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Age Restricted Zoning Repealed but Doesn’t Go Away in Laverock

In a unanimous vote the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners at its last meeting repealed a zoning ordinance that allowed developers to build large multi-story residential projects that override underlying zoning for neighborhoods of single family homes.  It was an anticlimactic...
Posted On Jun 29 2015
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Glenside Kiddie Pool Temporarily Shut Down

It was the opening of the public pool season on Saturday, but for some prekindergartners at the kiddie pool in Glenside, an otherwise near perfect summer day could have used some final edits to the script. The problem at the Keswick Avenue site was sore feet and hands experienced...
Posted On Jun 24 2015
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CreekSide Declares Challenges and New Initiatives at Spring Membership Meeting

by Kathleen Blandford CreekSide Co-op has got a lot in its shopping basket member-owners learned this week at its spring annual meeting. The announcement of the resignation of General Manager Mike Litka combined with steady but less than scintillating sales figures thought to...
Posted On Jun 13 2015
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Crabmeat Thompson Performs at White Pines Saturday Night

Crabmeat Thompson will bring what one critic has labeled “a funky gumbo of folk, blues, country, rock, and jazz,” to the White Pines stage  at 8 p.m. this Saturday.  The performance is part of White Pine’s Elkins Park Singer/ Songwriter Series in collaboration with The...
Posted On Jun 11 2015
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Scenes and Moments from Arts in the Park

A day of community (with a little help from the weather) made for a glorious day at the Arts in the Park celebration on Sunday including…       a great display of craft items and art works,   recognition of local groups and businesses, tasty food from...
Posted On Jun 10 2015

Cheltenham Comrs. Primed for Another Repeal of Age Restricted Zoning

A controversial zoning ordinance that commissioners who voted for it seven years ago now call the “hammer” is set for a public hearing on its repeal in two weeks.  It’s not the first time. The Age Restricted Overlay (ARO), which offers development incentives for...
Posted On Jun 06 2015
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20th Annual Arts in the Park Festival is Sunday

Arts in the Park is the premiere springtime event being held in High School Park Sunday June 7th, 2015 featuring local artists, craftspeople, children's activities, live music, and delicious food. Don't miss it!
Posted On Jun 02 2015
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PECO Announces Small Second Phase After Tree Trimming Reaches 11,000 Cheltenham Customers

To curb power outages during heavy storms, PECO has been busy in Cheltenham and across the SE Philadelphia region doing tree trimming.  The practice minimizes the dangers and loss of service caused by tree limbs hanging over electric lines. The company announced this week it is...
Posted On May 27 2015
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Army Corps Study Rates Tookany Flood Reduction Project a Go

Funding Looks Promising The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recommended a plan for the development of nine dry detention basins to minimize flooding and reduce risk to lives and property in Cheltenham Township from the Tookany Creek Watershed during heavy storms.  Some 45...
Posted On May 22 2015
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Veteran Journalist Dan Raviv Reflects on U.S. – Israeli Relations at Gratz

by Jodi Benjamin As a CBS correspondent, Dan Raviv has seen it all. He took the historic first El Al flight from Israel to Cairo. He witnessed the carnage at the American Marine barracks in Beirut after the 1983 terrorist attack. He was in Lockerbie, Scotland, walking through the...
Posted On May 22 2015
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Laverock Housing Project Turned Down Unexpectedly in Springfield

After seven years of wandering in the desert of development controversy, it looked like an oasis for the Falcon Hill housing project proposed for Laverock by Hansen Properties. Straddling Cheltenham and Springfield Townships, the 84 unit development recently won zoning approvals...
Posted On May 15 2015
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Zoning Hearing for Proposed Bent Road Group Home Opens to Full House

There were few empty chairs at the Cheltenham Township Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) Monday night where testimony began on the application of Salisbury Behavioral Health to allow them to operate a group home at 333 Bent Road in Wyncote.   The for profit company, which owns...
Posted On May 12 2015
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Sat. Was Big Day for Development in Glenside and Wyncote

This story was originally posted on May 6. Saturday was a sunny day with sunny smiles for boosters of commercial development in Cheltenham Township.  And why not?  Two innovative projects by the same developer were ushered in warmly with the obligatory ribbon cuttings and...
Posted On May 07 2015
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Register Now for ‘Olde’ Wyncote Tour

The CheltenhamTownship Historical Commission and Wyncote Civic Association are sponsoring a tour of historic Wyncote on Sat., May 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. “Olde” Wyncote was at the center of Chelten Hills, the first outpost of the Gilded Age. The guided tour will cover approximately...
Posted On May 04 2015
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New Phase of Tookany Creek Trail Heading Toward Final Design

by Edie Cerebi Plans are progressing for Phase III of the Tookany Creek Trail.  According to the master plan completed in1999, the four-phase project will create a 2.2-mile trail running along Tookany Creek from Central Avenue in Cheltenham Village to High School Park in Elkins...
Posted On May 01 2015
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La Mott Fire House Hostage Ordeal Recounted at Hearing

Paul Jordan was a member of the La Mott Fire Company, one of a team of volunteer fire fighters who risked their lives in the cause of public safety.  In a preliminary hearing this morning  in a cramped tense courtroom in Cheltenham Township, Jordan, 25, was held for trial on all...
Posted On Apr 28 2015
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A Little Store with a Big Mission: Books

What do you do when books are “in your blood” and you need to make a living?  This is the digital age, remember, when reading is as much about pixels as pages.  When even megastores get clobbered on price by the likes of Amazon and other online sellers, and...
Posted On Apr 23 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 talking to other potential buyers, said Joe Scott, Finance Director of the Dominican...
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 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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