Feed aggregator

Lower Merion planners to discuss new Bala Cynwyd apartments plan today

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-07-28 08:24
A plan for a large new apartment building, the second to come forward since commercial properties on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd were rezoned two years ago, will be up for review today in Lower Merion Township.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, July 28

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:58
The Daily Numbers: 5, age of child killed when gunfire erupted outside an apartment in Ridley Township late Saturday.

1 other person, the boy’s mother, in critical condition with gunshot wound.

26, age of the boy’s father, who police say turned gun on himself after fleeing scene and leading police on chase.

11 shell casings from Ruger 9 mm

10th birthday, when Noah Lamey of Norwood got a heart transplant. Nice gift.

1st and 3rd-degree murder charges formally filed against Richard Plotts, suspect in Fitz shooting.

3 men busted on drug charges inside Upper Darby apartment.

2 men being questioned in carjacking and crash that took the lives of 3 children in Philly.

110,000 dollar reward in the case.

5 people shot, 1 fatally, in North Philly early this morning.

5 people in 1 family shot dead in Maine.

20, age of man killed when lightning struck a beach in Venice, Calif.

20 people hit by the bolt.

4-2 win for the Phils over the D-Backs.

2 minutes, 55 seconds, how long the review took that ruled Ryan Howard safe at the plate because the catcher was blocking his path.

4 hits over 7 innings in a good outing for Phils starter Roberto Hernandez.

25th save in 28 chance for Jonathan Papelbon

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

Ryan Howard had to be kidding, right? Anyone want to trade places with the first baseman?

I Don’t Get It: The county had barely stopped reeling from gun violence at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital when gunfire erupted in Ridley. A 5-year-old boy was killed.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who rallied around young Noah Lamey of Norwood. He got a new heart in a transplant on his 10th birthday. Nice gift.

Quote Box: “We never thought this would happen.”

- Daneesha Hill, sister of Ridley shooting victim Shyema Washington.
Categories: Pennsylvania

One gun incident after another

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:08
The county was still reeling from the gun violence that rang out at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital when it happened again. This time police say a domestic incident in Ridley spun out of control.

A man opened fire outside an apartment, killing his 5-year-old son and critically injuring his estranged girlfriend.

The man then fled the scene and led police on chase. He eventually turned the gun on himself, taking his own life.

We used our editorial page today to talk about gun violence, and how to keep guns out of the hands of people who clearly should not possess them.

But that would not have stopped the tragedy that unfolded in Ridley late Saturday night.

Police say Tyrell Styles legally owned the Ruger 9 mm he used to snuff out the life of his son.

So what is the answer? I don't know. All I know is that we have a problem in this country with guns. And it's time we did something about it, preferably before the next incident occurs.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The White House and a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:53
I used my print column today to talk about something that has been bothering me for awhile.

I think we have lost respect for the office of the president.

I say that not because I always agree with President Barack Obama. I don't.

I also am fully aware of the treatment that President George W. Bush received for eight years.

This is different. And I think you know what I mean.
Categories: Pennsylvania

I hope Ryan Howard was kidding

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:36
Ryan Howard had a bad week, if there can be such a thing when you're a professional baseball player.

The Phillies slugger, in the midst of a woeful slump, found himself in an unfamiliar position this week, on the bench.

Manager Ryne Sandberg gave his cleanup hitter a spot on the pine three straight days, including a game in which the opponent on the mound was Tim Hudson, a right-hander Howard has tortured over his career.

Yesterday, Howard was back in the No. 4 spot and served notice early on that he was back. He hit one of his trademark towering homers to left-center to give the Phils a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Later he was involved in a key play in which he appeared to be dead at the plate attempting to score when D-Backs second baseman Didi Gregorius butchered a pop fly. Howard was out by a good 15 feet. However, after being tagged out, Howard motioned that Arizona catcher Miguel Montero.

The go-ahead run held up as the Phils hung on for a 4-2 win.

After the game, Howard was asked about his week.

"Want to trade places?" Howard quickly responded. "Want to see what it's like? No, you don't."

I couldn't see a smile, but I am hoping Howard was kidding.

Howard gets paid a ridiculous amount of money to play baseball. I don't begrudge him one penny of it. Any time someone asks me how professional athletes can be paid so much, I always answer the same way: Because they can.

That's the way the system works. No one forced the Phillies to lavish Howard with that outlandish contract extension that now hangs around the franchise's neck like a millstone.

Also remember this, nobody walks away from money?

Remember when Reggie White said God told him to play in Green Bay? Yeah, right, that and a boatload of cash.

I will never boo or badmouth Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins or Cole Hamels. Do you know why? Because they did something very few pro athletes in this town have done. They gave us a parade.

That said, Howard needs a reality check.

Would I trade places? In a heartbeat.
Categories: Pennsylvania

farmhouse on west chester pike in east goshen

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-07-27 14:56

I thought this house was being saved, so I guess it will look worse before it looks better? But never fear, the apartment sign is completely landscaped…..

Categories: Pennsylvania

are you thankful?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-07-26 14:42


What is the thought process behind being thankful?

Are you thankful?  Why are you thankful?

I saw this quote the other day about happiness and being thankful. It is above, super-imposed over one of my photos.  It got me to thinking. (Yes, advanced warning this post is a flowing stream of consciousness.)  How is it we are thankful (and happy) and why?

Being thankful for what you have can be paid forward quite simply.  Human kindness, for example.

At fifty, have I lived a perfect life? No, but seriously, who here is without flaws on this planet? Life is a giant learning curve and we learn from our experiences good and bad, right?

I am thankful for my life, especially because it could have ended up so differently than it is now.  I got through the ending of an unfortunate relationship (and that is putting it kindly), survived breast cancer, and found the love and life I deserve.

If God and fate hadn’t done a literal lift-out for me a few years ago, I would have been quite literally stuck in a life that would have become rather unpleasant and devoid of love and affection. So I am honestly and truly thankful.

I have discovered that truly unhappy people are quite often very angry people.  They have a limited sense of personal accountability and are hyper-critical of everything and everyone around them.  The ex-factor and one of his sisters are prime examples.  I am truly sorry they aren’t happy, but their continued fascination with my life is well, psychologically interesting while also being creepy and pointless. It’s like they live on their own planet.

Obsessing over me is not only bizarre, but how can they waste so much negative energy? It’s just not healthy and well, life is short and they need to be responsible for their own happiness.   It has been almost five years, so why bother? Who cares? I sure don’t.

Will I reference things that occurred during a relationship that spanned nigh on a decade? Sure, it is part of my life experience. I write about all sorts of life experience and other relationships.  But why am I responsible for their happiness and/or misery of other people not part of my world? The answer is I am not, but  I have accepted they will probably never move on. However, that is their stuck, not mine.

People who are oddly warped like this make me really think about what it is to actually be thankful and happy.  I see what my life could have been and what it is now.  I have someone who loves me and shares their life with me and are committed to our family.  That is a far cry from being with someone who expected commitment but not only couldn’t really share their live, in the end even commit to a cell phone plan.

I am not the only person male or female my age (or younger or older) who has going through good and bad relationships. It’s life.  But for some reason, the simple act of being thankful and happy just drives some people cuckoo. Probably because they aren’t either thankful or happy.

The thing about being truly thankful is acknowledging what it took to reach the path of happy.  As human beings we are a work in progress, but to be able to roll with life’s punches and blessings is an acquired talent.  For me, for that light bulb to go off truly, it took having breast cancer. Having to face your own personal sense of mortality shows you what your true mettle is. It also made me dig deep and look at what I wanted out of the rest of my life and the type of people I wanted to surround myself with.

A dear friend from high school asked us her friends, something interesting today:

 “If you were on of 10 people still alive on the planet, how would you live differently?

Would you still wear make up, get dressed up in fancy clothes, put nice things in your home?

In other words, do you do the things you do now to make yourself happy or others happy?


It might seem overly esoteric and philosophical to some, but you know, I get it.  So what would you do? I would continue to  do everything possible to make myself and my loved ones happy.  I would be thrilled to give up make-up for the most part.

Another quote I read made me think:

 “Life isn’t all about the happy times we have.  It’s about living through all the challenges life has given us, and all we have ever been through.”

And then there was this cool thing I found on the Tiny Buddha website:

Why the Grass is Never Greener and How to Be Happy Today


“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” ~Unknown

Lifestyle. Opportunities. Wealth. Just think how far we’ve come in the past 100 years—especially when you look at what we have today compared with our great grandmothers’ generation.

My great grandmother married very young, lived in the same place her whole life, and had 11 children. She never had a “career” and never got a chance to go on a vacation. Her life was hard, poor, and lacking in any real opportunity.

I wonder if she ever dreamed about moving to another city, or transforming her life, or about seeing the world with just a backpack. I bet she did, but back then there weren’t as many opportunities as we have today…..But when there is a wealth of opportunities, choices, and places where we could choose to live, you’d think we’d all be happy, right? Wrong.

…..We can’t settle on what we already have or be satisfied with what we’ve got because we’ll always be wondering about the next big thing.

It’s called “the grass is always greener” syndrome. We think someone else is having a better time elsewhere. We make ourselves miserable by constantly thinking about the unknown in an endless quest to find happiness.

We lie awake at night torturing ourselves over what we should do next, wondering if we’re missing out on something big. We feel we’re wasting our lives if we’re not doing something more important.

There’s also this sense of time pressure, particularly with my generation who had the saying “The World is your Oyster” drilled into us from a young age.

This means there can be a sense of urgency, because we feel like we’re running out of time and should be doing something greater or somehow we’ll fail.

We also think we’re special and that our lives are destined to be adventurous, thrilling, and hugely successful. And when they’re not turning out that way? We become depressed. We want more. We get “grass is greener” syndrome.

….Focusing on things we don’t have is a recipe for disaster. It only leads to a miserable existence and causes us to forget what’s most important—and that’s what’s happening right now.

As John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And that’s certainly true……Mindfulness helps you to appreciate life as it happens. It stops us from agonizing over what might’ve been or what could be. It just brings us back to the present.….But whenever you feel yourself losing focus and wondering about where you’ll be happy next, bring yourself back to the present, look at what you already have, look around you and enjoy the moments that are happening right now.….Happiness is a state of mind.

Out of the mouths of others, but oh so true.

Life is an evolution. Part of that evolution is how we grow, how we love, how we appreciate life, and a sense of spirituality.

Thanks for joining me on my random flowing stream of consciousness.

Enjoy your weekend and be happy!

Categories: Pennsylvania

christmas in july barn sale!

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:33

It’s Christmas in July! The Smithfield Barn is open tomorrow Saturday, July 26, 10 am to 4 pm! 425 Little Conestoga Road in Downingtown!

This is a barn clearing sale loaded with furniture, vintage china, vintage linens, tons of vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage fishing rods, tools, you name it it is there !

Cash and carry works best!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Merck Cutting 600 Jobs in Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:43
A Merck spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the layoffs involve sales reps who work throughout the country.
Categories: Lower Merion

3 juveniles in police custody following alleged armed robbery at Haverford College Duck Pond

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:37
Three juveniles are in Lower Merion police custody after the alleged armed robbery of a man near the Duck Pond at Haverford College.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for July 25, 2014 - "The Pro-Life Democrat Paradox"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:15
The Daily Salvo for July 25, 2014 - "The Pro-Life Democrat Paradox"
The term "pro-life Democrat" is a self-serving oxymoron used by millions of self-righteous American voters who are aiding and abetting a culture of death. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

It's (Un)Official: Pope Likely Coming to Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:14
The World Meeting of Families, which promotes traditional Catholic family values, is set for Sept. 22 to 27, 2015, in Philadelphia.
Categories: Lower Merion

VIDEO: Jersey Shore Beach Conditions And Traffic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 14:25
Click below to find your way to Jersey Shore destinations, following the congested routes from the Driscoll Bridge to Ocean City. Or click on the camera links to see if the storm will have an impact on the resort area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Et Tu, Senators Wagner, Eichelberger and Folmer: $27 BBILLION New Debt Authorized in 3 Acts

The Liberty Blog - Fri, 2014-07-25 14:22

 Et tu, Senators Wagner, Eichelberger and Folmer? Republican Senate UNANIMOUSLY voted YEA to authorizing $27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing. ? These three borrowing Acts are not good news for the taxpayer: they authorize $27,451,323,000 that is about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars in new borrowing.  Debt is deferred Taxation. The Forgotten Taxpayer is disheartened and afraid.

Debt is deferred taxation. More debt means higher taxes in the future.

Tom Corbett signed into law three bills that increased Pennsylvania Debt by 27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars)

Republican leadership in House and Senate, voting like Democrats, are complicit enablers in increasing authorization of the debt burden imposed on Pennsylvania taxpayers.

    $27,451,323,000 , (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing

Act 127 of 2014 authorizes $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt

Act 129 of 2014 authorizes $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt

Act 128 of 2014 authorizes $1,781,373,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Budget.

House Republican Leadership, including Mike Turzai, and Senate Republican Leadership and EVERY SENATOR voted YEA to authorizing $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing. These three borrowing Acts are not good news for the taxpayer: they authorize $27,451,323,000 that is about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars in new borrowing.  Debt is deferred Taxation. The Forgotten Taxpayer is disheartened and afraid. Republicans voted with Democrats to increase debt. How are we to believe the sound and fury of Mike Turzai when he, and Republican leadership, voted to authorize $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing?


  Who will take the lead?

“Debt payments from the General Fund Budget exceed $1 billion per year; nearly triple what it was 12 years ago.” Republicans voted with Democrats to increase debt. How are we to believe the sound and fury of Mike Turzai when he, and Republican leadership, voted to authorize $27,451,323,000, (about $27 and ½ Bbillion dollars) in new borrowing?  Commonwealth Foundation 23 July 2014 House Majority Leader Moves to Reduce Debt Burden  ??? This seems odd in light of Majority Leader Turzai’s led the Republican House to vote to authorize $27,451,323,000  new debt. Republican leadership is not leading in reducing Pennsylvania debt even though they are well aware of the problem. Why Not? Who are they afraid of?


     Why is the General Assembly authorizing more debt as Pennsylvania’s municipal bond rating is lowered?

Moody’s Investors Services downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

Downgrade Detrimental to Taxpayers JULY 22, 2014  Bob Dick and Nate Benefield

Increasing Debt on Millennials does not seem the way to influence voters to support you. Consider this. The Electorate is diverse and complicated but Millennials don’t want to be, and cannot be, dependent on parents forever. It is humiliating and debilitating not to have a productive job and not to be compensated for your efforts to contribute to society

How Republicans Can Win Millennial Voters   More Debt won’t persuade them.



        Liberty Index 2014 Three Debt Votes

 A YEA vote is a vote against economic LIBERTY and against The Forgotten Taxpayer.

Act 127 of 2014 HB 2244 “A Supplement to the act of December 8, 1982 known as the Highway-Railroad and Highway Bridge Capital Budget Act for 1982-1983, itemizing additional State and local bridge projects.“

Fiscal Note Act 127 of 2014 Senate Appropriations Committee: $6,515,565,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 127 of 2014 2 July 200 YEA to authorize more debt 2 NAY and 1 LVE


Act 129 of 2014 SB 1344 “ An Act providing for the highway capital budget project itemization for the fiscal year 2014-2015 to be financed from current revenue or by the incurring of debt “

 Fiscal Note Act 129 of 2014  House Committee on Appropriations: $19,154,285,000 Road and Bridge Debt Authorized

House vote Act 129 of 2014 2 July 202 YEA to authorize more debt 1 LVE


Does this mean than money from the Gas and Fuel Tax, Act 89 of 2013 which, if I read the Fiscal Note from the House Committee on Appropriations taxes and spends $7,307,000,000 to $7,584,000,000 over five years. See page 9 chart of Fiscal NoteAct89 of 2013  of the House Committee on Appropriations

The money raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax can be used to borrow money and, in effect, leverage gas and fuel taxes to generate more spending and debt. Debt is deferred taxation so that, in effect, Act 89 of 2013 will cost even more than the Act 89 of 2013 would indicate. Do I understand this all correctly?

Further, given the $7.3 to $7.5 Bbillion raised by Act 89 of 2013 gas and fuel tax was to fix the crumbling roads and bridges falling down, why is Capital spending and capital borrowing needed?


Separately:   Capital Budget RACP authorizing debt for Capital Projects


If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 was incurred and bonds were sold at an interest rate of 3,25% the total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years

Act 128 of 2014 HB 2355  Fiscal Note Act 128 of2014  Committee on Appropriations $1,781, 373,000,000 Debt Authorized

“Act providing for the capital budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015; itemizing redevelopment assistance capital projects to be constructed or acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development, together with their estimated financial costs; authorizing the incurring of debt without the approval of the electors for the purpose of financing the projects to be constructed, acquired or assisted by the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making appropriations.”

House Vote Act 128 of 2014 2 July 2014  172 voted YEA to authorize more debt; 27 voted NAY to authorizing  and 2 were LVE

9 Democrats voted NAY 18 Republicans  voted NAY

For list of Capital Budget submissions and grants, see Governor’s Department of Budget Office Redeve Redevelopment Assistance Capital Budget

Categories: Pennsylvania

Police: Armed Robbery on Lancaster Ave.

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 13:30
Three men have been taken into custody, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Parents Charged After Daughters Killed by Falling Dresser

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:55
The coroner said that if their father had checked on them immediately after the dresser fell, the girls probably would have survived.
Categories: Lower Merion

Federal Court's Obamacare Ruling Could Cost You

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:23
If a federal court ruling is upheld on appeal, it could increase in insurance premiums for millions.
Categories: Lower Merion

3 juveniles in police custody following alleged armed robbery at Haverford College Duck Pond

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:10
Three juveniles are in Lower Merion police custody after the alleged armed robbery of a man near the Duck Pond at Haverford College.
Categories: Lower Merion

Anderson Avenue to close for emergency PECO work

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:39
Anderson Avenue in Ardmore will be closed at various times today between Montgomery and Lancaster avenues for emergency PECO repair starting at 10 a.m. today until further notice please avoid the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lawsuit Seeks to Close Wildwood Beach Where Pa. Man Drowned

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:18
A Montgomery County woman whose husband died after walking in ankle deep water at the Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood has filed a suit in state Superior Court.
Categories: Lower Merion