'Gold medal' ice cream shop gets right to the pint

“I work from 5:30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. If someone invented a 25th hour or an eighth day in the week, I'd be working it,” said Danielle Jowdy. Her shop, Zsa's Ice Cream, at 6616 Germantown …

Turtle Ridge brings folk and bluegrass to Pastorius Park

Turtle Ridge brings their expansive folk and bluegrass to Pastorius Park A folk group hailing from “the beautiful hills of Roxborough,” Turtle Ridge performs music steeped in a long …

Homeschooled kids explore their own interests at Natural Creativity

It’s 9 a.m. on a Thursday in May in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and a group of homeschooled young people, ages 4 to 18, are filtering into a building on Pulaski Avenue. Inside, …

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.
Local Calendar
Community Feature

June is now well known as Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Rainbow flags are plentiful around the neighborhood. Young children may see all the colorful excitement and wonder what …

More News
The following report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from June 14 to June 16. (Some crimes that occurred on the dates earlier than the current period but …
In early June, 16 families from C. W. Henry and Henry Houston schools went to Harrisburg to demand legislators pass a budget that allocates fair funding to Pennsylvania public schools. The day was …
When we launched our Idea Labs, earlier this month, we weren't sure how the community would react, or if people would come out and engage with us, with me.  We should've known.  These past …
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm, Development Review Committee
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 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.


30th season begins for college summer hoops league

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 …

Jordan Dill closes in on the GFS basketball points record

The Germantown Friends School Tigers are up only three points with a minute to go. Sophomore Jordan Dill is dog tired. Their star player has had to fill a less offensive role tonight with one of the …

GFS boys win state tennis championship

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.

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.

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."

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
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.