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when non-profits become bad neighbors

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-04-14 10:59

  

Your eyes do not deceive you. This is  indeed a photo taken Monday of a parking lot resembling an obstacle course. This parking lot is not in Chester County thank goodness, the  location is Ardmore, Pennsylvania. In Lower Merion Township where West Chester’s former borough manager Ernie McNeely is now the Township Manager. 

The Junior League of Philadelphia is doing a huge renovation project at the thrift shop and headquarters in Ardmore. I applaud them for all the good works they have done for decades, but they are being astoundingly dad neighbors now.

Ardmore is a town that suffers from parking issues chronically. So if you add a construction project where construction vehicles park every which way and dumpsters get put and left in thru lanes for very tight parking lots,  it creates a driving hazard and an impediment to small businesses.  Believe it or not, close to that dumpster out of the sight line of the photo is an outdoor dining space for a small café. I can’t imagine they have much business with a giant dumpster RIGHT there.

One of my closest friends owns a store that you literally cannot get to through this parking lot a lot of the time right now because of these construction vehicles. So if customers and suppliers can’t reach the stores and store owners and employees are having a hard time, how are small businesses coping? The answer is not really well and it’s just not fair.  (I also have to note that many of these buildings have apartments and office suites above them and all of those people are having a hard time too)

Why can’t the Junior League find other parking close by for the construction vehicles?  Why does it seem like they are getting preferential treatment and everyone is letting them get away with murder in the parking lot? Other businesses can’t stop being in business because the Junior League is renovating their building.  

Don’t misunderstand me, the building they (The Junior League) are in has been long in need of renovation, it’s kind of a pit, but they should be more considerate of their neighbors and they aren’t. If there are projects which have to block portions of the parking lot at times during this project (which keeps occurring), why not start it a little earlier in the morning before businesses open or why not provide neighboring businesses advance notice that the parking lot will be blocked on certain dates for certain amounts of time?

I used to be a big fan of the Junior League of Philadelphia, and hopefully someday I will be able to be once again. But right now they are simply a nonprofit behaving badly. Think of this post as #dogshaming of a charitable organization. Somehow I don’t think when Mary Harriman founded the Junior League in 1901 being a bad neighbor was part of her plan.

This is yet another reason why I am glad I no longer live on the Main Line. I would however love to be able to navigate this parking lot safely so I can patronize my friend’s business. I  used to donate to the Junior League for their shop once in a while and I never will again after this. 

  


Categories: Pennsylvania

Prosecutors: Alleged Montco jailhouse slasher targeted child sex offenders

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-04-14 10:27
NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County jail inmate accused of using a razor-like object to violently slash a child sex offender’s face and neck wants to prevent a jury from hearing that he also was accused of assaulting another alleged sex offender at the jail five months earlier.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova University College of Engineering receives Campaign Leadership Gifts totaling $21.5 million

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-04-14 09:58
VILLANOVA– Villanova University’s College of Engineering has received four leadership gifts totaling $21.5 million, as part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” Highlighting these gifts is a $13.5 million commitment from Jan and Paul J. Varello, ’65 College of Engineering (COE) – CEO of Sterling Construction Company, Inc. – which marks the second largest ever made to the University. These campaign investments will support the College of Engineering’s focus on innovative engineering education and help ensure its future for generations to come.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two candidate forums scheduled in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-04-14 09:21
In advance of the May 19 primary elections, two civic associations are hosting forums for candidates to represent their wards on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police investigating possible suicide near United Tire in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-04-14 08:02
Lower Merion police are investigating a possible suicide after a body was found on the 100 block of East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore near the United Tire store April 7.
Categories: Lower Merion

New outdoor farmers market eyed for Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-04-14 08:01
ARDMORE >> Are Lower Merion residents hungry for more farm-fresh food shopping options?
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 14

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-14 07:33
The Daily Numbers: 200 dollars a month, how much Colwyn wants to pay a receptionist to perform the duties of treasurer.

2 million dollar bank acccount in the borough.

1 million dollars in red ink as well.

1 of 3 Democratic candidates for County Council who will not take part in write-in campaign after they were tossed off ballot.

2 people held inside a Chester home, sparking a standoff with police. They were freed and the man taken into custody.

1 year on probation for the former chief deputy in the office of the County Register of Wills on a new retail theft charge.

160,000 dollars she ripped off from the county office prior to her latest arrest.

34, age of Chester woman found stabbed on a city street early Sunday.

19.6 million dollar reconstruction project for 69th Street Terminal that kicked off yesterday in Upper Darby.

35,000 passengers who use the terminal every day.

5th DUI offense for a woman from Phoenixville. She faces 3 years in state prison.

3 workers at a construction site at King of Prussia Mall injured when they hit an electrical cable.

3.7 percent state sales tax, up from current 3.07, under GOP tax plan that will be rolled out in Pa. House today.

1 percent hike in sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.

30 points for Michael Carter Williams as the Bucks rolled over his old team the Sixers last night.

1 more game in this miserable season for the 76ers, who finish the season at home vs. Miami Wednesday night.

6 strong innings for Aaron Harang that went for naught as the Phils got shut out by the Mets.

1 run on 4 hits given up by Harang.

7 hits - all singles - for the Phillies.

2 times they’ve been shut out already this year.

1 for 7 with a walk for the combo of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.I don’t boo Ryan Howard. Or Chase Utley either for that matter. Why? Because they gave us a parade.

I Don’t Get It: Colwyn Borough. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the folks out at the new Veterans Memorial on West Chester Pike in Edgmont. They will house a statue there to honor local legend Wild Bill Guarnere. An announcement was made at the site yesterday.

Quote Box: “This is a shame, taxpayers’ money getting wasted like this.”

- Colwyn resident John Ritchie, after last night’s council session.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chaos in Colwyn? What else is new?

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:53
The only thing missing in Colwyn is the Big Top.

Yes, the circus is back in town.

This is what passes for government in this tiny borough.

Here is the latest: It appears Borough Manager Paula Brown is out of a job. After voting once to oust her last week, council met in executive session again last night to officially eliminate the position in what they are calling a cost-cutting measure.

In the meantime, Brown, no stranger to controversy, continues to make all kinds of allegations and basically beg either the county district attorney or Gov. Wolf to get involved and bring charges against borough leaders.

For the most part, District Attorney Jack Whelan is not talking, since the borough apparently is the target of an ongoing investigation.

After the initial vote to oust Brown last Thursday night, she locked herself in the borough offices all day on Friday. She won't have that option any more. Borough officials changed the lock after last night's vote.

And the beat goes on.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Pothole update, and the worst road in Delco

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:37
I had every intention of ripping Springfield Township in my blog today.

Why?

Because for a week now I have been hitting what had to be the biggest pothole in Delaware County. It was a massive crater on Springfield Road right at the intersection of Netherwood Drive.

For about a week now I have managed to hit it on the way to the office every morning. I'm surprised my right front tire is still intact. You could get lost in this thing.

But not this morning.

That's because it was filled in at some point yesterday.

Nice work!

I guess someone is reading this blog out in Edgmont as well.

I have complained about the condition of Providence Road from West Chester Pike to the Route 1 Media Bypass, another route I travel every morning.

Today I noticed that someone out in Edgmont - I don't know if the township does it or if PennDOT handles that stretch - was busy patching some of those nasty stretches as well.

Now if only Upper Providence would get the message. That stretch has not been touched as yet.

Then again, I should consider myself lucky. I do not have to traverse Route 202 every day.

I was not that lucky last weekend. I had the misfortune of riding on Route 202 northbound from Route 1 to West Chester. How the hell people do that every day without killing someone is beyond me. There is now way to avoid these potholes without swerving in and of lanes, obviously something you can't do in rush-hour traffic.

It might mean shutting down lanes and adding to commuters' woes, but someone really needs to fix these roads before they cause a serious accident. If you agree, or if you've lost a tire on this nasty stretch, let me know. Maybe together we can get PennDOT to take action.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why I won't boo Ryan Howard

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-04-14 06:12
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are pushing their luck.

I have a personal policy when it comes to them, as well as Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz. I don't boo them. That's getting more and more difficult to do.

Howard and Utley are, to put it politely, struggling to start the season. Howard in particular has become the target of Philly's boo birds. He was showered with abuse Sunday at Citizens Bank Park after taking a less than classic "Golden Sombrero," striking out four times, several times with runners in scoring position.

He was at it again on Monday in New York as the Phils wasted a great outing by new addition Aaron Harang, who gave up just four hits and one run over six innings.

But it's kind of hard to win when you don't score. The Phils got shut out for the second time in seven games with the season still in its infancy.

A big part of the problem is the impotence of the middle of the lineup, where Howard and Utley reside.

Jack McCaffery was in the Big Apple yesterday as Howard went 1-for-4, actually raising his batting average to .167. Utley was not any better. Combined the once powerful pair of left-hand hitters went 1-for-7 vs. the Mets. Utley is now hitting .091.

Look, I would not complain if Howard and Utley were playing elsewhere. It's probably time. For that I fault GM Ruben Amaro Jr. But I will not boo them.

Why?

It's simple. They did something very few Philly athletes can claim.

They gave us a parade. They won. I have not forgotten what that felt like back in 2008.v For those who insist on haranguing Howard, I would remind them that the Phillies do not hoist that trophy without him in the middle of that lineup, before the Achilles' problems that have turned him into a shell of the player that was one of the most feared home run hitters in the league.

That's the nature of the game.

If fans want to boo, that is their right.

But I won't.

I remember 2008.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Blue on Blue

PA Watercooler - Mon, 2015-04-13 22:40
Lt Gov’s wife vs State Rep Kevin Boyle. The alleged incident took place inside St Dominic Church’s parish hall during a fundraiser for the family of slain Northeast Philly military veteran Michael Strange. Boyle has been on the opposite end of a well-documented political feud with Stack. “She sat down and flipped me the bird […]
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Anti-PSSA Coalition Forming in Main Line School Districts

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-04-13 20:53
A growing number of parents in Lower Merion, Radnor and Tredyffrin/Easttown school district are opting out of standardized testing.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Seeks New Officers

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-04-13 17:54
The department is accepting applications for prospective probationary police officers until July 18.
Categories: Lower Merion

New outdoor farmers market eyed for Ardmore

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 15:30
ARDMORE >> Are Lower Merion residents hungry for more farm-fresh food shopping options?
Categories: Lower Merion

Two candidate forums scheduled in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 13:27
In advance of the May 19 primary elections, two civic associations are hosting forums for candidates to represent their wards on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion BOC denies subdivision plan for Booth Lane property

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 13:20
Neighbors of an expansive property on Booth Lane in Haverford who say a subdivision plan will break from the character of their street had some strong backing from Lower Merion officials this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Checkpoints Scheduled This Weekend by Lower Merion Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-04-13 11:32
Officers will be looking for impaired drivers throughout the township from April 17 through April 19.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line public adjuster faces prison for fleecing clients of $684K

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:49
COURTHOUSE >> A Main Line public adjuster who pocketed nearly $700,000 in insurance proceeds that he owed to 32 claimants, some of whom incurred damages to homes or businesses during Hurricane Sandy, is headed to state prison.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth Borough solicitor steps down, council approves firm

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 08:56
Narberth Council isn’t sitting on its hands following the resignation of Borough Solicitor Marc Jonas.
Categories: Lower Merion

MCCC star singer has shot at redemption on 'Sunday Best'

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-04-13 08:52
POTTSTOWN >> One of our area’s rising stars has a second shot at super-stardom.
Categories: Lower Merion