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Young girl attacked by rabid raccoon in Gladwyne

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-02-08 11:30
Lower Merion police are reporting that a young girl walking home from school last week was attacked by a rabid raccoon and that a passerby helped free her by using a hockey stick on the animal.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line School Misled, Overtaxed Public, Suit Alleges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-08 11:01
Among other things, the suit is seeking a five year moritorium on tax increases.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Misled, Overtaxed Public, Suit Alleges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-08 10:01
Among other things, the suit is seeking a five year moritorium on tax increases.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Feb. 8

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-02-08 08:24
The Daily Numbers: 24-10 win for Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

2 Super Bowl rings for Peyton Manning.

13 for 23 for 141 yards for Manning.

2 fumbles cause by Vonn Miller, who was named the game’s MVP.

194 yards gained by the Broncos, least amount ever for winning team in Super Bowl.

3 field goals from Brandon McManus, from Lansdale, North Penn High and Temple.

3 proposed locations being looked at in Aston for new home for fire department.

500,000 price tag for renovations at the municipal complex.

750,000 dollars to acquire site on Concord and Red Hill roads.

450,000 in improvements needed at Green Ridge location.

2 local parishes that will undergo review for possible closure or merger. They are Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, and Saint Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.

3 teens rescued after falling through ice on pond in Bucks County.

74, age of Dan Hicks, of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, music fame. He died over the weekend.

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

Let’s hope that ESPN report that Eagles are not going to use franchise tag on Sam Bradford is wrong. And the team is interested in bringing back Nick Foles. Say it ain’t so.

I Don’t Get It: Cam Newtown didn’t do himself any favors with that act after the game. He’s better than that.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to St. John Chrysostom Parish, which yesterday collected a national award for inclusion of those with physical and mental challenges.

Quote Box: “In an effort to be more efficient and cost effective, a new fire station needs to be built.”

- Aston Township Commissioner Jim Stigale.
Categories: Pennsylvania

How far have we come on race relations?

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-02-08 07:55
I always hear about how far the nation has come in terms of race relations.

Some days I wonder.

Yes, we are light years from some incidents from the early '60s.

But in other ways I believe even today some of the things that happen every day show us just how far we still have to go.

I used my Monday print column to talk about it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Not a super day for quarterbacks

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-02-08 07:43
It was a 'super' ending for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but it was less than a super day in general for quarterback play. Both defenses dominated as the Broncos smothered the Panthers for a 24-10 win.

Broncos linebacker Vonn Miller won the MVP, one he easily could have shared with the rest of his defensive teammates and coordinator Wade Phillips, who devised a great game plan to shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers. They scored one touchdown on defense and set up another with a fumble recover at the Panthers' 5-yard line.

Manning was pedestrian, ending up 13 for 23 for 142 yards. The Broncos' anemic offense put up one of the feeblest efforts in Super Bowl history. No one will remember that, however. They will remember that the Broncos won. And that it marked a likely glorious ending to Manning's illustrious career, allowing him to match little brother Eli's two Super Bowl crowns.

I could have done without his post-game plugs for a sponsor, Budweiser beer.

As for Newton, it will provide a tough lesson, maybe as much for what happened after the game as his struggles during it.

Newton was battered by Phillips' defensive game plan. He was under constant pressure.

Newton had won me over this week. I wondered just how good he and the Panthers really were. That was especially true after I saw the Eagles blow an early-season game they should have won. But every week they posted another win, and Newton seemed transformed by an accident last season during which he likely saw his life pass before his eyes.

Newton came under fire for a lot of his antics while the Panthers were rolling to a 17-1 record. Let's just say he enjoys himself on the field. Whether or not his opponents always like his antics is likely another matter.

But if Newton is going to be a star when his team is winning, he shouldn't turn a cold shoulder when that's not the case.

His behavior and surly act after the Panthers' loss was disgraceful.

But none of this was the worst quarterback news I heard yesterday. I almost ran off the road when I heard a radio report indicating that ESPN was reporting the Eagles did not plan to use the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, and that they actually were interested in reacquiring Nick Foles.

Thankfully, this morning lots of people are questioning that report.

I hope so.

For some reason, not many people have joined me on the Bradford bandwagon. Maybe it's because of the injuries. He did moss almost two full seasons with ACL injuries.

But he did not have any issues with his knees this season. He did miss a couple of game with a concussion and shoulder problem. He had more problems early with Chip Kelly's offense.

But at the end of the season he was playing as well as an quarterback in the league.

This should be a no-brainer. Bradford should be the Eagles QB next year. He's their best shot at making a playoff run. If they let him walk, it's a sign that they are going back to a major rebuilding plan. That means you have forget about the playoffs.

I'll admit I was never a Nick Foles guy. I just don't think he's that good.

Sam Bradford was the No. 1 pick in the draft. No a No. 1 pick. THE No. 1 pick.

I don't think anyone is going to say that about Nick Foles.
Categories: Pennsylvania

About those Saturday horoscopes

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-02-08 07:16
There was a time when I could recite you several passages in Latin.

Yes, I was an altar boy. I used to know the Confiteor by heart.

I also studied Latin in both high school and college. I always tell young people who are interested in writing that they would do well to do the same. It is the basis of our English language, with so many of our words having roots in Latin.

A lot of people turned on Latin, mocking it as a 'dead language,' simply because it is not spoken anymore.

I disagree.

None of that, however, explains what all that Latin was doing on our Horoscopes page on Saturday.

Yes, in case you didn't notice, we managed to run the horoscopes in Latin.

I hope we didn't send any readers into astrological shock.

I got several calls and emails from readers asking for an explanation.

Reader Bob Anderson chimed in:

"Well you gave me a good laugh today when I went to the Horoscope on Page 16," Anderson said. "Apparently someone decided itwould be a good idea to write the column in Latin. It has been many years since my high school Latin class so I decided to skip this column for today."

They're certainly entitled to an explanation. I wish I had a good one.

Let's just say this was a failure on both a human and technological levels. Those Latin passage are simply text that is supposed to be replaced with the correct files. Obviously, that did not happen on Saturday. The page also is supposed to be proofed by a human editor.

That one clearly went by the boards as well.

I can tell you my horoscope for Saturday, with or without Latin. Don't mess around with people's astrological signs. I never put much stock in it, but for a lot of people, this is one of the first things they turn to in the newspaper.

I'll take the hit for this one. And I pledge - at least I hope - that this won't happen again.

Bless me father, for I have sinned.

Now if only I could remember how that went in Latin.
Categories: Pennsylvania

National Support For Sanford Harling, Local Boy And Hero

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-08 02:20
The 12-year-old died tragically trying to rescue his father from a fire on Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montcos' McManus Leads Broncos To Super Bowl 50 Championship

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-08 00:36
The North Penn grad's three field goals helped win the Super Bowl.
Categories: Lower Merion

Covered Wagon Inn, 250 years of Philadelphia’s Main Line History Could Be Demolished: Update Part I

Less than three weeks ago at the January 21, 2016 meeting of the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission, Summit Realty Advisors (on behalf of their client CVS Pharmacy), proposed a land development plan for the corner of Old Eagle School Rd.and Lancaster Ave, in Strafford, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County. The redevelopment project includes a drug store with drive-thru which […]
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3 Straight Days Of Snow Possible In Pa., Forecasters Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-02-07 11:47
Snowfall will be ”mainly light” but there is a potential for “locally high accumulations," the National Weather Service says.
Categories: Lower Merion

upper uwchlan wants residents to glow in the dark?

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-02-07 00:46

Pretty scary stuff, huh? That is why I saw this and thought I should post it. Municipalities should be about the residents, not special interests, lucrative politics and back room deals, right?

Categories: Pennsylvania

Police investigating ritual hazing involving Conestoga High School football team

Hearing reports on the news about Tredyffrin Township police and Chester County detectives investigating alleged hazing at Conestoga High School involving the school’s football team. According to the report, teams of detectives are interviewing as many as 60 or 70 students about an alleged assault during hazing where one student was seriously injured.  The investigation […]
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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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