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Buckle Up, Ardmore: 3-Week Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign Starts Today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-16 12:56
Buckle up — or pay up. As of today, a 3-week seatbelt enforcement effort is underway in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Busting another 'traveler'

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-16 06:36
They're called 'travelers.'

Usually when we write about them, it's the case of another man who's been stung by the people who have one of the toughest jobs in the county. They are undercover detectives who troll the ugly underbelly of the online world as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

I'll never forget an interview we did with a woman detective who worked this detail. Among the sad stories she related, one thing stayed with me. She indicated just how easy it was to find men online who were interested in having sex with children, even willing to travel great distances to do so.

That's where the name comes from, why they're called "travelers."

She would say she would go online posing as an underage girl and within minutes she would be contacted by men looking to have sex. But the story we detailed Sunday was even uglier.

Police say the "traveler" in this case actually came here to Delaware County and had sex with an underage girl.

She reported to school officials that she had been sexually assaulted.

Now David Dewald, who traveled here from Bloomsburg, according to police, faces charges of rape, involuntary sexual intercourse involving a person less than 16 years of age, other sex charges, kidnapping of a minor and other charges.

Let this be a warning to parents.

The Internet can be a very dangerous place, especially for kids.

You can read the frightening story here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion police seek 9 officers to fill 12 spots

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-05-16 06:34
Ardmore >> Lower Merion police officials say they need to offer employment to nine new police officers this month in order to help fill 12 vacancies. At the same time, they are also raising concern that as many as an additional 10 police officers could leave the department due to retirements in 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

The devastating effect of delivering bad news

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-16 06:14
I used my print column this week to talk about something I'm all too familiar with.

That would be delivering bad news. It sort of goes with the occupation.

But I learned very early in my journalism career that receiving that kind of news can be devastating. I was reminded of that this week by a photo that was posted by the fire company in my old home town of Oxford, Pa.

Being aware of just how devastating getting bad news can be is something I've tried to be cognizant of throughout the last three decades and change in the newspaper business.

I'm sure there are lots of people who doubt that, many of them having been featured in the pages of this newspaper.

Like I said, it's part of the business.

You can read my Monday column here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, May 16

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-16 06:04
The Daily Numbers: 33, low temperature early this morning.

64, today’s high later on. Yep, spring is still a rumor.

14, age of girl police say a man from Bloomsburg, Pa., traveled here to Delco to have sex with.

40, age of David Dewald, who now faces kidnapping and a slew of sex charges.

5 years, how long Kevin Neary of Upper Chichester has been in a wheelchair since being shot during a robbery attempt on a Philly street.

2 high-profile visitors at the Penn commencement yesterday. Both Vice President Joe Biden and GOP Presidential favorite Donald Trump were on hand. Trump’s daughter got a diploma, as did Biden’s granddaughter.

15 digital billboards now in Delco. They are increasingly drawing criticism.

45 digital billboards in Philly.

7 in Chester County, where some residents are asking they be turned off at night.

45, age of Philly man police say doused his girlfriend with gas and then set her on fire in a Bensalem motel. She died in the attack.

2 dead, 4 wounded in separate incidents in Philly over the weekend.

2 of 3 taken from the Reds by the Phils over the weekend.

9-4 loss yesterday as Adam Morgan struggled.

7 runs on 8 hits surrendered by Morgan in just 3 innings and change.

12 hits for Phils, but 16 runners left on base.

1-1 draw for the Union over the weekend against Montreal.

35 points for Villanova product Kyle Lowry to lead the Raptors past the Heat and into NBA’s East Finals.

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

Baseball brawls usually don’t amount to much. But if you haven’t seen it, check out the shot Rougned Odor landed on the Blue Jays Jose Bautista yesterday. It would make Joe Frazier proud.

I Don’t Get It: “Travelers,” guys willing to travel great distances to have sex with underage children. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Kevin Neary, who keeps up the fight against street and gun violence from the wheelchair he’s been in since a shooting in Philly 5 years ago.

Quote Box: “I like a little more of the fast pace.”

- Kevin Neary
Categories: Pennsylvania

Spring remains a rumor

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-05-16 05:54
Spring remains for the most part just a rumor.

Summer? Forget it.

When I climbed behind the wheel for the drive into work this morning, the dashboard thermometer was registering a less than toasty 33 degrees.

Yesterday wasn't a lot better. My wife and I are dedicated walkers. Yesterday we bundled up and braved the elements, but it still wasn't enough.

The wind was howling. Yes, the sun was out, but it was not exactly warming things up much.

Every time I think I can put away my long underwear and jackets, the weather proves me wrong once again.

Yes, I had my thermals on yesterday under the exercise pants I wear for our walks. At our Sunday stop at Wawa, I opted for a hot chocolate as opposed to coffee.

It's not exactly a secret that I like it hot. I have my deck and patio set up and ready for summer. Now all I need is some decent weather.

Doesn't look like it's coming this week. The forecast is calling for more cool temperatures today, with highs only in the mid-60s. Rain will move in again Tuesday and Wednesday, before if finally clears up later in the week.

You can get the full forecast here.

There's nothing I like more than hot, humid, muggy summer weather.

Unfortunately, at this point I would settle for some consistent days in the 70s.

I'm not going to hold my breath.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Update Your Resume: New Jobs in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-15 23:57
Looking for a new job? A new career? Start with these new opportunities posted on Jobs on Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

Listeria Hysteria: Should You Worry About the Flurry of Food Recalls?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-15 11:19
Revolutionary technology is making it easier to identify bacteria outbreaks and track down their sources. That's why you see more recalls.
Categories: Lower Merion

DUI Patrols Planned In Lower Merion: Ardmore Week In Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-05-15 09:03
DUI Patrols / K9 dog gets bulletproof vest / Italian BYOB opens: week in review.
Categories: Lower Merion

in the garden, what inspires you?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-05-14 20:42


When you are working in your garden, what inspires you? Who inspires you?

A garden is a labor of love, an artistic expression. To me, my garden is like a living artist’s palette. And that is why I think sometimes I get twitchy about my garden. It’s my creativity and sweat equity. Ideas that begin in my head, take shape out of the earth from my hands. 

I love to inspire but I do not wish to see my garden recreated everywhere necessarily. 

Inspiration is very different from copying.

No one designed my garden for me. I used no landscape computer program. I took what I have loved in every garden I have ever had and inspiration from garden writers I admire from Gertrude Jekyll to Rosemary Verey to Penelope Hobhouse to Suzy Bales to Chester County’s David L. Culp. With my current garden the last two garden writers have been particularly influential.

David Culp’s The Layered Garden is not only visually a thing of beauty but so informative as well. The whole concept of a layered garden appeals to me because a layered garden has many different elements. It’s not just one dimensional, it’s multi dimensional. It’s a feast for the eyes and senses.

Then there are the books by Suzy Bales. I made Mrs. Bales acquaintance via email a few years ago after reading her book  Suzy Bales’ Down to Earth Gardener: Let Nature Guide You to Success in Your Garden. Again, a visually beautiful gardening book, but more than that. It is loaded with practical advice.

When I decided on a whim to write Mrs. Bales and tell her how much I loved her book and how she was inspiring me, to my delight she wrote me back. We corresponded here and there and she sent me autographed copies of her other books. I treasure them.  Her other book I refer to often   is The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in the Quiet Season.

I was thinking about Mrs. Bales’ books again as I was preparing to write this post and quite sadly I discovered she passed away this March from cancer. What a loss. She was so kind to me every time I wrote to her about gardening. You can find an archive of some of her gardening articles on Huffington Post. What a nice lady and an amazing gardener. And so generous with her time and knowledge.

So my point? Don’t copy someone else’s garden or think some landscape computer program is all you need to have someone else plant your garden. Being inspired is not copying what someone else does including acquiring all of the cultivars they have. Being inspired means crafting your own vision. Getting your hands dirty learning from trial and error.

This is part of the fun of doing your own garden– you can try your ideas out and it’s much more cool (at least to me) than walking around after some random landscaper has put their commercial version of your vision to work. It is just more satisfying.

Anyone can garden. Truly. Buy yourself some basic gardening books so you learn techniques. Join an online gardening group. I joined my first online gardening board easily 2o plus years ago. It was the rose gardeners board on AOL. I made friends on that board from across the country that I still am connected to today. I even started a gardening group on Facebook of my own that has over 500 gardeners in it. We share photos, ask each other questions, inspire each other.

Gardening is truly individualistic. I literally stand outside  (when I probably should be weeding) and day dream about what I would like to see. Gardening writers like Suzy Bales and David Culp really help my envisioning because of their practical advice and beautiful gardens which leap off the pages of their books.  I don’t want their exact garden in my garden, they inspire me to be creative on my own. I figure if they can do it, I can do it.

Occasionally I have help if something is say too big for me to handle planting  on my own. I also don’t do lawns, I kill lawns. I have an experienced arborist. So I do have help, although I do most of my gardening myself. I have learned to tell people I am employing to help me what I want specifically, that way everyone is happy especially  me since it’s my garden. And the people who occasionally help me know I am a benevolent dictator who gets her hands dirty and her face smudged with dirt. 

Bit by bit my garden is coming to life on all four sides of our home. It is trial and error. Some plants don’t make it so I either try them again, or try new ones.  And I am definitely layering. For size , smell, type, bloom cycle, season, colors. It’s a crazy quilt of my own design. Inspired by other gardens and gardeners, but uniquely my own. I don’t pretend to know everything or every proper Latin name. I plant what I like. Sometimes I have researched the plants and a lot of times they are impulse buys because I like the way they look and can envision them in my garden.

So think about it: what inspires you in your garden? Let me know!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Rescued Kittens and Cats Available For Adoption On The Main Line

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-14 16:01
Want to take this little buddy home with you?
Categories: Lower Merion

Woman Records Own Murder / Bear Sightings / Docs Charged In $5M Cash For Pill Scheme: This Week On Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-14 12:17
Check out the top stories over the past week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Submit A Letter To The Editor To Ardmore Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-05-14 09:03
Have an opinion on an important local or regional issue? Here's your chance to make your voice heard.
Categories: Lower Merion

All-Time Great NCAA Coach To Host Great Valley HS Basketball Camp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 16:05
A basketball camp this summer in Malvern will feature one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
Categories: Lower Merion

Most Popular Baby Names In Pennsylvania In 2015

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 13:27
What were the most popular baby names in Pennsylvania in 2015? There's a new winner for girls. The top boy's name has been same since 2011.
Categories: Lower Merion

Black Bear Spotted In Wissahickon Park

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 12:24
A black bear was spotted wandering around Wissahickon Park on Friday morning, according to the Friends of the Wissahickon.
Categories: Lower Merion

magnifica azalea is magnificent indeed

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2016-05-13 12:11


This azalea is gorgeous! I purchased it last year from Applied Climatology in the West  Chester  Growers Market.

I am having a love affair with my garden again. We were having a love hate relationship the past two weeks because of the weeds that seem to grow by the hour and then by the minute because of all the rain.

The spring bulbs are done, the azaleas are blooming, the viburnum are starting to pop, and the roses are all budded out for their first bloom cycle.

The hostas have popped up everywhere and the ferns are luscious this year. I did lose some things with the weird weather we had over the winter including some echinacea  that I thought were bulletproof.

The hydrangea are struggling this year a bit. They were fine until that last little cold snap that fried their new green buds just emerging from their winter’s sleep.

Haven’t seen a lot of the annuals I like other than herbs, so there will be less of those in the garden unless some have self seeded. The lilies of the valley my neighbors gave me are gorgeous and very happy. They are growing with Creeping Jenny under a tree.

New for this year I have decided to go after a slope that slopes down to the woods on one side of our property. It has nice light and I separated it into sections. One section closer to the house has been planted with lilacs. I envision a beautiful hill of blooms and lilacs perfuming the air in a few years.

Next to that I will be planting some more azaleas and hydrangeas and I’m not sure what else. On the other side of that is my even bigger experiment. I have planted raspberry and gooseberry and thornless blackberry bushes. I have Elderberry that is going crazy along with one surviving currant  plant on the other side of the garden, so in a few years I will either be making a lot of jam or the birds will be really, really happy.

My garden has now grown enough that the people who are professionals in the gardening industry like to come see my garden. Some are growers from whom I have bought beautiful plants, others are looking for inspiration for gardens they are helping their customers design. It’s the being a whole inspiration thing that I am torn about.  

I have always designed my gardens to suit me and be unlike any other that I see out there. So I really am torn as to how much of an inspiration I want my actual garden to be as far as the design goes. I don’t know that I want to see my garden multiplied and versions of it growing on different properties. After all it’s all my sweat equity and labor that has gone into my garden.

I’ve bought all my plants , I’ve planted them all myself, I’ve learned from trial and error what works and what doesn’t work. So while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, do I really want to see my garden style multiply?

Don’t misunderstand me, I love helping other gardeners. But I want to inspire people to seek their own creativity, not copy mine.  Gardeners by nature are generous people. I am just torn on this issue because it’s my sweet equity, and it’s not like a landscape architect is saying to me that they love my garden and they will give me even credit recognition, they just want to see what I have done. 

I have been through this before with other gardens and while  I want to share sometimes it just bothers me that someone else will copy what I did and take the credit and not give credit where it’s due. It’s not even about money or a shared commission, it’s about saying hey I didn’t dream this up but someone I know did.

Anyway just some random thoughts on another rainy day.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Narberth Ambulance Plans Active EMS Week, Beginning May 15

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 11:28
Ambulance tours, blood pressure screenings, book readings, safety tips and more will be held at numerous locations around the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

'The Ballad of Trayvon Martin' Play Opens In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 11:20
A play based on the final hours of Trayvon Martin is opening in Philadelphia.
Categories: Lower Merion

Have A Yard Sale Coming Up In Ardmore? Spread The Word Here

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 09:55
Nothing is worse than going through the hassle of setting up a yard sale and then not having enough people show up.
Categories: Lower Merion