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Malvern, PA
Gene Morris: newspaper reporter, speechwriter, corporate communications exec, sports geek, long-time resident of East Whiteland Twp. in ZIP Code 19355
Interests: family time, reading, photography, sports, trains, writing about good news from the heart of chester county, gizmos and gadgets, old bulova watches
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The holiday season wouldn't be complete without a visit to People's Light & Theatre Company. Here's the scoop on the current attraction, Snow White: Snow White, by Kathryn Petersen, with music and lyrics written by Michael Ogborn, runs through January 3 on the Main Stage. Pete Pryor directs. People's Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For tickets call 610.644.3500 or visit Snow White is one of three shows in the Target Family Discovery Series and is sponsored by ING. This is People's Light's sixth "Panto" style show, a traditional form borrowed from England, where almost... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at zip19355
It's impossible to count how many times 19355ers took the Broad St. exit of I-95 and battled traffic into the Spectrum. We saw the Sixers or Flyers, or maybe one of the minor league teams such as the Phantoms, Kixx or Fever. We saw a who's who of top concert acts, literally including The Who and every other act from Springsteen to Sinatra, from Neil Diamond to the Dead. The circus, ice shows, wrestling, roller derby ... the Spectrum truly was America's Showplace. It's shuttered now, and I understand it's well past its prime and not nearly the money-maker it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at zip19355
I have a bunch of things to catch up with here, the first being this photo I took about two weeks ago. It's at the corner of 30 & King as you enter Malvern Borough. Basil's Bistro closed and was leveled to make room for a bank. Seems to me we need another bank about as much as another CVS. As evidence, directly across the street is a building that formerly housed, yes, a bank. It's been closed for a couple of years now. I went to Basil's a few times and enjoyed it, although I had no emotional attachment.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at zip19355
I had never heard of SMA -- Spinal Muscular Atrophy. But I did some reading after picking up a pink flyer at Wawa promoting Zane's Run for Families of SMA. What I learned was frightening. SMA strikes infants, the most vulnerable among us. It is a motor neuron disease that affects the muscles used for crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. Research progress has been made, but a cure hasn't been found yet. It is a devastatingly aggressive disease. Keith and Hillary Schmid of Malvern are Zane's parents. Zane and her twin Avery were born on Jan. 2... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2009 at zip19355
I may be the last person in America who picks up a lot of magazines, particularly when the cover promotes a list that I absolutely must read: "The top 10 left-handed quarterbacks of all time," "American Idol's biggest scandals." You know, the really important stuff. Philadelphia Magazine is famous for its annual "Best of Philly" issue, and throughout the year lists best doctors, real estate values and much more. The current issue focuses on the best of schools, and I found a gem of an item about one of our own in 19355 -- The Phelps School. Headlined "Rocketry," here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2009 at zip19355
September 11 hurts. As much as I want this site to focus on good news, not much good happened today. And I didn't really expect it to. It rained. It was dark. And I had a disturbing experience at my day job. As some of you know, I work for Comcast in Center City. My job is to communicate about the company's good works in the community, which are considerable. The Comcast Center is 975 feet high. It is the tallest building between New York City and Chicago. I work on the 49th floor. It is September 11. And the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2009 at zip19355
It's always important to support our local businesses, and it's quite a bonus when you get entertained in the process. You will be entertained at People's Light & Theatre Company, which is a true gem in 19355. If you've never been there, I encourage you to plan a visit during the 2009-2010 season. People's Light is celebrating its 35th anniversary season. As you see above, the opening play is Nathan the Wise. Here is a brief description: Don't miss the new adaptation of this beautiful classic of world literature. Jerusalem in 1192 was a city in which Jews, Christians, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2009 at zip19355
For many of us, today means a day off, burgers and dogs on the grill, or a "do we really have to go?" return trip from the beach. For certain, it means the unofficial end of summer and a turn of the calendar toward fall. That's all fine, and I'm lamenting as much as anyone that my Malvern days are becoming Malvern nights way too quickly. But I'm also trying to keep in mind what the U.S. Department of Labor says this day is all about: "...a creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2009 at zip19355
The pond at Malvern Prep. One of the prettiest spots in zip19355. Taken on Sunday, Sept. 6. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2009 at zip19355
On this site, we are the heart of Chester County and all else beats around us. We’re the ZIP code that never sleeps, the ZIP code of Brotherly Love, the ZIP code of … well, you get the idea. We are Malvern Borough, Frazer, East Whiteland, and parts of Charlestown, Tredyffrin and Willistown. We're 38 square miles and 22,000 interesting, engaging and, of course, good-looking people. This site is for all those who live here, work here and enjoy what we offer here. As a resident of 19355 (East Whiteland) for nearly 20 years, I believe it's the best place... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2009 at zip19355