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LMT fire companies recognized for papal visit work and vehicle rescue

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-05-23 16:53
ARDMORE >> Lower Merion Township officials presented Unit Citations and Chief’s Commendations to Belmont Hills Fire Company, Bryn Mawr Fire Company, Gladwyne Fire Company, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Narberth Fire Company, Union Fire Association, Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company and Narberth Ambulance in connection with their work during last year’s papal visit.
Categories: Lower Merion

Trail's End Cafe Opens At Cynwyd Station

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 16:14
At the end of the newly completed Cynwyd Heritage Trail, bikers, runners, and walkers have a delicious new option.
Categories: Lower Merion

Cabrini College Professor Killed Crossing Lancaster Ave.

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 14:24
David Dunbar, who taught biology at Cabrini College, was killed Saturday night crossing Lancaster Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Dead, One Arrested After Shooting In North Wales: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 11:19
One person is dead and another has been arrested after a shooting in North Wales on Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hatboro-Horsham Hosts Special Olympics

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 10:44
"Hatboro-Horsham High School can help awaken the world to the precious abilities and dignity of every human being."
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4 Ardmore Residents Graduate From Montco Community College

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 09:24
Several Ardmore residents are among the recent Montgomery County Community College graduates. See a full list here.
Categories: Lower Merion

The answer to gun violence in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-23 06:34
Last week hundreds of people left Chester in buses to make the trek to Harrisburg to support a proposal that would make some commonsense changes to Pennsylvania gun laws, in particular when it comes to background checks.

It did not take long for them to realize - once again - when they arrived back home that Chester is awash in guns, many of them in the hands of people who should not have them.

Gunfire once again was heard on the streets of Chester Saturday night. This time the target apparently was a group of people in an SUV. They weren't the ones hit in the hail of bullets, however.

Two young cousins were caught in the crossfire. Police believe they were innocent bystanders.

Zenas Powell, 14, was killed. His cousin, Quamar Powell, 16, was seriously wounded and remains in critical condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. A third person was wounded, but luckily escaped serious injury.

There are not a lot of lucky people on the streets of Chester these days. Residents are far too used to the sounds of gunfire. What was once a rarity too often now is simply explained away as part of everyday life.

That should not be the case.

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland again yesterday reiterated that this kind of senseless violence will not be tolerated. A $5,000 reward for information has been offered in the hopes that it will turn up information on the shooters.

I'm not sure the answer to gun violence is going to be found in Harrisburg. Sure, some of those measures being considered will help. There are simply too many guns out there, in the hands of people who should not have them.

I'm not sure that is going to change.

There is one other thing that won't change either. None of that is going to bring back Zenas Powell, the latest innocent victim of street violence in Chester.

You can read our full story on the shooting here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lessons in leadership and Lincoln University

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-23 06:16
I used my weekly print column today to talk about leadership.

Yeah, I know, I was wondering why a group would select me to sit down with several groups of young people to talk about leadership.

I was part of a media panel that took part in the annual Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy out at Penn State Brandywine.

I've been going to this event for several years. I always appreciate the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest kids in Delaware County. I can assure you our future is in good hands.

I always tell them about what I consider the seminal events in my life, things that shaped who I am and what I do for a living.

That's one of the reasons I told them about Lincoln University.

Why? You can read it here.
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The best sports story out there today

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-23 06:01
Forget the Phillies for a moment.

It's probably not all that hard to do after they lost a series at home to the Braves this weekend.

They're not the most important sports story out there today.

They're not even the most important baseball story.

You want a little inspiration on a Monday morning?

Meet Andrew Austen. The pitcher is leading his Radnor High baseball team into the District One Class AAA tournament. The Raiders were struggling to start the season, sporting an 0-5 mark when Austen stepped into the breech and gave the team - and its sagging pitching staff - a much-needed boost.

Andew is just like any other high school kid, except for one thing. He only has one arm. It hasn't stopped him from excelling on the field - or off it for that matter.

If you do nothing else today, make sure you read Matt DeGeorge's profile on Austen. You can't help but root for this kid.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, May 23

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-23 03:19
The Daily Numbers: 3 people shot, 1 killed on streets of Chester Saturday night.

14, age of Zenas Powell, killed in the shooting. He and his cousin Quamar, 16, are believed to be innocent bystanders.

30 bullets that police believe were fired in the incident.

5,000 dollar reward posted for information in the case.

1,600 people who use the Media/Elwyn regional rail line who likely will be boarding shuttle buses this summer when the line ends at Swarthmore going west for renovations of the Crum Creek Bridge.

915 feet long, 100 feet high for that span.

1895, when it was built.

1983, when emergency repairs were made to the span, with more done in 2002, 2013, and 2014.

55.5 million dollars in state funding for the project.

33, age of man facing charges that he took upskirt photos of several women in the county.

1 person killed, several others injured in fatal crash on Route 30 in Chester County.

21, age of coed at Penn State who was electrocuted when she grabbed a high-voltage wire when she and some friends were on the roof of their house.

67, age of man shot and killed in what police are describing as a domestic incident in North Wales.

51, age of Cabrini College professor who was struck and killed as he crossed Lancaster Avenue in Wayne.

5.8 cent per gallon hike in price at the gas pumps last week.

2 of 3 dropped by Phils to Braves over the weekend.

5-0 win yesterday to avoid being swept.

5 hits and 0 runs over 7 innings for starter Jerad Eickhoff.

5-0 score was biggest margin of victory for the Phils this year.

7 shutouts this year for Phils’ pitchers, tops in majors.

6 game road trip on tap.

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

Want to read a great, inspirational sports story today? Check out the saga of Radnor pitcher Andrew Austen. It’s a winner.

I Don’t Get It: More gun violence in Chester. More innocent victims. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Andrew Austen. He’s Delco’s very own version of the Jim Abbott story.

Quote Box: “You realize, not just in baseball but in everything else, you’ve got to teach yourself how to do things.”

- Radnor pitcher Andrew Austen, on overcoming being born with one arm.
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9201 New Jobs Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-23 00:02
Check out thousands of new jobs in the local area on the Patch jobs board.
Categories: Lower Merion

ICYMI: Lower Merion K9 Dog To Receive Bulletproof Vest

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-22 19:22
K9 Officer Rookie will be well protected while he's on the job.
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Look Up: Mars Is The Brightest It's Been In A Decade

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-22 13:26
Mars will be closer to Earth on Sunday than it has been for more than a decade.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Killed, Several Reportedly Injured After Chesco Accident

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-21 16:28
A accident involving a tractor trailer and left one dead and several injured on Route 30 in Chester County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Little Free Libraries: Find One In Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-21 16:00
Little Free Libraries are spreading rapidly around the country. Is there one in your neighborhood?
Categories: Lower Merion

small and other gardens

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-05-21 11:35

When I had a small garden, I hung plants on fences.

I did not have a really big garden before moving to Chester County. I had decent sized gardens over the years, but mostly small gardens.

You can create a lot of beauty in a small space garden, you just have to use your imagination. Pots play a larger part, sometime pots on walls and fences. And you can put almost anything in a pot.

My great aunts had a house in South Philadelphia that was a big row house – and basically the entire rear “garden” was concrete. And every spring / summer/ fall it was loaded with flowers and herbs and tomato plants…and even grape vines! And a lot of what things were planted in were actually old pickle barrels and containers. But it worked!

When I had a small garden, I still had a lot of “flower power” . This floral arrangement from years ago was all flowers and plants i was growing in my quite literally postage stamp sized garden at the time.

 And one of my grandmothers who lived in another area of the city (North Philadelphia, actually and they call part of where my father grew up “Brewerytown” but all the factories weren’t breweries) near the factory my one grandfather owned with his brothers had an amazing garden. It actually had a great deep garden that was narrow but long. I remember as a little girl being out back there and looking over low fences at the neighbors’ gardens too. Gardens like that can be super cool!


Another photo from my small garden years ago. I hung plants in the arms of my Japanese Maple.


When my sister and I were little and my parents lived in Society Hill, we had a wonderful city garden. In retrospect, it was probably smaller than I remember it (I was 11 when we moved to the Main Line), but it was along one side of the house and behind the house. My father had to excavate the privy pit from the early 19th century to plant it. 

My first garden was carefully laid out. I remember two trees, and one flowered but I am not sure of what they were (maybe a Magnolia, but too long ago). There was a sand laid brick patio in the back and the bricks were old. In those days when houses were  being torn down in Society Hill you could get just about anything out of the demolition sites, most times for free: brick, stone, windows, shutters, doors, hardware, trim, flooring, etc. we even ended up with an antique doll house as a result.

Posing in a corner of the then garden under construction with my mother. My best guess this was between 1968-1970.

Around the patio in an almost circular fashion were planting beds. Shrubs, my first rose (hybrid tea John F. Kennedy had recently been introduced), herbs, flowers. Along the side of the house was another side garden and a brick path leading to a side door with more shade loving plants like rhododendron and azaleas. 

The entire garden was walled in. Neighbors houses on either side, and high city garden walls where houses weren’t. There were also pots filled with annuals. I wish I had more photos of that garden, but few survived. The one photo I am about to post is of the garden a year or so ago off a realtor page when the house was most recently for sale. Today, the side yard part of the garden and other parts no longer exist because of additions subsequent owners added. But you still see part of my late father’s and grandfather’s handiwork and that is pretty cool.

My childhood garden in Society Hill in Philadelphia circa 2015 and a couple of additional homeowners later.

My parents then had larger gardens with suburban homes, and with two I was mostly conscripted slave labor, and the final one I planted easily 80% of it.

My parents final suburban garden was around their late 19th / early 20th century clapboard house. There I recreated essentially a period garden and for the most part plants you would have found when the house was built. It felt a little bit like Sissinghurst’s white garden because my mother the benevolent dictator had a thing about essentially all white gardens. I was able to work in some very pale pink and yellow antique garden roses everytime they went on vacation or traveled, but that was about it for color other than white.

My parents’ last garden in Haverford that I planted most of.

But I still loved that garden. It was marvelous I thought. I had over 50 different rose cultivars. And wonderful white hydrangeas, and Japanese maples, and a giant puffy flowering Kwanzan cherry tree in the front, and boxwood and azaleas and hollies and Itea. Piers Japonica and host as as well. Herbs in beds and in pots and a rose arch that also had the white clematis Henryii along with the Meilland rose “Eden Climber” that I had bought from Witerthur when they used to sell plants. I wish I had more photos of that garden, it was cool.

Roses and perennials and shrubs flowed over the edges of flower beds.

Unfortunately, the people who bought my parents’ last suburban house tore it all out. Even the Kwanzan Cherry Tree. I wish I could remember the name of the landscape company that did it.  I still think they probably made a fortune re-selling the plants. Nothing was distressed or over grown and so much was specimen planting. The company had “new” in the name. Their design was uninspired and somewhat dumb for a clapboard house with original clapboards. We never planted right up to the house because it was clapboard (wood). We always kept air circulation.

After that garden I had two much smaller gardens before Chester County. They were small like little city gardens. But you got creative and you could plant all sort of things. I utilized a lot of pots, but I still had my favorite garden elements, even Japanese maples I grew from seedlings. I hope those trees still survive, they were lovely.

Smaller gardens can pack just as big a punch as a big garden. And almost anything you can plant in the ground you can plant in a pot. 

Who says pots have to be planted with everything you “expect”? Think of pots as alternative planting beds.

 I will admit every garden I have had I have layered. For season, for bloom time, for effect. I like a lushness of plantings, not the constipated shrubbing I see that has become trendy and makes everything look like you are living in a Toll Brothers development. I don’t want predictable little plant soldiers all lined up in a row, I want a riot of plants; sensory overload.

And you can do that in small spaces. With my current garden, it’s large, but I still maintain the intimacy of smaller gardens in different corners of it.

Here a small head which broke off someone’s garden statue found a new life peeking out of a flower pot.

Design your garden so you see something new every time you step out into it, large or small.  And take the time to figure out what inspires you for your garden space. Your garden, like your home, is your sanctuary, so make it count.

Thanks for stopping by on another rainy Saturday. I think if it doesn’t stop raining soon, I will be spending the rest of the summer weeding…..

Somehow in every garden, large or small, I have to have a few zinnias.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Important End of School Year Dates For Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-21 09:00
In case you missed them before: here are a few upcoming important dates to know for the end of the school year.
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State Provides Montco Residents With Bottled Water

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-20 16:57
Recognizing the risk of contamination from harmful chemicals in the water supply, the state will provide residents with bottled water.
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Philly Releases Details On 'Welcome America' July 4 Festival, Concert

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-20 16:06
Everything you need to know about the 4th of July celebrations happening in Philadelphia this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Free Rabies Vaccine Clinics In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-20 14:34
Is your pet vaccinated? Get it done for free at an upcoming clinic in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion