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Chestnut Hill architects reflect on retirement after closing 30-year-old studio
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Chestnut Hill architects reflect on retirement after closing 30-year-old studio

By Diane Fiske The architectural office of Runyan & Associates Architects, run by Stan Runyan and his associate, Jean McCoubrey, closed at the end...

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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA
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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA

by Pete Mazzaccaro This week marks the fourth issue in January and the last of four special covers appealing to our readers to become members of...

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8-unit apartment building and leasing office opposed by East Mt. Airy Neighbors
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8-unit apartment building and leasing office opposed by East Mt. Airy Neighbors

Neighbors object to a developer’s plans to tear down this home at 318 E. Durham St. to make way for an 8-unit apartment building and leasing office...

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Hill McDonald’s closed, owners seek tenant
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Hill McDonald’s closed, owners seek tenant

The Chestnut Hill McDonald’s closed for good on Dec. 31. (Photo by Michael Penn) By Pete Mazzaccaro The Chestnut Hill McDonald’s restaurant at 7800...

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Springfield Township to form new historic commission
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Springfield Township to form new historic commission

This small but picturesque Wyndmoor house built by Russell Elizabeth Medinger in the 1950s was demolished in 2018, leaving neighbors upset and...

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The case for us: A letter from the publisher
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The case for us: A letter from the publisher

By John Derr Your community newspaper For more than 61 years, the Chestnut Hill Local has been serving Chestnut Hill and surrounding neighborhoods...

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Local RE/MAX realtor Richard McIlhenny earns top recognition in the region
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Local RE/MAX realtor Richard McIlhenny earns top recognition in the region

Richard McIlhenny (left) accepts his ranking certificate from Bob Acuff, president and co-founder of RE/MAX Services Blue Bell Lifelong Mt. Airy...

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors opens new, state-of-the-art office in Spring Arts section of Philadelphia
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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors opens new, state-of-the-art office in Spring Arts section of Philadelphia

The reception desk for Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ new Spring Arts office, which opened last month. by Pete Mazzaccaro Last month, local real...

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Get books delivered by bike to your door
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Get books delivered by bike to your door

Chestnut Hill resident and owner of People’s Books & Culture bookshop in University City, Matt Duques, will personally deliver books to the doors...

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New retail sites discussed for Chestnut Hill Plaza
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New retail sites discussed for Chestnut Hill Plaza

by Brendan Sample Though no official proposal or decision has been made, discussions have begun on possible retail locations that could open at the...

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Friends of Abolition Hall lose appeal to halt developer’s conditional use permit
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Friends of Abolition Hall lose appeal to halt developer’s conditional use permit

by Brendan Sample The ongoing controversy over Abolition Hall saw another new major development in favor of developer K. Hovnanian Homes. The...

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Germantown Community Basketball Tournament to bring together student-athletes for 30th year
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Germantown Community Basketball Tournament to bring together student-athletes for 30th year

The Germantown Community Basketball Tournament will be celebrating its 30th anniversary of connecting students and neighbors through a shared love...

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CHCA board hears community health needs
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CHCA board hears community health needs

by Brendan Sample With 2019 nearly wrapped up, Chestnut Hill Hospital presented its Community Health Needs Assessment for the year at the latest...

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Shopping small is like shopping for yourself
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Shopping small is like shopping for yourself

by Pete Mazzaccaro Every year, the Chestnut Hill Local reports dozens of stories on new businesses and restaurants that open in our neighborhood....

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Print shop owner puts business up for sale, plans to retire
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Print shop owner puts business up for sale, plans to retire

Print Shop owner Don Cresswell is planning to retire. by Brendan Sample Many Chestnut Hill residents were surprised to see a “For Sale” sign on the...

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By Design: Real ‘Main Streets’ and their copies
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By Design: Real ‘Main Streets’ and their copies

A look down Germantown Avenue – the authentic “Main Street Town Center.” by Patricia Cove With the holidays approaching, it is a natural time to...

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Discovering Chestnut Hill: The little parts of conservation that make up the big picture
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Discovering Chestnut Hill: The little parts of conservation that make up the big picture

A view of a meticulously-maintained eased property. (Photo by Kevin Hughes) by Kevin Hughes Chestnut Hill is a unique and beautiful place. Known...

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Volunteers are the hidden treasure at Bird in Hand Consignment Shop
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Volunteers are the hidden treasure at Bird in Hand Consignment Shop

Part of the team making Bird in Hand what it is:(from left) board member Carol Seving, former executive director and volunteer Dolly Stamat, board...

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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA
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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA

by Joyce Lenhardt This is the first in a new series of columns from the Chestnut Hill Community Association Physical Division. Why do we keep...

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Seminary, neighbors must work to avoid a frightening future
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Seminary, neighbors must work to avoid a frightening future

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...

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Lutheran Seminary’s building project suspended at neighborhood meeting
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Lutheran Seminary’s building project suspended at neighborhood meeting

More than 200 attended a meeting at the United Lutheran Seminary to oppose the school’s plans to build 149 units of new housing. (Photo by Brendan...

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Streetscape: City art program that placed stained glass in Lovett Library turns 60
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Streetscape: City art program that placed stained glass in Lovett Library turns 60

One of two windows making up Cooper O’Neil’s “This Place” in the children’s section of Lovett Library. by Diane Fiske This year marks the 60th...

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Cheese Shop closing is a loss for Chestnut Hill
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Cheese Shop closing is a loss for Chestnut Hill

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...

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Neighbors bid farewell to Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop
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Neighbors bid farewell to Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop

Cheese Shop owners Dan Weiss (right) and his wife, Susan, help customers on the shop’s last day in business. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro) by April...

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Cause for celebration: Friends of the Wissahickon’s 95th year
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Cause for celebration: Friends of the Wissahickon’s 95th year

In the late 19th century, many mills once standing along the Wissahickon Creek were purchased and demolished by the City of Philadelphia to protect...

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Community Association to hold Black and White Gala fundraiser on Oct. 19
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Community Association to hold Black and White Gala fundraiser on Oct. 19

Enter a prohibition era speak-easy to dance the night away to the Rich Posmontier Ensemble, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The...

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News roundup: Top of Hill Market closed indefinitely, Trolley Car diner property sale to developer
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News roundup: Top of Hill Market closed indefinitely, Trolley Car diner property sale to developer

Top of the Hill Market (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro) by Pete Mazzaccaro The Top of the Hill Market and Café at 186 E. Evergreen Avenue has evidently...

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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA
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Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA

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...

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Letters, Oct. 3: Local board, Abolition Hall and climate change
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Letters, Oct. 3: Local board, Abolition Hall and climate change

Opportunity to join Chestnut Hill Local board When I came to Philadelphia 15 years ago, I was grateful to put down roots in this area. Not only is...

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Celebrating the ‘rally around’ and taking it deeper
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Celebrating the ‘rally around’ and taking it deeper

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...

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