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Fire Companies in Cheltenham Face Big Budget Hole for Emergency Radios

Cheltenham’s volunteer fire companies are staring down a $727,000 budget gap for new emergency radios come 2019.   The need stems from a countywide upgrade in the emergency communications and dispatch system scheduled to be in place by then.  Montgomery County’s $$30...
Posted On Mar 17 2015
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Schools

District Delays Selling Administration Building

The Cheltenham school district is slowing down the sale of its administrative home at 2000 Ashbourne Road.  The property has been on the market since mid-October of last year.  But the district’s intention is to hold on to it for a while as a fall-back measure. “We...
Posted On Mar 19 2015
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Arts

Cheltenham Jazz Series Presents Saxophonist Mary Lou Newnam

The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concert Series in Cheltenham this coming month will feature saxophonist Mary Lou Newnam. Newnam, with a diverse set of instrumental skills, including...
Posted On Mar 30 2015
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Concert Featuring Michael London with Ken Ulansey at White Pines on Saturday

Michael London is an accomplished recording artist, guitarist, singer, and entertainer.  He will be performing this Saturday night in Elkins Park along with the locally ubiquitous and eclectic...
Posted On Mar 10 2015
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Jazz Concert Series at Cheltenham Arts Center Features Vocalist Gloria Allende March 4

The Jazz Bridge Cheltenham concert series this month features Gloria Allende, a singer, dancer and songwriter whose repertoire includes jazz, R&B and Latin music. Born in San Juan, Puerto...
Posted On Feb 27 2015
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Neighborhoods

Terminated Fireman Takes Hostages at La Mott Fire House, then Surrenders

A just terminated fire fighter entered the La Mott Fire House this morning and held several of his former fellow volunteers hostage at gunpoint in the basement of the facility. Cheltenham Police...
Posted On Mar 31 2015
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Elkins Park Train Station Robbed Last Week

A ticket agent at SEPTA’s Elkins Park Train Station was subdued and robbed late Wednesday morning of last week as she was locking up for the day. About 11:45 a.m. two men entered the...
Posted On Mar 30 2015
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Arcadia to Convert Glenside Law Offices into Classroom Space

Arcadia University is moving ahead to covert law offices into classroom and ancillary space on a property at the corner of Easton Road and Royal Avenue that some months ago was steeped in a...
Posted On Mar 26 2015
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Food

Hungry Legions Search and Enjoy First Annual Glenside Food Fest

They came, they ate, they were nourished.  Well, “stuffed” might be a more accurate description of the scene  Thursday evening at the Glenside Street Food Festival, where throngs of gluttons – they were the only ones allowed in – searched out their...
Posted On Oct 10 2014
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First Food Fest with Other Attractions Set for Oct. 9 in Downtown Glenside

Great food, arts and crafts, music, and family-friendly activities highlight the First Annual Downtown Glenside Street Food Festival coming up next week. The new festival is primed to perk up a routine Thursday night with local restaurants and food trucks ready to serve their...
Posted On Sep 29 2014
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Food Truck Fundraiser a Big Hit at CHS

Some stomachs were grumbling but not the people waiting on line.  This one was a crowd pleaser, with estimates of some 2,500 people showing up for the Cheltenham School District Foundation fundraiser on Sunday. The food trucks were out in force, but they were swamped and...
Posted On Sep 15 2014
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Sustainability

Getting Sappy: Reducing it Down to the Essential Sweet Stuff

by Judi Gratz Maple Sugaring season is starting later than usual around here because the temperatures have been staying below freezing. Now that the freeze/thaw cycle seems to have begun, I finally can get sap to cook. This comes to you straight from a tiny “sugarbush,” the term...
Posted On Mar 11 2015
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Friends of High School Park Firing Up their Fundraiser for Feb. 28

Looking for a blockbuster Saturday night and a good cause to boot?  The Friends of High School Park have plans that will raise your spirits, if not your temperature, during these frigid times that can make sun worshiping seem like a major religion.  Mark your calendar –...
Posted On Feb 17 2015
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Moments from the NYC Climate Change Weekend

                  Bill McKibbon, founder of 350.org, and author Naomi Klein were two of the panelists who spoke at an event the evening before last weekend’s Sunday march in New York City, which reportedly drew hundreds of...
Posted On Sep 22 2014
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Public Accountability

Working to Conquer the Fear that Divides Israelis from Palestinians

“You may have noticed we had elections last week.  Not exactly the most charming results.  But maybe there is some hope. And so we have to start again . . . ” casually noted Israeli peace activist Robi Damelin, employing what is evidently her signature combination of...
Posted On Mar 28 2015
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Synagogues Sponsor Forum Thursday Evening on Personal Crossings of the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel.  Her son David, a peace activist and a member of the Israeli Defense Forces reserves, was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Since then, she has dedicated her life to ending the violence. Bassam...
Posted On Mar 23 2015
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League Showcases PA Redistricting Issue with Amanda Holt

Those agitators at the League of Women Voters are at it again.  Now they’re complaining about the shape of legislative districts, of all things.  Seems they don’t like boundary lines that have an uncanny resemblance to dessicated salamanders.  (But that way you can...
Posted On Feb 27 2015
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