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Feb. 1 Comment Deadline and Fiscal Impact Study Set for Zoning Overhaul

by Edie Cerebi A deadline of Monday has been set for public comments by the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners on the comprehensive rewrite of the township’s zoning ordinance that has been in the works for the last 10 years.  The commissioners also have arranged for a...
Posted On Jan 28 2016
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Focus on Juvenile Justice Issues in Schools at MLK Day Event

Martin Luther King Day last week provided the impetus for a unique event examining juvenile justice issues primarily related to the Cheltenham public schools.  Sponsored by Arcadia University and the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with the Montgomery County...
Posted On Jan 28 2016
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Any Suggestions for Your State Legislators? League Event Set for Tonight

Got a message for Harrisburg?  How’s that budget comin’ along is probably the most glaring – if obvious – of questions you could ask, but few seem to be in the know on that one.  And that might well include the governor himself.  At this point, going on...
Posted On Jan 21 2016
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Change at Citizens’ Call

You’re probably aware at this point that there hasn’t been much going on around here at Citizens’ Call.  Hardly anything.  So after plenty of stewing and ruminating, it’s time to come clean. The message here is about change, both journalistically and...
Posted On Jan 18 2016
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Cheltenham NAACP to Present MLK Day Panel on Juvenile Justice and Community Issues

“Youth-Community-Juvenile Justice” will be the theme of a panel presentation put on by the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP this Monday night for their 6th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program.   The event, to be held at Arcadia University, will...
Posted On Jan 15 2016
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Simon Wins President Slot in Board Reorganization After Township Swearing-in Ceremonies

At its annual reorganization meeting Monday night the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners selected veteran board member Mickey Simon to take the reins as board president.  Simon, representing Ward 6, was voted in unanimously by the new board. Newly elected board members...
Posted On Jan 05 2016
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Montco Passes Expanded Budget for 2016 Along with Tax Hike

This story has been updated. The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a $389.7 million operating budget linked to a property tax increase of 9.8 percent, the first since 2012 and the first engineered by the Shapiro administration. The budget reflects a...
Posted On Dec 18 2015
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An Early Christmas Present for CreekSide Co-op

This is the story of a food co-op that applied for a loan but had to “settle” for a grant.  CreekSide Co-op in Elkins Park applied for a $250,000 loan through the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, but was awarded today a $151,500 economic development grant by...
Posted On Dec 17 2015
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Final Workshop on Comprehensive Zoning Changes Set for Thursday

by Edie Cerebi The third and final workshop on Cheltenham’s Revised Draft Zoning Ordinance is set for this Thursday evening.   The focus will be on Mixed-Use Districts, an important new category not part of the existing zoning code, which is very much in line with the...
Posted On Dec 15 2015
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Haywood Pushes Handgun Licensing Bill

At a news conference at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown, state Sen. Art Haywood (PA-4) announced today the introduction of handgun licensing legislation in PA.  In promoting the bill, SB 1029, he was joined by advocacy groups, clergy and family members of gun...
Posted On Dec 14 2015
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New School Board Waives Option for Tax Increase Beyond Act 1 Limits

The Cheltenham school board on Tuesday night swore in its newly elected members, chose new board leaders and announced its decision not to seek exceptions from the state to allow tax increases for the next fiscal year beyond the regular Act 1 ceiling. David Cohen, Joel Fishbein,...
Posted On Dec 09 2015
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Cheltenham Budget Dilemmas Spur Proposed Tax Increase for 2016

It’s down to crunch time for the crafting of Cheltenham Township’s 2016 budget, and the balancing act this time around looks like another grueling fiscal exercise.  In his budget message in early November, board President Harvey Portner said this:...
Posted On Dec 04 2015
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Grove Park Residents Raise Questions about Army Corps Flood Project

At a meeting Monday night at Glenside Hall, residents primarily from the Grove Park area (Glenside) peppered an official from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with questions concerning a plan to transform the park into a detention basin as part of an estimated $9.2 million...
Posted On Dec 03 2015
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Cheltenham Library Fundraising Kicks into High Gear

Baubles, Anyone? The Cheltenham Library system is in fundraising mode these days.  With the recent notice of approval of its federal tax exempt organizational status, the library is now in a more advantageous position to secure a range of funding, including employer matching gift...
Posted On Dec 02 2015
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Vocalist Suzanne Burgess in Concert at the Arts Center Wed. Night

Up next in Jazz Bridge’s Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert Series is vocalist Suzanne Burgess and her band.  She’ll be center stage at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., on Wednesday night Dec. 2.  Showtime is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Burgess began singing...
Posted On Dec 01 2015
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Celebrate Winterfest and Small Businesses this Saturday in Glenside

This year’s annual WinterFest in Downtown Glenside is set for this Saturday, Nov. 28 and will coincide with the national celebration of Small Business Saturday.   The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wesley Plaza off of Easton Road. As always, Santa will arrive on a shiny, red...
Posted On Nov 26 2015
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Township Honors Retiring Police Officers and Swears in New Recruits

Some changes are afoot at the Cheltenham Police Department. At the board of commissioners meeting last week three retirements, including one by the department’s second-in-command, were announced, while two new recruits were sworn in. The retirees include Deputy Chief Kev...
Posted On Nov 25 2015
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New Administrative Hires Planned as Cheltenham District Sets Out to Boost Student Achievement

Recently retired Wissahickon District Superintendent Judith Clark started work this week in her role as special consultant to Cheltenham Superintendent Wagner Marseille.  Clark’s hiring was authorized by the Cheltenham school board at its November meeting along with the approval...
Posted On Nov 24 2015
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Recent Disaster Drill Offers Valuable Training for Cheltenham First Responders and School District

In a world where vulnerability in public spaces can seem as palpable and, unfortunately, as plausible as putting one foot in front of the other, Cheltenham Township’s first responders, in conjunction with the school district, held a mock emergency operation recently. The point...
Posted On Nov 20 2015
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MD College Student, CHS Grad – Now Facing Gun Charges – Still Missing

A day after Cheltenham High School was on lockout on the basis of the unknown whereabouts and issues related to recent CHS graduate Jacob Marberger at the MD college he attends, the situation at the high school and across the district is back to normal.  Marberger, 19, however,...
Posted On Nov 17 2015
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