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It’s Official — Covered Wagon Inn is saved! Local history will coexist with CVS Pharmacy – thank you Summit Realty Advisors!

Fri, 2016-05-20 08:26
At last night’s Planning Commission meeting in Tredyffrin, the proposed land development project to construct a new CVS pharmacy building with drive-thru on the corner of Old Eagle School Rd. and Lancaster Ave in Strafford was back in front of the planning commissioners. Much has happened since the developer of the project, Summit Realty Advisors, […]
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Are voter ID laws good policy? Will the laws impact the general election in November?

Fri, 2016-05-20 07:09
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a total of 34 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls. 33 of these voter identification laws are in force in 2016. West Virginia’s law, signed on April 1, 2016, goes into effect in 2018, missing the November […]
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Fritz Lumber, the oldest place of business in Berwyn, is closing its doors after 150+ years!

Thu, 2016-05-19 08:26
Sadly, Fritz Lumber, the oldest place of business in Berwyn is closing its doors after a century and a half of service to the community and is residents. The history of the William H. Fritz Lumber Company began in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln was in office. Henry Fritz and his soon-to-be wife Mary Lobb decided […]
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Paoli’s Station Square Redevelopment Project Proposes Apartment, Office & Retail Complex

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:17
In early 2014, Home Properties, a Philadelphia-based developer proposed a 250+-unit multifamily building with structured parking plan for Station Square, the 7.475 acre commercial site at the corner of Central and North Valley Roads in Paoli, owned by the Palmer Group Properties.  Although the current Town Center District zoning allows for 135 apartments on the […]
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Exciting News: No Demolition for the Covered Wagon Inn!

Mon, 2016-04-25 23:29
What’s the saying, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”. Late tonight, I learned from Tredyffrin Township supervisor Sean Moir that an agreement has been reached to save the Covered Wagon Inn from demolition. Over the last couple of months, there has been much discussion about the saving the old field-stone building located on the […]
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Global Warming: Important Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM

Sun, 2016-04-17 20:12
You are Invited to Attend: Open Land Conservancy of Chester Counthy Annual Meeting Guest Speaker: Climate Change Expert Richard Whiteford Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM Great Valley Presbyterian Church, 2026 Swedesford Road, Malvern The Open Land Conservancy has scheduled ‘Global Warming’’ as the important topic for its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 PM […]
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TESD: Proposed Tax Increase of 4.3% Drops to $3.875% — School Board to leave $20 in taxpayer pockets

Wed, 2016-04-13 22:17
For the 13th year in a row, it looks like the TE School Board will vote to increase taxes to its residents. At the District’s budget workshop last night, the public learned that the proposed 2016/17 tax increase has decreased – the tax increase has reduced from the 4.3% contained in the preliminary budget approved […]
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TESD: Meetings tonight to discuss football team hazing, VF Middle School fencing, student computers and reapportionment

Mon, 2016-03-28 07:48
TE School District administrators and school board members are responding to the community on range of important topics tonight. At 6 PM in the Conestoga High School auditorium, the District residents have an opportunity to comment on the recent events involving the football team.  My guess is that the administration will have little to say […]
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TESD Administration reacts against Conestoga High School hazing with strong words and offers course for change

Fri, 2016-03-18 07:47
In the two weeks since Chester County DA Tom Hogan filed charges of assault, conspiracy, unlawful restraint and other crimes against three Conestoga football players, the hazing scandal has brought nationwide attention to the TE School District. Allegedly, the senior boys penetrated a freshman teammate with a broomstick after he refused to help other underclassmen […]
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TESD: Conestoga Senior Michael Zhang Awarded $75,000 in 2016 Intel Science Talent Search

Wed, 2016-03-16 09:30
Exciting update — Conestoga High School senior Michael Zhang, 18, of Berwyn, PA won the Second Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search last night in Washington, DC. He engineered tiny virus-like particles to deliver gene-modifying proteins to target cells for medical therapy by altering the genome of those […]
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Three Conestoga senior football players charged with sexual assault of freshman player – This is no rite of passage!

Fri, 2016-03-04 22:20
A month ago, we learned that an extensive law enforcement investigation was underway at Conestoga High School after they got wind of hazing allegations. The investigation centered on ritual hazing by football players which occurred on the same day each week at the high school.  Apparently some of the students were aware of the hazing […]
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The Fate of Tredyffrin Township’s Covered Wagon Inn spurs discussion by Radnor Commissioners

Fri, 2016-02-26 11:16
If nothing else, the possible demolition of the Covered Wagon Inn is furthering discussion about local historic preservation and municipal protection (or lack thereof) of historic buildings. The ‘Save the Covered Wagon Inn’ historic preservation issue has not aired publicly in Tredyffrin Township. However, it was good to see that Radnor Township Board of Commissioners […]
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Update on TE School District’s Finance Meeting

Wed, 2016-02-17 19:41
My friend Ray Clarke attended the TESD Finance Meeting last night and kindly provides us with the following notes. Thanks Ray! Others in the community attended the meeting; I encourage you to offer your comments. Some brief and arbitrary personal notes from last night’s TESD Finance Committee. There was fair community attendance and engagement, so hopefully […]
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In 1986, the Covered Wagon Inn was saved from demolition — will history repeat itself?

Wed, 2016-02-17 00:53
Timing really is everything!  Over the last couple of weeks, I had been working with Philadelphia Inquirer writer, Michaelle Bond on her Covered Wagon Inn article for the paper.  As often happens in the newspaper world, local stories tend to get pushed back from their initial date of publication. I had just about given up […]
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Ford Motor Company featured the historic Covered Wagon Inn in 1956 publication!

Sun, 2016-02-14 23:26
Ford Times was a monthly publication produced by Ford Motor Company and given to buyers of new Ford cars by the selling dealership. The first issue was published on April 15, 1908. It remained in publication until 1996. Each issue consisted of several articles about sports or vacation destinations, fun stories about people According to vintage Ford […]
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The Valley Forge Middle School fencing debate continues … And now the local Tredyffrin Republican Committee has joined the mix!

Fri, 2016-02-12 11:20
The Tredyffrin Township Republican Committee is taking a formal position opposing the proposed fencing next to Valley Forge Middle School, along Valley Forge Road. In addition to serving as chair of the Tredyffrin Republicans, attorney Neill Kling is chair of Tredyffrin Township’s Zoning Hearing Board and was a candidate in the last school board race. […]
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TE School District discusses laptops for teachers and students in grades 7-12 (Initial Cost: $1.8 million)

Thu, 2016-02-11 23:15
The TE School District’s Education Committee meeting included a surprising (and expensive) item on the agenda – the proposal to outfit all teachers and grade 7-12 students with District issued laptops. A few short weeks ago, the school board approved a preliminary budget which included a 4.3% tax increase. With that unanimous vote, the Board […]
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The Sam (Severino) Caneda family owned the Covered Wagon Inn (1950’s) and share their personal memories

Wed, 2016-02-10 19:52
The passage of time … The following is a press release from the Sam (Severino) Caneda family, owners of the Covered Wagon Inn in the 1950’s, regarding the proposed land development plan which includes the demolition of the building. Folks driving through Strafford have probably passed the Old Covered Wagon Inn building – as we know […]
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What’s in a Name … Miles Tavern, Black Bear Inn, Irish Tavern, Commodore Decatur, Conestoga Waggon Tavern, etc. The Covered Wagon Inn from the 1700’s: Update Part II

Mon, 2016-02-08 12:41
In describing the importance of the Covered Wagon Inn, Laura Hutton comments on the Save the Covered Wagon Inn Facebook page, “… This historic building adds to the character of this township, it demonstrates a continuity to our past and pride that our past is also part of our future.” Laura, your words could not […]
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Covered Wagon Inn, 250 years of Philadelphia’s Main Line History Could Be Demolished: Update Part I

Sun, 2016-02-07 13:57
Less than three weeks ago at the January 21, 2016 meeting of the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission, Summit Realty Advisors (on behalf of their client CVS Pharmacy), proposed a land development plan for the corner of Old Eagle School Rd.and Lancaster Ave, in Strafford, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County. The redevelopment project includes a drug store with drive-thru which […]
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