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October 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Halloween Night

Had very few trick or treaters come down our street again, not unusual.   We did have two odd ones though around 8:45pm.  A woman and man both wearing street clothes and just masks came to my door.  At first I thought they were teenagers until the woman asked how many pieces of candy I was giving to kids.  I asked her how old she was while closely watching the shady man who was with her.  They quickly rushed off of my porch.  They proceeded to walk up to my neighbors front doors but did not…


Added by Jared Brennan on October 31, 2013 at 10:05pm — 2 Comments

In Ridley Park, politics and sex and religion are personal

We're all seeing that political conversations in Ridley Park get heated very quickly. Even when we talk to our family, or neighbors and friends, it's hard to keep a cool head about some subjects.  

The very design of RPOL encourages members to share their stories, voice their comments, and share their opinions on our blogs and forums. Our…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 24, 2013 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Ridley Park resident presses Ridley School Board

At the October Ridley School Board meeting, Ridley Park resident Tom Ricker asked school directors to post the monthly board meeting agendas the Friday before regular meetings and that all board meetings be videotaped and posted online as well as run on Ridley television. Ricker also asked that all negotiated contracts be posted online.  Correspondent Barbara Ormsby was…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 24, 2013 at 7:35am — 2 Comments

R & D candidates seek Ridley Park Council seats

The Pennsylvania General Election on November 5th is a pivotal election for Ridley Park.  With the majority vote on Council and the Mayors seat up for grabs, Barbara Ormsby visited Ridley Park, talked with the political bosses here, and…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

Ridley Park Council spends on Special Council to handle billboard debacle

In the wake of Hetzel Park area residents continued complaints and concerns about a lighted billboard in their neighborhood that overlooks Interstate 95, council voted Tuesday night to appoint a special counsel to handle the sign issue. The billboard is allowed in the borough as a result of a federal court judge’s mandate that billboards cannot be restricted. There has been several years of litigation involving the billboard.  This story is filed by correspondent…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 21, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Work at the lake

What's happening at the lake with the big tubes, trucks and workers? Lakeview Kdg has questions and I'd like to provide some answers. Thanks!

Added by Mrs Jones on October 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Angry residents storm Ridley Park Council Meeting with billboard concerns

Hetzel Park area residents continued to voice their anger and concerns about a billboard with LED lights in their neighborhood at Ridley Park Borough Council's meeting on Oct. 15. The billboard overlooks Interstate 95 and will be visible to southbound motorists on the interstate. …


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 18, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Hindsight in the fight against billboards in Ridley Park

I'm finding it astounding that Ridley Park is not alone in our plight against billboard pollution; in particular the lighted ones. 

The scenes from town hall meetings and city council meetings across America are identical to Ridley Park's; heated,…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 18, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

USA Cities battle over digital billboards

Communities around the country increasingly are in fights over digital billboards: glaring, changeable roadside signs that visually scream for attention.

Critics, such as the conservation group Scenic America, call them "TV on a stick" that distract drivers, disfigure the landscape and disturb the…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Billboard & Lack of Leadership in Ridley Park - join the fight to bring them down.

On Tuesday night at the council meeting, the residents of Hetzel Park witnessed what happens when a majority of councilors chose their political party's interest over the interest of the residents who elected the council to be their voice.  We all know that a serious mistake and failure happened in March of 2011 when we the council, re-zoned the portion of Hetzel Park to Commercial in order to place the billboard on borough property. 

We enabled a few of the "so called"…


Added by Jared Brennan on October 17, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Billboard info via Town Talk & RP Mtg minutes

Reasonable person standard in contract law – how would a resident have known that I-95 was also known as Hetzel Park. Please stop saying we should have known where the sign was being erected.


Town Talk 09/30/11

During the business portion of the borough meeting, council approved an ordinance amending the borough zoning map to permit construction of one billboard along Interstate 95.

Council president Bob Berger said the action satisfies a federal…


Added by D Trefz on October 17, 2013 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Learn to Swim at the Ridley Y!

Frequently Asked Questions about Swim Lessons at the Ridley Y



How long does it take for my child to learn how to swim?

Each child is different and learns at his or her own pace.  We ask that you avoid comparing your child with other children.  At the YMCA, we want this learning experience to be an enjoyable one for the child, instructor, and…


Added by Kevin Pierce on October 11, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Meet Barbara Ormsby

Any Ridley Park resident who has read the Delaware County Times about news about Ridley Park knows the name Barbara Ormsby. And of course, every politician inside and outside of Ridley Park knows Barbara Ormsby as well for her journalistic talents.  And that same reason Barbara Ormsby is the reason for this story in the DelCoNew Network by…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 9, 2013 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Damning Email - This one's for you Ridley Park First

Just wanted to share an email that Bob Berger sent to an office worker in regards to how information about the billboard is to be handled.  Who is the deceptive one?  Hey Dawn and Bob , this one's for you!



Added by Jared Brennan on October 6, 2013 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Councilors ignore Hetzel Park Residents request!

What a complete and despicable Work Shop meeting transpired last night at Borough Hall.  Council President Bob Berger read a statement by the solicitor basically saying that NOTHING will be done to stop the billboard from being installed and turned on.  The solicitor bailed out and hid from the residents just like Bob Boland, the negotiator and creator of the billboard debacle,  has done.   The PUPPET council members that support this "do nothing" attitude divert and dodge answers to…


Added by Jared Brennan on October 2, 2013 at 7:02pm — 9 Comments

Ridley Park's monthly workshop meeting ground to a halt

There was an overflow crowd in Borough Hall last night as residents once again asked questions and looked for answers about how to bring down the billboard in Hetzel Park.   The meeting last night was the Borough's monthly "workshop meeting" where there's rarely a crowd and Council Members (CM's) have a chance to informally discuss old business, any…


Added by RidleyParkOnline on October 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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