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Archived Home Pages - April 2003
A fourth "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our new Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
"Desmond Hotel honors students" by Allen Heller in today's Daily Local News reports on the ninth annual Student Achievers Banquet at the Desmond Hotel. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Neighborhood Garden Survey - The Brightside Farm Committee and Charlestown Township are proposing to create a Neighborhood Garden at the site of the former Pyle family garden at Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road. Participants can grow vegetables, flowers or a mix. We have created a survey to determine the extent of interest in a neighborhood garden. Click here to read about our plans and email your answers to the survey (by Sunday May 4) if you are interested in participating.
Well Water Testing - Chester County recommends that well owners have their well water tested annually, in the spring. We have set up a page with information on how to have your well water tested (click here). The page is also permanently linked from our General Info page.
The Feet First Dance Studio in Phoenixville has been added to our Kids page under Miscellaneous Activities.
A third "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our new Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
The official minutes for the March 25, 2003 minutes of the Planning Commission slipped through the cracks in my computer. They are now posted.
Our new "Summer Employment" page has been started with two entries. Charlestown residents who are high school or college students and seeking summer employment may "advertise" their interests and qualifications on this new page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
"Exton library closed for repairs" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the decision to close the main branch of the Chester County Library in Exton for emergency roof repairs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
A new mega-sports center in Downingtown has been posted to our "Kids Stuff" page (note there is a permanent link to this page in the green button panel above). Remember, if you have had a good experience with a kids facility not listed under one of the categories on our "Kids Stuff" page, please let me know about it.
I have added a link to Penn State's Great Valley campus on our Neighborhood Links page. The entry includes a link to the page showing upcoming free lectures and presentations.
Summer Employment Seekers - I will be setting up a page on which Charlestown residents who are high school or college students seeking summer employment can post "advertisements" for their services. All I ask is that ONLY Charlestown residents submit ads. At a minimum, students should provide the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org -
Current school enrollment. (i.e. "freshman at xxx college")
When available to start.
What kind of work is sought.
Contact information: Either e-mail address, phone number or postal address.
Any other information about themselves,
such as qualifications for the type of employment sought.
The Official Minutes of the April 8, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Sound Barrier Committee - Ginny Durkan, a resident on Blackberry Lane, is forming a committee to seek sound barriers along the PA Turnpike when it is widened to six lanes through the Township. She is also concerned about the likely construction of lit billboards along the Turnpike in Charlestown. See Ginny's latest posting in our Traffic Forum for more information.
Charlestown Elementary School Spring Fair
Saturday, May 3rd
"Officials sign agreement of sale for historic school" by Gazalla Gaya in today's The Phoenix reports on the purchase of the historic Longwood School approved at Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The annual Spring Fair has expanded this year with more and better activities, proceeds from which provide monies for additional classroom supplies, assemblies, and various other items too numerous to list! We have complete details of this year's Fair including a map to Sugartown Elementary for those who, like myself, aren't sure where it is.
The Official Minutes of the April 7, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Charlestown Community Picnic
A Charlestown Community Picnic is being held at the Wisner-Rapp House for the fun of getting to know each other. Please join us for all or part of the picnic celebration.
Date: May 18, 2003 (Rain Date June 1, 2003)
Time: 2 to 6
Place: Wisner-Rapp House - Yellow Springs Road, Charlestown
2:00 Charlestown Community Picnic Begins
2:30 Desert Buffet to Honor Charlestown Residents
(Please bring a desert for all to share.)
3:00 to 5:00 Games, Hiking Trails, Musical Jam Session (Please bring your musical instruments.)
5:00 to 6:00 Picnic Supper
Please bring your own picnic supper, beverages, chairs or a blanket for your family.
(There will be no grilling or alcoholic beverages.)
We thank the Charlestown Historical Society and Charlestown Township for allowing us to use their facilities.
Please contact Barbara De Wilde at 610-827-7530.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 22 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Norco wins court battle with developer" by Laura Catalano in today's The Mercury reports on Chester County Court of Common Pleas backing of the North Coventry Township supervisors in their decision to reject a conditional use approval for a 33 single-family home development that did not comply with township zoning ordinances. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Tree deficit casts shadow over suburbs" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News discusses the many ecological and economic benefits of having an adequate number of trees and forest coverage in the region. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. We have a link to a related article posted on April 7, below.
Discover Charlestown Tour - The recently mailed "Charlestown Township Newsletter" published by the Open Space Commission announced the "Discover Charlestown Tour" to be held Sunday, April 27th. We repeat some of that announcement and encourage residents to take this tour and learn more about our Township.
Have you ever wondered how Peakes Pike and Tinker Hill Roads got their names? Why is Charlestown shaped like a triangle? Where are Aldham and Hardscrabble and Pigeon Run? Why is Charlestown so hilly? Where are the special heritage zones and vistas we want to preserve?
"Residents debate opening wallets for open space" by John Gentzel in today's The Mercury reports on discussions at a Limerick, PA. Board of Supervisors meeting on the value of and funding of open space preservation initiatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Whether you are an old timer or newcomer to Charlestown, here is your chance to find answers to these questions and more by joining us on an informal and informative scenic tour around the highways and by-ways of the Township on Sunday, April 27, 2003 from 2-5 PM. We will depart from the Devault Post Office parking lot on little yellow school buses and return to the Township Office for refreshments and conversation after the tour. Come and learn more about your township and meet your neighbors and representatives from Charlestown's boards and commissions.
The fee is $10 for 1 person, $15 for two persons, or $25 for a family. Reservations must be received by April 23, 2003 in order to assure your place on the buses. The tour will be held rain or shine. For more information, or if you have misplaced the reservation form, please contact the Township Office at 610-240-0326 or email@example.com .
Charlestown resident and physician John S. Foster died of pancreatic cancer Monday, April 7 at the age of 51. In addition to his many activities and achievements, Dr. Foster was a former member of the Charlestown Township Planning Commission as well as board member of the French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust. Dr. Foster's obituary appears in the print edition of today's The Phoenix. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 PM at the Main Stage, People's Light and Theater Company at 39 Conestoga Road.
"Schools reviewing class trips because of terror alert, war" by Julia Ricciuti in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on Great Valley's and other area schools' decisions regarding class trips through the remainder of the school year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Supervisors delay zoning decision" by Henry L. Haynes in today's The Phoenix should be titled "Planners delay zoning decision". The article reports on discussions at last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the March 17, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Supervisors intend to buy Longwood School site" by Henry L. Haynes in today's The Phoenix reports on aspects of last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The lost corgi that turned up at a residence on Church Road is now back home with his owners.
"A steep price for loss of trees" by Tom Avril in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports the results of a study by American Forests of the loss of trees due to development in the Delaware Valley and the storm water runoff, financial and other impacts of their loss. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Lost Corgi? (from Donald Andersen) -
On Sunday 4/6 at 9 AM a tan male corgi showed up at 638 Church Road. The dog has been returned to his owners.
GVHS 'Mega Reunion' (from Tom Fillippo) -
May 10th at the VFW-Paoli (new hall)
$30 single; $55 couple
Ticket includes year membership
Food and fun!
Reserve you place by contacting Tom Fillippo:
610-644-2536 or TomF@Devaultfoods.com
Last year everyone had a wonderful time.
I have posted comments and suggestions regarding turnpike sound barriers from a Blackberry Lane resident. See the Traffic Forum.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Ex-POWs recall experiences" by Tony Roberts in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on the experiences of former prisoner of war Andy Viscuso, a Charlestown resident and former tax collector for the Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Local student ready for state geography bee" by Julia Ricciuti in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on Great Valley Middle School's participation in the state geography bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. 8th grader Brian Kingan won the regional 2003 Geographic Bee title and will be competing in the state finals on today. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"$101 million buys 27,000 Chesco acres" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on discussions of the accountability of Chester County's Landscapes programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Sustainable farming gets funding help" by Tony Cadwalader in today's Daily Local News reports on a recent gathering of members of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture. Local farmers were educated on the benefits of family-run, locally marketed and environmentally beneficial forms of agriculture. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Woman arrested on forgery charges" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on a Seven Oaks Road woman recently charged with theft and forgery offenses. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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