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 After the devastating news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, women’s rights activists are preparing for the greatest threat to … more
Our family moved to Chestnut Hill because we were drawn to its strong sense of history, community, and culture.  One of the first things we did once we settled in was to join the Chestnut Hill … more
There may be no value more central to American identity than free speech. It was so important to the founding fathers that it was enshrined in the very first amendment of the Constitution, the first … more
Philadelphia City Council is poised to take up legislation on October 30 to eliminate the use of toxic herbicides on public grounds including parks, playgrounds and recreation … more
Congratulations! You’re almost done! You registered to vote and received your paper ballot. It came in the mail or you picked it up at a satellite office. You’ve filled it out with a … more
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley has given weekly press conferences for eight months now, outlining the threats and damage that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the city. … more
It’s time to vote! Fill out your ballot with a black or blue pen for all the Democrats and vote yes for all the ballot questions. Once filled out, put the ballot in the secrecy envelope, sign … more
America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation … more
Last week, we – the 9th Ward Democratic Committee –  wrote about registering to vote. This week we focus on whether you want to vote early or wait until November 3rd to cast your … more
In his excellent essay “The Telephone,” (a Best American Essay selection of 1998) the Lebanese-American writer Anwar Accawi recalls that in the rural Lebanese village of his youth, no one … more
So many choices! You have most likely been flooded or overwhelmed with ads and slogans over the past few weeks encouraging you to vote and the various ways to do so. And the information is changing … more
The upcoming election is about to face a significant stress test.   The primary stressor is the lingering Covid-19 pandemic, which is still spreading across the country and also has experts … more
If kids were asked what they would like to be when they grow up, World Cup soccer star, award-winning actress, Eagles quarterback or pop singer would likely feature prominently on many of the answer … more
  The boiling frog is a well-worn metaphor for the remarkable ability of living things to adopt to their environment, even to the point where that environment becomes fatal. The frog in water … more
Children should be able to vote; they are the future! By Isadore Kleinman Voting decides how the country is going to be run for the next four years and beyond. The country’s leaders … more
  Nearly everything the Trump administration does is cause for alarm, but nothing has stoked widespread worry quite like the President’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. DeJoy, a … more
Art Haywood (D-4th) represents parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties including Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy After winning in November 2016, Trump thanked Black voters for staying at … more
I’m not entirely sure what university leaders were thinking this summer as they drew up plans to bring students back to campus. Perhaps many hoped that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic … more
On August 27, we had the honor of bestowing the title of President to the next board member, Kathi Clayton, who will lead our 72-year organization. This is an elected position by our peers. I have … more
by John DerrPublisher We are excited to announce a new, redesigned, more user-friendly chestnuthilllocal.com.  We plan to launch the new site next Monday and we invite all of you to go online and … more
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