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Archived Home Pages - January 2006
Citizens Forum Postponed (from Regina Fried)
The Charlestown Citizens Forum presentation "Can There Be Energy Nirvana?" scheduled for February 6th has been POSTPONED. A number of people have a conflict with other community events including the Township Supervisors and School Board meetings. We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you posted about next steps.
Reminder - The fourth quarterly Charlestown Twp Earned Income Tax payments are due to CENTAX January 31.
The Official Minutes of the January 3, 2006 reorganization and regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Meeting Calendar Updated - The Charlestown Township calendar of meetings has been updated with January and February currently posted as a PDF file. Use the "Meeting Calendar" link in the above green button panel or click here.
"Charlestown argues over moratorium" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on discussions at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting of the proposed Official Map Ordinance. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 23 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. A hearing is scheduled as a continuation of discussions of the proposed Official Map Ordinance at this meeting.
Charlestown Citizens Forum Scheduled (from Regina Fried) - The first Charlestown Citizens Forum event of 2006 is titled "Can there be Energy Nirvana?" and will be held Monday, February 6th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at Charlestown Elementary School. Complete information about this event as well as the organization itself is available from the Forum's web site. Click here.
"Lawsuit aimed at electronic voting" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on efforts by groups in Bucks County to allow the use of existing punch card voting machines in the May 16 primary, giving counties more time to select, install and practice with new electronic voting machines. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Energy Conservation Site Posted (from Linda Csete) -
I have added a link in the Government section of our Neighborhood Links page to a new site hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection. The new site provides information on energy conservation and energy efficiency, alternative energy, and related tools, financial incentives and resources. Click here to go directly to the site.
Cub Scout Celebration (from Cynthia Harrison)
Cub Scout Pack 67 from Charlestown Elementary is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and we are looking for former Scouts and leaders to help us celebrate! Our Blue and Gold Banquet will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2006 at 4:00 PM at the Troop 78 cabin in Willistown. We are inviting interested Pack 67 alumni to attend the Blue and Gold and will be having a short ceremony honoring our fifty-year history and those who have made it possible.
In addition to those who may be able to attend, we are also looking to create a list of short biographies of our alumni. We will include:
We are also doing a display of our first fifty years, and are searching for memorabilia to borrow. Anything lent to us will be returned, but especially delicate or precious items should probably be photographed for inclusion.
- Dates in Pack 67
- A lasting memory of Pack 67
- How far you went in Scouting
- Where you are now (city, state)
- What you currently do
- Photograph (optional)
Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions or will be attending our Blue and Gold. We want to be sure to be ready for all of our guests.
Cynthia Harrison, Cubmaster, Pack 67
"Home, steel home" by Jeff Price in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is a very interesting article on the steel house designed by Oskar Stonorov and now being stored in Charlestown for eventual sale to a qualified buyer. This article provides considerable detail of Oskar Stonorov's contributions to the greater Philadelphia area, more information on how and why the houses were created, and describes the ideal purchaser of the steel house. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. For more information on the homes, including floor plan and photo, click here.
Reminder (from Linda Csete) - The township office is closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Day.
"Desfor horse barn on final stretch for approval" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday's discussion by the Planning Commission of the application to build a 22,000 sqft horse barn at the corner of Yellow Springs and Merlin Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the December 13, 2005 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Bill would make state's school funding more fair" in Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer is a commentary co-authored by Charlestown resident Michael Churchill. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Marcia J. Bone (from Bob Bone) - Long time Charlestown resident Marcia J. Bone, 73, passed away Tuesday, January 10. Marcia's obituary is available from the The Phoenix website by clicking here.
Turnpike Sound Barrier Issue (from Ginny Durkan) -
Anyone interested in being a "voice" of Charlestown within the Great valley Association civic group concerned with the noise and necessity of sound barriers to please email or call me or Janet Colleran. My address is email@example.com, 610-695-0161. Janet's is Jlcolleran@comcast.net, 610-983-3484.
The on-line pdf version of the Charlestown Township Zoning Ordinance has been updated by the addition of a missing section. Section 1700, "Nonconforming Buildings, Structures, Uses And Lots" had inadvetantly been omitted from the posting of this ordinance. The ordinance, a 572 kb PDF format file is available from our Index to Gov't Info page or can be downloaded directly by clicking here.
"Steel homes being stored" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the 1948 steel houses being disassembled on the Stonorov property. Township supervisor Paul Hogan lived in one of these homes in the late 1950s and is quoted in the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. For more information on the homes, including floor plan and photo, click here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the December 19, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Cushy pillows, cushy business" by Barbara Worthington in today's Daily Local News reports on the custom pillow business of Charlestown resident Lisa Graves-Hudes. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Older voting systems off ballot" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the current status of the mandated replacement of punch card voting systems in Pennsylvania. Apparently the state has now approved five systems, up from one just a few weeks ago. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Steel House Needs a New Home (from Linda Csete) - Do you, or someone you know, want to be the new owner of an authentic steel house designed by one of the leaders of the modern architectural movement? Just after World War II, Philadelphia modernist architect Oskar Stonorov designed and built two steel houses on his property in Charlestown Township. They were prototypes for what was intended to be mass-produced, inexpensive housing for a new generation of post-war families. The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is carefully dismantling one of the steel houses so that it can be reconstructed at another location. More information including floor plan and a contact person is available here.
"On break, children explore nature" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in Thursday's The Phoenix reports on this year's "Winter Break Adventure Camps" at the Great Valley Nature Center at Rt. 29 and Hollow Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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