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Joe Biden Lands Second Philly Gig As Chairman Of National Constitution Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 15:02
Biden was also recently announced as a new professor at Penn where he will lead Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Categories: Lower Merion

18 Pennsylvania Chefs, Restaurants Named James Beard Award Semifinalists In 2017

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 14:55
See which Pennsylvania chefs and restaurants are being recognized this year by the James Beard Foundation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Norristown Early Education Teacher Arrested After Child Sex Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 14:36
An early education teacher in Norristown has been arrested after allegations that he sexually abused a three-year-old girl.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Lawyer Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 13:04
BREAKING: A Norristown lawyer has been convicted of raping a 22-year-old woman while she was unconscious, and faces 20 years in prison.
Categories: Lower Merion

PECO Distributing Hand Warmers At Main Line, Other SEPTA Rail Stops Thursday​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 13:02
The energy company will also distribute information on how to save energy, as well as money, at several SEPTA regional rail stops.
Categories: Lower Merion

How many townhouses and assisted living communities does Tredyffrin Township need (or want)? Can the T/E School District accommodate the increase in student population?

You may recall the abandoned Jimmy Duffy property on Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn and the subsequent construction of Daylesford Crossing, an assisted living facility on the site.  The approval for Daylesford Crossing was a long, drawn out redevelopment process in 2012 that required a text amendment to permit senior living facilities as a by-right use […]
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City Avenue Lane Closures Scheduled For Monday In Lower Merion​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 11:06
Crews will be working on travel and safety improvements as part of a $2.9 million PennDOT project.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Declares Code Blue

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 10:17
Cold weather is making a brief comeback in the Montgomery County area before spring temperatures roll in. Find out when will be the coldest.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Tennis Non-Profit Launches Program At Philly School

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 09:46
Down the Line and Beyond Foundation is helping Philly school kids participate in after-school tennis/education clinics.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Tennis Non-Profit Launches Program At Philly School

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-02-15 09:46
Down the Line and Beyond Foundation is helping Philly school kids participate in after-school tennis/education clinics.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 15

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-15 07:14
The Daily Numbers: 300 miles across Pennsylvania, how far Mariner East 2 pipeline will travel.

11.5 miles across western Delaware County, where it rolls through Delco.

3 environmental groups that are now appealing the state DEP ruling giving the green light for Sunoco Logistics to start construction on the line.

30,000 direct and indirect jobs associated with the plan, according to a business study.

7,000 construction jobs.

300 to 400 permanent jobs at Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook facility.

85 police officers currently in the Chester Police Department.

106 officers funded in the city’s 2017 budget.

16.3 million dollar deficit facing the city.

37.3 million, where it could go by 2020 if unchecked.

1 Wawa store in Delco that will feature beers sales, starting Thursday.

2 six-packs at a time, what you can buy at the Naamans Creek Road store.

10.55 acre parcel in Marple being considered for new fire house.

7.7 million dollar cost for the new facility.

82-60 win for Lower Merion over Strath Haven to take boys Central League crown.

4 straight titles for Garnet Valley girls hoops.

60 million dollars being spent by Villanova on upgrades to The Pavilion.

70 dollars more, what it will cost you to buy your Eagles season tickets next year.

7-9 record for the Birds.

2013, last time the team made the playoffs.

2008, last time they won a playoff game.

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

If anyone has a clue what the hell the Sixers are doing, can you please give me a call??

I Don’t Get It: A Chief Tattoo Officer. That’s what the Philadelphia Union is looking for. Putting the ink in Inc. no doubt.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Flyer Brayden Schenn, who dropped in on a practice session of the Springfield High ice hockey club to show his support for their rallying cry, ‘Shennergy.’

Quote Box: “Sunoco’s permit applications were woefully incomplete, inaccurate and contradictory and DEP’s review and approval was utterly inadequate.”

- Joseph O. Minott, on the DEP approval of the Mariner East 2 pipeline plan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wawa enters the beer market

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-15 06:29
Want a beer to go with your Shorti?

Yes, Wawa lovers, beer is coming to our favorite convenience store.

The Delco-based icon Thursday will roll out beer sales as they reopen their renovated store on Naamans Creek Road out in Concord Township.

Right now, it's just for this one store.

Wawa says they have no plans to expand beer sales to others store, but will monitor the situation.

I bet they will.

I also bet you'll be seeing beer sales popping up in other Wawa stores.

For now, you can get all the details on the new feature, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, here.
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Who will be 'accountable' for Mariner East 2

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-15 06:15
Accountability is a good, solid word.

It's a sturdy word that means exactly what you might think.

I get reminded of it every day, when readers call to hold me accountable for what appears in the pages of our print edition and on our website.

They're right. I'm accountable.

And accountable is now what foes of Sunoco Logistics' grandiose plans for the Mariner East 2 pipeline vow to hold both the company and the state's environmental overlords to in the wake of the state Department of Environmental Protection giving the company the green light to move ahead with the project.

Yes, several environmental groups, headed by the Clean Air Council, immediately moved to appeal the ruling on the $2.5 billion project that will ferry hundreds of thousands of barrels of butane, ethane and propane all the way across the state from the Marcellus Shale regions to Marcus Hook.

They believe the DEP acted too quickly, without enough input from the community, and without a serious look at the potential problems and risks associated with the project.

Don't kid yourself.

Mariner East 2 is going to happen.

It's a huge economic shot in the arm for Delaware County, and the region. It holds the potential of turning Marcus Hook into an 'energy hub' for the entire Northeast.

It also has a downside, the risk of a potential leak or worse.

That's where that word accountable comes in again.

Don't expect it to go away anytime soon.

Sunoco Logistics and the state DEP are now responsible for what happens during and - probably more importantly - after construction of the pipeline that will traverse 11.5 miles through several towns in the western end of the county as it meanders toward Marcus Hook.

But don't expect that word accountable to go away anytime soon.

You can read our editorial on it here.
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Union looking to ink deal with a CTO; a what?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-15 05:54
Forget the fact that Jahlil is not only back with the Sixers, he's apparently going to play tonight in Boston. So much for him being on the trade block. Or is he?

Forget Joel Embiid's knee, as well as the Sixers embarrassing problems with simply telling their fans the truth about their star players, and whether they are playing.

Just keep telling yourself, "it's the Sixers." That explains a lot.

No, the weirdest sports story this week comes from, of all places, Chester and the Philadelphia Union.

They are creating a new executive position, one you probably have not heard of before.

The Union is in the market for a CTO.

No, not a CEO, a CFO, or COO.

They'r not hunting for a suit to handle the chief executive, chief financial or even the chief operating officer duties. In fact, a 'suit' might be the farthest thing from their minds.

So what does the 'T' stand for?

The union is looking for a Chief Tattoo Officer.

We're not making this up.

With so many players and even some front office types now getting inked up, the MSL team says it wants to find its own in-house tattoo artist.

Resumes and portfolios are now being accepted by the team. You can get the details here.

We in the news business have long been referred to as ink-stained wretches.

The Union is looking to take that in the other direction.

They are planning to put the Ink in Inc.
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Homes For Sale In And Around Lower Merion: Main Line Real Estate Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-14 17:08
Patch has all the new homes up for sale in your area right here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Courthouse Hosts Valentine's Day Weddings

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-14 16:00
Many couples were married during special ceremonies at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Valentine's Day.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia Schools Chief Education Officer Responds To Teacher's Billboard Campaign​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-14 15:26
Philly teacher George Bezanis wants to shame officials into giving the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers a new contract.
Categories: Lower Merion

sightlines and growing pains 

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-02-14 14:18

This morning when I arrived in Malvern Borough for a creative meeting with colleagues I could barely get into the municipal parking lot across King from the Buttery safely. There was a giant pick up truck with a flatbed trailer attached to it parking behind the spaces in the lot. It belonged to workmen working on the property on the other side of the fence.

I did not photograph the truck (because I bet they were just told to park there that it would be OK and they took someone’s word at face value) , but in photo above you can see where I am talking about and imagine for yourself how difficult it was to navigate that parking lot and parking spaces with something that took up easily three quarters of the length of the parking lot which is not particularly deep to begin with.

As I was getting parked someone came out to the truck which was an out of local vicinity  truck.  I saw the guy and I said “Hi, I hate to bother you but do you actually have permission from Malvern to park like this and leave your truck and trailer parked here?”

The guy responded “I think so?”

So I said “I’m not trying to give you a hard time but it was very difficult to park, so I hope you’re not offended if I call Malvern Borough and ask.”

As I was dialing Malvern Borough, they magically moved the truck out of the municipal parking lot. The person who answered the phone at the borough transferred me to the police so I asked the police if this truck had permission to park like this because it was really difficult to navigate the parking lot with it parked there. I also told whoever the man was (who did not identify himself nor did he ask me for any of my information) that as soon as I asked them if they had permission to park a construction vehicle there they got someone to move the truck and trailer.

The response from this gentleman was polite but you could tell the last thing he wanted to do was speak to some woman trying to park in the municipal parking lot and having issues. 

He said to me that basically I needed to understand that they tried to cut local business people a break. And I said to him it wasn’t a local business person it was a very out of area truck and trailer parked in a municipal lot. And that they were not displaying anything that indicated they had permission to park there. (which prompted my phone call in the first place.)

He also told me well he didn’t have a problem with them offloading equipment and then moving the truck, which I actually agree with because it’s just being polite. BUT if I had not asked them if they had permission to park there all day I bet they would’ve left the truck there all day and that’s not fair to people who want to utilize a municipal parking lot in the first place is it?

The idea behind municipal parking lots anywhere especially in small towns is to get visitors’ vehicles off the streets and in a safe spot. That way residents have places to park their own cars and visitors can,well, enjoy their visits, right?

Since this part of Malvern Borough has been built up with Eastside Flats there are often issues with how people park. I always park where I am supposed to because I don’t want to inconvenience any business or resident.  But I find, shall we say commercial vehicles, aren’t so considerate. I have also taken photos of what it was like trying to get out of the parking lot and back onto King. 

There is always a perpetually parked UPS truck for Eastside Flats. For some reason they seem to always park right in front of the pedestrian crosswalks. The pedestrian crosswalks are lovely but people don’t get what they are and why they are there and they aren’t enforced, so crossing King there is still a bit of a game of chicken.

On the same side of the street as the municipal lot on the opposing corner was some kind of a clean out of another property. Two trucks. I have included another photo that shows where one of those trucks was parked which made it extraordinarily difficult to get out of there safely onto King because they were right on the corner.

Sightlines are supposed to be  clear, right? it’s a safety issue right? It’s something that planners are always supposed to take into consideration and see that they are done properly right?

I adore Malvern Borough but I humbly suggest that they revisit some of these trouble spots with parking and traffic before somebody gets in an accident and hurt.  

I’m chalking this up to growing pains. But it is something that this town needs to figure out as they grow and move forward into the future. It’s also what other towns should look at when they have giant developers who want to come build things on their Main Streets.

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Friends' Central Teachers Suspended After Booking Palestinian Speaker

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-14 13:53
The school administration said the two teachers showed disregard for "community, peace, and integrity" in booking the speaker.
Categories: Lower Merion

Celebrate Mardi Gras With Mummers In Manayunk This Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-14 11:35
The day will include bands, food, ice sculpting,
Categories: Lower Merion