Archive for November, 2009

Upper Moreland raising funds to get new police dog

November 30, 2009

The local community has helped the Upper Moreland Police department raised $11,000 to replace “Skooch” its former police dog that was put down earlier this year after being diagnosed with cancer.

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Upper Moreland School Board adds more money to high school renovation

November 25, 2009

The Upper Moreland School Board Tuesday night tacked on an additional $114,000 to its $37 million high school renovation that is already close to $1 million over budget.

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Preliminary Upper Moreland budget calls for tax increase

November 23, 2009

Don’t raise your eyebrows to high yet, officials predict that the final budget will keep taxes at current levels.

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Overflow parking at new restaurant annoys residents

November 18, 2009

During the November 16 upper Moreland Township commissioners meeting, residents of Sycamore Avenue came to complain about overflow parking on their street.  On busy nights, the lot at The Brick Tavern goes over capacity. The result is that patrons of the Tavern park on the adjacent Sycamore Avenue.  Unfortunately, patrons park too close to driveways to allow the residents easily access their driveways.

During the meeting, a variety of solutions were proposed by residents, the Tavern owner, and the police chief. These solutions included: permit parking, restricted parking, and a new ordinance to create an enforceable no parking distance from the edge of the driveway. The Tavern owner is looking for a way of having its employee’s park in another location to free up more space for patrons and less in the parking issue.

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Willow Grove Military base to lose half its troops

November 17, 2009

The State of Pennsylvania has given up on plans to turn the Willow Grove Naval Air Station near Philadelphia into a major defense hub. That means close to half of the military personnel will leave the base.

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What’s next for the Willow Grove Air Base?

November 16, 2009

This story by Gary Weckselblatt of The Intelligencer is a recap of some of the history of the base since it became the victim of the BRAC.  It concludes with current events including Gov. Rendell’s recent action to withdraw the state proposal to partner in a joint interagency installation and State Rep. Rick Taylor (D-151) plan to lobby the federal government to let local residents decide the best use of the property.

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Rep. Taylor: Willow Grove will host no commercial aircraft

November 15, 2009

Representative Rick Tayor D-151st comments on Gov. Ed Rendell’s withdrawal of plans for Pennsylvania to own, operate and maintain a Joint Interagency Installation at Willow Grove Naval Air Station.

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Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Withdraws Plan for Proposed Joint Interagency Installation at Willow Grove

November 13, 2009

The commonwealth has withdrawn its plan to own, operate and maintain the Horsham Joint Interagency Installation proposed for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) Willow Grove in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

In a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Governor Rendell explained that a strong and lasting commitment by the federal government to be a full partner in the operation and funding of the installation was necessary for the proposal to become reality. The absence of such a commitment, combined with a lack of state funds, resulted in a decision that this federal property should not be transferred to state ownership.

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Upper Moreland Board takes steps to move Willow Grove train station

November 12, 2009

The Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township is taking steps to relocate Willow Grove train station. The commissioners will seek a $60,000 grant through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for a study to move the train station across the street.  If the grant is secured, the Township would have to pay a $15,000 match for two years.

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Upper Moreland approves Memorial Park Drive change orders

November 11, 2009

The Upper Moreland Township Board of Commissioners approved more change orders for the Memorial Park Drive project that was officially completed and opened November 7, 2009. 

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