Recent HTCC News and Announcements

Springsteen tribute "The B Street Band" turns down the inauguration and commits to the Haverford Spring Fest!

posted Feb 28, 2017, 6:40 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:28 PM ]

Out of respect for Bruce Springsteen, America's leading tribute band of The Boss's music turned down an opportunity to play the Presidential Inauguration Celebration this Friday. Soon afterwards, The B Street Band announced they will play the Haverford Spring Fest presented by ACME Markets on May 7th. Band leader Will Forte commented, "It's been a busy week for B Street. We declined the Inauguration and we have accepted an invitation to play Haverford Spring Fest. We can't wait to play Havertown!"
Kelly Music For Life is once again bringing the beat to the streets of Havertown with the 4th Haverford Spring Fest presented by ACME Markets. This year, the street party will be filled with the sounds you grew up with and the songs that trigger the memories that you love.

The Haverford Spring Fest presented by ACME Markets lineup will feature many of the best tribute and cover bands around, playing the music of your favorite artists. Tom Kelly, director of Kelly Music For Life, stated "This year, the 4th annual Haverford Spring Fest presented by ACME Markets will feature an entire lineup of Tributes to music's great legends.  Kelly Music For Life is honored to lead the way with "The B Street Band" and their amazing tribute to Bruce Springsteen.  In addition, "Jimmy and the Parrots" with their tribute to Jimmy Buffet will bring a little paradise to Havertown.  More announcements will be coming soon."
  • The B Street Band ~ Originally known as BACKSTREETS, the B Street Band started in 1980 and was one of the first bands to perform a dedicated tribute act to one artist. Many members of Bruce's E Street Band have performed with them over the years. Ever since 1980, through over 5,500 performances, B STREET BAND is the number one Bruce tribute band with a huge following across the country.
  • Jimmy And The Parrots ~ For more than 12 years,  JIMMY AND THE PARROTS have been channeling the music and party atmosphere of a Jimmy Buffet concert to delighted crowds all over the United States as well as the Caribbean, as well as headlining the "Meeting Of The Minds Parrot Head" annual conventions in Key West, Florida and continuing a year round schedule of performances. Leader Jimmy Maraventano also has a Philly connection, having written and performed the song "Symbol Of America" to honor the SS United States, once the world's fastest ocean liner and now docked on the Philadelphia waterfront awaiting restoration.
The Super Fun Zone all day play area returns, along with new activities, food and drink offerings from the area's best restaurants and pubs, creative and unique crafts from local artisan, and local non-profits showcasing their efforts, all as part of a full afternoon of great entertainment for all ages.  Working closely with the restaurants, bars, and pubs in the area, each food vendor is bringing some of their best offerings to compliment the great musical lineup. Havertown has developed a vibrant dining vibe that has made the township attractive to both people looking for a night out with friends as well as people looking for the best place to live.

Detailed information about the fest, as well as directions and other information will available at Follow the Fest on Facebook @KellyMusicForLifeEvents and Twitter at @HaverfordSpring, hashtag #HSF2016.

Haverford Spring Fest is produced by Kelly Music for Life, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to improving lives and communities through music and presented by ACME Markets. Haverford Spring Fest will benefit local music programs and other community initiatives.  Haverford Spring Fest will be streamed live around the world on iRadioPhilly.

HTCC Annual Meeting - Wed, April 26th 7pm @ the CREC

posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:20 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 6:39 PM ]

Join the Civic Council in Making 
Haverford Township the Best it can be!

The Civic Council is gearing up for another year of action and community involvement. There is so much going on in the Township and we want to be the central location for events and information. Recent initiatives include the organization of community meetings to learn about the new Township Building, the renovated Library, and funding for playground improvements. 

Please take a moment to pay your annual dues and update contact information for you organization. Also save the date for the Annual Meeting & Networking Convention. Working together we help make Havertown a wonderful place to live, work, and play!

Please take time now to:
  1. Renew your membership and commitment to our community by sending in your annual dues with our membership form.
  2. Designate and arrange to send two voting delegates to the April 25th membership meeting.
  3. Review the current HTCC organization bylaws and the annotated new bylaws documents to understand the changes that are being proposed.
  4. Consider proposing your issue or project to be an Action Priority for HTCC in 2017, using our Action Priority Form.
Consider these HTCC sponsored community events, perks, and Action Priorities that made this a great year for our Township:
  • The Music Festival - 10,000 attendees and granted $14,000.  Here are our grant recipients for 2017:
    - Haverford Alliance for Drug Awareness (HADA) 
       Seed money & Comedy Night $2,000
    - Oakmont Farmers Market - Food Bank Vouchers $500
    - Kelly Music for Life - Summer Concert Series $2,500
    - Haverford Library - Memory Preservation Station Photo Archiving $1,500
    - WHHS HS Radio Station - Interns $2,000
    - Blast HHS Senior After Prom $2,500
    - Historical Society - Display Cabinet $1,000
    - Haverford Green / HPED - Fountain at Triangle Garden $1,500
    - MusicWorks - Music Therapy equipment $500

    We are gearing up for the 7th Haverford Music Festival on Sept. 9, 2017. Go to www.haverford for more info.
  • The Informed Citizen Newsletter - a regular email newsletter providing announcements about happenings in the Township. We have connected over four thousand residents as a way to promote civic involvement and community spirit. Sign up on our website or provide us with your email.
  • Online Calendar & Volunteer Coordination - online tool SignUpGenius was recently installed on our website. Members can access the service to sign-up and organize volunteers. You can also plan events using our Google calendar. More details to follow (it's new to us, too)!
Thank you for your continuing support of the HTCC, a federation of more than forty organizations sharing the mutual goal of improving the quality of life in Haverford Township. It is through your organization's commitment to this mission that the list of civic accomplishments continues to grow.

See you in April!
Jeff Miller, President

Haverford Township Free Library Transforms!

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:30 PM by Michael McCabe


"We are so grateful for our partnership with Haverford Township Free Library and its contribution to literacy development at Starting Line Day Care and Learning Center"
- Christine Starken, Director

We know that language and literacy skills increase the odds of academic and economic success later in life.  That's why we are committed to early reading at the Library. Since January 2016, we have seen over 6,000 children, ages 1-5, and their caregivers for storytime and have loaned out over 56,696 picture books.





"I learned more in an hour from the Librarian than my kids had time to teach me over the last year. Thank you!" - library patron

Community members visit the Library every day hoping to complete life's tasks many of us take for granted, but laking the basic computer skills to accomplish them. Whether it is finding and applying for a job, learning more about a health condition, or connecting with their grandchildren online, our Librarians provide training and support to anyone seeking to learn how to connect in this digital age.





Public Organizational Meeting for Havertown Irish Festival

posted Jan 3, 2017, 3:28 PM by Michael McCabe

An incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization

Supporting Community and Music Education

Havertown Irish Festival

Kelly Music for Life is proud to announce plans for the first Havertown Irish Festival.  

Widely referred to as the 33rd County of Ireland the Havertown celebration will feature all things Irish in music, dance, cuisine, craft, and culture.  The Havertown Irish Festival will take place Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the rear parking lot of the Manoa Shopping Center on West Chester Pike in Havertown.

Havertown Irish Festival Organization Meeting

There will be an OPEN MEETING for residents and businesses interested in helping to organize, plan, and execute the Havertown Irish Festival.  All are welcome to offer input, ask questions, and stay informed about this new community event coming to Haverford Township.

MEETING DATE:  Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

LOCATION:  JD McGillicuddy’s (upstairs) 37 Brookline Blvd. Havertown, PA  19083

ABOUT US:  Kelly Music for Life is a 501c3 non-profit that produces music events for the benefit of community.  Other KMFL Events include Haverford Spring Fest, Haverford Concerts in the Park, Martini Lounge Dance and Gobble Jam.  Proceeds from events benefit music education, park improvement, food banks and other important community initiatives.  The Havertown Irish Festival is produced with support and cooperation with Haverford Township, Haverford Twp Police, Kravitz Properties and Township Commissioners, especially Steve D’Emilio.

HPED 2016 Holiday Window Display Contest Winners

posted Nov 29, 2016, 7:40 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Jan 3, 2017, 3:54 PM ]

HPED Logo 
HPED Announces 
Winners of 2016 Holiday Window Display Contest 
and Opens "Peoples' Choice Ballot"
The Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED) has announced the winners of the 2016 Holiday Window Display contest.  Contest judge, Chris Kelly, noted "It was difficult to choose among the many creative windows in Haverford Township this year. The displays keep getting better and better and so do the businesses - both new and old."
In the "Most Beautiful Window" category the first place winner is Lizelle's Bridal Boutique at 2112 Darby Road.  Second place is Velour Salon at 2126 Darby Road. Third place is Renee Hair Salon at 1007 West Chester Pike.  Contest judge, Elisa Ciarrocchi, described Renee Hair Salon's window display as "a wonderfully creative and whimsical take on holiday décor. The feathers scream glam which is a brilliant marketing idea for a salon."
In the "Most Creative Window" category first place is awarded to Charles Gans Plumbing, Heating and Cooling at 2418 Grasslyn Road.  According to contest judge and local artist, Deena Ball, "The Gans display is a creative and classy design with an effective and festive use of plumbing supplies. And the chalkboard with a 'plumbing' version of The Night Before Christmas was adorable." Second place is the Haverford Township Free Library for its window display facing Darby Road.  Third place is Carlino's Catering on County Line Road.
In the "Most Whimsical Window" category first place was won by Testa's Bakery at 12 Brookline Boulevard.  Second place went to nearby Headlines Hair Designs at 24 Brookline Boulevard and third place went to Pucillo Insurance and Tax Accounting at 10 N. Manoa Road.
In the category of "Most Effective Marketing Window" first place went to Clair Pruett Photography and Video at 9 East Eagle Road in Oakmont.  Second place went to Renee James Boutique across the street at 10 East Eagle Road. Judge Elisa Ciarrocchi commented that the display at Renee James Boutique exhibited a "great use of space, good use of color and texture that is both festive and elegant".   She added, "I definitely want to go in and find my holiday outfit."  Third place went to Lectric Light House at 35 W. Eagle Road.
The winners of the fifth category - "Best Holiday Façade" - went to Centrella's Deli at 10 Brookline Boulevard in first place, Oakmont National Pub at 31 E. Eagle Road in second place and L'angolo West at 26 East Eagle Road in third place.
Don Kelly, contest coordinator, urged members of the public to vote for the "People's Choice" winner. "The judges have selected 15 winners, but the contest is not over. Members of the public are encouraged to go on-line and vote for their own choice for the establishment having the best holiday display.  They can go to the HPED website at to view beautiful photos of the winning displays contributed by Scott Reynolds of STR Productions and then vote. The "People's Choice" ballot will be open from December 21-31st.  Voters can choose from any of the 15 winners or write-in their own favorite."  Last year over 200 people voted.
HPED President, Brendan Goggin, added:  "While the winners certainly deserve special recognition for the quality of their holiday displays, many other businesses contributed to the beauty and vitality of our business districts this season. The HPED would like to acknowledge the following Honorable Mentions:"
In Oakmont Village:  Camp Twin Creeks, Needle Me, Philadelphia Meditation Center, Havertown Grill, Burke's Inn, Dish & Dabble and Hoopty's Pizza. On Darby Road:  Wagner's Real Estate, Crossbar, Brick & Brew, Leonard's Insurance, Faust Dental, Brew Your Own and Lighthouse Insurance. In Brookline:  Brookline Fire Company and St. Jude Shop. On West Chester Pike:  Westgate Pub. In Pont Reading:  Yearsley's Locks. On Eagle Road:  Iacabucci's Formal Wear, Mario's Barber Shop, Frame Around and Nolan Painting. On County Line Road:  Joyce's Salon. In Edgewood:  Edgewood Café. On Township Line Road: I'll Be Dipped.

Haverford Township Civic Council Offers Grants

posted Nov 29, 2016, 7:10 PM by Michael McCabe

Haverford Township Civic Council Offers Grants
Application Deadline: December 3rd

The Haverford Township Civic Council is pleased to report that the 2016 Haverford Music Festival was again a huge success!  Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Acme, our platinum sponsor WXPN 88.5,  and our diamond sponsors iRadioPhilly, Main Line Health, Xfinity, and 101.1 More FM for their generous support.  

In addition to being a wonderful community event, the music festival is the primary fundraiser for the Civic Council - a way for us to provide seed money for our member groups. We are now soliciting requests from Haverford Township non-profit groups that need financial support for special projects that benefit Haverford Township residents. These grants could range from $500 to $5,000+.

Project ideas will be evaluated based on their alignment with the Civic Council's funding priorities. Our primary considerations are that:
  • The program, service, or event directly benefits Haverford Township residents.
  • The program, service, or event is open to the public and impacts many residents, rather than a limited group.
  • The program, service, or event must be non-religious and non-political.

In addition, we may consider the following during the evaluation process:
  • The grant proposal is for seed money for a new initiative, rather than maintaining or expanding an existing program, service, or event.
  • Funds are used for a tangible and permanent addition to the Township (as opposed to a one-time service or event).
  • The requesting organization is grass-roots with a small budget and no full-time staff.
  • The program, service, or event is outside the scope of the Township government and/or represents a significant addition to Township life.
  • The requesting organization is currently an active member of the Civic Council (pays annual dues and sends representatives to annual meetings).

Please note the following:
  • The Civic Council may award partial grants to enable support for many projects.
  • The grant funds must be spent within 365 days (a calendar year) of the award.  Consideration may be given for longer-term projects; please specify in your grant application (below).
  • The grant recipient must provide a report detailing how the funds were spent and how the project was executed (further details on reporting requirements will be included in grant award letters).

To apply, please prepare a grant proposal including all of the following information.

Organization contact and purpose/mission:
  • Name of Organization
  • Primary Contact Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • One sentence description of organization's mission/purpose

Project details:
  • Project name (e.g. new planters in business district)
  • Detailed, one to two-page narrative description of project. Explain what need the project will address in the Township and how it benefits Township residents (these can be neighborhood specific), and describe the intended actions.
  • Detailed explanation of the expected outcomes - be as specific as possible (e.g., how many people reached, how many planters installed, etc.)

Project budget:
  • Estimated total project budget
  • Amount requested for grant
  • Detailed explanation of how the Civic Council grant funds will be used (up to one page)
  • Matching funds from your organization
  • Other matching funds (if any)
  • Description of how matching funds will be raised

Please email your completed proposal to Jeanne Angell at by Sunday, December 3, 2016.

Free Street Trees Available for Haverford Township Residents

posted Feb 1, 2016, 6:15 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 6:16 PM ]

Tree Tenders Logo

Many of the largest trees in Haverford Township have been lost over the past 20 years. For the most part, they have reached the end of their expected life cycle, since most were planted 75-100 years ago when our Township neighborhoods were developed. While the Township has planted replacement street trees over the years, the species have generally been small and medium-sized varieties, such as the Bradford Pear, Flowering Plum, Crabapple, and Kwanzan Cherry. 

Large-species trees enhance the environment exponentially over smaller varieties. Every leaf on a tree creates oxygen and filters pollutants in the air. Each foot of shade-providing canopy reduces the work of air conditioners in the summer. Each inch of root mass improves storm water management and the filtration of water-borne pollutants. In addition to environmental benefits, the grandeur of large trees creates a sense of history and place for the Township, enhancing the quality of life and raising property values.

In order to protect our tree cover, Haverford Township Tree Tenders, an all-volunteer tree planting group will be working with the Township on replacing those largest trees. This year, we are offering 50 free trees to residents who will plant the largest sized shade trees (50' or taller at maturity) in their front yard. 

- Trees are subject to availability and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis - usually one per address. 
- Spring 2016 planting days are Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th. Interested residents must fill out and return the tree request form by April 1st. 
- Free trees are large-species trees only. Trees offered this year: Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, and American Elm (blight resistant). Contact Tree Tender Jeanne Angell at if you would like descriptions of these trees and/or need help with selection. 
- Trees must be planted on the lawn side of the sidewalk unless your planting strip is 48" or wider.
- Trees may not be planted directly under wires, but may be set back into the lawn if wires are present.
- Resident must agree to water the tree once a week in mild to hot weather when we don't have significant rainfall that week.  

If you are interested in getting a tree this spring, use this Tree Request Form.

Sponsor a Rain Garden

posted Jan 4, 2016, 6:15 PM by Michael McCabe

Positive Business Exposure, 
Helping to Protect our Waterways
Sponsors can contribute at various levels or directly help by building or maintaining a garden. We are also accepting donations from individuals - learn about how you can help:
Thanks to Nolan Painting for being our first sponsor!
Be added to our "Member" list for only $50 or get high visibility and acknowledgement as a Sponsor (Bronze $1,000, Silver $5,000, Gold 10,000, Platinum $ 15,000).
Residential garden assessments for next year are underway, so email us if you want to volunteer or you want a rain garden at your home at no cost!

Interested in Beautifying Haverford Township?

posted Jan 4, 2016, 6:04 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 6:06 PM ]

 Haverford Green 

The Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED) and the Haverford Civic Council are working together to encourage local residents to get involved with several beautification projects.  "Haverford in Bloom" will be a network of smaller projects with one or two residents taking leadership for each project and supervising a group of volunteers.  Neighborhood Civic Associations or other civic groups might also want to sponsor one of the sites to beautify.
  • The Rotary Club of Haverford has adopted the first project, which will include planting gardens at the Ardmore Junction train station.  They would love additional volunteers to help with their spring planting.  Contact Kim  if you are interested in helping out.
  • HPED's Streetscaping Committee will be working on adding planters to the business districts in the Township.  We would like to find a coordinator for each business district to help manage this project.  If you are interested in getting involved, contact Jeanne Angell at
  • The Beechwood Civic Association installed a garden at the Beechwood Train Station several years ago.  They would like additional volunteers to help tend this garden.  Contact Chris Whiting at if you can help.
  • We would like to see the area at the top of the Hathaway Lane Bus Route (at the corner of Eagle Road) cleaned up and planters installed.  If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Jane Hall
  • The Haverford Township Tree Tenders has recently planted trees at the Penfield Station.  Penfield Civic Association would like to find volunteers who would help plant and maintain a garden at this site.  Contact Kevin Olsavsky if you are interested.
  • The Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) sponsored "Hav-a-Rain-Garden" program plans to install 100 rain gardens in the Township over the next ten years.  In 2015, 10 rain gardens have been planted at residences, as well as a large one at Haverford Reserve.  Residents that want a rain garden or want to volunteer to help build, maintain, or sponsor a rain garden in the Township, contact
    or Peter Puglionesi at  

Haverford Township Article in Jan 2 Philly Inquirer

posted Jan 4, 2016, 5:49 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 6:07 PM ]

The January 2 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer had a very positive article about the township by Mari A. Schaefer entitled Haverford Township Experiencing a Civic Reboot.

Ten years ago, Haverford Township was known for its political infighting, tired business areas, and status-quo Civic Council.

Then an election brought three new township commissioners; fresh blood energized the Civic Council - an umbrella group of local organizations - and grassroots volunteers got to work.

The impact is visible: new streetlights, improved sidewalks, better parking. The township boasts a popular music festival, a new recreation center and YMCA, and a diverse restaurant scene that includes Mexican, Thai, modern Irish, Italian, gastropubs, trendy breakfast spots, and earthy coffee houses...

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