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A Great Sunrise in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:14
Over Lankenau Hospital Wednesday Oct 8th .2014. Time 6:50 AM
Categories: Lower Merion

Another test for the faithful - this time in Springfield

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:30
The people are Notre Dame de Lourdes know exactly how their fellow Catholics in Springfield are feeling today.

It's enough to test your faith.

On Sunday, parishioners at the three Catholic parishes in Springfield - St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross and St. Kevin - learned they are the latest Delco congregations to come under review by the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee. The results will likely be the same sad song.

Not all three of them will survive.

It is likely that at lest one of them will disappear, merged with a fellow parish.

That's what happened at Notre Dame de Lourdes, over the protests of outrages parishioners who continue to fight the good fight, taking their case to the Vatican.

It is not likely to matter.

The Archdiocese continues to face severe economic issues, as well as a distinct shortage of priests.

The process has been ongoing for the last four years.

In that span the archdiocese has shuttered 47 churches out of a total of 266 across the region's five counties.

In Delaware County alone, the number of parishes has gone from 46 to 38.

The chances are not good that the Springfield triumvirate will be able to avoid a similar fate.

Here's the way some parishioners reacted to the news. I wish them well. I think they will need it. But the odds - and the archdiocese's track record in these instances - does not bode well for them.

In other words, they don't have a prayer.
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Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Expected in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:06
A strong cold front will produce periods of moderate to heavy rain into Thursday, with cool conditions on the way for this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Not the start the Flyers wanted

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-15 06:33
The Flyers have now played four games.

They have yet to record a win.

Last night they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center.

Ed Snider and the Flyers brass have never exactly been known as a patient bunch.

Should the Craig Berube watch be started.

Columnist Jack McCaffery offers a look back to last year, when three losses to open a season cost Peter Laviolette his job.
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As closing nears, planning for Ardmore Cricket Lot redevelopment steps up

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
With construction set to start on Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue parking lot in as little as three months, plans for changes in the downtown during the process are still “a work in progress,” but that is a good thing, Lower Merion Township officials say.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore’s Halloween Spooktacular a treat for kids Oct. 25

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Join the Ardmore Business Association in celebrating Ardmore’s Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Anniversary fun planned at 2 Ardmore businesses

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Two Ardmore businesses are celebrating anniversaries this month with special events open to the community.
Categories: Lower Merion

New choices liven the menu for Sixth Annual Taste of Ardmore Oct. 30

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:16
As Ardmore’s restaurant scene continues to grow, Taste of Ardmore, Ardmore Initiative’s annual celebration of local food and fashion, only becomes more flavorful.
Categories: Lower Merion

Officials tout infrastructure improvements on City Avenue and throughout region

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:16
With a newly paved City Avenue as a backdrop, several local and state officials were on hand Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s University to tout the benefits and infrastructure improvements that have been and will be taking place over the next few years due to last year’s passage of a major transportation funding bill known as Act 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

Coming Soon: 'Real Housewives of Philadelphia'?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:16
A producer is reportedly working on a local version of Bravo’s popular reality show.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA reaches tentative deal with regional rail engineers

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:45
SEPTA reached a tentative contract agreement with the engineers that operate its regional railway trains Monday, ending a four-year contract dispute.
Categories: Lower Merion

Time Names Mo'ne Davis Among Its Most Influential

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:42
The Philly phenom is in impressive company on the magazine’s list of 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tomkenn Road Home for Rent in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:00
Find nearby rental homes from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 14

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 08:01
The Daily Numbers: 3 homes damaged when a 2-alarm fire roared through a home in Clifton Heights.

2 residents treated for minor injuries when they jumped from a 2nd floor rear window to escape the flames.

50 minutes, how long it took to bring the fire under control.

3 parishes in Springfield who are wondering about their future. They are the latest to come under the review process that has been ongoing in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

36 years, how long Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, has served the residents of Upper Darby in Harrisburg. He will deliver his final remarks on the House floord on Wednesday. He is retiring from this seat.

4 year contract dispute between SEPTA and the engineers who run the regional rails that could be coming to end with a tentative contract.

8.5 percent wage hike for the engineers in the deal. That’s followed by another 3 percent in April.

1,240 dollar lump sum signing bonus for each union member under the deal.

2 million dollars, what it cost Darby Borough to build a new 14,000 square foot borough hall.

5 solutions for the issue of sound emanating from loudspeakers at George King Stadium in Nother Providence put forth by 3 residents who have been complaining about noise from events at the field.

2 hospitalized after a shooting incident in Chester Monday night.

2 local Acme supermarkets that will be closed. Both are in Bucks County.

130 employees at the 2 stores. They will be placed at other Acme stores.

20, age of Penn State student who now faces charges in connection with a threat made against the school’s main campus.

223.03 plunge on late trading for stock market yesterday.

1.35 percent decline.

1-2 weeks, how long Eagles running back Darren Sproles is expected to be out after suffering a knee sprain Sunday night vs. the Giants.

1,628 passing yards for Nick Foles. That puts him in 5th place among NFL signal callers.

4th in the league in rushing for LeSean McCoy on the strength of his 149-yard effort vs. Giants.

422 yards rushing for McCoy so far this year.

4-1 record for the Eagles next foe, the Cardinals, out in the desert in 2 weeks. They have their bye week this Sunday.

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

Raise your hand if you hate the bye week in the NFL. The Eagles are rolling at 5-1, but they won’t play again for 2 weeks.

I Don’t Get It: How could anyone steal the prosthetic leg from a veteran who was merely looking to entertain fans outside the Eagles game at the Linc Sunday night. Police continue to hunt for the inebriated young woman who made off with Sonny Forriest’s leg.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to state Rep. Nick Micozzie, who will make his final speech on the floor of the Pa. House today after serving Upper Darby for 36 years.

Quote Box: “I would be crushed if they closed the parish or the school.”

- Ronnie Sidebottom, parishioner at Holy Cross Church in Springfield, one of three Springfield parishes that are under review by the archdiocese.
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Tropical and Unsettled Weather in Lower Merion Through Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:17
Those conditions will exit with heavy rain on Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Changing the way we gather news

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:13
I have written many times over the past couple of years about the changing way we gather the news each day.

One of the biggest shifts is in an area that is sometimes referred to as "user generated content."

We are partnering with readers much more than we did in the past. We engage with them on Twitter and Facebook. We ask them to work with us on stories.

Today's front page would be a perfect example.

The photo of flames roaring through a home in Clifton Heights was not shot by one of our staff photographers.

As it turns out, we only had one photog on the schedule Monday, and she was on the other end of the county, out in Chichester. The key to covering breaking news, of course, is being on the scene when news erupts.

That's what happened yesterday when fire broke out in Clifton.

You can get all the details on the fire and the way several residents had to scramble out a window to escape the flames here from reporter Rose Quinn.

But we really needed an image to deliver the dramatic impact of this story.

That's where readers got involved. Today almost everyone has a smartphone capable to taking pictures and video.

When I realized we likely were not going to be able to get our photographer to the scene for anything other than an "after" shot, I went on social media in search of photos of the fire.

It didn't take long before I noticed the shot posted on a website used by Philadelphia area firefighters to document the conditions they deal with every day.

The photo was taken by Mike Jernegan. I was able to contact him via social media and ask him for permission to use the photo. Eventually we received several more pictures from people who witnessed the scene.

Our preference usually will be to have our own photographers shoot the photos that appear in the pages of our print edition as well as DelcoTimes.com. But the truth is we can't be everywhere.

When breaking news happens, I welcome readers to reach out to us, tell us what you know or saw, and offer any photos or video you have shot.

We will always deliver the news.

But today the process of gathering that news has fundamentally changed. We used to talk "at" readers. Now we are talking with them, asking them to join us in this process of chronicling what is happening here in Delco every day.

If you have something you'd like to share, reach out to me at editor@delcotimes.com.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The scariest word in the language: Ebola

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 06:50
The Ebola situation seems to get a little scarier every day.

Last week we dealt with the shock of the first death of a person with Ebola in the United States in a Dallas hospital. Now comes the equally unsettling news that a health care worker who was part of the team that treated that patient now has been diagnosed with Ebola.

Now comes word that Delaware County is putting together an Ebola task force.

They will meet for the first time today at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit to promote prevention measures,work with health care providers to ensure proper screenings and institute procedures established by the CDC.

We'll be there to provide full coverage.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The questions about Nick Foles

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 06:33
So, are you sold on Nick Foles yet?

It's usually not this hard, this business of making up our minds as to whether the guy standing behind center for the Birds is "the one."

I'm not exactly sure what a "franchise" quarterback is. I guess it's a little bit like the famous description of porn authored by none other than a U.S. Supreme Court justice: "I know it when I see it."

Well, I've seen Nick Foles now for an extended period of time, and I'm still not sure.

All of which may be beside the point.

The bottom line is this guy wins. He's the starting quarterback of a team that has raced out of the gate at 5-1 in the NFL season. He's coming off a Sunday night prime-time affair in which he led his team to a dominating, 27-0 win.

And yet he continues to display some confounding characteristics that simply will not allow that nagging feeling that he's not the guy to go away.

Sunday night Foles threw for 34 passes, completing 21 of them, including two TD tosses.

He also threw two incredibly bad interceptions, throws he never should have made.

It's those kinds of decisions that continue to shroud the Foles era, if there is such a thing.

I want Nick Foles to be the guy. But I still have my doubts. Maybe we all were spoiled last year when he somehow managed to do something that may never be repeated. After taking over the starter's job, Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

That has not been the case this year. Foles has been turning the ball over at a fairly prodigious clip.

More than that, his mechanics at time seem badly flawed. He has a tendency to drift backward in the face of a rush, leading him to throw passes off his back foot. That's a sure-fire recipe for turnovers.

None of which really matters.

5-1 is all that matters.

And Nick Foles is the guy who has quarterbacked the Birds to that sterling start.

Onward and upward.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Social Theater Group Seeking New Members

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 03:40
Categories: Lower Merion

Election Day is November 4 – Who will be the next Pennsylvania Governor, 6th District Congressman and State House 157 Representative?

The countdown is on.  Like everyone else in this country, the residents of Tredyffrin are looking for solutions. In three short weeks, on Tuesday, November 4, is midterm Election Day. There are obvious signs throughout the township that its campaign season … political lawn signs seemingly reproduce nightly, candidate mailers arrive daily at our doors […]
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