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Coffee with Ivanka

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:57
How important is Delco and the Philly suburbs in this presidential sweepstakes?

We're getting still another visit from a member of the Trump family today.

Ivanka Trump will be at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill at noon for an event tabbed "Coffee with Ivanka."

As you might expect, I'll be interested in her visit, but probably not for the reason you're thinking.

Her father certainly has his hands full. The real estate mogul and reality TV star is up to his neck in controversy over his comments on a decade-old video concerning how he treats women.

On the tape Trump boasts of being able to do whatever he wants with women because he's a star, and how he would simply "grab" their private parts.

I kind of doubt that this "locker room talk," as Trump described it, will dominate the conversation when his daughter arrives today.

Instead I will be most interested to see who else is there.

Donald Trump has not only divided much of the country, he's doing the same for the Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, actually called for Trump to get out of the race after the video landed Friday night. I wouldn't look for him to be there.

Likewise, I think Ivanka can cross Pat Toomey off the list of RSVPs. The incumbent senator continues to ride the fence over his support or non-support of the guy at the top of the ticket. And he continues to get beat over the head for it by his Democratic foe, Katie McGinty. The two are in a heated race that many continue to say is dead even, and which could be the key to control of the U.S. Senate.

Maybe Andy Reilly will show up. The county Republican Party leader blasted Trump for his comments in the video, but said he would still be voting for Trump as a way of keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

We'll be there at the Drexelbrook to tell you who showed up - and who did not.
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More wine sales at grocery stores

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:38
Pennsylvania will take one more step on the road to exiting the Dark Ages when it comes to the sale of alcohol today.

Lawmakers and public officials will gather at an Acme store in Concord Township to toast a new era of wine sales in the state.

Consumers no longer will be held hostage by the state, forced to visit the local state store to buy their favorite wines.

Act 39, passed last summer and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wold, does not abolish the LCB nor eliminate state stores, but it does make several much-needed changes in alcohol sales in Pa.

One of those is allowing some supermarkets, delis and taverns currently selling beer courtesy of their restaurant liquor license to add bottles of wine to their offerings.

Acme first kick off this project a month ago at a store in Granite Run. Today they will take the wraps off their operation at their store in the Concordville Town Center. Consumers can buy four bottles of wine at a time, to go with those two six-packs of beer.

Of course, you still have to visit a separate part of the store, and pay for it there, not with the rest of your groceries, but it's still an important step forward in consumer convenience.

So far state officials say permits have been approved for more than 200 Pennsylvania grocery stores.

Recently Wawa got the green light to add beer sales to their store on Naamans Creek Road in Concord, the first store in the local iconic convenience store chain to do so.

Then Sheetz, the convenience king farther west in the state, unveiled their first store to offer wine sales.

Sip, sip, hooray!

We'll be out there in Concord to raise a glass to a new era in Pennsylvania.
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A conversation about how we treat women

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-10-13 06:22
I had barely finished yesterday's editorial on the ugly comments from Donald Trump concerning women when a new wave of allegations came crashing down on us late yesterday afternoon.

First, it was Trump, in a decade-old video, talking about his sexual conquests and how we would casually "grab" women.

He apologized and later tried to pass off his comments as "locker room" banter, while maintaining that he never actually did any of the things he talked about, which would seem to describe sexual assault.

That explanation did not last 24 hours before women started coming forward to say they experienced first-hand - if you will - precisely the kind of treatment Trump detailed in their encounters with the real estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee.

On today's editorial page, we reach for some kind of positive to take out of all this. If nothing else, Trump's comments - universally panned as lewd, vulgar and repulsive - have sparked a national conversation on the way we treat women.

It is astounding how many women are now talking about being treated in ways that mirror the things Trump was boasting about. We're talking about being harassed, groped, pressured for sex.

It's time for us - all of us - to take a look in the mirror and ponder how we treat women.

You can read our editorial here.
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 21:57
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes Listed for Sale in and Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 21:26
Looking for a home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford School headmaster temporarily suspended following attempted assault charge

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-12 20:37
The Headmaster of The Haverford School has been suspended following an arrest early this week on misdemeanor attempted assault charge.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery Ave. Shut Down In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 16:26
Telephone pole fire causes road to close between Grays and Booth lanes.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford School headmaster temporarily suspended following attempted assault charge

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-12 16:05
The Headmaster of The Haverford School has been suspended following an arrest early this week on misdemeanor attempted assault charge.
Categories: Lower Merion

Civics unite to oppose LM noise ordinance draft

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-10-12 14:34
A work in progress for a decade or more, an update of the township’s noise ordinance is again generating static in Lower Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Headmaster At Main Line Private School On Leave After Assault Charge

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 14:19
Breaking: The Haverford School has placed its headmaster on administrative leave following simple assault charges.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ask Lower Merion SD Superintendent Your Questions Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 13:37
Superintendent Robert Copeland will partake in Q&A sessions throughout the school year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County's Final Hazardous Waste Recycling Event Coming Up

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 11:44
Find out what you can and can't recycle at the county's final event of the year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion To Hold Year's Final Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 11:43
Find out what you can and can't recycle at the county's final event of the year.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Phillie Phanatic Is Coming To Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-10-12 10:23
The Fairmount Fire Company will have a very special guest during their open house on Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 12

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 27 days until the November 8 election.

300,000 voter registrations filed in Pa. online over the last 3 weeks.

3,200 per hour that were being filed yesterday, the last day to register to vote in Pa.

77,400 how many people registered online yesterday.

13, age of teen being eyed in connection with series of brutal carjackings in Upper Darby.

5 years of intermediate punishment, including 1 year electronic home monitoring, for Upper Darby man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his 6-week-old son.

100,000 dollar check for Interboro from State Farm Insurance to boost its aquaponics program.

.45 mills tax hike proposed in preliminary budget in Upper Darby.

1,992 average tax bill would rise to $2,037.

45 dollar increase for most residents.

2.3 million dollar fine for Comcast for mischarging its customers.

5,000 fine for exec at Pa. cheese biz that mislabeled cheap stuff as more expensive fare.

2 arrests for SEPTA police officer, who has been placed on leave.

2-2 deadlock in NLDS after ex-Phil Chase Utley came up with game-winning hit in the 8th inning.

1 inning and change in relief for former Phil Joe Blanton, who got the win.

108-year championship drought for Cubs, who won their NLDS series against the Giants and now await the Dodgers-Nats winner.

10 game suspension for Eagles offensive right tackle Lane Johnson.

2nd PED violation for the former No. 1 draft pick.

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

Am I the only one who believes the Eagles seem especially ticked off at their star offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who is now sidelined for 10 games because of a 2nd PED violation.

I Don’t Get It: A 13-year-old toting a shotgun in his pants let. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Interboro High School aquaponics program, which just got a big $100,000 boost from State Farm Insurance.

Quote Box: “I had hoped that Donald Trump would persuade me to be an enthusiastic supporter, that had been what I’d hoped ... but at this point, I remain unpersuaded.”

- Pat Toomey, on Donald Trump.
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Toomey feeling Trumped

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 06:48
Pat Toomey has a new opponent.

No, Katie McGinty has not withdrawn from the race.


But the incumbent Republican Toomey now has another figure shrouding his campaign, one of the most hotly contested - and expensive - races in the country against the Democrat McGinty.

The shadow that has fallen across Toomey comes from his own party, specifically the top of the ticket.

For weeks now Toomey has been hounded by McGinty and others to lay his cards on the table concerning the man at the top of the GOP ticket. That would be presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The calls only got more intense after Trump's vulgar comments concerning women blew up Friday night.

It now shadows Toomey everywhere he goes.

Yesterday, he was working the Main Line, with an appearance with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who was here to praise Toomey as a candidate unafraid to stand up to some in his own party. Collins hailed Toomey's efforts on gun control as a prime example.

That's not what most people wanted to know.

They wanted to know if Toomey was unafraid of standing up to Trump.

McGinty, who has been hammering Toomey on this issue for weeks, had a field day, suggesting it was time for Toomey to "man up" and divorce himself from the real estate mogul and reality TV host.

Toomey, who condemned Trump's latest remarks, took issue with Trump again yesterday, saying he has yet to be persuaded to be a Trump supporter. But he would not offer a comment on whether he would endorse or unendorse Trump, of even if he would vote for the Republican presidential nominee.

If it makes him feel any better, Toomey has lots of company in his own party.

Trump yesterday fired back at House Speaker Paul Ryan, after the Wisconsin Republican announced he would no longer defend Trump or bother to campaign for him. Most experts viewed Ryan's comments as raising the white flag in the presidential race, with Ryan now determined to save the GOP majorities in both the House and Senate.

For his part, Trump yesterday didn't give an inch, in effect going to war with Ryan and his own party, blasting the Speaker for ineffective leadership, and suggesting he was happy that "the shackles are off" and he can now campaign as he sees fit.

Which left Democrat Hillary Clinton to offer this position to voters.

"I'm the only thing standing between you and the apocalypse."

I think Pat Toomey knows how she feels.
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A civics lesson

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 06:21
We used out editorial page today to deliver a civics lesson.

Actually, we're not delivering it. Enrique Latoison.

The Chester native admits he was not always a believer in the system, and like so many others these days, chose to disenfranchise himself by not voting.

A chance meeting turned him around. Now he's involved - and making change.

He explains it better than we ever could.

If you've ever considered if your vote makes a difference, or why you should bother voting at all, make sure you read Latoison's story. You can read our editorial here.
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Phillies West (Dodgers) win

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 06:10
A funny thing happened to Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals on the way to the National League Championship Series.

They got beat by the 2008 Phillies.

Yes, that was Chase Utley with the game-winning hit last night, and then sealing the deal with a great play in the field in the bottom of the ninth.

And yes, that was none other than Joe Blanton pitching a scoreless inning and change in relief to pick up the win.

The NLDS now traverses the country back to D.C. for a fifth and deciding game Thursday night.

You can get all the details on last night's game here.

You just can't keep those 2008 World Series winning Phils down!
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hot off the presses in west vincent: hope for bryn coed?

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-11 19:52

I have written about Bryn Coed in West Vincent quite a few times. It is twice the size of Chesterbrook, and developers have sniffed around it for years. Bryn Coed is mammoth in size.

Well breaking news from Birchrunville People:

Now someone at Natural Lands Trust did mention this to me a while ago (like I think a couple of years ago), and asked me not to say anything – at that point it was more of an idea.

If this happens, wow oh wow, thank God (once again) for Natural Lands Trust.  I am a member, are you?

I doubt they will be able to afford the whole parcel (1500+ acres) but hopefully a significant amount is conserved.

This was attempted in 2005 but it did not work.

Wow. Wow.Wow. Stay tuned.

****Please note my information for this at this time comes from residents who were at that meeting this evening****

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community love for ebenezer grows

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-11 18:13

Al Terrell photo taken October 11, 2016

Today while Al Terrell was on site at Ebenezer AME on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, a couple of things that are so delightful occurred. People came to visit.

Not people with family buried there, but just people coming to visit Ebenezer and East Whiteland’s amazing history!

First, a  family stopped by Ebenezer to take pictures this afternoon and spoke with Al Terrell . Unbelievable. Their Girl Scout Troop wants to volunteer to help. Al is getting their information.

Then a woman and her daughter stopped by to take photos.  Al said the lady was a photographer.

Can I just say how awesome it is?

After a few years feeling like the voice in the proverbial wilderness, all these people are taking an interest.

God is good. Don’t know what else to say ❤️  My heart is so happy right now that people obviously DO care about Ebenezer.

A photographer and her daughter stop to visit Ebenezer today October 11, 2016. Al Terrell photo

(For my years of writing about my journey with trying to get help and recognition about Ebenezer click here and here and here .)

Every day seems to bring good news.   The only thing I will say is to caution people to not go climbing in the church ruin itself and to be careful.  That is 184 years of history in there, and way before most of our time, the roof of Ebenezer collapsed through to the stone pier foundations.  We want to preserve that, but it is NOT safe at this point for people to do anything other than view the church ruin from the outside.

Ann Christie are you watching? Chris and I promised you we would get Ebenezer help. It is happening.  All these wonderful people are coming forward.  I wish you were here to see her emerge from her green prison of overgrowth, but I would like to think you are watching like an angel over Ebenezer.

Ann was a brilliant poet as well as a fervent champion of Ebenezer.  I think I will finish with one of her poems:

Already the Heart

The spinal cord blossoms
like bright, bruised magnolia
into the brainstem.
And already the heart
in its depth — who could assail it?
Bathed in my voice, all branching
and dreaming. The flowering
and fading — said the poet —
come to us both at once.
Here is your best self,
and the least, two sparrows
alight in the one tree
of your body.

A.V. Christie / The Housing

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