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How To Win Yard Of The Year (And What It'll Cost)

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 07:22
Let's face it: You want your grass to be greener than the neighbors' on the other side. [SPONSORED]
Categories: Lower Merion

Searching for answers to the violence

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-08-08 06:35
As I sifted through the information from an especially violent weekend in Delaware County, I started to put together the idea for today's front page.

Chester police were investigating five separate shooting incidents from the weekend. Thankfully, none of them were fatal. But the thought I had pretty much is splashed across today's front page.

Chester is a city looking for answers.

Reporter Rick Kauffman talked to police, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, and county District Attorney Jack Whelan.

Remember Operation Safe Streets? Rolled out with much fanfare back in May, state police were added to city patrols to beef up the police presence in the city.

Reward funds have been beefed up.

One person actually did come forward with information in one case.

But the shooting has not stopped.

Neither has the search for a solution.

You can read our story here.

And on our editorial page, we join the voices of those seeking answers.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why the loss of Darren Daulton hurts so much

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-08-08 06:13
It's hard to get Philly sports fans to agree on anything.

Just tune in to the city's sports talk radio stations for any amount of time if you want proof.

Except yesterday.

The Philadelphia sports community joined hands with fans yesterday to profess this:

We loved Darren Daulton.

The All-Star catcher and leader of the Phillies 1993 World Series team passed away Sunday night after battling brain cancer for several years.

Daulton beat nine surgeries on his gimpy knees. But he couldn't win this fight against cancer.

Fans, friends and teammates showered Daulton with praise yesterday, remembering a player who seemed to define the word 'leader' more than perhaps any athlete who ever donned a uniform in Philly.

Former teammate and Phils' pitcher Tommy Greene maybe said it best:

"He was a man's man ... and a woman's dream."

Yes, Daulton had more than his share of female fans. He was that ruggedly handsome.

But guys were drawn to him as well.

A lot of pro athletes let it go to their head, "big-timing" fans along the way.

Not Daulton. He never met a person he didn't like, or would not chat with, or sign an autograph for, or perhaps pose for a picture with. In our lead sports column today, Rob Parent puts it perfectly.

We lost a friend.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Best PA School Districts: Lower Merion School District

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:53
Lower Merion School District again earns a great grade from Niche.com.
Categories: Lower Merion

The New Way To Shop For Wine

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:52
Plus, an exclusive offer for Patch readers to get two free bottles of vino from Blue Apron. [SPONSORED]
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Blood Drive To Address Ongoing Shortage

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:00
Even after the American Red Cross put out a call to donate last month, the blood supply is still low.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Junction Train Boarding To Shift Monday Night: SEPTA​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 15:47
All trains will board from the inbound platform until the end of service Monday night, SEPTA said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wynnewood Burglary Streak Continues With Weekend Incident: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 13:46
This is the third reported residential burglary in Wynnewood that happened in a week's time.
Categories: Lower Merion

Darren Daulton, Former Phillies Catcher, Dies At 55

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 11:18
Daulton was behind the plate for the Phillies in the 80s and 90s, taking the team to the World Series in 1993.
Categories: Lower Merion

Quit Smoking At Ardmore Free Library

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 09:26
Main Line Health is teaming up with the library to offer a free six-week smoking cessation course.
Categories: Lower Merion

Forecasted Rain Closes Fords In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 09:05
Rain closed the township's fords last week as well.
Categories: Lower Merion

Belmont Avenue Closing Daily All Week: Lower Merion Township

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 09:00
Drivers will be detoured. Find out the route here.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Homes On The Market In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 08:50
How much are homes going for nearby? Check out the latest listings.
Categories: Lower Merion

A violent weekend

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-08-07 07:14
It was not a good weekend in Delaware County.

And nowhere was that more in evidence than in the city of Chester.

In a city that deals with more than its share of random street violence and gun problems, this weekend seemed over the edge.

Police are investigating no fewer than five shootings that sent a half a dozen people to the hospital.

Thankfully, none of the shootings was fatal.

How bad was it? At one point a bullet was fired into a SEPTA bus. No one on the bus was injured.

The overwhelmed staff at Crozer Chester Medical Center instituted a Code Orange to deal with the wave of gun victims.

So much for Operation Safe Streets? Anyone remember the program rolled out amid much fanfare back in the first week of June, supposedly to stem the violence in Chester at the start of the summer. Does not seem to have had much effect. The violence was not limited to Chester.

In Colwyn, police continue to hunt for the gunman who shot three people Friday night, killing two of them.

Then a few hours later, a person was fatally stabbed about a block away in Darby Borough.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Why we loved Darren Daulton

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-08-07 06:45
On Macho Row, he was the king.

But to the fans, he was simply 'Dutch.'

Darren Daulton was the unquestioned leader of a tough, grimy bunch of misfits who captured our hearts back in 1993, when they owned the city in going from worst to first, capturing the National League Pennant and in the process dethroning the mighty Atlanta Braves.

Daulton was the face of the that '93 squad. He ruled herd over Macho Row, trying to corral a bunch of free spirits like Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Dave Hollins, Mitch Williams, Pete Incaviglia and Curt Schilling.

We liked that team because they were so much like us. They played hard - on and off the field. In other words, they would have fit right in on your beer league softball team.

Except these guys wore pinstripes and inhabited Veterans Stadium.

Daulton, a two-time National League RBI leader and All-Star catcher, lost his battle against brain cancer Sunday night. He was 55.

Daulton exuded the 'macho' persona that ruled the Phillies clubhouse.

But there was nothing fake about him. That's one of the things that made us love him.

Yes, Daulton was a tough guy. Not because of a lot of talk. But because, despite gimpy knees that could go at any minute, he never budged an inch in blocking the plate.

Daulton, like so many of those '93 Phillies, liked getting his uniform dirty.

They surprised everyone by resurrecting a team that appeared dead in the water the year before and taking the city on an expected thrill ride in the summer of '93.

They made us winners, something that had been lacking in Veterans Stadium for a long time.

Daulton spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, 14 and a half of them with the Phillies. He finished his career with a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins, hitting .389 in the seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

But he will always be a Phillie.

That's another reason we loved him.

Daulton never forgot Philly. He was one of us.

A little bit of us died along with him.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tops Stories On Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Last Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-08-06 22:30
Two home burglarized in a week; a local grad installs a new art piece; a GoFundMe campaign is launched for a slain Main Line man.
Categories: Lower Merion

5 Truly Over-The-Top PA Homes Only A Really Rich Millionaire Could Afford

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-08-06 14:19
A golf course, elevators, an indoor basketball court, 1,000 bottle wine cellar: just some of the features in these glitzy Philly-area homes.
Categories: Lower Merion

Local Real Estate: Nearby Foreclosures

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-08-06 08:10
Take a look at foreclosures in town.
Categories: Lower Merion

the pipeline destruction of chester county breaks my heart

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-08-05 16:26

The ugliness of the Sunoco pipeline takes my breath away every time I see it.

Where there once were trees and beautiful landscapes, all you see is destruction. It's now a barren, jagged, raped landscape.

I travel down Boot Road, 352, and similar roads and I see the little orange flags that mean what once was someone's front yard will now be pipeline. I have seen photos all over social media of people's gardens dying because of what Sunoco has done to the landscape.

Every time you see land that was once graceful and lovely or even just had trees that now has become all jagged and bare and dotted with construction equipment and orange construction fencing you can't help but wonder how can they not see this? How can they not care? How can our elected officials seemingly not care?

Sunoco has just stomped along and taken what it wants, when it wants, like a big corporate bully that it is. And the people working for them often seem lacking in respect in my opinion for the residents a lot of the time. We all understand that they have jobs to do and families of their own to feed, but do you think they could even be a little bit more considerate where they are parking at times?

Sunoco's talking heads will tell everyone how they care, but really? Do they think we are stupid? We know they don't care…..except about their bottom line of course.

It's like the inalienable rights that we are all supposed to have as US citizens and even as residents of Pennsylvania mean nothing.

And how will we benefit from the pipeline? I don't think we will and only corporate greed will benefit, correct? How is any of this being done for us?

It would be great if politicians enamored of big gas and big oil would travel the roads and see what we see. Let them deal personally with their land that is part of their home being stolen via eminent domain. (And in my opinion it's also eminent domain for private gain which is detestable. ) Let these politicians personally deal with wondering if their kids are safe, their first responders are safe, and the drinking water is safe, right? Let them watch their real estate values plummet, right?

So how about it Governor Tom Wolf? U.S. Senator Pat Toomey? Congressman Pat Meehan? Care to walk a mile in the shoes of Chester County, PA and Delaware County, PA residents? Never mind, don't bother answering we know you don't care.

This pipeline is a referendum on why we must choose our elected officials on every level better. It might be an off year election this fall but it's never too early to start. It's time to clean political house in Pennsylvania.


Categories: Pennsylvania

I-76 Overnight Lane Closures Begin Sunday Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-08-05 10:00
The could seriously snarl traffic on the highway, so drivers may want to find another route.
Categories: Lower Merion