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Tired Hands Brewing Company to open new Fermentaria

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-27 09:42
Starting April 24, there will be a new place to enjoy the “strange and beautiful” beers that have made Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company a local phenomenon in not quite three years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Second special prosecutor sworn in for AD Kane case

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-27 08:05
COURTHOUSE >> A Montgomery County defense attorney was sworn in on Tuesday to act as a temporary special prosecutor in the indirect criminal contempt hearing against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, April 27

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-04-27 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 4 more days until the NFL Draft. We can hardly stand the suspense.

19 teachers who snagged Excellence in Teaching Awards. They’re featured on Page One today.

21 students named to the All-Delco Hi-Q team as well.

3 people shot over the weekend in Chester, 1 of them fatally.

1 million dollar TV ad campaign that will be rolled out to push school choice.

4 kids police discovered locked in basement of a home in Philadelphia.

3,600, how many now believed dead in powerful quake that rocked Nepal.

5 billion dollars, what it will cost to rebuild.

2 home runs in 2 days for Ryan Howard.

3 more hits for Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis.

.361 batting average now for the red-hot Galvis.

10 day road trip for Phils starts tonight in St. Louis.

329th career save for Jonathan Papelbon.

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

Don’t look now but Freddy Galvis might be the real deal. Funny no one is talking about Jimmy Rollins anymore.

I Don’t Get It: Four kids were found locked in the basement of a home in Philly. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to both our All-Delco Hi-Q students and the teachers who won Excellence in Teaching Awards. They will both be honored Thursday night at the Partners in Education Celebration at the Drexelbrook.

Quote Box: “I’m a really tough teacher. The reality is they need something jkore than just teaching.”

Eric Sparacio, one of this years winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The good and the bad in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-04-27 07:23
It's ironic that I picked today to sing the praises of Chester in my print column.

I've been in the city twice in the last month to take note of some good things that are happening there. The first night we took our 'Live From the Newsroom' to Open Mike's Internet Cafe on Avenue of the States. It's part of the buzz surrounding the city's culture and arts.

Then last week we were back at Widener University for a special show with departing Widener President Dr. James Harris. He has been good to his word and the school's mission, making it much more a part of the city.

But that is not to say that Chester does not still have issues.

Gun violence is prime among them.

Oddly enough, there were several shootings in the city over the weekend.

The first, a fatal shooting, was reported Friday night in the 900 block of McDowell Avenue in the Sun Village section.

Saturday night two more people were shot about 10:30 in the 2700 block of West Third Street.

But you'd be hard-pressed to find out about it.

We tried all weekend. First with police, then with the mayor. No one was talking.

I have no idea why. Maybe it's because a contentious mayoral primary is going on in the city. Mayor John Linder is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by longtime state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland.

On thing is certain.

Chester's gun violence problem is not going to go away by ignoring it.

We'll get the details today.

And we'll also try to find out why it was impossible to report this news over the weekend.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Honoring excellence - for both students and teachers

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-04-27 06:50
There are two things I can count on every time I write about young people and teachers.

One, people always ask me why we always portray young people in a bad light. Well, that sort of goes with the territory. It's news when people do something they're not supposed to do. That includes young people. When they are doing what they are supposed to do, no one notices. Including the media.

The same often goes for teachers. We're often accused of ripping them, especially when it comes to contract talks with strapped local school boards.

That's why I love this weekend.

It's when we present two packages of stories that almost no one complains about.

The first appeared Sunday with our annual All-Delco Hi-Q team. For those who do not know, Hi-Q is the nation's oldest academic quiz competition.

A few years ago, I was approached by John Unangst of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Harry Jamison of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. They were intrigued by our All-Delco teams, which we select for every high school sports team in the county. They were interested in doing something similar for kids who take part in the academic contest. I could not say 'Yes' fast enough. I've always wanted to offer kids who excel in something other than athletics the same kind of acclaim that we bestow on athletes.

Sunday was their day.

Today we come right back with the teachers who snagged prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards. You can read all about them here. I am the father of a high school English teacher. I know how tough the job can be. And I'm glad we can be a part of a program honoring their great work.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Time to get involved in education funding discussion

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-04-27 06:28
We used our so-called bully pulpit again on Sunday to lament something we've talked about many times.

Pennsylvania's system of funding education is broken, fundamentally flawed that has created an uneven playing field.

It's especially dangerous for kids in distressed school districts, kids like those who live in the William Penn School District. They are the ones who get penalized for no other reason than their zip code.

There are very few people who know this topic better than Larry Feinberg. He's been a member of the Haverford School Board for 16 years. He's also chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council and a Circuit Rider for Pa. Schools, part of the Basic Education Funding Commission set up by the Legislature to study the problem and make recommendations. Feinberg offered some of his thoughts in education funding in Pa. in a letter to the editor today.He's also letting people know how they can have their say.

There will be a regional forum on the topic Wednesday night at 7 at the Springfield High School Auditorium, 49 W. Leamy Avenue in Springfield.

It's time to get involved. This is your chance.
Categories: Pennsylvania

TE School District Submits VFMS Fencing Permit Application … Tredyffrin Township Denies Request!

Valley Forge Middle School fencing was not on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors April 20th meeting, but many Chesterbrook residents attended the meeting and spoke against the TE School Board’s project.  The supervisors deferred all questions/comments to the township’s solicitor Vince Donohue for response who told audience members that the township would not get […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Who's Running for Office in Lower Merion?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-04-26 19:55
Take a look at the unofficial ballots for the May 19 primary.
Categories: Lower Merion

plant sale! thursday april 30th

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-04-26 10:48

One of the gardeners from my gardening group passed this on…this is a terrific plant sale.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Clean-up Weekend, School Board Meeting: The Week Ahead in Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-04-26 09:56
Take a look at some of the events on the calendar this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get a Free Pretzel for National Pretzel Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-04-25 17:40
The Philly Pretzel Factory is offering one free pretzel for customers on Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

$9 Million Phoenixville Estate For Sale, Radnor Burglary Suspect: The Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-04-25 06:57
Also, an indictment has been filed against a Philadelphia woman accused of trying to join ISIS.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr College Receives $15 Million Gift

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-04-24 17:33
The donation came from one of the school's most prominent graduates, Isabel Hamilton Benham.
Categories: Lower Merion

String of Bike Thefts Reported in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-04-24 15:34
Five thefts were reported in three days, most occurring in the Wynnewood section of Lower Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion begins review of 'generational planning'

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00
ARDMORE >> Nine years in the making, a draft new Comprehensive Plan for Lower Merion is now in the hands of township leaders and the public.
Categories: Lower Merion

City Avenue political billboard adding heat to Lower Merion Ward 7 race

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:55
The billboard that has added fuel to a heated Lower Merion Township commissioner race came down Thursday from its perch above City Avenue, but a revised version is going back up.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ward 7 Debate: Rogan, Karasik race draws nearly 100 to Wynnewood

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:50
Incumbent Liz Rogan faces challenger Andrew Karasik for board seat
Categories: Lower Merion

$273K Mapleshade Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:36
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Second special prosecutor sworn in for AD Kane case

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-04-24 12:33
COURTHOUSE >> A Montgomery County defense attorney was sworn in on Tuesday to act as a temporary special prosecutor in the indirect criminal contempt hearing against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ward 7 Debate: Rogan, Karasik races draws nearly 100 to Wynnewood

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-04-24 11:47
Incumbent Liz Rogan faces challenger Andrew Karasik for board seat
Categories: Lower Merion