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Don't fall victim to IRS scam

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 06:33
It's an old scam, but it's back again with a vengeance.

As usual, the targets are senior citizens. This time they aren't getting a knock on the door by someone looking to distract them while a co-conspirator rummages through the house. Nor are the being fleeced by shady contractors looking to rip them off for home repairs such as a new roof or coating the driveway.

In this instance, all they have to do is pick up the phone.

That's when, according to this canard, they encounter a stern voice informing them they are with the IRS and there is a problem with their account.

A recently received a phone call from a perplexed reader who wanted to make sure people - especially senior citizens - are aware of this crank call, and the fact that the IRS NEVER reaches out to you by phone.

She said her mother received not just one call, but several, each one ratcheting up the pressure to divulge details about her account. Luckily, the woman arrived at her mom's house just as she was preparing to hand over important information, such as a Social Security number.

If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. Better yet, inform the caller that you are contacting police about their unscrupulous tactics.

You can also file a complaint with the Treasury through this web page.

Don't be a victim. Let's make sure none of our loved ones falls victim to these shady characters. Pass the word.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Oh, deer!

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-25 06:06
You've been warned.

The critters are back. Actually, they've proabably never left, but this morning they seemed to be hiding behind every tree and bush.

I am talking, of course, about my early-morning friends, the deer who seem to mock me as I negotiate my car along the roads, always with one eye out for that distinctive glint off their eyes in the distance, the tell-tale sign that another herd lies ahead.

This morning I spotted no fewer than seven or eight deer, including the fellow who stood in the middle of the road wondering why I was intruding on his domain.

Maybe it was that sudden shift to cooler temperatures that brought them out, munching on anything they can reach along the side of the road.

Here's a tip from a veteran deer swerver. If you happen to see a deer dart across the road out in front of you, don't relax and think you've managed to avoid another collision. Hit the brakes and prepare to stop. I can guarantee you several more will be following their pal - and running right in front of you if you don't slow down.

Be careful out there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion School Supplies Available Online For 2016-2017 Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-25 00:57
Get a jumpstart on your back-to-school shopping with an online app.
Categories: Lower Merion

New to the Market: Home Listings in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 21:46
Looking for a home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 21:32
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
Categories: Lower Merion

'More dining, more shopping, more parking' - Expansion projects for Suburban Square set to begin

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-24 20:57
When it opened in Ardmore in 1928, it was a model for a new kind of American shopping destination.
Categories: Lower Merion

Seven Montco Parents Arrested For Not Paying $119K In Child Support: Sheriff's Office

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 16:34
Seven parents were arrested in overnight raids for not paying child support. The group owed $119,000 in total, officials said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex-Villanova Professor Faces Additional Federal Charges for Child Porn: US Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 15:53
In addition to facing hundreds of child pornography counts from the state, Christopher Haas now faces federal charges, the US Attorney said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Man Had 61 Child Porn Videos, Images On Home Computer: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 13:30
The suspect saved and shared 59 videos and 2 images from his home computer, the Montgomery County District Attorney said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Movie Reviews, Trailers: ‘Don’t Breathe,’ ‘Southside with You,’ and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 12:55
Patch movie critic Beau Behan’s guide to movies with a theatrical release on Aug 26, 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA Boy Doesn't Want to Go To School, Kills Grandmother: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 12:32
A teenage boy shot and killed his grandmother over an argument about school, according to authorities.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Family Sues Navy for Contaminated Water

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-24 11:25
A Pennsylvania family is suing the U.S. Navy for medical and environmental costs incurred by the contaminated water.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Unity Day is coming together

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-24 08:40
Ardmore’s 40-year-old Labor Day weekend tradition called Unity Day is once again getting ready to kick off Saturday, Sept. 3. There will be hours of music, lots of food, and numerous vendors filling the Vernon Young Memorial Park along Ardmore and Spring avenues for this late summer celebration.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports: Man charged in theft of woman's purse after getting chased, caught by victim

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-24 08:05
Man arrested in alleged purse snatching after victim chases him down - Lower Merion police say a woman and her friend chased down a would-be purse thief while they were at Sabrina’s Cafe, 50 East Wynnewood Road in Wynnewood Aug. 15 at 12:38 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

It's a fine wine for Pennsylvania

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-24 07:01
Fast forward a few months.

The first big winter storm is bearing down on the Delaware Valley. The salivating folks on local TV have gone into hype overdrive. They're predicting the Storm of the Century.

Again.

So, of course, we're being regaled with the obligatory story that takes place the day before, with a brave correspondent sent out to fined the hordes of panicked residents descending on their local supermarkets.

What are they buying?

Milk? Check!

Bread? Check!

Eggs? Check!

Wine?

Oh, yeah.

Now you have a glimpse of what I was thinking when I put together's front page.

Yes, you can now buy a bottle of wine in the supermarket in Delaware County. This week the Acme store at Granite Run unveiled wine sales, ushered in by the new law pushed through the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf a few months back.

You can get all the details on how it works here.

And that's not all.

Today Sen. Tom Killion, R-0, will hold a press conference at the Grace Winery in Glen Mills to ring in another Pa. first as they ship the first bottle of wine directly to a local consumer.

All of this is part of Act 39, which in addition to letting supermarkets that already have licenses to sell beer to add wine to their offerings, also opens the door for state residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.

We'll be there to give you all the details.

Wonder if you can have wine shipped directly to your office?
Categories: Pennsylvania

A gold medal effort from 2 women who conquered Pacific

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-24 06:40
We used our editorial page today to pay homage to some outstanding athletes.

Yes, we just completed the Summer Olympics, and the efforts of Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. team, along with Usain Bolt, were stuff of the ages.

But they're not who we are talking about.

Instead we decided to focus on what Vicki Otmani, of Media, and her friend Megan Biging accomplished.

They recently crossed the Pacific Ocean.

In a boat.

Powered by their own rowing.

Think about that for a minute.

Two women alone in a boat, crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Simply put, we're in awe.

Not only did the duo cover the 2,400 miles from Monterey, Calif., to Hawaii, they did it in record time of 57 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes.

They may not have been in Rio, but they're gold medalists in our book. You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

In today's Daily Times: Our monster 96-page high school football preview

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-24 06:19
You know summer is coming to an end when our annual high school football preview rolls around.

This year we have something special in store for local gridiron junkies.

Sure, for years readers of the Daily Times have gotten accustomed to our sports pages as "Delaware County's Sports Authority."

But this year we've upped the ante.

We decided to team with our sister papers in the Philly suburbs to preview every team in District 1, as well as our local Catholic League teams.

The result is a monster, 96-page high school football preview. And it's inside every copy of the Daily Times today.

Make sure you pick one up. You'll want to keep it on hand and refer back to it all season long.

It is jammed with previews, photos, complete team schedules and each team's key players to watch on offense and defense.

You won't want to kick off the high school football season without it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

reject the mariner 2 east pipeline

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:12

Reject the Mariner East 2 pipeline! (click on hyperlink to go to Sierra Club initiative)

Normally I do not pass these things on. But I hate Sunoco (and am not enthralled by the other gas line companies either, but they are more polite to deal with if you have to call and ask questions like I did today). Out here we are on wells and they put us, our families, our pets, our neighbors, our wildlife, our environment, our drinking water and more at risk.

Sunoco thus far seems to bully, lie, and intimidate their way through Chester County and elsewhere, raping the landscape as they go.

None of use should  want them stealing any more land belonging to anymore individuals thru their B.S. Eminent Domain practices because they are not doing any of this for us….ever. With big oil and big gas, it is always and always will be….about them.

They put toxic, highly flammable, and highly combustible products too close to homes, and they are NOT protecting water sources or wildlife, let alone people.

This is NOT about us and our energy supply. They are just stealing it for other people. They don’t even adequately compensate people for what they do if you want to make it solely about money and it is so much more than that. And thus far the majority of local officials just bend over and give it up without much of a fight.

In the past two days I have had conversations with people from East Goshen and West Goshen Townships who both do not know each other and their experiences as related to me were virtually identical.

They were threatened with eminent domain and they felt they had no choice but to give them an easement; and both hired attorneys that cost many thousands of dollars!

They feel the worst is yet to come as they haven’t started the pipeline invasion yet. They have heard that townships may give them rights to work 24 hours a day, which if true is insane!

So much for East Goshen and West Goshen townships… These folks both tell tales of strange men and women with Texas and Louisiana car plates on their properties TRESPASSING before they even had legal easements.

It just isn’t right and the elected officials are of no help at all.

One said to me (and I quote):

What many don’t know is how in the end our property values will be affected and it is my belief that my property value ( and all on the pipeline path) will go down because of the easement… But the same monies will be needed to support the town budget so everyone else’s taxes will go up to provide the same tax base . We are all losers.

 

We are all losers.  Yup.  I received a pamphlet recently from Spectra Energy about pipeline safety.  I have not previously received any pipeline info before where we currently live.  So I called.  I spoke with a very nice man named Don in Gas Control.  And wow, we do not have a gas line on our property or in our immediate neighborhood, but wow, pretty darn close.
Another election year issue on a national scale.  Please sign the above petition and add your voice.  And for those of you tired of trespassers, call Andy Dinniman’s office in West Chester .  There should be rules as to when they can access easements and they should provide advance notice.

Anyway, that’s it. I hate pipelines and I hate what they are doing to our area.  And for what?


Categories: Pennsylvania

Beloved Ardmore Woman, Longtime Marrone's Employee, Passes Away at 93

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 16:26
Dee Paolone was a dedicated employee of Marrone's for 43 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Man Sexually Assaulted 7-Year-Old Girl, Took Nude Pictures: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 15:32
In addition to felony sexual abuse of children, the suspect is facing 225 counts of possession of child pornography, the DA said.
Categories: Lower Merion