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Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput praises Waldron over firing of gay teacher

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-07-20 07:47
Eleven days after a Waldron Mercy Academy director was allegedly fired for being in a same-sex marriage, the Philadelphia Archdiocese has said it  had no involvment in the decision to fire the woman. In a statement released Monday, however, Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput said he is "grateful" to those who made the desicion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: 2 arrested for alleged purse theft at Bala Cynwyd department store

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-07-20 07:47
Lower Merion police arrested two people in the alleged theft of designer purses at the Lord and Taylor store in Bala Cynwyd July 7.
Categories: Lower Merion

For 15 years City Avenue district bike patrol has been helping visitors along City Avenue

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-07-20 07:47
Although they are not police officers, when visitors walking along City Avenue see them they often think they are. They are the Community Service Representatives of the City Avenue Special Services District (CASSD) who have been helping visitors along City Avenue for the past 15 years. A better way of thinking about them is more like ambassadors for the CASSD because on most days they are probably the most visible aspect district.
Categories: Lower Merion

Papal Passes for regional rails will be red hot today

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-20 07:05
The only thing hotter than the weather today likely will be the SEPTA website.

That's because tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m. for the special regional rail passes you will need to get in and out of the city for the two days that that Pope Francis will be in town for the World Meeting of Families in late September.

You can get all the details here.

There are several things to keep in mind, both for getting today and for much of that week in late September.

First - and maybe foremost - be patient. This is going to be something of a slog. And it's likely going to start today when people deluge the SEPTA website trying to get tickets.

The tickets are only being sold online, you will not be able to buy them at any SEPTA stations or on board the rails during your normal commute.

Also, remember that your normal tickets and passes for the regional rail lines will not do you any good on those two key dates, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, when the pontiff will visit the city, and take part in World Meeting of Families activitites, including a massive outdoor Mass set for Sunday afternoon on the Parkway.

You will have to buy one of the special passes to even consider getting on board.

SEPTA says it will sell 175,000 passes for each day. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to sell out today, and if SEPTA will possibly add additional sales.

Then, on those days, there will be additional limits on rail travel. There will be two main pushes to get people into the city in the morning. You will only be able to board the regional rail lines and specific stations. One of them happens to be right here in Primos.

I've joked we should sell some of the parking spaces both in front and in back of the building. At least I think I was joking.

SEPTA says they learning from their experience getting the throngs into the city for the Phillies World Series Parade back in 2008.

That's one of the reason they are staggering the times you can get into the city.

But what also interests me is what will happen when people head back to the trains at night after the festivities.

I give SEPTA credit. They are telling people now that there will long lines, and also reminding people that they will have to walk some distances once they're in the city.

We want to hear from people trying to get rail passes for the pope visit today. Email me at editor@delcotimes.com and we'll get back to you.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Dems the breaks for Sestak, Democrats

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-20 06:40
My gut tells me that Joe Sestak is going to be the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

That does not mean there are not going to be plenty of twists and turns along the way.

For instance, there is Philly Democratic Party boss Bob Brady, who seems intent on "anybody but Sestak."

The bad blood between the two goes back a ways, to the time Sestak thumbed his nose at party leaders who wanted him to step aside to allow party-switching U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter take the party's nod. Instead Sestak dug in his heels, challenged Specter in the primary and beat him, only to lose a close race to Toomey back in 2010.

Now he wants a rematch.

But first he needs to capture the party nod. It's not going to be easy.

I talk about it in my Monday print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

How hot was it? Saluting the sounds of summer

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-20 06:30
I had to smile when I opened the front door early this morning to start my daily commute.

There were several reasons for the smile.

One, I kind of knew what to expect as soon as I opened the door and was hit by that air that felt like a steamed, wet blanket. Here's some news for you. It's summer, mid-July in fact, and it's hot. Stop the presses.

That, of course, will not stop our friends in TV from hyperventilating about the weather. I know the drill, just take everything they do in the winter and reverse it.

Look, I don't blame them. I'm doing the same thing in this blog. People like to talk about - and ready about - the weather. There is an excessive heat warning (whatever that actually means) in effect until 8 p.m.

Yesterday was a sizzler. How hot was it? I actually retreated from the deck and took cover on the covered patio underneath yesterday morning as I made my way through the Sunday paper.

Yes, I still like to sit outside and read the paper. Yes, it was hot. Very hot. Bring it on. I love it.

That was, until the sweat started soaking through my shirt. That's when I thought better of it and took cover in the shade.

But I had no intention of retreating inside.

In fact, I spent most of the afternoon luxuriating in that steam bath, while listening to the Phillies game.

Of course it helped that the Phils have started the second half of the season by impersonating a real, live Major League baseball team.

After winning the first two games of their series vs. the Marlins, the Phils sent Cole Hamels to the mound in what might be the last game he ever starts in Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies. The trade deadline looms at the end of the month, and pretty much everyone expects Hamels to be sporting a different uniform.

Amazingly for a guy who seems to get next to no run support every time he takes the mound, the Phils actually spotted Hamels a nice lead. Of course, Hamels immediately went back out the next inning and gave it right back.

Still, it was nice to listen to the Phillies game when it was actually interesting.

Those who know me realize there is almost nothing I enjoy more than a scorching summer day, the Phillies on the radio, and a cold beverage in my hand.

Yesterday afternoon was no exception. The only thing better is doing so during a night game. Of course, I no longer have my screened-in porch for that summer delight, and usually get chased inside by the skeeters that delight in feasting on my every time I sit outside in the summer.

The neighborhood was eerily quiet yesterday afternoon, aside from the constant hum of air-conditioners.

That and the cicadas singing their song of summer were all I needed. Every once in awhile my wife would check on me to see if I was still conscious and had not succumbed to heat stroke.

This morning I am being bombarded with warnings to stay inside in the air-conditioning.

I'll grit my teeth and wait until I can get home tonight, strip off this suit and tie, don a T-shirt and shorts, and make a beeline for the deck, radio in one hand, iced tea in the other, and a stack of newspapers under my arm.

Bring it on, Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson. Welcome, Mr. Cicada.

They are the sounds of summer.

And I exult in them.
Categories: Pennsylvania

reader request: anyone remember this place?

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-07-19 14:16

One of my readers is trying to find information out on this old farm that used to be in her husband’s family. It was his grandfathers farm. His family later sold the property to Church  Farms School and it is believed that it was used for dormitory and other uses. 

It was on Swedesford Road. I do not know if pieces of it still exist or not. If you have any information please leave it in the comments. 

These photos were taken in the 1950s. The farm was somewhere near the intersection of Ship Road and Swedesford



Categories: Pennsylvania

One-Day Passes For Pope Visit Go On Sale July 20

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-07-19 13:03
All riders must purchase the special passes. Quantities will be limited, SEPTA said.
Categories: Lower Merion

How Soon Will GOP Abandon “Majority of the Majority” Tactic in PA Budget Standoff?

Keystone Politics - Sun, 2015-07-19 10:03
Marc Levy has the most important read of the PA budget season, on the Republicans’ “majority of the majority” tactic that’s preventing a budget from getting passed. Simply...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

OMG PD: Top 10 Police Stories This Week In Pa.

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-07-19 10:03
Join us as we count down the top 10 strangest police stories this week on Patch sites across Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

vintage sewing fun

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-07-18 20:58

If you don’t sew at  all you’re not going to understand why this is so fun, but if you do you will totally get it!

We stopped at one of my favorite spots today so I could do a little treasure hunting. And for $8 look what I found!

It’s a pin cushion rocking chair. It has a little drawer for buttons and thimbles and notions, a slot for scissors, and six places where you can place spools of thread.

It was handmade by a man in Oregon long ago (he affixed a little paper label in the very back of the drawer).

I don’t sew a lot, but I do sew a bit. I do some embroidery, crewel work, needlepoint and am not a traditional quilter but like restoring vintage quilts sometimes so they can remain in use. And I do the basic darning and hemming and button sewing most leave these days for their dry cleaners.   

To me this pincushion is a lot of fun! I have an old fashioned rectangular picnic basket to store most of my sewing stuff, but this is perfect for a few spools of basic colored thread , needles, straight pins, and some extra buttons and things!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Pa. Among America's 'Least Healthy' Democracies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-07-18 16:02
A new study ranks Pennsylvania 43rd out of 51.
Categories: Lower Merion

local rave: spread love

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-07-18 16:02

 There is a woman in Honeybrook who makes the most amazing jams, jellies, spreads, hot sauce, mustard, pickles eat, you name it!  Her name is Shirley and she is definitely a preserving and canning goddess!

You can find her business Spread Love Jellies Jams and Condiments on Facebook and she also gives cooking lessons two individuals and groups.

Homemade deliciousness like this is a weakness and these are excellent! Among the things you should try is her tomato jam.

You can find her products at a lot of local places and can contact her through her Facebook page and via email shirlandis (at) gmail (dot) com. She says she will have a regular website soon!

Categories: Pennsylvania

the former church farms houses rotting away….

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-07-18 13:55

I always think this is a shame whenever I drive by.  And a waste as well as developer-driven blight.     

Categories: Pennsylvania

Indoor Skydiving / Joe Paterno Beer Can / Woman Disrobes On I-95 / Workplace Stabbing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-07-18 13:06
Catch up on recent news in Eastern Pennsylvania, including strangest police stories and a Good News roundup.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dr. John, The Original Orlons Performing Around Main Line On Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-07-18 10:02
Here’s some of the events happening around the Main Line area on Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: 2 arrested for alleged purse theft at Bala Cynwyd department store

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-07-17 16:12
Lower Merion police arrested two people in the alleged theft of designer purses at the Lord and Taylor store in Bala Cynwyd July 7.
Categories: Lower Merion

This Weekend: 100-Degree Heat, Heavy Downpours, 'Gusty' Thunderstorms

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-17 14:35
Officials advise residents to take precautions this weekend. When will the weekend's high temperatures be reached?
Categories: Lower Merion

Concerts and Water Fights With Pirates: Main Line Events This Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-17 14:01
Author signing, water fights with pirates and a concert round out the list of events happening around the Main Line Saturday
Categories: Lower Merion