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Good news for SEPTA riders, unless you're headed to Phillies game

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-04-07 06:12
If you depend on SEPTA to get around, there is good news this morning.

Unless, of course, you were planning to use mass transit to get to today's Phillies home opener.

SEPTA buses, trolleys and El are still rolling this morning, despite the fact that there is no deal in place yet between the transit giant and its unions.

Union officials said last night they would not strike. That's a good thing, because all four of SEPTA's unions have seen their contracts expire. If workers hit the bricks now, the region's entire transit system - with the exception of the regional rails - would be shut down.

You can get the latest details here.

That would mean no buses or trolleys, either in the city or suburbs. It also means the Market-Frankford El would be out of the loop.

While the regional rails would continue to run, they would undoubtedly be packed, kind of like the way they are when the Phillies hold that rarest of event, a World Series parade.

There will be no parade today. Unfortunately, there also will be no Phillies home opener. Team officials took a look at the forecast for this afternoon, with rain likely, and decided to postpone the opener until tomorrow. That's why they schedule that off day in there anyhow.

In the meantime, talks between SEPTA and the unions are expected to continue today. After several days of upbeat reports, things took a turn for the worse on Sunday. There is no guarantee that the system still will not be shut down by a labor shortage.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Recently hired T/E Personnel Director proactively sought community input in superintendent search in her last position … Will her approach work here?

As was noted in comments received on the last post, there are those that have supported Dr. Waters tenure as superintendent in T/E where others are questioning his salary and benefit package.  Regardless of how people personally feel about Waters, his time remaining on the job is winding down – a little over a year […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

A Brutal Crime: 30 Years After Daughter's Death, Mom Dies on Day Murder Trial Finally Was Set to Begin

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 18:55
Shirley Faelz Orosco, of Pleasanton, Calif., died unexpectedly on Feb. 13, 2014— the same day the murder trial was scheduled to begin in her daughter's death.
Categories: Lower Merion

How to Encourage Kids to Love the Environment

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 16:05
Inspire your children to love and respect the earth by being environmentally-friendly.
Categories: Lower Merion

Think a Rabbit Makes a Good Easter Gift? Think Again

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 15:58
Groups such as ASPCA and the House Rabbit Society encourage you to give chocolate candy bunnies, not live rabbits, this Easter.
Categories: Lower Merion

Phillies Postpone Home Opener Due to Wet Forecast

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 15:10
A forecast of considerable rain has prompted the Phillies to postpone the home opener to Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Massive' Teen-Sexting Investigation Involves Thousands of Instagram Photos

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 12:02
Trending: The investigation spans six counties in Virginia following the discovery of nude photographs of a 14-year old and two 15-years olds on Instagram.
Categories: Lower Merion

Share Easter, Passover Services and Events on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 09:44
With the holidays approaching, share local brunches, Easter egg hunts, service times and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

Should We Ban Plastic Bags at Grocery Stores? One State is Considering It

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 09:43
Is it time for plastic bags to go to protect the environment?
Categories: Lower Merion

Battle Over Bologna Could Impact PA Economy, Sen. Casey Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 09:30
Should Europeans tell us what we can and can't call our processed meats?
Categories: Lower Merion

Federal Agents Raid Home After Woman Takes Shopping Trip to Indoor Garden Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-06 09:17
Trending: A woman from Shorewood, Illinois found federal agents in her home and a gun in her face after going to an indoor garden center.
Categories: Lower Merion

Guns and PICS – Redundant, Expensive and Republican

The Liberty Blog - Sun, 2014-04-06 08:13

Kim Stolfer makes salient points that Pennsylvania’s background check system (PICS –Pennsylvania Instant Check System) for purchase of firearms in Pennsylvania is redundant, expensive, less reliable than the national instant system (NICS). This system was, and continues to be, imposed by Republicans Governor and a Republican General Assembly.

One wonders why the Republican Administration and the Republican General Assembly maintains an expensive, inefficient and duplicative system.

May I ask what vendor has the contract for PICS?

 

Pennsylvania Constitution Article I Section 21 

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

This language is contained in the Pennasylvania Constitution of 1776. The original 1776 Constitutional provision was modified in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1790 and the words have not changed since 1790.

Guns should not be in hands of felons or mentally ill people who are a danger to themselves or others. We do not need more laws. The police and the Courts need to enforce the many gun laws we do have.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Adult Easter Egg Hunts Can Spice Up the Holiday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:58
Egg hunts aren't just for kids—read a few ideas to throw an adult egg hunt at home or in your community.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pancake Bars for Breakfast on the Go

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:49
Try this treat when you can't make time for the breakfast table.
Categories: Lower Merion

Teens Caught In Lobby: 'But We Don't Have Any Place To Have Sex'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 14:55
Trending: A teen couple is caught doing the deed in a lobby in suburban Chicago.
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Trending: 'Utterly Alarming' Video Shows Teacher, Student Fighting in a Classroom

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 14:34
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon has placed high school teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black on leave pending an investigation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Flyers For An Easter Egg Hunt: Harmless or a Violation of the Constitution?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 12:09
A group of Muslim parents in Michigan is questioning whether the flyers being distributed at school is a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: The Statistical Reason Tom Wolf Will Likely Be the Democratic Nominee

Keystone Politics - Sat, 2014-04-05 10:00
On the heels of the most recent F&M poll, Tom Wolf has maintained his large lead over all other Democratic challengers, particularly when including leaners: What’s more, Wolf’s...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

TALKER: Do You Feel Obamacare, Or The Affordable Care Act, Is Working?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 09:39
New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents, please let us know in the comments and in the poll if you feel that the Affordable Care Act has been effective thus far. The Obama administration just announced it reached 7.1 million registrants
Categories: Lower Merion

PennDOT: Slow Down in Work Zones

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-05 09:15
National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 7 to April 11.
Categories: Lower Merion