what suNOco does

All of these photos were taken today from the Giant parking lot at the Giant on Boot Road in West Chester and up where the senior living community Wellington is (and Hershey’s Mill.)

Sunoco cut down a slew of the trees for their pipeline. Nothing left but jagged stumps. 

Oh and apparently Sunoco is getting sued too?

Recently there was a pipeline forum – follow these links  courtesy of Tom Casey (whom everyone should vote for on primary day in West Goshen) :

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why not do write-ins?

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” — US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

That wonderful quote is from a website I discovered called PA Transparency Project.
They say:

Even if your name does not appear on the ballot, you can still run for office by running a write-in campaign. Voters can write your name in for any office.

So…. next….a reminder as to exactly how Malvern Borough achieved a political coup and greater political freedom a couple of years ago.

They did a below the radar by word-of-mouth old school write in campaign. And they changed the face of who governed them for the better didn’t they?

I have seen a lot of talk all over the place about various people in Chester county municipalities from one end of Chester County to the other talking politics in municipalities large and small and every size in between. 

 A lot of people are truly just NOT satisfied with the candidates being put forward by their political parties.

The simmering political anger that exists in this country from coast to coast, also exists on the most local of levels where in a lot of cases it takes decades at times to enact political change and change the face of who governs you.

May 16 is the primary. Which means Republicans vote for Republican candidates and Democrats vote for Democrat candidates. There is no cross pollination of a “general” election. If you are a member of an “other” political party, you sit the primary out.

The only thing the primary does is establish who the Democrats are going to put forward as a formal candidate and who the Republicans are going to put forward as a formal candidate in the fall.

That being said, if you want to toss out an incumbent whom needs retirement, a write in during a primary is a true opportunity isn’t it?

Pick the candidate YOU want not who your political party says you’re SUPPOSED to want. Or the candidate you are told you are supposed to want.

You all have to be uniform with your candidate’s legal given name an ensure they are from the proper political party in a primary but it’s a great way to get rid of incumbents whom you only see when there’s an election to be run and won, isn’t that true?

Talk to the now borough council members in Malvern who did this a couple years ago. 

It was totally stealth. I think it is one of the more fabulous things I have seen in an election cycle since Lower Merion was able to dump eminent domain for private gain years ago. It’s  a simple formula: if you change the face of who governs you, you break the cycle.

Politics and government needs to belong to the people not to powerbrokers. So why not write ins to dump incumbents?

Carpe Diem- people can do this and it’s done all the time. And an off cycle primary is the ideal opportunity. Level your playing field, just don’t tell your committee people – they will just report back to party bosses won’t they?

Malvern Council president steps down as council picks 3 candidates for January vote
By Linda Stein
lstein@mainlinemedianews.com
Dec 18, 2013

After a stormy meeting two weeks ago, Malvern Council met Tuesday in what began as a much calmer meeting. By the evening’s end, however, councilman Van Sciver would step down as council president….The council chambers were crowded with Malvernites who were concerned about whether the council would seek to appoint a pro-development insider to take the place of Richard Sponenbergh, who resigned just after the election.

That election brought in three write-in candidates –David Bramwell, Todd Lexer and Matt Radano—who ousted three incumbents. The mayor’s office also changed hands….The issue that appeared to drive voters to the polls was the scope and pace of development that was changing a charming small town into a more urban environment.

Read about write-ins that occured in PA last spring by checking out this article on PennLive.

This post is just one opinion- but again- if you have the opportunity to dump the same  old same old , why not try?

Just look what tiny Malvern Borough accomplished, right?

dear toll brothers and other developers: there is another way

Reader submitted photo April 2017

This is important to take note of, because it PROVES there is ANOTHER way then straight cram plan developments.

Chester County has been overrun by greedy developers.  For perspective remember that size-wise Bryn Coed is like a giant super-sized Chesterbrook.

If not for those who care, like Natural Lands Trust, you would be seeing “coming soon” signs for developers like Toll Brothers.


These screen shots are from the Natural Lands Trust Bryn Coed Farms website.   


Imagine living in an expansive, conserved landscape with a thriving nature preserve and miles of trails just next door. That is the unique opportunity available at Bryn Coed Farms.


In order to preserve as much of Bryn Coed Farms as possible, a number of large conservation properties will be made available to individual buyers. Each property will be placed under a conservation easement to be held and monitored by Natural Lands Trust, ensuring that the land is protected in perpetuity.

Seems like a revolutionary idea, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s how parts of Ardrossan are staying intact in Radnor Township and it is how large swaths of countryside and history  in places like England remain intact.

It is a viable solution to developing every square inch. It’s a compromise point.

Now critics will say more land should be saved with these plans and maybe they aren’t necessarily wrong , but this IS a viable compromise in my opinion.

Imagine if the Robinson Family did this at Crebilly, for example?

Or imagine if say developers who want to develop the Bishop Tube site chose a plan like this versus doing things like picking on me for wanting the best clean-up possible?

The Natural Lands Trust has once again proven, there is another way. 

And speaking of Bishop Tube it is a big story in the Philadelphia Inquirer today:

News — Pennsylvania: On toxic site abandoned for decades, developer sees townhouses sprouting in Chesco

Updated: APRIL 10, 2017 — 6:23 AM EDT

by Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer @MichaelleBond | mbond@phillynews.com

Asleep after a long day at her social-work job, Peggy Miros was jolted awake by a booming voice through a loudspeaker urging her and her neighbors to evacuate their homes.
A cloud of toxic gas had formed when chemicals accidentally combined at the steel tube manufacturer next to her housing development in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, in the early morning hours of June 9, 1981. In the sultry air, a steady southwest breeze exported the chemical mist toward General Warren Village, 500 yards away, before the cloud dissipated. Some of Miros’ neighbors went to the hospital with nausea and skin irritation…The EPA later found trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreasing agent linked to cancer, in the property’s groundwater. The former Bishop Tube Co. site, which produced stainless steel tubes from the 1950s until 1999, now is host to graffitied and dilapidated buildings, shattered windows, cracked concrete, and overgrown vegetation, one of more than 450,000 contaminated “brownfields” across the nation.

…Given the site’s history, residents are wary of plans for the property. Neighbors say they fear their families and any new residents could be harmed if workers disturb the polluted soil without removing every bit of contamination.
Last month, 40 people gathered for the first time in the home of one of their neighbors to plan a coordinated effort to oppose the project.

“These people know what they’re talking about and they have a right to be concerned,” said Maya K. van Rossum, leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, who became involved after residents asked her for help.



Read the entire article. Read where the chair of the supervisors in East Whiteland says he expects the developer will get the zoning variance. That is East Whiteland’s compromise point? Gambling with people’s health and safety? (Notice you hear little to nothing out of state officials and why are these people in office again?)

Read the entire article.  Contact the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and East Whiteland Township today if you think more needs to be done with Bishop Tube,    Ok? 

food for thought

“You have to get people to value history.”

As developers take over Chester County 1 acre at a time, what makes a community? What value do history and traditions have? And why isn’t the Chester County Planning Commission doing anything except cheering on developers?

Especially note the part about Fox Catcher and what Toll Brothers did there. It will be the fate of Crebilly if that plan goes through.

This short film shown by the Newtown Square Historical Society is so thought provoking. I wish more local historical societies would record the history for posterity like this. This film is by Hanna Bottger when she was a student at The University of Pennsylvania. I believe she now resides in New York.

a note from the “newcomer”

Bishop Tube 2017 photographer unknown

It’s so confusing when developers decide to blame the blogger, isn’t it? I feel so Erin Brocavitch….

And I am confused because this developer refers to his neighbors in General Warren so I have to ask does he no longer live in Lower Merion Township?

As a “newcomer” resident of Chester County, am I supposed to be the perfect Victorian woman and be seen and not heard?

No, I haven’t written lovely large checks to the wonderful and deserving East Whiteland Fire Company, does that make me a bad person?

I do not write the flyers going out. I have expressed my opinions on my blog.  Opinion is not against the law is it? The First Amendment still exists right?

Maya van Rossum is one of the most ethical and dedicated and smart women I have ever met, I am honored to know her.  She is the Delaware Riverkeeper and it is her job to know about these sites like Bishop Tube.

The ultimate irony for me is I am a cancer survivor.  I do not wish cancer treatment on anyone. Ever.  That is why TCE terrifies me. So is that making me a bad person for caring?

The other thing is I have never said don’t develop the Bishop Tube site. I have said do lots and lots of clean-up based on past news articles and other documents and things like first hand accounts from former Bishop Tube employees and why is that bad? I have said I thought it was too much proposed density and why not an alternate, non-residential use but that is my opinion, yes?

So I am sorry the developer thinks I am being unfair, I think I am being justifiably concerned, and is that bad?

Also see this:

delaware riverkeeper to pa dep: can you hear us now about bishop tube?

Bishop Tube 2017 photographer unknown

The Delaware Riverkeeper is keeping up the pressure on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Hot off the presses find these two letters:

Bishop Tube is a crazy tale that just keeps getting more interesting, doesn’t it? Trichloroethylene (TCE) is so damn toxic. Yet you have to wonder why is seems the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) seems to play dodge ball on it at Bishop Tube, right? (Here is something the EPA put out around 2015 *I think* and something else from Arizona  and how NASA deals with TCE.)

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the agency that is supposed to protect residents from toxic hazards, yet who is supposed to protect residents from them? I hear State Senator Dinniman’s office is starting to feel the pinch of Bishop Tube phone calls but what is he actually doing? (keep calling Phone: 610.692.2112 Fax: 610.436.1721 for West Chester PA and Phone: 717.787.5709 • Fax: 717.787.4384 for Harrisburg )

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has some fun facts to share about TCE :

Hey Erin Brocavitch can we interest you in a little good old PA TCE????