Lt. Perkner Gets Big Party

Lt. Perkner Gets Big Party — Lt. Ralph Perkner celebrated his 103rd birthday, this morning, Feb. 25 at the Mission BBQ in Springfield, Pa courtesy of Honor Flight Philadelphia. Ralph is a Navy veteran of World War II.

Lt. Perkner Gets Big Party

He was escorted to the event by fire engines and motorcyclists. An arch of honor was formed by trucks from the Rose Tree and Clifton Heights volunteer fire companies in front of the restaurant in the Olde Sproul Village Shopping Center on Baltimore Pike.

Lt. Perkner Gets Big Party

Drexeline Sign And Back In Time

Drexeline Sign And Back In Time — Here we are on Feb. 16, 2024, and they’re letting us know we can still shop at Fisher’s Hardware in the Drexeline Shopping Center in Upper Darby, Pa.

When did it move to Manoa? It was more than five years ago.

For that matter, how how long has it been since the supermarket there was called Drexeline, the name that preceded the Fresh Grocer which became a Shop Rite in 2013, and which reopened after reconstruction, Sept. 1?

Anthony’s and The Perfect Circle and CVS and the “30 other retail stores, restaurants and services” are also long gone.

Let’s see if we can get Upper Darby Council to give the sign an historical marker.

That was a joke.

The sign is on the north side of Route 1 just over the Springfield border.

Drexeline Sign And Back In Time

Drexeline Sign And Back In Time

Liz Piazza Seeks Pa 165th Seat

Liz Piazza Seeks Pa 165th Seat — Liz Piazza, the Republican seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Jen O’Mara in the 165th District Pennsylvania House, was introduced, last night, Jan. 25, at the monthly meeting of the Springfield Republican Party.

She is a grandmother and small businesswoman who has had a long-stint in Delaware County government.

She will be a big improvement.

Especially concerning legislation relating to crime and safety, which gets us to the next item.

Township Commissioner Jeff Rudolph says Springfield has been experiencing an inordinate amount of car break-ins. The perpetrators are being arrested and they are found to be residents of New York and northern New Jersey.

Rudolph said they are illegal immigrants who have been recruited by a criminal organization.

He says the operation has one person going through unlocked cars and leaving valuables at the curb to be picked up by a partner.

He says locking the car doors at night is a strong deterrant.

GOP Chairman Mike Puppio said the almost 70-year-old township building on Powell Road will soon be renovated. He said there is no need to replace the functional building although the police department is expected to get an expansion.

Liz Piazza Seeks Pa 165th Seat
Liz Piazza with Bill Adolph who represented the 165th District for 28 years before stepping down in 2016

Liz Piazza Seeks Pa 165th Seat

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco — Here are some more signs of decline in Delaware County, Pa. The below images are from SEPTA’s Route 101 Springfield Road trolley stop in Springfield taken this morning, Aug. 7.

Three days earlier we found blatant neglect at the Morton Homestead in Prospect Park.

From Wikipedia regarding Broken Windows Theory:

Under the impression that a broken window left unfixed leads to more serious problems, residents begin to change the way they see their community. In an attempt to stay safe, a cohesive community starts to fall apart, as individuals start to spend less time in communal space to avoid potential violent attacks by strangers.[1] The slow deterioration of a community, as a result of broken windows, modifies the way people behave when it comes to their communal space, which, in turn, breaks down community control. As rowdy teenagers, panhandlers, addicts, and prostitutes slowly make their way into a community, it signifies that the community cannot assert informal social control, and citizens become afraid that worse things will happen. As a result, they spend less time in the streets to avoid these subjects and feel less and less connected from their community, if the problems persist.

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

Springfield Mall On The Block

Springfield Mall On The Block — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which is the owner of the Springfield Mall and several other regional properties, announced at its third-quarter earnings call, Tuesday, Nov. 8, it is exploring a merger or sale.

The company lost $71.3 million for the three months ending Sept. 30 and $38.4 million in the same period in 2021, says Chairman and CEO Joseph Coradino.

Hat tip David Bjorkgren and Delco Today.

Springfield Mall On The Block
The Springfield Mall’s future is iffy

Springfield 6th Ward Leaf Collection 2022

Springfield 6th Ward Leaf Collection 2022 — Springfield’s 6th Ward leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 7 with the 2nd Precinct. The 4th Precinct will have its leaves collected the week of Nov. 21; the 3rd the week of Nov. 28; and the 1st the week of Dec. 5.

Form leaves at the edge of sidewalk or front lawn. Don’t put them in the street. If a collection dat is missed or a second pick up needed, notify the township after the week of Dec. 5 and it will come around again.

Hat tip 6th Ward Commissioner Bob Layden.

If unsure of the precinct, fill this form on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website and the information will be provided.

For leaf collections for other wards, visit here or see below.

Springfield 6th Ward Leaf Collection 2022
Springfield 6th Ward Leaf Collection 2022 — Springfield’s 6th Ward leaf collection starts the week of Nov. 7 with the 2nd Precinct.

Gary Byrne Describes Son’s Suicide

Gary Byrne Describes Son’s Suicide — Author Gary Byrne has posted a video describing the bullying and indifference by educators that led to suicide of his son, Ethan.

Ethan was a 17-year-old senior at Springfield High School in Delaware County, Pa. when he shot himself in a local park on Oct. 19, 2020.

Byrne filed suit in federal court, on July 19, 2021 against the Springfield Board of School Directors, Superintendent Dr. Anthony Barber and Principal Joseph Hepp for failure to notify them of the bullying their son endured which prevented them from being able to stop his untimely death.

In his video, Byrne says his son made a stupid comment in June 2020 — at the height of the lockdowns and the George Floyd controversy — to a group of online friends regarding Floyd in which he used racially charged language. He was rebuked and apologized.

Byrne says that type of language was not uncommon in the group of teenagers.

One of the group passed it to an African-American girl at the school active in social causes who then spread it throughout social media sites.

Ethan suffered silently through the summer. The final straw came when an SHS graduate attending Penn State texted him threatening his family.

Here is Gary’s video:

Gary Byrne Describes Son's Suicide
Gary Byrne Describes Son’s Suicide

Oz Visits Springfield Delco

Oz Visits Springfield Delco — Fentanyl and the Chinese connection were concerns addressed when Dr. Mehmet Oz brought his Senate campaign to Springfield, Delco.

About 200 packed the Spring Valley Banquet Venue this afternoon (Sept. 8) to hear the Republican nominee and others explain why he should be the one to represent Pennsylvania when Pat Toomey’s term ends in January.

Oz pointed out that desire of John Fetterman, his Democrat opponent, to make it legal won’t end the despair and danger. Oz noted that the nation’s largest fentanyl market is in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The zombied suffering of those trapped by the drug is evident to anyone who ventures there.

He said the drug is ruining lives and communities throughout the state.

The materials to make the drug are imported from China by Mexican cartels who then ship it across our porous border.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is campaigning with him, reinforced the message. She said China is definitely behind it and has no fear of the Biden administration or Democrats in general.

Oz Visits Springfield Delco
Dr Oz and Ambassador Haley In Springfield

Oz said the crisis is solvable by securing the border and forcing addicts into rehabilitation, which is the opposite of the Democrats plan of ignoring and enabling.

“They care about caring,” Oz said. “I care about fixing.”

Oz and Mrs. Haley both mentioned how their immigrant parents taught them love for America.

“My father could not believe a country like this existed,” Oz said. Oz who grew up in Delaware just over the border from the Kennett Square mushroom farms, said his father was amazed at the friendliness of Americans.

Mrs. Haley said her parents from India now live with her family. She said her mother is upset at the illegals being allowed to cross the border.

If the illegals allowed by the Biden administration were a city, it would be our seventh largest, she said.

Mrs. Haley noted that one-sixth of Americans can’t pay their utility bills and Americans are paying $6,000 more this year than last in cost of living.

Oz took unscripted questions from the audience, and criticized Fetterman’s ducking debates, albeit appears he has finally consented to one. He said he is confident of winning but the debates are an important part of the election process.

“The greatest disservice in not having debates is to the voters,” he said.

He said he like to ask Fetterman about his plan to free a third of Pennsylvania’s prisoners. He noted Fetterman is denying he wants this but they have documentation.

One woman worried that biased media moderators would throw softballs at him.

“He may get softball questions,” said Oz. “I just want to see him answer any question.”

Also speaking was Dave Galluch, who is seeking to replace Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon as in the 5th Congressional District. Galluch is a Naval Academy graduate who specialized in explosive ordnance disposal who deployed twice to the Mideast.

He noted that Ms. Scanlon spoke approvingly of Joe Biden’s bitter and divisive speech, Sept. 1, in front of Independence Hall, which is not the sort of thing people trying to unite people angry with each other do.

In attendance was Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas.

Mrs. Haley encouraged all in attendance to send to all email contacts, text all friends and put on all social media that they are voting for Oz.

Oz Visits Springfield Delco

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station — The old oaks and evergreens along with not-so-old cherry trees have been removed from the Rolling Road green buffer strip along the Route 101 trolly line at the Springfield Road station in Springfield, Pa.

One of the workmen said the plan is to put in a parking lot. He was a nice guy. He offered me the wood and I took a big chunk of oak.

Once we agitated for the trees to come down. The dead ones anyway.

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station
The scene on North Rolling Road in Springfield, Pa. about 2 p.m., Nov. 2.
SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station