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A salute to Julian Bond from a Lincoln man

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-17 07:16
While I did not get my degree there, I still consider myself a proud alum of Lincoln University.

I spent my first two years of college there after graduating from high school in 1973. I learned a lot of things at Lincoln University, foremost of which was a very small slice of what a minority experience is like.

I had spent my life seeing pretty much what I saw every day in Oxford, Pa. A lot of faces that looked just like mine, almost always being part of a majority.

Then one day I sat down in a classroom at Lincoln University and realized mine was the only face that looked like that.

It's an eye-opening experience, and one I treasure to this day.

I try to treat people every day the way I was treated at Lincoln University.

The Lincoln community - and really the nation - lost an icon on Sunday.

Julian Bond died. He was 75.

Bond went on to national prominence, but I will always remember his ties to our area, Lincoln in particular. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was the school's first black president.

Julian Bond was born in Nashville, Tenn., but he spent his formative years in the Oxford area as his father led the historically black college.

Julian Bond spent much of his life in the struggle for civil rights and equality for all citizens.

In 1971 he formed the Southern Poverty Law Center. He had risen to the national stage in the civil unrest and protests that marked the late '60s. He helped start the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee.

He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, but his colleagues refused to let him take his seat because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.

After prevailing in a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, Bond served in the George House until 1975 and then six terms in the Georgia Senate. He was primarily responsible for carving out a district in U.S. Congress that better reflected its black constituents. It's the seat that has been held so honorably for years by Congressman John Lewis.

His name was put into nomination for vice president at the raucous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Turns out he was too young at the time to accept.

Almost every key civil rights advance in this country has Julian Bond's fingerprints on it. He was elected board chairman of the NAACP in 1998 and served as chairman for 10 years.

Despite rising to national prominence, Bond never forgot his roots, including those sewn at the little school outside Oxford. Bond returned often to speak. He also taught in the region, at both Drexel and Penn.

The nation and region has lost a treasure.

It's one felt just a little more acutely by those of us with a connection to Lincoln University.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A tale of 2 QBs: The arrival of Tebow mania

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-08-17 06:34
The big story of the Eagles preseason opener was the guy who was not in uniform - and the guy who was but may not be come opening day. Of course, Chip Kelly pulled the plug on the debut of Sam Bradford on Friday, saying he would wait a week before taking the wraps off his franchise QB next Saturday night against the Ravens.

That meant all eyes at a sweltering Lincoln Financial Field would be on the Birds' backups. And of course that could mean only one thing.


Tim Tebow actually shares something in common with Sam Bradford. Neither of them played a down of regular season football in the NFL last year.

Bradford shredded the ACL in his left knee in the preseason, the second time he had ripped up his knee. Tebow spent the year out of the NFL, in the broadcast booth working as an analyst on SEC games.

Tebow had to wait his turn in the Eagles QB rotation. He didn't get on the field until the second half, after Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley had staked the Eagles to a comfortable lead en route to an easy 36-10 win.

As the starter, Mark Sanchez reminded everyone why Kelly swapped Nick Foles and a draft pick to the Rams for Bradford, even with those two successive knee injuries.

Sanchez looked erratic, throwing everything high, although that did not stop rookie Nelson Agholor from going up and hauling one in, then zipping down the sideline for a 34-yard TD.

Barkley, who now seems to be locked in a battle with Tebow for the No. 3 QB slot, was effective, going 12-of-20 for a TD and one batted ball that was picked off.

Then, midway through the third quarter, a roar slowly built from the Philly faithful. After a standing ovation, it was Tebow time.

And once again, Tebow showed what could be his most interesting quality, as an option in the red zone. Tebow pulled the ball down and rumbled 7 yards for a TD, diving over the pylon at the finish. Eagles fans have not exactly forgotten that the Birds lost two games last year - vs. the Cardinals and 49ers - because they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone from the 2-yard line. Those two games were part of the reason - along with a late season collapse in which they lost three straight - that the Eagles failed to make the playoffs despite winning 10 games for the second straight year under Kelly.

Tebow ended up with 15 yards rushing on four carries, while completing six of 12 passes. He also was sacked twice.

One person was impressed.

Columnist Jack McCaffery liked what he saw of Tebow.

Now it's on to the Main Event. Bradford - and his twice-reconstructed left knee - will be in the spotlight as the Eagles play Game Two of the preseason vs. the Ravens.

Wonder if he'll get a standing ovation when he jogs onto the field.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Readers React To Viral Breastfeeding Photo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-08-16 12:03
Readers were quick to weigh in on the breastfeeding photo that has everyone talking.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Upskirter,' Cane Beating, Alleged Taco Bell Robber Climbs Out Drive-Thru Window: Pa.'s Top Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-08-16 10:01
A quick glance at the 10 weirdest, strangest, most bizarre, and most disturbing police stories from the past week in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Aladdin, Art Shows, Performance of Carmen: Main Line Events This Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-08-15 16:01
Arts and entertainment round out the list of events happening around the Main Line on Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wow House! Powder Room, Butler's Pantry, Covered Porch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-08-15 13:02
This 5 bed, 5 bath Ardmore home has 4,868 square feet.
Categories: Lower Merion

Viral Breastfeeding Photo/$20M In Cocaine/$9.1B Deal In Wayne/Bomb Squad Trains For Pope

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-08-15 10:03
Catch up on recent news in Eastern Pennsylvania, including strangest police stories and a Good News roundup.
Categories: Lower Merion

UPDATE: SAC files suit claiming One Ardmore Place is 'misappropriation of public funds'

Main Line Times - Sat, 2015-08-15 09:48
There was a feeling of relief among some in Ardmore last week when news broke that litigation, which had stalled redevelopment of the town’s Cricket Avenue Parking Lot, had been resolved. That relief may be short-lived.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mosquito Spraying Announced In Areas With West Nile Virus In Upper Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-14 13:39
Health officials have announced plans for mosquito spraying in areas where cases of West Nile Virus have been found in Upper Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Thefts reported throughout township

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-08-14 13:13
Purse stolen from car>> Police received a report of a theft of a purse from a car parked in the lot at Friends Central School, 1101 City Avenue in Wynnewood that occurred sometime Aug. 3 between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Catholic School Schedules More Meetings Over Controversial Firing Of Gay Teacher

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-14 12:16
Waldron Mercy Academy is continuing to feel pressure from parents, teachers and other staff who support Margie Winters' reinstatement.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ed Rendell’s Been Reading His Keystone Politics

Keystone Politics - Fri, 2015-08-14 10:41
Sounds familiar: Did you see the movie Field of Dreams? Remember those messages Kevin Costner got? I’ve been texting him messages from that movie. “Stay the course.” “Go the distance.” “If you hold,...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Weekend Forecast In Ardmore Calls For Return To Temperatures In The 90s

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-14 10:37
This weekend’s forecast calls for a return to temperatures in the 90s come Sunday and Monday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Public Access TV Looking For On-Air Talent, Camera Operators: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-08-14 10:23
Lower Merion Township’s public-access television station set to begin broadcasting next month.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Heron's Nest: The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 14

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-14 08:39
The Daily Numbers: 9 heroin deaths that have rocked Delaware County in less than a week.

42 deaths thought to be heroin-related since January.

81 lives saved by officers using Narcan since ‘David’s Law’ went into effect last November. Narcan can reverse the effects of a heroin or opioid overdose.

20,000 dollar grant that was used to spruce up the STEM Academy High School in Chester in a program with Allstate Foundation and the Philadelphia Union Foundation.

150,000 dollars cash bail for a Chester man jailed on charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy.

1 Democrat who has announced to run vs. Kathleen Kane for the attorney general nod. That would be Haverford’s own Jack Stollsteimer. He’s a longtime prosecutor. Kane, facing criminal charges, is vowing to seek re-election.

5 mile walk facing some folks who will be going from New Jersey to see the pope. They will need to walk across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

3 different security zones set up for areas in Philly where the pope will take part in events.

40 days until Pope Francis vists the city for the World Meeting of Families.

1.5 millon people expected to flow into the city for a Mass by the pope on the Parkway Sunday afternoon.

3.5 mile traffic box in the city where no vehicles will be allowed, running from the Delaware River to 38th Street, and from Girard Avenue down to South Street.

25 miles of highway that will be closed in total.

2 even tighter security areas inside that outlying box that will be fenced off.

10 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24, when event perimeter for Parkway goes into effect.

4 days when Philly schools will be closed Sept. 23-25, and also Monday, Sept. 28.

67 killed in bombing at a Baghdad market.

50 dead, hundreds injured in massive blast in Chinese city of Tianjin.

80, what Social Security turns today.

1 p.m. Sunday, when the Eagles kick off the season with preseason tilt vs. the Colts.

6 under 66 that puts Dustin Johnson in the lead after Round 1 of the PGA, golf’s final major of the year.

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

Will Chase Utley still be a Phillie at the end of the day? Will Sam Bradford play for Eagles on Sunday? Stay tuned.

I Don’t Get It: “Sesame Street” is moving to HBO. Actually, it’s an expansion. I still don’t get it.-

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Philadelphia Union and Allstate Foundations, which combined to help kids spruce up the STEM Academy High School in Chester.

Quote Box: “Nine is probably the highest number we’ve seen in such a short span of time.

- Delco D.A. Jack Whelan, on recent spike in heroin deaths.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Going to see pope? Bring your walking shoes - & your patience

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-14 07:39
We have now heard once again from both Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Jersey transit officials on the plans for the visit by Pope Francis in September.

Here's some advice: Bring your walking shoes. And your patience. A few prayers might not hurt.

First things first: Yes, there will be a fence.

The fence will encompass two areas, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Independence Hall. If you're headed into those areas, you are going to need to pass through magnetometers and other security devices.

There are actually three areas of security in the city.

The first outline basically runs from the Delaware River to 38th Street to the west, and from Girard Avenue north to South Street in the South. This entire area will be closed to incoming traffic starting at 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 25 in Center City and 10 p.m. in West Philly. Something important to note: You will be able to drive inside this box, but if you leave you will not be allowed to get back in until Monday.

Inside the so-called green box there are two more key areas - a secure vehicle perimeter where all vehicles are banned except for designated vehicles. Finally, inside that area there is one more "event perimeter" around the Parkway and Independence Hall, where security will be ramped up even more.

You can get all the details here.

In the meantime, is this: Put on your walking shoes.

Officials there indicated they will close the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and require all pilgrims to walk across the span into Philadelphia and on to the Parkway.

There will be little or no parking in Camden.

The hike can be as little as 4-5 miles, which could take a couple of hours, or as much as an 11-mile expedition, which would take substantially longer.

Officials were pretty blunt about the situation. If you can't handle that kind of a hike, you should seriously consider whether or not to go into the city.

You can read about the Jersey situation here.

On Sunday, make sure you pick up a copy of the Daily Times as we talk to businesses here in Delco that will be in the heart of the action. They sit close to the few train stations that will be open to ferry thousands of the faithful into the city. We'll talk to businesses in Marcus Hook, Media, and Upper Darby.

Don't miss it on Sunday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Will Bradford play on Sunday?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-08-14 06:43
Here's what we know this morning, Philly sports fans.

Chase Utley is still a Phillie, at least for now. There are published reports that the San Francisco Giants have made the Phillies an offer and are waiting to hear back from the team. The Phils are due to open a weekend set in Milwaukee tonight. Here's what we don't know.

Will Sam Bradford be lined up behind center when the Eagles kick off the preseason Sunday vs. the Colts at the Linc?

Birds boss Chip Kelly is due to speak to the media at 11 a.m. and is expected to announce his QB rotation. Of course, Eagles fans are anxious to see Bradford - and his twice reconstructed left knee - in real action when he is not wearing that red shirt that signifies hands off.

Most Eagles fans likely will breathe a sigh of relief once Bradford takes that first hit, and pops back up off the turf.

Columnist Jack McCaffery makes the case that Bradford needs to play - at least a little - on Sunday.

I completely agree.

It won't be a make-or-break moment, starting quarterbacks routinely make only a cameo, perhaps one or two series, in the exhibition opener.

But this is not the normal opener. Kelly has staked much of his reputation on the move to deal Nick Foles and a draft pick to the Rams for Bradford, who missed all of last season after shredding the ACL in his left knee, the same problem that derailed his previous seaason.

In other words, Bradford has played very little football in the last two seasons.

All reports coming from camp is that Bradford has looked very good.

Camp is one thing; standing in that pocket with huge men bearing down on you wishing to do you bodily harm is another.

Bradford needs to play Sunday, at least a little.

To his credit, Bradford has said he wants to play, while admitting this is Kelly's decision.

Eagles Nation awaits the coach's call.

Put him in, Chip.
Categories: Pennsylvania

vintage en blanc

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-08-13 19:15

Next week is the En Blanc week in our area.  These all white outdoor picnics for grown-ups start August 20th, when Diner en Blanc hits center city Philadelphia. It’s slightly more laid back Chester County/Brandywine Valley counterpart Brandywine in White is August 22nd. (Yes you need to have registered and paid in advance for both events – both sell out.)

En Blanc events have been all the rage coast to coast in the US, Canada, and Europe for the past few years. I don’t know how long for certain – other than the first one was in Paris over 20 years ago.

These white dinner picnic party organizers are serious about their white…decorations, dishes, attire and even food.

So to me it is a perfect excuse to have fun with vintage finds.  And you don’t have to spend a fortune.  Places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, hospital and church thrift shops, the Smithfield Barn, Consign-It in Kennett, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Kennett and Caln, are just a few places you can find fun things at a fraction of the cost. Also don’t forget yard sale groups on Facebook, eBay, Etsy, and the humble garage and yard sale. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a look.

Now some people prefer Crate and Barrell or say William Sonoma, and that is fine, but how often are you going to do ALL WHITE? So why spend like it is the proverbial last supper? Have fun with it and you can mix and match! Personally, I had the vintage glassware already for years and the napkins and tablecloths.

The glassware had been gifts from friends who were cleaning out their pantry closets and cabinets when I needed stuff. Again,  I have had them for years. The linens came from church sales and the Smithfield Barn.  All stuff I have used before and love.

The tablecloths at the time were like $8 and $12 and the napkins were part of a lot I bought from the Smithfield Barn for under $20 and the plates came from the barn too (recently) and were a big $1 a piece.

The mid century funky silverware was a steal of a deal from a thrift shop in Virginia that also sells on eBay. It was truly inexpensive and the silver plate napkin rings are just something I have picked up here and there for at least 25 years. None of the napkin rings match and I never pay more than a couple of dollars an orphaned napkin ring.

Old picnic baskets can be found at a lot of church rummage sales especially.

You have the most fun with these picnic events if you do it with a group of friends. You divvy up the table settings, food, flowers, beverages, and so on.

If you are attending one of these events and still looking for your “look”, seriously try thrift shops and garage sales and whatnot (as mentioned).  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a fab and fun tablescape! (You can also get great ideas off of Pinterest!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Categories: Pennsylvania

UPDATED: Save Ardmore Coalition files suit claiming One Ardmore Place is 'misappropriation of public funds'

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-08-13 14:24
There was a feeling of relief among some in Ardmore last week when news broke that litigation, which had stalled redevelopment of the town’s Cricket Avenue Parking Lot, had been resolved. That relief may be short-lived.
Categories: Lower Merion