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Did You Know? The Phoenixville - West Chester Railroad through Charlestown Township had two stations within the Township and three more just outside our Township border. Click here for a portion of a 1904 map showing the railroad and its stops, with the Sidley Station incorrectly shown within Charlestown. You can learn a great deal more about the railroads in Charlestown and neighboring townships at Wednesday's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society, at 8 PM at the Playschool.
The Official Minutes of the April 10 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Inside the city, more are against sprawl" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent survey which found that a significant percentage of Philadelphians are concerned about sprawl. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
" Regulating development: Radical, then slow, now secret" bt Chani Katzen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the impact of Newtown Township's now expired 18 month moratorium on development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Green's report on the April 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"GV whittles down its budget" by Pamela Batzel in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on the Great Valley School District's latest attempt to reduce the budget increase for the coming year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Schuylkill Canal Association's updated web site has been added to our Neighborhood Links page. This association is one of the most ambitious in our area as it works towards its goal of the restoration of Lock #60.
Great Valley Middle School "Boot Fair and Flea Market" is coming May 12!
(From Debbie Able)
Our English friends call the trunk of a car the Boot, and their equivalent to an American garage sale or flea market is a "Boot Fair". They pile their wares into the boot (trunk) of their car with a folding table & chair; rent a parking spot at the local Boot Fair & sell all their unwanted stuff. Stephanie Corby, a GVMS parent with English roots, launched the first GVMS Boot Fair last year with great success. This year at the new building & shared campus we are expanding the event to include a Student Market, Community Market, PTO Market, and the Great Valley Café. We have something for everyone, so be sure to mark your calendars & come be part of the fun! Click here for all of the details.
"Charlestown comprehensive plan fine-tuned" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Planning Commission meeting which was devoted to discussion of the draft of the new Comprehensive Plan for Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Turning off the TV turns kids outdoors" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on the combination of Earth Day and a national campaign to control television viewing at Charlestown Elementary School. Several children are mentioned or quoted by name. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted. The only item on the agenda other than the approval of minutes is discussion of the Comprehensive Plan.
Today is the first of four 2001 hazardous waste disposal days, this one at the Tredyffrin Township Building. Click here for details.
The Official Minutes of the April 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 27 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The discussions of the Charlestown Elementary School renovation plans reported in yesterday's The Phoenix were continued to May 7.
Hazardous Household Waste Program - Charlestown has joined the Regional Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Program. There are four dates and corresponding drop off points for the year 2001. The first is coming soon, April 21st at the Tredyffrin Township Building. The complete announcement, which includes what materials are and are not accepted, is a permanent link from our General Info page and can also be viewed by clicking here.
"Charlestown Elementary discusses renovations" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion of the proposed renovations to Charlestown Elementary School at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. At press time, Ms. Young was not able to report on the Board's decision, if any. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Green's report on the April 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Renovations to Charlestown School will miss target" by Pamela Batzel in the current Suburban Advertiser reports on various delays in the approval process for the Great Valley School District's renovation and student relocation plans for Charlestown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The list of authorized waste haulers has been updated. You can always get to it from our General Info page, or you can click here. Please read the information above the list and notify Township Administrator Linda Csete if your waste hauler is not on the list.
Sometime last night, this home page was served for the 50,000th time since we launched this site in June of 1997. This milestone, along with our current peak of 177 subscribers to our email notification list, representing over 170 Charlestown families, is a testament to how interested and involved the residents of our small township are in their community.
"Charlestown: Progress made on comprehensive plan" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on work being done by the Planning Commission on the development of a Comprehensive Plan for Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/10/01 (2:20 PM)
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Toll Bros. sues township over denial of development" by Kristin E. Holmes in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the lawsuit being filed against the Township by Toll Bros. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Our 04/06/01 entry (below) has a link to an article on the suit in last Friday's The Phoenix.
Philadelphia 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo came to Charlestown Elementary School in person to personally thank the students for raising over $13,000 for Philadelphia's Ronald McDonald House. "Mutombo stops by school to say 'Thank you'" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer has the story. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley officials trying to reduce school taxes hike" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on school officials' efforts to minimize the increase in school taxes for the coming year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown hit with $1M suit" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on Toll Bros suit filed against the Charlestown Board of Supervisors, claiming the Township violated the firm's civil rights in denying its application to build a 199 home development along Route 401, southeast of the Newcomen Road intersection. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (I apologize to the most recent additions to our notification list, as I am posting this from NYC and do not have the latest mailing list with me.)
Yesterday's The Phoenix had an editorial titled "Charlestown taking the right first step", applauding the Township for its efforts to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
APRIL 16 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ON MAY 15.
This Primary Election is important for Charlestown. Offices of Supervisor, Tax Collector, Judge of Elections and Auditor as well as two School Board Positions will be on the ballot. Registration Forms are available at local post offices. Be involved in your local government. Come out and vote!
Phoenixville Area Soccer Club - The registration schedule for this year's programs at the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) has been posted, as well as the announcement that they will be holding a soccer camp for boys and girls from August 13-17. See our PASC section by clicking here.
(Thanks to Sue Staas for this reminder.)
Last night's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society had a standing-room only audience for the presentation by Chris Jones on the old mills of northern Chester County. The next meeting (on May 2) will feature a presentation on the old railroads of our area.
04/03/01 (10:15 AM)
Route 29 Closed at Pothouse Road (from Linda Csete, Twp Secretary)
Utility Construction by the Valley Forge Sewer Authority has closed the intersection of Route 29 and Pothouse Road for approximately 2 weeks. A new sewer line is being installed under the intersection. During this project, Route 29 through traffic is detoured over Route 23, Route 113, Route 401 and Phoenixville Pike. Pot House Road through traffic uses the detour of Whitehorse Road, Route 23 and Route 113.
Reminder: The first spring meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society at the Playschool begins at 8 PM tonight and includes a presentation on the many mills of northern Chester County. See our 03/24 entry below for details.
Site Statistics are back, though not completely. I have generated and posted the web site statistics for March, but they do not have any of the referral information, including search strings used to bring people to the site from the major search engines. You can, however, see that we had 110 page requests from England, 80 from Germany, 49 from Australia and 33 from France. (Click on "Countries" in the Site Statistics left menu column.) As usual, some of these visitors were looking for something unrelated to Charlestown and a search engine pointed them to our site. On the other hand, we know of former residents of Charlestown as well as relatives of residents who access the site from various European countries. We should have the complete set of statistics for April, which will be posted early in May. Site Statistics are available from the link near the bottom of the left menu column and by clicking here.
"Trust seeks Charlestown cooperation for open space plan" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on Eleanor Morris's presentation before the Board of Supervisors last night. The president of the French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust discussed incentives available to help preserve farmland in Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the March 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
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