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The Daily Numbers: 30 seconds, how long it takes to administer nalaxone, which is being credited as lifesaver when it comes to heroin OD victims. 17 other states that now allow police to administer nalaxone. The Delco D.A. and local law enforcement want Pa. to join the movement because of the spike in heroin problems here in the Philly suburbs.50 to 60 heroin-related deaths in Delaware County in each of the past 3 years.12 deaths directly related to heroin in Delco since January.41-48 win for Garnet Valley to wrest the Delco Hi-Q championship from Penncrest.3,000 prize for the kids from Garnet Valley, to be shared with the entire school.19 year veteran of the Upper Darby police force who now faces DUI charges connected to a hit-run crash in Marple.2 brothers from Upper Chichester acquitted on charges of robbery and assault.75 million dollars, how much Gov. Tom Corbett wants to raise by expanding drilling in state forests. State Rep. Greg Vitali wants more info on the program.50 years as a scoutmaster for Fred Sach, who was honored recently by Ridley commissioners.68,000 Boeing employees who will see their pension benefits frozen while the company moves them into 401K plans.225 Staples stores being shuttered, mostly because people are making those kinds of purchases online.61 point spike for the Dow Jones yesterday.3 more cities now being served by American Airlines out of Philly. They will now fly to Charleston, W.Va., Lexington, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.1 more setback for Cole Hamels, who is shutting down again with a ‘dead arm.’4-3 loss for the Phils to the Yankees.77-70 win for Villanova over Xavier that gives them the Big East crown.1981-82, last time the ‘Cats won the Big East title. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.OK, let’s set the over/under no number of starts made by Cole Hamels this year. I’ll set the line at 15. I’m taking the under. I Don’t Get It: The Phillies recent track record on dealing with injuries is less than forthcoming. That’s why this whole Hamels story is reason for some real concern, despite their all-too-familiar refrain that “we don’t think it’s a big thing.” Just like Roy Halladay. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids at Garnet Valley for capturing this year’s Delco Hi-Q crown in the academic quiz contest. Quote Box: “We are behind the times. This needs to occur.”- James McCans, head of paramedics in Haverford, on new push to get Pa. to allow police to deliver naloxone in heroin OD cases.
The residents of Aston have no intention of letting go of their concerns about the proposed expansion of the Delaware County Intermedia Unit's tech school campus in their neighborhood. Neither do we.We were there Wednesday night when residents attended the IU meeting to ask about the plan that would double the amount of students attending classes at the Aston site, going from 400 to 800. It would consolidate IU services across the county in Aston, including a new home for the alternative school.Residents are concerned about safety issues, as well as their property values.IU officials believe the consolidated campus could save them a ton of money.IU Executive Director Dr. Lawrence O'Shea told the group they were still assessing the comments made by residents. Township officials say no decision is coming anytime soon.I'm hoping to devote next Wednesday's 'Live From the Newsroom' show to the issue. I am hoping to have residents, IU officials and someone from the township on the show to talk about the history of this project, where it stands now, residents' concerns and where it goes from here.I'm willing to go to Aston or the IU.Consider it an open invitation.We'll see who responds.
Chase Utley's knees. Ryan Howard's legs.Roy Halladay's shoulder.And now Cole Hamels' arm.Forgive me if I'm a little leery of the way Hamels and the Phillies are downplaying yesterday's decision to shut him down for at least another week.Instead of throwing to hitters in a live batting practice session, Hamels said his arm was still tired from Saturday's bullpen session and that he was going to back off things again.That means instead of missing just a few starts, he might be MIA until at least May.Dennis Deitch has the ugly details from Clearwater.What rankles is the way Hamels and the team is handling this. First, not a word of Hamels' winter tendinitis came out until he showed up in Clearwater and indicated he was behind in his throwing program.Now he says he's not going to get an MRI.The Phillies' recent track record when it comes to divulging information about injured star players does not exactly spark a ton of confidence.Hamels, who inked the biggest contract in team history last year, worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million, says he's suffering from "dead arm."If it turns out to be more than that, the Phillies are dead in the water.
The Daily Numbers: 1 woman killed, another injured when fire swept through Prospect Park apartment. 4 teens charged with beating up and robbing a 12-year-old boy in Upper Darby.60, age of man found murdered in home in Upper Darby.500,000 loaded hazmat shipments handled last year by Norfolk Southern, 1 of the firms that will be delivering crude oil by rail to site in Eddystone.99.993 percent of those handled without incident, according to company officials.4 unions looks for new deals with SEPTA.15 of March, when contract with SEPTA’s city division workers expires.60 teams of 15 high school students each who showed off their prowess at a Science Olympiad at Neumann University.33 million dollar expansion for the Delco IU’s campus in Aston that continues to draw concerns from neighbors.7.5 percent decline in slots play at Pa.’s 12 operating casinos in February, compared to last year.11.5 percent dip in play at Harrah’s in Chester.12 percent increase at Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia.0, how many altar boys a priest who has been accused of molestation said he had improper relationships with. Several other altar boys testified he never touched them in any way.20 homes that remain uninhabitable after a massive blast at a New Jersey townhouse community that killed 1 resident.1,600, what will be perfect score again with more changes coming to the SAT test. The essay will now be optional.35 point decline in Dow Jones yesterday.6-4 win for the Flyers over the Caps last night.8 goals and 9 assists for Claude Giroux in Flyers’ last 10 games.8-2 mark for the Flyers over that same stretch.27, age of defenseman Andrew McDonald, acquired by the Flyers at trade deadline.4 million dollars of cap space cleared when the team moved defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Bruins. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Nice moment in Clearwater yesterday as Phils paid respects to late manager Jim Fregosi. That ‘93 team will always be special. I Don’t Get It: Four teens ganged up on a 12-year-old kid, beat him up and stole his sandwich. Tough guys. Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who gathered in Eddystone yesterday to push for strict oversight on plans to bring crude oil shipments via rail into the borough. Quote Box: “Make no mistake, an incident involving rail transport of oil will occur in the commonwealth and lives, including first-responder lives, and property will be put at risk.- Former Congressman Curt Weldon, testifying at hearing yesterday.
That moment in the national limelight for Upper Darby's Pica's restaurant was more than just a slice of life. When Jimmy Fallon and Upper Darby homegirl Tina Fey munched no Pica's trademark pizza, it provided a lesson in what makes us special. It reminded us what we're made of: Neighborhoods, and hard-working families that have provided the backbone of Delaware County and other parts of the region for generations.Every neighborhood has a Pica's.That are what make us true communities.I try to explain on today's editorial page.
Now there's a name that has not been in the news in awhile. Welcome back, Curt Weldon.Weldon, who spent 20 years representing the 7th District in Congress before being defeated by Democrat Joe Sestak, was back in town Wednesday for something close to his heart.Weldon started as a fire chief in Marcus Hook. He's always kept an eye out for first responders.Some things don't change.Weldon appeared at a hearing in Eddystone to testify about the proposal to use trains to deliver crude oil to a site in the borough, where it will be loaded onto tankers and delivered to refineries up and down the waterfront.As usual, Weldon was blunt in his assessment.He said an accident here in Delaware County is almost assured. He knows of what he speaks. He was mayor of Marcus Hook during the 1975 Corinthos disaster when two ships collided in the river, touching off a massive explosion and fireball. That disaster claimed 29 lives. The fire burned on the river for three days.Weldon, who these days serves as CEO of Jenkins Hill International, urged state officials to make sure detailed emergency response plans are in place before giving the green light to the rail crude oil deliveries."Make no mistake," Weldon warned, "an incident involving rail transport of il will occur in the commonwealth and lives, including first-responder lives, and property will be put at risk. These incidents have occurred in the past and they will occur in the future."It's a classic case of a boon for jobs and the economy, weighed against the possible risks.Weldon make it clear what side he's on, and wants to be sure the proper oversight and regulations are in place before those rail cars start rolling into Delco.Keep an eye on this one. It involves what likely will be one of the biggest economic stories in the county - and the risks that go along with it.
The Eagles just gained a lot more fans. Or, perhaps that would be better stated saying the Eagles have regained a lot more fans.Welcome back, Michael Vick haters.Reports this morning indicate the team will not bring back Michael Vick to take a backup role to newly minted star young QB Nick Foles.Bob Grotz has the details here.It does not exactly come as a surprise. Vick has indicated that he wants one more shot at being a starter. He wasn't going to get that here.The team took a lot of heat - and lost more than a few fans - a few years back when they offered Vick a refuge for his return to the NFL after spending two years in federal prison for his role in running a vicious dog-fighting ring near his home in Virginia.I abhor what Vick did. The description of what happened to those animals is hard to stomach.And I'll be the first to admit I was not a fan of Vick when he was with the Falcons. One of the images that has stuck in my head is Vick flipping off some fans who were giving him an ear full as he jogged off the field after a loss. And this was in Atlanta, after a home game.But having said all that, I am a firm believer in second chances.Vick paid his debt - and then some. He gave up two years of his career - in his prime - as an NFL superstar. It cost him untold millions.But forget, if you can, the money. Consider the man. I fully expected to dislike the guy who came to Philadelphia. But it quickly became clear to me that the Vick who left that prison was not the same man who went behind those bars.From the very first day, at the press conference where he sat between his mentor Tony Dungy and his new coach Andy Reid, Vick has said and done everything right.He's been earnest. He's expressed regret for what he did, and he vowed to be different.He was good to his word.So have those - mostly animal lovers - who wrote off the team from the moment they signed Vick.I know die-hard, lifetime fans who have not watched a minute of Eagles football since Vick hit town.Welcome back, folks.And a thank you to Vick, who showed you can change. And you can make the most of a second chance.
The Daily Numbers: 684 feet long for the USS Somerset, which sailed down the Delaware River along the Delco waterfront yesterday. 105 feet wide.1.2 billion dollar price tag for the ship, which is named for the town where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.2 plain and 1 pepperoni pizzas shipped to the ‘Tonight’ show by Pica’s in Upper Darby.17-34 years in prison for an 18-year-old Millbourne man for his role in a brutal gang rape of a woman in Upper Darby on Christmas Day 2012.7-14 years in prison for a Woodlyn man in a rape case.2 alarm fire that displaced a family in Chester.356,120 dollars to the plus side for Ridley Township in the sale of 12 apartment buildings.42, age of Upper Chi man charged in robberies of 3 stores there, as well as others in Ridley and Delaware.1 person killed and 7 injured in a massive gas blast that destroyed 55 homes in a Ewing, N.J., townhouse development.14 new members inducted into the Chester High School Hall of Fame.227 point surge for the Dow Jones average yesterday.9 a.m. Saturday, when the newest store on 69th Street opens its doors in Upper Darby.1,100 Radio Shack stores that are closing.15 straight losses for the Sixers.42 points for Kevin Durant as the Thunder rolled, 125-92.20 points to lead the Sixers for James Anderson. Who? Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Sixers have moved past shameful. This is just embarrassing. I Don’t Get It: Too bad there is not a spot for nice guys like Jason Avant. The Eagles - and their fans - will miss a class act. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pica’s Restaurant, which had quite a day yesterday after its iconic pizza made a big splash along with fellow Upper Darby native Tina Fey on the ‘Tonight’ show. Quote Box: “It was a great moment that made everyone proud.” - Lori Pica Rosario, talking about her family’s restaurant and its moment in the national spotlight.
First things first. It's pronounced Peek-uhs, not Pike-uhs as I spent most of yesterday doing. Yeah, John Travolta has nothing on me when it comes to butchering names.What can I say, I'm not from Delco. I've never tasted this Upper Darby delight.I'm also not much of a night person anymore. Most nights it's about all I can do to drive home, mumble a hello to my wife, swallow something and then collapse into bed.I can't tell you the last time I saw the 'Tonight' Show. Forget Jimmy Fallon. I'm not even sure we're talking Jay Leno here. We might have to go back to the Johnny Carson Era.But I've been told I have a pretty good sense for news.So when I got in the office Tuesday morning and flipped on the morning news on TV, my ears perked up when the NBC-10 morning team were talking about what happened the night before on Fallon's new version of the 'Tonight' show.Tina Fey was the guest. She is, of course, a famous Upper Darby native. So is one of the writers on Fallon's show.So they cooked up this plan to have some of Fey's favorite pizza delivered when she appeared on the show.That's how Pica's hit the headlines. After all, it's not every day a neighborhood eatery plays a starring role on a national TV stage.Tim Logue has all the details of the Pica family's moment in the sun.But what happened yesterday also reinforced for me the new way we often deliver news to our readers.After I heard the piece, I put together a short story and posted it on our website. As I usuallly do, I also Tweeted the story and put up a link on our Facebook page.I didn't think much of it after that. Until I started to notice what was happening with my Twitter and Facebook accounts. The story was exploding.By 10 a.m. yesterday, the Facebook post had been viewed more than 50,000 times. Right now the total is more than 79,000. These are the protcols we now have in place when it comes to breaking news.Is the story about Pica's the most important thing that happened in Delaware County yesterday. Probably not. Our front page today is devoted to a great photo from staff photographer Eric Hartline of a Vietnam vet waving a U.S. flag as the USS Somerset sails down the Delaware past Marcus Hook.But it's clear that the Pica's story connected with our readers.The comments on the story and the Facebook posting morphed into a community debate about the best pizza in Delaware County. In fact, we're going to develop that into an upcoming 'Live From the Newsroom' as we seek out the best pie in Delco.For now, I'm happy that a family operation got a moment in the national spotlight. And that they technology that I so often lament was able to help us cover it.
Today is Ash Wednesday, ushering in the Lenten season of reflection and repentance. Tradition holds that you are supposed to give something up as we contemplate our human foibles. I have lots of them.Every year I attempt to give up cursing. And every year I fail miserably. In fact, I've already gone off the rails several times this morning. Not a very auspicious start to my Lent.But I'm not insane. For several years, I have actually pondered the possibility of giving up coffee for Lent. Thankfully, I've quickly come to my senses and realized that's not going to happen. Really, I don't think I could physically do it.I give up beer every year, and that does not seem to bother me at all. Coffee, however, is another matter. It is literally the second thing I do every morning, right after I flip on my portable radio that is always tuned to KYW.Yes, the coffee maker goes on before I open the laptop, even before I visit the bathroom. And these days as I grow older that is no small feat.Actually, there is a part of me that would like to give up some of the online world I spend so much time trolling every day. Maybe I'll stop Tweeting, or posting on Facebook.Unfortunately, work precludes that.So cursing it is.We'll see how long that lasts.The over/under is about an hour.
Here's an idea for the Sixers, aside from simply forfeiting the rest of their games in this God-forsaken year. It's now pretty clear what is going on here. It's called "tanking." It's an ugly word in sports, but that appears to be the central element to the Sixers grand "Together We Build" plan to resurrect this once-proud franchise from the rubble of this ugly nadir.No one expected the Sixers to beat Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. Surprise! The Sixers got blown out again. Durant went off for 42 as the Sixers dropped their 15th straight game.They now stand at 15-45 in their bid to acquire the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.Here's what I propose Sixers management do, although I'm not holding my breath.They should pick one game remaining on their home schedule, and then simply open the doors.For free.If you can get to the Wells Fargo Center, come on in. Come on down and sit courtside if you like. See what the atmosphere of an NBA game is like, even if we're not putting an NBA product on the floor.Those fans and season ticket holders who have bought tickets should get refunds.Here is something the Sixers' brass probably have not considered. This is a proud city. We take our sports seriously. The idea of tanking to improve draft position is anathema.And if by some miracle the Sixers do capture the top pick, turn around the franchise, and - wild as it may seem now - capture another NBA title, it will forever carry an asterisk in my book, courtesy of this hideous season.
The Daily Numbers: 10 degrees this morning. Yeah, spring is right around the corner. 7, the record low temperature for the day.15 snowstorms and counting in this winter of our discontent.62.9 inches of snow so far this winter officially at Philadelphia International Airport.3rd snowiest winter in history.65.5 inches of snow in 1994-96.78.7 inches in 2009-10.3 adults, 13 juveniles busted by Collingdale police in booze party in the borough.15 counts of theft by deception filed against a mail carrier in Clifton Heights.200 dollars in cash in one letter she allegedly ripped off.10 to 20 years for 2 men who pleaded guilty in the robbery at the Elwyn Pharmacy.85 percent of Pennsylvanians in a recent poll who support legalization of medical marijuana.48 percent who back the OK for recreational use.48 percent believe pot is a gateway to harder drugs; 46 percent disagree.44 percent of respondents who said they had tried pot; 55 percent said no.4 trillion dollar budget being rolled out by President Obama today.10,000 dollars in jewelry stolen in a heist at a South Jersey store.1.86 billion price tag on PGW, being sold to a Connecticut company.1 year deal inked by defensive lineman Cedric Thornton with the Eagles.6-1 loss for the Phillies in Grapefruit League action.6, as in No. 6 in the nation for Villanova basketball. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Anyone else notice the Phils are not exactly hitting the cover off the ball down in Florida. Hey, it’s early. I Don’t Get It: Nice call for our local TV weather forecasters. I didn’t see anyone rushing to make a correction either. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pica’s in Upper Darby. They supplied some pizza to Upper Darby native Tina Fey for her sting on the ‘Tonight’ show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Quote Box: “The track of the storm was a little bit more south than previously forecast.” - Jim Bunker, of the National Weather Service.
How many different ways are there to spell Fastnacht? I think I've spotted at least four different variations today. That's because is Fastnacht Day, better known as Fat Tuesday. It's the traditional bacchanalian blow that precedes Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.Today is the day to indulge. Think Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Or Carnival in Rio. By the way Mardie Gras in the Big Easy is definitely on my 'bucket list.'I don't really do Fastnacht Day. I'm not much for doughnuts. And it's unlikely that I will be out partying tonight. I rarely drink during the week. And after tomorrow I won't drink a beer for 40 days. Pray for me.This year I'm in the market for something different to give up for Lent, and I think I've hit on the perfect solution.I'm giving up TV weather forecasts.Very simply, I am no longer paying attention. If I want to know what the weather is, I'll stick my head out the window. I suggest maybe our local weather prognosticators do the same.They were just a tad bit off with their forecasts for the storm that rolled over the region Sunday night into Monday. For no less than four days, all we heard was estimates of as much as a foot of snow or more.Weather is a fickle thing. A slight change of course can mean a big difference in what happens.You would think they would acknowledge that. Not a chance. Instead they make jokes.At this point I should credit John Bolaris. After intially sounding the alarm about "one of the biggest snow storms in March history," at least he revised his forecast Sunday afternoon, indicating it was looking more likely that the storm was going to go farther south, sparing us all that much snow.That turned out to be exactly the case. Most areas around here got an inch or two. Not exactly the biggest storm ever. It was just after noon on Saturday when I decided to write off the forecasts. I'm as tired as anyone of this winter of our discontent. I hate cold weather. I've been miserable since the holidays.I don't need a bunch of preening TV folks feeding me fake news as people mob the local supermarkets, apparently panic-stricken that they may have to fend a few hours without a full supply of Ring-Dings.I would like to see a study of what the economic impact of these gloom-and-doom forecasts actually is. They have repercussions. How would you like to own a restaurant or nightspot and be serenaded non-stop all-day with the following popular TV mantra: "All you can say no a day like this is if you don't have to go out, don't."When did that become TV's job. They have their hands full with the forecast, now they want to set our social schedule as well.Maybe I'm just burned out on winter. It doesn't take me long. I like a nice, crisp fall day as much as anyone. I can live with a dusting of snow to accompany the holidays. But the 90 days from Jan. 1 to April Fool's Day is pure torture, this year in particular.I will go about my business without the help of the forecast, although I can admit that I will probably check next week on the forecast for March 15. My niece is getting married that day.I hope it's 75 and sunny. But if the local TV types told me that, I'm not sure I'd believe them.
You might say there was a little slice of Upper Darby on the 'Tonight' show last night. And we're not just talking about Jimmy Fallon's guest, 'Saturday Night Live' star and Upper Darby native Tina Fey. Also starring was an Upper Darby delicacy, Pica's Pizza.Kudos to Victor Fiorillo of Philly Mag for putting this great yarn into the works. A few weeks back he interviewed James Cunningham, a writer for Fallon who also happens to be an Upper Darby native.He told of how he and Fey bonded over their roots - and their love of Pica's rectangular pizza.So when Fey was booked to guest on the show last night, the call went out to Pica's. The next thing you know Fey and Fallon were munching on a piece of Delco on national TV.
The Daily Numbers: 15 measurable snowfalls now in this winter of our discontent. 59.5 inches so far this year at Philadelphia International Airport.3rd most recorded snow so far in Philly area records.65.5 inches in ‘95-’96, the 2nd worst winter ever.78.8 inches, worst ever in 2009-10.1-3 inches now being forecast for our area, with more to the south in Delaware and South Jersey.2 million dollars in economic benefits to Delco from the curling tournament underway in Aston.120 rail cars carrying up to 30,000 gallons of crude oil that will soon be arriving in Eddystone, sparking safety concerns.2 shootings being investigated in Chester over the weekend.2002 silver Mercury Grand Marquis with personalized license plate belonging to murder victim in Philadelphia found in Upper Darby.14 straight losses for the Sixers.92-81 loss for the Sixers to the Magic last night.5-4 OT win for the Flyers over the Caps.73-56 win for Villanova over Marquette.1, as in 1st place in the Big East for Villanova with 2 games to go. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.We’re in a dead zone in sports. The Eagles signings are big news. I Don’t Get It: Yes, it is snowing again. I just don’t get it. We are not getting the foot of snow most had predicted. I don’t get that either. Today’s Upper: Kudos to a hearing being held to focus on safety in connection with new oil shipments that will be arriving in Eddystone. Residents can offer their take on Wednesday. Quote Box: “Never in my life did I ever see anything like this.” - Paul Brown, on what she found when she started reviewing the books in Colwyn Borough, where is the new manager.
I used my print column today to note the things we see every day and take for granted. It struck me as I drove into the office last week and noticed that the shrine outside the McDonald's in Clifton Heights was still there.I made a mental note to ask our police reporter to check on the status of the investigation of the crash.The D.A.'s office beat me to it, calling a press conference and announcing charges against one of the driver's in the case.It still doesn't change for me what is the cruel truth of the situation. One moment Dante DeSimone was doing what all kids do, and the next he was gone. Just like that.It's just too sad.
And the Oscar for the worst winter goes to ... Winter of 2014. I've now hit a new low in terms of the Academy Awards.Usually I joke that I have not seen any of the nominated movies. That certainly holds true this year.Now I can add one more item to my ignominy. Last night I did not see one second of the Academy Awards show.I'm blaming it on the weather. And that bum forecast we were bombarded with all winter.On Saturday morning, after 24 hours of being hammered with the usual "Here it comes" weather hype, I made the decision to not let it affect my life anymore. I vowed to simply ignore the forecast and go about my business - and my normal schedule.Now you need to understand that my schedule is not your normal one. I don't work 9-5. Some days I think I work 24/7.Very often that includes the weekends. My wife says she can see a change start to come over me right after I get up on Sunday, knowing that Monday and another week looms.I go to bed early and get up very early.That's even more so when the forecast calls for snow. I usually head up to bed right after we eat on Sunday. I try to read for awhile or maybe catch some TV. Last night I slid into my normal coma long before the Oscars telecast came on. I didn't even make the red carpet gala.I do have to hand out an Oscar of my own. I will give it to the Winter of 2014, and it will be in the category, "Worst Winter Ever."The fact that we are not getting as much snow as first forecast in what is now being called an "upside-down" storm doesn't make me feel any better. It just makes me that much more irate over the whole idea of how local TV stations handle the weather.But there is a silver lining in all this. I noticed as we sat the dinner table last night. I had been checking all afternoon for the arrival of snow, which never did happen. But I noticed something else as well. It was past 6 o'clock and still light out.Next Saturday night we greet the return of Daylight Savings Time.Spring can't be far off.
I suppose by this time I should just bite my tongue. Or maybe it's just too early and the worst is yet to come.But after being harangued for the last four days - including all weekend - of how this was going to be the biggest March snow storm in history - and other doomsday predictions of more than a foot of snow, I have just one question. What happened?I just drove into the office. On roads that were for the most part just wet.Yes, I had to shovel out the driveway from the latest coating of snow. I would say it was less than an inch. And I had to brush off the car and chip away some ice under the snow.As usual the roads in our development were snow-covered. But once I got out onto the main roads, I encountered mostly wet roads.All the way down West Chester Pike from West Chester to Broomall was smooth sailing. The same goes for Springfield Road. There was one exception on my commute, and I'm not sure why. As soon as I crossed over State Road (Route 1) in Springfield on Springfield Road, the road turned snow-covered. It stayed that way all the way up to Bishop Avenue. That's where I take a right on Bishop, which also was snow-covered until I got to Baltimore Pike. Like most of my commute, the Pike also was just wet.Clearly this forecast changed.It now appears as if the most snow is not going to hit here at all, but likely be farther south in Delaware and South Jersey.The accumulations now for this area are now being downplayed, in the neighborhood of 1-3 inches.I have to give John Bolaris some credit. Yesterday he was one of the few who was saying the storm was looking to take a more southerly track, meaning not as much snow for the rest of us.That doesn't stop the fact that all I heard for four days on radio and TV was how we were going to get hammered.Here's a novel idea: Why don't they just be honest and tell us they don't know what these storms are going to do, and what track they might end up taking.Maybe then we can get our lives back, and perhaps survive without the onslaught of 'Snowmageddon' predictions. And if I never see one more report from a local supermarket, it will be too soon. I have said it before, I will say it again.This kind of weather hype borders on being a public disservice.Maybe things will get worse as the mornign goes on, but the truth is that right now, when I drove in, this storm was not as advertised.
The Daily Numbers: 8 degrees out there this morning. 9, previous record low, recorded in 1934.250 jobs slashed in cost-cutting move by Crozer-Keystone Health Systems.6,800 employees in the Crozer system.16 million dollar loss posted by the health care giant.60 heroin-related deaths between 2011 and 2013, what a seminar on drug abuse in Ridley was told last night.2 counts of endangering the welfare of children for an Upper Chi couple who entered guilty pleas.2 members of the Garnet Valley School Board who resigned their seats.29, age of man indicted by the feds in a series of Delco bank robberies.21 billion dollars in benefits for veterans that is bottled up in the Senate.81, age of ‘The Dating Game’ host Jim Lange, who died on Tuesday.136,476 potholes filled in New York City so far this year.37.5 million dollar deal for Eagles wide center Jason Kelce25 million dollar deal for wide receiver Riley Cooper.7-3 blowout loss for the Flyers at the hands of the Sharks as they came back from their Olympics break.4-game win streak from before the break that went out the window.2 strong innings from Cliff Lee in Phillies’ 7-5 loss in Grapefruit League play. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Well, I hope the Flyers enjoyed their Olympic break. Unfortunately, no one apparently told them it was over. They failed to show up last night and got blown out, snapping what had been a 4-game win streak. I Don’t Get It: Some people are talking about a foot of snow in the region on Monday. Say it ain’t snow. Today’s Upper: Kudos to D.A. Jack Whelan and Ridley and Ridley Park police who continued to push the message of the dangers of heroin last night at another seminar. Quote Box: “It can touch any family, it can touch any race, any ethinic group.” - Ridley Park Police Cpl. Robert Frazier, at last night’s seminar on heroin use.
Yes, I am tired of this brrrrrr-utal weather. So this morning I decided to do something about it. With the temperatures descending to single digits, I did something that gave me a nice, warm feeling.I first noticed this guy a couple of weeks ago.I would usually catch him as he walked down Oak Avenue. From his bright orange vest, I could tell he was headed to work at the Waste Management plant that is just up the block from our office.This morning I was sitting at the light at Baltimore Pike getting ready to take a right on Oak when I noticed him getting ready to cross the street.I thought to myself, 'Nobody should be walking in this God-awful weather.'So instead of driving on when the light changed, I rolled down my window as he approached.I get the feeling he thought I was simply going to wave him through the intersection.He seemed a bit startled when I asked a simple question:"Would you like a lift?"The look on his face melted away the cold.He was only in the car for a minute or two. He did not stop smiling the entire time.I'm not sure where he lives, or how far he walks to work. Hell, I don't even know his name.But I know this. Nobody should be walking in this kind of weather.I told him that I have been seeing him walking to work for some time now. I don't know if he recognized my car or knew who I was, but he seemed genuinely appreciative. It's only a couple of blocks from Baltimore and Oak to the Waste Management plant.We talked about how miserable this winter has been and how we both couldn't wait for spring. And of course I couldn't help but add that they are calling for more snow Sunday night.He said he had heard, and that he couldn't wait for spring. I know how he feels.It was a genuine human interaction. Not an email. Not a Tweet. Not a Facebook posting.We were face to face, a little bit of human interaction in an increasingly impersonal world.We shook hands as he got out of the car.He was still smiling.Warms me up just thinking of it.