Narberth’s Memorial Day Parade
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2022
AMERICAN LEGION POST 356
Narberth War Memorial Committee
80 Windsor Ave., East Wing
Narberth, PA 19072
John Nardi, Commander
Narberth’s Memorial Day Parade starts from the intersection of Windsor & Conway Avenues at 9:30 am. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help with the parade
Need at least 4 - 5 adult persons to help as “Parade Marshals” with the parade line-up from 8:00 am ‘til the start of the parade at 9:30 am, and then, walk along the parade route to help maintain order. Safety Vests and Walkie-Talkies will be provided for the event.
Also in need of 4 – 5 full size vehicles (CONVERTIBLES ONLY) to provide transportation for veterans who cannot walk the parade distance.
To help offset the cost of the parade for the marching bands,
DONATIONS are still being accepted and welcomed.
Payable to: AMERICAN LEGION POST 356
P.O. Box 501
Narberth, PA 19072
If you would like to help, please contact
John Nardi, Commander and Parade Coordinator at: 610-664-5504
Staging Area: Windsor Avenue, from Conway to N. Wynnewood Avenue and the 100 block of Conway Avenue.
- Parade starts at Windsor and Conway Avenues at 9:30 AM
- Travels up Conway Avenue to Price Avenue,
- Turns Right onto Price Avenue,
- Continues on Price Avenue, crosses Essex Avenue to N. Narberth Avenue,
- Turns Right onto N. Narberth Avenue,
- Turns Left onto Woodbine Avenue at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
- Turns Right onto Iona Avenue at Al’s Barber Shop to Haverford Avenue,
- Turns Right onto Haverford Avenue, STOP at the crest, near Grayling Avenue,
- Wait for further instruction to proceed down through the Narberth Business District,
- Turns Right onto Essex Avenue at Citizens Bank,
- Turns Left onto Windsor Avenue, end at the American Legion Post.
Parade ends at approximately 10:45 AM.
Distance: 1.4 miles
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
Narberth War Memorial Site
Corner of N. Wynnewood and Windsor Avenues
Planning to shop local this holiday season? Want to support your favorite local restaurants as we go into these cold winter months? Narberth’s small businesses are ready for you! As an added incentive, the NBA will be rewarding shoppers with gift cards from Narberth businesses every day, all through the holiday season! All you need to do for a chance to win is post something you’ve bought (or ate) from an NBA business. Check out our website directory for ideas. Post a pic in the Narberth Facebook group, or on Instagram, with the hashtag #lovenarberth. On IG, you can tag us @narberthonline. If you're not on social media, just email your post and photo to us. We’ll be watching and giving away gift cards every day!
The Narberth Business Association is giving away some great prizes in the 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Contest. You can carve your pumpkin, paint it, or decorate it anyway you want. Just take a picture or a video of your pumpkin creation, and include something from Narberth in the shot. The Narberth "something" in the photo with the pumpkin can be a t-shirt, a magnet, Oktoberfest mug, a hoagie you bought from American Family market - anything that evokes the Borough and/or our local businesses. Post your photo or video to the “Narberth” Facebook group, or the @NarberthOnline Instagram, or email it to email@example.com. The NBA will be awarding gift certificate prizes to some of your favorite Narberth shops and restaurants. There will be at least one category for pumpkins decorated by kids.
When it comes to this town, I’ve never been one to say something can’t be done. In my opinion, we can have just about anything we want, as long as we’re willing to do the work and pay the price. One reason Narberth has been so special over the years is a spirit of volunteerism that lets us not only fill our all-volunteer elected government and dozens of official committee positions, but also, host so many annual events that we are the envy of communities many times our size.
When we face a challenge, like deciding how to best support a restaurant/business community through an era of social distancing, getting people’s ideas is an important first step. But, as with most projects, ideas are the easy part. Literally everyone has ideas. The really challenging steps come next. I encourage everyone here to participate in these next steps where we compare ideas, weigh the pros and cons, estimate costs, consider unintended consequences, fund and execute the plan, then observe the results and revise accordingly.
The Borough Manager and his staff, the police chief, the mayor, Borough Council members, business owners and a number of citizen volunteers started these discussions on this topic many weeks ago. To help move the current discussion along, it might be helpful for me to recap where we are, lay out a couple of facts, and present some unanswered questions.
Where are we now: To date, we’ve seen a system of accommodations on a case-by-case basis. For instance, McSheas’s has been given permission to use a number of Borough parking lot spaces for a set time each day, while the Pub and The Greeks have been given signage to limit sidewalk traffic, and help pedestrians distance from diners during dinner hours. This patchwork system is a start, but certainly leaves tons of room for improvement.
The business community rarely speaks with one mind, and it's not uncommon for their preferences to be diametrically opposed. The same goes for the other stakeholders in this process, including non-restaurant business owners, downtown apartment residents, local pedestrians who use the sidewalks, bike riders and vehicle drivers, and public transportations riders. So we need to be careful not to generalize and say that “everyone” wants something or another - that’s almost never the case.
Some restaurants want as much outdoor seating as they can get to make up for the limited indoor capacity. Those restaurants still need street access for takeout/curbside pickup and delivery. Some restaurants prefer to stick exclusively with the takeout/delivery model and have chosen not to start onsite dining. Any solution that affects the street and parking spaces in front of restaurants must take all of the stakeholder business models into consideration.
Solutions involving public spaces may not suit the needs of businesses. For instance, the Borough parking lot behind McShea’s solves some of McShea’s needs, but isn’t an attractive option to other non-contiguous restaurants. The Commerce Way Alley, also owned by the Borough, was also not a desired option for any of the businesses we talked to.
Parking in a small town is always a hot-button issue. Being able to park three blocks from your destination may seem like good fortune in downtown Philadelphia, but that same driver may be irritated if they can’t park directly in front of the liquor store. We don’t need to take any solutions off the table, but we have to be aware that any solution which takes away parking spaces will make some stakeholders unhappy.
In 2020, we’ve canceled more events than we’ve held. In a normal year, like 2019, we closed down the first downtown block of Haverford Avenue, and the first block of Forrest on three Sundays - twice for Music Festivals and once for the Dickens Fest. We also closed Station Circle for a couple of hours for Santa in December, and for the young Dance Xpress dancers in May. We closed a small part of Forrest Ave for the Leprechaun Hunt, The Witch Hunt, and the Narbark Dog Parade. Every time we close the street, organizers meet first with the police chief and the director of public works to discuss safety, traffic, trash collection, Borough equipment, and logistics. If Haverford Ave needs to be closed, then Borough Office arranges a temporary detour with SEPTA. For large gatherings, the chief arranges for trucks to block streets, extra officers, ambulance coverage, and sometimes, additional police manpower from SEPTA.
Any plan that changes normal traffic patterns, or puts pedestrians or diners into space normally reserved for cars, must be run past the mayor and the police chief, who are tasked with public safety here in the Borough.
Any plan that uses parking spaces, in addition to recognizing the non-restaurant stakeholders, needs to address the safety issues of putting pedestrians/diners at increased risk. Plans that close Haverford Ave need to address the lack of options (especially with the bridge down) to get from East to West when Haverford is closed.
Any plan that uses parking spaces, in addition to addressing the safety issues, needs to consider a few details, including hours of operation, whether the barriers are permanent or temporary, installation resources (daily set-up and break-down if temporary), and the needs of other stakeholders.
Any plan that creates a “food court”, that is not contiguous with some or all of the restaurants it serves (parking lots, alleys, streets, station circle) needs to take into consideration the inherent risks of creating a gathering spot in a time where social distancing is still required. Manpower is our most expensive resource, and our police can only be in so many places at one time. How will the “food court” area be set up and broken down, kept clean, supervised, and what will happen if people refuse to follow state guidelines?
Every challenge can be met if we’re willing to invest the resources. It may be that we figure this one out. What we can’t do is just outright dismiss equitable rights of other stakeholders or ignore safety concerns because we are just more optimistic about safety. And no matter what we do, we won’t please everyone. But that’s OK. If we always fail to act because we don’t have 100% agreement, we’ll rarely get anything done.
Join the virtual meeting on Wednesday night if you have strong opinions and/or something to contribute to this discussion. See you there!
This information is from Narberth Borough. For more details, please go to the Borough's Green Phase Covid Web Page.
For more details, please go to the Borough's Green Phase Covid Web Page.
Support your favorite Narberth businesses, and win a prize!
Order pickup or delivery from your favorite shop or restaurant, or buy a gift certificate. Post a photo of the food or other item you bought on Facebook or Instagram, and tag your post with the business and #lovenarberth. (Use NarberthOnline on IG, and Narberth Online page or Narberth group on Facebook.)
A winner, randomly selected each Friday, gets a $100 gift certificate to the Narberth Business Association shop or restaurant of their choice.
Each new purchase and post is one entry into the contest. Enter as often as you want. Contest will run for at least 4 weeks, but may be extended.
Details to enter without a purchase:
Write down your name, address, telephone number, and email address, and "LoveNarberth contest" on an index card, and mail it to: NBA, PO Box 334, Narberth, PA 19072. One entry per mailing.
From the Narberth Community Food Bank:
Friends and Neighbors, 3/19/2020
What a difference a week makes! The challenges kept coming and have not stopped yet.
Last week NCFB asked for your help and you answered the call. We may never be able to thank you enough for your immediate and generous support!
In this time of unknowns, we have come together as one community, with a resounding response to this crisis; We will not allow our neighbors to go without. Bravo!
NCFB will be extending our Tuesday hours. Beginning 3/24/2020 we will be open between 10am and 4pm and 6pm and 8pm.
On 3/24/2020 we will begin deliveries to those who are most vulnerable and ordinarily visit the food bank in person. We are prepared to increase our deliveries as needed until this epidemic is over.
NCFB is asking for your help in three new ways
- Please check on your neighbors. If something doesn’t seem right, call the police and ask for a well check.
- Help neighbors by sharing area resource information:
- VICTORY gardens: Yes, we have done this before! We have seen the depleted supermarket shelves. Growing more food in your garden each season will help you, your neighbors and your larger community. You don’t like mowing grass anyway!
Conserve your dollars and our natural resources: We know the economic recovery is far off. You can save your funds and the environment by considering the return of clothesline, gas up only one car while we all are working from home, install a new ceiling fan, and reconsider how early the air conditioner needs to be turned on.
Emergencies notwithstanding, we will be closed to external business on Friday, March 20 as we attempt to re-focus internally on continuing to meet the ongoing crisis. Please give us an opportunity to recover and reschedule a different day for visits, calls and shelf-stable food donations.
With folks self-isolating and keeping a social distance from one another, it is more important than ever to have ways to check on neighbors and friends through sharing of contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses. I would even recommend having a Block Captain, if possible, someone who can be a go-to point for sharing of hyper local information. Situations can arise such as someone needing a hand grocery shopping, caring for a pet in the event someone gets ill and is unable to care for them, or even an emergency at someone's home in the event that they have decided to stay in a location other than the Borough.
In addition, I am including a Narberth Community Helpers list. These are community members who have already volunteered to help their neighbors in this time of need. You may reach out to them if you find yourself in need of assistance. You may also add yourself to the list if you would like to do so. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1txjYCupY8-OBNCyL2rOCL5HtABP2w3Z-BiG72jo7PHc/edit?fbclid=IwAR1fnMsAD8RbkV92fO30JV0qt7VG4vi2yazj1zEIe6FFD3EZbJeSBfEFow8#gid=0
Not everyone is on social media, nor is everyone on Narberth's email list, and it is vital that we have methods to stay in touch with one another through this challenging time. This is one step we can take to help secure our community.
Andrea Deutsch, Mayor
Aaron Muderick, President of Borough Council
As we settle in to a new routine under COVID-19 restrictions, we want to thank the children, adults, workers, business owners, and our near Narberth neighbors. We can see the strength of community as each of us modifies daily activities to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
I have two points of information:
1) The borough is staffing a special email address firstname.lastname@example.org which will respond within an hour's time from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Use it for COVID-19 related questions and concerns. If you have questions about the continuity of government services during this state of emergency, this is the best address to get your questions answered quickly. It will remain in place until further notice.
2) The borough council will meet electronically tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30pm, for our regular meeting of Borough Council. The Civic Association is working to livestream the audio of this meeting on their Facebook page. If you would like to dial-in to listen to the meeting, please call 712-770-4010 and use access code 619221. Please mute your phone when you enter the meeting. You will be able to use this dial-in number for the public comment portion of the meeting as well.
We will continue to remain in close contact with county, state and federal officials so that we may have access to the most up to date information. We will continue to communicate new information as it becomes available.
Aaron Muderick, President
Narberth Borough Council
Andrea Deutsch, Mayor
News compiled by Ed Ridgway, NBA president, marketing consultant, and a COMPASS real estate agent with the Cindy Ridgway team.