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Chester County officials urge residents to take survey guiding future growth

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WEST CHESTER >> Chris Alonzo, a lifelong resident of Kennett Square and third-generation mushroom farmer, remembers a time when there was only one traffic light in town.



But it’s not like that anymore.



“The number of people who want to live in the county has increased and the traffic has increased,” said Alonzo, the president of Pietro Industries and chairman of the Chester County Agricultural Development Council. “If we don’t plan this carefully, we’ll be the next Route 202 in Wilmington, Delaware, where there is a traffic light every mile.”



As Chester County officials plan for the future with the development of Landscapes3, the next comprehensive plan, they are looking at many factors, including the relationship between housing and jobs; growth and preservation; and trails and public health. The Chester County Commissioners launched a Landscapes3 public survey last month in an effort to gather residents’ input. More than 4,500 people have filled out the survey to date.



Alonzo believes all the Landscapes3 topics – housing and jobs; growth and preservation; and trails and public health – are interrelated.



“I agree they are all interconnected because when you have people who love living in the county because of how great downtown West Chester or Kennett Square or Phoenixville is, but also have the ability to drive a few miles and be in the middle of rural Chester County … and see horses, rolling hills and farms and be in this amazing place that is beautiful and scenic,” he said. “That’s why Chester County is one of the No. 1 places where people want to live.”



Alonzo — the co-chair of the Landscapes3 steering committee along with Matt Hammond, chairman of the Chester County Planning Commission, and Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands — said Landscapes3 needs to balance the county’s vibrant growth with its scenic landscapes so that the county can continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.



“We have people who want to have businesses here, live here and enjoy open space,” he said. “Balancing that growth with that amazing sense of place is a challenge.”



Survey results to date have showed that open space and environment continue to be top priorities for county residents. As a result, embracing place will be a critical part of the Landscapes3 plan.



“Please keep as much open space as possible,” wrote one of the survey respondents. “The reason our county is one of the most popular places to live is because the towns are vibrant and the country living still feels like country: trees and streams and fields.”



Over 27 percent of the county, or 131,570 acres, have been preserved to date, according to county officials. Of that amount, 92,000 acres have been preserved over the past 20 years — since the adoption of Landscapes, the original award-winning comprehensive plan for the county.



Alonzo noted that agricultural businesses need to be economically viable so that open space contributes not only to our sense of place, but also to our economy. Agriculture is the county’s leading industry, and Kennett Square is considered the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”



From a growth perspective, the need for housing options and transportation choices are seen as important in Chester County. Enhancing choices in how and where people live, work, and connect will be an important part of the Landscapes3 plan.



“We need to have growth that is appropriate and planned,” said Alonzo.



Alonzo said there is a need to provide affordable housing to people of all income levels. He wants people of all occupations to be able to call Chester County home – not just a place to work.



Survey respondents made similar comments about the need for affordable housing choices.



“The need for more affordable housing in Chester County is the top priority in my opinion,” wrote one of the survey participants. “Many people are being ‘priced out’ of Chester County due to the majority of the housing being built (rental and for sale) is vastly overpriced especially in Phoenixville and Kennett Square.”



When it comes to future growth on a countywide scale, there are currently about half a million residents in the county, and a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) report indicates there will be 146,000 new residents here in the next 30 years. There are about 310,000 jobs in the county, and the DVRPC estimates we will add 87,000 in the future. There are 185,000 housing units in the county now; there will be about 55,000 more in the next three decades.



Addressing this growth is a concern for some survey participants. “The upcoming generation will pick a place to live and then a place to work,” wrote one of the survey respondents. “Let’s figure out how we can move our communities together rather than having to rely on cars to get anywhere.”



After the survey closes, the county’s Planning Commission will evaluate residents’ feedback, and pull together other background information that has been gathered over the past year. The Landscapes3 steering committee will start meeting this fall to help guide the plan, update and create the plan’s vision and goals. The Planning Commission’s staff will develop the plan’s content based on the steering committee’s guidance and the continued input of the public and municipalities.



The message from the Chester County Board of Commissioners, Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell, is unanimous: “Landscapes3 will serve as the blueprint for Chester County for the next 10 to 20 years. We are grateful for all the residents who have taken the time to fill out our survey and we invite anyone who hasn’t done so to participate now, prior to the close of the survey. We value residents’ input as we plan for our future.”



Residents are invited to share their input on issues that will be addressed in Landscapes3 such as managed growth, open space and the environment, modern infrastructure, transportation choices, the economy, healthy lifestyles, and housing options. Join the discussion by filling out the survey at: http://www.chescoplanning.org/survey.cfm.



The survey is scheduled to close at the end of June.



In addition to taking the survey, residents can stay involved and informed by signing up for future updates on the plan’s progress here: http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=a746e437ec and visit http://www.chescoplanning.org.


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How to Clean Computer Hardware

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Cleaning  Hardware

Cleaning Computer Hardware

We all know keeping the inside of our computers free of viruses is important, but how clean is the outside? Cleaning hardware isn’t difficult and can help alleviate gross buildup and overheating.

What you’ll need: A lint-free cloth, can of compressed air, dishwashing liquid, portable vacuum, water and cotton swabs are all it takes to get cleaning.

Before you start: Power off and unplug all attached wires and external devices. Also check your owner’s manual for device-specific warnings about cleaning solutions or procedures.

Wipe it down: Add a small drop of dishwashing liquid in a cup of warm water. Soak a sponge and wring thoroughly. Wipe the exterior of the computer, the mouse and trackpad. Use cotton swabs dipped in the soap and water solution for hard-to-reach areas. Dry everything with a lint-free cloth.

Blow it away: Ports and vents require compressed air to dislodge debris. Aim carefully to avoid blowing dust deeper into the machine. Go after any stubborn stuff with a clean, soft paintbrush or old toothbrush.

Clean that screen: Dust the screen with a dry lint-free cloth. Next, soak a sponge in plain water and wring it until slightly damp. Wash the screen by moving the sponge in small circles. When dusting and wiping, apply only the slightest pressure to remove fingerprints and grime. Avoid window cleaners, alcohol and other chemicals, which may damage anti-glare coatings or make touch screens less responsive.

Key in on the keyboard: Start by turning it upside down over a trashcan to remove loose particles. Then brush between the keys with a soft paintbrush, vacuum brush or the adhesive end of a sticky note. Wipe keys with a cloth pre-moistened with water or rubbing alcohol.

To maintain the best performance make sure to clean your computer every three to six months!

Sources: Consumer Reports, How-To Geek


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“Our partnership with NMGC has lasted for more than two decades.  They have met or exceeded our expectations at every turn, going the extra mile when needed to make challenging deadlines or difficult jobs possible.  They are consistent performers in a competitive industry.  We always know we can count on them.”
President/CEO, Major Direct Mail Agency

“We are very pleased with the quality of the envelopes and service that we receive from National Mail Graphics. During our 30 year business relationship National Mail Graphics has consistently provided envelopes that meet or exceed our requirements. National Mail Graphics is very customer focused and routinely provides quality materials at a competitive price and on time. If you have an opportunity to work with Bill Stewart’s team at National Mail Graphics you will not be disappointed.”
Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Leading Health Insurance Carrier

“NMG’s service and reliability to deliver our printed package inserts has helped streamline the job responsibilities of our production team, and given them piece of mind.”
Director of Print Services, Major Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

“In an industry that has changes dramatically to servicing the client as quicker than ever thought possible, which at times could be the next day; NMG has helped provided our materials on time and been a valuable partner in helping a leading insurance company stay ahead of the curve.”
Product Manager, Large National Insurance Company

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For more than thirty years we have remained committed to excellence in everything we do.  Many of our employees and customers have been with us for over twenty years.  Whether we are printing in-house or managing our network of industry partners on your behalf, we bring a demand for precision and personal attention to each and every project.   Our primary objective day-in and day-out is to come through for you with flying colors.  That is why you hire us, and it is the only way we know how to work.


In this business, a missed deadline is a lost opportunity and can put a precious customer relationship at risk. So we don’t make promises we can’t keep.   That simple rule has been at the heart of our culture since the day we opened our doors in 1982.   But great service goes well beyond delivery schedules.   It is about adding value – in the form of responsiveness, creative suggestions, process improvement, open communication and doing whatever it takes to get the job done right.  At NMG, great service means giving customers everything they expect – and then surprising them with more.


When you become our customer, you instantly inherit thirty years of industry experience. We’ll make sure your project is completed in the most efficient and economical way possible.  We will troubleshoot to solve potential problems before they surface, and we will update you as important production milestones are met.   We go the distance for you because lasting relationships are more important to us than making a fast buck. And because true partnership is based on trust and transparency. 

You will like the way we work – you have our word on that. 

About Us

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NMG has been innovating for its clients since 1982. Originally named National Mail Graphics by its founder John Sikorski, the Philadelphia-based company was established as an envelope and direct mail printer to serve the unique needs of large direct mail advertisers and their agencies throughout the Northeast Corridor.

As NMG expanded its presence in key vertical markets, including insurance, banking, healthcare and the non-profit sector, the leadership team made a commitment to keep pace with industry trends and technology,. Strategic acquisition of web presses and bindery equipment, accompanied by advances in project management and client services, enable NMG to implement the full spectrum of integrated print solutions required by b-to-b and b-to-c marketers. In 2015 NMG also launched ThePIPrinter.com, an online portal dedicated to streamlining package insert printing for pharmaceutical companies.

NMG’s long-term client relationships and diverse portfolio of products and services are a testament to the excellence and quality it continues to provide after 30 years. The NMG family dedicates the next 30 years to John Sikorski, who passed away in 2012.


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Our commitment to being an end-to-end supplier for our customers has enabled us to continually expand our product and service offering.  Our internal production team and project managers oversee the smooth execution of diverse marketing projects and programs.  Test us out by sharing the details of your project with us.  In the process, you will experience the insight and precision that NMG clients have been benefitting from for more than thirty years.

Envelope FAQs

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Many businesses find the use of business reply envelopes to be of great value in obtaining fast and convenient replies, orders, or payments from customers. Following is a condensation of postal regulations governing the use of business reply envelopes:

  1. An annual permit fee ($85.00) must be paid on a yearly basis. When fee is paid, user will be assigned a Permit No. which must be printed on all business reply mail envelopes (see illustration).
  2. Facing Identification Marks (FIM Marks) must be printed in a prescribed location on all business reply envelopes (see illustration).
  3. The postal service will upon request provide customers with a unique bar code for identifying business reply envelopes with the new 9-digit Zip Code.
  4. A surcharge of 44c per piece plus first-class postage is made on each business reply envelope delivered. If envelopes do not meet the “letter-mail” size standards, an additional 11c surcharge is made.
  5. If a user expects to receive more than 625 pieces of business reply mail within each calendar year, then it would be wise to establish an advance trust account with his post office ($205 annual fee). This reduces the per-piece postage surcharge from 44c to 10c.
  6. The BRMAS System (Business Reply Mail Accounting System) enables a user to further reduce the per-piece postal surcharge from 10c to 2c if the following requirements are met:
    1. Mailer must submit a letter to his local Postmaster requesting to participate in the BRMAS program;
    2. Mailer must submit two pre-production sample BRM pieces showing the proper ZIP +4 codes, barcodes, and other BRMAS required markings;
    3. Payment of an annual permit and accounting fee of $205

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A standard diagonal seam envelope is the most common style envelope in use today. Its parts are basically the same regardless of its size or name. The corners, flaps, shoulders, throat, seal and seams may vary slightly in size, curvature or shape in different makes and models.

To help you understand the terms used by envelope manufacturers, we have illustrated a basic diagonal seam envelope showing the most common terms applied to its parts. These terms are used regardless of its style diagonal, side or center seam open end or open side.

In the glossary you will find additional terms defined that will help you know envelopes better. We hope you will take a few minutes of your valuable time to read and become familiar with them.
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Selecting the right envelope for each type of mailing and using it effectively need not be difficult. Required is only a basic understanding of envelope construction, paper, and graphics. Immediate considerations include: the size and content of the material involved, how it is to be mailed, how the postage will be paid, and whether a reply is desired. To make an informed selection, be guided by the following criteria.

Enclosures Envelope Styles
Personal Letters Bond or White Wove, Commercial and Official (Regular and Self-Seal)
Processed Letters and Circulars Bond, White Wove, Colored Wove, Manila, Commercial and Official
Broadsides Booklet Envelopes, Flat Mailers, Open Ends (Regular and Self-Seal)
Booklets Booklet Envelopes, Clasp, String and Button, Open Ends (Regular and Self-Seal)
Magazines Booklet Envelopes, Open Ends, Clasp
Catalogs Clasp, String and Button, Open Ends (Regular and Self-Seal)
Reply Envelopes Colored Wove, Commercial and Official

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Where a particular enclosure need exists, or when a routine job requires special handling, a custom envelope may be indicated. Or perhaps choosing one of a dozen specialized envelopes would be more suitable. For a completely new design, or the adaptation of an existing envelope, there is virtually no limit to the variety of styles that can be produced in any size for any purpose. In addition to standard envelopes, most converters usually have hundreds of non-standard dies on file which are adaptable to new applications at surprisingly little cost.
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  • Business Mailer
  • Drive-In Banking
  • File-Velope
  • Squares
  • Jumbo
    • Hitch-Hiker #1 and #2
    • Latex Seal
    • M-1 Coupon
    • Peel n’ Seel
    • Flip n’ Stic

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Here are some of the most widely used terms in the envelope industry. It is recommended you familiarize yourself with these terms so that you may better understand their connection with envelopes.


    A style of envelope that has a large pointed seal flap. This style envelope is usually close to being square; however, the flap and paper used are the most distinguishing features. The most common present usage is for greeting cards or social stationery. The name Baronial is derived from “baron” which signifies a high social standing.


    These two envelopes can be any style or size. The distinct difference between them is – “Who pays the postage?” Business REPLY is referred to as the envelope that has a pre-printed First-Class Permit and return address on it and the original sender pays for its return. The Business RETURN has a pre-printed return address but the individual returning the envelope must apply postage. The most commonly used envelopes for either purpose are the commercial style 6 1/4, 6 3/4, or 9. Another frequently used-style is the remittance flap (Collection) style.


    All envelopes with the “open end” flap are called catalog.


    Is the permanent seam that is located approximately in the center of the envelope running from the bottom fold and seam up through the envelope and terminates at the throat.


    These are the most common business style envelopes. They are “open side” of diagonal or side seam construction. Applies to a wide range of sizes from 6 1/4 through 14 – both regulars and window envelopes.


    A term applied to envelopes when their flaps are folded down against the back of the envelope. Most envelopes are packed in boxes in this fashion. It is opposed to flaps extended.


    The term applied to an envelope having a panel or panels cut out of the face or back or both and not having a covering over the panels.


    A seam running diagonally from the bottom fold and corner upward toward the throat of the envelope.


    This term is used to describe a condition of leaving the seal flaps in a vertical position (not folded down).


    A term applied to envelopes when their flaps are folded down against the back of the envelope. Most envelopes re packed in boxes in this fashion. It is oppose to flaps extended.


    It is a self-sealing adhesive that requires NO moisture. Two gum surfaces are required to create a bond when they are brought together.


    A style of envelope on which the opening is on the shorter side. All open end envelopes are called catalog or coin envelopes.


    A style of envelope on which the opening is on the longer side. All commercials are open side.


    A style of Commercial, Official or Bankers Flap envelope which does NOT have a window panel cut in it.


    A large style seal flap of approximately the same size and shape of the envelope itself.


    There are two types Both are used on the seal flaps of the envelopes. RE-MOISTENING type which requires moisture to achieve a seal.


    type which requires two surfaces of gum and no water to achieve a seal.


    Is an envelope seam that runs almost parallel to the side fold.


    The term applied to the side seam when it folds UNDER the back flap.


    Any style envelope having a panel or panels cut out of its face and/or back which permits viewing a portion of the contents. These panels may or may not be covered. Spot-lites are sometimes known as windows, outlooks or cutouts.


    A style of flap with straight edges and rectangular corners. These are used on A-Style envelopes and square envelopes.


    A large style seal flap of approximately the same size and shape of the envelope itself.