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Lower Merion police catch suspect in string of thefts

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:00
A Philadelphia man is behind bars this week after police say he was arrested attempting to enter a home in the Bala Cynwyd section of the township. But as a follow up to the man’s arrest, police say he was behind a string of thefts from cars as he cut a path of entering unlocked cars in Merion and Bala Cynwyd.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion school officials seeking public comment on strategic plan

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:56
Lower Merion School District officials announced this week that the latest version of its next strategic plan is now posted on its website at www.lmsd.org and they are asking for public feedback.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion scholarship fund has helped 4,000 students over the last half century

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:44
For the past 50 years, the Lower Merion Scholarship fund has been helping Lower Merion and Harriton students attain their college goals. The board that oversees the fund recently marked the half-century achievement with a celebration last week at Evviva Restaurant in Narberth.
Categories: Lower Merion

Middle East crisis topic of talk at Haverford School

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:44
After Ebola, the second-most mentioned – and frightening – word in newscasts in recent weeks has been the acronym ISIS.
Categories: Lower Merion

WATCH: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf lays out his plan for state

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:44
Tom Wolf has been leading the polling against Gov. Tom Corbett as the 2014 election gets closer. Today, Wolf will talk about his plan live right here.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMN-PATV goes dark: Lack of funding closes Lower Merion-Narberth TV station

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:00
For the first time in eight years, the public access television station serving Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough has gone dark.
Categories: Lower Merion

DNA match leads Lower Merion police to charge Philadelphia man with 2013 armed robbery

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:59
Lower Merion police this week have charged a Philadelphia man in connection with the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 1400 City Avenue in the Penn Wynne section of the township that occurred July 28, 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wynnewood's William Penn Inn listed among endangered historic Philadelphia properties

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:59
The potential loss to development of Wynnewood’s William Penn Inn is sending out ripples beyond Lower Merion Township.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: Tom Corbett Kept All His Promises and Now PA is Dead Last in Job Growth

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:26
Tom Corbett keeps saying that he’s kept all his campaign promises, and that’s true. But when we look at the results of those promises, that’s actually devastating to Corbett’s...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Bryn Mawr Day chairwoman honored by Lower Merion Township

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:20
V. Scott Zelov, Lower Merion Township commissioner, presented Michelle Bogosian, Bryn Mawr Day chairwoman and vice president of The Camera Shop of Bryn Mawr, a plaque commemorating the success of Bryn Mawr Day, 2014. Bogosian is attributed with unprecedented success in steering this annual event into one of the most popular on the Main Line and in Lower Merion Township. Under her leadership, the Bryn Mawr Day Committee succeeded in bringing together the community for the five-hour, family-oriented, special event.
Categories: Lower Merion

Be Fire Safe this Halloween Season

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:04
The Halloween season brings with it special fire safety concerns. Please take a moment to check out these useful fire safety tips.
Categories: Lower Merion

Walmart Presents Jewish Relief Agency With $50K to Fight Hunger

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:26
The money will allow the Bala Cynwyd non-profit to feed 5,000 Philadelphia-area families.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bala Cynwyd environmental, energy firm changing attorney roles

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:38
Bala Cynwyd environmental and energy law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox has announced changing roles for two of its attorneys.
Categories: Lower Merion

DNA match leads Lower Merion police to charge Philadelphia man with armed shotgun robbery

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:38
Lower Merion police this week have charged a Philadelphia man in connection with the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 1400 City Avenue in the Penn Wynne section of the township that occurred July 28, 2013.
Categories: Lower Merion

Cricket Lot construction in Ardmore won't begin until after holidays

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:38
The Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 15 to once again extend several key deadline dates in its agreement with Dranoff Properties for redevelopment of Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.
Categories: Lower Merion

what is beauty?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-23 10:18

What is beauty? When it comes to nature as in flora and fauna, it’s easy to point out a beautiful bird or a flower. But when it comes to humans, can it be said it is not only more subjective, but societally subjective?

Yes this may indeed be a post that some consider a flowing stream of female consciousness and that’s ok. No one is after all, holding a gun to their heads and say read this, right? And yes, it is all the chatter about actress Renée Zellweger which made me think about this.

I will start with this article I read this morning:

Are we hypocrites over Renee Zellweger? By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor
updated 9:40 AM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014

(CNN) — Renee Zellweger looks different than she did 10 years ago.
Big deal—who doesn’t?
Maybe she had plastic surgery. Maybe a little lipo, too. Or maybe her new look, at 45, is truly courtesy of her living a healthier, happier life away from the constant media glare, as she reportedly told People Magazine.

Considering how mean-spirited some of the response has been since Zellweger showed up at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards much slimmer than we remembered, who could question the effect time away from the vitriol can have on a person?

….The face and body we associated with her for all these years was, in her words, a byproduct of having “a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself.” Makes sense to me. I can’t tell you how many former NFL players I have come across who look nothing like the men I saw on the field—significant weight loss, clean-shaven, hell, just being clean for a change. And dare I say healthier.

I then read something on someone’s Facebook page (also this morning):

Can we leave Renee Zellweger alone, please? As a woman, I’m offended by the criticism she has received for doing something personal and private. Do the talking heads have nothing better to discuss? And seriously, if we should fault anyone, shouldn’t it be the entertainment and fashion industries for harping on their own standards of beauty? Sorry, I don’t usually take public stands, but this issue hits home.

So this is true…..but I am tired of what the media and Hollywood puts out there as far as women and aging, aren’t you? Renée Zellweger is a victim of that cycle I believe, but unfortunately she is also in the public eye. Why are people talking about Renée Zellweger? Because she did the all-American mid-life woman thing and apparently got some nipping and tucking and filling.

Why do women have such a hard time aging? Or admitting they are getting older?

Maybe we all play a part in this?

As women, we need to stand up for what the definition of beauty actually is. I don’t know a single female from 15 to 70 plus who doesn’t fight with self body image at times. And how many women just want people to notice sometimes when they look nice and not that they have a few more wrinkles than last year?

As a 50-year-old breast cancer survivor who did not have breast reconstruction when I look in the mirror I often only see a lopsided me. I have to remind myself how blessed I am to be alive. But how hyper-focused are we often as a society and the concept of the perfect female form and does that perfection even exist naturally?

In that vein, after seven weeks of radiation coursing through my body there were a lot of things about chemicals that I decided to shed from my life. That included hair coloring. I decided I was going to let my hair color change naturally to what it was meant to be, versus trying to cover it up every few weeks.

Truthfully I am very slow to gray up and in three years there is little difference. Yet if you look around all you see is advertising aimed at women which subliminally tells us day after day that aging naturally is BAD. We are bombarded with hair color and cosmetics ads, ads for injectibles like Botox and Juvaderm, ads for plastic surgeons, commentary on what unnaturally thin actress with unnaturally large and upstanding boobs are wearing.

And of course there are our more local influences. Our mothers, siblings, friends, spouses, and so on. For example, I adore my mother but you can ask anyone and they will tell you she is obsessed with appearance. The flip side is that is probably why she looks so good for her age, but you can’t wear sweat pants and a t-shirt around her! However, in her defense, as opposed to many of her contemporaries and my own contemporaries she is not someone who has been nipped, tucked, or injected. Which I am glad about because there have been some older ladies I have seen in society photos recently who look downright scary they have had so much work done. They don’t look attractive, they look freakish.

Most of the time I am good with me at 50, but there are days where I look in the mirror and wonder where I’ve gone. And then I have to remind myself that I’m not 24 anymore I’m 50 and that’s ok.

But societally in this country it seems to be the exception rather than the rule as far as aging naturally versus not aging naturally. The funny thing is when I was about 22 I wasn’t sure if I was going to like myself as a 50 year old. But that was a 22 year old looking at what was then, older than dirt.

Now that I am 50, it doesn’t seem so bad or so old. Yet because of what I see put out there some days I struggle. But when I lay it all out I would truly rather be a more authentic me and I don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to be that woman….and that is what women forget.

Women forget that we do have the right to be whomever it is we want to be. Societally we are often judged if we don’t wear makeup, don’t color out hair, haven’t been augmented and injected, and wear more age appropriate clothes rather than looking like the teenage daughter’s closet was raided.

Can it be said the obsession with appearance versus the inability to deal with aging is pervasive and damaging? And have you ever noticed the men who will sit and judge a woman like she is someone’s prize cow? My ex was one of those kinds of men and I think individuals like this need to take a long, hard look in the mirror before they judge another human being. Yet, it is often through eyes like those that women judge themselves. And yes, we are our own harshest critics

Getting older is a challenge. Of course it is. But it is part of the cycle of life, right? So what if societally we were a little more accepting?

Thanks for stopping by today.


Categories: Pennsylvania

WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Governor candidate Tom Wolf to lay out his plan for state

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:02
Tom Wolf has been leading the polling against Gov. Tom Corbett as the 2014 election gets closer. Today, Wolf will talk about his plan live right here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Update: Ex-Haverford School student admits being ringleader of Main Line Take Over Project

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:02
NORRISTOWN – He grew up on the affluent Main Line, attended The Haverford School, obtained a lacrosse scholarship and once worked for a local investment firm.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lafayette College student, drug dealer admits role in Main Line Take Over Project

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:02
NORRISTOWN – Once a college student with a promising internship with an investment firm, a Connecticut man appeared in court and admitted to playing a part in a pot peddling ring as a member of the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” in Montgomery County.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.6M Indian Creek Road Home Among Wynnewood Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-23 08:53
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion