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The Narberth Civic Association and open government

We are gratified to note that the Narberth borough website has a new post on its home page, Stay Informed and Make Your Voice Heard. The links lead to a information that parallels the NCA's Guide to Borough Government, along with the statement "Narberth Borough government is committed to openness and transparency."

We thank the borough for this update and modestly hope that it was in part a response to the request we read into the official record at the Council Caucus meeting of February 4, 2015:

The mission of the Narberth Civic Association (NCA) is to promote and facilitate citizen involvement in our Narberth community. The NCA encourages well-informed citizens to participate in an open and transparent governance of our community.
Therefore the Narberth Civic Association requests that Narberth Borough government post on its website its policies, practices and procedures regarding public access to government records.

What's next?

The NCA considers the posting of these policies and procedures a good first step in facilitating citizen access, to which we hope to see further enhancements. The 25 cents per page fee charged by the borough is mandated by the state of PA's form as "up to $ 0.25 per page" which "can be waived". Furthermore, Narberth's document makes no provision for requesting electronic (as opposed to printed) records, although this is permitted under state statute. PA Enhanced Electronic Access Fee Request

The Narberth Civic Association will continue to work with our elected public servants to improve your access to information and lower barriers to your input and involvment, in accordance with our mission to build a better community for all of us, Narbs and Nearbs, citizens and businesses.

A hundred years ago in Our Town

Our Town

Narberth, PA.,


While the severe electrical storm last Sunday afternoon, fortunately, did no damage in Narberth, it performed a freakish stunt with a tall Chestnut tree between Chestnut and Merion avenues, east of Essex. The tree was struck near the top and pieces of wood were scattered over several of the nearby lawns.

One piece, picked up by one of the residents, was about 3 feet long, 4 inches wide and 1 inch thick. From one end to about the middle the wood was split straight along the lines of the grain, giving it a peculiar fan-like resemblance.

Read the August 12, 1915 edition of Our Town

Download the August 12, 1915 edition of Our Town

Check back each week for an excerpt from the edition of exactly one hundred years ago. Our Town was published 1914 - 1927 by the Narberth Civic Association. About Our Town