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School fencing is important school safety issue to TE School Board — Why not same level of safety concern for 5th grader?

Mon, 2015-10-05 11:36
 During one of the two comment periods of the TE School Board meeting on September 21, District residents Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander asked the school board directors for assistance with a busing situation pertaining to their son Jackson. The Alexander’s, who live on Valley Forge Mountain, had previously attempted resolution through email and phone […]
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Next round on Valley Forge Middle School fencing project: TE School Board hires safety consultant

Sun, 2015-09-27 22:12
What’s that proverb about a “bad penny always coming back”?  After last week’s TE School Board meeting, that could be a fair description of the Valley Forge Middle School fencing project. Residents who attended the District’s June 12th Facilities Meeting expected the fencing discussion at Valley Forge Middle School to finally end.  But instead, the […]
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11th Annual Historic House Tour a Success!

Sat, 2015-09-26 20:34
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 11th Annual Historic House Tour a success!  On Saturday, September 19, eight private homes historic homes and gardens, dating from the Revolutionary War era to the 20th century, opened their doors to the public. Over 500 tickets were purchased for the house tour — […]
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Update on TE School District Finances and Tredyffrin Township declares State of Emergency for Pope’s visit

Wed, 2015-09-09 23:03
  Tuesday night marked TE School District’s first Finance Committee meeting of the new school year.  Although I was unable to attend the meeting, my friend Ray Clarke did attend the meeting and shared the following notes from the meeting.  Thanks Ray! The TESD Finance Committee opened the 2015/16 season with a relaxed session on […]
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“If walls could talk, what stories they could tell!” — Historic House Tour tickets available

Tue, 2015-08-25 17:42
The 11th Annual Historic House Tour (hard to believe that it’s been 11 years!) is coming up in a few weeks and final preparations are in full swing! Tickets for the 2015 house tour on Saturday, September 19, noon – 5 PM and Jazz & Just Desserts, the house tour preview party, on Sunday, September. 13, […]
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Easttown Township School Board Candidates for TE School Board, Kate Murphy and Francis Reardon, respond

Mon, 2015-08-10 07:09
TE School Board Candidates for Easttown Township, Region 3 Kate Murphy Francis Reardon The TE School Board candidates were asked to answer the following question in 500 words or less. Although there are many important issues facing the TE School District, what one issue will you focus on should you be elected?  As a school […]
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Tredyffrin, Region 2 Candidates for TE School Board respond

Fri, 2015-08-07 07:00
TE School Board Candidates for Tredyffrin, Region 2 Michele Burger Kris Graham Ed Sweeney Alan Yockey The TE School Board candidates were asked to answer the following question in 500 words or less. Although there are many important issues facing the TE School District, what one issue will you focus on should you be elected?  […]
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TE School Board Candidates for Tredyffrin, Region 1 respond

Wed, 2015-08-05 07:10
TE School Board Candidates for Tredyffrin, Region 1: Neal Colligan Roberta Hotinski Todd Kantorczyk Neill Kling The TE School Board candidates were asked to answer the following question in 500 words or less. Although there are many important issues facing the TE School District, what one issue will you focus on should you be elected?  […]
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Voters to select 5 T/E School Board Directors in November – All 10 Candidates provide responses

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:40
In November, voters in the TE School District will go to the polls to select five school board directors. People bring different backgrounds and qualifications to the job of school board director and as voters; we need to make the right choices on Election Day. To assist voters in the decision-making process, it is important […]
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This is not Ferguson, Los Angeles or Baltimore … it’s Berwyn, Pennsylvania in 2015

Thu, 2015-07-30 13:28
This post is about an upper middle class family who live in the Berwyn Estates community of Easttown Township, where house values average in the $1 million+ category. The parents, the father a vascular surgeon and the mother an attorney, have twin teenage sons.  The 15-year old boys, both boy scouts, attend Friend’s Central School […]
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Head of Tredyffrin Republicans is now in the T/E School Board race!

Thu, 2015-07-30 10:35
The twist and turns of local politics … Replacing Dr. George Anderson (who withdrew from the TE School Board race last week) is the current Chair of the Tredyffrin Township Republican Committee, Neill Kling.  Neill sent the following note this morning regarding his candidacy for the TE School Board: Pattye: Just a quick note to […]
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Substance Abuse Discussion Continues — Berwyn Fire Company EMS Captain weighs in

Mon, 2015-07-27 09:54
Continuing the substance abuse discussion, Berwyn Fire Company EMS Capt. Michael Baskin provides background about Narcan and its use in heroin overdose situations. Important contact information is provided at the end of his remarks. As a resident, it is reassuring to know that the local fire company and police department personnel are trained and equipped to handle […]
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Republican T/E School Board candidate George Anderson has withdrawn from the race

Sun, 2015-07-26 09:00
Republican school board candidate Dr. George Anderson has withdrawn from the T/E School Board race, providing the following statement: Dear Pattye, I have just been informed of a travel schedule which will not allow me to campaign for much of the election season, therefore it is with regret I must announce my withdrawal from the […]
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Tredyffrin Township Police Department update on local substance issues, including the use of NARCAN

Sat, 2015-07-25 11:33
Earlier this week, I wrote the post, “Depression, alcoholism and drug addiction…Saving lives is the Answer”.  Completely by coincidence, on Wednesday, July 21, we learned that the Tredyffrin Township police had arrested Lynne Twaddle, age 61 of Pugh Road on suspicion of dealing heroin from her Wayne home. Twaddle was charged with possession of a […]
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Official ground breaking & ribbon-cutting for Chesterbrook … “rebirth of a broken shopping center” Public Invited!

Fri, 2015-07-24 10:57
If you live in Chesterbrook or have driven on Chesterbrook Boulevard by the Chesterbrook Shopping Center during the last several months, you will have seen obvious signs of the long awaited redevelopment project which includes both razing and resurrection. The center’s mixed-use development plan uses Tredyffrin’s newly created Town Center District for the 13-acre site […]
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PA House Bill 809 would end Tredyffrin’s right to regulate student housing

Wed, 2015-07-22 18:37
PA House Bill 809 sponsored by State Rep Susan Helm of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties will change college rental restrictions if passed. Helm’s proposed legislation claims that it is discriminatory for municipalities to single out students with rental regulations and would short-circuit any municipal ordinance that prohibits the occupation of a dwelling unity by students […]
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Depression, alcoholism and drug addiction … “Saving lives is the Answer”

Mon, 2015-07-20 16:25
In June, I learned that a local 20-something year old CHS graduate had committed suicide. Although I did not know the young man personally, I was told that he suffered from depression, drug addiction and was on probation through the courts.  Having attended the funeral of his friend, another young man, himself a Conestoga graduate, […]
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Tredyffrin Township Democrats attack Republican School Board Candidate George Anderson for extremist views on Facebook

Sat, 2015-07-11 14:24
With Election Day 2015 still four months in the future, the Tredyffrin Township Democrats are not letting the “dog days of summer” keep them from going after one of the Republican TE School Board candidates, Dr. George Anderson. With a headline reading “Extremist Views Espoused by TE School Board Candidate”, an email blast was sent […]
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Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors Approve Wayne Glen’s Conditional Use application, 5-2

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:14
Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors approved the Conditional Use application for the Wayne Glen project by a vote of 5-2 at the special Board of Supervisors meeting last night.  The proposed mixed-use development of townhomes and carriage homes plus a commercial office development is located on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Swedesford and Old […]
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T/E Taxpayers Draw Short Straw: School Board Approves $4.5 million maintenance building & 3.81% tax increase

Tue, 2015-06-16 17:42
Last night’s TE School Board meeting did not mark a good night for the District’s taxpayers!  Many of us left the meeting disheartened and feeling like the warm summer evening would have been better spent with a glass of Chardonnay.  Here are the highlights, or rather low-lights of the meeting. New Maintenance & Storage Building:  […]
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