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Thanks, Cole: Hamels made us winners

Heron's Nest - 12 hours 21 min ago
OK, we can start the Eagles season.

Cole Hamels is no longer a Phillie.

Several reports overnight indicate the Phillies have dealt their ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a slew of prospects. Jake Diekman also is heading to Texas in the deal.

The deal is expected to be announced officially Thursday morning.

Everyone knew it was coming; that doesn't make it any less jarring.

An era is ending. An era when we were champions.

And make no mistake, Hamels is the reason why. Without him there is no World Series championship in 2008. No parade. No end to our long championship drought. And no infamous Chase Utley 'World Bleeping Champions.'

The Phillies did not win a title with Roy Halladay. Or Cliff Lee. They did with Cole Hamels.

He was ridiculed for the way he talked, belittled for his "California cool."

But he went to the mound every five days and almost always gave the Phillies a quality start, even when all too often the Phils' bats fell silent every time he took the mound.

Perhaps the saddest thing is that Philly fans were deprived of giving Hamels the kind of send-off he deserved, especially after he put an exclamation point on his Phillies career by tossing a no-hitter at the Chicago Cubs last Saturday night in Wrigley.

He was supposed to be on the mound tonight when the Phils returns to Citizens Bank Park. That had already been pushed back to Friday night, but most expected Hamels to be dealt before the 4 p.m. trade deadline.

It would have been nice to see one more packed house in South Philly offer a final salute to Hamels.

I have a standing rule about those guys who formed the heart of that 2008 team. I will never boo Hamels, nor Chase Utley or Ryan Howard. I know they all make ridiculous amounts of money, and that, in the case of Utley and Howard, their best years are clearly in the rear-view mirror.

But they gave us something we hungered for for years. They gave us a parade.

They made us winners.

It's been awhile since we felt that way.

Thanks, Cole.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-29 15:11
Authorities say the congressman and four associates used numerous schemes to misuse hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Categories: Lower Merion

$285K Inwood Road Home Among New Listings In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-29 14:44
On the hunt for a house? These local homes were recently listed.
Categories: Lower Merion

US Congressman Fattah indicted on federal charges

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-29 13:25
Congressman Chaka Fattah, a U.S. Congressman who represents Lower Merion Township, and four associates have been indicted Wednesday on federal charges, officials say.
Categories: Lower Merion

US Congressman Fattah indicted on federal charges

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-29 11:53
Congressman Chaka Fattah, a U.S. Congressman who represents Lower Merion Township, and four associates have been indicted Wednesday on federal charges, officials say.
Categories: Lower Merion

Could Rita's Open a Convenience Store in Ardmore?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-29 10:44
The Pennsylvania-based company has announced plans to offer its frozen treats in convenience stores across the country.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Catholic School Calls Meeting To Discuss Fired Gay Teacher: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-29 10:11
The president of Waldron Mercy Academy called a meeting to discuss the school’s firing of a teacher over her same-sex marriage.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Hospital modernization prelim plan moves ahead

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-29 09:59
Meeting for the last time before a summer break, the Lower Merion Planning Commission Monday night voted to recommend approval of Bryn Mawr Hospital’s preliminary plan of land development for a major modernization project.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line SuperFresh stores to rebrand as ACME in wake of A&P bankruptcy

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-29 09:59
The signs out front at some local SuperFresh stores may soon be changing, but the new name they carry could be a familiar one.
Categories: Lower Merion

TONIGHT: Lower Merion police discuss preparations for pope's visit

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-29 08:37
Update: Giving both commissioners and residents a chance to hear how the police department is preparing for the World Meeting of Families, Police Superintendent Mike McGrath will present an overview during Wednesday's police committee meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:50 p.m. See full presentation.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 29

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-29 07:25
The Daily Numbers: 24 hours, how long you will have on Monday to sign up for the lottery to win 1 of those prized SEPTA regional rail passes for the weekend of the visit by Pope Francis.

175,000 passes being sold for each day. 250, how many SEPTA sold before their computers melted down under the demand last week.

10 bucks per ticket, with each ‘winner’ of the lottery being eligible to buy 10 tickets.

6 of August, when the winners will be notified by email that they are eligible to buy tickets.

24,000, how many riders usually use the regional rails on a typical Saturday.

18,750 on Sunday.

66,500 on most workdays.

75 cents per pass sold for TicketLeap, the Philly company that is handling the lottery for SEPTA.

110,000 dollars, how much SEPTA paid CapTech, the firm that designed the system that imploded last week.

750,000 3-day passes for subways, trolleys and buses good for Sept. 26-28. Riders also can use tokens and regular passes for the rest of the system, but not the regional rails. You must have one of the special papal passes to use the rails that weekend.

16,000 dollar theft that earned a former county probation officer 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison.

27, age of shooting victim in Chester clinging to life.

10 shootings in Chester in the last 4 days.

36 inch by 28 inch replica of a Picasso painting on display in Media stolen.

36, age of longtime nurse at the Pocopson Center, the Chester County retirement center, charged with stealing morphine and pills.

2 new hands for boy who lost both his to an infection, with the operation being done at Children’s Hospital.

30 years, how long Jonathan Pollard spent in prison for selling secrets to Israel. He’s being paroled in November.

17 saves in 17 opportunities this year for Jonathan Papelbon, who the Phillies traded to the Washington Nationals last night.

342 career saves for Papelbon, who happens to hold the Phils’ all-time saves mark with 123.

7-6 record for the guy the Phils got, 22-year-old Nick Pivetta.

3.02 ERA in 18 games, including 17 starts.

9-1 mark for the Phils since the All-Star break, after 3-2 win over Toronto last night, with Ken Giles in closer role.

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

Papelbon is gone, look for Cole Hamels to be next out the door. But the Phils are still winning.

I Don’t Get It: Jonathan Papelbon. A great closer? Absolutely. Am I glad he’s gone. Absolutely.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SEPTA for the notion of the lottery to buy special papal passes for the regional rails. Probably the fairest way to do it.

Quote Box: “Everyone has the same chance of being chosen.”

- SEPTA spokesperson Jerry Williams, on lottery for special papal rail passes.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Do you have a prayer of hitting SEPTA's lottery?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-29 06:32
You have about as much chance of scoring one of those prized papal passes for the regional rail system as you do of hitting the lottery.

Literally.

SEPTA yesterday rolled out Plan B when it comes to selling tickets for the regional rails for the two-day visit of Pope Francis Sept. 26-27.

Actually on Monday they're not selling any tickets at all. They learned that lesson the hard way. They tried online sales last week, only to see their computers melt down under the demand.

Yesterday they informed the public that they will have all day on Monday - from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. - to get in on a lottery for the opportunity to buy tickets.

SEPTA says there is no need to jump on the computer seconds after midnight to get your application in. You will have the same chance no matter when you put your application in, so long as you get it in sometime during that 24-hour period.

SEPTA has hired a private outfit to run the lottery, including vetting all the entries for duplicates and people looking to game the system.

The winners will be notified on Thursday if they're one of the lucky winners.

SEPTA still plans to sell 175,000 tickets for each day, at $10 a pop. Those who hit the lottery can purchase as many as 10 passes. So how long do you think it will take them to show up on eBay and how much do you think they will be going for.

Don't forget to pick up a copy of the Sunday Times for a full rundown on SEPTA's plans for Delaware County for the momentous visit by Pope Francis, which will culminate a week of activity tied to the World Meeting of Families.
Categories: Pennsylvania

News, sports & The Brady Factor

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-29 06:00
Cole Hamels is still a Phillie - for now. Jonathan Papelbon is not.

The Phillies traded their disgruntled, All-Star closer to the Washington Nationals yesterday for Double A pitcher Nick Pivetta, who has managed to compile a 7-6 record, with a 3.02 ERA in 18 games, including 17 starts. He’s slated as a possible No. 3 or 4 starter.

Lost in all that is the fact that the Phillies won again last night - getting another solid start from lefthander Alex Morgan against a powerful Toronto Blue Jays lineup stacked with right-handed hitters that had been devouring southpaws all season.

Morgan learned just how powerful pretty quickly. Leadoff hitter Devon Travis hit the second pitch Morgan offered out of the park.

Morgan also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second, and then tamed the Jays' bats.

Ken Giles, the newly anointed closer, slammed the door on Toronto to preserve a 3-2 win.

And yet, none of this is what captured my attention from the world of sports as I drove home last night.

Instead, I was fascinated by this.

KYW Newsradio 1060 now does a simulcast of the CBS Evening News at 6:30. Last night the lead story was not the Iran nuke treaty, not parole for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, not even Donald Trump.

The lead story on the network news last night was Tom Brady.

Such is the power and allure of the NFL.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced yesterday the four-game suspension of the Super Bowl MVP QB of the Patriots was being upheld. Brady is planning to appeal through the NFL Players Association.

Brady seems intent on trying to clear his name, to remove the stigma of "cheater" that now shrouds all of his accomplishments. I guess real news will just have to wait.
Categories: Pennsylvania

5 Work From Home Jobs Posted On Ardmore Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-07-28 16:16
Sick of commuting? There are dozens of work from home jobs on Ardmore Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

First Blue Moon Since 2012 To Rise Over Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-07-28 13:36
A blue moon occurs when there are two full moons in the same month.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pothole? Misplaced trash? Narberth Borough partnering with SeeClickFix

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-07-28 13:35
NARBERTH >> Pothole hotlines are one thing, but a service just launched in Narberth Borough may be the quick new, most direct way for citizens to get in touch with Borough Hall when they spot many types of problems.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Catholic School Students Help One Of Country's Poorest Communities

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-07-28 13:20
More than a dozen Devon Preparatory School students chose to take a break from summer vacation to participate in a mission trip.
Categories: Lower Merion

Public Presentation On Pope's Visit To Lower Merion Set For Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-07-28 12:30
Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath will give a public presentation Wednesday night to lay out what locals can expect.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Catholic School Teacher Fired Over Gay Marriage: It Was Like A Death

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-07-28 10:43
In an interview with CBS3, Marige Winters expressed her own feelings over her dismissal from Waldron Mercy Academy.
Categories: Lower Merion