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Archived Home Pages - November 2006
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Hospital Gets the OK" by Dennis J. Wright in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on approval given Phoenixville Hospital for a major expansion plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"2 historic sites in Chesco make endangered list" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in Tuesday's Daily Local News reports that the Historic Yellow Springs/Chester Springs Historic District in East Pikeland Township is one of the state's most endangered historic properties. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown Housing By the Numbers" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer lists 2005 housing statistics for Charlestown Township. Among the stats are our population of 5,926 and 105 single-family building permits issued in 2005. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A Lie", a poem by Charlestown Elementary School student Peter Flanagan was posted in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The poem is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Land trust nearing goal" by John Rossomando in today's The Phoenix reports on the likely preservation of 1,528 acres, mostly in West Vincent Township and with portions in East and West Pikeland Townships. The preservation project includes several historic structures, including 15 existing home sites. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Model railroaders call 'all aboard'" by Colleen McCullough in today's The Phoenix reports on the marvelous model railroad maintained and enhanced at its Phoenixville location by the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club. This layout is over 30 years old and club members make improvements throughout the year. The club always has open house weekends during the holiday season. This year the open house events, which are free and from 1 to 5 p.m., are December 2 and 3, January 6 and 7, January 13 and 14, and January 20 and 21. (I have seen this model railroad, and if you have children of any age up to senior citizens, you should see this railroad.) More information, especially about the club and the layout, is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/23/06 Happy Thanksgiving!
The Official Minutes of the October 9, 16 and 30, 2006 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the November 6, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Fall 2006 edition of the Charlestown Township Newsletter, recently mailed to all residents, introduces the new township logo, but as a gray-scale image. The logo is shown here so you can see it in color, with major roads shown in beige and streams in light blue. This logo will be used on new signs in such areas as Charlestown Park, Brightside Farm and the woolen mill and the Longwood School.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 28 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Broomall man facing receiving stolen property for alleged theft of car" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on a November 17 incident at a residence on Pikeland Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"GVSD buses now burning biodiesel" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley School District being the first school district in the state to operate its school buses on B20 biodiesel fuel, a blend of 20% vegetable oil and 80% regular diesel components. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bomb threats plaque schools" by Jennifer Miller in today's Daily Local News reports on bomb threats in area schools since the academic year began. (Great Valley apparently had one in October). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"New tax law working for land trusts" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the benefits of the new law that increases tax savings for those who making conservation easements on their open land (before December 2007). The increased tax benefits have led to a large increase in the number of easements written by the North American Land Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/17/06 - (updated 1:15 pm)
Landfill Application Withdrawn (from Linda Csete)
There was a significant change to the November 20th Board of Supervisor agenda in that Allan A. Myers Company has withdrawn its curative amendment application for a landfill at the Devault Quarry site. An item was also added regarding the railroad bed being considered for an addition to the Official Map.
An updated Preliminary Agenda for the November 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Battlefield Band Celtic Music (from Debbie Kuhn) -
Performance at Alumnae Hall, Immaculata University, 1145 King Road, Malvern, PA, 8:00 pm Friday December 1. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Consortium, 610-469-5180, tickets: reserved $16, General $10, Student/senior $8. (They will doing Prairie Home Companion the next day so tune in for a little more Celtic music.) Battlefield Band is inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength of today's Scottish Cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel. They mix the old songs with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments - bagpipe, fiddle, synthesizer, guitar, cittern, flute, bodhran and accordion.
Coat Drive (from Kelley Kelly) -
Kelly Chevrolet is collecting gently used coats for our annual coat drive. The coats will be distributed to LOCAL Phoenixville shelters. Please drop off your coats at Kelly Chevrolet, RT. 23, Phoenixville. If you have any questions, please contact Kelley Kelly at 610-933-7707. We will gladly accept coats through January 2007.
Holiday Treats for Wildlife (from GV via Debbie Kuhn) -
The Green Valleys Association is hosting "Holiday Treats for Wildlife", Saturday, December 2, 2006, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Find out what animals and plants are doing in the winter months, decorate a "wildlife tree", and take home some treats for the birds to enjoy! Appropriate for ages 5 and up. GVA Members-$6/child Nonmembers-$8/child (One adult is free per child.). To pre-register, call 610-469-8646. Click here for the flyer (pdf).
The Official Minutes of the October 24, 2006 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Parking at next BOS Meeting (from Linda Csete) -
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors has scheduled several hearings for its November 20th meeting at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School in the Choral Room, #154, and wants to let our attendees know in advance that parking will be at a premium at the school that evening due to scheduled parent-teacher conferences. We appreciate the school's accommodating us on one of their busy evenings and ask for your patience with the parking situation and crowded hallways.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"New Rail Line Proposed" by G. E. Lawrence in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions being held regarding a possible passenger rail link from Phoenixville to Malvern, using some of the existing inactive Norfolk-Southern rail line passing through Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Girlfriends by the book" by Kathleene Keane in the "People & Places" section of the print edition of Sunday's Daily Local News is a full page feature article on Charlestown resident and best-selling author Lisa Scottoline. I believe the article only appears in the print edition.
Traditional Neighborhood Development plan for Devault - Andy Motel, Chairman of the Charlestown Township Planning Commission, has sent me a brief explanation in layman's terms of what a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) plan is and how it might apply to the Devault area of our township. The Planning Commission has been and will continue to work on the TND for Devault at its monthly meetings, and Charlestown residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions. The plan is on Tuesday's Planning Commission Agenda. Click here for Andy's explanation of a "TND" and how it might apply to the Devault area.
"Open-space referendums pass" by Colleen McCullough in today's Daily Local News reports on passage of referendums in neighboring Schuylkill and East Pikeland Townships calling for an increase in earned income taxes for the purpose of funding open space preservation efforts. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
2007 Township Budget Notice (from Linda Csete) -
The proposed budget for Charlestown Township for fiscal year 2007 has been prepared and will be open for inspection at the Township office at the Devault Building, 4030 Whitehorse Road, Devault, Pa. from November 13, 2006 to December 4, 2006. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. The final budget will be considered for adoption at a public meeting on December 4, 2006, 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA. (The public notice (56k PDF file) with the General Fund budget information is available on-line by clicking here.)
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted. Note that this agenda includes discussion of a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) design within Devault.
Election Results - Unofficial election results for Charlestown Township alone are available here. Results for all Chester County precincts are available here.
"Montco voters appearing to back open space moves" by Carl Hessler Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on open space preservation initiatives results in Montgomery County municipalities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - The Charlestown Historical Society holds an important meeting tonight at the Charletown Elementary School at 7:30 PM.
"GVSD drops land grab" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the decision by the Great Valley school board to no longer pursue the eminent domain proceedings against a neighbor of the High School campus. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Officials confident that vote-counting process will move efficiently" by Andrew Cannarsa in today's Daily Local News describes the voting process to be in place for Tuesday's general election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Historical Society (from John Pittock) -
The Charlestown Historical Society will have their second fall meeting on Wednesday November 8th at 7:30 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School. This will be our annual business meeting, with consideration of the recent Patron's dinner, budgeting for 2007, and formation of a new Board of Directors. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Board or any other CHS activities is encouraged to attend.
"League of Women Voters Guide" in today's Daily Local News provides voting information, including candidate-provided information for each candidate on ballots in Chester County. The guide is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We will have a table set up at the Elementary School polling place on Nov. 7th for those wanting to pay membership dues or get info or join the Society.
Also, CHS will have their annual fall work party at the Wisner-Rapp house on Sat., Nov. 11th starting at 10 AM. We would appreciate anyone who can come to help with yard & house cleanup, putting interior storm windows up, etc. Lunch will be provided for those who come.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Citizens Forum Tonight (Reminder) - The Charlestown Citizens Forum will be holding a forum on Global Warming: Why We Can't Wait, tonight at 7:30 PM at the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building Auditorium, 1100 Duportail Road, Berwyn. RSVP is not required. Click here for details.
Planning Commission to Discuss Devault Area (from Linda Csete) -
(The following notice has been mailed to all residents in the Devault area.)
The Charlestown Township Planning Commission will meet on November 14, 2006, 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154 and continue discussions to consider a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) design within Devault.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted. Note that this agenda includes several matters unrelated to the Devault TND discussion announced above.
Though Devault is largely undeveloped, it is located near major roadways, the coming Turnpike Interchange and several million square feet of new commercial development in East Whiteland. These changes will increase development pressure accordingly and have lead us to conclude the development of Devault is inevitable. The Planning Commission and Supervisors believe Charlestown should shape and control this development rather than react to development applications on separate parcels by different entities.
We welcome and need your input to reach the best result for our community. Please join us and participate in the discussions on November 14th.
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