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Lower Merion Police Department Earns International Accreditation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:50
The designation has been awarded to less than five percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States, including just 11 in the state.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, March 27

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:32
The Daily Numbers: 299 bucks, cost of a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Police believe that’s what Arkel Garcia was after when he killed Marple Newtown grad Christian Massey.

21, age of Garcia, who was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

25, age of Amanda De Guio, a mother of 2 from Upper Darby who has been missing since June.

400 acres of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon, where a new flagpole will honor veterans.

2,400 veterans who are buried there.

10-234, the Local union of the United Steelworkers Union who are voting on new contract with Monroe Energy at the Trainer refinery. 500,000 dollar grant for a library expansion in Ridley.

34,000 dollars raised to help literacy in Wallingford Swarthmore.

59 percent of people in new Franklin & Marshall poll who back Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan.

39 percent say Pa. is now heading in the right direction.

40 percent who have favorable opinion of Wolf. That’s better rating than former Gov. Tom Corbett had at any point in his 4 years.

4 straight days of declines for stock market.

40.31 dip for Dow Jones yesterday.

79-72 win for Chester Native Bo Ryan and Wisconson over North Carolina.

68-60 win for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Arizona over Xavier.

9-1 win for Ridley over Strath Haven in boys lacrosse.

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

The pride of Chester: Bo Ryan vs. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the Elite 8. Gotta’ love it.

I Don’t Get It: The idea of slamming a jumbo jet into the ground. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who took part in flag ceremony to honor vets yesterday at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon.

Quote Box: “He didn’t even get what he came there for. He took Chris’ life and left the headphones on the ground.”

- Assistant District Attorney Brendan O’Malley, on Arkel Garcia, sentenced to life for the murder of Christian Massey.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Delco connection to deadly Alps jet crash

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:40
Every time there is a huge natural disaster or horrendous crash, I always offer the following warning to my staff.

Don't worry, it will somehow works its way back to Delco.

It's happened again.

Yvonne Selke, who along with her daughter Emily, shown in picture at right, was on the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, was a Delco native.

Yvonne was a graduate of Springfield High School, Class of '75.

She still has family living here.

The Class of '75 is planning their 40th reunion and it is believed Yvonne was planning to attend.

Yvonne Selke lived in Nokesville, Va., and was a valued, longtime employee of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., a defense contractor in Washington, D.C.

Her daughter Emily, who was with her on the doomed flight, was a recent graduate of Drexel University.

Booz Allen's chief personnel officer, Betty Thompson, described Selke as "a wonderful co-worker and a dedicated employee who spent her career with the firm." Yvonne Selke worked for Booz Allen for 23 years.

We'll try to get reaction from Springfield High as well as those who know her today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Public offers support for Wolf tax plan

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:09
In his battle with Republicans over the state budget, new Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf just picked up a little more ammo.

A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll showed the public supports his plan to hike the state sales and income taxes and use the money to boost education funding.

Nearly 6 in 10 - 59 percent - of those polled backed the plan, no doubt in large part because it targets the state's most hated levy, property taxes.

About 17 percent of those asked identified taxes as the biggest issue in the state.

We'll have Wolf's chief of staff, Katie McGinty, here for a visit with the editorial board this morning.

I'll ask her about the prospects of getting the Wolf plan through the Legislature.

Do you have a question for McGinty? If so email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I will add it to my list.

A couple of weeks ago, State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who heads the state House Democratic Policy Committee, told me he does not believe the budget will be done by the July 1 deadline.

Instead, he sees Republicans, who control both the Senate and House, passing their own "no-tax-hike" spending plan, and then tossing it in Wolf's lap.

Sturla believes Wolf will veto it, and then both sides could dig in for an extended standoff.

We'll ask McGinty how she sees this playing out.
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Pride of Chester: Bo vs. Rondae in Elite Eight

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-27 06:51
Villanova may be gone, but Delco is still very well represented in the NCAA men's hoops tourney.

Both Chester High standout Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and his Arizona Wildcats and Chester native Bo Ryan, who coaches Wisconsin, were winners last night.

Hollis-Jefferson, a former All-Delco player, came back from an injury as the Wildcats held off Xavier.

Wisconsin did the same while taking care of North Carolina.

Here's the bad news. Only one of them is going to the Final Four.

That's because they will face each other Saturday in the Elite Eight.

It's the second straight year they have faced each other.

Anyone want to argue the prowess of Chester and Delco hoops?
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TE School Board’s idea of ‘compromise’ at Valley Forge Middle School … Green Hills homeowners to get 6-foot high chain link fences in their backyards instead of previously announced 4-foot fences

Green Hills residents met with TE School District representatives regarding the proposed Chesterbrook fencing project last night and learned that compromise isn’t in the school board’s vocabulary. Representing the TE School District at the meeting were school board members Pete Motel, Kevin Buraks, Liz Mercogliano and Kris Graham in addition to Art McDonnell, Dr. Gusick, […]
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Did You Buy Frozen Spinach At Wegmans In Pennsylvania? There's A Recall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-26 19:39
Wegmans is recalling frozen spinach because of possible listeria contamination. Amy's Kitchen Inc. is also recalling spinach products.
Categories: Lower Merion

little old italian lady in training 

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:56

I became a bit of an Italian cliché today, or a little old Italian lady in training, take your pick.

I made sauce, I made gnocchi, and I made a ricotta pie.

I will give you the recipe below I used a roll out store-bought crust this time –Pillsbury  brand.

Deep dish pie plate required.

Preheat oven to 350°

Follow instructions on premade piecrust – I like using my own pie plates so I get the Pillsberry brand piecrust when I don’t feel like making my own crust. 

So I laid my piecrust in my pan, fluted the edges of the crust and tossed in the freezer while I mixed up the ricotta mixture.

Beat 5 eggs and  1 tablespoon vanilla together. (my mother bought me back this amazing Mexican vanilla on her last trip there and that is what I use today – the flavor is better I think than regular vanilla.)

Mix in with electric mixer 1/4  cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the grated rind of one fresh lemon and one fresh orange. (I had some blood oranges and so that is the grated orange rind that I used today.)

Mix in with electric mixer 1 cup of white sugar and beat together well.

Beat in 3 1/2 cups of whole milk ricotta cheese. When mixture is well mixed, you next stir in 1/3 cup candied minced orange peel and 1/3 cup candied minced lemon peel.

Get out your pie shell in your deep dish pie plate and carefully pour the creamy ricotta cheese mixture into the piecrust.

 Bake at 350° until firm and light brown on top approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

You can either serve this at room temperature or chilled.


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$389K Chestnut Avenue Home Just Listed in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:25
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
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Final slate of Lower Merion School District superintendent candidates being interviewed

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 15:21
ARDMORE >> School officials in Lower Merion recently updated the public on the ongoing search for a new school district superintendent saying they have begun interviewing the final slate of candidates and hope to make a decision in the next several weeks.
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute awards Silver Screen Inspiration to Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:20
BRYN MAWR >> As president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs knows a thing or two about award presentations.
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Lower Merion Among Top Public Schools in United States

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-26 10:23
Lower Merion High School is one of five Pennsylvania schools that made Niche.com's list of top public high schools in the United States.
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Lower Merion bank teller politely dismisses robber

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 10:04
Lower Merion police are investigating an attempted bank robbery at the Citizen Bank branch at 15 West City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd March 20 at 11:09 a.m.
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Landmark in Haverford: First female superintendent outlines her goals for schools

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 10:04
HAVERFORD >> Dr. Maureen Reusche will soon become the first woman to lead the Haverford Township School District.
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Lower Merion Police Reports: College students' home burglarized

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 09:55
Burglary>> Lower Merion police are investigating a burglary at a residence on the 200 block of Linwood Avenue in Ardmore that occurred sometime between March 18 at 9 p.m. and March 19 at 7 a.m.
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Dranoff Properties granted extension by BOC for One Ardmore Place

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 09:55
ARDMORE >> While Dranoff Properties’ team has been publicly optimistic about a spring start on construction of its One Ardmore Place project, Lower Merion Township and others are taking a cautious approach.
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Villanova 'piccolo girl' talks about 15 minutes of fame, 'The Tonight Show' appearance

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 08:17
RADNOR >> When the Villanova Wildcats lost to North Carolina State Saturday night, Roxanne Chalifoux burst into tears.
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Traffic improvement at Narberth Tunnel 'a continuing conversation'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 08:14
There may not have been many points on which Lower Merion and Narberth officials agreed at a meeting this week, but on this they could concur: “This is a continuing conversation.”
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Ardmore bridge sign to be repaired Wednesday

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 08:14
For nearly a year, something has been missing in Ardmore, but now that gap is about to be filled.
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Lower Merion ordinance on guns in parks draws lawsuit

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-03-26 08:14
A gun right’s group along with a Lower Merion resident filed a lawsuit Friday, March 20 against Lower Merion Township on what the plaintiffs call an illegal and ambiguous township code related to possession of guns in township parks.
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