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Rain Closes Lower Merion Twp. Fields

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 16:31
Field conditions to be reevaluated Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Man Drowns At N.J. Beach

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 15:40
The 73-year-old Germantown man had a summer home in Long Beach Township, N.J., authorities say.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Company Providing Free Uber Rides For Voters To Polls

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 14:37
The service calls itself bipartisan and aims to address low voter turnout in recent elections.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr College Kicks Off $250 Million Campaign

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 14:15
School to raise money for student scholarships, faculty recruitment, campus upgrades and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

POW/MIA Chair Dedicated At Montgomery County Courthouse

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 13:33
POW/MIA Day was Friday, September 16. “We must never forget those we have lost in the line of duty.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Rain Closes Two Fords In Lower Merion Township

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 10:17
Heavy rain prompts township to close water crossings.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Sept. 19

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-09-19 07:53
The Daily Numbers: 2 hour public meeting last night in Middletown during which residents aired concerns about the Mariner East 2 pipeline that, if approved, could come through their neighborhoods. The council gave an initial OK despite residents’ objections.

2.5 billion dollar plan by Sunoco Logistics to bring ethane, butane and other chemicals, offshoots from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, to the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook.

450,000 barrels a day that could be moved through Mariner East 2.

17 counties through which the pipeline will snake from southwestern Pa. to here in Delco.

800 feet, how close the pipeline could come to Glenwood Elementary School.

350,000 dollar payment to Media Borough as part of the easements needed for the pipeline.

3 percent of the Delco population currently made up of Hispanics, according to latest data. The number of Hispanics in the region actually is going down.

2 straight nights that Philadelphia police officers have been fired on by suspects.

2 officers shot by a gunman who went on a rampage Friday night.

4 other people wounded in the rampage, 1 fatally.

4 people wounded in shooting in parking lot of club in Port Richmond early Sunday.

18 people shot in little more than 48 hours in the city.

1.1 cent boost in price of gas at the pumps last week

29 people injured in bombing in New York City Saturday night.

1 other pipe bomb discovered in town in New Jersey.

38th Emmy Award for Game of Thrones

1-0 record put on line by Eagles tonight in prime time Monday night game in Soldier Field in Chicago vs. Bears.

2-0 record for next week’s foes, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

22 of 31 for 286 yards for Same Bradford in leading the Vikings to 2-0 mark with a win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Sunday night

5-4 come from ahead loss for the Phils, after Hector Neris coughed up home run in the 8th inning.

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

Brace yourself for the Eagles version of some kind of National Anthem statement tonight.

I Don’t Get It: Those who want to silence such protests. Everyone has that constitutional right. Even millionaire athletes.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to residents in Middletown who are being increasingly vocal in their concerns bout the Mariner East 2 pipeline that will come through their neighborhood if it is built.

Quote Box: “Even if everything is installed perfectly, the risk is still significant.”

- Seth Kovnat, speaking out against proposed pipeline plan in Middletown.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A prime-time stage for Eagles

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-09-19 07:03
The Eagles will make an appearance on national TV tonight.

Which of course means something a prime-time spotlight on Carson Wentz and the Birds.

I know a lot of people enjoy this kind of national prominence.

I hate it.

And this year there is a new reason for me to dislike the Eagles' latest foray onto the national stage.

First, in case you haven't noticed, these games wreak havoc with deadlines. They usually are wrapping up just as our nightly deadline looms.

Second, and for me this is especially painful to admit, the truth is my days of watching prime time football have been over for quite awhile. My best hope tonight is to catch maybe a quarter of the action before I slide off into that coma that awaits me most nights.

I work a very early schedule, something that is not conducive to late night football, or any other kind of TV event.

A lifetime ago, back when I was a proud Eagles season ticket holder and loyal resident of the 700 Level at The Vet, I once remember going straight to work after a Monday night game. Suffice it to say those days are over.

Finally, there is another reason for me to be turned off by tonight's game.

Given that the national spotlight will fall on Soldier Field as the Birds prepare to play the Bears, of course that means what has become the calling card of the NFL this year.

Some Eagles are planning some kind of demonstration before the game during the playing of the National Anthem.

It's been in vogue to do this kind of thing ever since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the Star Spangled Banner in the preseason. Now he's taking to kneeling, often joined by other players.

Apparently the Eagles will join the list of those making a statement tonight.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins has said the team is planning to do something. Coach Doug Pederson supports the effort and says he may even join in if the entire team is involved.

I have no problem with it. That is entirely within their rights of freedom of speech and expression.

But I don't need to be bombarded the entire pregame about it, nor treated to photos and video of the players sitting, kneeling, holding hands or anything else.

I come to these games to escape life's other struggles, not be engulfed in them.

If that makes me short-sighted, or if you want to say I am turning a blind eye to the problems of society. There are not shortage of avenues to get your point across.

Players have decided to make a point. Fine. Knock yourselves out.

Just one note of caution.

As any Philly fan will tell you, that plays a lot better when you win.

If the Eagles falter, they will get torched for that and any type of protest they take part in. But if they win, no one will care about the protest.

One other thing, if they do happen to beat Da Bears, running their record to 2-0, look for Wentz Mania to hit a fever pitch tomorrow, leading the Birds into a cross-state showdown with the 2-0 Steelers. Wentzylvania will reign supreme.

By the way, The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick thinks the Eagles are going to be 2-0 when this games ends, hopefully before midnight.
Categories: Pennsylvania

One last bite out of summer

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-09-19 06:32
There's no longer any way to avoid it.

We say farewell to summer this week.

Actually, I've already bid adieu to my favorite time of the year. It's a mindset that comes over me as soon as we hit Labor Day weekend. I suddenly notice that I can barely make it home before it gets dark.

Officially, we exit summer on Thursday.

But before we go, I decided to use my Monday print column to revisit something I brought up here in the blog last week.

It is my belief that every town no doubt had a very special summer place, the local swim club.

For anyone who grew up in Oxford, Pa., there was no doubt.

Heaven in the summer had a name.

It was called Bicknell's Pool.

You can read my column here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A tale of two school districts

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-09-19 06:12
I could not help but be fascinated by the juxtaposition of two local school districts last week.

In fact, I decided to write an editorial based on the "tale of two school districts."

That would be William Penn here in Delco, and Lower Merion.

The folks at William Penn were part of a rally before they and other plaintiffs got a chance to make their argument that Pennsylvania's system of funding public education was unconstitutional, creating a patently unfair, unlevel playing field in which a lot of kids in struggling districts such as William Penn are penalized for no other reason than their zip code.

How stark is the difference between the two districts? Just a few miles away, Lower Merion School Board members were meeting the public for the first time since they were excoriate by a Montgomery County judge who agreed with local lawyer Arthur Wolk, who sued the district, saying they basically had been cooking the books and being dishonest in seeking tax hikes for years when they actually were amassing large surpluses.

Obviously, the school board members don't see it that way, and they took their argument to the public. Many members of the public actually agree with the board, saying they are willing to pay the extra taxes to keep the level of education in Lower Merion at the standard to which they have become accustomed.

Sadly, the folks in William Penn don't have that choice.

I can admit to having a soft spot in my heart for everyone in William Penn, from school board members, to educators, to students and families. There is no nothing fair about what is happening to them.

I hope they get a chance to prove it in court.

You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Premier Concert Organist Alan Morrison performs at Trinity Berwyn

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-09-19 00:03
Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn celebrates the 100th anniversary of its pipe organ with a concert by Alan Morrison
Categories: Lower Merion

Bargain Hunt: Foreclosures Listed for Sale Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-09-18 21:38
Foreclosures listed for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood could provide opportunities to move into a home you couldn’t afford otherwise...
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-09-18 21:32
What's going on? Check the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch calendar for what's happening in town.
Categories: Lower Merion

Welcome A Pet To You Ardmore Home This Fall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-09-18 11:00
The Francisvale Home for Small Animals has big dogs, small dogs, tabby cats, tuxedo cats and more that are in need of homes.
Categories: Lower Merion

Open Houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-09-17 21:10
Take a look at the open houses in and near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

before crebilly gets developed westtown, let’s talk traffic

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-09-17 12:28

Imagine all of this if 350 or whatever the exact number of houses get approved and built on Crebilly in Westtown. Of course it also makes you realize that Chester County Planning is somewhat asleep at the wheel when it comes to regional planning and so called “smart growth” doesn’t it?

What is so smart about this? Seems pretty dumb to me. I realize I am but a mere mortal and a female, but that is what I think.

Anyway, Westtown apparently has a Supervisors’ Meeting September 19. People should start asking them about things like traffic….just saying…..

Near / at 926 Picture of rt 202 traffic 5:30 pm

202 again

Backup along Crebilly at new street heading toward 926 Actually blocks the entrance to the farm and Robinson’s house

Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Music Hall Holding Bluegrass Ticket Contest

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-09-17 10:51
Winner wins two tickets to five upcoming bluegrass shows at Ardmore Music Hall.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2016-09-17 05:45
Welcome to Wentzylvania.

Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Thought so.

There's a new kid in town. Sure, I know it was only one game, and it was against the Cleveland Browns, but it's hard not to be impressed by the debut of Carson Wentz.

All he did was go 22 of 37 for 278 yards and two TDs in leading the Eagles over the lowly Browns. Yes, that would be the same Browns team who decided he was not worth taking with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Ouch!

But it wasn't just the numbers. Wentz seems like a leader, a guy who walks onto the field and takes command. He made all the throws; both of his touchdowns were perfect touch passes dropped in over the outside shoulder of receivers in a spot where only they could catch them. That's one of the reasons for the other number that stood out in his Sunday body of work. Zero. That would be zero interceptions. That's not supposed to happen with a rookie QB making his NFL debut.

Now he gets to show off on a national stage, with a prime time date in Chicago vs. the Bears on Monday Night Football. The Bears certainly will be a tougher test than the dreadful Browns, but they aren't the Monsters of the Midway. They looked less than stellar in dropping their opener to the Titans last week.

I don't expect Mr. Wentz to be as good as he was last week. I'm thinking he won't have to be. I see the Eagles defense rattling Jay Cutler into another rough night, coming up with some key turnovers and shortening the field for Wentz and his offensive mates.

Last week I said the Eagles would beat the Browns, but not necessarily because of Wentz. I was wrong. I should have waited a week. Look for the Eagles' defense to be the stars of Monday night, and for Wentz and the offense to do enough to pick up another win.

One thing that got lost in the all the hoopla was the solid performance of rookie head coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles looked well-coached and prepared on both sides of the ball. There were no silly penalties, no mangled time management. Wentz calmly leading the Eagles into field goal position in a two-minute drill at the end of the first half was an eye opener.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 24, Bears 16. Doug Pederson remains perfect. Wentz turns in another solid performance. More than anything, he doesn't get his team beat. If he's lights out again, this time on a national stage, get ready for some serious Wentz mania, if we're not there already.

Last Week: It's a good start. I liked the Birds a lot and they did not disappoint. I also was impressed with Doug Pederson and his staff. The ante gets upped a bit this week and they will be under a prime-time microscope. Don't look now but Pederson has now won all five games he's coached the Birds. In terms of the regular season, we're both sitting at 1-0.

Game by Game: Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13).
Categories: Pennsylvania

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-16 21:56
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
Categories: Lower Merion

Bargain Hunt: Foreclosures Listed for Sale Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-16 21:18
Foreclosures listed for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood could provide opportunities to move into a home you couldn’t afford otherwise...
Categories: Lower Merion