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Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:24

This has been the summer of old school fabulous summer parties. The summer began with Natural Lands Trust’s Stardust 2015 at Stroud Preserve and last Saturday it was capped off by the simply brilliant Brandywine in White at Chadds Peak Farm.

Until this summer I thought the time of gracious and beautiful and FUN summer parties were the stuff memories of the past were made of.  Not so! Brandywine in White was so sublimely civilized, we can’t wait for next year!

As opposed to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia this is a more bucolic and intimate setting of about 200 people as opposed to the 4500 in Philadelphia.

Brandywine in White reminds me of summer picnic dinners in England and Europe. It was just so lovely.

A bunch of us purchased a table and a service table for our food and libations. As opposed to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, at Brandywine in White you rent your table and chairs and you can also rent service tables. The tables come with white chairs and the tables have plain white tablecloths.  The guests bring additional white everything and food and wine. In the true en blanc tradition, guests wear all white, but at Brandwine in White you saw more ladylike and beautiful summer hats versus citified high fashion fascinators. I have to be honest I preferred the summer hats.

Guests traveled down an dirt road/driveway off the main road and as the trees parted to our right were beautiful fields and tables and people all in white.  We were greeted at the entrance and checked in, and were pointed in the direction of a second event hostess who provided us with our table location.

The tables were set up like a giant rectangle, but there was space in between each table for people to be able to move with ease.  Down the center were white poles supporting clear white lights all over the party area.

We set up next to a wonderful group of people and ended up trading some of our cheeses from iGourmet.com for some of their goodies including mushroom pinwheels. We served some luscious white wines and delightful French Rosé Wines with our picnic supper.

We knew know on other than our table and we soon met many people we enjoyed so much.  Brandywine in White guests floated from table to table visiting, snapping photos, and checking out the other white themed tablescapes.  We were “vintage en blanc“.

 

There was croquet and there was also dancing – and the disc jockey was the best one I had heard in years. no electric slide and overt personal commentary. He just played great music and lots of it!

We are already planning ahead to next year!

Brandywine in White was amazing and they gave donations after expenses to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington which really needs a hand up right now.


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Movie Review: "Mistress America"

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 13:41
Greta Gerwig shines in Noah Baumbach's latest, which pivots for the better about halfway through
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A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-08-27 12:53
The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several...
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Pennsylvania Online Voter Registration Website is Live

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 12:24
Voters can now register simply through the web
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UPDATED: Narberth considering new 'director of civic technology' position

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 11:13
Note:  This story has been updated to include a link to a full description of the proposed new position.  Included in the description is a starting salary range.
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McClain out of running for Ward 2 special election in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 10:00
GLADWYNE >> The special election for the Ward 2 seat on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners will not take place until Nov. 3, but the recently announced entry into the race of an Independent candidate has already had an effect.
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Bryn Mawr college professor author of One Book One Lower Merion book

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:58
In its 12th edition, the Lower Merion Library System’s One Book One Lower Merion program is trying something new.
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Pennsylvania to Debut Online Voter Registration

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:01
Details on online registration system to come Thursday morning
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7-Eleven Robbed in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:52
Three men robbed store, then fled on foot at 4 a.m.
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Yangming offers 'sincere apology' to patrons

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:32
In response to the shocking shuttering of Bryn Mawr's famed Chinese restaurant Yangming, the restaurant posted the following apology on its Facebook page.
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Shooting inside Chester County Justice Center lobby

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-27 08:32
WEST CHESTER >> A shooting occurred at the Chester County Justice Center in the first-floor lobby involving a members of the county Sheriff’s Office and a man who was apparently trying to enter.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 27

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 24 million dollars, what Michael Markman and his firm BET Investments, paid for the Granite Run Mall.

2 stores that remain open at the site, Sears and Boscov’s.

15 of November to 15 of December, when demolition of the rest of the mall is likely to occur. It will be replaced by a town center style development mixing residential and retail.

1 person struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Norwood last night.

8.7 million dollars the Chester Upland School District already owes charter schools. That’s part of the reason a Delco judge nixed a new financial recovery plan, because it did not address this debt.

23 million dollar deficit for the troubled school district. That is expected to grow to $40 million by the end of the school year.

2 million dollars in state aid available to Delco municipalities affected by June’s severe summer thunderstorm that rocked the region.

10 minute storm with winds of 70 mph that wreaked havoc, especially in western Delco.

1,000 pages of documents in the Kathleen Kane probe released yesterday by the courts. They contain hundreds of porn emails that Kane alleges were routinely swapped by office members under her predecessor.

46 percent of registered voters in Pa. who believe Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign, according to new Frannklin & Marshall poll.

54 percent of of Republicans want her to go; just 47 percent of Independents; and 40 percent of Democrats.

2 in 5 - 39 percent - in Pa. believe Gov. Tom Wolf is doing excellent or good job.

54 percent believe the Legislature is more at fault for the state budget standoff; 29 percent point finger at Wolf 66 percent believe state lawmakers should not be paid during the standoff.

2 TV station employees killed during live report yesterday morning in Virginia.

12 consecutive life terms without parole for Colorado movie theater rampge gunman James Holmes.

2 U.S. soldiers killed by an Afghan solider at a military base in western Afghanistan.

3 runs surrendered by Phils’s starter Jerad Eickhoff in 1st inning vs. Mets last night.

1 error on fly ball that proved costly in that inning.

16 straight retired by Eickhoff at one point after the 1st inning.

6 innings pitched by Eickhoff, 4 runs and 6 strikeouts in his 2nd start for Phils.

42, age of Bartolo Colon, who got the win for the Mets.

8 straight wins for Mets over Phils.

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

The only thing worse than a losing streak is losing to the Mets.

I Don’t Get It: No, we don’t have issues in this country with gun violence and mental health. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the staff at WDBJ in Virginia, who were tasked with working under the worst imaginable conditions yesterday after two of their co-workers were gunned down during a live report.

Quote Box: “The ruling ensures that Chester’s children will be able to return to their classrooms, next month, at the same time that the rest of the students across the Comonwealth will.”

- Vahan Gureghian, head of Chester Community Charter School, after judge’s ruling rejecting state plan to cut reimbursements to charter schools.
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Welcome to my world

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 07:01
This one is personal.

We run a lot of stories every day in print and online.

A lot of those stories deal with very sad, tragic incidents.

And the bottom line is that a lot of those stories also make some people very angry.

They are upset about what we reported, sometimes they way we reported it, or simply are looking to vent at someone at the newspaper. That usually brings them to me.

Every day I field phone calls from readers who are irate with something we've reported.

Sometimes they even come into the office.

It's not exactly a part of the job that I relish. But it's also one of the most important things I do here every day. I always listen carefully to what the people have to say, and offer an explanation as to why we did what we did.

I also almost always someone who is unhappy with our coverage the opportunity to write a letter or a piece for our op-ed pages offering their version of events or why they think we got it wrong.

I'll be honest. Sometimes we just flat got something wrong. When that happens, we correct that information.

But most of the time, I'm in a situation where I know I am not going to assuage this person's visceral feelings for me - or the newspaper. I understand why that is. Many times these people are grieving and simply want to vent. If they want to yell at someone for awhile, I allow them to do that.

Sometimes people who are upset with the newspaper are not satisfied with a phone call. Sometimes they want to tell me what they think face to face.

When that happens, I bring them into my office and again listen intently to what they have to say. I offer my version, and again usually they just want to tell me what they think. I give them that opportunity.

I was thinking about that yesterday as I followed the details of the horrific incident in Virginia where a television reporter and her cameraman were gunned down while they were doing a live report. Both died. The woman they were interviewing was wounded but is expected to recover.

In this case, it turned out the suspect, who later took his own life, was a disgruntled employee.

Two things went through my mind as I followed the story.

One, I wonder just what it is that could push a person to that edge, and the many times I've dealt with people who felt aggrieved at something the newspaper did. It's not an especially comforting feeling.

But in the ensuing unsettling minutes and hours, I again confronted something about what I do for a living that was less than reassuring.

The way we deliver information to readers has fundamentally changed. When an incident such as yesterday's tragedy occurs, the early-morning timing of the event makes print seem like eons away. We won't print again until the next morning. It becomes an online story. And that is part of the problem.

We are not alone online.

The gunman in this case (I don't feel the need to use his name and give him a morsel of what he wanted) captured the entire incident on video and posted it online.

It's a lit

tle bit like knocking over that first domino in one of those intricate displays. You sit back and watch it cascade from there. The video exploded on social media. It was all over Twitter and Facebook, as was the live video from the TV station. The shooter's Facebook post containing the video he shot quickly "went viral," which is the new buzzword of our lives. At least at first.

The auto-play feature on many Twitter and Facebook accounts meant the video played even before some people realized what it was.

Fairly quickly the online world was abuzz with something else, pleas not to view or share the shocking video.

That's called editing. That's the kind of decision I make every day.

We did not use or post the video. We also did not use any of the stills taken from the video that wire services moved yesterday that clearly show the suspect pointing a gun at his victim.

Today we mourn reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, killed while doing their jobs, something we do every day.

And we wonder about the world we live in, our role in it, and the job we do every day.

Yesterday, I had a fundamental decision to make as the editor of the Daily Times and DelcoTimes.com. But every user of social media and consumer of online information got to make a similar decision.

Welcome to my world.
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2 big questions loom for Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-08-27 06:19
There are two big questions looming over the Chester Upland School District this morning.

Parents and children have to still be wondering what will happen when - or maybe the correct word is 'if' - schools open next week.

The other is something the district has been dealing with for decades. What is the answer to the district's fiscal woes.

All of this is part of the fallout from this week's court ruling that saw a Delco judge reject the state's attempt to radically reduce charter school reimbursements.

State officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, had made it clear they were not sure if Chester Upland would be able to open without the changes they sought. And even if they did, they warned it was entirely possible the red ink the district is awash in would force them to close the doors before the end of the school year.

The district is looking at a $23 million deficit, one that state officials believe could balloon to $40 million by the end of the school year.

Wolf said he was disappointed in the ruling and is mulling his options at this point in terms of an appeal.

Here is today's update with reaction to the court ruling.

And here is our editorial.The answer to Chester Upland's woes likely lies in the Legislature, and changing the formula used to reimburse charter schools that was part of the original law that created charter schools.

Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen anytime soon. How are those budget talks going?

In the meantime, the children and families of Chester Upland continue to suffer.
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Bryn Mawr college professor author of One Book One Lower Merion book

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-08-26 13:55
In its 12th edition, the Lower Merion Library System’s One Book One Lower Merion program is trying something new.
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Ardmore Business Association Sets Networking Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 12:47
Event scheduled for Sept. 10 in Local Wine & Kitchen
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full tilt crazy

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-08-26 12:02

 

You see that lovely young woman?  Her name was Alison Parker and this morning she and her cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed near Roanoke, Virginia in a place called Moneta. She was 24 and was a graduate of James Madison University and he was 27 and a graduate of Virginia Tech. They were with Virgina CBS affiliate WDBJ7. They were killed in the middle of a live shot interview it looks like.

This story is so horrific and I like many others didn’t know either Ms. Parker or Mr. Ward. For me personally it hits home because I have friends who are reporters and cameramen as well as newspaper reporters and newspaper photographers . I thought of them all immediately as this news broke. You think of them covering the news, not becoming the news and victims of violence.

And even more horrible? It has been disclosed that the shooter was a former reporter, one of their own,  who for a while put what he did on video on Twitter! They are reporting he is being chased through Virginia and other media reports say he may have committed suicide.

Two WDBJ7 employees killed in attack at Bridgewater Plaza. Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were attacked during a live broadcast

Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
POSTED: 07:27 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015 UPDATED: 10:56 AM EDT Aug 26, 2015 
Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 11:05 AM ET, Wed August 26, 2015
Sources: WDBJ shooting suspect is former reporter Bryce Williams

  Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:20 AM EDT

Updated: Aug 26, 2015 11:34 AM EDT

By NBC12 NewsroomCONNECT

This county is on full tilt crazy again. You can click on the links above to read about this horrific event. But before everyone goes into another endless gun control debate, remember what just happened here yesterday at the Chester County Courthouse, which made national news.

Yesterday a guy named Curtis Smith of Coatesville went crazy with a knife inside our county courthouse, hurting people. He was shot and killed by Sheriff’s department personnel. As e dust began to settle we learned this guy had been arrested in Washington DC for scaling a wall of the White House.

Washington Post National Official: Deputy’s attacker arrested at White House in March

  
A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in West Chester, Pa. The Daily Local News of West Chester reports that the shooting involved a member of the Chester County sheriff’s office and a man who apparently tried to enter the courthouse. (Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP) (Associated Press)

By Associated Press August 25 at 5:58 PM

Daily Local News Chester County Justice Center suspect dead

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@21st-centurymedia.com,, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter

POSTED: 08/25/15, 12:31 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO

Questions linger in courthouse shooting

Justine McDaniel and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers

Last updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:06 AM

But seriously, this country is such a country of unpleasant extremes these days. When did we become a nation of violence?

Sad day again for this country. We need to dial back the violence.


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Toadies Coming to Ardmore Music Hall in November

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:51
Group known for '90s hit "Possum Kingdom" will play an acoustic show Nov. 13
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute To Host College Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:46
Free coffee and posters to those with college IDs, on Oct. 5
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Shooting inside Chester County Justice Center lobby

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-08-26 08:57
WEST CHESTER >> A shooting occurred at the Chester County Justice Center in the first-floor lobby involving a members of the county Sheriff’s Office and a man who was apparently trying to enter.
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