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Pa. Supreme Court upholds Commonwealth Court decision on One Ardmore Place development

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-05-25 23:15
Ardmore Initiative announced that “we have just learned that the Pa Supreme Court upheld the Commonwealth Court decision regarding the Cricket Ave. One Ardmore Place development.”
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Lower Merion Police, Women's Center Partnership Recognized

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 16:03
Cops have worked with the nonprofit on several vital domestic violence prevention programs.
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Fish For Free Day Is Sunday Across Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 15:11
Get out this weekend and fish, no license required, during the first Fish For Free Day of the 2016 season.
Categories: Lower Merion

Alleged Lower Merion Car Thief Who Tried To Run Over Cop Arrested, Police Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 14:51
Tyrell Winchester is being charged with attempted murder after attempting to run over a cop, police said.
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Growing Concern: Lower Merion considering new rules on bamboo

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-05-25 14:00
ARDMORE >> Lower Merion township officials are considering establishing a new set of rules dealing with bamboo.
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National Wine Day: Ardmore's Seven Closest Wineries

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 13:39
What's your favorite local winery? Check out some of the closest local options.
Categories: Lower Merion

Historic Numbers Expected For Philly Area Memorial Day Traffic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 11:26
More than 440,000 drivers are expected to hit the roads around the Philadelphia area on Memorial Day Weekend, according to AAA.
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Overbrook School's 'Young Hero Club' Honored By Museum

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-25 09:40
The National Liberty Museum is honoring Philly students leading the fight against littering, bullying, racism, animal cruelty, and more.
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Brace yourself for Beer Wars

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-25 07:13
Brace yourself for Beer Wars.

Count me in.

Yesterday Gov. Tom Wolf weighed in on one of the state's longest lasting 'brew'-hahas. That would be the archaic way Pennsylvania handles the sale of alcohol.

That, of course, falls under the purview of the state Liquor Control Board, which has set up a maze of different hoops people in this state have to jump through to buy booze.

Yesterday Wolf supported the notion of allowing gas stations to sell six-packs of beer.

Can you say Wawa?

The Delco-based convenience store chain is in the business of setting up an area in one store - out on Naamans Creek Road in Concord - for beer sales.

But state law currently bans the sale of alcohol at any location "where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted."

Sheetz, the Wawa of the convenience store world in the middle part of the state, is challenging that ruling in a location concerning a store in Shippensburg.

They're not the only interested parties. The state Malt Beverage Distributors Association, which represents private beer distributors, opposes the measure. One court backed the PLCB's ban on sales at gas stations, but the matter now sits with the state Supreme Court. The PLCB is currently in the process of weighing nine other applications.

Wolf is urging them to "free the six-pack"

Imagine that, being able to duck into your local convenience store on the way home to grab a cold six-pack.

Ask anyone who lives in another state about our laws.

They think we're living in the Dark Ages.

I'm not sure they're wrong.

In another lifetime, I lived for a few years in Colorado. In the supermarkets there, you had several aisles of the store devoted to anything you might want - beer, wine, or liquor. And you put it in your cart and pay for it with all the rest of your groceries.

Every 7-Eleven had a cold case where you could grab a six-pack. In West Virginia, where my son lives, every Sheetz store has the same thing.

But here in Pennsylvania? Let's review.

Beer? You want a six-pack. You have to go to your local deli or tavern and likely pay through the nose. Or a supermarket that has beer sales. But you can't pay for it along with the rest of your groceries. That's a separate part of the store.

So much for convenience.

You want a case, instead of a six-pack? That's another trip, this time to the beer distributor. He can't sell you a six-pack by the way, but he can now offer a 12-pack.

A bottle of wine for dinner? That means a third trip, to your friendly state store. But you can't buy beer there.

I have long been a proponent of Pennsylvania getting out of the booze business.

I understand it means revenue and jobs.

I also think the state has no business sticking its nose into what is really private enterprise.

But I don't expect it to change anytime soon, despite seemingly constant attempts to change the system in Harrisburg.

My offers still stands. The day they are finally going to blow up this system and turn the whole thing over to private enterprise - can you say Total Wine? - I'm available to push the plunger.
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Good to their word in Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-25 06:38
The Upper Darby School Board was good to its word.

Last week they rolled out a $189 million dollar budget that did something school board members are always talking about - but very rarely ever actually do.

That would be holding the line on taxes.

After several years of property tax hikes, Upper Darby this year decided to bite the bullet and not raise taxes.

Tuesday night the school board gave preliminary approval to the plan.

You can get all the details here.

It's not as if the district is flush with money. In fact, they are staring at a $6.5 million deficit.

But instead of simply reaching into home owners' wallets, the school board instead will tap into their fund balance, and keep their fingers crossed that an expected uptick in revenue holds up.

Officials made clear that this is a "one-time opportunity" to provide relief to local taxpayers.

We hear that. Aside from crime, property taxes without question generate the most complaints we hear from residents.

This is where the Legislature should step in and take action.

Unfortunately, they don't exactly see eye-to-eye with Gov. Tom Wolf when it comes to spending, in particular the Democratic governor's plan for a huge increase in education spending, and the hefty tax hike to pay for it.

We don't expect that is going to change anytime soon. The two sides are about to start up the budget negotiations again. As usual, they face a July 1 deadline to have a spending plan in place. And as usual, most people expect them to blow right by that deadline. Last year the standoff dragged on for nine months.

There is something the Legislature can do in the meantime.

They can make permanent the fair funding formula suggested by a Basic Education Funding Commission.

Today, on our op-ed page, we hear two voices in favor of just such a move.

Larry Feinberg is a longtime member of the Haverford School Board. He's also the founder and co-chairman of the Keystone State Education Coalition.

He knows his stuff. And he knows the state - one of only three in the nation that does not have a statewide funding formula - has been lax in this area for far too long.

Also joining in the calls for making the measure permanent is newly minted state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9.

It's time. Pennsylvania has operated in the dark ages in terms of education funding long enough.

Just ask the folks in William Penn and Interboro. They also are struggling with red ink there, but it's likely they instead will again be enacting tax hikes, job cuts, or both.

The residents of Upper Darby dodged a bullet. But that light at the end of the tunnel is actually a train.

It's up to the Legislature to derail this annual funding debacle.
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Still no answer to who shot Zenas Powell

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-25 06:09
In Chester, the question remains the same: Who fired the shots that killed 14-year-old Zenas Powell.

It's the question that has possessed police - and much of the city - since gunfire rang out Saturday night, hitting Powell, his 16-year-old cousin Quamar, and another woman.

Police believe they were innocent bystanders, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The hunt for suspects goes on.

In the meantime, the community is rallying around the Powell family. That includes his "school family."

Zenas attended Chester Community Charter School.

The school's founder, Vahan Gureghian, and his wife, Danielle, are picking up the tab for Zenas' funeral expenses. They also have matched the $5,000 reward being offered by the city for information in the case.

It's fair to say that this newspaper has not always seen eye to eye with Vahan Gureghian. We have often questioned operations at Chester Community Charter, the largest charter school in the state, and its effect on the Chester Upland School District. Roughly half of the kids in Chester now attend Chester Community Charter. We have gone to court in an effort to get Gureghian to open his books about the school's operation. Gureghian has steadfastly argued that as a private entity he is not required to do so.

As I said, we've had our disagreements before.

Not now.

A school has a special relationship with its students. Its clear from the reaction that Powell's tragic loss has deeply affected those at the school. That includes Gureghian.

What he is doing is a good thing.

What is happening elsewhere in Chester is not.

The Powell case was barely 48 hours old when Chester recorded its next homicide.

Police say a man was gunned down Monday night in the 11 block of Carla Lane in the Ruth L. Bennett Homes.

There have been no arrests in that case either.

It marks the 11th homicide this year in Chester.

The city's sad saga continues.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, May 25

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-25 03:26
The Daily Numbers: 85, expected high today, with lots of sun. Ahhhhhh!

0 tax hike in the budget given preliminary OK in Upper Darby last night.

189 million dollar spending plan.

6.5 million dollar deficit.

2 million dollars being tapped from district’s fund balance.

3,521, tax bill for average Upper Darby home assessed at $100,000.

94 million dollar budget in William Penn. They likely are looking at a tax hike.

4.5 million dollar shortfall.

2.5 million being used from their fund balance.

541,660 shortfall in the Radnor School District budget

6,682 in casino winnings police say a man stole from a woman in Secane after he followed her home. He was arrested and she got the money back.

11th homicide recorded in Chester Monday night.

2 people now facing charges on May 2.

22, age of Erikk Wright, a former All-Delco hoops player at Chester High, who has been charged in the fatal shooting.

1 person struck and killed by a train on the Market-Frankford Line at the 13th Street station.

6 packs of beer at gas stations. That’s what Gov. Tom Wolf came out in favor of yesterday.

3-1 loss for Phils to Tigers.

2 straight losses and 4 of last 5 for the Phils.

10 strikeouts for Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander in 8 scoreless innings.

8 of 9 won by Tigers after losing 11 of 12 earlier this season.

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

The Phillies continue to be betrayed by their impotent bats.

I Don’t Get It: Has anyone ever suffered a more precipitous fall than Bill Cosby. This was Cliff Huxtable. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby School Board. Good to their word, they held the line on taxes. At least for now.

Quote Box: “I don’t want to raise taxes ... but I’m seriously concerned about providing a thorough and efficient system of education and advocating to our state when we’re about to say we have enough.”

- Upper Darby School Board Member Heather Boyd.
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LM residents speak up about proposed noise ordinance regulations; BOC tables issue for more discussion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:32
ARDMORE >> Lower Merion Township officials have been discussing revamping the township’s noise ordinance for several months with little attention from the public. Now officials are saying that has changed.
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New Rental Opportunities Around Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:23
Looking for a great place to rent in Ardmore? Check out these listings.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Mom: YMCA Harassed Me While Breastfeeding

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-24 16:01
A Montco mom has taken her breastfeeding story to social media, bringing the local YMCA branch to apologize while under fire.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Men Shot on City Avenue: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-24 14:21
Two men were found shot on City Avenue near Lower Merion on Monday night, according to a report.
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