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WEATHER ALERT: How Much Snow Will Ardmore Get?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 20:30
“Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities,” the National Weather Service said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Libraries Opening Late Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:07
Lower Merion Township has announced that its libraries will open late on Saturday, Jan. 24, due to the impending snow and ice storm.
Categories: Lower Merion

This Sunday: Funky Brunch & Market at the Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:14
Funky Brunch & Market is a family-oriented craft fair and flea market happening on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Ardmore Music Hall.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County 'Code Blue' Will Start Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:59
Lows overnight Sunday are expected to plummet to the teens, according to the Weather Channel.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion students day of service

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:34
Several hundred Lower Merion School District students spent a few hours in Harriton High School’s cafeteria last Friday working on service projects for the district’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Categories: Lower Merion

Power Up: Q102 deejay adds Fuel to Ardmore's restaurant scene

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:32
ARDMORE >> A new restaurant and its owner are set to charge up Ardmore’s dining scene.
Categories: Lower Merion

10 Sales Jobs in Ardmore: M&T Bank, Ann Taylor and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 13:50
Employers in and around Ardmore are hiring sales associates, retail sales representatives and outside sales agents.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Darby Township firefighter, accused of arson, now charged with raping children

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:23
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will announce this afternoon that a former firefighter from Glenolden, already charged with arson for allegedly setting fires in vacant homes, has now been charged with sexually abusing 14 children.
Categories: Lower Merion

Crazed Tyrant Tom Wolf Wants to Appoint Agency Heads Who Agree With Him

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:49
The way “Governor” works is that, to fulfill the agenda you laid out in your campaign, you appoint a bunch of people to the various executive branch agencies who agree with that agenda,...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The 67 District Plan for Repairing PA’s School Tax Bases

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:32
The state funding cuts are still the biggest problem facing local school districts but the second biggest problem many are having is that they are too small. In the city centers and first ring...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

PPP: Toomey Approval Rating Only 28%

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:09
Rightwing Senator Pat Toomey manages to out-poll all the Democrats at this time, according to PPP’s first 2016 poll, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t vulnerable in 2016. Check out...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

$1.6M Home Built in 1893 Among Wynnewood Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:55
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Jan. 23

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-01-23 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 125 members of the Rose Tree Media Education Association who picketed yesterday outside the Media Courthouse in their pursuit of a new contract.

2 year contract freeze agreed to by the union in their last deal, which expired last June.

42 years after Roe v. Wade, marchers again took to Washington, D.C., yesterday to protest the ruling in the annual March for Life.

200 Delaware County residents who made the trek to take part in the rally.

76, age of Marple resident Harold Sampson, who will celebrate his birthday today by walking to the 76ers game from his home.

19-38 months in prison for Philly man who robbed an Upper Darby bank to fund his lottery ticket addiction.

1-3 inches of snow expected tonight into Saturday before it all changes over to rain. Sounds like a mess.

1 person killed when he was struck by 4 cars as he tried to cross I-495 in Delaware last night. None of the drivers stopped.

46 million dollar bailout for the casinos in Delaware given the initial OK yesterday.

20 million dollars believed scammed by a prominent Bucks County family, according to charges filed yesterday.

3 fires in 5 years at their estate that authorities allege were intentionally set.

1.2 million dollars claimed for the loss of drapes in the fire.

2.8 million spent on 6 Ferraris, 2 Rolls-Royces and 4 other cars.

47-46 win for Penn Wood over Chester High last night.

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

Some people wouldn’t go to a Sixers game if you gave them tickets. Harold Sampson plans to walk from his Marple home to the Wells Fargo Center to celebrate his 76th birthday. Gotta love that!

I Don’t Get It: So much for an end to partisan politics in Harrisburg. New Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday axed the last-minute appointments put in place by Tom Corbett, including Erik Arneson as the state’s chief open records official.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Harold Sampson. You’re the man, pal.

Quote Box: “The honeymoon is over. He is not off to a flying start for someone who said he was going to do things differently.”

- State Sen. Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, of Gov. Wolf’s actions.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Just call him Mr. 76-er

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-01-23 06:52
This is without question my favorite story of the day.

Meet Harold Sampson.

The Marple man turns 76 today. He also just happens to be a lifelong 76ers fans.

So to celebrate the occasion, the spry septuagenarian will walk from his Marple home to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly for tonight’s Sixers match vs. the Toronto Raptors. He also will be honored by the team during the game.

You're the man, Harold!
Categories: Pennsylvania

In praise of Cecily Tynan

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-01-23 06:41
I think it's fair to say I'm not a big fan of the way local TV handles the weather.

About the only thing left for them to do is link Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to our next winter storm.

Speaking of which, all that "double-scan," Doppler and First Alert technology tells us that a messy mix of winter weather is going to arrive tonight and strech into Saturday.

So expect non-stop hyperventilating on the local stations today. There will be no news. There will only be weather.

That's why I was a bit taken aback by something that happened yesterday.

Look, I am more than willing to rip the TV forecasters most days, so today I have to be fair and praise one of them. I'm speaking of Cecily Tynan, the lead meteorologist on 6-ABC.

Tynan went out of her way yesterday to point out this was NOT going to be a major snowstorm. She was on social media telling people that if they wanted to see lots of snow, they were going to be disappointed in this storm.

Here are some of her Tweets:

"If you are hoping for a big snowstorm then Saturday's nor'easter is not the answer. Best bet for Philly Metro, 1"-3"."


"You will need to be in the Lehigh Valley to see all snow on Saturday. I-95 will quickly transition to rain. #6abcSnow."

Bravo, Cecily!
Categories: Pennsylvania

Oh, Baby! Pennsylvania Girl is the New Face of Gerber

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-22 21:40
Little Grace beat out more than 180,000 other cuties to earn the iconic role.
Categories: Lower Merion

$395K Rolling Road Home Just Listed in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-22 19:22
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lane Closures Set for I-76 in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-22 18:47
The closures are for a series of bridge inspections, PennDOT said.
Categories: Lower Merion

malvern borough wakes up to historic preservation

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-01-22 18:08

Malvern Borough has woken up to the real concept of historic preservation.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is will it do any good?

I am a huge believer in historic preservation, do not misunderstand me. It’s just that I have seen too many fights to try to save too many historic properties which have failed. And they have failed not because there wasn’t interest in historic preservation, they failed because zoning on local and county levels were inadequate and hamstrung because as I have said for years, at the state level, the Municipalities Planning Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is woefully out of date, isn’t it?

Pennsylvania is a private property rights state. It is also a state with some powerful building, developer, construction lobbyists up in Harrisburg. A few short years ago for brief shining moment there was a proposed law on the books that would allow municipalities to an act a short-term moratorium on development. It was HB904 during 2007 and 2008. It has long since disappeared like it was never even a concept which existed .

A famous recent example of what could not be saved of historic import was La Ronda. It was demolished in 2009.

La Ronda was in Lower Merion Township where I used to live. Innumerable people locally,regionally, and nationally worked with politicians in Lower Merion to try to save the historic Spanish Gothic mansion. I photographed the last few months of the mansion from outside it’s gates and the October 1, 2009 demolition day.

My point is this: Lower Merion is a very powerful municipality. They have a very organized historical architectural review board or “HARB” and historical society and STILL more is lost than is saved. I’ve observed similar situations in Radnor Township. Not trying to be Debbie Downer on this because I applaud Malvern Borough for finally trying to put mechanisms in place, but in the end will it do anything if local municipalities don’t lobby there state elected officials to update what needs updating in Harrisburg as well?

I also in the past worked to put a former neighborhood into a historic district. I’m still waiting and trying to figure out what it actually does to help in the end because since I moved away from this neighborhood there’s just been more development and I haven’t seen or heard of any active preservation.

Again, I am not against historic preservation, I am very much in favor of it. But historic preservation needs to have MORE things on a state level to back it up. And it has always been my belief that in addition to fabulous things like Preservation PA, there needs to be an update to the municipalities planning code because that is the state bible that drives local zoning ordinances, correct?

A more holistic approach is needed so local municipalities from the tiniest of boroughs to the largest of cities have more tools in there tool box to help them preserve their communities historically and in general.

I’m glad Malvern is taking these steps, but I also wonder if they will actually have enforceability with what they want to do? Or if one good Municipal Court challenge by someone will knock it out? What is Malvern Borough doing NOW about the properties which you would think were historic but seem to be falling apart?

Malvern Borough Solicitor Wendy McLean was quoted as saying “This is a much less obtrusive ordinance than most” and supposedly those who didn’t follow the ordinance if enacted would be subject to fines equal to a property’s market value? I just don’t see how they would be able enforce something like that. Maybe they could but is there case law on this before they go forward and spend taxpayer money to enact an ordinance like this? I get it, Malvern Borough is a small municipality finally trying to preserve its character. But if they don’t enact ordinances that they can’t defend in court they could possibly bankrupt themselves in legal fees couldn’t they?

What I don’t see in the media coverage is if Malvern Borough’s solicitor also went over similar ordinances in other communities? I agree Malvern has to begin somewhere, it’s just from reading through the ordinance I just can’t see a developer not being able to knock holes in it as it stands right now. And what will this ordinance do for all the structures in the borough which are currently “demolition by neglect”? How will they handle people who wish to be grandfathered from the ordinance?

Here is the language of what is being proposed – it can be found on Malvern Borough’s website, just CLICK HERE.

And if you are into historic preservation you should also check out “Pennsylvania at Risk”

Here is the news on this:

Malvern wants to protect historic properties Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 1:08 AM

Malvern, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, wants to add an extra step to its building-permit process to preserve historical properties.

The borough is considering a process to review all proposals to significantly alter or demolish historic properties or resources. Officials would work with property owners to try to preserve that which makes the structures historical.

According to a proposed ordinance that would create a Historical Overlay District, the protection of about 250 primarily residential structures is a matter of “public necessity.”

“We have a handful of them that were around during the Revolutionary War,” said Zeyn Uzman, chair of the borough’s Historical Commission. “Unfortunately, one of them will probably be torn down in the next six months.”

Uzman explained the potential ordinance to about 70 residents at a meeting Tuesday night at a church.

A developer plans to build residential units at the site of a house on Old Lincoln Highway that dates to the 1780s. The Historical Commission estimates that the house is the second- or third-oldest structure in Malvern.

The ordinance, which must be approved by the borough council, cannot protect properties from being demolished, but it would allow the borough to preserve the history of those places, Uzman said.

“If we’re going to lose a structure, we at least want to go in there and take pictures and document as much as we can,” he said. Currently, borough officials are not permitted to enter someone’s residence to document it.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Homes Some of the Priciest to Insure, Report Finds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:38
Ardmore has some of the most expensive homeowner's insurance in the state.
Categories: Lower Merion