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Lower Merion Police Reports: Woman charged with assaulting another woman in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 12:17
Police arrested and charged Ashly Young, 37, with a last known address of Peach Street in Philadelphia with simple assault and harassment Aug. 6 at 7:53 a.m. at a home that functions as a half-way house on the 100 block of Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Marin County Sheriff's Office to hold press conference at 1 p.m. on Robin Williams' death

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 11:34
Robin Williams, the former College of Marin student who rose to stardom as a comedian and Oscar-winning actor, was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Woman charged with assaulting another woman in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:21
Police arrested and charged Ashly Young, 37, with a last known address of Peach Street in Philadelphia with simple assault and harassment Aug. 6 at 7:53 a.m. at a home that functions as a half-way house on the 100 block of Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: Woman used child to help steal from Lower Merion store

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:21
Lower Merion police arrested and charged a woman with retail theft and related charges after police say she used an 8-year-old relative to help her steal items from a Bala Cynwyd retail store.
Categories: Lower Merion

Three burglaries reported in Lower Merion over the weekend

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:21
Lower Merion police report three burglaries occurred over the past weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Update: Phone stolen and recovered during alleged strong armed robbery in Merion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 09:52
Lower Merion police are investigating the alleged theft of a cell phone from a male near Meeting House Lane and Montgomery Avenue in Merion that occurred Aug. 9 at 11:23 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 12

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-08-12 07:48
The Daily Numbers: 63, age of comic genius Robin Williams, who died on Sunday.

2 more men fatally shot on streets of Chester.

3 fatal shootings on the weekend.

20, number of homicides in the city so far this year if the most recent 2 are ruled as such by ME’s office.

260 acres from Eagle to Reed roads in Marple that are being auctioned off by the archdiocese. A Jenkintown firm looks to have the top bid.

5 state universities, including Cheyney, considering layoffs to fight budget problems.

10 years in prison for an Upper Chichester man in a string of robberies.

4 more Delco towns targeted for spraying this week to control mosquito population.

23,800 dollars being spent by Brookhaven for a GEO Plan mapping software program.

63, age of man struck and killed by hit-run driver in Chester over weekend.

16 point gain for the stock market yesterday.

2 billion dollar loss racked up by the U.S. Postal Service.

1 as in Day 1 for fall sports practice for Delco high schools on Monday.

1, as in Day 1 of the post-Algeo era at Cardinal O’Hara football. The team honored their former coach before starting practice.

5-3 loss for the Phils to the Mets.

3 of 4 games in the series taken by the Mets.

2 run homer for Darin Ruf in a spot start.

9 outs, what starter David Buchanan needed to record what would have been a team-high 7th win. Didn’t happen. He fell to 6-6 instead.

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

That David Buchanan was vying for what would be the team-high 7th win yesterday pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this season.

I Don’t Get It: Gunshots continue to fly in Chester, with deadly results.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the city Community Liaison Program, which continues to struggle to turn the city around and end the violence.

Quote Box: “It will have a significant impact in areas such as quality of life and tax base.”

- Marple Solicitor Adam Matlawski, on sale and possible development of tract near Cardinal O’Hara High School.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Memories of Mork ... and Boulder Colo.

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-08-12 07:12
Mork is gone.

That's always the way I will remember Robin Williams.

In 1978, the brilliant comic's manic act exploded into living rooms across the nation in the sitom "Mork and Mindy." Williams played a visitor from another planet who set up house with the lovely Pam Dawber.

More importantly, the show was set in Boulder, Colo., where I happened to be attending classes at the University of Colorado.

They used a facade of a house in town as the setting for the intro for the show, and Boulder's famous Flatirons that loom over the town at the edge of the Rockies also made an appearance. You could actually walk past the house on Pine Street and see that it was the same one used on the TV show. Last night a crowd gathered once again outside the quaint house on learning that Williams had died. Many brought signs and flowers.

Of course, Williams went on to be much more than Mork.

I actually liked his dramatic appearances such as his great turn as a psychologist dealing with the sullen but brilliant Boston bad boy Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting."

I actually used to think a lot of his comedy started to blur together in the same schtick. But even I have to admit I enjoyed watching 'Mrs. Doubtfire' a million times with my kids. They loved it.

Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. Police say he took his own life.

Here's a look at some of the highlights of his career.

And a photo gallery of his career.

Little did we know back in 1978 of the genius that grew from Mork.

I don't think genius is hyperbole when describing Williams' work.

But to me, he will always spark a memory of another life, a lifetime ago, in Boulder, Colo.

Nanu, nanu, old friend.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Fighting the violence in Chester

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-08-12 06:39
Turning around the city of Chester is not an easy task. Violent weekends like the one that just rattled the city don't help.

Police are investigating three different fatal shootings - including one that took the life of an innocent bystander - as well as a fatal hit-run accident.

The job of changing the image of Chester - both in the eyes of city residents and those who live outside its limits in Delaware County and region - is the job of the mayor's Community Liaison Office.

It's being tackled by people like Jonathan Abdur-Rahim King, Nicole Cogdell and Fred Green.

I think I might have jinxed them. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a business mixer at City Hall, and remarked to several people how quiet it's been since the city put 'Operation City Surge' into place after an initial spurt of violence at the beginning of the summer.

Unfortunately, things have gone downhill since.

That's whey they are pushing a series of community events.

This Saturday They are holding a Chester boot camp in Memorial Park with personal trainer Roland Taylor. If you want to register for the event, call 610-447-7700, ext. 1003.

The Community Liaison Office also is looking for more volunteers for their very successful Safe Corridors Program. Volunteers man key intersections near city schools to be sure kids stay safe and any potential incidents are short-circuited before they get serious.

And this Thursday the Community Liaison Office will hold a Safe Playgrounds Launch 6-8 p.m. at the Showalter Playground. If you're interested in helping, call the Community Liaison Office at 610-447-7700, ext 1202.

They can't do this alone. They need the city's help and cooperation.

Get involved if you have an interest in turning the city around.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A meeting with Pa. House Majority leader Mike Sturzai

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-08-12 06:02
We must be getting close to election season - and we're still weeks away from Labor Day.

Used to be the fall campaigns did not start until summer was over. Those days are long gone. Now it sometimes seems like all campaigning, all the time.

Are you tired of the Wolf and Corbett ads yet?

Today our regional editorial board is getting a visit with state House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Turzai, R-28. The Republican from Allegheny County was in Philly yesterday to talk about funding for Philly schools and that controversial cigarette tax for city residents only the district says it needs to get the schools open on time.

Turzai pledged to work to get it passed, but admitted it likely will not happen until September. School officials still are not guaranteeing they can get city schools open on time.

Turzai will be here in our offices in beautiful downtown Primos.

I plan to ask him about the state pension crisis, as well as other state budget items, including education funding - a hot-button issue here in Delaware County.

But the truth is there is another reason I am looking forward to meeting Turzai. He is one of the state's leading proponents of one of my favorite topics - getting the state out of the booze business. So you can bet I will ask where that issue stands, even though I think I know. It's not going to happen.

How about you? Do you have a question for the House Majority leader. Do you, like me, wonder why, with a Republican governor and GOP control of both the House and Senate, Gov. Tom Corbett has so much trouble getting his key agenda items passed?

If you have a question you'd like to see Rep. Turzai answer, email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I will put it to him during our session this afternoon.
Categories: Pennsylvania

r.i.p. robin williams

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-08-11 22:32


“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society

I don’t usually write about things like celebrities dying. But this evening I am. The news just broke today that actor Robin Williams is dead of an apparent suicide at age 63.

We were introduced to Robin Williams in 1978 when Mork and Mindy hit television. We giggled at his antics as an alien in a funky red outfit, and then we watched his transition to film. The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), the incredibly moving and fantastic Dead Poets Society (filmed at St. Andrews School in 1989), and howled at Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), loved Good Will Hunting (1997).

Basically every year since Mork and Mindy there was something or several somethings with Robin Williams in it.

But every time he was interviewed you saw other sides to him. Depression, manic behavior, substance abuse. Media referred to him as the “funniest man alive”, and like many other comedic geniuses there was this other side that was profoundly dark and sad.

Today, Robin Williams demons apparently got the best of him. According to the Los Angeles Times:

Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said he appears to have committed suicide.

The news of the beloved actor’s death rocked the nation. Channels broke into their usual programming to make the announcement, and within minutes, Williams dominated online trending topics. Even President Obama noted his passing.

Williams, hailed as a comic genius, was a star of movies and television for more than three decades. He also suffered from substance abuse problems.

The actor “has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist Mara Buxbaum said. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

So tragic. So sad.

CNN: Robin Williams dead; family, friends and fans are ‘totally devastated’ By Alan Duke, CNN updated 9:21 PM EDT, Mon August 11, 2014


(CNN) — Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.
“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Office.
Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011. Schneider sent a written statement to CNN through the representative.

Robin Williams And The ‘O Captain’ Scene That Inspired A Generation The Huffington Post | By Jessica Goodman Email Posted: 08/11/2014 8:33 pm EDT Updated: 1 hour ago


When Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11, the world looked back on his most memorable roles from his diverse and iconic career. His performance as John Keating, an influential and empowering high school teacher, in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society” stood out among the rest.

The scene in which his students recite “O Captain! My Captain,” an homage to Walt Whitman’s poem, has become an indelible part of pop culture. It’s an onscreen moment that honors Williams as a fictional teacher and a metaphorical one to the young actors in the movie. Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Robert Sean Leonard stand on top of desks and take Keating’s side at the prep school. Together, they honor his intellect and compassion.

RIP Robin Williams

Oh Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Source: Leaves of Grass (1891)


Categories: Pennsylvania

Actor, comedian Robin Williams dies at 63

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 21:14
Robin Williams, the former College of Marin student who rose to stardom as a comedian and Oscar-winning actor, was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for August 11, 2014 - "Saints and Sinners"

The Daily Salvo - Mon, 2014-08-11 14:26
The Daily Salvo for August 11, 2014 - "Saints and Sinners"
In a world full sinners, we need more saints. And those of us who are sinners can help make this happen by those preparing for the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

butterflies!!!!

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:47


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Pedestrian robbed in Merion Saturday night

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:38
Lower Merion police report a pedestrian was tackled and robbed at Montgomery Avenue, near Maplewood Road, in Merion late Saturday evening.
Categories: Lower Merion

Three burglaries reported in Lower Merion over the weekend

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:38
Lower Merion police report three burglaries occurred over the past weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mad Mex to open at Wynnewood Shopping Center Monday

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:01
The transformation from books to burritos is complete.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line moon is Super!

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:07
Mostly clear skies enabled Main Line residents to gaze at the full moon Sunday evening. The so-called "Super Moon" was the biggest and closest of the year. In addition to the full moon, sky watchers can also look for the Perseid Meteor shower before dawn over the next three days.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 11

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:04
The Daily Numbers: 3 incidents of domestic abuse that have resulted in death to women in Delco recently, 2 of them in the last 10 days.

1988, year when Tina Fey graduated from Upper Darby High. She’s coming back for a fundraiser to help the Upper Darby Summer Stage Program this week.

1976, when Harry Dietzler started the Upper Darby Summer Stage Program.

700 participants currently in the program ranging in age from 11 to 28.

100 staff members involved in the program.

1 man shot and killed in Chester over the weekend.

22, age of Darby Borough man gunned down over weekend.

200 acres near Cardinal O’Hara High School sold by the archdiocese that will be developed.

44 million dollars, believed to be the top bid for the property.

48, age of Philly man now charged with strangling his wife in Pennypacker Park.

2 suspects being sought in shooting deaths of man and woman in South Philly.

4 men shot in Feltonville section of Philly Saturday night.

7-6 win for the Phillies over the Mets.

6-1 deficit the Phils erased in rallying for the win.

9 RBI over the home stand for Ryan Howard.

3rd walkoff winning hit for Howard this week.

54 years since the Eagles won their last NFL title, in Franklin Field, where they held open practice yesterday.

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

Nick Foles did nothing Friday night to chase away the doubters who still wonder if he is the Eagles’ future.

I Don’t Get It: Domestic violence. It’s really simple. You never hit a woman. Never.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Upper Darby Summer Stage Program, which will get a helping hand from a well-known alum, Tina Fey, this weekend.

Quote Box: “One of the black-letter laws in our field is that over time, domestic violence increases in frequency and security. It’s just a matter of time.”

- Rita Arnold, executive director of the Delaware County Domestic Abuse Project.
Categories: Pennsylvania

PHOTO: Haverford police train with drone for emergency operations

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:41
Haverford Township Police are using drones in Haverford for accidents, fire and SWAT operations. On Aug. 1, 2014, they were using it to film aerial shots at Merry Place during Life. Be In It Day. Below, Deputy Chief John Viola and Lt. Michael Glenn attach the camera to the drone.
Categories: Lower Merion