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Chestnut Hill on Ice brings winter’s magic back to Germantown Avenue

Anyone nostalgic for those bone-chilling winters of yesteryear just might get a taste of the good old days at this year’s annual Chestnut Hill on Ice.

Autistic artist exhibits 'gift' at Allens Lane Gallery

Phoebe Murer, who is on the autism spectrum, had lots of dreams growing up, and nothing could really discourage her love of life.

The joy of rediscovering a close college friendship

Rich Weisenbach recently wrote a memoir. Naturally, I was curious as to why a minister would write his first book at age 81. So I gave him a call. 

Philly Lullaby Project pairs artists with parents to write songs for their babies

For three years, the Philadelphia Lullaby Project has been pairing parents with songwriters to write original lullabies for their babies.

Woodmere Art Museum starts the new year with a clean palette

The year starts at Woodmere with a feeling of gratitude as we reflect on the accomplishments of 2022.

Celebrating Kwanzaa’s principles at Center in the Park

As families around the world lit candles last week to observe Kwanzaa, one Philadelphia nonprofit carried out a mission to incorporate the holiday’s principles into its work in 2023.

Discover the ancient art of change bell ringing

Since the 1600s, the English have been ringing bells, some as big as the Liberty Bell. You are invited to an introduction to ringing.
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Joanne Dhody, a third-generation resident of Chestnut Hill and a beloved volunteer who never met a worthy cause she would not help, is stepping down as a library volunteer after 27 years.

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Meetings for Feb. 2 and Feb. 9
“The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs” is scheduled to be shown Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 pm in Saint Joseph’s Hall, followed by a discussion.
Due to an editing error, the Jan. 19 “Our Town” article incorrectly identified the restoration company that repaired the Catholic Total Abstinence Union Fountain.
He first picked up a chainsaw, his artistic weapon of choice, while studying the culinary arts at New York’s Parsons School of Design.
Salon owner Maryam Lavasani is hosting a life-sized sculpture of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old whose death at the hands of Iranian "morality police" has sparked worldwide protest.

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 renovation checklist: Will upgrades be worth it?

The real estate market appears to have cooled somewhat. But no matter what the market trends are, there always seems to be an interest in renovation.
Design Matters

Mirror, Mirror: finding the value in light

I was returning voicemails while vacationing in Monte Verde, Costa Rica, when I got a call from a most curious gentleman. We spoke for over an hour about design, travel and whimsy. 

Top 2023 gardening trends spark green inspiration

If the prospect of a frigid February and arctic March makes you daydream about sunny days tending your garden, then the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has compiled a list to prepare you for the spring ahead.

Renovation versus restoration: One professional's guide

If you own an historically significant building, you may be interested in a firm that specializes in the preservation and design of buildings built within a specific time frame. 

When you’re renovating, one thing leads to another

When Megan and Mario reached out to us they were thrilled about closing on their new property on Green Street.  Our task was to create a plan to refresh the very dated kitchen.


PC girls top GA again, close in on championship repeat

Just past mid-January, nothing was set in stone yet in the quest for the girls' basketball championship in the Inter-Ac League, but last Friday, Penn Charter made a big step towards retaining its title.

GFS girls encounter George School program on the rise

The Germantown Friends girls traveled to Bucks County last Tuesday to take on a George School hoops squad that is aiming to move up out of the middle of the pack in the Friends Schools League.

Shorthanded Mounties give Villa Maria a battle, falling 56-50

In last Thursday's Athletic Association of Catholic Academies basketball bout, host Mount St. Joseph Academy fell to Villa Maria, 56-50.

The Germantown Academy girls lost a close basketball game in their final contest of 2022, when GA was missing two important starters. Not anymore.

Five minutes into last Friday's Inter-Ac League basketball game, host Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was keeping it close with the Academy of Notre Dame. Then the situation deteriorated.
In boys' squash, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy posted its first win of the season last Tuesday, knocking off the visiting Friars of Malvern Prep, 6-1.
In men's basketball, Chestnut Hill College had been seesawing back and forth across the .500 mark for much of last month, but a victory in the Griffins' first contest of 2023 was their third win in a row.
The women of Chestnut Hill College were 5-6 overall a few days before the end of 2022, but won on the road on the last day of the year and then opened 2023 with a victory.

Beginning this year, OMC is one of only 30 schools in the country to offer the Challenger Experience Program, a STEM program that encourages students to use technology to resolve shared challenges.

The Miquon School, located in Conshohocken, recently announced the appointment of K. Geetha Holdsworth as its next principal, effective July 1, 2023.

Jessie Jane Lewis (1947–2011) may not be the most famous graduate of Springside School, now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), but it is doubtful that any others did more to advance the cause of the handicapped.

Local real estate tycoon, father of 11, dies at 95
Peter DePaul, Sr., was a true rags-to-riches story.
Chestnut Hill matriarch Jean Hemphill dies at 97
Jean Cálves Hemphill, who raised eight children in Chestnut Hill as the wife of the late city controller Alexander Hemphill, died Jan. 23 outside Oxford, MD.
Beloved local professor, scholar and editor dies at 89
Donald Rackin, 89, a professor of Victorian literature who taught at Temple University for 33 years, died at home on Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving.
Dr. Richard Stewart, Mt. Airy seminary's spiritual giant
Associate Professor Emeritus Richard N. Stewart died in his Mt. Airy home of 33 years on Nov. 13 after a long illness. He was 78.
'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. 
Opinion & letters
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.
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About Chestnut Hill
Security lapses frighten tenants at Chestnut Hill Village
Residents of the Village at Chestnut Hill, an apartment complex on the 7700 block of Crittenden Street next to the Market Square shopping center, are clamoring for management to increase security.
Meadowbrook Ave. developer gets fined and suspended
Infinite Enterprises, the construction company behind the development of 9402 Meadowbrook Avenue, was hit with $9,000 in fines and a three-month suspension after it “intentionally violated" city code.
Give blood
Our Mother of Consolation Church will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
CHCA agenda
Chestnut Hill Community Association Board of Directors Meeting
Cancer diagnosis while young creates 'a perfect storm'
It was a post unlike any I had ever seen before.