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40 years later, thinking of my father

Tue, 2017-02-21 06:18
I guess being the youngest of five children I've always considered myself young.

Life keeps conspiring to prove me wrong.

But never more so than today.

My father died 40 years ago today.

He was 63 years old. In other words, about a year and a half older than I am right now.

Talk about a cold slap in the face.

He never had a chance to retire. He spent his life trying to provide for his family, first by running two soda fountain/luncheonettes, one in North East, Md., the other in the small town where we lived, Oxford, Pa., in southern Chester County.

Later in life, he became a security guard and eventually a police officer at Lincoln University just outside town.

My father was a man of very few words. We did not call him 'The Quiet Man' for nothing. That attribute rubbed off on his youngest son. He has simple values, treasuring his family, his faith, and his friends.

Like so many in The Greatest Generation, he rarely ever spoke about it. He just did it.

I find it terribly unfair that a man would work his entire life, then be denied the opportunity to enjoy his retirement.

I don't think my dad would have seen it that way, at least he never would have talked about it.

He simply went about his business.

He was a man of routine, which is what took him to the small store he still owned in Oxford, run by my mom.

Later she would always detail what happened exactly the same way.

He was standing at the end of the long counter in the store, and he mentioned that he did not feel well. Mom said she had just made a fresh pot of coffee. She turned to get him a cup. That's when she heard the sound. When she turned around again, dad was on the floor. He was rushed to the hospital, but my guess is he likely was gone before he ever hit the floor.

I was half a country away, attending class at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

If you've ever been there, you'll understand when I say that calling it 'idyllic' is an understatement.

Not that day.

I was sitting in class when a woman knocked on the door, itself somewhat unusual. What happened next was even more so.

'Is there a Philip Heron in the class?' the woman asked the professor. I nearly fell off the chair. She said I needed to call my brother right away. He lived outside Denver, and was the reason I was out there in the first place. I called. His wife answered and that's how I learned dad had suffered a heart attack.

I had to meet my brother at the airport and I didn't have much time to spare. I really don't remember packing anything at all, but I do remember how I literally went knocking on doors to see if anyone could give me a ride to the airport. I met my brother and we basically flew to Philly in silence, now knowing the details of dad's condition.

Remember, this was a different world, one without cell phones, texting, and social media.

Two quiet men on a place. Just like our father. I think we both knew what awaited us once we got home.

Today I will go to work, much as I do ever day.

But it will be with a reminder that time is precious. There are no guarantees.

I like to think I acquired a lot of traits from my father - his love of sports, his passion for a good, simple meal. Meat and potatoes. Is there another kind.

I also took on his mantra of being a man of few words - aside from when I'm sitting at this keyboard. Conversation is not exactly my thing, just ask my wife.

My dad also gave me perhaps the greatest gift of all, one that has served me well.

He loved newspapers.

He would devour several of them every day.

For the life of me, I could not figure out why a store in North East, Md., sold the New York papers every day. It did not take me long to find out. Working at the store, I would watch the parade of men come in and check that day's horse racing entries, then kibbutz with my dad about who he 'liked' at the track that day.

Yes, my father loved the pones.

I have him to thank for my ability to read The Racing Form. He's still the only man I've ever met who took a vacation from his job so he could work the parimutuel window at Delaware Park.

In many ways, it's hard to believe it's been 40 years.

The trips to the cemetery are few and far between these days.

Work - and life - usually gets in the way.

Today I am again shocked at some of the things I did not realize about my father. We all knew that he as born on Nov. 23. Yes, he was celebrating a birthday on that day in 1963 when our world changed with the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What I didn't realize until a few years ago was that dad was actually celebrating his 50th birthday that fateful day.

I was thinking about that again over the weekend, when I realized that this year would mark four decades since that awful day. But something about the numbers wasn't adding up. For some reason I always thought dad was 66 or 67 when he passed.

Some quick work with the calculator - math was not one of the gifts dad bestowed on his youngest son - left me with the unavoidable conclusion that dad was only 63.

About a year and a half older than I am right now.

I wish I sit at that table just one more time, patiently waiting for him to finish with the sports section of the newspaper, always creased neatly to that day's horse racing entries, and inevitably marked with his signature butter and jelly stains.

The industry I work in was at its peak serving the members of this greatest generation.

Today we sadly note the passing of all too many of them every day on our obituary pages.

They are a dying breed, in more ways that one.

I get the feeling dad would not have cared much for the Internet, cell phones, or social media.

Unless you could somehow deliver the horse racing results in 140 characters.

40 years. Four decades.

For some reason, it doesn't seem that long.

I guess it never does.

Rest well, Quiet Man.

* The photo shows dad with my sister Kate, standing in the back yard of our home in Oxford, in the mid'60s.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The legal fight over Mariner East 2 heat sup

Tue, 2017-02-21 05:24
The Mariner East Pipeline 2 project is coming.

And that means the lawyers can't be far behind.

Sunoco Logistics is already in the western part of the state, laying down the pipe that will eventually reach 350 miles across Pennsylvania, linking the Marcellus Shale regions to Marcus Hook.

The company got the green light for key permits they need to start work in our neck of the woods last week, and an appeal by environmental groups to block the company from starting construction was rejected by a judge.

The two sides are likely headed to court.

In the meantime, Sunoco Logistics says they are ready to start construction on the 11.5-mile stretch of the pipeline that traverses several municipalities in western Delaware County.

Disappointed community groups who oppose the pipeline are vowing they will go to court to fight the company.

You can read our editorial on this important economic project here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why is Meehan standing Pat?

Mon, 2017-02-20 06:11
I used my print column today to talk about Pat Meehan.

The 7th District Congressman recently announced that he would not seek the GOP nod to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.

The interesting question is why?

I have a couple of theories.

It has to do with BT and AT. That stands for Before Trump and After Trump.

It's a new political landscape out there.

I'm not sure Meehan wanted to put his neck on the line in a dicey statewide contest when he routinely rolls to victory in the 7th District, which has been made almost a GOP lock through the wonders of redistricting.

An off-year election in which Americans might still be steamed at the policies of Donald Trump, and looking to take it out on Republicans up and down the ballot? No wonder Meehan took a pass.

You can read the column here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

If this is global warming, I'll take it

Mon, 2017-02-20 05:52
Happy Presidents Day.

Yes, check your calendar. It really is Presidents Day. Feb. 20. I know that might seem a little hard to fathom after the weekend we just enjoyed.

It never ceases to amaze me what a little sunshine and warm temperatures - we actually hit 70 degrees about 4 p.m. - can do for your outlook.

Usually about this time of the year, I am bundled up on the sofa, watching golf on TV from some beautiful location, and wondering why I put up with this three months of misery every year.

Here's what I did yesterday: Took a nice long walk with my wife, sat outside and read the Sunday paper, then actually finished a book I have been trying to finish off since last summer.

Then, I chipped a few golf balls around the back yard.

The the Mrs. and I did some nature walking, actually hiking along some open space that runs through our development that neither of us had ever explored, despite living there for more than 30 years.

In other words, I wanted to spend every glorious minute I could outside, and that's exactly what I did.

It's chilly this morning, but certainly not the bone-numbing cold we expect at this time of the year.

And there is more good news in the forecast. We're heading back to the 60s later this week and could even break back into the 70s on Thursday.

The best part? No snow on the horizon.

If this is global warming, I'll take it.

Get the full forecast for the week here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The tall task facing Chester police, officials

Fri, 2017-02-17 06:14
This pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the challenges facing police and officials in Chester as they try to quell the spike in violence that is plaguing the city.

Yesterday they spent the entire day meeting with law enforcement officials from across the region and state, along with citizens, in the hunt for solutions.

In the morning Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and his police brass sat down with county District Attorney Jack Whelan, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and others. Then at 7 p.m. they held a town hall meeting to get input and ideas from the community.

An hour or so after that meeting broke up, police were called to the 2100 block of Edgmont Avenue.

The reason? Shots fired. Police found several shell casings at the site. It is not yet clear if anyone was hit. The person who fired the shots was last seen fleeing the scene in a black SUV.

You can read our story on an eventful day in Chester here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Pat? Toomey talks on teleconference

Fri, 2017-02-17 06:05
Don't call him 'Punxsutawney Pat.'

Our U.S. Senator says he has not been hiding out in his burrow, contrary to many media reports.

Republican Pat Toomey yesterday held a hastily called teleconference after fielding a barrage of criticism that he was unavailable and constituents were unable to get through to his office.

Toomey insists it was simply a matter of volume and staffing, that his office phones were swamped and staffers struggled to keep up. In the meantime, he said he wanted President Trump to take a harder line on Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, while standing behind some of the president's more controversial policies.

You can read the story here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another baby step forward for Pa.

Fri, 2017-02-17 05:53
You can now have a beer with that Shorti.

Pass out the party hats!

Wawa through a party yesterday as they re-opened their store on Naamans Creek Road in Concord, the first in Pennsylvania to feature beer sales. So what's the problem?

Plenty.

But let me make this clear. This is not Wawa's fault. This is on Pennsylvania - and the byzantine laws when it comes to the sale of alcohol. In order to feature beer sales, Wawa had to satisfy a state requirement that it do so in a separate, 'restaurant'-style part of the store. You get your beer there, either a single beer to go with your sandwich, or two six-packs to go. But you can't pay for it along with your sandwich and other items. You have to do that in the regular part of the store.

Wawa renovated this store specifically to have this 30-seat sit-down restaurant area, also the first time they've done that in these parts. That's the only way they can sell beer.

For now the Delco convenience store icon says this is the only store they plan to offer beer, no doubt in part because of the state regulations.

It obviously would be hard, if not impossible, for them to fulfill that requirement as most of their existing stores. But take that silly law away, and I'd be willing to bet Wawa would have a beer cooler in every store.

Kind of like the way most states do.

Only in Pennsylvania. No wonder they call us the Land of Giants.

We also editorialized on the topic today. Read it here.

Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Feb. 16

Thu, 2017-02-16 06:57
The Daily Numbers: 1 Wawa store in Pennsylvania that is selling beer, as of today.

721 Naamans Creek Road in Concord, location of the store.

2 6-packs at a time, how much you can buy there and take with you.

1 million dollars, how much Radnor School District is considering spending to replace bleachers at its football field

190,000 dollar salary for Dan Nerelli, voted as the new superintendent of Upper Darby schools.

146,000 dollar salary for John Council as assistant super.

6 hour standoff in Aston yesterday morning that ended with a man being taken into custody without incident.

3, age of alleged victim of Yeadon man, charged with sexual assault of girl at early learning center in Norristown.

136 acre tract next to Philadelphia International Airport in Tinicum that could be condemned by Philadelphia City Council.

2 applications for charter schools in Upper Darby that have now been withdrawn.

2 terms on County Council for Mario Civera. He now plans to run this fall for a seat on Upper Darby Council, where he started his political career.

3,000 production workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina who have rejected an offer to form a union.

116-108 loss for Sixers in Boston last night.

70 dollar average hike in season ticket prices enacted by the Eagles.

3-1 loss for the Flyers last night in Calgary.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

The Flyers and Sixers appear once again to be going nowhere. The Phillies are “hoping” to be mediocre. The Eagles are raising season ticket prices after going 6-10 and missing the playoffs again. Not good.

I Don’t Get It: Jeff Lurie is using the lure of a potential franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to pick your pocket again. Ever wonder what the total cost of a day at an Eagles game adds up to. I’m thinking we’re talking $250 easy.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those meeting in Chester today seeking a solution to the violence that plagues the city’s streets.

Quote Box: “The war against fighting crime in inner cities and across the country should be viewed with the same level of passion the nation currently has when addressing the opioid epidemic.”

- Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland.
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How about a beer with that Shorti?

Thu, 2017-02-16 06:23
Gottahavva Brewski?

You're in luck, if you happen to be out in Concord Township.

Our favorite Delaware County-based convenience store chain is taking the plunge today and kicking off its first store to offer beer sales in Pennsylvania.

The store, at 721 Naamans Creek Road near Route 202, has been completely renovated to add a 30-seat restaurant to satisfy the new Pennsylvania regarding beer sales at supermarkets and convenience stores. They also added a beer cooler, where you can grab a single to have with your Shorti in the restaurant, or as much as two six-packs to go.

While Wawa has sold beer at its 109 stores in Florida and Virginia, this is its first foray into the sale of suds in Pa.

It's taken nearly 18 months for Wawa to navigate through a minefield of state regulations and some opposition in the community.

But beer sales arrive at the Concord Wawa today at 9 a.m. They're throwing something of a party there with local brewers such as Victory and Dogfish Head on hand to match some of their craft brews with your favorite Wawa sandwiches.

We'll be there for the grand opening. You can get all the details here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A day to fight violence in Chester

Thu, 2017-02-16 06:02
It will be all hands on deck today as the city of Chester tries to come to grips with the wave of violence afflicting the city.

And that means citizens, city, county and state officials.

The day will start this morning with a session for law enforcement officials.

Here's a look at some of the people will be in attendance:

· Attorney General Josh Shapiro (Pennsylvania)

· Sen. Tom Killion (Pennsylvania)

· Rick Tutak (Office of Senator Killion – Pennsylvania)

· Executive Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Selber (Pennsylvania)

· District Attorney Jack Whelan (Delaware County)

· Deputy District Attorney George Dawson (Delaware County)

· Police Commissioner Otis Blair (Chester, PA)

· Police Chief James Nolan (Chester, PA)

· Major Steven Gretsky (Chester, PA)

· Police Chief Bobby Cummings (Wilmington, DE)

· Police Chief Mark Talbot (Norristown, PA)

· Police Chief Michael Irey (Upland, PA)

· State Representative Brian Kirkland (D-159)

· Re-entry Coordinator Charla Plaines (Harrisburg)

· Executive Director Steven Fischer (Chester Housing Authority)

· Police Chief Rodney O’Neill (Chester Housing Authority).

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland believes it's time for all entities to use the same tactics to fight violence as are currently being deployed to battle the heroin epidemic affecting so many towns.

"The war against fighting crime in inner cities and across the country should be viewed with the same level of passion the nation currently has when addressing the opioid epidemic,” said Kirkland. “The issue of crime and violence is not isolated to Chester. There are many towns near and far that face similar battles—perhaps if we come together to brainstorm and strategize we can all learn new methods of suppressing crime within our respective communities.”

The morning panel discussion is closed to the public.

The public will get their chance to offer their ideas at a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Chester City Hall.

We used our editorial page today to note that part of Chester's crime problem - and the lack of an increased police presence - is tied to the city's chronic financial woes. Read it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 15

Wed, 2017-02-15 07:14
The Daily Numbers: 300 miles across Pennsylvania, how far Mariner East 2 pipeline will travel.

11.5 miles across western Delaware County, where it rolls through Delco.

3 environmental groups that are now appealing the state DEP ruling giving the green light for Sunoco Logistics to start construction on the line.

30,000 direct and indirect jobs associated with the plan, according to a business study.

7,000 construction jobs.

300 to 400 permanent jobs at Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook facility.

85 police officers currently in the Chester Police Department.

106 officers funded in the city’s 2017 budget.

16.3 million dollar deficit facing the city.

37.3 million, where it could go by 2020 if unchecked.

1 Wawa store in Delco that will feature beers sales, starting Thursday.

2 six-packs at a time, what you can buy at the Naamans Creek Road store.

10.55 acre parcel in Marple being considered for new fire house.

7.7 million dollar cost for the new facility.

82-60 win for Lower Merion over Strath Haven to take boys Central League crown.

4 straight titles for Garnet Valley girls hoops.

60 million dollars being spent by Villanova on upgrades to The Pavilion.

70 dollars more, what it will cost you to buy your Eagles season tickets next year.

7-9 record for the Birds.

2013, last time the team made the playoffs.

2008, last time they won a playoff game.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

If anyone has a clue what the hell the Sixers are doing, can you please give me a call??

I Don’t Get It: A Chief Tattoo Officer. That’s what the Philadelphia Union is looking for. Putting the ink in Inc. no doubt.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Flyer Brayden Schenn, who dropped in on a practice session of the Springfield High ice hockey club to show his support for their rallying cry, ‘Shennergy.’

Quote Box: “Sunoco’s permit applications were woefully incomplete, inaccurate and contradictory and DEP’s review and approval was utterly inadequate.”

- Joseph O. Minott, on the DEP approval of the Mariner East 2 pipeline plan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wawa enters the beer market

Wed, 2017-02-15 06:29
Want a beer to go with your Shorti?

Yes, Wawa lovers, beer is coming to our favorite convenience store.

The Delco-based icon Thursday will roll out beer sales as they reopen their renovated store on Naamans Creek Road out in Concord Township.

Right now, it's just for this one store.

Wawa says they have no plans to expand beer sales to others store, but will monitor the situation.

I bet they will.

I also bet you'll be seeing beer sales popping up in other Wawa stores.

For now, you can get all the details on the new feature, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Who will be 'accountable' for Mariner East 2

Wed, 2017-02-15 06:15
Accountability is a good, solid word.

It's a sturdy word that means exactly what you might think.

I get reminded of it every day, when readers call to hold me accountable for what appears in the pages of our print edition and on our website.

They're right. I'm accountable.

And accountable is now what foes of Sunoco Logistics' grandiose plans for the Mariner East 2 pipeline vow to hold both the company and the state's environmental overlords to in the wake of the state Department of Environmental Protection giving the company the green light to move ahead with the project.

Yes, several environmental groups, headed by the Clean Air Council, immediately moved to appeal the ruling on the $2.5 billion project that will ferry hundreds of thousands of barrels of butane, ethane and propane all the way across the state from the Marcellus Shale regions to Marcus Hook.

They believe the DEP acted too quickly, without enough input from the community, and without a serious look at the potential problems and risks associated with the project.

Don't kid yourself.

Mariner East 2 is going to happen.

It's a huge economic shot in the arm for Delaware County, and the region. It holds the potential of turning Marcus Hook into an 'energy hub' for the entire Northeast.

It also has a downside, the risk of a potential leak or worse.

That's where that word accountable comes in again.

Don't expect it to go away anytime soon.

Sunoco Logistics and the state DEP are now responsible for what happens during and - probably more importantly - after construction of the pipeline that will traverse 11.5 miles through several towns in the western end of the county as it meanders toward Marcus Hook.

But don't expect that word accountable to go away anytime soon.

You can read our editorial on it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Union looking to ink deal with a CTO; a what?

Wed, 2017-02-15 05:54
Forget the fact that Jahlil is not only back with the Sixers, he's apparently going to play tonight in Boston. So much for him being on the trade block. Or is he?

Forget Joel Embiid's knee, as well as the Sixers embarrassing problems with simply telling their fans the truth about their star players, and whether they are playing.

Just keep telling yourself, "it's the Sixers." That explains a lot.

No, the weirdest sports story this week comes from, of all places, Chester and the Philadelphia Union.

They are creating a new executive position, one you probably have not heard of before.

The Union is in the market for a CTO.

No, not a CEO, a CFO, or COO.

They'r not hunting for a suit to handle the chief executive, chief financial or even the chief operating officer duties. In fact, a 'suit' might be the farthest thing from their minds.

So what does the 'T' stand for?

The union is looking for a Chief Tattoo Officer.

We're not making this up.

With so many players and even some front office types now getting inked up, the MSL team says it wants to find its own in-house tattoo artist.

Resumes and portfolios are now being accepted by the team. You can get the details here.

We in the news business have long been referred to as ink-stained wretches.

The Union is looking to take that in the other direction.

They are planning to put the Ink in Inc.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Battle of Mariner East 2: Sunoco Logistics wins

Tue, 2017-02-14 06:31
What very well could be the most important economic story in Delaware County - if not the region - just took a huge step forward. The state Department of Environmental Protection gave the green light for Sunoco Logistics to being construction on their massive Mariner East 2 pipeline plans.

The company will build a pipeline that will span the state, from the border with West Virginia and spanning the width of the state, ending with the final 11.7 miles across western Delaware County. The new pipeline will transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of byproducts from the state's Marcellus Shale regions, ethane, butane and propane.

Its final destination will be the iconic former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, which the company is converting into what many hope will be the energy hub for the entire Northeast. The material will be stored at the site, then loaded onto ships for delivery to both domestic and international customers.

Sunoco Logistics already has more than 200 workers at the site, with the promise of more, along with a couple thousand construction workers. The economic importance of the project cannot be understated. Maybe that's why business and political leaders were doing cartwheels late yesterday afternoon when word came in that DEP had signed off on the plan.

Not nearly as enthused, as you might expect, are the opponents of the plan, including the grassroots organization Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, which issued a statement last night expressing disappointment with state approval and what they claim is a lack of opportunity for public comment on the project. They have voiced concerns for property values and safety. They are especially outraged that the path of the new pipeline will take it within a few hundred feet of the Glenwood Elementary School in Middletown.

There is a key phrase noted in the DEP announcement of their ruling. They vowed to hold Sunoco Logistics accountable for the pipeline operation and safety.

My guess is that citizens will be doing the same.

You can read our story on the DEP ruling here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Mayor wants 'spiritual state of emergency' in Chester

Tue, 2017-02-14 06:11
Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland is looking for a 'spiritual state of emergency' in the wake of a serious uptick in gun violence on city streets and a string of homicides.

The mayor held a press conference yesterday to offer some initial solutions to the crime wave afflicting the city, including doubling the reward posted for information in several of the still-unsolved homicides.

At last Thursday's City Council meeting, the mayor and other city officials got an earful from residents who want action against violence now, including a bigger police presence on city streets.

Later this week Kirkland will meet with law enforcement officials from across the county to formulate plans to attack crime in the city, and then later in the day will hold a town hall meeting for residents.

You can get all the details on yesterday's press conference here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The next step in the war on heroin

Tue, 2017-02-14 05:53
It's become the silent murmur of many in law enforcement as they wage a daily battle in the war on heroin.

Yes, they like the idea of being able to revive overdose victims with the miracle drug Naloxone, at times literally bringing a victim back to life from death's door.

But many police and first responders show frustration and ask a pretty simple question in the wake of such heroics: What happens next. Too often, without much needed treatment, addicts simply revert to the same behaviors that put them in peril in the first place. That's why something that happened last week is so important.

You might call it the next "steps" in the war on heroin.

We hail the arrival of the First Steps Treatment Center, a 52-bed facility located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.

You can read about this crucial push in the war on opioid abuse on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Feb. 13

Mon, 2017-02-13 07:09
The Daily Numbers: 46.7 acres off West Chester Pike in Newtown, home to the Olde Masters golf course and driving range that is being targeted for development. The course is expected to survive, at least for now.

8 3-story buildings with condos and apartments eyed for the site.

44 units in each building.

3 story multi-use building also planned on the site.

11 a.m. presser in Chester at which Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will talk about a spike in gun violence in the city.

35 mph wind gusts that will hit area today.

25 dollar fee per residents for towns that rely on state police, what Gov. Tom Wolf wants.

87, age of retail giant Al Boscov, who died Friday.

2 more feet of snow possible in New England today, after they got hit with 19 inches in last Thursday’s storm.

5 Grammys for Adele.

2 Grammys for Beyonce

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Phillies pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater this morning. Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!

I Don’t Get It: They are upping the ante in Chester violence. Police responded to report of shooting involving an AK-47 over the weekend.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Rep. Pat Meehan, who sat down with several constituents to talk about his position on the Affordable Care Act. Now if only Sen. Pat Toomey would do likewise.

Quote Box: “In my mind, we won’t be going anywhere for the next two-three years.”

- Bruce Thatcher, vice president at Olde Masters Golf Club.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Kirkland will talk about crime in Chester today

Mon, 2017-02-13 06:37
We expect to hear today from Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland on the spike in violence that is afflicting the city. Good idea.

A police radio report over the weekend noted a report of shots fired on the 100 block of 22nd Street, with an advisory that an AK-47 was used.

That was preceded by another shooting report just a few blocks away.

Kirkland is expected to be joined by Police Commissioner Otis Blair and their police leadership team to detail how the department plans to attack the problems.

Kirkland will follow today's session with two roundtable discussions on Thursday to discuss violence in the city. The first will be closed to the public, and will include local, county and state law enforcement officials. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan is expected to attend. Then a second discussion for the public will be held at 6 p.m in the Community Room of Chester City Hall. The session will be open to all residents of the city and other community stakeholders. City officials indicate they want to use that session to convey to the public what was discussed at the earlier meeting, and also as a platform for resident to air their specific concerns related to crime in Chester.

There have been seven homicides recorded in Delaware County so far in 2017. All seven have occurred in Chester.

We'll be there to tell you what the mayor has to say.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A reflection of our communities, but is it accurate?

Mon, 2017-02-13 06:13
I spend a lot of time in this job wondering about the image we present to our readers every day.

I know many of you will be snickering uncontrollably when you read that. You are convinced we do no such thing, that we simply take every opportunity to sensationalize stories in an effort to sell newspapers.

Here's something that may surprise you. There is an element of truth in that. Look, I am in the business of selling newspapers, among other things. I want to sell as many as I can every day, along with attracting as many eyeballs to our website as we can.

It's part of what we do every day. It's why TV stations go insane every time we are looking at a dusting of snow and instead predicting Armageddon.

But there is a danger in that. I know it as well as anyone.

The danger is in presenting a skewed image of the communities we live and work in every day.

I'm very cognizant of how easy it is to offer an image that doesn't really reflect the reality of the situation.

Take, for instance, the recent arrest of a student on the grounds of Upper Darby High School with a loaded handgun.

I knew as soon as I heard about it, that it was going to be a big story, one that no doubt would play on our front page.

But I also knew it again carried with it the danger of overlooking several other aspects of the story, namely that it unfairly represents the students and staff of Upper Darby High School.

I talked about just such difficulties in doing this job both in my blog as well as out editorial page.

Our coverage did in fact draw responses from the community, including one I had not expected.

I talk about it a bit more in today's Letter From the Editor.
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