Chestnut Hill Local

Chestnut Hill’s holiday parade to return

Chestnut Hill’s Holiday Parade is making a comeback after being canceled for three years because of COVID and inclement weather.

The parade’s Dec. 10th return has thrilled neighbors who say that they are more than ready to put past troubles behind them, said Brien Tilley, a longtime member of the Chestnut Hill Community Association and co-organizer of this year’s parade.

“We’re excited. I mean, there’s so much to celebrate right now. We’ve been getting back-to-normal activities over the last f

Regen America: Resiliency on Ridge Avenue | Roxborough, Philadelphia

Located at 6062 Ridge Avenue, Regen America has been a mainstay in the Roxborough community for the past twelve years. The practice, originally called Lyceum Physical Medicine, was renamed Regen America to better represent its expansion into regenerative medicine services. Regenerative medicine is a relatively new treatment option that allows patients' bodies to heal naturally from the effects of injury, aging, and damage. It has become immensely popular in recent years.

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Cresheim Village Neighbors Going Strong After 33 Years

When the Allens Lane Bridge was closing for repair, the neighbors got involved

The Cresheim Village Neighbors started in 1988 as a town watch after a break-in. Today, it has transformed into a giant among local community organizations.

“People here know each other. We interact with each other a lot. In fact, that’s why we evolved,” said Steve Stroiman, the Neighbors’ coordinator. “We have had many opportunities to get to know one another through social, cultural and civic involvement.”


Child Tax Credit payments provide economic relief to local families

On July 15, Philadelphia residents received the first of many Child Tax Credit payments. Future Child Tax Credit payments are scheduled for August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15 and December 15, respectively. The payments are part of the 2021 federal American Rescue Plan, signed in March of this year.

The tax credit was expanded to increase the credit parents receive from $2,000 per child to $3,000 for children over the age of six, and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age

Local tournament to donate basketball shoes to a good cause

Ryan Ansel has dedicated his life to basketball. His love for the game was the driving force in him becoming a walk-on at Davidson College and now an assistant coach at Swarthmore College. Hoops for Hope is his way of giving back to the sport that has given him so much.

On Saturday, June 19, Hoops for Hope will host a three-on-three basketball tournament at the Oreland basketball courts in Oreland, Springfield Township, to raise funds and donate shoes to the Access to Success Foundation, a Chri

Stephanie Butler helps local residents keep their homes during tough times

For many residents of Northwest Philadelphia facing eviction, Mt. Airy CDC has been indispensable.

In charge of that effort is Stephanie Butler, the HUD-certified director of the housing counseling department at Mt. Airy Community Development Corporation (CDC), where she’s worked for 20 years. In that role, Butler has been busy assisting residents of Northwest Philadelphia with the city’s rental eviction diversion program.

Philadelphia launched its rental eviction diversion program in Septembe

Skirt Boutique donates $6,000 to Emlen Elementary School

When Skirt Boutique owner Maureen Doron had an opportunity to donate funds to Emlen Elementary through her ‘Skirt for School’ fundraiser, it was a chance she couldn’t pass up. Her brother, Chris Conallen has been a fourth-grade teacher at the Mt. Airy school for nine years.

“We love hearing about his school, students, and his principal, who he loves and respects so much,” Doron said. “We are very proud of him. It was great to see him do what he was really meant to do, which is be an awesome tea

SCH junior develops app to interest youth in election process

Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy junior Zach Schapiro isn’t your average teenager. While most kids his age were glued to their phone on their favorite apps, Schapiro got to work on creating one: Election Accomplice.

Election Accomplice is a mobile app designed to educate young voters on the election process in an interactive way. The app has two key components: the strategy game and the 2020 forecasting model.

The strategy game matches players against presidential opponents of their choi

Mt. Airy Schools Coalition’s short film series highlights public school - community connection

While the look and feel of the upcoming school year remains uncertain, one thing in Mt. Airy is always certain: its pride in, and connection to, its public schools.

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition- a collaborative effort between Mt. Airy CDC, East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN), West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) and the principals of six Northwest Philadelphia public schools- has put that connection and community pride on full display in a new series of short films highlighting each school.

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The Chestnut Hill Rotary Club helps local schools in a big way amid COVID-19 pandemic

At Emlen Elementary School in Mt. Airy, science classes had no trouble adjusting to remote learning thanks to The Chestnut Hill Rotary Club purchasing ‘Science A to Z’ licenses for two of its teachers.

This was made possible by a matching grant from District Rotary 7450. ‘Science A to Z’ helps students learn about science in an interactive way online, covering everything from the planets in our solar system to the phases of matter.

“It has allowed our students who come from low socioeconomic b

SEPTA promises long closed Chestnut Hill West line will return

Since its indefinite suspension on April 9, doubts have surrounded the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line’s future.

Out of the 13 regional rail lines across the Greater Philadelphia area, 11 reopened June 29. The Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd lines closed without clear plans for their return to service.

SEPTA said any fears that the line will not return, however, are baseless.

“There hasn’t been any discussion about discontinuing service on the Chestnut Hill West line,” Andrew Busch, SEPTA