Community

Making lots of dough in Chestnut Hill for 30 years

Since 1992, Baker Street Bread Co. and Cafe  has crafted its pillowy, made-from-scratch creations for a hungry audience of residents, restaurants, wholesale customers and catering companies.

Piffaro salutes its founders in Hill concert

Piffaro, Philadelphia’s world-acclaimed Renaissance Band, presented its final series of concerts under the direction of its longtime artistic directors Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken on May 13-15.

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.

Hill’s new vegan chef rebelled against killing animals

Now, after 20 years of honing his craft in many fine restaurants, Hosey is using his skills to encourage others to make vegan or vegetarian choices.

Top stories

PNC Bank robbed in broad daylight

The PNC Bank at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Gravers Lane in Chestnut Hill was robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday in the early afternoon, while the sidewalk eateries nearby were full of people sitting outside and enjoying their lunch. 

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.

Homeowners hit with sudden and steep increases in property taxes

Homeowners in the Northwest are grappling with the potential impact of increases as high as 30 to 40 percent - and in some cases even more.

Maguire Foundation gives $10 million to Gwynedd Mercy University

The grant comes on the heels of another $10 million grant the Maguire Foundation gave to the Woodmere Art Museum in late April to help renovate St. Michael’s Hall. 
More News
Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s ever-popular annual fundraiser, the Hidden Gardens Tour, is back this year. 
Crime report for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 16 to May 23.
Candidates plus rules and ways to vote in CHCA election.
Chestnut Hill College celebrated its 95th Annual Commencement ceremony for students in the School of Undergraduate Studies and students in the Accelerated Adult Degree Program on Saturday.

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Roseann is retiring this month after 50 years as a Montessori teacher in Catholic schools, the last 38 of those years as a beloved first, second and third grade teacher at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy.

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: April 25 - May 1, 2022

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from April 25 to May 1. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period may be …

Crime Report: May 9 - May 15, 2022

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 9 to May 15. (Some crimes that occurred on dates earlier than the current period may be included.)

Homes and Gardens

Closets have come a long way since the early days of Chestnut Hill

The economic boom following World War II led to an even larger consumer culture and increased the desire for even more stuff, especially clothing, shoes and accessories.

Framing a picture is an art in itself

Deciding how to frame each work of art and where to hang it is an art in itself, which explains why Chestnut Hill has more than one fine art gallery and custom frame shop. 

A mural can be one of the most fascinating ways to enhance a wall

Discovered in the Chauvet Cave in France, the mural was first seen around 30,000 BC.  It has remained popular as a form of both public and private art ever since.

Sports

Area scullers earn four medals at Stotesbury Cup Regatta

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.

Four gold medals, six finalists for Mount at Stotesbury

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.

SCH softball is Inter-Ac League co-champion for 2022

With two easy softball victories last week, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy became co-champion of the Inter-Ac League for 2022.

Host GA fourth, SCH and PC boys fifth and sixth at Inter-Ac meet

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.

Mount St. Joseph Magic captured the team title for the second year in a row.
Now a sophomore, Burns earned a starting role for the Wolverines as a freshman.
It's often the case that a burst of offense in a single inning can decide the outcome of a softball game.
Schools

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) senior Delaney Brody has produced the EpiPhone - an insulated silicone case that attaches to the back of a cell phone to house an epinephrine device.

The Neurodiversity Life Skills Through Career Program, which will serve incoming students who have a neurodiversity diagnosis, will provide extra support starting the summer before their first year of college. 

Tammy D. Thomas, principal of Emlen Elementary School in East Mt. Airy, was just given the 2022 Lindback Distinguished Principal Award.

Obituaries
Barbara Holman Lynn, disability advocate, dies at 72
Barbara Holman Lynn, a passionate disability advocate who was lovingly known as “Barbara of Seville,” died suddenly on Friday, April 29, in Scranton, Pa.
Long-time Mt. Airy doctor/professor/actor dies at 84
Jean MacBryde, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, met Bob Swenson on a blind date when he was a freshman at Washington University School of Medicine.  “It was a terrible blind …
Prolific Mt. Airy journalist and author dies at 91
The 36-year Mt. Airy resident, who wrote countless fascinating and entertaining articles for many area publications, including the Chestnut Hill Local, died April 15 at the age of 91.
Longtime Hill author, journalism pioneer, dies at 92
Marion Lucille Steinmann had a long career at Life magazine, where she started as a science reporter and was later promoted to associate editor.
Hill's top cheerleader and world-class mom dies at 74
Margaret (Peggy) Jane Hendrie, a lifelong Chestnut Hill resident, passed away peacefully at age 74 on March 18, surrounded by her family.
Opinion & letters
Columns

Rex Avenue honors a founding family

When the progenitor of the clan for which Rex Avenue is named arrived in the Germantown settlement, the now eponymous lane still resembled the wooded path Lenni-Lenape elders walked in single-file to Council Rock, their sacred meeting place overlooking the Wissahickon valley.

A vibrant community includes all points of view

I do not, as a rule, write editorials. In general I don’t think my opinion on this or that topic is of particular interest to our readers. I’m more interested in what you have to …

Letter: Wyndmoor Memorial Day Parade

Wyndmoor’s 103rd annual Memorial Day Parade begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Letter: Yard Sale Surprises

At the end of the day we had raised $1,443.75 and there are a few sales pending. So, we may have more than $1500 in total.
Letters
EMAN has now created a division between the residential community and the business community....divisive to say the least. Working together to solve problems has taken a huge step backwards.
The repeal of Roe v. Wade offers the people of this nation a hope that we may begin the arduous process of reclaiming representative government from the soulless elites who have stolen it from us.
I’ve grown weary of articles in the Local that assume a progressive consensus in our neighborhood on almost everything related to sexuality, gender, and abortion.
About Chestnut Hill
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.
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.
Finally, Chestnut Hill gets a new librarian
“Why do we still need libraries now that almost every kid has a virtual Google library in their pocket?” 
Saving our stations: The 1983 restoration of the Gravers Lane 
The Gravers Lane train station, the first building in Chestnut Hill to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, was in grave danger when the Historical Society took it on.
With two weeks to go, state rep. candidates DeLissio and Khan make their cases
Running in this year’s Democratic primary are six-term incumbent Pam DeLissio, who for the past 12 years has served Roxborough and parts of Montgomery County, and Tarik Khan, a nurse who made a name for himself getting more than 500 Philadelphians vaccinated during the pandemic.