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#FightWeek Crisis Puts Local High School On High Alert

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 18:23
The #AbingtonFightWeek posts on social media have caused concern at a Montgomery County high school.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Man, Longtime Police Chief And World War II Vet, Dies At 96

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 16:53
The beloved, lifelong community member and World War II veteran became the Chief of Police at age 31.
Categories: Lower Merion

Several Attacks Reported On Schuylkill River Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 15:47
"It seems like you have to be armed to run it," said an individual new to the area, regarding the trail named "America's Best."
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Man: '60 Years In Business And I Haven't Worked a Single Day'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 15:09
In a letter to the editor, a local businessman reveals his secrets.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man, 35, Dies After Pennsylvania Ski Resort Injury

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 14:31
A Washington state man died three days after a head injury at Blue Mountain Ski Resort, according to reports.
Categories: Lower Merion

Harriton Alum Opens New Manayunk Restaurant

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 10:02
The menu is divided into three categories; Land, Sea, and Earth.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Feb. 4

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 08:38
The Daily Numbers: 1st anniversary of the death of 2-year-old Mason Hunt. Dozens gathered last night for a vigil for the little boy. His mother and boyfriend still face trial in connection with his death.

21 stipulations that Concord Township imposed on Wawa before allowing the convenience store chain to sell beer from a store on Naamans Creek Road. Wawa objected. This week the two sides resolved their impasse.

2 six-packs at a time, what customers will be allowed to buy, or 192 ounces.

1 beer per day, what customers can actually consume on the premises.

4-foot high wall that will separate this area from the rest of the store, with a separate cash register.

1.1 million dollars coming to Delco from Pennsylvania for a variety of park projects.

2 legal setbacks in court for Bill Cosby yesterday. He lost his bid to have sex assault charges dismissed. He now faces trial.

2 year delay in implementing Keystone Exams as prerequisite for graduation from high school in Pennsylvania.

2 years probation for the buddy of Chip Fattah on fraud charges. The congressman’s son got 5 years in prison.

47 million dollars in that 5-year deal signed by Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.

10 million dollar signing bonus and $23 million guaranteed.

124-86 blowout loss for the Sixers at home vs. the Hawks.

40 point margin at one point.

83-58 win for No. 3 Villanova over Creighton.

83-73 loss for Saint Joe’s to St. Bonaventure.

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

Still no word from Eagles on quarterback Sam Bradford. Make no mistake. If they don’t resign him, they are going back to Square One.

I Don’t Get It: Bill Cosby. He’s now using legal arguments to explain his conduct. Sad.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who gathered last night in Norwood to honor the memory of little Mason Hunt, and also to shine a light on the problem of domestic and child abuse.

Quote Box: “You have to keep people aware that child abuse is real.”

- Barbara Baltuskonis, Mason’s paternal grandmother.
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Cliff Huxtable is going to trial

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 07:59
Cliff Huxtable is going to trial on sex assault charges.

Bill Cosby may very well have had a deal with former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor. In fact, Castor took the stand at a hearing in Montgomery County Court and said exactly that. Castor argued he did not think he could win the case involving the charges being lodged against the famous comedian by a former female employee at Temple University, so he made the deal that he believed would force Cosby to answer questions in a deposition in a civil case Andrea Constand brought against him.

But he offered his word that the information Cosby divulged would never be used against him, and that Cosby would never be charged criminally.

"Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted ever, as far as I was concerned," Castor told the court.

Castor argued he alone had the 'sovereign' power to make such an offer.

Yesterday a Montgomery County judge disagreed, rejecting Cosby's request that the assault charges against him be dismissed because of that promise from Castor.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill then handed the Cosby legal team a second setback, ruling against a request to have current Montco D.A. disqualified from the case because of a campaign ad used in the fall election - in which Steele beat Castor - suggesting a promise to prosecute Cosby.

You can get all the details on the rulings here.

No doubt the Cosby team will appeal.

"There was a promise made 11 or 12 years ago upon which (Cosby) has relied and that sovereign that made that promise is obligated to live up to it. When a prosecutor gives his or her word, that something that's enforceable," Cosby lawyer Christopher Tayback said.

O'Neill didn't see it that way.

Andrea Constand was the first to allege improper sexual advances from Cosby. She was not the last. Dozens of women have come forward to say he took advantage of them as well. This is the first time the 78-year-old Cosby has faced criminal charges.

In that now-infamous deposition, Cosby admitted he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he hoped to have sex.

Cosby now appears just a shell of the man welcomed into our homes every week as everyone's favorite dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

He appears frail, shuffling in and out of court, leaning on his lawyers for support.

Yesterday he waved and acknowledged those who yelled support for him as he entered and exited court.

The image Cosby perfected is long gone. What's left is a man looking for a legal way out of his actions. Cosby contends the sex was consensual.

He settled the civil suit filed against him by Constand.

He thought he had a get our of jail card against any criminal charges through that deal with Castor.

Yesterday that deal, which apparently was never put down on paper, disappeared.

The criminal case against Bill Cosby will go forward.

Cliff Huxtable will go on trial on sex assault charges.
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Coming Friday: It's your 'Ticket' to a good time

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 07:33
The Beatles once lamented they did not have a 'Ticket' to ride.

You're not going to have that problem, so long as you pick up a copy of the print edition of the Daily Times Friday.

We'll be unveiling our new weekly entertainment section.

Welcome to 'Ticket.' Consider it your 'Ticket' to a great weekend and the best in the arts and entertainment all across the Philly suburbs.

This is your chance to get in the middle of all the action — happening right here — in our region. Ticket will introduce you to destinations near and far. Read about upcoming concerts, latest trends, art exhibits, family events and much more.

Have a story idea? Share with us — email ticket@digitalfirstmedia.com. If you know of a local artist who’s making a statement in his or her craft, let us know and we will spread the word. Got the scoop on an awesome venue dishing out great entertainment? We all want to be there, so tell us about it.

Stay in touch 24/7 through our website at www.tickettoentertainment.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ticket2Entertainment and on Twitter @TicketEnt.

And, don’t miss the print Ticket every week. It’s the guide to entertainment you need to start your weekend.

And it all starts Friday in the Daily Times.
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Your morning roads report: Beware of fog, impatient drivers

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-02-04 06:11
Welcome to London.

Be prepared to battle some thick fog out there.

I just made the jaunt into the office and I can tell you it's thick as pea soup in some spots, with visibility next to nothing in some spots.

The good news is that the rain seems to be relenting and the expected flooding from yesterday's rain never seemed to develop. But the warm temperatures, rising to near 50, have created some serious fog issues.

Here's the full regional traffic report.

But here was my real dilemma from this morning's commute, and this one is on me.

I can admit to the fact that patience is not a virtue I possess in any great amount. In other words, I have a pretty short fuse.

This morning because of the fog I decided to alter my route. I took Route 352 from Westtown to Granite Run instead of my normal route taking Route 3 all the way down to Edgmont, then Providence Road over to Rose Tree Park. I didn't feel like adding fog to the morning ritual of dodging the deer on Providence Road.

What I didn't count on was getting behind a potato chip truck shortly after I got onto Route 352. Obviously he was concerned about the fog as well, because he insisted on going 25 mph all the way to Lima.

I'm guessing he could probably hear me ranting and grinding my teeth behind him.

If you know the road, you know there is really not many spots where you can pass, even on a clear morning, let alone one where you can barely see your hand in front of your face.

I thought maybe since I was right behind him he might pull over and let me go by. No dice.

Eventually he took a right on Route 452 and I roared past headed for the Media Bypass. It made me a few minutes late. Was it worth all the faux outrage. No. I'll add that to the list of things I need to get a better grip on.
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Montco 'Girls In Medicine' Program Aims To Inspire Teens

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-02-04 00:41
The program is designed to inspire girls across Montgomery County to become healthcare leaders of the future.
Categories: Lower Merion

7 Pa. Restaurants Linked To Major Credit Card Breach

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 21:36
Watch your wallet: Secure credit card information was left exposed in credit card breaches at seven Pa. restaurants over the last 2 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

chester county books

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-02-03 20:03


I admit it, I love books.

And I have been on the hunt for the three books you see pictured above for a while, and now I can say I have added them to my library.

These three fabulous books (Forty Years of Days, Chester County & Its Day, and Barns of Chester County Pennsylvania) were all written by a Chester County treasure named Berenice M. Ball

Once upon a time, the late Mrs. Ball was a long time Chairman of Chester County Day.  As a matter of fact her former home was on the 2015 Chester County Day house tour which benefits the Chester County Hospital Foundation.

I am pretty sure Chester County Day   is one of the longest running house tours in the nation, if not the longest.

Mrs. Ball published these fabulous books in the 1970s and 1980s. 1970 (Chester County and Its Day), 1974 (Barns of Chester County), 1980 (Forty Years of Days).

The books are full of old photos, sketches, history, anecdotes. Famous Chester County properties, even ones familiar to us today, are in these books. Like the often discussed Bryn Coed Farm, once home to Justice Owen J. Roberts.

Yes that Bryn Coed in West Vincent. It was restored back in the day by R. Brognard Okie.  I only knew the property made Chesterbrook look tiny, but I had non idea about Justice Robert’s actual home. I love Okie houses.

  Reading Chester County and Its Day it was interesting to learn that once upon a time this property Bryn Coed was a favorite on the Chester County Day circuit.

“Can anyone who ever saw Mr. Justice Owen J Roberts forget him in his country tweeds, standing in the driveway, pipe in hand, greeting each guest as if he were a visiting ambassador or posing for a picture after picture with groups and individuals? What a truly great human being he was and what good friends of the Day they both were.”

Given the constant discussion of the potential of development at Bryn Coed this sent chills up my spine!

Forty Years of Days has at the end of  it a complete listing of homes and landmarks open on Chester County Day between 1936 and 1980.

You can find these books on Amazon and eBay and in secondhand shops if you’re lucky. They were all produced back in the day as limited editions, and all of the ones I found are first editions and were signed by Mrs. Ball. I can’t tell you how awesome they are. If you are a Chester County history junkie and you don’t have these in your collection, you should definitely seek them out.

I hunted these books down to learn more about the history of the county I now call home. I’m so glad I did they are fascinating.

Thanks for stopping by on a rainy foggy day.


Categories: Pennsylvania

To Fence or Not to Fence at VF Middle School? Safety Consultant Says Yes (plus a lot more!)

The TE School District saga of the fencing project at Valley Forge Middle School continues.  We learned on Thursday, through the District’s website, that the “Final Report on Fencing at Valley Forge Middle School’ was available to the public.  Or so we thought. In September 2015, the District contracted with Ken Trump and his firm, National […]
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