Finally! The Holiday House Tour returns to Chestnut Hill

One of Chestnut Hill’s most popular traditions is back again this year, after a three-year hiatus due to Covid. 

Angelo Cataldi makes Philly sports fans look good

After hanging up the headphones in February, former WIP host and current Chestnut Hill resident Angelo Cataldi is back with a new book.

History scholar and new leader at G-town mansion

George Boudreau is the newly named executive director at Ebenezer Maxwell Victorian Mansion.

Mt. Airy 'urban archaeologist' digs deep into Philly history

We tend to associate the word “archaeology” with remote locations. Rebecca Yamin digs into Philadelphia.

New to the NW, he's painting 100 Chestnut Hill scenes

If you were walking down Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill recently, you just might have seen Trevor Wade Thomas and his easel.

At Jenks school, ‘Dads’ volunteer and show up for duty

On a normal morning, Jenks Dads on Duty (JDOD) can be seen helping students cross the busy street and providing words of encouragement.
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Community Feature

Why would a celebrity TV star wind up living in Northwest Philadelphia? "We love it here," Simonetta Lein says.

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Despite rising interest rates, development in Mt. Airy continues to chug along as investors seek to capitalize on land for dense new housing projects.
For the week of Nov. 27, 2023
The following report is for crimes reported in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy for the period from Nov. 20  to Nov. 26.
The holiday season brings new chances to celebrate community in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood.

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

Making the most of small spaces

One of the most frequent questions we get from clients is how they can make small spaces look larger than they actually are. Here's some tips.
By Design

Mid-century furniture complements many styles

Interior design is about layout, balance, color, proportion and style.
Design Matters

A Wyndmoor transformation increases space, intimacy and light

Located in a charming and bucolic pocket of Wyndmoor is a stone cottage. But built in the 1920s, the original kitchen was too small.

Shades of English country style

In 1988, I was asked to participate in my first “Art and Design” showhouse. My vision was impeccable... until it wasn’t.

Small space planning is a ‘jigsaw’ exercise

Laura and Blake loved their row home on a historic block. The problem was fitting everything they wanted inside.


Only girl on the football team displays 'heart and determination'

“I wish I had 13 kids like Abby on my football team. I wish I had the heart and determination myself at that age that she has."

A putter’s dream: Golfweek ranks historic St. Martins course

Golfweek's list of the top 40 short courses in the United States lists the nine-hole St. Martins course in the heart of Chestnut Hill as No. 2.

Area sports teams wrap up the fall season

Fall sports teams from the area that qualified for postseason tournaments have now ended their seasons, with varying degrees of success.

Fourth-seeded SCH earned a bye in the first round, but number five PC advanced to meet the Chestnut Hill squad.

In the 2023 championship match, which was played last Wednesday in the gym at Agnes Irwin School, the Patriots finally got over the hump and knocked off Notre Dame, 3-1.
In field hockey, Mount St. Joseph Academy's seeding for the PIAA state tournament was determined last week.
Playing Inter-Ac League soccer games last week, the girls of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy came away with a win and a tie.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy split its two Inter-Ac League field hockey games last week, downing Penn Charter and losing to Episcopal Academy.

As we caught up, the years seemed to slip away. 

In a pair of home soccer games last week, the boys of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy faced the two teams competing for the league's top spot.

After four straight AACA championships won by Mount St. Joseph Academy in cross country, the Mount Magic reclaimed the league laurels.

Hill software engineer, a passionate dancer, dies at 78
Stephen “Steve” Blum, 78, who had a long career as a software engineer with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, died Oct. 29.
Medical marijuana pioneer from Wyndmoor dies at 52
Christina (“Chrissy”) J. Visco, of Wyndmoor, the first woman to receive a medical marijuana license in Pennsylvania, died Oct. 19.
Beloved Hill teacher, coach, killed in bike accident
Kevin Saint Clair, 65, a Chestnut Hill resident and recently retired from the Julia R. Masterman School, was hit in a car crash.
Hill architect, raised in Nazi Germany, dies at 98
Otto Reichert-Facilides, a celebrated architect whose work includes designing the Academy House in Center City, died Oct. 23.
Compassion was the hallmark of Judge Edward Russell, 91
Edward E. Russell, 91, of Chestnut Hill, a retired judge in Philadelphia's Family Court and Court of Common Pleas, died Sept. 16.
Opinion & letters
Twelve years ago, the Philadelphia Water Department received accolades for its 25-year plan. But now we find it may not be enough. 
Letters to the editor
About Chestnut Hill
Supporting local merchants in style
Chestnut Hill will have all its historic charm on display this weekend as it celebrates the holiday season – and supports local merchants. 
CH parking lot rates triple
Cheap parking has officially come to a screeching halt in Chestnut Hill – shocking many longtime regulars along the neighborhood’s busy business strip. 
Meetinghouse poll volunteers ‘accosted’ by election worker
The City Commissioners Office is investigating one of its employees, after he was summoned to the polling station to fix a technical error.
The Local wins Lenfest grant to fuel news sustainability and expansion
The paper is among 17 local news organizations to receive such awards, which are designed to help support long-term sustainability.