oakbourne at christmas

Chester County Ramblings - 3 hours 4 min ago

One of jewels of Chester County is located in Westtown Township – Oakbourne Mansion.  I was there for the first time early in the fall for Westtown Day – this extraordinary historic mansion is in the middle of their appropriately named Oakbourne Park. The park itself is quite beautiful and has walking trails, what looks like a community garden, and kids’ jungle gym equipment too.

The mansion has an iconic water tower which is actually part of the township logo I am told!

 The mansion is in remarkable condition given its age and is owned by Westtown Township.  It is in need of some maintenance like any house of its age but the place is just so gorgeous! 

The details inside are amazing! From woodwork to tile work and mosaics and the crazy beautiful stained glass windows, this place is magical.  Today it was hosting a Christmas festival kids’ fun day, and the event was hosted by Westtown’s Parks and Rec committee. Their Parks and Rec community volunteers really put together an amazing event – more committees in local municipalities should follow their lead! They are SO much more than playground equipment! And they love the park Oakbourne sits in which is so awesome to see!

Enjoy the photos. Hopefully someday Oakbourne will land on something like The National Register of Historic Places.  I wonder if the National Trust for Historic Preservation  knows this place exists? Do you know it exists? Everyone should check Oakbourne out- it really is so very beautiful! (If I was in charge of restoration work here, I would bring in Frens and Frens out of West Chester!)

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follow that hay cart

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-12-03 14:52

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litterbug shaming

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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2016-12-03 06:32
This is what rebuilding looks like - at least for the Eagles.

This one could set the NFL back a ways.

Two struggling teams will meet in Cincinnati when the Eagles arrive to tangle with the Bengals.

If you can remember the optimism that surrounded the Eagles, along with Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz as the Birds sprinted out to that 3-0 start, you're a good fan.

Pederson is a first-year coach; Wentz is a rookie quarterback. Both are beginning to look like it.

The truth is this is probably more representative of the Eagles than that mirage early in the season, including that impressive win vs. the Steelers.

Pederson in particular seems to have lost the imagination and touch he demonstrated - and his team is paying for it.

He's fallen into the Andy Reid playbook, abandoning a running game that would immensely help his young QB while controlling the game and keeping some potent offenses off the field.

Instead Pederson for some reason insists on throwing the ball, including an ugly effort vs. the Packers when the key to the game should have been to limit the time Aaron Rodgers had to dissect your defense.

The Bengals aren't nearly as good. They look like they will miss the playoffs again. They won't need to be all that good today. The Eagles arrive likely without their top two weapons, which I guess is a bit of a stretch. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has a bum ankle; running back Ryan Mathews is out again with a knee injury. There's a stunner: Ryan Mathews is injured.

Pederson could load up with a huge diet of Wendell Smallwood, the running back who has given every appearance of being a solid lead back. Instead the guess here is that Pederson instead will try to have Wentz win the game again. Expect lots of 6-yard passes to Zach Ertz on third and eight.

On defense, the Birds can't possibly be as bad as they looked against the Packers.

Just about anything would be an improvement. They'll be better, just not good enough.

The Pick: Make it Bengals 17, Eagles 13. Offense could be strictly a rumor in this one. The Eagles are lousy on the road, the Bengals should kick enough field goals to get the win.

Last Week: I don't know what everyone else was thinking. I looked on one side and saw Aaron Rodgers, who is having a very good season even as the Packers have struggled. They are lining up a spot in Canton for Rodgers. How many Eagles can you say that about? The win pushed me over the .500 mark on the season at 6-5, while the Birds slumped to 5-6 mark, as they head back out on the road - where they have not fared well this season, against the Bengals.

Game by Game: Packers 27, Eagles 13 (My Pick: Packers 27, Eagles 23)

Seahawks 26, Eagles 15 (My Pick: Seahawks 24, Eagles 13)

Eagles 24, Falcons 15 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Falcons 29)

Giants 28, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Giants 17)

Cowboys 29, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Cowboys 29, Eagles 24)

Eagles 21, Vikings 10 (My Pick: Vikings 26, Eagles 13)

Redskins 27, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)

Lions 24, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Lions 10)

Eagles 34, Steelers 3 (My Pick: Steelers, 26, Eagles 23)

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)

Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13)
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And the angels sing in Swarthmore

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-12-02 06:25
The debate in Swarthmore continues. I always like to think of readers' voices as those of the angels. They are singing these days in Swarthmore.

I took to the editorial page today to expound on the story that everyone is talking about. That would be the request by the HEADstrong Foundation to use a stately, old house in the borough as a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families who are getting medical treatment in the area. That request is being opposed by some neighbors. An interesting thing happened as we covered this story, something that actually happens quite often. No one especially liked our coverage.

Those who backed the Colleluori family and HEADstrong in their efforts believed we focused entirely too much on the opponents and ignored the fact that a lot of people in the borough were supporting their request. Essentially, they thought the town was being painted with much too broad a brush. If you spend any time, as I do, online you know what I mean. The stories have sparked a huge outpouring, both on our comments board, as well as on Facebook.

On the other side, those opposed to the HEADstrong request believed we were unnecessarily sensationalizing the story and fanning the flames of the bile that spilled out - much of it directed at them - online.

As I always do in these cases, I invited them to offer their side of the story, and promised I would run it on our op-ed page. My thanks for Lisa Feehery for taking me up on my offer.

One thing I would like to make clear. Lisa Feehery is not what most people are trying to make her and some of her fellow neighbors out to be. She believes what is in essence a fairly mundane issue over borough codes and zoning regulations is being fanned into something emotional, an "us vs. them" debate that she does not really want.

You can read her guest column here.

Council is set to make their ruling Monday night. We'll be there.

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The life of Reilly

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-12-02 05:59
On our editorial page Thursday, we noted how Andy Reilly is about to do something most people in Delaware County already have done.

The leader of the county Republican Party will cast a ballot for Donald J. Trump for president.

But Reilly's vote will have a little more 'oomph' than most of those cast a couple of weeks ago in Delco and Pennsylvania.

That's because Reilly is one of 20 official electors from Pennsylvania to the Electoral College.

You remember all that talk about Pennsylvania's 20 critical electoral votes? Reilly holds one of them. And despite a daily avalanche of emails, he says he's heard nothing to make him change his mind and not vote the will of the public in casting his vote for Trump.

This comes as Third Party candidate Jill Stein is pushing lawsuits seeking recounts in three states, including Pennsylvania. A hearing on that request is set for Monday in Harrisburg.

It turns out she's not the only one who has not yet accepted the election results.

Here in Delaware County, unsuccessful Democratic 7th District Congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis is seeking a recount, sounding the alarm about widespread hacking reports. You can get all the details on that push here.

Good luck with that, Mary Ellen.

Don't hold your breath waiting for either of these challenges to hold water - or change the result of the election. Donald Trump is going to be the 45th president of the United States.

And I, for one, am already starting to wonder if all these angry people who backed him aren't already wondering what they did and if Trump in fact is the guy who is going to go to bat for them. We shall see. I just hope the country is not saddled with a massive, four-year case of buyer's remorse.
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dear santa can you help?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-12-01 14:30

Dear Santa,

Hi there! Are you getting your letters from Chester County, PA?  I am sorry to ask  during this time of year, but you see parts of Chester County has an on again, off again mail problem.

You see, part of Chester County PA’s Mail sorts through another city and state. Yes, it’s true, part of Chester County’s mail sorts through Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine, you send your next door neighbor a card and it takes not days , but weeks to arrive. Why? Because the mail sorts through Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine you have an awesome local post office and equally terrific mail carriers. Imagine how awful they feel when they have to knock on your door and hand you damaged mail and damaged packages that sometimes look like the football after Monday Night Football! Why? Because the mail came to Chester County via Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine you are waiting for a registered or priority package and you are tracking it on and you watch it travel from pillar to post and then it just stalls for a couple of days…in Wilmington, Delaware. (with no explanation, ever.)

Santa, it is sad but true. When you complain the United States Postal Service doesn’t honor their “we deliver for you” they terrorize your local mail carriers and post office or they blow you off entirely. Heck maybe YOU can get them to respond to emails – because unless you are contacting the Office of The Inspector General, you stand a pretty good chance of being totally blown off.

Last time I went on a tirade against Chester County PA mail partially sorting through Wilmington, Delaware I was told off the record that the reason mail from Chester County sorts through another state entirely was Joe Biden and is this true?  So should I be writing to Joe Biden instead of you Santa Claus?

I have a theory and that is the postal workers in the sorting facility in Wilmington,  Delaware resent having to also sort Chester County, Pennsylvania mail.  And that is why I hypothesize why mail goes missing, has inexplicable delays, and gets damaged. And who can blame them?  Wouldn’t you be upset if some politicians just doubled your workloads because they thought that was the solution to some stupid political agenda? 

December 1, 2016 update: spoke to consumer affairs personnel in Washington, DC in the Postmaster General’s Office after getting blown off by Philadelphia Consumer Affairs and the office of the USPS OIG. Santa would you like to receive a priority package marked fragile that looks like this?

So Santa, if you can talk to USPS about the mail and ask them to do something about the Chester County, Pennsylvania mail partially sorting in Wilmington, Delaware that would be an awesome stocking stuffer this Christmas!

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More on the great Swarthmore debate

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:47
We revisited the Great Swarthmore Debate today.

That, of course, would be the conflagration of comments surrounding the proposal by the HEADstrong Foundation to use a home in the borough for a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families while they receive medical care in the area. I decided to follow up on the story for a couple of reasons.

First and foremost, because no one seemed to be entirely happy with our coverage up to this point.

Those in favor of the HEADstrong plan thought a story earlier this week spent too much time focusing on the comments of neighbors who are opposing the move and asking borough council to block it. They also said the story unfairly besmirched what they say are the overwhelming majority of people in the borough who support the plan.

I heard from lawyers. I heard from state reps. All wanted to stress that there area a lot of people in Swarthmore who support HEADstrong and their mission.

I also heard from several of those neighbors who appeared before council last week to oppose the plan.

They believe they also have been unfairly characterized.

Make no mistake. they have legitimate concerns and make several valid points, including concerns about traffic and parking, let alone setting a precedent for similar potential uses of borough property.

Then there is the online and social media phenomenon.

It is now part and parcel of what we do.

There was a time when debate on such a topic would have been reserved for town meetings, water coolers and coffee klatches. Not anymore.

The story exploded both on our website and Facebook.

Today, every person with a phone, tablet or laptop is now a publisher, free to say whatever they wish, and often wearing the cloak of anonymity.

The neighbors who have raised concerns about the HEADstrong proposal believe they are being unfairly vilified by the online comments. Read through them and it's easy to see their point.

I hold some responsibility for that.

The comments on as well as our Facebook page are largely unmonitored. You sign on and you can spill your guts. That very often can turn ugly pretty quickly.

When people register a complaint, I review the comments. Sometimes I delete them. Other times I realize a person simply disagreed with another's position. Those stay.

Yesterday I removed one post on our Facebook page that included a photo of one of the neighbors who is opposed to the HEADstrong use.

We should be careful in how we word this as well.

Obviously, none of these people is opposed to HEADstrong, and the marvelous work they do providing free room and board and other crucial services to families dealing with heart-wrenching cancer diagnoses. They just don't think it's the proper use for this particular house. You can read our follow-up story here.

And then no doubt post your comments as well.
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A classic response on Wawa parking lots

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:24
It may be the best response or suggestion to a blog item in the history of the Heron's Nest.

Yesterday I nominated Wawa parking lots as some of the most dangerous places in Delaware County.

That prompted a person on Twitter to come up with an ingenious suggestion.

He urged the Department of Motor Vehicles to start using Wawa parking lots for driver's tests.

"Get into the lot, park, and get out. You get a license."


Any other suggestions?
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A slippery slope for Sixers

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:14
The Sixers did not lose last night.

That's the good news.

Then again, they did not win either. No, they didn't tie.

Actually, they didn't play at all.

The Sixers had problems with their hardwood playing surface down at the Wells Fargo Center. Apparently the warm weather, coupled with the Flyers' ice surface that resides under the hardwood, along with rainy warm conditions outside combined to allow moisture to form on the hardwood. And apparently, no one thought to crank up the air-conditioning.

Yes, they got floored.

Yes, they mopped the floor, but not with Demarcus Cousins and the Kings, the way their fans would have preferred.

Make no mistake, a lot of questions are going to be asked about the way the Sixers handled all this.

Members of the Kings reported they had issues at their morning shootaround. That was at 10 a.m. Then the Sixers faced the situation during their pre-game practice.

All of this was hours before game time, but no announcement was forthcoming until most fans were already in the house.

The team initially announced to the crowd that the game was being delayed before eventually cancelling it altogether.

Fans will be offered tickets to a future game, in addition to the rescheduled game with the Kings. Fans also will be reimbursed for parking. No word on whether the team will make good on any beer and food fans purchased before the rug was pulled out from under the game.

Yes, it's a very slippery slope for a team that has had more than its share of pitfalls.

Terry Toohey has all the details.
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still coming soon in west chester?

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-11-30 18:22

I love the Farmers & Mechanics Building and was super excited that Myles Development was thinking outside the box and creating a boutique hotel.  As a matter of fact I had offered Tom Myles free photography of his site as it was being rehabilitated for a “brag book” I was so excited. But I never heard a thing after I offered that in February, 2016.  And that’s fine, I am busy enough as it is.

But… who has heard anything about how the rehab/adaptive reuse is going? Has anyone seen the work so far? (I am still really interested in the rooftop garden and how that will turn out!)

I went searching for news and found the above on a small hotel site called Marshall Hotels & Resorts.

I saw an update that they are pre-leasing office space – that was on the Myles Development site and screen shot below.

But that is it – can’t find additional media coverage or anything.  I am rooting for this project, so if anyone has any updates, please post a comment!

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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Nov. 30

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 07:46
The Daily Numbers: 1,500 emails a day for Delco GOP leader Andy Reilly, who is an official elector for Pennsylvania.

They are asking him to vote for someone other than Donald Trump for president.

20 electors in Pennsylvania, who will cast their ballots for president Dec. 19.

2,900,785 votes for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, to 2,825,767 for Hillary Clinton.

132,000 dollar annual salary for Tim Boyce, who will take over the lead spot at the Delco Emergency Services Center.

35 year career in public service for the Upper Darby native.

125 police and fire dispatchers who work at the 911 Center in Middletown.

5-16 years in prison on child porn charges for father of 9 from Upper Darby.

125 dollars in gifts that arrived for the Merry Christmas Fund yesterday.

9 percent boost in Black Friday sales from last year.

12.1 percent increase in Cyber Monday sales.

45,000 reward being offered for info on driver in fatal hit-run in Philly that killed 8-year-old girl.

10 bucks, what police say was at center of dispute that led to fatal stabbing in Philly.

500 million mark for the Temple University endowment, 1st time it’s ever hit that plateau.

3 year extension for UPenn boss Amy Guttman.

300 million dollar renovation on tap for the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton.

5 December, when Jill Stein and her backers will get their day in court to seek recount of Pa. election results.

3 people killed in tornadoes in Alabama.

14,000 people who have fled wildfires in Tennessee.

3 fatalities reported.

150 building burned by the fires.

3-2 win for Flyers in shootout over the Bruins.

45 saves for Steve Mason, including 8 of 9 in the shootout.

2-0 lead that evaporated in Bruins’ comeback.

82-57 win for No. 2 Villanova over Penn last night.

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

Doug Pederson believes the Eagles are still headed in the right direction. Yeah, so did the captain of the Titanic.

I Don’t Get It: Have to admit I’m having some trouble getting my head around the efforts of some neighbors in Swarthmore to block a plan to use a home in the borough by the HEADstrong group to house cancer patients and their families.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Cheryl Colleluori and HEADstrong for the fantastic work they do. It’s a fitting legacy for Nick Colleluori.

Quote Box: “No one has advanced an argument yet that would overcome the argument that I should vote the will of the people.”

- Andy Reilly, who is an elector in Pennsylvania.
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About Swarthmore and HEADstrong

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:47
Very little we have written recently has generated the kind of reaction as the situation that is playing out in Swarthmore.

That is where HEADstrong, the organization founded by former start Ridley athlete Nick Colleluori to help cancer victims and their families, is seeking the OK to use a house in the borough as a temporary residence for some of those patients. Cancer eventually took Colleluori's life, but the foundation he founded continues to help cancer victims and their families every day.

But they've encountered some opposition to their plans from a few neighbors. They have concerns about traffic, safety, parking and the effect on their neighborhood.

The reaction on social media is about what you'd expect. They are being attacked relentlessly.

On today's editorial page, we weighed in on the subject, urging Swarthmore Borough Council to reject the neighbors' request and approve HEADstrong's plans for the house.

But first I would like to point a few things out.

One thing many people have wondered about is why the story only included the negative reactions from some neighbors. They wondered if no one spoke in favor of the plan. The truth is that this was not the first hearing on the proposal, and not the first time we've written about it. HEADstrong made their case at a previous hearing, which we covered, while this one was to give those opposed the floor.

Also my thanks to Christine Reuther. She is the local attorney who is representing HEADstrong in this matter. She pointed out that the objections are being raised by just a few people, while most of the borough has been most receptive and helpful to HEADstrong's plans.

One longtime reader and Swarthmore resident who is very active on social media despaired at the way the town was being savaged on Facebook and the comments section of It's a legitimate point. This is not the view of the majority of residents.

As usual when we report on this kind of local controversy, the Philly TV stations beat a path to these folks' doors. You can check out a couple of them here and here.

You can read our editorial here.

All of this prompted a great quip from a co-worker here at the Daily Times. He wondered that if people were upset by HEADstrong's plan, why was there no outpouring of emotion when they learned we would be moving our offices to South Chester Road? Of course, technically we're actually located in Springfield Township, but you get the drift.

Those rascally, unsavory newspaper types sullying the fine environs of Swarthmore? There goes the neighborhood.
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The most dangerous places in Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:22
A recent incident that made its way onto our front page only reinforced something I've been convinced of now for a long time.

Is there a more dangerous place than Wawa parking lots?

That's even more so with the Delco convenience store icon's new super stores that feature gas pumps. Between people jockeying to get in and out of parking spots, as people try to maneuver into the gas pumps, it's a jungle out there.

I can't tell you how many times I've see people blithely walk to their cars with their 'Gottahavva' cup of Wawa coffee and shorti, jump behind the wheel, and back out of a parking spot without so much as glance at what is behind them.

Now I have to admit that I got spoiled all those years in Primos. We could walk the block to what we always considered our very own personal Wawa for our nourishment.

Now that we are in Swarthmore (yes, technically it's in Springfield!) I sometimes get in the car and make a short jaunt to the Wawa on Fairview Road, just a block away from MacDade. Yes, it's one of the old-style Wawas that I dearly love. But I have an issue with it. It might just be the most dangerous parking lot I've ever encountered. I literally hold my breath some days trying to get in and out of the place in one piece.

Of course I've been thinking of this because of an incident that occurred in the Wawa parking lot at Baltimore Pike near Bishop Avenue in Upper Darby. An altercation there between two drivers quickly escalated into something very ugly, including ethnic slurs, according to police. One driver now actually faces charges of ethnic intimidation.

Making this even more bizarre is another habit I've noticed at Wawas. People are always more than willing to hold the door for you as you enter and exit. I always hold the door, and people always seem very appreciative.

Then they climb back behind the wheel of their SUVS and turn into monsters again.

Let me know if you agree, post a comment if you had a particularly harrowing experience.

I'm now ready to start a new holiday campaign.

Let there be peace ... in Wawa parking lots.
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How your house can be featured in 'Homes for the Holidays'

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 05:53
Make sure you check out the return of a popular feature today on Page Two.

Yes, it's time once again for our annual holiday feature, "Homes For The Holidays." Every day from now through New Year's we hope to show off one Delaware County house festooned in its holiday finest.

To some people that means a single white light in every weekend. To others it means those new-fangled projections that can fill the entire front of your house with illuminated stars. And still others lean toward those large, inflatable Santas, elves or reindeers.

This year we're adding a new wrinkle. We want you to submit your own pictures. Always wanted to have your house featured in "Homes for the Holidays?" This year is your chance. Just remember, we don't make guarantees.

Email your pix to me at Please remember to give us the basic information, such as the street and town where the house is located. If you want your family name used, please feel free to include that as well.

There is no prize, only a little joy and good cheer on what can at times be an overwhelming daily dose of bad news.

Join us this year in celebrating "Homes for the Holidays."
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Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 29 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 07:30
The Daily Numbers: 27-13 loss for the Birds to the Packers on Monday Night Football. Hope you didn’t stay up to watch that dreck.

5-6 record for both the Eagles and Packers. Which do you think has a better shot of making the playoffs?

2-6 record for Eagles after starting the season 3-0.

30 of 39 for 313 yards for Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

24 of 36 for 254 yards for Carson Wentz, plus 1 interception.

0 sacks for Eagles defense.

0 turnovers created by Birds’ D.

3 times now Fletcher Cox has been called for crucial roughing the passer penalty. All 3 times it extended opponents drives and all 3 times led to TD.

.5 tackles for Cox last night.

30 points surrendered by Green Bay in each of its previous 4 games.

89 points given up in their last 2 games.

10 of 14 for the Packers on 3rd down.

2 yard catch in the 3rd quarter that for some reason Doug Pederson decided to challenge. It left him with no challenges for the rest of the game.

0 times the Eagles targeted Paul Turner, who was activated and playing in place of the benched Nelson Agholor.

4 scrambles for 33 yards for Wentz

6 for 6 passing for Wentz on Eagles 1st drive, capping it off with 1-yard TD run, diving into the end zone.

5 offensive starters missing for Eagles.

2 for 2 on field goals for Caleb Sturgis, including another 50-yarder.

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

Doug Pederson insists the Eagles are still moving in the right direction. Could have fooled us.

I Don’t Get It: Challenging a 2-yard pass gain. Pederson won the battle but lost the war, leaving himself with no more challenges.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Caleb Sturgis. Two more field goals last night, including another 50-yarder. Sturgis has to be listed among top kickers in game.

Quote Box: “A lot of self-inflicted wounds.”

- Doug Pederson after the game.
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Two great holiday traditions

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 07:00
Here at the Daily Times, we like to think we have a sense of tradition.

That's especially true around the holiday season.

That's one of the reasons why for more than four decades we have partnered with the Salvation Army in Chester on The Merry Christmas Fund.

The concept is simple. We ask readers to forego maybe greeting cards or one gift and instead make a donation to the great work done in the city by the Salvation Army.

In return we allow readers to post a short message. We list the donations - and the messages - in the paper every day.

This is the 45th year we've run the Merry Christmas Fund. Last year we did not hit our goal of $50,000. We remain undeterred, and again this year have set the bar at $50,000.

Here's an important part. Please don't mail your check or money order to us us here at the Daily Times. Mail it instead directly to the Salvation Army at Chester Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1032, Brookhaven PA 19015.

You can read the first list of those who donated here.

Our other tradition is something we've now been doing for the past few years and has proved wildly popular with our readers. So this year we've decided to enlist their help.

Each holiday season, we've been turning over our feature photo spot on Page Two to something we've dubbed "Homes for the Holidays."

Pretty simple, really. We run photos of some of the great holiday displays people erect at their homes.

Now remember, there are some ground rules. First and foremost, we don't make guarantees. Second, this is not a contest. There is no prize for best decoration or the most lights. We don't judge. We simply present.

But there is a problem. Imagine that, a newspaper with a problem.

We are dealing with some serious staffing issues, especially when it comes to our photographers.

So this year we're looking for a little help. And we think our readers are more than ready to step up and answer the call.

If you'd like to see your house featured on Page Two of the Daily Times, email me your photos to

Just remember, I'm not in the business of making guarantees, except for being perpetually frustrated by the Eagles, but then I've already written about the Birds this morning.

One thing we will try to do is use something from every part of the county.

Join us in this great holiday tradition.

Share your best shots for our Homes for the Holidays Page Two feature.

Help us share a little holiday cheer, especially since so much of the paper every day deals with what can kindly be described as not the best of circumstances.

We really do love the holidays. And we want you to join in our efforts.

Joy to the World. At least our little corner of it.
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The Eagles are what we thought they would be - mediocre

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 06:17
If only the Eagles had not started out 3-0.

Three months later, Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and the boys are 5-6 and the playoffs are a fading dream.

The truth is, take away those initial three wins and this team is about where we expected them to be.

Last night for the second straight week they got exposed, this time in front of a national TV audience for Monday Night Football, losing to the Packers, 27-13.

They are a team that has no weapons on offense, and a defense that too often does not come up big in crucial situations. On offense, rookie Wentz has been tossed into a near-impossible situation. He entered last night's game with one troubled wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, on the bench. He would soon lose his top target, Jordan Matthews, to an ankle injury. The Birds' top running back, Ryan Mathews, was already scratched for the game with an injury, and the offensive line, already being juggled due to injury, had to be shuffled again when right guard Ron Brooks came up sick before the game.

The result was about what you would expect. Wentz and the Eagles only managed to put up 13 points against a Packers defense that had been torched in recent weeks, giving up 40 points in both of its last two games.

But even more troubling might be this defense.

And it is hard not to point a finger at defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The guy who signed a huge contract extension in the offseason and was consistently ballyhooed as one of the league's best defensive linemen once again came up small. He recorded only a half of a tackle on the night, whatever that means. And he once again was slapped with a crucial roughing the passer penalty in the third period. It's the third time he's picked up that kind of call this year. All three times it was on third down and led to key conversions, extending drives, and all three times the opposing team went on to score a touchdown. That can't happen.

The Eagles'defense again simply could not get off the field, as All-Pro Aaron Rodgers carved them up at will. The Packers were 10 for 14 on third down conversions.

The Eagles recorded 0 sacks and 0 turnovers.

Plus Pederson decided again to start the game on defense, taking the ball at the start of the second half. But in doing so he set the stage for Rodgers, who methodically dissected the Birds' defense. He marched the Pack down the field and immediately put the Eagles in a 7-0 hole. Actually, Wentz responded and brought the Eagles back to tie the score at 7-all.

And, much like his predecessor Andy Reid, Pederson is proving himself to be in love with the forward pass. This despite the fact that you are again playing an elite quarterback and you might want to consider keeping him off the field. You do that by running the ball, but Pederson eschewed that in favor of the forward pass.

So much for the home-field advantage. That four-game win streak is now history. The Eagles actually have now gone 2-6 since that 3-0 start.

After the game Pederson insisted the Eagles were still moving in the right direction.

Does this sound like the Eagles' very own version of the Sixers' vaunted 'Process.'

No they aren't tanking. But they aren't moving forward either.

They're regressing.

I'll blame that 3-0 start. It was a mirage.

The Eagles are about what we expected them to be. Rookie coach, rookie QB, questionable skill levels across the key positions, no weapons on offense, critical errors on defense.

Yep, sounds like 5-6 to me.

Here's what our columnist Jack McCaffery thinks.And our beat writer Bob Grotz.
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BREAKING NEWS: recount requests getting heated in montgomery county

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-11-28 16:25

Ah yes folks, the 2016 election will not be over anytime soon.  Today as I write this post, committee people from all over Montgomery County are poring into Voter Services in that county with legal petitions for RECOUNTS.

Thus far the Montgomery County Board of Elections is REFUSING  to accept the recount petitions according to my sources inside the building.  These are NOT court proceedings, although I was told there was some sort of hearing at 3 pm today on the election and that is why some people feel this push back in Norristown in this particular  office is to stall for time, and is that nuts or what? Here is hoping someone gets this fairly in front of a judge today, right?

There have been problems reported here for quite a while in this office and can it be said some people say since Josh Shapiro came in as a County Commissioner? And where is the PA Attorney General in Waiting during this hot mess today? Or Val Arkoosh who is not only Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners now but the Chair of Montgomery County Board of Elections????  Asleep at the wheel much Dr. Val Arkoosh? And what about the Chief Clerk Lauren Lambrugo?  What is she doing?

Someone there in this zoo in Montgomery County said this afternoon:


“Ray McGarry, the county solicitor, has held firm. The Election Board will accept them (petitions) for service only. It is the Election Board’s position that our only recourse is via the court — either a court ordered recount or a decision that the position we have taken is correct. In any event the Montco Election Board has handled this abysmally, in my opinion.”


Now I know Montgomery County folks have been up in arms because the absentee ballots were NOT even mailed out in a timely fashion.

Now the County Board here has been claiming that  the petitions need to go to prothonatary office then to judge, emergency filing with judge/court to order county election board to recount. But my sources which include lawyers tell me that  in PA supposedly this is a layer not needed, the county board can accept the petitions so what the heck is  is going on? Doesn’t every vote count???

I spoke to a committee person in Narberth who is a dear friend.  Her name is Gigi Tevlin-Moffatt and she is also a Narberth Borough Councilwoman. When I asked her about this she said:


“I am so confused by this entire process at Montco Voter Services. My concern is multi-layered, and this office knew a recount was underway in the entire state, what is the delay at the counter? Why make petitioners literally wait all day?

The decision from the County Solicitor came so late… why was this not posted?  Are we really telling voters that if they dare raise a red flag of ‘recount’ that they have to have thousands of dollars  and a day off from work and their lives to receive a decent response?”


So is this just a case of they still need to take out the trash in Norristown or something deeper and more insidious?  You see, this is not a Republican or Democrat thing, this is an all around voter thing.  As a citizen, your voice is heard with your vote often if it is heard no other way.  So if your voice is not heard because your vote is suppressed, what of our inalienable rights as Americans?

Does every vote count only if certain factions allow it?

Sign me glad I do not live in Montgomery County any longer. I also wonder if Val Arkoosh is fit to lead Montgomery County Solicitors? Can she be removed from office? And this opinion is nothing new…I had reservations when she tried and failed miserably at running for Congress.

Oh and media was on site so I am not making this up and it will be on the news. It’s like Storming the Bastille today over there in Norristown for Pete’s sake!

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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Nov. 28

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-11-28 07:43
The Daily Numbers: 8:30 kickoff in South Philly tonight. Yes, the Eagles are back on Monday Night Football vs. the Packers.

240 acres of the pristine Beaver Valley in Concord that has been spared from the developer’s bulldozers.

11 a.m. press conference to make the official announcement.

0 tax hike being planned in the preliminary budget for Brookhaven.

3 counts of arson, what former volunteer firefighter John Corcoran pleaded guilty to last week.

28 years in prison, what he’s already been sentenced to for child sex assault and related crimes.

7 new names that now appear on the Upper Darby High School Wall of Fame.

5 million dollar project to replace College Avenue bridge in Haverford, which will start Tuesday, according to PennDOT.

42 feet wide and 58 feet long, size of the new span.

2 11-foot travel lanes.

5 foot shoulder on west side; 2 foot shoulder on east side.

, when the existing span was constructed.

4,637 vehicles that use the span every day.

1 winning ticket drawn in that $421 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night.

1 ticket worth $1 million sold in Pa.

1.3 cent dip in price of gas at the pumps in Pa. last week.

2.31 average price we’re paying.

4 straight losses for the Packers coming in tonight’s game vs. Eagles.

4-0 record for the Eagles at home this year.

5-3 win for the Flyers over the Flames last night.

29 saves for rookie goaltender 22-year-old Anthony Stolarz.

112-108 win for the Cavs vs. the Sixers last night.

39 points for Kyrie Irving.

22 points for Joel Embiid

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

Huge thumb’s up for Merrill Reese. The longtime Eagles announcer will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame tonight. Well done, Merill.

I Don’t Get It: Anyone else think Wawa parking lots just might be the most dangerous places in Delco?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Avery Graham, the Trainer youth who is raising money to help a borough officer battling cancer.

Quote Box: “Ethnic intimidation is unacceptable. It’s not going to happen in Upper Darby.”

- Top Cop Mike Chitwood, after an arrest in a road-rage incident that escalated.
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