Our own little ice show! Dec. 17, 2017

Havertownies HQ is in Mario Oliva's section of town, so we get his emails. We received a very merry one today. We don't usually post events that cost money, but this flyer was just so sweet and it involves the kids of H-Town. The Skatium is inviting all Townies to get tickets for an ice show of local talent at the Skatium* on the afternoon of Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm. It's like our own private Winter Olympics preview! 8 bucks gets you into the show, open skate and skate rental. That's a deal! Kids under 10 are $5.00. Come on over to the 1000 block o' Darby Road and see the show and get some winter fun on. … [Read more...]

Leaf collection up in the air

  The snow has compelled our trusty Townie workers to convert the trucks into snow removal machines. Larry Gentile, top Townie Whats-What-Sayer, wrote a note to 2nd Ward Commissioner Mario Oliva (R, who was recently re-elected), saying, basically: No idea if or when we'll get those last bits 'o tree trash this year: "This weather is not what we were hoping to happen this early.  Our crews were called into work last evening to break down the trucks from leaf collections to salting operations. It took most of the evening and we currently have 10 trucks ready to apply salt to our roads.  If the weather prediction is accurate and the snow freezes the leaves, our leaf collections will be complete for the year. It is too early to predict now but I will have more information for you Monday evening. Larry Gentile" Havertownies HQ has a big ol' pile of leaves out there waiting to be Noo-Noo'ed up. We may get a dose of what it's like to live in Montgo soon (they don't have a Noo-Noo and have to bag their own tree trash, like commoners!). Check here or our Facebook page or group for updates. UPDATE: We witnessed the leaf-sucking Noo-Noo truck in the Llanerch section on December 12, 2017 at about 11 a.m. … [Read more...]

HMS band and strings concert Dec 2017

Havertownies HQ was in the house at the Haverford Middle School concert on Wednesday, December 6th 2017 at 7:00pm at the Haverford High School auditorium. Our district's music program is pretty kick-ass, and the concert was yet another demonstration of it. You don't have to know much about music to appreciate the performance, shown below in music director's Alex Gittelman's video (that's Mr. Gittelman conducting). You just have to know what it's like to herd cats, and imagine those cats wielding fireworks. This is what it is like getting a bunch of 11-, 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds to play complicated band and orchestral pieces together. We were really impressed. This video doesn't do the full sound justice, but it still sounds good and you can get an idea of all the work everyone put in. Congrats, players and directors, and frankly, sincere congrats to the teachers and administrators who create and handle a-thousand-moving-parts schedules of said cats every week, month and year. Good job and great show! Thank you, all. … [Read more...]

2 Htown police press releases, 1 story

Havertownies HQ's middle-schooler asked us last week why there was increased police presence in H-Town. After we fainted from shock at said middle-schooler's (usually-nonexistent) observation skills, we offered up the run down of the knife-point hold-ups on Eagle Road. Today, the police released information about apprehending the knife-wielding suspects. Here are both press releases (link to pdf page. Safe to view). Press Release-Armed Robberies (Eagle Road) Press Release-Armed Robberies (suspects apprehended)   … [Read more...]

Election Day Nov 7 2017

Committee of Seventy has all voting information. Check it out.   … [Read more...]

Let’s get Swoop & the Eagles Cheerleaders to a Fords Football Game!

"Game of the Week" is an event covered by the Philadelphia Eagles media department (which gets local news coverage). If you have a twitter account, please vote for the Fords game scheduled for October 14th at home. Here's what you do: Go to the current GAME OF THE WEEK. Click on the middle option "@mntigers vs @fords_football". Click through to tweet it out. The most tweets wins! You can tweet it as many times as you like. Right now, we're waaaay behind so we need some help. Voting ends at 11:59 on October 9th. The Fords are 4 and 2. They are having a great season and this team, the band, the cheerleaders, the boosters, the fans, the coaches and everyone involved in HHS sports deserves some recognition! (And heck, you can always delete your tweets after October 10th). If you know any Tigers football advocates, ask them to tweet too. Tweets don't have to be regional, so get the cousins involved, too (we know you have a ton!). Send them the link. Let's do this for our kids and our awesome athletics at HHS!   … [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...]

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...]

Retiring old flags, and YAY! Flag Day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 is Flag Day. Let's show Delco how it's done! __________________________ The US Library of Congress tells us the legend of the flag, which all Townies should know by now: It's said that George Washington approached Betsy Ross (a seamstress) to sew up a flag. This was in June of 1776, a month before the Declaration of Independence was to be announced. We imagine good old Betsy had to tell the rest of her clients to GFY for that month. Having a rush job to make an entire new flag for a new country that would undoubtedly go to war soon was probably a bit stressful. Anyway, it got done. And how shrewd of old George to know a flag would be needed before the big day. It's almost as if the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing, eh? There have been 27 different versions of the US flag. The current one we have was established in 1960, after Hawaii was the 5-0 State of the Union. We'll probably see more states added in our lifetime, namely Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands or others. We always thought 52 stars would be nice, as it would match a card deck. The US was such a huge gamble in the beginning. A card deck is fitting, in a way. Someone in HavertowniesHQ direct area flies a flag that is tattered and torn. This is a big no-no. Let's all display nice, intact flags this Tuesday. No stains, rips or shreds. New flags are sold everywhere and they aren't that expensive. Also, if flags are flown at night, they must be lit up like the Fourth of July. Let's make an effort. The flag is for everyone, not just the crazies. Let's win the most-flags-out-on-flag-day (non-existent) prize. Maybe we can get some good press in The News of Delco. We might not be the la-dee-dah safest township in Pa but we're a civil rights, life, liberty, pursuit-of-wine-sales-in-Giant loving bunch, despite our political differences. Can we all just stick out one little flag on Tuesday? Let's do it. The scouting troops in the area and the VFWs take old … [Read more...]