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#PAGov: Why Isn’t John Hanger Catching Fire With Small Donors?

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-01-09 11:50
One line of pushback I’ve been getting in pointing out that poorly-funded candidates are hurting Democratic chances of unseating Tom Corbett by polluting the field is that this is somehow...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Haverford police holding cmmmunity meeting on recent burglaries

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 11:42
Chief Pettine and his command staff will be holding a community meeting at the CREC on 
Categories: Lower Merion

Burglaries discovered in Merion, Bala Cynwyd

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 11:18
A homeowner in the 200 block of Meetinghouse Lane in Merion found a broken window on their front door Wednesday afternoon and notified Lower Merion police. Thieves were able to reach in through the broken window and unlock the door, which police believe occured between 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Memoir Workshop, Story Time Top This Weekend's Events

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-01-09 11:02
Main Point Books will host story time and a memoir writing workshop. There's also an electronics recycling event.
Categories: Lower Merion

See a $1.9M Home This Weekend in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:54
Find open houses in the region on this page every week, from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

3 arrested in scrap-metal theft from Lower Merion Township facility

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:38
Lower Merion police arrested three people in connection with the theft of items from a township-owned facility on Marywatersford Road in Belmont Hills Jan. 1 at 12:05 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bala Cynwyd woman, 72, arrested in alleged tire slashing

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:17
Lower Merion police report that a 72-year-old woman from Bala Cynwyd woman has been charged with slashing the tires on a car owned by a Wynnewood man stemming from a series of incidents that began about six months ago and ended with the latest incident Dec. 31 at 11:45 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Ardmore men arrested for breaking into cars, assaulting resident

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:17
Lower Merion police arrested two Ardmore men after a resident confronted them attempting to enter his car along the 100 block of Cricket Avenue in Ardmore Tuesday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst at Bala Middle School, Wynnewood store, church

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:17
Residents weren't the only ones who couldn't stand the cold Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 9

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-01-09 09:49
The Daily Numbers: 25 degrees, the overnight low. Almost balmy.

55 degrees, today’s expected high

11 suspensions of his driver’s license for the man charged in fatal Upper Darby hit-run.

1 million dollar cash bail for Earnest Marks, of West Philadelphia.

60 mph, how fast police believe car was traveling on Providence Road, which has posted speed limit of 35 mph.

2 teens from Collingdale who police believe may have run away with a 3-year-old child.

16 and 18, ages of two teens who entered pleas in connection with robbery at Elwyn Pharmacy.

8 years in prison for woman who helped support jihadist training. Jihad Jamie was sentenced the day after Jihad jane.

68 point dip for stock market yesterday.

40 dollar pickup fee and $3 per mile for the StearClear service, which promises to get you - and your car - home safely after a night out.

37 years, how long Chris Wheeler has been broadcasting Phillies games. He’s out in a shakeup by Comcast, as is fellow color commentator Gary ‘Sarge’ Matthews.

100 million dollar deal recently inked by the Phillies with NBCUniversal, the parent company of Comcast, which apparently made the call on the change of announcers.

3 baseball greats headed to the Hall of Fame, Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.

74.8 percent of the vote for longtime Astro Craig Biggio. He needed 75 percent to get in.

3-2 win for the Flyers over the Canadiens last night.

10 straight home wins for the Flyers.

10-2-1 record in their last 13 games.

83-67 win for Villanova over Seton Hall.

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

No, I was no big fan of Chris Wheeler. I’ll still miss him. And what does it say about your franchise when their biggest move of the off-season is in the broadcast booth?

I Don’t Get It: Bridge-Gate. I thought Chris Christie was a little sharper than that.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lynne Massi, who is putting a face on the heroin epidemic as she works for legislation that could save livs.

Quote Box: “That’s murder. That’s not an accident.”

- Michael Chitwood, after announcing arrest of suspect in fatal hit-run.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Citizen of the Year - Lynne Massi

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42
We don't hand out a Citizen of the Year Award.

But if we did, I'd have a great candidate.

I would not hesitate to give the award to Lynne Massi. If you've been reading our special series this week - 'The Heroin Epidemic: Calls for Help," the name should be familiar.

Massi and other members of her family have decided to put a face on the wicked uptick of heroin use - especially among young people.

The resurgence is coming with a huge price. The Massi family had to bury one of their own, David Massi II.

But Lynne Massi wanted to be sure David's death was not in vain. She got involved with a group in Chester County formed after the death of a young woman out there. Lynne Massi and Kacie's Cause have been pushing for a 'Good Samaritan' law that could save the lives of people in danger of losing their lives during an OD. It would allow an acquaintance to call 911 without fear of being charged, within limits.

Last night Lynne Massi joined me, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, and state Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, of Ridley to talk about heroin abuse and the efforts to fight back.

The Good Samaritan Law, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, and is now in the House Judiciary Committee. Hackett believes there is a good chance it will pass.

If you missed the show, you can watch the replay here.

This week we editorialized in favor of the Good Samaritan Bill. Whelan and his counterpart in Chester County, D.A. Tom Hogan are behind it.

And with Lynne Massi leading the charge, I expect it to be passed into law soon.

Her family has undergone a horrific loss. They continue to mourn. But they are insistent on working to ensure another family can be spared their agony.

That's called citizenship.
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Driving home a great point

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:23
I don't routinely use the blog for product endorsements.

But I just love the piece done today by Kathleen Carey, our business writer, on a new business and App called StearClear.

It solves one of the great dilemmas society faces today. I have all but given up on drinking while out socially. I don't enjoy myself, because I know that at some point I will be faced with driving home. That presents problems if you've been imbibing. I like to have a beer or a glass of wine.

Even if you manage to latch on to a ride, or call a cab, what do you do with your car?

Enter StearClear.

It can get you - and your car - home safe and sound.

You can read all the details here. A great idea.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The sounds of summer just changed

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-01-09 07:50
The sounds of summer just changed.

'Wheels' and 'Sarge' have been silenced.

The Phillies have finally made some noise this off-season. Not on the field, but rather off it, in the broadcast booth, where they have silenced the voices of color commentators Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews. Fans know them more as 'Wheels' and 'Sarge.'

You can get all the details from Dennis Deitch here.

It's a funny thing, this business of broadcasting baseball games. It has much to do with the slow, mellifluous pace of the game. You could go so far as to call it luxurious.

Baseball is the the only major sport contested without a clock. It takes its time. No crying in baseball? There's no rushing either.

Much like the thick, soupy summer nights on which the game is contested, broadcasting the games comes at a leisurely pace.

Moreover, the game is played almost every night. These voices become our summer companions.

Don't believe me. Ask anyone around these parts about Harry Kalas. The "Voice of Summer" was stilled a few years back. The love of the fans for Harry the K runs just as deep today.

The guess here is that nowhere nearly as much love will be lost over the absence of Wheeler, the Marple Newtown High grad, and Matthews, the former star Phillies outfielder.

Me? I'm a radio guy. My summer luxury is sitting out on the deck (since my screened-in porch met an untimely demise a few years back), with the radio, Phillies baseball, and a cold beverage of my choice. Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson are fast becoming a new generation's version of Harry and Whitey, the beloved Kalas and his running mate, Richie Ashburn.

The hotter, the more humid the eventing, the more I like it, the more it compliments the Boys - and the Voices - of Summer.

Wheels and Sarge did color commentary on the Phillies' TV broadcasts. I would usually catch them while lying in bed before lapsing into a coma at the end of another day.

Sure, Wheeler could be grating with some of his over-analysis, and his instructionals on how the game was to be played. And no doubt he could be accused of being a homer, but then show me a local broadcast who isn't.

Maybe most troubling about this sudden change in a summer ritual is how it happened. The Phillies recently signed a mega-deal with NBCUniversal, the parent company of Comcast, which airs the bulk of the Phillies games on TV.

Both Wheeler and Matthews will remain with the team in as yet unspecified roles. For Wheeler, it marks the end of 37 years in the broadcast booth.

The hunt is now on for who will sit beside TV play-by-play man Tom McCarthy.

One thing remains clear. The 'Wheels' just came off the Phillies bus. 'Sarge' has been given his marching order. For a lot of fans, the sounds of summer just changed.
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Two Ardmore men arrested breaking into cars and hitting resident

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:29
Lower Merion police arrested two Ardmore men after a resident confronted them attempting to enter his car along the 100 block of Cricket Avenue in Ardmore Tuesday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore resident assaulted after confronting trespassers

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:25
Lower Merion police report that an Ardmore resident was assaulted when he saw two men attempting to get into his car parked in the driveway of his Cricket Avenue home. The incident happened about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of Cricket Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Despite lack of state funds, One Ardmore Place proposal moving 'full steam ahead'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:25
While it is still unknown whether state funds are gone for good or can be recaptured, Lower Merion Township and development partner Dranoff Properties are taking the next steps on the proposed Cricket Lot redevelopment in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police arrest high school student for having box-cutter on school property

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:25
Lower Merion police arrested an 18-year-old student Tuesday for possession of a box cutter on school grounds.
Categories: Lower Merion

Why Karl Marx Hated the Land Value Tax and Why He’s Wrong

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:07
Conservatives calling Jesse Myerson a Communist for supporting ideas like Henry George’s land value tax is pretty amusing since Karl Marx himself described Georgist politics as...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

3 Arrested for Stealing 100 lbs. of Scrap Metal, Police Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-01-08 20:17
Three people are arrested after they allegedly tried to steal scrap metal from a Lower Merion Township facility.
Categories: Lower Merion

Petition for Doll with a Disability: Over 70k Strong

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-01-08 19:14
Paoli's Melissa Shang has gotten support from people across the country since her December petition went public.
Categories: Lower Merion