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'Pizza on a Cone' Coming to King of Prussia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-21 11:36
How does authentic Italian pizza inside an ice-cream cone sound to you? You'll soon be able to find out, in King of Prussia.
Categories: Lower Merion

26-Year-Old Montco Man Arrested For Child Pornography: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-21 11:15
A 26-year-old Montgomery County man shared hundreds of photos and videos of children between the ages of 6 and 13 engaged in sex acts: DA.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl In Church

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-21 09:43
The alleged incident occurred in a Berks County Church 10 years ago, and the man is now facing felony charges stemming from the accusation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Meet Pennsylvania's 12 Billionaires In 2017

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-21 09:19
Forbes' 2017 list features a record-number of billionaires, including Pennsylvania's 10-figure earners.
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-21 08:36
Looking for a new home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Yes, they are fixing the Conchester

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-03-21 06:16
I am guessing there are more than a few people in Delaware County who took one glance at yesterday's front page and said, "Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it."

Believe it.

They are finally fixing the Killer Conchester.

I know, you've been hearing about them doing this for decades. This time it's for real. Work started yesterday.

I actually had a call from one reader taking me to task for our description of the road.

The 85-year-old woman was more than willing to tell me she disagreed with our characterization of the road that stretches from I-95 in Chester and Route 1 in Concord.

"The road is not the problem," she informed me. "The Conchester is not the killer. It's the drivers." She's right, of course.

But that doesn't change the fact that a road that became obsolete not long after the day it was opened is finally going to be fixed.

It's on our editorial page today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Memories of the southwestern Pa. sky

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-03-21 06:08
You never really know in this job how you are going to connect with readers.

Yesterday, in my weekly Letter From the Editor print column, I wrote about a recent visit to the Flight 93 Memorial outside Shanksville. I wrote specifically about the sky, how it seemed different in this vast expanse of open space, how it seemed so much closer, almost constricting.

That did not surprise one reader and she should know.

She grew up in that area.

And she wanted me to know that I was exactly right about the sky.

She related a story about how her parents grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and that even after they moved away as he father looked for work, they would return for a week each summer to visit relatives.

She talked about those visits warmly, clearly relishing a trip down memory lane.

You could almost hear the joy in her writing as she described sitting on the porch of a house, sandwiched between her mom and her aunt, staring up at the wondrous sky. She would be cloaked in a blanket, because even on the most scorching summer days, it always cooled off at night.

Then she talked about the real reason she emailed me, the same thing that I came away with after my visit.

The sky.

"We felt like we could reach the sky, along with the millions of stars we would see so close and bright," she said "We would stretch our arms thinking we could touch the moon to give it a hug. Every sense I have, but especially a smell, could bring back memories flooding my mind and heart, of my Aunt Mary and all our family. Her house had a smell I still long for and when I smell it, I wish I could bottle it. "Anyway, you are correct! That sky in Western Pennsylvania, seems like you can touch it. As a kid, I thought I did many times."

I'm not sure I've ever received a nicer compliment.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Oh, baby! Some more positive news

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-03-21 05:48
I'm on a mission.

I'm looking for good news. Upbeat stories, ones that can provide balance to the stream of often troubling headlines that pour out from our website and the pages of the newspaper.

That doesn't mean I'm giving up reporting on these so-called "negative" stories. Unfortunately, as I tell everyone who asks, that's what people read.

But a gentleman who called me yesterday to tell me how much he liked my column on my visit to the Flight 93 Memorial got me thinking. He was clearly touched by what I had written and went out of his way to not how it differed from the usual fare he encounters in the newspaper.

Granted, you might make the argument that the reasoning behind the Flight 93 Memorial is hardly upbeat, but I assure you there is something very positive and uplifting about the site.

For today, well, it doesn't get much more update than this story.

A Haverford couple decided to throw a luncheon to thank the local EMS guys who came to their aid and helped deliver their baby. Yep, I think that classifies as upbeat.

Kudos to all involved. Read the story here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

the delaware riverkeeper sends the pa dep’s hatzell a letter…about bishop tube!

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-03-20 20:41

Today just got seriously more interesting….a Dear DEP letter…..and a random act of DEP legal notices too?

Letter also uploaded HERE: DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK LETTER TO DEP

Photographer unknown – found on community page – Bishop Tube 2017


Categories: Pennsylvania

east whiteland reporting bishop tube site is OFF planning agenda for 3/22

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-03-20 18:41

Someone asked me about half an hour ago which meeting in East Whiteland was featuring Bishop Tube this week.  I said I thought only the Planning Commission and they asked me WHERE it was on East Whiteland’s Planning Commission  agenda.

HUH???

So I looked and lo and behold there is an AMENDED agenda…and Bishop Tube is postponed until the April 26th meeting.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Maybe it is just me, but could it be the shiny spotlight of public attention and outcry caused this?????? Or is it just a scheduling thing?

Recently we had Maya K. van Rossum opine in her professional capacity as the esteemed Delaware Riverkeeper. She has been a powerful and unexpected blessing to the concerned residents of General Warren Village.  She showed up at East Whiteland Zoning a couple of weeks ago and then last week.  (Other post found here “calling erin brocovitch”)

Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page

Over the weekend Maya contacted residents to encourage them to write Dinniman and Milne’s offices ASAP (see instructions here.)

So as residents are busy writing letters and calling the PA DEP and so on, East Whiteland Planning Commission pulls Bishop Tube from the agenda? (Bishop Tube was discussed at recent Supervisors’ meeting – CLICK HERE.)

Why?

We may never know but keep writing those letters and making those calls, right?

I have to be honest that while I have issues with the density of the development plan (even if it wasn’t being built on a toxic waste dump of a land parcel), where the issues never abate and concerns continue to grow is with the Pennsylvania DEP.  They are the constant from day 1 with Bishop Tube, and I think they concern me most of all (they are being so Limerick here aren’t they?)

So that being said, residents need to keep on going to meetings and call the DEP (717) 783-2300 is the main number in Harrisburg.    (484) 250-5900 is the number to the Southeast regional office in Norristown.  And keep calling State Senator Dinniman’s and State Rep Duane Milne’s offices too.

Bishop Tube is a site that could be redeveloped, but in my personal opinion with much less density AND after MORE remediation than is currently being discussed because of those buried vats or whatever that the former employees talk about and who can argue with that???

SEE:

I am guessing it is stay tuned on Bishop Tube, yes? But apparently Wednesday, residents get the evening off.  For any questions of why they are no longer on agenda please call East Whiteland Township.  

Final questions to leave everyone with: what does the EPA think of this site ?  You would think they knew all about it, right?  And what role or roles does politics play here and not merely local, but shall we say a larger scale?

Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page

Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page

Somewhere on Bishop Tube site  2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page

 

Read this old Washington Post article about what TCE and other contaminants did to a town years ago:

WASHINGTON POST: FORGING A ‘COVENANT OF SILENCE’ By Benjamin Weiser March 13, 1989

 


Categories: Pennsylvania

Manayunk Bridge Opens Monday After 6 Straight Days Of Closure

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 16:21
Despite beautiful weather over the weekend, the Manayunk Bridge Trail remained closed for six straight days.
Categories: Lower Merion

Elmwood's 'Trail of the Jaguar' Opening Date Set; Vote On Names For The Cubs Here

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 13:02
What should the new jaguar cubs be called? A list of the top names have been narrowed down, and you can vote here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Planning Commission Issues 2016 Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 12:53
Walk Montco, Bike Montco, and the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership were some highlights of 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tree Removal Affecting Wynnewood Road This Week: PennDOT

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 12:34
The work is scheduled for all day Wednesday, so plan for longer commutes or consider another route.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Lower Merion Library Is Reopening, Another Wins A $500K Grant

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 11:56
Good news for the Lower Merion Library System!
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line School Hosting Discussion On Kids Sports For College Or For Fun​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 09:24
A Villanova professor and long-time coach will discuss potential dangers of focusing on kids playing sports for college, not fun.
Categories: Lower Merion

Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 08:55
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-03-20 08:38
Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across PA, including in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion