Victory for Government Transparency: Citizen wins Open Records Case against TE School District

Neal Colligan wins in Colligan v. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District case! Between November 2014 and February 2015, School Board president Kris Graham called five special Executive Sessions to discuss the Affordable Care Act and the outsourcing of the District’s aides and paraeducators. These meetings were held out of the light of the public eye and without […]
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, April 24

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:52
The Daily Numbers: 45,000 to 60,000 people expected to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philly. A forum on preparations was held yesterday at Neumann University.

6,000 to 10,000 ‘Philly Friends’ needed as volunteers for the event.

13,500 to 14,000 hotel rooms in the region expected to be booked for the event.

8 to 14 years in prison for a Folcroft woman on a burglary rap.

1-2 tourism punch for the region, starting with this year’s visit by Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families, followed the next summer by Democrats.

29, age of man taken into custody after a shooting that left an Upper Darby man shot several times.

55, age of Drexel Hill woman who entered plea in DUI hit-run case.

21,618 signatures on petition for ALS treatment being sought by Aston family.

100,000 signatures needed to get it in front of the president.

13 million dollars in projects targeting bridge repairs in Chester.

3.3 percent pay hikes for teachers in Rose Tree Media School District. In exchange the district will get extra days from teachers.

600 bikes and 70 docking stations rolled out as part of city of Philadelphia new bike-sharing program.

56-43 vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as 1st black woman to serve at Attorney General.

2 years probation and $100,000 fine for former CIA boss David Petraeus for giving classified material to his biographer, with whom he was having an affair.

17,097 fans who bought tickets for yesterday’s Phillies afternoon game, smallest crowd since a 2003 game at Veterans Stadium.

9-1 loss for the Phils that dropped their record to 5-11, tied for last place with the Marlins.

2 more errors for the Phils yesterday.

17 errors in 16 games, tops in baseball. Hey, at least we’re leading in something.

.213 batting average for the Phils.

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

Good thing for the Penn Relays. Anything to avoid having to watch the Phillies.

I Don’t Get It: What happened to spring? Mother Nature, I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Fulginiti family of Aston. They continue to battle to get a new medicine approved to treat ALS, despite falling short in their petition drive.

Quote Box: “It’s wonderful for us to have this 1-2 punch.”

- Meryl Levitz, president and chief executive officer of Visit Philadelphia, on the back-to-back events of the World Meeting of Families with a visit by Pope Francis, and the Democratic National Convention the following summer.
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Sestak's walk turning into uphill struggle

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-04-24 06:59
After announcing he would seek the Democratic nomination for a rematch against U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, Joe Sestak went for a walk. Actually the Democrat hiked 422 miles across the state.

I'm beginning to wonder if it was uphill all the way.

The admiral and former congressman who defied his own party, beat Sen. Arlen Specter in a rough primary and then lost a close race to Toomey in 2010, has been on a bit of a bumpy road since his announcement.

Sestak made the trek across Pa. because he said he wanted to "walk in the shoes" of voters. He said he wanted to earn the voters' trust.

He's still working on his party leaders.

Reports indicate they would like just about anybody to run against Sestak in the primary. The former congressman did not make a lot of allies when he rebuffed requests to step aside and let Specter run as a Democrat vs. Toomey. And he has rubbed a lot of Democratic leaders the wrong way with his "go-it-alone" lone wolf attitude.

That's likely why party leaders have approached Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro and urged him to run against Sestak. Last week Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski jumped into the race.

Sestak's campaign took another hit this week when the first round of campaign finance figures came out. The admiral raised only $312,000 in the first three months of 2015. He has $1.7 million on hand as of the end of March. That is dwarfed by the numbers put up by the incumbent. Toomey raised just over $2 million in the first quarter and had $7.2 million in his war chest.

This is going to be one of the most competitive, high-profile Senate races in the nation in 2016. Sestak will need to raise a lot more money.

The next time he goes for a walk, he better have his hat in his hand.
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A new low for the Phillies

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-04-24 06:40
Try to let these two things sink in, it's entirely likely they are not unrelated.

For the first time since treating us to a parade in 2008, the Phillies yesterday fielded a starting lineup that did not contain a single member of their World Series champion team.

At the same time, the announced crowd for yesterday's afternoon game was 17,097. That's the number of tickets sold. It looked decidedly like a lot fewer people actually went through the turnstiles on a gray, cold day.

The weather matched the mood, as the Phils' fill-ins put on a clinic on how not to play the game.

The Phillies sloppy play in the field continued. They have now committed 17 errors through just 16 games.

We knew this team wasn't going to hit. We didn't realize they couldn't catch the ball either.

They are the worst-hitting team in baseball, with a lowly .211 team batting average.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg decided to sit Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Freddie Galvis after the Thursday night game.

Meanwhile, columnist Jack McCaffery caught up with Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who said he was disappointed in the team's rought start.

The 17,097 attendance broke the previous low-water mark of 16,232 who showed up for a game at Veterans Stadium back on June 4, 2003. There was a time when Citizens Bank Park would be overflowing for one of these Businessperson's Special afternoon games. It was the place to be. A happening. A party.

Not anymore.

Get used to these kinds of crowds.

Citizens Bank Park is likely going to be like a tomb many nights this summer.

If you listen closely, you might still be able to hear some of the roars from 2008.

You just won't be able to see any evidence of it on the field.
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Some chilling thoughts for Spring

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-04-24 06:18
So much for spring.

And at this point I guess about the best thing you can say about summer is that it's a rumor.

When I walked out of the office last night, I knew my decision to eschew a coat for one of the first times this spring was a mistake. So I kind of knew what to expect this morning.

But 35 degrees?

That's what my odometer was reading when I climbed into the car this morning.

And unless I was hallucinating - and that's always a distinct possibility - I believe I spotted a few snow flakes on the ride into the office.

Sure the trees are starting to bloom. And slowly but surely, my lawn is looking distinctly like it's time to break out the mower. But I refuse to cut the grass while my teeth are chattering.

Enough already. Didn't we suffer enough this winter with this miserable weather?

I kind of know what's going to happen. As usual we won't have a spring, instead leap-frogging right into temperatures in the 90s.

I won't complain about that, but I know a lot of people will be less than thrilled.

I'd settle for a day when I could don a T-shirt. Doesn't look like it's happening anytime soon.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 23

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:06
The Daily Numbers: 72 homes in Tinicum that will not be seized to make room for the expansion plan at Philadelphia International Airport.

300 residents who will not have to start looking for new homes.

1.86 million dollars a year that will be shared equally among Delaware County, Tinicum and Interboro School Board.

1 million dollars a year for 20 years, how much the airport deal will pay to Tinicum.

500,000 dollars 1-time payment for Interboro.

1,500 foot extension of a runway that will allow larger planes to utilize the airport.

3 GOP candidates who kicked off their campaign for County Council yesterday.

42,000 workers in Delaware County who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage.

10.10 minimum wage being pushed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

2.8 million dollars being paid by SEPTA to consultants.

8 million callers who report being cut off in conversations with IRS this tax season.

1 layman to ever head Saint Joseph’s University. Mark C. Reed was named to head the school yesterday.

121 years of the Penn Relays that kicks off today.

765 million dollar settlement of lawsuit against NFL by players who suffer from concussion symptoms

5 million dollar maximum award for a player.

4 million dollar maximum payout to family of deceased player.

190,000 dollar average payment for player affected by concussion symptoms.

3 errors by Phils in mistake-filled loss to the lowly Marlins last night.

1 unearned run on 5 hits over 6 innings for Cole Hamels, who did not get the loss and who has yet to record a win this season.

1 key error by Hamels that led to Marlins’ first run.

5 hits for the Phils offense.

10 straight wins for the Mets. They’re now 12-3, while the Phils are looking up from 5-11.

10 game suspension - without pay - for new Cowboys’ defensive end Greg Hardy in domestic violence crackdown.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.It’s one thing that the Phils can’t hit. That was pretty much expected. What wasn’t is that they can’t catch the ball either. Not a good competition.

I Don’t Get It: There’s another sexting investigation at a local high school. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lesley Lane and Regina Ubaldi-Rosen, two longtime victims advocates who were lauded by County Council. Much deserved.

Quote Box: “This airport is the economic engine of southeast Pennsylvania.”

- Philly Mayor Michael Nutter on airport deal signed yesterday.
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A sigh of relief for 72 homes in Tinicum

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 07:24
There are 72 families in Tinicum breathing a sigh of relief today.

They are not losing their homes.

That was just one of the important offshoots of the deal that was finalized yesterday to get the Capacity Enhancement Program expansion plan off the ground at Philadelphia International Airport.

They will still have the airport for a neighbor. They will still have the noise and other issues with its neighbor. But at least they will still be neighbors.

An earlier plan that raised the hackles of both residents and local officials called for the airport to acquire 72 homes in Tinicum, displacing 300 residents in the process.

Delaware County, Tinicum and the Interboro School District will see an influx of revenue. They will share an annual payment of $1.86 million. That money was cut off back in 2007 when the dispute over airport expansion first hit the fan.

Tinicum is in line for a $1 million payment a year for 20 years, or until the project is completed.

Interboro also will get a one-time payment of $500,000.

The airport can now move forward with plans to extend a runway by 1,500 feet, as well as modernizing infrastructure and creating additional parking. The runway work is needed to accommodate larger planes that currently can't use the airport.

Philadelphia Michael Nutter indicated the project will bring thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanent positions once the expansion is completed.
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Joe Hackett's two jobs

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 06:56
Joe Hackett says he's following his heart.

Apparently all the way to the bank.

Last fall Hackett won re-election to the state Legislature, turning back a vigorous challenge from Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky to represent the people of the 161st District in Harrisburg.

But just a couple of months after being sworn in, Hackett had a change of heart. He heard his true calling urging him to leave Harrisburg and return to Delco and his first love - police work.

Hackett stunned most folks by announcing he would resign his seat and return to his old job with the county Criminal Investigation Division.

You can't really fault him for that. But as I've said before, his timing was lousy.

If he was having these kind of leanings, it sure would have been nice if he had come to that conclusion last fall, before he won re-election to another two-year term.

And if that was not the case, at least he could have gone public with his decision in time to have the election to fill the seat aligned with the primary on May 19.

That's not what happened. Now the state will have to hold a special election to fill Hackett's 161st District position, likely sometime this summer, and at a considerable cost, maybe as much as $70,000.

Now something else odd has popped up in the strange odyssey.

Hackett has already returned to his job as a county detective. District Attorney Jack Whelan said he went back on the payroll April 13. The position pays $85,290 a year.

But until the end of the month, Hackett also will continue to collect his salary as a state rep, $85,338 a year. I believe they refer to that as double-dipping.

Look, I know Hackett is not the first to do it. It's not terribly uncommon for legislators to hold outside employment. After all, it's supposed to be a part-time job.

And the truth is that the 18 days that he's on both payrolls does not amount to a lot of money.

But it looks lousy.

Hackett could have done a couple of things. He could have simply rejected his state rep's salary, or waited until he was officially off the state payroll to go back to work at the county level.

I guess Hackett could make the argument that he is doing both jobs. He's not talking about his jobs. I'm not saying he's not entitled to both salaries. Other people are doing that. I'm just saying it looks bad.

The people who voted for him did so expecting he was going to be their full-time legislator. I think it's safe to say they did not do so believing he would bail on the position and go back to police work.

They have to wonder what kind of bang they're getting for their buck. Or bucks. It's not clear how Hackett is splitting his time between Harrisburg and Media.

The only thing certain is this: He's getting paid for both.
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'Live From Newsroom' offers a fond farewell for Widener President Dr. Jim Harris

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 06:15
We returned to our home away from home at the Communications Department at Widener University in Chester last night for a very special evening on 'Live From the Newsroom.'

It was our final show of the year at Widener, with whom we have partnered the past two years. We visit the campus once a month and utilize the state-of-the-art TV studio in Freedom Hall to tape our show.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to Widener public relations boss Dan Hanson for all his help with the show, and in particular to Professor Tim Scepansky and his students for putting on a first-class show.

But last night was even more special because of our guest.

We were honored to spend a half-hour with Widener President Dr. Jim Harris. We talked about his 13-year tenure at the school and the huge change that has taken place under his tutelage. Dr. Harris will depart the Chester campus this summer to accept a similar post at the University of San Diego.

Harris stressed again and again the mission of the school, that he wanted it - and its students - to become an integral part of the Chester community.

He leaves a huge legacy in Chester, indelibly linking the school with the city it calls home.

He will be greatly missed.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.
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Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-04-22 15:43


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Contrary to what you may have heard … No compromise reached on planned Valley Forge Middle School fencing!

As we learned at Monday night Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisor meeting there seems to be some confusion and/or misunderstanding surrounding TE School District’s planned fencing project at Valley Forge Middle School.  Some members of the school board have suggested that the issue was settled with the Green Hills homeowners and Chesterbrook Civic Association and […]
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'Live From the Newsroom' goes 1-on-1 with Widener President Dr. James Harris

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-04-22 10:10
We're taking our livestream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' back to our home away from home at Widner University tonight for a very special show.

We'll be in the school's glittering new TV studio in Freedom Hall for a special conversation with Widener President Dr. James Harris.

After 13 years at the helm of the school, Harris will depart this summer. He's accepted the position as president at San Diego University. I'm sure the weather had nothing to do with his decision.

We'll talk about the massive change that Widener has undergone during his leadership, in particular its relationship with the city it calls home.

If you have a question you'd like to ask about Widener and its role in the city of Chester, or something else you'd like to know from Dr. Harris, email it to me at, and I will put him to the school boss.

Then tune in to tonight at 7 for a very special live half-hour with one of the leading forces in education in the county.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 22

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-04-22 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 15 to 50 years in state prison for 2 more people for their roles in the holdup and murder of a Rite Aid in Chester in which store manager Jason McClay was slain.

3 residents in Concord who are appealing township ruling clearing way for development on the Beaver Valley tract.

14 of July, when Richard Plotts now will go on trial in connection with fatal shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital last summer.

38, age of Darby Borough man now being sought in a murder in Philadelphia.

85,338 salary for Joe Hackett as representative in the 161st District in the Pa. House.

85,300 dollars for his 2nd job now with county detectives. Hackett will resign the state House seat at the end of the month.

6 school districts, including William Penn, that saw their lawsuit against the state Department of Education over school funding tossed by Commonwealth Court.

3.5 million dollars a year in savings, what Gov. Tom Wolf says Pa. will reap by killing off an asset test for those receiving food stamps.

45,000 members of the biggest union representing state employees who are seeking extension on their contract.

67 counties in Pa. that are now seeing evidence of Lyme disease.

5 prime time games for the Eagles this year.

2nd straight year the Birds will play on Thanksgiving Day.

3 road games in the first 4 weeks of season, in part because of Pope Francis’ visit.

3 straight prime time encounters from Oct. 19-Nov. 8.

14 of September, Eagles kick off the season on Monday Night Football vs. the Falcons in Atlanta.

10 of September, when the season kicks off on Thursday night with the Patriots vs. the Steelers.

1 home run on the season for Ryan Howard as he went yard last night in Phils’ 7-3 win over the Marlins.

8 home runs in 14 games for the Phillies.

3 runs on 8 hits & 6 strikeouts for Phils’ starter Jerome Williams.

5 straight losses for the Marlins.

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

Circle these two dates, Eagles fans: Sept. 20, Week 2, when DeMarco Murray will go up against his old team the Cowboys at the Linc. The Birds go to Dallas on Nov. 8. And on Dec. 13 LeSean McCoy will lead the Bills back into the Linc to face off with Chip Kelly.

I Don’t Get It: Is there anything about the NFL that is not hyped? We know all about the Eagles schedule. Too bad we don’t know who their quarterback will be.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those taking part in Earth Day activities today. They are planting an urban garden in Chester, and planting trees in Glen Providence Park in Media.

Quote Box: “He was a hero in this twisted society where guns and drugs rob us all of our sense of security.”

- Margie Reiley, mother of slain Rite Aid store manager Jason McClay.
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Happy Earth Day!

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-04-22 07:15
Happy Earth Day!

In our family, this is a pretty big deal.

That's because our daughter, the hot shot attorney, has taken up environmental law.

So I suppose I should stifle my usual response to environmental matters:

"Blacktop it."

If you're in a mood to celebrate today, there are several events taking place here in Delaware County.

In Chester the Chester Housing Authority staff and residents will kick off the newly expanded urban farm at the Ruth L. Bennett Farms from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Earlier this month local students joined with CHA staff and the Urban Tree Connection to build the final of 50 raised planting beds in the community garden at the housing project.

Upper Darby native Terrance Topping-Brown, a 2013 biology graduate from Shippensburg State University, has been hired to oversee the urban agriculture program as well as health and wellness programs at CHA. He will be on hand directing activities and can explain why promoting healthy lifestyles is so important, particularly among low-income residents.

The event is part of a long-term plan to encourage families to garden, produce food right in the community, to eat health and even market fresh produce.

The Ruth L. Bennett Homes Community Garden is located at 1208 W. Carla’s Lane in Chester.

In the meantime, Delaware County Council will hold an event to recognize the 80th anniversary of Glen Providence Park, the county's oldest park, established in 1935.

Students from Media Providence Friends will help plant trees as part of the celebration, which will take place after County Council adopts its new Open Space, Recreation and Greenway Plan at the public meeting at 10 a.m. in the Government Center.

Glen Providence Park is located at 500 W. State St., Media.
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Airport deal will be finalized today - but we told you that on Sunday

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-04-22 06:55
You read it here first.

I love it when we report the news first. It's kind of what we live for in this business. We always want to get it first.

That's why we will of course be there today when officials from Delaware County, Tinicum Township, Interboro School District, the city of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport gather at the airport to announce finalization of the long-anticipated Capacity Enhancement Plan.

But then if you read the Sunday Times, you'd already know that.

It's a very important story that will allow for the crucial expansion at the facility, which is one of the most important cogs in the region's economy.

At the same time, it will avoid the need to take as many as 75 homes in Tinicum Township.

The deal will also mean a huge influx of money for the three elements in Delco - the county, township and school district.
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NFL thinks Eagles are ready for prime time

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-04-22 06:24
Chip Kelly and the Eagles may not have made the playoffs last year, but the NFL certainly considers them ready for prime time.

The Birds will play no less than five prime time games this year. The league released the schedule last night, and newspaper editors all across the Delaware Valley spent a sleepless night knowing they will be racing deadline with five night games built into the schedule.

And you will have a healthy helping of another kind of bird in Thanksgiving as well. The Eagles will class with the Lions in the annual Turkey Day game in Detroit. It's the second straight year the Birds will play on Thanksgiving.

DeMarco Murray will not have to wait long to band shoulder pads with his old team. The Eagles will host the Cowboys on Week 2, and will visit Dallas on Nov. 8, after their bye week.

The season opens with the first Monday night game of the year, in Atlanta against the Falcons.

Another highlight? Circle Dec. 23. That's when Shady McCoy will try to make like the Grinch and ruin the Eagles holiday season when he returns to the Linc on Dec. 13 for a 1 p.m. game.

Beat writer Bob Grotz says the early part of the schedule is kind to the Eagles, giving them a chance to get off to a solid start. Me? I'd just settle for knowing who the quarterback will be. We'll probably get a better feel for that next week when we can finally put the speculation surrounding Kelly's pursuit of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to bed when the NFL Draft is held Thursday, April 30. The Eagles have the 20th pick.

Here is the complete 2015 Eagles schedule: Philadelphia Eagles

Sept. 14 at Atlanta, 7:10p

Sept. 20 Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 27 at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Washington, 1 p.m.

Oct. 11 New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Oct. 19 N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Carolina-x, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 BYE

Nov. 8 at Dallas-x, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 Miami, 1 p.m.

Nov. 22 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Nov. 26 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Dec. 13 Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Dec. 20 Arizona, 1 p.m.

Dec. 26 Washington, 8:25 p.m.

Jan. 3 at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

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krapf school bus issues

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-04-21 16:35

 Meet school bus number 94 from the Krapf Bus Company. I was about a car length and a half behind this bus coming up to the stop sign of Collegeview and Morstein. Good thing I’m not a distracted driver, because this bus driver without warning and without really looking behind them threw it into reverse off Morstein to turn around and head in the opposite direction. Seriously, the bus was hauled around like it was a little sports car.

It must be a full moon for school buses from this company because when I was coming down Hershey’s Mill Road five minutes prior to this I was tailgated the entire way by bus 122 from the same company. 

Hershey’s Mill Road  is narrow and quite windy. I was going the speed limit. I am guessing that the bus was in a hurry to get to Villa Maria or something. But it doesn’t really matter, it’s kind of disconcerting to have a giant yellow school bus riding on your tail.

Fortunately I got to turn off so hurry hurry bus driver could be on their merry way. But to run into another Krapf’s driver with issues at Collegeview and Morstein was sort of like a full moon experience.

These bus drivers have a schedule to keep, I get that. But they  carrying precious cargo, so in addition to not hitting people on the road in their vehicles or coming close to doing that, they should have a care for the people’s children they are carrying.

Oh, and I’ve been noticing another bus related phenomenon  on King Road lately. People in an all fired hurry who seem to feel the need to pass the Septa buses when they stop around Immaculata and the William Henry apartments at high rates of speed. These people don’t even look to see where the people getting on and off the bus are crossing. And not even the enormous axle eating potholes on King Road seem to slow them down.

Thanks for stopping by.

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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 21

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-21 07:54
The Daily Numbers: 11 lives of heroin OD victims saved by use of overdose-reversing drug Narcan by Upper Darby police.

3 overdose victims saved by Upper Darby Officer Matt Lynch, a veteran who served a tour in Afghanistan.

276 bucks in costs and restitution, along with time served to 23 months for a former Sharon Hill committeeman who pleaded guilty to pot charges.

400 marijuana plants that were seized in a raid on the man’s home.

4-3 vote by Colwyn Borough Council to name borough recording secretary Sarita Jackson the new Right-to-Know Officer.

3 signatures that now will be required on all Colwyn Borough checks.

5 years probation for Philly woman who pleaded guilty in a stabbing and hit-run case in Darby Borough.

160 million dollars in additional funding for the Philadelphia School District under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan. School officials yesterday said they could not make any more cuts.

6 police officers in Baltimore suspended in another incident that led to the death of a 23-year-old man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

6 people in Minnesota charged with trying to join the terrorist group Islamic State.

208.63 point jump for the Dow Jones yesterday.

1-6 mark compiles by Phillies on their recent road trip.

2 of the 3 worst records in baseball collide tonight when Phils host the Miami Marlins.

4-9 mark for the Phils; just 3-10 for the Marlins.

2-10 record for Milwaukee, only team in MLB that is worse.

2 hours, 19 minutes, 17 seconds for men’s Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa.

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

Raise your hand if you don’t think Tim Tebow will ever take a snap in a regular season NFL game with the Eagles. I’m with you. Do the same if you’d answer the same way about Sam Bradford.

I Don’t Get It: They are making progress in Colwyn. There was only minor yelling at last night’s meeting.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby Officer Matt Lynch. He has now saved the lives of three people suffering from a heroin overdose by administering Narcan.

Quote Box: “Narcan is a great tool to save lives, but it doesn't stop addiction.”

- Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood.
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Chitwood makes good point when it comes to saving lives with Narcan

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-21 07:08
No one has been a bigger booster of David's Law than us.

That's the measure that does two very important things in the war on the ever-increasing problem of heroin overdoses. First, it allows someone who is in the company of a person suffering an overdose to call 911 without fear of prosecution. Second, it has put the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone in the hands of police who are often the first to respond or encounter someone suffering an overdose.

It is absolutely saving lives.

More proof of that comes from Upper Darby, where police now say they already have saved their 11th person suffering a heroin overdose. But Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood asks a very good question: What happens after the person is revived. Chitwood wants more money and effort put into treatment of addiction. This week Chitwood noted that police saved a man from an OD, only to learn the man suffered another fatal overdose three days later. "Narcan (the generic form of Naloxone) is a great tool to save lives, but it doesn't stop addiction," Chitwood said. Good point.
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Stirring the 'pot' in Delco

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-21 06:52
It did not occur to me when I first heard the story from our court reporter Alex Rose.

It was not until I was prepping for our final 5 p.m. news meeting yesterday that the oddity of today's lead story hit me.

Former Sharon Hill committeeman Kenneth Soderland was in court yesterday to enter a guilty plea on drug charges. Police had raided his home and found a cache of pot plants.

But Soderland insisted there was nothing criminal in his intent, that he used the marijuana if not for 'holistic' reasons, but to help people who were suffering and in pain.

"I never charged anybody anything," he told the judge.

I believe him.

And the oddity in this story taking place yesterday.

It was Aril 20. Yes, 4-20, the day many folks take time to celebrate the wonders of pot.
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