Closing the chapter on the alleged football hazing incident at Conestoga High School — Is it finally over?
I have nothing to do with this, I am merely an additional conduit of information. But I have been getting messages regarding what was new, so I will post what I received. E-mail mindyrhodes1 <at> gmail.com to get on her Crebilly updates list.
Here is what I received from Mindy today:
Dear Friends,Thank you for your continued support regarding the pending development of Crebilly Farm by Toll Brothers. I would like to reiterate what I have stated in previous emails: I encourage all of you to forward this info to your friends and at any time you wish to be removed from this list, please let me know. NEXT PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS: Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30PM Rustin High School Agenda: traffic and sewer Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30PM Rustin High School Agenda: engineering, fiscal impact and PC recommendations NOTE: The PC is going to ask for an extension from Toll to split the last January meeting into two separate meetings because they have been so long. I will let you know when I hear more. There are 850 seats in Rustin’s auditorium. It is imperative we rally together and fill these seats. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join you. I recommend we all plan to sit forward this time. In a much larger auditorium than Stetson Middle School, I believe it will send a message from all of us to the developer that we are united and strong. As many of you already know, these meetings have been hours long and public comments are not permitted until the end. Consider bringing a snack, a drink, your knitting:) Take a break and come back, but try to make it for the long haul if you can. Public comments are invaluable and need to be on record. The more we can pick apart the application from the developer and speak on record, the better. Though everyone has a voice and may speak, comments from Westtown Township residents and nearby Thornbury Township residents will have the most impact. If you have not had the chance to view the beautiful and historic land of Crebilly Farm, here is the website: www.crebilly.com Attached is a map of the plans by Toll Brothers. Their original map was green. We had this one colored to clearly define the building lots (orange), waste water disposal and storm water retention (brown) and wetlands (green). The terrain in the central part of the property, where the bulk of the building has been proposed, has many streams, valleys and wetlands. The streams on the property flow into the Brandywine river. This proposed development will impair the eco system and wildlife miles away. I have had some inquiries with regards to donating money. In my opinion, now is not the time to donate money. Pulling funds together should happen if and when there is a call for buying down the development rights or Toll decides to pull out. Until then, MASSIVE PUBLIC OUTCRY by attending the township meetings, along with raising awareness among local and national conservancies, county officials, state officials and historic organizations is where I believe we should be focusing our efforts. Thank you again for your continued support. I believe it is possible to respect land owners rights and also achieve a thoughtful development plan. Without all of your participation, there would be no fight to preserve the integrity of this beautiful open space and the Brandywine Battlefield. Together, we are making a difference. Leave no stone unturned. Mindy
How do I make an American quilt? Well truthfully I do not because I am not truly a quilter. Quilting is an amazing folk art form. I have taught myself how to patch and restore old and vintage quilts.
I have written before about my love of old and vintage quilts and that I use them in my home. Quilts are a happy thing to me.
That is a lot of what I have been doing this weekend. Not very exciting to New Year’s Eve party enthusiasts, but I have never been a big New Year’s Eve person. So yesterday, I patched a really cool depression era lap quilt that was made out of old wool suits. It will be a quilt to snuggle up with and watch TV.
You could say finishing the three quilts I have come across in various stages of now last year is my first New Year’s resolution and one I can keep!
It’s 2017. Let’s make the best of it. Make it your year to be better. We can’t control what others do, we can only control our own actions.
Pay it forward. Do something nice – you know like helping the family made homeless by the Frazer Christmas fire next to the WaWa?
Or attend municipal meetings where you live and stand up and be counted. Tell officials how you want your community to look and stop allowing developers to do the dictating. Pick a township and pick a developer. In January I am told Bishop Tube in East Whiteland will go to zoning.
If you live in East Whiteland bear in mind what has now happened in Lower Merion with the Rockhill Road site. Basically Lower Merion Township officials spent years jumping through hoops at the expense of residents to benefit the developer and many years later a shovel has never hit the ground and a decrepit site is still decrepit and now for sale. Same developer as for Bishop Tube site – O’Neill.
Bishop Tube is a toxic site. Not to be crass, but it’s a flipper baby site and they want more zoning relief. Steep slopes and such. East Whiteland had said in late November, 2015 that the meeting was postponed until January 23. Zoning means the people with true standing who can make an impact are people who reside in the shadow of Bishop Tube. Also they haven’t finished site remediation yet have they?
Other items up in January would be yes more meetings in Westtown over Crebilly. Meetings are subject to change so if you live in Westtown, keep an eye on township agendas and thus far please mark your calendars for the upcoming January Planning Commission meeting dates:
Tuesday, 1/10, 6:30 Rustin High School Auditorium
Tuesday, 1/24, 6:30 Rustin High School Auditorium
There is a chance locations may be changed. Mindy Rhodes and others will keep you posted or (which I wholeheartedly suggest) you can sign up for direct notifications from Westtown Township by clicking on ‘Get Email Alerts’ at the top of the website: westtownpa.org.
Also, Chris Patriarca, Township Planning and Zoning Officer of Westtown Township, encourages people to reach out to him directly with questions: (610)692-1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember there are all sorts of communities suffering from Toll Brothers plans. Take a drive down Little Conestoga Road in Upper Uwchlan. Google the debacle down on Jewelers Row in Philadelphia.
Politics as in national politics? Not going there. Look we need to change the tone in this country, so yes we need to be more active, but the ugliness has gotten us all what? Nothing but more ugliness.
This New Year’s I am grateful. Grateful for my friends and family and to still be in the breast cancer survivor category.
2017 marks my third year with a gratitude jar. It is a simple thing.
The gratitude jar is a private reminder to you. It’s a sweet and simple thing. I read my year of thoughts and have already added to my jar for 2017.
Creating the jar isn’t rocket science, but the home craftiness of creating the jar isn’t really what the jar is about. If you hang with the jar throughout the year you will find it is not just a bit of ribbon, lace, a jar, labels and itty bitty bits of paper.
Yes, something so simple can teach life lessons.
You don’t have to be perfect. Don’t write something for your jar just to fill it up with little slips of paper. Every once in a while (and how frequent is up to you), sit down for a moment and pause. Let the words come to you. They will. On good days and not such good days.
Some empty their jar each New Year’s Eve. I don’t. I let the little thoughts accumulate. I don’t put something in my jar daily, so it’s fine.
Happy 2017! Wishing all my readers a happy and healthy 2017.