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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 21:06
So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Good idea...
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Cited for 28 Counts of Animal Cruelty in Montgomery County: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 17:20
Animals included seven gerbils, seven chinchillas, six hamsters, six Guinea pigs, one rabbit, and one ferret.
Categories: Lower Merion

gas pipeline road closures in east whiteland to last weeks

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-08-25 16:13

Yes….thank goodness for my sources….here is a new one:


August 25, 2016


Transcontinental Gas Pipeline to Install New Main in East Whiteland Township, Chester County

Yellow Springs Road to Close September 6 to September 19


King of Prussia, PA – The Transcontinental Gas Pipeline will close and detour Yellow Springs Road  between Route 29 and North Valley Road in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, beginning Tuesday, September 6, for the installation of a new gas main, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced. The road will be closed Monday, September 19.


During construction, Yellow Springs Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 29, Swedesford Road and North Valley Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.


Transcontinental Gas Pipeline will complete work under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.


Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow Local PennDOT Information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.


MEDIA CONTACT: Charles Metzger, 610-205-6801


Yes….we get inconvenienced as residents, get threatened with eminent domain and other nasty stuff if as residents we resist the gas companies requesting easements.  Wells get polluted, wildlife threatened (and worse), environment threatened (and worse). And if you look at this from a purely economic perspective, these pipelines are only profitable for companies putting them in – residents get a paltry one time fee. No annual “rent” check, and  these gas companies can trade easements like bubblegum trading cards of our childhood and every new successor gas company that comes in pays affected landowners NOTHING. But hey NONE of this will affect our property values, right? (Sorry being sarcastic because how can this NOT affect property values? Who in their right mind wakes up one day and says “Oh goody let’s put in a gas pipeline for XYZ Gas Company, it will be FUN?!”)

Chester County municipalities just seem to roll over for these companies….leaving residents holding the bag.

(You can read more on pipelines on this blog eastbootroad and in any number of newspapers and websites. Please note the Chester County Community Coalition appears to be defunct. Make sure you check candidates’ donor lists this fall to see who is being supported by big gas and big oil.)

And great news! As per this man’s letter to the editor August 16th, we can put ALL the Chester County pipelines in his back yard, right?


Here is some interesting reading of a few days ago:

HUFFINGTON POST: The Truth about Pipeline Companies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Communities, Senators and Members of Congress Speak Out

On a routine workday in early summer, 2014 — one month before the consortium of gas companies called PennEast, LLC. officially went public to announce their intention to build a 118 mile pipeline to transport fracked gas
from the Marcellus Shale in Western Pennsylvania beneath the Delaware River through farms, wetlands, bedrock and preserved land to a terminus in near Trenton, New Jersey — Susan Dodd Meacham received a phone call
from her daughter.

“My daughter told me that a man had stopped by,” says Dodd Meacham. “He gave her his card and asked if he could look around the property.

(see The Truth about Pipeline Companies)


Michigan Radio: Should pipeline companies be able to use eminent domain for natural gas liquids? By JULIE GRANT AUG 2, 2016

There’s been a big push to build new pipelines to move natural gas from well heads, to the people who need it. If it’s considered in the public interest, pipeline companies can get the power of eminent domain. That allows them to route their lines through people’s land, whether the landowner likes it or not.

But what happens when they’re carrying other products – like propane, butane, or ethane – byproducts of natural gas production?

The quiet hills of eastern Ohio have become a popular spot for oil and gas development. Organic farmer Mick Luber says recent years have brought a compressor station and multiple well sites so close, they wake him up at night…..

Then pipeline companies, like Kinder Morgan, came knocking on Luber’s door.

“They wanted to come right down through this main field, and go up over the top of that hill. There’s a spring right up there. That’s the most fertile part of this farm,” he says.

Another company, Marathon, made a deal with Luber’s neighbor, and is already building a pipeline on the southern border of his 65-acre farm. Shell is also planning a line here.

So when Kinder Morgan showed up, Luber said no – no pipeline, not even a survey. “I told them I didn’t want it,” he says.

Kinder Morgan sued.

One of the main arguments in Luber’s defense: the contents of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline. Not natural gas for home heating, but ethane to make plastics for the Canadian company NOVA Chemicals. Ethane, along with propane, and butane, are known as natural gas liquids……They’re byproducts of natural gas that’s being fracked in the region. Increasingly, landowners are arguing that they shouldn’t have to give up their property rights for companies to transport these liquids to make plastics, especially if they’re being sent to other countries….

“FERC has no authority to regulate natural gas liquids in the United States,” says Rich Raiders, an attorney representing about a dozen Pennsylvania landowners in an eminent domain case brought by Sunoco Logistics. “FERC’s authority is strictly limited to natural gas.”

Raiders says when FERC has authority—as it does for siting typical natural gas pipelines—landowners are part of the routing discussions.

“That’s an all-public, eyes-open discussion,” Raiders says. “Whereas for a natural gas liquids line, that’s between the individual landowner and the pipeline company, and no government entity is involved at all.”

And that means eminent domain issues are getting sorted out by courts….

Sunoco would not agree to an interview for this story. But in an email, the company says the Mariner East project will also provide propane for heating fuel to markets in Pennsylvania. In addition, Sunoco says the pipeline is already considered a utility under a 1930s certification granted by the Public Utility Commission for its original pipeline.

In July, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court agreed with the company’s stance, granting eminent domain power in all 17 counties in the pipeline’s path. Sunoco says it has come to an agreement with the majority of landowners. But some residents are still bringing eminent domain fights to the courts.


We need to STOP the EMINENT DOMAIN.  We work our entire lives to live in our homes, please tell me why we are supposed to just roll over for companies like Sunoco? Yes a semi rhetorical question because of course the answer is we are NOT supposed to. Only our elected officials do not seem to get that in a lot of cases.

Living in a private property rights state like Pennsylvania means jack sh*t when it comes to these pipelines.  Time to stop the whoring in our communities when it comes to pipelines and big gas. Seriously, a simple thing like seeing which candidates accept campaign donations from big gas and big oil can be very illuminating and it creates a simple choice: do you support politicians who do not support and protect you?

Thanks for stopping by.




Categories: Pennsylvania

Man Stole $638K In SEPTA Parts From Depots Around the Region: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 16:10
“The defendant’s actions unfortunately impact all of us who ride SEPTA," said DA Kevin Steele. "This a huge loss for SEPTA."
Categories: Lower Merion

First Bottle of Wine Shipped in Pennsylvania Under New Law

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 15:40
Good news for wine lovers in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rosemont Student Headed To Harvard Earns Scholarship from Dunkin Donuts

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 14:19
Dunkin Donuts has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to students around the region, including several in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Launches Patient Prescription Database To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 12:57
"The opioid epidemic is one of the worst public health crises Pennsylvania has ever seen – but it doesn’t have to stay this way."
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia Police Sergeant Victim of Hit and Run: Reports

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 11:53
A Philadelphia police sergeant was seriously injured when a car struck him and fled the scene early Thursday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 25

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 07:45
The Daily Numbers: 75, age of man tied up during violent home invasion in Chester.

49, age of his daughter who was beaten during the attack.

1st bottle of wine shipped from a local winery directly to a resident, another feature of new state law.

39 permits to sell wine directly to consumers will be approved by the state.

200 businesses applied for the permits.

35,962 foot supermarket coming to the site of the old Pathmark in Ridley.

2 to 4 years in prison for a Marple teen charged in an armed home invasion

50,000 dollar budget each year for the Upper Darby High School drumline. The money is raised by the Upper Darby Band and Parents Organization. The school board is wrestling with the future of the drumline.

150 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled yesterday at the Walnut Street Elementary School in Darby.

28 instances of animal cruelty lodged against a Montco small animal dealer involving gerbils, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs and a rabbit.

40 feet, how far a woman fell from a zip line attraction in Delaware.

4 women who say they have been groped by a man riding a bicycle in Philadelphia.

8 million dollar tax fraud admitted by charter school operator.

247, death toll now in devastating Italian quake.

5-3 win for the Phils over the White Sox.

17th home run for Tommy Joseph.

2 runs on 4 hits for starter Jerad Eickhoff.

2-1 win for the Union over the Crew in MLS action.

6 month suspension for U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo for calling the Swedes “cowards” after losing to them in shootout in Olympics.

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

Josh Norman is begging the Eagles to get in a spitting war after trash talking Birds QB Sam Bradford. The Eagles are smart to ignore him.

I Don’t Get It: Stealing bikes and equipment from the Wounded Warriors? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pa. for allowing direct wine sales to consumers. It’s about time.

Quote Box: “Pennsylvania has been in the stone ages when it comes to liquor.”

- Sen. Tom Killion.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The biggest dilemma in Delco

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 06:45
It's going to take someone a lot smarter than me to figure this one out.

Attention, Solomon, we could use some of your wisdom on this conundrum.

You might say this dilemma is in the pipeline.


No one can argue the potential economic boost the county stands to cash in on should Sunoco get the go-ahead to build its Mariner East 2 pipeline plan.

It could Marcus Hook into the energy hub of the northeastern U.S.

To say nothing of salvaging the entire lower end of the county from the edge of the abyss we all peered into when the refinery business hit the rocks.

Then again, it's pretty easy to see the concern of residents who don't necessarily want a pipeline moving into their neighborhood. We talk about it in today's editorial.

My guess is that this pipeline plan is going to happen. There's too much money involved.

If that's the case, then it's incumbent on our elected officials - and residents - to make sure Sunoco is transparent as possible, and held to the highest safety and inspection standards.

You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Don't fall victim to IRS scam

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 06:33
It's an old scam, but it's back again with a vengeance.

As usual, the targets are senior citizens. This time they aren't getting a knock on the door by someone looking to distract them while a co-conspirator rummages through the house. Nor are the being fleeced by shady contractors looking to rip them off for home repairs such as a new roof or coating the driveway.

In this instance, all they have to do is pick up the phone.

That's when, according to this canard, they encounter a stern voice informing them they are with the IRS and there is a problem with their account.

A recently received a phone call from a perplexed reader who wanted to make sure people - especially senior citizens - are aware of this crank call, and the fact that the IRS NEVER reaches out to you by phone.

She said her mother received not just one call, but several, each one ratcheting up the pressure to divulge details about her account. Luckily, the woman arrived at her mom's house just as she was preparing to hand over important information, such as a Social Security number.

If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. Better yet, inform the caller that you are contacting police about their unscrupulous tactics.

You can also file a complaint with the Treasury through this web page.

Don't be a victim. Let's make sure none of our loved ones falls victim to these shady characters. Pass the word.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Oh, deer!

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 06:06
You've been warned.

The critters are back. Actually, they've proabably never left, but this morning they seemed to be hiding behind every tree and bush.

I am talking, of course, about my early-morning friends, the deer who seem to mock me as I negotiate my car along the roads, always with one eye out for that distinctive glint off their eyes in the distance, the tell-tale sign that another herd lies ahead.

This morning I spotted no fewer than seven or eight deer, including the fellow who stood in the middle of the road wondering why I was intruding on his domain.

Maybe it was that sudden shift to cooler temperatures that brought them out, munching on anything they can reach along the side of the road.

Here's a tip from a veteran deer swerver. If you happen to see a deer dart across the road out in front of you, don't relax and think you've managed to avoid another collision. Hit the brakes and prepare to stop. I can guarantee you several more will be following their pal - and running right in front of you if you don't slow down.

Be careful out there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion School Supplies Available Online For 2016-2017 Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 00:57
Get a jumpstart on your back-to-school shopping with an online app.
Categories: Lower Merion

New to the Market: Home Listings in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 21:46
Looking for a home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 21:32
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
Categories: Lower Merion

'More dining, more shopping, more parking' - Expansion projects for Suburban Square set to begin

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-24 20:57
When it opened in Ardmore in 1928, it was a model for a new kind of American shopping destination.
Categories: Lower Merion

Seven Montco Parents Arrested For Not Paying $119K In Child Support: Sheriff's Office

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 16:34
Seven parents were arrested in overnight raids for not paying child support. The group owed $119,000 in total, officials said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex-Villanova Professor Faces Additional Federal Charges for Child Porn: US Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 15:53
In addition to facing hundreds of child pornography counts from the state, Christopher Haas now faces federal charges, the US Attorney said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Man Had 61 Child Porn Videos, Images On Home Computer: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 13:30
The suspect saved and shared 59 videos and 2 images from his home computer, the Montgomery County District Attorney said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Movie Reviews, Trailers: ‘Don’t Breathe,’ ‘Southside with You,’ and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 12:55
Patch movie critic Beau Behan’s guide to movies with a theatrical release on Aug 26, 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion