School taps into the local landscape

Money may not grow on trees, but maple syrup certainly does – in specific trees, to be exact. 

Douglass in Ireland: A shared legacy of rebellion

In a celebration of cross-cultural solidarity, the Commodore Barry Club is set to screen "Frederick Douglass and the White Negro."

Wyndmoor pup gets a ‘Super’ showing

The Super Bowl is approaching, and we have an area resident competing for a championship.

‘Love, Chestnut Hill’ delivers a local Valentine

Hoping to receive a valentine? This year, Chestnut Hill would like to send you one.
A Vintage View

Teddy Pendergrass: My first impression didn't last

Editor’s note: A Vintage View showcases senior reporter Len Lear, who has been reporting in Northwest Philadelphia for more than 50 years. 

CHillie the Polar Bear gets her own love letter

Editor’s note: Chestnut Hill’s beloved CHillie the Polar Bear is back on the Avenue, set for her unveiling on Saturday.
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Community Feature

UPDATE: In the PAIS semifinals, both Inter-Ac teams fell to Friends Schools League opponents. Friends Central edged GA, 54-49, and Westtown dispatched Notre Dame, 66-41.

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Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace is scheduled to speak at the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club's breakfast meeting on Feb. 28.
Although most Philadelphians probably have never heard of him, Octavius Catto could be described as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of the 19th century. 
All meetings are open to the public.
The Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club (CHYSC) recently bade farewell to its outgoing leaders and welcomed a new era of leadership.
Coffee may perk you up and help you deal with the daily grind, but if you’re anything like Christopher Petersen, you absolutely must have a cup of coffee in the morning.

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

Get creative with cherished mementos to personalize your home

Homeowners want to make their homes reflect their personalities and preferences. They often ask us for ideas on how to infuse their unique style.
By Design

Decorating tips that can bring back your 'sparkle'

It happens every year. The Christmas tree is gone. The wreaths and centerpieces are tossed. The garlands and candles are packed away. And all of a sudden, your home appears barren.
By Design

Sometimes the lighting can make all the difference

Besides a room’s layout, its proportions, balance, colors and textures, a critical feature that can make or break a room is the lighting.

A good project reflects good lives

We took up our restoration project of a former church in Landenberg, PA, with gusto. Once done, we had to celebrate. 

From corduroy to chrome: New trends in home design

As happens every January, magazines and websites offer prognostications on the design trends for the coming year.


A golden anniversary for NFA Snowball Tournament

The longest-running scholastic basketball tournament in Chestnut Hill celebrated its 50th anniversary last week.

Mount swimmers win 6th straight championship

After winning all of its regular-season swim meets against fellow AACA members, Mount St. Joseph placed first at the championships.

Three-way tie for Inter-Ac title; season ends for SCH and Mount

Germantown Academy gave up 62 points to fellow championship contender Penn Charter, but the GA Patriots scored 63 to win the game.

Early in the Inter-Ac League girls' basketball season, it became apparent that three teams were clearly better than the other four.

Jefferson University's basketball team has a target on its back, and last Tuesday the women of Chestnut Hill College took aim at it.
Figuring out the playoff picture in Catholic Academies basketball has become easier in recent years.
Two undefeated swim teams in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies met last Friday at Malvern Prep.
While other Inter-Ac basketball teams were playing with a league championship in mind, SCH and Agnes Irwin had other priorities.

Located in beautiful Mount Airy since 1910, Holy Cross School is a landmark in the community. Holy Cross School is Middle States accredited and offers a small class size, with caring, experienced, …

Pennsylvania will need to spend at least $5.4 billion to close the gap between rich and poor school districts, according to a report.

At the start of 2023, Jenks excitedly celebrated its centennial anniversary in recognition of its historical past, present initiatives and future goals.

Hill teacher, acclaimed pet portraitist, dies at 77
Catherine “Cassie” Frazer, a Chestnut Hill artist and former teacher at the Henry Houston School in Mt. Airy, found a muse in the many pets that she painted.
Janet Irene Elfant
After a long and courageous struggle, Janet Irene Elfant passed away on Feb. 18. 
Beloved Mt. Airy family doctor for 54 years dies at 80
Dr. Joseph Washington Price IV was an unconventional doctor who called himself a “holistic” medical practitioner.
'Youthful' Springfield Township 'role model' dies at 100
Camilla Harrington was a longtime Springfield Township poll worker and Republican committeewoman.
Beloved St. Thomas Whitemarsh rector dies at 52
The Rev. Emily Barr Richards, who made history when she became both the first female and first disabled rector of the church, died Jan. 16.
Opinion & letters
Times are getting darker for American journalism. That’s why I’m urging all of you to rally around the Chestnut Hill Local.
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
CHCA Agenda
Monday, Feb. 19 - 7 p.m. via Zoom, Combined Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee and Development Review Committee Meeting
What’s happening at Center on the Hill
This season, the Center on the Hill is buzzing with an array of activities designed to keep seniors active, informed and connected. 
CHCA Agenda
Monday, Feb. 19 - Combined Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee and Development Review Committee Meeting
CHCA Agenda
All meetings are open to the public.
When college classes start in the wee morning hours
Who takes college classes in the middle of the night? The answer: Maksym Burych, forced to flee Ukraine.