Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-01-16 17:15

I learned the following program for an MLK Day Celebration in 4th grade. It remains one of my favorite poems.

By Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967

Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 16

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-16 07:26
The Daily Numbers: 150 people who took part in a protest outside Rep. Pat Meehan’s office Sunday to vent about his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

100 people who took part in similar protest outside Temple University Hospital in Philly.

6-pack of beer, which you’ll be able to buy at your local beer distributor this week.

87, age of former Philly mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo, who died in prison

70, age of Philly singer Richie Ingui, a founding member of the Soul Survivors.

2.63 a gallon average price for gas at the pumps last week. No change from week before.

2.5 cent per gallon decline nationally.

2.34, average national price.

52 cents per gallon higher here than this time last year.

21.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

34-31 win for Packers over Cowboys in a classic NFL playoff game.

18-16 win for the Steelers over Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

51-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to win it for Packers.

2 times, he had to kick it, since the Cowboys tried to ice him by calling time out just before the snap on the 1st attempt.

36-yard pass to Jared Cook from Rodgers to set up the game-winning kick.

356 yards passing for Rodgers, along with 2 TDs.

302 yards passing for Dak Prescott.

6 field goals for Steelers kicker Chris Boswell, who scored all Pittsburgh’s points.

12 straight wins by home teams in playoffs snapped by the Packers’ win.

2 point conversion that would have tied the game for the Chiefs that was called back by holding penalty.

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

Eagles fans should not gloat too much with the Cowboys’ loss. They are light years ahead of the Birds.

I Don’t Get It: Andy Reid didn’t have any timeouts left at the end of the game? Yeah, we’ve seen that before.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Aaron Rodgers. What a pass!

Quote Box: “You fight all year, you fight all game, for it to end like that with the ref literally taking it out of our hands, that hurts. You try to play the game with integrity, to the end of the whistle, and when the refs want to take over the game and make it their own platform, there’s nothing you can do about it. That wasn’t a hold on my guy.”

- Chiefs Travis Kelce, complaining about crucial holding call that negated 2-point conversion that would have tied game.
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Still chasing King's dream

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-16 06:57
Today is the day we set aside every year to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we all know, King spent considerable time right here in Delaware County, attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland. King had a dream for America, one rooted in the simple belief that the country would some day rise up and embrace the notion of judging a person not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

We thought maybe that day had arrived eight years ago, when the nation elected Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United State. We re-elected him four years ago.

But it's clear that eight years of Obama have not cured the racial divide in this country. In some ways you could make the argument that things today are worse.

In our editorial today, we talk about Dr. King, his dream, and the reality of race in today's America.
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A tale of 2 men: Obama & Trump

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-16 06:38
In a matter of a few hours last week we got a chance to see the way we were, and the way we are about to become.

President Barack Obama offered his farewell address in Chicago Monday night. Tuesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump met the media.

The juxtaposition could not be more glaring.

None of this is going to change what happened.

On Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

I hope he's a terrific president. I really do.

That would make me different than the way Republicans reacted eight years ago to the notion of President Obama. They did everything in their power to simply block him - and his agenda - at every turn. They did not care about the country, or the people who could be helped. They only saw politics, and stopping a second term. Yes, I have my doubts about Mr. Trump.

His performance in that press conference, just hours after watching Obama offer some final thoughts on his presidency, as well as some advice for the man about to pick up the mantle, did not ease my concerns.

I am taking bets on the number of times the president-elect proclaims something as "great" in the next week.

I'll set the line at 50. I'm taking the over.

I talk about the glaring differences between the two men in my print column.

Yes, my man - er, woman - lost the election.

Call it sour grapes if you so choose.

I hold no ill will against Trump.

I just find him really aggravating.

Someone needs to tell him that in a few days he will be the most powerful man in the world. I suppose he probably think he already is. Most narcissists feel that way.

It's not all about you, Mr. Trump.

It's about the country. And the people. Especially those people who are not as well off as you or I. That is the true backbone of our government. That we take care of those who have fallen on hard times.

I hope you remember that as you take the oath of office.

You can read my print column here.
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How 'bout dem Cowboys!

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-16 06:05
I know this is going to make me appear incredibly small, but "How 'bout dem Cowboys!"

There is a proud tradition among Eagles fans.

We root for the Birds - and whoever is playing the Cowboys.

Dallas, led by two rookies - QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott - rolled to a 13-3 regular season record.

But they were one and done in the playoffs, falling Sunday in the divisional game in a classic to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 34-31.

Rodgers connected on an other worldly 36 yard pass to Jared Cook along the sidelines with seconds remaining. Somehow, Cooke managed to drag his feet inbounds while hauling in a perfect pass from Rodgers.

That put the Packers in field goal range, and Mason Crosby did not miss, even though he had to actually kick it twice when the Cowboys called time out to freeze him just before the initial snap.

There was only one thing missing from this glorious scene.

I wanted to see Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones' face as that fall sailed through the uprights. Unfortunately, the Fox TV crew failed to deliver the good, although they did have a shot seconds earlier when the Cowboys kicked a field goal to tie the game.

Yes, I know it seems petty, especially given the year the Cowboys had, as opposed to the Birds. Hey, I'll take my satisfaction where I can get it in the NFL these days.

Speaking of satisfaction, did someone say that Andy Reid was out of timeouts at the end of the Chiefs' excruciating 18-16 loss to the Steelers.

Yeah, some things don't change.
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5 year bloggerversary

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-01-13 09:47

Facebook is always reminding you of “memories” to share.  Most of the time I ignore the prompts.  This morning for some reason I decided to look.

And guess what? #TBT and all that jazz made me realize that my blog is 5 years old this month!

Yes! Chester County Ramblings is 5!

Above is the banner my blog first had.  I chose it because of not only my love of Chester County but because that is still my favorite and what I feel is among the most iconic Chester County barns.

Well eventually I started to change the banners on the blog because I had at the time been contacted by one of the adult children of the folks who live there. Ironically after I had my photography show at Christopher’s in Malvern in 2015 I heard from one of the homeowners because one of my images mounted in that show was of that barn.  She hadn’t liked that I had cut off the question mark in the photo I chose, and to contact her if I wanted to hear the story of the barn and how it got the writing on the side of the barn. Well I did, and never heard back.  And I still love that barn.

Over the years my blog has stuck to my tag line meandering through, writing about whatever strikes my fancy.

This blog covers a lot of ground and a lot of Chester County. Sometimes I ramble off to other areas. It is my blog, after all. A lot of posts involve my photography, my cooking, crafting gardening, and passion for junking, barn picking and hunting antiques.

One of my blog’s early and still iconic photos taken by me (and not Chester County):

I cover topics that make people uncomfortable at times. And the comments I get can at times be termed as hate mail.  It doesn’t matter that no one ever said they had to read this blog, or that just like when you do not like a particular TV station you can change the channel. People just want to comment.  Most comments I publish.  Some I do not but maintain for the Internet trail.

One of the hottest topics was my covering what can only be described as mommy DUIs.  My blog posts were written based on published media reports and public records.  The posts were carefully written and were compassionate.

It troubled me that there seemed to be a string of  cases of  well-educated, well-bred young women ending up with a DUI sometimes with kids in the car.

The pressure to be the perfect woman is a very real thing. And the sooner we, as women can learn to stop beating ourselves up for not being paragons of perfection, the better. And yes that is a lesson I also have to learn and accept. (Some days are just better than others and self-perception is a tricky and cheeky devil.)

I wish life and fixing life issues was as simple as Cher’s infamous line in “Moonstruck” – you know – “Snap out of it!” – but it’s not.  It takes work. Relationships take work, families take work.  Yes there is love and all the good stuff, but you get the good stuff by working together, don’t you?

And for these opinions, well the comments were not always…pleasant.   Such is life.

I experienced that even more when I wrote about teenage suicide.  For all we will discuss and even crowd source on community Facebook pages, people don’t want to talk about difficult topics.  I get that.

But I think we should talk about these things. That we have to.  For our kids we have to. For us as a society we have to.

Just like I think we need to really get moving on the drug epidemic attached to heroin.  The media puts a spotlight on it, but the drug deaths keep happening.  And these are not people from low income areas, but rather upscale more privileged backgrounds.

Politics. Now politics always pushes buttons.  I get messages telling me to stick to gardening and cooking posts.  I had a whole posse in West Vincent spreading garbage about me and supporting cyber bullying because they did not like what I wrote.

Cyber bullying is a hot button topic for me.  It’s real.  It has happened to me.

I first addressed it in June 2014. I asked then how do you keep your joy? How do you keep your joy in the face of unpleasantness?

It is very true that you cannot control the actions of others, you can only control your own actions and behavior.

Cyber bullying and cyber stalking. It’s real, it happens every day. It happens to kids and adults alike. It is an unpleasant side of the Internet.  And while there is plenty to help kids and young adults out there, there is in fact very little to help adults.

As a writer and a blogger I have been a target of unpleasantness. It is nothing new, but that never makes it right. When you write, you are putting yourself out there. You will have fans of your writing as well as the detractors. Sometimes the people are those you know, but a lot of the time they are just strangers.

When people love something I write, or a photo, or a recipe it is such a nice feeling. That is what makes blogging so fun. It’s a very neat connection at times.

I am blessed with meeting some very cool people throughout the years I have been writing. I have also had some unpleasant experiences. The two topics that seem to cause unpleasant experiences always seem to get whittled down to two topics: politics and animal rescue.

I also use this blog to talk about historic and land preservation.  Loch Aerie, Linden Hall, and Ebenezer AME are easily my three most covered in this category. Historic preservation needs to mean something in Pennsylvania in general. And more people need to get called out and fined by demolition by neglect ordinances.  The whole thing of just letting it rot is BS.

The need for preservation in Chester County is very, very real.  And it is up to us wherever we live.  Once places like Crebilly are gone, they are gone and never coming back.

Chester County has a rich agricultural and equine heritage in addition to just the history of what has transpired here, and I feel like it is all getting whittled away one bad development at a time.  Toll Brothers is one developer in particular which I think simply needs to be slowed down.  Pick a township. Pick a county for that matter.

Toll Brothers is hardly the only developer in Chester County but they certainly seem to be the most prolific.  Like ants at a picnic.

Yes, I write a lot about development.  I can’t help it.  There is just too damn much of it

Here are some of my favorite development posts:

when articles appear that tell but half a story
why don’t we have more control over our communities? we live here.
this is progress?
pause, downingtown?
spring oak farm
the bell “tolls” for thee, chester county
a love note to the chester county planning commission
the fairy tales of development

Along with everything else, I have shared more personal posts with you.  I have even mocked Ladies’ Hat Day at Devon. I know I know I have “some nerve”  and yes I do.  The ridiculous creatures I saw photographed at a recent theme ladies lunch (whether some were ladies of course is in question) should be glad I do not create a mockumentary over photos I saw.  Suffice it to say there should be an age limit on tutus and strapless…as well as more clearly defined parameters of who should wear Lily.

And one post that sort of stands alone had to do with the controversial topic of the followers of Rudolf Steiner or Anthroposophy. Sorry not sorry just not into communes and their belief system. I was reminded of it by this tweet at me this morning:

Yes I do receive all sorts of  tweets. And some of them  get retained like some of the comments. 

Here are some of my favorite “other posts” from the past five years:

is having an opinion social crucifixion?
girl power
this and that
surviving in the land of women
the curiousness of women as we age
women to women: a puzzle for the ages
who are we now?
anthony trollope, what would you think of us today?
childhood christmas memories
unexpected memories of childhood past
small and other gardens

I still love writing about gardening and cooking probably the most.  I actually have the mish mosh makings of a cookbook based on recipes on this blog I have yet to pin myself to my desk to write and self publish…but I will.

So thank you readers for being a part of my journey the past five years!  Cheers to the next five years!

Thanks for stopping by.

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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 13

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-01-13 07:32
The Daily Numbers: 13, as in Friday the 13th. Be careful out there today.

3 big stars who could be at the Sun Center Studios in Chester Township to film some scenes for a major motion picture.

1980 murder of ‘Avon Lady’ Emily Leo. The conviction of the man charged in the crime is now being reviewed.

37 years, how long Leroy Evans has been in jail for the crime.

2 DUI charges in 2 years for a Lansdowne councilman.

40, age of dad who will face a minor charge in connection with leaving his 1-year-old little girl unattended in his running SUV, which was then stolen.

28, age of one of Delaware County’s Most Wanted, who was picked up in Chester.

52, of Tennessee man charged with sexual assault with an alleged incident that took place in Upland back in 1999.

42 million dollar loss for Delta’s Monroe Energy refinery in Trainer.

125 million dollar loss for all of 2016.

1.5 percent uptick in revenue for Atlantic City casinos last year, their 1st increase in a decade.

2.6 billion dollars in revenue for casinos in 2016.

2006, the last time revenue in A.C. went up, just before Pa. entered the casino craze.

47 million in revenue for the Borgata, tops in A.C.

3 rate hikes predicted in 2017 by the boss of the Philadelphia Fed.

8 people shot, 2 of them fatally, overnight in Philly.

4 writers laid off by Philadelphia Magazine.

5-4 shootout win for the Flyers over the Canucks.

4.35 million dollar deal for Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis

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

The Sixers & Joel Embiid are the talk of the town. Who’d a thunk it?

I Don’t Get It: Leaving a toddler in the back of a running car while you duck into a store, even for just a few minutes. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Sun Center Studios, which will have us seeing “stars” with the arrival of some A-listers to shoot scenes for a major new flick.

Quote Box
: “We’ll have a fresh set of eyes and if we see anything that deserves a second look, we’ll do so.”

- Acting Chester Police Commissioner Otis Blair, on review of ‘Avon Lady’ murder case and conviction of Leroy Evans.
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About that Mariner East 2 coverage

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-01-13 06:46
Well I guess we must have our coverage of the Mariner East 2 debate just about right.

Both sides are unhappy with us.

As you might expect, the company is not especially thrilled with how much coverage we've given the concerns raised in the community about the pipeline that will run from Ohio, through West Virginia, and finally span Pennsylvania, including 11.7 miles across Delaware County. It will deliver hundreds of thousands of barrels of Marcellus Shale byproducts such as ethane, butane and propane to Marcus Hook.

In short, I get the impression the company believes all this unrest in the community is being trumped up by a few fairly vocal opponents. They point out that the company's old original Sunoco pipeline system already is delivering the same materials to Marcus Hook now. And they are pushing a study that was done after concerns were raised out in West Goshen that supports the company's claims.

Now the local activists are ticked because we ran a story detailing the company's side of the issue - after we had run a dozen or more stories detailing the community opposition. They believe it was little more than a puff piece of good PR for the company.

Today we also weighed in on our editorial page.

I will make the same statement I have been making now for months. I think Mariner East 2 easily could be the most important economic story in the region.

The proposal has a huge upside, with the potential for hundreds of good-paying jobs. It could make Marcus Hook, which was on its death bed when Sunoco shut down its refinery, the energy hub for the entire Northeast.

That said, I don't think I'd want it running through my back yard, or within a stone's throw of my kid's elementary school.

If you think that's middle of the road, there's a reason for that. It is.

Middeltown Township council likely next week will approve a new study to look at the impact of the pipeline. I think it's a good bet some public hearings will be held as well.

Get used to hearing about it. This story is not going away anytime soon.

Read the editorial here.
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My kind of winter

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-01-13 06:25
If this is winter, I'll take it.

It was 51 degrees when I got in the car this morning.

And it actually went up a few ticks in the last couple of hours.

I post the weather report on social media at 6 a.m. most mornings. I just posted our AccuWeather pic that shows it being 56 degrees at 6 a.m.

Here's the weird part. That's also going to be the high for the day. Temperatures actually will drop through the afternoon, and our high later today will only be 48. Compare that with the 66 degrees we reached yesterday.

Now brace yourself, we could see some scattered snow showers around the region Saturday. And it will be a lot more seasonable - in other words, cold!

But after a chilly weekend we could be back in the mid-50s next week.

When did we move to North Carolina?
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Cursing linked to honesty

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-01-13 06:01
Here's the best news I've heard all week.

A new study suggests people who curse are more honest, an expression that they are expressing their genuine feelings.

If that's the case, as anyone who works with me in the newsroom can attest, I must be the most honest guy around.

Honestly (pardon the reference), it's not something I'm especially proud of; actually it's merely the lazy man's way out.

Instead of offering some more refined thought or bit of writing, it's so much easier to simply unload a few F-Bombs and be on your merry way.

You can read about the study here.

What do you think?

Is this study on the money. Or do they not have a blanking clue?
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Intimidation and Bullying Claims by Conestoga High School teacher – Official Complaint Filed with US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

This week in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, school board director Michael Rock resigned abruptly, citing bullying and intimidation in the school district.  According to an article in the Daily Local, Rock claims that the UCFSD “board is doing little to encourage diversity, and to discourage bullying and intimidation.”  He stated, “I cannot and will […]
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 12

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-12 09:00
The Daily Numbers: 100,000 dollars earmarked by Middletown Council for a new study on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline plan.

0 deaths and 2 injuries connected to liquid pipelines in Pa. in the last 20 years, according to Sunoco Logistics.

70 percent of releases from the pipeline have occurred on company property, not the public right-of-way.

100 years of selling Girl Scout Cookies about to kick off here in Delco and across the nation.

123-54 vote by Chester teachers union members to reject tentative contract offer.

3 years since the last deal expired.

5 years since teachers in Chester Upland have had a pay increase.

100 years young and going strong for Catherine Basile, who was feted on her special day with a celebration at Interboro High School.

6 VW employees indicted in that emissions testing scandal.

4.3 billion dollar fine slapped on the company.

1.8 million dollar settlement between Pa. Attorney General’s office and lawyers who handled probe into porn emails.

4.2 percent spike in rent costs in Philadelphia . That’s 2nd highest spike in nation.

900 fatal ODs recorded in Philly in 2016.

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

Raise your hand if you’re having fun watching this Sixers team.

I Don’t Get It: 900 opioid overdoses in Philadelphia in 2016. Yep, might be time to do something about that heroin problem.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Girl Scouts as they prepare to kick off their 100th year of Girl Scout cookie sales.

Quote Box: “Sunoco Pipeline understands our responsibility to protect the public.”

- Jeff Shields, Sunoco Logistics
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The Great Mariner East 2 Debate

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-12 07:15
It now appears the battle lines are drawn.

Call it the Battle of Mariner East 2.

For weeks we have been detailing the grumbling in the community over Sunoco Logistics' plans to build a new pipeline to carry hundreds of thousands of Marcellus Shale byproducts such as ethane, propane and butane across the state, through an 11-mile swath of Delaware County, to the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook.

The plan has a huge economic upside, including the prospect of hundreds of good-paying jobs, as well as reversing the economic fortunes of the lower end of the county, which was driven to its knees when the company decided to get out of the refinery business and shutter its iconic refinery.

On the other side there is a clear distress among some in the community on a number of factors, including safety and property values. They also are less than thrilled that some municipalities and school districts entered into agreements with Sunoco Logistics without much in the way of public comment, or at least what they would have liked.

They mobilized, even forming a grassroots group to oppose the plan, in particular the idea of allowing a new pipeline to be built just a stone's throw away from Glenwood Elementary School off Pennell Road in Middletown.

The township now seems poised to spend a good chunk of money on a new quantitative risk assessment study of the proposal.

Today, the company responded.

They discounted many of the concerns and defended their plan - and Sunoco Logistics' record.

I've said it before, and I will say it again here.

This is the most important economic story in Delaware County - and maybe the entire region.

It has a huge economic upside.

But it also has sparked legitimate concerns.

Don't look for this discussion to end anytime soon.
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Welcome back, Juan Baughn

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-12 06:45
We used our editorial page today to welcome back a very familiar face to the Chester Upland School District.

Juan Baughn was named interim superintendent, taking over for the departing Gregory Shannon.

Baughn will be staring at some familiar problems: the district is still plagued by poor test scores; teachers are still waiting for a new contract and their first raise in five years - they rejected the district's latest offer.

But without question the biggest hurdle he faces is the same one every Chester Upland boss has faced in recent memory. The district continues to swim in a sea of red ink.

We welcome back Juan Baughn. And wish him luck.

He's going to need it.

You can read the editorial here.
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Three days later, & 43 degrees warmer? Deer me!

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-01-12 06:32
43 degrees.

That's the difference between what my dashboard thermometer registered when I climbed in Monday morning, vs. the spring-like conditions that greeted me this morning.

It was a bone chilling 7 degrees Monday. This morning? Hello, April! The car checked in at a balmy 50 degrees.

Of course, that means only thing.

Deer. Lots of them.

It didn't take me long to encounter my early-morning pals. I was barely out of the driveway when I noticed two full-grown adult deer standing in my neighbor's front yard. They looked as perplexed as to what I was doing up at that hour as I was to see them casually munching on the shrubbery.

There were more to come.

I usually to swerve around the deer on my morning commute. I almost always encounter a couple along the sides of the road.

Not this morning. I was forced to slam on the brakes and come to a complete stop while a full family of deer slowly ambled across the road. They did not seem terribly worried that I might slam into them, leaving one of them the latest carcass to decorate the side of our roads. They didn't clamber out of the way. They merely continued to slowly walk across the road directly in front of me, seemingly content in my decision to stop. Several followed along from the side of the road once they saw I had no intention of tangling with them. They eyed me warily as they traversed the highway.

Actually, I consider myself lucky. There are not a lot of good things I can say about the hours I keep. But without question one of them is that for the most part I have the road to myself, along with my four-legged friends.

Yesterday I blogged that I encountered only a single slick spot on my morning commute. Of course, a couple of hours later, all hell was breaking loose on the roads as the morning commute kicked in. Unfortunately, especially out in Chester County, those crashes claimed a couple of lives.

In the meantime, we're looking at a bizarrely warm day for Jan. 12.

You can get the full forecast here.

And keep an eye out for those deer.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 11

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 07:36
The Daily Numbers: 150 new jobs coming to SAP HQ in Newtown Square.

2,800 employees for SAP in the county.

242 new jobs for a new facility being developed by SAP in Pittsburgh.

1.7 million dollars in funding assistance and tax cuts for the Pittsburgh project.

122,274 square foot facility in the works in the Burgh.

137 vests being purchased for Upper Darby police to protect them in ‘active shooter’ situations vs. gunmen with rifles.

37,000 dollars, how much the vests will cost.

3 officers across the nation killed so far in 2017.

140 on-duty deaths in 2016.

38, age of Rodney Shelton, who was held for trial yesterday after preliminary hearing on charges he fatally shot trucker Thomas Childs in Yeadon.

36, age of man who died after being struck by car in Upper Darby.

1.8 million received by Middletown for easements for proposed Sunoco Logistics pipeline.

40-60,000 dollars, expected costs of a proposed safety study on the matter being sought by some residents.

7, age of youth left on school bus by his driver in Philly while the man went shopping.

46 straight wins for Villanova at the Pavilion, tying school record.

79-54 win over No. 15 Xavier.

20 points for Kris Jenkins in the rout.

13-3 mark for Wildcats in games involving Top 25 teams in 30-year history of their building.

4-1 loss for Flyers in Buffalo.

899-68 loss for No. 1 Baylor last night.

75-67 loss for Saint Joe to George Mason.

61-53 win for Chester over Penn Wood.

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

Joel Embiid is almost as much fun off the court as he is on the hardwood.

I Don’t Get It: Still trying to get my arms around the fact that Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States in a week.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SAP, which is emphasizing its commitment to Delco with 150 new jobs at their Newtown Square HQ.

Quote Box: “This just shows more of their commitment to Delaware County.”

- Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, on news that SAP is adding jobs.
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Trump, Obama & big economic news for Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 06:55
It was quite the night for news.

President Obama was bidding us adieu after eight years in the Oval Office with an emotion farewell address in Chicago.

Meanwhile, the man who will be moving into the Oval Office in a week was fending off an explosive new report that suggests the Russians have some compromising information on him. Donald Trump is dismissing the reports as 'fakes news." Of course, he did so on his preferred method of communication, Twitter. The government of Vladimir Putin also is denying they have any such files.

As it turns out, Trump is scheduled to hold his first formal press conference in weeks today. That should be interesting.

Back here in Delco, the region got a jolt of good economic news yesterday.

It was just a few months ago when there was some concern about the future of SAP in Delaware County.

The world's largest software maker makes its North American headquarters right here in Newtown Square. Yesterday they announced they will be adding jobs here in Delco - and making a huge economic commitment o

n the other side of the state as well.

SAP will add 150 new jobs in Newtown Square, while also building a new facility in Pittsburgh that will employ another 242 people.

Get all the details here.
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Let's protect cops - and help them out as well

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 06:24
Police in Upper Darby are getting some extra protection.

On our editorial page today we note they also could use something else: Some information and cooperation.

Township officers are going to be outfitted with special, heavy duty vests for instances when they are dealing with an "active shooterk" type situation. The vests have special front and back plating made to withstand blasts from rifles and automatic weapons.

But there is another problem they are dealing with that needs a bit more human touch.

In our editorial today, we note how two recent incidents show what police officers all too often deal with: A lack of cooperation from the public.

In one incident, a township teen was wounded in a shooting that occurred near a crowded intersection with lots of witnesses. But no one - not even the victim - is willing to talk to police.

The other is even more exasperating. After making an arrest of a Philadelphia man in a series of thefts from cars, police in both Upper Darby and Haverford lamented that this was made possible by the fact that in almost every instance the cars were not locked.

You can read the editorial here.
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Your early morning report from the roads

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 04:53
I must live in the northern and western suburbs, wherever that is.

Yes, I did encounter one icy spot on my early morning ride into the office.

But aside from that it was smooth sailing.

The temperature on the car dashboard registered 38 degrees when I left the house. For the most part, all I saw were wet roads. But as I headed down one hill toward a stop sign not far from the house, I felt that ugly feeling in my stomach as the car started to skid. Luckily, I was far enough from the intersection that I managed to get the car stopped in plenty of time.

The good news is that was the only slick spot I encountered.

Yes, we will be told all morning on radio and TV about the possibility of ice in the "northern and western" suburbs, but this is the only spot I hit.

Temperatures are actually going to get even warmer, although we aren't going to see a lot of sun.

Tomorrow we're actually going to see temperatures in the 60s. You read it right. The mid-60s in early January. The downside? It likely will be accompanied by showers

I'll take it.

Get your full forecast here.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Jan. 10

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-10 08:00
The Daily Numbers: 25 year old Philly man tabbed a “1-man crime machine” in a series of thefts from cars in Upper Darby and Haverford.

3 former officers and members of Colwyn Fire Co. who will stand trial Feb. 13 with looting the company’s coffers.

1 person of interest now being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of Penn Wood High football player Zion Vaughan.

52 dollar hike in taxes facing residents in Morton Borough.

22, age of man charged in carjacking in which a car was stolen in Marple, with a 1-year-old girl still in the back seat.

10 years, how long Jyoti Natural Foods has been on Chester Pike in Sharon Hill. It was visited by Gov. Tom Wolf and his ‘Jobs That Pay’ tour Monday.

45 employees at the company, which specializes in Indian food.

41, age of man struck and killed as he tried to cross MacDade Boulevard in Ridley Monday morning.

65 points rung up by Haverford High in winning the latest round in the Hi-Q competition.

50 pound dumbbell that smashed through the windshield of a man driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was critically injured.

4 cent hike in price of gas at the pumps in Philly region last week.

46.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

21 cents a gallon higher than a month ago.

1 second left on the clock when Clemson scored last night, beating Alabama and seizing the mantle of No. 1 college football team in the nation.

3, as in No. 3, where Villanova men’s hoops now resides after their 1st loss of season last week.

1 Eagles wide receiver who has ever caught a TD pass in the Super Bowl. That would be Greg Lewis, fired yesterday as wide receivers coach.

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

So the Eagles canned wide receivers coach Greg Lewis. Yeah, that will certainly turn this team around. v I Don’t Get It: I’m going to hear all day that last night’s Alabama-Clemson classic was one of the greatest college football games of all time. Sure wish I had remained awake long enough to see more than the first few plays of the game.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to police in Upper Darby and Haverford for the millionth time reminding drivers that the best way to stop car break-ins is to lock your doors. Amazing how many people simply refuse to do that.

Quote Box: “I preach this at ever commissioners meeting. People have to lock their vehicles.”

- Haverford Police Chief John Viola
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