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Archived Home Pages - March 2007

03/29/07
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 2, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 13, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"There's always a price to pay for being popular" in today's Daily Local News reports on population growth in Chester County and the benefits and costs of channeling that growth into revitalized cities and boroughs instead of developing open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/27/07
Charlestown Citizens Forum Tomorrow Night - The next forum will be tomorrow, March 28th from 7:30 - 9:00 PM, and the topic is "Getting Your Government To Listen (Without Big Bucks) - How Ordinary Citizens Can Make Their Voices Heard" with two speakers. Complete details are available here.
Celebrate Earth Day! - Charlestown Township Seeks Volunteers for Spring Roadside Clean-up April 21, 2007
Last year the Board of Supervisors sponsored the first Earth Day clean up in many years. We were pleased and gratified at the level of participation we experienced and vowed to bring back this event on an annual basis. So for 2007, the Board of Supervisors seeks volunteers to help organize and undertake a clean-up of the township roads on April 21st. We would love to have involvement from the scouting organizations. Safer, off-road tasks can be planned for younger children. The Township will provide trash bags, gloves, and safety vests for volunteers. Volunteers will start out from the Township office fortified with a continental breakfast before going out onto the roads. If you are not available on April 21st but still wish to participate on a different day, contact the Township Office to obtain supplies and safety instructions.
To sign-up, please notify Township Administrator Linda Csete at admin1@charlestown.pa.us. There are many ways you can participate. We need people in the following roles:
Organizers:
  • Assign a road captain to each township road who will organize his/her crew.
  • Arrange with the Township staff to obtain trash bags and safety vests for the volunteers.
  • Arrange for orange cones and possible temporary road closings with the Roadmaster for dangerous areas.
Road Captains:
  • Be in charge of a specific road in the Township and organize his/her crew.
  • Direct litter clean-up on Clean up Day using Township supplied materials.
Crew Volunteers:
  • Pick up litter along your assigned road using township provided supplies.
  • Filled bags may be left at the side of the road for the Township and PennDOT crews to pick up and remove later.
"Chesco philanthropist donates 568 acres for open space" by R. Jonathan Tuleya in today's The Phoenix reports on Gerry Lenfest's donation of land to Natural Lands Trust in central Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/21/07
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 27 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 5, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Turnpike commission says it will replace Bodine Bridge in Charlestown" by John Rossomando in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions of Turnpike Commissions request to remove the Bodine Road bridge at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting as well as reporting comments from both Charlestown and West Pikeland officials. Note that the bridge will be rebuilt with a longer span to traverse the eventual 6-lane turnpike, and will not be removed for good. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/19/07
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - The issue of the bridge is on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Three additional comments have been added to our Traffic Forum, one each from Alix Coleman of Green Lane, Jamie Reed of McQuail Lane, and Paul Stevens of Bodine Road. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comments.
"Commission pleased with survey response" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the Chester County Planning Commission's reaction to the participation in the Landscapes 2 Survey. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Farms join preservation program" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the two farms recently included in the state's farm preservation program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Beginning today, email update notices are being sent from my new email address, "webadmin" instead of "webmaster".
03/17/07
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - Two additional comments have been added, one from Shannon Muldoon, who with her husband John own the horse farm spanning from Yellow Springs Rd to Green Lane, and the other from myself, a resident on Yellow Springs Road. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comments.
03/16/07
Note to Traffic Forum Contributors - This is just a reminder that this is not an "official" web site of Charlestown Township. There is no guarantee that all members of the Board of Supervisors read your comments in the Traffic Forum. I know some of you have sent comments to the Board as well as to this web site, but want to make sure everybody realizes the unofficial nature of this site. You can easily send your comments to the Board by emailing them to Linda Csete, our Township Administrator at admin1@charlestown.pa.us
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - Two additional comments have been added, one from David L.Hitz, president of the Rapps Run Homeowners Association, and the other from Bob and Terry Lochry who live on Greenbriar Circle. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comments.
Audited Financial Statements Posted (from Linda Csete) - The Independent Auditors' Report and Financial Statements for 2006 have been posted as a scanned PDF file, about 600 kb and is linked from here. The file is also permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
Email Change - This is a reminder that my email address is changing from "webmaster@charlestown.org" to "webadmin@...". As of next Monday the 19th, update notices to subscribers will be sent from the new address. Effective April 1st, email sent to the "webmaster" account will bounce back.
"Farms Join Preservation Program" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today;s Daily Local News reports on two more farms being preserved in Chester County, funded partially by the county and by the state's Growing Greener II program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Region to get big land preserve" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the planned creation of a 1,000+ acre county park in W. Bradford Township based on county-owned land an donated land. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/15/07
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. This agenda includes discussion of the proposed removal of the PA Turnpike Bridge at Bodine Road.
The Official Minutes of the February 27, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - Another comment has been added from Frank Rundatz, a Tinkerhill Road resident. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comments.
"Charlestown planners set TND-friendly traffic goals" by Colleen McCullough in today's The Phoenix reports on the Planning Commissions efforts to have the PennDOT road improvements to Rt. 29 at Charlestown Road be made pedestrian and bicycle friendly to facilitate the township's planned TND. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Ches-Mont will add Sun Valley in 2008-09" by Don Beideman in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the makeup of the Ches-Mont League starting in the Fall, at which time Great Valley and the other Southern Chester County League members will be moved tothe Ches-Mont League. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/14/07
"Bridge removal request cause for concern" by John Rossomando in today's The Phoenix (and Daily Local News) reports on reaction to the PA Turnpike Commission's desire to remove the bridge at Bodine Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley School Board unanimously endorses Act 1" by Anne Pickering in today's The Phoenix (and Daily Local News) reports on the school district's vote to put a referendum of the May 15 primary ballot requesting a 1 percent increase in the earned income tax in order to reduce taxes on qualified owner occupied residential properties. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Citizens Forum (from Regina Fried) - The next forum will be Wednesday, March 28th from 7:30 - 9:00 PM, and the topic is "Getting Your Government To Listen (Without Big Bucks) - How Ordinary Citizens Can Make Their Voices Heard" with two speakers. Complete details are available here.
03/13/07
Charlestown Boys in Nike Indoor T&F Nationals (from Liz LaGreca) - Liz LaGreca sent me information and two photos celebrating the success of the Great Valley High School's Boys Winter Track and Field Team. In addition to Liz's son EJ, we thing two other team members, Aaron Parker and Mike Borzillo, are also Charlestown residents. (If not, they still deserve recognition). Click here to view the page and photos, which is also permanently linked from our Neighbors of Note page.
Turkey Update (from Michael Bowell) -
The wandering birds are back. I am naming the Slate Blue Tom "Dennis", since this is the third time he has wandered off to the Wilsons' new home. All except one Tom are now penned, as are the peafowl. Thanks for posting. Michael
Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale Info - The Playhouse's web site has information on the Spring Sale which will be held this year in April at the Kimberton Fire Company. Click here for information.
03/12/07
Good Turkeys Gone Bad (from Michael Bowell) -
Good morning Jacob, half of my turkey flock has wandered off this morning (3.12.07). I have penned up the balance of them to keep them from wandering up to Bodine Rd. If anyone sees those that are wandering, I'll try to get them back here and pen them with the others. Those still wandering include a Blue/gray Tom, 2 wild hens, 1 pure white hen and a white hen with black markings Thanks for any assistance, Michael Bowell 2148 Bodine Rd. Malvern (mwb@createascene.com)
"Peacocks Seen Roaming Wild in Bucks County" on today's KYW web site reports on loose and perhaps "wild" peacocks in Bucks County. (Michael Bowell, above posting, has had his peacocks wonder off from time to time, and the Mike and Fran Rogers on Green Lane have been feeding one for many months.) Thanks to Wendy McClean for bring this to my attention. The KYW web posting is available here.
"The answers are underfoot" by Walter F. Naedele in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Janet Ebert's conclusions that much of the botanical variety in Chester County stems from the county's variety of geology. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/11/07
"Taking close look at violence in schools" by Will Hobson in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on an the upcoming panel discussion "It Can Happen Here: Violence in Our Schools", and quotes GVSD superintendent Rita Jones. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"The Latest from Lisa Scottoline" by Charlestown resident Lisa Scottoline in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is an excerpt from her latest novel "Daddy's Girl". The article also notes that Lisa will begin her new weekly Inquirer column "Chick Wit" in next Sunday's "Image" section of the paper. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/10/07
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - Two brief additional comments on the Bodine Road bridge issue have been posted, one from Rick & Susan Muntz and the other from Michael Klagholz. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comments.
"Charlestown woman admits to bad checks" by R. Jonathan Tuleya in today's The Phoenix reports on a Charlestown Township woman who pled guilty to theft and other charges.The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/08/07
IMPORTANT EMAIL CHANGE COMING -
If you have never sent me an email at webmaster@charlestown.org and you do not subscribe to this site's email update notices, you can skip to the next item in today's posting. For all others, be aware that I am changing my email address from "webmaster" to "webadmin". Email to the "webmaster" account will bounce back starting April 1st. I am already checking for mail to both addresses whenever I check email. If you are a subscriber to the update notices, I will be changing the "From:" address on the notices as of Monday, March 19, 2007. If you filter those notices based on the "From:" address being "webmaster@charlestown.org", you will need to change the filter to filter on "webadmin..." instead, starting on the 19th. (If you don't have a filter based on the "From:" address, you don't have to do anything.) I have set up a new page explaining why this change is being implemented and more on how it will affect the web site. Click here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 13 meeting of the Planning Commission was updated after its initial posting yesterday.
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - Another comment on the Bodine Road bridge issue has been posted, this one from Mike Walsh, who lives on Bodine Road. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comment.
Audited Financial Statements Posted (from Linda Csete) - The Independent Auditors' Report and Financial Statements for 2004 and 2005 have been posted as scanned PDF files, each about 550-575 kb. The 2004 statement is available here, and the 2005 statement here. Both are permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"School Notes" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Expansion Management Magazine's recently published rankings of the nine largest school districts in Chester County, including Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bridgework clearing way for Route 202 construction" by John Rossomando in Tuesday's Daily Local News reports on the many construction projects associated with the expansion of Route 202 to 6 lanes from Swedesford Road to the Route 30 Bypass. Some of these projects will affect Charlestown residents. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bill good first step in aiding farmers against deer herds" in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the possible passage of a new bill to provide farmers (loosely defined) to control the deer population that consume their crops. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/07/07
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 20, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
CHS Meeting Schedule (from John Pittock) - The two spring meetings of the Charlestown Historical Society will Wednesday, April 11, 2007 and Wednesday June 6, 2007, both starting at 7:30 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School. Programs for each meeting will be posted here.
Bob Duncan - Fred Alston informs me that Bob Duncan (87), a very long time resident of the Township on Howells Road, died March 3, 2007. Bob had been very active in the Townwatch Program as well as the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
Bill Gordon - Charlie Phillips informs me that Hollow Road resident Bill Gordon (94) has passed away recently. Bill was a long time Hollow Road resident who in earlier years was quite active with Township affairs such as the Sewer Authority, Charlestown School Authority, and the Army Hospital.
03/06/07
Gei Zantzinger - Alfred Geist "Gei" Zantzinger, 70, a long time Charlestown resident, died of leukemia Feb. 16, 2007. He was an ethnomusicologist and independent filmmaker who worked to preserve endangered cultures. His obituary by Sally A. Downey is linked from the Past Neighbors of Note section of our Neighbors of Note page.
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - A third comment on the Bodine Road bridge issue has been posted, this one from Mel and Carol Sorensen. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comment.
Note on Traffic Forum - You will see from the Traffic Forum "Rules and Guidelines", I require you to include your complete address with your comment, even though I will only post the name of your street. I only post comments from residents of Charlestown Township. Also, I have bumped the pre-2007 comments in the Traffic Forum to an archive page so all that appears on the current page is comments on the Bodine Road bridge.
03/05/07
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - A second comment on the Bodine Road bridge issue has been posted, this one from Chris Zubyk, another Bodine Road resident. Use the "Traffic Forum" icon above or click here to view the comment.
03/02/07
"Summit meeting moves regional plan ahead" by G. E. Lawrence in today's The Phoenix reports on Wednesday night's meeting of the Phoenixville Area Regional Comprehensive Planning Commission, the participants of which are the Borough and East Pikeland, Schuylkill, Charlestown, and East and West Vincent Townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco man promotes a green future for county" by Anne Pickering in today's The Mercury reports on Sam Cantrell's comments on sustainable farming, made at the recent Keep Farming First symposium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
03/01/07
The Official Minutes of the January 9, 2007, February 1, 2007 and February 10, 2007 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Important Tax Payment Correction - The FAQ regarding 2007 Real Estate and Per Capita Taxes mistakenly said a single check could be written covering both Real Estate and Per Capita taxes. While these taxes may be mailed together, you must write separate checks. The Township regrets any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge - As you may have seen in an earlier agenda and minutes of the Board of Supervisors February 5 meeting, The PA Turnpike is considering removal of the bridge over the Turnpike on Bodine Road. A discussion was held on the subject at the Feb. 5 meeting. Paul Stevens, a resident on Bodine Road has written an open letter to the Board of Supervisors on the matter, and I have posted the letter on our Traffic Forum page. Since the last letter posted on that page was over 3 years ago, I should mention to those who were not aware of it that this page is a place where you can air your views on traffic concerns. A "Traffic Forum" icon is displayed after "What's New?" near the top of our Home page. If you wish to comment on this web site on a traffic matter in Charlestown (and between the upcoming Turnpike bridge work and widening of the Turnpike through Charlestown, I expect comments will be coming in again for some time), please abide by the rules and guidelines linked from the top of the Traffic Forum page.
 
 

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