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It's Upper Darby vs. Haverford, the tradition continues

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-11-25 06:28
Forget the Eagles.

At least for one day.

Thanksgiving belongs to high school football. And here in Delaware County, we will be serving up a special holiday treat. Upper Darby and Haverford will collide tomorrow in their traditional Turkey Day contest, only this time there is a little extra incentive. The Central League football crown will be on the line.

As you might expect, we will have full team coverage of what is being called perhaps the biggest Thanksgiving Day game in Delco history. And yes, that is saying something.

Today in sports, Matt Smith previews the big game. Make sure you check it out at our home for high school sports, PaPrepLive.com.

Columnist Matt DeGeorge takes a look at the last time the two teams met with this much on the line. Then in tomorrow's holiday edition (which will actually hit the streets later today), we delve into the way both the Upper Darby and Haverford communities are rallying around this huge game.

Don't miss this special holiday edition of the Daily Times, which also will be packed with all the circulars you will need to kick off your Black Friday shopping.

Oh, and one other thing:

Happy Thanksgiving.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Fans deliver a message to Eagles, Lane Johnson

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-11-25 06:15
Welcome to Philadelphia, Lane Johnson.

The Eagles offensive lineman is the latest athlete to learn that you are on very dangerous ground when you start ripping the fans. That is especially true when you are 4-6 and just got your backside kicked up between your shoulder blades by the Tampa Bay Bucs. Yes, the team got booed.

Here's a couple of questions for Johnson. When is the last time you forked over 40 bucks to park to get into a football game? And this after likely shelling out 100 dollars or more to get into Jeffrey Lurie's playpen. Add in the perfunctory trinkets, food and drink and you have a fairly expensive day.

Then you are treated to the display the Eagles put on Sunday?

Yes, you are going to get booed.

Fans in this town wear their passion on their sleeves, and they're not shy about delivering a message to players when they don't like what they see.

And nothing will get under these fans' skin more than the impression that players are not giving their all, which is certainly what that act looked like on Sunday.

Johnson came to his senses, or least someone in Lurie's PR offices did, and quickly made the talk-show rounds to offer an apology and indicate he wasn't talking about the end of the game, but rather the fans who were letting the team have it when the game was still 7-7.

Actually, it appears as if maybe this team is developing the personality of its coach.


Kelly's act - especially that staccato deliver of his that gives the impression he could care less - is wearing thin. It's tolerable when you're going 10-6. But when you're 4-6 and looking like the team is checking out on the coach, it doesn't fly.

Luckily, the Eagles are working on a short week. They can resolve all of this by going out there and thumping the Lions in a Thanksgiving Day special in Detroit. A win would put them right back into the playoff hunt.

A loss, and the prospect of then facing the undefeated Patriots?

Well, Lane Johnson may want to cover his ears.
Categories: Pennsylvania

oh those golden rams!

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-11-24 20:39

Photo borrowed from WCU Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GoldenRamBand/

Ok how cool is this? West Chester University’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band has been chosen to be one the marching bands in the….wait for it…Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. THAT is just cool!

The magic time is 11:44 AM, when they hit the reviewing stand and will be ON TV. As in NBC10 locally. NBC airs the parade nationwide.

Total performance time that we’ll see is about 1 minute 15 seconds.

See it or not.  Don’t blink.

I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and this is a Chester County marching band! I know no one in this band but am just plain excited for them!  What an honor! According to Macy’s they were last in the parade in 1986.

Marching off to Macy’s parade from West Chester Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer

Last updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 1:08 AM

Sparkling blue flags waved and 600 feet stepped in time as the West Chester University marching band sent a holiday tune into the darkening November sky.

With drums and flutes, trumpets and clarinets, the students last week turned a campus blacktop into the winter wonderland they hope to create near New York City’s Herald Square on Thursday.

That’s when the college musicians will have 75 seconds to dazzle tens of millions of viewers with “Winter Wonderland.”

The band is one of 10 high school and college bands nationwide selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which typically generates huge television ratings and draws thousands to New York’s streets….”I’ve been watching the Macy’s parade since I was little,” said drum major Jacqueline Cotto, a fifth-year music education and performance major from New York City who joined her first marching band in eighth grade. “I always wanted to march in it. That was always a dream.”


The Incomparable Golden Rams played in the Thanksgiving spectacle once before, in 1986. This year, WCU is sending the only group from Pennsylvania.

The band plans to play popular tunes as it marches during the three-hour parade. When band members reach 34th Street, the Macy’s building, and NBC’s cameras, they will break into “Winter Wonderland.” ….The band is scheduled to rehearse once on the site before the parade – at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Hours later will come the moment Ross and Platt said they were most looking forward to. They are due to arrive at 34th Street at 11:44 a.m. to perform before millions….



Ok, seriously? How can you NOT be SO excited for them????

CBS Philly: Local University Marching Band To Perform In Macy’s Parade

By Justin Udo 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local university’s marching band is set to perform this Thursday in New York at one of the season’s most beloved parades.


Out of 138 colleges that applied, the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band was one just of four selected to perform at this year’s Macy’s thanksgiving day parade.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Verdict Reached In Case Of Montco Cop's Home Burned To The Ground: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-11-24 18:51
"I'm also sad that there's going to be another family now ruined because of this."
Categories: Lower Merion

Can a new and modern take save Gladwyne’s historic Barker Mill?

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 17:32
GLADWYNE >> Vacant for a decade, Barker Mill on Mill Creek in Gladwyne remains one of the most important historic structures in Lower Merion, the sole survivor of the township’s early, flourishing mill industry.
Categories: Lower Merion

As enrollment numbers climb, LMSD mulls options

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 17:21
Ardmore >> It’s happening again this year, Lower Merion School District is growing at numbers higher than expected.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMSD Board approves new LMEA contract

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 16:44
Monday night the Lower Merion Board of School Directors approved a new two-year contact with the Lower Merion Education Association. The agreement caps off the negotiations that began early this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Wynnewood Whole Foods Robbed Of Nearly $1k In Equipment

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-11-24 16:01
The new store didn't get off to a great store. Bolt cutters were used to sever a lock, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Local Marching Band Selected To Play In NYC Macy's Parade

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-11-24 15:16
The local school was selected from a pool of 138 other universities to head to the Big Apple.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hindus seek stay of existing Hindu shrine in Bryn Mawr College

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 14:10
Hindus would like the existing Hindu shrine in the Prayer Room at Bryn Mawr College (BMC) campus in Pennsylvania to stay.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Ambulance volunteers, staff pack up dinners turkey dinners

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 13:51
From a press release Narberth >> For most families on Thanksgiving, stuffing themselves with turkey and all the trimmings is an annual tradition. But for other families, there is little or no food to share around the table during the holiday.
Categories: Lower Merion

here we go again in tredyffrin

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-11-24 13:05

I haven’t written about Tredyffrin in eons. But the news out of Tredyffrin is disturbing if true.

In July of 2012, then Township Manager Mimi Gleason resigned.  In 2014, Tredyffrin relieved then Public Works Director Scott Cannon of duties. In more blunt terms, Tredyffrin fired him.

Tredyffrin Township released a statement at that time (TT Press Release 2014 02 10 ) which said in part:

In his capacity as Director of Public Works, Mr. Cannon engaged in conduct, himself, and directed vendors and subordinates to engage in such conduct, involving two instances of the improper disposal of materials on Township property in a manner prohibited by Pennsylvania’s environmental laws. Since the areas affected are not easily accessible to the public and, as addressed in more detail below, since no immediate danger was identified by DEP, we cannot disclose the locations until that agency’s investigation is complete.


Well apparently Mr. Cannon was arrested and is facing criminal charges on chemical dumping (MDJReport Tredyffrin Cannon ).

Tredyffrin issued a statement over the past few days (Tredyffrin Press Release Nov 2015 ) which states in part:

Former Public Works Director, Scott Cannon turned himself over to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department for processing on Friday, November 20, 2015.

The charges brought by the State Attorney General’s office arise from facts that were disclosed publicly in February 2014 during a meeting of the Board of Supervisors following the Township’s own internal investigation. The Township is unaware of any allegations of violations other than those disclosed in February 2014.


Walt Hunter at CBS3 was the first media to cover this story. Walt quotes Cannon’s lawyer on the charges:

In response to a CBS 3 inquiry, Cannon’s attorney, A.J.Chotkowski, emailed a statement that reads in part:

“Mr. Cannon was surprised and disappointed to learn that charges were filed against him today… the charges occurred less than a year after Mr. Cannon initiated a civil action against Tredyffrin Township stemming from his termination as the Director of Public Works… Mr. Cannon denies that he, or any other employee under his supervision, violated any law or caused any environmental harm. The substance alleged to have been released is magnesium chloride, which is merely a common salt product used to treat roads.”


Ok but according to the state, aren’t chemicals like this supposed to be disposed of properly?  As in not just dumped on Tredyffrin Township owned property and allowed to spill into the Valley Creek?

Yes, the Valley Creek. You know where Tredyffrin had raw sewage issues? Remember groups filed suit against Tredyffrin this time last year over violations of the federal Clean Water Act? 

To quote Penn Environmental at the time :

Last December 2014, Tredyffrin agreed to a costly clean up settlement in the raw sewage case .

And now this. The Philadelphia Business Journal says in their article:

Scott Canon, 56, of Glen Mills, is facing four counts of unlawful conduct and a count of prohibition against other pollutions for opening a large tank containing magnesium chloride, and releasing 1,000 gallons of the chemical into the township’s public works facility, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

Main Line Media News has a story today on this as well and the comments are as interesting as the actual article.

Political chess anyone? Mimi Gleason (so much for that pretty quote of “a job is not a life”, eh?) went to West Whiteland and Bill Martin came out of the polluted Bashore era in Radnor Township via problematic Bridgeport, correct? Is there culpability when it comes to Tredyffrin’s former Public Works guy and the current and former Township Managers of Tredyffrin when it comes to this case? Has anyone contacted Mimi Gleason in West Whiteland for her thoughts? Did she hire this Scott Cannon?

I can’t help but wonder what else will surface in the always politically charged muck and mire of Tredyffrin Township. Because can it said nothing there is ever simple?

But at the end of the day what disturbs me the most are Tredyffrin’s pollution problems. It’s bad enough when it’s a specific company in a certain municipality and all of this has been well, municipally caused has it not? First raw sewage, now this?

And how have these issues affected Tredyffrin residents as well as their municipal neighbors?

To all the sewage add a 1000 gallons of Magnesium Chloride.

What the heck, Tredyffrin Township? Well only time will tell where this case will go , especially given all the problems in the attorney general’s office in Pennsylvania.

Sign me glad not to live in Tredyffrin but I sure wish they would clean up their act (and pollution problems).




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Lower Merion police reports

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 12:15
Theft from construction site>> Police took a report that a piece of construction equipment was taken from the site of the new Whole Foods store at 29 East Wynnewood Road in Wynnewood that took place sometime between Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 6 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

2015 Ardmore Thanksgiving TV Schedule: When to See Parades, NFL Games, Chefs

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-11-24 11:29
Find out when the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pro football and everything else will air on television this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hindus seek stay of existing Hindu shrine in Bryn Mawr College

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 10:27
From a press release Hindus would like the existing Hindu shrine in the Prayer Room at Bryn Mawr College (BMC) campus in Pennsylvania to stay.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Ambulance volunteers, staff pack up dinners turkey dinners

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-11-24 10:07
From a press release Narberth >> For most families on Thanksgiving, stuffing themselves with turkey and all the trimmings is an annual tradition. But for other families, there is little or no food to share around the table during the holiday.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 24

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-11-24 07:14
The Daily Numbers: 696,000 dollars, how much a man admitted to stealing from the Collingdale firm where he worked to fuel his gambling habit.

399 checks that Jeffrey McElwee admitted making out to himself over a period of 13 years.

3 Delco senators who all voted no on Senate Bill 76, which would have eliminated property taxes across the state and increased the sales and income taxes to make up the difference.

24-25 vote to nix the measure, with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack casting the tie-breaking vote.

5 month state budget standoff that could go on now that a deal is said to be “in peril,” according to Gov. Tom Wolf.

1 cat rescued from a house fire in Sharon Hill yesterday afternoon.

1 man shot in an ambush attack outside an Upper Chichester tavern over the weekend.

855 dollar tax bill for Springfield residents, that includes a tax hike this year.

0 tax hike planned in Ridley Park.

515 workers in Montgomery County who are looking at layoffs for the holiday season.

2 people found shot to death inside a home in Philadelphia.

160 billion dollar deal in which drug firms Pfizer and Allergan will merge.

0-for-November slump snapped for Philly home teams with Flyers win last night.

3-2 overtime win for the Flyers over the Hurricanes.

24 seconds into OT, when rookie Shayne Gostisbehere lit the lamp for the winner.

34 goals through their first 20 games for the Flyers.

24 of October, last time a home team won, also the Flyers.

15 straight losses for Sixers to start season.

100-95 loss in Minnesota last night.

32 points for Andrew Wiggins in the win.

25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks for Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor.

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

Is Chip Kelly’s voice bothering anyone else? That staccato deliver of his is getting old.

I Don’t Get It: Rack up another victim of legalized gambling. A man yesterday admitted stealing $700,000 from the firm where he worked in Collingdale to fuel his gambling habit.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the firefighters who rushed into a house in Sharon Hill yesterday and rescued a family’s cat in a fire.

Quote Box: “It relies far too heavily on sales tax to replace the property tax.”

- State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, on why he opposed bill to eliminate property taxes.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A coat? No thanks, at least not yet

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-11-24 06:38
It should come as a secret to no one that I'm not exactly a fan of winter.

This from a guy who holds a degree from the University of Colorado. But as anyone who has ever spent a winter in the Rockies will tell you, the cold out there is not the same as what we get here.

I know it sounds weird but take my word for it. It has to do with how dry the air out there is. You dress in layers. Every day the sun comes up and makes it fairly enjoyable out. Plus, winter sports - namely skiing - is huge out there, and the sun glare off the snow can give you a sunburn that easily rivals a day at the beach in the summer here.

Don't ask me to explain one of the many oddities about my stint in Colorado, such as the fact that I had never been on skis before I went out there, skied my brains out for the three years I spent out there, but have never been on skis since I came back to the East Coast.

What can I say? I hate winter, at least the East Coast version of it.

That's why I was hard-pressed this week to keep my own personal pledge.

It is my way of hanging on to the last vestiges of summer.

I refuse to don a winter coat until Thanksgiving.

Yeah, I know, it's weird.

I knew I was in trouble when I walked out of the office yesterday for my daily lunchtime sojourn to the local Wawa for a coffee and realized I was freezing. When I left the office last night I was seriously doubting my decision. Then this morning, I donned a blazer and bravely headed out to the car. The thermometer registered a not exactly toast 24 degrees. The heater could not kick in fast enough.

Luckily, the forecast calls for a warmup through Thanksgiving.

Looks like the streak is intact.

Mission accomplished.

Now if only I could fast-forward until May 1.

Endless Summer? I can only dream about it.
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A home win, and Chip digs in his heels

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-11-24 06:19
Our 0-for-November is over.

The Flyers won in overtime last night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It marked the first time a pro sports team in our fine city managed to win on their home turf since Oct. 24, when the Flyers stopped the Rangers.

The Sixers once again had a lead last night, but of course they coughed it up and fell to the T-Wolves.

And the Eagles. Well, you might have heard they are having a few problems of their own.

Of course, if you're Chip Kelly, you can simply stand up their in front of the microphones and rattle off those rapid-fire, staccato responses that just drip of a guy who has nothing but contempt for the gathered media, or the fans either for that matter.

Kelly is slowly learning what it took more than a decade for Andy Reid to realize.

That arrogant attitude is all well and good when you're rattling off 10-6 seasons and going to the playoffs.

But when things go the other way, such as Kelly's less than impressive 4-6 Eagles are after a brutal loss to Tampa Bay, it doesn't fly.

Kelly isn't budging. He has no plans to make any lineup changes, and thinks everyone else is in a panic simply because the Birds lost two in a row.

I hope he's right.

I don't think he is.

This is a fundamentally flawed team, one not especially suited to Kelly's offense.

Chip constantly preaches that his system works regardless of who is running it.

His team is proving him wrong.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Thanksgiving Gas Prices Projected To Be Lowest In Years

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 19:01
Gas prices are projected to hit a major milestone.
Categories: Lower Merion