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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. more
One of the things I’d like to do more in this space is give readers some behind-the-scenes takes about what happens at the Local. In talking to people, I regularly come to understand that the … more
We all want to save the planet. But what does that really mean? more
  Last week, the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee of the Chestnut Hill Community Association heard several hours of testimony and discussion about a proposed set of townhouses for 30 W. … more
When Carter Woodson helped found Negro History Week in 1926, he had already accomplished quite a lot. more
The year 2021 begins the United Nations’ “Decade of Ecological Restoration,” or the UN Decade. The premise is that saving the planet requires healthy ecosystems. more
One of the first assignments I ever had as a writer for the Local many years ago was a Town Watch ride-around with the long-time head of Chestnut Hill’s watch, Dick Martin. I recall a … more
  News last week that SEPTA would be restoring service to its Chestnut Hill West line – albeit on a schedule more limited than before it was shut down for most of the past year – … more
In Springfield Township, we are excited about moving to a clean energy future and have recently taken two important steps in this direction.  First, we are proud to be the first municipality in Montgomery Country to sign on to the “Ready for 100% Clean Energy” nationwide initiative.  more
Looking back on 2020, I see a year that was profoundly different than what any of us expected but also one in which our impact in Chestnut Hill was more important than ever. more
 When it comes to social media, I’m not a prolific producer, but I have to admit that I can be a pretty profligate consumer. Twitter is my medium of choice. I follow a lot of news … more
It's time to recognize the ordinary in Chestnut Hill. Yes, this community is an architectural museum of extraordinary houses, a green landscape of trees and gardens, a community devoted to the arts; but it's also a place that is rich in the history of the everyday, of work, industry, school, and of things we barely notice. more
As a young family, we were lucky to have chosen Chestnut Hill to begin our lives together. It also had a wonderful playground at the center of town that became our destination more times than I can count and continues to be now that our children attend Jenks Academy.  more
The talk of Northwest Philadelphia for the past week have been two car jackings. The first took place on the 8000 block of Winston Road. The second one took place less than a week later on East … more
We kept our masks on and gloves when needed and hit the ground running, the virus was not stopping us from helping others. more
I have no doubt that you are as focused as I am on the outrageous events at the Capitol last week, in which some 8,000 followers of President Donald Trump sacked the halls of Congress at his urging … more
My aunt set up a 529 savings plan for my daughter, who is two years old.  She just let me know this month, and while I think that is fantastic, I asked how the money can be used, and what if my daughter doesn’t choose to go to college?  more
If I may draw back the curtain, so to speak, behind the editorial processes at the Local, I work with Arnie cartoonist Richard Anderson on a theme or idea for the cartoon that will relate to the … more
As I type this editorial for the last Local issue of 2020, I’d like to bid good riddance to the year, take a long deep breath of optimistic air and prepare to herald the coming new year with … more
A long time from now, some rituals will only be understood in the context of COVID-19. There was once toilet paper acquisition, sour dough, and a summer tie-dying stint. There are now soups, puzzles, … more
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