Gallery Mall downtown looks like a post-apocalypse scene

Here's a pic from Hidden City Philadelphia's Instagram account: This pic made us wonder about the good old Granite Run Mall, demolished last year. It turns out that "Abandoned Malls" is a thing. We'd heard about "urban exploring" or "decay" seekers wandering around the old Swell Bubblegum Factory in the space now occupied by the YMCA. Apparently "Abandoned Malls" is a popular pastime with these type of folks. A YouTube guy named Dan Bell did visit and tape the Granite Run Mall before it closed, when only a handful of stores were still open. Meanwhile King of Prussia has a brand new wing. The new section's shiny bright newness makes the rest of the mall look like total crap, but hey, that mall is KICKING. Thank god. And Springfield is hanging in there too despite being the bridesmaid for Mall Rats 2.   … [Read more...]

Veterans Park, Broomall

The scene tonight at Veterans, when we were on another Pokémon Walk … [Read more...]

HHS student to host free, huge Quidditch tourney at Haverford College Oct. 8th, 2016

By now you may have heard that Chestnut Hill puts on a big Harry Potter Festival. This year's festivities will be held the weekend of October 21-22nd. HavertowniesHQ attended the festival in its fledgling early years. This will be the first year they shut down the street to auto traffic. The event is also getting some widespread press. We suspect it will be quite big. But guess what? We're going to have our own Harry Potter coolness right here in the Township! AND with lots of parking. Haverford High School Senior Jack McGovern started his own 501c3 non profit Quidditch league and there will be a free admission, open-to-the-public day-long college Quidditch tournament at Haverford College on Saturday October 8th! (Haverford Township Day is the weekend before, October 1, 2016).       Here's a bonus: If any of your university-bound Harry Potter fans are interested in any of the institutions participating (Rutgers, Villanova, Virginia), this tourney could be a good time to talk to some of that college's students. Think about it - fun atmosphere, honest feedback. But what a fun event for the little ones, too! Free to go, easy to park (see the parking directions to the South Lot here). There will be some snacks available but bring your own food and drink if you want something more substantial. This is will be a great way to connect with the fandom and see a once-fictional, very exciting sport in real life. And it was all arranged by one of our own. Here's a note from Jack McGovern on how he got into this whole thing: "Real-life quidditch, which was adapted from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in 2005, is a co-ed, contact sport that incorporates elements of rugby, basketball and dodge ball. The 8 teams at the tournament will be some of the best college quidditch teams in the country including Villanova, Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia. I went to my first quidditch tournament as a sixth grade student at Haverford Middle … [Read more...]

School year starts for us after labor day

Seems like lots of parents from other parts of the Commonwealth and beyond are posting back-to-school pics. Not Townies! The Haverford School District begins after Labor Day. According to this 2013 article, our district is one of 57 out of about 500 in PA that begins after the holiday. We all seem to be OK with this. For now, anyway... because the Atlantic Ocean is still cold in the early part of June and an overwhelming amount of us seem to head down the shore for one last hurrah over the Labor Day weekend. It's like when the kids in the Poconos have off the first day of hunting season: may as well give 'em the day because they won't show up to school anyway. We here at HavertowniesHQ think the logic is the same. We like our late summer days down da shore! Plus, we need the extra days to get everything on the supply list. What do you say? Would you want the school year to start earlier? … [Read more...]

Someone painted a swastika on an H-Town mom’s garbage can. Here’s how our community is responding.

H-Town resident Esther Cohen-Eskin woke up early in the morning of August 19, 2016, to see a swastika spray-painted on her garbage can. Esther and her family are Jewish. She took to Facebook to share her dismay: "I walked outside this morning to take out the trash, and on my can someone spray painted a swastika. We have lived here for almost 20 years. I have happily raised my kids and celebrated the openness and safety of this town. I am so saddened by this occurrence..." Esther was distraught. But then a neighbor brought up her spirits with a little spark of wisdom that lit up the creative fire in Esther. As she explains on Facebook: "...I was mad, scared and angry, and then our fellow neighbor and one of my dearest friends said, 'nothing conquers hate more than love.' So I am asking you, in this neighborhood, (and beyond if you want to share), paint something positive on your trashcan! We can, in our little way, turn this symbol of hate into something beautiful. A flower, a peace sign, an animal, a doodle... anything your imagination can come up with." An artist by trade, Esther quickly put her talents to good use. She broke out her paints and set out to obliterate the hate. Here's the before/after Esther shared, a few hours later: Esther's post is being shared amongst Townies and beyond. Today, some photos of "improved trash" cans have come in, to Esther's page and the Havertownies Facebook page. Click on the pic for a slide show of 20+ cans so far: So, Townies, what do you say? Break out your own spray paint and tape, stickers, streamers, whatever you like. Let's show 'em what we do with trash. :) Send your pics to admin -at- havertownies -dot-- com or see us on Facebook. We'll add them to the slide show! … [Read more...]

Hidden Place, H-Town

We don't really have an Adventure Tourism guide for Haverford Township. We have found some remote, quirky places tucked away in off-the-beaten track trails and roads, though. Do you recognize this? No? It's part of the CREC trails. The plaque commemorates an old railroad that went through that spot. It's a bit grown over at the moment, but that adds to the adventure part of it!   P.S. If you want some help finding this spot, there's a hike this Saturday! HIKE: Saturday, August 20 – Reserve North / Under the Blue Route Hike 9 – 11 am Meet in the first parking lot on the right after you enter the Reserve from Darby Road (~1000 Parkview Drive for GPS/Maps). Hike all north and west trails from the PECO trail to the Blue Route trail. Moderate difficulty 3 mile hike with a few short but steep climbs. Stream views, mostly shaded. Passing under one of the busiest Interstates (I476) into a quiet wetland preserve, traverse an old rail right of way with great views, and then return using the Backwoods and Athertyn trails. Good walking shoes, long pants/sleeves or repellent suggested. … [Read more...]

Irish brothers would fit in well here

The Donovan brothers won a silver medal in rowing at Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics. Lots of things to say about that, in a *very* thick accent. It may take you non-Irishy Townies twice through to understand these lads, but it's worth it. Hilarious interview! Nothing like the Irish humor, is there? Go over to the Irish channel RTE on Facebook to suss out what these two told all the folks back home who apparently are "mad" for rowing now.   … [Read more...]

Watch for cars on the trails

We've been noticing township cars cruising the the Pennsy and Merry Place trails. The Merry Place trail is way too narrow for both a township truck (like Animal Control) and say, a stroller. Definitely not a double stroller! Hopefully when they come by you'll be walking near a space to get out of the way. Pennsy trail has plenty of "shoulder;" Merry Place's trail does not.   … [Read more...]

PokéWalk Tonight! Veteran’s Park in Broomall 7:30pm

Havertownies Unite! Let's meet at the gazebo in Veteran's Memorial Park in Broomall tonight at 7:30. This park ROCKS for Pokémon!!! It's a best-kept secret for trainers! The park has a little loop walk with over a dozen Pokéstops and a gym. Come fill up your bags and trade tips and show us the rare Pokémon you've collected. Tonight's weather will be clear and a comfy 82 degrees F. This is a great walk for kids. A ton of stops are right next to each other, so it's super easy to load up on Pokémon and items for your bags. Meet in the gazebo at 7:30 tonight and we'll start walking. We'll do one loop around the park together (less than a 1/2 mile). You can keep going round and round tie the sun goes down or gather back at the gazebo or grab a bench to battle at the gym. Bring water bottles and bug spray! Spread the word!   DETAILS: Tonight, Wednesday July 20 2016 at 7:30 pm-sundown Veteran's Memorial Park, 354 Lawrence Road in Broomall, PA (Marple township). Parking is available. Meet at the Gazebo at 7:30pm. Come a little early or a little late! Just look for your fellow Pokémon trainers!   If the parking lot is full, see the neighboring streets for street parking. There is a light at Warren Blvd to cross. … [Read more...]

Storm swishes through Swiss Farms and H-Town: Photos

Here are some photos collected from Townies and news sources. We're adding as we go. Click on the photo to flip through the gallery:   … [Read more...]

Recycling moving today

Today the glass and paper/cardboard recycling bins (why never any plastic?) will move to some place in the township you’ve likely never been: the Fire Training Grounds. If you’ve ever walked Merry Place’s Darby Creek path all the way to the end, you’ve run into the fire training grounds. The area has a township building, a parking lot and a fire tower. This will be the new home of the big recycling dumpsters that were by the skate park. Merry Place got the Skate Park. The fire grounds got the recycling. Shit’s getting real on the new police/township building. Here’s a map: To get to the bins, you need to take that left at the light into the weird medical building complex off WCP. You know: that road you take to get to Barnaby’s. Follow that road around and take a left on Hilltop Road. There’s a little drive off to the left for the fire training grounds. Our guess: those bins will see a LOT less use. … [Read more...]

Concert in the Park was chill. Pics.

Make sure to take blankets and chairs to Paddock Park next Saturday, June 18, 2016 to hear the very popular Jeffrey Gaines. It's 10 bucks. It starts at 6. You can find plenty of parking around there (the produce store will be closed, so that lot will be convenient). iRadioPhilly/Kelly Music for Life is using awesome local startup Ticketleap, too. Good stuff, all around. … [Read more...]