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The Daily Salvo for April 9, 2014 - "Barber-ism"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-04-11 15:12
The Daily Salvo for April 9, 2014 - "Barber-ism"
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Lower Merion Class of 1964 50th Reunion is Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:12
The reunion will be held at Great American Pub in Conshohocken.
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Trending: NJ Cop Arrested for Letting K-9 Bite 57 Year-Old Woman

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:09
The same officer was involved in a fatal shooting in 2011.
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10 Tips for the April Gardener

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:08
Not sure how to make your garden grow? Follow this April to-do list to make your spring garden shine!
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20 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:12
Here is some advice from experts on how to get the most cash for your stuff by hosting the ultimate garage sale.
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Believe it or Not: 'Heaven is for Real' a Community Discussion-Starter

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:08
The movie, in theaters April 16, is about a real-life boy who says he went to Heaven and met Jesus during surgery. We spoke with the family behind the film about how it can help start a discussion in your town.
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Find Open Houses Nearby This Weekend, April 12-13

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:05
Patch and Zillow team up to bring you local real estate news.
Categories: Lower Merion

Spring Break is Next Week! What Are Your Plans?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:40
Check out our list of fun activities for the kids while they're off from school.
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the happiness quotient

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:31

These are two old snapshots of Vermont taken approximately 25 years ago now. We used to go up there once in a while and stay at my father’s friend Patrick’s house in Bondville. It was a very happy place for all of us and quite beautiful.

Waking up happy is such an amazing feeling, isn’t it? I woke up feeling so much better this morning. It has been three weeks since my surgery, and although I still feel tired, I just feel better today.

I think the weather helps too. It’s spring and the air is that soft yet sweet air that almost is fluffy. And the birds trill in the mornings. It’s ever so different from waking up on a winter’s morning because I think we all just had too much of winter this winter. It went from being a winter wonderland of new fallen snow to “when is this stuff going to melt?” Didn’t it?

Happy is an elusive thing at times, yet so basic. We all want to be happy, but we don’t always reach happy, or it is fleeting. But does it have to be fleeting? I don’t think so.

Part of being happy is loving and being loved. Part of it is being grateful for what you have and owning who you are.

Being happy isn’t pretending. Pretending is imagining a possibility to some, but to others it is a non-acceptance of reality. Pretense takes all forms, and you have to feel for the great pretenders you meet. They are obsessed with stuff and not substance. Or they pretend because their reality is too just hard for themselves. Unfortunately, to me, their view of the world is narrow, and they always think the rest of us can’t see them as they really are, but we do see them with their life underwear hanging out. That is sad.

Happiness comes with contentment and a sense of belonging and place I think. I have that. I wake up loving who I am with, where I am, and the woman I am becoming. I say “becoming”, because I believe we continue to evolve as people as we age.

Do I have self-doubt at times? Sure. I think we all do if we are honest. But the thing is now I can also see myself reflected in the eyes of someone who truly loves me for who I am, not who they think I should be. There is a big difference there.

I also think part of being happy is being with people who are happy and happy with you.

I hate to look back, but sometimes I do because not for anything else, it makes me truly appreciate where I am now. It’s not like my prior life with the ex factor was all bad, it wasn’t. But in retrospect, when you are with a glass half-empty person who always seems angry and of the mind set “the world owes them” versus a glass half-full person with a positive and peaceful outlook in the long term it makes a big difference. A friend once upon a time said God did a lift out on my life to give me the life I should have. I can’t disagree, and I am grateful. I am also grateful because for a while I found myself becoming a glass half-empty person. I did not like that person in me or in others.

We all come from something and somewhere, and we have to own that. But we can’t let past unhappy rule our futures, right? Isn’t it more positive to learn from what has occurred in the past and just move on? And I say that as someone who has worked hard to learn and let go. But then I realized a few months ago I actually had learned to let some stuff go, and I found that really peaceful.

Women are wired to hold onto stuff, and I am not perfect (nor do I pretend to be), but seriously? I feel different about myself and being positive and happy and grateful is actually real. Yet, at the same time I accept I am a work in progress. Some days will always be better than others, but the thing is this, believing in better being possible and being happy actually makes things better.

There are some we will encounter in our lives who we will bring into our worlds, and share our lives with for a while who will always hold part of themselves back. There are just some people who don’t share in return and part of them will always be that combination of stuck and selfish. You can’t change them, you aren’t responsible for them. Leave them to their states of envy and dissatisfaction. Life is too short to waste air space on those people. There will always be people richer than you, poorer than you, bigger house, smaller house, fatter, thinner, and so on. Why not just be grateful for what you have and be happy? I have said it before, but it is true , that it really took experiencing and having breast cancer to start to free me as a person and begin to change my perspective in some regards.

I think we learn from the people in our lives. The ones who stay, the ones who leave our lives for whatever reason, and those who are short term blips on the radar.

Maybe people will find this post too much and too zen. Yes, I think a lot, and this is what I woke up thinking about. Maybe that is why I like to write so much. Writing makes me happy and I used to feel so guilty about that. Why? Because I made the mistake of listening to someone once who said my writing was just self-aggrandizement. Well it’s not. It is part of who I am. (And in my head I feel my mother somewhere smiling at the 12 year old me who screamed at her and said “I hate writing! I never want to be a writer!”)

Writing and photography are the ways I express myself. Both skills do indeed make me happy and I work hard at both. There will always be those more talented than I, and I am quite o.k. with that. Life isn’t a competition, we all have our place in it.

Part of being happy is liking who you are as a human being. Some days that is not easy. I have been a partial being of not so happy since my surgery. A lot of that had to do with the physical pain post surgery and the hum of exhaustion that rules your body after a few hours of surgery. You just feel miserable. You don’t mean to, don’t want to, it just is. But today, I woke up and just felt happy and more like myself. Like I had turned a corner, so it made me think about happiness.

Spring is a great season to think about things like what makes you happy and what being happy is. Spring is a season of renewal, is it not?

In a little over a month I will be 50 years old. It’s funny I remember being 18 and about 21 and wondering what the 50 year old me would be like. I remember at the time not really being able to picture it because to an 18 and then 21 year old, it just seemed so old. The reality is it is not so old, not so bad. It’s looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

The reality of turning 50 isn’t about someone throwing you a big birthday party, it’s an acceptance of sorts of knowing who you are as a person. And liking your life, being happy, being loved. It’s about realizing is where the grass is always greener is in your own back yard. Not someone else’s.

Thank you for joining me on this slightly flowing, slightly rambling stream of consciousness. Be happy and find your magic in everyday life.


Categories: Pennsylvania

the happiness quotient

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:31

These are two old snapshots of Vermont taken approximately 25 years ago now. We used to go up there once in a while and stay at my father’s friend Patrick’s house in Bondville. It was a very happy place for all of us and quite beautiful.

Waking up happy is such an amazing feeling, isn’t it? I woke up feeling so much better this morning. It has been three weeks since my surgery, and although I still feel tired, I just feel better today.

I think the weather helps too. It’s spring and the air is that soft yet sweet air that almost is fluffy. And the birds trill in the mornings. It’s ever so different from waking up on a winter’s morning because I think we all just had too much of winter this winter. It went from being a winter wonderland of new fallen snow to “when is this stuff going to melt?” Didn’t it?

Happy is an elusive thing at times, yet so basic. We all want to be happy, but we don’t always reach happy, or it is fleeting. But does it have to be fleeting? I don’t think so.

Part of being happy is loving and being loved. Part of it is being grateful for what you have and owning who you are.

Being happy isn’t pretending. Pretending is imagining a possibility to some, but to others it is a non-acceptance of reality. Pretense takes all forms, and you have to feel for the great pretenders you meet. They are obsessed with stuff and not substance. Or they pretend because their reality is too just hard for themselves. Unfortunately, to me, their view of the world is narrow, and they always think the rest of us can’t see them as they really are, but we do see them with their life underwear hanging out. That is sad.

Happiness comes with contentment and a sense of belonging and place I think. I have that. I wake up loving who I am with, where I am, and the woman I am becoming. I say “becoming”, because I believe we continue to evolve as people as we age.

Do I have self-doubt at times? Sure. I think we all do if we are honest. But the thing is now I can also see myself reflected in the eyes of someone who truly loves me for who I am, not who they think I should be. There is a big difference there.

I also think part of being happy is being with people who are happy and happy with you.

I hate to look back, but sometimes I do because not for anything else, it makes me truly appreciate where I am now. It’s not like my prior life with the ex factor was all bad, it wasn’t. But in retrospect, when you are with a glass half-empty person who always seems angry and of the mind set “the world owes them” versus a glass half-full person with a positive and peaceful outlook in the long term it makes a big difference. A friend once upon a time said God did a lift out on my life to give me the life I should have. I can’t disagree, and I am grateful. I am also grateful because for a while I found myself becoming a glass half-empty person. I did not like that person in me or in others.

We all come from something and somewhere, and we have to own that. But we can’t let past unhappy rule our futures, right? Isn’t it more positive to learn from what has occurred in the past and just move on? And I say that as someone who has worked hard to learn and let go. But then I realized a few months ago I actually had learned to let some stuff go, and I found that really peaceful.

Women are wired to hold onto stuff, and I am not perfect (nor do I pretend to be), but seriously? I feel different about myself and being positive and happy and grateful is actually real. Yet, at the same time I accept I am a work in progress. Some days will always be better than others, but the thing is this, believing in better being possible and being happy actually makes things better.

There are some we will encounter in our lives who we will bring into our worlds, and share our lives with for a while who will always hold part of themselves back. There are just some people who don’t share in return and part of them will always be that combination of stuck and selfish. You can’t change them, you aren’t responsible for them. Leave them to their states of envy and dissatisfaction. Life is too short to waste air space on those people. There will always be people richer than you, poorer than you, bigger house, smaller house, fatter, thinner, and so on. Why not just be grateful for what you have and be happy? I have said it before, but it is true , that it really took experiencing and having breast cancer to start to free me as a person and begin to change my perspective in some regards.

I think we learn from the people in our lives. The ones who stay, the ones who leave our lives for whatever reason, and those who are short term blips on the radar.

Maybe people will find this post too much and too zen. Yes, I think a lot, and this is what I woke up thinking about. Maybe that is why I like to write so much. Writing makes me happy and I used to feel so guilty about that. Why? Because I made the mistake of listening to someone once who said my writing was just self-aggrandizement. Well it’s not. It is part of who I am. (And in my head I feel my mother somewhere smiling at the 12 year old me who screamed at her and said “I hate writing! I never want to be a writer!”)

Writing and photography are the ways I express myself. Both skills do indeed make me happy and I work hard at both. There will always be those more talented than I, and I am quite o.k. with that. Life isn’t a competition, we all have our place in it.

Part of being happy is liking who you are as a human being. Some days that is not easy. I have been a partial being of not so happy since my surgery. A lot of that had to do with the physical pain post surgery and the hum of exhaustion that rules your body after a few hours of surgery. You just feel miserable. You don’t mean to, don’t want to, it just is. But today, I woke up and just felt happy and more like myself. Like I had turned a corner, so it made me think about happiness.

Spring is a great season to think about things like what makes you happy and what being happy is. Spring is a season of renewal, is it not?

In a little over a month I will be 50 years old. It’s funny I remember being 18 and about 21 and wondering what the 50 year old me would be like. I remember at the time not really being able to picture it because to an 18 and then 21 year old, it just seemed so old. The reality is it is not so old, not so bad. It’s looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

The reality of turning 50 isn’t about someone throwing you a big birthday party, it’s an acceptance of sorts of knowing who you are as a person. And liking your life, being happy, being loved. It’s about realizing is where the grass is always greener is in your own back yard. Not someone else’s.

Thank you for joining me on this slightly flowing, slightly rambling stream of consciousness. Be happy and find your magic in everyday life.


Categories: Pennsylvania

'Family Annihilator' from Maryland Named to FBI's 10 Most Wanted List

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:28
Trending: William Bradford Bishop Jr. is wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Bethesda in March 1976. Police say he bludgeoned them with a hammer, then buried their bodies in North Carolina.
Categories: Lower Merion

Showers and thunderstorms give way to perfect weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:50
A cold front is on the move for this afternoon that will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas.  However, once this cold front exits the region this evening, the best period of weekend weather we've
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Flap-Jacks caper: Copper piping, other items taken from closed restaurant

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00
Lower Merion police report  that someone broke into Flap-Jacks restaurant on the 100 block of City Avenue, Bala Cynwyd and removed several metal shelving units, an air conditioner as well as copper piping  from the bathroom. Thieves cut a chain and entered a fenced-in storage area and forced a padlock to gain entry.  The break in was reported April 8, 2014. The building had been secured following following a serious fire March 14. The cause of that fire has been ruled undetermined by the fire marshal.
Categories: Lower Merion

Residents escape apartment fire in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-04-11 09:53
Residents escaped an apartment fire in the 800 block of West Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr Friday morning.   Bryn Mawr and Ardmore firefighters were called at 5:23 a.m. for the blaze.
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April Blood Moon Kicks Off Lunar Eclipse Quartet

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:54
Why is it called a blood moon? Which planet will make a guest appearance near the moon? And what’s up with that biblical prophecy?
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, April 11

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:19
The Daily Numbers: 70 degrees, something we have not seen since last Nov. 2. We’re headed to the 70s both Saturday and Sunday.

46, as in Pa. Senate Bill 46, known as the ‘Pass the Trash’ bill, which would tighten reporting requirements for schools when it comes to reports of sexual abuse by teachers.

4 individuals who spoke up at Springfield School Board meeting on the topic of outsourcing the district’s busing services.

2.76 million dollars that was acquired a few years back to help bail out the Upper Darby School District in the midst of another budget crisis. A political action committee formed at that time is now backing a primary opponent of state Rep. Margo Davidson, one of 2 legislators who played a key role in getting that money. They don’t like fact that she is taking money from groups backing vouchers and school choice.

25, age of one of Philly’s ‘Most Wanted’ suspects who was bagged yesterday in Collingdale.

1 year suspension for former Delco ADA Michael Donohue, who was involved in a hit-run crash.

3 people who fled flames when fire hit their home in Upper Providence yesterday.

940,676, how much money Radnor Township says it is losing because of tax-exempt status of local colleges. They want them to make voluntary donations.

27 fatalities in Delaware County in 2013. That’s down 1 from 28 in previous year.

27 deaths in 2013 fatal crashes involving teens age 16-17, according to AAA.

44 recorded in 2012.

57 traffic deaths tied to distracted driving. That’s up from 64.

10 people killed in a fiery collision of a truck and bus carrying school students on California highway.

266 point plunge for stock market yesterday.

4 billion dollars in bogus tax refunds under scrutiny by the feds.

4 straight home losses for the Phils.

6-2 loss to the Brewers last night.

3 runs on 8 hits surrendered by Phils starter Cliff Lee.

25 runs and 38 hits for the Brewers in the series.

4-2 loss for the Flyers in Tampa Bay last night.

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

Ryan Howard says it’s too early to panic. Anyone care to differ?

I Don’t Get It: Radnor Township wants several tax-exempt local college to start making voluntary donations to the township. Hope they’re not holding their breath.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Gallo family, honored this week for their work in keeping their daughter’s family alive.

Quote Box: “I’m not panicking. If you guys want to panic, go ahead. Just don’t bring it over here.”

- Ryan Howard.
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Nicole and Dante: Gone too soon

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:31
I imagine Donna and Stephen Gallo know exactly how Ralph DeSimone feels.

Horrible.

The Gallos were honored this week for something no one wants. For the past four years, they have been working to keep the legacy of their vibrant young daughter Nicole alive. We added our salute on our editorial page today.

Nicole was struck and killed when an impaired, distracted driver lost control of her car, careened up onto the sidewalk outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and fatally struck Nicole. She was gone in the blink of an eye. Nicole Gallo was just 19.

In a cruel twist of fate, those eerie circumstances were repeated recently on Baltimore Pike, where a crash involving another allegedly impaired driver sent another car up onto the sidewalk, striking Dante DeSimone and a friend outside the McDonald's in Clifton Heights. Another young life gone in a heartbeat.

Nicole had just completed her freshman year at Lebanon Valley College. Dante was just days away from heading back to Neumann University for his second semester. Just as the Gallos have endeavored to keep Nicole's spirit alive, Dante's family, including his father Ralph, are doing the same.

They are planning an ice hockey tournament and other fundraisers to start a scholarship in the young athlete's name. The Gallos have done likewise, establishing the Sunshine Scholarship Fund to help other girls further their education.

Nothing will fill the void these terrible tragedies have left in the lives of the Gall and DeSimone families. We honor them by keeping their vibrant, youthful spirits alive.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The irony of Upper Darby Arts backing Davidson's foe

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:05
There is more than a little irony to this week's announcement that Save Upper Darby Arts is backing Billy Smith, one of the Democrats challenging state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164.

Save Upper Darby Arts is now a political action committee, but it can trace its roots back a few years ago when the Upper Darby School District was at the center of a cauldron surrounding budget cuts, including a change in the curriculum, teacher layoffs, and most important, cuts in the district's trademark outstanding music and arts programs. Residents were outraged. At one point they even took a bus trip to Harrisburg to meet with elected officials and make their complaints heard.

Eventually the programs were saved when a couple of state reps worked a little magic and found more than $2 million in extra funding for the district.

So what's so ironic?

One of those legislators riding to the rescue in Upper Darby was Davidson.

She worked with Republican Rep. Nick Micozzie and found the money to avert the cuts.

The problem now is that Davidson has shown support for a push for school vouchers and accepted campaign contributions from Students First, a group that backs school choice.

I guess you can call this, "what have you done for me lately?"
Categories: Pennsylvania

Justice for Hall and Oates

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:38
If I were to ask you what pop duo has sold more records than any other act in music history, who would you guess?

My guess is that you'd be wrong.

Not Simon and Garfunkel, nor any other superstar duos.

You really don't have to look that far. The answer is right here in our backyard. That would be our homeboys, Hall and Oates.

Last night one of the great injustices in pop music was righted when Hall and Oates, the blue-eyed soulsters who grew up in the Philly suburbs and took TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) to heart, were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

The funny thing, the pop ditties that have become their emblem are not my favorite Hall and Oates songs.

Sure, "Maneater," "Sara Smile," and "You Make Me Feel" are great pop tunes.

But to me, they're not the essence of Hall and Oates.

This is.

Enjoy:

What a voice.

Hell, while I'm at it, I might as well add my favorite all-time Hall and Oates song:

Categories: Pennsylvania

SETH WILLIAMS: UM ... NEVER MIND

"[Attorney General Kathleen] Kane said ... federal law enforcement officials agreed with her that the case was 'flawed and nonprosecutable.' But [Philadelphia District Attorney Seth] Williams and the other sources say the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia never made such a judgment about the sting during the several months that prosecutors reviewed the case file."  (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/9/15)"Feb. 22, 2013: Attorney General Kane's Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General and Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations meet with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI in Philadelphia to determine what, if any, interest they had in adopting the corruption investigation or using the informant in other investigations. Both advised they did not want to adopt the pending corruption case and had no interest in using the informant at that time (p.5, OAG response, Oct. 4, 2013)." (PA Office of Attorney General, 4/10/14)On January 15, 2013, at the same time Kane was taking the oath of office, Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina directed an OAG agent to deliver to an FBI agent a a thumb drive of recordings, made during the course of a sting investigation into public corruption.  Kane did not direct him to do so, and Kane was not aware that he did so. In fact, Kane first would learn about the investigation  "in a cursory manner"  two days later from Fina.

A little more than a month after that, two of Kane's top staffers met with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI. The feds said they had no interest in pursuing the case.

Now, how they came to that conclusion without ever making a "judgement" about the case is not for us to say.  Williams may have some method of determining whether or not to pursue a case without making a judgement about it, but what do we know? We're not lawyers.

Williams characterizes the feds declining to take the case as Kane "aski[ng] for the case back." We're not sure why someone would have to ask for something back from someone who never took it in the first place.

Furthermore, "federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of Case File No. 36-622 have shared with current members of the OAG executive staff their opinion that the case is flawed and not prosecutable."  As Kane has not said who the officials are, Williams has no way of knowing what judgments they shared with Kane's staff.

Not content with being wrong about what happened with the feds, Williams compounded his mistake by insisting, "You [Kane] have repeatedly asserted it was the previous prosecutors who dropped charges against [Confidential Informant Tyron Ali], when in fact it appears that it was you who did so, and then sealed the proceedings to keep them from public scrutiny."

Again, we are not lawyers, but we are pretty sure that it is judges who seal court records, not prosecutors.

In this case, the judge sealed the records September 12, 2013, "after the informant's attorney initially requested charges to be dropped per agreement signed before Attorney General Kane took office."

A request, by the way, that was accompanied by an affidavit from none other than Frank Fina himself.

We have previously explained that Williams' childish insistence that Kane "dropped the charges" is disingenuous. Fina signed an agreement to drop all charges against Ali on November 30, 2012 - 45 days before Kane took office. Kane wanted to nullify the agreement Fina signed, but because the agreement was a legally enforceable contract, she was forced to honor it on November 8, 2013.

Considering that records in the case had been sealed - by a judge - two months earlier, the timeline does not support Williams' claim that Kane "dropped the charges, then sealed the proceedings."

How did Williams manage to come to such extraordinarily erroneous conclusions?

Categories: Philadelphia