Fundraiser for Conshohocken Fire Victims

Guppies is having another fundraiser – this time there’s a little more notice.   All $20 goes to displaced residents.

Drink Beer for the Riverwalk Victims

$20 Open Beer Bar

Saturday September 6th

7-9 PM

2 Maple Street Conshohocken PA

Come on down, all $20 will go directly to the help the Riverwalk Victims.

Should be a blast, with live entertainment

Thanks a lot and look forward to seeing you at Guppy’s

Local Bar to help Conshohocken Fire Victims

Just received a message from Conshohocken Councilman Jason Salus regarding a local bar’s efforts to help local fire victims.

Guppy’s (2 Maple Street in Conshohocken) has just announced that they will donate 25% of their sales from tomorrow (8/16) and 75% of their sales from this Sunday (8/17) to aid the fire victims.   Guppy’s is open from 8 AM until 2 AM on Saturday; and from 8 AM until 12 Midnight on Sunday, serving coffee and pastries in the morning and afternoon and alcoholic beverages and pub food in the evening.

I recommend Guppies wholeheartedly.   Probably my favorite bar in the borough (not saying a whole lot, but it’s a really good bar).   Great beer selection – awesome bartenders.   More down to earth than the Boathouse and the Pub.

Conshohocken Burning

Yesterday there was a huge fire that displaced many people, destroyed personal belongings, and killed many pets. The fire at the Riverwalk at Millenium destroyed 375 apartments in 3 buildings, 400 displaced renters, and another 3 damaged buildings.   The Riverwalk has been a part of a renaissance here in Conshohocken.   The new restaurants, a diversifying of the people that live here, and a huge improvement to the reputation of this former blue collar town, this borough looked forward to what this development would bring to the area.

I rushed home when I heard embers were found up to 12 blocks away, and we live only 2 blocks as the crow (or ember) flies.   Our house and cats were a little smoky, but fine.

These luxury apartment allowed pets, so of course there were a lot of pets there.   It was 4:30 when the fire broke out, so not many people were home.

Eight alarms and almost 6 hours later before being declared under control.   Firemen were at the site well into today dousing hotspots, while construction equipment began the job of tearing down the remains of what was left.   People who lost everything cried, asked questions, and try to rebuild.   I can not even begin to imagine.

Currently it appears that the Red Cross has things under control, but with people needing so much help, financial donations are needed.   Please visit the Red Cross Pennsylvania site and make a donation.

Iamspencer is read far and wide (also I should be careful)

Today I went to Conshohocken meeting about to discuss the current state of the Conshohocken website (horrible). I didn’t want to just complain, I wanted to try and do something about the situation. So we go through introductions, a couple of councilmen, a concerned citizen, and the final introduction was the head of the public works department, the man who was responsible for the “You’re Trash” sign I found on our doorstep recently.

I had never run into someone that I had called out online. Really, really nice guy, and I felt bad.

Not that it will stop me the next time, but maybe I’ll be nicer? Or not. But it a good reminder that there are real people reading this crap and it it’s always a good idea to remember that.

Conshohocken Steals a Good Old Tree

Yesterday morning as I left for work I noticed the no parking sign on a telephone pole near our house. The sign wasn’t there the night before, and I figured they were doing some street cleaning or something else minor. When I arrived home, I saw a view of my home that I had never seen in the five plus years I have owned it – a view without the 100 plus year old tree that stood taller than our three story house. During the day, someone had taken down the tree that provided shade and distinction to our home. To be accurate, the tree was on my neighbor’s side of our twin, but we still loved having it here.

What was crazy was that no one had any idea why the tree was taken down. It was healthy. While it was large, and was affecting the sidewalk slightly, I have seen much worse – all the roots were under ground. There were no phone lines or electrical lines that passed over the tree. No obvious reason to remove the tree. No note; no explanation. I called the neighbor, he had no idea. I called the city council president, she had no idea. I left messages for our council person and then left it for the night. This morning, I saw two men outside our house, I went outside and spoke to them. One as in charge of Conshohocken Public Works, the other an engineer for the company responsible for the job. Apparently there is a huge public works project to redo the street, curbs, and sewer system on our entire avenue – close to a mile long. As part of this project the city, who contracted the job out to a contractor, who sub-contracted the sidewalk work out to someone else. Those contractors were supposed to notify the homeowners that the trees were being taken – and didn’t. I spoke to the borough manager and he didn’t know they were taking these trees. No one knows anything apparently.

I spoke to the council president tonight and was told that we should have been told about the tree being taken. But I told her the fault was even greater – we weren’t even briefed on a job that one man called “the largest public works project that Conshohocken had undertaken in years”. When I said that we should have been informed, she said the township can’t inform people of every little project. She said it was in the paper (some local paper I think). She said it was discussed at council meetings (last one I attended, a fist fight broke out between two council people over parking). I told her, that Conshohocken’s joke of a website had no info. That they could have sent a letter. Something. A job of this magnitude should have warranted more than apologies.

Ineffectual leaders. This town is run by people without the communication skill to be cashiers, much less representatives. They will pass the buck, and say that it is the fault of the people they hired, but as a citizen we elect our officials and at the very least I expect them to tell us what bad decisions they make. I know that’s naive – but it’s the base minimum expectation. It’s always said that we need to be more involved in our local affairs – that local government has more impact on our day to day lives. It makes you feel very small to know that people in an office somewhere can make decisions like this without letting you know. Trust me, I’m going to be raising holy hell.

To add insult to injury, today they ground down the stump and in the process sent debris through the window of our neighbor’s screen door. The glass was cleaned up as well as the debris, but no note accepting responsibility – just a broken window.

What’s scary is that this is a 3 year project. It’s off to a banner start.


A Test for the Grammatically Inclined

Sorry about the dearth in posts. Vacation is upcoming, and I’ve been hela-busy at work leading up to it. (Isn’t that always the case? I’ve always said – vacation is work deferred, not work avoided.)

Anyway – we found the following on our door today. I’m wondering the first line is a statement about us? Hope not.

We’ve realized that Conshohocken is not full of great grammatical stars. I like that they got it wrong, not once, but twice.