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2014 BEST of MAIN LINE TODAY Ardmore Winners!

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 min ago
Stop, Shop & Congratulate!

Congratulations Christine Vilardo!

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 min ago
Congratulations on winning the 2014 F. Karl Schauffele Community Service Award! You are very deserving and we are proud that you will be representing us at the Celebration of Business Leadership luncheon on June 26, 2014 at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.

Summer Donations needed for the Ardmore Food Pantry

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 min ago
Help meet a real but often hidden problem in the Ardmore Community.

Welcome 2014 New Businesses to Ardmore!

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 min ago
>>>NOW OPEN!<<<
HOST Interiors: 58 E. Lancaster Ave
SNAP Pizza: 4 Station Road
Transformational Healing:Plaza 16,Ste 100
>>>COMING SOON!<<<
Tired Hands Mircro Brewery ADDITIONAL LOCATION! 35 Cricket Terrace
Shade Sunless Tanning: 18 Ardmore Ave,1st Flr
Soon Jo Choi Main Line Meditation: 18 Ardmore Ave,2nd flr
Parisienne Ladies Boutique: 18 Anderson Ave
For more information see Downtown Ardmore Business Directory
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Arts out of the box!

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 min ago
Check out the winners from The Philadelphia Inquirer contest to repurpose old newspaper boxes into public art installations!

Ardmore Initiative Reauthorization

Ardmore Initiative - 5 hours 4 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 Daily Salvo for July 30, 2014 - "Backing Bobby"

The Daily Salvo - 5 hours 21 min ago
The Daily Salvo for July 30, 2014 - "Backing Bobby"
If you feel that parents and educators - not Washington bureaucrats - are best equipped to teach children, then consider visiting the Regina Academies. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Alleged members of Main Line 'take over' drug ring in court today

Main Line Times - 6 hours 18 min ago
Alleged members of the Main Line drug ring that planned to "take over" the region's illegal drug trade are in court today. Follow live tweets from courts reporter Dan Clark.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion's William Penn Inn may have been used as 'safe house' for runaway slaves; demolition delayed

Main Line Times - 7 hours 41 min ago
The Lower Merion Historical Commission voted 4-0 Monday evening to recommend a 90-day delay of demolition of an 18th-century inn on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood, as new information was presented about its use as a "safe house" for runaway slaves in the early 1800s.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Borough Manager Bill Martin facing DUI charges

Main Line Times - 7 hours 41 min ago
Narberth Borough Manger Bill Martin is facing DUI charges following a traffic stop in Wynnewood last week.
Categories: Lower Merion

DVRPC approves $1 billion in transportation projects for Montgomery County

Main Line Times - 7 hours 41 min ago
NORRISTOWN — The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Thursday approved up to $1.1 billion in proposed transportation projects for Montgomery County, according to a press release. The projects are part of the DVRPC’s four-year Transportation Improvement Program and 12-year capital program.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 30

Heron's Nest - 8 hours 43 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 2 to 4 years in prison for Upper Chi parents who let their malnourished kids live in deplorable conditions.

5 and 7, ages of two children found barefoot and filthy in backyard of home.

6 Philly police officers rounded up this morning to face federal corruption charges.

30 youths from the Darby Fresh Start Program who decided to throw a prom for Mayor Helen Thomas. Well done, kids.

1 of 2 guns found in the apartment of Mercy Fitzgerald shooting suspect Richard Plotts was nearly a century old.

1 acre of ground near MacDade Boulevard and Kedron Avenue that will be sold by the township to aid in redevelopment.

2 lane, 2-way road now back on track for the long contested Third Street Bridge span in Media, after the borough decided not to appeal a judge’s ruling.

650,000 dollars for the project from the state, with another $75,000 from the county.

1991, when Dottie Kornafel started working for Aston Township. She’s retiring.

70 point dip for the stock market yesterday.

35 percent of Americans described as in deep debt.

23 conclusions in an NTSB report on that train derailment last year in Paulsboro, N.J. The report blamed the train’s engineer and also faulted the response by emergency responders.

0 bail for the 2 suspects charged in fatal carjacking that left 3 children dead in the Tioga section of Philadelphia.

8 shutout innings tossed by Cole Hamels last night in 6-2 Phils win over Mets.

3 straight wins for Hamels, to raise his record to 6-5.

6 hits, 0 runs and 8 strikeouts for the red-hot Hamels.

14 of his last 16 starts that Hamels has gone at least 7 innings. 1.90 ERA over that time period.

2.55 ERA overall for Hamels.

3 home runs hit by the Phils

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

I’ll say it again. Cole Hamels is the 1 guy on the roster Ruben Amaro Jr. should NOT deal at the trade deadline.

I Don’t Get It: The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over over their fitness test. They allege it's unfair to women. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids from the Fresh Start Program of Upper Darby, who threw a surprise prom for borough Mayor Helen Thomas. Nice gesture.

Quote Box: “I was a horrible parent.’

- Vincent McDonald, in being sentenced for leaving his 2 kids malnourished and living in filthy conditions.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Giving this weather the cold shoulder

Heron's Nest - 9 hours 44 min ago
Pardon me if I don't join the chorus tossing out hosannas about this weather.

What the hell happened to summer?

Last night when I got home, I had to break out the snuggie (yes, guys, I can admit I use one, a special University of Colorado limited edition featuring the world's greatest mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo).

My wife had all the windows in the sun room open, leading directly into the kitchen, and the spot where I sit at the table to eat dinner.

My teeth were chattering.

Look, it's the last week of July. We're supposed to be steaming, not shivering.

This morning we tied a record for the low at 58, which was set back in 1981. It is supposed to recover to the low 80s tonight before nosediving again tonight.

Is it too much to ask for a little heat and humidity in July and August.

So much for Global Warming.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Live From the Newsroom' tackles the state pension issue

Heron's Nest - 9 hours 54 min ago
Last week we heard from Gov. Tom Corbett, who has been criss-crossing the state doing his best Paul Revere impersonation: 'The pension crisis is coming, the pension crisis is coming.'

Actually, it's already here. And it's about to detonate in school districts across the state, straining budgets from one end of the Commnwealth to the other. To his credit, the governor has been saying so for most of his troubled first term, labeling it a 'tapeworm' in the state budget crisis and Pennsylvania's No. 1 problem.

Facing a tough, uphill fight for re-election against Democrat Tom Wolf, Corbett is now making his pitch directly to the public, and trying to put it in terms they understand - their wallets. Corbett is making a direct link between rising costs for the state's two major public employee pension systems and school property taxes. In other words, the wallet of Joe Citizen.

The governor was so incensed that the Legislature ignored his call to take action on the pension crisis that he took out his pen and stripped a ton of money the pols routinely use from the state budget.

The governor wants the House and Senate to return to Harrisburg to deal with the looming crisis.

Tonight we'll hear from two key members of those two ruling bodies as our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' talks tackles the pension crisis, along with the state budget and education funding.

Joining us will be two of the most powerful men in Harrisburg, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, the Senate majority leader, and Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, the majority chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Yep, they're the ones who put the state budget together.

Also joining us will be longtime Haverford School Board member Larry Feinberg, who also just happens to be the founder and co-chairman of the Keystone State Education Coalition. No one has a better grasp on what school districts are dealing with in this era of dwindling funding and increased pension responsibilities.

Do you have a pension question you'd like answered? Email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I'll ask our panel.

Then tune in tonight at 7 on DelcoTimes.com for a frank discussion on the No. 1 issue in the state.

Don't stand on the sidelines. Get involved. Take part. I look forward to hearing from you.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another gem from Hamels

Heron's Nest - 10 hours 28 min ago
Ruben Amaro Jr.'s job doesn't get any easier.

The one bargaining chip he has as the clock ticks down toward that 4 p.m. Thursday trade deadline is Cole Hamels.

And Hamels certainly has been doing everything in his power to increase his value. He was lights out again last night, throwing eight shutout innings as the Phils rolled over the Mets, 6-0. It's the third straight outing in which Hamels has been all but unhittable.

Last night he struck out 8 while scattering 6 hits, in the process lowering his ERA to a sparkling 2.55 Amaro will want a king's ransom for Hamels, a treasure trove of a franchise's top young prospects, and even then I'm not sure you deal Hamels.

Here's one man's vote: Don't deal Hamels.

Everyone else on this roster is fair game. Then build around the ace left-hander.

We'll know in about 24 hours.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Salvo for July 29, 2014 - "Smelling Like Roses"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:42
The Daily Salvo for July 29, 2014 - "Smelling Like Roses"
In the 'garden of residential real estate', Diane Cardano is a flower among many weeds. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

a walk down memory lane

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:14

In  2009 I documented through photographs the last few months of architect Addison Mizner’s famed La Ronda in Bryn Mawr.  The tale of La Ronda even made the Wall Street Journal back then.

Putting all the drama of the La Ronda and her demolition and the upheaval the demolition caused in Lower Merion Township and across the country aside, the saddest part of the tale of La Ronda is there was a man willing to have the mansion moved brick by brick, who was willing to buy it fairly. Only he was denied that by both the seller of the property and buyer of the property.  Those people sold La Ronda to be torn down and tore down La Ronda because they could and that is kind of sad especially since they were players in the socioeconomic levels where they could actually afford to be more preservation minded.

I am not getting into some protracted discussion about property rights, what this demolition has done is leave a lasting impression on me regarding historic preservation in Pennsylvania.

Historic preservation in Pennsylvania remain a lofty ideal, but is seldom a true reality. So when you hear on rare occasions that you might not like what a developer is doing, but they are saving and preserving a historic structure on a property they bought? Well that my friends is huge and doesn’t happen very often. See ( Linden Hall post July 24  and Farmhouse Post on July 27 and Adaptive Reuse from April 2013 )

Truthfully, all these years later and salvagers are still selling bits of La Ronda. And people still write about La Ronda and what happened (reference Proper Philadelphia in 2012 )

I watched and documented the last sad few months of La Ronda, and to me it is a glaring reminder of  what   lip service preservation is. In 2009, Lower Merion Township Commissioners (including the current Board President Liz Rogan) did much beating of the collective breast and waxed long and poetically on how they were going to do things differently and how they were going to preserve historic assets.

Flash forward to 2014 and well, much like other places, it’s all been talk. Or political gob smacking…. take your pick. Now the William Penn Inn is under a 90 day stay of execution err demolition, which means it will inevitably come down.  And that is the case even though people are saying it may have had something to do with the underground railroad (and see cool photos of the place here thanks to Main Line Media News.)

Also facing an uncertain future is the historic Odd Fellows Hall and property and United Methodist Church and property in Gladwyne.  People have said for decades that there are Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.  Famous Phillie Rich Asburn is buried there and heck some of my friends have all their family buried there.  So Odd Fellows is in limbo. What is historic will survive if  the developers who are the owners, Main Line Realty Partners, do the proper preservation.  They can do the right thing if they want to.  They have in the past and truthfully the partners in these projects have done beautiful work.  Last I heard that Odd Fellows plan was tabled, but these same developers have now purchased another church, First Baptist in Ardmore.  They also bought the United Methodist Church in Narberth Now the developers are calling themselves Main Line rebuild.

But like I said, adaptive reuse and historic preservation by developers are the exception rather than the rule.

I do not know a lot of the preservation groups throughout Chester County as I have not lived here that many years yet .  I love the  Chester County Historical Society and they have lots of neat stuff in their headquarters in downtown West Chester and they do fun things like walking tours.

Also worth noting is the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust. Their 10th annual house tour is September 27th, 2014.

 

And if you like house tours you should also consider signing up for Chester County Day which benefits Chester County Hospital.  They have preview lectures starting in September which are open to the public.

Anyway, remember the La Rondas…once they are gone, they are gone.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Categories: Pennsylvania