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Main Line 'Miracle Worker' Cast Prepares By Living Like Helen Keller

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-13 12:18
As young local actors prepare for the production in December, they will get a lesson in what it's like to live without sight or hearing.
Categories: Lower Merion

Radnor Commissioner Mentored Kids Before Child Porn Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-13 11:13
Phil Ahr, who is facing numerous child porn related charges, mentored young students through a program from his employer in the past.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Police, School District Cracking Down On Bus Passing Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-13 10:01
A Main Line police department and a Main Line school district will be targeting drivers who pass stopped school buses next week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Your Guide to Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and Nearby Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-13 08:36
Looking to move? Here is the list of upcoming open houses nearby.
Categories: Lower Merion

The 5-1 Eagles stake their claim to be among NFL's best

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-13 07:22
Usually, it is the loser's lament.

The refs cost us the game.

Not last night.

Against all odds - including Pete Morelli's officiating crew - the Eagles went into Carolina last night and beat Cam Newton and the Panthers, 28-23.

The Eagles are 5-1, sitting atop the NFC East and rightfully staking a claim to being one of the best teams in the NFL.

They played without their crucial cog, right guard Lane Johnson. And it showed early as backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggled early, giving up a key sack to Julius Peppers that led to a Carson Wentz fumble. But Vaitai settled down and played well in the second half.

It is this mantra of "next man up" that has become the calling card of this team. And it just happens to be the trait of good teams. And make no mistake, Doug Pederson's club is a very good team.

Starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks went down with a turned ankle in the first half. No problem. Joe Woods stepped up and filled the bill.

Carson Wentz was money again, throwing three more TD passes and showing he is quickly becoming one of the elite signal callers in the NFL, far beyond what is usually expected of second-year players. Wentz's ability to come to the line of scrimmage and quickly dissect a defense - including switching out of a play when he sees something he can exploit - is the mark of a savvy veteran like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

The Eagles faced the uphill challenge of a short week and traveling to Carolina.

But it wasn't just the Panthers that seemed to be providing the opposition.

They had to deal with Pete Morelli's officiating crew.

The trend showed up early, a bunch of ticky-tack calls, in particular on the Eagles defense. There was an unnecessary roughness call on running back LeGarrette Blount for what appeared to be routine blocking. That was followed a few minutes later by no call when Blount was thrown to the ground by a Panther clearly after the whistle.

The Eagles were called for 10 penalties for 126 yards; the Panthers just one infraction for 1 yard.

Sound lopsided? Actually, it continued a trend.

In the last four Eagles games done by Morelli's crew - all on the road - the Birds have been flagged 40 times for 396 yards, while the home team has been hit just eight times for 74 yards.

And none of it matters at this point.

What matters is this: The Eagles are 5-1, staking a claim to be among the NFL's elite.

The only downside: We now have to wait more than a week for the Birds to get back on the field, a Monday night matchup vs. the Redskins.

Can't wait.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No tax hike for Delco - for 4th straight year

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-13 07:01
Delaware County Council has a pre-holiday - and pre-election - present for county residents.

Taxes will not be going up next year.

That makes four straight years without a tax hike.

As you might expect, with two seats on County Council up for grabs on the Nov. 7 ballot, news of a fourth straight year with increasing taxes is viewed differently according to your political persuasion.

Dave White, the Republican incumbent who is running for another term along with John Perfetti, said "Delaware County is on the move," touting growth in the county that has resulted in 25,000 new jobs and 500 new business startups.

The Democratic challengers, Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek, are less impressed.

Click here for the full story.
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More violence on the streets of Chester

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-13 06:47
It has not been a good week on the streets of Chester.

Police are investigating the latest wave of violence on city streets.

In a 24-hour period, two men were killed and two others wounded in three separate shooting incidents.

You can get all the details here.

The two fatal shootings brings the city's homicide total to 26 for the year. There were only 27 all of last year. There have been 33 homicides in the county.

The city has boosted a reward fund for information on gun violence in the city, beefed up the number of officers on patrol and added state police to try to quell the violence on city streets.

Nothing has worked.

Police Chief James Nolan feels the frustration, both from residents and his own police force.

"What we can't correct is the lack of concern for human life," Nolan told a local TV station.

So what is the answer for the city.

It's one residents and officials need to address now, before the next round of gunfire breaks out.
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Patch Contributor Roundup: Vietnam War Memorial; Astronaut Scholarship; What Are Toxic Rainbows?; More Local Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 15:36
Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex Radnor Commissioner Who Groped Woman Gets 2 Years Probation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 13:49
In June, William Spingler admitted to fondling his 103-year-old mother in law on two occasions at a Wayne nursing home.
Categories: Lower Merion

Conshohocken Accident Leads To Route 23 Closure

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 12:16
Breaking: Route 23 was shut down in Conshohocken after an accident Thursday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Body With Gunshot To Head Found In Schuylkill River Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 12:15
A body pulled form the river was found to have a gunshot wound to the head and Philadelphia Police are treating it as a homicide.
Categories: Lower Merion

Saturday, October 14 — Antiquing & Planting Trees in Tredyffrin’s Great Valley

If you are looking for something to do this Saturday, October 14th there’s a couple of events in the Great Valley section of Tredyffrin Township that you may find of interest. Polly Hagan Antiques will hold its annual Fall Barn Sale (9 AM – 3 PM) on Saturday and will feature primitives, collectibles and antiques. The […]
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LMPD Enforcing Teen Seat Belt Use For 2 Weeks

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 10:37
The two-week-long enforcement effort is part of the National Teen Driver Safety Week to ensure teen drivers are staying safe on the roads.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Woman Held Hostage By Taliban Released After 5 Years

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 10:31
Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband had three children while in captivity, and all have been freed, U.S. officials said.
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PA Attorney General Suing President Donald Trump

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 10:14
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is suing President Donald Trump and the Trump Administration over birth control.
Categories: Lower Merion

Fall Festival To Bring Food, Pumpkin Carving, Hay Maze To Suburban Square

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-12 09:53
All scheduled activities – which include a hay maze, pumpkin carving, crafts, treats, and live music – are free at the Oct. 21 event.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick (Thursday Edition)

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-10-12 07:17
How about that Joel Embiid!

Oops, wrong sport.

But it's telling that on a day when the 4-1 Eagles are rolling into a prime-time matchup against another 4-1 team, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, Philly remains abuzz about Embiid's series debut last night against the Nets on on Long Island.

If he stays healthy, the Eagles just might have serious competition atop the Philly sports talk topics.

But on to the matter at hand.

I was on the money last week, thinking the Eagles would handle a struggling Cardinals team that had to fly across the country.

Now it's the Eagles turn to hit the orad, and on a short practice week to play on a Thursday night.

That does not bode well for them.

I don't like this short week and trip to Carolina even a little bit.

Making matters worse, the Eagles will find themselves without right guard Lane Johnson, who just might be the key to their offensive success.

Remember last year when the Birds sprinted out to a 3-0 record? Then they lost Johnson to a 10-game suspension and their season went off a cliff.

So far head coach Doug Pederson has pushed all the right buttons this season. He'll need another gem tonight, devising a way to control the ball on the ground, protecting QB Carson Wentz in front of that line that will be without its star right tackle, and maybe most importantly keeping Panthers QB Cam Newton on the sidelines.

On defense, it appears the Birds might get their All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox back, though it will technically be a game-time decision.

The Eagles have been on a run, with Pederson pushing all the right buttons. A win tonight on the national stage in front of a prime-time audience would put them among the elite of the NFL.

One other thing to note. This is an important game for Carson Wentz. The Eagles second-year QB is slowly starting to build a lot of buzz for his success in leading the Eagles. Tonight everyone will be tuning in to see a prime-time matchup of elite young QBs. Wentz vs. Newtown. It's a very important game for Carson.

I'll be rooting for a win, but my heart tells me Newton and the Panthers come out on top.

THE PICK: Make it Panthers 26, Eagles 17. Look for Carson Wentz and the Birds offense to sputter without key cog Lane Johnson. That means lots of time on the field for Cam Newton, and that will spell big problems for the Eagles defense.

LAST WEEK: Maybe the most impressive poerformance of the Doug Pederson Era. The Birds simply dominated the Cardinals in every facet of the game, racing out to a 21-0 bulge in the first quarter, with Wentz tossing TD passes on the team's first three possessions. The win lifted the Eagles to a 4-1 record, alone atop the NFC East. I had them winning as well, so I now sport an identicial 4-1 mark. This might be one of the tougher tasks of the season. A win could be a defining moment for Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. A loss won't be the end of the world.

GAME BY GAME: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Chiefs 33, Eagles 17)

Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 24. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 17)

Eagles 26, Chargers 24. (My Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Cardinals 7. (My Pick: Eagles 29, Cardinals 24)
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perversion

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:45

From Radnor Democrats Public Facebook Page. It had as a caption “Radnor Democrats
June 11, 2016 at 4:41pm · We always say that the Radnor Democrats have a big, diverse tent and to “join the Party.” Well, today, at the Wayne Music Festival, the Radnor Democrats LITERALLY have a big tent!”

Where to begin? Let’s start at the bitter end of September when news broke that there had been a not-local (as in NOT Radnor PD) law enforcement raid had occurred in Radnor Township.  The target? Phil Ahr, newly minted as of this summer President of the Radnor Board of Commissioners. 

News has swirled when he missed the regular meeting shortly after the raid and  then and this past Monday, some commissioners had wanted Ahr to resign. But the Democrat commissioners (Nagle, Higgins, Schaeffer) blocked the efforts.  I will admit that while they were speaking the truth about guilty until proven innocent, BUT this is the second scandal to rock Radnor Democrats with a Board of Commissioners president given the fact that in June former Commissioner and Board of Commissioners President Bill Spingler was found guilty by a Delaware County jury  of “indecent assault on a person with a mental disability.” (His 100+ year old former mother-in-law.) Ironically, Mr. Spingler is to be sentenced or something tomorrow a lot of newscasters in Philadelphia were stating today after Phil Ahr turned himself in to police.

See NBC10 Philadelphia’s reporter Deanna Durante’s 6PM report on Mr. Ahr goes to court. Also see a pretty comprehensive article by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Main Line Media News.

It’s child porn and lots of it.  It’s horrible. Truly horrible. Almost inconceivable.

Earlier this evening, Radnor Township itself held a press conference.  I contacted the township and they provided me with what they had handed out except for the PDF of the court docket – I found that myself. Today was the preliminary arraignment. 

Anyway, here it is and I will warn you it is truly disturbing:

 

View this document on Scribd

 

So back to the three commissioners in Radnor who blocked a motion to have Ahr resign. Earlier this evening, they fell back behind the cloak of the Home Rule Charter of Radnor Township.  So while they perhaps could not have made Ahr resign as of Monday, given the scandal their township and political party has endured in recent months, shouldn’t they have convinced him to resign?  Or how about perhaps they should have NOT played politics at all and lived up to their oaths of office and convinced him to resign because they are supposed to look out for the best interests of the residents?

Once again, deeply troubling times for a township where I have many close friends….including those with children.

I am going to say, however, that no matter what your opinion is here, please allow law enforcement and those in the legal system do their jobs here.  Please respect the terribly difficult jobs they have, especially with this case.  Also respect the residents of Radnor Township who have to deal with this, especially the residents of Ward 7, Garrett Hill. Garrett Hill is a tight knit community that is suffering greatly.  And pray for Phil Ahr’s family.  He has now given them a terrible burden they will carry always.

Here’s a question for all of you: should local elected officials have to submit to comprehensive background checks including criminal in order to hold elected office?

Thanks for stopping by.


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$400K Lottery Ticket Sold In Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-10-11 17:04
If you bought a Cash 5 lottery ticket in Bryn Mawr recently, you could be $400,000 richer.
Categories: Lower Merion