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These Are The Newest Homes For Sale Nearby

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-11-19 07:06
How much are homes going for nearby? Check out the latest listings.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2017-11-18 06:37
They are the two most important words in Eagles land.

Dallas Week.

The question this week is whether Andy Reid protege Doug Pederson will be able to mimic his old boss' excellence in coming off the bye week, or if the Birds' will be rusty from the week off as they invade Dallas for a prime time Sunday night matchup with the hated Cowboys. So far this season Pederson has displayed the kind of magic touch that Jon Dorenbos could appreciate.

The Eagles roll into Dallas with the best record in the NFL at 8-1. The Cowboys are fighting for their lives at 5-4 and coming off a spanking by the Falcons.

They will be without their offensive stud, running back Ezekiel Elliott. Offensive left tackle Tyron Smith, whose absence last week almost got QB Dak Prescott killed, is questionable. On defense, Eagles killer Sean Lee is out.

For the Eagles, only receiver Alshon Jeffery is banged up, with a sore ankle, but he's expected to play. Cornerback Ronald Darby is expected to get back on the field.

Everything points to an Eagles' win.

So why am I a bit antsy? A loss here could just about doom the Cowboys' post-season hopes. Desperate teams are often dangerous teams. It will be up to Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense to set the tone early, hog the ball, step on the Cowboys' necks and not let up. The biggest challenge the Eagles face this week is regaining the precision they displayed in sprinting out to a 8-1 start.

This one could come down to a duel between two young stud QBs, Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. Last year Prescott was everyone's darling. But without Elliott, and with his offensive line ailing, this year has been a struggle. Wentz has better weapons this year, and the Eagles should be able to move the ball on the ground and exploit the Cowboys with tight end Zach Ertz without Sean Lee to defend him.

I think they get the win, but I don't think it will be easy.

THE PICK: Make it Eagles 29, Cowboys 17. A late Eagles TD will make this one look easier than it actually will be. It won't be pretty. But right now the Eagles are just a better team than the Cowboys. A loss would have all kinds of negative repercussions for the Birds. While they will remain comfortably ahead in the NFC East, they are in a duel with several teams with best record in the NFC and possible home field advantage in the playoffs. That should be their motivation.

LAST WEEK: Actually you have to go back two weeks. I expected the Eagles to beat Denver in large part because it was the Broncos third straight road game and came on a short week after they had to go to Kansas City on a Monday night, back to Denver, and then across the country to face the Eagles. But I never saw the offensive explosion the Birds dropped on the Broncos highly rated defense, and the total domination of the Birds on defense. The win has the rest of the NFL looking up at Doug Pederson's Birds, sitting pretty at 8-1 mark. I was on board with another win and raised my personal mark on the year to 7-2.

GAME BY GAME: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Chiefs 33, Eagles 17)

Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 24. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 17)

Eagles 26, Chargers 24. (My Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Cardinals 7. (My Pick: Eagles 29, Cardinals 24)

Eagles 28, Panthers 23. (My Pick: Panthers 26, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Redskins 24. (My Pick: Eagles 31, Redskins 19)

Eagles 33, 49ers 10. (My Pick: Eagles 24, 49ers 10)

Eagles 51, Broncos 23 (My Pick: Eagles 23- Broncos 19)
Categories: Pennsylvania

barclay friends neighbors sent me photos

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-11-17 19:44

I was visiting a friend in Chester County Hospital today and remarkably, you can smell the smoke from the fire inside the hospital. It’s crazy. It was like someone had a fire in their fireplace.

I have friends who live in that part of West Chester and they have smoke infiltration in their homes. I am only publishing a couple of photos, but there but for the grace of God go all of us.

Other friends of ours (as in a couple of different families) had family members evacuated from Barclay Friends last night. Their family members are safe and sound elsewhere.

Another friend who has been on the scene texted that the fire was not completely out.

Neighbors of Barclay Friends are among the scores of unsung heroes who helped residents to safety. Some media outlets are saying not all are accounted for? (See this report from ABC News ):

Authorities struggled on Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a massive blaze tore through their complex during the middle of the night, injuring nearly 30 and leading to a chaotic evacuation.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley said Friday afternoon that a few of the more than 130 residents of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community, located west of Philadelphia, were unaccounted for following the huge fire.

“We’re hoping for the best obviously here,” said Norley, who put the number taken to area hospitals at 29.

Officials said fewer than 20 remained hospitalized and all were in good condition.

County emergency officials said there was the possibility someone could have died in the fire, which erupted late Thursday night. But a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which was on the scene, told an afternoon news conference that no relatives had reported any family members missing.

Some patients are at Chester County Hospital. These people have lost everything. Especially photos and memories. It’s devastating.

At West Chester nursing home fire, a heroic effort to evacuate residents
by Laura McCrystal, Justine McDaniel, Tricia L. Nadolny & Emerson I. Max, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS

Flames Rip Through Chester County Senior Living Community Displacing 150 Residents and Staff, Hospitalizing 27-The senior residents of the facility were evacuated into the bitter cold, and while more than 20 people transported to hospitals, officials did not elaborate on any injuries
By NBC10 Staff

The ATF was on scene this afternoon as well, so that should help people get answers, right?

It has been a very long day in the Borough of West Chester. On the eve of Thanksgiving I am grateful for all those neighbors, fire fighters, and EMTs and police who responded to this. I am told by friends that we can always drop off food or snacks to these volunteer fire companies. These men and women do this day in and day out.

Have a good night, all.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Teen Charged In Fatal Post-Burglary Norristown Crash

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 16:25
A Norristown teen has been charged with third degree murder and three more face burglary charges in connection the fatal August incident.
Categories: Lower Merion

National Dog Show Arrives In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:57
This weekend is your chance to meet more than 2,000 dogs at the National Dog Show in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Watch: Vehicle Blows Past Stopped School Bus In Plymouth

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:36
The vehicle just barely missed striking several children who were attempting to board the stopped bus.
Categories: Lower Merion

You're invited: Holiday Prep: Get The House Ready For Guests

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:27
Save the date for December 1st!
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Road Rage Shooting Suspect Arrested

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:24
After trying to drive a woman off the road and then repeatedly "brake-checking" her, he got out of his vehicle and opened fire.
Categories: Lower Merion

Schuylkill River Heritage Area Rebrands Itself

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:03
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has a new name and a new logo that better reflect their mission to improve the river and its communities.
Categories: Lower Merion

prayers for barclay friends

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:47

Most of us in Chester County woke up to those devastating news. Barclay Friends in the Borough of West Chester went up in flames as many of us, myself included, were sleeping. I have a friend whose mom was there, thank goodness she is now home and safe with her family. There are many, many displaced seniors as a result.

It is the eve of Thanksgiving and I think we must be grateful for the absolutely amazing first responders we have in Chester County. Firefighters, EMTs, police, and so on. I am not one to toss around the word blessed lightly, but we are so blessed with these heroic individuals because this could have been so much worse without their expertise and valor.

Daily Local : At least 20 injured, 100 flee into night as fire roars through West Chester senior living center (Photos)

Prayers go to the families with displaced seniors and the staff of Barclay Friends . I am happy to post legitimate fundraising efforts one Barclay Friends gets this sorted out to where they can do that. I am also happy to post efforts of groups who will be collecting clothing and other basics for these seniors. And if someone is planning to get Thanksgiving dinner to these displaced seniors.

These senior citizens could be anyone’s family members, and at least one is a family member of a friend.

I will admit I am so terrified at how fast Barclay Friends went up in flames. All media reports this morning indicate fire investigation is already beginning.

Also, and VERY important: you will note my photos come from social media. I am not going anywhere near that scene and neither should any curiosity seeker. Let the professionals do their jobs and stay out of the area in the Borough of West Chester.

Prayers up on this.


Categories: Pennsylvania

A late-night phone call is never good

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:20
A late-night phone call never brings good news.

Every time the phone goes off at that hour, that softball-size knot that seems to have taken up permanent residence in my stomach gets a little bigger.

That was no different last night, when the phone ran about 20 after 11. It was my ace photographer Pete Bannan, who gave me the news of the devastating fire at the Barclay Friends assisted living center in West Chester.

That started a combination of events that resulted in tearing up a perfectly good front page of the Daily Local News in West Chester to get in news of the fire.

I usually spend a lot of time cursing technology, but I have to admit that when it comes to breaking news, I am glad we're still not operating in this dinosaur days of the newspaper racket.

Of course, that does not mean we ignored print. We had just enough time to get a short story and photos in the print edition. Then we went to work updating the story online in the overnight hours.

The fire was devastating, sending elderly residents out into the cold, many of them still being wheeled out in their beds and wheelchairs.

You can get the update here.

At this point, officials are saying about 20 people were injured. Another 100-plus were evacuated.

One of the great things that happened is how the community rallied.

Neighbors who live in the area where the Barclay is located showed up with blanket, water, and coffee.

These are people they consider neighbors.

We'll be updating the story today and through the weekend.

But as awful as it looked, it also showed a community that rallies together in the worst of circumstances.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What is a hellbender?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-11-17 07:45
Do you have any idea what a hellbender is?

No it's not some teen tough guy out rampaging around the neighborhood.

It's an amphibian. It's about to become the official state amphibian, if the state Senate gets its way.

Yep, that's what our elected leaders are up to these days.

Compare that to what just went down with the state budget and you get the idea why they call Pennsylvania, Land of Giants.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Your Guide to Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and Nearby Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-17 07:35
We've rounded up nearby open houses happening this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

It's time for All Christmas music, all the time

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-11-17 07:24
And so it begins.

Forget Thanksgiving.

We're ushering in the Christmas season today.

At least they are over at Today’s 101.1 MORE-FM/WBEB.

That's right. At 9 a.m. they will flip the switch and go to all Christmas music, all the time.

They will be all-Christmas all the time through Christmas Day highlighting favorite holiday songs from Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and the rest.

They also once again will be doing their popular Christmas Choir Competition.

Ho, ho, ho!
Categories: Pennsylvania

6 Montco Projects Honored For Environmental Sustainability

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-11-16 16:23
Six projects across Montgomery County were awarded Wednesday for promoting environmental sustainability.
Categories: Lower Merion

Veterans Day Pavers; Toys For Tots Drive; More Local Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-11-16 15:58
Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Several Montco Doctors Approved To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-11-16 14:30
So far, eight Montgomery County doctors have been approved to participate in the state's medical marijuana program once it launches in 2018.
Categories: Lower Merion

After Years Of Debate, Conshohocken Approves New 'Super' Wawa

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-11-16 11:10
After years of debate, the controversial new "super" Wawa in Conshohocken has been approved.
Categories: Lower Merion

Missing money mystery in Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-11-16 06:43
There is a mystery this morning in Upper Darby.

There is apparently money missing from the tax collector's office.

A lot of money.

No one is saying how much, but it's apparently a couple hundred thousand dollars.

The Delaware County District Attorney's office is investigating. No charges have been filed.

The township called in the D.A.'s office after the situation was first discovered.

“We are aware of the allegations. When these allegations were first brought to our attention, we notified the District Attorney’s Office and asked them to investigate the matter. The township has been fully cooperating with the district attorney’s investigation.”

We'll keep you updated on how the investigation is going.

And a tip of the hat to Joe Holden of CBS3 who was the first to report on the investigation.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tax vote showdown today in D.C.

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-11-16 06:31
Looks like you can count the region's two moderate Republicans as yes votes on the GOP tax plan that is headed for a vote this afternoon in Washington.

Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, tells us he's voting yes.

Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, while not definitive, says the move will help his constituents.

Note there is a very important difference between the House measure and that being developed in the Senate.

Yesterday a last-second addition to the Senate plan would kill off the mandatory participation under Obamacare. The House version does not touch the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Pa. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey blasted the new language, calling it a double-barrel blow to the middle class, hurting them tax-wise and also endangering their health care. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey supports the language eliminating the Obamacare mandate.

You can get all the details on where Costello and Meehan stand here.
Categories: Pennsylvania