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Exton Square Mall College Fair Draws Hundreds Of Schools

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-26 12:41
The Chester County College Fair will have more than 230 colleges and universities in attendance.
Categories: Lower Merion

DA withdraws assault charge on The Haverford School headmaster

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-26 10:05
The assault charges that were filed ten days ago against the headmaster of The Haverford School have been withdrawn, according to a statement from the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Ambulance's lifesaving role in rescue of Bryn Mawr utility worker recognized by Penn Medicine

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:21
Bryn Mawr>> The situation was dire: A 25-year-old man was cutting a water pipe beneath a Bryn Mawr street when the circular saw kicked back and cut his neck.
Categories: Lower Merion

Juvenile charged in 3 Lower Merion carjackings

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:21
Lower Merion police say a 17-year-old male from Philadelphia has been identified and charged in connection with three armed carjackings that occurred in September and October in Bala Cynwyd. The robberies all occurred near or along City Avenue between Old Lancaster Road and Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Pleads To Killing Man At Gas Station In Norristown In 2015

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:00
21-year-old Kevin Slocum and his accomplices shot a 30-year-old man and left him dead in a car at a gas station in March of 2015.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Brew Pub Opens On Main Line, Serving Latin Food

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:00
A unique new brewery serving acclaimed microbrews and Latin-inspired dishes has opened on the Main Line.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 26

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 07:20
The Daily Numbers: 34 degrees when I got in the car this morning. Frosty!

28 years in prison for former volunteer firefighter for inducing kids to pose for porn.

1 person killed when fire hit a home in Birmingham, Chester County, last night.

4,000-square-foot addition set for Paxon Hollow Country Club in Marple.

10 million dollars, how much Chester stands to lose under court ruling that knocked down host tax agreements with Pa. casinos.

4.3 million, how much Delaware County stands to lose.

4 percent tax across the board, what one of the smaller casinos would like to see put in place.

47-1 vote by Senate to extend the current deal until the spring.

4 years, how long a Darby lawyer has had his license suspended for by the state.

25,000 dollars in renovations at the Darby Library unveiled yesterday.

1, as in the nation’s first library, dating back to the 1700s, right there in Darby.

50,000 Lego pieces rolled out as part of new Legoland park in Plymouth Meeeting Mall.

24-hour, 7-day a week beauty channel being rolled out by QVC out in West Chester.

17, age of teen charged in shooting on Rittenhouse Square.

401k style retirement plan being pushed for future state hires.

45,000 dollars in merchandise ripped off from Boyd’s in Philly by smash-and-grab burglars.

754,000 dollars paid for the childhood home of Grace Kelly in the East Falls section of Philly by her son, Prince Albert on Monaco.

1,537,778 dollars for 19,134 violations for unpaid tolls on the Pa. Turnpike.

24 companies that owe more than $20,000 in unpaid tolls, according to Pa. Turnpike Commission.

678,483 dollars owed by Green Coast Logistics of South Plainfield, N.J.

15 billion dollar settlement in VW emissions scandal.

4-3 win for the Flyers over the Sabres after they trailed, 3-0.

20 minutes, how much Joel Embiid is expected to play in tonight’s Sixers opener.

6-0 win for Indians over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series

9-0 record for Indians manager Terry Francona in World Series games.

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

How ‘bout that Terry Francona. The former Phils’ skipper is unbeaten in 9 World Series, including 2 sweeps with the Red Sox.

I Don’t Get It: Frost. I don’t get it. Anyone know where I put my scraper?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the residents who came to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer. We saluted them on our editorial page.

Quote Box: “We would be in a very delicate and detrimental situation to lose any dollars from Harrah’s.”

- Chester Chief Financial Officer Nafis Nichols.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No joke: Daylin Leach is funniest guy in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:48
Who says no one in Harrisburg has a sense of humor?

Obviously they have not met our own Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, who represents parts of Haverford and the Main Line.

Leach took top honors when it comes to the funnybone in a poll done by the Pennsylvania Legislative Services. His Republican couunterpart Rep. Jeff Pyle of Armstrong County also was honored.

Each year the legislative online research and media service firm polls the folks in Harrisburg and comes up with a list of "the best of Capitol."

Here are the winners of this year's polling, which took place over several weeks at the end of September and early October, highlighted by a day of in-person voting in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda:

Most effective legislator: Representative David Reed

Best legislator to work with (Democrat): Senator John Yudichak

Best legislator to work with (Republican): Representative Bryan Cutler

Best debater (House): Representative John Maher

Best debater (Senate): Senator Jake Corman

Best sense of humor (Republican): Representative Jeff Pyle

Best sense of humor (Democrat): Senator Daylin Leach

Best House staffer to work with (Republican): Karen Coates

Best House staffer to work with (Democrat): Miriam Fox

Best Senate staffer to work with (Republican): Joe Pittman

Best Senate staffer to work with (Democrat): Stephen DeFrank

Most effective executive branch staffer: Nate Spade

Most effective lobbying/PR firm: Greenlee Partners

Most effective private lobbyist: TIE! Andrew Ritter & Stan Rapp

Most effective association lobbyist: Gene Barr

Rising star: Noah Karn

Best dressed: Representative Jim Christiana

Best hair (Man): Representative Flo Fabrizio

Best hair (Woman): Katrina Anderson

Best session day hangout in Harrisburg: McGrath’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A salute to Drexel Hill residents

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:29
There's been no shortage of confrontations between communities and their police forces in recent months. The nation has been scarred by a series of fatal shootings between police officers and citizens, leading to questions of deadly force and a lack of mistrust between law enforcement and the people they are expected to protect.

This week that story got stood on its head in Upper Darby.

It's not every day you get to report on a group of citizens coming to a struggling officer's aid - let alone doing it with a golf club.

But that's what happened during a violent struggle between an Upper Darby officer and a suspect on a Drexel Hill street. We think that kind of action deserves a salute.

And we did so on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chill out, fans: How 'bout that Terry Francona!

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:09
Here's something to chew over while you're trying to figure out where you left the scraper.

Yes, that substance on your windshield this morning is frost. My dashboard thermometer checked in at a less than toasty 34 degrees this morning. One of these days I will go through with my threat to simply keep driving until I hit Key West. Call me on Memorial Day.

In the meantime, anyone else remember Terry Francona?

Yep, he used to manage the Phillies. Back then the team was a perennial loser.

But after he left Philly, 'Tito' hooked up with the Boston Red Sox, where he led the Sox to their first World Series title in years.

Now he's doing his magic with Cleveland. That's right. Our old pal is now the Indians' skipper. All they did last night was toss cold water all over that Cubs Karma with a 6-0 win in Game 1 of the World Series.

It was quite a night in Cleveland. Just up the street the LeBron James and the Cavaliers kicked off the NBA season by rolling out their championship rings and unfurling a banner in the rafters.

As for Francona, last night's win pushes his World Series record to a perfect 9-0. That includes sweeps by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Then a win in last night's opener with the Indians.

Stay warm Philly fans.

Geez, bring on Dallas.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Boost Business This Holiday Season with the Patch 'Town Takeover' Package

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-25 16:28
This time of year, supporting local businesses is a Patch priority. Gear up for success with prime ad placement, sponsored content and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Expands Office Hours For Absentee Ballots

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-25 16:06
Will you be voting by absentee ballot in Montgomery County this election?
Categories: Lower Merion

Uber And Lyft Officially Legal In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-25 15:43
After a lengthy battle between Uber, Lyft, the city of Philadelphia, lawmakers, and taxi cab companies, the drama's done.
Categories: Lower Merion

blueberry fig preserves 

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-25 13:42

I was given the gift of figs off of a friend’s fig tree yesterday, so even though I wasn’t sure I was going to be putting anything up this fall, this morning I made blueberry fig preserves.

2 teaspoons baking soda 

8 cups fresh figs stems removed or 2 pounds of fresh figs 

2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider

1/2 cup water

1 cup turbinado sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

5 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract – pure only

1 lemon thinly sliced into rounds seeds removed

Juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

Half teaspoon ground cloves

Half teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Healthy pinch of salt

Three cinnamon sticks

First dissolve the baking soda in about 2 quarts of cool water and immerse the figs in the treated water either in one half of your kitchen sink if you have a double sink or in a really large bowl. Gently stir to wash the figs using your hand in the water.

Drain the figs and remove all stems and cut in half and place in a bowl.

In a big stewpot or jam pot (depending on what you have) slowly dissolve the sugar, maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract, water, apple cider, spices and a pinch of salt.

Now that you have created a sort of syrup add your fruit – figs, blueberries, lemon slices.

Toss in the cinnamon sticks. Add the lemon juice. 

Bring up to a boil over medium heat and stir a lot because the stuff will stick to the pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir gently occasionally and cook down until the figs are golden brown and the blueberries are so deep they almost appear a purple black.

As the figs are reaching the right color, I use an immersion blender to break everything up while continuing to cook down. I have friends who don’t do this at all and the reason I do it is because I like to serve fig preserves with cheese when company comes over and when there are big chunks of fig it makes it clumsy.

Truthfully this all cooked a couple of hours. 

While your jam is cooking sterilize your jars and lids in your canning pot. I actually broke down last year and bought a real big canning pot – black granite ware.

When your jam is ready to jar ladle it into your jars, leaving about a quarter inch at the top of room. Put your lids and rings on completely seal super tight and put them in your boiling hot water bath for 10 to 15 minutes. I will note that I looked at several recipes when developing my own recipe and people were processing anywhere from six minutes to 15 minutes in the hot water bath. I would say I processed mine about 10 minutes maybe a little less.

Pull your jars out and place on a cloth covered or wooden surface several inches apart until they are cool. Once the jars are completely cool press in the center to make sure they are sealed. Store in a cool dark area and wait at least two days before opening. I personally like to let my preserves said a couple of weeks before I try them.

Another important note is this is a recipe without using pectin. So it will probably be more loose than a jam made with pectin. You can make it both ways. I have always made fig preserves or fig jam without pectin. This is also the first time I’ve actually ever written down or looked at recipes for the jam – I’ve just always winged it and it’s turned out fine

Categories: Pennsylvania

Blind And Deaf Montco HS Football Player Goes On 'Ellen' Show, Gets Surprise Of Lifetime

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-25 12:18
Marvin Pearson has been defying the odds for years. On Monday he received the surprise of a lifetime on the Ellen Show.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wynnewood School Opens 'Groundbreaking Center for Student Innovation'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-25 11:08
The Ulmer Family Light Lab is a groundbreaking Makerspace dedicated to the innovation of young students.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 25

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 07:23
The Daily Numbers: 10 to 23 months in county prison for former Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

75,000 bail she later posted to get out of the slammer while she appeals her conviction.

4 years ago, when she became the 1st woman and 1st Democrat ever elected top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania.

4 tractor trailers in crash blocking all lanes of the northbound Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike this morning.

4 Drexel Hill residents honored for coming to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer during a violent scuffle with a suspect.

5,000-square-foot Wawa with 50 parking spaces and 8 gas pumps coming to Baltimore Pike and Jackson Avenue in Clifton Heights.

2,500 dollar reward still up for grabs for information on suspect in home invasion in Ridley Park.

64, age of Chester man charged with criminal homicide in stabbing death of a friend in Upper Chichester.

4 teens charged in flash mob attack on groups of Temple students.

52nd annual Halloween Parade on tap Saturday in Media.

6 packs could be sold by beer distributors under bill passed by state Senate Monday.

2nd debate between Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty in bitter U.S. Senate race last night.

4 percent taxing host agreement now being proposed by Mount Airy Casino to settle legal issue with the state.

4.3 million dollars, how much Delco is missing from their budget without the host agreement revenue.

0 meetings between SEPTA and workers who might strike next week.

5,000 SEPTA bus, trolley and subway workers who could hit the bricks. Regional rails would not be affected.

3-1 loss for the Flyers last night in Montreal.

1st playoff appearance in 5 years for Union.

1st World Series game on tap tonight in Cleveland pitting Indians vs. Cubs.

50,000 dollars and up, what box seats to a game at Wrigley Field are going for.

174 combined seasons, how long it’s been since Cleveland and Chicago’s Cubs have made a World Series appearance.

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

MVP of the Eagles big win over the Vikings. I’ll cas a vote for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

I Don’t Get It: That’s a long, ugly fall for Kathleen Kane.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those four Drexel Hill residents who came to the aid of an officer in trouble while struggling with a suspect.

Quote Box: “Your willingness to get involved and come to the aid of an Upper Darby police officer in a struggle with a defendant saved this officer from serious injuries.

- Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie.
Categories: Pennsylvania

4.3 million reasons Delco needs action from Legislature

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:50
We used our editorial page today to note that Delaware County has a very big problem.

In fact, you might say they have $4.3 million of them.

That's how much revenue is now missing from the Delaware County budget. That revenue stems from the 'host agreement' between Harrah's Casino down in Chester and the city and county.

A recent state Supreme Court ruling KO'd the agreement, agreeing with smaller, boutique-style casinos who argued that the host agreements in effect set up unequal playing fields in terms of taxation.

Funny, that never seemed to bother the state or the courts when it comes to education funding, but that's another story. In the meantime, Delaware County Councilmen John McBlain and Mario Civera took a road trip to Harrisburg last week to testify before a House committee and express just how dire the situation is.

The county uses that money to fund a lot of very good social programs, and that money is now MIA.

Adding to the problem is the fact that the Legislature has only a couple more days left to address the problem.

You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Kathleen in Cuffs: The final chapter in the Kane Scrutiny

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:36
It's the final chapter of the Kane Scrutiny.

You don't need words. All you need is the picture that appeared on the front page of today's paper.

Yes, that is Kathleen Kane, the one-time top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania, leaving a Montgomery County courtroom in handcuffs.

Despite a plea from family - including her kids - and friends for leniency, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy sentenced the one-time rising star of Democratic politics to 10 to 23 months in county prison.

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat ever elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, was whisked from the courtroom to prison, where she was booked. She was later released on $75,000 bail while she appeals.

The judge acknowledged the pleas for leniency, including an impassioned plea from Kane herself to stay out of the slammer, then dropped the hammer on the former A.G.v Kane wiped away tears as she told the judge she could not imagine being separated from her sons.

Demchick-Alloy was not swayed, noting that Kane was not thinking of them when she placed her hand on the Bible and lied to a grand jury.

None of this had to happen.

The reason it did was because of Kathleen Kane, and her hellbent push for revenge against a former prosecutor she believed was responsible for leaking a story that portrayed her in a light considerably less glowing that what she had become used to in her meteoric rise to power.

Along the way she created what one former aide described as a 'terror zone' inside the attorney general's office. It was left to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steel to remind Kane - and all of us - of a simple rule.

"Nobody is above the law."

Not even Kathleen Kane.

Get all the details here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Toomey again feels the elephant in the room

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-25 06:06
They held the second debate in the contentious Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race last night.

Pat Toomey went toe to toe with Katie McGinty - and her running mate.

Yes, once again the incumbent Republican found himself boxed in on the elephant who was not in the room - but was on the mind of everyone who was.

Toomey once again was asked point-blank if he will support his party's nominee, Donald Trump.

And once again Toomey squirmed in what is clearly an uncomfortable position for him.

He repeatedly tried to link McGinty with the "failed programs" of the Obama Administration.

But they don't have the same sticking power as the one question he failed to answer: Doesn't he think his constituents have the right to know if he is going to vote for Trump.

He's in a no-win situation. He needs ever Republican vote he can get, and a bunch of ticket-splitters in order to keep his seat in a state that is increasingly tilting Democratic.

Toomey originally wanted four debates, but McGinty only agreed to two.

It might not be the worst thing that ever happened to Toomey not to have to keep answering the only question anyone wants him to answer. I don't think he's going to answer it anytime soon.

You can get all the details on last night's debate here.
Categories: Pennsylvania