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1 sent to hospital after tree falls on car in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 11:01
One man was taken to the hospital after being rescued when a tree fell on the car he was driving Tuesday evening at East Spring and Walnut Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford police asking for public's help to ID alleged assaulter

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 10:21
Haverford Township police are investigating a simple assault that occred at approximately 10:30 p.m.  on Saturday, June 6, at Golf Road and Leedom Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, June 24 (The Storm Edition)

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-06-24 07:35
The Daily Numbers: 360,000 people across the region without power when storms ripped the region last night.

88,100 still without power in Delco this morning.

52,400 in Chester County powerless.

2 days, how long PECO said it might be before some customers get their power back on Friday.

0 trains running this morning on the busy Media-Elwyn regional rail line. Service has been suspended by downed trees and power lines until further notice.

0 service this morning on the PATCO lines. It is expected to be down all morning.

70 mph wind gusts reported at height of storm at Philadelphia International Airport.

2 tornado warnings issued across the region.

0 confirmed reports of a tornado actually touching down.

40 mph maximum wind recorded at the county Emergency Services Center in Middletown.

2 years and change, how long Joe Watkins lasted as the state-appointed leader of Chester Upland School District.

1.9 percent tax hike in William Penn School District budget.

50 percent of Delco municipalities that use Delaware County Animal Control. The Chester County SPCA has terminated its relationship with the company.

90 to 110 animals per month, what the Chesco SPCA says they used to get from Delco Animal Control. That number now is less than 50. The company is denying the SPCA’s allegations.

7 days until the deadline for a new Pa. budget, with little progress being reported in Harrisburg.

200 million dollars a year, what state Republicans say they can get from privatizing liquor sales. Gov. Wolf opposes the plan.

86, age of ‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten, who died yesterday.

79, age of Don Featherstone, famous for creating the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.

15 day DL stint for Chase Utley, hobbled by a bum ankle.

11-6 win for the Phillies over the Yankees, again powered by a Maikel Franco home run.

4 for 5 for Franco.

5 RBI for the 2nd straight night for the Phils’ phenom.

1920, last time a Phillie knocked in 5 runs in 2 straight games.

31 runs for the Phils in winning 3 games in row.

11 of 12,
what Yankees had won at home before the Phils hit town.

93, age of legendary Sixers stat man Harvey Pollock, who died Tuesday.

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

The nation is beginning to notice Maikel Franco. And could this be the end of the line for Chase Utley, who has been placed on the 15-day DL.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, I love heat & humidity. I could live without the kind of storms that sometimes follow, as we saw last night. And also to the folks who insist on showing no courtesy and waiting their turn when traffic lights are out. What is so hard to understand about the concept of one at a time?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the crews who spent the night working to restore power.

Quote Box: “Water and trees are everywhere.”

- Chester Police Superintendent Joe Bail, at the height of last night’s storm.
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What it was like as Delco, region was taken by storm

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-06-24 05:48
I've never experienced a tornado.

And after what I witnessed last night outside our Primos office, I'm pretty sure I don't want to, I got a glimpse of what it must be like.

You sort of got the feeling as the early summer heat built during the day how this was going to end. Mother Nature didn't disappoint. The sky turned an angry gray, in some places almost black. The winds kicked up. The rain arrived. Then all hell broke loose.

Trees - those that weren't toppled - were bent horizontally, under full attack by the ferocious winds.

Instead of leaving the office when I normally do, I retreated back into the office, which luckily never lost power.

We were among the lucky ones.

Much of Delaware County and the region was not as lucky.

Social media started to light up with reports of problems. I-95 in Chester was shut down. A tree had blocked the southbound Route 1 Bypass between the Blue Route and Route 252. Flash flooding was a problem in Chester.

There were reports of 70 mph winds at Philadelphia International Airport.

Eventually, around 7 p.m. I decided to venture out and head home, already aware that power was out at Chez Heron.

That's when the adventure really started.

Driving last night was a bit like maneuvering a slalom course. Everywhere you turned there were downed trees and branches. I was good until I got to Springfield Road just above the Brookside intersection. The road was blocked by a downed tree. A quick detour through a neighborhood - where many residents were already outside holding their hands to their foreheads as they surveyed the damage - finally got me around the downed tree.

Since the Bypass was shut down, I decided to use my winter route, taking Springfield Road all the way out to Route 3. Many neighborhoods were without power, every other traffic light was out.

A big problem was the very busy intersection of Springfield Road and Route 1, where the lights were out. Cars inches out into the intersection as drivers took turns - for the most part - proceeding.

The rest of the way home was the same. Roads were closed all over the place by downed trees.

When I got home, since there was no power, I decided to survey the damage. We lost one large tree in the back yard. Luckily, it fell away from the house and across the creek that runs behind our yard.

We got power back around 2 a.m.

The drive back into the office this morning was equally wild.

Tree limbs continue to litter streets.

The big thing I noticed was the power outages. Granite Run - which already resembles a ghost town - was pitch black. Springfield obviously was hard hit. Many neighborhoods were still without power. Traffic lights were out on Baltimore Pike in Middletown, and then again in Springfield.

This morning, PECO is reporting 159,000 customers still without power at 5 a.m. In Delco, the number in the dark is 88,000. SEPTA was hit hard by the storm. Service on the busy Media-Elwyn regional rail line is suspended until further notice. Many bus lines are being rerouted.

There are still delays being reported at Philadelphia International Airport.

CLICK HERE for an update on PECO outages.

CLICK HERE for an update on SEPTA delays and problems.

CLICK HERE for the latest Traffic Conditions across the region.

CLICK HERE for information on Philadelphia International Airport
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sky a few minutes ago

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-06-23 21:10


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Widespread Power Outages Reported by PECO

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 18:42
PECO is reporting major outages in Chester and Delaware County. Thousands are without power as of Tuesday evening.
Categories: Lower Merion

keystone collections group

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-06-23 18:33

My mood is like that sky out there right now.

Many of us as residents in Chester County have to deal these third party tax collectors for the local taxes. Like Keystone Collection Group out of Irwin PA. 

Since May they have been harassing me over a tax year I was NOT a  resident of Chester County. I was at that point only dating a resident of Chester County. As far as I am aware that was not a taxable event?

When they sent their first death threat masked as a tax collection nasty gram, I promptly sent them my federal return that clearly shows (and was professionally prepared, no less) my address, municipality and county of residence and so on. My federal tax return gave them every piece of information they needed to say “I’m sorry we made a mistake” and  then close the books on this.

Instead, they sent me a second letter basically telling me that a federal tax return was not acceptable proof and a long laundry list of items for me to prove where I lived.

Being somewhat outraged at this point I called them. Basically I was told that a federal tax return was not good enough and unless I sent them all this other information I was a liar.

Then the person on the other end of the phone says something to the effect of well maybe I was confused about the years. And I said no I wasn’t confused about the years it was the year I was treated for breast cancer I know exactly where I was all year long.

So I sent them everything they asked for and it was remarkable I had some of what they wanted which included copies of old bills with my  address at that time. It’s only because I’m such a paper pack rat that I had any of those old bills as I had shredded most of them. They also got a W-2 and the state return I had filed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for that year. And oh did I mention when I called them they told me that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania directs them to do this?  Really? 

I sent them all of this  additional information and it should have once again been  the end of it with them sending me an apology and closing the book on this but they haven’t. 

I have even contacted my elected representatives offices regarding this. And Keystone has gone back to them saying now they wanted my federal tax return even though I sent that in the first place and as per their instructions on their last correspondence I have satisfied everything they requested and they told me a federal tax return wasn’t sufficient proof when I submitted it several weeks ago. They already have the information.

I am done. I gave them what they asked for, they have made a mistake with this particular year, and they won’t let it go. At this point they are harassing me. I have complied with the requests and it should be case closed.

The other problem with dealing with this company is there is no secure way to send them information. When you have to send a company like this your personal information wouldn’t you rather do it with some kind of a secure email or fax? How do we really know what they do with the documents you send them that have your personal data on them?

I have heard many, many horror stories regarding this company Keystone Collections Group. I don’t know why they find this so difficult it’s really very cut and dry: I wasn’t living here as a resident then. I was a visitor, albeit a frequent visitor. I was a resident of not only another municipality, but another county entirely. 

As residents of various municipalities out here we shouldn’t have to be paying for these people and their mistakes and their harassment. They are taking money out of residents’ pockets. As far as I’m concerned or municipality should be able to handle this in house, saving all of us money that could be put to better use.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Northern Lights Could Make Rare Appearance Over Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 14:35
Geomagnetic and solar storms could bring the Northern Lights to Montgomery County on Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors Approve Wayne Glen’s Conditional Use application, 5-2

Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors approved the Conditional Use application for the Wayne Glen project by a vote of 5-2 at the special Board of Supervisors meeting last night.  The proposed mixed-use development of townhomes and carriage homes plus a commercial office development is located on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Swedesford and Old […]
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Dalai Lama To Visit Philadelphia In October

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 10:01
On the heels of Pope Francis' visit to the city in September, another leader of a major world religion will be visiting.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1 Summer Movies Start This Week Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 09:53
Regal Theaters, including locations in Oaks and Conshohocken, will be offering $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia Prepares Transportation Plan For Pope Visit

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 08:05
More than 1.5 million people are expected in the Philadelphia Metro area during the pope's visit to Philadelphia in September.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, June 23

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 18, age of Dante DeSimone when he was run down on Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights in Jaunuary 2014. He was walking outside the McDonald’s when a car went up onto the sidewalk and struck him.

46, age of Jonathan Vanderhorst, who goes on trial in the case today.

7, age of Cameron McCarthy, a first-grader at Pennell Elementary in Aston. The school is rallying around her in her battle vs. cancer.

9-12 months, how long the isolation and intake offices of the Delco SPCA will be relocated as renovations continue at the site.

36 animal adopted or relocated before the work.

15,000 signatures being sought on petitions seeking to have homicide declared a public health epidemic. A Chester group, Mothers in Charge Standing for Peace and Justice, is leading the effort in the city.

25 people who attended a meeting on violence in the city Monday night.

93, expected high temperature today. 97, record high set back in 1888.

2 shotgun shootings in 3 days on Philly streets.

5 people injured, 2 critically, in shooting yesterday.

700,000 dollars already pledged to the ‘Francis Fund,’ tied to visit by Pope Francis in September and geared toward helping the needy in the region.

70,000 people believed defrauded by a Jenkintown man.

4,000 in fines to be paid by Philly elections chief in ethics flap.

10 or more SEPTA rail cars that will be taken out of service this summer to meet new positive train control mandates. That means more cramped trains for your commute.

2 home runs for Maikel Franco last night to lead Phils to 11-8 win over Yankees.

4 hits, 5 RBI last night for Franco, who is now hitting .312.

3 hits each for Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis.

12 game road losing skid snapped by the Phils.

2-0 win for the U.S. Women over Colombia in World Cup soccer action.

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

The Phillies are challenging us to stay interested in this most dismal season. Maikel Franco is a big reason to stay tuned.

I Don’t Get It: People are questioning President Obama’s use of the N-word in an interview. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Penn-Delco community for rallying around young cancer victim Cameron McCarthy.

Quote Box: “Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being police to say (N-word) in public.”

- President Obama, talking about the debate surrounding the recent shooting in Charleston, S.C.
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Watkins out in Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:02
The revolving door at the top of the Chester Upland School District is opening again. And that's district Receiver Joe Watkins exiting.

The district announced yesterday that Watkins will leave Chester Upland to take a position with a new social media company called Elected Face.

His resignation is effective June 30. You can get the details here.

Watkins was the latest in a line of state-appointed leaders for the perennially struggling school district. He was appointed as the district's chief recovery officer in December 2012. After the elected school board declined to adopt his recovery plan, he became the district receiver and assumed the board’s responsibilities for running the school district. He withstood a challenge that threatened to remove him from the job.

Watkins' appointment raised some eyebrows in the district because of his longtime backing of charter school as an option for parents in troubled districts.

Chester Upland has long been hampered by funding that follows the students when they leave the public school for a charter. Watkins vowed not only to work with charters, but to make it his mission to lure families back to Chester Upland Schools.

He embarked on a tour of district homes, meeting personally with families along with new Superintendent Gregory Shannon. They dynamic duo were successful in drawing students back to public schools in the district.

The district is currently stuggling with a $24 billion budget shortfall. Fiscal crises are not exactly new in Chester Upland. Now it will be someone else's job to make the numbers add up.
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Heat Advisory Issued Tuesday in Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:01
The sweltering temperatures will impact the I-95 corridor, including the Philadelphia Metro area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Our salute to grads - in print and online

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-06-23 06:36
Some days I actually enjoy the technology I swim in every day - and usually complain about to anyone who will listen.

Yesterday I went on Twitter and Facebook to "tease" the fact that our annual salute to high school graduates in Delaware County - our annual Grad Tab - would appear in today's print editions of the Daily Times.

On the cover we have a great shot of Interboro High School grad Corinne Blair celebrating at the Bucs' graduation exercise that was captured by our photographer Bob Gurecki.

That's Corinne clutching her diploma in one hand, a huge smile on her face and flashing a celebratory index finger. Yep, she's No. 1. It didn't take long for my Tweet to get noticed.

A friend of Corinne's saw it on Twitter and retweeted it. He also alerted Corinne via Twitter. She of course took to Twitter herself to tell everyone the news and urge everyone to buy a copy of the paper today.

Atta' girl, Corinne.

Our congratulations to all the graduates of Delco's Class of 2015.

It's our honor to note your achievements today.
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Hazy, hot & humid? Bring it on!

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-06-23 06:10
You can start hating me now.

Or should I say 'heating' me now.

Yes, I like this weather.

Correction, I LOVE this weather.

Maybe it's because my last name starts with H - yes, I'm a hazy, hot and humid kind of guy.

Which will come in handy today, when we are looking at the possibility of a record high as the thermometer is expected to peak at 94 degrees. A heat advisory is in effect for the entire region.

The record high for today is 97 set back in 1888.

We're also looking at the possibility of thunderstorms rumbling across the region late this afternoon.

You can get all the details here.

There is, of course (isn't there always?) a downside to all this. I have a distinct dislike to air-conditioning. My idea of air-conditioning is a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

I don't understand why my hands have to feel like popsicles all day in the office when it's 94 degrees outside.

Yes, I am that fool you will see driving home tonight with the window down.

Maybe it's a memory from my youth, when not every car had air-conditioning. Yes, kids, I'm old. Believe it or not, cars were not always air-conditioned. In fact, we were not above leaving the windows rolled up just to give the impression that our wheels were 'cool.'

Central air was not something we had in our house either.

When things really heated up in the summer, we would abandon the oven-like second floor of the Heron above for the cooler climes of the downstairs living room, or even resorting to sleeping out on the screened-in porch.

Somehow we managed to survive.

Today, TV will tell us all day of the dangers of the heat and how we need to stay hydrated and seek out air-conditioned places like malls.

Not me. I'll be looking for reasons to go outside.

I know. I'm weird.

But it's summer. And it's hot. For some reason, that does not strike me as earth-shattering news, even if it does bring a smile to my face.
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pause, downingtown?

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-06-22 23:06


Uhh ohhh, Downingtown. You are a very small borough whose residents had better pay attention now. It has been quite a while since I have heard such develobabble (development babble).

What caught my eye? 


Daily Local: Developers propose parking structure with apartments in Downingtown

POSTED: 06/19/15, 5:05 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO

DOWNINGTOWN >> Developers have proposed to create a seven-story parking structure with 72 condo apartments, in place of the Borough lot for public parking.

The plan, called Union Place, is being proposed by Andrew Hicks, owner and president of TriPoint Properties, Inc of Downingtown.

“We are working on preserving our history while also allowing our community to modernize and move forward in a way that is going to attract the next generation of Downingtown residents to our world class schools, restaurants and parks,” Council President Anthony “Chip” Gazzerro…..There will be 72 apartment units.

This includes 58 one bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units. Parking spaces for the apartment tenants will allocate one parking space per bedroom…..The condo apartments will be known as “The Flats at Union Place.” …..Borough officials said they will determine to accept or decline the bid offer by developers of $325,000 to purchase the property….Council members had recently requested a proposal for public parking. Council members were informed of the parking structure, residential units and retail shop plans during their June 3 meeting and are reviewing the bid. The entity that will own the property during the investment is known as Union Place partners, L.P…

Ok so let us not forget what was in the Philadelphia Business Journal late September, 2014:

Eli Kahn buys 50 acres from Archdiocese Look I know my opinion is not going to be met with thank you notes and flowers from cash strapped Downingtown Borough, but Downingtown is small, so they need to be careful because the wrong project could overwhelm and cause more issues than good. They say this project will only be 75 feet tall? With all that they are proposing? Really?  The plan will only add an additional handful of parking spaces but will add quite a lot of apartments. Any mention of the proposed rental prices? Will they be affordable? And what is being planned for the former Archdiocese acreage? Any inklings yet? An RFP for public parking in Downingtown Borough is quite different than this proposed project. This project is a game changer, but not necessarily in a good way. The developer sharks are circling, is borough blood in the water? I found  a Draft Comprehensive Plan Update dated 2013 online . Not sure if it is complete yet (it appears to be), but the buzz words and phrases are in there like “higher density”.  Downingtown is a small country borough, and that is o.k. Not every tiny town out here needs to or should supersize.   I am not saying  NO development and growth is needed, but projects like this that gobble up things like public parking lots on municipal owned land  (as in taxpayer) which gets turned over or sold to developers does not necessarily work out so well. Tripoint’s thing appears to be acquiring distressed properties but how many projects? Take a good look at their website and properties and what they have done. Yes, I am jaded when it comes to development and yes, there are very few projects I actually believe in or like, but that doesn’t mean I am anti-development. It means that I honestly have not seen any great projects in a long time. Look before you leap, Downingtown. This plan is pretty darn dense. And will it ultimately embrace the character of a small town or create a jarring, disproportionate sensation utterly lacking in human scale? New development creates debate in Downingtown Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer

Last updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:08 AM

It would be a big step for the borough, which does not have any buildings as tall as the proposed condo-retail combo…Borough Councilwoman Ann Feldman said the project would not help preserve Downingtown’s character as a “sleepy mill town.”

Below is a rendering of  what this hideous LEGO Land building would look like.

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California man guilty of raping child in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 17:24
COURTHOUSE >> A California man was found guilty on Monday of raping a child in his care in Lower Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Eastern Pennsylvania July 4 Fireworks Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-06-22 17:11
Where can you see fireworks this Independence Day in Eastern Pennsylvania? Find out here.
Categories: Lower Merion