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Plans to put AEDs in open park areas mulled in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-13 10:16
Ardmore >> Lower Merion may soon begin a pilot program to install automated external defibrillators or AEDs inside some of its parks and if the program is deemed successful it could be expanded.
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Downingtown Area School District Approves Zero Tax Increase for 4th Year in a Row – TE School District Set to Approve 3.6% Increase (12th consecutive year of tax increase)

At tonight’s TE School District meeting (7:30 PM, Conestoga High School), the school board will vote on the 2016-17 final budget and property tax rate. In January, the board had adopted the preliminary budget which contained a 4.3% tax increase – they approved the budget with the Act 1 Index of 2.4% and allowable Act […]
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, June 13

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 08:01
The Daily Numbers: 50 dead in attack on gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

1 gunman believed responsible for the carnage, now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

29, age of the suspected gunman, who died after 3-hour standoff with police.

53 believe wounded in the attack.

1947, the House bill that is causing controversy in Pennsylvania, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

30, age at which victims of child sexual abuse now have until to file lawsuits against abuser.

20 more years, to age 50, that would be extended under House Bill 1947.

100 people who marched against violence in Chester Saturday.

11 Tony wins for ‘Hamilton’ last night. It was nominated for 16 awards.

22, age of ‘The Voice’ star and South Jersey native Christina Grimmie, fatally shot by a man after a concert in Orlando Friday night.

2 killed, 2 wounded on streets of Philadelphia over the weekend.

10,000 SEPTA riders who could be eligible for new key card payment system being rolled out by the transit agency today.

0.8 cent per gallon dip in price of gas at the pumps last week across the region.

100 people displaced after a fire swept through apartments in Philly.

100 firefighters who responded to battle the blaze.

3.5 foot alligator captured in a canal near Allentown.

3 straight losses for the Phils in D.C. over the weekend.

1 strike away from a win yesterday, but Jeanmar Gomez could not close the door.

2 run single by Jayson Werth in bottom of 9th proved to be the game-winning walkoff.

3-3 tie broken in top of 9th by solo home run by Maikel Franco off Jonathan Papelbon.

5 games under .500 for Phils, worst mark of the season at 29-34.

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

Jayson Werth. I think we can safely say letting him walk away was a mistake. But is he “worth” the contract the Nats gave him?

I Don’t Get It: Another mass shooting. I don’t get it. Nor do I get those who immediately decided to wade in and offer political analysis on this tragedy.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who took to the streets to oppose violence Saturday in Chester.

Quote Box: “What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred.”

- President Barack Obama on Orlando shooter.
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Orlando: Yes, it has happened again

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 06:41
There are no words.

Actually, at least for me, there is only one word.

It's the one that dominates today's front page.

Every time there is a huge story, I struggle with how best to deliver that message on the front page of the newspaper.

As the day unfolded yesterday, and the horror of another mass shooting began to sink in, I could only come up with one word.


Yes, we once again will try to come to grips with the kind of evil that could walk into a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and open fire, killing 50 and leaving another 53 wounded.

It is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

That in itself is horrific enough.

Here's what scares me.

For how long?

This has happened before. My fear is that it is going to happen again. It is who - and what - we are now, always looking over our shoulder for signs of trouble.

There are a lot of elements to his terrible story.

Was the shooter working in the name of some perverted sense of terror? Was he filled with hate against gays and decided to wage his own war in a nightclub packed with gays.

Are we once again going to lament this kind of mindless gun violence.

I know all about the Second Amendment. It's not going away. And no amount of mass shootings is going to change that.

But if someone can offer me a single reason why anyone outside the police and military should be able to so casually buy a semi-automatic rifle capable of delivering this kind of mayhem, I'm all ears.

Would a ban on this kind of weapon prevented this tragedy? Almost assuredly no. But if the gunman did not have that weapon, the death toll no doubt would have been much lower.

None of that is my biggest fear, however.

I fear this.

Yesterday we were outraged. Today we will mourn. Tomorrow we will again debate what can be done to stop such carnage. Wednesday the debate will start to ebb. Nothing will change.

And we will wait for the next time.
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The Battle of House Bill 1947

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 06:26
There will be new developments in the Battle of House Bill 1947 today.

The legislation, which would extend the window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil actions against their abusers and the institutions that employed them, has turned into a bitter standoff pitting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia against those pushing the measure, including several members of the Delaware County House delegation that supported the plan.

A Senate committee is expected to hold a hearing today on the bill. Both Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her top soldier, Solicitor General Bruce Castor, are expected to testify.

Some people believe Castor will indicate he does not think the measure is constitutional.

That also happens to be the belief of our Sunday columnist, Christine Flowers, who offered a strong condemnation of the bill, both on the grounds that it fails the constitutional question, as well as being unfair for setting up different standards for public and private institutions.

Also on Sunday, staff writer Kathleen Carey gave an extensive overview of the controversy surrounding the issue, including the belief of some local representatives that the archdiocese has crossed the line in opposing the measure. You can read Kathleen's entire piece here.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-126, of Berks County, himself a victim of abuse at the hands of a priest years ago, is among those pushing hardest for the measure. He offers a withering view of the archdiocese's actions in this whole saga.

Finally, I used my print column today to talk about the reaction I got from local reps Nick Miccarelli and Jamie Santora. Both Republicans are feeling the heat, both from the archdiocese and their own parishes, concerning their votes in favor of House Bill 1947. Miccarelli reached out to me last week after he was stunned to find his name casually dropped into the church bulletin at St. Rose of Lima in Eddsytine with a reminder to parishioners that he voted in favor of the piece.

Miccarelli was not amused. And he's not backing down either.

Santora has gone so far as to question whether the church has crossed the line.

We cover it all, and will continue to stay on top of today's developments.
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A new era of policing kicks off today in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-13 06:02
They will kick off a new era in policing today in the city of Chester.

City officials will join with leaders of the Chester Police Department to announce the department’s plan to launch a pilot body-camera program.

Officials plan to describe their plans to outfit city officers with body-worn cameras, as well as provide information on vendors and officer usage of this equipment. Speakers will include Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Commissioner Darren Alston and Police Chief James Nolan.

You might remember a few weeks back the city announced it was partnering with the federal Department of Justice for a complete review of operations of the police department.

The move came amid community questions about several police-involved fatal shootings.

In addition, the city again has been gripped with an uptick in street violence.

A march Saturday drew about a hundred people looking for answers.

We'll be there for all the details on the new video program today.
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Morning Briefing: Overnight Developments in the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 20:54
As the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history continues, information on the killer and victims emerges.
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'Thoughts And Prayers Aren't Enough': PA Leaders Call For Action After Orlando Nightclub Shooting Kills 50

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 16:46
Pennsylvania leaders react to worst mass shooting in country's history, as Philly holds LGBT pride parade and local vigils are planned.
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new use for vintage milk bottles

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-06-12 10:18

Here is a fun adaptive reuse for you: old milk bottles (vintage and antique) make great little vases for your kitchen windowsill!

I am not the first person I am sure to discover this new use, but I thought I would share anyway! I love my roses and I have found these three old Mill bottles at different times and they are the perfect size for my kitchen windowsill!  These are smaller milk bottles – a quart  or half-gallon would not so easily fit on my windowsill.

This is yet another reason why I love growing my own flowers – I could have a little tiny bouquet anytime I want as long as something is growing and blooming!

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Latest Foreclosures in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 09:00
Some may need a little love, but lower cost per square foot can make foreclosures a good investment.
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LATEST: Officials Begin Identifying 50 Killed in Orlando Mass Shooting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
Suspect's father releases video overnight; Vigils and tributes held to honor the dead and 53 others injured.
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LATEST: 50 Dead, Dozens Wounded at Gay Nightclub In Orlando in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
President Obama calls the killings "an act of terror." Vigils and tributes held to honor the dead and 53 others injured.
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50 Dead, Dozens Wounded at Gay Nightclub In Orlando in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-12 07:28
President Obama calls the killings "an act of terror."
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Newest Rental Opportunities In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 16:00
Check out the latest homes and apartment for rent in the local area.
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How to Post Your Free Lower Merion Graduation Announcement on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 12:00
Don't forget: use our announcement service to share the good news about your Lower Merion middle school, high school, or college graduate.
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Don't Forget: Simulated Train Derailment Saturday In KOP

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-11 09:00
Expect smoke, road closures, search and rescue, and police activity on Saturday as part of a drill simulating a train derailment.
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Brightview Senior Living approved without township notification to Homestead Road neighbors of the project!

Just as land development projects are not created equal, neither are neighbors oppositions to these projects. You may recall the abandoned Duffy property on Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn and the subsequent construction of Daylesford Crossing, an assisted living facility on the site.  Daylesford Crossing was a long, drawn out redevelopment process that required approving a […]
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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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