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,

This fall has been beautiful, I hope you all have had a chance to go outside and enjoy it! Let’s hope this weather holds!  The news regarding the corona virus in Philadelphia is not good with cases on the rise. Please remember to wear your masks, remain socially distant and we all will get through this. This will be especially important as we approach the holidays. Enjoy the fun photos below of the winners from our Carve and Cackle Contest, and be sure to save the date for the annual Circle of Trees Celebration – Saturday Nov. 21. Santa will be visiting virtually and in person (making sure to keep everyone safe of course!). As we head into the holidays lets remember everything we have to be thankful for and help out someone who may be less fortunate.  Stay safe and well and Happy Thanksgiving (early)!



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

CHCA’s Carve & Cackle Contest Winners!

The Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Virtual Carve & Cackle Contest ran from October 6 through the 29th with community members of all ages submitting photos of their Halloween creations in hope of winning Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative and Best Overall Design. Special thanks to CHCA Community Partner the Chestnut Hill Hospital and media sponsor the Chestnut Hill Local. Thank-you to everyone who submitted photos. Judges John Derr from the CH Local, Dr. John Cacciamani from CH Hospital, Anne Standish from Woodmere Art Museum and Jill Allem from A/R Workshop Chestnut Hill had a tough job picking the winners from all the great submissions. Here are the winning pumpkins and some of their creative carvers.

7 years old and younger

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Age 8 – 12

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Ages 13 – 15

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16 years & older – Funniest

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16 years & older – Scariest

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16 years & older – Most Creative

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16 years & older – Best Overall Design

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A very special thank you to our judges: John Derr from the CH Local, Dr. John Cacciamani from CH Hospital, Anne Standish from Woodmere Art Museum and Jill Allem from A/R Workshop Chestnut Hill, they had a very tough job!

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Thank you to our Community Partner:

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and Media Partner:

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Water Tower volunteer clean up this Sunday 11/8/2020

from 10am-1pm

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Calling all friends and neighbors!

There will be a volunteer clean up day this Sunday 11/8/2020 from 10am-1pm at Water Tower.

This clean up will be focused on the outside of the property leaves, sticks, debris and holiday decorating.  Please remember more hands make for lighter work so pass this along to your neighbors and friends. Rakes, trash bags, bottled water and antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided.  This is a mask required event so please mask up and hope to see you this Sunday.

SAVE THE DATE – November 21

Annual Circle of Trees Celebration will go on this year,

Virtually and Live!

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Volunteers are needed to help out at the Santa Visit part of the Circle of Trees event – we need some friendly elves, masked and wearing gloves to help out. If you are interested in helping, please contact Anne McNiff at

From Our Community Partner – Chestnut Hill Hospital:

Top Tips for Eating Healthy for the Holidays

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The holidays are a time of celebration, but along with the joy comes stress, expectations and pitfalls for your normally healthy routines. Grandma’s fudge is a family tradition, and your coworker’s baked goods are calling you from the breakroom. Indulging a little doesn’t hurt…so lighten up! There are simple ways to enjoy holiday treats, like in smaller portions and making healthy substitutions where you can. Planning for merry meals that are also healthy is a recipe for success!

Allow yourself flexibility during this time of year. There will be treats and temptations in every direction, and with a little planning, you can enjoy your favorite foods while still eating sensibly. Dietitians at Chestnut Hill Hospital gathered a few nutrition tips so that you can enjoy a balanced holiday season.

Be consistent in your eating habits. Before heading out to a holiday party remember to eat breakfast, lunch and any of your usual energy boosters throughout the day. Those who skip meals to reserve calories, can end up overeating.

Cook from, and for, the heart. Keep your traditions and make small changes where you can. Use spices, fresh herbs and citrus to flavor foods and drinks instead of excess salt and added sugars. Instead of butter, use a healthier vegetable oil or substitute equal parts unsweetened apple sauce when baking. Try to lighten up some of your favorite recipes like stuffing made with whole grain or cornbread, lean meat (or no meat), nuts (like almonds or walnuts), and lots of fruits and veggies.

Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat. Stay hydrated by having a glass of water, or flavored seltzer, between drinks.

Be buffet savvy. At a buffet, survey your options before piling servings on your plate. By checking out all your options, you might be less inclined to pile on items one after another and better suited to have healthy servings of your favorite items.

Sprinkle in opportunities to be active. Increasing, or at least prioritizing, exercise can be beneficial during the holidays. Parking a little further away, walking when possible can help reduce stress and maintain weight.

Pay attention to what really matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge occasionally.

For more nutrition tips join Jocelyn Baumgarten, registered dietitian, at Chestnut Hill Hospital’s FREE monthly nutrition series on the third Thursday at 6 p.m. The next session is on Thursday, November 19, and will discuss eating well within a budget. Register today!


Household Hazardous Waste Event

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Household Hazardous Waste Events are back. Residents may drop off items labeled: toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive at one of four events offered across the City.

Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage the items can cause people, pets and the environment. New PA Department of Environmental Protection COVID protocols require residents to pre-register and schedule an appointment to drop off materials at one of the four events.

The first event is Saturday, November 7, 9am to 3pm at 3033 S. 3901 Delaware Avenue. Visit for a list of acceptable household hazardous waste and to pre-register for this event or the events scheduled in October and November.

Computers are not accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events as they can be taken to any of the Sanitation Convenience Centersduring normal business hours. As a reminder, latex or water base paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the regular trash if the paint is dried up or solidified with an absorbent material, such as, kitty litter. Universal waste such as florescent light bulbs and lithium, rechargeable and lead-acid batteries can be dropped off in the new bulb or battery containers at the Sanitation Convenience Centers. Alkaline batteries can be disposed of curbside. Residents are encouraged to wrap tape around both ends of an alkaline battery as an added precaution.  Waste materials generated by a business will not be accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events or at Sanitation Convenience Centers.

For more information go to the Streets Department webpage

From the Philadelphia Police Department
Community Meetings with 14th District Police Officers 

Do you have questions or concerns about crime in our community? Attend the monthly meetings of Police Sector Area (PSA) 4, which covers Chestnut Hill and parts of Mt. Airy, or PSA 3, which covers Mt. Airy.

Go to get specific dates for the Captain’s Town Hall Meeting and the monthly PSA meetings

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

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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