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Narberth submits application for roundabout at tunnel

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-06-26 10:13
NARBERTH >> State highway officials and engineers now officially have in their hands two options to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at the problem intersection of East Wynnewood Road and North Wynnewood Avenue near the Narberth Tunnel.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, June 26

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:02
The Daily Numbers: 14,033 customers in Delco still without power as of 10:15 last night, according to PECO.

33 of 49 municipalities in the county still reporting outages.

6 major roads in Delco still closed.

11 p.m., when Route 1 southbound in Concord is expected to reopen.

31,000 people without power across the entire region.

13,275 in Chester County.

1,500 local contractors and additional field help brought in by PECO to help restore power.

770 workers focusing directly on Delco.

4 DUI offenses for a Haverford man.

80 years, how long the Tori family has been running their butcher shop on West Chester Pike in Drexel Hill. Joe Tori is hanging up his apron on Saturday.

1 year contract for high school teachers in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

625 teachers covered in the deal, at 17 high schools, including 3 here in Delco.

1,350 pay hike included in the deal.

1.5 percent increase in pension fees being paid by management personnel at SEPTA. That’s up to 2.5 percent from the current 1 percent.

15 years in prison for a Lansdowne man on fed charges that he tried to shoot a federal agent.

9 of July, how long Joe Watkins will remain in his post as the appointed receiver of Chester Upland School District.

30 million of the $45 million fundraising goal hit by the Philadelphia Archdiocese for the World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis.

6,000 of 10,000 volunteers have already signed up.

1.65 fee on cell phone bills, up from $1, to operate 911 centers, according to bill passed and sent to Gov. Wolf.

292 million a year, what it costs to run the state’s 911 centers, including one in Delco.

5 people arrested in videotaped vicious attack on a Philly high school student.

3 pick used by Sixers on Duke center Jahil Okafor.

2, where Ohio State point guard D’Angel Russell went.

23rd pick in draft, where Chester High’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went, to the Trail Blazers, who then traded him to Brooklyn.

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

Raise your hand if you winced when the Lakers snagged D’Angelo Russell at No. 2, 1 pick in front of the Sixers? But Jahlil Okafor is not a bad consolation prize. A lot of people think he’s the best player in the draft. Unfortunately, it now gives the Sixers three big men, and still looking for a point guard to run the show.

I Don’t Get It: Route 1 SB in Concord is still shut down by downed trees. Kind of hard to believe.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the pride of Chester, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He was the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft last night, following in the proud footprints of another Chester legend, Jameer Nelson.

Quote Box: “It’s pretty rough, but we’re surviving.”

- Len Cerami of Aston, who has been without power since the storm hit Tuesday night.
Categories: Pennsylvania

When things are at their worst, Delco is often at its best

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-06-26 06:49
Slowly but surely, Delco is getting back to normal in the wake of the powerful storm that walloped the county Tuesday night.

That does not mean is has been easy, nor without more than a little frustration.

A lot of people in Aston and Brookhaven have now struggled through a second full day without power. Southbound Route 1 Baltimore Pike remains closed because a string of trees toppled over on power lines.

Tim Logue has a full update on the round-the-clock effort to restore power.

As of 10:30 p.m. last night, there were still 19,000 customers in the county without power. PECO has pulled in 1,500 additional staffers to help in the herculean effort to get everyone back online.

In the meantime, something else has been restored in Delaware County. It's the powerful sense of community that this place shows in exactly these kinds of circumstances.

In short, when things are at their worst, we're often at our best.

We used our editorial page today to address the issue.
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A big night for the pride of Chester

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-06-26 06:39
All-Delco and Chester High standout Rondae Hollis-Jefferson didn't last long in Portland.

The Clipper was selected by the Trail Blazers with the 23rd pick in the draft. The Portland promptly shipped him off to the Brooklyn Nets.

Staff writer Terry Toohey was in the Barclays Center last night and has the details.

Hollis-Jefferson was not alone in the Big Apple. A huge contingent of Chester folks and Clippers fans made the hike to fete the Chester High product on his big night.

Hollis-Jefferson spent two seasons at the University of Arizona before turning pro, seeking to follow in the footsteps of Chester High guard Jameer Nelson, who followed up a sterling career at Saint Joe's with a long NBA career.

One thing you have to say about Chester athletes. They rarely forget where they came from.

We're proud of you, Rondae!
Categories: Pennsylvania

Montco Lawmaker: 'I Beat The NRA'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-25 22:36
The NRA can not sue municipalities for using the word 'gun' in firearm ordinances, the Commonwealth Court of Pa. ruled Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth submits application for roundabout at tunnel

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-06-25 13:16
NARBERTH >> State highway officials and engineers now officially have in their hands two options to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at the problem intersection of East Wynnewood Road and North Wynnewood Avenue near the Narberth Tunnel.
Categories: Lower Merion

PECO Update: 50K Still Without Power Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-25 12:09
Tens of thousands remained without power Thursday morning in the wake of severe thunderstorms and rain.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rev. Al Sharpton Is Coming To Montgomery County Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-25 12:06
The civil rights activist and reverend will be in Norristown for a special event.
Categories: Lower Merion

dance of the flutterby 

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-06-25 11:02


Categories: Pennsylvania

Narbrook Park families gather for centennial celebration

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-06-25 10:23
By 1914, just shy of 20 years after the growing town of Narberth established itself as a borough separate from surrounding Lower Merion Township, it already boasted many of the hallmarks of a solid American community: a newspaper, a town band, and an active civic association, which shared the forward-thinking mindset of its burgess, or mayor, George M. Henry.
Categories: Lower Merion

(PHOTOS) Apocalyptic Skies Loom Over Philadelphia Region After Tuesday Storm

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-25 09:21
Residents captured some jaw-dropping shots from around the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, June 25

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 07:39
The Daily Numbers: 200,000 residents without power across the region as of 6 a.m.

24,000 in Delaware County.

24,000 in Chester County.

50,000 residents in Delco were without power last night. We’re making progress.

3 shelters open in Delco. PPL Park will open for residents at 11 a.m. There are also shelters at Academy Park High School and Brookhaven Borough Hall.

75 people who were at Brookhaven Borough Hall after the storm hit Tuesday night.

2:40 this morning, when some parts of Brookhaven got power back.

72 mph gust recorded at Philadelphia International Airport.

85 mph gust reported in Gloucester County, N.J.

1985, when Bill Bennett started his career as an educator. He now faces firing. The Rose Tree Media School Board could vote tonight on his fate as principal of Indian Lane Elementary.

1 more key aide fired by Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

2 local universities, West Chester and Cheyney, who are announcing a collaborative.

61 feet high and weighing 11 tons. Meet the duck that will hail the tall ships when they arrive in Philly today for the Tall Ships Festival.

3 Philly election officials facing fraud charges.

3, where Sixers pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.

5 selections in the 2nd round for the Sixers.

23, number worn by Chester product Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is expected to be drafted in the 1st round of the NBA Draft tonight.

2 years, how long Hollis-Jefferson played at Arizona before deciding to go pro.

10-2 loss for the Phils to New York as their bats went silent again, just in time for Cole Hamels to take the mound.

5 earned runs on 8 hits over 5 innings for Hamels.

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

Wasn’t hard to predict that: The Phillies bats go silent as Cole Hamels takes the mound. Not as easy to predict is what Sixers GM Sam Hinkie is going to do in the NBA Draft tonight.

I Don’t Get It: Am I the only one who is having trouble with the case Rose Tree Media is building against Bill Bennett, the principal at Indian Lane Elementary. He could be fired tonight, despite glowing reviews from parents.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Philadelphia Union, for opening up PPL Park for residents to use as a shelter this morning in the wake of the storm that slammed many parts of Chester.

Quote Box: “Thirty years in this business and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

- Timothy Stone, owner of Fine Tree Care, in the wake of the storm.
Categories: Pennsylvania

State of Emergency

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 06:55
I got an inkling that yesterday was not a normal day in Delaware County on my initial jaunt to our local Wawa at mid-morning.

Normally both sides of Cottonwood Lane, the tiny street that runs between the railroad tracks and the Wawa and leads back to our plant in Primos, are jammed with cars. They are commuters who know they need to get there early if they're going to get a spot before they scramble to catch their train at the Primos Station on the Media-Elwyn line.

The trains weren't running yesterday.

They had lots of company.

State of Emergency.

That pretty much sums up what life was like for many Delco residents yesterday.

That's especially true out in the western end of the county, where the full force of Mother Nature hit with a vengeance Tuesday night. How bad was it? Route 1 southbound is still closed this morning because of a string of downed trees in Concord.

Middletown and Brookhaven were slammed by the storm.

County officials gathered in Brookhaven last night to offer a final update on the storm.

There was a shelter set up there.

Here are a few updates:

The Philadelphia Union today will open PPL Park as a shelter at 11 a.m. Residents can shower, cool off and the team will provide food and water.

PECO this morning is saying that outages across the region have dipped below 50,000 for the first time, with 49,245 still in the dark. Last night there were still 50,000 residents in Delco without power. This morning that number has dipped to 24,000. PECO is warning that some customers may be without power until the weekend.

In addition to PPL Park, two other shelters are operating in the county, at Academy Park High School and Brookhaven Borough Hall. A couple of key closed roads are now open: Route 291 in Tinicum, and Waterville Road in Brookhaven. However, Route 1 southbound out in Concord remains closed this morning.

The Media-Elwyn line reopened at 5:30 a.m. in time for the morning rush.

If you are still without power, we'd like to talk to you and tell your story.

Contact me at editor@delcotimes.com
Categories: Pennsylvania

A love-hate relationship with technology

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 06:23
I have said many times I pretty much have a love-hate relationship with the technology that I swim in at work every day.

Today it's decidedly on the hate side.

Actually, I should just be hating myself.

I did something today I have never done before.

I drove all the way into the office in the pre-dawn darkness, pulled into the Daily Times parking lot, got out of the car, opened up the back door, and then came to the crushing realization that I just drove into the office without my laptop.

I think they heard me over at the Wawa.

I was not a happy camper.

Without that laptop I am pretty much dead in the water in terms of getting anything done online, updating our website, Tweeting (although I could use my phone for that), checking Facebook.

So when I got done cursing, I climbed back in the car and drove home again, snagged the laptop and then turned around and drove right back into the office.

That's a nice little 90-minute commute.

Please feel free to remind me not to take the laptop home with me.

Or at a minimum double-check to be sure I have when I leave home.

Like I said, I have a love-hate relationship with technology.

Today can only go up from here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

plant source rave: seaside daylily farm

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-06-24 16:56

So I have a new plant source. For daylilies. I love daylilies, but with the exception of Applied Climatology at the West Chester Growers Market, buying them around here is not much fun. Locally, Applied Climatology has in my opinion a terrific selection of unusual cultivars and good prices and their plants are healthy.

But since places like Woodlawn Nursery closed in Malvern which was another source for me for daylilies, I have been looking for an additional source of plants. Recently, a friend who is part of my gardening group told me about Seaside Daylily Farm in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

 So I thought I would try them. They are a small family farm, they are organic growers   and they are also state certified by Massachusetts that they sell plants found to be free of insects and disease.

Their prices are extraordinarily reasonable, and the bucket in the photograph above holds the plants that I purchased!

I am ready to put them in the ground but decided to put up a post first about Seaside Daylily Farm because I am so impressed with what they grow and how my plants arrived!

Anyway I’m going to go plant my plants, but if you like daylilies check out their website, you’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Edgemont Ave Twin Among New Listings In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-24 14:34
Looking for a new home? These properties in Ardmore have just been listed for sale.
Categories: Lower Merion

5K In Montgomery County Without Power Tuesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-24 13:15
The worst hit was Delaware County, which had more than 100,000 outages Tuesday night due to the storm.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County officials: Lower Merion hit with the worst of the storm

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 12:30
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials say Lower Merion Township was hit with the worst of Tuesday night’s thunderstorm.
Categories: Lower Merion

1 sent to hospital after tree falls on car in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 11:01
One man was taken to the hospital after being rescued when a tree fell on the car he was driving Tuesday evening at East Spring and Walnut Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford police asking for public's help to ID alleged assaulter

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 10:21
Haverford Township police are investigating a simple assault that occred at approximately 10:30 p.m.  on Saturday, June 6, at Golf Road and Leedom Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion