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Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-07-04 08:21


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Fish For Free This Saturday In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-03 17:20
Looking for a free Fourth of July activity?
Categories: Lower Merion

Late budget

PA Watercooler - Fri, 2015-07-03 16:27
Hey, Republican legislature…
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Wolf Vetoes Republicans’ End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regulations

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:26
Along with the Republican proposals for alcohol reform and pensions, Tom Wolf also vetoed the Republicans’ plan to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drilling out of...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Classic Stone Colonial In Wynnewood Among New Local Listings

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-03 11:02
On the hunt for a new home? These local properties were just listed.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wawa Looks To Sell Beer In Pa.

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-03 10:58
The Chadds Ford location would be the first Wawa location in Pennsylvania to sell beer. What do you think?
Categories: Lower Merion


Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:41


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Lower Merion, Narberth consider putting portion of Montgomery Avenue on 'road diet'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:00
What would it be like to put a road like Montgomery Avenue on a diet?
Categories: Lower Merion

b.good opens doors in Wynnewood Square Shopping Center

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 11:39
Deb Lutz welcomes diners to her new restaurant, b.good, at Wynnewood Square Shopping Center. The fast-casual, healthy-eating spot is the second location of the New England-based chain in the Philadelphia region. The Bryn Mawr resident, who opened her first b.good in Marlton, N.J., last summer, is the franchise owner for the region, with plans to open three more over the next three years. With a slogan “real.food.fast,” b.good’s menu ranges from house-ground burgers and home-made veggie burgers to kale-quinoa bowls for fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies. Ninety-five percent of the menu can be made gluten-free. Each location features a small garden — growing kale at the moment — and a 12-foot planter of fresh mint indoors.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shakeup at Channel 3: May, Orr, Reece lose jobs

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 11:39
Three months into his tenure at general manager of KYW-TV (Channel 3) and its duopoly partner, WPSG-TV (Channel 57), Brien Kennedy declared independence for three of his four lead players at “Eyewitness News.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Wary of temporary fixes, Narberth considering borough-wide parking policy

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 10:46
NARBERTH >> Two months running, neighbors have come to Narberth Borough’s Public Works Committee to voice concerns about parking challenges — existing ones or ones possibly in the making.
Categories: Lower Merion

Jewish Family and Children's Service expanding to Main Line

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 10:46
BALA CYNWYD >> A long-vacant commercial building on Montgomery Avenue in Bala Cynwyd will soon have a new life as a community and family services center.
Categories: Lower Merion

Some surprises as Lower Merion board considers 2016-2021 projects

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-02 10:46
ARDMORE >> As Lower Merion Township begins the process of setting a new six-year Capital Improvement Program for 2016-2021, many long-planned and routine annual projects still have a place.
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Fourth Of July Weekend Forecast For Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-07-02 10:34
There is a chance of showers over the weekend. Will it ruin your plans? Check your local forecast here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Why Can’t All Wawa’s Sell Beer?

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-07-02 08:40
One Wawa in Pennsylvania will soon sell beer, in Chadd’s Ford. Acme, Whole Foods and Wegmans already have approval to sell beer in the area. A decision is expected on July 21. Wawa...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, July 2

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-02 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 2 anchor stores with exterior entrances all that remains of the iconic Granite Run Mall. They locked the doors for the last time.

41 years, how long the shopping mecca stood at Baltimore Pike and Route 352 in Middletown.

125 retail spaces in the mall in its heyday.

24 million dollars, what the mall sold for, going to BET Investments. Most of the existing mall will be razed and replaced with a town center development of residential and retail.

20 million dollar renovation planned for the 58 acres site.

25 bucks, what it will cost you if you want to pick up a Pope Francis bobblehead ahead of his visit to the region in September.

4th suspect in Marple home invasion captured in North Carolina.

95 mph winds in a confirmed EF-1 tornado that touched down in Honey Brook, Chester County, on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

190,000 dollar salary for the new super in Springfield.

2.18 percent tax hike coming in Marple Newtown.

14 nursing homes operated by Golden Living being sued by the state attorney general.

138 point uptick for the stock market yesterday.

9-5 loss for the hapless Phillies to the Brewers.

8 straight losses for Aaron Harang.

8 runs on 14 hits given up by the Phils’ starter.

6.94 ERA for Harang.

27-53 record for the Phils, worst in baseball.

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

The Phillies are the worst team in baseball. And it’s not really close.

I Don’t Get It: Still trying to figure out why anyone is surprised by the budget stalemate in Harrisburg.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the new top cop in Ridley Township. That would be Scott Willoughby, new police captain.

Quote Box: “I remember when Granite Run first opened. It was a destination. It’s sad to see it close.”

- Krby Rhodes, on the end of the line for the iconic mall.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wawa makes its case for beer sales

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-02 07:02
UPDATE: Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday afternoon vetoed the bill that would privatize sales of wine and alcohol in Pa. * You have to love Wawa's sense of timing.

Or, I guess, you might say: Gottahava sense of timing.

That is the sentiment we delivered on our front page Wednesday, with a lead headline exclaiming, ‘Gottahava Brewski,’ when our very own iconic Delco convenience store chain went in front of the folks out in Concord and made their case to sell beer in their store on Naamans Creek Road.

It is the first time Wawa has considered beer sales in the ever-changing landscape of booze sales in Pa.

While they sell beer in stores in Virginia and Florida, it marks the first such effort in Pennsylvania.

And it comes on the same day that the state Senate also for the first time in history passed legislation privatizing the sale of alcohol in Pa. Right now that bill is sitting on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk, no doubt likely to wind up part of the ongoing budget talks that have blown past the July 1 deadline.

For now, Wawa is saying this is a single-store consideration, but if you read between the lines, it's not hard to see this quickly expanding to other stores. The company says similar beer sales at other locations would depend on the success of the new facility in Concord. What does that tell you?

Make no mistake. This is still not going to be quite the experience you get in other states. Wawa is literally planning to build a completely separate part of the state to handle beer sales.

And you have to love the name. They're calling it the Wild Goose Cafe. No doubt after the company's namesake Canadian goose, which is indigenous to the section of Delaware County where it was founded, out in Chester Heights and Middletown.

Wawa is planning to construct a 400-square-foot space within the store for beer sales, as well as seating for 30. It will have its own register, separate from purchase in the rest of the store.

That's also the practice at several local supermarkets that have entered the fray in beer sales, such as Wegmans. You can't just snag a case of beer, put it in your cart with the rest of your groceries and pay for it all at the same register before exiting. Beer sales are confined to a separate section for the store, and you must pay for them at a separate register. You also are confined to buying two six-packs at a time, the same as will hold for this Wawa plan.

If you want a case, you will still have to head to your local beer distributor. Or simply make another trip back into the Wawa or supermarket and grab two more six-packs.

Under the Senate bill, beer distributors and supermarkets would be able to buy a license to sell wine and booze. I guess the problem for the mom-and-pop operators would be where they would put all this stuff. If the plan is signed by Gov. Wolf, I'll be interested to see just how many beer distributors enter the wine and spirits biz.

I'm also very interested to see if any of the huge discount liquor operations such as Total Wine just over the line in Claymont try to stick their toes in the Pa. waters.

This is about as close as Pennsylvania has ever gotten to blowing up the LCB and getting the state out of the booze business. It's not hard to see a day when beer sales at Wawa will be commonplace, just as they are in convenience stores in most other states. After all, isn't that part of the 'convenience?'
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The Phillies hit bottom

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-02 06:31
Phillies fans got a glimpse of cold, hard reality this week.

Friends, we are fans of the worst team in baseball.

After all the hoopla surrounding the emergence of the new face of ownership in John Middletown; and the new boss of operations, Andy MacPhail; and the new interim manager for the rest of the season, Pete Mackanin; unfortunately they still have to play the games. The Phils entered this series within spitting distance of the equally inept Milwaukee Brewers.

It has not gone well.

The Phils have dropped three straight to the Brewers. They now sit at an atrocious 27-53, 17 1/2 games in back of the NL East-leading Nationals, who toyed with the Phils last weekend.

In the meantime, the Brewers have put some daylight between themselves and the bottom rung in baseball, where the Phils currently reside.

After three straight wins at Citizens Bank Park, the Brew Crew are at 32-48.

Milwaukee bludgeoned troubled Phils' starter Aaron Harang last night. After a promising start to the season, Harang has gone off a cliff. It was his eighth straight loss, and clearly his worst outing of the season. Harang surrendered eight runs on 14 hits in five-plus innings.

The Phillies .338 winning percentage puts them at the bottom of the baseball heap.

And deservedly so.

There is really only one interesting thing left about this team. That would be who Cole Hamels will be dealt to, and for whom.
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Want a Pope Francis bobblehead?

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-01 21:58
Get your Pope Francis bobbleheads here. The schedule for Pope Francis’ September visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September was announced Tuesday. A day later, the official retail website for World Meeting of Families and the pope’s visit is now live.
Categories: Lower Merion