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Special Needs Scholarship Launched, Services Planned To Honor Murdered Teen, Grace Packer

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 15:56
"Everyone that knew Grace says that she was a sweet and kind young woman that had a heart for those with special needs​."
Categories: Lower Merion

Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket Sold In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 13:46
Breaking: A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million has been sold in Montgomery County, lottery officials announced.
Categories: Lower Merion

Missing Montco Man Found

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 11:08
A Montgomery County man with dementia who had gone missing has been found safe, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Code Blue Extended in Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:54
The cold front is not gone yet. The wind chill could be as low as 11 degrees in Montgomery County into Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Prevent Car Theft With These Tips From Lower Merion Township Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:51
LMPD Sgt. Matt Stinger offers advice to keep your automobiles safe and secure.
Categories: Lower Merion

hello pravda?

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:27

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
~ Thomas Jefferson

You will note I have not said much politically as in national- elections-politically in a very long time. Except for mentioning that after the most recent US presidential primary I went from being a life long Republican to a registered Independent.

I haven’t mentioned anything because on both sides of the aisle the ranting and raving especially on social media has been upsetting.  We are officially a country of extremism politically at this point and I find that terrifying.

Our President Elect  seems incapable of getting out of his own way. He attained the highest office in the land, literally. So why is it at this point so close to the inauguration that he can’t behave in a more shall we say “Presidential” manner?

 He likes to criticize people like bloggers and the media and celebrities and basically anyone who disagrees with him in any way.   OK so it’s fine to be a cranky person who reacts to everything on Twitter, but this guy is going to be our president officially as in sworn in officially in a matter of days and the only thing he can do is attack Meryl Streep for exercising her right of free speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony?

It’s not like it’s anything new is it? Award ceremonies are used by celebrities all the time to voice their political opinions and platforms.

  
Meryl Streep is eloquent and thoughtful. And once again our now President Elect has vilified yet another woman. Why does he have issues with women so often? 

Apparently no one else is allowed to say anything he might find upsetting, distressing, personally distasteful. But in that double standard world in which he lives, he can say whatever he wants it’s just everyone else who has to keep their mouths shut.

Newsflash Mr. President elect this isn’t Mother Russia. Pravda need not apply.  You don’t have to agree with everyone’s opinion, but our forefathers fought for our freedom’s including freedom of speech.

I actually wonder in addition to trying to completely dismantle our healthcare system if he will try to well rollback freedom of speech a couple hundred years. I am waiting for laws that will hurt bloggers and reporters and anyone at all who has an opinion that differs from the party line that the incoming administration wants out there.

Washington Post: Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes. He responded by calling her ‘over-rated

By Elahe Izadi and Amy B Wang Arts and Entertainment. January  9 at 8:32 am

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Okay. Go on with that thing.

You do not have to share Meryl Streep’s politics to know she speaks the truth. And this country was founded by people who fought so we could speak our truths and not live under the thumb of tyranny. They died for this.

As Americans are we going to allow the clock to be turned back to a more oppresive form of our country? you know a country where women were barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, and didn’t open their mouths?

I could go on but I won’t. I just felt like I had to write about this. Every day I fear more and more that the next four years will be so ugly. We should not be ruled by political extremism and reactionary politics. We should not be ruled.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore's Benj Pasek Wins Golden Globe For 'La La Land' Song

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:22
Pasek's song "City of Stars" put stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone together in song and dance in the hit film.
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Montgomery Avenue Restricted To One Lane This Week In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:03
The road will reopen on Thursday.
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Animals Rescued After Fire at Montgomery County SPCA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-09 09:00
Animals were quickly evacuated after a fire broke out overnight at the Montgomery County SPCA.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 9

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-09 08:11
The Daily Numbers: 1, age of tot in car that was stolen from parking lot in Marple over the weekend.

1 suspect fled on foot after discovered baby in back seat of car that he jumped in while it was still running in parking lot.

250 Boy Scouts who picked a tough weekend to earn their Survival merit badge in Tinicum this weekend.

820,000 square foot town center called the Promenade at Granite Run rising where Granite Run Mall once stood.

400 apartments part of the center.

30,000 dollars raised by the Daily Times Merry Christmas Fund for the Chester Salvation Army this year.

0 tax hike in the Trainer Borough budget.

2 state prisons that will be shuttered as the number of inmates in the state declines.

14, age of Grace Packer, who was brutally tortured, raped and killed in Bucks County.

41, age of her adoptive mom Sara Packer, who now faces charges in the case, which is being called some kind of rape-murder fantasy.

44, age of boyfriend Jacob Sullivan, who allegedly confessed after a suicide try failed.

90, age of Broomall man who still ice skates every day at a Main Line rink. Serious kudos to Art Tatios.

10 years in prison, how long former Penn prof Rafael Robb served for the murder of his wife.

124 million dollar judgment won by family of his widow. They believe he is hiding his assets, including his retirement money.

2 times that a synagogue in Tacony has been vandalized in recent weeks.

2 vehicles swallowed by massive sinkhole caused by water main break in Kensington.

10 wins for the Sixers. That equals total from last year.

105-95 win over the Nets yesterday.

10-25 mark on the season for the Sixers.

8 games out of 8th place, sparking some talk of playoff chances from Joel Embiid.

20 points for Embiid; 18 for Dario Saric.

2-1 road loss in OT for Flyers to Blue Jackets, top team in the NHL.

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

Raise your hand if you were not all that impressed by the NFL playoff games this weekend? Thought so.

I Don’t Get It: Still can’t quite get my hands around the gruesome details in the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Sixers for matching last year’s win total with yesterday’s victory over the Nets.

Quote Box: “Thank God, we have a happy, smiling little girl at the end of this story.”

- Marple Lt. Brandon Graeff, on stolen car with tot in the back seat.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The unspeakable horror inflicted on Grace Packer

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-09 07:05
You'd think after doing this job for more than three decades, I would no longer be surprised by some of the stories we deal with every day.

Or horrified.

Look, I've built up a pretty tough exterior. It takes a lot to get under my skin.

But even I am shaking my head at the details involving the death of 14-year-old Grace Packer in Bucks County.

She went missing last summer.

Now her adoptive mother and her boyfriend are charged in her death. The details are almost beyond belief.

Bucks County authorities describe as some sort of rape-murder fantasy.

The teen was tortured, raped and strangled to death.

Then her corpse was stashed in kitty litter in the attic of the Quakertown farmhouse where her adoptive mom and her boyfriend lived.

As if that was not enough, after a few months, when the duo believed authorities were getting suspicious about their story concerning the teen's disappearance, they dismembered her body, cutting her up in a bathtub, then dumping the remains 75 miles away in the woods of Luzerne County.

Now the mom, Sara Packer, 41, and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan, 44, both face murder charges in the case. The couple apparently had made a suicide pact as the investigation closed in on them, attempting to overdose on pills. While he was recovering in the hospital, Sullivan allegedly confessed to the crimes.

You can read all the details on this grisly story here.

What can make people act this way? What does it say about us as a society.

Some days you just have to shake your head.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A little slice of Springfield - in Swarthmore

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-09 06:44
I'm still looking for the answer to a question that popped up recently when I noted the arrival of our sign.

I talked about it last week in the blog and this morning in my Monday Letter From the Editor.I declared that it marked the official "arrival" of the Daily Times in Swarthmore.

Which is great except for one thing.

Our new home - 639 S. Chester Road - is not actually in Swarthmore. It's serviced by the Swarthmore Post Office, hence the Swarthmore address. But geographically, it's actually in Springfield Township.

There actually is a little island of Springfield located down here on South Chester Road that is not connected to the rest of the township at all.

My question is this: Does anyone know how this came about? It sort of reminds me of the situation with Darby Township, where that town actually is split into two distinct pieces.

One reader replied that he was once told a local historian that the reason there is this small island of Springfield Township adjacent to Swarthmore goes back to the decision by the residents of what is now Swarthmore to form a borough and separate from Springfield. However, he offered the opinion that those residents did not want to have the quarry adjacent to what is now the Blue Route (behind the Swiss Farms Store) as part of their new burg. So they drew the boundaries without the quarry, and, he could not resist pointing out, without the blue-collar workers who lived nearby.

Anyone else have an explanation for this little slice of Springfield?

I'd love to hear it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A bitter way to start the week - but there is good news for winter haters as well

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-01-09 05:55
First things first.

We're down to single digits.

Yes, my car dashboard thermometer greeted me this morning with a lovely 7 degrees.

It capped off a brutal weekend that saw winter slam the door on the holidays with a combination of snow, very cold temperatures and biting wind.

Not helping matters all that much is that I've managed to catch a nasty head cold that has me walking around in a complete fog. So of course this would be the weekend when we decided to venture out to collect the Christmas decorations. Yes, I was cursing my decision to place those lovely balls on the tree at the corner of the house. Not sure I'll make that decision again next year.

If you're like me and detest winter just a little bit more each year, I have good news.

We're about to get a reprieve.

Yes, today is going to be bone-chilling.

But temperatures will gradually rise all week. And - believe it or not - we could see temperatures back in the 60s again by Thursday.

Maybe it's a sign of an early spring.

At least we can hope.

You can get the full forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-01-08 20:49
Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across , including in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-01-08 20:47
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
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With Winter Upon Us, See Lower Merion Fire Official's Safe Home Heating Tips

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-01-08 10:00
You want to avoid some of these dangerous practices to ensure a safe winter.
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Lower Merion School District Celebreating MLK Day With Community Service Projects

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-01-07 10:00
Read on to see some of the service projects you can take on to help your community.
Categories: Lower Merion

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-01-06 20:06
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
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PennDOT Work To Affect Interstate 76 Next Week In The Lower, Upper Merion Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-01-06 17:39
Find out when and where traffic will be hindered here.
Categories: Lower Merion