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Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network services needed more during pandemic

Philadelphia was experiencing a housing crisis before COVID arrived. The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) has been meeting the needs of the community with its holistic model since the start of the pandemic.

SEPTA Stations can still be a destination even without trains

Philly Office Retail handles the leases for three regional rail stations. Ken Weinstein and his partners are looking into eight more.

Chestnut Hill West resumes limited service on Monday

SEPTA announced last week that it would resume limited, weekday-only service on its Chestnut Hill West Line. That line has been closed last year when initial stay-at-home orders closed nearly all …
Community

Holocaust survivor shares incredible escape story with Folkshul families

Holocaust survivor Ruth Kapp Hartz recently spoke to members of the last generation to hear her story at Jewish Children’s Folkshul in Chestnut Hill. Her message? Kindness saves lives, and we need that kindness now.

Mt. Airy CDC awards $27K in Covid business relief

Mt. Airy CDC (Community Development Corp.) last week announced the awarding of $27,000 in grants to 24 local businesses through the Go Mt. Airy Covid-19 Business Relief Fund. This fourth round of funding, the largest of the four rounds, brings the total raised since the fund launched last March to over $80,000.

Library Friends’ Hilltop Books opens by appointment

Hilltop Books  is a project of the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.

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Henry O’Reilly’s plan to demolish his company’s headquarters at 30 W. Highland Ave. and replace it with eight townhouses has prompted one Hill resident to organize opposition to the plan online, with more than 80 respondents saying they were concerned the project would negatively impact the neighborhood.
The use of telehealth in palliative care at Chestnut Hill Hospital has exploded over the past 10 months, according to B. Brent Simmons, MD., Chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the hospital and Director of the Drexel University/Tower Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.
By the last quarter of 2019, common wisdom held that real estate in Philadelphia was about to peak. By February 2021, home prices were up by 12% over the previous year.
Case rates of the coronavirus continue to fall in Philadelphia and vaccination rates gradually rise, as the city works out how to expand sites and get the vaccine to more people. “The doses …
Business
Not too many businesses can say that their sales in December, 2020, when the pandemic was spiraling out of control, were twice as high as they were in December, 2019, four months before the pandemic had even begun.
Crime

Crime Report: Shot fired by man breaking into cars in Chestnut Hill

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period between Feb. 22– Feb. 28 On Monday, Feb. 22, a man tells police he witnessed someone ransack …

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Food for Thought

After coming full circle back to the month where it all started last year, we can’t let our guard down just yet.

Have you ever seen the calendar in the beginning of “Living” magazine that shows Martha Stewart’s personal “to-do” list for each month? I often look at it in awe – and have a good laugh.
Flix

Ah, Beltway politics: the political stimulus, the journalistic response, and the big-business muddying of the waters.

Arts

When Pauline Houston McCall told me she grew up on Ross Street in Germantown as part of “a blended family of 24 children,” I thought I'd have to have my hearing checked by a specialist. That could not be possible.

What does a music teacher do during the pandemic when her classes and private lessons have disappeared?
As we Americans struggle with the COVID-19 coronavirus, we shouldn’t give ourselves a pass on the “other” pandemic afflicting American society, one that has been a virtual curse on …
Worth Reading
What's a parent to do when a child's odd behavior escalates far enough, frequently enough, that it can't be shrugged off as just an eccentric personality? And what if the problem is magnified by six?
BOOKS

Before cancer, wonderful memoir by Philly sports guy

Occasionally someone will ask me how I find out about so many fascinating musicians, authors, artists, etc., in the relatively small geographical we cover.

Liner Notes

White Stripes hits collection a worthy re-introduction to the garage rockers

 Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s likely had one or both of the following greatest hits collections: Steve Miller Band’s “Greatest Hits 1974-1978” and “Legend: …

Homes & Home
Gardening

Gardening: Spectacular orchids are a gardener’s reward

Among the more dangerous pursuits of 19th-century explorers was orchid collecting.

Gardening: Raising exotic orchids in Philadelphia requires ingenuity

It takes a particular sort of person to keep tropical plants alive in Philadelphia.

Features

The lasting influence of Art Deco and Art Nouveau

When looking back at interior styles following the popular Arts and Crafts movement, two styles that are often referenced together but could not be more different are Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Arts and Crafts was a design remedy for mass produced home goods

One thing you can say for sure is that once the pendulum swings one way, it will surely swing back the other. So it was in the 1880s and 90s that designers and architects, hating the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, staged a revolt of their own and laid the foundations for the English Arts and Crafts movement.
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

GA basketball goes 2-2 in busy final week

Last week, Germantown Academy closed out the abbreviated 2021 girls' basketball season with a four-game homestand over the course of five days. Victories over Agnes Irwin (on Wednesday) and Episcopal …

PC basketball finishes with wins over GA, Notre Dame

In closely contested basketball games, the girls of Penn Charter have cemented their reputation as a fourth-quarter team. In both of their victories over Germantown Academy this season, the Quakers …

Prior to the extended stretch of snow last week, the girls of Germantown Academy and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy were able to gather for an Inter-Ac League contest. For host GA, it was also an …

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer standout JoJo McShane is one of 45 players from across the country who have been chosen to play in the Tenth Annual High School All-American Game sponsored by …
Less than a week after defeating Germantown Academy for the first time in seven years, the girls of Penn Charter traveled to the Main Line to take on a scrappy squad from the Academy of Notre …
A select set of parents were permitted to enter the gym at Mount St. Joseph Academy last Wednesday afternoon as the basketball team gave an official sendoff to their daughters, Isla Maguire, Paige …
Schools

When the Philadelphia School District and the Robotics Coalition announced plans to compete in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge this Spring, Bob Kenyon, coach of the Robotics Team at the Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences, knew his team would not be ready unless they upgraded their equipment.

Deftly bridging the virtual distance to engage his audience, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, kept over 250 members of the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy community spellbound as he spoke …

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy held its sixth annual “SCHout” diversity conference on Tuesday, January 23.

Recently, two classes at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences had a virtual visit from local author and illustrator Brian Biggs about his most recent collaboration with Mical Ostow, “Sullivan, Who is Always Too Loud.”

Obituaries
Julia Vieland, pianist and teacher
Julia Vieland, pianist and teacher, died peacefully at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on February 3, 2021. Julia devoted more than 75 of her 96 years to sharing the joy of making music through her …
Barbara Ann Ruth, interior designer and architect
Barbara Ann Ruth, a former Chestnut Hill resident, died peacefully at her home in Philadelphia, Jan. 20 at the age of 81. Barbara blazed her own trail in life. While her family was well known for …
Lifelong Northwest Philly resident and oldest man in city, Russell A. Harvey, dies at 105.
On May 29, 2019, Mayor Kenney and the city-sponsored a luncheon in the ballroom at Sugar House Casino to honor the city's centenarians. One of the honorees was Russell A. Harvey, a lifelong Northwest …
Ruth R. Russell, journalist, longtime Local editor
Ruth R. Russell, a longtime Local editor and Chestnut Hill resident, died on Jan 2. She was 87. Russell was a life-long Philadelphian. She was born in Olney to William and Doris Rummler. William …
Carole Delmore Sivin, artist, educator
Carole Sivin, a long-time Hill resident, artist and professor died on Dec. 30 at the age of 84.
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

It turned out we won't always have Paris: Notes on the 1st anniversary of the Covid shut-down

In the way that people describe wartime invasions as beginning with the distant thunder of explosions moving closer, so last year the month of March swerved like a dark cloud into view and grew larger in the sideview mirror until it overtook us.

Opinion

COVID-19, co-morbidities and saving your own life

Resilience and wellness is on peoples’ minds right now, and for good reason.  The COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that those with co-morbidities are at more risk of becoming very ill if …

When it comes to education, we failed our kids

As pandemic closures reach their first anniversary, many of us in progressive, blue states feel good about how we “did.” Our public health and elected officials succeeded in putting …

I’m a small business owner and I support a federal paid family and medical leave program

As a small business owner and a mom, I know what it’s like to need to step away from work to care for loved ones. My husband and I have owned and operated the Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe in Chestnut Hill for more than 20 years.
Letters
Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the United States, it's time for our leaders in Washington to put aside partisan bickering and do something to help.
I understand that times change, and Chestnut Hill must change with the times. Thus, for instance, empty stores must make way for occupied housing.
In the spirit of “keepin’ it local” and supporting business on the Hill, a big hats off to Mimi’s Café and their Valentine’s Day take out fest! 
One thing you can count on this winter: if there are snowflakes in the air, there’ll be no mail delivery.
About Chestnut Hill
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 …
Discover Chestnut Hill: remembrances of Chestnut Hill Past… (Part 1 Of 2)
This April 1940 photograph shows Alessandra Cartelli’s mother and sister, Rose and Louise Cartelli, before boarding the ship to Philadelphia to join Pietro Cartelli. By Molly Murphy Anyone who …
In celebration of International Rock Day
This circa 1924 photograph shows a large outcrop of Wissahickon Schist being quarried in the 7500 block of Germantown Avenue, later the site of the Trolley Car Diner. Vito Benvenuto of Benezet …