west whiteland planning commission and weston

Well last evening’s West Whiteland Planning Commission regarding the Weston Tract was a revelation for sure. And sometimes being at one of these meetings you feel like a squirrel up in the tree watching. In this case, watching so as a resident you can get your comments in. Which is not as easy as you think if you are an affected resident of a neighboring township.

First were the planning commission members who were essentially saying that they should just be able to decide things not the supervisors, and the supervisors were essentially idiots for not approving the zoning changes for HIGH density housing on the Weston property just up W. King Road which would detrimentally many. That was astounding to me and out of line. The Planning Commission also acts as an advisory body, not end-game decision maker.

What surprised me even more is that they were not checked on this running commentary by the supervisor who was present, Raj Kumbhardare because although merely a conversation, they should have been at least corrected as to their role that they signed up for. But in fairness to Raj Kumbhardare, it could have been a pick your battles thing, but to me the comments also smacked of arrogance and ego and that’s not why you supposedly sign up for these committees.

Then there was Weston’s lawyer who was saying essentially high density is what the market wants blah blah blah and that of course just makes you wonder because he is representing Weston the seller not the developer buyer?

I wasn’t rude but this is what I said:

My statement and sentiments are simple. I know nothing is being decided tonight and this is a discussion, but I am also not naïve as to how things work.

The Weston Tract being developed is inevitable. I wish it was otherwise, but I am being realistic.

This development won’t just affect West Whiteland residents, it will affect East Whiteland residents, and given the connectivity of roads off of West King, will also affect East Goshen residents and perhaps even West Goshen residents.

Municipalities do not exist as independent island nations. We are interconnected.

This development will need a traffic signal at West King and Weston Way no matter what.

Also just so you get an idea of just a regular few days of traffic, I asked East Whiteland if they could do an informal study next time they had the you’re- speed up on West King near my road. The time frame was between October 25th and October 30th and for that time frame specifically and most simplistically they counted 31,000 cars in total over 6 days which is about 5000 cars per day, fairly evenly split at 2500 in east direction.

That is not insignificant traffic and it can be and has been heavier. We know, we live here.

Please say NO to high density housing. This is not the location for it.

And you also all probably know that in West Whiteland there is a developer who was doing something like perc testing maybe behind houses on Old Phoenixville Pike and correct me if I am wrong but isn’t it the guy who is the reason thee is the mess on Ship at 30 adjacent to the new couplet which is also a mess? All that one does is high density, correct? And you don’t want data centers or hydrogen hubs.

If this gets developed, it would be great if it was a school because that would mean a use that wouldn’t harm the area as much. But if it is residential how about single family, 1 acre and ½ acre lots? As in both. They do sell although developers prefer cram plans because they care about only their bottom lines, not the communities they disrupt.

You are a municipality who is getting the short end of the development stick and like everywhere else it’s all too dense and looks the same. Apartments and townhouses contribute to a more transient society as they are more likely to either be all rentals or have a lot of rentals.

You have the chance to guide a developer to do something better. And if this area gets zoned Residential with 1 acre and ½ acre single family, that would be beneficial to across King where Johnson Matthey has that chuck of land for sale, and possibly it could better protect your residents on Old Phoenixville Pike because in my humble opinion if that went high density, you would be potentially looking at another Meadowbrook Manor situation.

Thank you.

The planning commission member who could indeed inspire the public to be rude because he is so unctuous is Mark Gordon. Mark Gordon WAS also the paid zoning / codes guy in East Goshen and well I think he was asleep there half of the time there but he sure likes to be king of his anthill on the West Whiteland Planning Commission. Ironically he lives close to Weston, so one would think he would care more about how this affects people. I remember him from when East Goshen was trying to take part of the Hicks Farm via eminent domain for private gain for the trail to nowhere. And another planning guy who gives me pause? Raymond McKeeman who for years worked for West Goshen as a facilities manager/zoning officer. He also lives close to Weston so what’s his horse in the race that he’s pretty non-supportive of the residents near Weston?

I mean, I guess you could say one connection for both of these planning commission members is the law firm representing Weston also used to do the solicitor work for West Goshen and East Goshen and I think they’re back at West Goshen, so is it all just too cozy on this bus? Should these two planning commission members actually recuse themselves when this law firm has things before the planning commission? I’m neither inferring or stating any impropriety, but it’s often the appearance of things which are worse than the actuality isn’t that correct? And yes as an American under the Constitution I am allowed to ask these questions aren’t I? I’m allowed to question government and have opinions, correct?

Now I know this is the planning commission set in place by the dearly departed township manager, who is now in Montgomery County, correct? So are a lot of the current members of the West Whiteland planning commission shall we say strategic to whatever was going on before?

When it comes to politics and local government , I don’t necessarily believe in coincidence.

And something else I want to address that was brought up by Mark Gordon the planning commission guy in West Whiteland. He interjected the West Whiteland tax increase into the conversation about development. First of all the reason West Whiteland has a tax increase is because of things like all the development over the past multiple decades, as well as 30 years of prior administrations playing kick the can down the road with regard to taxes, correct? And he said something along the lines that the tax increase is 300%. It’s not, it’s actually more like 180% because no increases occurred in about 30 years. What that comes out to on average is about $150-$200 a year so it’s about $10-$12 a month. And for the record, nobody likes a tax increase, but sometimes you can’t avoid it, especially when prior administrations weren’t looking after residents the way they should have been, right? If you look at neighboring municipalities, all this increase does is bring this up to the level of neighboring municipalities.

Does Mr. Gordon of the Planning Commission in West Whiteland think development and the cost of development are free long term to municipalities and residents? If so, what’s he doing on the planning commission? Part of the reason they need to do a tax increase has to do with infrastructure, and a lot of that infrastructure is the human variety as in first responders, etc. so is Mr. Gordon saying they don’t need police and fire in West Whiteland?

Also, curious as to how Mr. Gordon thinks more than one ingress and egress out of this development onto W. King Rd. is going to work? Especially because he lives near there? The one good thing about the Weston property being developed is Weston Way the road in and out of Weston is wide. It needs a traffic light for sure, but they don’t need to open up the back of the property onto other little streets or add more ins and outs on W. King Rd.

I think the West Whiteland Planning Commission needs to remember that they are an advisory committee which means they are acting in an advisory capacity. They should be there to work in the best interest of the township and residents as a whole, not developers, right? They aren’t the decision makers and dealmakers. And last night as they were lamenting the fact that the board of supervisors didn’t agree with what they had suggested was very eye-opening to me. They don’t make the rules, but they want to make the rules? And given relationships on that board to other factors in this plan, I really think we should all be grateful that the supervisors actually are the ones who are the decision-makers.

There were many West Whiteland residents who spoke up last night. Among them are the residents over on Old Phoenixville Pike who are also trying to figure out exactly what a developer is doing back behind their neighborhood since he keeps doing perc tests or something. Some poor older gentleman spoke about getting his property torn up every time they send an excavator through, and I think that’s horrible. No plans have been filed and that’s what the John Weller from West Whiteland Township said last night, but obviously something is going on if a developer is doing testing.

John Weller also made a comment about Phoenixville Pike being narrow where those former helicopter warehouses are. The other side of West King, where those people in that small neighborhood on Old Phoenixville Pike also have a very narrow street, perhaps not even as wide as Phoenixville Pike across King. Another thing to note is neighbors are also concerned there about development happening because the land that’s being tested apparently also has 5 acres that are actually in East Goshen.

These people on Old Phoenixville Pike are worried and justifiably so. Car lights right in their windows where that never existed and traffic turning at the tangent point of their road close to driveways, more stormwater issues, etc. Right now they have a developer being inconsiderate dragging equipment in and out and tearing up their yards like the pipeline people have in other neighborhoods, so you know that doesn’t bode well for whatever is to come if that developer proceeds right?

This West Whiteland residents and residents from other communities were abundantly clear about development NOT being high density. And it is also clear that no one from any township that lives back near Weston wants apartments townhouses, or carriage homes. What fits the area and is suitable for the area if it goes residential are single-family homes literally on half acre and 1 acre lots.

If a school came in and they didn’t have to change the zoning for Weston, that would be great but you still have to worry about who would buy the Johnson Matthey land across from Weston (and one would hope they would do significant environmental testing on that parcel), or what might get shoehorned in behind those homes on Old Phoenixville Pike.

The residents from multiple municipalities should be proud of the way they turned out last night, and I hope they keep the momentum going. Because the more people go to meetings on issues like this the better the conversation. That way my hope is whatever happens on that tract of land doesn’t actually hurt the community that Weston is in.

I am sure this issue will pick up again in the new year. And hopefully at that point, the planning commission won’t be shaking their heads “no” when residents were speaking which is disappointing, dismissive, and piss poor decorum. And I hope the planning commission in West Whiteland learn that their personal taste (or lack thereof) is not necessarily what matters here. I was on zoom, and people were messaging me this who were in the audience. Residents had a right to speak, and they did speak. And for the most part, they were a lot nicer to that planning commission than certain members of planning commission deserved. With the exception of the lady named Mary Fran, or Mary Frances. She was fair and thoughtful in her comments.

Stay vigilant. After all these are our communities, not the developers. We live here. We have a right to be heard and we have the right to want to preserve where we call home.

Good job once again, residents. Planning Commission in West Whiteland? We’ve got your number on this project.

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dear jimmy fallon, here’s some anonymously hysterical

The person who left the first comment on this post above ⬆️ is my hero. I laughed so hard I spit out my coffee this morning.

When Facebook first allowed groups to have anonymous posts, it was a great idea. That way if somebody is looking for something super personal like where to go if they are being abused in their home etc they had knowledge of community resources they might not know existed.

But anonymous postings have turned into things that I think should be sent to Jimmy Fallon for the Tonight Show because they just make you laugh. Like looking for a plumber. Why is it so hard to publicly ask if you’re looking for a plumber? Or a string quartet? Or an exterminator?

Anonymous posting on Facebook has become the witness protection program for the theater of the absurd.

I am sorry not sorry that I think most anonymous posting has become the theater of the absurd. And if you say you think it’s absurd the samey same police come out.

So yes, apparently I am a mean horrible person that these things posted anonymously crack me up. And then, of course, there are other people that say I have some nerve when I’m posting anonymously. Actually, no I’m not posting anonymously, you just don’t know who I am because I can choose whom I want to actually know. I am Carla and it’s not exactly a secret.

Then there was this whole thing because I actually asked the question if someone was looking for places to volunteer for the holidays why was it an anonymous post? I mean first and foremost you don’t even know exactly where they live, so how can you direct them to a volunteer opportunity near them? Is this person embarrassed to say they want to volunteer and give back during the holidays? I think anonymous posts in these Facebook groups should be for sensitive subjects not general crowdsourcing and if this person and I said it sounded like a woman writing the post. Because to me, it sounds like a woman. It’s all about the phraseology.

Now the best comment on my post asking about this particular anonymous post came today from a veritable Valkyrie who called me a misogynist. How does she figure that precisely? Because I said someone posting an anonymous post sounded like a woman? That’s an opinion that’s not misogyny or practicing misogyny. But for this chick as a woman, calling me a woman a misogynist that’s just her opinion. But for me, expressing my opinion, it makes me a misogynist.

Think about it for a moment: do you think anonymous posting was created for mundane things? I think it was created for sensitive topics. And how someone thinks a plumber recommendation or wreath making class are sensitive topics escapes me. And people make up these absurd reasons as to why somebody is anonymously posting like if they post anonymously, it will cut down on their chances of being hacked and impersonated on Facebook. Or that they are uncomfortable posting on Facebook to which you always have the reaction of then why are they on social media?

One of my other favorite anonymous posts was somebody asking what product works best to spray your hydrangea bush with so the deer don’t eat them. I’m sorry is this person’s hydrangea bush in the witness protection plan for gardens? And the other one is looking for a string quartet to play Bridgerton music. They had me at Bridgerton and Lady Whistledown too….

So Jimmy Fallon, if you’re ever reading my blog I have material for you 🤣 (and I can hear the music you will be playing in the background 🤣)

Carry on.

oh the things the media should be paying attention to…in west vincent…a revolution is brewing…..

There is a real live revolution happening in West Vincent. The township employees want Supervisor Sara Shick GONE. First I will share a video snippet. Then I will share the entire meeting recording and then the letter. Yes, dear readers, I have the letter. Grandma Charlotte and the Chester County Democratic Committee might also wish to pay attention…..

I had gotten a head’s up from a resident who told me to go to the 1:22 mark…..Police and township employees attempt coup, want Sara Shick OUT. 1:33 mark…..Sara Shick brother-in law defends…..what’s going on in West Vincent? Will they talk in West Vincent Hears Voices or whatever the page is called? I mean can they send ol’ Bernie back to West Conshy first? Good lord what a board…again…I guess this was bound to happen considering the players, yes?

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So yes indeedy, it’s crazy town time again in West Vincent, only this time the people the residents depend upon to run the township and keep them safe are saying they want the former handmaiden of former Supervisor Farmer Miller (hark do we hear Chickenman?) gone as in G-O-N-E.

Oh wait…I better not mention Chickenman…that gets the faithful in a lather, doesn’t it?

But I have minored in West Vincent craziness since the Board of Supervisors tried to exercise eminent domain for private gain on Ludwigs Corner Horse Show. It’s always something. It was calm for a while when Mike and John were supervisors because they cared and did the right thing. But then when they cycled off of the board, old bad habits seemed to emerge once again, didn’t they?

Anyway….this is quite the stunning turn of events in West Vincent, including employees wanting an actual set of HR rules — I can’t believe nothing existed until now, can you?

I have the letter:

I almost forgot…the October meeting recording:

And FYI I covered the French Maid of it all. That was PUBLIC information, not top secret documentation although I wonder what happened to the audit being made public that the taxpayers funded? What is it about audits and shady that go hand in hand anyway?

Again, I wonder if the West Vincent Hears Voices Facebook page which was started to prop up the old Farmer Supervisor in his last gasp at politics is chatting about this turn of events? They seem to be a secretive group now so I imagine being a fly on that Facebook wall is interesting right now? Or it might not be because it was pretty managed before. So they might delete all references to this because only happy fuzzy eco friendly recycling unicorns farting rainbows need apply, right?

Hey look, I told you all in 2019 I thought Ms. Shick was not a good choice for supervisor. She’s had a lot of health issues lately and great personal loss as per her chatty Cathy brother in law. Maybe she should indeed bow out. Because THIS? This is not going away.

Now discuss amongst yourselves…congratulations West Vincent I think you have usurped the crazytown award at least temporarily from West Goshen and Willistown. And I will note no West Vincent employee has spoken to me about this and if there is retaliation against any of them for standing in their truth that will be something I would be interested in knowing about.

Carry on.

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what would charles dickens think?

I have been trying to give these Yuletide at Devon people the benefit of the doubt. Even sent potential sponsor people and others their way. But then on top of the fee just to walk in the gate, I next heard about the parking prices.

Sorry not sorry, my inner Scrooge came out at the parking prices on top of the walk in the gate prices without so much as a complimentary candy cane? Ummm?

And then there was the whole “press preview” because that cracks me up. Influencers, and more benign mommy bloggers were invited. I am laughing because my invitation must have gotten lost, yes? But then again, I don’t ask for or expect freebies, do I? But hey some Russian and India based bot tweeters have it on “X” so I guess that matters?

I have never been an it girl (or needed to be), nor am I an influencer or an overly socially ambitious “therapist” who wants to be an influencer, I just love Christmas and offer an honest opinion.

But my honest opinion after mulling it over is that for $35 just to walk in the door, not including parking or anything else unless you want to ride kiddie rides? I’ve made the decision to skip it. I am not saying don’t go, I am saying for me it’s a shiny Christmas bauble without the necessary luster.

If Yuletide at Devon had decided to offer to donate a portion of proceeds back to a local nonprofit even on just select days, as in doing something that would help people during the holiday season, I probably would have bought a ticket in the end. But what their event is messaging to people in my opinion is Christmas magic at a cost that a lot can’t afford. So sadly, I think for its inaugural year I am giving it a pass. Also the reviews have been quite mixed and everyone has said it’s too expensive.

Christmas should indeed be magical but maybe not another gaping dividing line between haves and have nots. What would Charles Dickens think? I am thinking he might think we need a modern Christmas Carol or something, truthfully.

So what events will I attend that I was delighted to buy tickets to because of a non-profit component? Keep reading….and first two other great giving ideas….

One of my other just giving for good picks this year is Plaid Pajama Project.


And of course you can never go wrong with Toys for Tots.


See below for 3 amazing event picks. I also have heard of another fun shopping event near Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem but I don’t know details yet. And I will also tell you that all of my picks for vintage and antique things that I love remain true at Christmas:

Now… here are my three picks for fun holiday events with a shopping component to attend in the area:

Holiday Magic for Good #1:

First up will be the preview for the Holiday Barn Sale at Life’s Patina at Willowbrook Farm. The preview tickets are sold out and I am happy to buy them every holiday season because it’s a spectacularly magical and beautifully curated holiday event that ooozes Christmas and the holidays. And a portion of the sales every time go to a nonprofit.

The sale has three FREE public days and free parking as well.

Friday, December 1st, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 3rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Willowbrook Farm, 1750 N Valley Rd, Malvern, PA 19355

Every year I introduced more people to this event, and every year they thank me for telling them about it because it’s such a wonderful experience!

Holiday Magic for Good #2:

When I first heard about this event in its infancy, a year ago, I was so excited. I can’t wait!!!

I am talking about the Surrey Services for Seniors Holiday House Tour and Shop. It is the first real holiday house tour of its kind in the Main Line area since Christmas in the Country, which was the event that Agnes Irwin did for years as a fundraiser!

The tickets for this event at Surrey sold like hotcakes. So the tour portion is actually sold out but they have this amazing set of Christmas shops over in Eisenhower Hall at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. That is free and open to the public on the same day as the house tour! And the vendors are carefully curated and a lot of local faces, that people love among others.

The Christmas/holiday shops are Friday, December 8 from 11 AM to 6 PM. 1001 Eagle Road in Wayne. And best of all there’s ample free parking! And I know who some of the vendors are for this and people will love it!

Best of all, this entire day, benefits, the fabulous nonprofit known as Surrey Services for Seniors, so what is not to love?

Holiday Magic for Good #3:

I guess you’ve already figured out I like Holiday house tours. Especially when they benefit a good thing.

So number three on my list is a West Chester Borough and area tradition.

The Holiday Home Tour will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and will showcase eight homes in the Northwest and Southwest quadrants of the Borough decked out for the holidays.

Created as a socially distanced replacement for the Holiday Home Tour during the pandemic shutdown of 2020, the family-friendly Holiday Door Tour was so popular the library now offers it in addition to the Home Tour! Running from Saturday, December 2 through Sunday, December 17, this self-guided tour will feature West Chester doors and porches decorated by their owners in holiday finery. It can be enjoyed at any time of day and by a group of your choice.

get tickets:

All proceeds from the Holiday Tours will benefit West Chester Public Library and the community it serves. Holiday Home Tour advance tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased in the library or online through December 1. Tickets may be purchased the day of the Tour, December 2, at the library for $50 each.

aren’t communities tired of lego land construction yet?

They call it architecture, but is it really? All new development seem to look the same. Whether it’s townhouse, apartment, “condo”, “carriage homes” it’s all about maximizing developer profits and it has absolutely zero to do with the area in which something is being built or what exists there already like the people or the future. This is all about how much money can a developer get now and move onto the next project.

A lot of people are actually quite presumptive in their ignorance. I have attended many meetings over the years about development period. Whether it be zoning, planning, or regular board meetings.

And I have to laugh when someone says developers don’t decide on the “look” of their buildings. Ummm developers indeed DO decide on the architecture of their project. And again, today there is a distinct lack of style. It’s all about how fast you can throw them up and most of them look like they were built out of Lego sets. It’s like real architecture is dead.

I posted a photo of said Lego architecture this week that was from West Philadelphia. The reason I posted it was to prove that the same style new build is going everywhere. Nothing is adapting much to the surroundings. It’s one style and it’s a Lego building that gets plunked in. Truthfully, so many of these buildings look the same but I’m surprised they aren’t being delivered 100% prefab.

If you ever drive along I 95 to take a bridge like the Betsy Ross to New Jersey you’ll even see these buildings going up there right along I 95 and they look the same as the ones along 202 or Route 30 out here…West Philadelphia, wherever-it’s all the same.

Lego buildings are everywhere. In urban areas and suburban areas. No longer are projects being built to complement the area in which they are going. No longer our projects built to remotely look like they fit, let alone have human scale and good setbacks.

I take pictures of architecture everywhere, but this new style, cram first- actual architectural design later is ugly and it doesn’t have to be.

I actually do know people who have put up new buildings that were taking chances in formally rundown urban neighborhoods that actually have an architectural component to them. Not everything has to be unattractive and pretty much everything is unattractive these days with very few exceptions.

And I am tired like many other people of Lego architecture getting shoved into our communities.

I don’t understand why more people in positions in government and zoning and planning also are not sick of Lego architecture? Where have all the planners and architects gone that used to care about things fitting into the environment?

We have become one big huge homogenous glob of regurgitated ugliness because everything everywhere looks the same and it’s basically the same construction. It goes up fast, won’t last, and then we’re stuck with them in our communities.

What happened to making sure scale was appropriate and not just giving a zoning variance like cheap jellybeans out of a candy machine every time a developer wants to go up a few feet? What happened to developers that actually gave a shit about design? I actually wonder why they all want to look like each other which is like some kid’s Lego project?

We’ve gone from single-family developers, who add so much crap and articulation to a building it looks dizzy to people that basically open the box of Legos and just build them up.

What single-family construction exists is so cheek to jowl that you can reach out of your window and tap on your neighbors window and ask to borrow a cup of sugar. Everything is all about the density. And people are already regretting it in their communities. I mean what happened to people wanting to do things like garden? Why does everyone want to live in a place that looks the same to such a point that you get people lost in your development because nothing stands out?

Yet it all marches forward. And one reason is there are no design standards, limited taste, and the Municipalities Planning Code which hasn’t been comprehensively updated since 1969.

The Municipalities Planning Code guides all the zoning in this state. And over development is everywhere. Ironically, some of the worst over development is close to Harrisburg. Places like Mechanicsburg which used to be lovely, rolling farms and hills have been cramming them in for years. Lancaster County too. And of course, Montgomery County and Delaware County.

It’s depressing.

And all of this development is costing our communities. It’s driving up prices and it’s creating a more transient society. If we just take Chester County as an example, most of us moved here because it used to be so beautiful. Open space, farms, fabulous Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture, and more. Now much like neighboring Delaware County or Montgomery County. We have pockets of those things that still exist, but for the most part, everything is just being run over by crappy development and too much density.

And if people wonder why their taxes are going up look no further than the actual cost of development. West Whiteland is a prime example. They have avoided raising taxes for about 30 years and now they don’t have a choice. Infrastructure isn’t just roads and sewer systems, stormwater management, etc, there’s a human component like first responders. Or township employees who need to be hired and paid to keep pace with the needs of communities. And all of this development has a negative impact on school districts as well.

A friend of mine, who is a historian among other things actually put it well recently, when she said:

Architects are now vastly disturbed. Not since Toll Brothers creation of the McMansion. (Really, NYT traced it to the builder) has the state of American housing reached a new low. Worse, these new “boxes” are really just wood fire boxes – composite wood too since we are plowing thru our forests . Here’s what what one site says;

“Across the U.S., podium buildings have typically been 4-over-1 or 5-over-1, meaning they have four or five stories of wood over a single-level podium.”

The amusing thing is the article she quotes seems like they are lauding this style of cram plan. And to me, whether mid rise or high-rise, they’re all ugly.

These developments are obliterating our countryside. And to this day, the only people who seem to profit from this proliferation of ugliness are the developers. They plunk down the developments, and they move onto the next. The eternal hamster wheel of the Emperor’s new clothes.

In conclusion, you don’t have to like my opinion. But I am not going to stop saying I think these plans are ugly when they are. Our communities deserve better.

gosh they got caught in …..wcasd…thanks philadelphia inquirer!

I wrote about this first thing this morning and am laughing, laughing, laughing. Now we will see if the Chesco DA’s office actually does anything, but people? This is WHY I tell you this election is SO important so we can quell this utter horseshit for a while. Polls are still open so get out and vote.


Cards distributed for a GOP school board candidate falsely suggested he was endorsed by Dems, parent group says

The cards, which Democrats say were handed out at multiple polling places, have Alain Oliver’s name on the front and the phrase “Democrats working together for public schools” on the back.

by Maddie Hanna Published Nov. 7, 2023, 4:07 p.m. ET

A parent group supporting Democratic school board candidates in the West Chester Area School District says cards were handed out Tuesday falsely implying a Republican candidate had the group’s endorsement.

The cards, which Democrats say were handed out at multiple polling places, have Alain Oliver’s name on the front and the phrase “Democrats working together for public schools” on the back. The phrase, color and handshake logo are similar to that used by Together for Public Schools, a parent group in the district that has endorsed the Democrats in the race.

”I was kind of shocked. We all kind of said, ‘This is like cartoon villain material,’” said Laura Patarcity, a parent who was involved in designing Together for Public Schools’ logo. “It’s clearly deceptive, if not outright fraudulent.”

The cards say they were paid for by Back to Basics WC, the PAC supporting Oliver and the other Republican candidates.

“The business cards in question were specifically requested by a volunteer who is a registered Democrat,”  said Beth Ann Rosica, Back to Basics WC co-chair. “We purchased the cards for him to use at polling locations near his home. The candidate, Alain Oliver, was not handing out the cards. The purchase and distribution of the cards is compliant with all campaign finance rules.”

Oliver is executive director of the Love and Fidelity Network, an organization that promotes “pro-family and pro-life education and activities on college campuses.”

Ahhh notice a familiar name? BETH ANN ROSICA. Allow me to refresh your memory:


Chester County judge reinstates 5 previously axed West Chester school board members in mask case — for now




I could go on, but I won’t. It all makes sense now. Stay tuned for what happens when a cranky old man runs a Republican committee in Charlestown….stuff gets out….

oh grandpa please and in case you were wondering WHY people think west goshen is like a toxic waste dump.

So let’s review: a man who worked for West Goshen killed himself recently. First we find out that the widow is suing the township and then there were political signs defaced – only Democrat candidates with the word “Murderer.” And the West Goshen Republican Committee then issued an edict from on high (or down low?) and if you recall I wondered about how coincidental it all was?

Then the police nabbed the sign defacer:

Then people learn the offender is a member of the highly dysfunctional West Goshen Republican Committee:

Then guy resigns as committeeman and I remark I was surprised the guy had time due to his busy TikTok account and You Tube with his wifey – and PS they say she was mail order/correspondence bride NOT ME.







So yeah all sorts of people have been talking about this TikTok phenomenon etc right? But oh no, knee jerk guy sends me a love note this morning like my name is really Al Gore and I created the Internet and all it’s problems:

So I am a disgusting, bigoted pig? You have a low opinion of women who are not subservient to you I suppose? Biggest problem with your assertion as to my character is I never said one thing about your wife’s nationality or referenced it in a derogatory manner. Nor would I. I actually don’t think that. I just hope she’s always treated well.

But since you opened the door to this conversation, YOU and SHE have created a public figure status vis-à-vis the two TikTok accounts and the You Tube account and whatever other platforms she is using. What blows my mind other than that video where you/she discuss how you met…is the 40 + year age gap. All I kept thinking of was that Sex & The City episode where Samantha dates an old man…

But YOU put it out there and there are SO many videos and apparently there are plenty of TikTok users who have said quite a lot aboot your 40+ year age difference. Allow me to summarize: it’s not just May/December it’s May/December in different centuries , isn’t it? And since you made it public, it’s creepy A.F.

So that is not just my opinion and others all over social media like Just the Facts Please on Facebook have commented on your umm life you’ve made public on social media platforms, but he’s a man so you don’t call him a disgusting, bigoted pig, etc do you? Mysoginidc much, grandpa?

One of my male friends describes you as derf.

In case you are suffering a memory lapse, y’all said right on TikTok how you met ⬇️


So let’s also go to the West Goshen portion of your comments. Because you actually disclosed something that West Goshen had not disclosed and you claim in your comments that they made the gentleman that killed himself pay back his overtime?


And if you know where this squirrel time comp time overtime “rule” whatever is codified as in written down please do share because West Goshen taxpayers have been paying for this right? So your comment/rant on this blog indicates you have inside information? How do you have inside knowledge?

And also important is if you knew this man was mentally fragile and that he had been bullied etc. on the job in this municipality why are you only saying something now? If you really cared about the man, why didn’t you do something about it at the time?

Once again, so we’re all clear here, I never knew this guy who sent me the vile love note existed on this planet until he started scribbling on campaign signs the word “murderer.” And even then I didn’t know who he actually was until the police announced who he was and then I was inundated with messages from people in West Goshen.

And ALL of this crazy social media stuff is PUBLIC, so why isn’t he getting nasty with all of TikTok etc? I sure as shit didn’t discover any of this information, people his own community and the Internet have been talking about it for quite a while, apparently. Anyone who knows me knows that TikTok’s not really my jam, so I pay very little attention to it normally.

I am still wondering why exactly is any of this my fault? The answer of course is it is not, but I am a woman still younger than he is, but closer to his age range that thinks this is all a little odd.

And me, expressing that opinion with all this public stuff on the Internet they put there is not illegal. And I have not said one word about his wife’s nationality. So her nationality is perhaps his hang up? She’s a beautiful girl, but she should be out clubbing, going to college, shopping with her girlfriends, having age appropriate fun, not catering to a senior citizen in training.

Good Lord, West Goshen. What do you people put in the water over? Did something escape from the sewage treatment plant and infect the residents or what?

Just another day in the unending soap opera mostly political called As The Chester County turns.

Maybe good old West Goshen Paul, who sends me love notes should also watch Hallmark movies. It might improve his disposition. If not, he can continue to dance on TikTok.

hysterical election funnies that can’t be blamed on me

I am sure that this politician is blaming everyone but himself here. And I honestly don’t know who the creator of this is but they have kept me giggling.

And this: https://web.archive.org/web/20230000000000*/Chris%20Bressi

More here:



Thank you fearless lampooner. These would make great signs for Election Day 🤣 but I don’t think it’s allowed? And gosh Pick-Your-Title-Bressi and you thought I was the biggest thorn in your side mocking your Goodfellas attire at casual picnics?

In the end dude, no matter what you claim your motivation was, you CHOSE to become a politician. You are reaping what you have sown. A lot of voters are sheeple, but not all. And the Philadelphia Inquirer is hardly fake news.


but wait there is always more as the politics of desperation amp up in chester county….so vote for josh maxwell just because he makes the cuckoo birds nervous…🤣

So I think Josh Maxwell is a pretty good dude. He is responsive and pleasant and tries to help his constituency, and he doesn’t look at them as Democrats or Republicans. He looks at them as the people he is supposed to help regardless of political affiliation, race, creed, color, sexual identity. This, of course, terrifies certain people.

So there is a group that’s kind of like the group that unites all the crazy extremism groups in Chester County. It’s called Chesco United and they sent around an email recently. I think I’ll share it with you now:

File under typical lies and bullshit a few days before an election. Danelo Cavalcante held us all hostage for a couple of weeks. But the reason he got out is not the fault personally of Josh Maxwell. That’s ludicrous.

I said all along when the whole Cavalcante of it all was happening that there was plenty of blame to go around in Chester County. The problems at the Chester County prison haven’t just miraculously occurred since the Democrats came into power in County Row in Chester County. This argument is like that other inane thing that has been floating around and that is saying that Chester County is a sanctuary county when it’s not. I mean the example they were pointing back to was the timeframe when the county was complete Republican control so I don’t think that dog hunts either. But hey, don’t let logic ever get in the way of insanity.

But if you want to know exactly why you should treat Chesco United email like the SPAM it is look no further than their group on Facebook and who the Admins are:

Ada as in Ada Nestor, the QAnon princess and West Goshen Republican Committee Chihuahua. After watching her failed attempt as a politician and running for school board, I have decided she’s an ankle biter so I liken her to a Chihuahua. She will, of course say I’m being racist because she has one scintilla Hispanic DNA or something, but that’s not it at all, she’s an ankle biter.

And as for the West Goshen Republican Committee well this week alone shows how messed up they are, doesn’t it? I mean it was their committee person until he resigned, who was running around scribbling murderer on campaign signs, right? But he shouldn’t have needed to do that, he has a mail order wifey who keeps him busy on TikTok right?



Allow me to refresh the class on #AnonymousAda:

Anyway, Tuesday can’t come fast enough for me. But I already voted and I did indeed vote for Josh Maxwell. I can’t control who any of you vote for, but you should be intelligent enough to know that when there’s a Republican County Commissioner candidate out of West Goshen Township who is always running yet never quite seems to catch anything, that emails like this make screwball sense don’t they? This is why these emails are coming out, he’s one of them isn’t he? And this guy couldn’t even get elected as a West Goshen stupidvisor there so would you want him as a county commissioner? That’s Dave Sommers.

Anyway, these people want to open up a can of worms in time for election day only they’re not operating with clean hands. So please don’t accept fake news when it gets text messaged to you, Robo called to you , or emailed to you.

Who you vote for is your business. But if groups like this are telling you not to vote for someone, then you might want to consider that’s exactly who you should vote for. In this case, it’s Josh Maxwell.

And if you know where they bought their mailing list from to send this drivel, please do tell. They seem to have bought someone’s business email list because a lot of the emails are going to people’s business email addresses, not personal email addresses.

Chesco United is a group who believes our inalienable rights are subjective. They are not.

OK I’m going go watch a Hallmark Christmas movie now. And yes, I actually do admit to watching them. It’s better than constantly watching the politics in Chester County with these crazy groups, which are more like a made for Lifetime TV movie.

fire lane sidewalk parking shaming

Illegal fire lane and sidewalk parking in Lincoln Court Shopping Center in Frazer, East Whiteland Township is so obnoxious. And it’s posted and the police ticket ALL OF THE TIME.

Don’t be like these people.