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Best High Schools/Chester County Shooting/West Nile/RIP Chocolate Thunder

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 6 hours 47 min ago
Catch up on recent news in Eastern Pennsylvania, including high school rankings, a Chester County shooting and the death of a hoops legend
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford police investigating multiple home burglaries

Main Line Times - 8 hours 3 min ago
Haverford police are diligently patrolling township neighborhoods this week after multiple homes were found broken into, most recently in the Llanerch section of the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

Try your hand at 'Wall d'Art' in Ardmore Sept. 12

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-08-28 21:12
Sherry Tillman, founder of First Friday Main Line, is building on her new concept of providing interactive art events for the community – literally.
Categories: Lower Merion

Little League World Series 2015: Pennsylvania's 352 v. Texas' 100,000

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-28 20:03
On Saturday afternoon, a little league team from the rural country below Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River will take on Goliath.
Categories: Lower Merion

Try your hand at 'Wall d'Art' in Ardmore Sept. 12

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-08-28 17:18
Sherry Tillman, founder of First Friday Main Line, is building on her new concept of providing interactive art events for the community – literally.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Ambulance to have motorcycle ambulance for papal visit

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-08-28 15:56
Ardmore >> Even though some roads will be closed and the area might face horrific traffic gridlock because of Pope Francis’ planned visit, Lower Merion and Narberth residents calling 911 for an ambulance will not face delays in care.
Categories: Lower Merion

Di Bruno Bros "Cheesemonger" To Present Cheese Class

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-28 14:44
Tommy Amorim is coming to the Ardmore Farmers Market to teach all about cheese
Categories: Lower Merion

Final Bryn Mawr Farmers Market of August is Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:44
Summer and fall produce, side by side, headed to market this weekend
Categories: Lower Merion

New Push to Legalize and Regulate UberX Statewide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:43
Bill introduced that would allow UberX to operate in Philadelphia
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 28

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:37
The Daily Numbers: 50,000 tickets for the regional rails for Saturday, Sept. 26 for pope visit.

60,000 tickets sold for Sunday.

175,000 tickets SEPTA had planned to sell for both days.

200,000 tickets still available.

600 Pa. National Guard troops being sought by Montgomery County for help with traffic and security for the pope weekend.

0, how much teachers and staff will be getting paid in Chester Upland School District. The ailing district says it does not have the money to make its payroll.

300 teachers and staff who say they will be on the job to open the schools anyhow.

2.8 million dollars awarded in a malpractice case against Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

2, as in Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline, which has now drawn fire in the form of a civil action by the Clean Air Council.

14 incidents of thefts from cars being reported in Nether Providence. Police are urging residents to lock their cars.

30 million dollars in grants, loans incorrectly handled by Cheyney University, according to state audit.

111 times that a New Jersey teacher was late for work. He’ll still get to keep his job.

58, age of former Sixer Darryl Dawkins, better known as ‘Chocolate Thunder.’ He died yesterday of heart failure.

14 seasons Dawkins spent in the NBA.

12 points, 6.1 rebounds in 726 NBA games in Dawkins’ career.

2 backboards that exploded under the fury of his slam dunks.

5-0 lead for the Phillies that disappeared in a 9-5 loss to the Mets.

4-game sweep for the Metropolitans.

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

RIP, Darryl Dawkins. The original rim rattler.

I Don’t Get It: What happened to all those people mobbing the regional rails for the visit by Pope Francis. SEPTA yesterday said they still had 200,000 tickets available.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to teachers and staff in Chester Upland, who yesterday indicated they would still report and open the schools, even though the district doesn’t hae the money to pay them.

Quote Box: “This kind of commitment goes beyond what we ever want to ask of our staff, but as we continue to explore every possible legislative, fiscal and legal avenue to secure funds, their sacrifice is much appreciated.”

- Chester Upland Receiver Francis Barnes, on word that teachers would report to work without pay.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Sales of papal regional rail passes not exactly heavenly

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:53
What if they gave a papal Mass and nobody came?

Well, I don't think that's going to happen. Still, I have to admit I was startled at yesterday's update from SEPTA, in particular the numbers when it comes to sales of those special regional rail passes for the weekend of the visit by Pope Francis in late September. Remember, you can't use the system without one of the special passes, and only certain stations will be operating on the routes, which will funnel folks from the suburbs downtown.

For months the drumbeat was of massive throngs descending on those 18 stations, including Primos Station which is basically in our backyard here at the Daily Times.

Now, I'm not so sure.

SEPTA yesterday said they had sold only about 50,000 passes for Saturday, and maybe 60,000 for Sunday. Yes, those are double and triple the usual weekend regional rail ridership. But it's nowhere near what SEPTA expected. The transit agency put 175,000 passes on sale for each day.

Officials indicated as many as 10,000 people could descend on beautiful downtown Primos to get on those early-morning trains on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27.

But SEPTA now has more than 200,000 passes on their hands, and they're hoping sales pick up.

That's probably why this week the tone of the officials in the city and the World Meeting of Families has changed. There is less talk of commuting snags, a traffic box, logistics and long walks to venues. In its place there is the 'Francis Festival Grounds.' And a huge push to get people excited about the papal visit.

It was expected that 1.5 million people or more would descend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday for Pope Francis' outdoor Mass.

So I ask you, are you taking the 'over' or 'under' on that number.

Based on sales of those regional rail passes, I'm leaning toward the under.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Some thoughts on the graphic world we live in

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:31
I used our editorial page today to talk about the insidious nature of what happened when a madman decided to execute a television reporter and her cameraman on live TV.

And also what he did after this despicable act.

It has serious ramifications for those of us who toil in this business.

Those are the kinds of decision I make every day.

I'd be interested if you agree.

It's on our editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The coolest nickname in sports: RIP, 'Chocolate Thunder'

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:24
There have been lots of cool nicknames in sports.

But there was only one "Chocolate Thunder."

It's still hard to believe that the man-child, Darryl Dawkins, is gone.

The Sixers' great died Thursday at the age of 58.

Yes, Darryl Dawkins was 58.

I know, it's hard to believe.

That's because this ever-smiling giant of a man always carried with him a child's smile.

Dawkins entered the game literally as a child, the first player in NBA history to go from high school to the pros.

Dawkins will forever be known for his ferocious dunks, which earned him that all-time moniker, "Chocolate Thunder." I can still remember watching the first time one of those fiberglass backboards shattered under the fury of a Dawkins' dunk.

Dawkins spent 14 seasons in the NBA, the bulk of them with the Sixers, along with stops in New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 games.

But those numbers aren't what he will be remembered for, not that they're not respectable numbers.

Actually, in recent years, through his work with the Sixers, Dawkins became that most unlikely of sports characters, a truly decent and likeable guy.

As I approach 60, it's hard for me to fathom that "Chocolate Thunder" is gone at 58.

Columnist Jack McCaffery offers an appreciation of a most special Philadelphia athlete.
Categories: Pennsylvania

brandywine in white

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:24

This has been the summer of old school fabulous summer parties. The summer began with Natural Lands Trust’s Stardust 2015 at Stroud Preserve and last Saturday it was capped off by the simply brilliant Brandywine in White at Chadds Peak Farm.

Until this summer I thought the time of gracious and beautiful and FUN summer parties were the stuff memories of the past were made of.  Not so! Brandywine in White was so sublimely civilized, we can’t wait for next year!

As opposed to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia this is a more bucolic and intimate setting of about 200 people as opposed to the 4500 in Philadelphia.

Brandywine in White reminds me of summer picnic dinners in England and Europe. It was just so lovely.

A bunch of us purchased a table and a service table for our food and libations. As opposed to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, at Brandywine in White you rent your table and chairs and you can also rent service tables. The tables come with white chairs and the tables have plain white tablecloths.  The guests bring additional white everything and food and wine. In the true en blanc tradition, guests wear all white, but at Brandwine in White you saw more ladylike and beautiful summer hats versus citified high fashion fascinators. I have to be honest I preferred the summer hats.

Guests traveled down an dirt road/driveway off the main road and as the trees parted to our right were beautiful fields and tables and people all in white.  We were greeted at the entrance and checked in, and were pointed in the direction of a second event hostess who provided us with our table location.

The tables were set up like a giant rectangle, but there was space in between each table for people to be able to move with ease.  Down the center were white poles supporting clear white lights all over the party area.

We set up next to a wonderful group of people and ended up trading some of our cheeses from iGourmet.com for some of their goodies including mushroom pinwheels. We served some luscious white wines and delightful French Rosé Wines with our picnic supper.

We knew know on other than our table and we soon met many people we enjoyed so much.  Brandywine in White guests floated from table to table visiting, snapping photos, and checking out the other white themed tablescapes.  We were “vintage en blanc“.


There was croquet and there was also dancing – and the disc jockey was the best one I had heard in years. no electric slide and overt personal commentary. He just played great music and lots of it!

We are already planning ahead to next year!

Brandywine in White was amazing and they gave donations after expenses to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington which really needs a hand up right now.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Movie Review: "Mistress America"

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:41
Greta Gerwig shines in Noah Baumbach's latest, which pivots for the better about halfway through
Categories: Lower Merion

A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-08-27 12:53
The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Pennsylvania Online Voter Registration Website is Live

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 12:24
Voters can now register simply through the web
Categories: Lower Merion

UPDATED: Narberth considering new 'director of civic technology' position

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 11:13
Note:  This story has been updated to include a link to a full description of the proposed new position.  Included in the description is a starting salary range.
Categories: Lower Merion

McClain out of running for Ward 2 special election in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 10:00
GLADWYNE >> The special election for the Ward 2 seat on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners will not take place until Nov. 3, but the recently announced entry into the race of an Independent candidate has already had an effect.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr college professor author of One Book One Lower Merion book

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:58
In its 12th edition, the Lower Merion Library System’s One Book One Lower Merion program is trying something new.
Categories: Lower Merion