RIP Officer Sean Quinn

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HPIM6038 Susan in her post here captured all the links to this tragedy today.

RIP Officer Sean Quinn. I do not as you know post about police very often. But in this case I make an exception because this was a heck of a nice guy and familiar face in the community.

Sherry Tillman, Executive Director of First Friday Main Line asked me to dig out a photo from my First Friday Main Line archives because Officer Quinn was part of quite a few First Friday Main Lines - he would show up with "McGruff" sometimes for the Happy Howl O' Ween event in October.

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Message to the owners of Ardmore West strip Shopping Center

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This is a message to the owners of Ardmore West Strip Shopping Center, to voice some complaints.

 

Complaints:

The trash bins on the sidewalks in front of the donut shop and the Rite Aid are *always* full and overflowing on the sidewalk. I mean always, daytime, evenings, weekdays, weekends.

And there's always an accumulation of cigarette butts in front of the donut shop (coffee, donuts and cigarettes) and the rite-aid store front.

And there's typically/usually one or more cars parked where they shouldn't be, in the narrow alley-way strip between the donot shop and Primo's hoagir shop.

I've been meaning to take some pictures on the last few passes through, but I keep forgetting. 

 

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Lower Merion Township Retains AAA Bond Credit Rating

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"You get half now, half after the dog is gone!"

I got this note from the township today:

Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's have both reconfirmed Lower Merion Township's Triple-A Bond Credit Rating with a stable outlook, the highest rating attainable. Should municipal bond market conditions remain favorable, the Township plans to hold a competitive bond sale on February 20th, and seek approximately $10 million in new money to fund capital improvements in 2013-2014.

"We are thrilled to once again go to market with the strongest of ratings," said Dean Dortone, Chief Financial Officer. "We anticipate that many lenders will respond to our bond sale with very competitive interest rates - likely the lowest offered by the market that day."

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01-20-13 Facts About K2

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01-20-13 Layla Gros, BA, Prevention Specialist at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems in Media, PA and Ruth Conboy, LPC, NCC, BCC, Director, Counseling Center at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA, talk about "K2 and Its Harmful Effects." Produced by John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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02-04-13 Radnor Township Planning Commission Meeting, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4

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02-04-13 Radnor Township Planning Commission Meeting, Part 1 of 4. In this segment: Minutes of the meeting of January 3 and January 8, 2013 for approval; Recommendation for Ordinance #2012-09 -- Amending Chapter 280 of the Radnor Township Code, Zoning Ordinance, by establishing regulations for outdoor dining in the C-1, C-2, C-3, PB, GH-CR, and PLO Zoning Districts; Board Comment; Public Participation. Old Business: Ordinance #2012-11 -- Amending Chapter 280 of the Radnor Township Code, Zoning Ordinance, amending the heights of athletic filed light standards in the PLU (Public Land Use) District. Produced by John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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"Jumbled, rush-job mess" at Suburban Square

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Craig LaBan ate at the new Saint James restaurant in Suburban Square and came away unhappy.  Personally, I hearitly dislike the music they blast into the courtyard, and the fact that their menu is not posted where you can see it from outside.  

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20130127_The_Saint_James.html

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BREAKING: Bashore Settlement Agreement with Radnor Township

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I saw a post from 2009 with a new comment. Thinking it was spam, I went to check it out. It was from poster hamncheez (one of my favorites from the glory days of Radnor's time of escaping skuldudgery and deceit AKA The Bashore Years):
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Bashore gets a pension?

At the next Radnor BOC meeting on the agenda will be discussion and approval of a settlement agreement between Radnor Township, Treasurer John E. Osborne, Former Township Manager David A. Bashore and Kelly F. Bashore (see document link below).

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New State Law Addresses Recycling of Electronic Devices

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"With enough computers, we can make these!"

I got this note from the township today:

Although a new Pennsylvania law went into effect on January 24, 2013 regarding the disposal and recycling of "covered" electronic equipment-the "Covered Device Recycling Act"-the legislation will not affect the recycling practices of Lower Merion Township, since the Township is already in compliance with the new measures stipulated in the Act.

The law states that consumers and businesses will no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash, which has been the case in Lower Merion for years now. (Such items must be taken to the Koegel Public Works Complex, open Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

Earlier this month, the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County announced to participating municipalities that, because of the new law, the Authority's disposal vendor, Covanta Energy, would no longer accept any covered devices or components of covered devices. Lower Merion Township contracts with eForce Compliance (www.eforcecompliance.com) to accept any and all electronic devices, covered or not, inclusive of televisions. Residents should drop off such devices and equipment at the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex,located at 1300 N. Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley.

Certain retailers-such as Staples and Best Buy-will also accept electronic equipment of almost any type (no matter where you bought it) for free recycling. Whole Foods in Wynnewood occasionally holds free electronics recycling events-as they will on Saturday, Jan. 26 (also using eForce).

Questions? Email recycle@lowermerion.org.

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Steps residents can take to protect sensitive electronic data in the event you want to.

Recycle your old computer. Lower Merion Township contracts with eForce for the disposal of your electronic equipment. eForce has achieved both ISO-14001 certification and R2 certification for maintaining high standards in protecting your personal data.

Despite these high standards, you can have complete peace of mind by doing one of two things:

Removing your hard disk and physically destroying it (a standard hammer works well). Remember to include the damaged hard disk in your recycling drop-off.

Using one of the many free products available for download on the Internet to completely erase your hard disk. Many of them are very simple to use, but you will have to follow some instructions, and many require you to have your original system CDs available.

Donate your old computer to a charity, school, a friend, or other organization. In this case you do not want to physically destroy your hard disk, since the computer will then be inoperable. You should be sure to use a free or paid program to completely erase your hard disk. After the disk is completely erased, you may choose to re-install the operating system using your original CDs, provided by the manufacturer.

Whether you choose to recycle or donate your old computer, always be sure you have all of your pertinent data backed up to another location. There are many cloud-based backup services available, or you may back up information to a DVD, another computer, a USB device, or an external hard disk.

Other Important Links:

R2 Solutions: www.r2solutions.org

ISO (International Organization of Standardization): www.iso.org

National Cristina Foundation (for computer donation): www.cristina.org

Most of this is good stuff however, I would recommend physically destroying your hard drive before recycling your comptuer.  This can be done most effectively with a power drill.  It ensures a virtually zero chance of any blackhat recovering your data.  It is also quite fun.

 

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The Jim McCaffrey Fundraiser

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Image and video hosting by TinyPicWe hope you remember former native son Jim McCaffrey who for years covered our lives and our news up and down the Main Line and in Philadelphia via Main Line Times, Wayne & Suburban, Main Line Life and The Bulletin.

He helped give our local world and issues a voice and now he is facing a health crisis of some enormity and it is very serious. He has been diagnosed with MDS or Myelodysplastic syndrome.

MDS is a malignant disorder of the bone marrow. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 18,000 people develop MDS each year. MDS can affect all of the cells in our blood. MDS used to be called preleukemia due to the progression that is sometimes seen from MDS to leukemia.

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So it was foggy last night

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It was a bit foggy last night, and I couldn't sleep last night. So I did the only sensible thing. I wandered around town and took pictures.

The Apple Store in Suburban Square Suburban Square Parking Lot (not really full) Under the Anderson Ave Bridge Lancaster Ave at 3 AM Lancaster Ave at 3 AM Foggy Wawa

There's a few more such pictures. The full set can be found on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157632512138031/

Enjoy!

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