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Villanova welcomes new students to campus this Wednesday

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:53
Villanova University will welcome 1,670 new students to campus Wednesday. Students will arive with suitcases, boxes and books ready to begin their academic careers as members of the Class of 2018. Most freshmen will be living at Stanford Hall on Villanova University’s South Campus.
Categories: Lower Merion

Condo plan for Narberth's Gleason Center approved, with 'glitch'

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:33
Narberth Borough has taken the next step toward preserving one of its landmark buildings, but not without a “glitch.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex-Main Line chiropractor convicted of soliciting someone to kill estranged wife loses appeal

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:33
NORRISTOWN – A former Main Line chiropractor convicted of charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife has lost his latest appeal but is continuing to wage a battle for a new trial.
Categories: Lower Merion

Video: Sophie Masloff Defends Land Value Tax Swap

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:26
Around 3 minutes in. Also a good moment for Jack Wagner. (h/t Chris Briem)
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Haverford wins appeal of sign zoning decision at 931 Haverford Road

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 09:20
y Lois PuglionesiCORRESPONDENT HAVERFORD TWP. ---Delaware County Court of Common Pleas recently sustained the township’s appeal and reversed a prior Zoning Hearing Board decision granting variances to Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates, for signage exceeding maximum allowable dimensions.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion enrollment could top 8,000 this year, increasing concerns over bus parking

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 09:00
Lower Merion school officials say the district’s total enrollment could surpass 8,000 students for the first time since the 1975-76 school year. The higher enrollment is giving fresh concern the district’s transportation issues as it struggles to find space to park approximately 24 buses.
Categories: Lower Merion

Penn Valley home burglarized Friday

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-08-18 08:56
Lower Merion police a burglary on the 1600 block of Hagys Ford Road in Penn Valley Friday.  Thieves entered through an open window sometime between 12:40 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Gold and silver jewelry were taken from the master bedroom.
Categories: Lower Merion

Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 18

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-18 08:11
The Daily Numbers: 140 T-shirts, each bearing the name of someone who had died from gun violence, moved from Chester to Ohev Shalom Synagogue in Nether Providence.

9 more people who have died from gun violence in Delco since June 22.

35 gun homicides in Delco so far this year.

25 of those due to gun violence.

1.2 million tons of waste burned every year at the Covanta plant in Chester.

500,000 tons of waste a year coming to the plant for the next 20 years under a new deal.

2017, when the early work on reconstruction of Route 322 could get underway.

7.1 mile stretch of Route 322 from I-95 to Route 1 dubbed the “Killer Conchester.”

255 million dollar price tag, much of it included in the recent $2.7 billion transportation bill passed by the state Legislature.

45 beds from the maternity and orthopedic wings of Riddle Hospital that will be headed for relief efforts in Africa.

51 months in prison for a Claymont woman in a $1.7 million tax fraud scam.

6.5 million dollar legal tab rung up so far by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie for Bridgegate.

10 days earlier than expected, when Revel Casino will close its doors in Atlantic City on Sept. 1, instead of Sept. 10.

7-6 win for the Taney Dragons to advance in the Little League World Series.

3 people being sought in connection with vicious beating of a ranger in Love Park in Philly.

7-6 win for the Taney Dagons from Philly to advance in the Little League World Series.

3 hits for Ben Revere in Phils’ 5-2 loss to the Giants yesterday.

7 hits in his last 10 plate appearances for the leadoff man.

.314 batting average for Revere, 2nd in the NL behind the .314 mark put up by Colorado’s Justin Morneau.

16 games under .500 for the Phillies, at 54-70. That’s their low point for the season.

16 games out of 1st place in the NL East as well.

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

Suddenly baseball is cool again. Thank you Mo’Ne Davis and the Taney Dragons. They play again Wednesday night.

I Don’t Get It: Attacking a park ranger who was just doing his job while telling some skateboarders they were not allowed to play their craft in Philly LOVE park. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to - who else - the Taney Dragons. Bring it home, kids.

Quote Box: “This has been a terrible year.”

- Fran Siter, who coordinated move of T-shirt memorial from Chester to Nether Providence to remember those lost to gun violence.
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You can go home again: Happy birthday, mom

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-18 07:25
I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of going "home." I wrote about it in today's print column.

Part of it was because I recently spent a day in a couple of towns from my youth, Oxford, Pa., where I grew up, and North East, Md., where my dad operated the first of his two sub shop/soda fountains.

The other part was because we spent a lot of time the past week detailing the return of mega-star Tina Fey to the place where she got her start - the Upper Darby Summer Stage.

Saturday night Fey, the star of 'Saturday Night Live' and '30 Rock,' was back in Upper Darby raising money for Summer Stage. Here's a look at what was a very special night, and a slideshow of images of homegirl Fey back on stage in Upper Darby.

But it was while I was writing my Monday print column that I discovered something that jolted me. I realized that today is my mother's birthday.

And not just any birthday. My mother would have turned 100 today.

We lost her in 2003.

My mother and father, as well as their extended families, all the brothers and sisters, cousins and others, were cut from a different cloth.

They survived both the Great Depression and World War II.

They worked hard - and played even harder. I always wonder how they were able to get up and start another day after some of the "festivities" from the night before, but they never missed a beat.

We live in a different world today, one I am not convinced is better than the one I grew up in.

Maybe I'm just getting old myself.

I think society is fundamentally different now. And not for the better.

Half the time we don't even acknowledge each other on the street. We're too busy checking our email on our phones. Or posting an update on Twitter.

My mother would never understand today's world.

She taught her son well.

Happy 100th, mom.
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Fixing the Conchester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-18 06:56
We're using our editorial page today to do something we don't always do.

Remember that controversial $2.7 billion transportation package passed by the state Legislature last November. I lot of people ripped it - and Gov. Tom Corbett, who was pushing for it - as a hidden tax hike, boosting the cost of gas at the pump.

Guess what?

It was the right thing to do.

Case in point? The measure will fund the long-delayed reconstruction of Route 322, which over the years has richly earned the grisly moniker "Killer Conchester."

Here's our editorial.
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Making baseball cool again

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-08-18 06:50
Mo'Ne Davis and the Taney Dragons are doing something I didn't think was possible.

They're making Little League cool again.

Actually they're doing even more than that. They're making baseball cool again, appealing to a new wave of city kids I thought had pretty much given up on the game.

When I was a kid, there was nothing I liked more than baseball.

We played as long as there was daylight, and sometimes beyond.

That is one of the differences I see today.

I'm not even talking about Little League.

Ask yourself this question. When was the last time you saw a group of guys - or girls for that matter - in a field playing baseball.

No uniforms. No adults. No umpires. Just kids playing a game they loved.

I actually would play by myself alone in the yard for hours - recreating entire Phillies games and take the role of each batter, both on the Phillies and the opposing team. I would bat both right- and left-handed depending on who was up, then I'd determine hit or out, depending on where I hit the ball.

That's how much I loved the game.

Somewhere along the line, that love - especially involving kids - dimmed.

There are a lot of reasons.

The game was too slow. Families got smaller, making it much more difficult to field two sides, the notion of kids playing alone - unsupervised - fell out of favor.

When I got home from school, or on a weekend, I would get changed or dressed, then head out the door. My mom figured I was in town - somewhere, but the reality is she had no idea where I actually was.

Those days are over. We watch over our kids incessantly. We arm them with cell phones and tell them to check in wherever they are going. I'm not sure it's as much for their safety as our own harried state of mind as parents.

Kids starting staying in more, sitting in front of the TV.

Then came the tidal change in American society. Computers & the Internet changed our lives forever. Suddenly kids didn't need anyone else to play baseball. They didn't even have to leave the house. All they had to do was fire up the laptop. I'm rooting for Mo-Ne Davis and the Dragons from South Philly for a lot of reasons.

But making baseball cool again among young people has to be at the top of the list.

Go Dragons!
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SEPTA reaches tentative agreement with IBEW Local 744

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:22
Negotiators for SEPTA and the union representing electrical workers for the transit system’s regional rail lines have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that, once ratified, will already be expired.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ticket: Live from the Philadelphia Folk Festival

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:22
The 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is here. Ticket will be covering the event throughout the weekend. Check regularly for updates as we follow the events live. Read more at tickettoentertainment.com
Categories: Lower Merion

Condo plan for Narberth's Gleason Center approved, with 'glitch'

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:07
Narberth Borough has taken the next step toward preserving one of its landmark buildings, but not without a “glitch.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Candidates sought to fill Narberth Borough Council vacancy

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:07
Narberth Borough Council voted Aug. 11 to accept the resignation of Councilman Michael Alexander, setting in motion a process to appoint a candidate to serve the remainder of his term.
Categories: Lower Merion

buy fresh, buy local, cook deliciously

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-08-17 21:15

Sundays invariably become a cooking day for me. I often get things lined up for the week ahead. Today I made another batch of fresh Gazpacho and put a small beef roast and chicken breasts into marinades for cooking over the next couple of days.

I toss the meat and chicken into their own (as in individual) ziplock bags with either a homemade or semi-homemade marinade which includes fresh herbs out of my garden, garlic cloves peeled and sliced.

Marinades are easy. There are tons of recipes out there, or you can use a prepared one and tweak it. I like Stubb’s marinades and Pete’s Produce has their own line of marinades too which are very good, and KC Masterpiece has a couple which aren’t bad. I seem unable to use these marinades on their own, I tweak them to what I want. I never add more salt, but I might add herbs, spices, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh ginger, and so on.

We buy our meat and poultry from a local Chester County butcher who in turn buys from a lot of local farms. We use Worrell’s Butcher Shop on King Street in Malvern (Borough). You can’t beat the quality, and truthfully their prices are competitive with supermarket chains. If you have never tried them, you should. They will prepare custom freezer orders for customers too.

Since I have moved to Chester County I have made an effort to source our food locally. I love the East Goshen Farmers Market and West Chester Growers Market, but am becoming increasingly fond of Pete’s Produce on 926 because they pull in from a bunch of local farms, including for dairy products. Also on my list is Sugartown Strawberries and Strattons’ Wynnorr Farm. Also to be included in the rave category is the Phoenixville Farmers Market.

The locavore movement is continuing to grow in this country and there is more than a little truth in local food is better on so many levels. In Chester County we are lucky to have so many farms and farmers markets, so why not support the local farm economy?

Buy fresh, buy local, cook deliciously.

Thanks for stopping by!


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american gothic

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-08-17 13:33


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lost cat in malvern

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-08-16 12:13


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damaged people

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-08-16 11:00

From the past comes ugly anger,
That left on their own.
Back to sling words,
Angry and cheap,
They damage no one but themselves.
Cyber bullies.

Damaged people,
Troubled mental turmoil.
Sad people, sad lives, a stalker’s existence
They damage no one but themselves.
Cyber bullies.
They don’t have me.


Categories: Pennsylvania

late summer is here

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-08-16 10:04

Dew on the day lilies,

Early morning bird song.

The hum clickety click of the sprinkler

Sunrise so sparkly

New day begins.

The weather feels different

Late summer is here.


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