Teddy Bear Hunt Going Strong in Chestnut Hill

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As a Time magazine story published on March 25th put it:  “Taking a page from Michael Rosen’s 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, members of a number of communities across the globe are placing teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their homes’ windows to create a scavenger hunt-esque activity for kids who are stuck at home.  While taking walks or drives around the neighborhood with their parents, kids in participating communities can have some fun by keeping an eye out for any number of stuffed animals that have been put on display at others houses.”

Indeed, neighborhoods close by and neighborhoods as far away as Iceland and London and Brussels have created this fun and active diversion for their community’s children and families, and I suspect, some grownups too.

The Chestnut Hill Local, Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) and Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) are working together to bring the Teddy Bear Hunts to our neighborhoods, at least over the next four weeks.  And we are adding a little bit of twist.

In addition to asking residents to place plush bears (or other stuffed animals) in your windows to be spied by families out on walks, local businesses on the Avenue are also joining in the fun.  Each week for the next four weeks, five businesses will display a teddy bear in their windows.  People who walk by will need to be find and record the five businesses with the bears in the window and what each bear is holding its paws.  Submit that to us at the Local and you will be entered to win that week’s prize of a $25 gift certificate!  The fun starts on Friday, May 29.  The five businesses who have bears in their windows will change every Friday.  So make sure you keep taking walks – while observing social distancing, of course.

Additionally, as you are out in the neighborhood on your “hunt” and you come across a unique bear, capture it, with your phone or camera of course and upload the picture the photo gallery we will set up on   Also post to social media with #CHTeddyBearHunt.

What the Yellow Phase Means to Philadelphia

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Philadelphians have successfully flattened the curve, and the city will enter a modified version of the state’s yellow phase on June 5. However, COVID-19 is still spreading in the city, and any contact poses a risk.

The City’s Safer at Home reopening plan provides details about how we’ll gradually reopen and the shared responsibilities we all have to keep up our progress.

View the Safer-at-Home reopening planoperations guidance for various sectors and activities, and the executive order.

The name of the plan is purposeful: You are still safer at home when it comes to avoiding infection of COVID-19 and stopping the spread to others.

As the city begins to reopen, we want to continue our progress in limiting COVID-19 cases. That means committing to these three things any time you are outside the home:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep at least six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

Ask the Experts: Landscape Tools to Protect Our Watershed

Wednesday, June 3, 6pm

Virtual Zoom Presentation

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How can you help to keep stormwater runoff from polluting our streams? Individual improvements like rain barrels, downspout planters, permeable paving, and rain gardens can all contribute. For inspiration, attend our virtual Zoom presentation of the Philadelphia Water Department’s impressive rain garden installation on Norwood Avenue, presented by a Philadelphia Water Department landscape architect and an adjacent homeowner.

A free program to the community, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy. Ask questions; get solutions!

Free, registration required. Zoom link and details will be sent to registrants.

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 Chestnut Hill Community Association

8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118