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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
For most newspapers, including The Local, financial struggles precede COVID-19.  In 2019, however, we bucked the national trend.  more
This year’s Christmas will be like no other. You can’t see your kids, your aunt or brother. But it’s still a time to be of good cheer. Two-o-two-one will be a better year. more
Now that the dust has settled, the results of the 2020 election are clear. High voter engagement and increased mail-in voting led to massive turnout nationwide. While record numbers of Pennsylvanians … more
In these challenging times the funds raised by the Annual Appeal are more important to the ongoing operations of the CHCA than ever before in its history.  more
The Philadelphia Cricket Club moved on Friday after Thanksgiving to remove its controversial Native American logo from the entrances of its cricket clubs in both Chestnut Hill and Flourtown. The … more
I am writing about your advice regarding the fact that I dropped out of community college in the general studies program (pre-Covid last fall) since, in my mind, I really have no idea what I wanted … more
As we all finish off what’s left of turkey leftovers this week, public health officials are nervously eying Covid-19 data with reasonable fears that Thanksgiving celebrations are likely to kick off what will easily be the worst wave of infections we’ve seen since the pandemic began in March. more
Last week we launched the Mt. Airy Local.  The new weekly newspaper is an edition of the Chestnut Hill Local, meaning much of the content is common to the two … more
Last Thursday, the City of Philadelphia issued its guidance on celebrating the holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The bullet-pointed advice advocated limiting holiday dinner guest … more
On Sunday night, some 24 hours after the banging of pots and honking of car horns in celebration of Donald Trump’s electoral defeat had subsided, 60 Minutes lead its hour-long news magazine … more
When we all first joined the digital revolution, picking up our first smartphones 10 or 15 years ago, we all likely imagined the amazing new opportunities these devices would afford us. We all had … more
It was almost exactly seven years ago — November 1, 2013. It was a Friday, I had the day off, and I had ridden my horse in the Wissahickon that morning. On the way to do afternoon errands, I … more
    Ballot question 2 proposes that “the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to create the Office of the Victim Advocate to advocate for crime victims and to work with … more
  There’s an iconic scene in the movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey runs up the snow-covered Main Street of the quaint town of … more
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