannine Mermet, a multi-talented, strong, self-reliant businesswomen and professional singer and dancer long before the word “feminism” was commonly used, died at the age of 93 on May 17, surrounded by her loving family. 
Inspirational Mt. Airy professor, 'mensch,' dies at 87
Norman Aaron Newberg, a Mt. Airy resident, author, and University of Pennsylvania professor who trained a generation of educators, died in his sleep on May 8 at age 87.
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About Chestnut Hill
Mt. Airy Day Cancelled
Mt. Airy Day, the annual festival celebrating the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood, has been cancelled because of weather forecasts predicting rain and thunderstorms this weekend.
Bass commits to funding more pickleball courts
City Councilmember Cindy Bass committed to contributing capital funding to move pickleball courts from the Water Tower Recreation Center during a Monday night meeting and said that her office would work to create more pickleball courts across the 8th Councilmanic District.
Philly Goat Project visits Hill preschoolers
The 65 children brushed the five animals in three separate half-hour sessions, and gave them carrot treats in the playground.
Parks & Rec put on notice by Water Tower neighbors over pickleball noise
June 15 will mark the end of the city’s piloting period for new hours, which started in March.
Community Rallies to Support the Water Tower Recreation Center
Thursday’s dinner was the first event of an effort to fund components of a Master Plan developed to improve the recreation center and grounds now and in the coming years.