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Fire Breaks Out In Norristown Home Amidst Rainstorm

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 21:24
Breaking: crews battled a fire at a home in Norristown during the rainstorm Monday evening.
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Big Weather Changes For PA Begin Now

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 09:56
This week's weather will be very different from last week. Here's why.
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Ardmore Native Jim Vance, Legendary DC Newsman, Dies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 09:51
The longtime reporter spent his formative years in the Philadelphia area.
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Saturday Crash Closes I-476 Shoulder In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 09:24
The right shoulder in 476 north will be closed through the week, PennDOT said.
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Morris Ave. Closing Monday In Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 09:16
The road is closing for a part of Monday between Harriton and Old Gulph roads.
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Which Nearby Homes Have Just Hit The Market?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-07-24 08:06
Your dream home awaits.
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A violent weekend in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-07-24 07:39
It was another rough weekend in the city of Chester.

In a span of about 24 hours, starting Friday night, two men were fatally shot, and an 11-year-old boy sitting inside his house was hit by a stray bullet.

Luckily, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police have made an arrest in one of the fatal shootings, which police now believe stemmed from an argument.

The two shootings mark the 19th and 20th homicides in the city in 2017.

Delaware County has recorded 21 in total. The only other homicide took place in Darby Borough. You can get all the details here.
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When a national story erupts in your back yard

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-07-24 07:31
Every time a huge story breaks out across the region or even nationally, I always caution our staff to watch it closely for any possible links to Delaware County.

You'd be amazed at how often that happens.

So it was a few weeks ago when we were closely following the senseless case of a road-rage shooting nearby in Chester County that snuffed out the life of a promising recent high school graduate.

I could not get my hands around why someone would actually pull out a gun and shoot another driver in traffic. Is that what we have become?

But I have to admit something else was gnawing at me as well. I kept wondering what the chances were that this guy suspected in the shooting - and his now infamous red pickup truck - were from Delaware County?

It didn't take long to find out.

I write about it in this week's Letter From the Editor.
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Phillies' timing just right - for start of football season

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-07-24 07:12
You have to love the Phillies' sense of timing.

Yesterday, led again by budding star Nick Williams, they broke out the bats again and hammered the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3. The win gives the Phils back-to-back series wins for the first time since April.

Just in time for the end of the baseball season.

That's right.

The Eagles start training camp today when quarterbacks, rookies and selected vets report to the Nova Care Center in South Philly.

Maybe Matt Klentak can surface and actually pull a little magic out of his hat as the trade deadline approaches at the end of the week.

He's got plenty of pieces ready to move, including reliever Pat Neshek, who pitched another perfect inning in relief of a solid Jerad Eickhoff. Howie Kendrick had a couple more hits. Jeremy Hellickson no doubt will not be a Phillie by the end of the week. Maybe the biggest intrigue surrounds first baseman Tommy Joseph, who needs to be moved to make room for minor league stud Rhys Hoskins.

In the meantime, the region will flip the switch and become all-Eagles, all the time.

In the meantime, Jack McCaffery says Doug Pederson has the right idea by thinking big.
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history look back: cramond

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2017-07-23 19:32

Enjoy these photos of what we today know as a Goddard School at 95 Crestline Road in Wayne (Strafford). This was Cramond.  My friend Michael Morrison at The Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society gave me special permission to share. I had asked if they had any photos of when this was an active estate.

Cramond is a historic home located in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County. It was a project of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White in the “Classical Revival” style. 

It was built in 1886, and is a  2 1⁄2-story, six-bay half-timbered dwelling sided in clapboard. It has a hipped roof with a pair of hipped dormers and two large brick chimneys.  It has been used as a daycare/educational facility for years at this point.

Click here to check out the application submitted in the 1980s by the Chester County Historical Society in order for the house to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Cramond- Newhall house is also on the 2003 historic resource survey of Tredyffrin Township. However should it be said that even when municipalities perform historic resource surveys it does not mean there are historic preservation ordinances in effect? 

Cramond was built for Pennsylvania Railroad magnate Daniel Newhall. A segue to Mr. Newhall would be one of his daughters.  Marian Newhall Horowitz O’Brien

That is the fun thing about history. You start on one path, and sometimes it ends up taking you some place unexpected!

Ms. Magazine Blog 100 Years Ago, The South Elected Its First Woman Mayor

July 17, 2017 by Erika Waters

In 1916, 33-year-old widow Marian Newhall Horwitz made the difficult decision to leave her affluent Philadelphia life behind and move to frontier Florida. Her husband had planned an agricultural venture there and although he had died suddenly, she intended to continue in his place.

She soon found herself and her young son on a 2000-acre farm in the northern Everglades, near Lake Okeechobee, far from Florida’s burgeoning coastal cities with fashionable tourist hotels and six-story “skyscrapers.” She grew corn, beans, cabbages and especially potatoes, which particularly thrived in the muck there. Only recently had farming started in the region, for this was primarily the land of cattle ranches and Florida cowboys. Barbed wire fences stretched for miles along unpaved, dusty roads, and cattle drives ran right through Okeechobee, the largest city.

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The Memorials of Acadia National Park J. J. O’Brien and His Jesuit Settlement Memorial

In 1952 a summer resident of Seal Harbor, ME named John Joseph O’Brien (1882-1971) mounted a bronze plaque on a granite cliff in his “Sea Bench” estate garden and invited garden tours to visit and enjoy it. The memorial commemorated the first settlement of Europeans on Mount Desert Island, ME and the introduction of Christianity to the island in 1613….O’Brien, a Philadelphian and a University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate (1908), was a journalist, industrialist, entrepreneur and politician from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Upon graduation he entered newspaper work, but he resigned as city editor of the Philadelphia Ledger in 1914 to go to Florida and develop agricultural land. In 1917 in Hillsborough County (Tampa), FL he married Philadelphian Marian Newhall Horwitz (1882-1932), the widow of Philadelphia attorney George Horwitz, and daughter of Daniel Newhall, vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He and Marian lived in Moore Haven on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee. There they formed the Southern Sugar Corp., later reorganized as the U.S. Sugar Corp., the country’s largest producer of cane sugar, and established the town of Clewiston, “America’s Sweetest Town.”

Marian was elected mayor of Moore Haven, a.k.a. “Little Chicago” from its location on Lake Okeechobee, and became the first woman mayor in the South. She also was president of the Moore Haven bank. By 1924 he and Marian had sold their land holdings and left the area. In 1925, while a Palm Beach resident, O’Brien purchased “Guy’s Cliff,” a 6-acre waterfront estate in Bar Harbor that today is the site of the College of the Atlantic’s Kaelber Hall. Marian died in their Grosse Pointe Farms home and is buried with her son and sister in St. David’s Episcopal Church cemetery, Wayne, PA…..

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Brickhouse319 Cramond: Where John Grew Up- A McKim, Mead & White Design in Strafford, PA DECEMBER 21, 2015 ~ SUE

This is the house where John grew up. It’s located about 2 miles from Brick House 319. It was designed by the prominent architect Charles Follen McKim of the influential architectural firm McKim, Mead & White in NYC.

The three architects defined the look of the gilded age in the late 19th century and at the turn of the 20th century; they designed some of the country’s greatest buildings, most were concentrated in New York and New England. They were the most famous and successful American architectural firm of its time. Until 1887, the firm excelled in designing large homes built of shingles in Newport, Rhode Island, Long Island and the Jersey Shore….John’s father who was an attorney, bought the house in 1954 and sold it in 1983. John grew up in the house until the age of 23; he had fun living in such a great, big house.

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$1K In Sunglasses Hidden In Baby Car Seats / 3 Deaths At Local Motel / String Of Shootings In July

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-07-23 13:22
Check out some of the biggest crime stories across the region over the past week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Local Real Estate: Nearby Foreclosures

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-07-23 08:31
Take a look at foreclosures in town.
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Daughter Charged In Mother's Stabbing Death In Perkiomen Township: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-07-22 10:05
The daughter of a woman who was found stabbed to death in her home Friday has been arrested and charged with murder, the DA said.
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I-76 In Lower Merion Affected Nightly Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-07-22 10:00
The road will see restrictions from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. all week starting Sunday, PennDOT said
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EMTs Hospitalized After Carfentanil Exposure / 3 Deaths This Month At Same Motel / New Microbrewery To Open

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-07-22 08:00
Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
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chester county instacart anyone?

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-07-21 17:00

Ahh yes…free delivery on the first order – that gets me to try something at least once every time!

It’s stinking hot out, and as much as I love Wegmans, every location has insane parking lots.  We have house guests coming, so I thought I would splurge.

Their app and online website for Instacart are easy to use.  I went through my order, and when I got to the payment section I learned about something I did NOT know entering into this – they tack on a service fee for someone to do the shopping (which to my knowledge Giant PeaPod and Fresh Direct do not have this separate fee – just tax and delivery.)  That service fee for me was about $18.00. (Yes, ouch)

BUT then it gets confusing.  Although they have this little disclaimer talking about this pays for the people who take care of your order, it does NOT filter down to a tip for your delivery person.

Also, there is a slight price mark-up on every item.  My friend would call this “Missy Mark-Up”. See:

I will admit that this makes me categorize Instacart whether you use it for ACME or Wegmans as being more in the class of Fresh Direct.  I am still thinking the best dollar value in home delivered groceries is Giant Peapod.

Now I will admit it is super nice to know when I want some extra special items for my kitchen, that Instacart is a viable alternative to Fresh Direct.  Fresh Direct used to be awesome, now sometimes it is a bit hit or miss, and for the money you spend it should NOT be.  I hope when and if we get a Whole Foods in Exton that perhaps Instacart will add on a Whole Foods too in more areas.

Instacart is zip code driven.  Depending on where you are depends on where you can order from.  Some areas apparently can get Weavers Way Food Co-op  deliveries.

Pro-tip: you can fine Instacart coupons on sites like Retailmenot and Groupon and so on to bring your costs down a little more – I found a $10 coupon on Retailmenot today.

The food was for the most part bagged in item appropriate grocery bags.  I will note that I ordered a couple of Brie family soft rind cheeses to serve my guests when they are here and the cheeses were not packed so well.  Basically, the cheese was cut and wrapped in simple plastic wrap.  I could smell the cheese as soon as I bought the bags inside from the delivery person – and as soon as I smelled my stinky cheese I felt bad for the delivery woman because I bet her car stank to high heaven from the cheese.

With Instacart you can get a better range of deliveries when compared to Fresh Direct and Giant PeaPod.  With Instacart you can get a delivery within a couple of hours if the time slot is available.  However, as opposed to Giant PeaPod and Fresh Direct which uses refrigerated trucks or at least insulated trucks, Instacart does not.  Your delivery person uses their own vehicle.

Instacart however stays in touch with you as your order is being shopped.  So if something is not available and you indicated a substitution was O.K. they will actually text you your options.  Giant PeaPod and Fresh Direct DO NOT do that – with these two services you do not know you are NOT getting something until the order arrives.

Bottom line: Instacart was a great experience, albeit expensive like Fresh Direct.  Will I use them again? Yes. But how often depends on their pricing structure.  Right now they are in the category of occasional splurge.


DISCLAIMER: I was not paid or compensated in any way by Instacart, Giant PeaPod, or Fresh Direct. These are my own opinions as a customer/consumer.


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Kelly Drive Closing Saturday For Regatta: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-07-21 16:33
Detours will be in place and police said delays will be minimal.
Categories: Lower Merion

Yellowjackets Plague Wissahickon Valley Park Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-07-21 15:54
A maintenance worker was attacked by yellowjackets recently and park goers are warned to avoid that area.
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State Police Search Missing Main Line Woman's Home: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-07-21 14:04
Pennsylvania State Police detectives and forensic experts reportedly served a search warrant on the Malvern home Thursday.
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