Features

Northwest neighborhoods built on regional rails

For more than a century, the regional rail lines that serve our Northwest neighborhoods have been an integral part of Chestnut Hill.
Senior Life

Peeking into the past: My time with TV's ‘angry young man’

I was rummaging through my basement files last week when I stumbled across the notes of one of my all-time favorite interviews.

Intergenerational collaboration on screen with ‘Neighbor Ladies’

On April 28, 20 years after the release of the documentary short film Neighbor Ladies, a screening was held. Its themes remain relevant.

Art For Justice unveils some uncomfortable truths

Daniel Gwynn, Muti Ajamu-Osagboro, Eddie Ramirez and Chester Hollman III spent 126 combined years behind bars for crimes they did not commit. 
Happy Father's Day

Beyond the byline: Lessons from my journalist father

Sorry, Dad. I know you weren't a fan of Father's Day. But my colleagues at The Local have challenged me to write about your influence on me.

Burial plots help families coping with childhood illness

Nonprofits are always looking for ways to raise funds, but the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund may have a new twist.
Local Calendar
Community Feature

The Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Summer Basketball League, which traces its origins to Chestnut Hill's Water Tower Recreation Center in the mid-1990's, launched its 30th season on Tuesday, June …

More News
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm, Development Review Committee
A program to reduce gun violence by providing free street cleaning will begin operating in Mt. Airy and Germantown in June.
The following report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from June 1 to June 11.
Due to an editing error, last week’s Chestnut Hill crime report about a stolen rifle inaccurately referred to the type of gun.
Business
At Mt. Airy Biergarten, a weekend "popup" spot on Germantown Avenue, what started as a side project has blossomed into a labor of love.
Crime

Crime Report

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

Hidden gems for home decor at a new local ReStore

I used to drive all the way to Maple Shade to browse the treasures that can be found at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. But now I don't have to.
By Design

When renovating, windows and doors need special care

When preserving historic architecture, which brings so many benefits to a community, including sustainability, windows and doors carry particular importance.

New Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the Neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia recently opened the doors to its second ReStore, following the popular example of its South Philadelphia counterpart. The new store and donation center, located at …

The historic character of our neighborhood is a design all its own

When most people think about design, they usually immediately think of interiors. But we are surrounded by design no matter where we are. 

Sometimes you need a contractor who can say ‘no’

Almost every person who undertakes a major house renovation wants to get the very most for the budget they have.

Sports

SCH softball battles past GA and PC to capture Indy Schools title

After suffering a 1-0 loss in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament finals a year ago, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's softball team captured the 2024 championship last Thursday at Ursinus College.

Area crews medal at sprawling Stotesbury Cup Regatta

Germantown Friends School and Mount St. Joseph Academy made strong showings on the Schuylkill alongside Kelly Drive.

Episcopal Academy proved to be an unstoppable force at the Inter-Ac League track and field championships, winning both the boys' and girls' team titles at Penn Charter.

Mount St. Joseph Academy last Tuesday won its fourth straight track and field championship in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies.
Mount St. Joseph Academy won its fourth straight track and field championship in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies. It wasn't close.
There's been a major development in Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's track and field program: Coach Paul Hines officially retired.
The Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club (CHYSC) Junior Baseball players are buzzing with competitive spirit as they near midseason.
Schools

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Lower School has recently earned the first "Bird Safe Schools" recognition from Bird Safe Philly.

Chestnut Hill College and Our Mother of Consolation celebrated Earth Day with "Hands Across Chestnut Hill."

Obituaries
Tragic death of daughter spurs parents to save lives
It was a sudden and terrible shock to all those who loved her when 19-year-old Caroline Shea Kyle died in her sleep at home on July 9, 2022.
A leader in government, journalism and the arts
Verna Mae Andersen Shmavonian, who served as a director of research and technical staff in Philadelphia City Council, died peacefully in her sleep on April 18.
Hill's Van Sciver Furniture chain descendant dies at 53
Carolyn Louise Van Sciver Armstrong, formerly of Chestnut Hill, died unexpectedly March 27 in Orlando, Florida.
Beloved farm manager, 33, dies in car accident
On March 27, a Philadelphia man was arrested and charged with drunk driving and vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Nala Bloom.
Henry School legend who fled Nazi Germany dies at 94
Eve R. Oshtry, a Holocaust survivor and two-time Teacher of the Year at the Charles W. Henry School, died Feb. 24.
Opinion & letters
Editorials
I joined the Chestnut Hill Local Board when I was 29. To my peers: If we aren't involved, the places and spaces around us won't represent us.
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
Kimberly James bridal shop has new home on the Avenue
Kimberly James, owner of the eponymous Chestnut Hill bridal boutique that until recently was situated at 15 W. Highland Ave., has a new home at 8333 Germantown Ave.
Mermaid Lane Conservation Overlay gets final vote
Chestnut Hill's East Mermaid Lane Neighborhood Conservation Overlay is to take effect immediately following a vote by the Planning Commission.
Thirteen candidates vie for seven 2024 CHCA board seats
The following people are running to represent the community on the board of the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Arson at Chestnut Hill East; Feasterville man charged
A Feasterville man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire he is alleged to have started at the SEPTA Chestnut Hill East regional rail train station.
Bass weighs in on new NCO
City Councilmember Cindy Bass met with Chestnut Hill community members to discuss a proposed zoning conservation overlay for East Mermaid Lane.