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February 2010 Blog Posts (18)

Cardinalis cardinalis!

The Latin name of the brilliant red bird who has started to sing in the mornings - spring is indeed on the way!

Added by Rebecca Clemmer on February 28, 2010 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

What's the beef - where's the snow?

Yesterday morning when Ridley Parkers looked out their windows, one of the things on everybody's mind was "where's the snow?" A nor-easter had been predicted to slam-us overnight and by morning's light, the most snow we could see was a couple inch dusting and an eight or ten inch snow drift; a literal dud for the resident's of Delco's snow capitol.… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Ridley Park Officials argue over finances


RIDLEY PARK The dispute about borough finances continued at council's recent meeting [Feb. 16].

Finance Chairman Suzanne Murtha reported the borough had a "negative" $19,239 going into 2010, while previous finance chairman Jeanne Frantz maintained there were several deposits made into borough…


Added by Nina on February 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Activists hold vigil at Taylor Hospital

Thursday, February 18, 2010, Ridley Park

Supporters for health care reform ended the first of an eight-day march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., Wednesday with a candlelight vigil at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Participants left the Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia about noon and arrived at Taylor shortly after 6:30 p.m. The walk is in honor of Melanie Shouse, a health care reform advocate who died from breast cancer after her insurance company refused to pay for… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 18, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Ridley Park ice dams and damn ice

During the thaw from a record breaking snowfall in Ridley Park, keep your eyes to the ground for the "damn ice," and start looking upwards for the "ice dams."

Ice dams are forming everywhere around Ridley Park right now, and their telltale signs are the beautiful icicles we see formed on the sides of the homes all around us. The trouble is, if you are… Continue

Added by Howard McCoy on February 16, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Mother Nature's duality - beautiful snow killing Ridley Park's trees & shrubs

If you're a gardener, you know the duality of Mother Nature's ways; hot opposite cold, light opposite dark and creation opposite destruction. With the beauty of her impressive winter storms this week, the heavy weight of her snow has been an unfolding tragedy for many of Ridley Park's evergreen trees, shrubs and bushes.

If we're counting the number of downed big limbs, then the loss of big evergreen limbs in ABC field would begin to count over… Continue

Added by Howard McCoy on February 14, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Love Letters is on at The Barnstormers

While the snow caused us to have a preview night tonight, tomorrow night's fundraiser performance of "Love Letters" is on at The Barnstormers. This is first in several fundraisers being held to send The Barnstormers production of "Fin and Euba" to International Competition in Liverpool NS CANADA this summer. Walk on over to the theater and enjoy the intimate romantic atmosphere of this acclaimed production featuring Marc Schule as Andrew Makepiece Ladd III and Patricia Bradford as Melissa…


Added by Marsha L. Amato-Greenspan on February 13, 2010 at 12:46am — No Comments

Recommendations from Delco's Snow Capitol, Ridley Park

All of us in the Snow Capitol of Delaware County gained 51.5 inches of experience this week and our collective wisdoms should not be let to pass. We need to tell our stories and share our experiences!

Our Borough Manager, Carole Nasella, came forth with two great suggestions

that saved my block a lot of effort and payed back with big results; we

moved our cars off the streets… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 12, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Resident comments from DelCo's Snow Capitol

The Delco Times story has it right - Ridley Park is Delco's newest snow capitol after a whopping 51.5 inches of snow fell onto Ridley Park in the past week. DelcoTimes story and veteran journalist Paul Luce tells us tales from… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Ridley Park - Newest Official "Snow Capitol"

The combined official numbers from the National Weather for the 1-2

punch delivered by Mother Nature since last Saturday shows a clear

winner when it comes to the most snowfall.

The title of Snow Capital of the Philadelphia area goes to Ridley Park, which officially

got 51.5 inches of snow in the past week.

Nearby Boothwyn and… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 11, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fire Hydrants


If you have a fire hydrant on your property or your neighbor does, please do the fire department and ultimately yourself, and dig out the hydrant. This highly unusual amount of snow makes access to hydrants difficult. When doing your digging out please do not bury the hydrants. Remember the hydrants are there to protect your homes and your lives, if we have dificulty in getting to a hydrant precious time is lost.

Ned Donkin


Added by Ned Donkin on February 11, 2010 at 9:44am — 6 Comments

Snow budgets freezing up around Delco

In Ridley Park, which had the distinction of receiving the most snow in

the county — at 30 inches — borough highway crews did “a great job”

overall despite breakdowns in two out of five trucks, said Councilman

Jared Brennan.

“One broke down twice during the storm,” he said. A driver had to obtain a backhoe to get the plow off so the truck could

be towed.

Details and… Continue

Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 9, 2010 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

Yikes! Just phoned in a 911 call on a fire at St. Madeline school

We were just driving home this evening around 9, and as we passed the school parking lot the kids said "the dumpster's on fire!" - actually it was the newspaper recycle bin. We called it in and soon heard the sound of sirens. Hopefully there wasn't much damage; we didn't hang around in the snow to watch. At least it was against a brick wall.

Added by Rebecca Clemmer on February 9, 2010 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Snow Emergency Guidelines for Ridley Park

Our new Borough manager is reaching out to RPOL members and all residents of Ridley Park and asking for our HELP with the upcoming snowstorm. Over the weekend she experienced our Borough's snow troubles first hand and today she's asking all residents to help each other and for each resident to join together and help with the Borough's snow removal.

- Remove your cars from the roadways…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on February 9, 2010 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Cross country skiing at ABC field

My husband reports that he has again broken fabulous trails at the ABC field - get your cross country skiis out and enjoy! Start on the Thayer St. side, west corner of the park.

Added by Rebecca Clemmer on February 7, 2010 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Tax increase for Ridley Park Approved

As the snow began to fall, the wind was howling inside Borough Hall last night as Borough Council passed the 2010 budget and increased the taxes of Ridley Park residents. With a 5 to 2 vote, Council approved the 2010 budget that increases the per capita tax, raises the real estate tax, and passes along the County sewer tax that the County hands down to the Borough.

With the outside temperature in the upper 20's, the heat inside the Borough Hall was on high during the meeting. In a… Continue

Added by Howard McCoy on February 6, 2010 at 8:00am — 29 Comments

Preparing for snow picture taking

There's a big snow storm predicted tomorrow and that means we'll have lots of opportunities for taking snow pictures and uploading them onto RidleyParkOnline. While a fresh snow fall produces an abundance of breathtaking backyard Ridley Park subjects, it's actually pretty tricky to take a good picture of snow. Besides the hazardous conditions for your equipment, the reflections off the bright snow can wash-out your pictures and you'll end up with gray snow instead of capturing the emotions of… Continue

Added by Howard McCoy on February 5, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments


Ridley Park Baseball & Sofball

Sign up on February 10, 17, 24th from 6-8pm and February 20th 1-3pm

At the Ridley Park Athletic Clubhouse on Ward Street

In 1961 a few people got together with an idea. The idea was to create an organization that would sponsor athletic acivities for the youth of Ridley Park. As the Ridley Park Athletic Club approaches its 50 year celebration, it is apparent that the mission of the club after all these… Continue

Added by Bob Berger on February 2, 2010 at 10:16am — No Comments

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