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Montgomery County DA touts anti-bullying, anti-suicide program

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 11:30
NORRISTOWN — On Wednesday, Suicide Prevention Day, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman stood with Sheriff Russell Bono and speaker John Halligan to announce the importance of an ongoing series of forums at Montgomery County schools to prevent students from bullying each other, in person and online, and to discourage students who are bullied from committing suicide.
Categories: Lower Merion

Survivors of Suicide gather for 13th annual vigil in Rose Tree Park

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 11:05
UPPER PROVIDENCE — For many, Robin Williams’ death last month put a face on the tragedy and complexity of suicide.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for September 11, 2014 - "Deliver Us From Evil"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:50
The Daily Salvo for September 11, 2014 - "Deliver Us From Evil"
May that fateful day 13 years ago be a reminder to us all of how the Commander-in-Chief is supposed to respond to evil. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 6 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Bryn Mawr neighbors, Lower Merion planners say subdivision plan threatens historic vista

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:39
A large historic or characteristic house on a rare open lot: Lower Merion has seen a number of such structures fall for new development.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth council selects new member to fill vacant slot, promotes police officer

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:33
Just a few days after interviewing five candidates to fill a vacant seat on the borough council, the remaining members of the board selected Gigi Tevlin-Moffat to fill a vacant slot. In the same meeting, the council also approved a motion to promote one of the borough’s police officers. By Tuesday, Narberth Mayor Tom Grady had sworn her in so she can start her council work.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: Wolf’s Lead Widens to Almost 60%

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:27
A new Quinnipiac poll out today says Tom Corbett is getting “clobbered across the board” with no sign of tightening in the numbers. When that Harper poll came out last week, everybody...
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Lower Merion planners move Bala Avenue rezoning proposal forward -- with caution

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-11 09:48
The Lower Merion Planning Commission has given a thumbs-up to an ordinance creating a new zoning district for Bala Avenue and its vicinity on City Avenue, but it was a wobbly one.
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Crosshill Road Home Among Weekend Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-11 09:00
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Sept. 11

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:10
The Daily Numbers: 13 years since the 9/11 attacks on America. And we’re still fighting terrorism.

475 American troops headed to the Mideast to serve as advisers and trainers as President Obama announces airstrikes to target ISIL terrorists.

1,000 American troops already on the ground in the region.

154 airstrikes performed by U.S. fighter jets in Iraq so far, damaging or destroying 212 Islamic State targets, including 162 vehicles.

500 million dollars, what it will cost to carry out the plan. The House is expected to vote on the move next week.

2-day strike set by 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center on Sunday, Sept. 21.

32 million dollar loss suffered by the Crozer system last year.

5 months of bargaining that has failed to reach an accord. The key issue has been staffing levels at the hospital.

9 year veteran of the Radnor Police Force who took his own life in the department parking lot.

3 people injured in crash involving Springfield School District bus driven by new firm handling bus duties in the district. None of the injuries was believed to be serious.

3 year deal for bus drivers in Upper Darby School District, ending speculation that bus services there also would be outsourced.

2.5 percent pay hike in the 1st 2 years for 61 maintenance workers and 151 transportation employees.

2.2 percent pay hike in year 3.

90 million dollar cash offer for the closed Revel casino in Atlantic City.

190 jobs, 30 percent of its workforce, being cut by the drug firm Auxilium in Chester County.

5 children dead and their father facing charges in Alabama.

50 million pledged to the fight against Ebola by Bill Gates.

54 point spurt for the stock market yesterday.

28.5 million dollar deal for coffee retailer LaColombe, which is planning to open 100 new locations.

9 of April, when a law enforcement source says he sent a copy of the explosive Ray Rice video showing him striking his then-girlfriend to the NFL.

6-3 loss for the Phils to the Bucs last night.

5 innings pitched for former Phil Vance Worley, who picked up the win.

3 runs on 4 hits surrendered by ‘The Vanimal.’

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The NFL is taking a page out of the Penn State playbook, bringing in another former FBI boss to probe how they handled the Ray Rice saga, just as the Nittany Lions did in bringing in Louis Freeh to handle the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

I Don’t Get It: There is one thing that tells me maybe Roger Goodell really had not seen that videotape. It’s the measly 2-week suspension he handed out to Ray Rice. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who gathered for last night’s annual vigil by the Suicide Task Force in Rose Tree Park. It was especially meaningful coming just a day after a Radnor police veteran took his own life in the department parking lot.

Quote Box: “We have been preparing for the possibility of a strike for several months. A contingency staffing plan is in place.”

- Statement from Crozer-Chester Medical Center on learning its nurses would strike for 2 days starting Sept. 21.
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13 years later, a brilliant blue memory

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:29
Thirteen years later, it's still the thing I will always remember first.

A brilliant blue sky.

Sept. 11, 2001, was simply picture perfect, with an azure sky that you could not have painted a more perfect shade of blue.

It is always that sky I will remember, before that ominous plume of white smoke stained it - and our nation - forever as it billowed from a mortally wounded World Trade Center.

One plane into a skyscraper could have been a horrific tragedy. Two was not. We were under attack.

We still are.

Thirteen years later, we are still fighting the terrorists who wish to do us ill.

President Obama last night addressed the nation and laid out his plan to eradicate the latest virulent form of radical Islamic terrorists known as ISIL. These are the people who have gained headlines by beheading two American journalists.

In the days, months and years since 9/11, it has become something of a buzzword.

Never Forget.

That was once again the message being delivered by the president last night.

The only thing missing was a brilliant blue sky.
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What happened to 'Live From the Newsroom?'

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:04
No, you didn't miss last night's schedule 'Live From the Newsroom.'

I was hoping to have Delco Republican Party Chairman Andy Reilly and Democratic leader David Landau on hand to kick off the fall campaign. I was looking forward to a discussion of the governor's race, which has been heating up all summer, with no signs of any cooling off in the war of words between incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolfe.

Then there's the crucial 26th District state Senate race between Republican County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle and Democratic union leader John Kane.

The state House races are highlighted by a barn-burner in Upper Darby, where GOP councilman Jamie Santora is facing Democrat Vince Rongione to replace a Delco icon, Rep. Nick Micozzie, who is retiring from his 163rd District seat after representing Delco for more than three decades.

Reilly was in, unfortunately Landau couldn't make it.

And when he couldn't find anyone to sit in for him, I made the decision to put the show off.

My apologies to those who tuned in to see the debate. And also to Reilly, who was ready and willing to go on. I promise I will have both of them on soon so we can properly kick off the 2014 campaign
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The NFL takes a page from Penn State playbook

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:48
Roger Goodell and Penn State is going all Penn State on us.

Just as the poobahs who run Happy Valley turned to ex-FBI director Louis Freeh to probe how the school handled the Jerry Sandusky affair, the NFL now plans to use the same tack in trying to sort out the mess that the Ray Rice saga has become.

Last night they announced they are calling in still another former FBI boss, Robert S. Mueller III, to lead an inquiry into how Goodell and his minions in the league offices handled the evidence in the Rice investigation.

Allow me to give Mueller this starting point.

It's been botched almost beyond belief.

The move to call in Mueller came hours after the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement source indicated he had sent NFL executives the explosive video showing the star Ravens running back cold-cocking his then-girlfriend in an elevator in an Atlantic City casino months ago. Goodell went on national TV the night before declaring that while league officials had requested all video in the case, they never got a reply and no one had seen the damning piece of tape before it exploded on the TMZ website.

But the AP source said the tape was sent five months ago, and he even provided a recording of a voicemail with a person in the NFL offices confirming the video had been received. The female confirms receipt of the video back on April 9, adding this damning review of the tape: "You're right. It's terrible."

Despite calls from many corners that he step down, it does not appear as if Goodell has any intention of doing so.

As odd as it sound, there is one thing that makes me believe Goodell in fact had not seen the tape.

It is that wrist-slap two-week suspension he doled out to Rice. Consider this: Eagles offensive tackle gets a four-game suspension because he didn't check some medicine he was taking with doctors and flunked a test for banned substances. Compare that with the Rice video, yet Rice gets half the suspension?

I find it hard to believe he could have gone that easy on the running back if he had actually seen the tape.

Then again, at this point there isn't much about this case that will surprise me.

And that includes a reversal of course by the league owners, with Goodell's head winding up on a platter.

The only thing these guys understand is money. The NFL is a billion-dollar enterprise. Goodell has lined their pockets since taking the helm from Paul Tagliabue.

The NFL just might be too big to fail. I don't see fans staying away from games, although they may stop buying team merchandise. TV ratings aren't likely to plummet, but there might be protesters outside games.

The league has a huge problem. One that one more ex-FBI official isn't going to be able to dig them out of.
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Republican Senator Scott Wagner disappoints The Forgotten Taxpayer: he votes like Republican Leadership and like Democrats

The Liberty Blog - Wed, 2014-09-10 17:38

 

  Elected in May of this year as a very independent Republican defeating a well-financed Senate Republican Leadership, Senator Scott Wagner has, surprisingly, disappointed The Forgotten Taxpayer.

   Senator Scott Wagner (SD28 York) voted YEA for Act 128 of 2014  authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

  Senator Wagner voted YEA to redistributing 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough: a politically favored few billionaire universities receive about ½ billion dollars each year. There are hundreds of other colleges, universities and community colleges that receive nothing. Why are these favored few so privileged, the Forgotten Taxpayer asks?

    Appropriations Act 15A of 2014 redistributes 10s of Millions of Pennsylvania taxpayer to UPENN, one of five politically favored crony corporations which already has tax-exempt and non-profit status. House Vote Appropriations Act 15A  26 June 2014.

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    Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt   Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes 27 June 2014 on Act 128 of 2014

Thumbs down to the Senate Republicans: the Senate vote was unanimous.

Thumbs down to the disappointing Representatives DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER, REGAN (York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THE ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh) MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS (Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

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     Act 15A of 2014  and House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note

    Let them  eat cake: Paying taxes to support billionaire corporations and multi-millionaire academics is good for the common people.

     Cui Bono from taxpayers’ subsidies?  UPENN 1% President Amy Gutmann the Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that? 

 Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014.

Thumbs down to the Senate Republicans: the Senate vote was unanimous.

Thumbs down to REPUBLICANS BLOOM DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

  The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friends: REPUBLICANS EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD.

 

   

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Rep. John McGinnis (and others) — The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Hero

The Liberty Blog - Wed, 2014-09-10 15:52

In his first term, Rep. John McGinnis is emerging as The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Hero

  District 79 Republican, serving Blair County (Part) Member of the House 2013 to date

State Representative John McGinnis PhD (Finance) voted NAY to authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

Republican John McGinnis voted NAY to redistributing 10s of millions taxpayer money to liberal academics at UPENN because President Gutmann is not paid enough

 

   Appropriations Act 15A of 2014 redistributes 10s of Millions of Pennsylvania taxpayer to UPENN, one of five politically favored crony corporations which already has tax-exempt and non-profit status. House Vote Appropriations Act 15A  26 June 2014.

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    Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt   Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes 27 June 2014 on Act 128 of 2014

  Thumbs down to the disappointing Representatives DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER, REGAN (York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THE ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh) MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS (Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

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     Act 15A of 2014  and House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note

    Let them  eat cake: Paying taxes to support billionaire corporations and multi-millionaire academics is good for the common people.

     Cui Bono from taxpayers’ subsidies?  UPENN 1% President Amy Gutmann the Profitable Non-Profits pay well:  UPENN president gets 35% percent pay raise to $2.8M. Did Pennsylvania’s taxpayers get a 35% pay increase? Who gets increases like that? 

 Let them eat cake, the taxpayers should be honored to pay us.

House Vote Appropriations Act 15A 26 June 2014.

  Thumbs down to REPUBLICANS BLOOM DUNBAR EVANOVICH GILLEN SACCONE KRIEGER TRUITT continue to disappoint. 

  The Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friends: REPUBLICANS EMRICK KELLER, F. MCGINNIS METCALFE MOUL VOTED NAY as did DEMOCRATS HALUSKA MULLERY PETRARCA YOUNGBLOOD.

 

 

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Conshohocken State Road Repaving Complete

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-10 14:02
Lower Merion Township thanks residents for their patience during the work.
Categories: Lower Merion

Eagles Player Left 20-Cent Tip, Restaurant Owner Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-10 13:46
Eagles player LeSean McCoy left a $0.20 tip on a bill that was more than $60, according to Tommy Up, the owner at PYT.
Categories: Lower Merion

Conshohocken State Road fully re-opens after paving project completion

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-10 13:41
Lower Merion Township Milling and paving operations on Conshohocken State Road, between Spring Mill Road and Hollow Road in Gladwyne, are now complete.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Pennsylvania Victims of Sept. 11

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-10 13:39
On the anniversary of the attacks, remembering those from the Keystone State who lost their lives.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for September 10, 2014 - "Sunday Stroll"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-09-10 12:13
The Daily Salvo for September 10, 2014 - "Sunday Stroll"
On September 28th enjoy a Sunday stroll in support of society's most vulnerable at the Philadelphia Walk for Life. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Tim Krieger voted to authorize more debt for Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Taxpayers

The Liberty Blog - Wed, 2014-09-10 10:46

       Tim Krieger   voted to authorize more $1,781,373,000 debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was NOT  one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

 Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt  

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations: “Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes on  Act 128 of 2014

   Disappointingly, Reps DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER , REGAN(York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THEN ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. These are not the Forgotten Taxpayers’ friends. 

 The Good Guys are Reps. BLOOM COX EMRICK GILLEN KNOWLES LAWRENCE MACKENZIE (Lehigh)  MALONEY MCGINNIS METCALFE METZGAR SIMMONS(Lehigh)  AND TRUITT

 

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