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 fall, my favorite season of the year! This fall feels quite a bit different but I am sure you share with me how great it feels to see the Avenue come alive again (as well as being safe for neighbors, visitors, and business employees)! I hope you and your family have an opportunity to enjoy being outside as much as possible. This year the CHCA is having a virtual pumpkin carving contest – our Carve & Cackle Contest. See below for details. This fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween is a great way for all ages to win prizes and bragging rights too!  Remember deadlines for voter registration are coming up, keep on reading to learn more about where you can find where your polling place is and much more about voting this year.

I hope to see many of you on Germantown Avenue and throughout Chestnut Hill. I’ll be the one in the mask waving hello!



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

Don’t miss the Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

for more information go to: CHCA Carve & Cackle

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Are You Registered to Vote? Do You Know Where Your Polling Place is or the Last Day to Submit a Mail-In Vote? 

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Answers to those questions and much more can be found at VOTES PA, a non-partisan official Pennsylvania government website with lots of information. Specifically to find out where to vote in person based on your address, go to:

Streets Department Announces Resurfacing Operations Begins in Chestnut Hill Temporary Lane Closure Restrictions Expected During Daytime Hours Throughout October

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced resurfacing operations in the Chestnut Hill area began on Tuesday, September 29, weather permitting. Work will include temporary lane closures and parking restrictions. The work is expected to be completed throughout October.

Resurfacing will be completed on the following streets:
McCallum Street – Allens Lane to Mermaid Lane
Mermaid Lane – McCallum Street to St Martins Lane
St Martins Lane – Mermaid Lane to Seminole Street
Seminole Street – St Martins Lane to Chestnut Hill Avenue
Chestnut Hill Avenue – Seminole Street to Bethlehem Pike

The resurfacing effort will be completed in separate phases – street milling, the adjustment of manhole covers and resetting of utility boxes, roadway base repairs/edge of roadway shoulder repairs, and final paving – which will take place in separate activities over the course of the several weeks.

Operations for the milling work, adjusting manholes and resetting utility boxes, and final paving will be performed during daytime hours between 7AM and 5PM. Flagging operations will be used to maintain traffic on the roadway with single lane closures utilized to perform the resurfacing work.

This work is being completed by Tony DePaul and Son Contractors and is part of the Streets Department Citywide 105 Resurfacing contract. The project is being financed with federal funds.

The Streets Department thanks the residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project. For more information on the City’s Paving Program, visit or check the progress of paving across the city using the PavePHL tool found on, a platform which allows the Streets Department to communicate to the public about paving and other Department services.  Residents are asked not to approach employees or contractors for information as they practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you haven’t had a chance be sure to check out our Virtual Garden Tour, get inspired and start dreaming about your 2021 garden!

Click on garden screen below to go to tour

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Connect to Community – Free Virtual Wellness Events Hosted by Chestnut Hill Hospital

Join our Community Partner Chestnut Hill Hospital for an expert panel hosted by CH Hospital physicians John Cacciamani, MD, John Scanlon, DPM, and infectious disease experts as they answer your COVID-19 questions. Physicians will share their clinical experiences, and discuss the most relevant updates and recommendations regarding COVID-19. Learn about COVID-19’s impact on our community now and in the coming months. Click HERE to Register for this FREE program today!

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Thanks to everyone who came out for our

CHCA Members – Community Supper

Approximately 50 CHCA members and their families and friends met under St. Martin’s parking lot tent to enjoy an evening of food (from some of Chestnut Hill’s finest restaurants), fun and live music. Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the dinner with social distanced tables and chairs. Special thanks to the Community Supper Committee; to Campbell’s, Chestnut Grill, El Poquito, All the Way Live, and the Night Kitchen for providing such great “to-go” dinners; to St. Martin’s for graciously allowing us to use their tent; to Miles Thompson, local singer-songwriter, for an evening of great live music; and to Hillary O’Carroll for making the tent look so beautifully fall-like.

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Regularly Scheduled CHCA Meeting Dates

The CHCA exists thanks to the commitment of many, many volunteers, of every talent, expertise, and interest. They serve on every committee and make possible every initiative. Thank you to each and every one!

(meetings dates and times may change, please confirm by calling 215-248-8811)

While the current public health emergency continues CHCA public meetings are being held virtually on-line. Information and updates will be posted on the CHCA 2020 upcoming meetings page

For additional information
See our weekly listing in the Chestnut Hill Local.

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.

PSA 3 Meeting 
October 15th

6:00 p.m.

PSA 4 Meeting

October 14th

6:00 p.m.

Captain’s Townhall Meeting 
with Captain Nicholas Smith

October 20th

1:00 p.m.

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.

Things are happening in Chestnut Hill! Don’t miss these great events and activities throughout October

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October 9 – 25, The Chestnut Hill Conservancy is pleased to present their fourth annual Night of Lights! This year’s Night of Lights takes the form of an extended public art installation activating Germantown Avenue and transforming Chestnut Hill’s familiar main street into an interactive exhibition of local history and architecture.

Night of Lights is a truly participatory, community-based event, offering visitors and long-time residents a free and accessible opportunity to discover the history of the neighborhood, while becoming active participants in the stories being told. From 7 pm to 10 pm, every evening from October 9-25, historical images and films from the Conservancy’s Archives are projected through storefront windows along Germantown Avenue, with neighboring historic buildings illuminated by colored lights. For more information go to: 2020 NIGHT OF LIGHTS

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Join Artisans on The Avenue, Bohemian Pink, Chestnut Hill Sports, El Quetzal, Jonesy’s Accessories, Sara Campbell, TC Unlimited, and the Chestnut Hill Business District as they present the second Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In on Thursday, October 15. The 45-minute virtual fashion show will be hosted by Philadelphia fashion influencer, blogger, and digital creator, Dani Maiale. For more information: CH FASHIONS NIGHT IN

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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