Author: Leslie Krowchenko

Missing PSSA tests to be discussed

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent Parents of the 72 Russell Elementary School students whose Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests were lost in transit have been invited to an informational meeting Thursday night at Paxon Hollow Middle School. The moms and dads initially learned of the mix-up last week by phone, then received an email from Marple Newtown School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Cary. According to the email, the district learned that “through no fault of its own,” math tests taken by the affected students were misplaced while being shipped by UPS between the school and Data Recognition Corp...

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Penncrest establishes chair to honor POWs/MIA soldiers

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent When the Penncrest High School football team takes on Haverford High School Sept. 16, the Lions hope all but one seat in the stands will be filled. Media VFW 3460 recently donated funds to the Rose Tree Media School Board to purchase a POW/MIA chair that will be displayed in Louis Scott Stadium at all spring and fall athletic events and the  Kaufman Gym during the winter. Designed to honor those who have not yet returned from war, the chair will serve as a reminder that the individuals are not forgotten. The symbolism is similar...

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From constable to supervisor, public service continues

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent Thomas Mahoney will be serving his community in a different way, as the former Concord constable was unanimously appointed a supervisor to open the August meeting. He was one of five individuals to apply for the seat and received the oath of office from Magisterial District Judge Wendy Roberts. Mahoney will replace Kevin O’Donoghue, who served on the board since January 2004. He left in July for business reasons. A 15-year township resident, Mahoney is co-owner of a construction and landscaping company. He is a graduate of West Chester University and the Delaware County Police...

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What looks like vandalism…isn’t

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent Damage at Don Guanella Village was not the vandalism originally suspected, but the result of police training, according to Marple Chief Tom Murray. The destruction was of concern to members of Save Marple Greenspace, who showed photos of the broken windows to Marple commissioners during their June meeting. The following day, however, Murray confirmed the smashed panes were caused by department training. The 213-acre property, bordered by Sproul and Reed roads, is owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which reached an agreement of sale last year with Goodman Properties. The Jenkintown-based company has filed applications...

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Oh No, It Can’t Go! Council Rules Historic House Must Stay

By LeslieKrowchenko Following the recommendation of the borough Historical Commission, Upland Council voted 5-1 to deny a demolition permit for Sunnyside House, Upland Avenue. The home, on the campus of Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), is a former Crozer family residence. CCMC representatives appeared before Council in December with a proposal for the 2.5-acre lot. Family Dollar, currently in the Upland Shopping Center, has expressed a desire to expand its 5,000-square foot location to a 9,200-square foot freestanding store and the medical center indicated a willingness to sell the parcel. The project would require a zoning change. The tract...

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