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Montco's Josh Shapiro Sworn in As PA Attorney General, Vows to Bring Back Integrity

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 14:34
Former Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro was officially sworn in as the PA Attorney General, and vowed to bring integrity back to the office.
Categories: Lower Merion

LETTER: Trump Doesn't Understand the Power He Now Has

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 13:03
"Trump clearly does not understand the power of the Presidency and its awesome responsibility."
Categories: Lower Merion

The Death and Rebirth of the Schuylkill River

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 13:00
The Conhohocken Brewing Company and Five Saints Distilling will be on hand at this unique historical program all about the Schuylkill River.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA Gets Extension On ID Law That Would Make Licenses Not Valid For Air Travel

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 11:46
By 2018, if the issue isn't fixed, your Pennsylvania license won't be valid identification for air travel.
Categories: Lower Merion

Court Says Firearms Can Be Carried In Lower Merion Parks, Report Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 11:39
Do you think the public should be able to carry firearms in township parks and recreation areas?
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City Avenue In Lower Merion To Have Lane Restrictions Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 10:54
Patch has all the details you need to avoid being stuck in traffic next week.
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Main Line Chinese Restaurant Offering Chinese New Year Special Menu Jan. 26 to Feb. 25

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-01-19 09:26
Celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster with a seven-course banquet at a Main Line favorite.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 19

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-19 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 24 to 48 years in prison for Shannon Matthews in murder of 2-year-old Mason Hunt.

1 year less a day and immediate parole for her boyfriend, Daniel Grafton.

3 years probation and 300 hours of community service for him as well.

227-198 vote last week in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Delco Rep. Pat Meehan joining Republicans in pushing for repeal.

900 dollar deductibles that are now increasing to $1,500 before insurance kicks in, according to Meehan.

13 ACA programs in Pa. at one point. Meehan now says those have dwindled to just 8.

79, age of Clifton Heights man who had guilty verdict against him in child sex abuse case vacated.

5 Chester officers promoted to rank of detective.

8 cadets from Philadelphia Academy will be joining city patrols.

182 deaths in the county linked to opioid abuse.

94 heroin-related deaths.

121 heroin/fentanyl related deaths.

28 deaths in which the case is still pending but could be linked to opioids.

3.2 billion dollars in revenue at Pa. casinos in 2016.

1.25 percent boost from the casinos’ take in 2015.

4.30 percent dip in table game revenue at Harrah’s for the year.

16.53 percent plunge in table games play in December.

65,296,774 dollars taken in via slots at Harrah’s in 2016. That’s down from $68,233,315 in 2015.

12 percent gain in table games play at Parx in Bucks County.

22.95 percent increase shown at Sugar House in Philly.

230,151,256 dollars in table games at Sands Bethlehem, tops in revenue in the state.

2nd location opening for popular Upper Darby pizza joint Pica’s. They are opening restaurant on West Chester Pike in West Goshen.

7 wins in 9 games for the Sixers.

94-89 win last night over first-place Raptors.

26 points for Joel Embiid

3 new members of Baseball Hall of Fame: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez.

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

Another day, another win for the Sixers, this time knocking off the best team in the Atlantic Division.

I Don’t Get It: Still mourning the death of little Mason Hunt. His mother was sentenced to a long prison term in connection with his murder.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pat Meehan for offering his rationale for making changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Quote Box: “I wake up on the mornings that I can sleep with a heartache that no medication can take away. I have a hole in my heart that will never heal.”

- Paul Hunt, father of Mason Hunt, at sentencing of the boy’s mother in connection with his death.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Meehan: Think 'rescue & repair' for Affordable Care Act

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-19 06:43
Rep. Pat Meehan has heard you.

The Delaware County congressman was the target of more than 150 protesters Sunday who took to the streets outside his district office in Springfield to voice their displeasure with his vote in the House to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Yesterday Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, was doing an event in Upper Darby to talk to senior citizens about Medicare eligibility - and he used the occasion to address the protests - and where he stands on Obamacare.

Meehan is no stranger to the opposition to the new federal health care program. He has often voiced his displeasure with several parts of the plan. But he stressed Wednesday that the latest repeal push is only part of a process, and it is his hope that several key parts of the program will remain.

In particular, he noted that he supports the measure allowing dependent children to stay on their parents' coverage until age 26, and also assurances for people with pre-existing conditions.

"It's an authorization. It allows us to begin the process," Meehan stated of his vote in joining Republicans in the 227-198 push to repeal Obamacare last week. "It changes nothing unto itself but it allows the committees the begin the process of looking at what I call the rescue and repair of the issues that have been affected from the Affordable Care Act."

He also stressed that the escalating costs of the program have to be addressed.

Meehan said deductibles have increased in some cases from $900 to $1,500 annually before the insurance kicks in. He also lamented that more and more insurers are getting out of the program. At one point there were 13 ACA programs in Pennsylvania; now there will only be eight, according to the congressman.

So it's not repeal and replace.

Think rescue and repair.

You can read the full story here.
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Taming the social media beast

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-19 05:53
Call it the dinosaur in me.

I am becoming increasingly distrustful of technology and social media.

This has nothing to do with "Fake News."

It has everything to do with "Too Much Information."

In short, I think we're all overloaded. We're all plugged in entirely too much. We all feel free to divulge even our most private thoughts, thinking that people are interested in these intimate details.

Hey, it worked for the Kardashians.

And Donald Trump rode this "reality" train all the way to the White House.

In less lives, such as mine and a lot of other people, it can be a bit more problematic.

I think Antonio Brown might understand.

The star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers apparently was not content to bask in the glow of last weekend's big divisional playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Instead - of course - he took to social media and used Facebook live to literally broadcast live the Steelers' post-game locker room celebration.

In doing so he fractured a long-held sports maxim: what happens in the locker room, stays in the locker room.

He also did something else once considered a 'No-No' in sports: He provided billboard material for this weekend's opponent, Bill Belechick and the New England Patriots. That's because Brown's insistence on being a social media star broadcast to the world some less than complimentary comments about the Pats made by none other than his head coach, Mike Tomlin.

As you might imagine, Tomlin was less than pleased.

Wednesday, Brown apologized.

Yeah, right. Until the next time.

To be honest, I know how he feels. I know how easy it is to think that you are the center of the universe, that you - and what you have to say - are important.

Social media is a big part of my job these days. For the most part, I spend inordinate amounts of time every day posting material on Twitter and Facebook, sharing both personal and business items.

I would be lying to you if I said I did not post things that I later regretted.

It is now part of what I do every day. And it's one I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable with.

I know, that's my problem. Not yours.

But I think we will continue to see instances like the one Antonio Brown found himself snarled in this week pop up more and more often.

As a person who edits material every day, I can tell you every writer, every person who puts information out to the general public, needs a good editor. They are the writer's best friend - another set of eyes. Not just to catch the more than occasional typo that can ruin a good piece. But to operate as a filter, someone who might question what you are about to lay bare before the rest of the world.

The problem with social media is that in all too many instances, there are no editors. Everyone with a phone, tablet or laptop is a publisher.

That's a powerful title.

I know. I perform those dual duties almost every morning.

Today, too often not much of anything that happens in any of our live stays private. We have social media to blame for much of that, and what I will simply refer to as the 'Kardashian' effect.

Starting tomorrow, the nation will be led by a commander-in-chief whose preferred method of communication comes in burst of 140 characters.

Yes, the Donald is a Twitter master.

But I wish every once in awhile he would take a deep breath before hitting that send button.

The same breath I sometimes wish I had employed before firing off that email, before posting on Facebook.

Look for less of me online in the near future.

And feel free to do likewise if you feel the same way.

The world will continue to spin, even if the 'spin' on social media declines.

At least I think it will.
Categories: Pennsylvania

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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 20:41
Patch brings you newly listed homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 20:31
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
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unexpected loss: r.i.p. al terrell

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-01-18 19:20

I took this photo of Al Terrell this fall

I do not even really know how to begin this post.  I am so sad, I am in shock.  Al Terrell my friend who made the clean up of Ebenezer AME on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer possible has died quite suddenly.

I knew in November when we were getting ready for the special ceremony at Ebenezer that Al was not feeling well.  We talked about it.  When I saw him at the ceremony he was so happy it was happening but I saw this stillness about him . And I could tell he felt poorly and it bothered me.

Al at the ceremony this past fall right next to our soldier Joshua’s grave

After the ceremony we swapped emails, text messages and one or two phone calls.  Christmas and beyond it was just text messages.  He still did not feel well and wasn’t sleeping.  At that point he made me promise to not give up on Ebenezer in case something was really wrong with him.  I promised.

And oddly he had been on my mind because a couple of people had asked me if I heard from him.

One of the things we last spoke of was his disappointment in the AME Church not responding to him further about what he wanted to see happen at Ebenezer.  I had a licensed structural engineer look at Ebenezer.  The long story short on that is the long walls are showing signs of bowing and need to be shored up to save what is left of the church ruin.  In order to do a more comprehensive engineering report, the walls would have to be shored up and the center of the ruin hand cleared of debris.  If properly stabilized, the church could be saved as a ruin, and possibly restored if money was no option.   But for that the AME Church as landowner would have to give permission for any of this.  They never replied to him. SHame on them for doing that to him. He never asked them for a cent.

We were also trying to get someone with special radar equipment into the graveyard to properly map the graves once and for all.  I won’t give up on that and I hope Dr. Watson at Immaculata will help me with that.

Clean up this fall

I won’t give up on Ebenezer but I am so sad that this is the second friend I have made because of this sacred place who has gone home to God.  Maybe somewhere in heaven Al will meet up with Ann Christie and they will talk about Ebenezer.

Al and I became friends only in 2016.  He had contacted me initially  to tell me he would get Ebenezer cleaned up.  AT first I was like “yeah, ok” because I was so disappointed in mankind and AME church professionals and leaders in particular who had led me on a merry chase about saving and cleaning up Ebenezer for a few years at that point.

But Al just stayed in touch and slowly things began to happen.  Throughout the summer and into the fall of 2016, Al was often my first message in the morning or before I went to sleep about Ebenezer.

Al and I used to visit the same soldier before Ebenezer got too overgrown.  We shared Joshua Johnson.

Al had this quiet doing about him, he just persisted until things happened.  Every new grave uncovered, or progress made by the Willistown Scouts he texted me about. Al restored my faith in humankind.  Sounds kind of silly or even trite to my ears, but it is true. He was just a decent, nice, and caring man.  He had a deep faith about him.

Myself and the other ladies of Ebenezer as I call them will miss him terribly.  They do not make people with such honor and godliness and human kindness like Al anymore.

After Luke Phayre the Eagle Scout’s mom Kathy called me this afternoon it was like someone had punched me in the stomach.  Al was someone I knew such a short time. But he made an impact.  He mattered.

To Al Terrell’s widow and family, my deepest condolences.  Heaven truly has another angel.  Selfishly, I wished  heaven did not.  Al and I had clean up plans for the spring already.

Al Terrell with reporter Adam Farence of the Daily Local in November.

Kathy Phayre and I would like to keep this going for Al Terrell.  There is the page on Facebook Save the Ruins and Cemetery of Ebenezer AME Church Frazer PA   @saveebenezeramefrazerpa – when winter turns to spring we will need volunteers.

Al Terrell you were one of a kind.  I feel blessed having known you even a short while. You were a good man.  Whenever I visit Joshua I will think of you. You will be missed. I will miss your text messages with photos of what was uncovered at Ebenezer and even your unabashed joy when people in the area just stopped by Ebenezer to pay their respects.

Everyone, I wish I could write more or be more eloquent.  I am just so truly sad at this moment.

Here is Al’s death notice and the service is this coming Saturday, January 21 at Saints Philip and James in Exton. The viewing starts at 9:30 am:

Al Terrell  May 2, 1945 – January 15, 2017 (Age 71)

 TERRELL Al, age 71, of Malvern and Cape May Point, NJ, died on January 15, 2017. Survived by his wife, Darryl (Waller); his children; Lana, Andrew (Jessica) and Joseph Terrell and his grandchildren; Ella and Sophia. Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Saturday, 9:30-10:45 AM followed by his Funeral Mass at 11 AM at Sts. Philip and James Church, 723 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Willistown Boy Scout Troop 78, 2 Mill Rd., Malvern, PA 19355 or Triangle Park, P.O. Box 74, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 would be appreciated.

 Here is a tribute that came in from Kimberly Boddy a friend of mine (and grand daughter of the late and beloved Chester County Artist, Lee Carter):

There are no words that can possible alleviate the shock and heartache that Mr. Terrell’s family, friends and associates are feeling at this moment in time. 

We know God has spoken and we are left to say Amen, while simultaneously asking ourselves, WHY. You are right Mr. Terrell was a special soul who touched the hearts of those who were blessed to meet him. I agree that we must carry one the Restoration of Ebenezer in honor of Mr. Terrell.

We can take solace in the fact that he did indeed honor the Civil War Colored Troops buried at Ebenezer in spite of the run around he received from the A.M.E Church, District and Local Leaders.

Mr. Terrell did not have historical amnesia or seek notoriety or financial gains. His only desire was to honored those that came before him in the most respectful way and even when he received no response, support or acknowledgement from the landowners he still honored those souls interred at Ebenezer. 

And here are the articles about Ebenezer:

A savior in a VW Beetle comes to historic church’s rescue

Updated: OCTOBER 16, 2016 — 5:34 AM EDT

by Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer The crumbling, one-room house of worship and its toppled gravestones had been all but hidden behind a towering wall of weeds for years when Alvin Terrell drove up in his yellow VW Beetle this summer and vowed, “No more.” The semiretired data analyst/kindergarten teacher had long lived right down the road from the abandoned Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in East Whiteland Township, a congregation founded in 1832 for freed slaves and indentured servants. Once, nearly 20 years ago, he and his teenage son even helped clear away brush as part of an Eagle Scout project. But without someone to continually care for the property, he said, “Mother Nature took it back.” Now, the 71-year-old Terrell is pledging to reclaim it, to restore the Chester County church to some semblance of its former sacred self. “I just feel like the people buried here deserved better,” said Terrell, who plans to help create a nonprofit whose first charitable act will be the rebuilding of Ebenezer, abandoned since the early 1900s. “This is history.”

Ceremony honors Civil War veterans interred at East Whiteland graveyard

By Adam Farence, Daily Local News

POSTED: 11/19/16, 7:11 PM EST

EAST WHITELAND >> During a humble autumn afternoon, a small ceremony paid homage to a long since abandoned graveyard housing African-American Civil War veterans, and others whose names have been lost to time and erosion.

For Bruce Reason and Al Terrell, the sight of the cleaned up Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery on Saturday was a welcome one…

The person who came along and led the clean-up effort was Henderson High School sophomore Luke Phayre.

Phayre, a member of the Willistown Boy Scout Troop 78, had been looking for a project to complete so he could become an Eagle Scout.

And Terrell, himself a former assistant scoutmaster working on rejoining the troop, suggested to Phayre that he clean up the graveyard as his own son, Andrew did almost two decades earlier.

 


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Trader Joe's Releases 8th Annual Customer's Choice Award Picks

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 16:30
Find out if your favorites made the list.
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes For Sale In Ardmore, Merion, Wynnewood, And Nearby: Main Line Real Estate Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 14:53
Looking for a new house? Or just looking? Either way, you'll find the best properties on the market in Patch's houses-for-sale listings.
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Lower Merion Citizen's Police Academy Begins In March

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 13:37
Sign up now, as space is limited to 15 participants.
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Lower Merion SD Kindergarten, First Grade Registration Opens Soon

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 13:02
Make sure you don't miss these important dates so your little ones can attend school this year.
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World's Best Pickleball Players to Compete in Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 12:38
Some of the world's greatest pickleball players will be in Montgomery County for the charitable event, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand.
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LETTER: Right to Try Act Gives Terminal PA Patients Hope

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-18 11:43
"Since PA did not have Right To Try laws, (my mom) received experimental treatments elsewhere. She outlived her prognosis by 12 years."
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