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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
 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
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