Chief Daly Announces Retirement

Chief Daly Announces Retirement — We got some sad news, yesterday from Springfield’s telephone notification that Police Chief Joe Daly is retiring, March 29, after 15 years in the job.

The Chief has 57 years in public service including with the Marines in Vietnam and other police departments.

Under Daly, the Springfield PD has shined and is without peer.

“My fondest memories will be of my service here in Springfield,” Daly said. “. . .thank you and may God bless you.”

God bless you too, Chief.

You will be missed.

Chief Daly Announces Retirement

Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield

Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield

Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield
The weather was perfect today, March 16, for the Saint Patrick Parade In Springfield, Pa. Here’s throng on Saxer Avenue near Saint Francis of Assisi.
Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield
Saint Patrick, himself,led the contingent from Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast. A different Saint Patrick led the earlier contingent from Cardinal O’Hara.
Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield
Springfield Road and Saxer Avenue were closed in the township for about two hours starting shortly before noon. Check out the fellow in the hat to the left of the county Sheriff’s vehicle.
The Springfield Fire Co. front piece
This Springfield fire truck has been a parade staple for more than 60 years.
A Red Arrow bus turns onto Saxer Avenue from Springfield Road to finish the parade. When was the last time one saw a Red Arrow bus?

Saint Patrick Parade Packs Springfield

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.