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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 Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-el’s (MBIEE) Scholar-In-Residence Weekend, slated for April...
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 Gilded Age  property was finally on a path to sustained preservation and renewal. A...
Posted On Apr 09 2015
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Governor Picks Laverock Financier for State Treasurer

Gov. Tom Wolf announced yesterday the nomination of Timothy A. Reese for PA state Treasurer.  A  Laverock resident, Reese brings more than 20 years of international finance and business experience along with a track record of managing major financial operations, according to the...
Posted On Apr 08 2015
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County ‘Walkability’ Program Chooses Area Near Cheltenham Elementary for Improvement Plan

Montgomery County is kicking off Walk Montco, a new initiative aimed at making communities safer and more attractive for walking, which should also result in the development of a countywide walkability plan. The program has selected Cheltenham Elementary as a focus area in the...
Posted On Apr 08 2015
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Ex-La Mott Fire Fighter Arraigned in Hostage Taking Incident

The ex-volunteer fire fighter taken into custody last week at the La Mott Fire House on Penrose Avenue after returning to the fire station and taking several of his former co-workers hostage at gunpoint, was arraigned today before Magisterial District Justice Christopher Cerski....
Posted On Apr 07 2015
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Proposal for Adolescent Group Home on Bent Road Sparks Latest Neighborhood Zoning Flare-up

Zoning controversies in these parts are typically about development proposals for relatively large projects seeking regulatory relief that surrounding residents may believe will result in a scale or density level that will undermine the character of their neighborhood.  Usually...
Posted On Apr 07 2015
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Wyncote Scores 3rd in List of 10 Best Philly ‘Burbs

A real estate website recently named Wyncote the third most appealing Philadelphia suburb.  Movoto used a range of specific criteria to come up with  its selections. Their list of 10 suburban stars was based on: amenities per capita; standard of living (cost of living, median...
Posted On Apr 03 2015
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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 responded, securing the perimeter outside, and on the basis of information from fire...
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 station office and shoved a  female employee into the ticket booth and placed her hands...
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 neighborhood development controversy involving a different use and potential owner. The...
Posted On Mar 26 2015
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Arcadia Seeks to Lease and Upgrade McDevitt Ball Field

by Edie Cerebi Township Manager Bryan Havir and his staff will meet this week with Arcadia University officials and  neighbors of Bishop McDevitt High School to discuss outstanding issues related to proposed improvements to the large athletic field behind the high school on Royal...
Posted On Mar 25 2015
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Cheltenham Township Passes Zoning for Laverock’s Falcon Hill Project

After seven years and a string of alternative proposals, the long disputed development project for Laverock Hill, now rechristened Falcon Hill, has secured zoning approval in Cheltenham Township.  The project’s latest iteration has 18 (possibly 17) single family units plus...
Posted On Mar 24 2015
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Assailant Charged in Domestic Murder Found Dead

The tragedy of the murder of an Elkins Park woman and mother of two children last week in a domestic dispute has been compounded.  Cheltenham police and the Montgomery County DA’s office announced Sunday that Stanley Laing, who was charged with the crime while still at...
Posted On Mar 08 2015
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Murder in Elkins Park Domestic Violence Incident

A shooting late Wednesday afternoon in Elkins Park resulted in the death of Indra Sheets.   When police officers arrived at her home at 220 Sunnybrook Ave., Sheets was suffering from two gunshot wounds.  She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cheltenham Police...
Posted On Mar 06 2015
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Aqua Water Main Project on Church Road Could Run through April

The hope was that the pipe replacement phase of Aqua America’s water main project around Church Road in Elkins Park would be completed by December.   Then the schedule was pushed back to the end of January. However, in the last few weeks some streets around Church Road were...
Posted On Feb 27 2015
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Township Seeks $6 Million to Relocate Public Works and Free Up Prime Development Site

Cheltenham Township is going after a $6 million state redevelopment grant to build a new Public Works Department facility.  But the real point of the project is not about Public Works but the development potential of the site it would be vacating. The northeast corner of the...
Posted On Feb 26 2015
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Auto Repair Shop Turned Down for Zoning Help in La Mott Historic District

by Edie Cerebi Finding that the applicant “created its own  ‘hardship,'” the Cheltenham Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) in December denied the request of Stenton Property, LCC for variances that would have allowed the company to build an auto repair center on the property at the...
Posted On Feb 23 2015
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Lagging Flood Control Projects May be Picking Up Steam . . . Again

Storm waters can rush downstream with astonishing speed, but Cheltenham Township has come to learn that flood control projects proceed with far less urgency. A year ago at a public meeting at Glenside Hall the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) reported that the Tookany Creek...
Posted On Feb 17 2015
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Deal Falls Through for Hardware Store Tenant in Glenside

Ready to get your Glenside hardware store back on Easton Road?  Property owner Joe Laird and his daughter Diane Garrison have been working on it since June, when a hardware store operator came to them before the space was even vacant.  All this time the prospective tenant was...
Posted On Feb 17 2015
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Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station on Track for Improvements; Meeting Set for Jan. 28

by Edie Cerebi The concerted efforts of local governmental and community groups are paying off in a big way for the historic Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station.  Attention was first called to the deteriorating conditions last fall by the Cheltenham Chamber of Citizens, and since...
Posted On Jan 22 2015
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