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Anderson Ave. To Be Closed Overnight Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 3 hours 47 min ago
Emergency vehicles will not have through access.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - 10 hours 47 min ago
If I had told you back in the summer what awaits at the Linc Sunday, you would have rightly thought I had lost my mind.

It wasn’t that long ago that Sam Bradford was penciled in as the Eagles starter. Carson Wentz? He was supposed to be on the sidelines holding a clipboard this season.

Then Teddy Bridgewater’s knee exploded, radically changing the course of two franchises. Sam Bradford was shipped to Minnesota, in the process Howie Roseman got back the No. 1 pick he traded away in order to move up to get Wentz.

Then he and rookie head coach Doug Pederson went all-in. They decided to bypass backup Chase Daniel and install Wentz as the starter. The Birds got off to a sizzling 3-0 start, including a most impressive, dominating win over the Steelers, who some experts had ticketed as the AFC rep in the Super Bowl.

Then came the bye, and the Birds’ mojo went bye-bye as well. They stumbled in Detroit, losing a game they should not have - and could not afford to - to the Lions. Then they got dominated in Washington last Sunday.

Suddenly, Wentz looks mortal behind an offensive line that is without its best player, right tackle Lane Johnson.

Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggled mightily right from the Birds’ first snap, setting a tone the Eagles never did shake.

And hold off on all those head coaching offers for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. His Wide 9 defensive alignment suddenly is looking a lot like the system that was repeatedly gashed under old coach Jim Washburn. The Redskins rumbled for 230 yards on the ground, and failed to get much in the way of pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.

On the other side, things could not look much better for Bradford and the Vikings. Even without All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, ‘Sammy Sleeves’ has guided the Vikings to a perfect 5-0 start.

Bradford is playing well, and the Vikings’ defense is among the best in the league.

The Eagles will have their hands full on both sides of the ball. Maybe the Vikes will suffer the same malady the Eagles did coming off the bye. I’m not going to bet on it.

Bradford no doubt would like nothing better than to shove another loss down the throat of Howie Roseman and Jeff Lurie. The guess here is that there may have been a bit more to his hurt feelings when the Eagles moved up to get Wentz, in the process discarding a lot of picks that could have been used to help Bradford’s offense.

Wentz is now saddled with the same issues Bradford faced. The Eagles have little in the way of weapons or anything that is going to scare the Vikings.

The scariest thing about this game is what the Vikings might do to the Wentz and that porous offensive line. Better learn how to duck, kid.

I’d love to see the Eagles pull out another improbable win here. I don’t see it. This one could get ugly.

The Pick: Make it Vikings 26, Eagles 13.

Last Week: Actually when I think about it, this is probably about where I thought this team was going to be. Then again, the Lions game could be passed off as a bad week; the Washington game cannot. The Eagles got manhandled, beaten physically on both sides of the ball. That’s a problem. Of course, I never foresaw the whole Bradford-Wentz monumental shift, the Eagles’ 3-0 start including the stunning thrashing of the vaunted Steelers, nor the loss they had no business losing to the Lions, and finally an always tossup NFC East game against the Redskins, which they lost. That brings Doug Pederson and his Birds 3-2 and facing a very tough task against the Vikings.

Game by Game: Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13)

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)

Eagles 34, Steelers 3 (My Pick: Steelers, 26, Eagles 23)

Lions 24, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Lions 10)

Redskins 27, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 242, Redskins 23)
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 21:42
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 21:39
Foreclosures listed for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood could provide opportunities to move into a home you couldn’t afford otherwise...
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Arrest Bala Cynwyd Carjacking Suspect

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:53
The 17-year-old suspect is being charged as an adult after armed carjackings in September and October.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion's buildOn Club Hosting K-8 Halloween Party Oct. 28

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:21
Play games, get temporary tattoos, eat food, and try to win the costume competition!
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the hunt for eastlake

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:19

My Eastlake table once I got it home! I think it’s beautiful!

I have a DIY antique hunter heroine- Victoria Elizabeth Barnes . I live vicariously through her Victorian home restoration and furniture acquiring and objects d’art acquiring writings. (And if you don’t read her blog you really should, it’s delightful!)

Today I think I channeled my inner Victoria Elizabeth Barnes when I went to pick up an Eastlake table I found.

I have always had a love affair with Eastlake furniture and I finally found something that could fit in my house. I will never have a large Victorian, and sometimes Eastlake furniture can be quite substantial in size.

What is Eastlake? Eastlake was considered a furniture movement:

The Eastlake Movement was an American nineteenth-century architectural and household design reform movement started by architect and writer Charles Eastlake (1836–1906). The movement is generally considered part of the late Victorian period in terms of broad antique furniture designations…
His book Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details posited that furniture and decor in people’s homes should be made by hand or machine workers who took personal pride in their work. Manufacturers in the United States used the drawings and ideas in the book to create mass-produced Eastlake Style or Cottage furniture…

Eastlake furniture can be quite beautiful.

But Eastlake furniture is very still popular today and it is hard to find pieces reasonably priced that are in good shape at the same time. 

So when I saw this table advertised I jumped on it. I was second in line and  I did not think I was going to get it, but the woman ahead of me found it too large for her purposes so it came home with me.

A lot of Eastlake furniture is made of woods like walnut or maple also. It’s not all just heavy oak furniture like a lot of Victorian furniture.

It was a gorgeous day so I set out on my pilgrimage across part of Chester County to pick up my table.   I am not sure that this table was living in Chester County before I bought it, I seem to think it came out of a house in Lancaster County.

My table needs a little TLC but I don’t think I’ll need to refinish it. I will however have to rearrange other furniture in my house to place it.

Of course I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to make it home today or not, because I am somewhat limited by a sedan in as far as how much furniture I can actually place in it.  The person I bought it from and I definitely had some giggles maneuvering it into my car. But it fit! And I drove home with a table in the front seat next to me. 

My new table makes for a great end to the week!

Enjoy the day it’s absolutely gorgeous!

The Eastlake table just fit in the front seat of my car!

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Juvenile charged in 3 Lower Merion carjackings

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-10-21 14:41
Lower Merion police say a 17-year-old male from Philadelphia has been identified and charged in connection with three armed carjackings that occurred in September and October in Bala Cynwyd. The robberies all occurred near or along City Avenue between Old Lancaster Road and Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Oh Deer! PA Ranks Third In Deer Collisions

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 13:24
Find out how to avoid hitting a deer and what to do after you've hit one.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued In Eastern PA This Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 12:46
A hazardous weather outlook was issued for eastern Pennsylvania as the state braces for its worst weather in a while.
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Clinton And Kaine To Campaign at Penn Tomorrow

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-21 12:08
Democratic candidates will speak at Dunning-Cohen Championship Field Saturday night.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 21

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-21 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 100 people who packed Brookhaven Municipal Building last night for debate between Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

161st state House race, that’ the one to watch in Delco.

23, age of Aston woman charged with illegal straw gun purchases. Cops say she then turned the guns over to her boyfriend,who was prohibited from such purchases.

50-round drum magazine that was purchased for one of the guns.

1st place for Upper Darby Police Department in yesterday’s SWAT competition at the county Emergency Services Training Center. 1 misdemeanor count of simple assault withdrawn against the headmaster at the Haverford School.

10 Novbember, when Springfield residents will get a look at the plans for their new high school.

118 million dollar price tag for the school, and that’s the low end.

3, as in Day 3 of the strike by professors at state universities. The two sides are expected to return to bargaining table today.

4 of 22 corruption convictions against former Congressman Chaka Fattah tossed by judge.

50 years of Flyers celebrated last night before team’s home opener with honors for late owner Ed Snider.

3-2 loss by Flyers to Coyotes.

1 for 7 for the Flyers 1st line power play unit.

3-2 lead for Cubs over Dodgers in the NLCS after they beat L.A. last night.

1908, the last time the Cubs won a World Series.

17 seasons in the NBA for Sixer Elton Brand. He announced his retirement yesterday.

3 TD passes for Aaron Rodgers as Packers beat the Bears on Thursday night NFL action.

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

Hey, at least those wrist bands the Flyers handed out last night stayed in the stands.

I Don’t Get It: Did Donald Trump think his quip about respecting the elections results if he wins was funny? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who packed the Brookhaven Municipal Building last night for the 161st state House public forum. Democracy in action.

Quote Box:
“We know that the vast majority of illegal guns on the streets used for violence and crime are a result of straw purchase.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The race to watch in Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-21 07:02
We interrupt the Donald & Hillary show to let you know that there are other important races to consider on the November ballot.

As usual, the entire Pennsylvania House will be contested, and that brings us to perhaps the most interesting race in Delaware County. In fact, we're labeling this one as "the race to watch."

It's the 161st House district, which has flip-flopped wildly back and forth the past few years. Democrat Bran Lentz wrested the seat from decades of GOP control, only to see it fall back into the GOP's grasp when he decided to seek higher office. Then Republican Joe Hackett tired of life in Harrisburg and decided to pack up his things and head home to his old job with the Delco D.A.'s office.

That set up a special election. The Dems put up Leanne Krueger-Braneky, while the GOP countered with labor leader Paul Mullen. But the GOP did not count on Lisa Esler, a third-party Tea Candidate who was not happy with the process that led the party to Mullen's door.

She ran a vigorous campaign, and siphoned off enough votes from Mullen to open the door for the Democrat Krueger-Braneky to win the special election.

Now she's back on the ballot in her first run for re-election to the seat, which covers Aston, Brookhaven, Nether Providence, Rose Valley, Rutledge and Swarthmore.

But this time she will not be getting any help from a third-party in her contest against Republican challenger Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

And it could be seen as a bellwether for the changing demographics in the county, where Democrats have now opened a 16,000-voter edge in registrations.

Will this be a sign of the times, and a sign that Delaware County Democrats now are truly a force to be reckoned with, including local races here in the county where they have continued to struggle against the mighty Delco GOP?

Or, now that they no longer have Esler nipping at their heels, will the Republican ground forces do what they have done so well for so long: Get their people to the polls and deliver the goods.

Last night Krueger-Braneky and Rodgers Morrisette met in a voter forum that drew more than 100 people to the Brookhaven Municipal Building.

Keep an eye on this one. In Delco, it just might be the race watch.
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Good for John Nagl

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-21 06:35
In this job, I'm not supposed to take sides. I'm supposed to play it down the middle.

Of course, if you asked Democratic and Republican leaders here in the county, they would tell you I fail miserable at that task most days. They are convinced - as are many readers - that I'm in the tank for the opposition. Just this week in Sound Off the newspaper was excoriated for being "in the pocket" of the GOP. That might come as news to Andy Reilly and Mike Puppio.

But I can admit that there are some times when I do feel a rooting interest in the stories that wind up splashed all over the front pages of the newspaper, as well as finding a permanent home online at DelcoTimes.com.

I'm not an iceberg. I feel for the people involved in these stories. And yes, sometimes I feel bad about what happened to them. I sometimes refer to it as the 'wince factor.' I guess that's as opposed to our newest Philly sports foible. That would be the Wentz Factor.

The 'wince factor' is my reaction when a story first crosses my radar. Sometimes I question the actions. Sometimes I question the facts. And sometimes I just feel bad for the people involved.

That brings me to John Nagl. He was the headmaster of the prestigious Haverford School on the Main Line.

Nagl found himself in the pages of the newspaper, as well as popping up on all the local TV news shows. Let's just say it was not in the best of circumstances. No, this was not a profile on the tremendous things that are done at the private school.

This was a story about a most private incident involving Nagl and his son.

As police laid out the story, Nagl found some pot in his son's backpack and decided to discipline him by taking away his cell phone. The next day Nagl apparently caught his son using the cell phone and a tussle ensued. The son called 911. Nagl was eventually charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

That' how Nagl made the paper. He was placed on leave by the school.

I'm a man. And a father. I am lucky in that my two kids never gave me much in the way of worries, certainly not the hell I routinely put my parents through.

To put in plainly, I felt bad for Nagl.

That's why I was glad to hear the news yesterday that the Delaware County District Attorney's Office is dropping the charges against Nagl.

You can read all the details here.

I hope he gets his job back.

My feelings are not unanimous. Several readers complained that Nagl was getting a break because of his status. I don't see it.

Go ahead. Tell me I'm biased. Again.

I think Nagl had a very private moment that exploded into something very public.

I hope now that everyone can put this behind.
Categories: Pennsylvania

New Open House Listings This Weekend in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 21:18
So where can you find the open houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Here’s a look at the most recent listings...
Categories: Lower Merion

Harriton HS Girls Tennis Headed To States After District Title Win

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:47
The Rams took the reigning champion West Chester Henderson Warriors down 3-2.
Categories: Lower Merion

DA withdraws assault charge on The Haverford School headmaster

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-10-20 15:42
The assault charges that were filed ten days ago against the headmaster of The Haverford School have been withdrawn, according to a statement from the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Computer Coding Academy Comes To The Main Line

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 13:43
BSD Code and Design Academy offers young people lessons in a six-figure skill.
Categories: Lower Merion

Car Overturns In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 12:37
Lower Merion and Narberth crews freed the trapped occupant.
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Lower Merion Police Reminds Public Of Text-To-911 Service

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 11:48
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile plan holders in Montco can use the service.
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