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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-12-02 20:12
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion High School Ranked Among PA's Top 10 Public High Schools

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-12-02 11:57
The school was also listed at the best high school for athletes in the state, according to Niche.com.
Categories: Lower Merion

And the angels sing in Swarthmore

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-12-02 06:25
The debate in Swarthmore continues. I always like to think of readers' voices as those of the angels. They are singing these days in Swarthmore.

I took to the editorial page today to expound on the story that everyone is talking about. That would be the request by the HEADstrong Foundation to use a stately, old house in the borough as a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families who are getting medical treatment in the area. That request is being opposed by some neighbors. An interesting thing happened as we covered this story, something that actually happens quite often. No one especially liked our coverage.

Those who backed the Colleluori family and HEADstrong in their efforts believed we focused entirely too much on the opponents and ignored the fact that a lot of people in the borough were supporting their request. Essentially, they thought the town was being painted with much too broad a brush. If you spend any time, as I do, online you know what I mean. The stories have sparked a huge outpouring, both on our DelcoTimes.com comments board, as well as on Facebook.

On the other side, those opposed to the HEADstrong request believed we were unnecessarily sensationalizing the story and fanning the flames of the bile that spilled out - much of it directed at them - online.

As I always do in these cases, I invited them to offer their side of the story, and promised I would run it on our op-ed page. My thanks for Lisa Feehery for taking me up on my offer.

One thing I would like to make clear. Lisa Feehery is not what most people are trying to make her and some of her fellow neighbors out to be. She believes what is in essence a fairly mundane issue over borough codes and zoning regulations is being fanned into something emotional, an "us vs. them" debate that she does not really want.

You can read her guest column here.

Council is set to make their ruling Monday night. We'll be there.

Categories: Pennsylvania

The life of Reilly

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-12-02 05:59
On our editorial page Thursday, we noted how Andy Reilly is about to do something most people in Delaware County already have done.

The leader of the county Republican Party will cast a ballot for Donald J. Trump for president.

But Reilly's vote will have a little more 'oomph' than most of those cast a couple of weeks ago in Delco and Pennsylvania.

That's because Reilly is one of 20 official electors from Pennsylvania to the Electoral College.

You remember all that talk about Pennsylvania's 20 critical electoral votes? Reilly holds one of them. And despite a daily avalanche of emails, he says he's heard nothing to make him change his mind and not vote the will of the public in casting his vote for Trump.

This comes as Third Party candidate Jill Stein is pushing lawsuits seeking recounts in three states, including Pennsylvania. A hearing on that request is set for Monday in Harrisburg.

It turns out she's not the only one who has not yet accepted the election results.

Here in Delaware County, unsuccessful Democratic 7th District Congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis is seeking a recount, sounding the alarm about widespread hacking reports. You can get all the details on that push here.

Good luck with that, Mary Ellen.

Don't hold your breath waiting for either of these challenges to hold water - or change the result of the election. Donald Trump is going to be the 45th president of the United States.

And I, for one, am already starting to wonder if all these angry people who backed him aren't already wondering what they did and if Trump in fact is the guy who is going to go to bat for them. We shall see. I just hope the country is not saddled with a massive, four-year case of buyer's remorse.
Categories: Pennsylvania

New Open House Listings for Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-01 20:47
An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Check out those around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Looking for a job? Check out new jobs posted on Patch!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-01 20:44
Find a new job or post a job opening on the all new Patch Jobs!
Categories: Lower Merion

dear santa can you help?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-12-01 14:30

Dear Santa,

Hi there! Are you getting your letters from Chester County, PA?  I am sorry to ask  during this time of year, but you see parts of Chester County has an on again, off again mail problem.

You see, part of Chester County PA’s Mail sorts through another city and state. Yes, it’s true, part of Chester County’s mail sorts through Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine, you send your next door neighbor a card and it takes not days , but weeks to arrive. Why? Because the mail sorts through Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine you have an awesome local post office and equally terrific mail carriers. Imagine how awful they feel when they have to knock on your door and hand you damaged mail and damaged packages that sometimes look like the football after Monday Night Football! Why? Because the mail came to Chester County via Wilmington, Delaware!

Imagine you are waiting for a registered or priority package and you are tracking it on USPS.com and you watch it travel from pillar to post and then it just stalls for a couple of days…in Wilmington, Delaware. (with no explanation, ever.)

Santa, it is sad but true. When you complain the United States Postal Service doesn’t honor their “we deliver for you” they terrorize your local mail carriers and post office or they blow you off entirely. Heck maybe YOU can get them to respond to emails – because unless you are contacting the Office of The Inspector General, you stand a pretty good chance of being totally blown off.

Last time I went on a tirade against Chester County PA mail partially sorting through Wilmington, Delaware I was told off the record that the reason mail from Chester County sorts through another state entirely was Joe Biden and is this true?  So should I be writing to Joe Biden instead of you Santa Claus?

I have a theory and that is the postal workers in the sorting facility in Wilmington,  Delaware resent having to also sort Chester County, Pennsylvania mail.  And that is why I hypothesize why mail goes missing, has inexplicable delays, and gets damaged. And who can blame them?  Wouldn’t you be upset if some politicians just doubled your workloads because they thought that was the solution to some stupid political agenda? 

December 1, 2016 update: spoke to consumer affairs personnel in Washington, DC in the Postmaster General’s Office after getting blown off by Philadelphia Consumer Affairs and the office of the USPS OIG. Santa would you like to receive a priority package marked fragile that looks like this?

So Santa, if you can talk to USPS about the mail and ask them to do something about the Chester County, Pennsylvania mail partially sorting in Wilmington, Delaware that would be an awesome stocking stuffer this Christmas!

Categories: Pennsylvania

More on the great Swarthmore debate

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:47
We revisited the Great Swarthmore Debate today.

That, of course, would be the conflagration of comments surrounding the proposal by the HEADstrong Foundation to use a home in the borough for a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families while they receive medical care in the area. I decided to follow up on the story for a couple of reasons.

First and foremost, because no one seemed to be entirely happy with our coverage up to this point.

Those in favor of the HEADstrong plan thought a story earlier this week spent too much time focusing on the comments of neighbors who are opposing the move and asking borough council to block it. They also said the story unfairly besmirched what they say are the overwhelming majority of people in the borough who support the plan.

I heard from lawyers. I heard from state reps. All wanted to stress that there area a lot of people in Swarthmore who support HEADstrong and their mission.

I also heard from several of those neighbors who appeared before council last week to oppose the plan.

They believe they also have been unfairly characterized.

Make no mistake. they have legitimate concerns and make several valid points, including concerns about traffic and parking, let alone setting a precedent for similar potential uses of borough property.

Then there is the online and social media phenomenon.

It is now part and parcel of what we do.

There was a time when debate on such a topic would have been reserved for town meetings, water coolers and coffee klatches. Not anymore.

The story exploded both on our website and Facebook.

Today, every person with a phone, tablet or laptop is now a publisher, free to say whatever they wish, and often wearing the cloak of anonymity.

The neighbors who have raised concerns about the HEADstrong proposal believe they are being unfairly vilified by the online comments. Read through them and it's easy to see their point.

I hold some responsibility for that.

The comments on DelcoTimes.com as well as our Facebook page are largely unmonitored. You sign on and you can spill your guts. That very often can turn ugly pretty quickly.

When people register a complaint, I review the comments. Sometimes I delete them. Other times I realize a person simply disagreed with another's position. Those stay.

Yesterday I removed one post on our Facebook page that included a photo of one of the neighbors who is opposed to the HEADstrong use.

We should be careful in how we word this as well.

Obviously, none of these people is opposed to HEADstrong, and the marvelous work they do providing free room and board and other crucial services to families dealing with heart-wrenching cancer diagnoses. They just don't think it's the proper use for this particular house. You can read our follow-up story here.

And then no doubt post your comments as well.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A classic response on Wawa parking lots

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:24
It may be the best response or suggestion to a blog item in the history of the Heron's Nest.

Yesterday I nominated Wawa parking lots as some of the most dangerous places in Delaware County.

That prompted a person on Twitter to come up with an ingenious suggestion.

He urged the Department of Motor Vehicles to start using Wawa parking lots for driver's tests.

"Get into the lot, park, and get out. You get a license."


Any other suggestions?
Categories: Pennsylvania

A slippery slope for Sixers

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-01 06:14
The Sixers did not lose last night.

That's the good news.

Then again, they did not win either. No, they didn't tie.

Actually, they didn't play at all.

The Sixers had problems with their hardwood playing surface down at the Wells Fargo Center. Apparently the warm weather, coupled with the Flyers' ice surface that resides under the hardwood, along with rainy warm conditions outside combined to allow moisture to form on the hardwood. And apparently, no one thought to crank up the air-conditioning.

Yes, they got floored.

Yes, they mopped the floor, but not with Demarcus Cousins and the Kings, the way their fans would have preferred.

Make no mistake, a lot of questions are going to be asked about the way the Sixers handled all this.

Members of the Kings reported they had issues at their morning shootaround. That was at 10 a.m. Then the Sixers faced the situation during their pre-game practice.

All of this was hours before game time, but no announcement was forthcoming until most fans were already in the house.

The team initially announced to the crowd that the game was being delayed before eventually cancelling it altogether.

Fans will be offered tickets to a future game, in addition to the rescheduled game with the Kings. Fans also will be reimbursed for parking. No word on whether the team will make good on any beer and food fans purchased before the rug was pulled out from under the game.

Yes, it's a very slippery slope for a team that has had more than its share of pitfalls.

Terry Toohey has all the details.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Looking for a job? Check out new jobs posted on Patch!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 20:38
Find a new job or post a job opening on the all new Patch Jobs!
Categories: Lower Merion

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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 20:16
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
Categories: Lower Merion

still coming soon in west chester?

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-11-30 18:22

I love the Farmers & Mechanics Building and was super excited that Myles Development was thinking outside the box and creating a boutique hotel.  As a matter of fact I had offered Tom Myles free photography of his site as it was being rehabilitated for a “brag book” I was so excited. But I never heard a thing after I offered that in February, 2016.  And that’s fine, I am busy enough as it is.

But… who has heard anything about how the rehab/adaptive reuse is going? Has anyone seen the work so far? (I am still really interested in the rooftop garden and how that will turn out!)

I went searching for news and found the above on a small hotel site called Marshall Hotels & Resorts.

I saw an update that they are pre-leasing office space – that was on the Myles Development site and screen shot below.

But that is it – can’t find additional media coverage or anything.  I am rooting for this project, so if anyone has any updates, please post a comment!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Montco Pediatrician Had Sexually Explicit Photos of Children: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 17:11
A Montgomery County pediatrician had numerous sexually explicit images of children on his phone, according to authorities.
Categories: Lower Merion

(VIDEO) Norristown Crews Battle Residential Fire Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 17:00
Flames boiled out of a second story window as firefighters approached a home in West Norriton Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

610 DUI's, 931 Crashes In Pennsylvania Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 15:22
Pennsylvania State Police said that there were 610 arrests for DUI's and 931 total crashes investigated over Thanksgiving weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Municipal Official ID'd in Anti-Trump Grafitti Video

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 14:07
The Fresh Market grocery store had anti-Trump graffiti spray painted on it Friday Nov. 25.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA Regional Rail Line Shut Down After Fatality Reported

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 13:45
Breaking: Service has been suspended in both directions on SEPTA's Paoli-Thorndale Line following a fatality Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco DA's Office To Hold Holiday Drive To Support SPCA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 13:26
In between prosecuting animal cruelty cases, Montgomery County ADAs are giving local dogs and cats a helping hand this holiday season.
Categories: Lower Merion

Abington Armed Robber, Dressed In Medical Scrubs, Demands Narcotics: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 09:00
An armed robber entered an Abington pharmacy on Tuesday and handed employees a note reading: "Give narcotics, you won't get hurt."
Categories: Lower Merion