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In Chip We Trust - I think

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-26 06:07
Chip Kelly has spoken.


One day after Eagles owner Jeff Lurie met the media, Kelly spent a full hour in front of the microphones Wednesday at the NFL Owners meetings in Phoenix.

Kelly answered all the questions. He explained the money behind dealing away the team's all-time rushing leader LeSean McCoy and replacing him with two big-money backs, including DeMarco Murray. He said the team actually wanted to keep Nick Foles while adding Sam Bradford, but the Rams wanted some players at the last minute. He stressed the team is very high on the seemingly always-injured Bradford's potential, without necessarily saying he will in fact be the Eagles starting QB. He indicated Jeremy Maclin got too rich for the Eagles' blood. And maybe most important of all, he touched on the touchy issue of control of the roster and personnel.

It's clear that now lies totally in Kelly's hands, with Howie Roseman clearly in a lesser role. But Kelly backed up what Lurie said, that Roseman is still a key part of the team and that he values his input.

All of it certainly sounds like a master plan for the Eagles' franchise.

So why am I still not convinced.

Why do I fear Kelly is in fact thrashing around in the NFL personnel wars, being taken advantage of by more experienced front office types.

And why do I still have the nagging feeling that Kelly still is plotting a master coup on Draft Day to get the guy he covets, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, to run his much-debated 'system.'

I hope I'm wrong. I hope all of this works out. Certainly bedraggled Philly fans looking at a long walk through the desert of the final drabs of both the Sixers and Flyers seasons, and the less-than-optimistic outlook for the Phillies, want the Eagles and Kelly to deliver.

Right now all we can do is wait. And hope.

In Chip We Trust.

Do we really have any other choice?
Categories: Pennsylvania

Force the Vote

PA Watercooler - Wed, 2015-03-25 22:47
Here’s a bad idea whose time should never come. State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) will introduce legislation that will make voting compulsory. Meaning if you don’t vote, you’ll be fined. But some of his colleagues don’t agree. “It’s a violation of our rights as citizens. The government shouldn’t force us to vote. That’s our choice […]
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

had to do it….had to plant something 

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-03-25 14:47

I couldn’t wait any longer. It was like the temptation  of the Siren’s song.

The garden was calling my name. Even in the not quite spring feeling rain.

So I gave in and planted pansies. Well I also planted onions and another peony (just a root hasn’t budded yet).

It felt good. Actually, it felt terrific.

Hopefully now it won’t snow or anything more…

Categories: Pennsylvania

Racist Letter Reportedly Left in State Trooper Chief Nominee's Mailbox

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-25 13:18
Governor Tom Wolf's pick to head the Pennsylvania State Troopers has been met with waves of criticism for wearing the trooper uniform.
Categories: Lower Merion

hanging planters made with vintage tins 

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-03-25 12:42

Saw these today at Black Creek Greenhouses.  Fun idea to create with vintage tins!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Power Tool Thefts, Villanova Piccolo Player Meets Jimmy Fallon: The Week So Far

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-25 11:54
Plus, Radnor reports nine thefts from vehicles in one night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Busy Villanova mom jumps back into work as president of Full Circle

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-25 11:09
EXTON >> Alicia Williams has come Full Circle. The busy wife and mother jumped in feet first after becoming president and CEO of Full Circle, an Exton-based training company, in 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Lower Merion task force to focus on stormwater options

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-25 10:57
ARDMORE >> There is no question that stormwater management is a priority issue in Lower Merion Township, and there is also no denying that projects to remedy problems can be expensive.
Categories: Lower Merion

70 years ago this week, Main Line artist Jay Phillips had one last mission to fly

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-25 10:57
On the afternoon of March 23, 1931, a group of boys were playing alongside a creek that ran through the old St. Davids Golf Club. They dawdled about until one boy suggested that they build a torch. A sturdy stick was secured, and rags wrapped around one end. One boy produced some matches, but the rags were damp and refused to ignite. Another boy ran home and returned with a bottle of rubbing alcohol. As they soaked the rags with alcohol, someone struck a match, igniting not only the rags but the alcohol in the bottle. A jet of fire shot out of the bottle, directly into the face of a boy named Jay Phillips.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gun Rights Group Sues Lower Merion for Firearms Ordinance

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-25 09:09
The township is one of a handful of Pennsylvania municipalities facing legal action from Second Amendment organizations.
Categories: Lower Merion

Fence at Bryn Mawr lot: The neighborly thing to do

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-25 08:29
BRYN MAWR >> “Please, do fence us in.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Delco Dems fight for their lives

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-25 07:04
Democrats in Delaware County are used to fighting for their lives.

But they don't usually have to fight just to stay no the ballot.

But that's the predicament they find themselves in after a mind-numbing problem with the nominating petitions encountered by their candidates for three seats on County Council.

Let's just say it's a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare.

You can get all the details here.

Democrats have not had a win in a County Council race since the mid-1970s, when the Home Rule Charter was passed, eliminating the mandated minority party representation on Council, instead opting to have all five members elected at-large.

At this point the Dems might have to settle for winning a petition challenge.

If they lose, they could be looking at a very steep longshot, winning a write-in campaign.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A great night for the media at Neumann

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-25 06:50
Yesterday I was singing the praises of Mo'ne Davis.

Turns out I didn't have to go that far to find some outstanding young people.

Last night I was on the campus of Neumann University for a meeting of the Advisory Board of the school's Communication Media Arts program.

More importantly, I met some young people who were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, Psi Phi Chapter Honor Society. These are the best and brightest kids in the Neumann Communication Media Arts program.

I have been in this newspaper for more than three decades. I stopped counting how many times I've heard the complaint that young people are not reading newspapers - or anything for that matter. And that their writing and communications skills seemingly diminish with every text message they compose.

These kids put the lie to that premise.

They are the future of media.

And Neumann is investing heavily in that future.

Before the induction ceremony, their media arts guru reviewed the impressive plans the school has for state-of-the-art radio and TV studios, as well as writing labs, on the campus.

One thing is certain: When these kids come out of Neumann, they will be ready to pick up the mantle of journalism for a new generation, delivered on every imaginable platform.

Once a month we take our livestream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' to the Widener campus to take advantage of their brand spanking new TV studio. The students do all the production work, including manning the sound and cameras. They even try futilely to make this old face look good.

I look forward to being able to do the same from the Neumann campus. Consider that my way of inviting myself, Sean. Thanks as well to faculty adviser Karen Thomas (you know her from her many years delivering the weather and news on local TV) for the invitation.

And the best part? I got to meet WPHT-1210 talk show host Chris Stigall and longtime WMGK DJ and programming director Debbi Calton, a familiar face in Delco with whom I've done many events.

Calton was lauded as the school's Special Guest of Honor for 2015.

Great kids. Great night.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lurie goes 'all-in' on Chip

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-25 06:26
In Chip We Trust.

Howie Roseman? Not so much.

That was the word yesterday from Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie, who met with the media at the NFL meetings in Phoenix.

It was a stunning turnaround from Lurie's statement at the end of the season, in which he insisted that Roseman was his general manager.

That obviously changed in the offseason, when Lurie turned over the keys - and total control on the roster and personnel - to his hot shot new head coach Chip Kelly.

The wunderkind who has yet to win a playoff game - and this year failed to make the playoffs despite once sitting on top of the NFC East with a 9-3 mark - then embarked on a heart-stopping remake of the Eagles roster.

LeSean McCoy? Gone.

Nick Foles? Gone.

Jeremy Maclin? Gone.

Add in DeSean Jackson from the year before, and toss in lineman Todd Herremans and soon-to-be gone Evan Mathis and you have a completely different offense.

Kelly signed two running backs, including DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last year with the Cowboys.

He used McCoy to pick up young stud linebacker Kiko Alonzo from the Bills.

He sent Foles to the Rams in exchange for always-injured QB Sam Bradford, a former No. 1 pick in the draft.

Lurie hinted that his demotion of his once-trusted aide Roseman was no reflection on Howie, but rather a belief in Kelly. It's simple. Lurie doesn't want to be just good, to make the playoffs or even win a playoff game. He wants to win a Super Bowl. Obviously he thinks Kelly is the guy who can get him there.

We'll see.

Lurie might as well have been standing at a poker table in Las Vegas as opposed to the sparkling sunshine of the Southwest. He then could have pushed all his chips to the center of the table.

Because in this game there is really only one 'Chip' that matters.

That is Kelly. Clearly, Lurie is "all-in."

Beat writer Bob Grotz offers his take on Lurie's statements here.

Now all Kelly has to do is deliver.

We'll hear from the coach today.

What do you think the over/under is on the number of questions that focus on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the guy Kelly covets to run his offense?

Don't expect Kelly to say much. He'll no doubt talk about Bradford having "great tools" and how the Eagles did not bring him in to be used as some kind of bargaining chip.

"I'm the only Chip here," Kelly said when quizzed about his QB after the signing of Murray.

Lurie confirmed that yesterday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Pa House – Now 120 R to 83 D

PA Watercooler - Tue, 2015-03-24 22:40
Philly.com Martina White became the city’s second Republican member in the state House on Tuesday night, with a commanding win in a special election for Northeast Philadelphia’s 170th District. Her victory – by a margin of 14 percent with 97 percent of the vote tallied Tuesday night – prompted Republican celebrations and Democratic recriminations. White […]
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

my little soapbox

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-03-24 21:49


Writing is something I just enjoy. This blog is the latest step in my writing journey. When you write a blog you get the good with the bad in as far as the Internet goes.  It really depends on what your topic is.

Today I got this comment from one of my regular, somewhat-but-not-really-anonymous cranks.  They said (in part):


It’s tough being you, isn’t it? Always something to complain about.  Well you have your soapbox. I’m sure it is good therapy for you and your readers….It’s not as though you are providing meaningful social commentary….



But not really because this is my blog, which makes it my little slice of soapbox, doesn’t it?   (The answer is of course “yes” )

It got me thinking about how people were reacting to Angelina Jolie Pitt’s editorial in the New York Times today.

In part, she said:

LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.

I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause.

Women, especially breast cancer survivors like myself are applauding her. But then there are the cranks.  So maybe it’s a woman who writes kind of a thing?  Is it like that tired old adage that when a man tells it like it is, it’s fine, but when a woman asserts herself, she’s a bitch?

I usually would put something about the topic of breast cancer on my breast cancer blog but Mrs. Jolie Pitt’s op-ed isn’t just about that topic. When she writes, she writes from her personal experience or what she knows. I get it. I respect it. But a lot of people don’t.

As the Atlantic said later on this afternoon in a terrific editorial:

Jolie’s advocacy is especially powerful, though, because the issues she’s discussing—and the issues she is, more importantly, encouraging a discussion about—are intimately connected to cultural assumptions about youth and desirability. Jolie is oversharing, in a way, but it’s a productive form of oversharing—far removed from the vapidities of the Kardashian Selfie or the self-indulgences of Celebrity Instagram. Jolie, in talking about her surgery, is also emphasizing the inextricable connection between inner health and outer beauty. “I feel feminine,” Jolie writes in today’s essay. That declaration is preceded, tellingly, by this one: “I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system.”

So there and she is using her writing skills for good. But she still gets a lot of criticism.

Mind you, I am not on par with or comparing myself to some glamorous actress-activist, I am just me writing about whatever strikes my fancy.  Sometimes it’s a recipe, a photograph, politics, locally newsworthy, my garden, or a topic that just interests me.

But if someone disagrees with what I write? Most of the time, it is just another perspective and I am actually cool with that, but other times it is like my pal from today with the recurring IP address from Wayne who feels they have a life obligation to shred what I write about on occasion and me along with it for bonus points. I delete the comments as that is all the air space most of them deserve but every once in a while I  wonder about why it is I am supposed to be seen and not heard? Why do they read what I write if it is so offensive to them?

I read lots of other people’s blogs and articles. If I don’t like what some of them are writing, I don’t feel particularly compelled to shred their efforts, I just move onto something else. They have their opinions, I have mine. It’s their little slice of soapbox and I think the world is big enough for all of us.

Thanks for stopping by this evening!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Former Lower Merion Basketball Star Transfers to La Salle University

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-03-24 17:53
B.J. Johnson is returning to the Philadelphia area after two years playing for Syracuse.
Categories: Lower Merion

PennDOT Announces Work Zone Awareness Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-03-24 17:34
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants travelers to 'Expect the Unexpected' while sharing the road with highway workers.
Categories: Lower Merion

apparently complaining about the postal service is un-american ?? their customer service doesn’t think so…

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-03-24 13:24

Yesterday I finally had enough of mail going missing, arriving opened or damaged, and so on.  So I blogged about it.

I have received many, many comments and not just the ones I have published on my blog.  Here’s one  I received off blog:

I mailed a couple of things a couple of months ago. It never got there and was never returned. The guy I spoke to said they have had problems since they go through Wilmington. My question is why did they have to change things?  :(

I totally understand how the commentor above feels. I am actually sitting on hold for the United States Postal Service in Washington DC, not that I feel it will do any good.

My mail , even local mail, also gets routed now through Wilmington, Delaware. I find it ridiculous that is a Pennsylvania resident, my mail goes out of state before comes back in state. 

Other commenters mentioned similar issues of mail not arriving, arriving damaged, arriving reeking of cigarette smoke.

But then there are the commenters who feel they have to defend the United States Postal Service at all costs. I am exaggerating , I don’t understand how hard they have to work , and how they now have to pay for some of their benefits and so on.

Here’s  one of my favorites, because it had absolutely nothing to do with what I was discussing in my previous post:

Perhaps you need to learn something about the USPS … it has to sustain itself since it does not receive US tax dollars. However, it has Congress critters who are determined to kill it since USPS has to ask Congressional permission for virtually any action to become more efficient or to streamline. On top of it, USPS is the ONLY entity that has to prepay retirement liabilities for retirees decades in advance … for future employees who are not even born yet. That was a bon-bon that Congress enacted during the Reagan years on the march to privatizing the USPS. Of course, private companies are not going to maintain service to Podunk USA. After all, for those places,UPS hands off the packages to USPS since USPS, by law, must deliver to Podunk.

Funny, I don’t remember writing about their retirement benefits or “liabilities”. And I’m sorry it has to sustain itself as a business and it is supposed to be a business? And as a customer isn’t my part in sustaining this “business” dependent upon the service received and delivery of my own mail? And yeah, Podunk. Sorry, I kind of live in Podunk so I hope that’s not too dreadfully inconvenient to deliver mail to us?

Then there is the man who keeps writing in that I am exaggerating and basically he knows this because his mail is perfect. HUH?

I am not exaggerating. My mother sent me a card, nothing fancy just a greeting card… Over a week ago. She lives in Center City Philadelphia.  Still hasn’t arrived.  Someone else has sent me something from Holmdel, New Jersey twice in two and a half weeks. Neither times has it arrived. Things mailed to me from Berwyn and Wynnewood have also not arrived. 

A package marked fragile containing a gift for someone arrived yesterday looking like it had been kicked around like a soccer ball. And that was sent some degree of “Priority” mail.

I have a great postmaster at my local post office, and the gentlemen who handle our residential route know where everyone lives and do a great job. But they are only as good as the mail that the actually reaches my local post office. Obviously there is some sort of problem with where my mail goes before it reaches my post office.

So it has been a while since I started this post.  I called the hotline number for the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Postal Service this morning. Hotline phone calls are answered M-F 11:00am – 3:00pm EST 1-888-USPS-OIG (1-888-877-7644).

The customer service woman I reached took close to an hour with me on the phone going over delivery issues and opened, destroyed, and missing mail. I have opened a case and she also gave me the number to consumer affairs in our area which I’m going to share with you my readers. That number is 215-863-6060.

This woman I spoke with tracked the path of some of my mail that she was able to track using basically the tracking numbers that a couple packages arrived with.  And she agreed there was an issue with my nail because I wasn’t just telling her about one type of mail going missing routinely, it’s a little of everything , bills included.  

I told her honestly that I was a blogger and I had written about this on my blog. And that I was doing a follow up post. I told her about the comments I had received, and she was very polite and didn’t discount anything I was saying. She also told me if mail is arriving and it reeks of cigarette smoke that means my mail is sitting somewhere for longer periods of time then it should be. She said people smoke, but for me or anyone to get mail where the odor is pervasive and strong and lingering it means that your mail was sitting somewhere. For quite  a while. And I have read this complaint in groups I belong to.

Maybe this hour out of my day will amount to nothing, but I hope it will amount to mail reaching me better and reaching my friends and neighbors having issues with their mail delivery as well.  

I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they used to sort or mail through Southeastern PA, and now it sorts  through Wilmington Delaware. This woman also suggested that we contact our Congress people. So Ryan Costello tag you’re it.

I end with USPS trivia: the new postmaster general is a woman and she hails from Pottsville PA

Categories: Pennsylvania

Emergency Texting Service Coming to Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-03-24 12:34
Montgomery County Commissioners approved a contract to implement a text to 911 countywide system.
Categories: Lower Merion