Archive: October, 2011
Home to Main Line staples Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Havertown, the Haverford Township elections will determine who will lead the township on its key issues in the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth wards. Republicans currently occupy six of the township’s nine wards, and for this year’s race, three incumbents represent the party. The fourth commissioner, Democrat Robert Trumbull, is not seeking reelection.
Neighbors spoke to several township residents and leaders and found key issues revolve around the aging township:
- Many of the township’s municipal buildings continue to deteriorate and outgrow purposes, including the Haverford Township Free Library and the Public Works Department building.
“A lot of people think the township needs to move forward with things for the long-term,” Haverford Civic Council President Chris Whiting said, adding that long with insufficient infrastructure, many of the township’s major buildings are spread out.
Lower Merion Township’s series of public workshops on the City Avenue rezoning ordinance ended this week, but concerns and frustrations linger among some township residents.
“We are a suburban community,” said Joan Hindin, president of the Shortridge Civic Association. “We don’t want to be so urban looking.”
The rezoning ordinance, which seeks to redevelop the corridor of City Avenue to make it more pedestrian friendly, create mixed-use residential and business space, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, has been in discussion since 2007. Despite a string of meetings, presentations and workshops since 2008, residents didn’t begin raising eyebrows until the March 2011 meetings, when the proposal became reality.
The care center director diagnosed five infants with chickenpox, and 11 infants who are not immune were exposed to chickenpox.
UPDATE: Health Department spokesperson Hariet Morton said until the quarantine time passes, the children with chickenpox and the children exposed to the disease without the vaccination will not be allowed to attend Cambridge School.
The Haverford Township candidates’ forum will be held Oct. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lynnewood School’s auditorium, 1400 Lawrence Rd.
Only candidates Republican Jane Hall and Democrat Jeff Miller from Ward 3 and Republican Bill Wechsler and Democrat Patty Loomer of Ward 9 will officially participate in the forum, League of Women Voters President Kate deReil said.
In order to keep everything balanced, candidates who told deRiel they wanted to participate were not able to unless their party opponent opted to.
State Rep. Tim Briggs has four very good reasons to care about childrens’ health. Their names are Emily, Jack, Alexandra and Morrison.
But Briggs, a Democrat whose 149th district includes parts of the Main Line, wants to protect more than his own four youngsters.
His Safety in Youth Sports Act is designed to increase awareness of concussions and ensure that student-athletes receive proper medical attention
Repairs to the North Narberth Avenue bridge will begin in about seven days, Borough Manager William Martin told Neighbors this afternoon.
Though Martin said he was hesitant to give a time frame, the amount of time the job should take is within the two-week ballpark.
"We're not dealing with a year or several months," Martin said.
Get out your disinfectants tomorrow without having to clean: Montgomery County’s household hazardous waste collection will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Complex at 1300 N. Woodbine Ave.
“The county provides this year after year because household hazardous waste is not regulated by the [Environmental Protection Agency], but the waste can cause problems in our drinking water and the environment,” Montgomery County Recycling Coordinator Chris Kaasmann said.
Hazardous waste includes cleaning supplies, such as rug cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner, automotive products, pesticides/herbicides and paint products – with one important exception.
For every local election, the Haverford Township League of Women Voters organizes a candidates’ forum, but until Thursday it seemed unlikely this year's event would take place.
LWV President Kate deRiel began preparing for the forum in September, as she always does. She contacted the heads of the Haverford Township Democratic and Republican parties and proposed a few possible dates. But she only heard back from the Democratic side.
LWV is non-partisan, and she couldn’t have a candidates’ forum with just the Democrats. In her third year as president, deRiel reached out to past league members and LWV in other townships.