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"Regional planners take a step forward" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on last Wednesday night's meeting of the regional planning group of municipalities that includes Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Anti-sprawl law lacking, group says" by Diane Mastrull reports on a report by Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group criticizing Pennsylvania's anti-sprawl legislation as inadequate. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The report itself is available here.
Public Meeting - A public meeting to review and discuss the draft of the new Charlestown Town Comprehensive Plan will be held Tuesday September 18. In anticipation of having a portion of the draft plan posted here soon, and perhaps the entire plan after it is approved, I have set up a new section on the Comprehensive Plan. Note the new "Comprehensive Plan" button above. The formal announcement of the Public Meeting is available in the new section, and as soon as several summary sections of the plan are available and I have a chance to post them, you will be able to access that material from the new section.
"Residents bring traffic concerns to commission" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. (See above announcement regarding Keisha's reporting of the availability of part of the Comprehensive Plan on this web site.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the July 10 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Charlestown Green report on the August 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page. Remember, while these reports are unofficial, they do contain reports of hearings, which are not included in the Official Minutes.
"Final school renovation plans" in last Wednesday's Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the presentation of final plans for the renovation of Charlestown Elementary School to the Planning Commission on September 11. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have had several queries regarding the work being done in the region of the PA Turnpike and Route 29 and Phoenixville Pike. I mistakenly reported that the work had to do with widening Rt. 29 and Phoenixville Pike. I learned last night that the work is part of a project to make the Turnpike itself six lanes wide. There is a PennDOT project in the queue to also widen Route 29 to four lanes and to improve the intersection with Phoenixville Pike, but that project has not yet been scheduled. Finally, none of the work you see has anything to do with the proposed Slip Ramp. The Slip Ramp has not yet been approved, and still may never be.
"Teen director sees future on stage" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on Alli Nurthen, a 14 year old resident of Charlestown Hunt and the founder of the Charlestown Hunt Summer Theater. "Alli writes, produces and directs her own plays to children every summer." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Trial ordered in vandalism case" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on charges against three men and seven juveniles for trashing a home on Green Lane last October. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The tabby cat reported yesterday has happily returned to her home.
Swedesford Road to Open - This good news for many of us was received from Bob Jones -
The construction managers overseeing the Valley Creek Corporate Center on Swedesford Road expect to reopen the road to traffic at about 4:00 p.m. this coming Friday, August 24. The road had been closed because of tie-ins emanating from the Valley Creek project.
The current issue of "Chester County Town and Country Living" has two feature articles of special interest to Charlestown residents. If you are not a subscriber, I assume this quarterly issue will be on the newsstands for quite a while.
"Township to review comprehensive plan" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on issues to be covered in upcoming meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "This Old, New House" is a nine page article about a reproduction farmhouse designed and constructed by Charlestown resident Bill Hollinshead. A bio of Bill is included in a large sidebar in the article.
- The "Collector" column in this issue is titled "Howdy Doody Time" and features Township Planner Tom Comitta. Tom has been collecting Howdy Doody items since 1980 and has over 200 items.
"Public meeting to be held for transportation study" by Keisha Young in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on regional transportation planning issues discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the East Pikeland Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
FOUND: 10-14 year old grey tabby cat with green eyes in the Charlestown Hunt neighborhood off Route 29. Very friendly. Please call the Township office for information (610-240-0326).
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 28 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Plans change for assisted living facility" by Keisha Young in todays The Phoenix reports on last night's supervisors' hearing on the Altemose conditional use application for 1,874 assisted living units on Whitehorse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles in yesterday's local papers report on the upcoming closing of Route 401 at the Route 113 intersection and the subsequent closing of the Route 29 bridge over Pickering Creek (the "Ice Dam Bridge"). Since the closure of Route 401 coincides with the continued closure of Swedesford Road near Exton, we can expect even heavier traffic on Charlestown Road through the Township. Note that the Route 29 closure is to extend until next spring. Ouch!
- "Route 401 work to start Aug. 27" in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Closing may add problems" by Tarek Tannous in yesterday's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Charlestown Green's report on the August 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Money set aside for Barnes farm" in Wednesday's Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the decision by the West Pikeland supervisors to contribute $200,000 to the Barnes Foundatin in Merion to help the foundation's fund raiser for the restoration of its 18th century farmstead on Bodine Road, just outside the Charlestown border in Chester Springs. The article reports that the Board felt the farm "was vital to the township's own historic-preservation efforts, which include historic Yellow Springs and Anselma Mill." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
As some of you know, I am an antique tractor enthusiast and also created and maintain the web site for Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association (R&T) in Kinzers, PA. R&T's annual four day "Threshermen's Reunion" is this week and will end tomorrow at 5 pm. If you have never seen huge steam traction engines from the turn of the century and all sorts of antique tractors, engines and equipment operating, then you owe it to yourself to go to the Threshermen's Reunion. . You can see photos from last year's Reunion by clicking here. The R&T web site has directions to the museum grounds as well as schedules and other information useful to visitors. Over 750 photographs of last year's events are posted there.
I have set up a new section for the recently created Charlestown Township Open Space Commission. A permanent link to this section appears on our General Info page as well as our Official Minutes page. We start off with an introduction and statement of purpose as well as the bylaws and minutes of the first two meetings. The next meeting is August 15 at 7:30 PM at the Middle School.
"Caretaker search continues for farm" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding the future care and use of Township-owned Brightside Farm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The web site statistics for this site for last month have been posted. They may be
viewed by clicking the Site Statistics link at the bottom of the left menu column.
"Tanker blast may lead to charges" by Tarek Tannous in today's Daily Local News reports on the investigation into the cause of the July 19 tanker truck explosion on Route 401. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
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