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We didn't forget about Penn State Brandywine

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:32
I can only imagine the disappointment when the proud members of the Class of 2016 at Penn State Brandywine picked up their Sunday paper.

There were photos and stories on the commencement exercises at West Chester and Cheyney universities, but not a word about what we always used to call Penn State Delco.

The truth is we just didn't have a body to send to their commencement.

That does not mean they were forgotten.

That is one of the reasons I had Patti Mengers follow up with a story and photos today. You can read it here.

It has always been something of a tradition here at the newspaper to cover high school and college commencements. It is one of those seminal life experiences.

This year is going to be a challenge.

Let me be the first to salute the 115 graduates of Penn State Brandywine!
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Pennsylvania State Police investigating road rage incident on I-476

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:16
Times Herald Staff NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania State Police have released a sketch of the man wanted in connection with a shooting Thursday on Route 476 near West Conshochocken.
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Narberth Borough Council, mayor OK form-based zoning code

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:16
A new zoning code intended to better protect the traditional character of Narberth Borough is now in effect.
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Another chapter in the Sam Bradford saga

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:05
Sam Bradford is back.

And he says he's committed.

That's as opposed to last week, when he blew a gasket after the Eagles shipped a bunch of draft picks to move up to the No. 2 pick in the draft, which they used to take North Dakota State wunderkind QB Carson Wentz.

Bradford made it pretty clear he wanted a trade, and indicated he would not show up for any of the team's voluntary off-season workout sessions.

I'm on record as being a Bradford fan.

But he made a huge mistake.

He'll probably realize just how big a mistake when he misses his first open receiver. Yes, he no doubt will be serenaded by the signature Sound of Philly - Boooooooo!

And he's earned it.

Bradford obviously has thought better of his predicament, maybe after realizing there was no market for him, and his best deal continues to be with the Eagles.

For their part, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and the team have stuck with Bradford, saying they would welcome him back with open arms, and that he remains their starter, with Chase Daniel as the backup and Wentz the apprentice, soaking up information on how to play the position in the NFL.

I'll be interested to see how Bradford reacts to this challenge.

The truth is, this guy has made a ton of money without doing all that much on the field. He was the No. 1 pick in the entire draft back in 2010 by the Rams, only to blow out the ACL in his knees in successive years.

Then he came to the Eagles. He struggled early in Chip Kelly's offense, but in the last seven games of a most disappointing season he might have been playing as well as any QB in the league.

His job now is to make the Eagles' decision as hard as he can.

Bradford signed a two-year deal, again for an obscene amount of money. I don't complain about athletes and money any more. Every time I'm asked about it, I answer the same way. Why do they make so much? Because they can.

But the Eagles can part ways with Bradford after this year if they so desire.

Bradford has the chance to make that a very tough call. If he plays the way is capable of, stays healthy and leads the Eagles into the playoffs, it will be very interesting to see how Howie Roseman and crew react.

Yes, there are lots of ifs involved in that scenario.

There always is whenever talk turns to Bradford.

If he hadn't gotten hurt.

If he had better receivers, who didn't insist on dropping every other pass.

If he worked in a system other than Kelly's.

If the Eagles committed to him and used all those draft picks to make Bradford's job easier.

Here's one more. I would not be shocked if Bradford has a great year, maybe even an offensive MVP kind of season.

Then let's see what Howie Roseman does.

Oh, there's one other thing Bradford needs to do.

That statement he released yesterday was OK for starters, but he needs to come out and face the fans, admit he made a mistake, and make it clear he's moving on.
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11-Year-Old Girl, Fourth Victim In Norristown Fire, Dies: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 15:40
A fourth victim in Saturday's tragic fire, an 11-year-old girl, has died, according to reports.
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Bryn Mawr Hospital Holds Groundbreaking On $200 Million Pavilion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 15:08
Bryn Mawr Hospital is building a $200 million, 200,000 square foot state of the art Patient Pavilion.
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Nationwide Pacifier Recall Announced Over Choking Hazard

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 13:43
Munchkin pacifiers are being recalled because a clip could detach, causing babies to choke. Ten cases have already been reported.
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Home Foreclosures In The Ardmore Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 13:11
Find your dream home on a dime - or find a great rental property - with these local listings in the Ardmore area.
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Lancaster Avenue Building Fire Caused $60,000 In Damages: Officials

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 11:51
A fire on Friday at a Lancaster Avenue office building caused $60,000 in damages, officials said.
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Pennsylvania's Oldest Resident Dies At 113

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 11:19
Irene M. Ciuffolertti died Saturday, May 7. At 113, she was believed to be Pennsylvania's oldest resident.
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Montco Habitat For Humanity Announces Partnership With Raymour and Flanagan

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 09:53
The partnership will aim to coordinate community development and abandoned home repair around Montgomery County.
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Students Hold Mock 'Mission to Mars' In Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 09:48
3, 2, 1 ... Blast off! Fifth grade students in Lower Merion recently held a mock "mission to Mars."
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Mock 'Mission to Mars' Held In Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 09:47
3, 2, 1 ... Blast off! Fifth grade students in Wynnewood recently held a mock "mission to Mars."
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Comes a horseman: Remembering dad - & Barbaro

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-09 06:20
My bucket list continues to grow.

One of them will have to wait for at least another year.

I have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby. I have actually seen a little bit of the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, but I'd like someday to take in the Run for the Roses.

I would do so to honor my father, who loved the ponies.

I talk about that, and the reminder with this weekend's running of the Derby that it has been 10 years since we lost Barbaro. You can read it here.

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Yes, that was the sun yesterday

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-09 06:01
This was probably not the first thing I wanted to see this morning.

Part of my morning routine is to quickly go through a handful of websites to get me caught up on what has transpired since I slipped into my nightly coma the night before.

I was less than enthused to be greeted by this headline this morning:

"Finally, a nice week ahead."

I have a fairly well-known disdain for the importance we in the news business place on the weather, and how we hyperventilate at every chance of rain, snow, lightning, pestilence or locusts.

When I want to know what the weather is doing, I usually stick my head out the window.

That's what I was doing most of last week - or at least gazing out the window.

That's because it rained last week - a lot. In fact, it was cloudy and rainy all week. The clouds, cold and rain arrived on Saturday, soaked the runners in the Broad Street Run on Sunday, then stuck around all week.

I know this because I was gazing longingly out the window all week, hoping for a break in the rain.

I always take a week in the spring - often leading up to Mother's Day - to get caught up on all the things I've been ignoring around the house since last summer.

That means getting the lawn in shape, cleaning out the flower beds, and cleaning and setting up the deck and patio furniture. It appeared as if I was going to get exactly none of that done last week. That's when I broke my own rule - and peeked at the extended forecast. It called for continued clouds, cold and rain all week. That's when I decided to don my weather gear and challenge the great outdoors.

The week wasn't a total loss. I did manage to get the outside of the house whipped into some kind of order, even if my toes are still squishing.

And my wife and I managed to get out flowers planted. Actually she does most of the planting. I kind of stand around and offer pithy comments, such as, "You're not digging the holes deep enough." She saw about as much humor in my comments as the forecast.

Sunny dispositions? Uh, not exactly.

For my wife, there was a silver lining, literally, to what was one of the ugliest weather weeks in memory. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I was hanging around the house all week.

The woman is a certified professional shopper.

So I escorted her all week on various shopping expeditions, including one more trip yesterday to make a return on the dress I picked out for her for Mother's Day. Yes, on the day the sun returned after 10 days of clouds, showers and cold, I was on another shopping trip. It's the least I can do for her on Mother's Day. Besides, the rest of the day I spent sitting outside soaking up as much as as I could. The lawn? Uh, that will have to wait for next weekend.

Someone once said, "everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it."

I have a new motto. I am no longer talking, or complaining - some would say whining - about the weather.

Yes, it was a lousy week.

No, there is not a damn thing I can do about it.

And that includes complaining about it.

Please don't ask me how my week was.

I think you already know.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, May 9

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-09 03:14
The Daily Numbers: 1 winning ticket sold in that $430 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night. And it was sold at a 7-Eleven in Trenton.

3 heroes saluted for their efforts in saving a woman from her burning apartment in the Bishop Hill complex in Upper Darby.

22 straight years the Penncrest team has swept the Envirothon Awards.

1976, when some people are now saying the first accusations became known about then-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

40 years before his arrest on molestation charges.

90 million dollars, how much the school has paid out on more than 30 civil claims connected to Sandusky.

72, age of Sandusky, who is serving prison sentence for convictions involving 10 children.

2.4 cents per gallon increase in the cost at the gas pumps last week.

2.41 a gallon, average price in the Philly region.

2.85 a gallon, what we were paying last year.

2.07, price in New Jersey.

11 one-run victories for the Phillies so far this year.

6-5 over Marlins yesterday to take that series.

11-3 record for Phils in 1-run games.

18-14 mark for the Phils.

10 years since Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby, only to shatter his leg 2 weeks later in the Preakness.

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

Anyone else think the Phils just might be one legitimate bat to be a real contender.

I Don’t Get It: I’m beginning to wonder if Penn State will ever get out from under the cloud of the Jerry Sandusky mess.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Penncrest Envirothon team. They won the competition for the 22nd consecutive year.

Quote Box: “I’m going to start drinking.”

- Delco politico on the looming Trump-Clinton presidential battle.
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10,047 New Jobs Within 25 Miles of Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-08 19:10
Looking for work? Check out what local businesses are hiring.
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The Most-Surprising Cause of Death in Pennsylvania And Why It Matters

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-08 10:01
Heart disease, cancer and respiratory illness are common killers, but the most over-indexed cause of death in Pennsylvania may surprise you.
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Watch Mercury Pass in Front of the Sun Monday (NASA Preview Video)

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-08 09:31
The Transit of Mercury astrological event happens about 13 times every century. Here are the details for 2016.
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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.



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