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Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency Issued In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-12-08 12:31
Temperatures are set to dip low this weekend, prompting the county to issue the emergency which goes into effect Saturday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pittsburgh Food Identity; Vocational Jobs; More Local Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-12-08 10:36
Wakefield Main Streets was among the many nonprofit and community organizations that participated in Saturday's Holiday Stroll
Categories: Lower Merion

Crews Battle House Fire In Upper Merion Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-12-08 10:04
A fire broke out Thursday afternoon on a Hughes Road home. Crews from around the area responded to battle the fire.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Serial Burglars Who Stole $1.5M Convcited: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-12-08 09:41
In total, the four face more than 100 years in prison for their roles in a ring that targeted Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties.
Categories: Lower Merion

Open Houses This Week In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-12-08 07:53
We've rounded up nearby open houses happening this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

The shame of Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-12-08 07:13
On our editorial page today, we delve into the shame of the Chester Upland School District.

How bad are things there?

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in town to talk about his team's recent audit of the troubled school district.

There was only one problem.

The audit didn't happen.


Brace yourself.

The district could not even produce the documents needed to perform the audit.

You can't make this stuff up.

And this from a school district that annually receives millions of dollars in taxpayer money via state funding.

For their part, the district is blaming a recent move to new offices and also points out most of the discrepancies and missing documents took place in the term of a previous administration.

The problem in Chester Upland is that there is always a previous administration.

The district has been under state receivership since 2012 and in that time has had three receivers and two different superintendents.

Of course, in the meantime, it's the children and families of Chester Upland who wind up losing.

No wonder there is a groundswell for school choice and charter schools.

It's gone on far too long.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Mom Finds Nasty Note After Taking Ill Son To King of Prussia Mall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 18:03
Nancy Coyne took her ill son to see Santa Claus at the King of Prussia Mall. When they left, they found a nasty note on her vehicle.
Categories: Lower Merion

Movies Out This Weekend: 'I, Tonya,' 'Just Getting Started,' More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 16:40
Can Tommy Lee Jones save Morgan Freeman from an assassin? Plus, Margot Robbie might just change your opinion of figure skater Tonya Harding.
Categories: Lower Merion

december afternoon sky

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2017-12-07 15:57

Sometimes, you just have to slow down and admire the beauty of a December sky. Every season and every month is different.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Philly Police Channel 'Stranger Things' In Spot Saving PSA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 15:52
Police usually get creative when addressing parking spot saving ahead of winter weather, and this year they are tapping the Netflix hit.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia Sex Trafficker Gets 100-Year Sentence: Feds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 14:15
The man, who ran a sex trafficking operation in Philadelphia, will spend the rest of his days in federal prison on a century-long sentence.
Categories: Lower Merion

Iron Hill In Ardmore Hosting Special Education Benefit

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 12:58
If you eat at Iron Hill in Ardmore on Dec. 14, you can have part of your bill donated to LMSD's Committee for Special Education.
Categories: Lower Merion

restoring architectural history in exton, pa

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2017-12-07 12:48

These are the things that make me so happy to see!

And yes, these farmhouses are indeed part of the architectural history of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Homeowner photo – see more at https://www.facebook.com/WestWhitelandInn/

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LMSD Elects New Board Leaders At Monday Meeting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 12:40
Two other members, one who was reelected and one who won her seat in the general election, were also sworn in to the board.
Categories: Lower Merion

Backlash Grows For PA Lawmaker Over 'I Don't Like Men' Comment

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 11:26
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe made the now-infamous comment after another lawmaker gently touched his arm during a meeting this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Weekend Forecast For Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 10:30
Temperatures will dip low over the weekend. See your Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood weekend forecast here.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 Teens Shot Wednesday Night In West Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 09:35
One teen was shot multiple times in the back, legs, and abdomen. He is in critical condition. Another teen's leg was grazed by a bullet.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood New Year's Events: 2018 Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-12-07 09:00
It’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s Eve! Here’s your guide to New Year events happening near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Chaos' in the Chester Upland School District

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-12-07 07:39
Stop us if you've heard this before.

Chester Upland School District is a mess.

Actually, the word used by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was "chaos."

DePasquale was in town Wednesday to release the results of the latest state audit of Chester Upland's books.

Or at least that was his hope.

It didn't turn out that way.

That's because DePasquale said things are so bad in Chester Upland that officials were not even able to supply the necessary paperwork his office needed to do the audit.

"Total administrative chaos," is how the auditor general put it.

DePasquale, who has now been in charge of reviewing the books for public agencies in the state for almost five years, says that has never happened before.

The Democrat stopped in our office in Swarthmore Wednesday morning to discuss his dealings with the district.

He noted it's "very rare" to run into this kind of difficulty and lack of cooperation. At one point he referred to the district as the Titanic.

“It is rather rare to find a school district in such disarray that we are unable to complete an audit and leaves doubts about whether the district’s students are getting the education they deserve and need,” DePasquale said in a statement.

“Sadly, with Chester Upland School District, there was so much information the district couldn’t provide that we were unable to come to a full conclusion on the district’s status.”

For their part, the district blames much of the problem on the missing documents on a recent move to new offices.

The auditor general did offer some hope that the new team in control of the district is showing signs of progress at turning things around. Veteran Chester Upland educator Dr. Juan Baughn took over as superintendent when Dr. Gregory Shannon resigned suddenly last December. Baughn was formally named superintendent back in July.

The audit would have covered the years 2013-2016. DePasquale said the district's finances continue to crater Back in 2012 the district had a $2 million balance; now they're staring at a $163 million deficit.

The school district released a statement saying most of the infractions took place in the academic years 2012 to 2016, before the current administration was in place.

DePasquale has referred the matter to the governor's office, the state Department of Education and the Legislature.

He also noted that he believed the district, which has been under state receivership since 2012, would benefit by a return to local control, as they are preparing to do in the city of Philadelphia. Chester Upland has gone through three state receivers since then.

DePasquale also pointed out something that often gets lost in the numbers.

The children and families are Chester Upland are too often getting cheated out of a decent education by bureaucratic bungling.

And have been for a long time.

You can read our story here.

For the full auditor general's report, CLICK HERE.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Mystery at Wallingford Elementary

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-12-07 07:06
There is a mystery in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District.

The respected principal of Wallingford Elementary School resigned suddenly Monday.

The school alerted the community, noting that Joshua Peterkin left his post because of an allegation of 'inappropriate conduct."

The district was quick to point out the incident did not involve any students at the school.

But other than that, they aren't saying much.

Both the district Superintendent Lisa Palmer and solicitor are indicating they won't have much more to say, pointing out they are limited because it's a personnel issue.

That leaves a lot of people wondering just what it was that would cause Peterkin to leave his job.

Joseph Buechler, a vice principal at Strath Haven Middle School, is taking over at Wallingford Elementary on an interim basis, while the school starts an immediate search for Peterkin's successor.

One parent we talked to indicated she was glad the district took quick action, but was hoping for more transparency.

I get the feeling she's not the only one.
Categories: Pennsylvania