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How Martin Luther King Day Impacts Lower Merion Trash

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-01-17 11:39
See if Monday's Martin Luther King holiday impacts your trash pickup.
Categories: Lower Merion

Commonwealth Court Strikes Down Voter ID as Unconstitutional

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2014-01-17 11:36
Awesome news, although the Republican administration seems sure to appeal this to the Supreme Court. From PoliticsPA: A Pennsylvania judge struck down the state’s Voter ID requirement Friday, citing...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Beautiful 18th Century House is Demolished in Tredyffrin Township — Why?

When I was looking for houses for the  9th Annual Historic House Tour last year, there was a beautiful 18th century home at 523 Pugh Road in Wayne that was for sale.  The stately home, known as the Ann Pugh Farm, has its early roots in the 1700′s.  The stone farm house, garage, barn and […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 17

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-01-17 09:12
The Daily Numbers: 26 people chased from their homes after flames roared through Darby apartments.

26th District state Senate seat being sought by Tom McGarrigle, who got the backing of the Delco GOP.

4 women in a girl gang who have been targeting local Apple stores, ripping off high-tech gadgets.

24, age of man being sought in an attempted luring try in Upper Darby.

2 people accused in a wave of armed robberies targeting local convenience stores who waived their hearings yesterday. They’ll now face trial.

5 students who have now been caught with either BB or pellet guns in schools in Chester Township this year.

154 bags of heroin found on Penn-Delco school bus driver. He entered a guilty plea yesterday.

40-room inn coming to Swarthmore as part of the Town Center development.

20 minutes, how long it took to kill a convict in Ohio via lethal injection. The case is causing an uproar 20 subpoenas that have now gone out in the New Jersey Bridgegate probe.

41, age of suspect being referred to as the ‘Swiss Cheese Pervert.’ The man was arrested at his Norristown home yesterday.

730 million dollars raked in by Pa.’s 12 casinos off of table games in 2013, up 6 percent from 2012.

1.4 percent dip in overall casino revenue, down to $3.1 billion, because of a decline in slots play.

7,089,634 dollars in table games revenue for Harrah’s in Chester, down slightly from 2012.

64.93 point dip for the stock market yesterday.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the MLS Super Draft, for the Union. They traded up and took goalkeeper Andre Blake.

4-3 loss in a shootout for the Flyers to the Predators.

7.675 million dollar contract for Kyle Kendrick with the Phillies.

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

You read it right. The Phillies will pay Kyle Kendrick $7.65 million this year.

I Don’t Get It: Kids keep bringing BB guns or pellet guns to school in Chester Township. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to police and firefighters in Darby Borough who managed to get everyone out alive when fire broke out in borough apartments. They averted a real tragedy.

Quote Box: “If this would have happened later, at about 1 a.m., there could have been some fatalities.” - Darby Borough Fire Chief Bob Childs, on apartment fire.
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Personnel is Policy: Pennsylvania Senate Republican Leadership …They are not The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friend

The Liberty Blog - Fri, 2014-01-17 08:51

Bottom: Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34)

Top: Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-16), Majority Caucus Chairman Mike Waugh (R-28), Majority Policy Committee Chairman Ted Erickson (R-26), Majority Caucus Administrator John Gordner (R-27), Majority Caucus Secretary Bob Robbins (R-50)

 Every member of Senate Republican Leadership voted YEA (only two Republicans Senators Hutchinson and Ward voted NAY) Act 89 of 2013 HB1060 Senate vote 20 November 2013(43 YEA – 7 NAY).

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Personnel is Policy: Pennsylvania House Republican Leadership …They are not The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friend

The Liberty Blog - Fri, 2014-01-17 08:47


Bottom Left to Right Sandra Major Majority Leader Mike Turzai Whip Stan Saylor Union Republican SEIU endorsed Mike Vereb top Left to Right Dave Reed,  House Committee on Appropriations Chair (uber hack) Bill Adolph and  Dick Stevenson

Every member of House Leadership except retiring Dick Stevenson voted YEA to  Corbett’s $2.4 Bbillion dollar tax increase. Act 89 of 2013 HB1060 House vote 21 November 2013135 YEA and 85 NAY and 4 LVE.

The Smith Dynasty has ruled House District 66 for 50 years. How much better off are we because of that?


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Republican (?) Representative Stan Saylor (Majority Whip -York) Three Bad Debt Votes to increase Pennsylvania Debt by $6.3 Bbillion

The Liberty Blog - Fri, 2014-01-17 08:46

    Stan Saylor Republican Majority Whip Pro Life Not Pro Taxpayer

Republican (?) Stan Saylor District  94  Republican, serving York County (Part) Member of the House 1993 to date.

Debt is deferred taxation

In the last three years, the Republican General Assembly and the Republican Governor have increased debt by $6,300,000,000 SIX BILLION THREE HUNDRED MILLION. The Republican General Assembly and the Republican Governor are NOT the Forgotten Taxpayer’s friend. Three Capital Budget Acts, Act 130 of 2011 Act 193 of 2012 and Act 69 of 2013, increased Pennsylvanian’s debt burden..

Stan Saylor   voted YEA three times for more debt to be imposed on Pennsylvania Taxpayers

A “YEA” was a vote against Liberty, against Economic Freedom and against The Forgotten Taxpayer

     Act 130 of 2011   Stan Saylor voted YEA, for more debt.

A “YEA” was a vote against Liberty, against Economic Freedom and against The Forgotten Taxpayer

The House Vote 19 December 2011  on Capital Budget Act 130 of 2011(SB1054) was a vote to increase debt by $2.3 billion.

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations  .

         Act 193 of 2012 2011 Stan Saylor voted YEA for more debt

A “YEA” was a vote against Liberty, against Economic Freedom and against The Forgotten Taxpayer

The House Vote 3 October 2012 on Capital Budget Act 193of 2012(sb1480) of 2012 was a vote to increase debt by $2.3 billion

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations

     Act 69 of 2013  Stan Saylor voted YEA for more debt; every Democrat voted YEA for more debt. 

A “YEA” was a vote against Liberty, against Economic Freedom and against The Forgotten Taxpayer

The House Vote 1 July 2013 on Capital Budget Act 69 of 2013(SB1002) was a vote to increase debt by $1.75 billion dollars.

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations


    Pennsylvania Debt “Today, Pennsylvanians owe $121 billion in state and local government debt.  This equates to more than $9,400 for every person, and almost $38,000 for the average family of four in the commonwealth—an increase of $10,300 since 2002. “READ MORE Pennsylvania Debt Commonwealth Foundation 21 March 2012


    Stan Saylor is Majority Whip


Bottom Left to Right Sandra Major Majority Leader Mike Turzai Whip Stan Saylor Union Republican SEIU endorsed Mike Vereb top Left to Right Dave Reed,  House Committee on Appropriations Chair (uber hack) Bill Adolph and  Dick Stevenson

Every member of House Leadership except retiring Dick Stevenson voted YEA to  Corbett’s $2.4 Bbillion dollar tax increase. Act 89 of 2013 HB1060 House vote 21 November 2013135 YEA and 85 NAY and 4 LVE.

The Smith Dynasty has ruled House District 66 for 50 years. How much better off are we because of that?




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Meet Tom McGarrigle; it's the other Tom that is his big problem

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-01-17 08:14
The worst-kept secret in Delco politics was confirmed Wednesday night.

The Delco Republican Party endorsed County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle to run for the 26th District state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ted Erickson.

It's hard not to like Tom McGarrigle. He's not really a politician. He's your neighbor, an everyman who for years has run a service station in Springfield.

He likely will face off against another blue-collar guy, John Kane, the business manager of Plumbers Union Local 690.

McGarrigle's biggest obstacle in this race is likely not going to come from Kane, or the Democrats. It might come from his own party.

I'm not talking about a primary fight. The Delco GOP does not look kindly on in-party dustups. They had other people interested in this seat. They are now all united behind McGarrigle.

Unfortunately for them, they're also united behind something else - the top of their ticket.

At the top of the November ballot will be the Pennsylvania gubernatorial battle.

Saying incumbent Republican Tom Corbett has some issues as he seeks a second term is a bit like saying the Titanic faced a little bump in the North Atlantic.

Corbett's poll numbers are at historic lows.

His lean budgets, and the perception that he did a slash and burn on education funding, has made him persona non grata in much of the Commonwealth.

Today the governor is expected to make his first visit to a public school in Philadelphia, where the district is still convulsing from the latest round of cuts.

Two different groups are planning to protest Corbett's visit.

It's also leaking out this morning that the governor might be reversing course in his upcoming budget address, proposing an increase in education spending.

Corbett delivered the goods in Delaware County when the refinery industry was no the ropes and in danger of ending a way of life.

But he remains a polarizing figure, both here and in much of the state.

It will be interesting to see how McGarrigle deals with the Corbett issue. The governor has made it clear that he is going to be spending a lot more time in crucial southeastern Pennsylvania and the vote-rich Philly suburbs.

I'll be interested to see if McGarrigle is by his side.

At this point, Corbett might need McGarrigle more than McGarrigle needs him.

This is not going to be a cakewalk for the GOP. The 26th District race is going to get a lot of attention as Democrats looks to chip away at the slim GOP edge in the state Senate.

Will voters 'raise Kane'? Or will they be beating the Tom-Tom with a big GOP sweep.

I'm already on record saying I think Corbett gets re-elected. Go ahead and laugh. Just remember where you heard it.

This one is going to be interesting.
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Welcome to the Palestra, the mecca of Philly sports

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-01-17 07:45
The rest of the world is about to discover what we already know.

The mecca of Philadelphia sports is not Citizens Bank Park. Nor is it Lincoln Financial Field. The Wells Fargo Center? Please.

You could make an argument for the dearly departed Spectrum and Veterans Stadium, but they now are merely memories.

No, any true Philly fan can tell you that the cathedral of Philly sports is a tiny gym on 33rd Street on the Penn campus.

On Saturday, the nation will get a chance to experience hoops nirvana, Philly style. ESPN "Game Day" is coming to the Palestra.

The cable sports giant will be in town to chronicle the legendary gym, and do their pregame show before the Temple-La Salle game, which will tip off at noon.

"Game Day" will air from 10-11 a.m. on ESPNU and then from 11 a.m. to noon on ESPN.

At one time they used to pack as many as 10,000 people into the Palestra for Big 5 double-headers. Now it probably maxes out at 8,700

. The memories? They're in the millions.

I'm sure ESPN will do a fine job, but they still won't convey the experience. You don't describe the Palestra. You have to experience it. You have to feel it in your bones as those old bleachers shook.

It's been said that a lot of national powers avoided a date in the Palestra like the plague. It's where national reputations went to be buried.

The Palestra wasn't pretty. It was in your face, with the fans so close to the players you could smell the sweat.

I got my first taste of the Palestra early. My oldest brother was a La Salle man. Wrote for the school paper (yeah, it must be in the blood). Those were the days of Hubie Marshall and my all-time favorite Big 5 player, Larry Cannon.

I was first introduced to Big 5 basketball when my brother came home for Christmas break. He had a weird box he said he needed to attach to our TV so he could pull in one of the new UHF stations, Channel 48. He needed it to see something called the Quaker City Tournament. I was hooked after the first two minutes.

TV is one thing? Being in that place, especially when it was pulsating with the fervor of a Big 5 double-header, was something else altogether. The truth is TV won't do the place justice. You have to be there. I think my brother knew that. That's why he convinced our dad to take me and my brothers in for a double-header. La Salle was playing Saint Joe's that day. I sat wide-eyed as the streamers poured onto the floor with the first basket. For the life of me I was trying to figure out how that many people could make that much noise. You couldn't talk to the person next to you. It was delirium. I loved it.

A few years later I would return to the Palestra. That was where the PIAA held its District One basketball championships. Tiny little Oxford High, powered by Donnie Dyer and Benny Bond, was playing for the title.

We were a little school from the middle of nowhere, country bumpkins headed into the big city. I remember warning so many of the Hornet fans what they were in for as we made that long bus ride into the city.

We won that game and the District title, only to fall in the state eastern semifinal to a team from Mansfield. They had a guy on that team who could play a little bit. Maybe you've heard of him. His name was Tom McMillen. He went on to star the University of Maryland and in the NBA, before getting really serious and winning a seat in Congress.

I'll be glued to the TV Saturday morning, remembering those halcyon days at the Palestra.

Times have changed. They don't play double-headers there anymore. A lot of the city teams now play on their home courts or at the Wells Fargo Center, where they can make more money.

That's what college sports is about these days - money.

The Palestra was never about money. It was about basketball. And the fans who loved every minute of it. And a place that exemplified everything about Philly.

Where have you gone, Stan Wlodarczyk?
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Tom Corbett: Promises Made; Promises Broken — When Good Men and Women Do Nothing…..

The Liberty Blog - Thu, 2014-01-16 22:02

  I am looking for people will to circulate petitions collecting signatures to put me on the primary ballot challenging Tom Corbett’s nomination.

I do not intend to spend any money and I am not asking for any contributions. I do not know how many people are actually angry enough to put someoe on the ballot who is independent of the Republican Party leadership. Denying Tom Corbett is to defeat a discredited and duplictious State Republican (?) Leadership(?). I have as much chance of winning next November as does Tom Corbett.

How angry are you? Angry enough to do something?

    Tom Corbett is funded by Obama Billionaire Philadelphia Comcast Democrats and State Committee brags about it defiantly.  Tom Corbett collaborates with Ed Rendell,and coalition of  SEPTA and mass transit ($480 to $495 million) , Philadelphia AFl-CIO and Pensylvania AFL-CIO, Big Business highway, road and brdige contractors to impose the largest gas and diesel fuel tax in 22 years, far bigger than any Rendell Tax increase  ( $7.3 to $7.5 Bbillion over 5 years  Fiscal Note Spread Sheet page 9). Tom Corbett: Promises Made; Promises Broken    Who pays for all of this? And how much better are our lives for this multi-multi billion dollar bipartisan spending bill? Cui Bono– who benefits? Bad things happen when good people do nothing.
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See What Movies Are Playing Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-01-16 20:51
See what movies are playing in a theater near you this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Begin Today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-01-16 20:48
Plus how to find the cookie booth closest to you!
Categories: Lower Merion

Facade Improvement Grant

Ardmore Initiative - Thu, 2014-01-16 19:11
The Ardmore Initiative intends to apply for a $50,000 Keystone Communities Grant from the Pa. Department of Community & Economic Development to continue its Façade Improvement Grant program.

Township Fire Chief Earns 'Executive Fire Officer' Designation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:16
The Lower Merion Fire Chief completed four years of coursework to earn the designation.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for January 16, 2014 - "The Uncommon Core"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-01-16 16:06
The Daily Salvo for January 16, 2014 - "The Uncommon Core"
Catholic parents and their school-age children must resist the secular dictates and mandates of education bureaucrats in Washington. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Restriction of certain Lower Merion businesses' hours remains a thorny issue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:09
More than a year ago, a cluster of plans for new late-night or 24-hour businesses sparked controversy among Lower Merion residents in several neighborhoods. Looking for a way to balance needs of businesses and impacts on neighbors, township commissioners asked staff and their solicitor to explore legal options to regulate hours of operation of certain types of businesses.
Categories: Lower Merion

Leach, others introduce bill to legalize medical marijuana

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-16 15:07
 Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 01/14/14, 9:44 PM EST | A bill introduced in the state Senate Tuesday would make Pennsylvania the 21st state to legalize the use of medical marijuana.
Categories: Lower Merion

Saving Money By Cutting Out the Politicians

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-01-16 14:57
Over at This Old City I have a riff on a Ryan Briggs post showing that we’d have fewer food deserts if we let PA grocery stores sell booze. We spend some public tax dollars subsidizing fresh...
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Lower Merion School District to implement pilot extended kindergarten program

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-16 14:42
The Lower Merion School District is planning to start a new program that will give a very limited number of kindergarten students extended time in school.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth woman who bared it all reveals the naked truth about her trespassing

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-16 14:40
NORRISTOWN – In court for baring it all while trespassing at a male acquaintance’s home, a Narberth woman revealed the naked truth about her conduct.
Categories: Lower Merion