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Ken Lawrence Nominated For Montgomery County Commissioner's Seat

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-11 13:43
If approved, Ken Lawrence would become the first African-American commissioner in Montgomery County history.
Categories: Lower Merion

Help Rebuild the Montgomery County SPCA After Destructive Fire

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-11 13:06
The Montgomery County SPCA was severely damaged in a fire last week. Here's how you can help.
Categories: Lower Merion

Six Montgomery County Parents Arrested in Child Support Raid: Sheriff

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-11 12:14
Six Montgomery County parents owing $35K in child support were arrested during an overnight raid Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.
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Lower Merion Police Seeking Help ID'ing Credit Card Fraud Couple

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-11 09:52
Police said the couple used a stolen credit card at two stores and were caught on security footage.
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Spingler Denies Fondling 103-Year-Old Mother-In-Law, Report Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-01-11 09:23
Spingler was charged with three counts of indecent assault of a person with a mental disability.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 11

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 07:36
The Daily Numbers: 150 new jobs coming to SAP HQ in Newtown Square.

2,800 employees for SAP in the county.

242 new jobs for a new facility being developed by SAP in Pittsburgh.

1.7 million dollars in funding assistance and tax cuts for the Pittsburgh project.

122,274 square foot facility in the works in the Burgh.

137 vests being purchased for Upper Darby police to protect them in ‘active shooter’ situations vs. gunmen with rifles.

37,000 dollars, how much the vests will cost.

3 officers across the nation killed so far in 2017.

140 on-duty deaths in 2016.

38, age of Rodney Shelton, who was held for trial yesterday after preliminary hearing on charges he fatally shot trucker Thomas Childs in Yeadon.

36, age of man who died after being struck by car in Upper Darby.

1.8 million received by Middletown for easements for proposed Sunoco Logistics pipeline.

40-60,000 dollars, expected costs of a proposed safety study on the matter being sought by some residents.

7, age of youth left on school bus by his driver in Philly while the man went shopping.

46 straight wins for Villanova at the Pavilion, tying school record.

79-54 win over No. 15 Xavier.

20 points for Kris Jenkins in the rout.

13-3 mark for Wildcats in games involving Top 25 teams in 30-year history of their building.

4-1 loss for Flyers in Buffalo.

899-68 loss for No. 1 Baylor last night.

75-67 loss for Saint Joe to George Mason.

61-53 win for Chester over Penn Wood.

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

Joel Embiid is almost as much fun off the court as he is on the hardwood.

I Don’t Get It: Still trying to get my arms around the fact that Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States in a week.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SAP, which is emphasizing its commitment to Delco with 150 new jobs at their Newtown Square HQ.

Quote Box: “This just shows more of their commitment to Delaware County.”

- Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, on news that SAP is adding jobs.
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Trump, Obama & big economic news for Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 06:55
It was quite the night for news.

President Obama was bidding us adieu after eight years in the Oval Office with an emotion farewell address in Chicago.

Meanwhile, the man who will be moving into the Oval Office in a week was fending off an explosive new report that suggests the Russians have some compromising information on him. Donald Trump is dismissing the reports as 'fakes news." Of course, he did so on his preferred method of communication, Twitter. The government of Vladimir Putin also is denying they have any such files.

As it turns out, Trump is scheduled to hold his first formal press conference in weeks today. That should be interesting.

Back here in Delco, the region got a jolt of good economic news yesterday.

It was just a few months ago when there was some concern about the future of SAP in Delaware County.

The world's largest software maker makes its North American headquarters right here in Newtown Square. Yesterday they announced they will be adding jobs here in Delco - and making a huge economic commitment o

n the other side of the state as well.

SAP will add 150 new jobs in Newtown Square, while also building a new facility in Pittsburgh that will employ another 242 people.

Get all the details here.
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Let's protect cops - and help them out as well

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 06:24
Police in Upper Darby are getting some extra protection.

On our editorial page today we note they also could use something else: Some information and cooperation.

Township officers are going to be outfitted with special, heavy duty vests for instances when they are dealing with an "active shooterk" type situation. The vests have special front and back plating made to withstand blasts from rifles and automatic weapons.

But there is another problem they are dealing with that needs a bit more human touch.

In our editorial today, we note how two recent incidents show what police officers all too often deal with: A lack of cooperation from the public.

In one incident, a township teen was wounded in a shooting that occurred near a crowded intersection with lots of witnesses. But no one - not even the victim - is willing to talk to police.

The other is even more exasperating. After making an arrest of a Philadelphia man in a series of thefts from cars, police in both Upper Darby and Haverford lamented that this was made possible by the fact that in almost every instance the cars were not locked.

You can read the editorial here.
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Your early morning report from the roads

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-11 04:53
I must live in the northern and western suburbs, wherever that is.

Yes, I did encounter one icy spot on my early morning ride into the office.

But aside from that it was smooth sailing.

The temperature on the car dashboard registered 38 degrees when I left the house. For the most part, all I saw were wet roads. But as I headed down one hill toward a stop sign not far from the house, I felt that ugly feeling in my stomach as the car started to skid. Luckily, I was far enough from the intersection that I managed to get the car stopped in plenty of time.

The good news is that was the only slick spot I encountered.

Yes, we will be told all morning on radio and TV about the possibility of ice in the "northern and western" suburbs, but this is the only spot I hit.

Temperatures are actually going to get even warmer, although we aren't going to see a lot of sun.

Tomorrow we're actually going to see temperatures in the 60s. You read it right. The mid-60s in early January. The downside? It likely will be accompanied by showers

I'll take it.

Get your full forecast here.
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False Fire Alarm Prevention Ordinance In Effect In Lower Merion Township

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-10 17:13
You'll want to read this if you have a fire alarm system in your home or business.
Categories: Lower Merion

Holiday Garbage, Recycling Collection Schedule In Effect Next Week In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-10 13:27
Read on to find out when your trash and recycling will be collected.
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Beer Lovers Delight: Big Philly Beer Fest Kicks Off Jan. 13

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-10 11:52
Eight breweries from the surrounding Philadelphia area will be offering their beers at the third annual Big Philly Bee Fest
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Jan. 10

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-10 08:00
The Daily Numbers: 25 year old Philly man tabbed a “1-man crime machine” in a series of thefts from cars in Upper Darby and Haverford.

3 former officers and members of Colwyn Fire Co. who will stand trial Feb. 13 with looting the company’s coffers.

1 person of interest now being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of Penn Wood High football player Zion Vaughan.

52 dollar hike in taxes facing residents in Morton Borough.

22, age of man charged in carjacking in which a car was stolen in Marple, with a 1-year-old girl still in the back seat.

10 years, how long Jyoti Natural Foods has been on Chester Pike in Sharon Hill. It was visited by Gov. Tom Wolf and his ‘Jobs That Pay’ tour Monday.

45 employees at the company, which specializes in Indian food.

41, age of man struck and killed as he tried to cross MacDade Boulevard in Ridley Monday morning.

65 points rung up by Haverford High in winning the latest round in the Hi-Q competition.

50 pound dumbbell that smashed through the windshield of a man driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was critically injured.

4 cent hike in price of gas at the pumps in Philly region last week.

46.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

21 cents a gallon higher than a month ago.

1 second left on the clock when Clemson scored last night, beating Alabama and seizing the mantle of No. 1 college football team in the nation.

3, as in No. 3, where Villanova men’s hoops now resides after their 1st loss of season last week.

1 Eagles wide receiver who has ever caught a TD pass in the Super Bowl. That would be Greg Lewis, fired yesterday as wide receivers coach.

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

So the Eagles canned wide receivers coach Greg Lewis. Yeah, that will certainly turn this team around. v I Don’t Get It: I’m going to hear all day that last night’s Alabama-Clemson classic was one of the greatest college football games of all time. Sure wish I had remained awake long enough to see more than the first few plays of the game.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to police in Upper Darby and Haverford for the millionth time reminding drivers that the best way to stop car break-ins is to lock your doors. Amazing how many people simply refuse to do that.

Quote Box: “I preach this at ever commissioners meeting. People have to lock their vehicles.”

- Haverford Police Chief John Viola
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A farewell from President Obama: What a difference eight years makes

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-10 07:22
Eight years ago, I really thought America had turned a corner on race relations. The nation had elected its first African-American president, Barack Obama.

Eight years later, I'm not so sure.

Tonight the president will deliver what amounts to his farewell address, offering a review of his tumultuous two terms in office, a look at the future, and a healthy dose of advice for the man who will soon reside in the White House.

A year ago, many experts were still passing off Donald Trump as a joke, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV host who so liked the idea of being the center of attention that running for the presidency piqued his interest, despite his seeming complete lack of credentials to do the job.

Then, toppling one Republican foe for the GOP nomination at a time, he connected with a lot of Americans who saw him as the answer to their prayers. They felt marginalized, ignored, spoken down, disrespected, maybe even a bit reviled by the powers that be and elites who have ruled the country - sometimes in anonymity - for much of the last generation.

In other words, I think maybe they felt a bit like Barack Obama and many African-Americans felt eight years ago.

That commonality did not last long. Politics cured that.

Republicans made it clear that above all else, their objective after the election of Barack Obama was to insure the re-election of Barack Obama would never happen.

They set the tone that was picked up by right-wing talk radio, and soon crackled across the nation.

It too often bubbled to the surface, at least to my way of looking at it, in ugly ways.

I think a lot of what has happened over the past eight years is fairly easy to explain. I think there are a lot of Americans who simply were less than enamored at what many of us believed was going to be an historic change of course for the country - its first black president. Instead I'm not sure it simply did not reinforce how far we still have to go.

Make no mistake. I do not agree with everything President Obama did. He often spoke first, perhaps without fully digesting how his words would be interpreted, such as when he chimed in that police acted "stupidly" in stopping a Harvard professor.

Of course, as with just about everything that happened in his administration, those words and actions would be viewed in black and white - literally.

His signature program, the Affordable Care Act, almost routinely ridiculed as Obamacare, remains wildly popular with the country, if not with Republicans in Washington. It has offered health care to 20 million Americans who were not covered before. And yet it remains in the crosshairs, the first Obama relic scheduled to be dismantled when the new Republican Congress, replete with a veto-proof White House, takes control in a week.

I will listen intently tonight as Barack Obama signs off as 44th president of the United States.

I would be lying if I did not admit I am somewhat fearful of what lies ahead with the 45th president.

We have turned the keys to the county over to a man who seems incapable of responding via Twitter to every perceived slight, be it someone in his own party, a 'Saturday Night Live' skit, or Meryl Streep's speech at Sunday night's Golden Globe awards. In that Tweet, the Donald, with his characteristic, 140-character caustic blast, belittled Street as a "Hillary Clinton flunky" and the "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood."

We can only hope that Trump is a better president than film critic.

I really hope Donald Trump is a terrific president.

I fear that will not be the case.

I fear the damage his unchecked trigger finger - on things much more important than a phone or tablet tapping out a Twitter response - may inflict on the country.

Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington. And immediately surrounded himself with the same kind of insiders he spent the majority of his campaign ridiculing.

I hope that Mr. Trump is listening tonight. Most expect President Obama to offer a healthy dose of advice.

I doubt Trump and his GOP pals will be listening.

They stopped listening eight years ago.

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Trying to explain the unexplainable

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-10 06:25
We used our editorial page today to try to explain what appears to actually be unexplainable.

That would be the story from Bucks County involving 14-year-old Grace Packer.

I've been doing this job for more than 35 years. Usually I don't let these kinds of stories get to me. Once thing I learned early in this business is that it helps to develop a fairly tough exterior.

Of course, that is mostly a defense mechanism, something we do to get through the day.

We joke and smile in the face of horrific details, to mask the fact that we are crying on the inside.

But this case, in which a mother, Sara Packer, and her boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, are now both charged in Grace's murder, described as some sort of rape-murder fantasy by prosecutors, almost defies explanation.

You can read our editorial here.
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The Eagles have found their receiving corps problem: Greg Lewis

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-10 06:04
We now know what was wrong with the Eagles this season.

Greg Lewis.

The team parted ways with its wide receivers coach yesterday after a season in which intense focus was placed on the lack of production from the team's wide receiver corps.

The lack of playmakers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, decisions made long before G-Lew joined Doug Pederson's staff, doomed the Birds.

The truth is Lewis did not have a lot to work with. He was saddled with a steady but not great slot receiver in Jordan Matthews, a No. 1 pick who has proved to be anything but in Nelson Agholor, and an at times seemingly disinterested Dorrial Green-Beckham, brought in mid-season.

There isn't an All-Pro in the group. Not even close. But none of them showed much in the way of improvement under Lewis' guiding hands.

Maybe that's what it's all about - hands.

Greg Lewis had them. In fact, he did something that none of the members of this desultory Eagles wide receiver corps is likely to do: He caught a TD pass in a Super Bowl for hte Eagles.

But something had to be done in light of the Eagles wide receiver problems this season. And as they say, it's a lot harder to fire the players.

Good luck to whoever gets the job of turning around this group.

Bob Grotz has all the details on move here.
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Homes Listed for Sale in and Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 20:09
Patch brings you newly listed homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Five High Schoolers to Graduate From Montco College Gateway Program

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 17:41
Five high schoolers will graduate Wednesday from the unique College Gateway Program at Montgomery County Community College.
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Free Community Paper Shredding in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 16:56
Montgomery County will host a series of free community paper shredding events in 2017.
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