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Firefighters responding to bus-related incident at City Sports

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 11:02
No one was injured Wednesday afternoon when the driver of a school bus lost control and went off the road on Montgomery Avenue near Anderson Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

NovaRacing car on display at Philadelphia Auto Show

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:59
RADNOR >> A snazzy formula race car is nearing completion in a basement garage workshop in the Villanova University Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER).
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Darby Township firefighter, accused of arson, now charged with raping children

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:45
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will announce this afternoon that a former firefighter from Glenolden, already charged with arson for allegedly setting fires in vacant homes, has now been charged with sexually abusing 14 children.
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Predicted snow smackdown for central Montgomery County disappointsSnow totals vastly lower than expected

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:44
NORRISTOWN >> Many central Montgomery County residents woke up Tuesday morning expecting a blizzard of snow at their feet and found mere inches of snow.
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$512K Fariston Drive Home Recently Sold in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:53
Find other recently sold homes nearby from our partners at Zillow.
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As Narberth Pharmacy closes, borough residents say a 'piece of downtown disappears'

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:38
NARBERTH BOROUGH >> Narberth said goodbye this week to a beloved business.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 28

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-01-28 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 1.2 inches of snow recorded in Philadelphia.

12-16 inches, what was forecast for the region.

30-60 miles east, how far the storm veered, sparing us a big snow storm

9.8 inches of snow in Central Park in New York City.

20-30 inches, what was forecast for Big Apple

12 inches in Manasquan, N.J.

34 inches in Littleton, Mass.

33.5 inches in Thompson, Conn.

70 mph winds howling as blizzard conditions slammed Boston.

40 to 50 feet of seawall knocked out by the storm in Marshfield, Mass.

2 deaths, both on Long Island, blamed on the storm.

200 million dollar economic hit believed taken by New York City in the wake of shutdowns before the non-storm.

2 people charged in series of home break-ins in Drexel Hill.

200 people, many of them senior citizens, who packed Garnet Valley School Board meeting last night urging them to hold line on taxes.

8-1 vote by the board to reserve the right to hike taxes above the state-mandated index of 1.9 percent.

3.6 percent tax hike in proposed budget of Upper Darby schools.

125 bucks more for the average tax tab, which now stands at $3,459.

6-23 months in prison for a Middletown man for unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

3 people going on trial in slaying of Rite Aid store manager Jason McClay.

140,000 Pennsylvanians who enrolled in federal health insurance marketplace for 2015.

3 people hurt when part of the roof of the Lululemon store collapsed in Center City Philadelphia.

291 point dip for the Dow Jones yesterday, after being down at one point 390 points.

4-3 shootout win for Flyers over Arizona Coyotes.

2nd shootout win for Flyers, who are now 2-5 in shootouts for the year.

22 saves for Steve Mason in relief of Ray Emery.

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

If there is any justice, Marshawn Lynch will be named Super Bowl MVP - and promptly be ignored by the media.

I Don’t Get It: Forget the snow, it is seriously cold out there this morning.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Gary Szatkowski, the National Weather Service meteorologist who took to social media and offered his apology for the blown forecast.

Quote Box: “Given the uncertainties and the tens of million of people affected, this was the right forecast to make.”

- NWS Director Louis I. Uccellini.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Live From the Newsroom' tackles violence in Chester

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-01-28 07:16
There's a sad bit of irony connected to tonight's 'Live From the Newsroom' show. We'll back on the campus of Widener University to talk about safety in the city of Chester, in particular a new program aimed at greatly increasing the number of surveillance cameras in two crime-ridden neighborhoods in the city.

A couple of weeks ago Rite Aid Corp. teamed with the city, Widener University and the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, putting up $10,000 toward the program.

Rite Aid knows a bit about the high cost of violence in Chester. One of their store managers, Jason Scott McClay, was gunned down during a holdup attempt in their store at Ninth and Highland in 2013.

Ironically, today testimony is expected to start in the trial of three people charged in his murder.

Joining me tonight for this special show will be Chester Mayor John Linder; Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr.; Widener Campus Safety Director Pat Sullivan; and Michael McGee, Executive Director of the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County.

We'll discuss both the push for surveillance cameras and other actions aimed at increasing safety in the city.

Last year, 30 people were slain on the streets of Chester. It was part of a record year for homicides in Delaware County, which recorded 49 murders.

If you have a question you'd like to ask our panel, email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com. Then tune in tonight at 7 at DelcoTimes.com for a special look at violence in Chester and what the city is doing to attack the problem.

By the way, the city already has recorded three homicides in 2015.
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No More Corbett Appointees. Voters Chose a “Fresh Start”

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-01-28 07:10
Tom Wolf ran on a fresh start for the executive team in Harrisburg, and he won big. Voters kicked Tom Corbett to the curb. By definition, appointing the remainder of Tom Corbett’s people to...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

An early misstep from Gov. Tom Wolf

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-01-28 06:57
Tom Wolf strode to office as an "unconventional leader," and vowing to change the atmosphere in Harrisburg and get state government working again.

But one of his first acts as governor smacks of "more of the same" old-style political bickering that has dominated the capital for decades.

It's the focus of today's editorial.
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All weather, all the time

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-01-28 06:33
I think I now understand why the local TV stations spend so much time on the weather.

Do you know anyone who wasn't talking about it yesterday?

Specifically, what they were wondering was what happened to all that snow and blizzard-like conditions that were being predicted for the region.

There was a blizzard alright, just not here.

What most forecasters were saying was going to be 6-10 inches of snow in the Philadelphia region never developed. The official snow total for Philly? A puny 1.2 inches was the official measurement for Philadelphia.

Massachusetts? Well, that's another matter. Framingham, Mass., got walloped with 33.5 inches, sparking memories of the great blizzard of 1996 that buried the Philly region with 30 inches of snow.

But as soon as it became clear that we were going to dodge a bullet, the finger-pointing started. And all those fingers wagging were pointed for the most part at our local TV weather folks.

TV makes a very big deal out of the weather in these parts. It's been a pet peeve of mine for years. But it's not going to change. Why? It is the single item that affects everyone every day.

That's why USA Today revolutionized the weather package that appears in newspapers years ago when they rolled out their full-page, full color weather page.

My wife still loves that page. Every time I bring one home, she checks out the temperatures in warm-weather places like Arizona and California.

My problem, as I've been stating now for years, is that there is an economic angle to all this hyperventilating about the weather.

How do you think the restaurant or bar owner - people who are dependent on people getting out and about, most likely in their cars - feel when all they hear on TV all day is TV folks telling people, "If you don't have to go out, don't."

Lots of small businesses in Philly took a big hit Tuesday when the city basically shut down, despite the lack of snow. All public and parochial schools were closed. Non-essential city workers got a day off.

Farther to the north, while they did get some snow, New York City was not paralyzed, and the decision to basically shut the city down was being widely criticized.

I've often wondered if there is a price tag that can be put on these doom and gloom forecasts.

One expert said yesterday's precautions in the Big Apple add up to a $200 million economic hit.

I don't expect much to change when it comes to the way local TV stations handle the weather. This despite the statement yesterday by the head of the National Weather Service that they will review their procedures in light of the missed forecast, in particular when it comes to getting word out quicker when it becomes clear that those forecasts are off the mark.

Most of the TV folks spent much of the day yesterday explaining what happened, how the system veered to the north and east, effectively missing Philadelphia and the suburbs.

But I was most impressed by someone who never shows up on TV. And whose name is not nearly as familiar as those who constantly regale us with their "double-scar radar," or First Alert forecasts.

Gary Szatkowski is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in South Jersey. He went on Twitter when it became clear that the forecast was a huge miss and basically fell on his sword. "There is a big storm further off to our northeast," Szatkowski Tweeted late Monday night. New York City will see good amounts of snow, and for portions of New England it will be very high impact. But for much of New Jersey, and for thed Philadelphia Metropolitan area, this is a big forecast miss.

"You made a lot of touch decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry. My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public."

Class act, Gary.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wolf Says He's in Favor of Medical Marijuana

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-27 21:54
The new governor says he would sign a bill legalizing medicinal uses of cannabis in the commonwealth.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lane Closures Set for I-76 in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:51
The closures are for a series of bridge inspections, PennDOT said.
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Why Yes, That Is a Snow Leopard in the Snow

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:52
Can you top The Philadelphia Zoo’s adorable photo? Show us how you play in the snow!
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something worth sharing

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:27

A friend of mine shared this excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit.  I had forgotten about this book, and I think this is a beautiful thing to share, so enjoy!

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Trash, Recycling Pickup Modified Through Wednesday, Township Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:23
Normal trash and recycling collection in the township will resume Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

how humans can be like a flock of chickens, or navigating parenthood

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:56

So, I am but a few short years into this whole parenting thing, but by no means an expert or veteran.  I am an engaged novice at best. However,  I now understand further why my parents and a lot of my friends’ parents had limited involvement and interaction with a lot of school parent groups, PTA, and so on.  It’s often a no win proposition situationally.

Just like some work on the Victorian theory of children should be seen and not heard, it can also apply to the parents.  Truly, it’s fascinating. To me it can be like watching humans behave like a flock of chickens.

Chickens form flocks, flocks have pecking orders. If the pecking order is ignored or feathers are ruffled, often chickens will turn on one and other.  Remarkably, we will also do this to one and other as human beings. And it can be quite cruel and mean spirited.

I have now experienced marauding chickens first hand. Sadly what I have learned is just because someone is a parent, it doesn’t mean they will behave in an adult fashion.

My observations on all of this are simple: we all don’t have to be each other’s best friends and live in each other’s pockets but we are supposed to be the adults. We are supposed to (in theory)  be able to tolerate and appreciate differences in others. That is something I do not find from some parents at times.  I find that sad as we all share a common goal and core value of wanting the best for our kids.

I am very independent minded and unafraid to speak my mind, and always have been. I understand and appreciate that I can be considered an “acquired taste” . But I do always do my best to try to do the right thing. I respect this in others as well. But what I am learning is the path to good intentions is paved with the corpses of parents who thought they would try to help.

No school is immune to this phenomenon.  Check out any school of any kind whether public, private, parochial, or whatever and you will find this flock of chickens.  As long as your world view matches their world view, it’s all good.  But deviate from their comfort level or even just have a differing opinion and you will discover a world of hurt.  They will come at you hammer and tong. And trust me, it can be most unpleasant until you consider the source. They don’t call it bullying, but it is a form of bullying behavior in my opinion. It’s also fascinating to observe from a sociological perspective.

I will admit that for someone who was once a member of a sorority and who has headed up non-profit volunteer committees I am not much of a joiner. I was as a high school kid also not part of particular cliques or social circles. I enjoyed many different friends from many different groups and I am still very much that way today.  But independence like this is often very threatening to others.

With my 50th birthday came the renewed and self-inflicted wisdom that we should learn that sometimes tilting at windmills can be a fruitless proposition. But maintaining your independence and standing up for what you believe in shouldn’t have to resemble tilting at windmills either, should it? Yet sometimes it feels that way doesn’t it?

People will often fear and judge what they do not know or understand.  I have been guilty of that in the past as it is simply put, human nature. But as a parent when I see this it makes me sad. But now as a parent the positive is I can gain perspective if I am open to it.

We are all supposed to have common core values of wanting the best for our kids. So why is it some parents need to decimate other adults to attain this goal? How is it we are supposed to teach our kids to be better human beings when by our very example we are doing what we don’t want them to do?

But back to the theory of humans as flocks of chickens.  We should be better than pecking farm birds, shouldn’t we? (And I say this as someone who actually really likes chickens!)

Navigating parenthood is a tricky proposition.  I am learning something new every day. I just wish more of these adults, these parents, could be more open to learning at times.  We all can’t be perfect, and we come to the table with different life experiences. I guess it is what we do with those experiences that matter, right?  We should NOT expect everyone we meet to be cookie cutter images of us, should we? Wouldn’t that make us all Stepford Wives on this life bus if so?

I endeavor to try to learn and go forward a better human being.  I am not perfect. But I do try to do the right thing. And I am reminded again that I can only be responsible for my own behavior and actions.

Thanks for stopping by.


Categories: Pennsylvania

POLL: Should Lower Merion Schools Have Been Closed Tuesday?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:15
Did officials make the right decision? Tell us!
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Predicted snow smackdown for central Montgomery County disappointsSnow totals vastly lower than expecte

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-27 11:20
NORRISTOWN >> Many central Montgomery County residents woke up Tuesday morning expecting a blizzard of snow at their feet and found mere inches of snow.
Categories: Lower Merion