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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 25

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-25 07:52
The Daily Numbers: 3 more group homes for residents of Don Guanella being proposed for the Notre Dame de Lourdes grounds in Ridley.

230 acres in Concord Township known as Beaver Valley that is at center of dispute between those looking to develop the tract and those seeking to retain it as open space.

5,500 signatures on petition that opposed the original plan. The number of houses has not been reduced and it is being submitted.

16.9 acre parcel in Concord known as the Hall property that also is looking at changes.

12 residents who protested in Brookhaven Sunday. They’re also upset about the loss of open space and the possible development of 30 acres of the 55-acre Chester Water Authority property at Edgmont and Coebourn Boulevard in the borough.

83 pounds of pot worth $360,000 along with $8,473 in cash seized in a raid on a home in Upper Darby.

460,250 in contributions accepted in 2013 by Joe Sestak without filing a needed statement of candidacy, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

1 person killed in motorcycle accident on I-95 in Ridley Sunday morning.

2 women found shot to death in home in Holmesburg section of Philly Saturday.

6.0 earthquake that rattle the Napa Valley outside San Francisco early Sunday morning.

30 aftershocks reported, with the biggest weighing in at 3.6 on Richter Scale.

3 people who suffered serious injuries in the quake.

4-2 win for the Union over Earthquakes at PPL Park Sunday.

7-1 win for Phillies over Cardinals.

8 strong innings for starter Jerome Williams, scattering 5 hits and giving up just 1 run.

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

Maybe it’s just me. I agree that it was nice to have that homecoming yesterday for the Taney Dragons. But that’s it. Why exactly are they getting a parade, usually reserved for teams that have championships. Time to leave these great kids alone and just let them be kids.

I Don’t Get It: Must be nice living in the San Francisco area, rocked by a 6.0 earthquake early Sunday, and wondering when exactly the ‘Big One’ will arrive.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the kids from Broomall-Newtown Babe Ruth. Their 13 team won a national title and the 13-15 team is seeking one this week. Kudos to all involved!

Quote Box: “We feel for the men of Don Guanella, but we feel that we have done our part.”

- Ridley Commission Tom Donovan, on word that three more group homes are being proposed for the Notre Dame de Lourdes parish site in the township.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A community rallies around softball

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-25 07:02
Never underestimate the resolve of the people of Delaware County.

That would be particularly true to those devotees of that summer tradition in these parts - softball.

Our annual Champs 'N' Charity softball tournament was in danger of taking a sabbatical this year. For a lot of reasons, the tourney we've run for more than a quarter century to benefit the American Cancer Society was in danger. That's when the community got involved.

It's not the first time the people in the lower end of the county have rallied to preserve something that is at the essence of their lives.

It's in today's print column.
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The Taney celebration continues; Broomall-Newtown has champions as well

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-25 06:46
The Taney Dragons bandwagon marches on.

Good for them.

Yesterday the champion Philly Little League team were welcomed home with a huge block party at LOVE Park in the city as they returned from Williamsport.

This morning they're in the Big Apple for an appearance on the 'Today' Show.

All of that is well and good.

But Mayor Michael Nutter has now gone once step further, saying the city will throw a parade for the Taney kids on Wednesday.

Am I the only one who believes this is now teetering on the brink of overkill?

Perhaps saddled with the Sports Illustrated curse after star pitcher Mo'ne Davis became the first Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of the sports mag, the Dragons promptly fell to Vegas, and then were elminated in a gut-wrenching loss to another urban team, from Chicago.

The Jackie Robinson team from Chicago in turn fell to South Korea in the championship game on Sunday.

I'm all for Taney. They were the feel-good sports story of the summer at a time when we direly need some good news.

I'm just not sure I'd be throwing them a parade.

In the meantime, overlooked in all this focus on Little League is the fact that the region does in fact have a national champion youth baseball team.

That would be the Broomall-Newtown team that captured the Babe Ruth 13 Prep World Series last weekend in Glen Allen, Va. And Broomall-Newtown is not done.

They'll be going for a twin-killing this week when their Babe Ruth 13-15 team looks to capture a second national title this week. They're playing on the left coast, out in Longview, Washington. You can read about their exploits here.

The town is planning a celebration for both teams next weekend.

You can bet we'll be there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

traditional folk music and old friends

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-08-24 20:52

Last evening thanks to Tredyffrin Library in Tredyffrin Township I had a real treat: being able to listen to traditional folk music and to see an old friend.

When I was a little girl I had a friend named Aubrey Atwater.  After grade school we went our separate ways but as adults reconnected via e-mail and Facebook. She and her husband Elwood Donnelly live in Rhode Island and are folk singers who specialize in traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance.  They are known as Atwater-Donnelly. Thanks to them and artists like them, a very beautiful form of music (like the music performed by the Carter family and Jean Ritchie , for example) and story telling are preserved.

My childhood friend and her lovely husband actually have quite the following and in recent years have been at more local locations to us, like the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  Although based in Rhode Island they have traveled extensively with their music for over 25 years not only in the U.S. but Ireland, England, and Canada. They have produced seven books, thirteen recordings, and have also been featured in a documentary.

Aubrey and Elwood have beautiful voices and they play such an amazing range of instruments.  Among the instruments they play which I love are the banjo, mandolin, and dulcimer.  They play as a duo and with their band. I am in awe of their talent.

If you want to check them out, visit their website. Many thanks to the Tredyffrin Township Library on Upper Gulph Road for scheduling such a fun event!

Categories: Pennsylvania

One of Phillies' Owners Dies at 83

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-08-24 14:06
Sara L. "Sally" Buck had been part of the ownership team since 1981, the Phillies said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Will Tropical Storm Cristobal Hit the Jersey Shore?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-08-23 15:40
The National Hurricane Center has issued a “Special Tropical Weather Outlook” for a storm that could impact the Jersey Shore on Labor Day.
Categories: Lower Merion

ICYMI: Dragons' Wild Ride, Drug Ring Sentencing and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-08-23 15:37
This week’s top stories from around the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Serious accident closes Wynnewood Road

Main Line Times - Sat, 2014-08-23 15:08
A serious accident has closed Wynnewood Road at Old West Wynnewood Road in Lower Merion.  A SUV, a sedan and a van collided shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. The occupant of the sedan was medivaced to a trauma center.
Categories: Lower Merion

As Venus and Jupiter Hug in the Sky, Moon Will Join Party for Cosmic Triangle

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:25
If you’re an early morning riser – and even if you’re not – set the alarm to see one of skywatchers' "11 must-see events for 2014."
Categories: Lower Merion

Do You Know PA's School Bus Stopping Law?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:57
With school starting soon, it's a good time to remind yourself about the law when it comes to stopping for school buses.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for August 22, 2014 - "Playing Dumb About Smart Meters"

The Daily Salvo - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:57
The Daily Salvo for August 22, 2014 - "Playing Dumb About Smart Meters"
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Police: Multiple Thefts From Unlocked Vehicles in Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-08-22 12:49
Cash and loose change were taken from the vehicles.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wister Road Home Among Local Properties in Foreclosure

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-08-22 12:44
Find Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood properties in foreclosure from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova burglary, unlocked cars entered in Merion area

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 11:47
Lower Merion police report a home on the 1500 block of Old Gulph Road in Villanova was burglarized. The burglary occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Thieves gained entry through an open second-floor window and took portable electronic devices.
Categories: Lower Merion

Motorcycle, bicycles stolen from Penn Wynne garage

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:53
A resident of the 1500 Block Manoa Rd., Penn Wynne, called police about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday evening after finding his garage door open and several bicycles that had been behind his garage  missing. The resident saw several young male subjects in the rear alley with bikes. Police determined the youth were not involved however they were able to identify a number od suspects..
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line History: Test your knowledge of small Main Line colleges

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:39
It’s that time of year when college students are either coming back to town or embarking on their first year of college. 
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 22

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 6-5 loss for the Taney Dragons to kids from Chicago, ending their run at the Little League World Series.

3 women who have come forward with complaints of harassment against a Community Services supervisor.

15,000 dollars in debt that threatens the future of the oldest public library in the country, right here in Darby Borough.

7,000 dollars in electrical work that the building also needs.

271 years, how long the Darby Library has been in operation after setting up shop in 1743.

1.292 million, how much the Ridley School District spent to replace the bleachers at Phil Marion Field.

1972, when a Broomall woman was told she would not be allowed to compete in the Little League World Series with her team of all boys. Yes, we’ve come a long way.

200 freshmen who arrived on the Widener University campus to start their college careers with a day of service. 60 point hike for the stock market yesterday to close at 17,039.49.

4 straight months that existing home sales have risen.

67.9 million dollars in gifts for Temple University in the fiscal year ending June 30. It’s the 2nd straight year the North Philly school has shattered its own record.

19 of 29 for Nick Foles in the crucial Game 3 of the exhibition season vs. the Steelers last night.

31-21 win for the Birds as both the 1st team defense and offense looked to be firing on all cylinders.

17-0 lead for the Birds at halftime.

31 yard field goal missed by Alex Henery, after he made a 36-yarder. That’s not a good sign.

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

That giant hissing sound you heard last night was a huge sigh of relief from Eagles fans. Nick Foles and the first-team offense were sharp in dominating Steelers. So was the defense. Bring on the regular season.

I Don’t Get It: Why do we still have to sit through another pre-season game?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons. Hold your heads high. You’re winners in our book.

Quote Box: “He used his position to take sexual advantage of these women. That type of conducts is outrageous and intolerable.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, on charges filed against supervisor at Delaware County Community Services.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Extraction tax fight making for strange bedfellows here in Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:12
There will be a delicious bit of political irony on display here in Delaware County today.

A group of Democrats - including unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty - will gather in Norwood to turn up the heat on Gov. Tom Corbett to enact a severance tax on the state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations, with the revenue being funneled into Pennsylvania schools.

McGinty is heading the Campaign For a Fresh Start for Democratic standard bearer Tom Wolf. She'll be joined by several other Democratic candidates, including Vince Rongione, who is seeking the seat held forever by state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, in Upper Darby, and John Kane, who is running for the open state Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26.

To the best of my knowledge, Tom McGarrigle will not be there.

That's too bad. McGarrigle would fit right in - at least when it comes to the push for an extraction tax. McGarrigle, the chairman of Delaware County Council, is the Republican looking to keep Erickson's seat in GOP hands, and in the process helping them keep control of the state Senate. His race again Kane is expected to be one of the most high-profile state Senate races in the state. Half of the seats in the Senate will be up for grabs on the November ballot.

McGarrigle actually has beaten the Dems to the punch.

He's already on the record as saying he wants to see a 4 percent levy slapped on gas drilling, with all that revenue ticketed for education funding.

I have an op-ed piece from him that likely will run this weekend. In it he laments what he calls "a summer of missed opportnity in Harrisburg."

It's interesting because the guy at the top of the GOP ticket in Pa. this fall, incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, has made it clear he is not in favor of an extraction tax. He is standing by his push for an impact fee instead, noting that the often-heard claim that Pa. is the only state not to do so rings hollow because other states don't have the high business taxes that the Keystone State inflicts on business.

Corbett rode to office four years ago on a pledge not to raise taxes - or put any new ones in place either for that matter.

This week he gave an interview saying he likely would not make that same pledge as he runs a decidedly uphill re-election fight.

Maybe both he and McGarrigle will show up this morning to talk to their Democratic brethren about the idea of a gas tax.

For some reason, I don't think that's going to happen.
Categories: Pennsylvania

I now how you feel, Mo'ne & Taney Dragons

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:39
Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are not going to win the Little League World Series.

Their thrilling run came to a screeching halt in Williamsport this week, when they got walloped by the kids from Las Vegas, and then last night lost a heartbreaker to Chicago.

The Dragons actually sprinted to quick 2-0 lead before the kids from the Windy City erupted to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Philly faithful watched as their kids scratched their way as close as 6-5, but that was as close as they got. You know what? There are greater tragedies in life.

I know a little about losing. I did a lot of it as a kid. I was the losing pitcher in a Little League championship game. I was the quarterback of a high school football team that sported a perfect record. We were 0-10. The QB did not exactly help. I was promoted to the varsity baseball team from the J.V. as a sophomore, not necessarily because I was that good, but because our team was not great. Yes, we lost a lot.

I like the way Mo'ne and her teammates reacted to last night's dispiriting loss. They held their heads high. Davis, who rocketed to fame and the cover of Sports Illustrated by becoming the first girl to toss a shutout in the Little League World Series, was incredibly poised as she talked after the loss.

It will serve her - and her teammates - well in the future.

Here's a tip I always tell young people.

Life is hard.

You don't always win.

One of things I detest about youth sports today is the growing movement that everyone should get a trophy. That's not the way life works, and I don't think we're preparing our kids for what lies ahead by constantly telling them otherwise. That's why we keep score.

Every time we select an All-Delco team for our local high school athletes, I know that I will field any number of phone calls from angry parents who want to argue about our selection, incredulous that their son or daughter was not named to the team, or selected as the Player of the Year.

I hope the Taney kids are allowed to return to their everyday lives now.

They don't need a parade.

They didn't reach their ultimate goal.

But they're still winners. The way they reacted and handled themselves after a heart-breaking loss should tell us that.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Taney, Mo'ne Davis Fall, 6-5, Dashing Little League World Series Hopes

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-08-21 23:24
Thanks, Dragons, for the wild ride and the inspirational summer.
Categories: Lower Merion