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MYTH VS. FACT

Ardmore Initiative - 4 hours 23 min ago
Sharing Dranoff Properties statement providing additional clarity on the One Ardmore Place project. Reminder that the Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (12/10) to discuss and vote on a variety of issues surrounding the project at 6:10pm in the Lower Merion Township Building (75 E. Lancaster Avenue).

Gov. Corbett restores $10.5 million for One Ardmore Place, Cricket Lot project

Ardmore Initiative - 4 hours 23 min ago
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2014/09/02/main_line_times/news/doc54065bd549433596359128.txt

Ardmore Initiative Reauthorization

Ardmore Initiative - 4 hours 23 min ago
The Ardmore Initiative is a Business District Authority that must be periodically reauthorized by its stakeholders. 2013 is a Reauthorization year for the Ardmore Initiative. Click here for more information on our proposed plan, meeting dates and more.

The honeymoon is over for Chip Kelly

Heron's Nest - 4 hours 56 min ago
Not good enough.

Those three words sum up the Eagles after a thoroughly disheartening third consecutive defeat for the Eagles, which dropped them out of the playoffs.

Chip Kelly was not good enough.

The quarterbacks were not good enough.

The defensive secondary was not good enough.

The truth? This team is very likely closer to the team that just lost three straight games than the group that was puffing up its chest with a 9-3 mark less than a month ago.

The Eagles never shook off the physical - and psychological - beating put on them by the Seahawks, who now look like they are streaking toward a second straight Super Bowl.

Up until Saturday, Chip Kelly specialized in winning games against inferior foes. But the Seattle game, much as the Green Bay game did earlier in the year, showed just how far away the Eagles are from being an elite team, one that can seriously be mentioned in the same breath as the words Super Bowl.

There is really no excuse for the way the Eagles played on Saturday. For the third straight week, they gave every appearance of being unprepared to play.

And they showed the same reckless, undisciplined style of play - including a recurring theme of costly penalties - that has become their hallmark. All of that sits at the feet of Chip Kelly.

He may very well be an offensive genius. His 'hair on fire' offense was a novelty that seemed to catch the league off guard. But it is dependent on acquiring first downs. Denied that, this team week after week got exposed by an offense that was unable to sustain drives and a defense that was unable to get off the field.

For some unknown reason, Chip Kelly decided to put his team's chances on the right shoulder of Mark Sanchez when this team's success is dependent on being able to run the ball.

Chip Kelly's quarterback likely is not on this roster right now.

Kelly and Roseman will have to retool. They might want to start with their defensive coordinator, especially if it turns out that it was Billy Davis's call the last couple of weeks to not have a safety offer 'over the top' help for torched cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

The Eagles were the only ray of hope on what is increasingly a bleak Philly sports landscape.

Pat Gillick has already warned us that the Phillies will not contend for several years.

The Sixers are a national embarrassment.

The Flyers likely will not make the playoffs.

How many days until training camp? And how many guys on this roster will be back next year?

Every year I spit out the same prediction when it comes to the Eagles. 10-6 and a spot in the playoffs. They are not going to the post-season this year. There is no guarantee they will next year either.

Chip Kelly has led something of a charmed existence in his two seasons as the man in the brightest spotlight in Philly sports.

The honeymoon is over. Chip Kelly will learn that in the next few weeks and months.

Hopefully, he will react to that better than he did to the last three weeks.

Three simple words: Not good enough.
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Keeping a Christmas tradition

Heron's Nest - 5 hours 21 min ago
Every year since I assumed the editorship of the Daily Times in 1999, I have presented a Christmas column.

I wrote it as a salute to my mother, whose sense of how to celebrate the holiday is deeply ingrained in her son.

You can read it here.

I am always amazed at the reaction it gets each year. I actually have people calling in the weeks leading up to Christmas with people wondering when it is going to appear.

I think my mom's sense of the holiday strikes a chord with many families, at least I hope so.

Merry Christmas, readers.
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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Film Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-12-21 14:13
Cinema Siren says Jackson's epic is a fitting end to the trilogy that fans will love. Watch the trailer below the story.
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Patch Voices: Practice Christmas Tree Safety This Holiday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-12-21 13:34
As you enjoy the holiday season, please take a moment to review these important Christmas tree safety tips from a Star Patcher.
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geese in a field

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-12-20 21:24


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taramasalata

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-12-20 17:45

My mother has a Greek friend named Kula who also happens to be mother and aunt to people I am friends with from high school. It was Kula who introduced us to this wonderful traditional Greek dip called Taramasalata many, many years ago. We always had it at Christmas.

The base for my recipe came from St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church Women’s Auxikary cookbook “Greek Cooking in An American Kitchen.”

The church is located in Broomall , Pennsylvania and this is Kula’s church and she worked on the edition of the cookbook I have which is the 1997 edition. They started printing this book in 1973. I am imagine they still produce the book. It has fabulous recipes and I refer to it often.

This is a delicious dip. I just made a batch so I thought I would share the recipe. If you you not have a Greek or Mediterranean food store local to you it is possible to mail order the Tarama. Krinos foods sells it and I buy mine from Prima Foods in Baltimore.

Don’t be all cheese and crackers for Christmas, this is simple to make and tastes delicious. I am bringing it to two Christmas parties and serving it myself Christmas Day. I made my first batch today. Usually I use a blender or food processor, but today I just used my handheld blender and it worked fine!

Thanks for stopping by!

Taramasalata

4 small onions (2 red 2 sweet)
1 10 oz jar Tarama
Juice of four good-sized lemons (make sure no seeds)
16 slices of white bread crusts removed (stale preferred)
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup Italian flat leaf parsley minced
6 drops Tabasco sauce – which is about two small shakes
fresh cracked pepper to taste

Finally chop onions and throw into food processor. Further process onions with a couple pulses of food processor. Add Tarama and process thoroughly until smooth. Add lemon juice and continue blending. Tear up the crust free white bread into small pieces and feed a couple slices at a time into your mixture while blending some more until bread all incorporated. Add parsley and process more. At Kino oil in a small stream followed by the olive oil. Add the Tabasco and cracked pepper. The dip will be creamy colored with little green flecks from the parsley.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. I generally make this one to two days in advance. Serve with cut up wedges of pita, garnish if you would like with lemons and cucumbers. I also like to serve some nice olives alongside.




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devon horse show at risk.

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-12-20 13:23

Why does this stuff happen at Christmas?

Group of Devon Horse Show and Country Fair board members calls sudden meeting to oust president, chairman Published: Friday, December 19, 2014

By Linda Stein
lstein@mainlinemedianews.com
@lsteinreporter on Twitter
Officials say future of horse show at stake

Devon >> Despite an apparently successful Devon Horse Show this past May, a group of nine members of the Devon Country Fair Committee called a surprise board meeting Monday to oust Sarah Coxe Lange, the president and CEO of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and board Chairman Henry Lafayette Collins III.

When Coxe Lange took the reins of the horse show earlier this year, she announced some changes including streamlining the board, beginning a separate endowment fund and establishing new bylaws for the board and attracting new, younger volunteers. Coxe Lange also noted that the horse show made a profit of $200,000 in 2014 after years of breaking even. The Country Fair earned $400,000 for 2014. Also, the foundation garnered an 11 percent increase in donations.

“I want people to know Devon has never been so successful, so modern and energized and yet this is happening,” said Coxe Lange…..She believes the group opposing her is among those who would allow the grounds of the horse show, founded in 1896, to be developed and the show itself moved to the hinterlands.

“We’ve lost the battle for Devon,” said Coxe Lange in an interview after she received the email calling for her removal. “Nine of 11 Country Fair board members sent a memo calling for a special meeting Monday, [Dec. 22] at 5 p.m. to remove Hank Collins as chairman and me as president in the best interest in Devon. I’m clearly the poster child for protecting Devon. I’m in the way. We’ve lost.”

Also, Collins, “has worked tirelessly on all the bylaws and been the bylaws chairman,” she said. “They want us out. I am here to protect Devon in perpetuity and it’s clear that is threatening to them. Outside interests want to do a deal. They want to buy us. I stand in their way so they want to get rid of me.”

Coxe Lange added, “Several board members have told me [the opponents] went to great lengths to assassinate my character… The horse show, in a couple a years, will not be in Devon.”

Coxe Lange, who owns Willisbrook, a horse farm in Malvern, and is the third generation of her family involved in the Devon Horse Show….Collins, whose grandfather and namesake was a founder of Devon, said the first time he remembers being involved in the horse show was just after World War II when he was about 8 years old.

“I dragged a little wagon around with lemon sticks and fudge,” Collins said. Along with his grandfather, his grandmother was “a long time exhibitor.” His father was also a Devon Horse Show board member and a master of foxes at the Radnor Hunt.

“After he died in 1961, I was elected as a director,” said Collins

(take the time to read the entire article – long but worth it.)

Wonder where the former chair of Devon who was ousted over the development issues is in all of this, hmmmmm? Remember that article from this past October? And all the scuttlebutt about the proposed Urban Outfitters Eli Kahn Devon Yard development plans?

Anonymous letter spurs questions over Devon Horse Show, proposed Devon Yard, Urban Outfitters Published: Friday, October 03, 2014 By Linda Stein

….The current horse show president Sarah Coxe Lange has been in her present post for less than a year, after a controversy arose regarding McDevitt, the former chairman, who stepped down in February.

McDevitt, whose grandfather was one of the horse show founders, is the principal of The McDevitt Co., a commercial real estate developer that, along with Eli Kahn, has proposed Devon Yard, a mixed use shopping center, at the former Waterloo Gardens site. McDevitt’s company develops sites worldwide for Urban Outfitters and other clients. McDevitt stepped down from the horse show in February after controversy over plans to lease the horse show parking lot for overflow parking for new shopping center, Devon Yard, to be anchored by an Urban Outfitters branch. McDevitt said that he had announced his retirement previous to that brouhaha and wanted to spend more time with his family and to concentrate on business. McDevitt’s wife, Wendy, is president of Terrain, one of the Urban Outfitters brands and Wendy McDevitt also withdrew from the horse show.

An anonymous email received by Main Line Media News claimed that some of the Country Fair board members were given gifts and promised jobs by McDevitt and Urban Outfitters for their support.

In a phone interview, Hayne, of Unionville, called all the allegations in the email “crazy” and “not true.” He denied his company has designs on the horse show grounds.

The board members who signed the letter in the news that broke yesterday barely a week before Christmas should be ashamed of themselves. They are Gail McCarthy, Karin Maynard, Mimi Killian (she’s the one with the vanity plate and bad parking jobs, right?), Carolyn Capaldi, Beth Wright, Eileen Devine, Dolly Somers, Sandy Shinners and Ann Seidel – ANYONE who knows them should apply social pressure and whatever other pressure is needed to save this horse show from ruin. (And lest we forget this show was founded to fundraise for a hospital, not to just be a horse show.)

These people are JUST AS BAD as the people who were for eminent domain for private gain at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show.

These people want to change Devon irrevocably and for the worse. Do you want what is Devon Horse Show replaced by development? I have a hard time respecting people who can’t respect tradition.

The Nouveau Main Line could very well completely ruin Devon.

Sarah Coxe Lange turned a significant profit for the horse show this year, and although they had broken even in years past, they had not done that. Ms. Lange rose above all the drama and she deserves kudos and thanks. She also owns a horse farm in Malvern, Willisbrook. And Henry Lafayette Collins III has an impeccable lineage and wow just wow.

I haven’t a clue as to how this gets undone but I felt compelled to post because what is happening is just so wrong.

Again the magic signers of this letter as per the published media reports are Gail McCarthy, Karin Maynard, Mimi Killian, Carolyn Capaldi, Beth Wright, Eileen Devine, Dolly Somers, Sandy Shinners and Ann Seidel. Shame on the Scrooges of Devon.


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traditions at christmas

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-12-20 10:02

Our neighborhood exchanges little and often homemade gifts at Christmas. My cookies are wrapped and ready to go! Ho ho ho !


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How to Make Gift Returns Fast and Easy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-12-20 09:19
Know the return policies for Kohl's, Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Toys "R" Us, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret and more before you go.
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Montco Shooting Spree, Tragic Bus Accident, Unemployment Rate Falls: The Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:57
A look at some of the top stories from the past week.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:16
Chip Kelly’s high-speed offense suddenly has turned into the fastest three-and-out machine in the NFL.

For the second straight week, the Eagles offense was sluggish at the start, allowing the Cowboys to break out to a big lead. Even at that, the Birds still clawed back and held a 24-21 lead early in the second half before the roof caved in on them.

After losing two straight at home, the Eagles hit the road to the nation’s capital in a game they simply have to win. The loss to the Cowboys took the Eagles’ fate out of their hands. They now will need help to make the playoffs. The most likely scenario is a win in D.C., followed tomorrow by a loss by the Cowboys to Andrew Luck and the Colts.

The immediate problem for the Eagles will remain the guy standing behind center. Mark Sanchez spent much of last week missing wide-open receivers. The Redskins, while they have struggled mightily, still play pretty good defense. It’s incumbent for the Eagles to get LeSean McCoy and the ground game going early. They do not want to fall behind again and put the game on the right arm of Sanchez. He’s proven so far to be every bit the erratic turnover machine that frustrated the Jets.

One interesting subplot to this game will be Robert Griffin III starting for the Redskins because of injury. He and Jay Gruden likely will not be exchanging Christmas cards. Is there a chance Chip Kelly will be using this game to determine if he wants to take a shot on the often-injured signal-caller who would seem a perfect fit for his offense.

Look for the Eagles offense to sputter again under Sanchez, but they will get another special teams score and survive by the skin of their teeth. Then we all become huge Andrew Luck fans.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 26, Redskins 13. It would be inconceivable that the Eagles could get caught looking ahead. They have to win this game. I think they will.

Season Record: I once again was fooled by the Eagles. I expected them to rebound and play well vs. the Cowboys. Instead, all they showed was that there are some noticeable cracks in the aura surrounding Chip Kelly. Not making the playoffs would be a huge disappointment for a team that could finish 11-5 and still be on the outside looking in at the NFL’s postseason. The loss dropped the Eagles mark to 9-5, while I continued to slide, now sitting at a fairly mediocre 8-6. Of course, in the NFC South, that would make me a world-beater.

Game by Game: Cowboys 38, Eagles 27 (My Pick: Eagles 30, Cowboys 26)

Seahawks 24, Eagles 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Seahawks 23)

Eagles 33, Cowboys 10 (My Pick: Cowboys 29, Eagles 26)

Eagles 43, Titans 24 (My Pick: Eagles 34, Titans 23)

Packers 53, Eagles 20, 21 (My Pick: Packers 33, Eagles 24)

Eagles 45, Panthers 21 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Panthers 17)

Eagles 31, Texans 21 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Texans 19)

Cardinals 24, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 23)

Eagles 27, Giants 0 (My Pick: Giants 31, Eagles 26)

Eagles 34, Rams 28 (My Pick: Eagles 35, Rams 19)

49ers 26, Eagles 21 (My Pick: 49ers 33, Eagles 29)

Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)
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School officials continue to study options for bus parking

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-12-19 16:27
Lower Merion school officials announced Dec. 15, as expected, that they would not make a final decision on the bus parking and instead the board approved a motion allowing the administration to continue to study and obtain additional information on numerous options at a cost of up to $75,000.
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