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What very well could be the most important economic story in Delaware County - if not the region - just took a huge step forward. The state Department of Environmental Protection gave the green light for Sunoco Logistics to being construction on their massive Mariner East 2 pipeline plans. The company will build a pipeline that will span the state, from the border with West Virginia and spanning the width of the state, ending with the final 11.7 miles across western Delaware County. The new pipeline will transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of byproducts from the state's Marcellus Shale regions, ethane, butane and propane.Its final destination will be the iconic former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, which the company is converting into what many hope will be the energy hub for the entire Northeast. The material will be stored at the site, then loaded onto ships for delivery to both domestic and international customers.Sunoco Logistics already has more than 200 workers at the site, with the promise of more, along with a couple thousand construction workers. The economic importance of the project cannot be understated. Maybe that's why business and political leaders were doing cartwheels late yesterday afternoon when word came in that DEP had signed off on the plan.Not nearly as enthused, as you might expect, are the opponents of the plan, including the grassroots organization Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, which issued a statement last night expressing disappointment with state approval and what they claim is a lack of opportunity for public comment on the project. They have voiced concerns for property values and safety. They are especially outraged that the path of the new pipeline will take it within a few hundred feet of the Glenwood Elementary School in Middletown.There is a key phrase noted in the DEP announcement of their ruling. They vowed to hold Sunoco Logistics accountable for the pipeline operation and safety.My guess is that citizens will be doing the same.You can read our story on the DEP ruling here.
Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland is looking for a 'spiritual state of emergency' in the wake of a serious uptick in gun violence on city streets and a string of homicides. The mayor held a press conference yesterday to offer some initial solutions to the crime wave afflicting the city, including doubling the reward posted for information in several of the still-unsolved homicides.At last Thursday's City Council meeting, the mayor and other city officials got an earful from residents who want action against violence now, including a bigger police presence on city streets.Later this week Kirkland will meet with law enforcement officials from across the county to formulate plans to attack crime in the city, and then later in the day will hold a town hall meeting for residents.You can get all the details on yesterday's press conference here.
It's become the silent murmur of many in law enforcement as they wage a daily battle in the war on heroin. Yes, they like the idea of being able to revive overdose victims with the miracle drug Naloxone, at times literally bringing a victim back to life from death's door.But many police and first responders show frustration and ask a pretty simple question in the wake of such heroics: What happens next. Too often, without much needed treatment, addicts simply revert to the same behaviors that put them in peril in the first place. That's why something that happened last week is so important.You might call it the next "steps" in the war on heroin.We hail the arrival of the First Steps Treatment Center, a 52-bed facility located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.You can read about this crucial push in the war on opioid abuse on today's editorial page.
All proceeds from the night's event will go to the Y's annual fundraising campaign.
The ride-sharing company just made it easier to get your favorite Main Line foods.
With city teachers working without a contact for years, the billboard wants to shame district and city officials until an agreement is made.
"This can only be treated if more Americans step away from the social media memes and regain some control by getting involved in policy."
Church and Darby Paoli roads are closed due to trees on wires.
The road was scheduled to be closed today but high winds led the township to postpone the tree removal work.
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The Daily Numbers: 46.7 acres off West Chester Pike in Newtown, home to the Olde Masters golf course and driving range that is being targeted for development. The course is expected to survive, at least for now. 8 3-story buildings with condos and apartments eyed for the site.44 units in each building.3 story multi-use building also planned on the site.11 a.m. presser in Chester at which Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will talk about a spike in gun violence in the city.35 mph wind gusts that will hit area today.25 dollar fee per residents for towns that rely on state police, what Gov. Tom Wolf wants. 87, age of retail giant Al Boscov, who died Friday.2 more feet of snow possible in New England today, after they got hit with 19 inches in last Thursday’s storm.5 Grammys for Adele.2 Grammys for Beyonce Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Phillies pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater this morning. Aaaaahhhhhhhhh! I Don’t Get It: They are upping the ante in Chester violence. Police responded to report of shooting involving an AK-47 over the weekend. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Rep. Pat Meehan, who sat down with several constituents to talk about his position on the Affordable Care Act. Now if only Sen. Pat Toomey would do likewise. Quote Box: “In my mind, we won’t be going anywhere for the next two-three years.”- Bruce Thatcher, vice president at Olde Masters Golf Club.
We expect to hear today from Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland on the spike in violence that is afflicting the city. Good idea. A police radio report over the weekend noted a report of shots fired on the 100 block of 22nd Street, with an advisory that an AK-47 was used.That was preceded by another shooting report just a few blocks away.Kirkland is expected to be joined by Police Commissioner Otis Blair and their police leadership team to detail how the department plans to attack the problems.Kirkland will follow today's session with two roundtable discussions on Thursday to discuss violence in the city. The first will be closed to the public, and will include local, county and state law enforcement officials. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan is expected to attend. Then a second discussion for the public will be held at 6 p.m in the Community Room of Chester City Hall. The session will be open to all residents of the city and other community stakeholders. City officials indicate they want to use that session to convey to the public what was discussed at the earlier meeting, and also as a platform for resident to air their specific concerns related to crime in Chester. There have been seven homicides recorded in Delaware County so far in 2017. All seven have occurred in Chester. We'll be there to tell you what the mayor has to say.
I spend a lot of time in this job wondering about the image we present to our readers every day. I know many of you will be snickering uncontrollably when you read that. You are convinced we do no such thing, that we simply take every opportunity to sensationalize stories in an effort to sell newspapers.Here's something that may surprise you. There is an element of truth in that. Look, I am in the business of selling newspapers, among other things. I want to sell as many as I can every day, along with attracting as many eyeballs to our website as we can.It's part of what we do every day. It's why TV stations go insane every time we are looking at a dusting of snow and instead predicting Armageddon.But there is a danger in that. I know it as well as anyone.The danger is in presenting a skewed image of the communities we live and work in every day.I'm very cognizant of how easy it is to offer an image that doesn't really reflect the reality of the situation.Take, for instance, the recent arrest of a student on the grounds of Upper Darby High School with a loaded handgun.I knew as soon as I heard about it, that it was going to be a big story, one that no doubt would play on our front page.But I also knew it again carried with it the danger of overlooking several other aspects of the story, namely that it unfairly represents the students and staff of Upper Darby High School.I talked about just such difficulties in doing this job both in my blog as well as out editorial page.Our coverage did in fact draw responses from the community, including one I had not expected.I talk about it a bit more in today's Letter From the Editor.
Batten down the hatches. Or maybe just pull the covers up over your head.That roar you heat outside this morning is not a lonely nocturnal critter wandering your neighborhood. It's the wind. Serious wind. Gusts running up to 35 mph.That means driving this morning is a bit like driving in a grand prix.There is debris everywhere, including tree limbs scattered everywhere. I spent most of my morning zigging and zagging trying to avoid all kinds of debris.If you did not secure your trash cans and they happened to be empty, you might find them down the street. I was taking evasive action all along Baltimore Pike through Media as trash cans were whipped across the Pike.One person on my street actually lost one of those portable basketball hoops, which went down right across the street. Luckily there was still enough room to get by.Winds are expected to gust like this right through the morning before finally tapering off this afternoon.Hey, it could be worse. Up in New England they are expecting another 2 feet of snow today after getting hammered with 18 inches by that storm that left us with just a few inches last week.You can get the full forecast here. There is a high wind watch in effect for the entire region. And if you'd like some musical accompaniment this morning, this oldie but goodie from The Association seems appropriate.