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A few words from the archbishop

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-14 06:59
It has been pointed out to me more than once that this newspaper has an inherent bias when it comes to two fairly big issues in this county.

Those would be Republicans and Catholics.

The GOP faithful have been loud and clear this week thinking that we have again crossed the line in dissecting the lewd, vulgar comments of their nominee for president Donald Trump's comments on how he treats women.

They say we dwell on Trump, but conveniently look the other way when it comes to the foibles and serious issues afflicting Hillary Clinton.

With the latest dump of Clinton aides' emails from Wikileaks, some of them contain elements that can easily be constrained as anti-Catholic.

I could talk about that a bit.

But instead, I will cede the floor to someone who knows a little more about the topic that I do.

Thus, a guest column today from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Yeah, I'm glad that damn Daily Times never runs anything critical of Hillary Clinton or that exposes a bias toward Catholics.
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A discussion about police

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-14 06:48
It can't be easy being a cop these days.

Two recent events that took place in Delaware County are certainly evidence of that.

Nearly 100 Darby Police officers and their supporters took to the streets of Media to show their outrage over the postings and actions of a clerk in Darby Regional Court.

Then there is something that took place inside a courtroom in the County Courthouse. Darrell Burt was in court to be sentenced for his role in an altercation that led to the shooting of Ridley Park Police Cpl. Marc Hanly.

But Burt wasn't being sentenced for that. Instead he got two years probation for separate reckless endangering charges.

Police did the same thing their nemesis in Darby Court did when that verdict came in - they went online and vented their outrage on social media.

All of this is part of the needed discussion when it comes to communities and their police.

This is not meant to point an accusatory finger at anyone. It's meant to further the discussion.

That's why we wrote this editorial.
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Phillies West headed to NLCS

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-14 06:39
How 'bout 'dem Phillies West.

Seems like Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton have a little life in them yet.

The Dodgers are headed to the NLCS after downing Jayson Werth and the Nationals in an epic deciding Game 5 last night.

How tight was this game? The eighth inning took more than an hour to play and featured an incredible array of trips to the mound to switch pitchers by both managers.

You can get all the details here.
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Open Houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 21:49
So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Good idea...
Categories: Lower Merion

leveling the playing field over lights.

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-10-13 17:24


I am prefacing ALL comments with I have NOTHING against baseball or any local little league organizations. That is NOT what this is about. What this is about is LIGHT POLLUTION. And the right residents have to not have where they live lit up at night like noontime sun for extended periods of time.

In August, the Great Valley Little League was coming before East Whiteland Zoning for a variance:

****Appeal No. 2016-17 Application of Great Valley Little League for a variance from the 35-foot height limitation for all outdoor illumination fixtures for recreational and sports lighting, in order to construct and utilize four illumination fixtures (two poles at 70 feet in height, and two poles at 60 feet in height) in order to illuminate a little league baseball field on its property located at 1300 West King Road (UPI 42-6-40.1-E) in an R- 1 Residential Zoning District of the Township.*****

I will admit I found it distinctly ODD at the time that the neighbors around there said nothing.  And well they got their variance but under not institutional lighting, not residential lighting, but I was told under commercial lighting like they are on Route 30 or Rout 100 in a business district and NOT where they actually are….a residential area.

So, given the zoning hearing was in the dead of summer, and the notice was kind of posted last minute on the actual field, it doesn’t surprise me that the Zoning Hearing Board just approved the poles with not much of a thought to residents within the legal notice zone and those who are not but are still affected by BIG LIGHTS that cause that thing called LIGHT POLLUTION.

So the Little League strategy obviously was to go first to Zoning for the relief they sought and then to go to Planning for conditional approval, do I have that right? They thought no one would be bothered?

Some neighbors showed up at the East Whiteland September Planning Meeting and Planning delayed any action on the conditional use because they (GVLL/Great Valley Little League) apparently had not engaged the immediate neighbors.  It was reported to me that neighbors said they followed the advice of the Township? What does that mean and who advised them in particular? Zoning? Supervisor? Staff? Apparently, then the guy in charge of the GVLL (or whomever was at the meeting) stated that he can build lights in the parking lot by right or something to that affect. (Of course, he was granted a sweetheart variance, correct?)

Ok regardless of whether or not it is BY RIGHT or NOT, they have neighbors, including people RIGHT across King who also get inconvenienced by their storm water runoff at times, or I am told. And given the runoff I have driven through over there, I believe it.

Also notable: some East Whiteland ordinance I am told allows lights like this to be on 40 nights over 365 nights (1 year), which has people concerned that GVLL might try to say they are entitled to use the lights 40 Nights over their 90 Day Season, or essentially continually Memorial Day to Labor Day?? Ummm shouldn’t the interpretation be based upon a pro-rated or perhaps 9.86 nights? If they go for a broad interpretation is that FAIR to those of us who live within the light area that basically there will basically be a Northern Lights effect ALL summer long?

How can we trust the Great Valley Little League will buy lights with the best possible shielding and so on? The answer is you can’t. Who will babysit them for compliance in operating the lights and address the non-compliance? I can tell you from past experience municipalities push that off on residents (just ask the Radnor Township residents who deal with Villanova stadium and field lights.)

No one living near that field moved there so they could live next door to the little league version of Citizen’s Bank Park.

AGAIN, I am NOT anti-Little League. What I object to is residents NOT really being part of the process FAIRLY. We live here and like it or not, the Little League folks come and go. I doubt they would want bright lights shining in their windows at night. Acting in good faith is a big deal, kind of like good sportsmanship.

So that being said OCTOBER 19th at East Whiteland’s Township Building at 7 PM  located at 209 Conestoga Rd, Frazer, PA 19355 there will be a meeting with neighbors.  GVLL has apparently sent out a mass e-mail to their membership instructing parents to show up with kids in uniform.  It is their right, but they are trying to unduly influence East Whiteland and discourage neighbors from speaking up.

That is not right.  And this is not an issue of health of the young, this is a reasonable expectation of quiet enjoyment issue that is a tangible right of homeowners. And the issues caused by light pollution are real and well documented.

I will add to the e-mails on this flyer, the Chair of the Supervisors Bill Holmes bholmes@eastwhiteland.org and the Township Manager John Nagel jnagel@eastwhiteland.org .

The issues with the little league where the lights are concerned include:

  • The number of nights per week that games can be played (currently not limited)
  • The hours of operation (Currently 10 pm weeknights and 11 pm weekends)
  • The use of the PA system including the VOLUME level and how late into the evening it can be used (currently 8 pm)
  • Light spillage
  • The future need to light the parking lot
  • Extended season, tournament play, increased traffic and non-league use of playing fields (OR RENTING OUT THE FIELDS TO WHOMEVER FOR WHATEVER)

This October 19th meeting is really important so if you can show up to support the neighbors that would be awesome.

NO ONE IS ANTI-CHILD SPORTS or ANTI-LITTLE LEAGUE.  These neighbors got dealt a poor hand and no one is sticking up for them and they have rights TOO.  These people leave the little league fields on King Road and go home. They won’t be having stadium lights shining in their windows at night.   Truthfully, they do not care. They just want their lights.

Interestingly I was told but can’t prove the numbers are down on little league membership with Great Valley Little League? If this is true, is this a wise financial decision?

Now as the GVLL/Great Valley Little League is asking for things, how will they address pre-existing issues? These issues include:

  • Traffic.  The way people pull in and out of that field can be a problem, so why is it they do not have police being paid to direct traffic, or are out there safely directing people in and out? It is King Road, it’s BUSY.
  • Storm water runoff. Even a small cloud burst causes GIANT puddles. A normal rain event causes flooding on King Road in front of their fields.  When it is a heavy rain event, the water accumulation can be significant.

Anyway, that is the scoop.  Not anti-baseball. Not anti-kids. Not anti-little league.  But what on earth did Great Valley Little League think was going to happen if they tried to sneak/shove this through? These people are supposed to be teaching kids good sportsmanship and fair play among other things, right?


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Philly Archbishop On Presidential Nominees: 'Vulgar Lout vs. Robotic Liar'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 14:29
"A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar."
Categories: Lower Merion

too much development has negative consequences

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-10-13 13:41

This photo came to me from a friend with the following note:

People who are interested in all the new construction  in the Chester Springs area should be made to attempt a morning commute during the week versus cruising through on a Saturday or Sunday. 

I felt like I was in Manhattan this morning – cars well past Montgomery School on Route 113 trying to get through the intersection with Route 401, a couple miles worth of hideous, now everyday traffic.  

God bless those who have to get to work OUTSIDE of Chester Springs. And to think of the nearly 250 homes not yet occupied as part of Byers Station Phase 2 and roughly same number of Pulte homes going up near Ludwigs Corner???? 

This is insanity!!!

Perhaps worth a post. Biggest problem when the the massive amount of developing going on is the market for them- the buyers. They have no idea the poor quality of these homes along with what it is really like to get around these 2 lane roads. Uh!!!

And indeed, so worth a post!

Why this is so good to see come to life isn’t so people can be miserable in traffic, it’s instead so people can know what their future holds every time they see one of these plans proposed wherever it is they live.

When these plans are proposed in your municipalities, they are cute little Lego land box drawings on a big flat piece of paper. The drawings are shown with these buildings with nothing around them, so you can’t visualize the reality of these developments for the most part. You get stuck waiting for the developments to be built and then there’s nothing you can do.

And my favorite is the trick that even a curse out here where they talk about how people aren’t going to be using their cars, they will use special Jetson spaceships and public transportation. Everything is going to be “walkable”. Of course how they can say that with a straight face and parts of Chester County were you still have to drive miles to get to a grocery store cracks me up.

A lot of the  “highways”  out here are glorified country roads. They weren’t meant for this volume of humanity. Then you look at roads like 202 which are a nightmare even with improvements.

So anyway, just more food for thought. Especially if you were thinking about areas like over around Crebilly, and that’s not just because of the Toll Brothers proposed building on that land. It’s quite simply put: just adding all the plans up. 

What do you get if you add up all the developments large and small from one end of Chester county to the other? To me that prospect is frightening and very very sad. 

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Now Accepts Credit Cards At Tolls

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 12:26
Pennsylvania Turnpike takes plastic now.
Categories: Lower Merion

BD Wong Latest Celebrity To Campaign For Hillary Clinton In Montgomery County, Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 12:08
​First Ted Danson, then Natalie Portman. Now BD Wong will be in Montgomery County and Philadelphia on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Categories: Lower Merion

Legoland Discovery Center To Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 11:44
50,000 legos will be poured out of a dump truck as construction launches in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

KOP Mall Treats Breast Cancer Survivor To Shopping Spree

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 11:31
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one survivor got a special treat last week.
Categories: Lower Merion

LM falls 45-feet into transfer station trash pit; succumbs to his injuries

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-10-13 11:18
A 68-year-old Lower Merion man fell approximately 45 feet into the trash transfer pit at the Lower Merion Public Works Koegal Complex Saturday, Oct. 8 during the township’s free Fall Clean Up Weekend when residents can bring household trash and recycling to the center at 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley.
Categories: Lower Merion

These Are The Lowest-Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania, New Analysis Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 11:08
A recent study evaluated the lowest-paying jobs in Pennsylvania. Here's what it found.
Categories: Lower Merion

Harriton HS Grad To Be Featured On "Shark Tank"

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 10:49
Becca Brown, Class of '96, and her business partner will dive into the tank Friday at 9 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports: Suspect arrested for alleged theft from cars; auto thefts continue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-10-13 09:42
Man arrested for alleged theft from cars in Merion>> Lower Merion police have made an arrest Oct. 5 in a recent rash of thefts from cars.
Categories: Lower Merion

Roadwork To Affect City Ave. Traffic In Lower Merion Saturday, Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-13 09:30
The work is part of PennDOT's $2.9 million safety improvement project.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 13

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 07:33
The Daily Numbers: 70 police officers who marched in Media yesterday to denounce the actions of a court clerk in Darby Borough.

8 million dollars, how much developer Bruce Goodman was seeking his suit against Marple Township. The suit was tossed.

2 years probation for man who was acquitted in shooting of Ridley Park Officer Marc Hanly, but convicted of other reckless endangering charges.

52, age of woman found stabbed to death inside her Darby Borough home.

30,000 dollars unsecured bail for the headmaster of Haverford School. He’s now on leave after being charged with misdemeanor simple assault in an altercation with his son.

1 more school board member who is leaving the Upper Darby School Board, and citing the flap over the departure of Superintendent Earl Toole as a reason.

10 billion dollars in losses now being attributed to Hurricane Matthew.

0 severance for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, who is out amid scandal over bogus accounts.

100 million dollars in vested stock he retains.

24 million dollars in other benefits.

305 pounds for Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who is your new rookie starting right tackle for the Eagles.

5, as in deciding Game 5 in NLDS between the Nats and Dodgers tonight in D.C.

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

Who are you cheering for tonight? Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton of the Dodgers, or Jayson Werth and the Nats?

I Don’t Get It: I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that this is the race for president of the United State, not high school class president, we’re talking about.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby police, who took the time to hand out at a local senior center and meeting residents during a “Coffee with a Cop” event.

Quote Box: “Dr. Nagl is a wonderful person who has represented our country with two tours of duty protecting us.”

- Robert Keller, attorney for the headmaster at Haverford School, who has been placed on leave in connection with incident with his son.
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Coffee with Ivanka

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:57
How important is Delco and the Philly suburbs in this presidential sweepstakes?

We're getting still another visit from a member of the Trump family today.

Ivanka Trump will be at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill at noon for an event tabbed "Coffee with Ivanka."

As you might expect, I'll be interested in her visit, but probably not for the reason you're thinking.

Her father certainly has his hands full. The real estate mogul and reality TV star is up to his neck in controversy over his comments on a decade-old video concerning how he treats women.

On the tape Trump boasts of being able to do whatever he wants with women because he's a star, and how he would simply "grab" their private parts.

I kind of doubt that this "locker room talk," as Trump described it, will dominate the conversation when his daughter arrives today.

Instead I will be most interested to see who else is there.

Donald Trump has not only divided much of the country, he's doing the same for the Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, actually called for Trump to get out of the race after the video landed Friday night. I wouldn't look for him to be there.

Likewise, I think Ivanka can cross Pat Toomey off the list of RSVPs. The incumbent senator continues to ride the fence over his support or non-support of the guy at the top of the ticket. And he continues to get beat over the head for it by his Democratic foe, Katie McGinty. The two are in a heated race that many continue to say is dead even, and which could be the key to control of the U.S. Senate.

Maybe Andy Reilly will show up. The county Republican Party leader blasted Trump for his comments in the video, but said he would still be voting for Trump as a way of keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

We'll be there at the Drexelbrook to tell you who showed up - and who did not.
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More wine sales at grocery stores

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:38
Pennsylvania will take one more step on the road to exiting the Dark Ages when it comes to the sale of alcohol today.

Lawmakers and public officials will gather at an Acme store in Concord Township to toast a new era of wine sales in the state.

Consumers no longer will be held hostage by the state, forced to visit the local state store to buy their favorite wines.

Act 39, passed last summer and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wold, does not abolish the LCB nor eliminate state stores, but it does make several much-needed changes in alcohol sales in Pa.

One of those is allowing some supermarkets, delis and taverns currently selling beer courtesy of their restaurant liquor license to add bottles of wine to their offerings.

Acme first kick off this project a month ago at a store in Granite Run. Today they will take the wraps off their operation at their store in the Concordville Town Center. Consumers can buy four bottles of wine at a time, to go with those two six-packs of beer.

Of course, you still have to visit a separate part of the store, and pay for it there, not with the rest of your groceries, but it's still an important step forward in consumer convenience.

So far state officials say permits have been approved for more than 200 Pennsylvania grocery stores.

Recently Wawa got the green light to add beer sales to their store on Naamans Creek Road in Concord, the first store in the local iconic convenience store chain to do so.

Then Sheetz, the convenience king farther west in the state, unveiled their first store to offer wine sales.

Sip, sip, hooray!

We'll be out there in Concord to raise a glass to a new era in Pennsylvania.
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A conversation about how we treat women

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:22
I had barely finished yesterday's editorial on the ugly comments from Donald Trump concerning women when a new wave of allegations came crashing down on us late yesterday afternoon.

First, it was Trump, in a decade-old video, talking about his sexual conquests and how we would casually "grab" women.

He apologized and later tried to pass off his comments as "locker room" banter, while maintaining that he never actually did any of the things he talked about, which would seem to describe sexual assault.

That explanation did not last 24 hours before women started coming forward to say they experienced first-hand - if you will - precisely the kind of treatment Trump detailed in their encounters with the real estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee.

On today's editorial page, we reach for some kind of positive to take out of all this. If nothing else, Trump's comments - universally panned as lewd, vulgar and repulsive - have sparked a national conversation on the way we treat women.

It is astounding how many women are now talking about being treated in ways that mirror the things Trump was boasting about. We're talking about being harassed, groped, pressured for sex.

It's time for us - all of us - to take a look in the mirror and ponder how we treat women.

You can read our editorial here.
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