Endorsed Democrat for Cheltenham Township Commissioner Ward 4

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07 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Exciting & Humbling

90 percent of the vote is a strong statement of confidence.  I appreciate your trust.

For the past 10 months, you’ve shared your concerns and suggestions with me.  I’m eager to get to work now to serve you, and team with relevant partners to help us all strengthen our community.

During the transition period, we’ll be working to re-make this website and email communications to shed campaign mode and convert to service.

Please add your email and phone numbers to my contact list by emailing me, so that I’ll be able to send occasional updates and select notices of interest.

Thanks again.


03 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Election Day Is About YOU

Please vote Tuesday because we can, and it matters.

 Thank you for your ideas, for caring, and for making a difference.

And please stay in touch after Tuesday.

 Meanwhile, enjoy the following quotes, as you consider the importance of our continuing public engagement.

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President

“… in the voting booth, everyone is equal.” – Barbara Boxer, Democratic Senator, CA

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” – Larry Sabato, Director/Founder University of Virginia Center for Politics

 “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President



24 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Resources in Cheltenham!

 Cheltenham Township’s Environmental Advisory Council is one of our go-to sources for such projects.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2:01 AM

Stronger than floods

A recent field trip run by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, city and state agencies, and civic groups surveyed various green storm-water infrastructure practices designed to help curtail flooding, water contamination, sewer overflows, blight, and groundwater depletion. We saw depaving projects, sizable planters, tree trenches, porous concrete, and extensive garden rain-filtration efforts, in addition to underground holding tanks among other best practices. Engineers translated technicalities; designers described other features. Costs, funding sources, challenges, and benefits were part of the discussions.

Heavy downpours drenched us on the field trip, but these storm-water projects showed us how effective such practices can be. So, the next time you curse having to mow the grass, or watch rivers of wasted water flowing down your street, stop to consider that brilliant alternatives exist. We need to start implementing them.

Ann L. Rappoport, Wyncote


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Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20131022_Letters_to_the_Editor.html#wirt3DzGJZT6zC6s.99

08 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Alert – Attempted Abduction

A Wyncote professional shares this scary story (below) about the luring and stalking of her 13-year-old granddaughter this past weekend.  Please be alert, remind children about how to handle such situations, and stay in touch with each other.  Thanks to this parent/grandparent for taking these helpful steps.

“On Saturday, October 5 2013 in the 8100 block of Heacock Lane in Wyncote, an adult male tried to lure my 13 year old Grand Daughter into his car, while she was outside riding her bike near our home. He told her “there were papers in his back seat” and motioned her to retrieve them. She fled his advances.  He then made a U turn and followed her home. She came to me and told me what happened and I looked out our front window and he was parked in front of our door. I went outside to confront him and before I reached his car he sped off at a high rate of speed. The Police were very responsive, he was positively identified and arrested on Bent Rd.
This man was African American,
Thick mustache
About 6 feet tall
Thin build
Driving a Midnight blue older model Toyota corolla

My concerns are at he will be released soon and may return to our community, I am asking your assistance in alerting the community of this occurrence.”

25 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Polling Sites Moved from Wyncote Elementary

For those of you who usually vote at Wyncote Elementary School, stay tuned & watch for letters from the County Election Board.  Because of planned demolition and reconstruction of our normal polling place, the Election Board just announced that precincts 4-3 and 4-4 will be voting instead at Cheltenham High School on November 5.  I’ll keep you posted as to the exact location and entrance at CHS as soon as those are determined.

Please share this information with household voters and neighbors.

Thanks and stay in touch.

Best wishes,




22 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Camp William Penn: 150th Anniversary

IMG_3700IMG_3708IMG_3713  A meaningful ceremony about the power of freedom.  Proud to live in Cheltenham.

18 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Deliberate Input Needed by DVRPC

The region needs deliberate input by caring residents through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).   Please note their flyer, below, and consider applying.


Public Participation Task Force
DVRPC The Task Force will give you the chance to:

  • inform DVRPC’s Board and staff of local issues and challenges;
  • participate in public service in a meaningful way;
  • address specific policy issues of concern to DVRPC;
  • recommend potential projects to the Commission;
  • offer recommendations regarding public engagement;
  • share DVRPC information with your community and county; and
  • network with a dynamic group of regional leaders and citizens.

The Task Force is a group comprised of representatives selected from the general public, community and civic organizations, advocacy groups, professional associations, and the private sector. We are opening a new selection round in order to add up to eight new members to the Task Force. Members will be chosen through an application process. Applicants must reside within DVRPC’s nine-county planning area. An interest in planning, as well as knowledge of regional issues, civic engagement, diversity of experience, and effective communication skills are also beneficial for membership.

More information about the Public Participation Task Force may be found atwww.dvrpc.org/getinvolved. Any questions related to the Public Participation Task Force should be directed to Jane M. Meconi, AICP, Public Involvement Manager, at 215-238-2871 or jmeconi@dvrpc.org.

Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on October 18, 2013.

Click here to apply!
Questions: Jane Meconi, AICP  |  215.238.2871  |  jmeconi@dvrpc.org  |  www.dvrpc.org/getinvolved

Our Mission: DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future.

DVRPC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. DVRPC public meetings are held in ADA and transit-accessible facilities. Auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. For more information please visit the DVRPC website (www.dvrpc.org) or call (215) 238-2871.

06 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Fall Picnic

If you don’t already know, the Cheltenham Democrats are hosting their Annual Fall Fling this Sunday – September 8 – at Thomas Williams Park (Hewett & N.Bent Roads, Wyncote)  from 3 – 7  p.m.    They’re supplying hot dogs, veggie burgers and some beverages, and you supply eager athletes, kids, chairs and a side dish.   Bring your neighbors and RSVP to info@cheltenhamdemocrats.org.

Flyer – CheltDems Picnic

For other information, check their website: http://www.cheltenhamdemocrats.org

See you there!

20 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Register those college students before they take off!

Families with college-age students are busy with packing and moving.  We can help with one part of their agenda: voter registration forms.  Please let us know if you or friends  need help registering to vote in the November election.  We can also explain and help facilitate the absentee voter process.  Just contact us.


18 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Please take a moment to read my article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, and listen.  Thanks for caring about our community.  Together, we can translate this into action.