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The race to watch in Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-21 07:02
We interrupt the Donald & Hillary show to let you know that there are other important races to consider on the November ballot.

As usual, the entire Pennsylvania House will be contested, and that brings us to perhaps the most interesting race in Delaware County. In fact, we're labeling this one as "the race to watch."

It's the 161st House district, which has flip-flopped wildly back and forth the past few years. Democrat Bran Lentz wrested the seat from decades of GOP control, only to see it fall back into the GOP's grasp when he decided to seek higher office. Then Republican Joe Hackett tired of life in Harrisburg and decided to pack up his things and head home to his old job with the Delco D.A.'s office.

That set up a special election. The Dems put up Leanne Krueger-Braneky, while the GOP countered with labor leader Paul Mullen. But the GOP did not count on Lisa Esler, a third-party Tea Candidate who was not happy with the process that led the party to Mullen's door.

She ran a vigorous campaign, and siphoned off enough votes from Mullen to open the door for the Democrat Krueger-Braneky to win the special election.

Now she's back on the ballot in her first run for re-election to the seat, which covers Aston, Brookhaven, Nether Providence, Rose Valley, Rutledge and Swarthmore.

But this time she will not be getting any help from a third-party in her contest against Republican challenger Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

And it could be seen as a bellwether for the changing demographics in the county, where Democrats have now opened a 16,000-voter edge in registrations.

Will this be a sign of the times, and a sign that Delaware County Democrats now are truly a force to be reckoned with, including local races here in the county where they have continued to struggle against the mighty Delco GOP?

Or, now that they no longer have Esler nipping at their heels, will the Republican ground forces do what they have done so well for so long: Get their people to the polls and deliver the goods.

Last night Krueger-Braneky and Rodgers Morrisette met in a voter forum that drew more than 100 people to the Brookhaven Municipal Building.

Keep an eye on this one. In Delco, it just might be the race watch.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Good for John Nagl

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-21 06:35
In this job, I'm not supposed to take sides. I'm supposed to play it down the middle.

Of course, if you asked Democratic and Republican leaders here in the county, they would tell you I fail miserable at that task most days. They are convinced - as are many readers - that I'm in the tank for the opposition. Just this week in Sound Off the newspaper was excoriated for being "in the pocket" of the GOP. That might come as news to Andy Reilly and Mike Puppio.

But I can admit that there are some times when I do feel a rooting interest in the stories that wind up splashed all over the front pages of the newspaper, as well as finding a permanent home online at DelcoTimes.com.

I'm not an iceberg. I feel for the people involved in these stories. And yes, sometimes I feel bad about what happened to them. I sometimes refer to it as the 'wince factor.' I guess that's as opposed to our newest Philly sports foible. That would be the Wentz Factor.

The 'wince factor' is my reaction when a story first crosses my radar. Sometimes I question the actions. Sometimes I question the facts. And sometimes I just feel bad for the people involved.

That brings me to John Nagl. He was the headmaster of the prestigious Haverford School on the Main Line.

Nagl found himself in the pages of the newspaper, as well as popping up on all the local TV news shows. Let's just say it was not in the best of circumstances. No, this was not a profile on the tremendous things that are done at the private school.

This was a story about a most private incident involving Nagl and his son.

As police laid out the story, Nagl found some pot in his son's backpack and decided to discipline him by taking away his cell phone. The next day Nagl apparently caught his son using the cell phone and a tussle ensued. The son called 911. Nagl was eventually charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

That' how Nagl made the paper. He was placed on leave by the school.

I'm a man. And a father. I am lucky in that my two kids never gave me much in the way of worries, certainly not the hell I routinely put my parents through.

To put in plainly, I felt bad for Nagl.

That's why I was glad to hear the news yesterday that the Delaware County District Attorney's Office is dropping the charges against Nagl.

You can read all the details here.

I hope he gets his job back.

My feelings are not unanimous. Several readers complained that Nagl was getting a break because of his status. I don't see it.

Go ahead. Tell me I'm biased. Again.

I think Nagl had a very private moment that exploded into something very public.

I hope now that everyone can put this behind.
Categories: Pennsylvania

New Open House Listings This Weekend in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 21:18
So where can you find the open houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Here’s a look at the most recent listings...
Categories: Lower Merion

Harriton HS Girls Tennis Headed To States After District Title Win

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:47
The Rams took the reigning champion West Chester Henderson Warriors down 3-2.
Categories: Lower Merion

DA withdraws assault charge on The Haverford School headmaster

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-10-20 15:42
The assault charges that were filed ten days ago against the headmaster of The Haverford School have been withdrawn, according to a statement from the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Computer Coding Academy Comes To The Main Line

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 13:43
BSD Code and Design Academy offers young people lessons in a six-figure skill.
Categories: Lower Merion

Car Overturns In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 12:37
Lower Merion and Narberth crews freed the trapped occupant.
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Lower Merion Police Reminds Public Of Text-To-911 Service

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 11:48
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile plan holders in Montco can use the service.
Categories: Lower Merion

DA withdraws assault charge on The Haverford School headmaster

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-10-20 10:54
The assault charges that were filed against the headmaster of the Haverford School have been withdrawn according to the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Patch Weekend Movie Guide: What to See and What to Skip

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-20 09:25
Should you see Tom Cruise in 'Jack Reacher' or Jon Hamm in 'The Joneses'? Plus a great pick still playing for the kids.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 20

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-20 08:12
The Daily Numbers: 3rd and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last night. Can I get an ‘Amen.’

28 years, how long Bill Adolph has represented the 165th legislative district in the state House. He’s retiring.

14 to 28 years in prison for an Eddystone man in fatal shooting of his friend.

2 Bill Clintons? Yes, that was Upper Providence’s Bill Clinton mugging with President Bill Clinton during a campaign event in Ardmore.

2002, when Upper Darby Officer Dennis McNamara was gunned down on duty. A portion of a Drexel Hill road will be named in his honor.

1st strike ever by members of the union representing faculty at Pa.’s state universities.

14 state schools affected.

110,000 students across the state affected.

22, age of Delco man who was shot when a Craigslist transaction in Philly turned violent.

44 people nabbed in a crackdown on underage human trafficking in Philly.

17, age of suspect being sought in the shooting of a Good Samaritan who intervened in a robbery in Rittenhouse Square.

10-2 win for Cubs over Dodgers last night in the NLCS.

2-2 deadlock in that series.

3-10 win for Indians over the Blue Jays. They take the ALCS and head to World Series.

50 years of Flyers history on display at Wells Fargo Center as team kicks off home opener tonight.

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

Sam Bradford was all smiles yesterday as he talked to the Philly media. Being 5-0 will do that for you.

I Don’t Get It: Donald Trump says he will not necessarily go along with the will of the voters. No one should be surprised.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Bill Adolph, who is hanging it up after 28 years in Harrisburg.

Quote Box: “I must admit it feels a little strange up here.”

- Bill Adolph, taking to House floor to say farewell to his colleagues.
Categories: Pennsylvania

He's not standing 'Pat' on Trump

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-20 07:36
Pat Meehan is not standing "pat" on Donald Trump.

A couple of weeks ago the incumbent Republican 7th District congressman called on the man leading the GOP ticket to get out of the race after a decade-old video surfaced of Trump making lewd, vulgar remarks about women.

Trump is sticking around, but he's not going to get Meehan's vote.

In an interview with the Inquirer's editorial board, Meehan indicated he would cast his vote for Trump's running mate, writing in the name of Gov. Mike Pence.

Meehan represents the bulk of Delaware County, along with slivers of Chester, Montgomery and even Berks counties in the bizarre jigsaw the encompasses the 7th District. It is often seen as Exhibit A in the pitfalls of redistricting. Once considered a toss-up district, it is now believed to be solidly Republican, thanks to its new shape, formed to take advantage of Republican strongholds.

Meehan is being opposed by Democrat Mary Ellen Balchunis, a retired La Salle College professor.

Meehan was vocal in his disgust for Trump's comments about women.

“This sort of vile talk is appalling, it’s offensive, and there’s no place in public or private for it," Meehan said. "It’s simply wrong.”

He said Trump was "not the right leader" for the GOP.

“Millions of Americans oppose Hillary Clinton’s liberal, progressive agenda, but it’s clear that Donald Trump is not the right leader for the fight against it,” Meehan said in the interview.

“For the good of the country, the Republican Party, and his family, I hope he’ll step aside and end his candidacy for president so that we can come together as a party and defeat Hillary Clinton,” Meehan said.

Meehan becomes the first member of the Pennsylvania delegation to indicate that he will not vote for his party's nominee, instead writing in the name of running mate Mike Pence.
Categories: Pennsylvania

House Tour, Hurricane Matthew, Fritz Lumber & T/E School District Finances!

Community Matters readers — I haven’t disappeared; it’s been a busy last month.  First there was the Trust’s 12th Annual Historic House Tour on Sept. 24 which I am delighted to report as extremely successful.  To the house tour guests and to the sponsors who support historic preservation and make the annual tour possible, we […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

End of an era for Bill Adolph

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-20 07:13
There is an interesting twist on this year's election ballot.

Bill Adolph's name is not on it.

The veteran legislator who has represented the 165th legislative district for more than two decades is not seeking re-election. Instead Republican Alex Charlton and Democrat Elaine Paul Schaefer are vying to go to Harrisburg to represent residents in Springfield, Marple and parts of Radnor.

Adolph becomes the latest setback when it comes to wielding clout in Harrisburg. You can reel off the names of longtime veteran legislators who are no longer trooping out the Pennsylvania Turnpike looking out for Delaware County. Mario Civera, Nick Micozzie, Ted Erickson were all familiar names who have stepped aside.

Harrisburg is not unlike most other centers of power. It is accumulated with age. The longer you stick around the more power you wield. And in the case of money, the loss of these longtime legislators means less clout - and less money for Delaware County.

That's especially acute for Adolph, who rose to the Majority Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In other words, Bill Adolph had his fingers on the purse strings. He was the key man in putting together a budget plan each year.

Obviously, that has not been without its challenges, especially when voters elected a Democrat, Tom Wolf, to the governor's mansion. A standoff between Wolf and Legislature went on for months.

Yesterday Adolph took to the House floor to say farewell to his colleagues.

For 28 years Bill Adolph has been looking after the interests of his constituents - and really all of Delaware County - in Harrisburg.

He will be missed.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The return of Sam Bradford

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-20 06:40
Play it again, Sam.

There will be a familiar face wearing purple on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Yes, that will be Sam Bradford back behind center as the undefeated Vikings storm in South Philly fresh off their bye week.

Yesterday, Bradford had a conference call with the Philly media, and talked about his reaction when he went from the Eagles' starting quarterback just a week before the season opener, to being shipped to Minnesota for a 1st round draft pick in the aftermath of the knee injury that shelved Vikings' starter Teddy Bridgewater for the season.

The deal seems to have worked out for both teams.

The move opened the door for the Eagles to install Carson Wentz as their starter. Remember, the original plan was for Wentz to do little more than carry a clipboard on the sidelines as he watched during his first season. Bradford was the starter, and veteran Chase Daniel was the backup. Wentz would watch and learn, and wait his turn.

That timetable got tossed out the window when Bridgewater went down and the Vikings went on the market looking for a QB. That brought them to Howie Roseman, who managed to get back the 1st found pick he dealt away in order to move up and take Wentz.

And it's going pretty well for Bradford in Minnesota as well. He's blended into the Vikings' offense seamlessly, and led the team to an undfeated mark, even without standout running back Adrian Peterson, who has missed several weeks with an knee injury.

Bradford certainly seemed in good spirits while talking about the whirlwind of change he's experienced this year.

I admit to being a Bradford fan. I've even joked about being the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club.

I think he got a raw deal, first from the injury gods, after he blew out his knee not once but twice, and still rehabbed and came back.

Then he was dealt by the Rams to the Eagles. He wasn't a particularly good fit in Chip Kelly's frenetic offense.

I had high hopes for him under Doug Pederson's more measure attack, which allowed him to huddle, come up to the line and make adjustments, and even call an audible. Those are the same things we see Wentz doing now for the Birds.

I said I thought Bradford would lead the Eagles to the NFC East crown and into the playoffs.

Now, I think he has a shot of leading the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

I hope he has a great day Sunday - in a losing effort!

Here's what "Sammy Sleeves" had to say yesterday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-19 21:47
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
Categories: Lower Merion

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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-19 21:35
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

Katy Perry To Hold Free Concert In Philly To Campaign For Hillary Clinton

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-19 15:32
Katy Perry, who performed during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, will perform at the "Love Trumps Hate" concert series.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Tickets For Tomorrow's Women On The Move Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-19 11:39
Twenty-four Main Line area women who broke the glass ceiling were named on the annual list.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bala Cynwyd Middle School Cross Country Goes Out On Top

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-19 11:06
Girls and boys teams earn wins to end their season.
Categories: Lower Merion