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Archived Home Pages - October 2005
Reminder - The third quarter payment of Charlestown Earned Income Tax is due today.
"Woman shot and killed in Charlestown" is a staff report in the print edition of Sunday's Daily Local News reporting the shooting death last Friday of Elizabeth Holly Newman of Swiss Lane. The investigation is continuing and no further details were available.
Vandalism (from Stephanie Flett) -
I'm writing to alert residents to vandalism to my Farm on the corner of Buckwalter and Charlestown Roads. A large, wooden farm sign "Kafuffle Farm" was stolen between 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Friday October 28th. It was located above my mailbox on Buckwalter Road. I hope someone will find it and leave it outside my gate or at the barn. Alternatively, I hope others are paying extra attention to take notice of the vandals in our Township. This was a senseless crime and I am saddened to loose a sentimental sign. If anyone has information about this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PMYC Web Site - While helping a resident with questions regarding local basketball programs, I discovered the the Phoenixville Marion Youth Club has a new (to me) web site, which is now linked from our Kids page, as well as from here. The club's football, basketball and lacrosse programs are covered, including schedules and contact information.
Charlestown PlayHouse Fall Sale - A schedule and detailed information for the Fall Sale has been posted to the Charlestown Playhouse web site. Since the school is now posting details on their web site, I see not need to post the same info and map on this site. Take-in Days are next Monday and Tuesday, October 31 and November 1. The sale itself runs from Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 12. Click here for complete information and directions to the sale.
Movie Filmed in Charlestown - I have had a number of inquiries as to what is going on on Charlestown Road near the Pikeland Road intersection. Township Administrator Linda Csete has informed me they're filming a movie named "Blur" at the Beam residence on Charlestown Road until about Nov. 2nd. It's a low budget psychological thriller. They did get permission to close Charlestown Road a few days between 10 AM - 2 PM but are contributing to the East Whiteland Fire Co in exchange for the services of the fire police who direct traffic while the road is closed. (That's all I can tell you about it.)
CHS Work Party (from John Pittock) -
Saturday November 5th at 9:30 am is the date of the Charlestown Historical Society's fall work party to winterize the Rapp House. According to past volunteers, it is more "party" than "work", especially if enough folks are there to share the tasks of winterizing the house. A few volunteers are needed to help get the house & yard ready for winter. A light lunch and drinks will be provided for those who come.
Earned Income Tax Due - This is a reminder that the third quarter estimate of earned income tax is due October 31, 2005.
Official Map Ordinance Ordinance - The draft of the latest Official Map Ordinance, a township map and accompanying text document, has been posted. The ordinance is listed under several categories on our Index to Gov't Info page (in the left menu column, always the first place to look for township government related documents), and is directly linked here. I hope to have a better image of the map itself in the future.
CHS Meeting Rescheduled (from John Pittock) - The next meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 9. Note that there will be a sign-up table at the November 8 election (at Charlestown Elementary School) where you can renew your CHS membership or become a new member.
Our email update notice service is back, though I am still not reaching subscribers with "att.net" accounts.
"Former Longwood School gets stabilized by township" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the stabilization of the remains of the Longwood School structure at the intersection of Bodine and Valley Hill Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. For more information on Longwood School, see our coverage of the Charlestown Girl Scout Troop's Longwood School Project by clicking here.
"Many in county dropped the ball in fight against sprawl", an editorial in today's Daily Local News, comments on the gross underestimate of the amount of Chester County land being developed every year, and what should be done about it. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Advocate: County losing its land" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is another report on concerns that open space is disappearing much faster than originally thought, and that there will be no open space in Chester County in 15 years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the October 3, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
175th Anniversary Celebration (from Eric Woodworth) -
Everyone is invited to attend the 175th Anniversary Celebration at Charlestown United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Marcus Matthews will be the guest preacher that morning. He is the presiding Bishop for the Philadelphia Area, which includes the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences of the United Methodist Church. It is a true honor to have him visit with us.
Carol Neske Estate Auction (from Annette Smith) -
To all the residents of Charlestown Township, we express our gratitude for your gracious help with Carolsís Estate. Your willingness to share information, articles and personal stories, and web site, helped to make the sale a success. For all who attended thank you for taking the time. We hope you enjoyed the auction. I know the Neskies would be very proud of their neighbors, and town. Thank you, Annette Smith / Smith Auction Company
IMPORTANT MESSAGE -
Several large Internet service providers (ATT and Comcast) are making it difficult for me to send "bulk" emails such as this web site's mailing list. Until the problem is resolved, I AM SUSPENDING OUR EMAIL NOTIFICATION LIST. Hopefully it will only be for a few days. I WILL CONTINUE POSTING TO THIS SITE, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO COME TO THIS SITE TO SEE IF ANYTHING NEW HAS BEEN POSTED SINCE YOU LAST CHECKED. Hopefully I can resume mailings soon. FYI, I will be posting the Oct 3 BOS minutes as well as the Township Official Map in the next few days.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Reminder: Carol Nesspor Estate Auction tomorrow.
"Auctions | Esherick cherry stool featured" by David Iams in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on tomorrow's estate auction. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Planning Commission Mtg Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission meeting for October 25th has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2005.
The Official Minutes of the September 13 and September 27 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted. (This page is quite lengthy and may take a while to load over a dial-up connection.)
"Builder asks for creation of roadside stone swale" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Performance at the Hogan Barn (from Paul Hogan) -
Direct from China - Hua Hua Zhang will perform her own composition "East meets West" at the Hogan Barn on Sycamore Lane on Saturday, October 22nd at 2 PM and at 7 PM. More information is available here.
Penn State Great Valley Programs (from Tarra Lyn Campbell) -
A press release announcing courses and programs offered by PSGV this fall is available here.
"Council Approves Ordinance" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on the approval of an ordinance amendment to all the Phoenixville Hospital to proceed with its application for a major expansion. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Farming alongside suburbs" by Christine Schiavo in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on survival strategies for farmers in Bucks and Montgomery County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Voter Registration - Tuesday October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November General Election. There are several options as to how you register. Check the Chester County web site's How and Where to Register to Vote page if you need to register.
Traffic Solution - Please take this light heartedly, but as a long-time resident of Charlestown and a retired person, I have often jokingly thought that a method of discouraging traffic on our roads would be to turn them back to dirt roads, as many were when I was a kid. Well, apparently West Marlborough Township is actually considering doing that. "Gravel: Is it the road less traveled?" by Todd Mason in the Oct. 5 Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the story. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Showing off the new Phoenixville" by Karin Williams in yesterday's Daily Local News is another article on the "revitalization efforts" in Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have finally completed some "photo albums" that have been on my to-do list for some time -
- Several photos of the 2005 CHS Patrons' Dinner contributed by John Pittock (along with some caption information) have been posted to a small photo album linked from the Charlestown Historical Society page or directly from here. Please contact me with any caption corrections.
- Our Early Days section has been updated with several circa 1940-1950 photos from Donald Smith of his family and his family's home and restaurant/deli in Aldham. I will always remember the deli as making the best hoagies I've ever had. The new photo page is also available by clicking here.
- Several photos of veges, flowers and butterflies from this year's Brightside Farm Community Garden have been posted. These were taken September 9 and October 1 and represent only a small portion of the garden's produce from the past summer. Use the large square "Garden" button above or click here to go directly to this photo album. Please contact me with any caption corrections. If you are interested in reserving a garden plot for next year, please read our Garden page and then contact me with your name, address, phone# and email address to get on the waiting list.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the September 19, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"A Work of Art" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in Tuesday's The Phoenix with color photo reports on the sale of his own art by Charlestown Elementary fourth grader Matthew Cates. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Church gains approval" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on tentative approval from the Board of Supervisors for the Apostolic Christian Church to expand its facilities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"September leaves region dry" by Anthony R. Wood in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the current drought which yielded "the driest September in 121 years". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Movie house's second act a smash hit" by Patricia Horn in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the role being played by the restored Colonial Theatre in the revitalization of Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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