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Archived Home Pages - December 2002
"Home sweet home" by David Bernard in today's The Phoenix reports on Wendy Leland's return from her tour of duty in Afghanistan to her family and community. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Welcome Home Wendy Leland!! - Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland is back home from the holidays after her tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wendy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her service in the War on Terror, Operation Enduring Freedom. After the holidays, she will be serving at the FORCECOM Headquarters in Atlanta through April. We can't thank Wendy, Doug and their children enough for the sacrifice they have made to help fight terrorism. Our postings of Wendy's emails and photos from Afghanistan will remain a permanent feature of our web site.
"Norco board searching for open space to preserve" by Margaret Fitzcharles in yesterday's The Mercury reports on North Coventry Township's Open Space Review Board's program to preserve open space in conjunction with the township's tax referendum and the Northern Chester County Challenge Grant program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Congratulations Jennifer Haskell - Charlestown resident and Great Valley senior Jennifer Haskell scored a perfect 1600 on this fall's SAT exams. "Great Valley student is perfect in SATs" by Julia Ricciuti in the Suburban Advertiser reports on Jennifer and her achievements at Great Valley. The article (with photo) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the December 2, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Mill at Anselma is located a half mile west of the intersection of routes 401 and 113. Constructed in c. 1747 by Samuel Lightfoot, the Mill retains its original Colonial-Era power train, as well as multiple layers of industrial equipment ranging from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s. The Mill at Anselma now has its own web site which has been added to the "Historic and Preservation" section of our Neighborhood Links page. You can go directly to the Mill's site by clicking here.
Kris Lamley, photo artist and Charlestown resident, has captured lovely images of Charlestown, Chester Springs, and Kimberton which she has posted on her web site. These images are being offered for sale in Limited Edition runs of 25. You can view these unique works of art and learn more about the alternative photography method Kris uses at http://www.funappetit.com/Polaroid_Trans.html.
"Additions made to open records policy" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the state's updated Open Records Policy and the discussion of its implementation at last nights meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Click here to read an overview of the new law on the website of the PA State Association of Township Supervisors.
Charlestown Green's report on the December 2, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Bill Rhoad, who lives on Rt. 29 at the Bell and Clapper, reports on a recent theft from his property.
Please be advised that in late November we had thieves pull up to our front patio & help themselves to our patio set. A 5' diameter glass top table & 4 of the 6 chairs that went with the set. The State Police stated that they have gotten a number a similar complaints in the surrounding townships recently. Even though we have two protection trained German Shepherds in the house these people felt comfortable enough to help themselves to items we had left outside. Please be aware...who's watching your house when you can't be there?
The Colonial Theatre - Both my wife Linda and I used to attend movies at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville in the 40's and 50's. The theatre, which opened in 1903, is best known outside the area for the filming of the movie "The Blob" there in 1958. The theatre, which used to include an organ for use with silent movies, has been undergoing restoration to its 50's form, inside and out, but using modern projection equipment. They run first-run movies for $6.00, less for seniors and children, and it's loads of fun. Check out the Colonial Theatre web site by clicking here, and if you enjoy your visit to the theatre, a donation to the Association for the Colonial Theatre will be put to good use restoring the theatre. Two articles in today's papers report on the lighting last night of the new replica "Colonial" marquee sign.
- "Many hope Colonial Theatre lights the way for borough" by Benjamin Wallace-Wells in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Neon brightens Bridge St." by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the November 12, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Charlestown planners recommend developer lowers number of lots" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at last night's Planning Commission of the proposed development on Sycamore Lane. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Two Tax Increases in the News -
"Supervisors double tax rate" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the real estate tax increase passed Monday night by the Charlestown Board of Supervisors. The article includes comments from Supervisor Chairman Hugh Willig and Supervisor Irene Ewald. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco budget calls for 3 percent tax increase" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the increase in the Chester County real estate tax recently approved by the county commissioners. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal Report for November has been posted.
Fred Alston was recently appointed our township Roadmaster, and he has submitted his Roadmaster Report for November as well.
The 2003 Charlestown Township Budget was approved at last night's Board of Supervisors meeting. The budget includes a tax increase from .52 mil to 1.0 mil. The complete budget (151 kb) is available here and is also linked from our General Info page.
The Official Minutes of the November 18, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Supervisors appoint two new officials" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the first portion of last night's Board of Supervisors meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Speed humps create mountains of trouble" by Tarek Tannous in today's Daily Local News reports on commuter and homeowner reactions to the speed humps on Sidley Road in East Whiteland Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Note that speed humps are planned for Union Hill Road next spring, unless that Township is successful in having a no-left turn sign installed on southbound Rt. 29 at Union Hill Road. (See the just posted November 18, 2002 Board minutes for this discussion.)
"Land-use struggle ends with dead bill" by
Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how land preservation advocacy groups stopped a builders association sponsored amendment at the last minute of this year's legislative session. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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