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Archived Home Pages - February 2003

02/28/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Town envisions a park with agriculture theme" by Benjamin Wallac-Wells in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Brightside Farm, the 75 acre former diary farm owned by the Township on Yellow Springs Road. Two photos in the print edition are not included in the on-line version. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/27/03
The Official Minutes of the February 11, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Planners refine zoning ordinances" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion of transferable development rights at Tuesday night's Planning Commission meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley School District gets new logo and slogan" by Julia Ricciuti in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the development of a new logo and slogan for our school district. The article, with an image of the logo, is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/26/03
Reporting Potholes - Roadmaster Fred Alston has asked me to announce that you may report potholes by emailing him. Please identify the exact location of the pothole. The simplest way of doing this is to indicate that it is between mailboxes "x" and "y" on whatever road it is on. Fred generously said not to worry about whether the road is a PennDOT road or a Township road. He will contact PennDOT if the hole is in a state maintained road and will have our road maintenance contractor take care of it if it is a Township road. You may email Fred at roadmaster@fesot.com.
The Official Minutes of the February 3, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Girl Scout Benefit at the Middle School - Rock legend Charlie Gracie and his band will perform at Great Valley Middle School on Friday March 7, 2003 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. to benefit Girl Scout Troop 1545. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available at the door. The event includes Refreshments, Raffles and Silent Auction.
02/25/03
"Density of facility creates concern" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's public hearing on the proposed 1,800 bed assisted living facility on the Altemose property at Whitehorse and Ashenfelter roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pennsbury considers open space tax" by Kevin Plunkett in today's Daily Local News reports on discussions by the supervisors of Pennsbury Township regarding a possible earned income tax to fund open space preservation in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/24/03
100,000 and counting... Yesterday our web site served up this home page for the 100,000th time since it was first visited on June 2, 1997. (The counter is displayed at the bottom of the Home page.) With over 220 subscribers to our notification list, representing over 200 current Charlestown families plus many former residents who want to "keep in touch", our site and many subscribers confirms the great interest Charlestown's residents have in their community.
The web site for the Charlestown Cooperative Farm is now linked from our Charlestown Organizations page, and the Farm's latest newsletter is posted on our site here. The newsletter reviews the Farm's sold-out first year and explains changes planned for the coming season.
02/23/03
"Local districts try to prepare for possible terrorist attacks" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on plans and procedures for dealing with potential threats to area school districts, including Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/22/03
Snow Removal - Fred Alston, our Roadmaster who is experiencing his first winter in that capacity, has prepared a statement on snow removal that is aimed at answering many of the questions he is frequently asked since our recent storm. The statement is available here as well as from our General Info page.
"Open space groups react to candidates" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the concerns of open space and environment preservation groups regarding the commitment to preservation by the Chester County Republican Committee’s choices for commissioner candidates in the primary election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/21/03
Found Along Road (from Linda Csete) -
Found alongside a road in Charlestown Township: A case containing items of some value along with a photograph. If you lost this collection, call the Township Office, 610-240-0326.
The first Charlestown Historical Society meeting of 2003 has been rescheduled from Wed. March 5th to Wed. March 19th. I'll be posting information of the meeting program shortly.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 24 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 25 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Charlestown School students celebrate Black History Month" by Julia Ricciuti in this week's issue of the Suburban Advertiser reports on the assemblies celebrating black history month at Charlestown Elementary School. Several quotes and a photo are included in the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Decision on open space will go to Montco voters" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports on Montgomery County's decision to have a referendum question on the continuation of funding of open space programs via taxes. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
An additional comment on sound barriers along the PA Turnpike in Charlestown was posted to our Traffic Forum last Saturday.
02/14/03  Happy Valentines Day!
Another resident, this one living on Valley Hill Road, has voiced an opinion on sound barriers along the PA Turnpike as it passes through Charlestown. I also inserted a paragraph in yesterday's posting that I had inadvertently omitted. See our Traffic Forum.
Reporting Dog Complaints - Township Administrator Linda Csete reports the office has been receiving a lot of complaints lately about dogs running at large or incessant barking. The Township itself cannot report these problems to the SPCA. Linda provided guidelines for how residents should report these problems, and I have posted them here as well as from a permanent link on our General Info page.
02/13/03
Kindergarten Registration (from Kelley Kelly) -
Kindergarten registration will be held March 3-7, 2003. The 2003-2004 Charlestown kindergarten students can be registered at the temporary home of Charlestown (Sugartown Elementary... 611 Sugartown Road, Malvern)
PS. The renovations are on schedule according to Dr. Hartwig!
Turnpike Sound Barriers - William Longua's posting to our Traffic Forum yesterday has led Kim Walsh, another sound barrier advocate, to add further comments. These two residents live at at opposite ends of our Township, but both are near the Turnpike. As a reminder, there is a icon link above to take you to the Traffic Forum, and instructions for submitting your comments to the Forum are linked from the top of the Forum page itself. So if you would like to add to the discussion, go right ahead.
"Schools fight battle of illnesses and absentees" by Julia Ricciuti in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on the wave of flu symptoms in area schools, including Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A busy 2003 is ahead for school districts", also by Julia Ricciuti in today's Suburban Advertiser, includes information from High School principal John Fidler on the nature of the High School renovations to start next month and continue in six phases for three years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/12/03
The Official Minutes of the January 28, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Committee to research village idea" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at last night's meeting of the Planning Commission regarding the concept of a "Devault Village". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco reports growth in antisprawl plan" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent evaluation of the effectiveness of Chester County's Landscapes program for controlling sprawl. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
It's been a while since we have had comments submitted to our Traffic Forum. One is posted today from William Longua, a resident on Rees Road.
GVNC Spring Fling - The Great Valley Nature Center's Annual Silent Auction and Dinner Party is scheduled for March 22, 2003 from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets are $35 (prepaid) which includes food and beverages. Please call Janet at 610 935-9777 for tickets, more information, or to make a donation.
02/11/03
Licensed Waste Haulers - Haulers in Charlestown are required to be registered and to offer a recycling program. The list of companies that are the only registered haulers for the 2003 has been updated and is available here and via a permanent link on our General Info page. If your waste hauler is not shown on the list, please call the Township Administrator at (610) 240-0326 (or leave a message) at the Township Office or email Linda Csete at admin1@charlestown.pa.us so she can follow up with the hauler.
"Suicide probe finds a web of drugs and debt" by Kathleen Brady Shea and Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the events leading up to the January 20, 2003 suicide of Charlestown Township resident Vincent Forchetti. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Mill at Anselma, West Pikeland's own National Historic Register attraction, will be featured on Channel 6 this weekend. "Prime Time Weekend" filmed at the Mill twice and the Feb 15th broadcast airs at 7 PM on WPVI - Channel 6.
02/10/03
GVSD Summer Camp Fair - The Great Valley Middle School PTO will be holding a Summer Camp Fair Thursday, February 20th, 2003 where you can learn about more than 50 local and national day and overnight summer camps for kids from 5 to 18 years old. A press release with full details is available here.
"Districts differ on voting in schools" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the different ways area school districts, including Great Valley, are dealing with student safety issues on election days. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/08/03
Brightside Farm Snow SceneWaiting for Spring
One of the benches Paul Hogan and Mark Cabot created from the ice dam trees resides at Brightside Farm, waiting impatiently for spring, green fields, leaves, sun and shade.
Chester County Connect, a new regional web site, hosts and links seven Chester County municipalities and township web sites, specifically West Whiteland, East Goshen, West Goshen, West Chester, East Bradford, Westtown, and Thornbury. In addition to municipal government information, the site offers movie listings for the major area theater complexes (but not the Colonial Theatre), and other local information. While the site is new and will surely grow, it's worth a look to see the resources it provides.
02/07/03   Happy snow day, kids!
RR Bridge over Rt. 29Yesterday a railroad crew was servicing the base of the railroad bridge over Rt. 29. A crew member indicated they were doing this because winter road salt causes the portion of the structure close to the road to rust at a higher rate than the rest of the bridge.
"Great Valley project to go ahead" by Kathleen Brady Shea in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the judge's ruling that allows the $36 million renovation project for Great Valley High School to go forward on a single prime contractor basis. We have a link to a related article in yesterday's entry below. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/06/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been updated.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report and Fire Marshal report for January have been posted.
"Great Valley project is delayed" by Kathleen Brady Shea and Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a challenge to the Great Valley School District's requirement of the use of a prime contractor for the upcoming $36 million renovation of the High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"The unfairness of impact fees" by Fred Null, a letter to the editor in today's Daily Local News argues against the use of impact fees on new construction as a means of funding public schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/05/03
"Police probe victim's speed" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on the continuing investigation into Monday night's fatal car accident on Rt. 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County releases Watersheds" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the release of the final "Watersheds" program by the Chester County Water Resources Authority". The program "provides municipalities with strategies and recommendations to protect water resources while accommodating for planned growth. The documents also include tools for implementation of the recommendations." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Montco preservation program popular with farmers" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports on the state of the Montgomery County agricultural preservation program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/04/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
At last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, a "Communications Policy" was passed aimed at improving communications with those needing Township services. Major headings in the policy include "General Guidelines", "Formal Plans, Applications and Submissions", "Public Meetings", and "Candidates for Positions on our Boards and Commissions". The new Communications Policy is posted here and is also permanently linked from our General Info page.
"1-car crash kills driver" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on a fatal crash on Route 29, just south of Charlestown Hunt. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Continued preservation urged by county supervisors" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on a letter to the county commissioners from the Chester County Association of Township Officials urging the commissioners to arrange for the continued financial support of Landscapes, Watersheds and other county open space initiatives in order to prevent a lapse in funding as new commissioners join the board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/03/03
"Her focus at work: Play, children" by Wendy Walker in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer is a wonderful article on Betty Stonorov, "Miss. Betty" and the Charlestown Playhouse. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A Presidents' Day Celebration at Historic Yellow Springs" is an evening program at Historic Yellow Springs on February 15th with "special guests" President James Madison and Dolly Madison. From the press release -
Join Historic Yellow Springs as they present a new theatrical partner - The Hedgerow in the County - for a Sneak Preview.
  • 7:00 PM Greet President James Madison and his First lady in the Cultural Center
  • 7:15 PM Ribbon Cutting for the new Orientation Center - "A Perfection of Landscape"
  • 8:00 PM A Sneak preview of The Hedgerow Theater's new Hedgerow in the Country
For more about Hedgerow see http://www.hedgerowtheatre.org.
Tickets are required for the Free Tickets for this very special event. Contact HYS at: tickets@yellowsprings.org
HYS, P.O. Box 62, Chester Springs, PA 19425, tel: 610-827-7414
This presentation is made possible by Grants from Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and the West Pikeland Park and Recreation Commission.
 

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