Feed aggregator

16 Montco Grocery Stores That Could Soon Sell Wine Under New PA Law

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-09 15:46
Under a new law, these Montgomery County grocery stores could soon sell wine.
Categories: Lower Merion

When are the 4th of July Fireworks in Lower Merion?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-09 12:42
The 4th of July is just around the corner.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District Holds TEDx Talk

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-09 09:58
Speakers from multiple disciplines spoke on the year's theme, which analyzed how thinkers are conceptualizing and solving issues in society.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, June 9

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-09 07:43
The Daily Numbers: 60 days from now, how soon you might be able to buy a bottle of wine in your local supermarket.

80 years, how long Gov. Tom Wolf says it’s been since meaningful changes have been made in laws governing sale of alcohol in Pa. 4 bottles of wine at a time, the most any single customer can purchase at one time.

14,000 holders of takeout beer licenses who will be able to add wine to their sales.

150 million dollars a year, what the measure will add to the state’s coffers, although unions are most skeptical of that figure.

600 state-owned liquor stores will not be closed or privatized. They will be able to expand hours and more stores will be open on Sunday.

24 hours a day, what casinos will be able to sell booze, as opposed to 19 now.

12 homicides this year in the city of Chester, which saw another fatal shooting yesterday.

18 homicides for all of Delaware County.

5 months for Brian Dietzler on the Upper Darby School Board. The newly elected member is moving out of the district.

10 pounds of cocaine found on Upper Darby woman at Philadelphia International Airport, officials claim.

1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that got the initial OK in Philly.

3 cents, the tax originally sought by Mayor Jim Kenney.

2 pitches, all that Vince Velasquez lasted before the left game vs. Cubs with arm soreness.

8-1 shellacking for the Phillies by the 1st place Cubs.

16 batters retired by Cubs John Lackey to finish off the game.

3 hits, all the Phils managed to muster.

3-7 home stand for the Phils, who now head to D.C. for a weekend set with 1st place Nats.

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

Let’s hope this “arm soreness” with Vince Velasquez isn’t serious. That could be a killer.

I Don’t Get It: The archdiocese is putting heat on Delco reps for their votes on House Bill 1947, which would increase the window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil actions. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, who is fighting back with some strong words of his own.

Quote Box: “Frankly, I would much rather be chastised from the altar than to be damned for not allowing justice to be done.”

- Miccarelli, in guest column that appears on today’s op-ed page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The battle of church & state is heating up in Delco

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-09 06:37
Earlier this week I used this space to note that several members of the county's Harrisburg delegation found themselves in the crosshairs in the increasingly bitter battle surrounding House Bill 1947.

That is the proposed legislation that would expand the window for victims to file civil suits in cases of child sexual abuse. The move is being vigorously opposed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Last weekend a letter from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was distributed at all Masses urging the faithful to contact their state senators and ask them to vote against the measure.

It has already passed the House.

The votes in favor by local representatives did not go unnoticed.

State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, was flabbergasted when he saw his name in the church bulletin. He had been singled out for his vote in favor of the legislation.

Miccarelli was not amused.

He was so ticked off that he reached out to me after the item appeared in the parish bulletin of his home parish, St. Rose of Lima in Eddystone.

What really bothered him was a couple of things: One, that the church is again pushing the notion that this law unfairly targets the Catholic church, while not addressing similar problems in public institutions. Miccarelli says that is not the case. But he also was upset that no one in the church reached out to him before dropping that little nugget in the parish bulletin.

I also reached out to Rep. Jamie Santora, R-163, who also is feeling the heat.

Santora believes the church is coming dangerously close to crossing the line of church and state.

It is not lost on any of these public servants that they have to run for re-election in November.

I told Miccarelli that if he wrote me a guest column expressing his beliefs on the issue, I would run it on our op-ed page.

It's in the paper today.

You can read it here.

He, Santora and the others feeling the heat over their vote also are featured in other media outlets today.

There is no vote on House Bill 1947 set by the House as yet. There is a hearing on a related part of the bill scheduled for Monday.

This issue is not going to go away.
Categories: Pennsylvania

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 […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

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.



Categories: Pennsylvania