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Snow Job: Your early Tuesday morning roads report

3 hours 15 min ago
I think this is what they refer to as "dodging the bullet."

I don't know how else to explain what happened over the past 24 hours.

That would be my explanation. But hey, I'm not meteorologist, or a weather forecaster. I don't even play one on TV. I limit myself to the pages of the newspaper.

They call that spin. We're going to be hearing a lot of it today.

In other words, we did not get "Snowmageddon," or "Snowpocalypse."

Actually, in some places, we only got a dusting.

When I first woke up and peered out the bedroom window early this morning, I thought I was delusional, actually not an unusual state for me at that hour. I always check the windshield of the car. It looked pretty much the way I left it when I pulled in the night before.

When I got out to the car, I noticed the exact same tire tracks as when I pulled into the driveway. I didn't even have to brush off the car.

In terms of the commute, again no problems.

There was the same dusting of snow in my development, but the main roads were really just wet.

It was not snowing at all until I got closer to Delaware County.

West Chester Pike: No problem.

Usually when there is bad weather, I alter my morning route. I don't normally feel like tangling with Providence Road from Route 3 over to the West Chester Bypass, instead taking the Pike all the way to Sproul Road and then cutting across that way. But this morning since I wasn't seeing much in the way of snow, I decided to stick with the usual route. Again no problem.

I finally saw a dusting of snow when I got to Rose Tree Park.

The Route 1 Bypass was just wet.

Springfield Road in Springfield had a light covering of snow, but even that disappeared as I got closer to Bishop Avenue. Of course the most snow I saw the entire drive was on Cottonwood Lane, the tiny street that runs next to the Wawa from Oak Avenue back to the Daily Times offices.

So what happened? That's a good question.

Look, I don't live in central or north Jersey. Nor do I reside in New York City or Boston.

I'm not sure when exactly the Philadelphia suburbs expanded to Allentown and the Poconos.

The bottom line, I guess, is that forecasting is a very inexact science.

We clearly didn't get the snow that was forecast.

Most forecasts were calling for anywhere from 6-10 inches for the Philadelphia area, with areas farther east and north getting more snow.

But I did not expect not getting any new snow overnight.

That didn't stop all public and parochial schools from shutting down in Philadelphia. They made that decision yesterday.

I guess I should be glad we didn't get that much snow. For some reason I'm not.

I still hate winter. And the forecasts that go with it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 26 (Storm Edition)

Mon, 2015-01-26 08:04
The Daily Numbers: 2 storms that are bearing down on the region.

1-3 inches of snow early today in Round 1 of this storm.

6-10 inches tonight into tomorrow. But keep in mind the track of this storm is not set yet. Could be more or less.

14 to 24 inches of snow for some regions north and east of Philly. New York and Boston could get hammered.

35 mph winds needed for blizzard conditions, which are being forecast for parts of central and northern New Jersey up to New York.

36 hours, how long this storm could last in some areas.

1,700 flights expected to be cancelled today.

1 to 2 feet of snow in New York City.

25 to 30 inches of snow predicted for Hartford, Conn.

75 mph winds for areas around Boston.

100 percent chance of snow, according to National Weather Service.

1-3 inches this morning for us, then another 3-7 inches tonight into tomorrow, according to the NWS.

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

I like to torture myself at this time of year by watching golf on TV. Yes, it is actually green and warm in some places.

I Don’t Get It: I’d still like to know how restaurant owners feel about those calls to stay off the roads. I’m sure they’re thrilled.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who will be manning the plows. They’re looking at a very busy 24-hour stretch.

Quote Box: “This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before.”

- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the approaching storm.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Your Monday morning roads report

Mon, 2015-01-26 05:13
Well, I guess there's no way around it. We're going to be talking a lot about the weather the next 48 hours.

For now, however, I can report that there is no problem on the roads. Here in Delaware County, it has not even started snowing yet.

There is a coating of snow farther west, in Chester and western Montgomery County.

But the bottom line is that your morning commute should not be affected. I cruised in without any problems. Some roads in my neighborhood had a dusting of snow, but as soon as I got out to the main roads, they were just wet. And no, despite what you're hearing on TV and radio, I did not hit any 'slick' spots, let alone anything that approached the single word we likely will hear more than any other the next few days. That, of course, would be 'treacherous.'

This storm is going to be something of a 1-2 punch.

The first hit today is a Clipper that is coming from the west. That is why Chesco and parts west have seen snow first. We're looking at not much in the way of snow this morning, maybe 1-3 inches. Later on today and into tomorrow is when things get a bit more dicey. That's because this Clipper is going to run into another storm off the coast. This is more of the classic Nor'easter that has a tendency to pound the area.

But keep in mind one thing. This storm will be the opposite of what happens this morning. In other words, the farther east you are, the more snow you are likely to see.

The shore areas will be pounded.

Areas in central and northern Jersey will get hit hard. New York and New England may well get buried.

But what is going to happen here in Delaware County?

Well, we're going to get some snow, but how much is anyone's guess. Sounds like we could be in line for maybe 6 inches of snow or more.

Now let me talk about TV, specifically what they are doing with this storm.

I don't doubt that there is going to be some blizzard conditions - just not here in Philadelphia and the suburbs. The bulk of this storm is east, in shore areas and farther north.

I can't control what they do, but I keep saying this. These forecasts have an economic impact on the region and there is without question fallout.

How would you like to own a restaurant or nightspot and hear nothing all day Friday and Saturday how you should try to make it an early night? And how much snow did we actually get? Not much more than a dusting.

I've about given up on this argument.

They're not going to change the way they report the weather.

Especially not today. It will be all hype all the time.

Here is what Accu-Weather is saying about the storm.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 23

Fri, 2015-01-23 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 125 members of the Rose Tree Media Education Association who picketed yesterday outside the Media Courthouse in their pursuit of a new contract.

2 year contract freeze agreed to by the union in their last deal, which expired last June.

42 years after Roe v. Wade, marchers again took to Washington, D.C., yesterday to protest the ruling in the annual March for Life.

200 Delaware County residents who made the trek to take part in the rally.

76, age of Marple resident Harold Sampson, who will celebrate his birthday today by walking to the 76ers game from his home.

19-38 months in prison for Philly man who robbed an Upper Darby bank to fund his lottery ticket addiction.

1-3 inches of snow expected tonight into Saturday before it all changes over to rain. Sounds like a mess.

1 person killed when he was struck by 4 cars as he tried to cross I-495 in Delaware last night. None of the drivers stopped.

46 million dollar bailout for the casinos in Delaware given the initial OK yesterday.

20 million dollars believed scammed by a prominent Bucks County family, according to charges filed yesterday.

3 fires in 5 years at their estate that authorities allege were intentionally set.

1.2 million dollars claimed for the loss of drapes in the fire.

2.8 million spent on 6 Ferraris, 2 Rolls-Royces and 4 other cars.

47-46 win for Penn Wood over Chester High last night.

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

Some people wouldn’t go to a Sixers game if you gave them tickets. Harold Sampson plans to walk from his Marple home to the Wells Fargo Center to celebrate his 76th birthday. Gotta love that!

I Don’t Get It: So much for an end to partisan politics in Harrisburg. New Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday axed the last-minute appointments put in place by Tom Corbett, including Erik Arneson as the state’s chief open records official.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Harold Sampson. You’re the man, pal.

Quote Box: “The honeymoon is over. He is not off to a flying start for someone who said he was going to do things differently.”

- State Sen. Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, of Gov. Wolf’s actions.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Just call him Mr. 76-er

Fri, 2015-01-23 06:52
This is without question my favorite story of the day.

Meet Harold Sampson.

The Marple man turns 76 today. He also just happens to be a lifelong 76ers fans.

So to celebrate the occasion, the spry septuagenarian will walk from his Marple home to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly for tonight’s Sixers match vs. the Toronto Raptors. He also will be honored by the team during the game.

You're the man, Harold!
Categories: Pennsylvania

In praise of Cecily Tynan

Fri, 2015-01-23 06:41
I think it's fair to say I'm not a big fan of the way local TV handles the weather.

About the only thing left for them to do is link Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to our next winter storm.

Speaking of which, all that "double-scan," Doppler and First Alert technology tells us that a messy mix of winter weather is going to arrive tonight and strech into Saturday.

So expect non-stop hyperventilating on the local stations today. There will be no news. There will only be weather.

That's why I was a bit taken aback by something that happened yesterday.

Look, I am more than willing to rip the TV forecasters most days, so today I have to be fair and praise one of them. I'm speaking of Cecily Tynan, the lead meteorologist on 6-ABC.

Tynan went out of her way yesterday to point out this was NOT going to be a major snowstorm. She was on social media telling people that if they wanted to see lots of snow, they were going to be disappointed in this storm.

Here are some of her Tweets:

"If you are hoping for a big snowstorm then Saturday's nor'easter is not the answer. Best bet for Philly Metro, 1"-3"."

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"You will need to be in the Lehigh Valley to see all snow on Saturday. I-95 will quickly transition to rain. #6abcSnow."

Bravo, Cecily!
Categories: Pennsylvania

Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 22

Thu, 2015-01-22 07:32
The Daily Numbers: 22 people charged in statewide oxycodone drug ring that law enforcement officials said used bogus prescriptions to get the powerful painkillers.

2 of those from Delaware County, including the suspected ringleader, who is from Upper Chi.

59,000 oxycodone pills gotten by the ring through the bogus prescriptions, cops say.

1.9 million dollar profit for the drug ring.

1-3 inches of snow that for the most part failed to show up yesterday afternoon, despite all those dire forecasts.

14 overdose deaths in the county that have been prevented by police administering the drug Narcan, according to D.A. Jack Whelan.

7 weeks since David’s Law went into effect, allowing the drug to be administered by cops.

37 months in prison for Delco defense contractor Kenneth Narzikul.

1.2 million dollars, how much the government believes they were cheated out of by the businessman.

36, age of Radnor Officer James Gallagher, who is being credited with saving the life of a baby during that deadly icy crash on the Blue Route Sunday morning.

5 counts on which former popular TV sports guy Don Tollefson was convicted of in Bucks County yesterday.

350,000 dollars cash bail, actually $35,000 (10 percent) in cash, what Tolly needs to get out of the slammer.

37 years in prison, maximum sentence he faces.

6-8 months in prison, the plea deal that he turned down before deciding to go to trial.

27 points for Carmelo Anthony to lead the Knicks over the 76ers in a clash of the Titans at the Wells Fargo Center last night.

16-game losing streak snapped by the New Yorkers the night before.

2-game winning streak for the Knicks.

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

The worst team in the NBA showed up at the Wells Fargo Center last night. And won. Thanks, Sixers.

I Don’t Get It: Bill Belichick. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Radnor Officer James Gallagher, who is being credited with saving the life of a baby during that deadly crash on an icy Blue Route Sunday morning.

Quote Box: “In the seven weeks since police in Delaware County have been equipped with Naloxone, or Narcan, 14 overdose victims have been revived.”

- Delco D.A. Jack Whelan, on use of Narcan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A not-so-Super start to the party, courtesy of Bill Belichick

Thu, 2015-01-22 06:42
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have done something I did not think was possible.

They've put an ugly splotch on one of the truly great sports days of the year.

Super Sunday is more than a football game. It now borders on a national holiday, with friends, family and others wolfing down insane amounts of food and drink in all manner of settings, all focused on the two best teams in the NFL facing off in the league's championship game.

Sure, the game itself often is less than 'super.' And there is something that has always been somewhat haughty in that name. But for many fans, it's never really been about the game. It's been about the party.

Now, thanks to the Patriots, it's no longer game. Or the party. It's about them, and what lengths they will go to win.

The Patriots are being investigated by the league for allegations that they used balls that were intentionally under-inflated in their lopsided win over the Colts in the AFC Championship game.

The belief is that a ball will less air in it is easier to handle, in other words throw and catch.

It likely had little or no effect on the 45-7 whipping the Pats laid on Andrew Luck and the Colts.

That's not the point.

This is not Belichick's first waltz down this path. In 2007, he was fined $500,000 and the team fined $250,000 and stripped of a first-round draft pick after they were caught taping the Jets signals during a game.

It got a lot of people - and a lot of Eagles fans still nursing the wounds of a Super Bowl loss to the Patriots - to wonder if things were always on the up and up.

It's hard to tell with Belichick, such is his zeal for pushing the rules to the edge. For years he would play fast and loose with the mandated league injury reports, often listing QB Tom Brady as 'probable.' He routinely signs players who are cut by teams he will face. So far, neither Belichick nor the Patriots have commented on the latest scandal. The coach is expected to meet the media today.

I certainly do not expect anyone to be suspended for the Super Bowl over this kerfuffle. The Seahawks certainly don't want to possibly see their push for a second straight Super Bowl crown tainted by playing a team not at their best.

Next year? Who knows, maybe a fine or a suspension.

I don't expect Belichick to change. That arrogance is part of what makes him the best coach in the NFL. But you have to wonder how long the league will allow him to bend the rules to his advantage. Especially when it starts to stain their premier event.

There is one other thing Belichick has done this week that I didn't think was possible. I've never much liked the Seahawks and their brash, trash-talking way of doing things.

Belichick just made me their biggest fan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another snow job

Thu, 2015-01-22 05:07
Do not turn on your TV. Ignore the radio.

Here is everything you will need to know about your morning commute. Don't forget to brush off your car windows.

In other words, all that talk about yesterday's snow storm and the possibility of 1-3 inches of flakes? Forget it. Didn't happen. At least not around here.

Of course, that did not stop lots of local schools from letting out two hours early, and the general panic that sets in every time someone mentions the dreaded four-letter winter word that starts with an s, not an f.

I did encounter a bit of snow on my own street in my development. And there was one side road that had a bit of mush on it. But once out on the main roads, all I saw was some wet surfaces. And even though temperatures were below freezing, I did not encounter any ice or even any slick spots.

That isn't going to change the way the local media handles the weather. The threat of snow will provoke non-stop hyperventilating by our friends on TV. Yesterday, on the noon and 4 o'clock broadcasts, there was no news. There was only weather.

Correspondents were dispatched near and far in an attempt to detail how bad it was. The problem was that all of them were standing next to roads that were only wet, not snow-covered. So most of them simply improvised and showed the light snow that had covered the grass, and also talked to people about how they were preparing for the 'storm.'

Not sure you need double-screen radar for that, but what do I know?

There is something else at work here. I think a part of this is a reaction to the missed forecast on Sunday morning, when what was expected to be a daylong rain showed up earlier than expected, along with temperatures that were colder than expected. The combination turned roads into ice rinks and resulted in several deadly crashes.

Here is what I know. Today is Jan. 22, the dead of winter. It is cold around here in the winter. And it snows from time to time. That is not necessarily news. But it will not stop our fascination with weather.

Oh, and one other thing. They are now calling for another storm, packing rain and snow, for Saturday.

Stay tuned.

Here's the latest forecast.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 21

Wed, 2015-01-21 07:59
The Daily Numbers: 4, age of Brookhaven boy whose specialized, motorized wheelchair was stolen from the driveway of his home. Police have a suspect. Just heartless.

47th governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf.

6th State of Union Address offered by President Barack Obama.

220 pounds of pot that police say was distributed by a Villanova man as part of a marijuana empire.

5 years and 3 months in the slammer for Ronald Belciano in connection with the drug charges.

5 counties, including Delco, where police say 2 brothers from Gilbertsville pulled off a series of sewer grate thefts. They were selling them for scrap.

29, age of Delaware mom who police say left her baby in a cab while she went inside to hold up a convenience store.

3 men who face heroin sales charges in Upper Darby.

2 men arrested following a police chase through Aldan and Collingdale.

30 foot long Stoney Creek Bridge on Kedron Avenue that will be rebuilt.

3 years probation for a former Lafayette College student tied to Main Line preppy pot ring.

24 townhomes on a former cemetery property that got the OK in Upper Darby.

31, age of man who entered an open guilty plea after an altercation with police in Upper Darby.

28 percent tax hit on those making more than $500,000, what President Obama wants.

500 dollar tax credit for families where both spouses work and have income up to $210,000.

2 years of free community college.

500,000 bail for New Jersey mom charged with fatally setting her baby on fire.

100 dollars a ticket, what it cost to get into the Wolf Inaugural party in Hershey last night.

3-2 overtime win for the Flyers in fight-filled game vs. the Penguins.

210 million dollar, 7 year deal inked by pitcher Max Scherzer with the Nationals.

11 balls reported to be under-inflated as the NFL probes Patriots again.

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

Nothing like a little old-time hockey at the Wells Fargo Center, eh?

I Don’t Get It: How could you swipe a wheelchair from someone’s driveway? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Chester Children’s Chorus, which had a moment in the spotlight performing yesterday at the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf.

Quote Box: “I am an unconventional leader.”

- New Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Here's your early morning winter roads report for Wednesday

Wed, 2015-01-21 05:20
First the good news.

The drive into work should be fine.

Now the bad news.

The commute home may be an adventure.

Despite temperatures below freezing and what first appeared to be a sheen on the roads as I stepped out the door, I did not encounter any real icing or even much in the way of slick spots during my early-morning commute.

Of course the first thing I had to do was chip away at the heavy coat of frost that caked all the windows.

But once tucked safely inside, the drive into the office was pretty much as normal.

West Chester Pike and the Route 1 Media Bypass were fine. Same goes for Springfield Road.

This afternoon sounds like it will be a tad bit more challenging.

We're expecting snow to move in later this afternoon and give us anywhere from 1-3 inches. The problem with this storm is that it sounds like it is going to arrive just in time for the evening rush hour. Hopefully, it will hold out until kids are safely home from school.

Here is the latest forecast.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Jan. 20

Tue, 2015-01-20 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 300 people who took part in the ‘Pieces of Peace’ activities to mark the MLK holiday in Chester.

1,500 people who took to the streets in Philly in a march to focus on the recent deaths of 2 black men at the hands of police.

135 kids from Chester who make up the Chester Children’s Chours. They will perform today at the inauguration of Tom Wolf as governor of Pa. in Harrisburg.

47th governor, take a bow, Tom Wolf. Now get to work.

2 billion dollar budget gap that will greet Wolf when he reports for work tomorrow.

69th Street movie complex that is being converted into one of those dinner and a movie joints.

1.5 million dollars in renovations that will be sunk into the 32,000 square foot venue.

100 percent occupancy in the 69th Street Shopping District once the movie complex opens in April.

21 people who made comments at the recent public hearing on the proposals for Springfield High School.

4 February, when the school board will get down to the key topic in the discussion - how much are all these plans expected to cost?

29 of January, when Aston will hold a public hearing on the expansion plan filed by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for their campus on Crozerville Road.

17 residents chased from their South Philly homes overnight by a gas leak.

50 percent approval rating for President Obama as he prepares to deliver his 6th State of the Union Address tonight.

4 as in No. 4 team in the nation for the Villanova Wildcats in yesterday’s latest AP college hoops poll.

78-58 drubbing for the Wildcats just a few hours later at the hands of Georgetown.

7-4 ugly loss for the Flyers to the Islanders yesterday.

111-76 loss for the Sixers at the hands of the Wizards.

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

The NFL is looking into whether or not the Patriots may have deflated the balls used in their big win over Colts on Sunday in an attempt to get an advantage. The Patriots won, 45-7. Yep, the balls were the key to the game.

I Don’t Get It: It’s expected to snow a bit Wedneday afternoon. All other news will soon cease. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Chester Children’s Chorus. They’re set to perform today at the inauguration of Tom Wolf in Harrisburg.

Quote Box: “I’d never been on a scene like that. It was the worst experience.”

- Joe Bardroff, who witnessed the horror that played out on icy Blue Route Sunday morning.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester kids make sweet music at Wolf inaugural

Tue, 2015-01-20 07:02
There is a great local connection to the Tom Wolf inauguration today.

No, we're not talking about the parade of former Gov. Ed Rendell cronies who are taking key spots in the Wolf Administration.

We're talking about a group of kids from Chester. The Chester Children's Chorus will be part of the festivities, performing during the ceremony and closing the ceremony with their rendition of "America the Beautiful."

You can get all the details here.

These kids are maybe the best-kept secret in the city. We recently profiled the group.

We'll also have live coverage of the Wolf inauguration. You can take part in our live blog by using the hashtag #WolfForPa on Twitter.

It all starts with the swearing-in ceremony for Mike Stack as lieutenant governor at 10:30 a.m. That followed with Wolf taking the oath of office as Pennsylvania's 47th governor at noon.

Stay with DelcoTimes.com all day for live coverage. And keep your eyes out for a great group of kids from Chester.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Brace yourself for another weather (forecasting) assault

Tue, 2015-01-20 06:36
Brace yourself.

There's a four-letter word in the forecast again. Which no doubt will spark a flurry of other four-letter words from people who hate winter as much as I do.

But there is another reason for my angst this week.

I expect a non-stop bombardment by our TV friends heralding this winter event.

To be clear, as best as I can tell it is expected to start snowing late Wednesday afternoon and we could get anything from a dusting to an inch or so, just in time for the Wednesday evening rush hour. But it certainly does not look like any kind of paralyzing storm.

None of that will likely stop the harangue from the TV types who will do their best to make sure we are prepared for this latest dose of winter weather.

Which brings me to the point. Wouldn't it have been nice to get that kind of warning Saturday night as to what was in store for us Sunday morning?

Look, I realize weather forecasting is an inexact science. But I don't recall hearing much of anything Saturday night in terms of the ice event that turned local roads into skating rinks. Multiple car collisions shut down the Blue Route and Schuylkill Expressway. Several lives were lost.

Here's what happened. The call was for rain to move in later Sunday morning, after temperatures had risen above freezing.

What happened is that it turned colder earlier than expected Saturday night into Sunday morning. And the rain arrived sooner than expected. When it hit those cold surfaces, it froze. With deadly results.

I have to give a tip of the hat to local weather guy John Bolaris. He took to Twitter to admit this was a bad miss on the part of the weather forecasters.

Good for you, John.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Not great times for Philly fans

Tue, 2015-01-20 06:19
I suppose things could be more dismal for Philly sports fans.

I'm just not sure how.

Actually, I guess we could be Green Bay fans. Yeah, that might be worse. It got me to thinking, would you rather miss the playoffs all together, as Chip Kelly and the Birds just did, or face the agony of coughing up what certainly appeared to be a sure thing trip to the Super Bowl, as the Packers managed to do?

In the meantime, the Flyers got walloped yesterday afternoon by the Islanders. They continue to be going nowhere fast.

We already know the Sixers are actually trying to lose. They did that again yesterday, getting blown out by the Wizards in D.C. One thing we did not expect was for Villanova to join the bandwagon.

Just a few hours after being elevated to No. 4 in the country in the AP poll, the Wildcats came up flat vs. Georgetown. They were never in the game as they got drubbed, 78-58.

The Phillies? They report to Clearwater exactly one month from today. But they're still considering dealing ace left-hander Cole Hamels.

What's a local sports fan to do?

Call me when it's time for The Masters.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 19

Mon, 2015-01-19 07:53
The Daily Numbers: 2 people killed in icy conditions early Sunday morning in crash on Blue Route.

1 person killed in multi-vehicle crash on the Schuylkill Expressway.

60 cars involved in the smash-up on the Schuylkill.

3 hours, how long the Delaware River Port Authority shut down the bridges crossing the Delaware River, including the Commodore Barry, because of icy conditions.

146 salt trucks dispatched by PennDOT about 4 a.m. to combat the ice.

26th annual celebration held Sunday at Media Fellowship House to kick off the commemorations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

16 deaths in Delaware being linked to the flu.

16-0 lead blown by the Packers in the second half as they ended up losing in overtime to the Seahawks, 28-22.

35-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse for the win in OT.

1 fake field goal and 1 onside kick that all went the Seahawks way.

0 quarterback rating for Russell Wilson at one point in the 3rd Quarter. And he still won.

14 of 29 for Wilson on the day.

4 interceptions he threw as well.

45-7 blowout win for the Patriots over the Colts.

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

Raise your hand if you know exactly how Green Bay fans feel this morning. Thought so.

I Don’t Get It: Bill Belichick is being accused of mischief again, under inflating the falls used in yesterday’s game. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who will take part in various MLK Day acts of service across Delco today.

Quote Box: “This is the most difficult type of precipitation situation to deal with in the wintertime ... when you have flash-freezing conditions.”

- PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum.
Categories: Pennsylvania

We know how you feel, Packers fans

Mon, 2015-01-19 07:03
Someone tell me I did not slip into my normal coma-like state on the sofa while watching that Seahawks-Packers game.

I need someone to give me a cold, hard slap in the face.

Then tell me, honestly, the Seahawks did not really win that game, did they?

Actually, they did.

And all night I've been thinking of basically only one thing.

What do you think the reaction would be this morning in Philly if our bedraggled Birds had done what Green Bay managed to pull off yesterday. That being snatching a bitter loss from the jaws of victory.

Agony of defeat? That doesn't even begin to explain this one.

The Packers were up 16-0 at halftime. The Seahawks looked dead in the water. Russell Wilson looked completely lost. Seattle did not register a first down until half way through the second quarter. Their first two possessions resulted in turnovers.

But Eagles fans no doubt were shaking their heads when the Packers had to settle for field goals in both of those early first quarter gifts bestowed on them. You just knew it would come back to haunt them.

It did.

They were just about to pronounce the Seahawks dead on arrival, when the first of several weird things happened. Instead of kicking what really would have been a fairly meaningless field goal, Pete Carroll went way out on a limb and instead called a fake. It resulted in a touchdown and life.

Then the ball started slowly, inevitably rolling downhill for the Pack.

Seatle was still down 19-7 with four minutes left in the game and Russell Wilson and their offense doing absolutely nothing. Eventually Wilson managed to drive the Seahawks for a score to close the gap to 19-14.

Cue the music from the Twilight Zone.

Seattle ran an onside kick, which everyone on the planet knew was coming, except maybe for the Green Bay coaching staff. The kick went to Packers tight end Brandon Bostick. He couldn't handle it. You kind of knew was was going to happen next. The Seahawks scored again and then put a little icing on the cake with a desperation heave by Wilson on the two-point conversion, which of course landed in the arms of Luke Wilson.

22-19 Seattle with 1:25 remaining. Unreal.

But Aaron Rodgers was not done. He expertly drove the Packers into position for a Mason Crosby field goal to knot the game the send it into overtime.

The Seahawks got the ball and never looked back. Remember that in the NFL, in overtime if the team that wins the coin toss and takes the ball wins if they score a TD. Only if they kick a field goal does the opposing offense get a shot. Wilson took care of that with his best pass of the day, a perfect 35-yard strike on a post pattern right down the center of the field to Jermaine Kearse. The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.

The Packers are going somewhere familiar to Philly fans. Trying to figure out how they managed to lose that game.

We have our Joe Jurevicious running down the field. Now the Packers and their fans have Jermaine Kearse.

I rarely feel bad for the incredibly well-paid people who populate professional sports.

But I can admit I actually felt for Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy in a post-game press conference as he tried to explain what had just happened.

Take it from someone who knows, coach. There is no explanation. And there is no relief. It will hurt for a long time.

The next Super Bowl the Eagles win will be their first.

We feel your pain, coach.
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A fitting tribute to Jason McClay

Mon, 2015-01-19 06:26
I used my print column this week to pay tribute to Jason McClay.

I hope you remember his name.

The people at Rite Aid do.

He was the manager of the Rite Aid store at Ninth and Highland in Chester who was gunned down during a robbery back in 2013. Last week Rite Aid donated $10,000 to the effort to install more surveillance cameras in a couple of crime-ridden Chester neighborhoods.

Good for them.
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24 hours after a nightmare, here is your Monday morning roads report

Mon, 2015-01-19 05:06
One day after ice turned area roads into a deadly nightmare, here is a report from an early morning commute: Take it easy and you should be fine.

Once you carve out your car that is.

I stepped out the door and gingerly made my way up an icy driveway to find my car encased in a thin coating of ice. The doors were a bit cranky but I got them open. The windshield and windows required some work.

Once out on the road, it became apparent that PennDOT and municipalities were not going to be caught off-guard again. There is salt everywhere and I encountered several salt trucks on my commute into the office.

The main roads are pretty much OK; the side roads are a bit more slick.

Here's the key: There is almost no one on the roads when I am driving. I am guessing that things will get a lot messier once the roads get crowded.

I encountered no problems on West Chester Pike, Providence Road, the Route 1 Bypass, or Springfield Road.

Temperatures were hovering right around 30 degrees, so there is the possibility of ice being out there.

I'd also caution anyone walking. Sidewalks and other untreated surfaces will be slick.

We also will get a huge break today because it is a holiday for many, making the national day of service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Many schools and offices are closed, so traffic will be down considerably.

There is another reason I wanted to write about the weather this morning.

I vent almost constantly about how much I dislike winter, and cold weather, and the resultant snow and ice that can make getting anywhere a challenge.

I also am less than a fan of the way local TV stations handle the weather, constantly droning on about even the slightest chance of flurries.

So here is my question: Did I miss something Saturday night. I watch the news and listen to the radio almost constantly.

I thought I heard Sunday being constantly referred to as a "rain event." I don't recall any ice warnings.

I also am wondering if PennDOT will be questioned about their response. They say they had trucks out Saturday night salting surfaces. That did not stop major arteries turning into a icy nightmare.

I am hoping this morning does not offer a repeat.

Take it easy out there.
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Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 16

Fri, 2015-01-16 07:47
The Daily Numbers: 500,000 dollars in savings already trimmed from the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District budget.

1.2 million dollars more in cuts needed.

2.56 mill tax hike already being looked at for the $74 million fiscal plan.

6.9 million dollars to $8.4 million, boost in school district’s payment for employee retirement plan. That is 11.4 percent of the budget.

1 borough manager in the 122-year history of Aldan Borough. Kudos to John White on the new job.

26, age of man from Ridley Park killed in crash on Route 41 in Del. yesterday.

2 Pa. state troopers among 3 people injured in a crash yesterday at Routes 1 and 452 in Middletown.

19, age of Folcroft man charged with stealing a loaded semiautomatic handgun.

2 intersections in Chester Heights that are being changed to make them safer for drivers.

26, age of man charged with hitting a police officer with his car out in Chester County.

3 states that do not have an education funding formula in place. Pa. is 1 of them.

1 person killed in 5-vehicle crash that shut down I-95 in Philly and Bucks county for hours yesterday.

18, age of Temple University student who was killed when she fell 8 floors to her death from a building in Philadelphia.

18.4 billion dollars in debt that caused Caesars Entertainment Corp. to file for bankruptcy.

2 terror suspects killed in police action in Belgium.

133 stores in Canada being closed by Target.

2 straight games the Flyers have been shut out.

4-0 shellacking in front of home fans at Wells Fargo Center last night.

11 points out of final playoff spot for the orange and black.

31, Union’s 1st pick in MLS SuperDraft. They took Dzenan Catic.

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

I’m beginning to wonder how long Ed Snider will hold out before he decides to make major changes with this floudering Flyers team.

I Don’t Get It: The woman making the Academy Award nominations had the misfortune of mispronouncing one nominee’s name. Of course it quickly went viral. I guess poop happens.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Pew Charitable Trusts, which yesterday added their considerable voice to those saying that the state’s system of funding education is basically unfair.

Quote Box: “Our elected representatives, and the governors going back to Gov. Ridge, have created a monstrous liability for the state and, as you can see, it’s threatening our school district.”

- Wallingford Swarthmore School Board President Paul Schregel, on the district’s growing pension liability.
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