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Bryn Mawr Writer Featured In Villanova's Literary Festival

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:53
Daniel Torday is the author of numerous acclaimed novels and the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.
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11 Arrested In Overnight Raid In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:32
The group owed more than $120,000 in child support altogether.
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Wegmans Alerts Customers To Facebook Scam

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 10:01
Don't be fooled by a Facebook post making the rounds, the supermarket says.
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Lower Merion Man, Athlete And Analyst, Dies At 30 From Overdose

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 09:31
A single knee injury led to painkillers, which forever changed the life of a man with an incredibly bright future.
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Is Your Lower Merion Student-Athlete Signing A Letter Of Intent?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-02-03 09:04
Wednesday is National Signing Day for college-bound athletes. Share your celebration here.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 3

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 07:05
The Daily Numbers: 23, age of convicted home invader who is back in trouble again, facing human trafficking charges in Upper Darby.

2,700 dollars believed stolen from a woman’s apartment as part of the ordeal, which started when she placed an ad with an online dating service.

7,000 dollars OK’d by Swarthmore Council as reimbursement for repairs on a fire truck.

20,000 dollars being spent by Springfield School District for website services.

2005, when then Montco D.A. Bruce Castor gave his word to Bill Cosby that he would not be prosecuted for any information provided in a deposition in a civil suit.

5 years in jail and $1 million in restitution for Chip Fattah, son of Philly Congressman Chaka Fattah, on fraud charges.

18 times, how many times Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. He’s seen his shadow and called for 6 more weeks of winter 102 times.

1 case of the Zika virus that has now popped up in Texas. This one was transmitted by sexual activity.

1,700 jobs being eliminated at Yahoo.

10,000 pieces of undelivered mail found in a mail room in Philadelphia.

200 million dollars more that will be sought for education by Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address next week.

60 million dollar pricetag for the universal Pre-K education program being sought by new Philly Mayor Jim Kenney.

0, how much in campaign donations Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s pulled in amid her legal woes while running for re-election.

1 woman, 2 children struck by hit-run driver in South Philly yesterday.

4-2 win for Flyers over Canadiens to kick off the 2nd half of NHL season.

72-57 win for Chester High over Academy Park in boys hoops last night.

5 year extension for Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry.

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

The Eagles increasingly are looking like Howie Roseman’s show. Not real sure how I feel about that.

I Don’t Get It: Gov. Wolf will be asking for $200 million more for education in his budget address next week. Which would be nice if the state actually had this year’s spending plan in place. Hard to believe.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Punxsutawney Phil. Hey, maybe it’s not scientific, but we’ll take it.

Quote Box: “Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever, as far as I was concerned.”

- Former Montco D.A. Bruce Castor, on deal he offered Bill Cosby.
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Record warm temps, rain, melting snow may create flooding mess

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 06:22
Maybe Punxsutawney was right.

One day after Pennsylvania's most famous rodent predicted an early spring, we're headed for near-record temperatures today.

Many forecasts believe we'll surpass the record high of 62, which was set back in 2006.

So much for the good news.

The warm weather is going to be accompanied by a day-long rain, including some heavy downpours later this afternoon and tonight. Coupled with melting snow from our recent blizzard, flooding is likely.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire region from noon until 5 p.m. Thursday. That could mean problems for the usual trouble spots, including Darby Borough, and areas along Chester Creek.

The city of Chester already has issued a warning to residents along Chester Creek that they may need to evacuate their homes. The city put out an advisory warning residents of Parker Manor to be prepared to evacuate, move motor vehicles as far away from Chester Creek as possible and find shelter with family or friends until the threat has passed.

Residents with questions are asked to call the Chester Fire Department, Station 81, at 610-447-7844, or Station 82 at 610-447-7842. In the meantime, AccuWeather's extended forecast is calling for the possibility of cold and snow extending into early March, but then a quick warm-up.

Here's what they have to say:

AccuWeather reports Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Feb. 2, 2016, indicating an early start to spring for the United States. The decision marks only the 18th time Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog hasn't seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887.

For the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned for just the opposite, as cold air and the potential for snow will linger into the start of March. Elsewhere, springlike severe weather isn't predicted to become widespread until April.

Cold air and snow possible for mid-Atlantic, Northeast into March; Drought may develop for Great Lakes, Ohio Valley Warm weather lovers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have to be patient, as winter plans to linger into March across both regions.

Cold air and stormy weather will take the stage from late February into the start of March, opening the door for a potential late-winter snowstorm.

"There could be a last surge of winter before we see the transition into spring," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. "For the Northeast, there's still an opportunity for some snow, although there's a higher chance that we'll see a cold snap rather than a big snowstorm."

A quick warmup will follow, however, allowing milder air to arrive faster than it has in the past two years for both regions.

"A lack of arctic air in the region and the sun getting higher and higher in the sky will make it feel pretty nice, I think, by mid-March in the Northeast," Pastelok said.

Through April, the weather pattern will lend itself to the occasional damp and dreary day before a turnaround in May.

May could also yield drought concerns for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, prompting some early season heat. During the same month, the threat for severe weather will loom for the mid-Atlantic.

For the complete local forecast, click here.
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Eagles enter the Howie Roseman Era

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-02-03 06:03
Welcome to the Howie Roseman show.

Remember all that talk from Eagles owner Jeff Lurie about how the team was putting on a full-court press to hire a personnel guy.

The Birds Boss played it very close to the vest in terms of who is calling the shots at the press conference where he rolled out Andy Reid acolyte Doug Pederson as the Eagles new coach. He consistently dodged questions about Roseman's role, saying only that once the team had their personnel guy, there would be "100 percent accountability."

Well now we know what he meant by that.

The Eagles apparently have put the search for their personnel guru on hold until after the draft.

This looks like Howie Roseman's show now.

That means Howie will likely be the loudest voice in the room on Draft Day. Sure, Pederson will have something to say on that, but it sure sounds like Roseman will be in control.

That's quite a turnaround from the guy who was unceremoniously demoted when Chip Kelly forced Lurie's hand and got full control over personnel and the roster.

But Roseman was merely sent down the hall. He was not jettisoned. And when Kelly was shown the door by Lurie before the end of the season, there was Roseman's carcass washing back up on the beach.

Maybe Roseman will knock it out of the park. He's already done some great work in signing severla of the team's young nucleus to contract extensions, including tight end Zach Ertz and defensive lineman Vinny Curry.

The team has a press conference set this afternoon at which they are expected to formally announce the Curry deal.

But don't be surprised if most of the questions focus on Roseman's role and where the team stands in its search for a personnel guy.

That's what happens when you use a No. 1 draft pick on Marcus Smith.

No, Howie & Jeffrey, no one has forgotten that debacle.
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Wynnewood Doctor Charged With Social Security Fraud

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 12:01
Burton allegedly tried to collect Social Security by pretending to be a victim of PTSD.
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Montgomery County Scam Alert: IRS Impersonators Rampant

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 12:01
The national epidemic has not left Montgomery County untouched. Here's what you should be aware of, and how to handle possible scams.
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Montco Native To Appear In 'Hilarious' Super Bowl Commerical

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 09:33
The 'Super Bowl Babies' ad was produced by the NFL.
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Nine-Year-Old Lower Merion Bugler Impresses At Military Funerals

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-02-02 09:01
A shot from our archives: this local nine-year-old flawlessly plays Taps at military services.
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Winners & losers in the world of politics

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-02-02 06:16
Here's something for Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton to keep in mind as they celebrate victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

Know who won the last two Republican gatherings in Iowa?

That would be Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

I'm thinking maybe more important than the winners in Iowa are the big losers.

On the Republican side, that would have to be Donald Trump, whose showing did not live up to the bluster.

Also keep an eye on Marco Rubio. The Florida senator made a late charge and almost overcame Trump as well. I still think he winds up as the Republican nominee.

On the Democratic side, early this morning Clinton was claiming victory. This still has to be seen as a stinging setback for the woman who was expected to cruise to victory - and the nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be emboldened by his showing in Iowa - nearly dead even with Clinton.

Here in Delaware County, keep your eyes on the Democrats in the state House 164th District race.

This one is going to be a bare-knuckles, bruising affair.

Incumbent state Rep. Margo Davidson was successful Sunday night in her desire for an open primary. She didn't win the endorsement from the party faithful, but that's not really the point. What she really wanted was to be sure they did not back her opponent, Upper Darby Township Councilmember Sekela Coles.

Davidson managed to do that, and mocked Coles' claim of a win by way of the 39-34 vote. It wasn't enough to win an endorsement, but Coles still claimed victory.

There was some good news for Joe Sestak as well. While Katie McGinty was collecting another key labor endorsement, he managed to snag the backing of Delaware County Democrats, something he did not get back in 2010. You might remember that's when Sestak decided to spit in the face of party leaders who had lined up behind party-switching incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak flew if the face of party decorum and KO'd Specter in the primary, only to loses a tight race to Republican Pat Toomey in the November general election.

Sestak wants another shot at Toomey, but once again is getting little in the way of love from Democratic party leaders, who are lining up behind McGinty.

But Sunday night Sestak got the endorsement of Delco Dems.

Statewide polls show him with a slim lead over McGinty. He'll need all the local support he can get.
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All eyes on Punxsutawney - except mine

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-02-02 05:48
Sure, we share a name, but the truth is I've lost my taste for Punxsutawney Phil.

I'm told you should take in the antics surrounding the famous prognosticating groundhog at least once. Apparently they hold a hell of a party out there at Gobbler's Knob.

I'll pass.

Then again, I don't think even Punxsutawney could come up with this forecast. Just a week after we got nearly two feet of snow, we're expecting record-high temperatures in the mid-60s Wednesday.

Unfortunately, that is going to be accompanied by some heavy rain, and that means the distinct possibility of flooding.

I don't think ol' Phil is going to predict that either.

February is one of my least favorite months of the year. Spring remains pretty much a rumor, even if we are expecting spring-like temperatures this week.

I have noticed that it is staying light out longer, but it's still dark when I leave the office.

Let's see, Friday is Wing Bowl, Sunday is the Super Bowl and then next Wednesday marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Shorts and T-shirts are still a long way off.

Here's my prediction, Punxsutawney be damned.

Don't put away the shovel just yet. We'll get at least one more big snow.

And I will continue to grumble about winter like broken record.

If you're interested in the antics surround my pal Phil, go here.If you just want the forecast, you can get that here.
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Your early a.m. report from the roads

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:52
Here's a couple of early warnings after my morning commute:

First, be prepared to do some scraping. The temperatures dipped just enough to freeze everything that was sitting on your windshield and windows. Unless you start your can and let it warm up, you're going to be doing some serious scraping.

I also quickly discovered that 26-degree temperature mean that a lot of that melted snow on the roads had frozen over. It didn't take me long to head into my first curve and get that sickening feeling that my car was sliding. Luckily, there was no one else on the road at that time and I was able to recover fairly easily.

Here in Delaware County, I'm not really sure it got cold enough overnight to freeze. But the farther out you are, the more likely you are to encounter some slick conditions.

Be careful out there.
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Schuylkill Heritage Center Launches 'History App' For Lower Merion Trail Users

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-01 19:01
Hiking the trail through the township just became a little more interactive.
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Wynnewood-Based Org. Plans Epic Chinese New Year Celebration

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-01 16:01
The Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and the Main Line won't be missing out on the fun.
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UPDATE: Fiery Montco Police Standoff Ends In Arrest

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-01 14:53
A man barricaded himself inside his home for nearly nine hours, lighting random objects on fire and causing "extensive damage" to the home.
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Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Over; Exact Cause Unknown: CDC

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-01 14:15
An official investigation couldn't nail down a specific cause. There is a chain in Ardmore.
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Wynnewood Giant Approved To Sell Beer

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-02-01 13:19
Do you agree with this decision?
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