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Vanna Venturi house could soon share its lot with a second building

The 800 sq. ft. dwelling would be 36 feet from the original structure. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended that the request to build the new unit be approved, provided that the idea of rotating it 90 degrees “is explored.”

Fatal fire devastates family, mobilizes neighbors

On November 13, a fire killed a 7-month old boy and his 70-year-old great grandmother on the 300 block of W. Mt. Airy Ave., leaving the family devastated and their twin home uninhabitable. 

Early Thanksgiving at 14th Police District

On Thursday, Nov. 18, the police officers and staff of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 14th District, which serves most of Northwest Philadelphia, were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

30 turkeys for for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry

Chestnut Hill Hospital employees continued a long-standing tradition this Thanksgiving, working together to assemble 30 complete holiday dinners with all the trimmings for the Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry.
Community

Germantown residents bring music into Philadelphia Schools

Musicopia has now served about 360,000 students, including some in northwest Philadelphia.

Tree Lights add to that distinct Chestnut Hill feeling

Originally, they were just supposed to be up for just the holidays. In 1998, a group of local businesses decided to put up some holiday lights in a seven-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, centered …

Giving Tuesday, November 30

The holiday season in Chestnut Hill is a wonderful tradition, kicking off in earnest with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday following Thanksgiving, and then Cyber Monday, Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday was conceived as a day to give back.

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First, they wanted to build a 55-unit senior housing apartment complex, then a 41-unit townhouse complex, then 36-units. Still the neighbors said no.  Now the company is opting for a behavioral  health facility – something they don’t need to get neighbors approval to build. 
This Thanksgiving will be different for many of us. For some, it will be the first time since the pandemic started that they will be setting the table for relatives coming from afar.

The Chestnut Hill Business Association is hosting Holidays on the Hill, an annual series of events and festivities that has been delighting residents since the mid 20th century.

Business
Back when teachers from across Northwest Philadelphia used to patronize the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy, many would strike up conversations with the staff. At some point, the conversation would …
Crime

Crime Report: November 22-29, 2021

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period between November 22 and 29, 2021.

Chill Local
Arts more

This holiday season, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy student entrepreneurs join the traditional fun and festivities of Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe nights with a pop-up shop featuring their ventures.

“A Winter’s Dream” will premiere at Teatro Esperanza in two shows on December 11. A recording of the show will also be available for school audiences.

Rarely if ever – just to understate the case by a country mile – have we needed a jolt of holiday spirit in the form of a feel-good Christmas movie.

Food for Thought

This year, I’m celebrating and advocating the return of the Cookie Swap Party. After being on hiatus last year, the parties are back, and they’re a win-win for everyone involved.

Theroux's observations about travel and literature are well made and worth mentioning, but the book's appeal lies with its people.
Pets

If you are looking for a lap cat this winter, Hemmingway, is the cat for you! His foster parents describe him as the perfect foster—congenial to all other cats and visitors, playful, loving and tidy. He is about 9 months old and fully vetted.

Homes & Home
Gardening

Forget the rake! Those falling leaves are friends

The gardening experts of the Chestnut Hill Garden District Fund have a less exhausting leaf management routine to suggest, and if you do it our way, you’ll get mulch for your garden, better soil for your plants, habitat for wildlife, food for birds and you’ll put less of a burden on the city’s resources.

SCH students “repopulating” the Wissahickon with native Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid seedlings

When members of Wissahickon Garden Club’s conservation committee learned about Longwood Garden’s work to reintroduce the Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid locally, they teamed up. Springside Chestnut Hill students took to the woods adjacent to the McCausland Lower School and gave the seedlings a new home.

Blending historic details in a modern interior brings warmth and character

With the resurgence in popularity of authentic historic homes, buyers are realizing that original interior architectural features can be maintained while still designing an interior that says 2022.

Thanksgiving planning tips from Robertson’s

Thanksgiving dinner may be the main attraction, but it isn’t the only thing that makes the holiday meal so special. Presentation is also key. And this year, which may be the first time …

Bali holiday pop-up returns

Mt. Airy resident Laura Cohn is celebrating the 25th year she’s been running her holiday pop-up store featuring handmade gifts from Bali with a long list of events, starting now and running …
The question always arises as to exactly how much architectural history should be preserved when redoing an interior.
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.
Real estate
More than two years after developer The Goldenberg Group bought property that formerly housed the old Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House and former headquarters of Blossom Philadelphia, neighbors …
Sports

GFS student earns all-state soccer honors

The Germantown Friends School varsity girls soccer team wrapped up a successful season last month, capturing the Friends Schools League title and advancing to the PAISAA State Tournament. Margaret Harvey ‘23 earned All-State Soccer Honors.

SCH girls double down on championships, finish undefeated

This fall, they firmly believed they had what it would take to win both the Inter-Ac title and the PAIS championship. They were right.

PC girls cross country captures PAIS crown

They won the 2021 PA Independent Schools championship meet with a team total of 53 points.

A storybook soccer season came to an end for the boys of Germantown Academy last Wednesday afternoon, when a 10-game win streak for the Patriots ended with a 4-2 loss in the championship game of the …

At the fall sports extravaganza known as Germantown Academy-Penn Charter Day, almost all the events began and ended on Saturday, November 13. On the tennis courts, though, a spate of rain just after noon caused several matches to be suspended.
You couldn't have asked for any more effort on the part of Penn Charter and SCH as they squared off in the Commonwealth Cup finals last week.
In the first half of the November 11 PA Independent Schools soccer tournament semifinal, the girls of top-seeded Springside Chestnut Hill Academy appeared to have the game well in hand.
Schools

While Breakthrough has been operating out of the GFS campus for 27 years, it is now an official part of the 175 year-old school.

Rep. Chris Rabb received three, very well written and researched letters from high schoolers in his district. Their teacher gave them an assignment to contact one of their elected representatives about one or more issues they cared about.

Representative Rabb has done a great job in representing the 200th legislative district. I am writing this today to urge him to prioritize passing legislation that increases equity in public school funding.

Obituaries
Charles M. Peterson, III Memorial Service
The family of Charles M. Peterson, III, will hold a Celebration of Life in his honor this weekend. Charlie passed away peacefully on November 15th, 2020.The service will be held on Nov 13th at 4 pm …
Foremost local Native American advocate dies at 93
Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown, a Mt. Airy resident for 52 years and passionate Native American activist, died at age 93 on Oct. 23 at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls.
Bill Gillies, Philadelphia Fireman and well-loved champion of Chestnut Hill
William Edward Gillies died peacefully in his sleep on 26 September 2021 at the age of 87, after a long illness.
Mt. Airy jazz club icon, Marine, pioneer, dies at 98
Long-time Mt. Airy resident Benjamin L. Bynum Sr. who brought countless boldface jazz names to his Cadillac Club, died of age-related ailments on Oct. 19 at the age of 98.
Jerry Pinkney, acclaimed illustrator, dies at 81
Jerry Pinkney, a Germantown native who became one of the most celebrated illustrators in the country, died last Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 81 at his home in New York State, according …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

How to be fascinating at Thanksgiving dinner

You'd have to read about 50 books and 2,000 Twitter tweets to learn what really happened during the race wars back in Plymouth Colony in the 1620s. Let us save you the trouble by leaving out the nasty bits and concentrating on the warm and fuzzy (where we can).

Opinion
Commentary

Haws Lane development in a tight spot

Jim Lee, Springfield Township Commissioner for Ward 3, provides some additional thoughts and context as there continues to be a lot of dialogue being shared by neighbors and various interested parties about Haws Lane.

Why not make the world a better place for all? It's FUN!

6753 Germantown Avenue got a big facelift Nov. 5, with contrasting colors bringing out its inherent beauty as a Victorian style building with the many details for which that style is …

Shopping Season is here

Shopping season has arrived. The Avenue has plenty to offer. Including free parking on Wednesdays through December.
Letters
On Saturday evening, November 13, a fire broke out at a West Mount Airy home on Mt Airy Avenue. We who live nearby are heartbroken by this tragic event that gutted the home and killed two of its …
My name is Mikaela Finlay and I am a student in the School District of Philadelphia. I am writing to suggest that Representative Chris Rabb sponsor a bill that would institute protections for transgender students at a state-wide level.
I implore Representative Rabb to take further action on the memorandums that he delivered in the past month, specifically regarding those that want to ban Native American mascots in schools and …
About Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue to transform again during Night(s) of Lights
October 8 through the 17, from 7-9pm, historical images from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows, while neighboring historic buildings will be transformed with colored lights and films.
Eateries of Chestnut Hill
With Center City (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week running from September 18th through 30th, it is a great time to reflect on the history of our eateries, be they restaurants, taverns, luncheonettes, …
Save Your Photos Month
September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them.
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 …