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by Sue Ann Rybak 2020 is a leap year. A leap year is a calendar year with an extra day added – instead of 365 days in the year, there are 366 days to adjust for the time difference between the … more
by Constance Garcia-Barrio The first time I straightened my hair with a hot comb in college, my nine white housemates stampeded to the bathroom to watch. The sight even beat out … more
Cover of the first edition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum, 1900. The Wizard of Oz is currently showing at Quintessence Theatre, 7058 Germantown Ave. It was extended through … more
by Stan Cutler I've been to the new central libraries in Seattle and Austin. The experience of traveling on the escalators in those buildings got me thinking about our work as library volunteers. … more
by Henry Briggs I am writing this story on Jenna’s 73rd birthday, but it’s not about the gifts she received. It’s about the gifts she gave to two very lucky people. The story starts last … more
by John Derr Your community newspaper For more than 61 years, the Chestnut Hill Local has been serving Chestnut Hill and surrounding neighborhoods by providing important news, … more
by Terry Trudeau St. Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown recently hosted a welcome home event for Chester Hollman, III, a recent exoneree from the Philadelphia criminal justice system. … more
by Stacia Friedman I recently overheard a group of women complain about the multicultural approach to the holidays. "It's not PC to wish anyone 'Merry Christmas' anymore," one groaned. "You've got … more
by John Derr It’s that time of year when many of us will partake in that annual rite of contracting with ourselves to engage in some manner of self-improvement we call the New Year’s … more
It’s that time of year once again to decorate your home for the holidays. Based on my time driving down local streets, I can see that many of you have already done so. I have to admit that I’ve … more
by Helen Mallon Until around 30 years ago, few, if any, organizations existed to help sexually abused children. Today, Philadelphia’s children find a safe, caring response at Philadelphia … more
by Peggy Bradley What I enjoy most about the Water Tower Recreation Center is the melding of our community. There are no class, race, gender, age or political barriers. It is where I see the best … more
by Henry Briggs We all like balance in life. It helps us climb stairs without falling, especially when we’re really young or really old. It keeps us from going too far left or too far right. It … more
by John Colgan-Davis We are coming up on Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. This holiday is all about things that really please me: good food, being around people in a joyful and happy … more
I’ve always liked Thanksgiving because it might be one of the least commercialized holidays we have left. It’s a simple celebration that focuses on nothing more than a big meal with family and … more
by Roz Warren More than nine years ago, on Aug. 9, 2010, flight attendant Steven Slater, fed up with dealing with the public, cursed, grabbed a beer and slid down the evacuation chute of the … more
In the future, say 50 years from now, the Ken Burns of the future will likely make a documentary about the tumultuous 2010s. He, she or they will examine the great political unrest of our times and … more
by Henry Briggs When Bill Clinton was impeached, a lot of people thought it was stupid. After all, he was just committing adultery. People do that every day. Others thought impeachment was … more
by Philip Dawson This past Friday, I celebrated two years as executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District. The time has flown by from my perspective – driven onward by the feverish … more
by Phil Kerpen Is government-facilitated reimportation of prescription medicines from Canada, a policy now supported by politicians as diverse as President Donald Trump and Senator Bernard … more
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