July 12 Update from Utility Line Services:
"As of (July 12) the gas main on Wynnewood Rd between Haverford and Montgomery. We should not have any crews working on Wynnewood over the next two weeks’ time while we get the main installed on the side streets off of Wynnewood. The main is currently installed on Narwyn Lane and Foxhall Lane should have all the main installed by the end of the day today. Both of these will be going on gas this Monday 7/15. Starting today the crew that was working on Wynnewood is starting the main installation on Wynlyn Rd right off of Wynnewood Rd. The crew that installed Narwyn and Foxhall will be progressing to Langdon Lane, then Wynnewood Court after that."
I love best of lists, and this one, from Main Line Today, is always good.
Selfishly, I'd prefer they stuck to the Main Line, instead of Western suburbs like Coatesville, Downingtown, and Phoenixville, but I still love seeing the list, and always enjoy the big #BOMLT party they throw every July.
Here are some Narberth Borough winners, plus a couple of non-Narberth local faves:
Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2019
Family-Friendly Event (Tie)
Narberth Dickens Festival
West Chester Christmas Parade
Mixed Martial Arts
Technique, stamina and upper-body strength form the foundation of owner Rodney Rappe’s classes. Mixing boxing with other martial arts styles and fitness tools, his full-body workouts are as effective as they are addictive.
104 N. Essex Ave., Narberth, (610) 420-1295, www.uppercutgymnarberth.com.
The Narberth Avenue Bridge is now a one-way bridge for cars, going South to North. The road is divided so that pedestrians can use the other half of the road, protected by a safety barrier.
The long-term plan is bridge replacement of our 100+ year-old bridge, and the current schedule (if it holds) has that project starting next Spring. PennDot has a ton of bridges in line for replacement, so we hope our project doesn't get pushed back again. I'll report on www.narberthonline.com if I hear anything.
May 27, 2019 is Memorial Day, a day set aside for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Narberth's Memorial Day Parade sponsored by American Legion Post 356 and the Narberth War Memorial Committee is scheduled for Monday, May 27th starting at 9:30 AM at the intersection of Windsor and Conway. The main viewing area is Downtown Narberth but travels through some neighborhood streets. There is a memorial service immediately following the parade at the Narberth War Memorial (N. Wynnrwood and Windsor).
Parade Route: The parade starts at Windsor and Conway; Conway to Price; right on Price, to Narberth; right on Narberth, to Woodbine; left on Woodbine, to Iona; right on Iona, to Haverford; right on Haverford to Essex; right on Essex to Windsor; left on Windsor to the Memorial site, at Wynnewood.
The Memorial Day Parade needs at least 3 to 6 volunteers to be Parade Marshals. No experience is needed - just a couple hours of your time. These volunteers help with the line-up and then walk along with the parade to keep the parade moving in an orderly fashion. They would meet John Nardi at the Legion Hall at 8:30 am, where he will assign them their duties. Anyone adult interested should contact John Nardi either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 610-664-5504.
Friday, May 3 - First Friday and NarbART
Join your friends and neighbors for an evening out in the Borough. Shop and browse the NarbART string art in the windows. Have dinner or a drink at your favorite Narberth establishment. If you only get to one First Friday this year, make it this one! There will be live music, open houses, First Friday specials, art openings, kid's activities and more! For info on this or any Narberth event, go to narberthonline.com.
Saturday, May 4 - NarbEarth Day
Celebrate the Earth, green living, and a lighter, local lifestyle at the Narberth Civic Association‘s 30th annual NarbEARTH Day on Saturday May 4th, noon to 4 p.m. (Rain date, May 5th). This free family-friendly event features exhibits and activities promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability. Locally sourced food and artisan goods will be available for purchase. Walk over or ride your bike. Free bike valet parking will be provided by Narberth Cycling Club!
Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18 - Sidewalk Sale
Shop all your Narberth favorites!
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Parade
Cheer the parade as it winds through the Borough!
Friday, June 7 - First Friday and NarBark Dog Parade
June's First Friday marks the silliest event of the year, where costumed Narberth pooches strut their stuff for prizes.
Sunday, June 9 - Spring Narberth Music & Arts Festival
The first Music Fest of 2019 brings a day of live music and shopping.
Narberth Comprehensive Plan
This link takes you to draft of the proposed Comprehensive Plan on the Borough website. A Comprehensive plan is a long-range planning tool that helps municipalities guide future growth and development. It provides broad goals and specific strategies and implementation recommendations that form the basis for future decision-making to achieve the vision for the future.
How and why is Narberth creating a comprehensive plan? Narberth Borough set out to adopt its first Comprehensive plan to identify the community’s shared vision for the future and establish guidelines for a coordinated implementation of strategies to aid in achieving this vision. This plan is the result of a year-long process of data gathering and public input to establish the community vision and attempts to answer the question of what defines “Narberth”. The plan links the various causes and effects of change in the borough, and provides goals and recommendations to guide borough leaders in making decisions that will further the goals of the community.
How do I participate? You can attend one of the upcoming public meetings or provide feedback via the link provided on the Borough’s website, or here.
All these events and more are listed in this Narberth calendar. To stay up to date between these emails, use the Narberth online website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation in the "Narberth" Facebook group.
The Narberth Run is this Saturday. All roads on the route (map below) will be closed to cars from 8:30 to about 10:15. It's been the same drill every year for 25 years - so don't be the person caught by surprise!
Online registration ends tonight (Thursday), but you can register in person on Friday, April 26th, between 5-7 pm in the Girl Scout Room (next to Narberth Library) or on Race Day from 7:30 – 8:45 am.
April 13 - Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance at this annual classic, where children are divided into age categories to search for candy-filled eggs in Narberth Park. Don’t be late because the hunt only takes a few minutes of furious egg-gathering!
April 27 - Narberth Run
May 4 - NarbEarth Day
Calling all who want to celebrate and save our dear Earth! The 30th annual NarbEarth Day will be held on Saturday May 4th, from noon to 4 p.m. Come connect with the EPA, Clean Air Council and Citizens Climate Lobby, as well as local groups such as GMO Free PA, Providence Animal Center and Roughwood Seed Collection.
Presented by the Narberth Civic Association, the event will be held outdoors in Narberth Park, right next to the Narberth Community Library.. Walk over or ride your bike. A free bike valet will be provided! The rain date is Sunday, May 5th.
The event features:
● Feasting on locally-sourced organic food and beverages from JPM Catering and Events, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, and other vendors
● Test riding bicycles from Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles in the “pop-up” protected bike lane
● Participating in eco-friendly activities and crafts
● Listening to music by Grip It & Rip It
● Buying “pick your prize” raffle tickets for incredible prizes from local businesses
● Shopping for local produce at the “pop-up” Green Zebra Farm stand
● Reading about horticultural classes offered at The Barnes Foundation in Merion
● Brightening up your garden with new perennials from the Plant Swap and Sale
● Swapping toys, household goods, kids’ clothes at Lower Merion-Narberth Totally Free Items
● Purchasing books at the Narberth Community Library Used Book Sale
● Exploring the rich history of the borough with the Friends of Narberth History
● Planning for a sustainable Narberth future with Narberth 2050 initiative
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://www.narberthcivic.org and http://youtu.be/0-og5kG1DWE or contact Patsy Higgins at 610-608-2445 or email email@example.com.
This was Tracy and Otis, back in 2012, when the Narberth bridge was closed for repairs. At that time, Narbs and Nearbs from all the surrounding neighborhoods came together to support our downtown businesses.
Until the upcoming inspection, we won't know if the current bridge closure is temporary, or whether the span needs to stay closed to cars until the new bridge is finished. What we do know for sure is that some of our local shops have already started feeling the pain.
The business community, the Borough Council, and the Borough office have started discussions about a joint response to the current closure, and to the inevitable year+ closure when the bridge is replaced. With downtown construction projects on the horizon as well, we want to be prepared to meet these challenges head on. Our goal is to make the process as painless for everyone as possible as we all navigate the streets and park our cars.
It won't be perfect, but together, as a community, we can get through this. Please look out for future messages about our plans, and for opportunities to be part of the solution. In the meantime, please start now, by making that extra effort to support your favorite shops and restaurants.
Stop at Le Petit Mitron tomorrow morning for a croissant, or get coffee at your own favorite spot. We're lucky to have some great choices, so let's keep it that way. And come out tomorrow night for First Friday. Tell your neighbors. Grab your friends. Wait for a table. Spring for a round. Buy someone a gift. And let's give our favorite downtown a little extra love.
As you know, the Narberth Ave bridge is closed to vehicles. (See the Borough’s notice on that here: https://mailchi.mp/4b1fbd2b1fae/narberth-avenue-bridge-closed-to-vehicles-effective-friday-march-8-2019?e=157a80867a) It's important to note that Council is taking a "better safe than sorry" approach to some recent bridge reports and concerns, and that the bridge has not been given an "unsafe" safety score.
So what comes next? The inspection team will give us a report to update us on the bridge's condition and safety. If all the reports are finished by then, the Council expects to revisit the issue at their March 20 meeting. It's definitely going to cost us some money that will not be reimbursed. While the Borough's share of the bridge replacement costs is only 5%, we are 100% responsible for the cost of repairs. The Borough will certainly have to invest in some netting to catch potential debris. Depending on the reports and what is possible, Council will have to decide whether it makes sense to rebuild one or both of the "boardwalk" pedestrian walkways on the side, which have a different support structure that is attached to the rest of the bridge. Council may need to decide on whether to make other bridge repairs, for the road portion of the bridge. Also depending on the reports, Council may reopen the bridge to vehicles.
Much of the Borough’s focus at this time is on the long-term plan, which is replacement of this 114 year-old bridge. This replacement has been anticipated for the last twenty years, at least, but the Borough can’t dictate the schedule for a project that involves PECO, PennDot, Septa, Amtrak, etc. Plus there are tons of other bridges slated for replacement that are on the same waiting list as ours. Our start date has been moved back many times. PennDot has currently budgeted this project to start this Fall (2019), before the construction phase, with some land acquisitions at the ends of the bridge. After the project goes to bid this winter, if the schedule doesn’t change, construction could start in Spring of 2020 and take 12-14 months.
News compiled by Ed Ridgway, NBA president, and marketing consultant at Main Line PR