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Lower Merion Snow Shoveling: Who Is Responsible, When Does It Need To Happen?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-08 09:00
Violate these Lower Merion township code rules and you could face a fine of up to $600.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Dec. 8

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-08 07:20
The Daily Numbers: 14 million dollars in casino revenue that will continue to flow to both the county and city of Chester under deal reached yesterday.

4.3 million for Delaware County.

10 million for the city of Chester

26 percent of the city’s budget.

0 tax hike in the Delaware County budget, something that likely would not have happened without this deal.

61.2 million dollars in unfunded liabilities in Chester’s city pension plans.

9 million dollars the city owes in employer contributions to the police fund.

6 million dollars owed to 3 other employee plans for 2016.

3,500 hours of overtime worked by one officer in a single year.

15.3 hours a day for 365 days a year, what that works out to.

25,000 dollar reward posted for information leading to suspect in Chester post office robbery.

1,940 given to the Merry Christmas Fund yesterday.

6,670 total for the fund toward our goal of $50,000 so far this year.

100 bruises found on the body of little Mason Hunt. His mother and boyfriend are on trial in connection with his death

3.5 million dollar fine slapped on Pa. gas driller Rice Energy Inc.

297 point jump for the Dow Jones yesterday.

19,549.62 close for the markets.

66-63 loss for Temple to George Washington last night.

81-52 win for Penn over Lafayette

1, as in the UConn women, who turned back Notre Dame, 72-61.

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

The Eagles should be preparing for the Redskins, a team that dominated them earlier this year. Instead the conversation is being dominated about the effort the Birds gave Sunday in a dismal loss vs. the Bengals. This team could go one of two ways: Unite & fight; or throw in the towel and mail it in for final 4 games.

I Don’t Get It: There is almost nothing worse than reading the testimony in an abuse case involving a child. Just heart-breaking.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Sens. Tom McGarrigle and Tom Killion for crafting a deal that will keep money flowing from Harrah’s Casino in Chester.

Quote Box: “They know how important these revenues are to the county and the city of Chester and they agreed to continue these payments.”

- County Councilman John McBlain, on Harrah’s actions to keep money flowing to county and city of Chester.
Categories: Pennsylvania

It's deal to keep casino money flowing

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-08 06:35
Any way you look at it, $14 million bucks is a big number.

Unlike professional athletes or big-time entertainers, when you start dealing with municipal budgets, this starts adding up to real money real fast.

Back in September, the state Supreme Court sent shock waves across Pennsylvania, at least those areas that play "host" to one our new-fangled casinos.

Here in Delaware County, that means Harrah's down on the waterfront in Chester.

The court ruled in favor of one of the state's smaller, so-called "boutique" casinos who had filed suit, saying the host agreements with casinos was unfair. Naturally, this was all about money as well. The way the deals were set up, the little guys in the casino biz made the argument that thet paying more than they should. The court agreed, and blew up the deals.

That left Delaware County and the city of Chester in a bit of a panic.

Those host agreements mean big bucks to both the city and county. Delaware County gets $4 million from Harrah's. Chester is even more dependent on gaming revenue, owing as much as a quarter of its annual budget from the gaming mecca along Route 291.

Yesterday, state Sens. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, and Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown, announced a deal that will keep the money flowing.

That means the county will continue to get its annual $4.9 million haul, and Chester will not have to due without its $10.5 million payment.

Delaware County Council unanimously signed off on the deal at yesterday's meeting.

You can get all the details here.
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The Swarthmore debate is not over

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-08 06:17
The battle for 'Nick's House' is not over.

The Swarthmore neighbors who opposed the HEADstrong Foundation's request to use an old home as a temporary residence for cancer patients and their caregivers are planning to appeal the unanimous ruling from borough council in favor.

Meanwhile, on our editorial page, we take a look at this most controversial story.

I say controversial story from the point of view that most people took, incredulous that anyone would oppose this request.

That's not the way the neighbors viewed it.

It all made for a textbook example of democracy and civics in action.

You can read the editorial here.
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All About the Eagles

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-08 05:57
Doug Pederson and the Eagles are entering very dangerous territory.

The coach, who has a tendency to speak his mind, unlike most big-time coaches, may have bit off more than he can chew at his Monday day-after presser following that dreadful performance against the Bengals.

In response to a question about his team's effort from longtime radio and TV guy Howard Eskin, Pederson stunned just about everyone with his response to whether he believed everyone gave maximum effort in Cincinnati.

"Not everybody."

It did not take long for that heat-seeking missile to hit the locker room.

Two players seem to be the focus of much of the talk.

Zach Ertz is taking heat for passing on a block as his quarterback Carson Wentz scrambled for the sideline. Safety Rodney McLeod has been questioned about his effort on a Bengals' score at the goal line.

I like Doug Pederson.

That does not mean I don't think he has made mistakes. Actually, I think at least two Eagles losses are directly attributed to some of his actions.

I especially like his outgoing nature and honest answers when he's asked a question.

That's even more so after more than a decade of Andy Reid, who simply never gave you anything, and a couple of years of Chip Kelly, whose arrogance did little to hide his dislike for the media and actually being asked questions.

The Eagles should be preparing for a team they do not match up well against. That would be the Redskins.

Instead of putting the wagons in a circle and hunkering down for one last stand in these final four games, the Eagles are trying to patch up internal squabbling.

They can either bond, unite behind Pederson, and lay it all on the line.

Or pack it in.

Of course, some people think they already did that last Sunday.

Bob Grotz has the latest on the Eagles drama.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Looking for a job? Check out new jobs posted on Patch!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 20:35
Find a new job or post a job opening on the all new Patch Jobs!
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Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 20:14
Patch brings you the latest homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 20:04
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
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2,000 Lives Saved in Pennsylvania by Anti-Opioid Naloxone, Officials Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 15:04
More than 2,000 opioid overdoses have been reversed in Pennsylvania over the past two years thanks to naloxone, officials said.
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5 Must-Know Winter Dates for Lower Merion Schools

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 12:48
Winter break starts Dec. 26. We've got when students will return to school and other dates you'll want to know.
Categories: Lower Merion

3 PA School Districts Deal With Recent Potential Outbreak Of 'Very Serious Respiratory Infection'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 12:44
School districts across Pennsylvania are battling an increase in cases of pertussis, a "very serious respiratory infection."
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PA Attorney General Warns Of College Football Bowl Game Ticket, Travel Package Scams

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 11:42
Check out tips to avoid getting one pulled over on you if you plan to watch Penn State or Pittsburgh's bowl games.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA State Police Spokesman Charged With DUI: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 11:30
A Pennsylvania state trooper who also serves as the spokesperson for a portion of the state has been charged with drunken driving.
Categories: Lower Merion

$10k Reward Remains Available in Unsolved 1993 Lansdale Murder of Bucks Teen

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 09:00
23 years have passed since 18-year-old Julie Barnyock was found dead in a SEPTA freight yard in Lansdale. Authorities are not giving up.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Man Shared Dozens of Child Porn Files: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-07 09:00
A Montgomery County man has been arrested after allegedly sharing dozens of files of child pornography with an undercover detective: DA.
Categories: Lower Merion

The day that changed the world

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-12-07 06:17
It is the day that changed the world.

The "day that will live in infamy."

One thing I learned a very long time ago in this business is that you can do a lot of things, but not taking time to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor is not one of them.

On our editorial page today, we talk about the importance of the day, and how some of the lessons derived from that horrific day still reverberate in a very special place in Media.

Read it here.
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It's time for another season of All-Delcos

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-12-07 05:59
It's a very special time of the year.

Not just because of the holidays, but because as one high school sports season ends and another begins, that means it's time for another showing of Delco's best and brightest.

Today we kick off the Fall All-Delco teams.

The parade is headed by Lizzie King of Strath Haven, our All-Delco Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

You can get all the details here, as well as seeing all the rest of the All-Delco Girls Soccer Team.

Here's our schedule for the rest of the week.

Thursday: Cross country

Dec.13: Boys Soccer

Dec.14: Field Hockey

Dec.15: Volleyball

Dec.16: Football
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'Golden Rhule' finds greener pastures

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-12-07 05:49
We have a winner in the least surprising sports news of the week.

No, not that some Eagles dogged Sunday while getting their lunch handed to them by the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.

Matt Rhule is leaving Temple.

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming.

As the wins piled up over the past two seasons, Rhule would constantly be asked of his future plans, and if he had his eye on a bigger job with a bigger school.

Every time he said the right thing, that he was happy at Temple coaching these kids and had no plans to leave. Right up until Tuesday morning.

That's when he called Temple officials and informed them he was taking the job at Baylor.

Actually, the news first popped up on the Baylor website.

Rhule will not be coaching the Owls when they face Wake Forest in the Military Bowl in Annapolis in a few weeks.

He's be busy putting together a staff and starting the process of rebuilding a Baylor program that is in shambled after a sex assault scandal embroiled the team and the entire university.

We don't hold it against Rhule. Just like we didn't hold it against Al Golden or Steve Addazio.

This is what happens at schools like Temple. As soon as a coach builds a winning program, bigger schools came calling.

Rhule probably held out longer than most.

Apparently he could not resist the lure of Baylor.

Get all the details here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

respecting personal space

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-12-06 17:24

Above you see the bank machine in the Giant on Boot Road in West Chester. It’s the Giant that locals say is in the Bermuda Triangle  of retirement homes (Hershey’s Mill, Bellingham, Wellington).

Anyway, it’s an interior bank machine next to a micro branch of PNC Bank. Sometimes it’s busy and when it’s busy you either wait your turn or come back later.

Today I was depositing a check at the bank machine, and I was literally endorsing the check over to the bank so I could pop it into the machine, when all of a sudden I felt someone right upon me and behind me.  That is a slightly disconcerting feeling let alone taking into consideration the fact I was standing at a bank machine with my wallet out.

So this older gent – I would say the late 60s early 70s – is literally right on top of me. Startled I turned and looked at him.  He was close enough that I could smell his breath.

“I’m in a hurry. You don’t mind if I jump ahead while you are doing that do you?” He says.

I think my mouth must’ve hung open first and I paused before I answered, and I looked at him and I said “Why yes , I do mind.”

He then says “Well  calm down sweetheart!”

Alrighty. I just turned my back to him and kept my mouth clamped firmly shot. I was honestly afraid of what might come out if I responded.

Let’s start with the fact that I’m not his sweetheart, and he’s completely ignorant.

The second thing is I patiently wait my turn whenever someone’s ahead of me at the bank machine, it’s what you do. And I don’t stand on top of them, I give them space and privacy because that’s what you’re supposed to do , it’s a banking transaction.

I don’t know what it is about people at interior location bank machines. But they seem to think normal rules don’t apply.

I think there should be signs at these interior machines like they have for pharmacy lines where they ask people to keep it respectful distance between the current customer and themselves.  

I have run into this problem before at this particular bank machine.  Last time it was a huffy and shouting woman who told me she was important and she was in a hurry and I should move over for her. Literally.

(You will note as to not embarrass this man’s family I did not post a picture of him. Just the bank machine so you could see the space.)

I sometimes wonder where basic manners have gone. And why people can’t respect the personal space of others when they expect you to respect their’s. 

The final thought is this had that man done that at a bank machine in Center City Philadelphia, I probably would have stepped on his foot and elbowed him in the stomach and asked questions later because I would’ve been even more concerned I was about to be mugged or something.

There is no accounting for rude behavior I suppose. At any age. if I had been feeling witty I probably would’ve turned him and said “Oh grandpa please!”

Categories: Pennsylvania

PA Woman Who Killed Husband By Feeding Him Rat Poison For a Year Being Released: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-12-06 17:11
She wanted to cash in a $300K life insurance policy and to keep him from spending the $1.7 million she won in a lawsuit, reports say.
Categories: Lower Merion