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Montgomery County Woman Stole $17k In Jewelry From Cancer Patient: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 19:31
The victim was terminally ill with cancer.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County School Increases Security After Bomb Threat: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 18:31
A rash of threats against educational institutions in the area has the school district on edge.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hit the trails for the Third Annual Stormwater Runoff in Lower Merion Oct. 17

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-10-07 17:34
GLADWYNE >> Besides perhaps the best pun ever for the name of a 5K race, the Stormwater Runoff, returning for a third year Saturday, Oct. 17, offers another special attraction. It's hard to imagine one with a more scenic course.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Man Among 11 'Deadbeat' Parents Arrested In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 15:43
The eleven individuals arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office owed their kids a lot of cash: over $100,000.
Categories: Lower Merion

UPDATED: Public hearing Oct.7 on ordinance affecting Narberth Church plans; time revised

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-10-07 14:56
By Cheryl Allison callison@mainlinemedianews.com
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When Is The 2015 Narberth Halloween Parade?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 14:19
Date, times, location, information on the costume contests, and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Area Men Admit To $5.8M Green Dot Card Scheme

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 13:35
Alpeshkumar Patel, 31, and Vijaykumar Patel, 40, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court charges related to the conspiracy.
Categories: Lower Merion

Large Swath Of Montgomery County Land Protected For Conservation, Public Use

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 12:04
A huge historic local farm will be protected, significantly adding to the available open public space in the greater area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Transgender Woman Assaulted, Killed By 5 Men In Philadelphia: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-10-07 09:31
Police are investigating whether or not the killing was a hate crime.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-10-07 08:10
The Daily Numbers: 99 glorious years for Peggy Witmer, the biggest fan of the Prospect Park Termites youth football team and Interboro High.

50 players who returned the favor and offered a very special salute to her on her birthday.

2 candidates for County Council - 1 Republican and 1 Democrat - who apppeared at a forum to kick off election season last night.

0 tax hike likely to be announced by the all-Republican County Council today.

1975, when the El Faro, which is believed to have sunk in Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas, was built at Sun Ship in Chester.

18, age of teen who sparked a police chase through several towns that wound up in an accident that pinned a 55-year-old man between cars at an apartment complex in Glenolden.

22, age of man charged with assaulting a police officer in Glenolden.

22, age of transgender woman found beaten and fatally shot on Philadelphia street yesterday.

1.4 billion in new revenue being eyed by Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to close budget gap.

2.4 billion next year.

3.57 percent personal income tax under the Wolf plan. That’s up from current 3.07 percent, down from his original 3.7 percent.

3.5 percent tax on natural gas drilling. That’s down from his original call for 5 percent levy.

0 hike in state sales tax. He originally wanted hike from 6 percent to 6.6 percent.

0 increase in cigarette tax. Originally he wanted to hike levy from $1.60 to $2.60.

102 votes, what Wolf needs in the House to pass his plan.

3 offensive linemen who did not practice yesterday for the Eagles.

129-95 loss for 76ers in their preseason opener.

12 points for rookie Jalil Okafor in his debut.

13 points for Nerlins Noel.

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

Nice to see the Sixers pick up right where they left off. They got blown out in their preseason opener last night by the Wizards.

I Don’t Get It: Are we just going to sit and await each day now for the next “person spotted with a gun” panic?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Prospect Park and Interboro community for yesterday’s honor for longtime fan Peggy Witmer. Well done.

Quote Box: “Behind every great man stands a great woman, and some would even say, a greater woman.”

- Rick Neill, at yesterday’s honor for Peggy Witmer.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Could it be? A no tax-hike budget in Delco? Stay tuned

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-10-07 07:20
Here's a little scoop for you.

I'm going to go way out on a limb here and predict that Delaware County Council this morning will announce that there will no tax hike in the 2016 budget.

I make this prediction because the county sent out a press release yesterday to note that while Pennsylvania and the federal government are having their budget issues, Delaware County also is ready to make some budget news.

As I said, I think they will announce a no-tax-hike budget.

On Oct. 7, just about a month before the November election in which three seats on County Council just happen to be up for grabs. A coincidence? Sure.

Republican County Council members John McBlain, Colleen Morrone and Michael Culp are being challenged by Democrats Christine Reuther, Sharon Booker and Richard Womack.

A Democrat has not been elected to County Council since the Home Rule Charter was changed back in the 1970s.

Democrats have gone to great lengths the past few years to hammer the all-Republican County Council for a series of tax hikes. Interestingly enough, I don't recall County Council putting out a press release about those budgets. In fact, if memory serves me correct, we often had to push County Council to get the details on those budgets - and the corresponding tax hikes - before Election Day.

Hey, I don't blame County Council for not wanting to talk about increasing taxes for residents, especially when it is coming just days before an election.

At the same time, I'm more than a little skeptical that today's announcement just happens to be coming a lot earlier than previous years.

The announcement will come at 10:45 in the public meeting room of the County Government Center.

My money's on "No Tax Hike."

We'll let you know.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Delco's own Audra McLaughlin to sing National Anthem on Monday Night Football

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-10-07 06:52
There's nothing I like better than being able to chronicle a local person who is realizing their dream.

Meet Audra McLaughlin.

You probably remember her as a finalist on season six of "The Voice." Her blind audition knocked out the judges and she made it to the Final Eight in the singing competition.

The Glenolden native has been busy since then.

I actually had the chance to interview McLaughlin when we took our 'Live From the Newsroom' show to Ridley to showcase the Delco Let There Be Rock School, where she was honing her skills under the tutelage of owner Melissa Daley.

Since her show-stopping performances on "The Voice," which garnered her the nickname "The Country Soprano," McLaughlin has been seeking a career in country music. She has a new single, "Tennessee Cowboy," about to hit the charts.

And now she's about to get a little more national exposure.

McLaughlin will sing the National Anthem before the Eagles-Giants Monday Night Football game Oct. 19 on ESPN.

The rest of the world is about to discover what Delco already knows - this girl can flat-out sing.

You go, girl.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A parade - & a front page - for Peggy

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-10-07 06:28
I get a lot of complaints every day about the content of the newspaper.

It's usually the same refrain: "How come there is so much negative news in the Daily Times every day."

Some callers just can't resist referring to us by the nicknames that often accompany conversations about our content - the Daily Crimes, or even the Daily Slime.

Today will not be one of those days.

For that I can thank Peggy Witmer, the Prospect Park Termites youth football team, and the Interboro community.

Earlier this week I got an email from Vicki Neill about a special event that was taking place Wednesday.

Frank and Peggy Witmer were icons in the Prospect Park and Interboro communities. Avid football fans, they were ardent supporters of the Prospect Park Termites as well as the Interboro Bucs.

Yesterday the community decided to repay the favor.

Members of the youth football team marched to the Witmer house to serenade Peggy Witmer on her 99th birthday. Frank, who passed away several years ago, no doubt was looking down with a huge smile on his face - and an Interboro jacket on his back. You can read all the details here.

They actually shut down the street where Peggy Witmer lives so the kids could march from Prospect Park Elementary School to her home.

I have said many times that the most important decision I get to make every day is the story that dominates our front page. Of course, these days, that gets expanded to the story that holds the lead position on our website. That online story changes throughout the day. It's one of the things I like most about delivering news online. We can change it constantly, literally delivering news 24 hours a day. In print, we get one shot.

I guess a lot of people would wonder if today's story on the "Parade for Peggy" would qualify as the most important story in Delaware County yesterday.

Maybe not.

But I decided to do it anyhow.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Witmer.

Great idea, kids.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The World Will End Wednesday, Philly-Area Bible Group Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 21:01
eBible Fellowship, based in Sharon Hill, says there is a “strong likelihood that Oct. 7 will be the end of the world.”
Categories: Lower Merion

UPenn Among Four Pa. Universities Ranked In The Top 100 Globally

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 19:31
What are the best universities in Pennsylvania - and around the world?
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania's 'Honoring Our Veterans' Motorcycle Plates Available

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 19:01
he plates, which have been available for cars since 2012, became available to motorcyclists on Oct. 6.
Categories: Lower Merion

Look Up! NASA Rocket Launch May Be Visible Over Ardmore Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 18:32
Between 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, residents in Pennsylvania may get a glimpse of NASA”s next suborbital launch.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia College Lockdown Not Related To Online Threat: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 16:32
The timing of Tuesday's incident couldn't have been worse.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova University Public Safety Advisory

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-10-06 13:49
Dear Villanova Parents and Friends: Yesterday, Public Safety sent an email to all Villanova students, faculty and staff to inform them that federal authorities have notified colleges and universities in our region that threats of violence have been made against "an unspecified university near Philadelphia," of which there are 110. The information includes a date of Monday, October 5, 2015. We have been assured by the FBI that they have no knowledge of a specific threat.
Categories: Lower Merion