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Township Geared to Contract for Sewer System Valuation Study

Cheltenham Township is taking the first step in what could be the the privatization or the establishment of a separate public water authority for the municipality’s sanitary sewer system.   By a voice vote at last week’s Public Works Committee meeting, the...
Posted On Apr 14 2015
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The Furor Over High Stakes Testing

The Washington Post education beat reporter recently picked up a blog post by a PA mom (also a historian), which is nothing short of a passionate denunciation of standardized testing with no punches pulled.  Evenhanded?  No way. But Jessie Ramey unleashes a frontal assault of...
Posted On Apr 20 2015
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Come and Celebrate at the Glenside Arts Festival this Saturday

Celebrate Downtown Glenside.  Celebrate Cheltenham Township.  You can even celebrate Earth Day (even if it is on April 22).  Whatever you’re celebrating, do it at the Glenside Arts Festival...
Posted On Apr 20 2015
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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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Dominican Sisters Looking Elsewhere for Elkins Estate Buyer

The redevelopment proposal that was to put the Elkins estate on the map as a world-class hotel, luxury condo and cultural destination is by all accounts dead. “We’re moving on from it and...
Posted On Apr 17 2015
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Two Prominent Journalists to Clash in Debate on U.S.-Israeli Relations This Weekend

The polarizing topic of the future of Israel and U.S-Israeli relations will take center stage this coming weekend when two well-known editors with opposing viewpoints tackle the subject during...
Posted On Apr 12 2015
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Scheduled Sale of Elkins Estate Upended; Outlook Unclear

Last summer an ambitious and innovative redevelopment proposal for the Elkins estate anchored by a key zoning decision by Cheltenham Township provided a burst of optimism that the magnificent...
Posted On Apr 09 2015
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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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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, 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

Campaign Money and Public Policy: Perfect Together?

The Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project at Congregation Beth Shalom presents its third annual forum this Wednesday night.  This year’s topic, “Money and Politics: Does Money Make Policy?” unleashes the fundamental questions of the trajectory of American democracy itself. ...
Posted On Apr 07 2015
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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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