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Clean streets mean better business

With indoor dining restrictions lifting and summer crowds returning, this is the time of year when the Chestnut Hill Business District puts everything in place for the rest of the year.

For Mt. Airy BID, a green corridor is a better look for businesses

 Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is responsible for more than two miles of Germantown Avenue, from Cresheim Valley Road to Washington Lane. Starting at Washington Lane, Germantown United CDC takes over for the next few miles.
COVID-19 Update

Safer at Home Restrictions Lifted

On Friday, June 11, Philadelphia will end the indoor mask mandate and the 11 p.m. last call for restaurants. These are the final Safer at Home restrictions to be lifted as the city fully reopens.

LUPZ opposes 540 W. Moreland division plan due to lack of detail

The proposed division of 540 W. Moreland Ave was opposed by the committee on the grounds that it provided no information on plans for the new lot, nor architectural details for restoration of the existing main house.
Community

'Library Cat' becomes Mt. Airy's beloved 'Church Cat'

My library system had a strict “no library cats” policy, but Shadow Perlmutter didn’t know anything about that. And if he had, I’m sure he would have disregarded it.

51 Marathons: Now that’s Something to Talk About!

“Hill work is speed work in disguise,” said Paul Hines on Sunday, May 30, as he and a small entourage of runners slogged through the rain up Valley Green Road toward Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Hollywood comes to Mt. Airy for HBO mystery series

Mt. Airy became the intersection of history and Hollywood when some of the HBO seven-episode miniseries “Mare of Easttown” was filmed at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.

More News
The Philadelphia Flower Show is being held outdoors this year for the first time since 1829, the year it was founded by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
A new neighborhood group is forming in response to rapid density-oriented real estate development in Mt. Airy clustered along Germantown and Chew Avenues. East Mt. Airy resident, Linda Bell, is …
The Friends of the Wissahickon held its annual meeting again on Tuesday, June 1 via Zoom, the second time it was compelled to do so to account for Covid-19 mitigation. The tone of the meeting, …
I have seen countless reviews of businesses and non-profits on the internet since the World Wide Web was created in 1990, but I have never seen a group of reviews quite as overwhelmingly impressive as those from patients at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness in East Falls.
Business
Most readers of this newspaper are surely familiar with the name Albany, the capital of New York State, but most are probably not familiar with the name Michael Albany, a long-time Mt. Airy professional photographer with a seemingly endless list of business clients.
Crime

Crime Report: stolen cars and auto break-ins

 The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between May 24 to June 6. Some dates earlier than the current period took place at …

Chill Local
Arts

The Germantown Friends School All-School Art Show is now open, hosted online for the second year! The virtual portrait exhibit was conceived as a communal reflection of the past year. …

“Gideon Mendel: Drowning World” dramatically demonstrates the effects of catastrophic flooding on people in the U.S. and around the world.
Quintessence Theatre Group will present Thornton Wilder's “The Seven Deadly Sins" as an audio theater series.
Flix

Despite sporting a title that makes it sound like a refreshingly forthright slasher flick, this sprawling epic is actually a thought-provoking morality fable about manifest destiny and man-first destiny.   Maybe it’s true that no man is an island, …

Food for Thought

This week, I was headed through Flourtown to go to Starbucks when I almost had a car wreck on Bethlehem Pike. There it was: SWEETZELS emblazoned big and bold on the glass outside 1501 Bethlehem Pike.

Worth Reading
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.
Citizen Canine

During the pandemic, taking care of a dog proved to be a great way of coping. In appreciation to dogs for helping us get through this difficult year, we’re starting “Citizen …

BOOKS

Lauded biographer of musical icons discovered on Hill

When I found out recently that John Szwed has been living in Chestnut Hill for years, I was floored. I thought for sure he'd be living in New York or L.A.

Noteworthy

Piffaro ends season with spectacular fugues

Piffaro, Philadelphia Renaissance Band, closed out its 2020-2021 season of concerts with a “virtual” performance of “Fuguing from Obrect to Bach,” recorded in Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Delaware.

Homes & Home
Gardening

How to grow flowering orchid cacti on your enclosed porch

My wife, Valerie, is particularly fond of the flowers that bloom on our front porch for a month starting in mid-April. The orchid cacti (two specimens are in bloom in the picture) have survived another winter on our climate-controlled, enclosed front porch.

On mothers, daughters and houseplants

The Clivia plant that my wife, Valerie, is inspecting in the photo is at least fifty years old; it was her mother’s.

Features

As pandemic wanes, world of design shows signs of return

The joys of working in the field of design are many, but as of late, the changes that have occurred over the past several years have become a bit more challenging.

When designers are given ‘carte blanche’ over a project

Normally this space is reserved to talk about design trends, styles, colors and architectural elements. These are the foundations of design. Rarely is it discussed exactly how those design projects evolve to completion.
Real estate
An architect’s rendering shows what the entryway to 7111 Germantown Avenue, a new condo development, will look like once complete. By Pete Mazzaccaro Local developer Ken Weinstein has made a …
Alex Aberle and Violette Levy stand in front of their 16-room, 6,724-square-foot structure with 12-foot-high ceilings, revitalizing one of Mt. Airy’s most historic homes into an airy modern …
Mimi represents this property at 28 West Abington, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick twin that was the home of one family for over 50 years. Asking price is $349,900. By Stacia Friedman Magnolia, …
Sports

A memorable year for 3 baseball-playing brothers at SCH

For three brothers to all play varsity baseball together is quite the feat, especially when one is in 9th grade and the other in 10th.

Mount track wins league, senior becomes state champion

Mount St. Joseph Academy complemented its 2020 Catholic Academies cross country championship by winning the 2021 league title in track and field last month, and the Magic didn't stop there. Annie …

The 2021 lacrosse season came to an end for Mount St. Joseph Academy last Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA tournament. Seeded fourth coming out of District 1, the Magic clashed with …

After cruising through the first two rounds of the PIAA District 1 Class 2A lacrosse tournament two weeks ago, third-seeded Mount St. Joseph Academy found rough going last week in its final two …
There hadn't been any easy outcomes when Penn Charter and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy met twice on the softball field during the 2021 regular season. The SCH Blue Devils came from behind to take …
Schools

A soaking thunderstorm? Check. Soggy backpacking gear? Yes. Hiking six-to-ten miles a day? Check. Exhaustion? Yes. Exhilaration, laughter, unforgettable bonding? Indeed.

Dr. Delvin M. Dinkins will begin in July 2022.

This summer, the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, located on Germantown Avenue, will say goodbye to a legend.

Zoom on Zoom  premiered as a Facebook Live event on Friday, May 7 on PMFS's  Facebook page, and is still available for viewing.

The Henry H. Houston Elementary School in Mt. Airy and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) in Chestnut Hill are pleased to announce that the two schools have formed a partnership to bring a branch of the nationally recognized Horizons program to the SCH campus starting this summer.

Obituaries
Marie Rankin, eccentric, generous Hiller, dies at 81
Marie Rankin, of Chestnut Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25 at the age of 81. Marie was born in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. At age 16, Marie traveled by boat alone to the U.S. in …
Anthony Kroch, linguistics professor
Anthony (Tony) Kroch, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer at the age of 75 on April 27 in his home in Mt. AIry. He was attended by his wife, family and …
George O. Herold
George O. Herold of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home, in the company of his beloved wife Cara, on April 16, 2021.  George, who was 92, had been battling a series of …
Clarence A. “Otto” McGowan, Jr., 85
Clarence Aloysius McGowan, Jr., 85 of Chestnut Hill, died on Tuesday April 6, 2021 due to complications from metastatic melanoma. The eldest of a sister and three brothers, Mr. McGowan was born to …
Mary Anne McNelis Myer
“Polly” Myer, 93, of Chestnut Hill, died at home surrounded by family on April 22. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of ‘48, and Mount St. Joseph Academy …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

The reading chair saga: I nail the ending, sit down and shut up

I know, I know, the world is waiting to see how I resolved my reading chair dilemma, so now I can finally finish this series of columns and tell you the happy ending.

Opinion

We need more voting, not less

A colleague of mine has a favorite saying for whenever he hears of anything that rubs up against the norms we take for granted in a free society. It can be anything from a wrongful arrest to the …

Career Column: How to make the most of online job resources

Make sure you know your own story, and also know that right now, there are certainly options for you despite how overwhelming a job search may feel. 

Fair and balanced?

When Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch cooked up the Fox News Network in 1996, Ailes decided to subtitle the network “Fair and Balanced.” As marketing gimmicks go, it was clever. It spoke to …
Letters
Reports of animals in distress alone in parked vehicles are on the increase.  A vehicle can turn into hell on wheels as time runs out for the innocent victim of carelessness.  Leaving your …
Since the time of your article about our Whitemarsh Art Center's operations during the pandemic (“Great pandemic education rewards for local arts agency,” Oct. 8, 2020), many doors have …
I am not quite sure what prompted me to write an editorial letter to the local paper as I have never done this before; however, I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about and talking with my patients about kindness. 
About Chestnut Hill
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Nurses Week
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Covid collecting for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs …
Discovering Chestnut Hill: The Wissahickon Garden Club
Normally, the first week of March brings us a reminder that spring is just around the corner, with the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania …
Together with our community champions: Looking back at 2020 for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Because of your support, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has been able to sustain our stewardship of the history, architecture, and open space we treasure.
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Women’s Equality Day observed
This photograph from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Archives appears to show women heading to the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession held in Washington, D.C., in protest of the lack of voting rights …