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Lower Merion's Andrew Becker, 50

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 16:03
"He was a caring friend to all and we will miss seeing that great smile."
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LM Zoners: Testimony continued on Kohelet's expansion plans; neighbors concerned about increased traffic

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-20 14:45
MERION STATION >> The zoning hearing on Kohelet Yeshiva High School’s plan to expand, which has generated controversy in its Merion Station neighborhood, will extend into 2016.
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Montco Man Arrested For 'Social Media Threats': Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 13:13
Be careful what you say on the Internet.
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Harriton Senior Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 12:21
Some of the school district's top athletic stars will compete for Division 1 schools around the region.
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'Sexting' Of Nude Student Photos At Montco HS Investigated

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 12:01
The school was apparently tipped off to yet another sexting incident in the region by an anonymous parent.
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Report: Police justified in stopping man fitting bank robbery suspect's description

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-20 11:13
ARDMORE >> An internal police investigation released Wednesday night has exonerated Lower Merion police officers and says they were justified in stopping an African-American man named Nathaniel Williams last month who “fit the description” of a suspect in a bank robbery.
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Narberth: Hastily organized meeting on razed house raises questions

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-20 11:02
Narberth >> Neighbors on Narberth’s Dudley Avenue woke the morning of Nov. 9 to find backhoes in place, preparing to take down an older home for new construction.
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Fire Damages City Avenue Applebees: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 09:31
The fire began on the roof, but it's unclear how.
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Black Friday 2015 Shopping Guide For Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-20 09:01
Check out these Black Friday deals from Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and Best Buy.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Nov. 20

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-20 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 170 people being held hostage inside a Mali hotel that was stormed by gunmen early this morning. Early reports indicate 3 people have been killed.

5 ethics charges stipulated to by Chester Magisterial District Judge Dawn Vann

2nd woman who was bitten by a rabid cat complained about a delay in warning the public during the Upper Darby council meeting.

2 more free rabies vaccination clinics being set up by Upper Darby authorities.

1st degree murder conviction for an 18-year-old Darby man who fatally shot a 600-year-old man in a confrontation.

880 turkeys needed by CityTeam in Chester for their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the needy.

3 year contract OK’d by Radnor Township School Board and its teachers.

5-11 years in state prison for a man who pleaded guilty in the armed robbery of an Upper Chichester woman in the driveway of her home.

3.25 percent tax increase being looked at in Haverford.

1.756 percent hike in taxes in Upper Providence.

110-86 vote in the House to sell off the state liquor stores and privatize sales in the state.

289-137 vote in the U.S. House to put up new hurdles to curb Syrian refugees from entering the country.

1-0 loss for the Flyers in OT to the Sharks.

34 saves made by Sharks goalie Martin Jones in shutting out the orange and black.

6 straight home losses for the Flyers.

0 wins in November so far for all Philly teams.

3 big high school football playoff games tonight, with Upper Darby, Marple Newtown and Academy Park in action.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.It looks like we’re about to hand the season over to Mark Sanchez.

I Don’t Get It: Christmas music 24 hours a day. On Nov. 19. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Nether Providence teachers whose quick action likely saved the life of fellow Dragon Boat enthusiast when he passed out on the river.

Quote Box: “He chose the easiest mark that he could find.”

- Assistant District Attorney Sean McNabb, summing up the case against Rashon Sargent on murder charges.
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One more step on road to privatization of liquor sales in Pa.

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-20 06:47
Mike Turzai is moving up on my list of things that I'm thankful for this year.

Several months ago, the Republican state House Speaker sat in our conference room and all but guaranteed me that privatization of the state's antiquated liquor laws would be part of any budget deal with new Gov. Tom Wolf.

We're not there yet, but we're getting closer.

Yesterday the House passed a privatization bill. It would basically blow up the Liquor Control Board; selling off the 600 state stores and turning sales over to private enterprise.

That's the good news.

Now it goes over to the Senate.

Here's the bad news. If I had to place a bet, I would say this is going to be amended to death.

I think some version of privatization winds up a part of the final budget deal.

But I kind of doubt we're going to see the all-out privatization passed by the House yesterday.

But I will put it on top of my Christmas wish list.
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Jingle all the way: Christmas music arrives

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-20 06:36
So much for Thanksgiving.

The Christmas season arrived yesterday.

At least the music did.

The folks at More 101.1 FM in Philly have gone all Christmas classics.

I like Christmas music as much as the next guy. To prove my point, I can tell you that the greatest Christmas song ever recorded is Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas."

Go ahead, slam me for not going with Andy Williams.

But the fact is I don't need Christmas music in the middle of November yet. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet.

What's next, a double-feature of "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and a "Charlie Brown Christmas"?

I have the same argument with my wife on this notion of rushing into the holiday.

I happen to have grown up in a house where the tree did not appear until magically showing up on Christmas morning.

Now we put it up in early December.

I'll offer the same response on the early carols:

Bah! Humbug!
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The greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-20 06:20
I refer to is as the single greatest moment in Philadelphia sports.

I was reminded of it when I watched the ESPN '30 on 30' piece on former Eagles owner Leonard Tose. I highly recommend it.

Columnist Jack McCaffery wrote about it yesterday.

As I watched it, I started to well up, as I do every time I think of that one specific moment in time.

I know the Flyers have won two Stanley Cups.

I know the Phillies have won World Series championships. As have the Sixers.

I attended the first Phillies parade in 1980.

But for me, nothing will ever compare with Jan. 11, 1981.

Maybe it was because I was there, a longtime season ticket holder in the infamous 700 Level.

It was as cold as I've ever been in my life.

And it was - in my humble opinion - the single greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history.

I can describe it in four simple words:

Wilbert off right tackle.

At that moment, we knew something we had not experienced in a long time. We were winners. If you there, you'll know why I consider it the apex of Philly sports.

The Eagles still have not delivered a Super Bowl title, let alone a parade.

But we'll always have this one moment.

It was electric. Just listen to it:

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To fence or not to fence — Valley Forge Middle School fencing saga continues

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 the public was invited to attend a community meeting at Valley Forge Middle School with the District’s safety consultant from National School Safety and Security Services (consultation fee: $15,500). Chesterbrook resident Doug Anestad attended the fencing meeting and provided the following update of the meeting for Community Matters: The Valley Forge […]
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Explosion In Montgomery County Leaves One Injured: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-11-19 19:03
One man was hospitalized.
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Explosion In Montgomery County Leaves One Injured: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-11-19 19:02
One man was hospitalized.
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Philly Porn Star Suing Josh Duggar Over 'Terrifying' Sex

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-11-19 18:32
An adult film star who says Josh Duggar assaulted her in Philadelphia last summer has filed a lawsuit seeking $500,000 in damages.
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a great thing: plaid pajama project

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:38

So my friend Pamela had this idea born of her own Christmas memories and family traditions. In her own words:

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my sister and I were allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve. We received a new pair of pajamas from Nonnie and Poppie and wore them that night. During our teen years we had some funny pajamas opening experiences as it was humorous to see what they would choose for us.

You’ll still find us laughing till we cry when recounting pair I got during my freshman year of college which were purchased slightly too large. How large you ask? Large enough for Kristina and I to fit in them- together! As you can see, these pajamas played a huge part of our family Christmas memories.

My parents, Mema and Pepa, carry on this tradition and give pajamas to our children each year, and even when we aren’t together it’s the only gift they open on Christmas Eve.

I wanted to take this tradition one step further, to give pajamas to local children in need this year. And while I could do this alone I thought I’d give my family and friends the option to give, too. I have a few connections working to find children for me so if you are here and there isn’t anyone left to sign up for please check back. I’ll keep adding children as I get donors! 

If this tradition touches your heart and you would like to contribute by choosing a child to buy for, or if you would like to contribute towards our wrapping supply costs you may sign up here.

Plaid Pajamas Project is just a nice thing we can do for kids at Christmas. And these are kids here in our area.  Participation is as easy as a click of a signup button on plaidpajamasproject.com.  Classes have been sponsoring classes, families have been sponsoring children who share a name or a size and when no names are available, all sizes are given to shelters where comforts of home are always in short supply.
All pajamas must be brand new with tags attached and not contain any branded characters or wording. While the temptation and intentions are wonderful, Plaid Pajamas Project asks that no additional gifts be sent with the pajamas. 

Plaid Pajamas Project also accepts cash donations to support delivery, wrapping and other expenses. Pajamas and donations can be mailed to Plaid Pajamas Project, PO Box 186, Berwyn, PA 19312. Pajamas can also be dropped off at Lulu’s Casita in Ardmore or Creative Clubhouse in Havertown.  Signups have come from across the area and one name in particular stood out for my friend Pamela.

“I check the list every day and one day I saw my Nonnie’s name on the list and I welled up with love and pride,” said Pamela.  “She’s given me and my family so much in our lives and now she’s reaching out to help me bring her tradition to others. I guess that’s what the holidays are all about.

Pamela is one of my earth angels as well as a friend. She gives so much and has such a big heart. So not only have I donated to the cause, I am paying it forward and asking you my readers from near and far to help if you can.

To learn more about Plaid Pajamas Project, visit plaidpajamasproject.com.

To sign up to participate CLICK HERE.

  • All pajamas must be brand new with tags attached.
  • Pajamas should not contain branded characters, or any wording.
  • Only one set of pajamas should be sent per child chosen, nothing additional (i.e.: slippers, socks, bathrobe, etc.)
  • All pajamas should be sent to Pamela’s home address, she will make the drop offs to the recipient families. After you sign up you will receive an email with the mailing address. You are welcome to order online and have your order delivered to me. In the shipping area please use one of the address fields to indicate the first name and age of the child you are buying for.
  • PO Box 186 Berwyn PA 19312
  • Email plaid.pajamas25@gmail.com with any questions!

A private pajama wrapping party will be held in December.  Media will be invited to attend.

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Report: Stopping man fitting bank robbery suspect's description 'justified'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:37
ARDMORE >> An internal police investigation released Wednesday night has exonerated Lower Merion police officers and says they were justified in stopping an African-American man named Nathaniel Williams last month who “fit the description” of a suspect in a bank robbery.
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Fire Breaks Out At Valley Forge Towers (VIDEO)

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:21
"It was chaotic," one eyewitness said. Several elderly individuals reside in the towers.
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