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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 8 hours 42 min ago
Check out the top stories that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
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5 Lower Merion Twp. Police Officers Earn New Ranks, Badges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 11 hours 6 min ago
Officers presented badges before township Board of Commissioners Wednesday.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - 16 hours 58 min ago
It's the battle of Wentzylvania.

Yes, those are your 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles who will be taking the field Sunday for another national TV game, this time against cross-state rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. Or, as the Associated Press has dubbed the game, the Keystone Konfrontation.

Go ahead, admit. No one saw this coming.

Carson Wentz has been a revelation in leading the Eagles to two straight victories, albeit over the Browns and Bears, two of the lesser lights of the NFL.

The road gets decidedly bumpier now.

Ben Roethlisberger is the real deal.

And that defense that Wentz will be looking at is stout, especially against the run. The Steelers come into this game with the No. 2 ranked defense in the league against the run.

If the Eagles have a chance, it likely will reside on Wentz's right arm, as opposed to their running back by committee.

That might not be such a bad thing. Wentz has proven more than capable as a field general. That was evident in the very first series against Chicago. Wentz was unfazed by the glare of Monday Night Football, and calmly dissected the Bears with a no-huddle offense on the Birds' first drive. Wentz came to the line, examined the defense, and then adjusted his blocking schemes. He even checked out of plays that looked like they would not work against the Bears' defensive formation. This is stuff some veteran QBs struggle with.

Wentz was doing it in Game 2.

He's also proved extremely accurate, as well as extremely stingy. Wentz has yet to throw an interception.

One troublesome thing Wentz does need to learn - sooner rather than later - is how to either get out of bounds or get down, so as to avoid some of the hellacious hits he's been absorbing.

Is it enough to pull out a win and run the Birds' mark to 3-0. Possible, yes. Likely, no.

The Pick: Make it Steelers 26, Eagles 23. Nobody is perfect. Neither are Doug Pederson and Wentz. Pederson has been just as big a revelation as his rookie QB. The Eagles have looked extremely well-coached on both sides of the ball. But the Steeler just have more talent.

Last Week: It was the second straight eye-opening performance from Wentz. I liked them to rattle Bears' QB Jay Cutler and force a few turnovers. Cutler and the Bears did just that on successive possessions early in the third quarter, pushing the tide to the Eagles. They never looked back. I'm sitting at an equally pretty 2-0 along with the Eagles. One of us is going to remain perfect Sunday at 4:25. My heart says Eagles; my head says Steelers.

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

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)
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Bargain Hunt: Foreclosures Listed for Sale Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-23 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...
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Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-23 21:22
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
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Man Repeatedly Steals Local Trump Campaign Signs

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-23 11:26
"Make America great again by helping us get (the suspect) identified," police said regarding the Trump sign thief.
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Philly Native Develops Windshield-Sized Parking Ticket

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-23 11:12
The windshield-sized parking ticket would "revolutionize" the way parking is enforced, according to the creator.
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Woman Airlifted After 5-Vehicle Crash On I-476

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-23 10:23
Responders mechanically extracted the driver, who was airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Hospital.
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Dranoff project: BOC OK's 7 a.m. start time; LM Commissioners reserve the right to rescind

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-09-23 09:57
In the hopes of speeding up the work on the upcoming One Ardmore Place project for the Cricket Lot, Lower Merion Board of Commissioners approved a final motion to allow the requested waiver of the township’s noise ordinance for a 7 a.m. rather than 8 a.m. start time.
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An apology to our readers

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-23 07:14
There is a belief by a lot of people who live in this county and read this newspaper that the Daily Times is inherently biased in its political coverage.

We are members of the liberal elite, and take every opportunity to lift the Democratic Party and downgrade their GOP foes.

In short, they believe we stack the deck against them, that we blatantly favor the Dems and their liberal positions.

We gave them every reason to believe exactly that this morning.

Readers might have noticed something odd about our print coverage of the Donald Trump rally held at the Sun Center in Chester Township last night.

We featured Trump as he strolled onto the Sun Center stage before a packed house of 5,000 supporters. We used the headline, "He's Back," to signify this was his second foray into Delaware County in a little more than a week, underscoring just how important the Philly suburbs are in the presidential derby.

So far, so good.

But readers might have noticed something odd once they turned to our coverage of the event inside on Pages 4-5.

We had planned two stories, one covering Trump and his speech, and another on the inevitable protest by Dem supporters outside.

Unfortunately, only one of them got into the print edition.

Guess which one?

Because of a communication problem (imagine that, people in the communications industry failing to communicate), the story on Trump's speech did not run in print.

I wish I could give you a good reason why it did not. I can't. We simply fouled up.

It is posted on our website. You can read it here. It will run in print in tomorrow's edition.

I know that people are going to believe we actually planned it this way, that we deliberately decided to focus on the Democrats and the protesters outside while giving short shrift to Trump and the 5,000 supporters who showed up to hear what he had to say.

I've already talked to one longtime GOP official in the county who read me a text he received from a friend that indicated exactly that. He suggested it was classic Daily Times and their liberal bent, only taken to extremes.

I listened carefully to what he said. And I then I offered this explanation. There is none. We made a mistake. That falls on me. This notion of our "bias" against Republicans is something I've dealt with in every election since I became editor of this newspaper 17 years ago. It's something I guard against zealously. Some days I feel like Sisyphus, from Greek mythology, pushing a boulder up a hill only to see it roll right back down to the bottom, leaving me to start all over again.

This morning I'm back at the bottom of the hill. Through no one's fault other than my own. I'll field the calls. I'll take the hit. But I want people to know - for the millionth time - how hard I struggle to avoid exactly the appearance we gave to our readers today.

For that, those who see it as validation of their belief when it comes to the Daily Times our faults no doubt are enraged at what they are reading in print this morning.

I can't say I blame them.

I can, however, apologize, and strive to start pushing that rock back up the hill again. I
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Our salute to a champion

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-23 06:50
Tavia Isaac is a champion.

For lots of reasons.

We talk about a few of them on today's editorial page.

Nothing good in the city of Chester?

We beg to differ?

You probably have never met Tavia.

Read our editorial salute to a champion here.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Sept. 23

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-23 06:45
The Daily Numbers: 5,000 supporters who packed the Sun Center in Chester Township Thursday night to hear speech by Donald Trump.

32, age of Natasha Gibson, brutally stabbed to death in Yeadon.

35, age of Mark Epps, person of interest police are seeking in the case.

5 hours, how long the northbound lanes of the Blue Route above Villanova were closed overnight by a bad accident.

1st day of Autumn. Raise your hand if you miss summer already.

5 years in jail for Aldan man on tax fraud rap

21 percent dip in SEPTA regional rail ridership in July.

10 percent decline in August from last year.

107,000 daily riders, 14.8 percent fewer than their normal ridership.

120 railcars that were sidelined by structural defect.

7 million dollars less in revenue.

500 million Yahoo accounts that were hacked.

3rd night of protests stayed peaceful in Charlotte.

2 late leads blown by Phils in falling to the Mets in 11 innings.

3 run homer by Astrubal Cabrera that erased lead and led to walkoff win for Mets.

27 players used by the Mets, including 10 pitchers.

4 hours, 23 minutes, how long it took to play this one

4:25 kickoff Sunday for clash between Eagles and Steelers.

2-0 records being sported by both teams.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Let’s just call Sunday’s Eagles clash the Battle of Wentzylvania.

I Don’t Get It: Looting. Just never got it, never will. What does that accomplish?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who peaceably assembled on both sides of the political spectrum Thursday night for the Trump rally at the Sun Center in Chester Township.

Quote Box: ““We are here to see our next president.”

-Parkside resident Ronnie Klekota at the Trump rally.
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Keystone Konfrontation

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-23 06:45
Credit where credit is due.

This is how the Associated Press characterized Sunday's clash between two undefeated teams, both of which just happen to reside in Pennsylvania:

Keystone Konfrontation.

I like it. It's the lead on their roundup of this weekend's games.

OK, now raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Thought so.

I certainly didn't expect this. Not with a rookie head coach. Not with a rookie QB with just one year of college football at North Dakota State on his resume. Not with a signal caller who saw one quarter of action in the preseason before taking a spot on the sidelines with cracked ribs. Not with a guy who was not expected to play at all this year until Teddy Bridgewater's knee exploded, touching off a series of dominoes that resulted in Carson Wentz being installed as the Eagles starting quarterback.

Wentz has been all that and a bag of chips.

He's literally the biggest story in the NFL right now.

But let's face it, he has not exactly been facing Lawrence Taylor out there. The Eagles have beaten a bad Browns team and a mediocre Bears squad.

Things get decidedly tougher Sunday when Mike Tomlin brings Ben Roethlisberger and his equally undefeated Steelers to the Linc for a 4:25 national TV game.

From what I've seen so far, I don't really expect Wentz to be fazed by the hoopla. He stared down the bright lights of Monday Night Football without blinking.

But can he and the Eagles knock the Steelers from the unbeaten ranks while pushing their own record to a hard-to-believe 3-0? For that you'll have to check back tomorrow for the Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick!
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carribean blue in chesco?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-09-22 21:35

A view of the new construction on the quarry at Atwater recently. Somehow I don’t think just the fact limestone was quarried there makes that water that particular Caribbean blue in Chester County?

Also do not think this is what Enya meant either….

Sure makes you wonder….

In a similarly colored water area in England, the Daily Mail referred to that “disused quarry”  (also limestone) as “The Poison Blue Lagoon”

They call it the Blue Lagoon, and people come from far and wide to cool off in its clear waters.

Yet the flooded former quarry is so polluted that its contents are almost as toxic as bleach.

Signs close to the shoreline warn that not only is the water known to contain abandoned cars, dead animals and human waste, but it has a pH level of 11.3 – compared with 12.6 for bleach and 11.5 for ammonia.

They state how the water is toxic enough to cause ‘skin and eye irritations, stomach problems and fungal infections’.


Ick ick ick….I wonder….Is it a similar situation at Atwater?  It is undoubtedly given the dirty toxic past of that area and surrounding area like Bishop Tube not just limestone sludge in that water and shouldn’t that be considered especially given the volume of development and density going in over there? After all, it’s not like there is substantial fencing separating the old quarry from new Tyvec wrapped plastic villages and what not over there are there? And wasn’t there a junk yard near by too?

Experts say quarries can be more dangerous than other bodies of water.  For all sorts of reasons.

It looks but is not quite Caribbean Blue. Just food for thought.  Who actually owns the quarry in East Whiteland you can see from Atwater, etc?

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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 21:30
So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Good idea...
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Man Shot During Home Invasion In Norristown, Suspect At-Large: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 17:09
A 30-year-old man was shot during a home invasion in Norristown just after midnight Thursday, police said. The suspect is at-large.
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26th Annual Harriton Plantation Fair Saturday In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 16:43
Experience days of yore with Bluegrass tunes, blacksmiths, antique sales, and more this weekend.
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Fall is Here! Tis the Season For Promoting Local Events on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 15:34
Want to recruit volunteers for a charity-haunted house or pack a school fundraiser? Look no further than the Patch Events Calendar.
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Fall is Here! Tis the Season For Promoting Local Events

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 15:34
Want to recruit volunteers for a charity-haunted house or pack a school fundraiser? Look no further than the Patch Events Calendar.
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LETTER: MCCC's Weapons Ban Puts School In Danger

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-09-22 13:02
Do you agree with Montgomery County Community College's decision to ban all weapons from campus?
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