Germantown residents bring music into Philadelphia Schools

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

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.”

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 …

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. 

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.

Developer presents plan for Behavioral Health facility for Haws Lane site

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. 

Rescue Cat: Cardi B

CardiB is a young female who is smart and loving and somehow managed to keep her three young kittens alive and safe in harsh outside conditions.

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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.

Chestnut Hill More on the Hill

Ex-Marine overcomes rough past, helps beautify Hill

Even though Jonathan Dargan has been helping to keep Chestnut Hill beautiful and clean for the past 13 years, not many people know who he is for the simple reason that he leaves his apartment at about 3 a.m., and finishes his work by 8 a.m.

Local stores compete with styles you won’t find online

Getting a pair of new eyeglasses used to mean going to your optometrist, getting a full eye exam and then choosing a pair of frames from whatever modest assortment was on hand.  Not so …

Chestnut Hill teen competes on “American Ninja Warrior Junior”

Chestnut Hill teenager Jackson Erdos is showing up on your TV screens this Thanksgiving, after having advanced to the Semifinals on the junior version of “American Ninja …

Fun is always in season at Green Fest Winter Fundraiser

We are lucky to live, shop and work in an area known for its green leafy streets and pocket parks. Chestnut Hill’s Greenspace Initiatives Committee will hold a Green Fest 2021 Winter Fundraiser …
Zoning More

Curbside parking rates are $2.40/hr, with a maximum of two hours, cash or credit. The lots are $2.40/hr with a maximum six hours. Both MeterUp! and ParkMobile apps work, and times can be extended via the app.  For a map of the six lots or more on hours and rates, see

The Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation is offering free parking in its six public lots all day and night every Wednesday from November 10th through Christmas.

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 …

Trolley Car Teacher’s Fund outlives its namesake diner

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 …

Local store owners hoping for a big turnout on Small Business Saturday

Move over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. After more than a year of getting hammered by the Covid pandemic, small business owners deserve all the love they can get this year on Small Business …

Experience Art in person: Local Galleries open again

Whether you’re shopping for a unique gift or browsing so you can drop hints when someone asks what you’d like for a present, the artwork and handcrafts on the Hill this season will draw you in.

Black Women Mean Business

If you think you’re noticing an uptick in the number of Black female shop owners in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy in recent years, you’re not imagining things.
As a result of the federal infrastructure bill passed last week, the Nicetown Community Development Corporation will receive $1 million to develop a sports court beneath the elevated Roosevelt Boulevard.
The Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously decided to add the French Village Historic District to the city’s Register of Historic Places on Friday morning, completing a more than ten year process to get historic protections for the Mt. Airy neighborhood.
Neighbors in Mt. Airy’s central business district will likely soon see a taller version of the historic building that once housed the Mt. Airy National Bank at 7208-10 Germantown Ave. Developer …
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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.

Springfield Township applauds police while grappling with Thin Blue Line symbol

New Police hires and promotions; Preliminary presentation - 1110 Willow Grove Avenue development; Proposed Haws Lane Development; 2022 Budget Presentation; Mermaid park tree planting; and Holiday lights competition.

Legendary Wyndmoor radio innovator to enter 'Hall'

Bill Siemering, a resident of Wyndmoor for the last 35 years, will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame on October 28, two days after his 87th birthday. He was influential in setting up National Public Radio.
Township meetings

Post-Ida Stormwater Management Projects and Recycling Top the Agenda for Springfield Township October Meetings

The township’s Emergency Operations Center received 41 damage assessment reports from residents living in watershed areas in Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown and Oreland. Ford offered 12 potential projects for stormwater management improvements ranging from retrofitting and expanding existing inlets, storm sewers, and detention basins to new sewer and detention basin construction, and a community program encouraging residents to use rain barrels.

Where the Haws Lane Development Stands

The most recent preliminary plans offered by MEH Investments for townhomes have been retracted due to lack of support and agreement about what the public would like to see at the property.