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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
By Chandler Fattah The world is constantly evolving, adopting new traditions and parting with ideas that no longer appeal to the majority of the public. The impetus for social change is typically a … more
By George Coates, Jr. Shortly after the protests over the horrific death of George Floyd began, it became de riguer that academic and cultural institutions regardless of their stated … more
In the last year, we’ve suffered remarkable national and global crises – both the unrelenting spread of Covid-19 and a complete reexamination of our country’s long, long record of racial … more
By Howard A. Myrick “It’s all local.” So goes the familiar expression about politics. It is a truism that applies (or should apply) also to news analysis and reporting in the … more
Amid the many, many aspects of life that have been disrupted during this long pandemic-induced period of working and schooling from home, a noted loss for people in Chestnut Hill and nearby … more
Dr. Geri Lynn Utter By Geri Lynn Utter, PsyD. As I sat down to write this article, I thought to myself, what should my first sentence say? “During these uncertain times” or “during this … more
This week’s front-page story by Kate Dolan will likely not come as a surprise to most readers. As is the Local’s nearly annual tradition, we’re again reporting on young people diving and … more
As I think back on how the coronavirus pandemic played out in the months since March, I can’t help but be struck by the prevailing changes in outlook from one week to the next. The only thing that … more
(Ed. Note: I am sure we all had teachers throughout our school years who we thought were just so-so and those we thought were magnificent, who may have even changed the course of our lives … more
In a little more than a week, federal bonuses of $600 a week to the unemployed are set to expire. If that happens, our economy, which has managed to chug along if a little crippled since the … more
By State Senator Art Haywood Nationwide, Americans continue to staunchly protest systemic racism. The country has not seen action like this since the Civil Rights and Black Power … more
Let me begin by saying I don’t know the answer to this question. I’m not sure anyone really knows the answer to this question. And as this pandemic looks certain to persist through the rest of … more
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