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Haverford Business Developments
April 2017
Haverford YMCA hosts Meet & Greet 
Thank you to the Haverford YMCA for hosting a very successful Meet & Greet on March 22nd, with over 55 people in attendance!  Business owners, HPED staff and board,  Township commissioners and the Township Manager had a chance to mingle, exchange business cards, and hear about HPED's plans for 2017.

Our next Meet & Greet will be on Wednesday, June 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm at JD McGillicuddy's Pub in Brookline.  We hope to see you there!
Invest your Future at the
Strategic Business Planning Workshop 
Havertown resident John Ondik, who teaches at the Wharton Small Business Development Center and serves on the HPED board, will be leading our Strategic Business Planning Workshop this spring.  Click the video to hear about the components of the course.  

 The first class will be held on Tuesday, April 4th, so register asap!  Now is the time to make an investment in your future! 
To register for the Strategic Business Planning Workshop, visit
Welcome to Painting with a Twist

Opening at the Llanerch Shopping Center on West Chester Pike, is Painting with a Twist - Havertown.  Owners John Wilkins and Linda Jobling run  a successful Painting with a Twist in West Chester, and are excited about expanding their business to Havertown.

John grew up in Delaware County, and he has fond memories of Havertown, where some of his childhood friends lived.  "A few years ago, I discovered a more hip and attractive Havertown as I started visiting some of your new restaurants," explains John. "So when we were looking to expand, Havertown came to mind as a great option."

John has a varied professional background, from professional race car driving to non-profit management, Information Technology, and Business Consulting.  Linda, who grew up in Australia, has a background in fine art, drama, and teaching.  Together, running a business focusing on art makes sense!

The finishing touches of the store are going in next week, and they plan to open in mid-April, with a Grand Opening to be announced soon.  "It is exciting when a storefront that sat vacant for several years is again filled with energy and activity," notes 2nd Ward Commissioner and HPED Board Member Mario Oliva.  "We are so pleased to welcome them to Havertown!
HPED Founder Donald Kelly Honored
HPED Vice-President Donald Kelly was surprised with an award for Civic Engagement at our Annual Meeting.  The board had been discussing the idea of creating an annual awards program, with plans to unveil the awards at our Annual Meeting this fall.  Behind the scenes, there were plans to surprise Don at our Meet & Greet event as the first recipient of an award named in his honor.

The Donald Kelly Award for Civic Engagement will be presented annually to a person whose notable efforts and good works have impacted the quality of life and economic development of Haverford Township in meaningful and significant ways.

The award is named for Donald Kelly, who has served on the Haverford Township Civic Council Board of Directors for the past twenty years, including four years as President, and who was founder and chair of the Task for Force for Economic Development, the precursor to HPED.  On the HPED Board, Don has served as Vice-President and created the First Wednesday Dining Club and Holiday Window Display Contest.  Don also co-founded Haverford Green, which maintains the Triangle Garden in Oakmont.  This award is named for Donald Kelly, who continues to faithfully serve our community with intelligence, vision, passion, persistence, and hard work.

"I am deeply honored to have the HPED Civic Engagement Award established in my name and to be the first recipient of the award. To be sure, productive civic work in our wonderful community is a sufficient reward in itself," explains Don.  "But such appreciation as you have extended is something very special and is among my most rewarding experiences."

They say it takes a village – and it does.  But every village needs people to point the way and encourage others to get on board!  Thank you Don for your service and leadership!
Kelly Music Center to Open in Oakmont Village

We are pleased to announce that an exciting new venue for music and arts is coming to the Oakmont section of Havertown this summer.  The Kelly Music Center will be located at 4 - 6 East Eagle Road next to Katz Pharmacy, and will provide live performance opportunities for developing young musicians, singers, writers and other students interested in developing their craft as well as feature professional performers, singer-songwriters, comedians.  The Center will house a stage with professional sound and lights and a viewing area to accommodate up to 80 people.  The multi-purpose space will also host special events for artisans, crafters and private functions.  

Kelly Music for Life is a 501c3 non-profit led by Haverford Township residents and brothers, Tom Kelly, Paul Kelly and their wives, Sheri and Susan.  The group organizes fundraising events including the annual Haverford Spring Fest on Brookline Boulevard, the Concert in the Park Summer Series and the Havertown Irish Festival.    

Planting Volunteers Needed
We are so excited about all the greening and beautification projects going on the Township, but HPED, Haverford Green, Tree Tenders, the Rotary Club, the Rain Garden Initiative, and other Haverford in Bloom initiatives  need your help!

If you can volunteer for a planting work day this year, please use this link to receive announcements as they are scheduled.

We can also set up work days for your corporate or school group, civic association, church, etc.  Contact Jeanne Angell at if you have a group that would like to help.                                               
Quizzo Night for HPED
Quizzo for Community hosted their first fundraiser on March 21st at Oakmont Pub, with proceeds benefittng HPED.  We received $450 in contributions and had an evening of fun!  

Next month the Quizzo for Community fundraiser will be held on April 18th at Sam's Place on County Line Rd. to support the Historical Society.  In May, the recipient will be Haverford Green and their fountain project in the Triangle Garden on Darby Road.  

Come out for an evening of fun and contribute to your community!  Hope to see you there!

HPED Needs your support
We need participation and support from both businesses and residents.  I hope you join us in our efforts to make Haverford Township the best it can be!  If you haven't become a member yet, click on the link below to download our membership form, which outlines the membership benefits.  

Resident Membership     $25
Business Membership     $100
Gold Level Supporter       $250
Platinum Sponsor             $500
   If you have questions about membership, please contact Business Development Manager Jeanne Angell at
Thanks to our Platinum & Gold Level Supporters!
What is HPED?
HPED has been working on behalf of our business districts since its inception in 2010.  From business district beautification projects to business networking events, from public information sessions on new development to presentations to the Board of Commissioners to request project funding, our goals have been the same - to foster the development, breadth and growth of our business districts while maintaining and enhancing the inherent charm of our community.   

For more information about HPED, visit our website at