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Welcome to Primary Day 2016

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-04-26 06:40
The time for talking is over. Thank God.

The ads are almost over.

Maybe we can even stop hearing Donald Trump describe John Kasich's eating habits. Yes, we've gotten to that point.

We are now less than 30 minutes away from the opening of polls in Pennsylvania.

Voters here in Delaware County will be casting votes both for candidates for president, as well as the crucial delegates tied to each candidate.

Democrats also will be selecting among three candidates in a battle to face incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. Among the trio is former 7th District Congressman Joe Sestak, who lost a close vote to Toomey six years ago.

Also on the ballot will be races contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots for candidates for state attorney general, to replace troubled Kathleen Kane.

There are two races in Delco that should be noted.

Voters in the 9th District actually will be electing a new state senator. Republican Tom Killion, a longtime state rep, faces Democrat Marty Molloy, in a battle to fill the seat vacated by Dominic Pileggi, who left the Senate and won a seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. The two then will tangle again in the fall general election. Don't ask why, it's just the way it is.

If you're looking for maybe the most hotly contested race in the county, keep an eye on Upper Darby, where incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, is facing another challenge from her own party. Upper Darby Councilperson Sekela Coles is looking to knock out Davidson and advance to the November general election.

We'll be following what is going on all day long.

You can get in on the action as well by using the hashtag #vote2016.

Tell us what you see out there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Sam Bradford calls audible on Eagles' QB plans

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-04-26 06:01
Sam Bradford is doing something he was never allowed to do under Chip Kelly. He's calling an audible.

With the Eagles now holding the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft and saying they have every intention of selecting their quarterback of the future, Bradford says he's not so sure he wants to be included in that plan.

Back into the confessional: I'm a Bradford fan. I think he has the potential to be good. Very good.

I think he demonstrated that in the second half of last season as the quarterback seemed to take control of the Eagles' offense, as well as a leadership role in the locker room.

Bradford's numbers in those last seven games tell me he was playing as well as any quarterback in the league. Then again his detractors will tell you that Bradford has never led a team to the playoffs and continues to be haunted by two ACL injuries that made him miss almost two full seasons. While his knees held up last year with the Eagles, Bradford did miss games with concussion and shoulder issues.

Apparently the Eagles see it another way.

First, they declined to sign Bradford to a long-term deal, instead opting for a two-year pact that really amounts to a one-year, "show us what you can do" kind of offer. Don't feel too bad for Bradford. He still stands to make $18 million this year.

Then Howie Roseman went out and signed Chase Daniel to an eye-opening deal, supposedly to be Bradford's backup.

But the real heat got turned up last week when Roseman pulled off one final blockbuster coup in this interesting off-season, sending a treasure trove of draft picks to the Browns to move up and snag the No. 2 pick in the draft.

It is widely expected that, once the Los Angeles Rams take Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick, the Eagles will follow suit by taking Norther Dakota State wunderkind Carson Wentz at No. 2.

None of which is exactly putting a smile on Bradford's face.

After an initial report that he was "mad," another report surfaced early yesterday that he would be in camp for Eagles' workouts and determined to show the team what he can do.

That apparently changed.

Now his agent is indicating Bradford wants a trade, to be moved to a team that wants him and is planning on him as part of their future.

"He wants to go someplace and be there and know that he's going to stay as long as he plays well and his situation now in Philadelphia is different," agent Tom Condon said on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Bradford has indicated he will not be attending this week's non-mandatory workouts.

As I said, I like Bradford. But he's making a mistake.

This is football. NFL football. Competition is part of the game. Bradford knew that when he signed that two-year deal. I think we can safely assume that Bradford and Condon surveyed the league and were not exactly overwhelmed with offers, thus settling for that two-year deal with the Birds.

Bottom line? You heard it here first: Sam Bradford holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy, wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.

I could be wrong. It will not be the first time. But I don't think the Eagles are going to want this kind of festering sore lingering and souring the locker room for first-year coach Doug Pederson.

Aside from everything else, football remains a business. A big business.

Bradford knows that. So do the Eagles.

My best guess is that we're about to see the end of the Sam Bradford Era, seemingly before it had a chance to really develop.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 26 (Primary Day Edition)

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:26
The Daily Numbers: 5 states, 5 candidates seeking nods in presidential primary today.

3,500 people who jammed into Hollinger Field House at West Chester University to hear Donald Trump.

4,500 who could not get in, left standing outside.

71 delegates up for grabs for Republicans in Pa.

189 delegates on the Dem side.

7 a.m. to 8 p.m., hours for polling in Pa.

610-891-4659, where to call in Delco if you are having a problem at polls.

4 other states voting today: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island.

4 Democrats seeking Dem nod to oppose U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

3 star admiral Joe Sestak, the former Delco congressman, among that trio, along with former DEP boss Katie McGinty.

2nd Congressional District, where Chaka Fattah is fighting for his political life while he awaits trial on corruption charges.

164th House District in Pa, here in Delco, where Rep. Margo Davidson is facing a heat challenge in Dem Primary from Sekela Coles, a member of Upper Darby Council.

1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination.

846 delegates right now for Donald Trump.

544 for Ted Cruz.

149 for John Kasich.

2,382 delegates needed for the Dem nomination.

1,444 for Hillary Clinton.

1,207 for Bernie Sanders.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Exciting News: No Demolition for the Covered Wagon Inn!

What’s the saying, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”. Late tonight, I learned from Tredyffrin Township supervisor Sean Moir that an agreement has been reached to save the Covered Wagon Inn from demolition. Over the last couple of months, there has been much discussion about the saving the old field-stone building located on the […]
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Chase Utley's Main Line Home For Sale For $3.4 Million

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 17:13
The home is described as "among Gladwyne's grandest estates" and features a reception hall, saltwater swimming pool, and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:53
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saying good-bye to a brandywine valley legend: frolic weymouth has died

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:28

Frolic Weymouth Courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy/ Fig®


Today I was asked by VISTA.Today to write another piece. (I had written one about Loch Aerie last week at their request) Today I was asked to write about the great loss to Chester County over the weekend: the death of Frolic Weymouth.

The Way Back


Mr. Weymouth is a legend. A giant and pioneer in land conservation and environmental consciousness along with being an amazing artist and mighty fine sportsman. Writing about someone so fine a human being was humbling and daunting at the same time.  What a legacy he leaves.

Friends of mine who knew or met him have been posting photos and memories. I especially love the carriaging photos.

Below is an excerpt of my article. Please visit VISTA.Today and read the entire piece. Frolic Weymouth was amazing. I only wish I had ever had the opportunity to speak with him. Last time I saw him anywhere was May 2012 at the East Goshen Farmers Market. Sporting a beard and wearing a farm shirt with khakis and suspenders, he strolled through the market checking out what was going on.

VISTA.Today: George Alexis “Frolic” Weymouth, Artist and Visionary Conservationist, Dies at 79  By: Carla Joy Zambelli Posted date: April 25, 2016

George Alexis Weymouth, known as “Frolic” passed away yesterday April 24, 2016.  He would have been 80 years old in June….

Jeffrey M. Nielsen, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine Conservancy described Mr. Weymouth as “an inspirational and visionary leader.”  According to Mr. Nielsen, Mr. Weymouth was known to all as a gentleman with a divine sense of humor and penchant for fun (Mr. Weymouth once served scrapple with chutney on a silver tray). It never mattered who Frolic entertained, he was always himself, said Mr. Nielsen.

From the Queen of England to the man serving French fries at Jimmy John’s, Mr. Weymouth had a genuine love and respect for the people around him and those he met.

To those who knew Frolic Weymouth, that showed his heart: that life should be lived with purpose, but also fun. A family friend described him as a very private yet caring man who was simply magnificent; that the mold has been broken with his passing.

Jeffrey Nielsen also noted how Frolic Weymouth leaves such a rich and layered legacy of art, land stewardship, and environmental passion. Mr. Weymouth’s legacy will live on under the stewardship of the Brandywine Conservancy.


Big Bend Carriage Shed By George Weymouth

More tributes to Frolic Weymouth can be found:

Beloved ‘environmental icon’ is mourned Posted by Kathleen Brady Shea on April 25th, 2016 George Weymouth, founder of Brandywine Conservancy, museum

Updated: APRIL 25, 2016 — 1:08 AM ED
by Chris Palmer, Staff Writer

Brandywine Cinservancy and Museum of Art: GEORGE A. “FROLIC” WEYMOUTH

JUNE 2, 1936 – APRIL 24, 2016

Brandywine Conservancy founder ‘Frolic’ Weymouth dies Ken Mammarella and Brittany Horn, The News Journal 12:32 a.m. EDT April 25, 2016 My favorite thing I have read today about Frolic Weymouth was in Delaware Online. It kind of summed up a lot of what the people I spoke with today for my article told me of his personality and how humble and grateful for his life and those in it he was:

When Weymouth constructed a chapel on his property, he inscribed the following words: “This chapel was built to thank God for a wonderful life filled with fun, humor, work, sport and beauty. A close loving family; loyal and unique friends, and a fabulous son, Mac.” G.A.W. 1995

Each time he talked to his son, he would remind him to “look for something beautiful every day.”

Frolic Wymouth photo courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

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Wynnewood's Lankenau Hospital Gets 'A' Safety Grade

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:01
Hospitals around the nation were graded from 'A' through 'F' - are you surprised by the ranking?
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco HS Named 'Green Ribbon School' For 2016: Environmental Programs Lauded

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 14:42
Three Pennsylvania schools - including one in Montgomery County - have been recognized as U.S. “Green Ribbon Schools” for 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

MISSING: Jack the Cat On The Run In Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 12:19
Have you seen Jack the friendly orange cat?
Categories: Lower Merion

Scheduled Changed For Norristown High Speed Line's Wynnewood Station

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 10:33
Ongoing track work has led to a change in SEPTA's schedule for the Norristown High Speed Line.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County HS Teacher Invited To White House

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 10:21
A high school teacher from Montgomery County is among great teachers from around the nation invited to a celebration by President Obama.
Categories: Lower Merion

Reserve at Maybrook: Residents hear developer's plans for 250-unit luxury apartment complex

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-04-25 10:03
For Main Line Media News For the first time in 13 years, Wynnewood residents and some of their neighbors in Narberth Borough had a chance this week to see what will be coming to the unique, somewhat mysterious piece of land that lies between them.
Categories: Lower Merion

SJU To Host Celebration For 37 Neumann Scholars

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-04-25 09:29
37 Neumann scholars from around the area are graduating.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, April 25

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-25 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 4 p.m., time of Trump rally in West Chester today.

40 percent turnout being forecast for the Tuesday primary.

846 delegates now held by Republican Donald Trump.

1,237, what he needs to lock up nomination.

1,444 delegates for Democrat Hillary Clinton, to 1,207 for Bernie Sanders.

2,383 needed for the Dem nomination.

2 GOP candidates, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who are teaming up to deny Trump the nomination.

18 winners of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards today.

20 All-Delco Hi-Q kids featured in the Sunday paper.

1 person shot to death at a Montgomery County church event Sunday.

79, age of Frolic Weymouth, head of the Brandywine Conservancy, who died.

81, age of Philly soul singer Billy Paul, who also died this weekend.

1-0 shutout loss for the Flyers to the Caps, as they are eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1:55 of two-man advantage for Flyers, but they still could not beat Caps goalie Brayden Holtby.

0 goals in the series for Flyers Captain Claude Giroux.

103 of 105 shots stopped by Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth in the series.

8-5 loss for the Phils in Milwaukee.

2 of 3 wins in the series for the Phillies.

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

The Flyers now have an interesting question atop their off-season decisions: Who is their starting goalie? Steve Mason or Michael Neuvirth?

I Don’t Get It: We now have arguments in church breaking out into gunfire. Swell.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to this year’s All-Delco Hi-Q students, as well as the winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Quote Box: “Without always realizing it, I know I’m a role model for the boys.”

- John Pattinson, winner of Excellence in Teaching Award.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Focus on great kids and educators

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-25 06:54
It is a big week for news here in Delaware County and the rest of Pennsylvania.

Maybe you've heard, there's a little event tomorrow called a Primary Election.

Hell, it's gotten so big that none other than Donald Trump has decided to pay us a visit.

But you won't find an election story as our lead story on Page One today.

The same as you would not find them there yesterday in the Sunday paper.

Oh, we still covered the election. We ran down all the crucial races in the Sunday paper.

But we reserved out lead spots both days for two very special stories that we do each year.

On Sunday we listed the 2016 members of the All-Delco Hi-Q team. Each team that takes part in the oldest scholastic quiz competition in the country selects one member to be named All-Delco, based on our popular teams that we select after every high school sports season.

Then today we came right back with profiles on this year's winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Both groups will be feted Thursday night at the annual Partners in Education Dinner at the Drexelbrook.

I will be there to explain just how important these stories are to us.

Important enough to knock The Donald off Page One.
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Trump does West Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-25 06:41
One more day.

One more day of non-stop political advertising, robocalls and pressing of the flesh.

Things are likely to hit a crescendo today as Trumpapalooza hits the region.

The Donald is doing a rally at 4 p.m. on the campus of West Chester University. You can get all the details here.

In the meantime, word is filtering out that his GOP rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich, are joining forces in a bid to keep Trump from wrapping up the Republican nomination before the convention in Cleveland.

We'll have live coverage as Trump does West Chester.

Some student groups already are talking about protesting the appearance by the real estate mogul and reality TV star.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Sestak still at war with his own party

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-04-25 06:24
I used my print column today to talk about one of the crucial battles on tomorrow's Primary Election ballot.

It involves our old friend Joe Sestak, the retired admiral who deposed 20-year incumbent Curt Weldon from his 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sestak then set his eyes on bigger fish - namely the U.S. Senate.

He thumbed his nose at his own part in refusing to stand aside so Dems could crown party-switching Republican Arlen Specter to run against Pat Toomey.

Sestak won that battle, but then lost the war with Toomey.

Sestak has never stopped campaigning, constantly criscrossing the state, including walking the length, to keep his name out there with voters.

Now he's looking for a rematch with Toomey.

And he has his own party's brass right where he wants them.

All lined up against him.

You can read my print column here.
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9,089 New Jobs Within 25 Miles Of Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-04-24 19:36
Looking for a job? Thousands of new postings are up on the Ardmore jobs board.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Primary: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Win

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-04-24 15:54
Hillary Clinton is projected to win the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania and Donald Trump is the projected Republican winner.
Categories: Lower Merion