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Amtrak Derailment in Philly Kills 8 People: The Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-05-16 16:41
Plus, a Wells Fargo Banks was robbed in Bryn Mawr, according to Lower Merion police.
Categories: Lower Merion

2015 Primary Elections: Campaign finance issue in some LM races

Main Line Times - Sat, 2015-05-16 14:03
ARDMORE >> With controversy simmering over billboard and newspaper ads and contributions from a donor with ties to two major institutions in the township, campaign finances in some of the 2015 primary races for seats on the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners are getting unusually intense scrutiny.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Senator's Medical Marijuana Bill Passed In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-05-16 08:36
A victory for "morals", says bill sponsor, Montgomery County Senator Daylin Leach.
Categories: Lower Merion

It's party time in Havertown, as Haverford Spring Fest Music and Arts Festival kicks off Sunday

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:23
HAVERFORD >> After a successful debut in May 2014, the Haverford Spring Fest Music and Arts Festival returns to rock the streets of Havertown Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford man accused of sexually assaulting child

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:23
HAVERFORD >> A 46-year-old man is being held on $100,000 cash bail on child sexual abuse charges.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion commissioners to hold public hearing on controversial exemption ordinance

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:28
Lower Merion commissioners will open a public hearing on a controversial ordinance May 20 as advertised, but likely only to withdraw it.
Categories: Lower Merion

Are Thieves Hacking the Starbucks App?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-15 12:46
Several media outlets are reporting that Starbucks customers are getting hacked. Starbucks says no such thing has occurred.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police investigating Bryn Mawr bank robbery

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 12:41
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who robbed a Bryn Mawr bank Thursday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Court deems former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert Kerns a sexually violent predator

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 12:41
COURTHOUSE >> The former head of the Montgomery County Republican Committee who pleaded no contest in November 2014 to charges of indecently assaulting a woman who worked at his law firm was deemed a sexually violent predator by the court on Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

$400K Wynnewood Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-15 11:30
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wells Fargo Bank in Bryn Mawr Robbed Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-15 11:06
Lower Merion police are on the lookout for a suspect that robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located on N. Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police investigating Bryn Mawr bank robbery

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 11:04
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who robbed a Bryn Mawr bank Thursday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Amtrak Crash: Montgomery County officials discuss disaster preparedness

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-15 09:43
NORRISTOWN >> In the aftermath of the tragic derailment of Amtrak train 188 Tuesday night in Philadelphia, local public safety officials discussed Montgomery County’s preparedness for a potential mass-casualty event.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, May 15

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-05-15 08:38
The Daily Numbers: 8 victims now ID’d from derailment of Amtrak Train 188.

243 on board the train now accounted for.

150 patients treated at 7 local hospitals.

44 people admitted.

25 still in hospital.

7 in critical condition.

70 mph to 100 mph surge by the train in the seconds before the derailment.

17, age of teen charged in Darby homicide last week.

46, age of Haverford man facing child sexual abuse charges.

3rd of 5 defendants in brutal Darby child abuse case who copped a plea.

5 seats on the Penn-Delco School Board up for grabs.

7 candidates seeking 2 seats on the Millbourne Borough Council.

6 Philadelphia narcotics officers acquitted on all charges in a corruption case.

4-2 win for the Phillies over the Pirates.

.353 batting average for shortstop Freddy Galvis.

3 for 3 with 2 runs scored for Galvis in yesterday’s win.

6 strikeouts for Aaron Harang, who gave up just 5 hits and 0 runs in a strong 8 innings.

10-8 win for Ganet Valley in boys lacrosse.

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

Anyone starting to believe in Freddy Galvis? He’s now over 100 at-bats and is batting over .350.

I Don’t Get It: Another teen charged as an adult in a homicide. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those biking to work this morning. You are lean, clean green machines.

Quote Box: “This guy at 17 is a cold-blooded murderer. He shot and killeda a 60-year-old handicapped man.

- Darby Police Chief Bob Smythe, after arrest of teen on murder charges.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Send us your Bike to Work pictures

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-05-15 07:55
Today is National Bike to Work Day.

There is a big contingent that will two-wheel it to the courthouse in Media. They are due to arrive at Front and Olive streets at 8:30 a.m. and will be able to get all kinds of goodies like free refreshments, giveaways, bike trail maps and safety info, and even instruction on how to mount their bikes on SEPTA buses.

Bicycling commuters and residents, along with a sprinkling of local celebs, business owners, and fitness enthusiasts will come together for the 14th Annual Bike to Work Day in the county.

The event is hosted by the Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) and the Delaware County Planning Department. If you're biking, you can also score some light breakfast treats and refreshments, dozens of raffle prizes, freegiveaways, and more. New this year - an out-of-service SEPTA bus will be on location for live demonstrations on 'how to' mount a bike on the front of the vehicle!

The 2015 Bike to Work Day is sponsored by Boeing and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. It's kind of early for us night owl journalists to be out and about. I'm the only lunatic who gets in there at this hour. If you're taking part in the ride, let us know.

Send me a photo of you and your group and I will post it to DelcoTimes.com.

Send it to editor@delcotimes.com and include information on who is in the photo and where it was taken.

Couldn't ask for a nicer morning for a bike ride.

Me? Uh, my commute would be a tad far for a bicycle.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Restoring law & order in Darby Borough

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-05-15 07:34
There's not a lot of polish to Darby Police Chief Bob Smythe.

Rough around the edges would be a good way to describe him, in a good way.

Smythe usually doesn't mince words.

I know, I've been on the end of some of those conversations.

It takes a tough guy to keep order - or at least try to - in a tough town. They've got the right guy for the job.

This week Smythe was incensed at another outbreak of street violence. This time it was gunfire that erupted after a brawl in a playground crowded with children. It came just days after a fatal shooting in the borough. Darby was jolted by four shootings in five days.

Smythe had seen enough.

"Morons," the top cop said of those responsible. "There's no other word for them - they're morons - that come in here and are shooting their guns and are shooting in the street, over what? We still don't know."

Smythe vowed a crackdown to restore order.

Yesterday he showed some results, arresting a 17-year-old in last Friday's fatal shooting.

Again Smythe made his feelings pretty clear.

"This guy at 17 is a cold-blooded murdered," the chief said of Rashon Sargent. "He shot and killed a 60-year-odl handicapped man."

Want to make trouble in Darby? You've been warned.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What happened to Anthony Williams?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-05-15 07:15
Maybe Delco won't be looking for a new state senator after all.

Last week I theorized the towns along the eastern edge of the county might be getting a new face to represent them in Harrisburg.

That's because Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-8, is running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in Philadelphia.

Williams represents parts of Collingdale, Colwyn, Darby Borough, Darby Township, Folcroft, Lansdowne, Norwood, Sharon Hill and Yeadon. He doesn't have to give up his Senate seat to run for mayor.

Looks like that's a good thing.

Williams, believed by many to be the clear front-runner, has for some reason run aground.

A new poll out this week was a stunner. Williams is being blown out in the Dem race by City Councilman Jim Kenney.

The poll, conducted for NBC-10, the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, could not show a bleaker picture for Williams.

Kenney was favored by 42 percent of those polled. Williams was a distance second, tied with former D.A. Lynne Abraham with just 15 percent.

The big question is why? How did Williams go from the favorite to outcast.

It was widely believed Williams would roll up big numbers with black voters in a town that is known to vote according to skin color. But the poll shows Kenney actually is beating Williams among black voters, 33-25.

Williams, a huge proponent of school choice whose campaign is largely being bankrolled by suburban businessmen who are choice backers, made education the centerpiece of his campaign.

But he's getting beat on that very issue by Kenney.

Part of the reason stems from Williams - who in the past was very vocal in his stance on choice - seemingly moving away from it. It was hard to tell just where he stood.

Of course this is only a poll. Williams could still rally, especially if Kenney's troops fall asleep at the switch with what looks like a huge lead. But that's not likely to happen to the guy who is John Dougherty's candidate. His election-day machine should be humming.

Which means Anthony Williams won't be saying goodbye to Harrisburg any time soon.
Categories: Pennsylvania

National Bike To Work Day Set For Friday In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-05-14 18:52
Check out maps to discover the right route for you. The weather is going to be perfect.
Categories: Lower Merion

father and son 

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-05-14 17:35

There is nothing better than seeing love like this. Adam Joseph from 6ABC is at the East Goshen Farmers Market today and he brought his baby with him. 


Categories: Pennsylvania