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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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Township Plows Through Winter Cost Figures, Relieved that Spring is Here

You’re not the only one with spring in your step now that, at long last, the travails of winter are a not-so-distant memory. No more operating plows and salt trucks in the middle of the night.  No more searching for tons of salt in a seller’s market.  And no more...
Posted On Apr 27 2015
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Fire Companies in Cheltenham Face Big Budget Hole for Emergency Radios

Cheltenham’s volunteer fire companies are staring down a $727,000 budget gap for new emergency radios come 2019.   The need stems from a countywide upgrade in the emergency communications and dispatch system scheduled to be in place by then.  Montgomery County’s $$30...
Posted On Mar 17 2015
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Got Garden Debris? Bag It, Curb It

You might not want to get overconfident about the weather just yet, but the township is thinking springtime.  Starting March 20, to assist residents with their yard work, Cheltenham Township will collect leaves, garden debris, twigs and grass in biodegradable paper bags at the...
Posted On Mar 15 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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Township Works the Streets During Storm and its Aftermath

Cheltenham’s Public Works Department was out in full force since 5 a.m. Thursday with a crew of 28 fighting the storm that eventually dropped some eight inches of snow in the area. The work was a combination of plowing and salting the roads to make them passable for...
Posted On Mar 06 2015
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Salty Predicament for Township Solved by Emergency Declaration

This time of year a township manager trying to keep the roads safe can be a bit like a prospector down on his luck panning for gold – of the white and salty variety. The problem, of course, is that when one municipality needs a couple of hundred tons of salt in a hurry,...
Posted On Mar 05 2015
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Bracing for the White Stuff

With early weather forecasts spewing numbers in the neighborhood of 22 inches of snow and 25 mph winds, the region’s emergency management personnel and public works departments have been preparing for battle. Montgomery County reports 1,200 tons of salt on hand and 11...
Posted On Jan 26 2015
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Cheltenham Police Officer Hurt in Line of Duty

After responding to a 911 call on a vehicle crash on Washington Lane in Wyncote, a Cheltenham police officer was struck by an oncoming car and thrown to the side of the road early Thursday morning. While placing road flares in the area of the crash scene near 25 Washington Lane,...
Posted On Dec 11 2014
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Legal Context In Flux, but Cheltenham Proceeds on Gun Law Repeal

Even with the disputed new state law that socked it to municipalities for having gun regulations looking like it’s on the ropes, Cheltenham Township is going ahead with the repeal of its “lost and stolen” gun reporting law. The latest in this strange saga...
Posted On Dec 05 2014
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