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Archived Home Pages - May 2002

05/31/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 3rd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 11, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Farmers share vine-fresh crops" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the new CSA in Charlestown Township. Charlestown Cooperative Farm on Charlestown Road is open for business. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/30/02
Better late than never - The Official Minutes of the March 26, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Officials mark bridge progress" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports that the Rt. 29 bridge over Pickering Creek should open "mid-June". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have our own progress report on the bridge as of last weekend. Click here.
"Protecting Chester County's water resources" by Jonathan Jones in today's The Mercury reports on the new water resources management plan component of Landscapes, the County's planning and open space preservation program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Toll Bros, the firm that has a Settlement Agreement with Charlestown Township for the development of the large tract south of Rt. 401 between Newcommen and Valley Hill Roads, is the subject of "New homes rising on backs of an immigrant workforce" by Thomas Ginsberg in last Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, The article reports on the use of illegal immigrants by Toll Bros. and several other major developers in our area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Sunday worship services at Charlestown United Methodist Church move from 10:30 AM to 9:30 AM for the summer starting this Sunday, June 2nd.
05/29/02
Charlestown Green's report on the lengthy May 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page. Note that unlike the official minutes, this report includes the discussions associated with the several hearings conducted at this meeting. Many thanks go to Loretta Watson for taking notes and writing this report on this four hour meeting so the rest of us can know what occurred.
The Official Minutes of the April 9, 2002 and May 14, 2002 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Comprehensive plan concerns addressed" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion of the Comprehensive Plan at last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/27/02
Forget-me-nots at Merlin BridgeForget-Me-Nots are thriving at the bridge on Merlin Road, near Yellow Springs Road. This beautiful stone bridge was built in June, 1908 by then supervisors John S. Wells, Edward Dunmore and Samuel Jacobs.
Rt. 29 Bridge - Three photos showing the current state of the new Rt. 29 bridge over Pickering Creek have been posted here. A visitor to this site reports workmen expect the bridge to open in mid June.
"Reward offered for tips" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "Great Valley High School has offered a $1,500 reward for information about three recent bomb threats - including one last week - that have disrupted classes." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown's Lisa Scottoline's ninth thriller, "Courting Trouble", is summed up as a "gavel-to-gavel romp" in the "Picks & Pans" section of the June 3, 2002 issue of People Magazine. The review includes a photo of Ms. Scottoline with her two dogs. As with all of Ms. Scottoline's books, other reviews and the first chapter of "Courting Trouble" are available from her web site at http://www.scottoline.com.
05/26/02
"Charlestown Elementary youngsters cook for the Salvation Army" in the "Schools" section of the weekend The Phoenix reports on teacher David Cliffel's fifth grade class's preparation of meals for the West Chester Salvation Army as part of the Charlestown Kids Care community service program. This article and photo of Tony Pisciella and Donovan Corcoran are NOT on the paper's web site, but are available on page A8 of the print edition of the weekend paper.
"Spinning hay into golden legacy" by Peter Sigal in Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the decision by northern Bucks County resident Howard Roth to accept almost $1 mil from state, county and township funds for an agricultural easement on his multi-generation 150 acre farm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/25/02
"Great growth in the valley" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the jobs growth in East Whiteland Township and its impact on surrounding communities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have had several queries as to when the new Rt. 29 Ice Dam Bridge will open. If anyone has any knowledge of when it will open, please pass it on to me.
05/23/02
Reminder - The West Pikeland Land Trust will present Jake Michael, the primary author and project manager for "Linking Landscapes, A Plan for the Protected Open Space Network in Chester County PA" as the featured speaker tonight at 7:30 PM at the Cultural Center at Historic Yellow Springs. This is part of the Land Trust's Public Forum Series. I have posted a PDF version of their announcement here.
"Chesco officials 'ecstatic' with voters' preservation mandate" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on reactions to the passing of referendums in three area townships to raise their earned income taxes to pay for participation in the Northern Chester County Challenge Grant program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Certificates, not seals, for state exam" by Pamela Batzel in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the decision not to use seals on high school diplomas to reflect students' performances on the PA System of School Assessment (PSSA) exam. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/22/02
In Charlestown Township, 280 Democrats and 280 Republicans voted in yesterday's primary election. Results of individual races are available from the County's web site by clicking here.
"Voters OK tax hikes to protect open land" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Daily Local News reports on the approval by impressive margins of referendums in three local townships for the use of new tax monies to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Student representative sets standard at GVSB" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on Great Valley senior Jessica McCrory's success as the student representative on the Great Valley School Board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Our Neighborhood Links page has been updated with the addition of a link to the new web site for MOMS Club Great Valley North Chapter, a growing chapter of the International MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support), a nonprofit, nondenominational organization of over 1200 chapters world-wide.
While I am at it, let me mention that I recently updated the link for Historic Yellow Springs which has its own, new web site.
05/21/02  Election Day
The Official Minutes of the marathon May 6, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the May 13, 2002 special Brightside Farm Visioning meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Two newspaper articles cover a drug raid yesterday at Great Valley High School.
  • "Student arrested in sweep" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News provides the more in-depth report. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Student arrested after drug raid" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on the raid. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Residents hire lawyer for land debate" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at last nights Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the Dixon subdivision on Pikeland Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County voters to make choice on funding for open space" by Jonathan Gelb in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on ballot questions in North Coventry, East Vincent and West Vincent Townships pertaining to tax increases to fund preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/20/02
Tomorrow is Election Day. Specimen Democratic and Republican May 21 Primary Election Ballots for Charlestown Township have been posted here.
"Voters get chance to decide the future" by Margaret Fitzcharles in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on area townships in which earned income tax increases would go toward challenge grant opportunities to purchase land or development rights for land to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Opponents see better way to preserve county land" by Margaret Fitzcharles in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on opinions in East Vincent Township regarding tax increases for use in the challenge grant program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/17/02  (3:30 PM)
My wife just noticed that today's The Phoenix, print version only, has an article in the Schools section titled "Charlestown students contribute to Aid for Friends' efforts". The article covers Mike Meluskey's fifth-grade class participation in the Aid for Friends program, and includes a photo of students Karen Guarino, Kirby Fanelli and Kimmy Strassler.
05/17/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the April 23, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted. The minutes of the April 9 meeting have not been approved and will be posted at a later date.
"Environment faces challenges from growth" by Margaret Fitzcharles and Johathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on water conservation issues in light of the rapid development in our area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"PennDOT: Route 100 will never be widened in north" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Daily Local News reports on traffic flows in the Pughtown/South Coventry area of Chester County, much of which is headed to the Great Valley Corporate Center. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/16/02
"Recent rains bring relief but no drought cure" by Tom Avril in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the continuing drought emergency in the Delaware Valley despite rising levels of area reservoirs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Buying the farm" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's Daily Local News is the fifth in a series of extensive articles on development in northern Chester County. It's amazing how many new homes are going to go into the Ludwigs Corner area near Rt. 401 and Rt 100. There are some conditions, though, in which land is being dedicated to West Vincent Twp. which will continue to be farmed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/15/02
Charlestown Green's report on the May 6, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Thousands of new homes projected for Upper Uwchlan" (subtitled "People are flocking to Chester County.") by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the incredible amount of new home construction planned for Upper Uwchlan Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/13/02
Roads and Traffic in the news
May 13, 2002 MtgI attended last night's special Board of Supervisors meeting at which representatives of Trammel Crow presented the road improvement plans associated with the Atwater Office Park complex they are building around the old Warner Quarry between Rt. 29, Yellow Springs Road and Church Road, mostly in East Whiteland Twp. I have posted a report on their presentation together with an aerial view illustration of the office complex project and a road map diagram showing the road improvements at our end of the complex. The images are provided in several sizes, the largest giving more detail but requiring longer downloads.
After the Trammel Crow presentation, there was a continuation of the meeting to discuss the ongoing traffic hazards on Union Hill and Rees Roads. Several residents of these roads were present, and it was agreed that the stop signs installed last year had not solved the problems and that it is a very dangerous situation during rush hour, especially at the morning school bus times. The Board indicated it would take additional action to control traffic speed on these roads, hopefully next month.
New Traffic Light - East Whiteland Township is in the process of installing a traffic light at the intersection of Phoenixville Pike and Yellow Springs Road/Sidley Road. The light should be operational around the first of July.
The West Pikeland Land Trust will present Jake Michael, the primary author and project manager for "Linking Landscapes, A Plan for the Protected Open Space Network in Chester County PA" as the featured speaker this Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 PM at the Cultural Center at Historic Yellow Springs. This is part of the Land Trust's Public Forum Series. I have posted a PDF version of their announcement here.
Trees removed at Ice Dam - Last Friday the Township had several trees removed from the Ice Dam at the new Rt. 29 bridge over Pickering Creek. Removal of these trees will help preserve what's left of the dam as well as provide a better view of the dam. Kevin Kuhn sent me several photos of the tree removal project and also provides a glimpse of the current status of the nearly completed bridge. We had an earlier photo essay on the construction of the bridge in March which is still available here.
"Decades old prank gains legitimacy" by Sandy Bauers in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Charlestown resident and artist Debbie Kuhn's involvement in the unveiling of Thornton Township's new township signs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/10/02
You'll notice a slightly "new look" to our Home page with the addition of a button linking to the "cover page" for the Open Space Commission. The button depicts the new logo for the Commission designed by member Alix Coleman. I have posted all prior Commission's minutes through March 20, 2002.
Reminder - Representatives of Trammel Crow, the developer of the huge office complex in the quarry area between Rt. 29 and Yellow Springs Road (Tredyffrin Twp.), will do a presentation at a special meeting of the Charlestown Twp. Board of Supervisors this Monday, May 13, on road improvement plans for Route 29 and surrounding areas.
"Open space is worth the few bucks a month" by Tony Roberts in the May 8 issue of The Phoenix reports on East Vincent Township's efforts to save farmland. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/09/02
Brightside Farm Visioning Meetings Scheduled
(These have been added to our Regular Meetings Calendar.)
The Board of Supervisors Invites you to Participate In Planning for the Future Use of the "Brightside Farm" 75 acres located on Yellow Springs Road north of Hollow Road Three Visioning Sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:
Monday, June 10, 2002, 7:30 P.M.
Monday, July 22, 2002, 7:30 P.M. (tentative)
Monday, September 23, 2002, 7:30 P.M. (tentative)
Meetings to be held at the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room.
Sample Ballots - Specimen Democratic and Republican May 21 Primary Election Ballots for Charlestown Township have been posted here.
"Despite rains, the drought hangs on" by Bakeeraj Lowe in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on the continued Chester County ban on open burning as well as the dismal outlook for ground water levels. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/08/02
The Official Minutes of the April 15, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the April 22, 2002 special Brightside Farm Visioning meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal Report for April has been posted. Note that we "lost" another 1.5 inches of rainfall last month.
"Protecting county water resources" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on the recently released Chester County Water Resources Authority "Water Resources Management Plan". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Water tied in to county planning" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on the new Chester County Water Resources Authority "Water Resources Management Plan". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/07/02
"Township agrees to join regional planning commission" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on our supervisors' agreement (and disagreement) to join the regional planning commission comprising Phoenixville, East and West Vincent, East Pikeland, Charlestown and Schuylkill townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/06/02
"West Pikeland resident hopes development can be stopped" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on different views of a proposed Toll Bros. development in Upper Uwchlan and West Vincent Townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/03/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Township Administrator Linda Csete adds "due to the length of the agenda, it is likely that some items will be selected for tabling to future meeting dates."
"Kennett residents focus on open space" by Tony Cadwalader in today's Daily Local News reports on Kennet Township's open space visioning process for their township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/02/02
Weekend Reminders -
Rapp House Spring Cleaning
The Charlestown Historical Society will do their spring cleanup at the Rapp House on Saturday May 4th and Saturday May 11th. In addition to cleaning the house and the yard, members will be planning what needs to be done to show Rapp House on Chester County Day this year. If you can spare a few hours, your help is appreciated. We have a lot of fun at these parties and lunch will be provided.
Clothing Drive -
CHS's annual food and clothing drive will be held the same Saturdays as the work parties, May 4th and May 11th, at the Rapp House. This year all contributions will be donated to House of The Sparrow, a charity sponsored by St. Peter's Church to help homeless and battered women. All useable clothes and non-perishable food items are appreciated.
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Great Valley gives tentative approval to 2002-03 budget" by Pamela Batzel in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the Great Valley School Board's discussions of the proposed district budget which currently shows a 10.87 percent increase in the millage rate. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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