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Open Houses In Ardmore This Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 11:18
Cool off inside while checking out some of these cool open houses in the local area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Code Red Heat Alert Issued for Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 11:03
Temperatures are expected to be dangerously hot in Montgomery County over the next several days.
Categories: Lower Merion

Schuylkill River Heritage Area Invites Public Input On Region's Future

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 10:24
Here's your chance to help shape the future of the Schuylkill River Trail and other related projects.
Categories: Lower Merion

LETTER: Despite SEPTA Struggles, Cynwyd's Trail's End Cafe Chugs Along

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 10:10
Trail's End Cafe is a popular stop for SEPTA commuters, who now must ride the bus to the city.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 6

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-07-06 07:26
The Daily Numbers: 2, as in Day 2 of the great SEPTA regional rail slowdown. Transit officials say today could be even worse than yesterday because more people are expected to try to access the system returning to work after the long holiday weekend.

120 Silverliner V trains taken out of service by SEPTA on its regional rail lines.

788 trains that normally run on the system during the day.

560, how many it ran yesterday.

65,000 people who use regional rails every day to get into the city.

35-40,000 tops who will be able to use the system in its reduced state.

10 inch crack in a key stabilizer bar that forced SEPTA to pull the cars.

274 million dollars, how much SEPTA paid Hyundai Rotem for the fleet back in 2006.

1,600 extra parking spots at the Naval Hospital in South Philly for those who are opting to drive there and try to use the subway.

213 acre Don Guanella site in Marple Township that GOP Pa. House hopeful Alex Charlton wants the archdiocese to donate to be preserved as open space.

2.3 percent tax hike on tap in the $101 million school budget OK’d in Garnet Valley.

1st Hillary Clinton campaign office set to open tonight in Clifton Heights.

2 Clinton offices across the state.

1 person shot and killed in Chester on the night of July 4.

3 kids found in car of man charged with DUI in Upper Darby.

6 strikeouts and 0 walks for Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin, who pitched a complete game gem vs. Braves last night.

92 pitches, all Eflin needed.

5-1 win for the Phils.

8-2 mark for the Phils in their last 10 games.

4 home runs last night.

3 straight games with homers for Maikel Franco.

14 game hitting streak for Peter Bourjos, who also homered.

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

Zach Eflin certainly seems to have recovered from that shaky first outing. Since then his ERA is 2.03

I Don’t Get It: A guy faces a DUI charge in Upper Darby. He had 3 young kids in the car with him at the time. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SEPTA commuters who kept their cool on Day 1 of the regional rail slowdown. It likely will get worse today.

Quote Box: “It’s messing up our whole routine.”

- SEPTA rider at Swarthmore station, on yesterday’s delays.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Stay with us for live coverage of Day Two of regional rail mess

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-07-06 06:26
Brace yourself, SEPTA riders. You've been warned.

If you thought things could not get worse after yesterday's bumpy Day One of the great regional rail slowdown, SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel has some bad news.

It very likely will be worse today.

That's because a lot more people are expected to try to access the system today after the long Independence Day holiday weekend.

Yesterday we heard from lots of commuters dealing with delays on the regional rails, trains already packed to the gills blowing past some riders left stranded at stations, and those who could get on train cars dealing with seriously crowded conditions.

And now it's going to get worse.

You can read our report on how yesterday went here.

As far as today is concerned, we're once again looking for you to share your stories on the commute from hell. Use the hashtag #septatrouble and we'll pick up your story in our live blog. You can follow along here.

On our editorial page today, we credited SEPTA with at least being up front with commuters about the daunting task facing the transit agency - as well as harried riders.

SEPTA has been forced to take 120 rail cars out of its regional rail fleet - that's about a third of the entire service. That means regional rails that normally ferry 65,000 commuters in and out of the city every day now likely will be capable at best of handling 35-40,000.

That leaves a lot of people out in the cold - or perhaps better stated this brutal heat.

And if you don't like what you're looking at today, the rest of the summer does not look like it is going to bring a lot of relief.

This is not something that can be fixed easily, although SEPTA did indicate yesterday they were looking into acquiring more rail cars to supplement those still in service.

For now, the summer of riders' discontent continues on the regional rails. And we plan to be there every step of the way with you. Tell us what you are seeing out there.

Use the #septatrouble hashtag.
Categories: Pennsylvania

tomorrow begins the bicentennial of the a.m.e. church in philadelphia, but they still don’t honor their dead in chester county, pa

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-07-05 19:07

Richard Allen (February 14, 1760  to March 26, 1831 was a minister, educator, writer and one of this country’s original, most active, and influential black leaders.  In 1794 he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. This was the first black denomination and independent church in the US.  The first actual church opened in Philadelphia in 1794.

Richard Allen was born into slavery on one of the properties of Benjamin Chew as another piece of property because he was a slave.  He bought his freedom around 1780 at the age of 20 from a subsequent master named Stokeley Sturgis.

In 1816 the AME church was founded more formally and Allen was elected the first Bishop. He had bee a minister for years prior to this and Mother Bethel in Philadelphia actually first opened her doors to worship around 1794.  Bishop Allen organized this religious denomination where freed blacks could worship without racial oppression and where slaves could find dignity and a welcoming place. He worked to literally lift up the black community, also organizing  schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies. Bishop Allen died the year Ebenezer A.M.E. at 97 Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, PA Chester County opened.

Tomorrow July 6, 2016, leaders and members of the A.M.E. Church descend on Philadelphia to celebrate their Bicentennial in the city where it all began.

Festivities over the past few days in advance include the unveiling of a beautiful bronze statue of Richard Allen and a mural too.  Some very kind people thought enough to send me photos.

They are all a twitter (literally) over this magnanimous and festive and historic occasion. They are tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming. It’s all about the bicentennial. You can sign up to watch it stream, attend galas, pay $5 to have your photo taken in front of a special paparazzi walk banner.  ‪#‎IamAME‬‪#‎amecgc2016‬ are their hashtags of choice

They have ALL sorts of money to spruce up Mother Bethel, throw parties, rent a giant big city convention center and yet….wait for it…. those of us who have been contacting the A.M.E. Church nationally and regionally for YEARS still want to know when they will honor their dead on Bacton Hill Road.

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

On June 25th their First District tweeted at me:

Let’s see how do I say this? Straight out? THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Their history, their dead, our country’s history – it is all in this ruin of a church and a cemetery of folks of a local A.M.E. Church founded only 30 some odd years AFTER the entire religious organization was founded and they opened their doors the year Bishop Richard Allen died.

WHY DON’T THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR HISTORY? Is it all about the money they make today saying they value their history at their bicentennial? If they can pay for the bicentennial in Philadelphia are you telling me that these religious hypocrites can’t pay to clean up Ebenezer’s ruins on Bacton Hill Road? People from Tredyffrin, Malvern, East Whiteland, West Chester, and West Vincent just to name a few local municipalities (and this doesn’t take into consideration the people from other areas of the east coast and country who probably do not even realize they have ancestors there.

Ebenenezer A.M.E. is so badly overgrown at this point that NO ONE can pay their respects to the dead. There are (again) freed slaves there and black civil war soldiers. Surely their lives mean SOMETHING to the A.M.E. Church? I am appalled that as of tomorrow they will be preaching the word of God and talking about their 200 years of history and an hour outside Philadelphia and about 20 minutes from Valley Forge, they have just blown off their responsibility on a land parcel the NATIONAL A.M.E. Church STILL OWNS!  

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

Someone wrote to me recently:

I am afraid you will get NO cooperation or interest from anyone there. Shame is the only press they understand—maybe  a local news station could bring attention to it.   I feel bad for local families with graves in the cemetery who cannot pay their respects. Yeah so media, how about it? How about a little field trip? This is what you will see: If the A.M.E. took care of their history and honored their dead it could look like these photos from a clean up OTHER people did in 2011: You can check the archives of this place, I have written about this for multiple years at this point if you are interested.  Here is the link to the boy scout report of many moons ago – if you look through it you will see names of the dead buried here that people know of:


View this document on Scribd

And yes, there is now also a social media movement to save Ebenezer A.M.E. on Bacton Hill Road:

Feel free to LIKE and SHARE.


A.M.E. Church can you hear us now? Do you care about your history and your dead? Or are you just all about the party and bicentennial media hype?

What would Bishop Richard Allen do?  What would Bishop Richard Allen say? I think he would be sorely disappointed in the stewards of the church and religious movement he founded.

The A.M.E. Church elders are veritable slum lords to their dead and I find that disgraceful. 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Why Republicans Lose In Pennsylvania- a house divided by two-faced, double-talking Political Profiteering self-serving lobbyists

The Liberty Blog - Mon, 2016-05-02 19:46

Political Profiteers Long & Nyquist; Cancer on the Commonwealth; Why Republicans lose in Pennsylvania, a House divided against itself…self-serving crony consultants and lobbyists callously misdirect with half-truths. Two-Faced, Double-Talking lobbyists playing on both sides of the fence.

      Long & Nyquist are undercutting the party by their disingenuousness.

The smearing of Joe Peters and the defeat of the Outsiders in Pennsylvania.


Republican Brian Fitzpatrick has won the Republican primary in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district with his claims to be a “corruption fighter” yet he hired two-faced, double-talking union lobbyists Long and Nyquist to run his campaign. 


​    Two-faced, double talking Long & Nyquist pretend to be Republicans advancing goals of limited government, less regulation and lower taxes while representing unions including the very, very powerful Big Government, Big Spending Pennsylvania Teachers’ Union, the PSEA and the anti-free market Wendell Young’s United Food & Commercial Workers Union which opposed sale of liquor stores and defeated efforts to dismantle the liquor monopoly and beer cartel in Pennsylvania.


  ​ Brian Fitzpatrick endorsed by the Deon Poprick Crony Establishment was flown into the district by his brother, the incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, a Boehner/Ryan Big Government Pro Union loyalist.

Long & Nyquist clients include Pennsylvania State Education Association and and United Food and Commercial Workers   Commonwealth License Beverage Association  Malt Beverage Distributors Association Comcast


In addition he is being investigated for violating the Hatch Act and running for office while still on the FBI payroll, a clear violation of the law

But most troubling is the fact that Brian Fitzpatrick claims to fight unions and corruption but hired Long & Nyquist, the biggest corrupt factors of Harrisburg, to run campaign.


Brad Bumsted wrote an excellent piece but failed to mention that the smear of Joe Peters was engineered by two faced, double talking, deceiving lobbyists/consultants Long & Nyquist who get rich protecting the power their patrons; good for them, not so good for us.Brad Bumsted Tribune Review To what end? The smearing of good guy  Joe Peters.

​  Long and Nyquist unsuccessfully failed to defeat 30 year Marine Corp  vet and good guy  Frank Ryan in the House district 101


Long & Nyquist failed in the 31st Senate district where real deal good guy  Mike Regan will be replacing crony Pat Vance.

Let us see if journalists Dennis Owens and Jon Delano pick up this story.

The liberal, snarky and supercilious John Micek will not offer us any useful information. It is unlikely that  the Philadelphia Inquirer and the southeastern media which are not only shallow, superficial and supercilious but seem to live in a clueless cave can or will report any of this. The Inquirer quoted Charlie Gerow in a recent news/analysis article; any reporter who cites Charlie GID Gerow, a loser who even lost being elected delegate to the RNC convention in Cleveland, opportunistic chameleon, whose last and biggest win, was for Harrisburg Democrat Linda Thompson demonstrates his or her cluelessness as anyone with any familiarity with Pennsylvania politics would know.


​   Long and Nyquist are pretend Republicans who play both sides of the lobbyist fence  as journalist Dennis Owens has reported, lobbying for unions while pretending to advocate for what are presented as Republican Party values. Phonies, double talking, deceiving two faced frauds who smear good Republicans Long & Nyquist engineered this smear of a good man. Long and Nyquist are, also, consulting for Brian Fitzpatrick in Pa 8. Long and Nyquist are Political Profiteers who will make a lot of money losing the Attorney General election yet again. And, of course, Brian Fitzpatrick is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law of violating the Hatch Act.


With the exception of a State Supreme court candidate, nominally a Republican, but with bipartisan support, the Republicans have not won a statewide election since 2009 when Tom Corbett won by big margins before betraying those who voted for him with two tax increases and Pat Toomey walked away from those who supported him from 2004 through his squeaker election in 20009.


There is a reason why Republicans lose statewide;not a single Republican congressman, no matter how liberal or corrupt, has gone down in the April 26 2016   primary.  Trump voters did not vote for the Outsider down ticket. In Pa-16 primary just past, the liberal, party loyalist Lloyd Smucker defeated real deal conservative Chet Beiler. The severely under-financed Art Halvorson came within 1 point of defeating crony insider Bill Shuster. Oddly, with stunning turnout driven by Donald Trump’s dramatic campaign, voters voting for outsider Donald Trump, nevertheless, voted for insiders down ticket!!!!

Do we really want Cronyism in the Attorney General’s Office?  ​

 John Rafferty entwined with Long & Nyquist

It is highly unlikely that bringing Long & Nyquist into the Attorney General’s office will restore integrity to the office.



Categories: Pennsylvania