New State Law Addresses Recycling of Electronic Devices

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"With enough computers, we can make these!"

I got this note from the township today:

Although a new Pennsylvania law went into effect on January 24, 2013 regarding the disposal and recycling of "covered" electronic equipment-the "Covered Device Recycling Act"-the legislation will not affect the recycling practices of Lower Merion Township, since the Township is already in compliance with the new measures stipulated in the Act.

The law states that consumers and businesses will no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash, which has been the case in Lower Merion for years now. (Such items must be taken to the Koegel Public Works Complex, open Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

Earlier this month, the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County announced to participating municipalities that, because of the new law, the Authority's disposal vendor, Covanta Energy, would no longer accept any covered devices or components of covered devices. Lower Merion Township contracts with eForce Compliance (www.eforcecompliance.com) to accept any and all electronic devices, covered or not, inclusive of televisions. Residents should drop off such devices and equipment at the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex,located at 1300 N. Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley.

Certain retailers-such as Staples and Best Buy-will also accept electronic equipment of almost any type (no matter where you bought it) for free recycling. Whole Foods in Wynnewood occasionally holds free electronics recycling events-as they will on Saturday, Jan. 26 (also using eForce).

Questions? Email recycle@lowermerion.org.

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Steps residents can take to protect sensitive electronic data in the event you want to.

Recycle your old computer. Lower Merion Township contracts with eForce for the disposal of your electronic equipment. eForce has achieved both ISO-14001 certification and R2 certification for maintaining high standards in protecting your personal data.

Despite these high standards, you can have complete peace of mind by doing one of two things:

Removing your hard disk and physically destroying it (a standard hammer works well). Remember to include the damaged hard disk in your recycling drop-off.

Using one of the many free products available for download on the Internet to completely erase your hard disk. Many of them are very simple to use, but you will have to follow some instructions, and many require you to have your original system CDs available.

Donate your old computer to a charity, school, a friend, or other organization. In this case you do not want to physically destroy your hard disk, since the computer will then be inoperable. You should be sure to use a free or paid program to completely erase your hard disk. After the disk is completely erased, you may choose to re-install the operating system using your original CDs, provided by the manufacturer.

Whether you choose to recycle or donate your old computer, always be sure you have all of your pertinent data backed up to another location. There are many cloud-based backup services available, or you may back up information to a DVD, another computer, a USB device, or an external hard disk.

Other Important Links:

R2 Solutions: www.r2solutions.org

ISO (International Organization of Standardization): www.iso.org

National Cristina Foundation (for computer donation): www.cristina.org

Most of this is good stuff however, I would recommend physically destroying your hard drive before recycling your comptuer.  This can be done most effectively with a power drill.  It ensures a virtually zero chance of any blackhat recovering your data.  It is also quite fun.

 

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The Jim McCaffrey Fundraiser

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Image and video hosting by TinyPicWe hope you remember former native son Jim McCaffrey who for years covered our lives and our news up and down the Main Line and in Philadelphia via Main Line Times, Wayne & Suburban, Main Line Life and The Bulletin.

He helped give our local world and issues a voice and now he is facing a health crisis of some enormity and it is very serious. He has been diagnosed with MDS or Myelodysplastic syndrome.

MDS is a malignant disorder of the bone marrow. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 18,000 people develop MDS each year. MDS can affect all of the cells in our blood. MDS used to be called preleukemia due to the progression that is sometimes seen from MDS to leukemia.

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So it was foggy last night

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It was a bit foggy last night, and I couldn't sleep last night. So I did the only sensible thing. I wandered around town and took pictures.

The Apple Store in Suburban Square Suburban Square Parking Lot (not really full) Under the Anderson Ave Bridge Lancaster Ave at 3 AM Lancaster Ave at 3 AM Foggy Wawa

There's a few more such pictures. The full set can be found on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157632512138031/

Enjoy!

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01-10-13 Radnor Township Parks and Recreation Board Meeting

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01-10-13 Radnor Township Parks and Recreation Board Meeting. On the agenda: Pledge of Allegiance; Call to Order; Reorganization—Elect Chair and Vice Chair; Approval of December 2012 Minutes; Announcements; Discussion on the Willows RFP—Recommendation; Reports; New Business; Public Participation; Adjournment. Produced by John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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Bucca di Beppo does a Vinnie T's -- Closes Suddenly

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From Patch:

http://ardmore.patch.com/articles/wynnewood-s-buca-di-beppo-now-closed

The space used to be a movie theater.  Then it turned into a Vinnie Testa's.  Then that became Vinnie T's of Boston.   Which closed suddenly without notice, even to its employees.  Now it appears that Bucca di Beppo has performed the same maneuvre.   It seemed to be doing fine, the parking lot was always crowded up there.

Federal Realty wants to put a restaurant at the other Wynnewood shopping center, next to the Wynnewood Post office.   They aren't saying who their projected tenant will be.   I wonder if Bucca di Beppo will reemerge?  

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Were You Approached in Suburban Square About a Fake on The Spot Car Repair?

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Knights who say... NI! Knights who say... NI! Knights who say... NI!

Were You Approached in Suburban Square About a Fake on The Spot Car Repair? If so, contact Tracy Davidson at NBC10 - you can message her thru her public Facebook page, tweet at her @tracydavidson10, or call the station. (610 668 5510 / 5750 )

Apparently this past Saturday Lower Merion Police made a bunch of citations? People say there were a few cop cars doing this?

Anyway, NBC10 is looking to speak to victims or potential victims.

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01-08-13 Radnor Police Department School Violence Seminar

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01-08-13 Radnor Township Police Department School Violence Seminar. On January 8, 2013, Radnor Township Police Department hosted an information session for all school officials and parents within Radnor Township. Topics for discussion consisted of emergency plans for each school, Police response and communications, future table top training exercises, and the review of existing floor plans of all facilities. Host: Superintendent of Police, William A. Colarulo. Produced by John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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Bryn Mawr Home for Sale Through Township Affordable Home Program

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"We'll throw in this cat for free!"

I got this note from the township today:

The Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation, in cooperation with Lower Merion Township, is accepting applications for the affordable first-time homebuyers program.

The Affordable Home Ownership Program's next home will be an end-unit townhome, located at 1048 Floyd Terrace in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, a front porch and off-street parking. Special preference will be given to people who currently live or work in Lower Merion, former residents and active Lower Merion volunteer firefighters. The asking price is $190,000.

Homebuyers must meet eligibility requirements including income restrictions, good credit and savings for the down-payment. Household income restrictions are based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income limits adjusted for household size.

Households with two members could have a maximum income of $50,700. Households with three members could have a maximum income of $57,050. Households with four members could have a maximum income of $63,350. (All thresholds have been lowered since the beginning of 2013.) Homebuyers must comply with program requirements and agree to resale restrictions.

Please contact Genesis Housing Corporation at 610-275-4357 to receive an application. Applications can also be downloaded at the Township website.

This project has been funded through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program. For questions, contact Genesis at the number above Lower Merion Township's Community Development Division at (610) 645-6271.

Bonus points for giving preference to volunteer fire fighters. I have no issues with this whatsoever.

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01-07-13 Radnor Township Board of Commissioners (BOC) Reorganization Meeting followed by Regular BOC Meeting

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Cold Stone Gone

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Patch tells us:  Cold Stone Creamery left Suburban Square December 24.  It will allegedly be replaced by a frozen yogurt place.  

http://ardmore.patch.com/articles/frozen-yogurt-coming-soon-to-old-cold-stone-spot#photo-12804037

Interesting comment on the Patch article:

      I wish the new place luck - with the super high rent and never any parking its an uphill battle to survive at Suburban

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