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Simons Rec receives $2 mil state grant

Simons Recreation Cente received a $2 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) in 2020 to complete the Simons' Outdoor Renovation Project.  The check was officially presented Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

Missing 10-year-old Mt. Airy girl

 Philadelphia police still have not found Qadr Williamson, a 10-year-old girl who disappeared from her Mt. Airy neighborhood on the morning of Thursday Oct. 21 while she was walking to school, leaving friends and neighbors feeling desperately worried.

Cresheim Valley Drive detour until 2022, starting November

Cresheim Valley Drive will remain closed for some 6 months, from November through early 2022. Cresheim Valley Drive turns into Emlen Street, so the closure is technically from Cresheim Valley Drive and Navajo Street to Emlen and Cresheim Road. Town Meeting October 27 with PWD and Councilmember Cindy Bass.

Disturbing new details in case against SCH teacher

Andrew Wolf, the Springside Chestnut Hill math teacher who was arrested and charged with multiple child exploitation offenses on Oct. 7, is being held without bail in federal detention while new …

Running helped her overcome depression, seizures

In 1989 Sue Ann Ryback couldn't complete the annual Captain Bill Gallagher Island 10-mile Run in Sea Isle City.. On Aug. 15, after 32 more years had passed, Rybak got up the moxie to try again.

From Communism to wealth-building classes in Mt. Airy

Financial expert and prolific writer Paul Mladjanovic, author of “Stock Investing For Dummies,” will be teaching three classes on investing online for the Mt. Airy Learning Tree starting Nov. 1.

Welcome to gravel bike riding, the next new thing in Wissahickon cycling

On Wednesdays, a group of bicyclists gather for the 6 p.m. “Espresso Gravel” bike ride, a 17-mile trek over gravel tracks in the Wissahickon.

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It was the height of the pandemic and Monika Schermer was panicked. Her husband, like so many in corporate America at the time, had been furloughed from work indefinitely.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but for women, awareness needs to be a year-round thing.
Carole Carmichael, who had a trailblazing journalism career that spanned 40 years, has joined the Chestnut Hill Local’s Board of Directors.

Entertainment for kids of all ages leading up to Halloween.

B.Q. Basement Systems, which specializes in basement waterproofing, concrete leveling, crawl space, foundation repair and gutter installation, recently was ranked number two in the small-businesses category of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2021 Top Workplaces.

Crime Report October 18-25, 2021

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the two-week period from October 18 to October 25. There were 13 Thefts from Autos and 3 Stolen Vehicles during this period.

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Arts more

Christopher Collins has been creating statues that appear all over the country.

Jerry Pinkney, a Germantown native who became one of the most celebrated illustrators in the country, died last Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 81 at his home in New York State, according …
(1974 / 104 minutes) A subway car is taken hostage and held for ransom in this intense and thrilling drama from director Joseph Sargent. Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw and Martin Balsam.

"Happy families are all alike," wrote Leo Tolstoy, but "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Including his.

Food for Thought

Every single year when Halloween rolls around, my daughter says the same thing. “Mom, be the cool house on the block, give away whole Hershey bars or something.”

One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions.

They need foster families.

Homes & Home

Front Porch for Fall

As the Autumn colors come out, make your front porch a display showcase.

The Outdoor Gardeners gather to honor some of their members

The Outdoor Gardeners awarded Laurel Awards to Patti Wilson and Paula MacRae for their support of the garden club, and Liz Snowdon won the District “Forget- Me-Not Award” for outstanding service since 2002


Hard truths about design, past and present

In the fall, the Sunday edition of the New York Times publishes a magazine supplement that focuses on design.  As the topic is a broad one, articles can range from antique Italian jewelry to the gardens of France, to the architecture of  Mallorca. The stories are always fascinating and often quite thought provoking.  But it was an article in this fall’s edition that I found to be most intriguing.

Architectural walking tour of the Tulpehocken Station Historic District, Oct. 10

 Take a walking tour of the Tulpehocken Station Historic District on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. The tour begins at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W Tulpehocken St.
When looking back at interior styles following the popular Arts and Crafts movement, two styles that are often referenced together but could not be more different are Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Real estate
If developers get their way, the former site of Mt. Airy’s Trolley Car Diner is set to become a five story, 114-unit apartment complex complete with 38 parking spaces, 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and a roof deck.

Mount cross country claims fourth straight AACA title

Both the results of Athletic Association of Catholic Academies regular season meets and the outcomes of some large invitationals indicated that Mount St. Joseph Academy would be an overwhelming favorite at the AACA championship meet October 19. The Magic lived up to expectations.

PC runner first, team second at girls' Inter-Ac meet

In the varsity girls' race at the Inter-Ac League's cross country championships last week, history seemed to be repeating itself for Penn Charter.

GA senior second, but Main Line teams excel at championships

After the 2020 hiatus, the Inter-Ac cross country championship meet returned to Belmont Plateau last Monday, October 18.

It was a short trip but a tall order for the women of Chestnut Hill College October 20, when they traveled to a soccer match against a league rival from the other end of Northwest Philadelphia.

For the girls on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy field hockey team, last Thursday's Breast Cancer Awareness Month event meant a lot more than simply donning pink knee socks for their game against visiting Agnes Irwin. Gretta Ehret, Wyndmoor native, Penn Charter graduate, and sister of SCH head coach Emilee Ehret, talked to the Blue Devils about her own personal experiences dealing with the disease, and also its impact on women in general.
The girls on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy soccer team continued their march through the Inter-Ac League last week, finishing out the first round of games October 12 with a 3-0 victory over previously undefeated Academy of Notre Dame, and then starting the second half of league play with another home field victory, overwhelming the Owls of Agnes Irwin School, 7-0, on Thursday afternoon, October 14.
Playing at home in Germantown Academy's Carey Stadium last Friday, the Patriots' girls' soccer team launched into their second round of games within the Inter-Ac League.

Miquon will celebrate its 90th anniversary throughout 2022 with events ranging from shared meal gatherings, community-led campus improvements, special events during its traditional Spring Fair, and the publication of a keepsake of historical memories.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is proud to host an informative and timely conversation for the community about the current crisis in Afghanistan featuring two expert panelists with deep ties to the …

The 100th Anniversary activities for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy were scheduled for last year, but like many other things, the schedule changed.

The ants go marching one by one… down Germantown Avenue! Be on the lookout for some ants along the stone wall as you stroll past the playground at the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences.

Turnout was strong at the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s cocktail party/fundraiser at Market at the Fareway on Sunday night. The event, which featured a tasting menu provided by various vendors, wine and beer, and live music, was held to raise funds for the CHCA and the Jenks school playground.

Margaret “Anne” “Rooney” Kingsley Blake Torrey
Margaret “Anne” “Rooney” Kingsley Blake Torrey, age 93, passed away on September 28, 2021, at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, PA. Born in Holyoke, MA, in 1927, she was the …
Dottie Sheffield, staunch supporter of Chestnut Hill, dies at 96
Chestnut Hill lost one of its most important and influential civic leaders last Tuesday when Dorothy “Dottie” Sheffield died at her home at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. She was 96 …
John Sigmund, Sr., humanitarian, dad of 9/11 victim
Sigmund, 84, of Wyndmoor, died Sept. 14 from complications of a heart attack. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill.
Sarah Stevens Heckscher
Long-time Chestnut Hill resident Sarah Stevens Heckscher, who died of metastatic breast cancer July 17 in Greenbrae, Marin County, Calif. at 85, was truly a renaissance woman.
Marianne “Nancy” Shipley Rhoads
Marianne “Nancy” Shipley Rhoads, wife of the late Donald Vail Rhoads and daughter of Walter Penn Shipley Jr. and Mary Dawson Strawbridge, died on August 3, 2021. From her parents she …
Opinion & letters
Enemies of reading

What others called waste, I played with on Saturdays: How getting down to nuts and bolts helped me lose my mindset

After Mr. Finnegan, owner of Finnegan’s Furniture Store in Darby, PA, trudged upstairs, leaving me alone in the basement, I turned and looked again at the three tall barrels.


Election Day is November 2

October 26 is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot.

Happy 100th

McNally's Tavern, George Woodward Company, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, at their centennial.

Unmasking Covid

I am one of thousands of immunocompromised Philadelphians for whom taking public transportation, shopping for groceries or dining with friends at even an outdoor café presents serious risk.
On November 2nd, Justice will be on the ballot in Philadelphia and all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This election could not be more consequential, with women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and the very right to vote at all hanging in the balance
I enjoyed Alex Bartlett’s article on Chestnut Hill eateries but have to point out that he missed mentioning maybe the most long lived and popular restaurant ever seen in the area. 
We need to decrease the crime, violence, and Police issues in our City of Philadelphia and Tri-State area. Two Nonprofit Organizations have been working towards helping the issues. Urban …
About Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue to transform again during Night(s) of Lights
October 8 through the 17, from 7-9pm, historical images from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows, while neighboring historic buildings will be transformed with colored lights and films.
Eateries of Chestnut Hill
With Center City (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week running from September 18th through 30th, it is a great time to reflect on the history of our eateries, be they restaurants, taverns, luncheonettes, …
Save Your Photos Month
September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them.
Discovering Chestnut Hill: Nurses Week
Did you know that May 6 is both National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week? This “Week” ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Covid collecting for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Scenes that typified Chestnut Hill during the early days of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 are already fading from our daily experience: next-to-no cars on Germantown Avenue, closed stores, Xs …