Senior Life

Chestnut Hill ex-restaurateur a legend in her own time

How do you condense a life worthy of a best-selling biography into one newspaper article? That is the challenge when writing about Judy Wicks.
A Vintage View

Recalling Chestnut Hill's genius inventor of the TV set

There is no historical marker in front of the building at 127 E. Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, but there should be.

New ‘ghost bike’ memorial honors local crash victims

A solitary white bicycle stands sentinel on Kitchens Lane in West Mt. Airy, its stark presence a somber reminder of lives lost and unsafe roads.

Celebrate July Fourth with parades, fireworks and history 

You don’t have to fight the traffic and the crowds in Center City to celebrate Independence Day in the nation’s birthplace.

'Gold medal' ice cream shop gets right to the pint

“I work from 5:30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. If someone invented a 25th hour or an eighth day in the week, I'd be working it,” said Danielle Jowdy.

Turtle Ridge brings folk and bluegrass to Pastorius Park

A folk group hailing from “the beautiful hills of Roxborough,” Turtle Ridge performs music steeped in a long lineage of bluegrass and Americana.
Local Calendar
Community Feature

At a time when Ramirez needed comfort, she received them in the place she had intended to be not only a business, but also a refuge for parents.

More News
The following is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from July 1 to July 7.
"We want to serve more NICU families during their difficult days," said Martha Sharkey.
With a big flat roof on its new supermarket in Germantown, the Weavers Way grocery co-op is going solar.
When potential customers walk into Jennifer's Leaf Health & Wellness Studio, they naturally assume the ultra-fit owner and certified yoga instructor is named Jennifer.

Crime Report

The following crime report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from May 16 to June 6. 

Homes and Gardens

Hidden gems for home decor at a new local ReStore

I used to drive all the way to Maple Shade to browse the treasures that can be found at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. But now I don't have to.
By Design

When renovating, windows and doors need special care

When preserving historic architecture, which brings so many benefits to a community, including sustainability, windows and doors carry particular importance.

New Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the Neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia recently opened the doors to its second ReStore, following the popular example of its South Philadelphia counterpart. The new store and donation center, located at …

The historic character of our neighborhood is a design all its own

When most people think about design, they usually immediately think of interiors. But we are surrounded by design no matter where we are. 

Sometimes you need a contractor who can say ‘no’

Almost every person who undertakes a major house renovation wants to get the very most for the budget they have.


Defending summer league champs still rolling; Jefferson tied for second

In the last week of the women's college summer league before the July 4th hiatus, the number of undefeated teams and the number of winless teams was whittled down to one.

Chestnut Hill alums remain unbeaten in college summer league

In the second week of action in the women's college summer league, one of two teams remaining undefeated includes four CHC grads.

30th season begins for college summer hoops league

The Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Summer Basketball League launched its 30th season on June 11.

Dill gets the ball out of the timeout, and sure enough, when he drives to the basket and Shipley defenders collapse on him, his man is wide open.

The revitalization of these courts marks a significant milestone, not just for the avid players, but for everyone who cherishes this communal space.
After suffering a 1-0 loss in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament finals a year ago, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's softball team captured the 2024 championship last Thursday at Ursinus College.
Germantown Friends School and Mount St. Joseph Academy made strong showings on the Schuylkill alongside Kelly Drive.

SCH awarded its highest honor, the Shield Award, to the graduating senior.

The Upper School Symphonic Band of William Penn Charter School has been awarded a prestigious Grand Sweepstakes Award.

The Lindback Foundation issued their selections for the best teachers of 2024, which included 60 teachers, several from the Northwest.

Beloved OB-GYN, who 'delivered thousands,' dies at 99
Dr. Nathan Schnall, 99, a longtime Wyndmoor resident, died June 2.
Donna Reed Miller dies
Donna Reed Miller, a former Philadelphia City Councilmember who represented the 8th District for 16 years, was 77.
Tragic death of daughter spurs parents to save lives
It was a sudden and terrible shock to all those who loved her when 19-year-old Caroline Shea Kyle died in her sleep at home on July 9, 2022.
A leader in government, journalism and the arts
Verna Mae Andersen Shmavonian, who served as a director of research and technical staff in Philadelphia City Council, died peacefully in her sleep on April 18.
Hill's Van Sciver Furniture chain descendant dies at 53
Carolyn Louise Van Sciver Armstrong, formerly of Chestnut Hill, died unexpectedly March 27 in Orlando, Florida.
Opinion & letters
I recently had the pleasure of joining the CHCA’s Annual June Membership Meeting to report on the past year of business for The Local.
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
CHCA Agenda
To register for zoom meetings: https://www.chestnuthill.org/meetings.php
New CHCA board members elected
The CHCA has concluded its recent election for the Board of Directors, with seven new members elected to serve three-year terms.
No decision for Greylock, ZBA hearing continued
The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment held a June 25 hearing via Zoom on the plan to develop the Greylock Estate.
Developer Michael Young buys fire-damaged Hiram Lodge
Developer Michael Young has purchased the property at 8427 Germantown Ave. for $1.85 million.
Outage disrupts a day of business
Anne McNally was on her way to work last Thursday when she saw police cars blocking access because of a downed pole.