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'Thrilled' Lower Merion commission recommends approval of plan to save historic William Penn Inn

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:15
WYNNEWOOD >> It was an unusual but welcome start to a meeting of the Lower Merion Historical Commission Monday afternoon.
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Parlor pizza, wine bar brings new look, new tastes to Suburban Square

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:15
ARDMORE >> The saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression may not be more true anywhere than in the restaurant business.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Feb. 27

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-27 09:00
The Daily Numbers: 150,000 dollars being sought in suit filed against Marcus Hook, former Mayor Jay Schiliro by man who says the ex-pol held him hostage.

10 percent of 25,000 dollars, why Schiliro is currently sitting in jail on a new charge of theft.

400 people who packed the recent Garnet Valley School Board meeting to air their feelings.

11,000 hotels rooms in Philly, and another 65,000 in a 60-mile radius, all of which are expected to be filled when the pope visits in September. The archdiocese wants local families to host pilgrims coming for the World Meeting of Families.

250 foot telecommunications tower that is expected to get the OK in Middletown.

57, age of California man who entered guilty plea to supplying pot for drug ring run by 2 brother from Drexel Hill.

100 jobs filled at the Victory Brewing Co. eatery that will open soon in Kennett Square.

1,000 customers a day expected to hit the popular brew pub.

114-87 vote in the Pa. House in favor of privatizing liquor sales in the state.

2,500 wine of liquor outlets would replace 600 state stores.

4,300 state store workers who could lose their jobs.

20 years, how long the ‘Black Madam’ says she’s been doing body sculpting. She’s now on trial after one of her clients died from complications.

21 years, how long the students at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades have been showing off their work at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens tomorrow.

10 acres, how much area inside the Pa. Convention Center is covered by the Flower Show.

240,000 people expected to attend the annual harbinger of spring.

32 bucks for an adult ticket to the show; children are $15.

109 million dollars, how much Gov. Tom Wolf says his new GO-TIME panel has found in savings in the state budget already.

3-2 loss for the Flyers in Toronto last night. A bad loss.

3-2 win for Haverford over Ridley in high school hockey.

10 years, how long Todd Herremans has been an Eagle. He’s being released by the team.

54.47 seconds, how long it took Haverford High’s Maddie Hart to cover the 100 butterfly, to set a new Delco record.

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

These Flyers are one of the more frustrating teams of recent years. It’s almost as if they don’t want to catch the Bruins for that final playoff spot.

I Don’t Get It: Last day of February is expected to go out tomorrow with near-record low temperatures. What a lousy month this has been.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to D.A. Jack Whelan, who is getting the heroin overdose drug Naloxone into state police cruisers.

Quote Box: “We’re looking at it as a statewide distribution.”

- a state police spokesman.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Senate now up to bat in great Pa. Booze Battle

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-27 07:59
Now batting, No. 26 (as in 26th District), Tom McGarrigle.

And on deck are Messrs. Pileggi, Leach and Williams.

No, Ruben Amaro hasn't gone completely around the bend and signed a bunch of Delco politicos to fix his ailing lineup.

That's just my way of saying that the ball is now once again in the Senate's court when it comes to the great Pennsylvania Booze Battle.

As it turns out, one of the very first votes Tom McGarrigle will make as the newly elected state senator in the 26th District will be on the highly contention question of whether Pennsylvania should blow up its antiquated state store system and turn the sale of alcohol over to private enterprise.

Yesterday the measure being pushed by Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, passed the House by a 114-87 margin.

Every Democrat, including Delco Reps. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, and Greg Vitali, D-166, voted against it. All but four Republicans - none from Delco - voted in favor.

Turzai's bill is similar to the one that passed the House last fall. Here are the details. Basically it would sell 1,200 licenses and slowly phase out the state stores. Beer distributors would get first show at the licenses. Supermarkets would focus on wine sales. It's a convoluted thing and still not a true privatization, but it certainly would make things more convenient than they are now. The problem with the bill is the same as last fall - with one large addition.

The Republican-controlled Senate let this plan die without a vote last fall. And that was with Republican Tom Corbett inhabiting the governor's mansion. Now Democrat Tom Wolf holds the reins, and he opposes privatization. He wants to modernize the existing system.

Then there are the numbers. Once the state blows through the expected $1 billion windfall from selling the licenses, a lot of people wonder how they will make up for the revenue currently provided by the state store system. There also is heated debate on two other matters crucial to consumers - prices, convenience and selection.

While state stores would slowly die off - along with a couple of thousand jobs - beer distributors would not. In fact, they would get first shot at being able to buy a license to add wine sales to their businesses. They'd also be able to sell six- or 12-packs of beer. Currently they're limited to selling by the case.

But the real monster in the room would be large-scale outlets such as Total Wine, which you would have to think would be interested in entering the Pennsylvania market, instead of continuing to lure customers a stone's throw over the state line in Claymont.

For now, we await the vote in the Senate.

What say you, Mr. McGarrigle?

As for Sen. Pileggi, it has not gone unnoticed in the current debate this week that the failure of the Turzai bill last fall came when the Delco pol was the Senate majority leader. He's since been ousted from that post by members of his own party, some of whom believe he was not backing Gov. Corbett's agenda. Liquor privatization was one of the governor's big three issues.

The Senate should at least vote on the current plan, instead of simply letting it die again.

It can probably do that once it hits Wolf's desk, where it could face a veto.

That is, unless a little political horse-trading ensues.

Such as Republicans telling the new governor they just might look a bit more enthusiastically at some of his tax plans if he were to relent on liquor privatization.
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February going out with a flurry: Good riddance

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-27 06:21
I don't know if March is planning to come in like a lion.

Right now I still have my hands full with February.

Yes, those are flurries you may be seeing as you peek out the window this a.m.

I first noticed it when I got in the car and noticed a dusting on my windshield. It was flurrying just about all the way in. Don't panic, it wasn't causing any issues on the roads. Actually, the drive in was fairly pleasant.

Unfortunately, that's about as good as it's going to get. We will struggle to hit 30 degrees this afternoon, then the thermometer will plunge once again tonight.

The record low for tomorrow is 9 degrees, set back in 1934. We could break that mark.

We will get a dose of sun Saturday and a high in the mid 30s as we exit February.

I think I can speak for most when I say, 'Good riddance.' This has been one of the coldest, most miserable Februarys I can remember, even if we didn't get all that much snow.

Speaking of which, March is in fact planning to come in like a lion. A snowy one.

That's right, there is some snow and rain in the forecast for Sunday night into Monday morning. The perfect way to start another work week.

Want some good news? Accu-Weather says temperatures will ease later next week and we could threaten 50 degrees by mid-week.

For now, here's the weekend forecast from the National Weather Service:

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Calm wind.

Sunday: A chance of snow after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow before 8 p.m, then rain and snow likely between 8 p.m.and 2 a.m., then rain or freezing rain likely after 2 am. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday: Rain or freezing rain likely before 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Categories: Pennsylvania

the yearlings

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-02-26 20:23

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hanging out

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-02-26 20:04

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Driver's Licenses to be Replaced After PennDOT Finds Security Flaw

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-26 19:58
PennDOT doesn’t know yet how many driver’s licenses were affected, the transit agency said.
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reaching for sun

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-02-26 19:53

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Alcohol Privatization Bill Clears Pa. House

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-26 17:07
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a liquor privatization bill by a 114-to-87 vote Thursday. Gov. Wolf says he'll veto.
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Parlor pizza, wine bar brings new look, new tastes to Suburban Square

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 16:46
ARDMORE >> The saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression may not be more true anywhere than in the restaurant business.
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Haverford Planning Commission moves Y parking plan forward

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 16:44
HAVERFORD >> The township planning commission voted 4-0 last week to recommend approval of a zoning change that will allow the Haverford Area YMCA to expand parking facilities.
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Trail summit Feb. 28 in Haverford looks at multi-town trail use

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 16:44
HAVERFORD >> Friends of Haverford Trails and Haverford Walks and Bikes will host a regional Trail Summit, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Community Recreation and Environmental Center, 9000 Parkview Drive in Haverford.
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Lower Merion community honors Robert Fox for 27 years of service

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 13:22
One of the strengths of Lower Merion Township is its extensive structure of advisory boards, commissions and community organizations. It never lacks for talent to fulfill the mission of these groups that contribute, in many different aspects, to the quality of life in the township.
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'Thrilled' Lower Merion commission recommends approval of plan to save historic William Penn Inn

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 13:20
WYNNEWOOD >> It was an unusual but welcome start to a meeting of the Lower Merion Historical Commission Monday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: 2 in custody following residential burglary early Tuesday morning

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 13:20
Two men are in police custody Tuesday following an alleged burglary at a home on the 700 block of Highland Avenue in Merion in the early morning hours of Feb. 24.
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Job Hunting? Find Hundreds in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-26 12:42
Plus, post your own job listing and find the perfect candidate.
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Synagogue plan for mikvah use on former Lower Merion School District parcel moves ahead

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 12:34
ARDMORE >> Built in 1925, before Lower Merion Township enacted a zoning code, the single-story stone structure at 111 Union Ave. has always been an oddity in its residential neighborhood in Bala Cynwyd.
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Dog Watcher, Community Watch Programs to Hold Training

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-26 11:51
Interested in helping to make Lower Merion Township safer?
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Pa. legislators discuss education issues with Lower Merion school officials

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-26 10:34
Lower Merion school officials held a legislative forum last week with some of the current elected state officials and their representatives in the hopes of continuing a dialog on school related issues in Harrisburg.
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