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Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:06

Ahh yes when one thinks of Halloween naturally one thinks of Christmas. Think of it as Christmas in October!

Thank you Giant, all we are missing is the Easter bunny!

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Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-10-24 12:31

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Havertown man charged with running statewide counterfeit credit card ring

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:24
HARRISBURG – A Haverford man has been charged with running a statewide counterfeit credit card ring, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
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WATCH: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf lays out his plan for state

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:24
Tom Wolf has been leading the polling against Gov. Tom Corbett as the 2014 election gets closer. Today, Wolf will talk about his plan live right here.
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Tickets for Taste of Ardmore Now on Sale

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:49
The sixth annual event is set for Oct. 30.
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Radnor police traffic alert: Villanova HoopsMania

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:17
HoopsMania this Friday Night. 6 p.m. to midnight. This event is the opening of the Villanova Basketball Season for 2015.
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Wynnewood's William Penn Inn listed among endangered historic Philadelphia properties

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:52
The potential loss to development of Wynnewood’s William Penn Inn is sending out ripples beyond Lower Merion Township.
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Find Properties in Foreclosure in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:51
This information comes directly from our partners at Zillow.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 24

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:58
The Daily Numbers: 800 doses of Narcan ready to go into police cars in the county on Nov. 29 when new law goes into effect allowing first responders to deliver the drug to someone experiencing a heroin overdose.

19, age of Main Line teen facing charges in heroin overdose death of a friend.

1st degree murder conviction against a Chester man in the July 2010 shooting of a man outside a city business.

70th anniversary for Media Fellowship.

54, age of Community Service supervisor charged with groping two women assigned to his work detail. He will face trial.

36 years in Haverford schools coming to an end. Superintendent Dr. William Keilbaugh is retiring.

182 students at Upper Darby High School who will get a free ACT test after the first one they took got lost in the mail.

59 and 22, ages of men who now face charges in connection with an incident that led to a lockdown at Malvern Prep High School.

2,000 dollar Tiffany bracelet, what the former top judge in Philly Traffic Court is accused of taking from a businessman. She now faces bribery charges.

52, age of former Philly mob boss Joey Merlino, who has been summoned to court this morning for a hearing to see if he violated his parole agreement.

216 point boost for the stock market yesterday.

3.92 percent average rate for a 30-year mortgage.

33, age of doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola virus.

50 percent hike in earnings reported by Comcast. That comes to a cool $16.8 billion.

2 final football games of the season that have been cancelled at Central Bucks West High School amid reports of hazing.

109-103 loss for the Sixers in their final exhibition game to the Pistons.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Sixers played their final exhibition game last night. Why do I get the feeling their entire season is going to be an exhibition?

I Don’t Get It: Hazing among high school athletes has entered an entire new area.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who gathered last night in Upper Chi to remember those lost to heroin and opioid addiction.

Quote Box: “This is not a club we wanted to join.”

- Tricia Stouch, at last night’s vigil for to remember those who died of addiction.
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Tranquil Conditions Return to Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:33
Beautiful weather is back just in time for the weekend.
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'Live From the Newsroom' talks some serious politics

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:19
It looks like I might have to go down with the ship alone.

The Tom Corbett ship, that is.

I was one of the very few people in this state who has gone on the record as saying that Tom Corbett would be re-elected. I did that in part because Pennsylvania has never - never - voted out an incumbent governor.

Instead we usually flip-flop parties every eight years. In other words, eight years with a Democrat, followed by eight years of a Republican in the governor's mansion.

But judging by the conversation on last night's 'Live From the Newsroom' show, that may be about to change.

During our monthly visit to the sparkling new TV production facilities at Widener University, Corbett is in serious trouble.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

I started out by noting that Corbett has been paring what once was an overwhelming lead in the polls for Democrat Tom Wolf. But neither of my guests, Widener political science professor Wes Leckrone, nor columnist Chris Freind believes Corbett is going to win.

We also discussed what is likely the second most high-profile race in the state. That would be the battle for the open state Senate seat in the 26th District, where Republican Tom McGarrigle and Democrat John Kane are doing battle. It's going to set a record for being maybe the most expensive state Senate race in Pennsylvania history. And it's gotten increasingly nasty.

This one looks like it could go down to the wire. Although Democrats are widening their newfound registration edge in the county, the GOP still has more voters in the 26th District. This one likely will go down to the wire.
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Wake up the echoes: Hazing claims another high school football season

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-10-24 05:48
The football season is over at Central Bucks West High School.

In a stunning move Thursday, the school superintendent scrapped the final two games of the season, citing reports of hazing during pre-season rituals. Kids apparently were forced to go into the showers with a towel draped over their face. They are referring to this as something akin to waterboarding. Crotches were grabbed.

While the shock waves roll over the CBW community, they are no doubt also being felt across the region.

This is now the second incident of hazing that has stopped a high school football team in its tracks. The first was Sayreville in North Jersey, which also saw its season wind up on the ash heap after reports hazing. Five coaches were suspended and criminal charges are pending against seven players.

I imagine there are a lot of nervous players and coaches across the Delaware Valley today.

In other words, my guess is that things have not changed a lot in the more than 40 years since I last donned a football uniform.

Yes, we were knuckleheads. We did a lot of dumb things.

Before the season, we would go away for a week for "summer camp." Hell might have been a better description. We practiced four times a day.

I have no idea where we got the energy, but after dark we still managed to get in more than our share of hijinks. I would guess those would include something that today might be described as hazing, including invading the cabin of a group of younger players and generally raising hell.

In that week, a special bond was created among the young men who played on those teams.

I'd be willing to bet that has not changed in the decades since either.

I always tell people that I learned almost as much playing on a high school football team - even for someone who barely weighed 110 pounds soaking wet - as I did in many classrooms.

You learned about adversity, how to get along with people of different backgrounds, and maybe most importantly, how to bond, unite behind a common goal. The bonds that formed during those weeks at summer camp remain today.

We weren't very good. We went 0-10 my senior year. I was the quarterback. That sort of explains what kind of team we had. I got hurt in both my junior and senior years. In my junior year I blew out my shoulder and spent a night in the hospital in Coatesville. I returned my senior year only to break my collarbone in week four. So I'm only responsible for four of those 10 losses.

I feel today for the kids at Central Bucks West. As an adult, I don't condone what they did. But I can certainly imagine how it happened.

Should the coaches have intervened? If they knew, absolutely. But coaches aren't everywhere.

This kind of thing is not new. How we react to it is.

The football fields at Central Bucks West will be quiet today. Eerily quiet.

But the message sent could not be louder.

It's being heard in every locker room, and every practice field, across the Delaware Valley.

It's even heard in 40 year-old memories of another time.
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after the fire

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-23 19:40

I was sent these photos today.

Earlier this week there was a horrible fire in West Vincent on Buttonwood Lane.

It’s truly a miracle no one was killed.

However, have to ask if this home being located near the end of a small road or lane that was originally built as a private cul-de-sac, and later adopted by West Vincent as a public road, did the narrow cartway and 10 ton bridge hamper efforts of emergency responders? Were fire trucks even able to go over the bridge?

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Middle East crisis topic of talk at Haverford School

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 17:23
After Ebola, the second-most mentioned – and frightening – word in newscasts in recent weeks has been the acronym ISIS.
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SEPTA Introduces Smart-Pay System, But Regional Rail Use Likely Years Away

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:04
The system, which will allow transit users to pay with a smartphone, likely won’t be available to Regional Rail riders until at least 2016.
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Lower Merion police catch suspect in string of thefts

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:00
A Philadelphia man is behind bars this week after police say he was arrested attempting to enter a home in the Bala Cynwyd section of the township. But as a follow up to the man’s arrest, police say he was behind a string of thefts from cars as he cut a path of entering unlocked cars in Merion and Bala Cynwyd.
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Lower Merion school officials seeking public comment on strategic plan

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:56
Lower Merion School District officials announced this week that the latest version of its next strategic plan is now posted on its website at www.lmsd.org and they are asking for public feedback.
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Lower Merion scholarship fund has helped 4,000 students over the last half century

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:44
For the past 50 years, the Lower Merion Scholarship fund has been helping Lower Merion and Harriton students attain their college goals. The board that oversees the fund recently marked the half-century achievement with a celebration last week at Evviva Restaurant in Narberth.
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Middle East crisis topic of talk at Haverford School

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:44
After Ebola, the second-most mentioned – and frightening – word in newscasts in recent weeks has been the acronym ISIS.
Categories: Lower Merion

WATCH: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf lays out his plan for state

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:44
Tom Wolf has been leading the polling against Gov. Tom Corbett as the 2014 election gets closer. Today, Wolf will talk about his plan live right here.
Categories: Lower Merion