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Flood Advisory Issued In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 17:55
Breaking: a flood warning has been issued for Montgomery County ahead of possible heavy rain and thunderstorms Thursday evening.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMSD Seeking Community Input On Enrollment Growth

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 16:43
You can help shape the district's policy on how to handle projected enrollment growth by taking a new survey.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rumors Of Phillies Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 15:02
The Phillies may have fallen to 16-29 on the season, but they're also a growing team facing the toughest schedule in baseball.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Launches New App Connecting Caregivers And Cardiac Arrest Victims

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 11:38
Montgomery County officials say that the new mobile app will help streamline the response to cardiac arrests and save lives.
Categories: Lower Merion

Memorial Day Movie Guide: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' And 'Baywatch'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 11:32
Between pirates and lifeguards, two movies are making a major splash this Memorial Day weekend. Find out who sinks and who swims.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rain Closes Two Lower Merion Fords Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 11:18
Nearly half of all flash flood deaths are vehicle related and the national 30-year average for flood deaths is 127, according to NWS.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Bartender Sold Cocaine At Work: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 10:47
The bartender is accused of selling cocaine to undercover officers while working at a Radnor eatery.
Categories: Lower Merion

Recycle Electronics In Lower Merion June 3

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 10:13
Stop by the Lower Merion Public Works Complex to ditch your old phones, computers, microwaves, TVs, and much more.
Categories: Lower Merion

Media CVS Standoff Ends With Arrest, No Injuries: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 09:55
The suspect was previously convicted of a 1997 armed robbery in New Jersey where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Democrats Host Forum On Gerrymandering

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-25 09:00
The "End Gerrymandering: The Path to Fairer Elections and Better Governance in PA" took place on Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dems confirm they are swapping county council candidates

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-25 07:24
We told you so.

It's now official.

Delaware County Democrats are shuffling the

ir ticket for the fall County Council race.

Jennifer Leith is out, Kevin Madden is in. Leith, who garnered more than 17,000 votes in the May 16 Primary Election, issued a statement saying she realized during the campaign that she did not have the time to the race. She added she did not make her decision until after the deadline to have her name removed from the ballot.

County Dem leaders appeared to go back and forth about making it official yesterday, not finally releasing statements and confirming our earlier reports until just before 5 p.m.

Until that point, they were sticking to their "official" stance that Leith was still the candidate. This despite the fact that Madden was being listed on their official website as the County Council candidate, and a Madden/Zidnik Facebook page had been posted.

Democratic Chairman David Landau said that although he was sad that Leith would not remain on the ticket, he was excited about the prospect of adding Madden to the ticket with Brian Zidnik.

"Candidates for local office are real people with families and jobs and campaigns are a huge time commitment," Landau said. As you might expect, county Republicans are dubious about the timing of the switch.

County GOP Chairman Andy Reilly went so far as to accuse county Democrats of deceiving voters.

Or at lest the 17,000-plus who cast a ballot for Leith.

"The county Democratic Party formed a joint fundraising committee with Madden six weeks ago, so it is difficult to fathom why the party's leadership would intentionally keeps this a secret from voters before the primary election," Reilly said.

He wasn't done.

"Deceiving voters by not telling them that a person on the ballot is no longer running is the height of hypocrisy for a slate of candidates claiming to run on the platform of transparency," he added.

You can read our full story here.

Looks like it should be an interesting fall.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The sound of your taxes going up

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-25 07:04
It may not be the sound of summer, but it is the sound of spring.

Cha-Ching!

It's the sound of local school boards raising your taxes.

In Rose Tree Media this year, they decided to take a new approach. They borrowed a page from something Upper Darby tried, bringing in the Penn Center for Civic Engagement and holding a series of public hearings on the budget process.

It was a different route, but it wound up in the same place.

Taxes are going up. Again.

At this point, hearings are not going to help local school districts.

They need help from Harrisburg.

And soon.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

When did we move to Seattle?

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-25 06:34
When did we move to Seattle?

If you can, just pull the covers up over your head and stay there.

Believe me, I just drove into the office. It's miserable out there. Pouring down rain.

And it's not going to get a lot better - either today or for much of the Memorial Day weekend.

You can get the full forecast here.

Sounds like Saturday is the day if you are planning to do anything outside.

There is a chance of showers both Sunday and it also will threaten the parades and other traditional activities tied to Memorial Day.
Categories: Pennsylvania

41st Annual Hero Bowl Set For June 1

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 17:07
The annual game will benefit children of Delaware County's fallen emergency responders.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wissahickon Cleanup Events Set For June 3

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 15:47
You voted to help the Friends of the Wissahickon win money, now you can help by cleaning up the park on June 3.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Capt. Talks 'Race For Peace' On Public Access Show

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 11:29
Representatives from Haverford and Radnor township police departments also sat down with the Race for Peace founder for the interview.
Categories: Lower Merion

modern family

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-05-24 10:31


The concept of family is a sacred thing. When you are little they are that group of people bought together by blood that all look like you.

As you grow up you realize as you form your own family units the concept of family can be redefined. I have a lot of friends who don’t have much family by related blood per se, so the friends fill the family shoes.

When my sister and I were little there were a lot more of us. Not in our immediate family, we were just four people- but through aunts and uncles and cousins and great aunts and great uncles and grandparents and great grandparents there were more of us.  As we grew up, the numbers thinned. But we still had both of our parents.

In 2005 our father died. He had fought prostate cancer valiantly and on his own terms.

For me, the death of my father is still somewhat of a surreal event. My memories from that time are a lot like flashes of  Kaleidoscope images.  Lots of bits separated by flashes of color.

I remember my mother and my sister being so instantly devastated and falling apart around me that I was almost afraid to grieve for a very long time.  I remember looking out across the church which was standing room only giving one of  my father’s eulogies .  In order to get through that and not embarrass myself by dissolving into tears I found two of my friends Stevie and Barb, and focused on them.

Other things I remember from the day of my father’s funeral were two people who weren’t there. One was my father’s brother, his only brother. Even as a child I never thought much of him and I pretty much wrote him off after that. He was like a selfish caricature version of my father. Truthfully, and without guilt and reservation, I can say with a clean conscience I don’t care if I ever see him again.

The other person who wasn’t there that day was my godfather.  That was a more bitter pill to swallow, especially since he lived down the street from the church. He was literally two or three blocks away.

My late godfather was a great disappointment to me on that day.  He had known my father (and mother) since high school and he gave the toast at their wedding.  So I let my godfather go. I was sad for a moment when I heard he had died, but I did not attend his funeral which was at the church a block away from where my father’s funeral had been held. I saw no need to open that door one last time.

We all moved on. It took a while, but we found our way and it was OK but it was different.

Then in 2010, we also lost my brother-in-law quite suddenly.   Our little family unit was devastated all over again. It nearly broke me to watch my sister and her children grieve because there was nothing anyone could do other than to be there for them. It was also so incredibly hard to watch my mother grieve this new loss as well.

Eventually the clouds lifted and we all moved on. One day our mother finally ‘fessed up and told us she was seeing someone. (We had suspected this, incidentally.) Mother seemed almost scared to tell us like we would be upset.  But we weren’t upset, we were very and truly happy for her. We also felt that our father would not have wanted her to be alone because he loved her that much. Our mother was truly happy and alive again, and we loved it.

So for the past few years we have watched a rather remarkable love story develop and unfold. At a time in life where a lot of people tend to wind down and accept a more solitary existence, my mother once again found love.

And my sister and I grew to love her gentlemen as a surrogate father. We felt so lucky and so blessed to have him.

I am especially personally grateful for him as he really gets me as an individual . He has this uncanny intuition with people and capacity to listen to, understand, and love that is just lovely. I don’t know how else to describe it.  And on Monday, 22 May, 2017 he officially became our stepfather.

It was a quiet and intimate occasion, just the children and the couple whose dinner party inadvertently introduced them. Yes, this was something that happened quite literally by fate.

My mother and new stepfather were married by a judge they knew. After the ceremony was complete, the judge asked the children if they had anything to say. My sister spoke, but I didn’t have my words at that time. So I did not speak.

It has taken a couple of days for my wandering thoughts to come together. And among those thoughts I marvel at the modern family we all have become.

My own little family unit is a blended family, and now my larger family unit is a blended family. My sister and I have five stepsiblings! We gained four brothers and one sister…and that does not include spouses and children!

The thing about my newly blended family is how marvelous they are. Seriously, they are awesome.

We (the children) have all gotten to know each other over these past few years as our parents came together from being widowed.  So this is actually a really happy time for all of us. We all have had our bittersweet moments as we remember the parents who are no longer with us, but we are so fortunate that our parents have found such a wonderful love together and bought all of us together.

The power of love and happiness is a powerful thing indeed.  We are all stronger and better together. A true case of  Yours, Mine, and Ours — which incidentally is one of my favorite movies.  (The 1968 version starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.)

Believe in love. It takes you on the most unexpected journeys in life.

Thanks for stopping by.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Armed Robber Hits Bala Cynwyd Pet Valu: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 09:44
The suspect used a screwdriver in the Sunday afternoon robbery, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Finds Burglar In Apartment Tuesday Morning: Lower Merion Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 09:21
This is the seventh burglary in Lower Merion Township in less than a month.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco HS Equips Classroom With Standing Desks, Touts Student Improvements

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-24 09:00
Advocates say that students using the desks are implementing a "whole body learning approach" and are seeing improved performance.
Categories: Lower Merion