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Archive: January, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:47 PM

David Haas of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd and Ward 13 Commissioner Brian McGuire came to one conclusion Monday night almost everyone could agree on: Working on amendments to the City Avenue District ordinance is, “not a science.”

Despite having passed the ordinance in December, it’s still very much a work in progress. The workshop held at the township building last night was scheduled largely to discuss the amendments proposed by the Neighborhood Club.

The Neighborhood Club never supported the ordinance in present form, but when it passed, commissioners and the township offered some assurance that the flaws the club saw in the ordinance would be addressed before it goes into effect April 30.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:38 PM
The four Narberth candidates (left to right) Richard Diaz, Michael Gaudini, Andrea Deutsch and Ken Jacobs met with a handful on residents and the Borough Council Monday night, Jan. 30. ((Josh Fernandez /

Although Narberth Borough will miss Councilman Surge Ghosh, the four candidates vying for his seat proved to be exceptional successors at the Jan. 30 council meeting.

Following the Friday, Jan. 27 deadline for consideration, the council interviewed the candidates –Richard Diaz, Andrea Deutsch, Michael Gaudini and Ken Jacobs – who rotated answering first on a range of topics, from their qualifications to which upcoming Narberth issues they believed were the most pressing for council to address.

For the important issues question, all candidates agreed with the first response by Jacobs, the founder of the pharmaceutical book publishing company, Clinical Research Resources, who said zoning overlay was a top priority.

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POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 3:38 PM

On Jan. 23, representatives from Villanova University were set up to present their Lancaster Avenue campus developments to the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners. But the passing of Rev. William McGuire, the former senior vice president for administration and from 1998 to 2006, pushed plans back so everyone could attend the late Villanova administrator’s funeral.

Before the postponement of the event, the Garrett Hill Coalition released an update encouraging residents from all over the township to attend the meeting so community members could be well-versed in the plans. The university’s expansion initiative requires several zoning ordinances in order for Villanova to build a new residence hall and parking garage, among other projects.

“They are seeking local community support and wish to be sensitive to community concerns,” the GHC update reads. “It seems that the path to earn community trust is for VU to truly recognize and mitigate any adverse impacts – investing in their future as well as the greater community.”

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POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:31 PM
A Lower Merion resident suggests starting with a "network of streets" before going forward. Community members jotted down comments on Post-its at the official map workshop Saturday morning at the GSB Building in Bala Cynwyd.

Post-it notes with suggestions for bike racks, pedestrian bridges and roadways stuck to a map of a very familiar area for Lower Merion community members: the City Avenue District.

Saturday marked the first official map workshop between residents and the township staff to continue progress on ensuring the City Avenue ordinance passed in December can go into effect April 30 as planned. Held on the top floor of the GSB building overlooking the district’s landscape, Director of Building and Planning Bob Duncan asked attendees to examine the official map draft put together by township staff and offer comments using Post-it notes.

Now, the township can compile a list of suggestions in order to move forward with a process intended to improve the design of the district.

Twenty-year Plan

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POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012, 3:09 PM

The deadline to apply to fill former Councilman Surge Ghosh's position on Narberth Borough Council came today at noon, and it seems four residents are ready to serve.

Andrea Deutsch, Richard Diaz, Michael Gaudini and Ken Jacobs all submitted their resumes to the borough expressing interest in serving on Borough Council. Council will interview the candidates publicly on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Deutsch, owner of Spot’s: the Place for Paws at Montgomery Avenue, is a member of the Narberth Business Association and served as the 2011-12 president of the Narberth Democratic Club. She graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in 1992 and received her undergraduate degree in American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

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POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:52 AM
Philadelphia native Samara O'Shea's book "For the Love of Letters" got published in 2009. O'Shea will appear at Harcum College Feb. 9 to teach a workshop on love letter writing. (Courtesy Samara O'Shea)

Samara O’Shea still keeps a love letter from a boy she met at summer camp during her sophomore year of high school. More surprisingly, O’Shea still writes letters.

O’Shea, author of “For the Love of Letters” and “Note to Self,” pens about 5-10 letters a month to close friends and relatives using a felt-tip tool, and in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, she’ll help the community surrounding Harcum College put their love to stationary.

The West Philadelphia native, who writes letters for others as part of her career, will host “For the Love of Letters Writing Workshop” at Harcum College’s Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Feb. 9 at 6:45 p.m. Seating for the free class will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:20 PM

Following the end of a three-hour finance workshop, Lower Merion Township’s Board of Commissioners and residents are left to mull over more than two dozen options put on the table for the township’s number one question – what do to with the $6.9 million in unanticipated funds.

At the Dec. 7 finance committee meeting, Township Manager Douglas Cleland explained that he was required to present a plan to reduce the fund balance in between 15 to 18 percent because of the one-time $6.9 million, generated from business tax revenue.

At the Wednesday, Jan. 25 finance workshop, the first of two, township officials unveiled 32 options for Lower Merion to consider putting the funds toward.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:16 PM

Here's another update for you: The Battle of the Burbs competition is now going to be on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. It's still at MilkBoy in Ardmore.

Here's an update for you: The audition judges released the eight-act list for the Feb. 4 competition: Two Plain Double Hams, The Bad Tequila Experience, Christina Brennan, Writer's Block, Inside the Velvet, Max Gottlieb, Neon Gray and Poor Fred Noonan. For videos of all the acts' auditions, see the bottom of this post. (If anyone has a video of Writer's Block or Brennan, please link to it in the comments section. They're the only ones Neighbors missed.)


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Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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