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2014 BEST of MAIN LINE TODAY Ardmore Winners!

Ardmore Initiative - 3 hours 36 min ago
Stop, Shop & Congratulate!

Congratulations Christine Vilardo!

Ardmore Initiative - 3 hours 36 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 - 3 hours 36 min ago
Help meet a real but often hidden problem in the Ardmore Community.

Welcome 2014 New Businesses to Ardmore!

Ardmore Initiative - 3 hours 36 min ago
>>>NOW OPEN!<<<
HOST Interiors: 58 E. Lancaster Ave
SNAP Pizza: 4 Station Road
Transformational Healing:Plaza 16,Ste 100
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 - 3 hours 36 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 - 3 hours 36 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 August 22, 2014 - "Playing Dumb About Smart Meters"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:57
The Daily Salvo for August 22, 2014 - "Playing Dumb About Smart Meters"
Is politician Bob Godshall playing dumb about smart meters? From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Villanova burglary, unlocked cars entered in Merion area

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 11:47
Lower Merion police report a home on the 1500 block of Old Gulph Road in Villanova was burglarized. The burglary occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Thieves gained entry through an open second-floor window and took portable electronic devices.
Categories: Lower Merion

Motorcycle, bicycles stolen from Penn Wynne garage

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:53
A resident of the 1500 Block Manoa Rd., Penn Wynne, called police about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday evening after finding his garage door open and several bicycles that had been behind his garage  missing. The resident saw several young male subjects in the rear alley with bikes. Police determined the youth were not involved however they were able to identify a number od suspects..
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line History: Test your knowledge of small Main Line colleges

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:39
It’s that time of year when college students are either coming back to town or embarking on their first year of college. 
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 22

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 6-5 loss for the Taney Dragons to kids from Chicago, ending their run at the Little League World Series.

3 women who have come forward with complaints of harassment against a Community Services supervisor.

15,000 dollars in debt that threatens the future of the oldest public library in the country, right here in Darby Borough.

7,000 dollars in electrical work that the building also needs.

271 years, how long the Darby Library has been in operation after setting up shop in 1743.

1.292 million, how much the Ridley School District spent to replace the bleachers at Phil Marion Field.

1972, when a Broomall woman was told she would not be allowed to compete in the Little League World Series with her team of all boys. Yes, we’ve come a long way.

200 freshmen who arrived on the Widener University campus to start their college careers with a day of service. 60 point hike for the stock market yesterday to close at 17,039.49.

4 straight months that existing home sales have risen.

67.9 million dollars in gifts for Temple University in the fiscal year ending June 30. It’s the 2nd straight year the North Philly school has shattered its own record.

19 of 29 for Nick Foles in the crucial Game 3 of the exhibition season vs. the Steelers last night.

31-21 win for the Birds as both the 1st team defense and offense looked to be firing on all cylinders.

17-0 lead for the Birds at halftime.

31 yard field goal missed by Alex Henery, after he made a 36-yarder. That’s not a good sign.

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

That giant hissing sound you heard last night was a huge sigh of relief from Eagles fans. Nick Foles and the first-team offense were sharp in dominating Steelers. So was the defense. Bring on the regular season.

I Don’t Get It: Why do we still have to sit through another pre-season game?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons. Hold your heads high. You’re winners in our book.

Quote Box: “He used his position to take sexual advantage of these women. That type of conducts is outrageous and intolerable.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, on charges filed against supervisor at Delaware County Community Services.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Extraction tax fight making for strange bedfellows here in Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:12
There will be a delicious bit of political irony on display here in Delaware County today.

A group of Democrats - including unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty - will gather in Norwood to turn up the heat on Gov. Tom Corbett to enact a severance tax on the state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations, with the revenue being funneled into Pennsylvania schools.

McGinty is heading the Campaign For a Fresh Start for Democratic standard bearer Tom Wolf. She'll be joined by several other Democratic candidates, including Vince Rongione, who is seeking the seat held forever by state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, in Upper Darby, and John Kane, who is running for the open state Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26.

To the best of my knowledge, Tom McGarrigle will not be there.

That's too bad. McGarrigle would fit right in - at least when it comes to the push for an extraction tax. McGarrigle, the chairman of Delaware County Council, is the Republican looking to keep Erickson's seat in GOP hands, and in the process helping them keep control of the state Senate. His race again Kane is expected to be one of the most high-profile state Senate races in the state. Half of the seats in the Senate will be up for grabs on the November ballot.

McGarrigle actually has beaten the Dems to the punch.

He's already on the record as saying he wants to see a 4 percent levy slapped on gas drilling, with all that revenue ticketed for education funding.

I have an op-ed piece from him that likely will run this weekend. In it he laments what he calls "a summer of missed opportnity in Harrisburg."

It's interesting because the guy at the top of the GOP ticket in Pa. this fall, incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, has made it clear he is not in favor of an extraction tax. He is standing by his push for an impact fee instead, noting that the often-heard claim that Pa. is the only state not to do so rings hollow because other states don't have the high business taxes that the Keystone State inflicts on business.

Corbett rode to office four years ago on a pledge not to raise taxes - or put any new ones in place either for that matter.

This week he gave an interview saying he likely would not make that same pledge as he runs a decidedly uphill re-election fight.

Maybe both he and McGarrigle will show up this morning to talk to their Democratic brethren about the idea of a gas tax.

For some reason, I don't think that's going to happen.
Categories: Pennsylvania

I now how you feel, Mo'ne & Taney Dragons

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:39
Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not going to win the Little League World Series.

Their thrilling run came to a screeching halt in Williamsport this week, when they got walloped by the kids from Las Vegas, and then last night lost a heartbreaker to Chicago.

The Dragons actually sprinted to quick 2-0 lead before the kids from the Windy City erupted to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Philly faithful watched as their kids scratched their way as close as 6-5, but that was as close as they got. You know what? There are greater tragedies in life.

I know a little about losing. I did a lot of it as a kid. I was the losing pitcher in a Little League championship game. I was the quarterback of a high school football team that sported a perfect record. We were 0-10. The QB did not exactly help. I was promoted to the varsity baseball team from the J.V. as a sophomore, not necessarily because I was that good, but because our team was not great. Yes, we lost a lot.

I like the way Mo'ne and her teammates reacted to last night's dispiriting loss. They held their heads high. Davis, who rocketed to fame and the cover of Sports Illustrated by becoming the first girl to toss a shutout in the Little League World Series, was incredibly poised as she talked after the loss.

It will serve her - and her teammates - well in the future.

Here's a tip I always tell young people.

Life is hard.

You don't always win.

One of things I detest about youth sports today is the growing movement that everyone should get a trophy. That's not the way life works, and I don't think we're preparing our kids for what lies ahead by constantly telling them otherwise. That's why we keep score.

Every time we select an All-Delco team for our local high school athletes, I know that I will field any number of phone calls from angry parents who want to argue about our selection, incredulous that their son or daughter was not named to the team, or selected as the Player of the Year.

I hope the Taney kids are allowed to return to their everyday lives now.

They don't need a parade.

They didn't reach their ultimate goal.

But they're still winners. The way they reacted and handled themselves after a heart-breaking loss should tell us that.
Categories: Pennsylvania

very cool gardening thing: historic blue garden restored

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-08-21 15:28

Imagine an amazing blue garden. Once one existed. Now once again, it is a reality.

The photos in this post were sent to me by my high school classmate from Shipley, Tina Rovito Bemis. She and her husband own a plant nursery in Massachusetts called Bemis Farms Nursery.

Tina is always doing cool gardening stuff, but yesterday she went to a reception in Newport, Rhode Island celebrating the restoration of an amazing and historically important garden.

Tina played a part in the restoration of this cool blue piece of history. Tina grew 1500 of the blue plants used in the complete restoration of the Blue Garden at Beacon Hill House, Newport, RI. This garden was designed a century ago by Frederick Olmsted, Jr.

Tina was commissioned to grow these blue plants by the property’s new owner, Main Liner and Philadelphian, Dodo Hamilton. Unbelievably this amazing undertaking of historic preservation and restoration was met with some controversy in Newport, Rhode Island. Fortunately it all worked itself out and the garden was restored.

As a gardener I am in awe of majestic gardens such as these. I am so proud of my friend for being part of it!

Tina was kind enough to share all of the photos!

Enjoy the view!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Haverford School District seen as a good buy in education, study says

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-08-21 14:02
HAVERFORD TWP. -- Local taxpayers are getting plenty of education bang for their buck, according to a recent study titled Return on Educational Investment: 2014, by Ulrich Boser of the Center for American Progress.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford Police Reports: Suspect jumps from balcony fleeing burglary

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-08-21 14:02
2300 E. Darby Road on August 19 at 2:20 p.m.– Police responded to Eagle Tower Apartments for a report of an interrupted burglary. Victim reported observing a black male subject inside of his apartment. The victim confronted the suspect who fled the area after jumping from a second story balcony, investigation continuing.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford School District seen as a good buy in education, study says

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-08-21 12:06
HAVERFORD TWP. -- Local taxpayers are getting plenty of education bang for their buck, according to a recent study titled Return on Educational Investment: 2014, by Ulrich Boser of the Center for American Progress.
Categories: Lower Merion