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'Your Way Home Montgomery County' Summit Recognizes Homeless Progress

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 09:40
Your Way Home Montgomery County is making progress in the battle against homelessness, the county said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Evacuation At Villanova University

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 09:26
Multiple outlets are reporting a building at Villanova University has been evacuated due to an abnormal odor.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, June 24

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 07:10
The Daily Numbers: 2.9 percent tax given the OK by Interboro School Board.

20 jobs being furloughed.

5-4 vote by the board.

89 dollar hike in average tax bill.

dollars, what average homeowner will pay.

6.5 million dollar shortfall in Upper Darby.

0 tax hike enacted by the board.

100 years being celebrated this year by St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Drexel Hill.

1 as in Uno, and also the 1st ever national chain restaurant that opened its doors in Chester.

24, age of Chester man convicted of an assault on a police officer.

3 people indicted for a home invasion in Marple.

4, age of girl shot and killed in a home in Philly.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. That would be Ben Simmons, taken by the Sixers.

0 trades pulled by the Sixers after taking Simmons.

24 and 26 picks, they took two shooters.

5 RBI for Freddy Galvis to help the Phils snap their skid and prevent the team from losing 10 in a row for the first time in decades.

7-3 win for the Phils to avoid being swept in Minnesota. Now they head for the West Coast

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

We got Ben Simmons, but the Sixers did not make any other moves. They still need a point guard.

I Don’t Get It: After all that talk in D.C., still no action on gun control in D.C.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Upper Darby School Board, for holding the line on taxes and giving taxpayers a much-needed lift.

Quote Box: “These are not easy decisions to make, but we have a responsibility, fiscally.”

- Interboro Superintendent Bernadette Rieley, on budget that calls for tax hike and job cuts.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A tale of two school districts

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 06:24
Call this one "A Tale of Two School Districts."

Actually, that's exactly what we did on today's front page.

Like most school districts across Pennsylvania, both Upper Darby and Interboro found themselves facing a budget crunch. You might say it's just one more argument why our system of funding education is in need of a massive shakeup.

What is interesting is the tack taken by these two school boards to address their fiscal problems.

In Interboro, the board reluctantly decided to hike taxes and cut a few jobs.

Taxes will increase 2.9 percent. Twenty jobs also will be slashed.

In Upper Darby, they are instead tightening their belt and dipping into their fund balance instead of taxpayers' wallets.

As legislators struggle with their own budget woes in Harrisburg as the clock ticks toward a July 1 deadline to have a new budget in place, we hope our representatives keep Upper Darby and Interboro in mind.
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A conversation with Gov. Tom Wolf

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 06:16
It must be budget time.

What else could explain the phone call I got yesterday.

Yes, that was Gov. Wolf calling to say hello and talk Pennsylvania dollars and cents. Always nice to chat with the governor, who makes it a habit to reach out to newspaper editors.

I started the conversation by joking about something that I noted on our editorial page, wondering if they were putting something in the water out there in Harrisburg.

The Legislature, after a torturous nine-month budget standoff last year, actually is getting a few things done.

They delivered much-needed changes to the state's archaic laws regulating the sale of alcohol to the governor's desk, and he signed it. They are working on pension relief.

And most indications are that the two sides are quietly making progress in budget talks taking part for the most part behind closed doors.

I asked Wolf about his seeming change of heart in abandoning another push for hefty tax hikes to pay for a new spending push, and he admitted he wasn't sure if he had been completely understood. He stressed that he was never married to those increases in both the sales and personal income taxes. When he was convinced that he could achieve his budget goals without the tax hikes, he decided to move on.

That's no doubt music to the ears of Republicans in the Legislature, who immediately turn up their nose at even the slightest hint of a tax hike.

The governor also sought to assuage the belief by some that this means he is abandoning his call for a steep increase in basic education funding. The governor noted that with the last budget and the one he is now proposing, education funding would be up $450 million.

Wolf also said he was certainly willing to entertain the notion passed by the House this week, a push for legalizing online gaming, as a source of new revenue. But the governor insisted he'd only do it as part of a wider budget agreement.

Finally, I asked him if he thought he and the Legislature would be able to meet the July 1 deadline to have a new spending plan in place. We all know how that worked out last year. We were still asking where the budget was at Christmas time.

Wolf seemed optimistic, but also cautioned it could go a few days past the deadline.

"Nobody wants another nine-month impasse," the governor said, clearly indicating that the process he and the Legislature endured last year might be "a lesson learned."

But he also took clear pride in noting some of the things that both he and the Legislature have been able to accomplish in the past few months.

Call anytime, governor.

Now that I will be able to buy a bottle of wine in the supermarket, how about privatizing the whole system?

Maybe I shouldn't push my luck.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Big Ben the new face of Sixers

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 05:57
Ben there, but will he be able to do that?

The Sixers surprised no one last night when they wasted little time in making LSU stud Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. What happened next did raise a few eyebrows, however.

What happened next was - nothing.

The Sixers, sitting with two more late 1st round picks at No. 24 and No. 26, could not move back up into the Top 10 to get another player they wanted.

There was rumbling all day about a deal with the Celtics, with both late first-round picks, Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington all going to Boston for the No. 3 pick in the draft, but it never happened.

Were the Celtics asking for too much? Did the Sixers want to do the deal? Or did they pull out at the last moment.

Here's one theory. The Sixers were reluctant to part with Noel because the truth of the matter is no one knows if center Joelle Embiid, who has yet to play a single minute for this franchise, is full recovered from his foot woes.

But at least for now, the much talked about "Process" is over for the Sixers.

There is a new face on the franchise. His name is Ben Simmons.

Check out how Terry Toohey saw the action last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

And columnist Jack McCaffery notes the Sixers still have a problem. As usual, Jack gets right to the "point."
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'Kill' Jackson, Armed and Dangerous, Wanted By Norristown Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 17:14
The Norristown Police Department is attempting to locate Kirk Douglas Jackson, also known as "Kill" Jackson.
Categories: Lower Merion

SJU's Deandre' Bembry Could Go In First Round of Thursday's NBA Draft

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 16:47
The 2016 NBA Draft is Thursday night, and Saint Joseph's University's Deandre' Bembry could be one of the first picks off the board.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Home Inspector Defrauded Customers, More Victims Expected: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 15:52
The owner of a local home inspection company was arrested for allegedly defrauding nearly 140 home buyers. More victims expected, DA says.
Categories: Lower Merion

I-676 To Be Shut Down, Detoured Overnight During Construction

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 14:48
Motorists will need to seek alternative routes if traveling on I-676 late during the late night or early morning hours.
Categories: Lower Merion

100 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania: Ardmore Is 7th

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 14:06
New rankings offer insight into the top 100 places to live in Pennsylvania. Ardmore is ranked 7th!
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Youths Travel To El Salvador, Study Conflict

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 12:51
Several students with an Ardmore religious group are traveling in El Salvador and learning about conflict resolution and leadership.
Categories: Lower Merion

Kohelet tentative sketch plan OK’d by LM Planners

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:58
Ardmore >> It wasn’t a packed house at Wednesday’s Lower Merion Planning Commission meeting, but a handful of neighbors attended with an attorney to press their issues regarding plans to expand the Kohelet Yeshiva High School. After nearly three hours of sometimes contentious discussion, the planning commission recommended approval of a tentative sketch plan for the school expansion.
Categories: Lower Merion

LM police asking for help to ID suspect in attempted home invasion

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:30
Ardmore >> Lower Merion police are asking for help in identifying the suspect who, armed with a handgun, attempted to force his way into an elderly couple’s home Saturday.
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Montco's US Rep. Boyle Joins Congressional Sit-In On Gun Reform

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:23
"There is a stain on the soul of America. And we must heal it."
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, June 23

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 5 million dollars, how much the feds say a Havertown podiatrist pocketed in a scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and several insurance companies.

301 individuals snagged by the feds across the nation in what they are calling the biggest Medicare fraud bust in history.

900 million dollars in fraudulent payments alleged.

2 people shot - a father and his son - in 2 separate incidents in Chester. The father was killed, his son wounded.

13 people chased from their homes in Chester by a fire.

50 firefighters who responded to the blaze at Third and Yarnall streets.

23 minutes apart for the 2 shootings, which police believe may be related.

20 homicides in 2016 in Delco.

14 of them in Chester.

30 counts of child porn lodged against a Haverford man.

17, age of teen in North Penn who was sentenced to a year in a residential treatment center for setting a fire that damaged North Penn High School.

700,000 dollars in damages to the school in the fire.

36, age of Philly man who faces charges for supplying the Fentanyl that led to the death of a Pottstown woman.

29 bullets fired in wild shootout in Philadelphia early this morning.

115-80 vote to allow internet gambling in Pa. But reps stood against pushing gaming into local bars.

11 term Congressman Chaka Fattah offered his resignation after his conviction on racketeering charges, but in October. House Speaker Paul Ryan wants it now.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft tonight for the Sixers. They’re taking Ben Simmons out of LSU.

24 and 26, Sixers other picks in the 1st round, unless they swing a trade.

9 straight losses for the Phils.

6-5 come-from-ahead loss to Twin last night.

5-2 the Phils actually led this game in the 5th inning.

4-17 mark for the Phils in June.

13 losses in their last 14 games.

4-2 win for the Union last night in Chester in MLS action.

3 goals for Roland Alberg.

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

You kind of have to feel bad today for Sam Hinkie. He’s the man behind ‘The Process,’ which comes to fruition tonight. But Hinkie will be nowhere to be found, banished by the team a few months ago. Jerry Colangelo is at the helm for the 76ers tonight.

I Don’t Get It: Two more shootings in Chester. This time a father is dead and his son wounded - in separate incidents. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, who represents a chunk of Delco, and his Democratic colleagues as they took over the House yesterday in an effort to push for a vote on gun control legislation.

Quote Box:
“We are blind to a crisis. Where is our courage?”

- Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, on the House action.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another roll of the dice in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 06:27
Maybe we spoke too soon about that serious case of fiscal sanity breaking out in Harrisburg.

After all, Pennsylvania is still staring a a deficit that most experts now say is north of a cool billion dollars. And the red ink continues to flow at the state's two large public employee pension plans, a crisis that continues to threaten every school in the Commonwealth.

So how are our elected leaders looking to remedy this "dicey" situation?

Yep, you guess it.

They're rolling the dice on more legalized gambling.

This is almost predictable as the Phils' offense.

Yesterday the House backed a measure that would push legal gaming onto the internet as well as airports. For you modest folks out there, you will be happy to know they rejected a move to also alow casino-style gaming in local taverns. No doubt that will be music to the ears of the folks down at Harrah's in Chester, as well as county officials.

When this proposal first aired a couple of weeks ago, they called a press conference to condemn the proposal, saying the city of Chester and county would lose money - rooted in legal gaming inside the Chester gambling mecca.

You can get all the details here.

All of this is part of that annual summer tradition - the mad dash to put a state spending plan in place in Harrisburg. The measure could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as today.

So what are the chances that Pennsylvania actually gets a spending plan in place by the July 1 deadline?

Maybe the state should be taking bets on that.
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Fiscal reality in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 05:58
On our editorial page today, we're wondering what they are putting in the water out in Harrisburg.

First the Legislature signed off on bringing our archaic laws concerning the sale of alcohol at least partially out of the Dark Ages.

No, it's not privatization. But at least you'll be able to buy a bottle of wine in some supermarkets.

Gov. Tom Wolf, not exactly a fan of doing away with the LCB, quickly signed this measure into law.

Then the governor did a reverse on his latest budget projections.

Wolf now is saying he will abandon the huge round of tax hikes he is seeking to bankroll a planned boost in spending. The governor now says he can accomplish much of what he wants without increasing the sales and personal income tax.

Will that lead to an on-time budget next week.

That remains to be seen.

In the meantime, let's call this a fiscal reality check.

You can read our editorial here.
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'The Process' pays off for Sixers tonight

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 05:47
'The Process' is about to come to fruition.

But Sam Hinkie will not be around to see the fruits of his labor.

Hinkie, the man behind 'The Process' that saw the once-proud Sixers franchise reverse course and tank a couple of seasons in hopes of increasing their odds in the NBA Draft Lottery and getting a high draft pick, got bounced in a power shuffle a couple of months ago. Now a very familiar NBA name is calling the shot.

Jerry Colangelo is holding all the cards as he and the Sixers will be in the spotlight tonight for the made-for-TV spectacular otherwise known as the NBA Draft.

They hold the No. 1 pick, and almost assuredly will select LSU standout Ben Simmons. This time last year, everyone was pointing to Simmons as the sure-fire top pick and the next great franchise player. Then an odd thing happened. LSU played its basketball season. They turned out to be fairly mediocre, and questions started to be asked about just how good Simmons was if he could not put his college team on his back and drag them into the NCAA Tournament.

Most of those questions seem to have ebbed.

Simmons will go No. 1 to the Sixers.

But that's when the real intrigue of this draft will kick in.

The Sixers have two more picks in the first round, sitting at No. 24 and 26.

A lot of people believe they will parlay at least one of those picks, along with a player - maybe Nerlens Noel, or Jahlil Okafor? - in an attempt to move up again in the first round.

Here's how our Terry Toohey sees the first round playing out.
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