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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

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, June 23

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 5 million dollars, how much the feds say a Havertown podiatrist pocketed in a scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and several insurance companies.

301 individuals snagged by the feds across the nation in what they are calling the biggest Medicare fraud bust in history.

900 million dollars in fraudulent payments alleged.

2 people shot - a father and his son - in 2 separate incidents in Chester. The father was killed, his son wounded.

13 people chased from their homes in Chester by a fire.

50 firefighters who responded to the blaze at Third and Yarnall streets.

23 minutes apart for the 2 shootings, which police believe may be related.

20 homicides in 2016 in Delco.

14 of them in Chester.

30 counts of child porn lodged against a Haverford man.

17, age of teen in North Penn who was sentenced to a year in a residential treatment center for setting a fire that damaged North Penn High School.

700,000 dollars in damages to the school in the fire.

36, age of Philly man who faces charges for supplying the Fentanyl that led to the death of a Pottstown woman.

29 bullets fired in wild shootout in Philadelphia early this morning.

115-80 vote to allow internet gambling in Pa. But reps stood against pushing gaming into local bars.

11 term Congressman Chaka Fattah offered his resignation after his conviction on racketeering charges, but in October. House Speaker Paul Ryan wants it now.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft tonight for the Sixers. They’re taking Ben Simmons out of LSU.

24 and 26, Sixers other picks in the 1st round, unless they swing a trade.

9 straight losses for the Phils.

6-5 come-from-ahead loss to Twin last night.

5-2 the Phils actually led this game in the 5th inning.

4-17 mark for the Phils in June.

13 losses in their last 14 games.

4-2 win for the Union last night in Chester in MLS action.

3 goals for Roland Alberg.

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

You kind of have to feel bad today for Sam Hinkie. He’s the man behind ‘The Process,’ which comes to fruition tonight. But Hinkie will be nowhere to be found, banished by the team a few months ago. Jerry Colangelo is at the helm for the 76ers tonight.

I Don’t Get It: Two more shootings in Chester. This time a father is dead and his son wounded - in separate incidents. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, who represents a chunk of Delco, and his Democratic colleagues as they took over the House yesterday in an effort to push for a vote on gun control legislation.

Quote Box:
“We are blind to a crisis. Where is our courage?”

- Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, on the House action.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another roll of the dice in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 06:27
Maybe we spoke too soon about that serious case of fiscal sanity breaking out in Harrisburg.

After all, Pennsylvania is still staring a a deficit that most experts now say is north of a cool billion dollars. And the red ink continues to flow at the state's two large public employee pension plans, a crisis that continues to threaten every school in the Commonwealth.

So how are our elected leaders looking to remedy this "dicey" situation?

Yep, you guess it.

They're rolling the dice on more legalized gambling.

This is almost predictable as the Phils' offense.

Yesterday the House backed a measure that would push legal gaming onto the internet as well as airports. For you modest folks out there, you will be happy to know they rejected a move to also alow casino-style gaming in local taverns. No doubt that will be music to the ears of the folks down at Harrah's in Chester, as well as county officials.

When this proposal first aired a couple of weeks ago, they called a press conference to condemn the proposal, saying the city of Chester and county would lose money - rooted in legal gaming inside the Chester gambling mecca.

You can get all the details here.

All of this is part of that annual summer tradition - the mad dash to put a state spending plan in place in Harrisburg. The measure could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as today.

So what are the chances that Pennsylvania actually gets a spending plan in place by the July 1 deadline?

Maybe the state should be taking bets on that.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Fiscal reality in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 05:58
On our editorial page today, we're wondering what they are putting in the water out in Harrisburg.

First the Legislature signed off on bringing our archaic laws concerning the sale of alcohol at least partially out of the Dark Ages.

No, it's not privatization. But at least you'll be able to buy a bottle of wine in some supermarkets.

Gov. Tom Wolf, not exactly a fan of doing away with the LCB, quickly signed this measure into law.

Then the governor did a reverse on his latest budget projections.

Wolf now is saying he will abandon the huge round of tax hikes he is seeking to bankroll a planned boost in spending. The governor now says he can accomplish much of what he wants without increasing the sales and personal income tax.

Will that lead to an on-time budget next week.

That remains to be seen.

In the meantime, let's call this a fiscal reality check.

You can read our editorial here.
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'The Process' pays off for Sixers tonight

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-06-23 05:47
'The Process' is about to come to fruition.

But Sam Hinkie will not be around to see the fruits of his labor.

Hinkie, the man behind 'The Process' that saw the once-proud Sixers franchise reverse course and tank a couple of seasons in hopes of increasing their odds in the NBA Draft Lottery and getting a high draft pick, got bounced in a power shuffle a couple of months ago. Now a very familiar NBA name is calling the shot.

Jerry Colangelo is holding all the cards as he and the Sixers will be in the spotlight tonight for the made-for-TV spectacular otherwise known as the NBA Draft.

They hold the No. 1 pick, and almost assuredly will select LSU standout Ben Simmons. This time last year, everyone was pointing to Simmons as the sure-fire top pick and the next great franchise player. Then an odd thing happened. LSU played its basketball season. They turned out to be fairly mediocre, and questions started to be asked about just how good Simmons was if he could not put his college team on his back and drag them into the NCAA Tournament.

Most of those questions seem to have ebbed.

Simmons will go No. 1 to the Sixers.

But that's when the real intrigue of this draft will kick in.

The Sixers have two more picks in the first round, sitting at No. 24 and 26.

A lot of people believe they will parlay at least one of those picks, along with a player - maybe Nerlens Noel, or Jahlil Okafor? - in an attempt to move up again in the first round.

Here's how our Terry Toohey sees the first round playing out.
Categories: Pennsylvania

old school gentleman

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-06-22 17:28

About 20 years ago I was on the Main Line Delaware Committee for The Philadelphia Orchestra. At the time I was younger than all but a handful of the women by at least 20 or 30 years.  There were three of us who were the youngest and they referred to us as the “working girls”.  Yes, truly. They had no idea what they were actually saying when they said that – what they meant is that we worked.  The majority of the rest of the members did not work. A few were high powered executives, but the majority of the ladies did not have to work.

So they planned this car rally fundraiser for the Orchestra that ended at Granogue, home of the gentleman photographed above, Irénée du Pont, Jr.

He was fascinating to meet and so nice to us. He showed us his home, his greenhouses, his collection of cars, and the water tower on the estate which has hands down the best view of the Brandywine Valley.

I never forgot meeting him or climbing to the top of the water tower. (And I said at the time if I ever had the chance to go up to the top of the water tower again, I would bring a camera!)

Flash forward a couple of decades and I get go to another event on Granogue. This time I climbed the water tower with a camera (photos soon!) and I had the rare second opportunity to meet Mr. DuPont again. Now well into his 90s, he and his wife have been married over 70 years!  He is still an old school gentleman with a love of family, nature, people, and cars.

I think he is a really cool person. Very humble and so bright, yet utterly down to earth. It was such a great experience to have the opportunity to meet him again and climb the water tower again  too!

Here is an interview he gave in 2014 to The Voices of the Manhattan Project:

Categories: Pennsylvania

Havertown Podiatrist Charged In $5M Medicare Fraud Scheme

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-06-22 16:52
Fox six years, Stephen A. Monaco of A Foot Above Podiatry in Havertown submitted fraudulent claims totaling $5 million, authorities allege.
Categories: Lower Merion

Top Dog Parks And Dog Friendly Trails In the Ardmore Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-06-22 13:20
If there's one thing dogs love, it's running free.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rosemont's theVillage Works With Local Farm To Support Trauma Victims

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-06-22 11:17
The Rosemont nonprofit is partnering with a farm grow fresh produce and support victims of trauma.
Categories: Lower Merion

A Grad Tab correction

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-06-22 06:31
It's time once again to step into the confessional.

Bless me father ....

Oh, wait, that's a different pew.

One of the things I get to do every day as the editor of the newspaper is deal with the ticklish area of mistakes. Yes, we make them. You're shocked, I know.

Yesterday I mentioned our efforts in one of my favorite projects of the year. It's called the Grad Tab, in which we tackle the arduous task of attempting to list the names of every high school graduate in Delaware County.

Inevitably we run into problems.

Some schools take forever to get us the lists. Yes, these are the very same people who always complain that we never run any good news about young people.

Others note the disparity in coverage, why some schools' photos ran bigger than theirs, or why their list was confined to a black-and-white page.

Of course, sometimes we create our own problems.

And that brings me to this fairly public correction.

One of the very first emails (of the several hundreds I receive every day) was from a representative of Sun Valley High School. She pointed out to me a problem with their list and photos. Yeah, you might say that.

We flipped the names under the two photos, so they wound up being misidentified.

We ran a correction on Page Two today, but did not have room for the two photos, which does not seem to correct the error.

So I am running the two photos here in my blog, along with an apology to the two great young men.

Above is Nicholas Garvey, the Sun Valley valedictorian. Below is Michael Costigan.

As I said yesterday, we take a great amount of pride in delivering this annual salute to the Delco's graduating high school seniors. This seminal moment in their lives may just be the only time their names appear in the newspaper.

Once again, kudos to the Class of 2016. We're proud of you, and proud to list your name and photos in the newspaper.

Even when we flip the IDs on your names.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Yes, we covered the Carpenter Cup

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-06-22 06:14
One of the things I love about our readers is that they are not exactly shy about sharing their opinions.

That is especially true when it comes to sports parents.

Yes, you know who you are.

Earlier this week I got a phone call from a gentleman with a gentle reminder.

He wanted to remind me that the Carpenter Cup would be getting under way Monday. That's the tournament that features the best baseball and softball players pitted against each other in an All-Star format, with kids from the suburbs facing squads made up of kids from the city.

Actually, this dad had something else in mind.

He correctly figured that we'd be all over the Carpenter Cup with our coverage. He was correct.

But he wanted to remind me that there was a group of Delco girls from Catholic League teams who were actually competing with the Philadelphia Catholic League squad.

We indeed did have a story noting their accomplishments the next day.

He didn't call back to offer his thanks for the story.

They usually don't, and that's OK. I'm always happy when readers take the time to remind me of something important going on in the county, in particular when it gives us the opportunity to give some good ink to kids doing good things.

That is almost always the case in sports.

Make sure you check out our Carpenter Cup coverage today, which dominates the Back Page of the print edition, as well as our sports section online and our high school sports page, PaPrepLive.com.

It sure beats talking about the Phillies!
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, June 22

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-06-22 03:21
The Daily Numbers: 2 women who now face charges in the brutal torture and murder of a Chester woman whose body was found in Fairmount Park handcuffed, stabbed and shot in the head.

800 dollars, the debt that police believe sparked the killing.

2 incidents involving gunfire being probed in Ridley.

1 teen wounded in a drive-by shooting yesterday afternoon.

17, age of juvenile charged in a home invasion who pleaded guilty yesterday.

300 fans being haded out by Delco officials to help senior citizens deal with the heat.

1 case of Zika virus now confirmed in Chester County.

210 extra minutes added to the commute for riders on the Media-Elwyn line west of Swarthmore Station who are now using shuttle buses in both directions to get to points west.

29 counts on which U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted at his racketeering trial.

1 million dollar loan illegal campaign contribution at the heart of the matter.

132-65 vote in the Pa. House to expand restrictions on abortion.

50-foot hole that swallowed up woman working in her yard in Wilkes-Barre.

14-10 loss for the Phils on the road in Minnesota last night.

3 straight poor starts for Aaron Nola.

4 RBI for Maikel Franco, including a home run.

4 homers for the Phils in the loss.

12 games under .500 now for the Phils, who have lost 8 straight games and 12 of their last 13.

4-21 in their last 25 games.

1 more day until the 76ers make Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

4-0 loss for the USA to Argentina in the Copa America series.

3-1 win for Philadelphia Catholic League boys baseball team over suburban foes.

5-4 loss for the Delco boys’ team.

12-12 softball win for the Delco girls.

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

The Phillies broke out of their slump big time last night, hitting 4 homers and scoring 10 runs. One problem: The Twins scored 14.

I Don’t Get It: Killing someone over an unpaid debt. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Delco for getting fans into the hands of senior citizens during this heat wave. They gave out 300 of them yesterday.

Quote Box: “A check on your elderly neighbors or those who are vulnerable is something we encourage all Delaware County residents to do.”

- John McBlain, Delco Councilman.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Police Seek Robbery Suspect In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 23:16
Do you recognize the man in the attached video?
Categories: Lower Merion

saying good-bye to the hickman

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-06-21 21:15

Quaker Hill in the Borough of West Chester is changing forever. The Hickman came tumbling down for progress. I am still sad, and yes I actually spoke with people from the Hickman a while back about this. I still just can’t help but wonder if a more clever architect could’ve done some kind of an adaptive reuse to preserve at least part of the building, or a façade? But we will never know because the walls have come tumbling down.

These photos taken over the past couple of days come courtesy of my friend Catherine Quillman the historian, artist, and writer.

I will note that some speedy von commenter from the Hickman posted a comment that the Hickman wasn’t closed.  Never said it was.  I only have been commenting (lamenting) the loss of another old building that might have been saved, preserved, or re-purposed in some way.

Storm clouds gather.

And the walls came down

Just sad.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Man Escapes From Prison Work Release, Threatened To Kill Girlfriend In Norristown: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 16:06
Aaron Creekmore had recently threatened to kill his girlfriend, who resides in Norristown.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Mosquito Samples Test Positive For West Nile Virus in Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-21 15:18
Two mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Montgomery County, the PA Department of Environmental Protection announced.
Categories: Lower Merion