Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

For Ken Weinstein (above), passion is more than just a cliche, it is the driving factor that has motivated him to become the successful real estate developer, entrepreneur, and benefactor he is today.   “Passion isn’t just about making money or going to a job everyday, it’s doing what you love to do,” said Weinstein. […]

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Mount Airy: Five Places to Grab a Bite on Germantown Avenue

Mount Airy: Five Places to Grab a Bite on Germantown Avenue

Mount Airy is a quiet neighborhood in the Northwest portion of Philadelphia. Situated between Germantown and Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy is undergoing a “revival” of sorts with many new businesses and restaurants coming to the area. Historically, it has been one of the most diverse and safe communities throughout Philadelphia, allowing it to be a […]

 

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

William Penn believed that open, natural spaces worked positively on the mind as well as the body, providing respite from the chaotic pace of urban life as well as the unsanitary closeness of quarters. Today, more than 10 percent of the land within Philadelphia is park territory. Tucked inside the Northwest sits the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley […]

 

Mount Airy: What To Know

Mount Airy: What To Know

If Mount Airy was personified it would be the progressive girl seen in a street-style blog with light purple hair, an ethnically mysterious face, and a penchant for knowing where the best midnight snack food is located. People are enthralled by the area and the recent cultural revival. Business is booming in the neighborhood because […]

 By Shayna Kleinberg and Kelsey Kondraski

Health Beat: People Helping People Get Fit

Health Beat: People Helping People Get Fit

In a city crawling with food trucks and fast food restaurants there exists an active, bustling community of health and wellness practitioners working towards changing social attitudes and health patterns in Philadelphia. Nutritionists, activist filmmakers, herbalists, fitness teachers and member-owned grocery stores are aiding Philly by providing wholesome products and offering knowledge, help and services […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Winter 2013 to 2014 was one of Philadelphia’s roughest. Record breaking snow was the cause of many natural disasters including potholes, home damage and fallen trees. The Wissahickon Valley Park was especially affected with over 100 down trees and multiple broken paths. Now the Friends of the Wissahickon are beginning to clean up, but environmentalist […]

 

Mount Airy: Improvements for Lovett Library

Mount Airy: Improvements for Lovett Library

A decision was made to perform renovations on the Lovett Memorial Library in Mount Airy, and the public responded positively to the idea.  Joe Benford, the Chief of Extensions for the Free Library of Philadelphia estimates that with funding in place, the project could break ground in March of next year.  Benford said the plan […]

 Aaron Stevens & Christine Mattson

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Henry H. Houston Elementary in Mount Airy weathered the Philadelphia School District budget crisis with help from the surrounding community. Despite the Philadelphia School District faces a $304 million budget gap this fiscal year, Houston Elementary has not only added several after school programs but also will open its newly renovated library full of donated […]

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