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Race in America

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 5 min ago
Still think this country does not have a race problem?

Wonder if we need to have a real discussion about racial issues?

Maybe you should talk to the students at Cabrini University.

The Main Line campus has been engulfed in a bit of an uproar after racial graffiti was discovered on a dorm room door. Of course this was not just any dorm room.

It happened to be where one of Cabrini's African-America students reside.

And, of course, it just had to include the N-word. Nice huh.

Luckily the campus is rallying around the student. School officials issued a statement supporting the student and indicating such behavior will not be tolerated.

The incident is under investigation by Radnor police.

What would possibly make someone do something so ugly?

Are we that insecure in our racial feelings?

Is the divide that deep?

You can read our story here.
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When a pipeline becomes your back yard neighbor

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 19 min ago
I have to admit that I feel for the residents of Andover.

Where is Andover? It's on the western edge of the county, near the intersection of Routes 352 and 926. I drive by it every night on the way home.

Want a good example of the effect that construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline is having? Take a drive out Route 352. Some people there now have a pipeline literally in their back yard.

I am guessing that when people plunked down their hard-earned money, they had no idea that one day they would have a pipeline moving in next door.

They have lost some of their pristine scenery, trees, a buffer from the highway, and a bit of their privacy. We told some of their story Sunday.

None of this is likely going to change what is happening.

A couple of things should be said. First, Sunoco Pipeline is within its rights to do what they are doing. The courts have backed them in just about every instance. As ugly as the construction process looks right now, Sunoco is vowing to return the space as much as possible to the way it once was. They say the trees will be replanted, and that the company has complied with all the environmental requirements in our construction.

That does not seem to be soothing residents' concerns.

Word is they are now preparing to go into court in an attempt to have construction of the pipeline halted.

We'll stay with the story.
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Business as usual in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 40 min ago
Another day, another dollar in Harrisburg.

Actually lots of dollars. About $2 billion of them.

That's the spending gap the state is currently looking at.

Republicans who control both the House and Senate have not been able to agree on a funding mechanism.

So the state is beginning the painful process of halting payments on key services. The first hit was to Medicaid payments, which pick up the tab for health care for some of the state's neediest people.

Pension payments and education funding could be next.

The Senate returned from their summer vacation Monday, but a deal continues to elude our representatives in Harrisburg. It's embarrassing that this state continues to face the same kind of budget follies year after year.

At least the Senate got serious about dealing with the state's recurring budget woes. They passed a funding plan that included a variety of tax hikes, including the state's first severance tax on natural gas drillers.

The House, where Republicans are adamanty opposed to tax hikes (maybe because they have to run for office every two years?) instead are looking at a plant that skims off what they call 'surplus' funding from many departments, raids the tobacco lawsuit settlement fund, and pushes another increase in legal gaming in the state.

This is no longer just business as usual in Harrisburg.

People are now getting hurt.

Read our editorial here.

Then call you representative and senator and tell them to get a budget deal done.
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No School for Students in Methacton School District – Teacher Strike Continues

Teachers in the Methacton School District have been working without a contract since January.   A stalemate in the bargain process led to the strike Monday by the teachers as authorized by its union, Methacton Education Association (MEA). There are 5,000 students enrolled in the Methacton School District. The union represents 403 teachers and professional staff. […]
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Dog Days

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-09-18 07:15
We are officially in the "dog days."

Yes, I know that we have reached the official final, few, precious days of summer.

According to the calendar, Autumn arrives Friday.

So am I late with my proclamation of "Dog Days."

But I'm not talking about the weather.

I'm talking about our front page.

Twice now in the past week we have featured dogs on Page One.

It's one of the absolute tenets of the newspaper industry.

You can't go wrong with stories about animals.

I talk about it in this week's Letter From the Editor.

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Pederson 'running' into some problems

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-09-18 06:56
Note to Doug Pederson: You are the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Birds don't run the ball because you don't call running plays.

Firs things first. That was a valiant effort by the Birds in hanging in there against Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. They fell 27-20 but were in it literally to the final play - a Hail Mary pass that could have tied the game.

But you have to wonder what Pederson is thinking about when it comes to running the football.

The truth is he's not thinking of it at all.

In my weekly 'Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick' blog, I suggested this might be a game for a huge helping of free agent acquisition LeGarrette Blount, to keep the Chiefs' potent offense off the field, control the game and at the same time keep young phenom QB Carson Wentz alive.

So what happened? Blount touched the ball once - and that play was negated by a penalty. So officially Blount got zero carries.

The Eagles rushed the ball all of 17 times, while Wentz threw the ball 46 times. That's about three times more passes to rushes.

The Birds' leading rusher was Wentz, who was running for his life for the second straight week.

A staunch effort by the defense kept the Eagles in this game. If not for a missed chip shot field goal by new kicker Jake Elliott, the game would have been tied at 6 at the half.

As it was the Birds scraped their way to a lead in the third quarter. But instead of managing the game - and the clock - Pederson dialed up pass after pass.

Perhaps even more perplexing was Pederson's comments after the game, in which he consistently acknowledged the problems with the rushing game and vowed "we have to get that fixed."

Huh? Doug, you're the head coach. You are calling the plays. You have to embrace the run.

Now even players are starting to question the play-calling, with both tight end Zach Ertz and Blount wondering about all those pass plays.

And there might be something else going on here as well. It's blatantly obvious that Pederson has little or no say when it comes to player personnel on this team.

Howie Roseman went out and got Blount in the off-season. How do you think Roseman feels about seeing Blount get one carry all day yesterday.

Let's see what kind of spin Pederson manages to put on his play-calling this morning after having a chance to sleep on it. Just one thing, Doug. This is not a 'we' question.

If you haven't noticed, you're the head coach. You have to fix it.
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preservation party with a purpose

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2017-09-17 21:12

When you go to a party at Duportail it’s alway fabulous. But it’s especially fun when it is a Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust event.

This evening was the preview party for the TPT Historic House Tour which is Saturday, September 23. (You can still buy tickets and it’s so awesome a day!)

This event is courtesy of my dear friend Pattye Benson who is President of the Trust and Innkeeper at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge.

The preview party was terrific and as always wonderful food and gracious company.

And the music. The music was fabulous! We had the pleasure of listening to the CPFA Jazz Mavericks from the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester. These young musicians were incredible!

A wonderful evening and all about historic preservation. All proceeds benefit the Living History Center at Duportail.

Remember you can still sign up for the house tour! It’s going to be amazing and there will be a stop at another favorite place – Life’s Patina at Williwbrook Farm! (It’s their fall sale weekend)


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remember our history!

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2017-09-17 10:16


**Robin Ashby photo credit.**

Look how cool! The 240th Anniversary of The Battle of The Brandywine. If I have my numbers right, I believe there are over 800 re-enactors here for this.

These events remember how our founding fathers fought and died for our freedoms. They deserve to be honored, and as Americans we should honor their legacy.

Also remember sites like this and the importance of preserving our history the next time there is a meeting on Crebilly — which is this Tuesday.

There is a conditional use hearing coming up this coming week as per Crebilly Farm Friends:

NEXT CONDITIONAL USE HEARING

Tuesday, September 19th, 6PM – 10PM

RUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

1100 Shiloh Road, West Chester, PA 19382

Historical Significance Letter to your legislator

Negative Impact Letter to your legislator

Preserve the Brandywine Battlefield on Crebilly Farm

Neighbors for Crebilly also tells us:

John Snook of the Brandywine Conservancy will be the last expert for the Westtown Planning Commission to testify after which time groups and people with party status will be permitted to present their own witnesses.


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community

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-09-16 21:41

A real community is a rare thing indeed in today’s busy world. It’s funny because we are all so connected via social media, yet a lot of times in reality we are very disconnected. So when you have the opportunity to get together with some really amazing people in real time to just hang out and enjoy each other’s company, it is truly terrific.

Politicians and others often underestimate the power or sense of community. That isn’t the point of this post, but it is an observation.

I have only been in Chester County a few years. Today I was invited to a neighborhood block party outside my own neighborhood , and it was wonderful. I had the best time.

A sense of community is a real sense of place. When I first moved to Chester County, it was hard. Yes, I had friends out here, but the place I left was a place where I was really part of the community, as in my immediate community and extended community. Today I felt that sense of community again. I felt the sense of extended community like it was my own neighborhood. (And I love where I live and my neighbors!)

Community bonds for any number of reasons. When it happens, it is in my opinion, a wonderful and positive power for good.

To the people I spent time with today, thank you for inviting me. Thank you for including me as part of your extended community. I think you all are amazing.


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“SLAPPED”…again

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-09-16 13:45

Social media page screenshotted above FIRST is one of the many pages which I follow.  I am not an administrator or page owner.  The SECOND screen shot is from the public docket  –Case #2017-03836-MJ. The developer has filed for reconsideration.

Timing being everything, this all happened around the same time this week as State Senator Larry Farnese’s press conference in Philadelphia City Hall regarding the anti-SLAPP legislation currently pending in the PA house. (Visit this link http://www.senatorfarnese.com/farnese-delaware-riverkeeper-network-news-conference-on-anti-slapp-suit-legislation)

CLICK HERE to find out about the bill and please contact your State Representative in PA and urge their support. Residents in Chester County, please contact YOUR state representative and urge passage of this legislation.  CLICK HERE to find out who represents YOU as a Chester County, PA resident.

And as I was asked to prepare a statement for the aforementioned press conference, here is what I wrote- Farnese Press Conference Philadelphia PA 9.13.2017

CLICK HERE for the link to the PA DEP page on Bishop Tube.

Thanks for stopping by.


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don’t we have enough billboards in chester county already?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-09-16 13:15

I am not a billboard fan.  Never have been. I am not a West Whiteland resident, but I am a Chester County resident.  There is a video which residents in West Whiteland who got the letter were also invited to watch.

Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/212812871/8e07f2f03b

Here is property listing on LoopNet and it shows that it is off the market.

My opinion is Route 100 is such a zoo already, and this would bring the potential for additional light pollution, wouldn’t it?  And would it be a hazardous distraction on accident prone Route 100?  The video shows their farm market concept, which  by itself without the billboard I have no problem with, except to wonder about the traffic there and is there truly enough space?

The property is next to that place that looks like it is a motel, but I guess are apartments?  And what about the creek that runs right there?  And if you take out all of those trees, how will that potentially affect the residents back up behind there even if there was no billboard?

Yes, it’s an ugly site, but is this the best solution? And is the entire parcel all in West Whiteland or is part in Uwchlan maybe?

I hear neighbors are up in arms already at the proposal, and can you blame them?

I only ask reasonable questions as an observer and resident of Chester County. It will be interesting to see how his proceeds, won’t it?


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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2017-09-16 06:10
The student challenges the master.

This does not bode well for Doug Pederson.

Andy Reid specializes in a couple of things: He always beats his former assistants who go on to head coaching jobs; and he always wins when he gets extra time to prepare. Remember Reid's record with the Eagles after bye weeks?

The Chiefs rolled over the Super Bowl champion Patriots more than a week ago to kick off the NFL season on a Thursday night. He's been prepping his team for Sunday's showdown with the Eagles ever since.

Alex Smith, armed with a lot of new weapons on offense, certainly appears as if he's looking to shed that 'game manager' label. The Chiefs exploded against the Pats, with Smith connecting with his new speedy weapons Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt. The loss of corner Ronald Darby, who dislocated his ankle in the Eagles opening day win over the Redskins, is not a good omen for the Birds. The best bet for Doug Pederson, who spent several years both playing for and as an assistant for Reid with the Chiefs, as well as a stint as his offensive coordinator, would be to control the game and keep the Chiefs' offense off the field.

This would be a great game for the Eagles to pound the Chiefs, with a big dose of LeGarrette Blount. We all know that is not going to happen. Pederson will continue to have Carson Wentz dropping back and throwing. Look for lots of three-and-outs for the Eagles. That could be suicidal in Arrowhead Stadium, one of the loudest venues in the NFL.

Look for lots of penalties and turnovers to doom the Birds.

THE PICK: Make it Chiefs 33, Eagles 17. Most people had circled this game as a loss for the Birds. I haven't seen anything to change my mind.

LAST WEEK: Carson Wentz threw for more than 300 yards, Nelson Agholor seemed to be reborn, but it was the Eagles' defense that starred in a jarring win over the Redskins. The defensive line dominated this game, putting constant pressure on Kirk Cousins and forcing a slew of turnovers. A repeat effort will be needed to keep the Birds in this contest against the Chiefs. We both stand at 1-0. That will change this week.

GAME BY GAME: Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)
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Charlton takes stand against GOP funding plan

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-09-15 06:28
Pennsylvania is now looking into the financial abyss.

There is a very good chance that the state may not be able to pay its bills today.

That is because while legislators have passed a budget, they have yet to come up with a way to pay for it.

This may seem a bit odd since Republicans control both the Senate and House, but the GOP can't even agree among themselves how to pay for the $32 billion spending plan.

The Senate back in July passed a plan that included a host of new taxes, including the state's first ever severance tax on the state's natural gas drillers.

But House GOP leaders, under the leadership of Speaker Rep. Mike Turzai R-Allegheny, continue to resist any new tax hikes. They passed their own plan - by a scant one-vote margin - that would instead raid surplus funds from many state departments, including mass transit.

The measure passed mostly on party lines - with every Democrat in the House voting against.

But a few moderate Republicans voted against this plan, which has been rapped by both Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate Republicans as not doing anything to fix the state's recurring budget problems.

One member of the Delco GOP agrees with them.

Rep. Alex Charlton, R-165, of Springfield, continues to show an independent streak. He voted against the GOP plan, and it's not the first time he's bucked his own party.

Good for him.
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Time to get guns out of hands of domestic abusers

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-09-15 06:18
'Common sense' is not something we usually associated with Harrisburg.

We would enter Exhibit A the ongoing budget debacle that today threatens to see the state unable to pay its bills.

That's why we did a double-take this week when some local pols called a press conference to boost what they refer to as 'common sense' legislation.

But this time they are on the money.

It involves Senate Bill 501. And what it does is make a key change in Pennsylvania law that would make sure that anyone convicted of a domestic abuse crime or who has a finalized Protection From Abuse order against them be required to give up their guns.

And the measure pushed by Delco Republicans Sens. Tom Killion, R-9, and Tom McGarrigle, R-26, makes a very important adjustment.

Currently those convicted of such crimes can merely turn over their firearms to a friend or relative.

This too often has very unfortunate results.

The new legislation would mandate that those weapons be turned over to law enforcement or a register gun shop.

It has the backing of the D.A., law enforcement groups, as well as women's groups.

We add our support on today's editorial page.
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Red Hot: Hoskins and the Indians

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-09-15 06:04
So what do you think happens first?

The Indians lose a game, or Phillies phenom Rhys Hoskins fails to homer in a game.

Both continue to be red hot.

The Indians won their American League record 22nd straight game last night.

Meanwhile, Hoskins just continues to be off the charts. He homered again last night. That makes 18 homers in the 34 games he's played since getting the call-up from Triple A on Aug. 10.

In the process, he becomes the fastest ever to get to 18 homers - and it wasn't even close.

The previous record was held by the Yankees Gary Sanchez - and it took him 45 games.

Hoskins had lots of company last night as the Phils swamped the Marlins, 10-0.

This team is taking on the look of an offensive juggernaut - and Hoskins is leading the charge.

Read all about it here.
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Summer won't be the same; we'll hear less of L.A.

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 07:36
Suddenly, the Phillies have me yearning for spring training.

All except for one thing.

That's right, I can't wait to see what a full season of Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola might be like.

Last night Hoskins continued his recreation of 'The Natural,' smashing his 17th home run in just his 33rd game.

And Aaron Nola had another strong outing, striking out 11 in 7 innings.

The Phils smoked the Marlins, 8-1.

Suddenly, we can't wait until next year.

Except for one thing.

At least for me, next year won't be nearly as much fun, regardless of how good Hoskins, Nola, Herrera, Williams and the rest of the gang are.

That's because we'll be hearing less of L.A.

If you're wondering what L.A. stands for, you clearly are not what I am - a radiophile.

That's right, I actually prefer listening to baseball on the radio. It's something I inherited from my dad.

And that is where Larry Andersen resides, providing the color commentary to Scott Franzke's play-by-play.

I should have put an underline on the 'color.'

Yeah, Larry Andersen is colorful. And hilarious.

How good is the back-and-forth between Franzke and Andersen. They managed to hold an audience despite this mostly dreadful season of Phillies baseball.

That's because the duo - in particular the Andersen, the former journeyman Phillies pitcher - is not just about baseball. It can be about anything - and usually is.

Andersen is that rare on-air analyst. He's not afraid to call out the home team. He will tell you when he thinks they stink, he will erupt when he sees lack of effort, and he will rail against what he sees as poor umpiring.

In other words, he's one of us.

Andersen has indicate that after 48 consecutive summers in baseball, he wants to cut back next year. He likely will only do home games, preferring not to endure any more road trips.

Hard to blame him.

There is a long history of great radio and TV commentary tied to the Phillies.

I grew up with By Saam and Bill Campbell.

Of course we still all mourn 'Whitey' Ashburn and Harry Kalas.

We thought they would never be replaced.

Then we were regaled night in and night out with the whimsical offerings of L.A. There was something else unique about the duo - they are heard only on the radio. Unlike many teams, they do not share duties with the TV broadcast.

That gives them a special relationship with those - like me - who prefer to listen to the games on the radio. It is part of my summer.

A tradition I first picked up from my father. He would sit at a picnic table in the back yard with a transistor radio. That orange glow from his cigarette as he enjoyed his favorite adult beverage was a sure sign that all was right with the world. When his youngest son once asked him why he never came inside to watch the game on TV, he offered perhaps the best description I've ever heard.

"I can see the game better on the radio," he offered.

Here's to you, dad.

And here's to you, L.A.

Thanks for all those great summer nights.
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Animal House

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 07:02
We all about animals today.

On our editorial page, we join those wishing Layla and Gracie well.

They are the two pit bull pups who were found in emaciated condition abandoned in an Upper Darby park. The two dogs likely endured horrific abuse before they were dumped.

We offer a salute to Justice Rescue and the folks nursing them back to health, and hope those responsible for the abuse our brought to another kind of 'Justice.'

And on today's front page, we bring you the county District Attorney Office's newest tool in the war on child porn.

We're calling this 2-year-old labrador 'Checkpoint Charlie.'

That's because Charlie is being used to detect hidden electronic devices where suspects often stash child porn.

Just don't ask us how she does it.
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A tribute to Billy Batts

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 06:43
Billy Batts is dead.

Again.

If you didn't nod your head in agreement at this news, you're obviously not a 'Goodfellas' fan.

Confession here.

As an longtime, dedicated channel surfer, I can admit that there are a couple of things that will stop me dead in my tracks. 'Goodfellas' is one of them.

Just ask my wife. She hates this mob saga movie starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.

She thinks I have always wanted to be a mobster.

She might be right.

I have seen 'Goodfellas' more times than I can count, even if most of the time I only see snippets of it, until my wife intervenes.

Billy Batts is a gangster in the flick played by veteran character actor Frank Vincent.

Vincent is always the perfect image of a gangster.

Here's another confession.

Vincent is probably best known for playing mob boss Phil Leotardo, Tony Soprano's nemesis on 'The Sopranos.' Would you believe I have never seen a single episode of 'The Sopranos'?

Vincent also appeared in 'Raging Bull' and another great mob flick, 'Casino.'

In 2006, Vincent published a book, "A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man."

I don't doubt it a bit.

Rest well, Billy Batts. Or at least easier than you did in your gruesome demise at the hands of DeNiro and Pesci in 'Goodfellas.'

Now excuse me while I go home and get my shinebox.
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