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Great Outdoor Dining Options In The Ardmore Area, According to Yelp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 13:30
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine this weekend at one of these local restaurants.
Categories: Lower Merion

Who's Hiring In Ardmore?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 12:49
Looking for a job? Thousands of new employment opportunities have been posted on the Patch jobs board.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 transported to hospital following report of possible hazmat situation at Villanova

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-06-24 11:51
Two people were taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital for evaluation following a report of a possible hazmat situation in a building used by the School of Nursing at Villanova University Friday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes Recently Sold In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 11:20
You've got new neighbors. Scroll through a list of recent home sales in the local area.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Your Way Home Montgomery County' Summit Recognizes Homeless Progress

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 09:40
Your Way Home Montgomery County is making progress in the battle against homelessness, the county said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Evacuation At Villanova University

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 09:26
Multiple outlets are reporting a building at Villanova University has been evacuated due to an abnormal odor.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, June 24

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 07:10
The Daily Numbers: 2.9 percent tax given the OK by Interboro School Board.

20 jobs being furloughed.

5-4 vote by the board.

89 dollar hike in average tax bill.

dollars, what average homeowner will pay.

6.5 million dollar shortfall in Upper Darby.

0 tax hike enacted by the board.

100 years being celebrated this year by St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Drexel Hill.

1 as in Uno, and also the 1st ever national chain restaurant that opened its doors in Chester.

24, age of Chester man convicted of an assault on a police officer.

3 people indicted for a home invasion in Marple.

4, age of girl shot and killed in a home in Philly.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. That would be Ben Simmons, taken by the Sixers.

0 trades pulled by the Sixers after taking Simmons.

24 and 26 picks, they took two shooters.

5 RBI for Freddy Galvis to help the Phils snap their skid and prevent the team from losing 10 in a row for the first time in decades.

7-3 win for the Phils to avoid being swept in Minnesota. Now they head for the West Coast

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

We got Ben Simmons, but the Sixers did not make any other moves. They still need a point guard.

I Don’t Get It: After all that talk in D.C., still no action on gun control in D.C.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Upper Darby School Board, for holding the line on taxes and giving taxpayers a much-needed lift.

Quote Box: “These are not easy decisions to make, but we have a responsibility, fiscally.”

- Interboro Superintendent Bernadette Rieley, on budget that calls for tax hike and job cuts.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A tale of two school districts

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 06:24
Call this one "A Tale of Two School Districts."

Actually, that's exactly what we did on today's front page.

Like most school districts across Pennsylvania, both Upper Darby and Interboro found themselves facing a budget crunch. You might say it's just one more argument why our system of funding education is in need of a massive shakeup.

What is interesting is the tack taken by these two school boards to address their fiscal problems.

In Interboro, the board reluctantly decided to hike taxes and cut a few jobs.

Taxes will increase 2.9 percent. Twenty jobs also will be slashed.

In Upper Darby, they are instead tightening their belt and dipping into their fund balance instead of taxpayers' wallets.

As legislators struggle with their own budget woes in Harrisburg as the clock ticks toward a July 1 deadline to have a new budget in place, we hope our representatives keep Upper Darby and Interboro in mind.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A conversation with Gov. Tom Wolf

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 06:16
It must be budget time.

What else could explain the phone call I got yesterday.

Yes, that was Gov. Wolf calling to say hello and talk Pennsylvania dollars and cents. Always nice to chat with the governor, who makes it a habit to reach out to newspaper editors.

I started the conversation by joking about something that I noted on our editorial page, wondering if they were putting something in the water out there in Harrisburg.

The Legislature, after a torturous nine-month budget standoff last year, actually is getting a few things done.

They delivered much-needed changes to the state's archaic laws regulating the sale of alcohol to the governor's desk, and he signed it. They are working on pension relief.

And most indications are that the two sides are quietly making progress in budget talks taking part for the most part behind closed doors.

I asked Wolf about his seeming change of heart in abandoning another push for hefty tax hikes to pay for a new spending push, and he admitted he wasn't sure if he had been completely understood. He stressed that he was never married to those increases in both the sales and personal income taxes. When he was convinced that he could achieve his budget goals without the tax hikes, he decided to move on.

That's no doubt music to the ears of Republicans in the Legislature, who immediately turn up their nose at even the slightest hint of a tax hike.

The governor also sought to assuage the belief by some that this means he is abandoning his call for a steep increase in basic education funding. The governor noted that with the last budget and the one he is now proposing, education funding would be up $450 million.

Wolf also said he was certainly willing to entertain the notion passed by the House this week, a push for legalizing online gaming, as a source of new revenue. But the governor insisted he'd only do it as part of a wider budget agreement.

Finally, I asked him if he thought he and the Legislature would be able to meet the July 1 deadline to have a new spending plan in place. We all know how that worked out last year. We were still asking where the budget was at Christmas time.

Wolf seemed optimistic, but also cautioned it could go a few days past the deadline.

"Nobody wants another nine-month impasse," the governor said, clearly indicating that the process he and the Legislature endured last year might be "a lesson learned."

But he also took clear pride in noting some of the things that both he and the Legislature have been able to accomplish in the past few months.

Call anytime, governor.

Now that I will be able to buy a bottle of wine in the supermarket, how about privatizing the whole system?

Maybe I shouldn't push my luck.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Big Ben the new face of Sixers

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-06-24 05:57
Ben there, but will he be able to do that?

The Sixers surprised no one last night when they wasted little time in making LSU stud Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. What happened next did raise a few eyebrows, however.

What happened next was - nothing.

The Sixers, sitting with two more late 1st round picks at No. 24 and No. 26, could not move back up into the Top 10 to get another player they wanted.

There was rumbling all day about a deal with the Celtics, with both late first-round picks, Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington all going to Boston for the No. 3 pick in the draft, but it never happened.

Were the Celtics asking for too much? Did the Sixers want to do the deal? Or did they pull out at the last moment.

Here's one theory. The Sixers were reluctant to part with Noel because the truth of the matter is no one knows if center Joelle Embiid, who has yet to play a single minute for this franchise, is full recovered from his foot woes.

But at least for now, the much talked about "Process" is over for the Sixers.

There is a new face on the franchise. His name is Ben Simmons.

Check out how Terry Toohey saw the action last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

And columnist Jack McCaffery notes the Sixers still have a problem. As usual, Jack gets right to the "point."
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Kill' Jackson, Armed and Dangerous, Wanted By Norristown Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 17:14
The Norristown Police Department is attempting to locate Kirk Douglas Jackson, also known as "Kill" Jackson.
Categories: Lower Merion

SJU's Deandre' Bembry Could Go In First Round of Thursday's NBA Draft

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 16:47
The 2016 NBA Draft is Thursday night, and Saint Joseph's University's Deandre' Bembry could be one of the first picks off the board.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Home Inspector Defrauded Customers, More Victims Expected: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 15:52
The owner of a local home inspection company was arrested for allegedly defrauding nearly 140 home buyers. More victims expected, DA says.
Categories: Lower Merion

I-676 To Be Shut Down, Detoured Overnight During Construction

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 14:48
Motorists will need to seek alternative routes if traveling on I-676 late during the late night or early morning hours.
Categories: Lower Merion

100 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania: Ardmore Is 7th

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 14:06
New rankings offer insight into the top 100 places to live in Pennsylvania. Ardmore is ranked 7th!
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Youths Travel To El Salvador, Study Conflict

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 12:51
Several students with an Ardmore religious group are traveling in El Salvador and learning about conflict resolution and leadership.
Categories: Lower Merion

Kohelet tentative sketch plan OK’d by LM Planners

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:58
Ardmore >> It wasn’t a packed house at Wednesday’s Lower Merion Planning Commission meeting, but a handful of neighbors attended with an attorney to press their issues regarding plans to expand the Kohelet Yeshiva High School. After nearly three hours of sometimes contentious discussion, the planning commission recommended approval of a tentative sketch plan for the school expansion.
Categories: Lower Merion

LM police asking for help to ID suspect in attempted home invasion

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:30
Ardmore >> Lower Merion police are asking for help in identifying the suspect who, armed with a handgun, attempted to force his way into an elderly couple’s home Saturday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco's US Rep. Boyle Joins Congressional Sit-In On Gun Reform

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-06-23 10:23
"There is a stain on the soul of America. And we must heal it."
Categories: Lower Merion