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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-12-13 07:34
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
Categories: Lower Merion

A win for Alabama & the nation

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-12-13 07:29
Good for Alabama.

In a stunning upset, voters there rejected the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore and elected their first Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than a quarter century.

Democrat Doug Jones won the special election to fill the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore, who was dogged by accusations from a slew of women that he had made inappropriate sexual overtures to them when they were teens and he was a young prosecutor in his 30s, refused to concede.

More arrived at the polls in his usual fashion, atop his horse Sassy.

The loss is a major setback for President Trump and GOP strategist Steve Bannon, who had pushed Moore's candidacy as crucial to maintaining the GOP's slim majority in the Senate, despite the allegations against Moore.

Trump famously quipped that Moore had "totally denied" the allegations.

It also shows the deep fracture that is developing in the Republican party.

Trump congratulated Jones on his win in a late-night Tweet from the White House.

Of course, this morning, he was back on Twitter with a new plot line.

"The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!"

There you have it.

Trump was right. Again.

I guess all those voters in Alabama were wrong.

You can read the latest on the Alabama election here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Are Eagles fans cursed?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-12-13 07:10
Are we cursed?

No, not as Democrats or Republicans.

I'm talking about something much more important than that.

Are Eagles fans curse.

This was supposed to be our year.

The team unexpectedly raced out to a 10-2 record, best in the NFL.

Everything was going right, despite that recent setback in Seattle.

Then the one thing that could not happen - did.

Carson Wentz went down.

He's out for the season.

This is now Nick Foles team - again.

Can the Eagles win a playoff game with Foles in command. I certainly think so.

Can they win a Super Bowl? I doubt it.

I hope I am wrong.

Then again, maybe we really are cursed.

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

It's brrrrr-utal out there

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:45
Brace yourself.

Or better yet, maybe just pull the covers back up over your head and stay in bed.

It's nasty out there.

19 degrees.

That's what the old dashboard thermometer was reading when my fanny hit the seat early this morning.

I'm not sure I will ever own another car that does not have heated seats.

If the brutal cold does not get you, the wind just might. It was howling all night as temperatures plunged by double digits.

This is the coldest morning of the winter so far.

Consider yourself warned.

You can get the full forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Villanova SEPTA Stop Reopens After Weeks-Long Closure

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 17:00
The Norristown High Speed Line stop in Villanova is open after work on the pedestrian bridge shut it down in late October.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Township Among Safest Cities In PA, Analysis Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:00
Lower Merion Township made the list of the state's safest cities.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ice Skate With Santa Claus This Weekend In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 13:07
The Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society is inviting you and your family to enjoy some rink time with Saint Nick himself this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mummers Parade Voted Nation's Best Holiday Parade: USA Today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 12:53
Love 'em or hate 'em, the Mummers really know how to put on a show and USA Today readers say they put on the nation's best holiday parade.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Police Warn Of Blackmail Scheme Making Rounds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 11:49
Scammers have been saying they have dirt on the victims and demand money to keep the information hush. Don't fall for it, police say.
Categories: Lower Merion

meterUP App Launches Once Again In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:51
You can again use your smart phone to pay for parking, add time, and check on remaining time with the meterUP app. See details here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Issues Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:33
The Code Blue status goes into effect Tuesday evening as temperatures are expected to drop down into the 20s.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hiring? Post On The Patch Jobs Board

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-12-12 07:35
Job hunting or hiring? Take a look at recent listings around town or post a job opening.
Categories: Lower Merion

Curse of the Philly fan

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-12-12 07:29
Sports - at least the version we are familiar with here in the sports-crazed Philly region - is a cruel mistress.

And nowhere is that more in view than among the die-hard legions of green and white.

They are a different breed, these Eagles fans.

Just ask the folks out in L.A.

Twice this season they saw their home turf literally taken over by traveling Eagles faithful. When the Birds played the Chargers a few weeks back, their retrofitted pro soccer stadium was likely more than half populated with Eagles fans.

Then just this past Sunday, "Iggles" zealots swarmed into the sprawling L.A. Coliseum as the Eagles faced off with the Rams. It got so bad that Fox Sports actually put out a casting call for Rams fans to counter the legions of Birds backers who crowded the set for the pre-game show.

Of course, this year the full-throated roar of "E-A-G-L-E-S" was even more raucous than normal.

This was our year.

Doug Pederson's charges raced out to a 10-2 record, tied for the best mark in the NFL.

And they did it despite injuries to several stars.

They lost All-Pro left offensive tackle Jayson Peters, the man tasked with protecting Carson Wentz's blind side.

They lost all-purpose running back Darren Sproles for the season.

They lost star middle linebacker Jordan Hicks to a blown Achilles.

Special teams stud Chris Maragos was placed on the shelf.

But they persevered, adopting the policy of their head coach, "next man up."

There is only one injury they could not fathom, and likely will be unable to survive.

That would be if anything should happen to Wentz, the superstar in the making QB who was showcased on national TV Sunday against another star QB, the one taken before him as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Then late in the third quarter, the unthinkable happened.

That as Wentz limping up the tunnel into the locker room.

Suddenly, this was Nick Foles' team again.

Next man up?

How about next season.

Oh, don't get me wrong.

The Eagles clearly are still a playoff team, they locked that up with that thrilling win over the Rams - maybe the game of the year in the NFL.

But all of that is now overshadowed by the loss of Wentz.

It was left to Pederson to deliver the news at his Monday press briefing.

Torn ACL in his left knee. Gone for the season.

We are cursed.

Maybe it's our fate, forever saddled with ill will for once deigning to boo Santa Claus. Once again there is coal in Eagles' fans stockings.

It is now up to Nick Foles and Doug Pederson to give Philadelphia perhaps the ultimate Christmas gift.

The season of joy suddenly has a dark pall hanging over it.

Playoffs? Absolutely. A first-round bye? Possible. Super Bowl? Don't bet on it.

Carson Wentz doesn't play here anymore. At least not any more this season.

Just another day in Philly sports.

* Just in case you really want to be depressed, check out Jack McCaffery's column here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Welcome, Nick's House

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-12-12 06:59
The Colleluori family moved into Swarthmore Monday night.

Well, not literally.

But their organization, the HEADStrong Foundation, opened the doors to Nick's House, a very special place that will serve as a home away from home for care givers and loved ones of cancer patients who are in the area seeking treatment.

The house is the fulfillment of the dream of Nick Colleluori, whose vision for HEADStrong took shape even as he was battling non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Colleluori, a three-star athlete at Ridley High, noticed the hardships that housing created for those who, like him, were getting treatment for cancer.

But Nick grew up here. Many people travel a great distance for treatment. Housing becomes a big - and costly - issue for them. Nick lost his battle against cancer, but he made his mom Cheryl promise to carry through on his promise to help those who were struggling with housing issues while fighting the same battle that cost him his life.

The result was first a home in the Holmes section of Ridley.

Monday night they cut the ribbon on Nick's House in Swarthmore, a sprawling old estate on South Chester Road that will be "home" for as many as seven families.

We welcome Nick's House to the neighborhood.

Nick's dream is still very much alive.

You can read our story here. And we offer a salute on our editorial page here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

All eyes on Alabama

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-12-12 06:42
The eyes of the nation will be on Alabama today.

And it has nothing to do with college football.

Instead, we'll be riveted by the race to fill the seat in the U.S. Senate race once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fact that this is even a race tells you this is not a normal election.

Why? Well, there is this for instance. No Democrat has won a statewide election in Alabama in more than a decade. How red is the home of the Tide? It prompted one Democratic political strategist to offer this: “I don’t think the Lord Jesus could win as a Democrat in Alabama.”

Republican Roy Moore, a former judge and prosecutor, is in the race of his life against Democrat Doug Jones.

All of this has to do with allegations that have dogged Moore that when he was a young prosecutor, he had inappropriate relationships with young girls, some in their early teens. Moore vehemently denies the charges.

It is all part of the sexual harassment firestorm that has enveloped the country for months now.

It brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

It has toppled media giants.

And it cost Democrat Al Franken his seat in the U.S. Senate.

In fact, you could make the argument that Franken was placed on the sacrificial altar by Democrats for the reason that it would allow them to turn up the heat on Moore - along with President Trump.

And it just might allow them to pick up a seat and make the GOP's razor-thin edge in the Senate even more tenuous. Remember that the governor of Minnesota is a Democrat and is likely to appoint another Dem to fill Franken's seat.

A dozen women have come forward to accuse the president of inappropriate conduct before he was a candidate. Trump has flatly said the women's stories simply did not happen.

Today we will watch the results in Alabama closely.

We won't be the only ones.
Categories: Pennsylvania

history at risk? west whiteland?

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:31

This came into my blog’s Facebook page a little while ago.  I thought I should share:

West Whiteland has NO agenda posted , but the meeting is at 7 PM (website says it starts at 6:30 PM )  at the Township Building Main Meeting Room 101 Commerce Drive Exton PA.

I would love to know WHY this is being considered, and I will definitely think less of Malvern Federal Savings Bank if this is true….

OH and I forgot to mention that…. it’s historic! Stone addition to the log house was built in 1771 then enlarged in 1810. For more information: http://history.kivlin.net/items/show/1219

Malvern Federal Savings and Loan PA Historic Resource Survey Form

As per West Whiteland:

This is a prominent township landmark which used to be on a small tenant farm of 23 acres. The core was built c. 1810. It was the office and residence of Dr. Andrew Wills (c. 1829) and Dr. David D. King (c. 1842). It housed the headquarters of West Whiteland Silica Company (1905-1910). It was adapted for commercial use as a bank in 1964 and renovated in 2000.

In other words, this structure is a historic asset?

I have been asked how to contact Malvern Federal Savings:

Exton PA office:  (610) 363-1700

Malvern PA office: (610) 647-7944

Here is their Investor Relations PAGE

(Please note how they toot their own community horn HERE)

As per their website, here are the big fish should you wish to contact any of them (please be polite):

Board / Senior Management / Officers Board of Directors Malvern Federal Savings Bank
  • Howard Kent – Chairman
  • Therese H. Woodman – Vice Chairman
  • George E. Steinmetz
  • Stephen Scartozzi
  • Anthony C. Weagley
  • Cynthia Felzer Leitzell
  • Norman Feinstein
  • Andrew Fish
Officers of Malvern Federal Savings Bank
  • Anthony C. Weagley – President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Joseph Gangemi – SVP and Chief Financial Officer

  • William Boylan – EVP and Chief Lending Officer

  • Alex Opiela – SVP and Chief Operations Officer

  • William Woolworth – SVP and Chief Risk Officer

  • Stacy Valent – SVP and Chief Credit Officer

  • Rose Emrick – Chief of Staff & Director of HR

  • Contact Form

UPDATE from meeting messaged to me:

Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Native Gets Golden Globe Nod For 'Greatest Showman' Song

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-12-11 17:03
Benj Pasek and his writing partner are hoping to add another Golden Globe alongside their Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe awards on Jan. 8.
Categories: Lower Merion

West Lancaster Ave. Lane Closing Monday Night In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-12-11 15:49
The westbound right lane will close late Monday night and reopen early Tuesday morning. See details on the closure here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Four-Day Forecast For Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:30
We'll warm up a bit, but then drop back down to freezing temperatures later in the week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tree, Menorah, Kinara Lighting Set For Tuesday In Norristown

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:58
Montgomery County officials are officially kicking off the holiday season with a joint Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa event Tuesday night.
Categories: Lower Merion