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Some chilling thoughts for Spring

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-04-24 06:18
So much for spring.

And at this point I guess about the best thing you can say about summer is that it's a rumor.

When I walked out of the office last night, I knew my decision to eschew a coat for one of the first times this spring was a mistake. So I kind of knew what to expect this morning.

But 35 degrees?

That's what my odometer was reading when I climbed into the car this morning.

And unless I was hallucinating - and that's always a distinct possibility - I believe I spotted a few snow flakes on the ride into the office.

Sure the trees are starting to bloom. And slowly but surely, my lawn is looking distinctly like it's time to break out the mower. But I refuse to cut the grass while my teeth are chattering.

Enough already. Didn't we suffer enough this winter with this miserable weather?

I kind of know what's going to happen. As usual we won't have a spring, instead leap-frogging right into temperatures in the 90s.

I won't complain about that, but I know a lot of people will be less than thrilled.

I'd settle for a day when I could don a T-shirt. Doesn't look like it's happening anytime soon.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Radnor police seek help in identifying attempted burglar

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 16:53
Radnor Township police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man alleged to have been involved in an interrupted burglary in the Rosemont section of the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Flat iron stolen from CosmoProf

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:23
Retail theft>> Lower Merion police received a report of a theft of a flat iron from CosmoProf, a beauty supply store at 44 Greenfield Avenue in Ardmore. The theft was reported to police April 16.
Categories: Lower Merion

Charges pending for 2 arrested in strong-armed robbery in Bala Cynwyd

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:23
Lower Merion police reported a man and a woman were arrested after a witness contacted police to report a robbery near Bryn Mawr and Union avenues in Bala Cynwyd April 17 at 11 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Ranked 16th Most Challenging High School in Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-04-23 14:47
The Washington Post calculated the school's ratio of advanced and collegiate level exams by the number of students.
Categories: Lower Merion

Macy's to leave Suburban Square in 2016

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:33
Suburban Square shoppers looking for a good clearance sale will need to stop by Macy’s in spring 2016. That’s when, according to a spokesperson for the department store chain, the Macy’s location in Ardmore will be closing.
Categories: Lower Merion

Radnor police seek help in identifying attempted burglar

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 12:10
Radnor Township police are asking for the public's help in identifying a male allegedly involved in an interrupted burglary in the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

$799K Golfview Road Home Just Listed in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:50
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ward 7 Debate: Rogan, Karasik races draws nearly 100 to Wynnewood

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:27
Incumbent Liz Rogan faces challenger Andrew Karasik for board seat
Categories: Lower Merion

Take a Tour of the Best Kitchens in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:11
The Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour features eight beautifully renovated Main Line kitchens representing a diversity of styles.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth residents meet new solicitor, officer appointed Class A

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 09:16
During a busy meeting Monday, April 17, Narberth residents saw the promotion of a police officer and had a first chance to meet the borough’s new solicitor.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 23

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:06
The Daily Numbers: 72 homes in Tinicum that will not be seized to make room for the expansion plan at Philadelphia International Airport.

300 residents who will not have to start looking for new homes.

1.86 million dollars a year that will be shared equally among Delaware County, Tinicum and Interboro School Board.

1 million dollars a year for 20 years, how much the airport deal will pay to Tinicum.

500,000 dollars 1-time payment for Interboro.

1,500 foot extension of a runway that will allow larger planes to utilize the airport.

3 GOP candidates who kicked off their campaign for County Council yesterday.

42,000 workers in Delaware County who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage.

10.10 minimum wage being pushed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

2.8 million dollars being paid by SEPTA to consultants.

8 million callers who report being cut off in conversations with IRS this tax season.

1 layman to ever head Saint Joseph’s University. Mark C. Reed was named to head the school yesterday.

121 years of the Penn Relays that kicks off today.

765 million dollar settlement of lawsuit against NFL by players who suffer from concussion symptoms

5 million dollar maximum award for a player.

4 million dollar maximum payout to family of deceased player.

190,000 dollar average payment for player affected by concussion symptoms.

3 errors by Phils in mistake-filled loss to the lowly Marlins last night.

1 unearned run on 5 hits over 6 innings for Cole Hamels, who did not get the loss and who has yet to record a win this season.

1 key error by Hamels that led to Marlins’ first run.

5 hits for the Phils offense.

10 straight wins for the Mets. They’re now 12-3, while the Phils are looking up from 5-11.

10 game suspension - without pay - for new Cowboys’ defensive end Greg Hardy in domestic violence crackdown.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.It’s one thing that the Phils can’t hit. That was pretty much expected. What wasn’t is that they can’t catch the ball either. Not a good competition.

I Don’t Get It: There’s another sexting investigation at a local high school. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lesley Lane and Regina Ubaldi-Rosen, two longtime victims advocates who were lauded by County Council. Much deserved.

Quote Box: “This airport is the economic engine of southeast Pennsylvania.”

- Philly Mayor Michael Nutter on airport deal signed yesterday.
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UPDATED: Ardmore Open House set for May 2

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:05
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story included information about a planned Kentucky Derby Day pre-party.  According to the organizers, there has been a change in plans and Cricket Avenue will not be closed during the afternoon for activities. From the Ardmore Business Association: "Everyone is invited to come watch the Kentucy Derby in comfort in the downtown pub of their choice."
Categories: Lower Merion

Norman Carpet One recognizes 9/11 first responders

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:05
It isn’t every day that a team of real-life heroes walks into your store, but that is what happened Friday morning at Norman Chaikin’s Norman Carpet One in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tired Hands Brewing Company to open new Fermentaria

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-04-23 07:53
Starting April 24, there will be a new place to enjoy the “strange and beautiful” beers that have made Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company a local phenomenon in not quite three years.
Categories: Lower Merion

A sigh of relief for 72 homes in Tinicum

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 07:24
There are 72 families in Tinicum breathing a sigh of relief today.

They are not losing their homes.

That was just one of the important offshoots of the deal that was finalized yesterday to get the Capacity Enhancement Program expansion plan off the ground at Philadelphia International Airport.

They will still have the airport for a neighbor. They will still have the noise and other issues with its neighbor. But at least they will still be neighbors.

An earlier plan that raised the hackles of both residents and local officials called for the airport to acquire 72 homes in Tinicum, displacing 300 residents in the process.

Delaware County, Tinicum and the Interboro School District will see an influx of revenue. They will share an annual payment of $1.86 million. That money was cut off back in 2007 when the dispute over airport expansion first hit the fan.

Tinicum is in line for a $1 million payment a year for 20 years, or until the project is completed.

Interboro also will get a one-time payment of $500,000.

The airport can now move forward with plans to extend a runway by 1,500 feet, as well as modernizing infrastructure and creating additional parking. The runway work is needed to accommodate larger planes that currently can't use the airport.

Philadelphia Michael Nutter indicated the project will bring thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanent positions once the expansion is completed.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Joe Hackett's two jobs

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 06:56
Joe Hackett says he's following his heart.

Apparently all the way to the bank.

Last fall Hackett won re-election to the state Legislature, turning back a vigorous challenge from Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky to represent the people of the 161st District in Harrisburg.

But just a couple of months after being sworn in, Hackett had a change of heart. He heard his true calling urging him to leave Harrisburg and return to Delco and his first love - police work.

Hackett stunned most folks by announcing he would resign his seat and return to his old job with the county Criminal Investigation Division.

You can't really fault him for that. But as I've said before, his timing was lousy.

If he was having these kind of leanings, it sure would have been nice if he had come to that conclusion last fall, before he won re-election to another two-year term.

And if that was not the case, at least he could have gone public with his decision in time to have the election to fill the seat aligned with the primary on May 19.

That's not what happened. Now the state will have to hold a special election to fill Hackett's 161st District position, likely sometime this summer, and at a considerable cost, maybe as much as $70,000.

Now something else odd has popped up in the strange odyssey.

Hackett has already returned to his job as a county detective. District Attorney Jack Whelan said he went back on the payroll April 13. The position pays $85,290 a year.

But until the end of the month, Hackett also will continue to collect his salary as a state rep, $85,338 a year. I believe they refer to that as double-dipping.

Look, I know Hackett is not the first to do it. It's not terribly uncommon for legislators to hold outside employment. After all, it's supposed to be a part-time job.

And the truth is that the 18 days that he's on both payrolls does not amount to a lot of money.

But it looks lousy.

Hackett could have done a couple of things. He could have simply rejected his state rep's salary, or waited until he was officially off the state payroll to go back to work at the county level.

I guess Hackett could make the argument that he is doing both jobs. He's not talking about his jobs. I'm not saying he's not entitled to both salaries. Other people are doing that. I'm just saying it looks bad.

The people who voted for him did so expecting he was going to be their full-time legislator. I think it's safe to say they did not do so believing he would bail on the position and go back to police work.

They have to wonder what kind of bang they're getting for their buck. Or bucks. It's not clear how Hackett is splitting his time between Harrisburg and Media.

The only thing certain is this: He's getting paid for both.
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'Live From Newsroom' offers a fond farewell for Widener President Dr. Jim Harris

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-04-23 06:15
We returned to our home away from home at the Communications Department at Widener University in Chester last night for a very special evening on 'Live From the Newsroom.'

It was our final show of the year at Widener, with whom we have partnered the past two years. We visit the campus once a month and utilize the state-of-the-art TV studio in Freedom Hall to tape our show.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to Widener public relations boss Dan Hanson for all his help with the show, and in particular to Professor Tim Scepansky and his students for putting on a first-class show.

But last night was even more special because of our guest.

We were honored to spend a half-hour with Widener President Dr. Jim Harris. We talked about his 13-year tenure at the school and the huge change that has taken place under his tutelage. Dr. Harris will depart the Chester campus this summer to accept a similar post at the University of San Diego.

Harris stressed again and again the mission of the school, that he wanted it - and its students - to become an integral part of the Chester community.

He leaves a huge legacy in Chester, indelibly linking the school with the city it calls home.

He will be greatly missed.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.
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UPDATED: Ardmore Open House set for May 2

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-04-22 17:31
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story included information about a planned Kentucky Derby Day pre-party.  According to the organizers, there has been a change in plans and Cricket Avenue will not be closed during the afternoon for activities. From the Ardmore Business Association: "Everyone is invited to come watch the Kentucy Derby in comfort in the downtown pub of their choice."
Categories: Lower Merion

storm clouds over east earl 

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-04-22 15:43


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