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Auto Repair Shop Planned for La Mott Finds Opposition at Zoning Hearing

by Edie Cerebi Citing myriad concerns including parking, traffic, public safety, and encroachment on residential and historic areas, La Mott residents came out to the November Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) meeting to oppose an auto service center proposed for the same lot where an...
Posted On Nov 25 2014
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Negotiations Fizzle Over Super Wawa Development; Court Appeal Set to Move Ahead

Months of talks between developer Bruce Goodman and neighbors of the proposed Super Wawa store Goodman hopes to build on Route 309 and Limekiln Pike have stalemated, apparently leaving the dispute in the hands of the courts. The project represents commercial rather than housing...
Posted On Nov 24 2014
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Cheltenham Democrats Prepare to Tap Haywood’s Successor for Ward 2 Commissioner

With the recent election of Cheltenham Commissioner Art Haywood to the state Senate, the process of selecting a successor for his Ward 2 seat is about to to get rolling.  Haywood is widely expected to resign as commissioner shortly, possibly in a matter of days. Upon his...
Posted On Nov 20 2014
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Festival of Local Authors This Sat. at Elkins Park Library

Looking for a good read?  Go local.  You think local sourcing is just for tomatoes and green peppers? Cheltenham is fortunate to be the setting for a harvest of literature by denizens such as Nomi Eve, Bee Ridgway, Gregory Frost, Elise Juska and David Harrower and Thomas...
Posted On Nov 13 2014
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Elkins Park Fall Festival is On Nov. 8

The 7900 block of High School Road in Elkins Park is bustling with business and eateries these days, not to mention some live performance venues as well.  Saturday, Nov. 8 will see a community music festival celebrating this vibrant neighborhood, with tons of local musical acts...
Posted On Oct 30 2014
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Pop-up Concert Tonight at Elkins Park Train Station

A Greensboro NC band, The Collection, is in town tonight (Thursday) for a spur-of-the-moment concert at the Elkins Park train station.  The music gets under way at 9:30 p.m. (That leaves plenty of opportunity for the Candidates Night event at Curtis Hall, which starts at 7 p.m.)...
Posted On Oct 23 2014
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Commissioners Decide – by Not Deciding – on Kerlin Development Zoning Appeal

A month ago the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners got word that their court appeal of the Zoning Hearing Board’s split-vote approval of of the Kerlin Farm development project was rejected by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. They had 30 days to decide...
Posted On Oct 17 2014
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Church Road Closure for Water Main Project to Start Monday

Update: On Friday Cheltenham Township revised the estimated completion date of the project to Dec. 31. The replacement of a water main by Aqua PA that may be more than 100 years old in some sections will be closing down a stretch of Church Road in Elkins Park over the next two...
Posted On Oct 16 2014
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New Glenside Principal to Take Scheduled Medical Leave; Lewin to Return as Interim

Jenette Oddo, Glenside Elementary’s new principal, will be taking a medical leave of absence starting some time in November.  She will be replaced for an interim period by Dr. Harris Lewin as Acting Principal.  Lewin is a familiar face at Glenside, having taken over for...
Posted On Oct 15 2014
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Movie Classic ‘Bells Are Ringing’ to be Screened at La Mott Community Center Oct. 19

Drift back to a simpler time with a free screening of Bells are Ringing, the 1960 Warner Brothers classic featuring Judy Holiday and Dean Martin, slated for Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the La Mott Community Center. Co-sponsored by the Cheltenham Township Library System and...
Posted On Oct 14 2014
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Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station Clears First Big Revitalization Hurdle

by Edie Cerebi After a flurry of activity over the last month, SEPTA’s Jenkinown-Wyncote (J-W) train station finally could be on track for renewal. In Harrisburg last Tuesday the first major hurdle toward revitalization was scaled when the Board of Historical Preservation...
Posted On Oct 14 2014
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Leaf Collection in Cheltenham Starts Next Week

Cheltenham Township’s 2014 fall leaf collection program will begin Monday, Oct. 20 in Route 10. The program schedules six collections – two for loose leaves and four for bagged leaves – in every route by late December before winter weather arrives. (Leaf vacuums are ineffective...
Posted On Oct 13 2014
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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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Chow Down at Glenside Street Food Festival this Thursday Night

They’re hoping you’re coming – with your feed bag ready for filling, that is.  The folks putting on the Downtown Glenside Street Food Festival have issued a reminder:  “Bring your appetite and get ready to feast on sumptuous morsels from local restaurants...
Posted On Oct 06 2014
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Developer Appeals Commissioners’ Zoning Ruling on 1900 Ashbourne

After a hard fought zoning battle between a developer and community group in which the developer gained approval – with conditions – for a mid-rise condominium project on Ashbourne Road near Washington Lane, it is the developer that has decided to appeal. Swift &...
Posted On Oct 06 2014
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Study Says PA School Property Taxes Need Reform, Not Undoing

A study out this week from the PA Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) makes the case that property taxes are a problem concentrated in limited areas of the state among certain population segments, but is far from a universal problem in need of a wholesale solution.  Still, the...
Posted On Oct 03 2014
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White Pines ‘Waits for Dough’? – Hardly; Next up: Dinner Theater Oct. 11

White Pines Productions, the arts organization in Elkins Park, has embarked upon a fall fundraising campaign they call, “Waiting for the Dough,” which, to be honest, seems a little misleading.  These folks clearly are not about waiting around. The torrent of of...
Posted On Oct 02 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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Abington Festival Strings to Perform Benefit Concert for Elkins Park Library

A fundraising concert for the Elkins Park Library is set for this Sunday with the The Abington Festival Strings performing Sebelius, Greig, Bach and Tchaikovsky. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Elkins Park Library, is set for 3 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, 1224...
Posted On Sep 26 2014
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More Questions on Major Real Estate Projects in Cheltenham, Including the Criminal Past of a Developer

Large real estate development projects continue to occupy center stage in Cheltenham Township and, consequently, so do the township’s board of commissioners.  The two latest developments in the spotlight are 1900 Ashbourne Road, a condo project that was approved by the...
Posted On Sep 19 2014
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