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Mt. Airy author to discuss local political 'Battlefields'

Political junkies, this one's for you. John Kromer, West Mt. Airy resident and author of “Philadelphia Battlefields,” will discuss his book via Zoom, sponsored by Big Blue Marble …

Springfield Township commissioners plan for sustainable future

At their Workshop and Business meetings this month, the Springfield Township Commissioners received presentations on the progress of its Ready for 100 Plan and its efforts to improve community-police …

Cathedral Village seniors march for Biden-Harris

A group of 40 seniors residing at Cathedral Village Retirement Community in Roxborough, ranging in age from their 70s through 100s, marched in support of the Biden-Harris ticket on Thursday …
Community

History of area mining industries topic of Historical Society talk

The Springfield Township Historical Society will present a program, “The Mining Industries of Southern Montgomery County”, on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Guest speaker …

Morris Arboretum appoints Chief Arborist

When Morris Arboretum began to establish its fundraising goals for the Ever Green campaign which began in April, 2018, several key priorities were obvious, none more so than the establishment of a …

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After reviewing Governor Wolf’s new event size limits for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia announced its new limits which will be more restrictive than the Governor’s, due to the “unique …
Now there really is a good reason to walk and stare at your phone! Enjoy a fun and educational jaunt down Germantown Avenue by linking your smartphone to a game that challenges users to spot …
Business
The Chestnut Hill Business District will present the second “Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In” on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The 45-minute virtual fashion show will be hosted …
Crime

Crime Report: An armed robbery and $500 of stolen seafood

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18  Oct. 14 Retail theft on 8500 block of Germantown Ave. A woman concealed approximately $90 worth of …

Chill Local
Food for Thought

When you were a kid, what was the worst thing that could happen on Halloween? Think back. It wasn’t having to carry a ratty floral pillowcase to collect candy or coming home with a cruddy candy …

There is no doubt this has been the season of DIY. Somehow, added time at home and with immediate family has sparked all kinds of inspiration, from painting those dingy walls to baking up …
Flix

Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. “Divergent” is a 2014 science-fiction drama set …

Arts

Despite the continuation of limits placed on indoor gatherings, such as concerts of classical music, the Philadelphia Orchestra continues to reach out to its local and international audience. …

It's the eve of a major election. The country is on the verge of upheaval over a battle between progress and tradition. The press will stop at nothing to influence the result. Challenged by a friend …
Doug Herren, 58, whose whimsical, Picasso-esque ceramic works are currently on display at Gravers Lane Gallery, 8405 Germantown Ave., through Nov. 20, is a “very prestigious and cutting edge …
Worth Reading
We live in an age of creation and destruction by media. Rising or falling, champs or chumps, very few media stories are true as presented. Never forget that every minute televised is a minute …
BOOKS

Mount Airy rabbi and prolific author arrested 26 times

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, 87, a long-time Mt. Airy resident resembles what one might imagine is an Old Testament prophet. With his long white beard, cherubic smile and omnipresent, colorful headgear, …

Liner Notes

Doves, a band that never impressed in the US, return with first album in 11 years

One of the more puzzling examples of culture lost in translation is the British musical act that fails to make a popular dent in the states. Plenty of acts from the British Isles are received …

Homes & Home
Gardening

Getting the garden ready for winter

The Roman family owned our Highland Avenue twin house from 1924 until we bought it in 2000. The three generations who occupied the place were in the building trades and undertook major improvement …

Dealing with blackspot fungus, enemy of roses

Years ago, after struggling to keep a couple of dozen hybrid tea and floribunda rose bushes healthy in our Germantown garden, we decided that the effort was not worth the reward. For two decades, the …

Features

Know when to turn your DIY project over to a design professional

In my last article, I expressed praise, as well as caution for all you DIYers out there.  For those of you who are computer savvy, and also knowledgeable on how the design and renovation …

Taking on a DIY design project, part one

The summer months are usually quiet when it comes to starting new design projects.  People are vacationing, spending much time outdoors, or just not thinking about complicated interior …
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, …
Lifelong Mt. Airy resident Tamika Nealy-Farmbry, an associate broker for Elfant Wissahickon Realtors in Chestnut Hill, points to one of the company’s local billboards. by Len Lear Growing up in …
Sports

Mount golf third in District 1, Gimpel heads to States

In two rounds of golf in western Montgomery County last week, Mount St. Joseph Academy senior Clare Gimpel tied for second place in the PIAA District 1 Individual Championships, claiming a berth at …

Mount St. Joseph Academy volleyball players have been keeping a particularly close eye on changing Covid-19 regulations, since they're engaged in the only indoor sport among the school's six fall …

As Mount St. Joseph Academy runners got out on the cross-country course last month, it was apparent that the Magic are in a strong position to claim their third straight league championship in the …
Schools

Last week, Germantown Friends School (GFS) kindergarten teacher Annie Errickson and assistant teacher Lauren Postell transformed their classroom into a construction site as part of their themed …

After placing 2nd in an earlier regional round, a team of four Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) entrepreneurs — seniors Keith MacMahon, Joe Falcone, Andrew Lauerman and Ed Gu — went the …

Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy junior Zach Schapiro isn’t your average teenager. While most kids his age were glued to their phone on their favorite apps, Schapiro got to work on …

Three seniors at William Penn Charter School were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last week. Sydney Wood of Bala Cynwyd, and Liam La Barge and Daniel Will of Ambler, qualified for the …

While the look and feel of the upcoming school year remains uncertain, one thing in Mt. Airy is always certain: its pride in, and connection to, its public schools. The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition- …
Obituaries
Mt. Airy peace activist dies of brain cancer at 47
Mt. Airy resident Emile Bruneau, a lecturer who served as director of Annenberg’s Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, died of brain cancer on Sept. 29
Hail Caesar! Unique area chef/restaurateur dies at 85
Alfio Gaglianese, who died Sept. 25 after a brief illness at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton at the age of 85, was definitely one of a kind. There are countless talented Italian …
Obituary: Charles E. Peter Mather III, insurance broker, British consul
Charles E. ”Peter” Mather III, 86, died Sept. 21 after a long illness. Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, he was a resident of East Falls at the time of his death. Mr. Mather attended …
Rev. James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., former rector of St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill
 The Reverend James Armstrong Trimble, Jr., D.D., 89, died peacefully on September 6 in Martha’s Vineyard where he was vacationing.  Born on June 13, 1931, in East Falls to Ella …
Rebeccah Blum
Rebeccah Blum, talented Berlin-based art director and curator, passed away on July 22, 2020.  Rebeccah was the American-born daughter of Susan A. Bockius, Philadelphia, and Mark E. Blum, …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

The kids are all right, or at least they will be

As long as Covid 19 beats the drum, our schools will keep struggling to walk the tightrope between personal and remote learning. Most American schools are offering both formats, in some fashion, now …

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen doesn't look tough, though he says he is tough, very tough, or at least, used to be tough, very very tough – vicious even, on Mr. Trump's behalf – very …
Opinion

Call to action:  Brainstorming future programs with the Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Our family moved to Chestnut Hill because we were drawn to its strong sense of history, community, and culture.  One of the first things we did once we settled in was to join the Chestnut Hill …

The fake news dilemma

There may be no value more central to American identity than free speech. It was so important to the founding fathers that it was enshrined in the very first amendment of the Constitution, the first …

Keep poisons off our public spaces

Philadelphia City Council is poised to take up legislation on October 30 to eliminate the use of toxic herbicides on public grounds including parks, playgrounds and recreation …

Stay calm and vote early – Here’s how  (Part 4)

Congratulations! You’re almost done! You registered to vote and received your paper ballot. It came in the mail or you picked it up at a satellite office. You’ve filled it out with a …
Letters
Our country is at a moment of great risk. The rank polarization that has been evident for too long has accelerated into frank hostility and even into violence. Citizens on both sides have lost faith …
After all the talk and news and controversy we decided to vote by mail. On September 30, we received e-mail notices that our ballots were on the way. Actually, they arrived that same day. On …
My name is Nora Stocovaz, I am a senior at Julia R Masterman and a resident of the 200th district in Philadelphia. I am writing to you about Representative Christopher Rabb and his role in …
Regarding your article on Isabel Hirshberg (“Local Princeton graduate never keeps things bottled up,” Oct. 1), for our 19th wedding anniversary my husband surprised me by arranging an …
About Chestnut Hill
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 …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Documenting our history and the pandemic
SEPTA’s “Lifeline” map of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy is shown here, with lines in operation highlighted, as well as the locations of “life-sustaining” businesses. By Alex …
Discover Chestnut Hill: Earth Day turns 50
This photograph from the April 26, 1990, Chestnut Hill Local shows John Story Jenks School teachers and students celebrating the 20th anniversary of Earth Day by planting a flowering crabapple tree. …