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Manhunt Underway After Pa. State Trooper Killed in Ambush

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-09-13 11:18
A second Pennsylvania State Trooper was wounded in the shooting late Friday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:05
Raise your hand if you were booing as the Birds trotted off the field at halftime of last week’s opener vs the Jags?

Someone forgot to tell Nick Foles and his buddies that this was no longer the exhibition season, that this was one of those 16 precious games that actually count.

Last year Foles stunned the league by throwing 27 touchdowns and just two picks. His turnover ration was just a tad higher on Sunday. The QB again looked like a fish out of water for much of the first half, holding on the ball for an eternity and fumbling twice. The Jags cashed in both turnovers in racing to a 17-0 lead. Luckily, they play two halves in the NFL.

After putting a goose egg on the board and earning the wrath of the feisty home fans, the Birds turned on the jets in the second half. They scored 34 unanswered points to win going away. They even covered to make all those degenerate gamblers happy.

Chip Kelly probably didn’t help much by ignoring the best back in the league, LeSean McCoy, for big chunks. This team needs to be fueled by McCoy’s legs, not Foles’ arm.

The Birds can’t afford a repeat of their struggles in the first half when they go prime time vs. the Colts.

I hope I’m wrong, but I still have not shaken the nagging questions I have about Foles and whether he really is THE quarterback this team needs.

The Pick: Make it Colts 29, Eagles 23. This is not the Jags. Look for Andrew Luck to skewer an Eagles’ defense that at times in the first half on Week One still had that dazed & confused look they sported so often last year.

Last Week: The Eagles are coming off an exhibition season that saw them get better each week. That’s a good sign. Kelly’s team should be revved up and ready to roll. Maybe the best thing I saw in this pre-season is that should anything happen to Foles - or if he struggles - Sanchez looks supremely confident in Kelly’s offense. That’s a huge plus.

Season Record: The Birds and I both got out of the gate at 1-0. Of course, it took them a half to wake up and realize this was no longer the preseason. I’d like to take them again Monday night, but I’m still suffering from nagging Nick Foles doubt.

Game by Game: Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)
Categories: Pennsylvania

Impaired Driving Checkpoints in Township This Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-12 17:26
The checkpoints are part of a larger national effort.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion may limit new debt, use reserves for 2015 capital projects

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-12 13:19
Continuing discussion from a recent budget workshop, Lower Merion commissioners this week considered the direction they want to take in financing capital projects in 2015.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr neighbors, Lower Merion planners say subdivision plan threatens historic vista

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-12 13:19
A large historic or characteristic house on a rare open lot: Lower Merion has seen a number of such structures fall for new development.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion weighing trash disposal options for 2015

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-12 13:05
With Montgomery County commissioners’ vote earlier this year to dissolve the Eastern Montgomery Waste System Authority, municipalities that had participated in the consortium for the past 25 years are looking at options to dispose of the solid waste they collect.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA Regional Rail Schedules Change Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-12 12:50
A number of changes are coming to the Paoli/Thorndale line.
Categories: Lower Merion

12 Children in Delaware Being Tested for EV-D68 Virus

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-12 12:31
The rare respiratory illness may have affected hundreds of children in the Midwest; should Pennsylvanians be worried?
Categories: Lower Merion

grow your own salad

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:31

I must admit I find it just as much fun now as I did when I was child to literally grow my own salad! My tomatoes are finally starting to come in properly. I had an issue with blossom end rot earlier in the season but corrected it with Epsom Salts. Some of the tomatoes pictured below have been turned into a delightful summer salad with cucumber, onion, fresh basil, and a simple vinaigrette.

The lettuce I bought in started packs a couple of weeks ago when my friend Sara and I made our last journey up to Black Creek Greenhouses in East Earl, PA. I plant my lettuce in pots and it’s a combination of arugula and romaine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Categories: Pennsylvania

in the garden today

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:16

Today is an absolutely perfect gardening day! I was out early deadheading and taking care of things in the flowerbeds early, and I snapped this photograph.

This week I have transplanted ferns all over the place to soften the edges between garden and woods. I have also been keeping an eye on which perennials are starting to go to seed so I can collect as many seats as possible. Ditto with the animals like my zinnias.

And on an amusing note is inside my compost bin a whole bunch of seeds are sprouting. Mostly tomatoes and melons I believe.

Enjoy the beautiful day!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Man Dies at 94, and Other Obituaries

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:18
Find recent death notices for people with ties to Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Sept. 12

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:02
The Daily Numbers: 44,000 dollars, how much police say a woman swindled from an 85-year-old man in Prospect Park.

2 men facing charges in connection with holdup at the Walgreen’s in Brookhaven.

49, age of former O’Hara football coach Danny Algeo, who was remembered at memorial service at the school on Thursday.

19, age of suspect who was corralled by police after leading cops on wild chase through Upper Darby and Lansdowne. He was finally nabbed by a K-9 officer while hiding under the porch of a home.

24 point deficit for Gov. Tom Corbett as he trails Democrat Tom Wolf in latest Quinnipiac poll.

59 percent of those surveyed backing Wolf, with just 35 percent in the governor’s corner.

210,000 dollars missing from Visit Philadelphia agency that is subject of probe by Philly D.A. office.

3,780 patients of Temple University health care whose data may have been accessed.

48, age of Philadelphia teacher found dead in a hotel bathroom. She is believed to have taken her own life.

20,000 dollars in a safe that was taken from a Philly home.

19 point dip for the stock market yesterday.

74, age of Richard Kiel, the actor who played the villain ‘Jaws’ in the James Bond films.

26-6 win for the Baltimore Ravens over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first Thursday night NFL game of the season.

4-1 loss for the Phillies to the Bucs, who took 3 of 4 at Citizens Bank Park.

20 cent tip on a $62 tab that LeSean McCoy is defending. He says he got bad service and was disrespected.

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

Anyone else notice a muted aspect to last night’s NFL game. Yes, it involved the Ravens. And yes, talk of Ray Rice was everywhere

I Don’t Get It: Several women were in attendance at last night’s Ravens game wearing Ray Rice jerseys. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who gathered at Rose Tree Park yesterday to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Quote Box: “This is a day seared into our consciousness.”

- Delco Judge Chad Kenney, at 9/11 memorial service.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Road Warrior: The transformation of Route 252 at Rose Tree Park

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:31
A few weeks ago, when we wrote for the umpteenth time that the state had found the money to finally fix the 'Killer Conchester,' I kind of knew what to expect.

I wasn't wrong.

I was inundated with phone calls and emails, all with the same basic gripe: "I'll believe it when I see it."

It's a perfectly understandable reaction, given the number of times this horrific stretch of highway that connects I-95 in Chester with Baltimore Pike in Concord has been talked about being outdated and in dire need of repair to handle the amount of traffic - in particular trucks - that now rumble along it every day.

That is to say nothing of the horrific toll this deadly stretch of highway continues to take.

But this time I believe it's going to happen.

And I can tell you why.

First, this money is coming from that controversial $2.7 billion dollar transportation plan that the Legislature approved last year. This time I think it's actually going to get done.

But for those who insist they'll believe it when they see it, I suggest they take a slight road trip a few miles away.

They might want to visit Route 252 as it rolls past that county gem, Rose Tree Park.

Just don't do it during the morning rush hour.

This stretch of road, along with the traffic light at Rose Tree Road and the intersection with the Route 1 Bypass, also had been complained about for years.

There was forever talk about fixing it. They even moved the historic Rose Tree Tavern off the corner at Rose Tree Road back into the park to accommodate work.

And now it is actually getting done.

I go by there every morning, thankfully long before rush hour (it's one of the perks of the job!)

You can clearly see what was an old, country two-lane road being rebuilt into a modern, four-lane (two in each direction) thoroughfare. It's one of the busiest intersections in the county.

Make sure you pick up a copy of the Sunday Times for a special report on this crucial piece of road work, and the answer to many a driver's lament.

The down side? Yes, you guessed it. Right now getting through there is a nightmare. I actually heard something last week I don't think I've ever heard before. A morning traffic report actually was recommending drivers use the Blue Route to avoid the area of Route 252 at Rose Tree Park.

Call it the price of progress.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Knocking out the secrecy surrounding domestic abuse

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:57
All week I have been trying to find something good to come out of the ugliness surrounding the Ray Rice affair.

I found it on today's editorial page.

With a single punch, Rice shattered the veil of silence that too often accompanies domestic violence.

Usually whispered, it's now being shouted from every mountaintop.

You can't watch the now infamous videotape of Rice slugging his then-girlfriend - now wife - and not be revulsed.

Ray Rice thus becomes the face of an issue that feeds on its shame and anonymity. Victims are afraid to come forward. Families don't want to air dirty laundry.

That should be easier to do now that the country has spent the bulk of the week discussing a subject once thought too prickly for public consumption.

In the meantime, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to bob and weave in the rough surf roiled by the bumbling way he has handled this affair.

But at least one voice thinks it might be time to stop piling on the king of the NFL, and instead focus on Rice.

Make sure you read columnist Jack McCaffery's version of the Goodell Chronicles here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Dog Walker Watch Training Set

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-11 18:42
Dog Walker Watch is a crime-awareness program coordinated by the Lower Merion Police Department and Lower Merion Community Watch.
Categories: Lower Merion

In advance of development, Lower Merion to vacate 'paper' road on Cricket Lot

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 16:08
Lower Merion Township is taking another step toward redevelopment of its Cricket Avenue parking lot.
Categories: Lower Merion

Poll Finds Wolf Has Commanding Lead Over Corbett

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-11 15:50
With eight weeks to Election Day, Tom Wolf is leading Gov. Tom Corbett, 59 to 35 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll found.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth council selects new member to fill vacant slot, promotes police officer

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 15:09
Just a few days after interviewing five candidates to fill a vacant seat on the borough council, the remaining members of the board selected Gigi Tevlin-Moffat to fill a vacant slot. In the same meeting, the council also approved a motion to promote one of the borough’s police officers. By Tuesday, Narberth Mayor Tom Grady had sworn her in so she can start her council work.
Categories: Lower Merion

Corbett Marks 9/11 With Visit To Flight 93 Memorial

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-11 12:45
Share your story: Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?
Categories: Lower Merion

Charlie Sheen Pledges $1K to Server Stiffed by Eagles Running Back

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-11 12:25
Sheen, in a tweet Tuesday, said he pledges to give $1,000 to the server who received a $0.20 tip from Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Categories: Lower Merion