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Looking back on 2020, I see a year that was profoundly different than what any of us expected but also one in which our impact in Chestnut Hill was more important than ever. more
 When it comes to social media, I’m not a prolific producer, but I have to admit that I can be a pretty profligate consumer. Twitter is my medium of choice. I follow a lot of news … more
It's time to recognize the ordinary in Chestnut Hill. Yes, this community is an architectural museum of extraordinary houses, a green landscape of trees and gardens, a community devoted to the arts; but it's also a place that is rich in the history of the everyday, of work, industry, school, and of things we barely notice. more
As a young family, we were lucky to have chosen Chestnut Hill to begin our lives together. It also had a wonderful playground at the center of town that became our destination more times than I can count and continues to be now that our children attend Jenks Academy.  more
The talk of Northwest Philadelphia for the past week have been two car jackings. The first took place on the 8000 block of Winston Road. The second one took place less than a week later on East … more
We kept our masks on and gloves when needed and hit the ground running, the virus was not stopping us from helping others. more
I have no doubt that you are as focused as I am on the outrageous events at the Capitol last week, in which some 8,000 followers of President Donald Trump sacked the halls of Congress at his urging … more
My aunt set up a 529 savings plan for my daughter, who is two years old.  She just let me know this month, and while I think that is fantastic, I asked how the money can be used, and what if my daughter doesn’t choose to go to college?  more
If I may draw back the curtain, so to speak, behind the editorial processes at the Local, I work with Arnie cartoonist Richard Anderson on a theme or idea for the cartoon that will relate to the … more
As I type this editorial for the last Local issue of 2020, I’d like to bid good riddance to the year, take a long deep breath of optimistic air and prepare to herald the coming new year with … more
A long time from now, some rituals will only be understood in the context of COVID-19. There was once toilet paper acquisition, sour dough, and a summer tie-dying stint. There are now soups, puzzles, … more
For most newspapers, including The Local, financial struggles precede COVID-19.  In 2019, however, we bucked the national trend.  more
This year’s Christmas will be like no other. You can’t see your kids, your aunt or brother. But it’s still a time to be of good cheer. Two-o-two-one will be a better year. more
Now that the dust has settled, the results of the 2020 election are clear. High voter engagement and increased mail-in voting led to massive turnout nationwide. While record numbers of Pennsylvanians … more
In these challenging times the funds raised by the Annual Appeal are more important to the ongoing operations of the CHCA than ever before in its history.  more
The Philadelphia Cricket Club moved on Friday after Thanksgiving to remove its controversial Native American logo from the entrances of its cricket clubs in both Chestnut Hill and Flourtown. The … more
I am writing about your advice regarding the fact that I dropped out of community college in the general studies program (pre-Covid last fall) since, in my mind, I really have no idea what I wanted … more
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
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