Town Hall in Winter

The CHCA encourages a sense of community and works to improve the quality of life in Chestnut Hill.

Visit us at Town Hall
8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-8810

From the Executive Director

Dear Neighbors and Friends of Chestnut Hill,

Happy Holidays to you all!

This month’s e-news has info on how trash and recycling collection will be postponed due to the storm so be sure to check it out. The holidays feels very different this year. Our annual traditional events were cancelled due to the pandemic but we continue to work to help the community stay connected. Please check out the “Deck the Door” contest and vote for your favorites! It is a great way to spend time outside! Read more about it and other community information below. Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at the CHCA. Please help support our local businesses and restaurants this holiday season by shopping local



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

Take a Walk (or Drive) through the Snow Covered Streets of Chestnut Hill & Cast Your Vote for the Most Beautiful, the Most Creative, and the Most Fun Door Decorated for the Holidays

It’s the CHCA’s Deck the Door Contest!

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Thank you to our Sponsor:

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and Media Partner:

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A Holiday Message from the CHCA Board of Directors

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Winter Weather Update–Trash and Recycling Collections Suspended for Thursday, December 17th

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In response to today’s winter storm the Streets Department is tackling the City’s first major snow event in two years. As forecasted, snow began hitting the roads approximately at 1pm. Crews immediately began a salting operation and as snow accumulations warranted began plowing. Crews are currently treating primary and secondary streets, bridges and residential streets in areas of high elevation. In preparation for the snow, crews brined roadways on Tuesday. A full deployment of additional crews and equipment is contingent upon additional snow accumulations.

To assist with snow operations, Sanitation crews are being diverted to snow duty and are mounting Sanitation trucks with plows. Therefore, all trash and recycling collections will be suspended for Thursday, December 17th. Residents whose normal trash day is Thursday must hold materials for Friday pick up and Friday’s materials will be collected on Saturday. Although crews are expected to resume collections on Friday, residents should expect delays as crews navigate in the snow. Delays are contingent on the severity and length of the storm. Residents are reminded the City’s six Sanitation Convenience Centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8a-6p. Visit for locations.

City forces will continue snow operations until all conditions are safe for travel and have posted the following reminders:

  • Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. This practice is illegal, unsafe and hinders snow operations.
  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 36” wide (3ft) within 6 hours of the end of the storm.
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
  • Motorists should allow extra time, exercise patience and maintain safe driving distances.

From the Philadelphia Police Department – 

Community Meetings with 14th District Police Officers 

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Captain Nicholas Smith and the Officers of the 14th Police District

want to hear from YOU!!!

The 14th Police District’s community is divided into four Police Service Areas (PSA). Captain Smith and the 14th District Police Officers invite you to attend monthly PSA meeting to share your questions and concerns about your community, as well as work to build a trusting relationship with your local Officers. For more information and to learn your assigned PSA, call (215) 686-3140.

PSA 1 Meeting – Lt. Michael Frisco

PSA 2 Meeting – Lt. Marty Best

PSA 3 Meeting – Lt. Joseph Mortimer

PSA 4 Meeting – Lt. Demetrious Pittaoulis

Captain’s Town Hall Meeting

All meetings will be held virtually via Zoom and are open to the public. Zoom credentials will be emailed prior to meeting. Email to be added to email distribution list.

A Message from CHCA Board President, Kathi Clayton

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Stronger Together! The Chestnut Hill Community Association’s mission is to connect people, improve the quality of life in Chestnut Hill and strengthen community ties.  2020 threw us all a curve ball.

In these challenging times the funds raised by the Annual Appeal are more important to the ongoing operations of the CHCA than ever before in its history.  We kindly ask for your financial support.

No one imagined we would be in the midst of a global pandemic that requires us to socially distance to protect ourselves and others from a highly contagious disease.  Yet here we are – dealing with a potentially lethal virus which can infect anyone and everyone.

The CHCA is proud to have honored all area essential workers with the CHCA 2020 Annual Meritorious Award. They have done, and continue to do so much, for the community at large.

Our focus is PEOPLE through Service, Advocacy and Community.  As the convening Registered Community Organization (RCO) in Chestnut Hill, the CHCA brings local organizations together to provide constituents with valued civic information and ensure that community members have a chance to learn about and give feedback on nearby developments that may affect them. The Development Review Committee, Land Use Planning and Zoning and our monthly board meetings are open to the public currently on Zoom.

The CHCA is also committed to providing information and resources to the community on topics that impact the community. We provide a wide variety of social activities, something for everyone! In the course of the average year the CHCA sponsors large community events: concerts in the park, movies under the stars, a basketball tournament, house tours including the Holiday House tour, a long-time holiday tradition for many people in Chestnut Hill, a holiday parade and a big fall gala which is the major fund raiser. Not this year. The Association held no large gatherings and none are planned in the near future. Practicing social distance and wearing masks are the societal standard.

The CHCA board, small staff and volunteers are working diligently to keep people informed, connected and entertained through virtual events and a few activities in small socially distanced groups.

During this holiday season the Community Association is sponsoring a Chestnut Hill “Deck the Door” decorating contest in the spirit of bringing people together around something light-hearted and in the spirit of the season. You can learn more about this event and others on our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We understand this is a difficult time for all parts of society.  There are terrific organizations working tirelessly to provide many people with basic needs.  We encourage you to support them. We also ask you to be generous in your support of the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Annual Appeal. Please donate on our website at or mail a check to 8434 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19118. The CHCA is a 501c3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

We appreciate your consideration and thank you.  Stay safe and well.

Kathi Clayton, CHCA Board President

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Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill, be part of the community.

Support year round fun, interesting and entertaining ideas.

Read your local paper produced right here, under local ownership, by real journalists and expert contributors.

Take a stroll and enjoy the shade of the tree-lined streets and know you are a part of keeping this neighborhood green.

Enjoy the Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience, a membership perk with $1,000 in discounts and free offers from Chestnut Hill area businesses and restaurants

Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill.

Experience it.



Strengthen Your Social Connections, Volunteer at the CHCA

At the Chestnut Hill Community Association our volunteers collaborate throughout the year to bring our neighborhood vital, engaging and fun community events. We also have committees that help to promote membership in the CHCA, plant trees in our community, and plan year-round programming.

If you’re interested in meeting your neighbors and being a part of the fun in Chestnut Hill, give us a call at 215-248-8810 or email our office at

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 Chestnut Hill Community Association

8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-248-8810, info@chestnuthill.orgCHCA