Kim (my now wife) and I didn’t have a good solution for pre-wedding pictures. We knew both the ceremony and reception was to be held at 333 Belrose in Radnor. We also knew we would be getting dressed in our home in Conshohocken. A suitable place for pictures with the family and such was a hard decision between Conshy and Radnor.
I had a meeting at the old Borough Hall (former Lee Mansion) and was impressed with the overall architecture of the building. So, we decided that we would have the pictures taken there. I spoke to my Council Rep, Sandra Caterbone on election day (always a good time to ask a favor from an elected official) to see if she could help me get access to the Borough Hall for photos. She said no problem and told me to give her a call when the day grew near.
Well, as is always the case with work, wedding planning, honeymoon planning, you name it, I forgot to contact her. So, Kim asked me on the day of our wedding about accessing the Borough Hall, my heart sunk. I never called Sandra!
So, at 1 PM on Saturday, just 2 hours before the planned pictures were to occur, I called Sandra with hat in hand. She happened to be in Lancaster and was not able to help immediately. What she did was call the Chief of Police, Jim Dougherty, to help me out. Chief Dougherty called me and arranged to have the Sergeant on Duty to grant us access to the Borough Hall.
In the end, everything worked out. The pictures turned out great, we were able to get access to the building and the wedding went on without a hitch. It got me thinking, though. I grew up in Bensalem (Bucks County) a township of almost 60,000 people. Would I be able to call my local rep and get quick action for such a minor request in a township of that size? No, in fact, I probably wouldn’t even know his/her name. Conshohocken succeeds because of its size, its sense of community and the great people that work hard to help you out.
So, I just wanted to publicly thank Sandra Caterbone, Chief Dougherty and that nameless Sargeant for helping us out quickly and without complaint.