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The Daily Salvo for April 17, 2014 - "Heart and Sole"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:44
The Daily Salvo for April 17, 2014 - "Heart and Sole"
Hillary Clinton might not have a heart, but she does have a 'sole.' From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:00 More in News & Politics

Memorial Walk Celebrates Life of Baldwin Student

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:43
The 11th-annual walk is set for May 3.
Categories: Lower Merion

Put Down the Phone, It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month in MontCo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:36
The county commissioners have declared April 2014 Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man at Hospital Ordered to Pay $525 for Refilling 89-Cent Drink

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 12:59
Man also banned from working at VA Medical Center.
Categories: Lower Merion

Winter's toll on roads costly - will pass $2.5 million - Lower Merion board told

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 12:50
How hard has Winter 2014 been on local roads? This one fact from Lower Merion Township begins to tell the story.
Categories: Lower Merion

Winter’s toll on roads costly - will pass $2.5 million - Lower Merion board told

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 11:55
How hard has Winter 2014 been on local roads? This one fact from Lower Merion Township begins to tell the story.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line chef to be featured in Subaru commercial during Earth Week

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 11:20
Main Line resident Sara Glassman of Vine Dining, will be featured in a national commercial for Subaru on NBC and its affiliates during Earth Week, starting April 18 on Oxygen Network.
Categories: Lower Merion

Harriton HS's Gems Not Genocide to educate about conflict in Darfur

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 11:17
Harriton High School’s Gems Not Genocide is sponsoring a program called “Witness, Inspire, Act: Educating about the conflict in Darfur” Tuesday, April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harriton High School.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion calling on residents to continue to report existing potholes

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:53
Lower Merion's war on potholes will last through spring, according to an email sent to residents Thursday:
Categories: Lower Merion

See What Movies Are Playing Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:26
See what movies are playing in a theater near you this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tranquil conditions take hold

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:25
High pressure will be the dominant feature over the Eastern United States through tomorrow leading to tranquil weather conditions throughout the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas.  While a series of disturbances will pass through the nor
Categories: Lower Merion

Bucks County Proclaims Day in Honor of Teen Basketball Phenomenon

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 09:50
Kevin Grow, a Bensalem teen with down syndrome, became a national sensation this winter after scoring four three-pointers during his first game appearance.
Categories: Lower Merion

County Highlighting Drug Disposal Program

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 09:47
All drugs will be destroyed in a legally and environmentally friendly way, the District Attorney's Office said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford Police Reports: Medical equipment reported stolen at Head and Neck

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 09:17
Head and Neck Association, 300 block of West Chester Pike on April 9 at 2:38 p.m. – The office manager reported that a surgery scope was discovered missing.
Categories: Lower Merion

Clover Market returns to Ardmore for spring season April 27

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:51
To borrow a line from the old chewing gum commercial, “Double the pleasure, double the fun.” That’s what fans of Clover Market can expect in 2014.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Film Institute will celebrate grand reopening April 27

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:49
The “Lights” and “Camera” phases have taken nine years and more. Now it’s time to say “ACTION!”
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion investigate Merbrook Lane home invasion

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:30
Lower Merion police confirm a home in the unit block of Merbrook Lane In Merion has been broken into. The invasion happened about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The thief ransacked the home and encountered the resident.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford Twp. School District eyes services amid Autism Awareness Month

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 07:39
HAVERFORD — First-grade students Jason LaRosa, Billy Greco and Dylan Greco presented school officials with autism awareness ribbons at a recent school board meeting.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 17

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-04-17 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 32, our low temperature overnight. Nice sense of humor, Mother Nature.

2 different fires that struck homes in Ridley and Folcroft yesterday.

1 hour of deliberations, how long it took a jury to acquit a Chester man charged in a gun incident outside Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

7,661 in additional funding set in Middletown Township to attack pothole-scarred roads.

58 percent increase in cost of college education, target of hearing yesterday at Cheyney University.

77 million dollars, price placed on auction block for Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. 67.9 million dollars brought in on table games at Pa. casinos last month. That’s up 1 percent from the same month last year.

6,964,862 in slots play at Harrah’s in March. That’s down from last year’s number of $7,265,244. And that’s with more tables in play this year, 126 as opposed to 121 last year.

4.2 percent overall decline in revenue at casinos in March because of a continuing slide in slots play.

3 children in her car when a New Jersey woman drover her van into the Delaware River. She now faces attempted murder charges. All 4 were rescued.

1,500 dollars worth of vandalism being investigated at Rowan University.

60 age of Montgomery County man who faces charges of supplying booze for a Sweet 16 party.

7.5 million in upgrades being given the OK by the PATCO transit board.

8 arrests on weapons and other charges for a woman who now faces charges in connection with death of her son. She left a loaded gun in her home that was used in shooting death of 2-year-old.v 290 still missing after a ferry packed with students capsized off Korea

162 point spike for the stock market yesterday.

2 wins to end the season for the Sixers. They started the season going 3-0.

20 points for Thaddeus Young.

13 strikeouts for Cliff Lee last night. He still go the loss despite tossing a complete game.

1-0 loss as Lee was outdueled by Braves pitcher Julio Teheran.

3 hits for the feeble Phils lineup.

1 as in Game 1 tonight as the Flyers face the Rangers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 8 straight losses for the Flyers in Big Apple.

28 appearances for Ray Emery, who will get the start for the Flyers with Steve Mason on the shelf. 9-12-2 mark for Emery, with a 2.96 goals against average.

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

Cliff Lee was mediocre on opening day and escaped with a win in a slugfest. He was great last night, striking out 13 Braves, and lost, 1-0. That’s baseball.

I Don’t Get It: What is with all the random gunfire in Chester. People are telling us it is now an everyday occurrence?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the good people at Apple Pie Day Care Center in Chester. They are raising money for the funeral of little Karder Hardy, who was struck and killed by a car last weekend.

Quote Box: “I couldn’t imagine losing a child like that.”

- Brookhaven resident Ray Delfera, while writing out a check to help the effort.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Focusing on gunfire in Chester

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-04-17 06:43
UPDATE: I'm starting to get some reaction to my call for citizens to sound off about gunfire in Chester. Here's what one resident emailed me:

"Seriously terrified. My in-laws refuse to move out of the city! My husband WORKS in the city. I pray for their safety. It makes me sick that someone can't declare Marshall Law and go in and clean house in Chester. It's always the warmer months that you see more action. The cockroaches stay indoors in the winter months."

And one more, with the often-heard response that the few give a bad impression for the rest of the city:

"I am a former city resident. I know there are many, many good people who live there. Of course I am concerned about the shootings; but I am also concerned for the good people in the city because they are getting short shrift because of these happenings. I think it's wonderful that you are doing a story on this. I read your post this morning in Heron's Nest and liked the focus of it. It sounds to me like you are also trying to make the point that many city residents are very concerned about this. That angle alone may help to change the perception of Chester's people as a whole Thank you. This is an important story."

This just in:

My mom and step dad just moved onto Clover Lane in Chester and they have heard gunshots five times in three weeks in their location. They met the man Derrick who was an innocent victim in the fatality a week prior to his wrong place wrong time. He was a barber down the street and even offered to cut their dogs hair for free because he knew they were broke and down on their luck. They heard those gun shots that unfortunately took his life, and when they found out it was the guy they met right after moving in, they felt so sorry for him and his family's loss. They visited his memorial and the day he was buried his poor 4-year-old son got hit by a van and died from his injuries. That's just one story, imagine all the thousands. They stay inside and close shade and lock windows afraid for their lives every day. You can't even walk up the street in broad daylight without fearing for your life.

"It's so sad. Broken homes, hurt families, poverty-stricken and broke. This city was once an OK place many years ago. Our local church is helping with Ninth Street youth ministry, and CitiTam but this city needs more than a few helping caring people. It needs a complete clean up and out and renovation to save these poor children from cycling the same lifestyle. It's so sad for them, they don't have any hope or a chance hardly. Get the word out. People need to help, officials, government etc."

Here's one more:

" I am 48 years old and I have lived in the City all of my life. It hasn’t been until this year that I have thought about moving out of the city. It’s just ridiculous any more, it seems like every other day there is an incident, and someone said when it gets warm the cockroaches come out?? That is not true, we have heard gun shots all winter so the cockroaches do not have a favorite season! My biggest concern used to be raising my children to be productive, thoughtful, God-fearing citizens. Now my biggest concern is my youngest making it off of the school bus stop without getting shot at or shot. Something has got to give the city cannot hold any many more teddy bear memorials.

I'll keep publishing them. Keep sending them to me!

It's easy to take potshots at the city of Chester.

Actually somebody is doing just that. Lots of people are firing guns in the city.

We're getting calls here in the newsroom that gunfire is now a routine occurrence in some parts of the city.

Earlier this week we reported on a random shooting where gunshots hit a truck driver as he drove down a city street. A recent homicide is believed by police to be a situation where an innocent victim was caught in the crossfire.

Of the 15 homicides recorded this year in Delaware County, seven of them have occurred in the city of Chester.

A Facebook post on a board hosted by a group of city residents complained about the situation in the William Penn Projects.

I have had one county law enforcement official indicate to me concern is growing about the situation.

This is the message that was delivered to me, after this person also joined a Facebook posting board for Chester residents:

"I've noticed that there are a lot of posts from Chester residents concerning people shooting guns all hours of the night in residential neighborhoods," this source said "Just reading the posts makes me afraid for the safety of the children and good people living in the city. It may be the usual break in the weather or something else going on. But, people are not safe and they are afraid.

"I know many Delco residents don't care about the people living in Chester, but I do. My organization has been trying to help as have others. We all try in our way to be a positive influence, especially for the children. Please keep reporting on Chester. I can only hope that things will change."

I'd like to think the newspaper can be part of the solution.

But first I want to detail the situation. If you'd like to go on the record and discuss the gun situation in the city, send me an email to editor@delcotimes.com.

We're planning a story focusing on the increase in gunfire in the city.

Is it just a sign of warmer weather? Is this different than other situations? Is it being blown out of proportion? I'd like to hear from the people who live there and have to deal with the 'pop-pop-pop' that sometimes seems like the soundtrack to their lives.
Categories: Pennsylvania