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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Republican T/E School Board candidate George Anderson has withdrawn from the race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 George Anderson has withdrawn from the T/E School Board race, providing the following statement: Dear Pattye, I have just been informed of a travel schedule which will not allow me to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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Question: To fence or not to fence at Valley Forge Middle School? Answer: No for Election Year, but 2016 is another story!

Sat, 2015-06-13 19:53
  I attended the TE School District Facilities Meeting on Friday.   Thinking that the fencing at Valley Forge Middle School discussion would be put to bed finally, the audience learned instead that the never-ending saga would continue… After months and months of legal bills on the District’s side (i.e. taxpayers) and on the part of […]
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TESD Facility Meeting to discuss school fencing project and mega-million dollar maintenance building

Thu, 2015-06-11 16:34
The proposed middle school and high school fencing project and the mega-million dollar Maintenance Building are two of the agenda items for the District’s Facilities Meeting tomorrow, Friday, June 12 at 12 Noon. The school fencing project, specifically at Valley Forge Middle School, has seen a lot of attention in recent months. The school property […]
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$9 million for 7+ acres in the heart of Paoli – Will buyer build multi-story apartment buildings?

Wed, 2015-06-10 07:16
  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 […]
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Questions continue regarding VF Middle School fencing — still no resolution!

Fri, 2015-05-29 10:16
The TE School Board approved the 2015 graduating class of Conestoga HS at Wednesday, May 27  school board meeting.  Commencement will take place on June 2, 7 PM at Villanova University. Although the infamous Valley Forge Middle School fencing project was not on the Board’s agenda, Green Hills (Chesterbrook) resident Doug Anestad utilized the public […]
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Kristen Conrad – Tredyffrin Township’s own ‘Rocker Mom’

Wed, 2015-05-27 17:12
Like many multi-tasking moms, Berwyn resident Kristen Conrad has a busy life managing her full-time day job as a researcher with parenting responsibilities to two T/E School kids – one a middle schooler and the other at Conestoga HS.  However, Kristen doesn’t let life’s balancing act. between family and job, keep her from her other passion […]
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T/E School District to Build the ‘Taj Mahal’ or … Otherwise Known as the New ‘Maintenance & Storage Building’!

Wed, 2015-05-20 21:55
The school district’s planned maintenance and storage building on Old Lancaster Avenue, next to TE Middle School, has mushroomed into a major multi-million dollar project! The District’s plan is to demolish and replace the existing maintenance and storage building on the site with a new 12,000 square ft. building with 29 parking spaces.  If you […]
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Primary Election 2015 Results for Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors and School Board Races: Amidst Low Turnout, Results Indicate Interest in Change

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:59
Primary Election 2015 was yesterday and Chester County Voter Services has now calculated the results. Tredyffrin Township has 9,003 registered Republicans and 8,146 registered Democrats. For Primary Day, it was nearly a dead heat of Republicans and Democrats showing up to vote. Approximately 17.8% of the registered Democrats voted (1,447 voters) and 17.7% of the […]
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Message from Chesterbrook resident Doug Anestad, “Stop the TE School Board!”

Sun, 2015-05-17 21:59
The fencing situation at Valley Forge Middle School remains in a word – unsettled. Many Chesterbrook residents showed up for the Facilities Committee meeting on Friday with the hope that the matter would finally be resolved. Although there has been some progress including no fencing directly behind the Green Hills homes and no fencing through the […]
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Neal Colligan vs Tredyffrin Easttown School District in Right-to-Know Case: Follow-Up

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:01
On April 23, 2015, Neal Colligan was notified that he won his appeal with the PA Office of Open Records (OOR) in the Colligan v. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District case, Docket No: AP 2015-0442.  If you recall, Colligan’s appeal stemmed from the District’s denial in his right-to-know request regarding the five closed meetings of the TE […]
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