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Preservationists shocked as SEPTA demolishes landmark

Philadelphia preservationists were alarmed to find the inbound passenger canopy for the former Fishers Station on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail line demolished on July …

An actress finds the beauty in never giving up

Set in the isolated mountains of Connemara in County Galway, Ireland, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” tells a sometimes comic - and sometimes dark - story.

In ‘Proof,’ actor takes on role of delusional genius and beloved father 

Bob Weick didn't start acting until he was 40, when a music director for his choral group suggested he give it a try.

Sustainability Fair: Small ways to make big changes

Want to learn about small changes you can make to help safeguard the environment? Come to Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church in Chestnut Hill for a Sustainability Fair on Oct. 2.

The not-so ‘White Album’

One of the most beautiful parts about design is seeing what other people enjoy.

Black Arts Festival this week hopes to bridge racial gap

The Rev. Robert Polk, a 94-year-old resident of the Cathedral Village Retirement Community in upper Roxborough, said there were almost no other Black residents when he moved there 20 years ago.

Local painter with an amazing first solo show

Linda Chicchi has already sold a dozen of the 32 paintings at her solo show at Center on the Hill, the activity center for seniors located in the Presbyterian Church on Germantown Avenue.
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Chestnut Hill resident Nelson Diaz has chronicled his life in the autobiography “Not from Here, Not from There."

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The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from Sept. 19-25. 
A man believed to be associated with the rape of a 71-year-old woman in Mt. Airy on Sept. 15 was taken into custody in North Carolina on Monday morning.
Today there is no shortage of opinions about young people presumably wasting their time while glued to their phones. But one cannot help but be impressed by Karina Chan-van der Helm.
George Drakopoulos’s Malelani Cafe, located at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Pelham Road, was broken into last Sunday for the second time in about a month.

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. 

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A full range of home goods, all here on the Hill

Chestnut Hill furniture showrooms are as diverse as homeowners’ lifestyles.

His Royal Highness has something to say to Chestnut Hill

With the death of Queen Elizabeth, I listened to TV commentators talk about the ascension of Prince Charles to the throne, becoming King Charles III. 

When you know you’re really at home 

What gives us that sense of being truly at home? It's different for each of us.

Details that matter when renovating a historic building

Because Philadelphia is a city of historical importance, and so many smaller communities within the city have received National Historic District status, most homeowners take great pride in their work.

A pop-up shop cultivates a commitment to plant

The second annual Jabali Jungle event in Germantown celebrated plant and flower shops, and urban farms owned by people of color.


At the end, GA booters make things exciting at Agnes Irwin

Host Agnes Irwin led 3-1 at halftime in last Friday's Inter-Ac League soccer game, and as the second period wound down it looked like the Owls would coast to victory over Germantown Academy.

Mount field hockey logs league win over Villa Joseph Marie

Mount St. Joseph Academy notched its first league win in field hockey last Thursday afternoon, defeating visiting Villa Joseph Marie by a score of 7-0.

Mount volleyball falters in the stretch at Plymouth Whitemarsh

Top teams know how to close out a game, as the Mount St. Joseph Academy volleyball team found out on a Saturday morning visit to Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

Host Springside Chestnut Hill Academy won the tennis matches at the top and bottom of the line-up sheet last Tuesday, but visiting Germantown Academy took the five bouts in between.

For some time, the Penn Charter field hockey team has changed head coaches every one or two years, but now its looks like the Quakers may have found a mentor who will become a steady leader.
As their early non-league field hockey games grew progressively more challenging, the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Blue Devils found themselves in a real battle last Thursday.
After overcoming Shipley School and George School in preseason scrimmages, the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy volleyball team had a different outcome against a third Friends Schools League squad.
Germantown Academy graduated six players off of its 2021 field hockey team, including Sydney Cameron, who is now on the team at Wesleyan University.

While Mount St. Joseph Academy graduated five players at various positions from its 2021 volleyball team, the Magic performed well in an August 29 scrimmage.

It's their year. Members of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Class of 2023 first began to appear on the varsity roster as eighth graders. Now they are seniors.

The Mount St. Joseph Academy tennis team looks to extend its reign in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies this fall, having won its seventh straight league championship last fall.

Mt. Airy teacher and photographer saw beauty everywhere
“I have received so many letters since Martha died about how she affected people's lives."
John Rauch, a good friend and neighbor
Northwest Philadelphia has recently lost one of our beloved longtime neighbors, John Rauch. To the world at large, John was one of the 20th century’s most important architects. He had a long …
Passionate Mt. Airy mental health advocate dies at 69
When Flo Messier became the supervisor of the mental health unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in 2018, she told me it was her “dream job.”
World-class Germantown jazz guitar 'Queen' dies at 70
I am not a jazz aficionado, but when I heard lifelong Germantown resident Monnette Sudler play the guitar in October of 2014 at one of Woodmere Art Museum's Friday Night Jazz series, I was blown away.
Medical pioneer, 50-year Mt. Airy resident, dies at 84
Dr. RobRoy MacGregor 3d was a 1964 graduate of Harvard Medical School with the highest honors, an expert on infectious diseases, an early champion of HIV treatment and an emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
Opinion & letters
Our most observant readers detected that last week’s issue of the Local was dated September 9 instead of September 8.
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About Chestnut Hill
Hiram Lodge fire ruled accidental
Questions remain about whether ongoing construction at the site had been conducted with required city permits.
New exhibit by Hill artist who survived head-on collision
Alphonso “Al” Lassiter, 72, has a perpetually smiling face that has brightened up the Chestnut Hill Weavers Way market at the cash register and around the store for the past 12 years.
Crime Report
The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from Sept. 5-19. 
Needle exchange advocate to speak to Hill Rotary Club
According to city statistics, Philadelphia hit 1,250 opioid overdose deaths last year – a situation that Jose Benitez, CEO of Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), knows all too well.
Hiller left world of finance for service in Guatemala
When Brendan Dwyer was four years old, his mom, Marianne, became the director of Teenagers, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to connect teens to the world through community service.