The Daily Numbers: 488,000 square feet in what is commonly known as International Plaza in Tinicum being eyed by the city of Philadelphia as part of the airport expansion plan. 27 acres of the site between Route 291 and the airport may be used as a new home for UPS, which needs to be moved for construction of a new runway.27, age of Tyaina Finch, who waived her arraignment and will face trial in the fatal shooting of Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson.40 age of Upper Darby mom who faces endangerment charges after a 2-year-old child was spotted hanging out of a 2nd floor window.2 Delco athletes - Kip Taviano and Dante DeSimone, taken far too soon being remembered by loved ones.70th anniversary about to be celebrated in Brookhaven.2 parents arraigned yesterday on misdemeanor charges connected to ferret mauling of one of their children in their Darby Borough home.3 principles in 2 years for Cardinal O’Hara. Eileen Vice takes the post as of July 1.154 million dollars being spent by SEPTA for 18 new locomotives for their regional rail lines.900,000 dollar contract at heart of charges filed against school official in Philly.2nd White House run announced by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.19 people now feared dead in Texas flooding.121 point jump for the Dow yesterday, 1 day after 100-point plunge.14 people charged in widespread corruption probe into FIFA, the governing body of international soccer.4 home runs surrendered by Phils’ starter Sean O’Sullivan in brutal 7-0 loss to Mets.4th consecutive loss for Phils.7 straight losses for the Phils at CitiField in New York.14-10 win for Garnet Valley girls over Carroll in PIAA lacrosse playoffs.39th annual Hero Bowl to be played tonight at Cardinal O’Hara. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Yes, I know Aaron Nola likely needs more seasoning in the minors. But are you telling me he would do worse than the horrific outing put up by Phils’ starter Sean O’Sullivan vs. the Mets yesterday. The result was an embarrassing 7-0 loss. I think I understand that, Ruben. I Don’t Get It: ‘Dining Under the Stars’ in Media is one of the best summer events in the county. So of course the LCB has to become a stickler on licenses. The restaurants are now scrambling to comply. Last night went on without a hitch, other than the threat of storms. Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who were out in force on State Street supporting local establishments. Quote Box: “It’s the whole vibe of being outside with other people. It’s one thing that separates Media from other towns.”- Chriss Sacharok, while enjoying Dining Under the Stars last night in the county seat.
The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Philly for the World Meeting of Families in September continues to have ripple effects across the region. Add Delaware County's Safe Schools Summit to the list.
Today at the annual event focusing on keeping kids safe, leaders of the county public schools and law enforcement agencies will gather at Neumann University to learn what kind of effect having two million people flooding into the region will have on the greater metropolitan area.Children and schoolkids are expected to be a major focus of the pope's visit, and experts will detail the measures being taken as well as what families and parents can do to remain safe amid the throngs gathering to welcome the popular pontiff.Guest speakers will include members of the Secret Service and U.S. Homeland Security, along with medical emergency expert Jeremiah Lester, deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department. The Safe Schools Summit was initiated several years ago in response to the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. In the years since it has covered a variety of topics key to young people, including bullying and online dangers, and the rise in the use of heroin and opioid abuse.
I visited a very special place last night - and met some very special people. We took our 'Live From the Newsroom' show back out on the road to the sparkling Delaware County Veterans Memorial along West Chester Pike in Newtown Square.
If you have not visited, I suggest you do so. It really is a special place. Thanks to the work of Guy Fizzano, Linda Houldin and the other members of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association, and the largesse of developer Claude DeBotton, who donated the land on which the memorial sits, the county has a truly remarkable honor for those who paid the ultimate price for their country.And what better time could there be to pay a visit than two days after Memorial Day?Joining us last night were four very special guests. Gene Guarnere and his daughter Debi Rafferty detailed the 7-foot sculpture of their father and grandfather, the legendary 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, which will soon call the memorial home.They will be on hand on June 6 as part of Newtown Square Days with a bust from the statue, which is expected to be completed and installed at the site in the fall.Of course 'Wild Bill' Guarnere was the South Philly native who gained acclaim as one of the focuses of the HBO series 'Band of Brothers.' Guarnere's exploits as part of Easy Company in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II were the backbone of the book and TV series.Also joining us last night was Janice Arty Hamilton, daughter of the late state representative and County Council chairman Mary Ann Arty. Hamilton detailed a very special event that will be part of the continuing mission of the memorial. It's called a Casket Flag Raising Ceremony. Mary Ann Arty, who served in the Army as a nurse, was one of the first to be so honored, along with Marine Sgt. James Fordyce, who was killed in action in a helicopter crash off the North Africa coast as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His father, James Fordyce, joined us last night to talk about what the honor meant to him and his family.When you listen to Hamilton and James Fordyce speak, you get a feel for just what a special place the memorial is.If you missed the show, you can watch the replay here.
The plan now is to have these Casket Flag Raising events each month on the second Sunday.In June, two more soldiers will be honored, appropriately enough on Flag Day, June 14.U.S. Army veteran Anthony 'Tony' Fizzano and Paul Edwin White, the father of County Councilman Dave White, will have their flags raised at the site.My thanks to all who took part in last night's show, including Barbara Ann Zippi, who as always was invaluable in setting things up. Barb even managed to get the storms to clear just in time for us to go on the air.It was an honor to be able to use the show for one of the best projects in Delaware County.
From my garden! When you can cut a bouquet like this, all the labor is so worth it!
Like many multi-tasking moms, Berwyn resident Kristen Conrad has a busy life managing her full-time day job as a researcher with parenting responsibilities to two T/E School kids – one a middle schooler and the other at Conestoga HS. However, Kristen doesn’t let life’s balancing act. between family and job, keep her from her other passion […]
The Daily Numbers: 1,000 people who regularly pack State Street in Media for Dining Under the Stars on Wednesday nights in the summer. Borough eateries are now scrambling to get the license needed to sell alcohol outdoors. 220 dollar application fee that must accompany each application.76, age of former Marple Newtown school bus driver who faces charges of indecent assault on minor.13, age of his alleged victim.3 men, including a West Chester University quarterback and 2 Delco men, wavied their preliminary hearings yesterday in connection with an altercation at a West Chester eatery.2 people hospitalized yesterday after a crash during the morning rush hour at Routes 1 and 202.2 parking lots in Millbourne at center of dispute over parking tied to visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families.4.1 million dollar project to renovate intersection of Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road that has ground to halt in Clifton Heights.3 million scam being alleged by feds against 2 Main Line men in a plot that targeted the University of Penn.718 crashes responded to by state police over the Memorial Day weekend.13 fatalities recorded.62 of the crashes alcohol-related.20 to 40 years in prison for a Philadelphia man who admitted he attacked and strangled his wife as she walked in a park. They had argued about text messages on his phone from another woman. 13 people still missing in massive flooding in Houston, Texas.14 people killed in storms over the holiday weekend.11 inches of rain that his deluged the region.103 million dollars in new funding being sought from City Council by the Philadelphia School District. 55 billion dollars, what Charter Communications will pay to acquire Time Warner Cable.156 million dollars, pay of Discovery Communications boss David Zaslav, highest paid CEO.6 of 10 highest paid CEOs in nation are in the media. I don’t think any of them are newspaper editors.3 year suspension for Penn State frat tied to nude pictures of women posted on private Facebook page.5-4 come-from-ahead loss for the Phils against the Mets.19 losses in last 24 tries vs. Mets for the Phillies.40 years ago tonight that the Flyers won their 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup.0, the number of Cups the team has won since. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Ruben Amaro Jr. says he probably used his words incorrectly or poorly. Ya think, Rube? I Don’t Get It: Sounds like the LCB is sniffing around the great Dining Under the Stars event in Media for some possible lack of licenses by some eateries for outdoor booze sales. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Amaro for realizing how his words sounded and quickly making the rounds of local media to apologize to the fans. Quote Box: “I don’t think the comments were meant to disparage our fans by any stretch of the imagination. I probably used my words incorrectly or poorly. So I want to apologize for that.”- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. after his comments on fans blew up yesterday.
The location for tonight's 'Live From the Newsroom,' our weekly live-stream Internet broadcast, could not be more appropriate. Two days after we marked Memorial Day, the holiday we set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, we will be at the sparkling Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.
We'll get an update on the work of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association, including plans for a statue to honor 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, one of the local soldiers who inspired the 'Band of Brothers' HBO special. The statue will be unveiled during a special flag-raising at the memorial on June 6 as part of Newtown Square Days.We'll also get the details on a special Flag Day event at the memorial. Several very special flags will be used in a casket flag-raising ceremony as part of the National Flag Day celebration.Joining us will be local businessman Guy Fizzano, president of DCVMA Board of Directors; Linda Houldin, founding member of DCVM; and Debi Rafferty and Gene Guarnere, the granddaughter and son on Bill Guarnere.I'm also hoping to be joined by Wes Mullen, the D-Day veteran who we featured in Tuesday's Daily Times and who was the special guest speaker at the Ridley Park Memorial Day celebration. If you missed the great story from staff writer Rose Quinn, you can read it here
. Mullen, a reserved man who is not one to boast of his own accomplishments, is now taking it on as his mission to stress the true heroes, those that we left behind on the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day Invasion.The man is living history, but as is his nature, he wants to stress that he was just one of the many soldiers who served.Actually, what they did was save the world.It is a debt we can never repay.Maybe in some small way we can by paying attention when they speak.They will all speak tonight at 7 on DelcoTimes.com, when 'Live From the Newsroom' comes to you live from the Delaware County Veterans Memorial on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square.Feel free to join us for a very special show.
The Phillies have their hands full with the New York Mets. They did not need their general manager to throw a little gas on the fire.
But hours before his team blew a late lead and lost for the 19th time in their last 24 tries vs. the Gothams, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was in serious damage control.
He was backpedaling furiously from some comments he had made about Philly fans in an interview with CSN.com's Jim Salisbury. Basically, Amaro buried the fans, saying they didn't really understand the process and the plan the Phils are using when it comes to developing some of their younger talent. Fans want some of the Phils' young talent promoted from the minors. Amaro doesn't want to rush them. I think I understand what Amaro was trying to say. That didn't make it sound any better when he said the fans "don't understand the game" and that they "bitch and complain that we don't have a plan." How do you really feel, Ruben? It became pretty clear very quickly how the fans felt. Naturally, they were outraged. After being pilloried on sports talk radio and social media most of the day, Amaro came forward before last night's game to apologize. "I'd like to apologize to the fan because I'm a fan myself and I understand," Amaro said. "I understand the passion and the knowledge that our fans have for our game and the other major sports - all the sports in Philly. So, I don't think the comments were meant to disparage our fans by any stretch of the imagination. I probably used my words incorrectly or poorly. So I want to apologize for that." Ya think? All of this blurs what is really happening with the Phils. After putting together a fairly impressive six-game winning streak, they have hit the skids again. And this is with Ryan Howard wielding a hot bat. The Phils are what they are - a mediocre at best major league ballclub. But fans probably can't be blamed when they see the dramatic turnaround pulled off by the Houston Astros. Last year they were one of the worst teams in baseball. One year later, they have the best record in the league at a sizzling 30-17. Phillies' fans can only dream about that kind of turnaround. And you can bet they will be vocal about their belief that Ruben Amaro Jr. is not the man to guide a similar turnaround here in Philly. There's no doubt they 'understand' that.
The Daily Numbers: 90, age of World War II veteran West Mullen, who was keynote speaker at the Ridley Park Memorial Day celebration. Mullen is a survivor of the Normandy Invasion, hitting Omaha Beach on D-Day and living to tell his story. 100, age of Margaret Gleason, who pays a visit to Arlington Cemetery every Memorial Day. This year was no exception.2013, when the contract with the Interboro School District support staff expired. They’ve been working without a deal since.4,234 new residents of Delco since the last census was taken in 2010.425 new residents in Haverford, tops among growth spots in the county.4.1 percent growth spurt for Chester Township.5,000 rollercoaster rides being celebrated by a man out in West Mifflin, Pa., over the holiday.12 people missing in Texas after heavy rains caused record-setting flooding.6-3 loss to the Mets for the Phils.6 strikeouts for the Phils, 5 of them looking, including Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis and Chase Utley all in a row.5 losses in last 7 games for the Phils after they won 6 in a row.18 losses in last 23 games vs. the Mets for the Phils.2 straight wins for the Union. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Just when you thought the Phils might be turning this thing around, they go right back into the tank again. Let’s face it, this team is what it is: Thoroughly mediocre. I Don’t Get It: Still not sure where all those flag-waving patriots who celebrated Memorial Day were a few days earlier when the polls were empty on election day. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Wes Mullen, who is a piece of living history, telling his tale of survival from D-Day. Quote Box: “They’re the only heroes I know, the heroes that gave up their lives so that we could be here.”- West Mullen, talking about his World War II compatriots who did not survive the D-Day invasion.
Go ahead and hate me. Bring on the heat.
I actually like this kind of weather. The hotter the better. Humidity? Where have you been, my old friend. I'm not sure why I enjoy thick, steamy weather. Maybe it's because I'm always cold. I have an extreme dislike for air-conditioning. Don't hold your breath waiting for me to turn it on at home. I'm always the one sitting outside on the deck sweltering while my family sits inside in air-conditioned comfort. Every once in awhile they would peek out the door to see if I'm still upright. This is going to be my kind of week. The forecast
calls for it to be hot, humid, with highs in the 90s all week. Now if only we can keep those pesky thunderstorms away.
A shout-out today to my friend and longtime, loyal reader Eleanor Nealy of Trainer. She left me a voice-mail to alert me to something that was in the paper on Monday.
Since it was the Memorial Day holiday, many people might have missed it. I'll repeat it here for a couple of reasons. One, we always take note when a prominent person passes away.And Marcus Belgrave certainly was that.But the famed trumpeter also was a native of Chester. You can read his full obit here
.Eleanor reminded me of something that happens all the time in this crazy business:Just how many things revert back to Chester.Even this newspaper, the Daily Times, can trace its roots back to the Chester Times.Eleanor told me Belgrave was a protege and student of the great Robert E. Vaughan, the legendary Chester music teacher who spent 35 years in the music programs in Chester schools.Eleanor also pointed out that Belgrave also played with her sister in the band that performed at the Salvation Army.She also noted something else that is too often forgotten, the common theme that runs through all of these stories:Education.It's that important, and that's why is remains at the heart of so many of Chester's problems."This is just another case of education coming through," Nealy said.I think Marcus Belgrave and Robert Vaughan would agree.
I had people for lunch this weekend and for dinner. And I got to play with all the vintage stuff ! It’s all locally sourced and didn’t break the bank. And look at the colors? So perfect for summer. Happy looking.
From thrift shops to consignment stores to yard sales and church sales to garage sale and vintage groups on social media you can do this literally for pennies on the dollar.
Set a vintage table. These things were meant to be used and often the quality far exceeds their modern counterparts.
Have a great Memorial Day !
The great thing about social media is that there are groups for just about everything. Dogs, parenting, garage sales, women’s groups, cancer support, cooking, gardening, collecting certain things, you name it. I belong to some parenting groups because, well, I am more of a late stage parent as a step parent, so it’s a great way to learn.
In one parenting group, a post caught my eye. The poster was one of those women whose profile photo was like a head shot. Perfectly coifed hair, professionally done make up and wearing a strapless dress like she was auditioning for a Real Housevives show.
The post was crowd sourcing where to get a dog and bashing a rescue which had turned her down. There were a ton of comments including from her. She was exhibiting shall we say potty mouth. Kind of ironic on a parenting page where there are often comments about how can people get their kids to not curse and not exhibit aggressive and unpleasant behaviors.
This woman goes on and on about how wonderful she is and how wronged she was and bashes the rescue some more. When challenged about rescue bashing and potty mouth in a place about parenting and mostly parenting small children, wowza. Super classy…..not. More like a bare knuckles brawler with an expensive manicure.
If I was a rescue having to decide on her, lordy I feel sorry for them. But truthfully (based upon her comments), her issue seems to be that somewhere in the application and interview process she did not meet their criteria. Ok pretty simple: rescues and even shelters have rules for a reason. If you don’t meet their criteria move onto a rescue you have better chemistry with or try to politely work it out. Lord knows there are a lot of homeless animals out there.
But the whole thing about a woman who puts forth an image of super coiffed and living on the Main Line and not being able to use their words well enough that they can’t avoid expletives of any level on a group page they don’t own or control where they are basically a guest like everyone else? Unnecessary and poor form. And somewhat distasteful. If they want to do that on their personal page, well that is one thing and basically dumb. But on a group page? Come on and grow up.
And I also don’t know what it is about dog rescue conversations online but aren’t you sick of them going from zero to nasty in a blink of an eye ? There are so many animals needing homes, yet some people have to start this controversy constantly basically because they do not like being told in essence, “no”. Why not try to work with these rescues ? Work through their reservations? Or (again) if you don’t have chemistry with one rescue, move onto another?
And truthfully for me what I don’t care for about these conversations other than the acrimony is the cursing in a public forum like that. Surely other words can be chosen? Or does that also go hand in hand with being told “no” or anything else they don’t want to hear?
How can we teach our children well when the adults in the room are behaving like idiots?
The Daily Numbers: 19 guns stolen from the Suburban Armory gun shop in Collingdale. 3 or 4 men being sought. Police say they smashed out a front window and ripped off the guns.8.3 million dollars in cuts to support staff in recent years in the Upper Darby School District. Officials yesterday made a pitch to Gov. Tom Wolf to restore funding.1.7 million dollar deficit in the latest budget, which will mean a tax hike. 70 different languages spoken in the diverse Upper Darby School District.13,000 dollars spent per student in Upper Darby, one of the lowest rates in the county.8,000 to $10,000 annual school property tax tab for the average homeowner.1,400 students who picked up diplomas at Delaware County Community College yesterday.8,800 feet of trolley tracks being replaced in Aldan Borough.591 bags of heroin seized during drug sting in Dover, Del.6 Baltimore police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.7,700 gallons of oil now sullying the beaches in California after a pipeline ruptured.7-3 loss for the Phillies in Colorado to wrap up their road trip..395, what Ryan Howard is hitting over the last 9 games played at Coors Field.2 home runs in 2 games for Howard. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Just 2 losses for the Phils in their last 9 games. They will get a bit sterner test starting tonight at Citizens Bank Park when the Nats show up to kick off a weekend series. I Don’t Get It: 19 guns in the hands of people who should not have them after a heist at the Suburban Armory in Collingdale. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to former Rep. Nick Micozzie, honored for getting the legislation passed that led to the way for improvements at Secane Station. Deservedly so. Quote Box: “There are 18 weapons that are now on the street, that weren’t on the street yesterday.- Collingdale Chief Bob Adams, after heist at local gun shop.
If you're one of those harried folks who scramble every morning to arrive early and snag a precious parking spot at the Secane Station to start your commute into the city on the Media/Elwyn line, you owe a debt of gratitude.
There are 60 brand new parking spots at the transit stop this week.They are there for one reason: Act 89. That is the massive transportation package that was passed by the Legislature. It is providing critical funding for infrastructure and transit work across the Commonwealth.Act 89 happened in large part because of one man.That would be former state Rep. Nick Micozzie. The longtime Upper Darby Republican, who retired last fall after representing Upper Darby in Harrisburg for more than three decades, deftly shepherded this crucial piece of legislation through the mine field known as Harrisburg.Make no mistake, Act 89 was not a particularly popular piece of legislation, especially among Republicans. The GOP folks from the middle of the state very often turn a deaf ear to packages they believe are tilted to giving aid to the southeaster portion of the state. Add in what many believe were thinly disguised tax hikes, and they consider it something akin to anathema.It was left to Micozzie to pick up the ball and run with it for Gov. Tom Corbett.Few people know the intricacies of how Harrisburg works - and how legislation gets passed - better than Mizozzie. He not only managed to get the crucial funding through his Transportation Committee, he got it passed and onto to Corbett's desk.The result is a lot of critically important projects such as the one unveiled at Secane Station this week.
That's why it was particularly poignant to see a phalanx of local and SEPTA officials gather at the station this week to cut the ribbon and show off their new toy.And to honor the man who made it possible
.There will be a road sign at the station marking it 'Nick Micozzie Way.'It was a nice gesture for a nice man.A guy who was not afraid to reach across the aisle to get something done, whether it be more funding for local schools, or important infrastructure projects.The moment also comes with a tinge of sadness.Delaware County has no idea how much they will miss Nick Micozzie looking after their interests in Harrisburg.That's a lot of clout that just left town.But Act 89 - and the projects it will fund - will remind us just how important Nick Micozzie was.
Congratulations! You made it. We have survived another winter. Despite some very chilly weather this morning, there is no doubt about it. We have made it to the unofficial start of summer - the Memorial Day Weekend.
It's my favorite weekend of the year, if only because it opens the door to another summer.Here's some info for you in terms of what you need to know this Memorial Day Weekend.Enjoy!If you’re heading to the beach and want to check the traffic, CLICK HERE.
For a full look at the forecast, CLICK HERE.
If you’re looking for something to do or a way to commemorate the holiday, CLICK HERE.
Mother Nature looks like she is ready to cooperate.After a cool start this morning, we’ll warm into the 70s with lots of sunshine. It will be a tad on the cool side Saturday morning, then heat will gradually build through the weekend and by the holiday on Monday, it will actually feel like mid-summer.Here’s the latest on the holiday weekend forecast from the National Weather Service:Friday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph.Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 10 mph.Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.Memorial Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 91.Don’t forget the real reason for the holiday. This is the weekend we set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Thank a veteran this weekend.