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Just in time for Halloween, Mt. Airy residents were given a good scare by a significant development on the campus of United Lutheran Seminary at 7391 Germantown Ave. The proposal, put forward by the … more
by Len Lear Last Sunday, I went to L.A. Fitness in the Andorra Shopping Center in upper Roxborough, as I always do on Sunday in the mid-afternoon. The afternoon was quite uneventful, as usual, … more
by James Smart Experts at naming such things, I suppose, chose “Fashion District” as the name of the newly reupholstered Market Street shopping area. But pardon me, as a lifelong old … more
by Lisa Lighter Recently, Gov. Wolf announced pending executive actions with the goal of some much-needed charter school reforms. Many think tanks and pundits across the Commonwealth have attacked … more
Last week, we learned – suddenly – that the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop would be closing its doors for good. The news was a shock to many people in Chestnut Hill and beyond who’ve come to expect … more
by Matthew R. Bailey AIDS could soon be history. Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson recently announced plans to test an experimental HIV vaccine in the United States, South America and … more
By the time you are reading these words on page 4, you have, presumably, discovered that your Chestnut Hill Local is pink. I assure you, even though it is pink all the way through, your Local is … more
by Jarrett Kerbel I will soon be celebrating the ninth anniversary of my ministry here in Chestnut Hill. During almost a decade of service I have grown to love this community and to appreciate its … more
Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or even a disinterested third party, you have to admit that there’s something really interesting about Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal to … more
by Kipp Gilmore-Clough In his Aug. 28 letter, David Banov characterizes a report on my church group’s trip to the Sonoran Desert as containing “many assumptions devoid of facts.” I’m glad … more
by Jarrett Kerbel Our lives are in danger. In our schools, houses of worship, shopping malls, movie theaters, fairgrounds, sidewalks and concert venues, a gunman may open fire with horrific … more
Nothing marks the beginning of fall quite like the start of the NFL season. The Eagles got off to a good start on Sunday, coming from behind to beat the Redskins, 32-27. Our region’s overall mood … more
by Kara Maletta-Howe An officer’s spouse must always be ready for the worst. But who is there to support her when the worst is realized? As I sat there with swollen ankles and a protruding … more
“Robert Kennedy, Brother Protector” is one of many books about U.S. Presidents authored by local historian James Hilty, Ph.D., a consultant on American politics for national and local … more
by Lori Salganicoff After the recent loss of several notable historic buildings, and years of work, Springfield Township is taking a bold step toward preserving its history and architectural … more
This week begins school for most kids in Philadelphia. Some, who started school before Labor Day, will be finishing up their second week by the time this issue is delivered to homes. As usual, … more
One of the things I’m often asked to write about in this space is the frequency of minor property crimes. And the type of crime I’m most often asked to address is thefts from vehicles. The … more
by Michael Penn If I think back to 1995, I can remember some great conversations and debates in and around Center City Philadelphia’s coffee shops. I can recall several within a square mile that … more
One of my biggest pet peeves about the general conversation regarding news and news coverage is when people talk about “the media.” The media does this. It doesn’t do that. The problem with … more
by Rose Klales There has been a recent increase in gun violence in East Mount Airy, and many residents are concerned about their safety. What can people do to keep themselves and their family … more
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