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PA State Trooper From Montco Pleads Guilty In Shooting Death Of Wife, Newborn

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-09-14 14:39
Breaking: A former PA State Trooper from Montgomery County has pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of his wife and newborn child.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mental Health Group Hosting Casino-Themed Fundraiser

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-09-14 13:38
The DMAX Foundation wants you to help fight mental health stigma by gaming, eating, and drinking at its special event Sept. 28.
Categories: Lower Merion

Medical Office Hit By Burglars: Lower Merion Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-09-14 10:56
Police said the burglars targeted the office sometime between Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 and rifled through cabinets.
Categories: Lower Merion

Roxborough Home Invader Sought: Philadelphia Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-09-14 09:32
Police said Mark McLaughlin, 21, allegedly tied up and assaulted a former neighbor Wednesday morning in Roxborough.
Categories: Lower Merion

Summer won't be the same; we'll hear less of L.A.

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 07:36
Suddenly, the Phillies have me yearning for spring training.

All except for one thing.

That's right, I can't wait to see what a full season of Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola might be like.

Last night Hoskins continued his recreation of 'The Natural,' smashing his 17th home run in just his 33rd game.

And Aaron Nola had another strong outing, striking out 11 in 7 innings.

The Phils smoked the Marlins, 8-1.

Suddenly, we can't wait until next year.

Except for one thing.

At least for me, next year won't be nearly as much fun, regardless of how good Hoskins, Nola, Herrera, Williams and the rest of the gang are.

That's because we'll be hearing less of L.A.

If you're wondering what L.A. stands for, you clearly are not what I am - a radiophile.

That's right, I actually prefer listening to baseball on the radio. It's something I inherited from my dad.

And that is where Larry Andersen resides, providing the color commentary to Scott Franzke's play-by-play.

I should have put an underline on the 'color.'

Yeah, Larry Andersen is colorful. And hilarious.

How good is the back-and-forth between Franzke and Andersen. They managed to hold an audience despite this mostly dreadful season of Phillies baseball.

That's because the duo - in particular the Andersen, the former journeyman Phillies pitcher - is not just about baseball. It can be about anything - and usually is.

Andersen is that rare on-air analyst. He's not afraid to call out the home team. He will tell you when he thinks they stink, he will erupt when he sees lack of effort, and he will rail against what he sees as poor umpiring.

In other words, he's one of us.

Andersen has indicate that after 48 consecutive summers in baseball, he wants to cut back next year. He likely will only do home games, preferring not to endure any more road trips.

Hard to blame him.

There is a long history of great radio and TV commentary tied to the Phillies.

I grew up with By Saam and Bill Campbell.

Of course we still all mourn 'Whitey' Ashburn and Harry Kalas.

We thought they would never be replaced.

Then we were regaled night in and night out with the whimsical offerings of L.A. There was something else unique about the duo - they are heard only on the radio. Unlike many teams, they do not share duties with the TV broadcast.

That gives them a special relationship with those - like me - who prefer to listen to the games on the radio. It is part of my summer.

A tradition I first picked up from my father. He would sit at a picnic table in the back yard with a transistor radio. That orange glow from his cigarette as he enjoyed his favorite adult beverage was a sure sign that all was right with the world. When his youngest son once asked him why he never came inside to watch the game on TV, he offered perhaps the best description I've ever heard.

"I can see the game better on the radio," he offered.

Here's to you, dad.

And here's to you, L.A.

Thanks for all those great summer nights.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Animal House

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 07:02
We all about animals today.

On our editorial page, we join those wishing Layla and Gracie well.

They are the two pit bull pups who were found in emaciated condition abandoned in an Upper Darby park. The two dogs likely endured horrific abuse before they were dumped.

We offer a salute to Justice Rescue and the folks nursing them back to health, and hope those responsible for the abuse our brought to another kind of 'Justice.'

And on today's front page, we bring you the county District Attorney Office's newest tool in the war on child porn.

We're calling this 2-year-old labrador 'Checkpoint Charlie.'

That's because Charlie is being used to detect hidden electronic devices where suspects often stash child porn.

Just don't ask us how she does it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A tribute to Billy Batts

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-09-14 06:43
Billy Batts is dead.


If you didn't nod your head in agreement at this news, you're obviously not a 'Goodfellas' fan.

Confession here.

As an longtime, dedicated channel surfer, I can admit that there are a couple of things that will stop me dead in my tracks. 'Goodfellas' is one of them.

Just ask my wife. She hates this mob saga movie starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.

She thinks I have always wanted to be a mobster.

She might be right.

I have seen 'Goodfellas' more times than I can count, even if most of the time I only see snippets of it, until my wife intervenes.

Billy Batts is a gangster in the flick played by veteran character actor Frank Vincent.

Vincent is always the perfect image of a gangster.

Here's another confession.

Vincent is probably best known for playing mob boss Phil Leotardo, Tony Soprano's nemesis on 'The Sopranos.' Would you believe I have never seen a single episode of 'The Sopranos'?

Vincent also appeared in 'Raging Bull' and another great mob flick, 'Casino.'

In 2006, Vincent published a book, "A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man."

I don't doubt it a bit.

Rest well, Billy Batts. Or at least easier than you did in your gruesome demise at the hands of DeNiro and Pesci in 'Goodfellas.'

Now excuse me while I go home and get my shinebox.
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New KOP Indian Eatery Offers Free Lunch For First 100 Guests

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 15:33
A new Indian BBQ restaurant will be offering free lunch to the first 100 guests at its grand opening.
Categories: Lower Merion

22 Lower Merion-Area Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 12:59
Most were from Lower Merion High School. Others were from private schools in the area. See the full list here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Communities Across Montgomery County Remember Officer Brad Fox

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 12:59
Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Plymouth Township Officer Brad Fox. Tributes from around Montgomery County poured in.
Categories: Lower Merion

Vehicle Stolen In Roxborough, Credit Cards Found Inside Used: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 12:34
A vehicle parked at Wissahickon Valley Park was stolen Sunday. The suspects then used credit cards that were left in the vehicle.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 Vehicles Stolen From Same Block in Villanova: Radnor Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 11:40
Breaking: Both were unlocked. Both had keys left inside. Anyone with information is urged to contact Radnor Township Police.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montco Corrections Officer Accused Of Sending Sexual Facebook Messages To Young Girls

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 11:23
A man accused of sexual conversations on Facebook with underage girls was a Corrections Officer in Montgomery County Prison at the time.
Categories: Lower Merion

Huge Afro Pick Erected Near Rizzo Statue

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 10:10
The new art piece serves to "highlight ideas related to community, strength, perseverance, comradeship, and resistance to oppression."
Categories: Lower Merion

Norristown Launches Plan To Reduce Gun Violence

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 10:09
The municipality has launched a new initiative to combat the plague of gun violence on the streets.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Township Road Seeing PECO Work For Weeks

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 10:01
The road will be closed in sections during the daytime for the next several weeks beginning Sept. 14, according to the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

WATCH: Meet The Dogs Found Emaciated In Delco Park

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-09-13 09:14
A local animal rescue organization provided an update on their recovery and is offering a reward for convictions of those responsible.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 Delco natives doing good

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-09-13 07:51
We love stories about Delaware County natives making good.

Today we have two of them.

Meet Gary Dauberman and Dray Clark.

Dauberman grew up in Glen Mills and attended Rose Tree Media Schools.

He hung out at the Granite Run Mall and was a regular at the Comic Shop, Games 'n' Gadgets, Aladdin's Castle and Jolly Time. He also was an avid reader and writer, spending lots of time in Waldenbooks. That's where he picked up Stephen King's masterpiece "It."

Today Dauberman is the screenwriter for the film adaptation of the movie, which just happens to be the hottest flick in the nation.

You can read his story here.

Clark is a Chester native who has rocketed to fame in TV news.

Now he's coming home.

Clark has accepted a position as a writer/anchor at NBC10.

Check him out here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Answering the alarm

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-09-13 07:15
Just as they did on Sept. 11, they are the people walking toward the danger, even as everyone else is trying desperately to get away.

We take a moment today to note something that took place over the weekend.

It was a fundraiser for two local volunteer fire departments.

There are several important things to note here.

One, these volunteers are becoming something of a rare species. People just don't volunteer or take part in service to their community as they once did.

Two, if municipalities had to institute paid emergency services, tax bills would skyrocket.

Forget 9/11 for a moment. Think about this the next time you hear that fire whistle go off at 3 in the morning.

Before you roll over in bed, take time to be thankful that someone is still answering the alarm.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania