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Cold, Lower Merion? Warm Up With Some Classic Holiday TV

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 14:10
Some of your favorites — and some that you never want to see again — are already being broadcast.
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Haverford School grad admits lead role in Main Line Drug Take Over Project

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 13:32
NORRISTOWN – A graduate of The Haverford School who once played for the water polo and lacrosse teams on an athletic scholarship before becoming a college dropout has admitted to being the leader of a pot peddling ring dubbed the “Main Line Take Over Project” in Montgomery County.
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Local Toys for Tots Short on Donations This Season, Organizers Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:09
The branch that serves Montgomery County is in need of donations this holiday season.
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Lower Merion School District officials celebrating double honors this week

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 09:43
Lower Merion school district officials this week are acknowledging double honors as the school district was ranked fourth best in the nation in a recent survey and representatives from Merion Elementary School were in Washington, D.C., to receive recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.
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Pope Francis confirms September 2015 visit to Philadelphia

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 09:43
VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis has made it official: He’s coming to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families.
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3-Bedroom Haverford Road Home for Rent in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 09:28
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Montco Warns Residents to be Wary of Sheriff's Deputy Scam

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 08:55
Scammers are calling residents and posing as sheriff’s deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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Service Restored, But Expect Residual Delays, SEPTA Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-11-18 08:42
A downed tree Monday night lead to the suspension of service on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line during the evening commute.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 18

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-11-18 08:22
The Daily Numbers: 417 million dollar economic impact coming to Philly along with Pope Francis when he visits for World Meeting on Families next September.

45 million dollar cost to put it on. Half of that has already been raised.

11,500 hotel rooms in the city.

40,000 in the region. They’re all expected to be booked solid.

2 million people that could attend outdoor Mass to close out the conference.

10,000 Catholic schoolchildren in the Philly area who wrote the pontiff letters urging him to attend.

2nd casino license for Philadelphia could be awarded today.

4 finalists, including the favorite, which would put the new gambling mecca near the South Philly sports complex.

12 miles up I-95 from Harrah’s in Chester to the 9th and Packer site. That’s one of the reason why Harrah’s is opposing the move.

20 pounds, what an abused pit bull weighed when she was rescued from yard in Chester. She’s been nursed back to health by the Delco SPCA and is now ready to be adopted.

600,000 dollars at the heart of charges filed against an Aston woman believed to have ripped off the company she worked for.

0 tax hike in the preliminary budget for Trainer Borough.

40 applications for charter schools received by Philadelphia School District.

27 degrees, the low overnight.

32, the expected high today.

20, expected low overnight and into tomorrow morning. That would tie the record for the date.

10 straight losses to open the season for the Sixers.

25 point loss last night as they fall 100-75 to Spurs.

27-24 loss for the Titans, who the Eagles play on Sunday at the Linc, to the Steelers in Monday Night Football.

52-27 win for Delco Christian as they capture District One/12 Class A football crown.

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

How games can the Sixers lose in a row to start the season. The 1972-73 Sixers, who set the mark for futility with their epic 9-73 season, lost their first 15 games. That mark looks to be in serious jeopardy.

I Don’t Get It: Kathleen Kane. The state’s attorney general is in the headlines again. This time she says her office is the target of a grand jury investigation, but that she is the real victim in this case. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Delco Christian for capturing the District One/12 Class A football crown.

Quote Box: “Even if the pope weren’t coming, it would be a huge event that week. With the pole coming, it kind of puts it in the stratosphere.”

- Rev. James Olson, president of Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School, on word Pope Francis is coming for the World Meeting on Families in September.
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Sure bet: Controversy to follow today's casino announcement

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:43
It's crunch time for the region's gambling meccas.

The state Gaming Control Board will convene at 1 o'clock in Philadelphia, at which time they are expected to announce their decision in awarding the city's second casino license.

Every indication is that it will go to the group boosting the Live! Hotel & Casino at 9th and Packer in South Philly, near the sports complex.

That's exactly 12 miles up I-95 from Harrah's in Chester.

And that is just one of the reasons why Harrah's, as well as officials in both Chester and Delaware County believe it's a bad idea. They all want the board to delay the decision.

So do residents in South Philly who are not thrilled with the idea of having a casino as a neighbor.

Then there's the city's existing casino. That would be SugarHouse. As you can guess, they don't want any more competition either.

Without question the entity most in danger is Harrah's in Chester.

Their revenue has been declining as more and more casinos joined the fray. They got hurt when Parx opened in Bucks County, and again when a smaller casino opened in King of Prussia.

Slots play at Harrah's has been going in reverse for years. Now a similar trend is hitting their table games action. The Gaming Control Board yesterday reported that table games revenue at Harrah's was down 19 percent from a year ago, from $6 million to $4.9 million this year.

Harrah's provides a big chunk of revenue for the city of Chester. It's also one of the city's bigger employers.

In other words, there will be a lot of nervous people around 1 o'clock this afternoon.

You might say it's a sure bet.
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Pope's visit will be economic blockbuster

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:18
Have you heard? The pope is coming.

Pope Francis made it official in the middle of the night early Monday, confirming that he will come to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families.

Part of the festivities will be an outdoor Mass on Logan Circle on the Ben Franklin Parkway, reminiscent of the glorious sight of Pope John Paul II celebrating Mass with more than a million of his closest friends back in 1979.

This time conference leaders are saying the throng could hit the two million mark.

The conference will be an economic blockbuster for the region. Expect hotel rooms for that week to start disappearing fast. The guess here is that hotel rooms in Delco also will be sold out.

To find out how Delco reacted to the news, click here.

Even though it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the pontiff would attend, it's still big news, for a lot of reasons. The eyes of the world will focus on Philly for the World Meeting of Families, set for Sept. 22-27. The pope is, after all, a head of state, that being the Vatican.

He's also leader of the world's millions of Catholics and will draw people from across the globe to Philly.

Then there is the economic jolt the pope will provide. As well as the cost. The confab is expected to cost $45 million, including some seriously beef-ed up security. Half of that already has been raised, according to the organizing committee.

But that's nothing when compared to the economic benefits. The weeklong event will have an economic impact in the neighborhood of $417 million, according to Jack Ferguson, CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Hotels will be packed. There are 11,500 hotels rooms in the city and about 40,000 across the region, including Delaware County. It's likely they all will be booked solid. Committee members yesterday indicated they likely will be looking for "host families" to house some people who can't find rooms.

The host families were stressed by Donna Farrell, who is serving as executive director for the World Meeting of Families. She's a Delco girl, who lives in Springfield.

"Without that (the host families), we cannot accommodate all of our visitors coming from all over the world," Farrell said.
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Youngs Ford Road closed Tuesday for PECO work

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:09
Youngs Ford Road is closed from Monticello Road to Limberlost Road due to PECO doing work. It is unknown for how long the closure will be.
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Lower Merion fords closed

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-11-18 07:09
Lower Merion Township has announced that the fords at Old Gulph Road and Righters Mill Road have been closed indefinitely, due to continuing rain and projected temperatures. Motorists should follow alternate routes.
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The Sixers are a perfect 10 - uh, never mind

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-11-18 06:44
The Sixers remain perfect.

A perfect 0-10 that is.

Last night they got blown out again, this time by the Spurs in San Antonio. The final was 100-75.

Once again Michael Carter Williams and Nerlins Noel did not start the game. I'm not quite sure I understand this, if it's possible to understand anything the Sixers do as they tank a second consecutive season as a means to gain the kind of high draft picks they believe they need to become a championship contender.

In case you're wondering, that infamous 9-73 Sixers team that set the mark for losing in 1972-73 lost their first 15 games of the season. I'd say that mark is in serious jeopardy from this bunch.

It's clear the owners don't care about winning, at least not this year. They want people to be patient, to see the bigger picture. Unfortunately, the bigger picture does not come with a guarantee.

Nerlins Noel is offering scant evidence that he is going to be a difference-maker.

Joel Embiid is not playing.

How are those high draft picks working out for you so far?
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Downed Tree Halts Service on Paoli/Thorndale Line

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 19:14
Did the SEPTA shutdown leave you stranded Monday night?
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Bundle Up: Record-Breaking Cold Tuesday Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 18:49
The current forecast calls for a low of 19 on Tuesday.
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Calling All Lower Merion Small Businesses: Tell Us Your Story!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 18:28
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29. Support the small businesses that make Lower Merion great!
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Professional Scam Operation Great at Scamming, Not So Great at Teaching Kids

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 16:53
Stop giving these people our money! A new study by Research for Action has found that Pennsylvania’s cyber-charter sector continues to yield subpar results on the state’s...
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Make It Harder, Not Easier, to Get Property Tax Exemptions

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 15:22
Rep. Mike Hanna nails it. The local property tax exemption for charitable organizations is already way too loose, and should become tighter. Property-tax exemptions should be distributed about...
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Montco Declares 'Code Blue' Emergency

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 14:16
The cold-weather emergency declaration is in place through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.
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