Lower Merion police responded to 111 incidents in the Ardmore neighborhood in the week ending Sunday, Feb. 24, according to LMPD statistics.
A list of those incidents is attached to this article, sorted by type. Incident descriptions do not necessarily indicate arrests or convictions.
- Four animal incidents
- 1 case of criminal mischief to automobiles
- 1 incident of cocaine, heroin possession
- 1 DUI
- 1 fire
- 6 car accidents
Did you see a police incident from this timeframe that isn't included on the attached list? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
1. Plans to convert First Baptist Church of Ardmore into five condominium units will go before the Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday night. The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. in the township building's second floor board room (75 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore). View the agenda.
2. Welsh Valley Middle School presents "The Music Man" Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
3. Go For The Green award nominations will be accepted through Friday at 5 p.m. Find out more here.
4. Lower Merion High School's Jazz Festival takes place Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and includes performances by jazz bands from nine area schools. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for adults, and $25 for families.
5. The family that owns Rittenhouse Electric in Ardmore will be starring in The Sound of Music at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, starting March 9. Find out more.
Six members of the Elkins family, who own Rittenhouse Electric in Ardmore, will debut this weekend in Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El's production of "The Sound of Music." The Elkins take the stage March 9, 10, 16 and 17.
A Patch calendar listing about the play reads:
Like the Von Trapp family in the Sound of Music, the Elkins family, owners of Rittenhouse Electric Supply located in Ardmore for the last 56 years, is a family of singers. Six members of the family (three generations) are appearing in a local production of the Sound of Music-- March 9, 10, 16, and 17 at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood.
Kristine Elkins plays Maria Rainer the soon-to-be nun who becomes the Von Trapp’s governess. Michael Elkins (Kristine’s brother-in-law) creates the role of Capt. Georg Von Trapp, father of the seven children. Roslyn Elkins as Mother Abbess shows them the way to “Climb Every Mountain.” And Jerry Elkins participates as Herr Ulrich. All four work every day at Rittenhouse Electric Supply. Two of Michael’s children Benjamin and Lila Elkins also appear as Friedrich and Gretl Von Trapp.
A Twist on Your Regular "Man Bites Dog" Story: According to a report from Phoenixville Patch, an area man was arrested after he bit his wife during a domestic dispute. I'll let you guys make your own jokes. Read the full story here.
I Mean, I Hear that Stuff is Expensive: According to a report from Marple-Newtown Patch, four women stole approximately $400 in baby clothes from an area store. I don't know a lot about baby clothes, but if what I hear it true, that probably means each woman got away with a tiny t-shirt and nothing else. Click here for the full story.
An Open-and-Shut Cake: There isn't much to this one beyond the basic information, but according to a report from TE Patch an unknown person walked into Acme, grabbed a sheet cake and walked out without paying. Here's the full story.
Businesses in the greater Philadelphia area post vacant jobs on Craigslist every day. Here are a few notable vacancies that have been advertised recently:
- Experienced Market Research Project Director
- Indoor Cycling and Group Fitness Instructors
- Weavers Way, Editor / Communications Manager
- Jewelry Merchandiser
- Awning Installer
- Color Separation Artist
- Campaign Desk Coordinator
- Director of Major Gifts
- Wine-Sampling Reps
- Summer Day Camp Director
- Lawn Mowing Crew Leader
- CAD Specialist
- Bridal Makeup Artist
For a full local lists of available jobs in each Patch, click on its name below.
- PHILADELPHIA: Roxborough-Manayunk | Chestnut Hill-Mt. Airy
- MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Narberth-Bala Cynwyd | Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood | Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne
- DELAWARE COUNTY: Radnor | Haverford-Havertown | Springfield | Media | Marple Newtown
- CHESTER COUNTY: Tredyffrin-Easttown | Malvern | West Chester | Phoenixville
The following incidents occurred in and around Lower Merion. Arrests or charges, when mentioned, does not indicate guilt or a conviction.
- Haverford Bank Robber Caught, Police Say
- Backpack Stolen From Car, Police Say
- Purse Stolen At Whole Foods, Recovered At Nearby Apartments, Police Say
Narberth-Bala Cynwyd Patch:
- Road Rage, Assault at Bala Post Office, Police Say
- Purse, Laptop Stolen From Cars, Police Say
- Daytime Car Theft From Auto Center, Police Say
Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch:
Commissioner Jane Dellheim is retiring from the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners after 12 years, the Ward 8 commissioner told Patch on Friday.
Dellheim, who has represented South Wynnewood and East Ardmore since 2002, will retire when her term is up in January 2014.
Dellheim sent Patch the following email in response to several questions about her departure, including the reason for her retirement, what she considers to be her greatest accomplishments as a commissioner, and who she will be supporting as Ward 8 commissioner in the upcoming election.
I'm retiring because after 12 years I'd like to move on and give someone else a chance. I'm a grandmother now and I want more time with them and my hobbies.
My greatest accomplishments were also my most challenging: the establishment of a group home for mentally challenged adults, obtaining a federal grant and of course, the creation of Linwood Park.
Being a commissioner carries a lot of social work with a little bit of power to get things done for your constituents to make them happier and safer.
I will miss that, though I have no plans to move and can still be involved in other ways. I will really miss learning new things about municipal government-- how it all comes together to provide for the needs of the 60,000 residents, the roads, the parks, etc., etc. And I will miss working with the best Township staff ever.
Frankly, I never thought that anyone would want to do this after the past several years of grandstanding, browbeating, vitriol and deceitfulness that have become de rigueur on the Board--on and off the camera and even by email! My Republican colleagues even hired a lawyer to threaten me with a lawsuit for exercising my right of free speech in a letter to the editor of the Main Line Times.
In late September I recruited Anna Durbin of Ardmore to run. It took her a while to say yes. Anna is an attorney in her own practice in Ardmore. She lives and works in Ardmore, so she understands the delicate balance between the residents and the businesses. She has also been involved with the Ardmore Initiative. She is a natural social worker also, so all the residents of Wynnewood, Havertown and Ardmore will be well represented.
Another person, Jonathan Shapiro, a Democratic Committeeman, is also running. He is a good person and highly regarded in his neighborhood.
Six other Lower Merion commissioners have terms that expire in January, including Commissioners Rick Churchill (Ward 14, Penn Wynne and Wynnewood) and Steven Lindner (Ward 4, Ardmore and Haverford).
The Montgomery County Health Department conducted health inspections of 18 food service establishments in Ardmore and Wynnewood between Feb. 15 and Feb. 28.
Each facility inspected Feb. 15-28 was found to have from 0 (Qdoba Mexican Grill) to 7 (Kotatsu) infractions on a checklist of 54 items.
Click each facility's name to see its Patch directory listing and click the date of its inspection to read the health department's report. Scroll to the bottom of the report page to view the specific notes for each facility.
In our Patch directory listings, you can also rate each restaurant you've visited.
Philadelphia Community Kollel, 364 W Montgomery Ave, Merion: 2/26/13
Are you looking for a job? Here are some positions available in the Ardmore area, all advertised on Craigslist in the past week.
- Skilled maintenance worker w/ light plumbing and carpentry experience
- Dental Assistant/Receptionist
- Assistant Teachers
- Account Executive - Health Services Industry - ~$19.00/hr
- Teachers Wanted Creative Music Program
- Litigation Attorney
- Jewelry Merchandiser- PA
- Delivery Driver - Edible Arrangements
- Edible Arrangements Customer Service
- Strategy and Marketing Analyst - Exceptional Opportunity
- Delivery Driver
- Medical Receptionist
- Experienced Deli/Catering Person Needed
Check out some of Patch's biggest stories from the past week in eastern Pennsylvania:'Gingerbread Man' Arrested on Felony Drug Warrant
A 21-year-old Hatfield, Montgomery County, man taunted police on the Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch Facebook page while a warrant was out for his arrest, authorities say.One of PA's 'Most Wanted' Caught After 18 Years
Francisco Miranda—one of Pennsylvania's most wanted—has been arrested, accused of a fatal stabbing that happened in 1994 in Bethlehem, Northampton County.Victim Buried Alive by Sugar, Coroner Says
A 50-year-old New Jersey man was killed in an industrial accident in Falls Township, Bucks County, on Monday.Serial Bank Robber Caught, Police Say
Police say the man is responsible for nine bank robberies in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties the past three weeks.Woman Shot, Dies 30 Years Later in Bizarre Homicide
A Lehigh County woman died from complications caused by a gunshot wound during a robbery in Harrisburg 30 years ago and her death has been ruled a homicide.Deadly Flu Season Claims Nursing Student, 31
A Lehigh County man who was studying to become a nurse died of complications from flu and pneumonia at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in what state officials call one of the deadliest flu seasons ever.Man Exposed Himself at Kmart, Police Say
The 42-year-old man was charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct after the Feb. 11 incident at a Chester County store.Chesco DA: 'When We Opened Up That Door... That Was a Doorway to Hell'
A 20-year-old resident of Norristown, Montgomery County, was arrested for a Feb. 12 murder.Dad Charged with Third-Degree Murder in Child's Death
An autopsy on the Upper Moreland, Montgomery County, victim found multiple broken ribs, skull fractures and injuries to her nose consistent with pinching the nasal airway.Plymouth Medical Marijuana Scheme Lands Man in Prison
An Arizona man pleaded guilty to orchestrating the delivery of 270 pounds of marijuana in a Montgomery County parking lot.Navy SEAL Seriously Injured in Upper Moreland Explosion
A man returning from Afghanistan and his friend suffered serious burns at a homecoming party in Montgomery County.Petition Started to Stop Wendy's
About 400 residents of Roxborough in northwest Philadelphia have registered their opposition to construction of the fast-food spot there.
I’m a car guy. I’ve been a car guy ever since my dad told me about the car he had when he was a kid—a then-not-so-cool 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten. Well, maybe’s it’s still not so cool.
And I’m a car nerd. I’ve probably read every issue of “Road & Track” dating back to September 1992. In fact, I remember picking it off of the shelf at a pharmacy in Jenkintown and asking my mom to buy it for me. On the cover? A black Jaguar XJ220—a then-technologically advanced, overhyped, supercar out of the financial realm of any normal person. Sure it had 540-plus horsepower and broke the 200-mph mark, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one … and it really doesn’t bother me, as its lines didn’t age well.
On the other hand, a less prominent article in the magazine featured a beautiful Guards Red Porsche 911 RS America. The car was a stripped down 911, simple and plenty fast (though only passably fast by today’s standards). With a price tag of $53,900, in “1992 dollars.” Expensive, but not crazy expensive. The looks and the concept of that car really resonated with me; it made me really want to follow the auto industry. (And you might say the lines on a 911 are aging well.)
Getting out of the “Wayback Machine” … It’s a great time to be a car enthusiast. Entry-level and midsize cars are quick, capable and good looking (just compare a Hyundai Elantra or a Ford Focus to any of the junky economy car being churned out in the 80s), and luxury car marques are producing sedans that are exotic car-fast. Heck, my 9-year-old sedan is only 0.3 seconds slower to 60 than the 911 RSA, which did it in 5.3 seconds. And consider this, the latest Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the BMW M5 both pack more horsepower, 577 and 560, respectively, than Jaguar’s early ’90s supercar—and the Benz is even a tick quicker to 60, according to “Motor Trend.” Both are much cheaper than the old Jag too.
The horsepower wars are certainly going strong. Vanilla Camrys and Accords are available with more than 250 horsepower and base Mustangs and Camaros are putting out more than 300 horsepower. And for those worried about $5 gas, hybrids, diesels and plug-in electrics are becoming less “niche,” more mainstream, and perhaps more importantly, less ugly.
In any event, I have been, and will continue to be subscribed to the world of cars. So if you’re like me, stop by each week for some car-centric talk. We’ll be talking about auto trends, car accessories and we’ll be driving quite a few cars too.
And if you’ve got a car worth talking about or photographing, or know of an upcoming car show in the area (the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show is coming up later this month in Oaks), shoot me an email at email@example.com.
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The Harlem Shake is spreading like wildfire from near and far, including this Bala Cynwyd office place and nursing homes to the Norwegian army these days. Lower Merion High School also joins in the dance craze fun.
The video above features students and the Aces mascot of Lower Merion High School in a promotional video for the annual Mr. Lower Merion competition, which occurred on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Know somebody else who's gotten in on the recent meme? Send us a link to your video, or post it to Patch.
There are 12 open houses scheduled for the weekend of March 2-3 in the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch coverage area, according to the listings on AOL Real Estate.
The highest asking price is $1,999,999, for 304 Mallwyd Road. It's got 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and can be seen Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m.
383 Lakeside Road #108, meanwhile, can be had for $149,900. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, and its open house is scheduled for 2-4 on Sunday.
To find more open houses around the greater Philadelphia area, visit realestate.aol.com.
Police have charged Philadelphia resident Tarik Hooks, 35, with multiple counts of bank robbery after they say he robbed nine banks in three weeks in the Philadelphia area.
From Feb. 2 to Feb. 21, police say Hooks robbed the TD Bank on West Lancaster Ave. in Haverford and then eight other banks in the Philadelphia area, including two banks in Bala Cynwyd.
Police say Hooks robbed the Citizens Bank inside the Acme on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd and then several more banks from Roxborough to Landsdowne.
A couple of weeks later on Feb. 14, Hooks robbed the Sovereign Bank branch in the GSB Building at City and Belmont avenues, police said. Hooks had handed over a note to the teller at both Bala Cynwyd incidents and demanded money, accoridng to police.
Following an investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia Division, Hooks was arrested on Feb. 22 by Philadelphia police officers.
In addition to the two Bala Cynwyd bank robberies, Hooks faces charges for seven other incidents, including two bank robberies in Roxborough just days apart, a Citizens Bank in Clifton Heights twice, a Wells Fargo Bank in Landsdowne, and a TD Bank in Drexel Hill.
Hooks was scheduled to make an initial appearance before a magistrate judge Thursday afternoon.
Hooks’ arrest follows an investigation by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, in conjunction with the Philadelphia, Aldan, Lansdowne, and Lower Merion Police Departments, and other area law enforcement partners.
The casualties continue to mount.
Once the Philadelphia Eagles fired Andy Reid, you knew that any new coach coming on board would want to shake up the roster.
Now that Chip Kelly is here, General Manager Howie Roseman is starting to make some roster cuts.
That's expected from any team once a season concludes and a Super Bowl ends. This time of the year is the business side of football when front offices review contracts and try to cut corners to help with some manueverability with the salary cap.
The Eagles are no different.
The first move the team made was restructing the contract of Quarterback Michael Vick, ensuring that he wouldn't be paid $15 million next year.
Then, with a healthy return of tackle Jason Peters expected, the team made a smart move by cutting ties with disappointing replacement DeMetrius Bell, who couldn't even unseat King Dunlap at the position.
Now the focus is on defense.
First, the Birds decided that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was really not in the team's plans based on his poor play last season. So the team won't be making an offer to this high-profile free agent.
And this past week the team shed wide bodies Mike Patterson, a longtime Eagle, and Cullen Jenkins, one of the "Dream Team" free agent busts.
Those moves were designed as measures for the Birds to set up a new defense with an attacking unit that may focus on a 3-4 instead of a 4-3. Patterson and Jenkins just didn't fit the bill.
The interesting roster decision will be what to do with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who when signed as a free agent was supposed to be the best in the business.
He's probably been the Birds' biggest bust the past two years.
Asomugha is expected to get $4 million if the team releases him and the Eagles have been in talks with his agent to maybe restructure his contract.
Maybe Asomugha just wasn't utilized properly under Reid's defensive generals. Maybe a fresh start might make this free agent bust return to his All-Pro ways.
But, in the coming weeks as the NFL Draft nears, expect the Philadelphia Eagles to keep making more roster moves and to keep shedding players who were part of losing efforts the past two years.
The numbers here show the federal employees in Pennsylvania by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While much has been written on how the current sequestration battle in Washington could affect the national economy, these numbers are meant to give readers a sense of the sequestration at the local level.
No one knows for certain what the sequestration cuts, some $85 billion, will mean. Even if the March 1 federal cuts are enacted, the full effects would not be felt immediately. The government is required to alert impacted agencies of which cuts are to be made and which workers are to be furloughed.
It should be noted, however, that even the suggestion of cuts and the notification process itself could be felt in some community economies. Uncertainty for federal workers means they are likely to tighten their belts until they see what the cuts look like – and how long they last. It means those workers will likely spend less money at local shops and restaurants.
In some communities there may be only a handful of federal workers and the impacts may be small. But, as these figures show, in other counties federal employees number in the thousands. In those places, the sequestration could become a more significant pain, particularly if it drags on for weeks or months.
A notable exception is the U.S. Postal Service, whose employees are excluded in this count. The USPS receives no tax dollars in its operations and would not be affected by the sequestration cuts.
The following articles were 10 of the most read stories on Ardmore Patch in February.
Lower Merion Police Officer Found Dead
Sean Quinn, 46, died Monday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Philadelphia's FDR Park, township police said.
Ardmore Woman Killed in Skiing Accident, Reports Say
Natalie Egleston, 48, of Ardmore, was vacationing in Aspen.
Health Inspections: MilkBoy, Felicia's Pizza Kitchen Inspected
Thirteen food service establishments in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood were inspected by the Montgomery County Health Department in late January.
Health Inspections: China House, Corner Bakery, 8 More
The Montgomery County Health Department inspected 10 Ardmore and Wynnewood food establishments in early February.
Cash Stolen From Temple, Heroin Found at Coffee Shop, Police Say
Also reported last week was an attempted burglary at Audi in Wynnewood, according to Lower Merion police.
Jules Thin Crust Pizza Expands To Ardmore
The company, which offers gluten-free pizza as an option, hopes to open its Ardmore location in spring.
Sneaky Pete's Closing After 35 Years
'It's time,' the owner of the Ardmore institution said.
Assault, Pick-Pocketing Recently Reported
A roundup of police calls in Ardmore, Merion, Wynnewood and Haverford the week of Feb. 4 to 10.
Attempted Burglary at Dakota Pizza, Police Say
Also in this week's blotter: more details on a strong arm bank robbery in Haverford.
Restricted Hours Recommended for Wynnewood Restaurant
The school district also obtained approval for a renovation plan.
It's a quieter night for Ardmore's First Friday festivities this month, but First Friday's newest venue, Viva Video (16 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore), will be hosting some tunes.
The Bazaraza Bounders will be bringing "ballads, blues, balderdash and ballyhoo back to First Friday," playing at Viva Video from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 1.
With an preview on the First Friday website that reads "Thrill to the daring exploits of Alexander Uskeraitis and John Stovicek as they risk life, limb, accordion and guitar to save our planet from autotuned robot overlords!" — it promises to be anything but boring.
Food Republic, which bills itself as "the site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart," includes nine other breweries located across the country. Tired Hands is the only Pennsylvania brewery on the list.
Innovation is part of what sets Tired Hands apart, Food Republic writer Jonathan Katz says: "The limited output makes this a worthy destination for their famed beer dinners, but look no further than their beer for innovative food use."
Tired Hands Brewing Co., owned by former Iron Hill brewer Jean Broillet, opened in June at 16 Ardmore Ave. Its beers have included everything from one made with roses, raisins and rhubarb to another made with empty escargot shells.
A new beer on tap now, as per the Tired Hands website, is Ancient Knovvledge, an Asian-inspired saison: "Brewed with rye and Amarillo hops. Spiced with black & white sesame seeds, nori, hemp seeds, Satsuma tangerines, long red hot peppers, and Schezuan peppercorns."
Food Republic's accolades come on the heels of RateBeer's naming of Tired Hands to their list of the five Best New Brewers in the World. Tired Hands clocks in at number two, behind Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing Company.
Tired Hands is located at 16 Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore and is open beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Read more about the brewpub?
- Tired Hands: Choosing the Brews [VIDEO] (Aug. 26, 2012)
- Tired Hands Brewery Opens in Ardmore (June 9, 2012)
- Photos: Inside Tired Hands Brewery (May 2, 2012)
- 'Tired Hands' Brewpub Coming To Ardmore (July 22, 2011)
- Tired Hands 'Brew Café': The Tour (August 8, 2011)
- Tired Hands: The Philosophy (August 9, 2011)
Have you visited Tired Hands? What do you think of the beer and food? You can leave a review of the brewpub on its Patch directory listing.