trick or treat, malvern borough has write-in candidates!

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Just heard the most interesting thing:

Malvern Borough has THREE Borough Council write in candidates for Election Day next week!

Their names are Todd Lexer ~ Matt Radano ~ David Bramwell.

The spirit of Betty Burke is alive and well on Halloween!

Kudos to these people for standing up and realizing that to slow down development stupidity in the borough of Malvern that they need to change the faces of who governs this tiny hamlet. And fast.

If you live in the borough of Malvern please show your support for these people on election day and what they are trying to do which is save your town. Write these people in!

The power of your vote next week is your best immediate voice in Malvern. If I lived in the borough I would vote for everyone who was not the current status quo in office and write in these three. Don’t know any of them, never met them, but God bless them for doing this

Election Day just got more interesting.

Trick-or-treat Malvern.

confessions of a garden addict

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I thought I was finished for the season. I really tried to be finished for the season.

And then my friend Rebekah from Woodlawn Garden Center and Nursery texted me that shrubs and perennials were 40% off, and roses were five dollars each.

Hello Gardenholics Anonymous?

So now I am planting yet another car full of plants! And how can I resist?

Ever since two major rose growers went out of business, a lot of the old classics as far as roses go no longer exist after a couple of years. And there she was one of the grandest grandiflora roses ever: Queen Elizabeth. She was struggling in her pot, yet still stood regally tall and had blooms. (Her flower is what is in the photograph above.)

They had one of my favorite daylilies of all time: Joan Senior. Tall with a large pure white flower, she is quite beautiful in the height of summer. had other amazing daylilies like Francis of Assisi.

They also had Lucky Charm Tradescantia with its pale green leaves and violet blooms, and my favorite Clematis Henryi – pure white flowers and a hearty grower.

Woodlawn is loaded with fabulous plants looking for homes before winter sets in. Trust me, their prices can’t be beat. They are as good as Applied Climatology from the West Chester Growers Market, which always has great prices along with fabulous plants due to their low overhead.

I have taken a bit of a break on this cool and damp fall day, and I am covered in mud. But I am so happy. To dig in the dirt and garden is blissful indeed. So I’m going to get back to it.

Enjoy your afternoon everyone, and even in the midst of a grey day enjoy the fall foliage colors.

chester county s.p.c.a. news

DSC_0065The Chester County SPCA has news: New Executive Director hired!!!   Emily Simmons, formerly of PSPCA, starting Monday. Also a new Operations Manager!   her name is Danielle Ball starting Monday.

I see this as incredibly positive given the recent current events at the shelter, so I would say the new board members are taking their duties seriously.

I look forward to posting MORE good news. And no, that is not a rescued chicken. It is merely a chicken I photographed recently. We all know I have chicken issues….

Chesco SPCA board to host first meeting

Posted:  10/27/13, 10:26 PM EDT

By KENDAL GAPINSKI, kgapinski@dailylocal.com

With 16 new members and a hefty list of accusations and controversies to address, the new Chester County SCPA board will be holding its first meeting today.

One new board member said that change has already started at the CCSPCA and more will be coming soon.

According to Tom Hickey Sr., a new board member, the shelter “has a lot of problems” and the new board will be looking at ways to solve them. Already this past week, Hickey said the shelter has hired a new kennel manager, one of many changes he’s hoping to bring.

“I believe we have an obligation that we have to do everything possible to protect the animals,” said Hickey.

 

 

 

 

has developer bentley been “barn” again?

kennedy barnIn a rather un-developer-like turn of events, it appears Bentley isn’t tearing down the barn? Has decided to stop fighting residents?  Well, I will believe it when I see it, but here is hoping he really will find an adaptive reuse.

The world could use a few more historic barns and a few less McMansions. I am so glad Caroline O’Halloran is writing more.

News

Builder raises white flag on historic Devon barn

Tuesday, October 29, 2013   By Caroline O’Halloran
cohalloran@mainlinemedianews.com

barn saleThe luxury homebuilder who wanted the right to tear down a 200-year-old stone barn in Devon is having second thoughts.

Tom Bentley has decided not to continue opposing residents who have been fighting to save the so-called Kennedy barn in their neighborhood.

“We’re working hard on a concept to preserve the barn and make it appealing to someone who might buy the lot,” Bentley said, in a phone interview.

 

 

 

judgement day

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Gabriel Pilotti has faced his punishment on his animal cruelty conviction.

Judge Nagle a short while ago gave Pilotti 2 years probation, 90 days on a monitor, restitution $800 per dog, $1000 fine, no guns , 200 hrs community service.

I have thought about this long and hard, and a component of true justice is mercy. Did he show mercy to those dogs?

The answer of course is a resounding NO.

But given his age, although he may have deserved some jail time, I have to leave this to the experts, namely Judge Nagle and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

The greater punishment in my eyes is he has been branded by the courts and a jury of his peers as a dog murderer. He loses his guns too.

He is in a permanent jail of sorts the rest of his days because he has to live in a community that does not respect what he did.

So he can go to church and his born-again Christian glory all he wants, he is in the eyes of the public something else entirely.

His supporters have already begun to leave comments up here, and they’re calling this a victory. I am not sure exactly what it is they have won, and they should in all honesty consider it in reality more of phyrric victory.

Justice has been served, and Argus and Fiona did not die in vain.

That is all I have to say for now.

Thanks