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Strong Weekend Storms In PA To Follow Brutal Heat

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 5 hours 3 min ago
An ugly weekend is expected for Pennsylvania after excessive heat plagues the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

Patch Contributor Roundup: Fife and Drum Corps to Perform; Waffa-looza!; Charter School Reform; More Local News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - 5 hours 28 min ago
Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

More voices calling for halt to pipeline work

Heron's Nest - 9 hours 8 min ago
The voices calling for a halt to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are growing.

First it was Chester County Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, who spoke up after drilling disturbed several residents' wells in Chester County.

Then there were two more incidents in Delaware County, tied to a leak of 1,500 gallons of bentonite into a tributary of Chester Creek.

That was enough for Republican state Rep. Chris Quinn, R-168.

Now he's being joined by a voice from across the aisle. State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, of Swarthmore Wednesday called for a moratorium on construction.

They're not alone. Several environmental groups, including the Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed Association Inc. and Delaware Riverkeeper Network all have done likewise.

You can get the latest update here.

Meanwhile, on our editorial page today, we note that it is now up to Sunoco to take action to ease the growing concerns in the community. If they don't it might be time for legislators to force their hand.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chris Dorman will see justice delivered today

Heron's Nest - 9 hours 28 min ago
Chris Dorman is getting what he wants.

No, he had no interest in coming face-to-face with evil - and a gun - when he was shot during a call last summer in Folcroft.

But today he will be there when justice is delivered to the man who shot him.

Dorman will not deliver his victim impact statement himself. He will write out his thoughts and allow Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Mallon deliver his remarks.

Dorman will be accompanied by a throng of Delaware County law enforcement as Island is sentenced.

We'll be there to deliver all the details.

For now, you can read about Dorman's thoughts on the past year in our Cop Shop column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Yep, that's me with the windows down

Heron's Nest - 9 hours 57 min ago
I'm getting use to the odd stares on the ride home.

No, my car air-conditioner is not on the fritz.

I have the windows down on purpose.

You see, I like this weather.

The more people I tell this to, the more weird looks I get.

Now I'm beginning to wonder why.

Is it because I'm thin (although my gut is decidedly bigger than it used to be) and am almost always cold?

One thing I know is that for the most part I do not care for air-conditioning.

Yes, I don't mind it in the office, so long as my fingers don't turn into popsicles, which they almost always do all summer. You can find me taking a casual stroll around our new neighborhood here on South Chester Road most days trying to thaw out.

Here's a tip: Want to cool off today? You don't need to go to the local swimming pool.

Go grocery shopping.

Every week I forget that Wegmans has to be the coldest place on earth. Many parts of the store are just plain freezing.

That said, I realize this is a decidedly minority opinion. We're under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Friday. Today's high is expected to push north of 95, with a heat index (can anyone tell me what the hell that is?) somewhere around 105.

Here's the full forecast.

I'll be the guy smiling on the ride home - with the windows down.
Categories: Pennsylvania


Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-07-19 20:42

19 July, 2017

Hello Dear Readers,

I am  writing today to let you know that I am at present a victim of what is known as a SLAPP suit (Strategic  Litigation Against Public Participation.)


Earlier this year, I was hit with a Cease and Desist in the form of something known in legal circles as a Writ of Summons.  It was issued on behalf of developer Brian O’Neill and Constitution Drive Partners over the Bishop Tube Site in Malvern/Frazer in East Whiteland Township.  It was sent to me by the West Chester and Chester County law firm of Lamb McErlane.


This whole thing also involves Maya van Rossum, who is The Delaware Riverkeeper , her non-profit The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and people thus far referrred to as “John Does 1 -10”


Yes I know Maya.  I used to live not too far away from her before I moved to Chester County.  She lives in Radnor Township and I once lived in Lower Merion Township. As I have previously stated, Maya van Rossum is one of the most ethical, dedicated, and smart women I have ever met.  I am honored to know her.


I actually had not seen Maya van Rossum in a few years in person before I turned around at that February 27, 2017 East Whiteland Zoning Hearing Board Meeting because I heard a familiar voice – hers.  Others (unknown as to precisely who) had contacted her about this site.  And I also think the folks from Trout Unlimited were there, and have also been at meetings (I never even knew what that non-profit was until all of this.)


Within a couple of days of that February 27 meeting, I injured my knee seriously enough to require surgery.  My injury was to my right knee which meant I did not drive  or even truly walk again until quite recently and even now the distances are brief.  As I sat on the sidelines (which included NOT attending public or other meetings), many more public meetings happened. The whole debate of the Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland raged on (and continues to do so seemingly.)  The DEP has been weighing in, along with State Representative Duane Milne, State Senator Andy Dinniman, even East Whiteland Township Supervisors.


The residents of General Warren Village also banded together and began to advocate for themselves as they live adjacent to this site.  People from neighboring areas seemed to have joined them based on replays of public meetings I have watched over the past few months.  And the Delaware Riverkeeper has persisted. (See this section on their website.)


This is democracy in action.  When people take an interest in where they live, it is a powerful force. It is not easy for the residents involved, and it does take great courage,  I applaud them.


As I have sat on the sidelines watching, this whole SLAPP thing has persisted.  At its most basic, things like this are an affront to our inalienable rights to protest and speak.  Our very rights are at risk, including that thing called the First Amendment:


First Amendment (As reprinted by the ACLU)


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


I am not the only one experiencing this (even on this topic) but when you are faced with this it feels so very and truly personal.  Because in a way, it is.  It is a challenge to those aforementioned freedoms we as Americans (regardless of political and religious persuasion) hold dear and even at times…take for granted.


It is because of situations like this I believe municipalities need to do better by us as residents.  It is because of this that those we elect to the most basic of municipal levels, including the State House, State Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate need to do better by us.


As a perennial student of history, I have faith that the truth will indeed out.  And I do indeed have representation.  Mr. Samuel Stretton.  A gentleman whose career I have followed off and on for many years and now have the privilege of knowing.  Any questions may be directed to him.


I just thought it fair to let you my readers, neighbors, friends, and family know what was going on.


Thanks for stopping by

Categories: Pennsylvania

Montco Man Charged With Child Pornography: US Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 16:53
A Montgomery County man was busted with a computer, disc, and external hard drives filled with child pornography, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Named 25th Happiest County In America, Study Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 14:13
Are you happy living in Montgomery County? A study says that the county is among the nation's happiest places, for the third year in a row.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philly Police Take Bold Stance On Hot Dogs

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 13:08
Is a hot dog a sandwich? Additionally, is it appropriate to use ketchup on the them? Let us know in the comments to keep the debate going!
Categories: Lower Merion

WXPN's XPoNential Fest Kicks Off Next Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 12:35
Tickets are still available to see more than 30 acts, including national and local groups, right in Camden, New Jersey next weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former 76er Doug Overton Pleads Guilty In Indecent Exposure Case: DA's Office

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 10:31
Breaking: The former basketball player will undergo a psychosexual evaluation, according to the Montgomery County DA's Office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Cat Missing From Lower Merion Home

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-19 09:50
The cat's owners believe he may be hiding in nearby sheds or garages and need your help finding him.
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More problems with Mariner East 2 construction

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-19 08:05
The biggest economic project in the region is making headlines again - but probably not the kind its proponents want to see.

There were two more incidents involving the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Middletown this week - one on Monday and another related to it Tuesday.

First, about 1,500 gallons of bentonite, a non-toxic, clay-like muddy substance used in the drilling process, leaked into a tributary of Chester Creek.

Then on Tuesday, runoff from groundwater at the site overflowed a retention pond, flowing onto hay bales set up in the area. A video of the runoff was widely circulated on social media.

It's not the first time a bentonite spill has become an issue. Back in May a similar leak occurred in Brookhaven.

And of course the project has been halted in Chester County after problems popped up with several residents' wells.

Now a group of community activists and even a state representative is asking for construction to be halted here in Delaware County.

Look, drilling for pipeline construction is not a pretty business. Anybody who has seen what is going on along Route 452 here in Delaware County, or out on Boot Road in Chester County, can attest to that.

But is there any danger in these spills?

Sunoco insists that's not the case, stressing that bentonite is commonly used during drilling operations, and that it is non-toxic. Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said the company has had no reports of any impact on private wells or the public water supply here in Delaware County.

That has not stopped state Rep. Chris Quinn, R-168, of Edgmont, who represents the area where the spill occurred, to call for a halt to pipeline construction.

Quinn said he wants to be sure all the proper safeguards are in place to protect the environment and local residents. "What is occurring here is unacceptable," Quinn said in a statement.

That follows word from state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, that he was sending a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection asking that all horizontal directional drilling be halted in Chester County after the problems with residents' private wells popped up.

Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, one of the groups who have been most vocal in their opposition to the pipeline, is seeking a moratorium on pipeline construction.

They also want their Middletown Township Council to get involved, asking them to back the moratorium call and set up a meeting between residents and Sunoco.

Council meets Monday night.

Should be interesting.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The last stand in Upper Chi

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-19 07:22
There are a couple of things that simply scream, "Delco."

The old Bazaar of All Nations in Clifton Heights was one.

Surely John's Doggie Shop is another.

But not for long.

Yes, sadly, Delaware County is losing another icon.

This staple of Delco's diet, with its roots in its original location in Chester, will close the doors on the Eleutheriou family enterprise for the last time at the end of the month.

We offer our own salute to a Delco icon on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

More bad news for Harrah's in Chester

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-19 07:01
While our state legislators continue to spin their wheels trying to figure out how they are actually going to pay for the $32 billion budget that just became law, here's one to keep an eye on - with some fairly ominous possibilities for Delaware County.

One of the solutions being bandied about in Harrisburg - as it seemingly always is - is a major expansion in legalized gambling in the state. Among the venues being considered is online and sports fantasy gambling, as well as putting video gaming terminals in local taverns.

As you might expect, the state's casinos are not big fans of this idea.

That includes Harrah's down on the Chester waterfront.

And for good reason.

Harrah's continues to struggle. While total revenue from gaming in the state continues to rise, it's actually down at Harrah's. Table games revenue was up 3.25 percent for the 12 months ending June 30, but at Harrah's table games play was down, from $67.8 million for 2015-16 to $65.6 million this past 12 months.

Slots revenue was down - both statewide and also at Harrah's, off 2.2 percent statewide, while Harrah's take dipped from $215.1 million to $200.4 million.

So you can imagine the folks at Harrah's are not exactly doing cartwheels about the possibility of putting all those competing video gaming terminals at local bars and taverns, patrons who might otherwise be coming through the doors at Harrah's.

And that says nothing of one of the biggest competitors that looms in Harrah's future. If they ever get that casino up and running at the South Philly sports complex, that also will cut into Harrah's business, effectively providing another outlet just 15 minutes up I-95.

Both Harrah's and county officials lobbied hard against granting that license for the South Philly site.

Harrah's produces a huge chunk of revenue for the county and basically is the lifeblood of the Chester city budget, all part of the host agreement put in place when the state ushered in this new era of casinos and legal gaming.

Give credit to Harrah's, when the state Supreme Court knocked down those host agreements as being unconstitutional, they continue their payments to both the county and city.

It might be time for our politicos to return the favor.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wegmans Expanding Grocery Delivery To KOP Store

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-18 14:38
Several area Wegmans, including the KOP store, will now offer same-day grocery delivery, the company announced.
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'Aerial Adventure Park' Coming To West Fairmount Park

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-18 13:49
Park goers will soon be able to zip line across the park, as the city reached an agreement with a Georgia-based company to build the park.
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PA High School Athletic Ranks: Lower Merion High School

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-18 11:42
How do the Aces rank against other high schools in Pennsylvania and the Main Line area? We have Niche.com's rankings here.
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Wynnewood Home Burglarized Monday Night: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-18 10:11
The suspects took a dresser drawer and all its contents, police said.
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Hot Air Balloon Makes Emergency Landing In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-18 09:00
Roads were closed in Montgomery County Sunday evening after a hot air balloon made an emergency landing in the street.
Categories: Lower Merion