The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 22

Heron's Nest - 11 hours 43 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 6-5 loss for the Taney Dragons to kids from Chicago, ending their run at the Little League World Series.

3 women who have come forward with complaints of harassment against a Community Services supervisor.

15,000 dollars in debt that threatens the future of the oldest public library in the country, right here in Darby Borough.

7,000 dollars in electrical work that the building also needs.

271 years, how long the Darby Library has been in operation after setting up shop in 1743.

1.292 million, how much the Ridley School District spent to replace the bleachers at Phil Marion Field.

1972, when a Broomall woman was told she would not be allowed to compete in the Little League World Series with her team of all boys. Yes, we’ve come a long way.

200 freshmen who arrived on the Widener University campus to start their college careers with a day of service. 60 point hike for the stock market yesterday to close at 17,039.49.

4 straight months that existing home sales have risen.

67.9 million dollars in gifts for Temple University in the fiscal year ending June 30. It’s the 2nd straight year the North Philly school has shattered its own record.

19 of 29 for Nick Foles in the crucial Game 3 of the exhibition season vs. the Steelers last night.

31-21 win for the Birds as both the 1st team defense and offense looked to be firing on all cylinders.

17-0 lead for the Birds at halftime.

31 yard field goal missed by Alex Henery, after he made a 36-yarder. That’s not a good sign.

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

That giant hissing sound you heard last night was a huge sigh of relief from Eagles fans. Nick Foles and the first-team offense were sharp in dominating Steelers. So was the defense. Bring on the regular season.

I Don’t Get It: Why do we still have to sit through another pre-season game?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons. Hold your heads high. You’re winners in our book.

Quote Box: “He used his position to take sexual advantage of these women. That type of conducts is outrageous and intolerable.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, on charges filed against supervisor at Delaware County Community Services.
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Extraction tax fight making for strange bedfellows here in Delco

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 22 min ago
There will be a delicious bit of political irony on display here in Delaware County today.

A group of Democrats - including unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty - will gather in Norwood to turn up the heat on Gov. Tom Corbett to enact a severance tax on the state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations, with the revenue being funneled into Pennsylvania schools.

McGinty is heading the Campaign For a Fresh Start for Democratic standard bearer Tom Wolf. She'll be joined by several other Democratic candidates, including Vince Rongione, who is seeking the seat held forever by state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, in Upper Darby, and John Kane, who is running for the open state Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26.

To the best of my knowledge, Tom McGarrigle will not be there.

That's too bad. McGarrigle would fit right in - at least when it comes to the push for an extraction tax. McGarrigle, the chairman of Delaware County Council, is the Republican looking to keep Erickson's seat in GOP hands, and in the process helping them keep control of the state Senate. His race again Kane is expected to be one of the most high-profile state Senate races in the state. Half of the seats in the Senate will be up for grabs on the November ballot.

McGarrigle actually has beaten the Dems to the punch.

He's already on the record as saying he wants to see a 4 percent levy slapped on gas drilling, with all that revenue ticketed for education funding.

I have an op-ed piece from him that likely will run this weekend. In it he laments what he calls "a summer of missed opportnity in Harrisburg."

It's interesting because the guy at the top of the GOP ticket in Pa. this fall, incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, has made it clear he is not in favor of an extraction tax. He is standing by his push for an impact fee instead, noting that the often-heard claim that Pa. is the only state not to do so rings hollow because other states don't have the high business taxes that the Keystone State inflicts on business.

Corbett rode to office four years ago on a pledge not to raise taxes - or put any new ones in place either for that matter.

This week he gave an interview saying he likely would not make that same pledge as he runs a decidedly uphill re-election fight.

Maybe both he and McGarrigle will show up this morning to talk to their Democratic brethren about the idea of a gas tax.

For some reason, I don't think that's going to happen.
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I now how you feel, Mo'ne & Taney Dragons

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 55 min ago
Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not going to win the Little League World Series.

Their thrilling run came to a screeching halt in Williamsport this week, when they got walloped by the kids from Las Vegas, and then last night lost a heartbreaker to Chicago.

The Dragons actually sprinted to quick 2-0 lead before the kids from the Windy City erupted to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Philly faithful watched as their kids scratched their way as close as 6-5, but that was as close as they got. You know what? There are greater tragedies in life.

I know a little about losing. I did a lot of it as a kid. I was the losing pitcher in a Little League championship game. I was the quarterback of a high school football team that sported a perfect record. We were 0-10. The QB did not exactly help. I was promoted to the varsity baseball team from the J.V. as a sophomore, not necessarily because I was that good, but because our team was not great. Yes, we lost a lot.

I like the way Mo'ne and her teammates reacted to last night's dispiriting loss. They held their heads high. Davis, who rocketed to fame and the cover of Sports Illustrated by becoming the first girl to toss a shutout in the Little League World Series, was incredibly poised as she talked after the loss.

It will serve her - and her teammates - well in the future.

Here's a tip I always tell young people.

Life is hard.

You don't always win.

One of things I detest about youth sports today is the growing movement that everyone should get a trophy. That's not the way life works, and I don't think we're preparing our kids for what lies ahead by constantly telling them otherwise. That's why we keep score.

Every time we select an All-Delco team for our local high school athletes, I know that I will field any number of phone calls from angry parents who want to argue about our selection, incredulous that their son or daughter was not named to the team, or selected as the Player of the Year.

I hope the Taney kids are allowed to return to their everyday lives now.

They don't need a parade.

They didn't reach their ultimate goal.

But they're still winners. The way they reacted and handled themselves after a heart-breaking loss should tell us that.
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very cool gardening thing: historic blue garden restored

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-08-21 15:28

Imagine an amazing blue garden. Once one existed. Now once again, it is a reality.

The photos in this post were sent to me by my high school classmate from Shipley, Tina Rovito Bemis. She and her husband own a plant nursery in Massachusetts called Bemis Farms Nursery.

Tina is always doing cool gardening stuff, but yesterday she went to a reception in Newport, Rhode Island celebrating the restoration of an amazing and historically important garden.

Tina played a part in the restoration of this cool blue piece of history. Tina grew 1500 of the blue plants used in the complete restoration of the Blue Garden at Beacon Hill House, Newport, RI. This garden was designed a century ago by Frederick Olmsted, Jr.

Tina was commissioned to grow these blue plants by the property’s new owner, Main Liner and Philadelphian, Dodo Hamilton. Unbelievably this amazing undertaking of historic preservation and restoration was met with some controversy in Newport, Rhode Island. Fortunately it all worked itself out and the garden was restored.

As a gardener I am in awe of majestic gardens such as these. I am so proud of my friend for being part of it!

Tina was kind enough to share all of the photos!

Enjoy the view!

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mind meandering

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-08-21 11:27

As I begin this post it has no title.  It is just one of those things I woke up a few hours ago thinking about, so here we are.

I was wondering if as we age we give ourselves permission to be more our true or authentic selves?

Maybe I will just call this post what it is: a flowing stream of consciousness.

Yesterday I was thinking about high school.  I wasn’t part of any special clique, I had friends in all groups.  But I do remember the very real high school pressure to belong to one group or the other. To me, it never felt quite right, so I floated.

I remember girls and guys I knew even back then, and even in a private school, being bullied by their peers in different groups.  Like a very preppy and civilized Jets vs. Sharks.

To this day the memories are so strong for some of these people that they never even come back for reunions.  I work on my reunions so  I think about this stuff when we are planning parties. The funny thing is I realized years ago again how these people who were pack leaders and bullies don’t really matter and never really did.  As a matter of fact when these former pack leaders do show up at reunions I marvel at how little they have changed and it always strikes me as a little bit sad.

It sounds kooky to think that as adults we still can judge from the vantage point of our younger selves, but I have had other friends who also work on their reunions say the same things as me.  As a matter of fact I remember once friend who planned her reunion being all worried about this one group of girls coming to her home as she was hosting the reunion party.  And she has this awesome house and a terrific family of her own and has accomplished so much.  Yet all these years later she was still worried at first until she realized she didn’t have to measure up in their eyes then or now.

What I have noticed is for every stage of life, there are people like that.  Unhappy, malcontented people who essentially seem to like to make people unhappy and/or sit and judge with a misplaced sense of entitlement or superiority.  My ex and some of his siblings are in that category. I am sure they hate being mentioned in my writing (and I have no clue as to why they still follow me) , but they were part of my life experience. And I have never said they were horrible people 24/7 because they weren’t.  There was always just this hum about them, running underneath.

I will admit I never got to know most of these siblings particularly well.  I was never allowed to by my ex, so it was an observer’s existence for me.  In the early years when I would try to get to know them as in call to say hello, or send an e-mail I was always met with an angry wall of “Why are you contacting them? ” so eventually I stopped.  It was funny spending 8 1/2 years with people as “family” with restrictions. What was even more strange, knowing myself, is that became normal to me.

If these people had stayed in my life or I in theirs, I would have ended up an angry and bitterly unhappy person at a minimum.  I didn’t realize any of this until I was out and he had left.  Then, all of a sudden one day a few weeks after he was gone, when I really wasn’t thinking about it, life was better and I could breathe. My point in all this is I had know idea until I was out how much these people had changed me. How I had allowed myself to be changed, as in molded.  This was the first time I had pretty much denied who I was for the trade-off of “fitting in”.  I learned by almost losing myself how bad that is. It’s a crazy realization.

I have noticed that as I get older and water continues to seek its own level, that these unhappy and malcontented types still sort of bunch up together. It is as if they know subconsciously as individuals their weaknesses and ill humor towards others won’t be tolerated.  Maybe it is a pack mentality of sorts?

There is this one group of women, whom I actually don’t know so I can’t say as I understand what is so awful in their lives that they have to be so miserable, yet they are.  They literally meet for tea and scones.  It seems so civilized and sweet and country folksy, only what it is no better than a gossip club.  They rip people up one side and down the other (myself included which is so funny because they have never met me and don’t know me, it’s because I am a blogger and shock and horrors different from them), and for what?  What does it gain them in the end? Nothing.

There was a group like this in my Main Line neighborhood growing up.  The leader kept binoculars on her kitchen windowsill. Her house was up on a hill so with a good pair of binoculars she could check out everyone around her.  If there was a strange car in your driveway, the phone would literally ring and it would be her inquiring as to who was visiting you and why.

The leader and ladies would literally meet once a week with a brown bag lunch.  They would report on the happenings and transgressions and presumed transgressions of the neighbors. They actually called themselves a gossip club, amusingly enough.  It gained them nothing, either.  At first they were sort of feared, eventually they were just ignored.

I guess it just fascinates me that as we age and become more comfortable with who we are, the more people feel the need to question that from the outside.  And sometimes these people don’t necessarily have a strong voice, but they have a loud voice that at first gives the presumption of authority, but eventually all realize they are just loud and self-important. Not truly strong beings to be either feared or emulated.  It gets to a point where you have to stop and turn and think about who are these people and do we really care what they think in the big picture?

The answer isn’t necessarily simple because as human beings it is human nature to want to belong.  But what you realize as you get older is you don’t actually have to belong where you think you do and you will find plenty of people who are happy to know you just as you are.

What I have realized about myself is that over the years I have suffered collateral damage emotionally.  I think we all do indeed suffer emotional damage that to an extent.  It is what you do with that experience that matters.  Do you let it sour you, or do you look at it for what it is: life experience and learn and move forward?

Life is a gift.  If we are alive and kicking, why can’t that fuel happiness?  I guess at the end of the day I will never understand the truly miserable.  It must be sad and exhausting to be them.

Be true to yourself. Or learn to one baby step at a time. People are just people at the end of the day and as adults we can freely choose who it is we wish to be around.

Be happy and learn to breathe freely.

Thanks for stopping by.



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Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 21

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-21 07:52
The Daily Numbers: 8-1 loss for Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons to Las Vegas last night in Little League World Series. They’re not done yet. If they win tonight they will get a rematch.

3 runs and 6 hits given up by Davis in just 2 1/3 innings of work. She would be eligible to pitch again on Saturday.

34,128 fans who jammed all the seats and the grassy outfield slope to watch the Taney Dragons.

25,157 people who went through turnstiles yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank park to watch Phillies.

29, age of man busted in ‘Ninja’ attack on his former boss in Upper Providence.

19, age of volunteer firefighter who waived his preliminary hearing on arson charges yesterday. He’s charged in connection with 3 fires.

2 brothers charged in different slayings in Darby Borough and Chester.

15, age of teen a 57-year-old Del. man thought he was going to meet in Delco. Instead he wound up being stung by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

2 year minimum prison term being sought by local DAs for possession of illegal guns.

75,000 dollar fine for theft of $200 in casino chips tossed out by court in Pittsburgh.

17 billion dollars to be paid by Bank of America in connection with mortgage fraud.

51 UPS stores that say their computers were breached by malware, making some customers’ information vulnerable.

4.5 million patients of hospital in Community Health Systems, including 20 hospitals in Pa., that were breached by computer hackers.

59 point boost for the stock market yesterday.

4-3 come-from-behind win for Phils on day when Cole Hamels was not at his best.

3 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings for Hamels.

1.75 million dollar value put on the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by Forbes magazine.

185 million, what Jeff Lurie paid for the team 20 years ago.

7th, where Birds rank in terms of NFL franchises.

11 million dollar deal for Bimbo Bakeries to continue as jersey sponsor of the Philadelphia Union.

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

The kids from Taney Dragons are not perfect. They lost last night. But they’re not done. It’s a double-elimination tourney and they get another shot to stay alive by winning tonight. If they do they will get a rematch with those kids from Vegas.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, those are the school openings we are listing in the paper today. Summer is coming to an end. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby police and Mayor Tom Micozzie for throwing a party for local kids with free water ice and a movie. Well done.

Quote Box: “This was a targeted attack. He was lying in wait for this man.”

- Upper Providence Det. Michael Langdale, on ‘Ninja’ attack on township resident.
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Yes, the editor is all wet! 'Live From the Newsroom' takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-21 06:54
It was a dream come true last night for County Councilman John McBlain.

The Republican pol could not resist the opportunity to confirm what local Republicans have suspected for some time - the editor of the Daily Times is all wet.

Actually I was a lot wetter after McBlain joined Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood and former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young soak me as 'Live From the Newsroom' took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

Before we got to the chilly finale - yes, folks, even on a muggy August night, buckets of ice water are indeed cold - I wanted to take the opportunity to shed some light on this dreaded disease, and the people who are involved in the fight against it, especially here in the Philadelphia area.

It was my honor to be joined on the show by Lauren Stevenson, a board member with the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Lauren shed some light on the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has already raised over $31 million. She was also able to explain to our viewers just what ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is and how it attacks the body's muscles, incapacitating its victims in a slow downward spiral.

Stevenson noted that it's ironic how this summer, amid the astounding success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we also are marking the 75th anniversary of baseball great Lou Gehrig's famous retirement speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." ALS is now often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, after one of its most famous victims. Three-quarters of a century later, the search for a cure to this killer goes on.

We also got a very special look at the face of ALS. We were joined by Nina Kelly, and her husband, Mark, who is battling the disease. Nina and Mark provided a moving look at the devastating effects ALS has on families, and the lift provided this summer by the publicity surrounding the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The whole thing got Young, who saw first-hand the issues some of our local school districts have every year amid crushing budget constraints, to suggest maybe an Ice Bucket Challenge for Schools.

Sign me up.

My thanks to all involved last night.

If it would mean a cure, and a light at end of the tunnel for families like the Kellys and hundreds of others, I would let every Republican in Delaware County line up and dump ice water on my head.

Don't take that literally, John!

P.S.: By the way, if you want to join in the fun, you can make a donation to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, by going to their website here. And the person who makes the biggest donation and mentions the Daily Times and ‘Live From the Newsroom’ will win four great tickets to an upcoming Philadelphia Union game at PPL Park in Chester, along with a parking pass, courtesy of Delaware County Council!
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Some good news out of Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-21 06:21
There are not many days that you can't pick up the newspaper and find all manner of bizarre crime stories emanating out of Upper Darby.

Part of that is because the superintendent of police, Mike Chitwood, is probably about as media friendly a guy with a badge as you'll find.

Last night he even found the time time to join me as I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But the day before, he had called me with a different kind of request.

He was looking for some coverage of an event the township was doing for local kids. What it amounted to was free water ice and a movie, offered by Chitwood and Mayor Tom Micozzie.

I get requests like this all the time. The truth is we often are unable to cover them.

But I can admit that I wanted to cover this story. You'll find it here today.

It would be easy to get the wrong impression about Upper Darby from all the crime stories we run out of there. The same thing often happens with our coverage of Chester.

I know I have an obligation to show that there is another side to these towns, and in fact every town in Delaware County.

It's not easy.

Did these smiling kids make Page 1? No. But they are right there today in all their glory on Page 4.

It was a nice thing for the township to do. And it deserved to be covered by the local paper.

I was glad we were there.
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A setback for Taney Dragons, but a big step forward on race relations

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-08-21 06:06
So Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not perfect.

Actually, these Philly kids who have rocketed to fame - and the cover of Sports Illustrated (yep, rack up another one for the jinx) - have taught us something very important in the process.

Mo'ne did not have her best stuff last night, and the Dragons hit into some tough luck and great defense as they fell Vegas, 8-1.

It's the things that Mo'ne and her teammates do off the field that we will most remember.

In fact, we'd go so far as to say we could learn a lot about race relations from the Taney Dragons.

We're doing so today on our editorial page.
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The Daily Salvo for August 20, 2014 - "Permanent Vacation"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-08-20 15:47
The Daily Salvo for August 20, 2014 - "Permanent Vacation"
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The Daily Salvo for August 19, 2014 - "Hot, Hot, Hot"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-08-20 15:35
The Daily Salvo for August 19, 2014 - "Hot, Hot, Hot"
In 1987, Buster Poindexter released his hit single, “Hot, Hot, Hot.” And today, in 2014, it's not just hot because it's summertime, it's hot because Cardano Realtors is on fire. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Aug. 20

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-08-20 08:38
The Daily Numbers: 100,000 dollars cash bail for man charged in Upper Darby bank heist. He was caught in traffic counting his money.

100 educators who worked on a technology-based new education program that was rolled out by state officials at Garnet Valley .

6, age of boy who took stand at start of trial for Philadelphia man in connection with an attempted luring in Upper Darby.

20, age of man charged with slashing another patron at the library in Ridley Township.

1, as in No. 1, ranking for Radnor School District in statewide testing.

22 children who heard all about the advantages of early education services yesterday in Upper Darby.

70 percent of kids in Delco ages 3 and 4 do not have access to early education programs.

1 graze wound suffered by a Philly officer in a street confrontation early Tuesday. The suspect was shot dead.

1,200, death toll now from Ebola virus in West Africa.

96, age of longtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who died this week.

80 point jump for the Dow yesterday, closing at 16,919.59

31 of August, when Showboat Casino in Atlantic City will close its doors.

3 A.C. casinos that either have closed or soon will be.

2,133 people out of work from the Showboat move.

3,100 more getting pink slips from the nearby Revel Casino, which is closing the same week.

65,000 dollars divided among 6 youth groups in settlement of bias claims against the now-closed Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley.

0, total number of losses of both Taney Dragons and Las Vegas, who collide tonight in Little League World Series.

13, age of female phenom Mo’Ne Davis, who will be on the hill tonight for Taney. She also just happens to be on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

5-2 loss for the Phillies to the Mariners last night.

5 runs on 6 hits over 7 2/3 innings surrendered by A.J. Burnett.

4 hits, 0 runs surrendered by Mariners’ starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

0 for 4 to cool off Ben Revere, dropping his batting average to .313.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Ruben Amaro Jr. yesterday actually placed Dom Brown in the same sentence with Mike Schmidt. Enough said.

I Don’t Get It: ‘Outside agitators.’ It’s the same old story being played out in Ferguson, Mo. They are not helping the situation.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Taney Dragons as they seek to move forward tonight in the Little League World Series.

Quote Box: “I don’t think he’ll ever play again."

- A joking Chip Kelly, when asked about the turf toe injury LeSean McCoy is dealing with. He was joking, right?
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Your chance to prove the editor is all wet: 'Live From Newsroom' takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-08-20 07:59
The guess here is that there are more than a few people who believe the editor of this newspaper and website is all wet. Their wish will come true tonight.

And there probably is no shortage of people who would like nothing better than to dump a bucket of ice cold water over me head.

Again, tonight is your night!

That's my way of saying that I will be offering myself up to that social media phenomenon, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, tonight on our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom.' It's all a fundraiser for the war on ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, probably better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It's a debilitating disease that robs the body of its muscle control. Unfortunately, it always ends the same way.

First we'll talk to some folks from the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia. They'll tell us how this wildly popular event got started, and just how much money has been raised so far.

Philly ALS Board Member Lauren Stevenson as well as staffer Patti Lake Quinn will join us for the show to talk about their efforts in battling this killer disease.

Then it will be on to the main event.

Yes, I will be standing outside the Daily Times building tonight about 7:30 having a bucket of ice cold water dumped on my head.

If you would like to get involved and get in line to soak the editor, all you have to do is pony up $25 for the ALS Society of Philadelphia. You can make a donation by going to their website here.

I'll be kicking in $25 of my own - as opposed to the $100 you're on the hook for if you chicken out and don't take the challenge.

Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood is already committed to being first in line. County Councilman John McBlain also will be on tap to douse this grizzled scribe.

I'm sure there are a few more local police chiefs out there who don't think quite as highly of what we do here at the Daily Times. Line up for your shot at the editor, folks.

Maybe McBlain will bring GOP chief Andy Reilly with him. I'm sure Andy would love to get some revenge for all those times we've referred to him as the GOP 'boss,' which he hates. If you want in on the fun, shoot me an email.

Or if you'd just like to be part of the spectacle, drop by for our live show Wednesday night at 7. We'll be right in front of the building in beautiful downtown Primos.

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Mo'Ne Davis and Taney Dragons: Feel-good sports story of the year

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-08-20 07:20
I need to make a correction.

Yesterday in this space I asked if sports fans would be tuned to the Phillies or the Taney Dragons as they continue to seek the crown in the Little League World Series.

A reader reminded me that fans actually don't have that dilemma, not that it was much of a problem.

The Phillies play this afternoon, and will then clear the stage for the feel-good story of the year so far in sports.

I am trying to remember what I was like as a 13-year-old Little Leaguer.

I assure you I was a knucklehead, full of myself and thinking I was all that and a bag of chips as a baseball player. I made our all-star teams and went on to play varsity baseball in college.

And I am here to tell you I could not carry Mo'Ne Davis' j---, uh, never mind. That metaphor won't work.

Let's just say I am in awe of this young woman's poise as she has exploded on a national stage.

Yes, that is Mo'Ne Davis gracing the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

She done and said just about everything right.

And that is before she steps on the field.

Tonight she will once again rear back and unleash that nasty 70 mph fastball on a very good team, undefeated team from Las Vegas.

I will be rooting for her and the rest of the Taney Dragons.

We certainly could use a winner.

Mo'Ne and the Dragons have delivered.

Go get 'em, guys.

And girl!
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Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-08-19 20:16

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life’s circles

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-08-19 20:15

I read this quote once:

“No matter the deviation, all things come full circle. You begin and end your journey in the same place, but with a different set of eyes.”

I don’t remember who said the above quote, I wrote it down on the corner of a notebook a couple of years ago.

When people say life comes full circle, it’s because it’s true. Not all the time, and not to everyone, but it happens.

The fabric of life is different for everyone, but there are things that connect us to one and other. Where we live, where we grew up, where we went to school created the formative life threads we all have. Then we add to the threads based on life experience as we get older.

Life has cycles, and people enter and leave our lives. But with the cycles, I find the circles. Coming back to what you are from. I have terrific friends, and a lot of them are friends I have had since I was a small child and since I was a teenager.

My mother’s mother always said you come back to what you are from. I don’t think she was referring to a physical place, I think she is referring to people in our lives.

I was talking to one of my friends from the way back time machine of high school today, Karen. She lives out of state now, so playing catch up today was a marathon call. She is one of these people whom I have always loved speaking with because she has always been very real. We have gone from being teenagers to middle-aged women and wow, where did all the years go? One minute we are like 18 and well…now we are 50. Yet I love talking to her now as much as I did then.

Time flies.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love meeting new people. But there is always something to be said about the comfortable long term friendships of life. As much as time flies, life has these circles and if you are lucky you still have these people in your life. And it’s comforting because these are the people who know you best.

Thanks for stopping by.

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The Daily Salvo for August 18, 2014 - "Holy Matrimony"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-08-19 15:42
The Daily Salvo for August 18, 2014 - "Holy Matrimony"
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 19

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The Daily Numbers: 5 years probation for an Upper Darby mom who was charged with beating her 11-year-old son with a belt.

3 people injured in a nasty accident outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital Sunday. One of the drivers faces charges of driving under the influence.

230 acres of a 318-acre tract in Concord Township that is known as the Beaver Valley that is targeted for development.

5,500 people who signed a petition opposing the original plan to develop the tract, which called for 314 single-family homes, 120 active adult residences and 180,000 square feet of open commercial space.

171 homes in the new plan

117 acres of land would remain undeveloped.

19.9 acre site of the Penns Woods Winery would not be involved in the development.

2 years, how long Edward Mokshefsky has been serving as interim chief in Eddystone. Last night council gave him the title on a full-time basis.

6.8 acre home of the Delaware County SPCA that is targeted for a total redesign.

35 mph speed limit put in place for a portion of busy Route 252 in Upper Providence.

31 years, how long we’ve been running the Champs ‘N’ Charity Classic. Our thanks to Sunoco Logistics in helping us keep the (soft)ball rolling.

2 crowns handed out in the Hook last night. Kudos to the women from Guaranteed Plumbing and the men from E.J. Hosbach/UBBIBC, who proved to be the ‘Best by Test.’

4-1 win for the Phils over the Seattle Mariners last night

1 run on 3 hits surrendered by Phils starter Jerome Williams in his 2nd start with the team. That opened a few eyes.

2.19 ERA for Williams in 12 and a third innings with Phils.

3 run homer for Andres Blanco, getting a start at shortstop for the slumping Jimmy Rollins.

29th save in 32 tries for Jonathan Papelbon.

2 for 5 night for Ben Revere, raising his batting average to .315

.323 for Justin Morneau, who leads the NL.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Has anyone considered the possibility that Ben Revere just might win the NL batting crown? Then what do the Phillies do with him?

I Don’t Get It: I don’t get all this dumping ice water on yourself for charity. But that does not mean I won’t step up to the challenge Wednesday night on our ‘Live From the Newsroom’ show.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to everyone who helped us raise money in the fight against cancer at the 31st annual Champs ‘N’ Charity Classic.

Quote Box: “It’s been an honor to serve the borough as a police officer and I am looking forward to serving the residents as police chief.”

- Edward Mokshefsky, after being named police chief by Eddystone Council.
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