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Lower Merion police radio upgrade needed now -- and maybe later

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:56
Several times over the past two years, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath has updated township commissioners on Montgomery County’s planned upgrade of its public safety radio system and the township’s potential participation – a potential major future expense.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Borough Manager Bill Martin facing DUI charges

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:56
Narberth Borough Manger Bill Martin is facing DUI charges following a traffic stop in Wynnewood last week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police report Belmont Hills burglary

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:56
Lower Merion police report a home on the 100 block of Rockland Avenue, Belmont Hills, was burglarized sometime between 6 a.m. July 21 and noon July 22. Thieves entered through an unlocked door, according to police.
Categories: Lower Merion

DVRPC approves $1 billion in transportation projects for Montgomery County

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:23
NORRISTOWN — The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Thursday approved up to $1.1 billion in proposed transportation projects for Montgomery County, according to a press release. The projects are part of the DVRPC’s four-year Transportation Improvement Program and 12-year capital program.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: Wolf Wants to Go Halfsies With Localities on Education Funding

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:19
The national average for state share of education funding is 48%. Tom Wolf is proposing taking the state share up to 50%. During the Rendell administration, the state’s share of education...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Corbett has spent $1.7 million on TV ads since the primary

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:08
Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.
Categories: Lower Merion

In Southeasten PA, subminimum wages paired with vocational training

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:08
Every day, hundreds of men and women with disabilities clock in to work at Montgomery County’s Developmental Enterprises Corporation (DEC), where they’ll spend their workday in manufacturing or packing. At four of five centers in the county, these individuals made an average of $1.48 hourly.
Categories: Lower Merion

Maido! leaving Narberth for Ardmore; Lapp's market moving in

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 10:00
After some delays, plans for Maido! Japanese Market to relocate from Narberth to a larger store in Ardmore are moving forward.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco man pleads in attempted sex with 'boys'

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 09:49
MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A 42-year-old Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and solicitation to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in two separate cases of attempting to have sex with teenage boys online.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montco lawyer accused of bilking client of more than $87K

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 09:41
COURTHOUSE — A former Montgomery County defense lawyer awaiting sentencing for selling oxycodone to an undercover detective faces new allegations he stole more than $87,000 from a client he represented in a civil lawsuit.
Categories: Lower Merion

3 juveniles in police custody following alleged armed robbery at Haverford College Duck Pond

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 09:33
Three juveniles are in Lower Merion police custody after the alleged armed robbery of a man near the Duck Pond at Haverford College.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County public defenders offer second chances, hope, with expungement clinics

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 09:12
NORRISTOWN — At 18, Nicole found herself facing disorderly conduct charges after she was involved in a verbal argument that turned physical among several neighbors at her Montgomery County apartment complex.
Categories: Lower Merion

Anderson Avenue to close for emergency PECO work

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 09:12
Anderson Avenue in Ardmore will be closed at various times today between Montgomery and Lancaster avenues for emergency PECO repair starting at 10 a.m. today until further notice please avoid the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

New campaign invites residents to share their 'Montco moments'

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 08:34
One of the best ways to spread the word about the many attractions for visitors to Montgomery is to start right here at home.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: No, the Wolf Organization Isn’t Using the Delaware Loophole

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-07-28 08:24
Thomas Fitzgerald cleared this up last week, and now the Wolf campaign has an ad up refuting it. A new attack ad from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) accuses Democratic opponent Tom Wolf of hypocrisy because,...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Lower Merion planners to discuss new Bala Cynwyd apartments plan today

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 08:24
A plan for a large new apartment building, the second to come forward since commercial properties on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd were rezoned two years ago, will be up for review today in Lower Merion Township.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, July 28

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 5, age of child killed when gunfire erupted outside an apartment in Ridley Township late Saturday.

1 other person, the boy’s mother, in critical condition with gunshot wound.

26, age of the boy’s father, who police say turned gun on himself after fleeing scene and leading police on chase.

11 shell casings from Ruger 9 mm

10th birthday, when Noah Lamey of Norwood got a heart transplant. Nice gift.

1st and 3rd-degree murder charges formally filed against Richard Plotts, suspect in Fitz shooting.

3 men busted on drug charges inside Upper Darby apartment.

2 men being questioned in carjacking and crash that took the lives of 3 children in Philly.

110,000 dollar reward in the case.

5 people shot, 1 fatally, in North Philly early this morning.

5 people in 1 family shot dead in Maine.

20, age of man killed when lightning struck a beach in Venice, Calif.

20 people hit by the bolt.

4-2 win for the Phils over the D-Backs.

2 minutes, 55 seconds, how long the review took that ruled Ryan Howard safe at the plate because the catcher was blocking his path.

4 hits over 7 innings in a good outing for Phils starter Roberto Hernandez.

25th save in 28 chance for Jonathan Papelbon

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

Ryan Howard had to be kidding, right? Anyone want to trade places with the first baseman?

I Don’t Get It: The county had barely stopped reeling from gun violence at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital when gunfire erupted in Ridley. A 5-year-old boy was killed.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who rallied around young Noah Lamey of Norwood. He got a new heart in a transplant on his 10th birthday. Nice gift.

Quote Box: “We never thought this would happen.”

- Daneesha Hill, sister of Ridley shooting victim Shyema Washington.
Categories: Pennsylvania

One gun incident after another

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:08
The county was still reeling from the gun violence that rang out at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital when it happened again. This time police say a domestic incident in Ridley spun out of control.

A man opened fire outside an apartment, killing his 5-year-old son and critically injuring his estranged girlfriend.

The man then fled the scene and led police on chase. He eventually turned the gun on himself, taking his own life.

We used our editorial page today to talk about gun violence, and how to keep guns out of the hands of people who clearly should not possess them.

But that would not have stopped the tragedy that unfolded in Ridley late Saturday night.

Police say Tyrell Styles legally owned the Ruger 9 mm he used to snuff out the life of his son.

So what is the answer? I don't know. All I know is that we have a problem in this country with guns. And it's time we did something about it, preferably before the next incident occurs.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The White House and a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:53
I used my print column today to talk about something that has been bothering me for awhile.

I think we have lost respect for the office of the president.

I say that not because I always agree with President Barack Obama. I don't.

I also am fully aware of the treatment that President George W. Bush received for eight years.

This is different. And I think you know what I mean.
Categories: Pennsylvania

I hope Ryan Howard was kidding

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:36
Ryan Howard had a bad week, if there can be such a thing when you're a professional baseball player.

The Phillies slugger, in the midst of a woeful slump, found himself in an unfamiliar position this week, on the bench.

Manager Ryne Sandberg gave his cleanup hitter a spot on the pine three straight days, including a game in which the opponent on the mound was Tim Hudson, a right-hander Howard has tortured over his career.

Yesterday, Howard was back in the No. 4 spot and served notice early on that he was back. He hit one of his trademark towering homers to left-center to give the Phils a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Later he was involved in a key play in which he appeared to be dead at the plate attempting to score when D-Backs second baseman Didi Gregorius butchered a pop fly. Howard was out by a good 15 feet. However, after being tagged out, Howard motioned that Arizona catcher Miguel Montero.

The go-ahead run held up as the Phils hung on for a 4-2 win.

After the game, Howard was asked about his week.

"Want to trade places?" Howard quickly responded. "Want to see what it's like? No, you don't."

I couldn't see a smile, but I am hoping Howard was kidding.

Howard gets paid a ridiculous amount of money to play baseball. I don't begrudge him one penny of it. Any time someone asks me how professional athletes can be paid so much, I always answer the same way: Because they can.

That's the way the system works. No one forced the Phillies to lavish Howard with that outlandish contract extension that now hangs around the franchise's neck like a millstone.

Also remember this, nobody walks away from money?

Remember when Reggie White said God told him to play in Green Bay? Yeah, right, that and a boatload of cash.

I will never boo or badmouth Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins or Cole Hamels. Do you know why? Because they did something very few pro athletes in this town have done. They gave us a parade.

That said, Howard needs a reality check.

Would I trade places? In a heartbeat.
Categories: Pennsylvania