Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to support some of your favorite local businesses. Make a reservation now at that restaurant you love (or always wanted to try) before it gets sold out. Look for ways to buy from your local independent stores before you turn to Amazon and 1-800 Flowers! Here are a few ideas to get you started. We’ll keep adding to this list as we find more. Feel free to let us know if you have some good ideas that need to be included.
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Lower Merion and Narberth - Stuff you should know
New Year 2024 Edition!
We get all sorts of different questions about Lower Merion and Narberth, so we put together a few quick items of interest every month or so. If you have a friend who needs this info emailed to them, have them use this link
Christmas Tree Collection
Lower Merion Township will begin the collection of trees (which must be placed curbside) during the first two weeks in January, on your regular refuse collection day. Residents may also dispose of Christmas trees at the Public Works Complex located at 1300 N Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley, Monday through Friday 8am-3pm and Saturday 9am-2:30pm. All ornaments, stands and other decorations must be removed.
Narberth residents can put their Christmas trees on the curb on Tuesdays nights in January. They will be collected with the regular Wednesday brush pickups in January. All ornaments, stands and other decorations must be removed.
Remember to bring reusable bags!
Narberth and Lower Merion both have ordinances restricting the use of plastic bags by stores. LM’s new ordinance goes into effect on January 21.
LM trash holiday schedule
In Lower Merion, a refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule will be in effect for January 1st through 5th, due to the New Year's Day holiday and also January 15th through 19th, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, January 1 or Monday, January 15. More info here:
Narberth Trash/Recycle Changes
Narberth's new trash and recycling company, J.P. Mascaro, has already started pickups on the old schedule. Starting on February 6, the new schedule moves trash and bulk pickup from Fridays to Tuesdays. Brush is still Wednesdays, and recycling is still Thursdays. More details here.
Narberth now recycles more items
Borough residents can add more (unbagged) items to their recycling bins for Thursday collections. More details here.
That's a lot of trash info!
Sometimes it's tough for residents to keep up with all the trash and recycling rules and schedules, which is why we include so much in these updates. We also keep a trash & recycling info web page updated with everything LM and Narberth residents need to know.
And lastly, a couple of non-trash items to mention:
The Borough has a new Manager
Matt West was the Borough's director of technology and Assistant Manager a few years back and recently served as Interim Manager. Now he has been appointed as Narberth's Borough Manager. Say hello next time you're in Borough Hall!
Quizzo Championship - February 3
Teams of up to eight are encouraged to register to compete in this annual Quizzo battle to raise money for the Narberth Community Library. Cindy and Ed plan to take the trophy home with us, but those who wish to compete for second place can register and get more info here.
Have a friend who needs this local info each month? Use this link to add an email to our list.
Want to cater some or all of your Thanksgiving feast this year? We've assembled some of the local options for you in the following list. We'll add more as we find them, but feel free to comment at the end if you have any more suggestions - or just email Ed here, and he'll add them as he can.
Carlino's Market - Ardmore
Always a solid choice, this neighborhood staple offers turkey and all the sides a la carte, so you can choose exactly what you need. Order online here by November 15.
Sontuosa BYOB, Bryn Mawr
This Bryn Mawr restaurant lets you specifically order for any number of diners and pay per person. Turkey is the main course, but you choose the starters, sides and dessert. Stop in, or call 484-222-6216 and leave a message to order, no later than November 19.
Manny’s Place - Bala Cynwyd
Bala’s Manny’s Place is offering tons of options in their Thanksgiving catering menu, with both traditional Thanksgiving dishes and a number of Jewish deli options. Want to order a turkey and a brisket, with sides of mashed potatoes and matzo ball soup? Manny’s is your place! Use this order form before November 18th.
Di Bruno Bros. - Ardmore
It's great having an outpost of this South Philly favorite right in Suburban Square. Order from their holiday menu by November 15, using this online order form.
McCaffrey's Food Markets - Gladwyne
This highly anticipated market finally opened in Gladwyne at the site of the old Acme, that was previously a Superfresh, and an A&P before that. Their Thanksgiving menu has a variety of complete dinners and a la carte options. Order here by November 19.
Mom's Organic Market - Bryn Mawr
The next best thing to Mom's house is Mom's in Bryn Mawr! If you're looking for an organic or free range turkey, or you're looking to serve guests with mains, sides and desserts that are vegetarian and/or vegan - this place has everything you'll need. See their Thanksgiving menu here.
McShea's Catering - Ardmore
Looks like our good friend John McShea is offering an 18-20 lb boned, easy-carve turkey, plus sides, for $195. Or by emailing email@example.com by November 19.
Savona - Gulph Mills
Take Montgomery Ave out of Lower Merion, and you'll pass this classic restaurant on your way to the KOP mall. They have a ready-to-reheat Thanksgiving menu ready for your online order.
Tank & Libby's - Drexel Hill
Just down Rt 1 in Drexel Hill is Tank & Libby’s. Thanksgiving menu includes Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Brined and Hand Carved, plus their twist on most of the traditional sides. Orders must be placed by Friday 11/17 by emailing Chef@tankandlibbys.com or calling 484-455-7527
Too busy to even pick it up yourself? Get your holiday meal home-delivered by ordering online here.
Personal Gourmet - Narberth
Looking for quality meats that you cook yourself? This online business is opening a brick & mortar location in the old Village Treats location in downtown Narberth. Personal Gourmet offers fresh and frozen quality meats, fish, chicken, pork, veal, and lamb. They are accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving turkeys, hors d’oeuvres and fresh, cut meats. (Think high-end Omaha steaks, with local delivery or pick up.) Details here.
(Also - that's Ed & Cindy's dog, Stella. She's not for sale, but she does love turkey!)
Pumpkin Painting at the Library
Scarecrow Building at the Library
Witches of Narberth
Cindy and I have a massive pile of candy, decorations, and a witch costume on our dining room table, and that can only mean one thing - The Witches of Narberth! For anyone who's new around here, this is a free scavenger hunt that sends kids all over Narberth's downtown, searching for witches with Halloween treats. Find all the witches, and you get a prize at the end! Details at narberthonline.com.
Halloween Bike Ride
Join Narberth Cycling Club for our 7th annual Halloween costume "PEDAL PARTY"!
We are gathering at 5pm on the Narberth Ave "bridge approach" (the section of Narberth Ave between the old Little Gym building & the stop light at Haverford Ave).
After a quick review of road safety rules, we'll depart for a 3-mile costumed bike ride to check out Halloween houses while we jam out to spooky tunes.
The crowd-sourced route & full event details will be posted below in "discussion" tab as the event gets closer. Feel free to invite neighbors and friends!
(1) Bike Helmets & front/rear bike lights are required.
(2) This is an all-ages, all-levels, no-drop ride, but NO BIKES WITH TRAINING WHEELS & NO BALANCE BIKES are allowed for ensuring the safety of the large group of bicyclists.
(3) Costumes are strongly encouraged!
Narberth Halloween Parade
Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 7048 are helping us out with this year's Parade. They will also be fundraising by selling pretzels and apple cider down by Borough Hall, at the end of the parade. Please bring a few bucks to support them. There should be a few giveaways at the end too, like crayons, pencils, coloring books, etc, from the Narberth Police, the Narberth Public Works Department and the HSAs from BC and Welsh Valley. As usual, the great volunteers from our Narberth Fire Department will lead the way with an engine or two. At the back of the parade, watch out for a Haverford Ave Halloween-style performance from the Dance Xpress dancers!
E-Cycle Event - October 28
LM and Narberth residents can bring unwanted electronics to the dump on Saturday morning. (I know this has nothing to do with Halloween, but it does happen to be scheduled this weekend!) Details here.