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Photography, notes, commentary and much more from former Reporter Online Editor Chris Stanley.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar light

I ran outside last night and grabbed some photos of the lunar eclipse. This was not my best lunar photography effort, but it was quite cold out and the sofa inside was warm. Enough said?
I'm still glad I went out, however. When the sky darkened, you could see stars and planets that I thought had long been outshined by the lights of nearby shopping centers. The effect was beautiful.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Moving out

As most in our area know by now, the Archdioscese of Philadlephia is planning to shutter three local Catholic high schools, including Lansdale Catholic, and replace them with state-of-the-art facilities in Hilltown and Upper Providence.
Now I never have attended Catholic schools, nor do I have any stake in the LC's existence one way or the other. Having visited the school scores of times over the years covering various events, I am well aware their current building is inadequate, and that the adjoining land that was sold off a few years ago is gone and nothing is going to bring it back.
Yet as a Lansdale resident, I really hate to see yet another cultural institution abandon the borough for a greener (and larger) pasture in the hinterlands of Hilltown. Students who once walked to the school from nearby neighborhoods will now board a bus or drive to the new site, followed by parents and friends attending their school functions. This means more cars, more parking lots, and more traffic for Hilltown.
In fairness, I don't think that relocating one high school will destroy the bucolic nature of Hilltown by itself, nor will it take Lansdale off the map. But the cumulative effect of similar development and the waves of population that naturally follows very well could. Boroughs like Lansdale, Norristown and Pottstown have struggled with mixed success to bring back the culture and businesses that once dominated their downtowns, but every church, business and school that relocates elsewhere is a small chip away from the cultural 'personality' that makes each of these older towns unique and desirable. Meanwhile, drivers sit at new traffic lights out in what used to be the country wondering where all the cars have suddenly come from.
Change is not always bad, and for the students of the gleaming new high school, whatever it is called, there will be many benefits that they will certainly enjoy. But the lesson not learned will the price we will pay by pursuing greener pastures down an increasingly crowded road.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Ads

My favorite:And a close second:

Honorable metion: The girl with the monobrow, the caffeine drink sleeping bobble heads.
Least favorite:
The speakers? What did that have to do with jump-starting the car? Wasn't the truck battery enough? I just didn't get it.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Glutton bowl

Wing Bowl in Philadelphia

AP photo

I've covered these things before...
I hate them.
They validate many the bad images the world has of our country.
Can't we find a better way to amuse ourselves than to publicly waste food and look like complete pigs?