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» Good deeds rewarded: Kudos to the Save Ardmore Coalition, a recipient of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s 2008 Preservation Achievement Award in the Community Action category. Quite the feather in its cap—and a bright spot in a tumultuous year of redevelopment/leadership woes—the award recognizes the grassroots organization’s continued contribution to the community. In case you haven’t been paying attention, SAC’s primary mission is to protect Ardmore property from eminent domain abuse.

» Lights, camera, action: The West Chester Film Festival has come and gone, but our hats are off to two young filmmakers, 18-year-old Brian Lipko of Westtown and 22-year-old Berwyn native Josh Smith, who both went into the festival as finalists. Smith’s Four Thorns for Aidan won him “Best Pennsylvania Filmmaker,” plus honorable mention for the Audience Choice Award, while Lipko got honorable mention for his film Broken Wind. The festival attracts an international pool of professional filmmakers. In other movie news, Main Liner M. Night Shyamalan’s environmental thriller, The Happening, is due in theaters June 13. As reported in Inside Line last summer, the film’s star, Mark Wahlberg, was a hit with the locals while shooting in the area. Shyamalan can only hope his latest effort makes a similar impression on moviegoers.

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