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Chestnut Hill is such a special place. The buildings, so distinct and interesting, seem to have been grown from the ground they sit on. The leafy streets connect it to the beautifully forested park … more
The news about logic has been illogical over the past few weeks. Most of the story has been on the medical front: We have a vaccine that prevents serious injury and death, yet some choose to get … more
There will be Labor concerts, Labor Day cookouts, even Labor Day last-minute bingeing of summer movies. Some of this will be loud. There will be firecrackers. more
In early August I drove 1,000 miles from Chestnut Hill to Northern Minnesota, where I participated in the Treaty People Walk for the Water, a 14-day, 265 mile walk from the Mississippi headwaters to the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. Why take a week’s vacation to stand with Water Protectors so far away from Philadelphia?  more
If indeed the disease turned out to be some new variant of avian flu, disregarding the feeder guidelines could easily have intensified an outbreak. more
Monday’s FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is expected to open the door for more businesses to require immunization as a condition of employment. more
Another thing lost in the pandemic year: We will never again be able to tell our children We Had It Worse In My Day. more
How do we prove we’re vaccinated, and when? The PA card is notoriously slightly-too-big for a wallet. Restaurant workers, service workers of all kind, are trapped in this situation. more
Last week there was an error in a story I wrote...at the end of a long article with a lot of perfectly accurate facts. more
 We encourage letters from our readers. As a community, we thrive on civil discourse. more
Perhaps to many readers’ surprise, I thought Calvin Tucker’s missive against me in last week’s edition was fair game. more
The EITC allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations which then award scholarships to families who want to opt out of their assigned public school in favor of a participating private or public school. more
During the long days of the pandemic, there were long talks about how life would be different afterwards. In many ways the future arrived. In some ways, it did not. more
It’s OK. You can admit it. We’ve all done it at some point. more
It is exciting to see that we have so many candidates running in the 2021 CHCA Board of Directors election. It shows a robust level of community engagement and interest in the work of the community association. more
We are independent and proudly so. We will, as individuals, seek to understand varying community perspectives and act in ways that fairly represent the best interests of Chestnut Hill. more
Chestnut Hill is at risk of losing its critically unique nature, as evidenced by the recent development proposals for 10 Bethlehem Pike, the original Friends Meeting House, and 30 W. Highland.   more
Next week’s Local will not be the same. For the first time in 15 years the Chestnut Hill Local will go to press without Pete Mazzaccaro at the editorial helm. more
Over the 4th of July weekend, I had quite a few discussions with friends and relatives about the state of our democracy. This 4th of July was the first time I seriously considered the possibility that our democratic institutions were in jeopardy. more
It’s funny how life works. When Local editor Marie Jones first hired me as a full-time writer in 1999, I still wasn’t really sure journalism was what I wanted to do. I was interested … more
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