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$1.8M Glenn Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-11-21 09:00
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Nov. 21

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:03
The Daily Numbers: 10, age of boy missing in Sharon Hill since last night.

15 years, how long a Chester church has been honoring police and firefighters with an early Thanksgiving dinner.

9 months in prison for an Aston woman who entered a plea deal in the middle of her trial on charges she ripped off $600,000 from the business where she was a trusted employee.

13, age of youth who allegedly received pornographic images from a 29-year-old teacher’s aide.

1.6 percent cost-of-living pay hike for elected Pa. officials and some judges.

191,000 dollars a year, the salary for our governor.

3,000 dollar hike for appellate judges.

209,329 for the Supreme Court chief justice.

2 dead, 2 wounded in shooting inside home in Tabernacle, in South Jersey.

7 feet of snow in Buffalo that is causing roofs to collapse. Now they are expected rain over the weekend and fear widespread flooding.

21 years, how long it’s been since the Philly Fed recorded the kind of growth it reported this week.

4 straight losses for the Flyers.

45.4 seconds left when the Wild netted the game winner.

37 shots stopped by Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

27 saves for Ray Emery in goal for the Flyers.

72-65 win for Villanova hoops over feisty Bucknell squad.

16-game losing streak snapped by the Raiders, and they did it at the expense of Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

12-0 record for Springfield as they tangle with 11-1 Great Valley for the District 1 AAA football crown.

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

Nice to see Eric Lindros back in the Wells Fargo Center last night as he was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, along with Legion of Doom linemate John LeClair.

I Don’t Get It: Another family tragedy, this time in South Jersey. No, we don’t have too many guns.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lindros and LeClair, throwbacks to a time when the Flyers challenged for the Stanley Cup every year.

Quote Box: “I think it’s an easy case.”

John LeClair, arguing for why linemate Eric Lindros should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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A new magazine in Chester - and the young people producing it

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-21 07:36
I got some new competition last night.

We took our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom,' to the campus of Widener University in Chester to meet some young journalists.

They are the driving force behind a brand new magazine focusing on Chester.

It's part of the Magazine Writing course offered at Widener by adjunct professor Sam Starnes.

The kids were terrific.

They did all the writing, editing, photos and layout involved with this slick new mag. I was impressed.

My thanks to Professor Starnes, and in particular to the three students who joined us last night, Khlalil Williams of Chester; Maria Klcecko of Aston, and Devon Fiore, who hails from Lancaster.

Williams was especially impressive as he talked about what he hopes to accomplish with the magazine, shining a light on a side of the city where he grew up that does not often garner headlines.

Williams talked about the city's thriving arts community and what he sees as a bright future. He penned a column in the mag dealing with his belief in the city.

Klecko featured one of the great secrets of the city. That would be the Chester Children's Chorus.

Fiore wrote of one of the city's true icons, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a very special fertility program that is helping young couples have children.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

Journalism is in good hands with young people like this dynamite trio entering the field.

Thanks for a great night.
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Deer me - they're everywhere!

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-21 07:22
I've gotten pretty adept over the years at dodging my four-legged friends on my early-morning commute.

But this morning I saw something I have never seen before.

I know most of the trouble spots. Driving Providence Road from West Chester Pike to the Media Bypass can literally be like a slalom course many mornings, with deer seeming around every bend.

Thankfully there are a few tips I can offer. Your headlights are your best friend. When they hit the eyes of an animal - they can be seen far off in the distance.

Most important, remember this. If you see one deer dart across the road in front of you, by all means slow down or ever stop. Guaranteed there are several coming right behind the lead Bambi.

But none of that prepared me for what I saw this morning - on Bishop Avenue of all places.

I don't usually go down Bishop, from Baltimore Pike to Providence Road, but for some reason Oak Avenue, my normal route, was closed off by PECO trucks this a.m. So I had to circle back to Bishop. I was making my way down the hill and approaching the Media-Elwyn railroad tracks when what wanders out into the road? Yep, a full-grown deer, with a couple of pals in tow. They strolled across Bishop and ambled through a yard along the railroad tracks. Maybe they were headed for North Park nearby in Springfield. But I have never seen deer in this area of Upper Darby before.

If they were looking for the Bazaar of All Nations, they were a few years late.

Be careful out there.
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The return of Eric Lindros

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-21 07:00
I was just getting over the idea of playing second fiddle.

Last night it all came rushing back again.

That's what happens when you're married to the world's biggest Eric Lindros fan.

The Big E was back in town last night, along with his Flyers' Legion of Doom buddy John LeClair. They were inducted together into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

By every appearance - with the possible exception being the notable absence of Lindros' mother and father - the long, twisted tale of separation that led to one of the ugliest breakups in Philly sports history is just that - history.

Lindros spent the day doing interviews and TV spots, and then he and LeClair soaked up the adulation in an hour-long pre-game celebration.

Lindros suffered the same mythic fate as so many titans of lore, seemingly invincible, but with a fatal flaw.

Lindros possessed a rare combination of brute strength, finesse and skill, a mix rarely if ever seen in a superstar.

He was at times a bull in a china shop, and at others the deft, skilled passer who set up LeClair again and again as they tortured opponents.

But the bull in the china shop shared another tragic fate, a vulnerability to breaking.

Lindros became the early poster boy for the problem of concussion in sports.

The vision of him being laid out at mid-ice in a playoff game by Scott Stevens of the Devils haunts still.

Then there were the bitter accusations between Lindros, his parents, and the Flyers' organization, including the belief that his injuries had been mishandled.

Eventually he was banished to New York, of all places, to the Rangers.

But last night Lindros was back where he belonged.

So was my wife.

She never missed a minute of his games. And she has not watched a minute since he left. The bitterness was not carried just by the Lindros family.

I'm not sure my wife will ever forgive her one-time hero, the guy who Lindros so emulated, Bobby Clarke. She also has no great feelings for Flyers owner Ed Snider.

But she has remained true to Lindros.

Last night she was smiling as he watched her hero return to the building that was built largely on his shoulders.

Welcome back, Eric.
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mid november

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-11-20 20:54

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coffee klatch

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that racket called health insurance

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-11-20 20:47

Usually a post like this would end up on my breast cancer blog. But health insurance in the USA is a somewhat universal affliction.

I am one of those people who am not thrilled with Obamacare. I have always had health insurance and I still do not see the long term efficacy of the Affordable Care Act….unless of course everyone in Washington DC stops playing politics and things like reforming the actual insurance companies occurs. (A gal can dream, right?)

Thus far it has been more aggravation, increased costs, and abject confusion. And I am one of those people who has always had health insurance. So why do I feel punished by the Affordable Care Act more than helped?

Insurance companies must now publicly justify any unreasonable rate hikes, says the government. But that isn’t saying they can’t charge the unreasonable rate hikes does it? And it “keeps young adults covered”, and well while swell back in the insurance dark ages as a young working adult….I had and kept health insurance.

It ends denial and such on pre-existing conditions. Well o.k. if Obama says so…I still think the insurance companies have trap doors and escape hatches yet to be discovered.

The Affordable Care Act is a long and convoluted document which makes the Dodd-Frank Act (Wall Street reform in layman’s terms) seem like a light beach read(well maybe it is because how is that “reform” working out, anyway? )

This time last year (2013) my insurer (Aetna) said come this time this year (2014) all of their prior plans were going bye-bye, and we would have to choose one which was ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. Well my holiday is over and my day of Obamariffic reckoning is here.

First I got the letter that I knew was coming but still left a pit in the bottom of my stomach: my current health insurance plan was being canceled. I am a 3 year breast cancer survivor, so anything which messes with coverage at all makes me very nervous.

So after a few conversations with Aetna, I chose my plan today. I had to make sure all of my doctors and hospital system were in the plans I was looking at. Once again I had to apply. (You would think if you were an existing subscriber some basic data would automatically populate but no it doesn’t). So I got my little letter of acceptance. I stuck it with my certificate of prior coverage also issued by Aetna.

Now comes the kicker.

What kicker? Pay now, pay more now.

So my new insurance is considerably higher. It has no more dental, and won’t cover the basic annual eye exam and an annual pair of glasses. There is also a deductible hump to be covered. My shiny “gold” plan isn’t all bad, but I am not all comfortable, either.

What else? Oh super fun: I get to pay my current premium December 1st and my new plan premium December 15th. I guess it will be a Merry Christmas indeed….for the insurance company.


I get that I have to pay for the new plan premium, but couldn’t they do that on say December 31st? As it stands right now it’s like “honey guess what you are getting for Christmas? Double December insurance payments!!”

So exciting said NO one. EVER.

I keep waiting for health insurance to get less complicated and even out in price.  All it does is get more confusing, more layered, more expensive.

Health insurance is another thing ruined by politics.

Sorry for the rant.  I just think we deserve a level playing field and the Affordable Care Act without truly reforming insurance companies misses the mark somewhat, doesn’t it?

And  for more interesting reading check out the article in The Atlantic dated today November 20th. (CNBC too) Also an interesting read? The Forbes eBook on Obamacare, and a CNN online article from yesterday. The video is fascinating.

At the end of the day, do we next as Americans have to worry what impact the recent national elections will have on all of this hot mess called Obamacare??? And then where will we be? The ordinary human equivalent of a push me-pull you? What happens if the darn thing gets repealed? Somehow, I think that would create an even larger mess.

Who’s on first? Who the heck knows……





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Permanent left-turn ban sought at Narberth tunnel

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:11
NARBERTH >> There are new developments on the divisive issue of traffic and safety at “The Wynnewoods.”
Categories: Lower Merion

St. Charles, cuts to student parking among many options for Lower Merion bus parking

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:11
How would a school bus depot look on the grounds of the Saint Charles Seminary on the corner of Lancaster and City avenues?
Categories: Lower Merion

Residents worry One Ardmore Place's 8 stories are out of character with surrounding buildings

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:07
There was no mistaking the message from the majority of the audience filling the Lower Merion Township board room Wednesday night. It was spelled out across the bright blue T-shirts many were wearing: “Save Cricket Lot 4 Ardmore.”
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Best Black Friday Deals: JCPenney, Macy's, and...Rite Aid?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:42
These three retailers have the highest average discounts for Black Friday, according to one survey.
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Bala Cynwyd's Marty Kallish tackles Everest, lung cancer thanks to new treatment options

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:44
BALA CYNWYD >> In 2008, Marty Kallish went in for a routine chest X-ray. He will not forget the call that came next: “We need to do more tests.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Jogger hit by car near Lower Merion High School remains in ICU

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:34
A woman living in Ardmore was still in ICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday, Nov. 19 and is expected to remained hospitalized with a head injury after being struck by a car last Thursday evening along the 300 block of Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Robert Kerns to be tried by a judge

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:34
COURTHOUSE >> The guilt or innocence of the former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party will be decided by a judge, not a jury, in the upcoming trial against Robert Kerns, who is charged with the indecent assault of a co-worker after a work party in October 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bala Cynwy'ds Mary Kallish tackles Everest, lung cancer thanks to new treatment options

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:45
BALA CYNWYD >> In 2008, Marty Kallish went in for a routine chest X-ray. He will not forget the call that came next: “We need to do more tests.”
Categories: Lower Merion

St. Charles, cuts to student parking among many options for Lower Merion bus parking

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:45
How would a school bus depot look on the grounds of the Saint Charles Seminary on the corner of Lancaster and City avenues?
Categories: Lower Merion

Our phones are down: How to contact us

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:45
Phone lines at Main Line Media News fell offline Thursday but there are still plenty of ways to contact us.
Categories: Lower Merion

Permanent left-turn ban sought at Narberth tunnel

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:58
NARBERTH >> There are new developments on the divisive issue of traffic and safety at “The Wynnewoods.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Grappling with Demons: Inside 'Foxcatcher'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-20 10:26
On Jan. 26, 1996, multi-millionaire John du Pont gunned down Dave Schultz, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, at his estate in Newtown Township. Schultz was a member of Team Foxcatcher, a group of elite wrestlers who trained and, in the case of Schultz and a few other top athletes, lived on the property. In advance of the Friday release of “Foxcatcher,” the Bennett Miller film starring Steve Carell as du Pont, the Daily Times interviewed people who spent considerable time on the property and with du Pont and Schultz.
Categories: Lower Merion