Conshohocken News & Gossip – Week of 08/08/11

News & Gossip

People were asking when the new swings would be up at Mary Wood Park.  The children’s play area is now back open and there are brand new swings.

Army Sgt. Daniel Furtak, of the 82nd Airborne, 1st Division, returned home last week to Conshohocken from military service.

Neighboring Whitemarsh has approved a long term waterfront plan.

Maura Manzo, a health coach and yoga instructor at RYAH Yoga and Health, has a recipe for Quinoa Shrimp Risotto on

Someone told me that Maloney’s at the Olde Mansion House had closed a while back so I stopped in to check myself.  Sure enough both doors have a “closed” sign posted.  I emailed the owner to find out the situation, but I did not receive an email back as of yet.

Mike and Marcie Spampinato celebrated the fifth anniversary of Spamps last Wednesday with a luau.

Conshy native and NBC10 reporter Deanna Durante and husband Tim Swan had a daughter, Maya Elizabeth Swan, Sunday morning. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

A good review of Guppy’s Good Times.

Send Lawyers, Shorties and Money

How incestuous are things involving local municipal zoning/development in the area and municipal/authority hired solicitors?  When Wawa wanted to open a Super Wawa in Conshy they hired attorney Ross Weiss to represent them.  The interesting thing is that Weiss actually indirectly represents Conshohocken through the Borough’s membership in the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County, where he serves as solicitor.

As you may know, a small part of the proposed Super Wawa location sits in Whitemarsh Township.  Just by coincidence, Weiss also served as solicitor for Whitemarsh for 13 years.  Weiss is also representing the two Main Line schools seeking to build a boathouse along the river on Borough-owned property.

On another note, I checked in with Chris Stetler at the Borough last week and she stated that “there still has been no submission for land development or zoning relief” from Wawa.  The rumor is that they are waiting until after the election to submit the paper work.

I also did some follow-up with Concerned Conshohockens Against More Traffic regarding their letter writing campaign.  As you may remember they held a letter writing campaign at the Fellowship House a few weeks ago targeting members of Borough Council.  I emailed or called all the members of Borough Council on Monday and heard back from three regarding the number of letters they received.  Jason Salus reported receiving zero letters, Ike Griffin received zero letters, Paul McConnell received three and Eddie Phipps, who represents the ward that the Super Wawa would be built in, received 13.  I have not as yet heard from the other Borough Council members.

I also checked out the online petition regarding stopping Super Wawa and found the signers of the petition numbered 45 and were from all over the world. Only a handful of the signers actually live in Conshy.

Candy of the Week

Edwards-Freeman Nut Company has all the classics including Old Fashion Peanut Brittle.

Real Estate

A first half of the year Conshohocken Real Estate Market Review from Matt Mittman at

The Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team have an article posted on their blog explaining why its important to have a real estate agent assist you with selling your home.

Foodie Events

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. You can see the upcoming featured ingredients here. Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

Stella Blu is now offering their Lobster Summer Special. The menu offers two two courses for $35.00. The menu features lobster prepared eight different ways.

Events, Happenings & Specials

Fight Night is coming to the Fell this Friday.  For all the details click here.

LeRoux School of the Arts is having an Open House on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Open Mic Night is back at the Conshohocken Cafe on Monday’s at 7:00 p.m.  Feel free to BYOB.

Cradles to Crayons is holding their first ever Young Friends Miniature Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 8th at Tee’s.  Teams of 4  are $100 and an Individual Registration is $30.  Local bars, restaurants, and businesses will be sponsoring the event as well as generously donating appetizers and prizes!  There will be a post event happy hour at the Gypsy Saloon, their 18th hole sponsor.

There is a Men’s League Softball League forming in Conshohocken starting the Tuesday after Labor Day and running Monday thru Thursday for seven weeks.  Each team plays a double header each week. To learn more contact Tim Mulvey @

The Borough is holding summer concerts in Sutcliffe Park. The next concert features the Norris Tones on August 16th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the Paul Moore Band will perform on August 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The second annual “I Fall in Conshy” Bar Crawl will be held on October 1st.

The Philadelphia Fight Vixens are holding their 1st annual Bikini Contest to crown Miss Vixen 2011 at 8 East starting at 8:00 p.m.! There will be a DJ, dancing and your vote counts! Drink specials all night, photos with the girls and more.  Yours truly has been asked to be a judge.


The Young Friends of Cradles to Crayons is having a Volunteer Night on Wednesday, August 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Business News has created a Business Group on LinkedIN. If you would like to join, follow the link and request to be a member. This group is geared towards business networking for people who live and/or work in Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. I would love to get more people and companies in the big buildings involved with the site and community.

Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board may end its supermarket wine-vending experiment amid a dispute with the operator of the machines, Simple Brands of Conshohocken, which the agency says owes the state almost $1 million.

Conshohocken’s AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel, recently announced the appointment of Charles P. Pizzi to the Board of Directors of AlliedBarton’s parent company, Allied Security Holdings LLC.

Conshohocken’s TargetX combines technology and college admissions experience into unique student recruiting company.