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Districtwide Facilities Plan Enters Picture Near Crunch Time for Cedarbrook Decision

Tuesday night’s Cheltenham school board meeting, the fourth Cedarbrook-focused meeting in the last six weeks, was to be the moment of decision that would kick-start the Cedarbrook Middle School project into an accelerated high focus after months of seeming fits a...
Posted On Jan 15 2015
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Democrats Pick Political Newcomer for Ward 2 Commissioner

An unusual Democratic ward committee vote last night determined that Baron Holland of Wyncote would succeed Art Haywood in the Ward 2 commissioner seat.  Haywood was sworn in last week into the PA Senate in Harrisburg. In most instances party committees make endorsements for...
Posted On Jan 13 2015
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Cheltenham Zoning Overhaul Heads to Final Stage

Township Manager Bryan Havir reported at this week’s Building and Zoning Committee meeting that a final draft of a new zoning ordinance and map could be completed and ready for presentation to the committee as soon as February. The Select Committee, a small group of...
Posted On Jan 09 2015
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Kerlin Farm Housing Project Back to Square One?

The once controversial Kerlin Farm housing development proposal, which gained zoning approval back in March 2013 in a split vote by the zoning hearing board, may be back in the simmering cauldron of confusion and public scrutiny.  The plan was to build 79 multi-family units on...
Posted On Dec 23 2014
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Expanded Options for Cedarbrook and Elkins Park Shows Progress but Also Big Challenges for Cheltenham District

Two weeks ago, an initial presentation on approaches for the redevelopment of the Cedarbrook Middle School left many feeling a lack of a sense of urgency and insufficient analysis on the part of the Cheltenham school district.  After Monday night’s Community Facilities...
Posted On Dec 16 2014
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Marathon Improv a Mix of Art and Plain Endurance

by David Cohen This past weekend the Bright Invention improv group, a part of the Elkins Park-based White Pines Productions, performed an exhilarating and definitely exhausting 24 hour-long unscripted “Improvathon” at Plays & Players Theatre in Center City....
Posted On Dec 11 2014
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Still Not too Late to Throw Your Democrat Hat in the Ring for Ward 2 Commissioner

Cheltenham’s Democrats will be deliberating over the selection of the successor to Art Haywood for the Ward 2 Commissioner seat starting this week. Democratic Committee Co-chair Daphne Oliver told Citizens’ Call that there will be meetings this Wednesday, Dec. 10 and...
Posted On Dec 08 2014
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Update on Cheltenham’s Cedarbrook Middle School Sparks Tensions, Disappointment

Disappointment and frustration seemed to blanket the school district administration building auditorium Tuesday night after the presentation of a status report on the future of the Cedarbrook Middle School. A sizable audience including a number of teachers, plus parents and...
Posted On Dec 03 2014
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Zoning Approval Sought to Raze Mansion Next to Samuel Green House

by Edie Cerebi The Cheltenham Zoning Hearing Board recently heard an application to demolish the mansion in disrepair adjoining the grounds of the Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park. Federation Housing, owners of the Green House, an 81-unit senior housing complex on Ashbourne...
Posted On Dec 02 2014
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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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