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The Daily Numbers: 23 and 25, age of man and woman now facing charges in brutal home invasion in Chester. 4 year tentative contract for Garnet Valley support staff.260,000 dollar deal with a consultant firm backed by outgoing superintendent now being looked at by Upper Darby board.7.5 to 15 years in prison for former strip club manager John Pettit in the beating death of Jimmy Koons of Upper Darby.14 state-owned universities facing threat of strike by professors in Pa.6,000 members of the union.2 nuns slain in Mississippi.170 stores operated by Royal Farms. They are adding a Norristown location.3 hours, 52 minutes, how long Bruce Springsteen performed in first of 3 shows at MetLife Stadium.1st night of high school football in Delco tonight.17 seasons in the Phillies organization for Carlos Ruiz.11 seasons in the majors..261 batting average for Ruiz this year.3 home runs, 12 RBI for the man known as ‘Chooch.’.266 with 68 homers over his career.4 no-hitters caught by Ruiz, including Roy Halladay’s perfect game and playoff no-hitter.1 player left on Phils’ roster from 2008 World Series champions. That would be Ryan Howard. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Farewell to ‘Chooch.’ Do us a favor. Win another World Series out in L.A. with Chase. I Don’t Get It: Hate graffiti. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Esther Cohen-Eskin, who took a negative when her trash can was vandalized by hate graffiti, and turned it into a positive - and a piece of art. Quote Box: “Nothing conquers hate more than love.”- Chris Kellett, neighbor of Esther Cohen-Eskin.
I got inundated with bad news every day. It can get pretty depressing, handling one negative story after another. When I got a call last week from Esther Cohen-Eskin, I thought I was in for one more.She was dismayed to learn that her trash can had been vandalized, spray-painted with an all too familiar symbol of hate.That's when the story took a great twist. Instead of simmering with anger, Cohen-Eskin too a different tack, and turned a negative story into a positive.Encouraged by some neighbors and friends, she took out some paints and turned the graffiti on her trash can into a piece of art. The ugly swastika was transformed into a beautiful flower.Now comes the best part. The story doesn't end there.When her Havertown neighbors learned what had happened, they started painting their trash cans as well.Bottom Line: It's one thing to say "not in our neighborhood." It's another to take action - not lashing out in anger, but with love. The goal was to "take an ugly message and make something beautiful out of it," according to one neighbor, Sonya Klimuk.You can read about the results here.We love a great story. And we love how Eskin-Cohen and her friends and neighbors handled this situation.Love conquers Hate.Maybe more of us should adopt that attitude. Thank you, Esther Cohen-Eskin.
We used out editorial page today to talk about what has been a pretty good week for wine lovers in Pennsylvania. First, you can now buy wine in some supermarkets. The Acme at Granite Run was the first in Delaware County to offer wine sales. Others soon will follow.The next day state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, was at the Grace Winery in Glen Mills to kick off another new aspect of the wine biz in Pa., direct shipments of wine to customers' homes.That's something state residents have been unable to do up to this point, instead being forced to go through their local state store. Both are welcome developments.But we concur with Killion, who noted the state still has a long way to go when it comes to how it regulates the sale of alcohol. We're emerging from the Dark Ages, slowly.But this remains a far cry from what most people in other states take for granted.You can read our editorial here.
And then there was one. 'Chooch' is no longer a Phillie. The team dealt popular catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers Thursday, granting Ruiz's request to go to a contender and take one last swing at a playoff run.That leaves Ryan Howard as the last remaining Phillie still on the squad that won a World Series crown in 2008.Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels? All gone.Now the familiar chant of "Chooooooch" will also fall silent at Citizens Bank Park.It's easy to overlook Ruiz's contribution to those great Phils' teams, but he was at the heart of all of them.He caught four no-hitters, including Roy Halladay's perfect game and playoff no-hitter.And, of course, there will always be the image of Ruiz embracing Brad Lidge, who had dropped to his knees after sealing the final out vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, delivering the Phils their first World Series crown in more than 25 years.Ruiz was hitting .261 in 48 games with the Phils this season, relegated largely to a backup role. He will likely perform the same duties with the Dodgers, where he will be reunited with his World Series buddy Utley. He had three home runs and drove in 12. Over his 11 major league seasons, Ruiz sported a .266 batting average with 68 home runs.I have a simple philospophy when it comes to these 2008 Phillies. I will never boo them. That includes Howard, who has become the target for some boo birds as his contribution declined.I don't care if they left town and now wear another team's jersey. You won't hear me raise my voice against them.Why? The reason is simple.They gave us that rarest of Philadelphia celebrations.They gave us a parade.Take care, Chooch. Here's hoping you and Chase captured another title in L.A.We'll be cheering for you back home.
The Daily Numbers: 75, age of man tied up during violent home invasion in Chester. 49, age of his daughter who was beaten during the attack.1st bottle of wine shipped from a local winery directly to a resident, another feature of new state law.39 permits to sell wine directly to consumers will be approved by the state.200 businesses applied for the permits.35,962 foot supermarket coming to the site of the old Pathmark in Ridley.2 to 4 years in prison for a Marple teen charged in an armed home invasion50,000 dollar budget each year for the Upper Darby High School drumline. The money is raised by the Upper Darby Band and Parents Organization. The school board is wrestling with the future of the drumline.150 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled yesterday at the Walnut Street Elementary School in Darby. 28 instances of animal cruelty lodged against a Montco small animal dealer involving gerbils, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs and a rabbit.40 feet, how far a woman fell from a zip line attraction in Delaware.4 women who say they have been groped by a man riding a bicycle in Philadelphia.8 million dollar tax fraud admitted by charter school operator.247, death toll now in devastating Italian quake.5-3 win for the Phils over the White Sox.17th home run for Tommy Joseph.2 runs on 4 hits for starter Jerad Eickhoff.2-1 win for the Union over the Crew in MLS action.6 month suspension for U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo for calling the Swedes “cowards” after losing to them in shootout in Olympics. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Josh Norman is begging the Eagles to get in a spitting war after trash talking Birds QB Sam Bradford. The Eagles are smart to ignore him. I Don’t Get It: Stealing bikes and equipment from the Wounded Warriors? I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pa. for allowing direct wine sales to consumers. It’s about time. Quote Box: “Pennsylvania has been in the stone ages when it comes to liquor.”- Sen. Tom Killion.
It's going to take someone a lot smarter than me to figure this one out. Attention, Solomon, we could use some of your wisdom on this conundrum.You might say this dilemma is in the pipeline.Literally.No one can argue the potential economic boost the county stands to cash in on should Sunoco get the go-ahead to build its Mariner East 2 pipeline plan.It could Marcus Hook into the energy hub of the northeastern U.S.To say nothing of salvaging the entire lower end of the county from the edge of the abyss we all peered into when the refinery business hit the rocks.Then again, it's pretty easy to see the concern of residents who don't necessarily want a pipeline moving into their neighborhood. We talk about it in today's editorial.My guess is that this pipeline plan is going to happen. There's too much money involved.If that's the case, then it's incumbent on our elected officials - and residents - to make sure Sunoco is transparent as possible, and held to the highest safety and inspection standards.You can read the editorial here.
It's an old scam, but it's back again with a vengeance. As usual, the targets are senior citizens. This time they aren't getting a knock on the door by someone looking to distract them while a co-conspirator rummages through the house. Nor are the being fleeced by shady contractors looking to rip them off for home repairs such as a new roof or coating the driveway.In this instance, all they have to do is pick up the phone.That's when, according to this canard, they encounter a stern voice informing them they are with the IRS and there is a problem with their account.A recently received a phone call from a perplexed reader who wanted to make sure people - especially senior citizens - are aware of this crank call, and the fact that the IRS NEVER reaches out to you by phone.She said her mother received not just one call, but several, each one ratcheting up the pressure to divulge details about her account. Luckily, the woman arrived at her mom's house just as she was preparing to hand over important information, such as a Social Security number.If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. Better yet, inform the caller that you are contacting police about their unscrupulous tactics.You can also file a complaint with the Treasury through this web page.Don't be a victim. Let's make sure none of our loved ones falls victim to these shady characters. Pass the word.
You've been warned. The critters are back. Actually, they've proabably never left, but this morning they seemed to be hiding behind every tree and bush.I am talking, of course, about my early-morning friends, the deer who seem to mock me as I negotiate my car along the roads, always with one eye out for that distinctive glint off their eyes in the distance, the tell-tale sign that another herd lies ahead.This morning I spotted no fewer than seven or eight deer, including the fellow who stood in the middle of the road wondering why I was intruding on his domain.Maybe it was that sudden shift to cooler temperatures that brought them out, munching on anything they can reach along the side of the road.Here's a tip from a veteran deer swerver. If you happen to see a deer dart across the road out in front of you, don't relax and think you've managed to avoid another collision. Hit the brakes and prepare to stop. I can guarantee you several more will be following their pal - and running right in front of you if you don't slow down.Be careful out there.
Fast forward a few months. The first big winter storm is bearing down on the Delaware Valley. The salivating folks on local TV have gone into hype overdrive. They're predicting the Storm of the Century. Again.So, of course, we're being regaled with the obligatory story that takes place the day before, with a brave correspondent sent out to fined the hordes of panicked residents descending on their local supermarkets.What are they buying?Milk? Check!Bread? Check!Eggs? Check!Wine?Oh, yeah.Now you have a glimpse of what I was thinking when I put together's front page.Yes, you can now buy a bottle of wine in the supermarket in Delaware County. This week the Acme store at Granite Run unveiled wine sales, ushered in by the new law pushed through the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf a few months back.You can get all the details on how it works here.And that's not all.Today Sen. Tom Killion, R-0, will hold a press conference at the Grace Winery in Glen Mills to ring in another Pa. first as they ship the first bottle of wine directly to a local consumer.All of this is part of Act 39, which in addition to letting supermarkets that already have licenses to sell beer to add wine to their offerings, also opens the door for state residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.We'll be there to give you all the details.Wonder if you can have wine shipped directly to your office?
We used our editorial page today to pay homage to some outstanding athletes. Yes, we just completed the Summer Olympics, and the efforts of Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. team, along with Usain Bolt, were stuff of the ages.But they're not who we are talking about.Instead we decided to focus on what Vicki Otmani, of Media, and her friend Megan Biging accomplished.They recently crossed the Pacific Ocean.In a boat.Powered by their own rowing.Think about that for a minute.Two women alone in a boat, crossing the Pacific Ocean.Simply put, we're in awe.Not only did the duo cover the 2,400 miles from Monterey, Calif., to Hawaii, they did it in record time of 57 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes.They may not have been in Rio, but they're gold medalists in our book. You can read the editorial here.
You know summer is coming to an end when our annual high school football preview rolls around. This year we have something special in store for local gridiron junkies.Sure, for years readers of the Daily Times have gotten accustomed to our sports pages as "Delaware County's Sports Authority."But this year we've upped the ante.We decided to team with our sister papers in the Philly suburbs to preview every team in District 1, as well as our local Catholic League teams.The result is a monster, 96-page high school football preview. And it's inside every copy of the Daily Times today.Make sure you pick one up. You'll want to keep it on hand and refer back to it all season long.It is jammed with previews, photos, complete team schedules and each team's key players to watch on offense and defense.You won't want to kick off the high school football season without it.
The Daily Numbers: 29, age of suspect from Glenolden in the fatal hit-run crash that took the life of a disabled female veteran in a wheelchair in Philadelphia. 6, age of latest victim of gunfire in Chester. A boy was shot in the hand, another innocent victim caught in the crossfire.4 acre parcel on Palmers Mill Road in Marple that is stirring another controversy development in the township.44.9 adjoining acres already owned by developer Steve Sudhop, who plans to build a continuing care retirement community on the site.40, age of man killed in crash on the Blue Route Monday morning.882,000 dollars in grants for Aston Township from Pa. 3 kids under age 4 left at a hotel in Pittsburgh for up to 3 days.14,900 more emails found by the FBI probing Hillary Clinton’s accounts.4 sponsors who have dumped swimmer Ryan Lochte after his latest shenanigans at the Rio Olympics.14 billion dollars, how much Pfizer will pay for the cancer biotech company Medivation.260,000 dollars, how much a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2016 will need to cover their future health care, according to a new study.6 percent boost over the numbers from last year.27 people that had to be evacuated from a roller coaster at Hersheypark when the ride stopped after a malfunction.58, age of Michael Brooks, former college hoops star at La Salle, who died of a massive stroke.31, age of middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, signed by the Eagles yesterday.3 million dollar deal for the aging defender.1.75 milllion guaranteed. 7 of January 2017, when Penn State men’s hoops will host national power Michigan State and Tom Izzo at the Palestra.1 more day until we deliver our massive 96-page look at high school football. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Stephen Tulloch has arrived to shore up the Eagles linebacking corps, but I hope that he does not usurp playing time from Jordan Hicks. I Don’t Get It: Don’t look now but there may be another development controversy brewing in Marple Township. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Aston Public Library, which is now loaning out laptops for residents to use to gain access to the Web. Quote Box: “It’s an opportunity for me to get to know the students personally.”- Widener President Julie Wollman, who met with several groups of students this week.
Pennsylvania, it's the gift that keeps on giving. That's particularly true for elected officials.Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is now saying he takes "full responsibility" for the $160,000 in gifts that he failed to report.It's not clear yet whether he broke any law.In Pennsylvania, it's hard to tell because there is no law, no ban on public officials accepting kids. In fact they can pocket as much as they want, so long as there is no indication that there is an expectation of some type of action in their jobs in exchange for the financial lures.It's the old "quid pro quo."That needs to change.It's on today's editorial page.
Maybe we're all just nostalgic, yearning for the past, a sense of security, or just a simpler time. I have to say I was a bit taken aback by the reaction to my recent blog and Monday's column saluting my parents and "The Greatest Generation."It generated more comments and reactions than anything I've written in a long time.I don't like to think of myself as clinging to the past, but there is no doubt that I yearn for the much simpler life I enjoyed as a kid.This has nothing to do with growing up, getting married, starting a career, having kids.Real, serious commitments and responsibilities.This has more to do with how we lived, how we dealt with each other, both as families and communities.What we placed our priorities on, and the effect that has had on us as individuals and a society.The reason we dwell on it, I believe, has to do with the fact that I don't think we can ever go back.As I wrote on Monday, it was a different time, a different world.For instance, do you realize that our children will never know the glory of a world without cell phones?Think about what that means, and the ramifications it has for us, both as individuals and as a society.It is now the first - and last thing - I do every day. Check my email. It rarely leaves my possession. I get slightly panicky on the rare occasion when I leave the house and realize I don't have my phone with me.We have a fixation on being "plugged in."As a member of the media I feed that desire. Yes, it's a two-edged sword.I am saddened that my kids never had the opportunity to grow up in the kind of world I did. They have no conception of a world where, if you wanted to change the channel on the TV, you actually had to get up, walk over to the TV, and change the dial.Don't laugh. It happens to be my opinion that the TV remote control might just be represent the single biggest technological change ever confronted by our society.It fundamentally changed the way we live. For instance, it turned the advertising world on its head. TV was a captive audience. Why do you think local news was such a big deal. Because the most popular newscasts delivered that audience to the network news that followed, because people simply did not have the desire to get up and change the channel. You were forced to look at - or at least sit through - the commercials. Now a commercial usually is greeted by reaching for the clicker and seeing what else is available.The other dominant thought I've had since the reaction started pouring in was that we can never go back. No one is going to give up their phones. We're not going to change the pace at which we live, our frenetic, 24/7 "connected" lifestyles.That's why I was so impressed by one comment left on Facebook about my column. A reader reminded that while our parents may have indeed been what we refer to as The Greatest Generation, "We are the greatest generation to the younger ones now. We must teach them about the good old days. There's some food for thought."I've always tried to do that with my kids. Much to their disdain at times. We are all products of the past. While we live in the present, we need to impress that sense of tradition and values with those who will become the next Greatest Generation.
59. No, that was not my most recent golf score. (Not even for the front 9!)That was what the thermometer in my car read when I climbed behind the wheel this morning.Once I headed out onto the road for the drive to the office, it actually dipped to 53.No doubt a lot of people are rejoicing at the end of our heat wave and the oppressive, thick air that clung to the region for more than a week.Don't count me among them.I actually like that kind of weather. Don't hate me, but the thicker the air, the more I like it.It's conducive to one of my favorite things to do. Sit.Of course, I usually have a newspaper or a book in my hand. OK, these days that could even include a phone.I take my outdoor sitting pretty seriously. I have a series of outdoor spots arranged that allow me the choice of being in the sun or not. That's a small concession to my dermatologist, who, aware of a family history of skin cancer, takes one look at my face and grimaces. It's not the latest outbreak of zits (I'm going to be 61 in two weeks, I know my face is going to clear up any week now). It's the effects of the sun. "Nice tan," he grimaces, following up by again urging me to at least use sunscreen.I do.But I have no intention of giving up my summer pursuit. Unless, of course, like last night. When I noticed something distinctly different when I got home.A chill in the air.The first thing I do when I get home (aside from stuffing my hand into the biggest bag of potato chips I can find), is get out of my shirt and tie, toss on a favorite pair of shorts, don my newly acquired University of Colorado T-shirt, and head outside. The hotter the better.Humidity? Bring it on.Last night was like a cold slap in the face.Not only did it remind me that the heat wave was over, it foretold of something far more serious. Summer's days are numbered. Soon the kids will be back in school. The Eagles will be playing. I've already noticed it getting darker much earlier. I long for the days when there was still a sliver of light after 9 o'clock. Now I struggle to read outside a little after eight.I call it the autumn creep. It's started.So I will not join the TV newscasters who this morning are salivating over this cool break in the weather.Thankfully, it's supposed to heat up again this week.You can catch the full forecast here.Am I the only one who loves humidity?Let me know what you think.
The Daily Numbers: 2 women who conquered the Pacific Ocean. 2,400 miles, how far Vicki Otmani and Megan Biging rowed from Monterey to Hawaii.57 days, 13 hours, 30 minutes, how long it took them, a record time in the Great Pacific Race.6 meetings in executive session for the Upper Darby School Board in their discussions concerning the status of Superintendent Richard Dunlap.29, age of Glenolden man charged in the fatal hit-run of a pedestrian in Philadelphia. 2 people now charged in the death of a Penn State professor who police say was pushed off a cliff.5 people injured in a house fire in Philly.3 more churches closed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.7.8 cent per gallon jump in price of gas this past week.2.27 average price per gallon.2 local fans hit by foul balls over the weekend at Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park.9-0 loss for the Phillies to the Cards yesterday.5 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings for Phils starter Vince Velasquez.6 extra base hits for the Cardinals.14 straight games with at least 3 extra-base hits. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Freddy Galvis is ticked that the Phillies have not extended the netting to protect fans from foul balls. I Don’t Get It: Kathleen Kane has no regrets. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Megan Bicking and Vicki Otmani, who rowed across the Pacific Ocean, Monterey to Hawaii, in record time. Well done. Quote Box: “The only color we saw was blue - blue water, blue sky - so coming back and seeing all these colors is overwhelming.”- Vicki Otmani, after rowing across the Pacific.
I used my Monday column to revisit something I put here in the blog last week. That would be our parents, and the notion of the Greatest Generation. I was thinking about it because Thursday would have been my mother's 102nd birthday. Saturday was my wife's dad's birthday. Sandwiched in between I went to a funeral for a Friday that reminded me of the importance of family.That was paramount to my parents - and I am guessing to many of their generation.They worked hard. And partied just as hard. They were fiercely loyal to faith and family. They always had each other's backs.What they lived through, survived and continued to thrive makes many of our tribulations today seem fairly trifling.They knew real success, real heartbreak, good times and bad.It never bent their resolve.For those - and for many more - they were in fact the Greatest Generation.You can read my Monday column here.
My thanks to Sunday columnist Christine Flowers, who again invited me to join her on her Sunday night gabfest on The Big Talker, WPHT-1210 AM. We talked about Pennsylvania's attorney general, or former attorney general Kathleen Kane. I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback the day after her conviction on two counts of perjury and seven other counts of abusing her public office, when Kane told a reporter she had "no regrets."In fact, it led me to write this editorial.I was not the only one fairly stunned at Kane's reaction. Ernie Preate knows a little bit about where Kane is right now - and where she might be headed.In case you don't remember, Kane is not the first attorney general to be convicted of criminal wrongdoing. Preate went down back in 1995 in connection with campaign contributions. He went to jail. He emerged a better person and rebuilt his life, once again practicing law.Preate simply can't believe Kane's blithe attitude when it comes to her conviction.He pointed out that it would likely serve her well to start singing a different tune. Kane will be sentenced in October by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.Preate says a sense of humility, and of acknowledging your wrongdoing, is the key to a lenient sentencing.We'll see if Kane can manage to pull that off. If she does, it will be the first thing she has gotten right in a long time. It's still hard to believe how fast Kane rocketed to fame, and how quickly she fell, for the most part because of a purely personal vendetta against a rival prosecutor she believed was responsible for a less than flattering news article about her.
It would be all too easy to look at the sad saga of Kathleen Kane and simply shrug your shoulders at the sight of one more public servant running afoul of the law. She's hardly alone. She's not even the first attorney general to be convicted. Remember Ernie Preate?But there is another view of public service that does not get nearly the attention.It was on display this week in Folcroft.You can read all about it on today's editorial page. It's one more reason to thank Chris Dorman - as well as all the officers who rallied to his side.
The Daily Numbers: 3 Folcroft officers who received Commendations for Valor and Heroism last night, among them wounded Officer Chris Dorman. 7 bullet wounds survived by Dorman.1,000 people who showed up at a fundraiser for Dorman last Friday night.70 feet, 11 inches, how far Darrell Hill heaved a shot put to make the U.S. Olympic team. The Darby Borough native and Penn Wood grad goes for the hold in Rio today.2 cigarette heists in Primos and Lansdowne Wawas believed to be the work of the same man caught on surveillance video.40 county employees moved out of a building in Chester because of wiring problems.5 to 10 years in prison for a West Chester attorney convicted in the death of his father.12.5 million dollars bond deal that got a final OK from Haverford commissioners.3 Delco supermarkets that now have the green light to sell wine by the bottle.160,000 in gifts showered on Philly District Attorney Seth Williams that he previously did not report.68, age of former Philly police Chief John Timoney, who died of cancer.2 people, a psychiatrist and his office manager, charged with selling prescription drugs.1 million dollars, how much authorities now say the duo pocketed.7-2 win for the Dodgers over the Phillies.2 home runs for Adrian Gonzalez.5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks for Phils starter Jake Thompson in his 3rd major league start.0 for 5 on the night for Chase Utley.2, as in the 2nd exhibition game tonight for the Eagles as they travel across the state to play the Steelers.1 quarter, what the starters are expected to play. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Phillies cooled off Chase Utley. Too bad they couldn’t do the same for Adrian Gonzalez. I Don’t Get It: Convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she has no regrets. Wonderful. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Darrell Hill, the Darby Borough product and Penn Wood High alum goes for gold in the shot put in Rio today. Quote Box: “God did a miracle.”- Folcroft Police Chaplain Drew Alexander, in speaking about how Officer Chris Dorman survived shooting incident.