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Abington Armed Robber, Dressed In Medical Scrubs, Demands Narcotics: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 09:00
An armed robber entered an Abington pharmacy on Tuesday and handed employees a note reading: "Give narcotics, you won't get hurt."
Categories: Lower Merion

Producer Nancy Spielberg, Sister of Steven Spielberg, Coming To Merion Station

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 09:00
Producer Nancy Spielberg, the sister of famed director Steven Spielberg, will be in Merion Station on Sunday for a screening of her film.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Armed Robber, Dressed In Medical Scrubs, Demands Narcotics: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-11-30 09:00
A Montgomery County armed robber entered a pharmacy on Tuesday and handed employees a note reading: "Give narcotics, you won't get hurt."
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Nov. 30

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 07:46
The Daily Numbers: 1,500 emails a day for Delco GOP leader Andy Reilly, who is an official elector for Pennsylvania.

They are asking him to vote for someone other than Donald Trump for president.

20 electors in Pennsylvania, who will cast their ballots for president Dec. 19.

2,900,785 votes for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, to 2,825,767 for Hillary Clinton.

132,000 dollar annual salary for Tim Boyce, who will take over the lead spot at the Delco Emergency Services Center.

35 year career in public service for the Upper Darby native.

125 police and fire dispatchers who work at the 911 Center in Middletown.

5-16 years in prison on child porn charges for father of 9 from Upper Darby.

125 dollars in gifts that arrived for the Merry Christmas Fund yesterday.

9 percent boost in Black Friday sales from last year.

12.1 percent increase in Cyber Monday sales.

45,000 reward being offered for info on driver in fatal hit-run in Philly that killed 8-year-old girl.

10 bucks, what police say was at center of dispute that led to fatal stabbing in Philly.

500 million mark for the Temple University endowment, 1st time it’s ever hit that plateau.

3 year extension for UPenn boss Amy Guttman.

300 million dollar renovation on tap for the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton.

5 December, when Jill Stein and her backers will get their day in court to seek recount of Pa. election results.

3 people killed in tornadoes in Alabama.

14,000 people who have fled wildfires in Tennessee.

3 fatalities reported.

150 building burned by the fires.

3-2 win for Flyers in shootout over the Bruins.

45 saves for Steve Mason, including 8 of 9 in the shootout.

2-0 lead that evaporated in Bruins’ comeback.

82-57 win for No. 2 Villanova over Penn last night.

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

Doug Pederson believes the Eagles are still headed in the right direction. Yeah, so did the captain of the Titanic.

I Don’t Get It: Have to admit I’m having some trouble getting my head around the efforts of some neighbors in Swarthmore to block a plan to use a home in the borough by the HEADstrong group to house cancer patients and their families.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Cheryl Colleluori and HEADstrong for the fantastic work they do. It’s a fitting legacy for Nick Colleluori.

Quote Box: “No one has advanced an argument yet that would overcome the argument that I should vote the will of the people.”

- Andy Reilly, who is an elector in Pennsylvania.
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About Swarthmore and HEADstrong

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:47
Very little we have written recently has generated the kind of reaction as the situation that is playing out in Swarthmore.

That is where HEADstrong, the organization founded by former start Ridley athlete Nick Colleluori to help cancer victims and their families, is seeking the OK to use a house in the borough as a temporary residence for some of those patients. Cancer eventually took Colleluori's life, but the foundation he founded continues to help cancer victims and their families every day.

But they've encountered some opposition to their plans from a few neighbors. They have concerns about traffic, safety, parking and the effect on their neighborhood.

The reaction on social media is about what you'd expect. They are being attacked relentlessly.

On today's editorial page, we weighed in on the subject, urging Swarthmore Borough Council to reject the neighbors' request and approve HEADstrong's plans for the house.

But first I would like to point a few things out.

One thing many people have wondered about is why the story only included the negative reactions from some neighbors. They wondered if no one spoke in favor of the plan. The truth is that this was not the first hearing on the proposal, and not the first time we've written about it. HEADstrong made their case at a previous hearing, which we covered, while this one was to give those opposed the floor.

Also my thanks to Christine Reuther. She is the local attorney who is representing HEADstrong in this matter. She pointed out that the objections are being raised by just a few people, while most of the borough has been most receptive and helpful to HEADstrong's plans.

One longtime reader and Swarthmore resident who is very active on social media despaired at the way the town was being savaged on Facebook and the comments section of DelcoTimes.com. It's a legitimate point. This is not the view of the majority of residents.

As usual when we report on this kind of local controversy, the Philly TV stations beat a path to these folks' doors. You can check out a couple of them here and here.

You can read our editorial here.

All of this prompted a great quip from a co-worker here at the Daily Times. He wondered that if people were upset by HEADstrong's plan, why was there no outpouring of emotion when they learned we would be moving our offices to South Chester Road? Of course, technically we're actually located in Springfield Township, but you get the drift.

Those rascally, unsavory newspaper types sullying the fine environs of Swarthmore? There goes the neighborhood.
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The most dangerous places in Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:22
A recent incident that made its way onto our front page only reinforced something I've been convinced of now for a long time.

Is there a more dangerous place than Wawa parking lots?

That's even more so with the Delco convenience store icon's new super stores that feature gas pumps. Between people jockeying to get in and out of parking spots, as people try to maneuver into the gas pumps, it's a jungle out there.

I can't tell you how many times I've see people blithely walk to their cars with their 'Gottahavva' cup of Wawa coffee and shorti, jump behind the wheel, and back out of a parking spot without so much as glance at what is behind them.

Now I have to admit that I got spoiled all those years in Primos. We could walk the block to what we always considered our very own personal Wawa for our nourishment.

Now that we are in Swarthmore (yes, technically it's in Springfield!) I sometimes get in the car and make a short jaunt to the Wawa on Fairview Road, just a block away from MacDade. Yes, it's one of the old-style Wawas that I dearly love. But I have an issue with it. It might just be the most dangerous parking lot I've ever encountered. I literally hold my breath some days trying to get in and out of the place in one piece.

Of course I've been thinking of this because of an incident that occurred in the Wawa parking lot at Baltimore Pike near Bishop Avenue in Upper Darby. An altercation there between two drivers quickly escalated into something very ugly, including ethnic slurs, according to police. One driver now actually faces charges of ethnic intimidation.

Making this even more bizarre is another habit I've noticed at Wawas. People are always more than willing to hold the door for you as you enter and exit. I always hold the door, and people always seem very appreciative.

Then they climb back behind the wheel of their SUVS and turn into monsters again.

Let me know if you agree, post a comment if you had a particularly harrowing experience.

I'm now ready to start a new holiday campaign.

Let there be peace ... in Wawa parking lots.
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How your house can be featured in 'Homes for the Holidays'

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-11-30 05:53
Make sure you check out the return of a popular feature today on Page Two.

Yes, it's time once again for our annual holiday feature, "Homes For The Holidays." Every day from now through New Year's we hope to show off one Delaware County house festooned in its holiday finest.

To some people that means a single white light in every weekend. To others it means those new-fangled projections that can fill the entire front of your house with illuminated stars. And still others lean toward those large, inflatable Santas, elves or reindeers.

This year we're adding a new wrinkle. We want you to submit your own pictures. Always wanted to have your house featured in "Homes for the Holidays?" This year is your chance. Just remember, we don't make guarantees.

Email your pix to me at editor@delcotimes.com. Please remember to give us the basic information, such as the street and town where the house is located. If you want your family name used, please feel free to include that as well.

There is no prize, only a little joy and good cheer on what can at times be an overwhelming daily dose of bad news.

Join us this year in celebrating "Homes for the Holidays."
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Former Norristown Teacher, Buckingham Woman Who Had Sex With Student Violates Parole

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 16:40
A former Norristown teacher convicted of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a student is back behind bars after violating parole.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wynnewood Boy Earns Role In Walnut Street Theatre's 'Wizard of Oz

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 15:33
Wynnewood's Noah Banner is a fifth grader at Merion Elementary School.
Categories: Lower Merion

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands Into Limerick, Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 14:11
Officials said the quarantine of the "dangerously invasive" spotted lanternfly has been expanded into Limerick and Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands Into Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 14:11
Officials said the quarantine of the "dangerously invasive" spotted lanternfly has been expanded into Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

N-Word Used At Coatesville School Board Meeting Addressing Racism At North Penn Game

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 13:33
Coatesville has filed a complaint with the NAACP after North Penn players allegedly yelled racial slurs during a Nov. 18 football game.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA District Attorney's Association Releases Guidelines For Police-Involved Shootings

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 11:57
How should the DA respond to officer-involved shootings? PA District Attorneys have compiled statewide guidelines, the first of their kind.
Categories: Lower Merion

LETTER: Fidel Castro's Death Bittersweet for Local Cuban Woman

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 09:00
For local woman and Cuba native Cris Sullivan, the death of Fidel Castro marks a bittersweet moment.
Categories: Lower Merion

Certification of Election Results Postponed in Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-11-29 08:30
Amid calls by presidential candidate Jill Stein for a recount in PA, the certification of results in Montgomery County has been postponed.
Categories: Lower Merion

Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 29 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 07:30
The Daily Numbers: 27-13 loss for the Birds to the Packers on Monday Night Football. Hope you didn’t stay up to watch that dreck.

5-6 record for both the Eagles and Packers. Which do you think has a better shot of making the playoffs?

2-6 record for Eagles after starting the season 3-0.

30 of 39 for 313 yards for Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

24 of 36 for 254 yards for Carson Wentz, plus 1 interception.

0 sacks for Eagles defense.

0 turnovers created by Birds’ D.

3 times now Fletcher Cox has been called for crucial roughing the passer penalty. All 3 times it extended opponents drives and all 3 times led to TD.

.5 tackles for Cox last night.

30 points surrendered by Green Bay in each of its previous 4 games.

89 points given up in their last 2 games.

10 of 14 for the Packers on 3rd down.

2 yard catch in the 3rd quarter that for some reason Doug Pederson decided to challenge. It left him with no challenges for the rest of the game.

0 times the Eagles targeted Paul Turner, who was activated and playing in place of the benched Nelson Agholor.

4 scrambles for 33 yards for Wentz

6 for 6 passing for Wentz on Eagles 1st drive, capping it off with 1-yard TD run, diving into the end zone.

5 offensive starters missing for Eagles.

2 for 2 on field goals for Caleb Sturgis, including another 50-yarder.

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

Doug Pederson insists the Eagles are still moving in the right direction. Could have fooled us.

I Don’t Get It: Challenging a 2-yard pass gain. Pederson won the battle but lost the war, leaving himself with no more challenges.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Caleb Sturgis. Two more field goals last night, including another 50-yarder. Sturgis has to be listed among top kickers in game.

Quote Box: “A lot of self-inflicted wounds.”

- Doug Pederson after the game.
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Two great holiday traditions

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 07:00
Here at the Daily Times, we like to think we have a sense of tradition.

That's especially true around the holiday season.

That's one of the reasons why for more than four decades we have partnered with the Salvation Army in Chester on The Merry Christmas Fund.

The concept is simple. We ask readers to forego maybe greeting cards or one gift and instead make a donation to the great work done in the city by the Salvation Army.

In return we allow readers to post a short message. We list the donations - and the messages - in the paper every day.

This is the 45th year we've run the Merry Christmas Fund. Last year we did not hit our goal of $50,000. We remain undeterred, and again this year have set the bar at $50,000.

Here's an important part. Please don't mail your check or money order to us us here at the Daily Times. Mail it instead directly to the Salvation Army at Chester Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1032, Brookhaven PA 19015.

You can read the first list of those who donated here.

Our other tradition is something we've now been doing for the past few years and has proved wildly popular with our readers. So this year we've decided to enlist their help.

Each holiday season, we've been turning over our feature photo spot on Page Two to something we've dubbed "Homes for the Holidays."

Pretty simple, really. We run photos of some of the great holiday displays people erect at their homes.

Now remember, there are some ground rules. First and foremost, we don't make guarantees. Second, this is not a contest. There is no prize for best decoration or the most lights. We don't judge. We simply present.

But there is a problem. Imagine that, a newspaper with a problem.

We are dealing with some serious staffing issues, especially when it comes to our photographers.

So this year we're looking for a little help. And we think our readers are more than ready to step up and answer the call.

If you'd like to see your house featured on Page Two of the Daily Times, email me your photos to editor@delcotimes.com.

Just remember, I'm not in the business of making guarantees, except for being perpetually frustrated by the Eagles, but then I've already written about the Birds this morning.

One thing we will try to do is use something from every part of the county.

Join us in this great holiday tradition.

Share your best shots for our Homes for the Holidays Page Two feature.

Help us share a little holiday cheer, especially since so much of the paper every day deals with what can kindly be described as not the best of circumstances.

We really do love the holidays. And we want you to join in our efforts.

Joy to the World. At least our little corner of it.
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The Eagles are what we thought they would be - mediocre

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 06:17
If only the Eagles had not started out 3-0.

Three months later, Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and the boys are 5-6 and the playoffs are a fading dream.

The truth is, take away those initial three wins and this team is about where we expected them to be.

Last night for the second straight week they got exposed, this time in front of a national TV audience for Monday Night Football, losing to the Packers, 27-13.

They are a team that has no weapons on offense, and a defense that too often does not come up big in crucial situations. On offense, rookie Wentz has been tossed into a near-impossible situation. He entered last night's game with one troubled wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, on the bench. He would soon lose his top target, Jordan Matthews, to an ankle injury. The Birds' top running back, Ryan Mathews, was already scratched for the game with an injury, and the offensive line, already being juggled due to injury, had to be shuffled again when right guard Ron Brooks came up sick before the game.

The result was about what you would expect. Wentz and the Eagles only managed to put up 13 points against a Packers defense that had been torched in recent weeks, giving up 40 points in both of its last two games.

But even more troubling might be this defense.

And it is hard not to point a finger at defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The guy who signed a huge contract extension in the offseason and was consistently ballyhooed as one of the league's best defensive linemen once again came up small. He recorded only a half of a tackle on the night, whatever that means. And he once again was slapped with a crucial roughing the passer penalty in the third period. It's the third time he's picked up that kind of call this year. All three times it was on third down and led to key conversions, extending drives, and all three times the opposing team went on to score a touchdown. That can't happen.

The Eagles'defense again simply could not get off the field, as All-Pro Aaron Rodgers carved them up at will. The Packers were 10 for 14 on third down conversions.

The Eagles recorded 0 sacks and 0 turnovers.

Plus Pederson decided again to start the game on defense, taking the ball at the start of the second half. But in doing so he set the stage for Rodgers, who methodically dissected the Birds' defense. He marched the Pack down the field and immediately put the Eagles in a 7-0 hole. Actually, Wentz responded and brought the Eagles back to tie the score at 7-all.

And, much like his predecessor Andy Reid, Pederson is proving himself to be in love with the forward pass. This despite the fact that you are again playing an elite quarterback and you might want to consider keeping him off the field. You do that by running the ball, but Pederson eschewed that in favor of the forward pass.

So much for the home-field advantage. That four-game win streak is now history. The Eagles actually have now gone 2-6 since that 3-0 start.

After the game Pederson insisted the Eagles were still moving in the right direction.

Does this sound like the Eagles' very own version of the Sixers' vaunted 'Process.'

No they aren't tanking. But they aren't moving forward either.

They're regressing.

I'll blame that 3-0 start. It was a mirage.

The Eagles are about what we expected them to be. Rookie coach, rookie QB, questionable skill levels across the key positions, no weapons on offense, critical errors on defense.

Yep, sounds like 5-6 to me.

Here's what our columnist Jack McCaffery thinks.And our beat writer Bob Grotz.
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Looking for a job? Check out new jobs posted on Patch!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 20:00
Find a new job or post a job opening on the all new Patch Jobs!
Categories: Lower Merion

BREAKING NEWS: recount requests getting heated in montgomery county

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-11-28 16:25

Ah yes folks, the 2016 election will not be over anytime soon.  Today as I write this post, committee people from all over Montgomery County are poring into Voter Services in that county with legal petitions for RECOUNTS.

Thus far the Montgomery County Board of Elections is REFUSING  to accept the recount petitions according to my sources inside the building.  These are NOT court proceedings, although I was told there was some sort of hearing at 3 pm today on the election and that is why some people feel this push back in Norristown in this particular  office is to stall for time, and is that nuts or what? Here is hoping someone gets this fairly in front of a judge today, right?

There have been problems reported here for quite a while in this office and can it be said some people say since Josh Shapiro came in as a County Commissioner? And where is the PA Attorney General in Waiting during this hot mess today? Or Val Arkoosh who is not only Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners now but the Chair of Montgomery County Board of Elections????  Asleep at the wheel much Dr. Val Arkoosh? And what about the Chief Clerk Lauren Lambrugo?  What is she doing?

Someone there in this zoo in Montgomery County said this afternoon:

 

“Ray McGarry, the county solicitor, has held firm. The Election Board will accept them (petitions) for service only. It is the Election Board’s position that our only recourse is via the court — either a court ordered recount or a decision that the position we have taken is correct. In any event the Montco Election Board has handled this abysmally, in my opinion.”

 

Now I know Montgomery County folks have been up in arms because the absentee ballots were NOT even mailed out in a timely fashion.

Now the County Board here has been claiming that  the petitions need to go to prothonatary office then to judge, emergency filing with judge/court to order county election board to recount. But my sources which include lawyers tell me that  in PA supposedly this is a layer not needed, the county board can accept the petitions so what the heck is  is going on? Doesn’t every vote count???

I spoke to a committee person in Narberth who is a dear friend.  Her name is Gigi Tevlin-Moffatt and she is also a Narberth Borough Councilwoman. When I asked her about this she said:

 

“I am so confused by this entire process at Montco Voter Services. My concern is multi-layered, and this office knew a recount was underway in the entire state, what is the delay at the counter? Why make petitioners literally wait all day?

The decision from the County Solicitor came so late… why was this not posted?  Are we really telling voters that if they dare raise a red flag of ‘recount’ that they have to have thousands of dollars  and a day off from work and their lives to receive a decent response?”

 

So is this just a case of they still need to take out the trash in Norristown or something deeper and more insidious?  You see, this is not a Republican or Democrat thing, this is an all around voter thing.  As a citizen, your voice is heard with your vote often if it is heard no other way.  So if your voice is not heard because your vote is suppressed, what of our inalienable rights as Americans?

Does every vote count only if certain factions allow it?

Sign me glad I do not live in Montgomery County any longer. I also wonder if Val Arkoosh is fit to lead Montgomery County Solicitors? Can she be removed from office? And this opinion is nothing new…I had reservations when she tried and failed miserably at running for Congress.

Oh and media was on site so I am not making this up and it will be on the news. It’s like Storming the Bastille today over there in Norristown for Pete’s sake!


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