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Flyers founder Ed Snider loses battle to cancer at 83

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-04-11 11:41
Ed Snider, the boisterous ownership voice of the Philadelphia Flyers for nearly 50 years and one of the driving forces behind the NHL’s rise in America’s sports pantheon, passed away this morning at his Montecito, California home. He was 83 and succumbed after a two-year battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his family.
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Flyers Founder Ed Snider Passes Away At 83

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-11 10:47
The 'Father of the Philadelphia Flyers' is dead after a two-year battle with cancer, the team announced.
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West Conshohocken Man, 33, Passes Away

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-11 09:41
May he rest in peace.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, April 11

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-11 07:24
The Daily Numbers: 3:05 p.m. first pitch on Opening Day for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

10, age of Matt Collins of Darby Township, who will throw out the first pitch, along with Delco native and wounded Philly police Officer Jesse Hartnett.

40 percent of today’s sold-out crowd at Citizens Bank Park expected to be female.

2 Delco parishes that will either merge of form partnership after review by the archdiocese. The parishes at Sacred Heart in Clifton Heights and Saint Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.

3 parishes in Philly that face the same fate.

1 Catholic school, St. Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Bucks County, that will close at the end of the school year.

22, age of Cabrini College student found dead in an off-campus home in Conshohocken Sunday.

2-4 mark for the Phillies as they come home.

2 of 3 they took from the Mets.

5-2 win for the Flyers over the Islanders.

7 p.m. Thursday, playoff series with Capitals opens in D.C.

3-0 win for the U.S. women over Colombia in soccer action in Chester last night.

11-0 mark for the Americans in 2016.

they have outscored their opponents.

72 wins for the Golden State Warriors, tying NBA mark set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

10 wins against 70 losses for the Sixers.

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

It’s Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. Summer can’t be far behind.

I Don’t Get It: Snow and cold for the weekend. Spring remains pretty much a rumor.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Jordan Spieth, who showed a lot of class amid a collapse of epic proportions to lose the Masters. He’s just 22.

Quote Box: “Isn’t that fabulous? The Phillies are trying to honor him.”

- Philadelphia Police Capt. Robin Wimberly, on move to honor wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett, a Delco native, at today’s Phillies home opener.
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Tackling violence, poverty, and education urgent issues for Lower Merion's Brian Gordon in bid for 2nd Congressional District

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-04-11 07:02
In 2005, a sea-change year for the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners, Merion’s Brian Gordon, a Democrat, won election to a seat that had been in Republican hands for 22 years.
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Delco flavor to Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-11 06:47
Forget what the calendar tells you.

Summer starts today.

It's Opening Day for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. And once we get some morning drizzle out of the way, temperatures are expected to break the 60-degree mark for first pitch at 3:05 p.m. Which will certainly be a welcome relief from what we endured this weekend, first a wet, snowy Saturday, followed by a brighter but not much warmer Sunday. Temperatures both days failed to get out of the 40s. Yes, the yard work will have to wait one more week.

But my thirst for baseball does not. I had the radio out yesterday, listening to the first Sunday afternoon game from the safe - and warm - confines of the sun room.

After losing four straight, the Phils rallied and took two of three from the Mets. They sits at 2-4, and could easily be 4-2 if not for their suspect bullpen.

There will be a big-time Delco flavor to today's festivities. Matt Collins, a Briarcliffe kid who is battling leukemia, will join Jesse Hartnett, the East Lansdowne native and wounded Philadelphia police officer, in throwing out the first pitch.

You can get all those details here.

Bring on summer!
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Winners, losers & Jordan Spieth

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-11 06:30
This wasn't Greg Norman. But it was close. And it was just as difficult to watch.

I have never been under par on a golf course. Which obviously means I have never birdied the first hole. And while I have shot some low rounds, the fact is I'm a bogey golfer at best.

In fact, I have quite a bit of experience with the dreaded quadruple bogey. Which now gives me something in common with Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

The young Texan superstar appeared to be on his way to a wire-to-wire win at the Masters, becoming that very rare golfer who has won back-to-back green jackets.

At one point yesterday Spieth rattled off four consecutive birdies to get to 7 under par and a five-shot lead.

But you could tell he was struggling with his swing, that things weren't quite right. That's the kind of game golf is.


As he stood on the 12th tee, Spieth was clinging to a one-shot lead. That's how quickly golf can change. And nowhere is that more evident than at Augusta.

Even still, I was not prepared for what happened next.

As he lined up over the ball, it struck me that it appeared as if Spieth was aiming for the flag, perilously perched on the right side of the green, just a few feet from Rae's Creek and disaster, instead of taking the safe play over the bunker to the center of the green.

"What is he thinking?" I said to myself. As soon as the ball left his club, I said only one thing: "Water." The ball hit on the bank and then caromed into the creek. With the wheels now off, Spieth compounded his problems by hitting a classic fat pitch, sending it to watery grave, along with his plans to defend his Masters title.

Quadruple bogey and looking up at the leaders for the first time all week.

Actually, Spieth still could have tied the new leader, Danny Willett, with two birdies, but he just could not muster the shots.

Exactly 20 years ago, Greg Norman surrendered a six-shot lead in one of the most agonizing scenes ever recorded in sports. That opened the door for Nick Faldo, ironically the only other Brit to win the the Masters title.

Spieth looked genuinely shellshocked, first in an interview after his round, and then in the traditional ceremony in the Butler Cabin. Instead of donning another green jacket, he was helping Willett put on his first.

Spieth clearly was struggling with his emotions.

That's when it hit me.

Jordan Spieth is 22 years old.

22. I know what I was like at 22. Hell, I know what I'm like now. Let's just say I doubt I would have reacted the same way. The fact that he could keep his composure at all, and that he did not duck any interviews or the post-round ceremony tells you pretty much all you need to know about the young man.

I think I respect Jordan Spieth more now than I would if he had won.

He had the misfortune of suffering an epic collapse on national TV in one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

That's what golf can do to you. And, in an odd way, it's why we chase that white ball around.

Maybe I'll remember that the next time I hit one of those wicked snap hooks off the tee. Or plunk one in the water.

I'll try not to slam my club into the ground and let out a verbal fusillade of cursing invective.

I learned that form Jordan Spieth yesterday.

How to be a winner when you're suffering one of the most ignominious losses of your young life.
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Time marches on

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-11 05:55
I used my print column today to talk about something I have very little of - time.

Time played a big role in what was the biggest story of last week, the Villanova Wildcats and their run to the 2016 NCAA national championship.

From the start of the title game - a ridiculous 9:20 p.m., to the crucial last seconds of the game, to the fact that it's been 31 years since their last championship, that of course coming when Rollie Massimino's upstarts pulled one of the great upsets in college hoops history in knocking off powerful Georgetown.

Finally, today there is one more time on my mind.

That would be 3:05 p.m. That's first pitch for the Phillies home opener.

Summer beckons.

Time marches on.

You can read my column here.
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Important Dates For The End of the Lower Merion School Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-04-10 16:01
Here are the important dates to know for the end of the school year.
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thank you philadelphia inquirer for caring about loch aerie!

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-04-10 12:03

Loch Aerie at the most recent auction preview last week.

This morning Loch Aerie a/k/a Lockwood Mansion a/k/a Glen Loch is front and center with attention where she deserves to be thanks to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kristin Holmes wrote a beautiful article and I can’t thank her enough for the time she has spent over the past few months with my friends and I. We pitched her the story of Chester County’s LaRonda starting months ago, and the nature and cycle of news being what it was, only recently did the hard work on the article begin. Kristin told me the mansion’s story would be told again. She is a woman of her word!

Thank you Kristin.

East Whiteland’s Historic Commission ended up featured somewhat prominently in the article with a somewhat dramatic statement from it’s chair:

Loch Aerie will be razed over “my dead body,” vowed Timothy Caban, chairman of the East Whiteland Township Historical Commission

Hope he means it. Oh and he is welcome for the attention that Loch Aerie has been getting in the hopes of attracting a preservation buyer. 

  A small correction to the article is the misperception that Linden Hall also in East Whiteland is actually saved.  It’s not. The developer said they would save it if they could build the cheap looking stick frame townhouses going up around her at Routes 30 and 352, but nothing has been done restoration-wise that is noticeable to residents thus far, isn’t that true? If some restoration has actually begin, it would be nice if East Whiteland’s Historic Commisison would share the details, wouldn’t it?

And yes I drove past Linden Hall twice yesterday. (I will stop harping about Linden Hall when I actually see some restoration and preservation occurring. Until then she is just looking like demolition by neglect.) 

There is nothing substantive in East Whiteland Township to save historic structures.  That needs to change. What also needs to change is East Whiteland’s historical commission needs to join the modern era and cease operating like a secret society. It should not take a reporter to get a statement out of them. They should be publicly posting agendas and meeting minutes and preservation initiatives and they do not.

  Thank you to everyone who cares about Loch Aerie because #thisplacematters . And that includes the auction company. They have been so gracious and I think even they want the old gal preserved.

It will take a village and then some to save Loch Aerie. Holding my breath until it happens.

Thank you again Kristin Holmes for caring and writing a terrific article. Thank you Philadelphia Inquirer for the amazing, amazing placement!

Here is an excerpt of the article and please take the time to read the entire piece and look at the amazing photos he Inquirer took:

News: Squeezed by development, grand Chester County mansion goes on the block

by Kristin E. Holmes, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer Updated: APRIL 10, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT

Before the Sheraton moved in across the road, before Home Depot set up shop next door, Loch Aerie was the bewitching summer estate of a gentleman farmer who amassed a great fortune manufacturing paper shirt collars…..Loch Aerie’s admirers worry for its future.

“What tends to happen with sites like these is that because they are outside the city, they are viewed as only locally significant, when that’s not true,” said Aaron Wunsch, an assistant professor of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. “This house is regionally significant, and we are losing the interesting big suburban houses of that period.”

La Ronda, a Bryn Mawr mansion by renowned resort architect Addison Mizner, was razed in 2009….The two-acre property is owned by the family of Daniel Tabas, who bought it in 1967. With his brother, Charles, Tabas amassed a business and real estate empire that included Mickey Rooney’s Tabas Hotel in Downingtown, Twelve Caesars banquet hall on City Avenue, and the Riverfront Restaurant & Dinner Theater in Philadelphia. He died in 2003.

The family attempted to auction off Loch Aerie several years ago, and turned down an offer of more than $600,000, said Bob Dann, the auction house’s chief operating officer. This time the family will accept the minimum bid, he said…Chester County historian Eugene DiOrio contends that Loch Aerie would easily qualify for the National Register of Historic Places

You have survived so much Loch Aerie. Finger crossed for your future.


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the federal government is letting the kennedy-supplee mansion ROT

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-04-09 17:56


In case you’ve ever wondered why we can’t trust local government to protect historic assets or structures that should be historically protected  (like Loch Aerie and Linden Hall in East Whiteland Township, Chester County) look no further than the glorious example set by the Federal Government.

Witness demolition by neglect of the Kennedy-Supplee Mansion on the edge of Valley Forge Park as seen from Route 422.

  Yes, our government at work. This mansion is owned by the National Park Service. Apparently they are looking for a tenant:

National Park Service (NPS) at Valley Forge National Historical Park is accepting responses to the Kennedy Supplee Mansion Request for Proposals (RFP) until a responsive proposal is received or the RFP is cancelled. Please refer to the RFP for more information.
Site tours are now available. Please contact Patrick (Pat) Madden at pat_madden@nps.gov for more information.

How about that? Have they taken a good look at the mansion lately?

It is simply shocking.

The Daily Local had an article about the renting out of historic properties in Valley Forge in 2015.

  This mansion was once in the tiny town of Port Kennedy which was pretty much swallowed by Route 422. It has Route 23 on the other side. 

The Italianate style 19th century mansion was last used as a restaurant until they went belly up. Since then it has sat and rotted. It has it’s own Wikipedia page.

It is part of that same HABS study it seems that also wrote up Loch Aerie.

Summary from the Historic American Buildings Survey is found on the Wikepedia Page. It is very interesting.

But the moral of this story remains if our own Federal Government doesn’t maintain the historic structures or assets they own, how on earth can we ever be confident in historic preservation on a local and state level?

It’s just so damn pathetic.

#thisplacematters too.

Thanks for stopping by on spring snow Saturday.


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