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All eyes on Berube as Flyers fall

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-01-16 06:38
Better start the Craig Berube watch.

The Flyers got shut out for the second straight game last night, a 4-0 thrashing in front of the home folks at the Wells Fargo Center at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.

Ray Emery got the start and he was not sharp, giving up three goals before being pulled in the second period. Rob Zepp came in and did not exactly provide relief, giving up the fourth goal just seconds after getting into the net.

After the game, Berube gave the distinct impression that he was not satisfied with his team's effort, especially after they fell behind early.

He didn't say quit, but you sort of got the message.

Flyers owner Ed Snider has never been known as the patient sort. This is the team that fired a coach three games into the season in jettisoning Peter Laviolette two years ago.

Like almost everyone connected to the Flyers, Berube is family. He should ask Bob Clarke how that worked out for him. Berube needs to turn this thing around quick.

His team is now double digits out of the final playoff spot. Berube is not the one who has been unable to find the net the last two games. Nor is he the goalie who came up small last night.

But it's likely he will be the one to take the fall. With the Flyers, that's the way it works.

Ed Snider has never been reticent about pulling the trigger. I get the feeling his finger is likely getting itchy.
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Duncan Confirmed as Assistant Township Manager

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:30
Duncan first began working for Lower Merion Township in 1980.
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$585K Olcott Avenue Home Just Listed in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:20
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
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Lane Closures Set for I-76 in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:56
The closures are for a series of bridge inspections, PennDOT said.
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One Ardmore Place: Temporary parking plan accepted for Cricket Lot construction period

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 15:24
ARDMORE >> After several iterations, Lower Merion commissioners have accepted a plan for temporary parking in Ardmore’s downtown during construction of Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place project on the township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.
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TE School District proposes 3.68 percent tax increase in 2015-16 budget

For taxpayers living in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, they saw no municipal real estate tax increase in 2014 or 2015. In the Tredyffrin Township 2015 budget presentation, it was announced that real estate tax assessments continue to grow and that the township saw “increased construction of both residential and commercial properties which are a major […]
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Pro-Life Group Pushing for Abortion Ban During Pope's Visit to Philly

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 13:31
A group of pro-life activists plan to ask every abortion clinic in Philadelphia to close during the Pope's visit in September.
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where’s my adults only dislike button?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:45

Who else wishes that sometimes the easiest way to communicate with the teenagers wasn’t to send them a text even when you’re in the same house?

I am like the land of no fun in our house some days I think. And today I’m sure I will be even more because I decided it’s time for a mom vent. We’re allowed even as step parents, right? Where is my parental “dislike button” that solves all problems instantly in forever LOL? What??? There is no magic wand or button? No magic app? Come on! So not fair!

Take video games. I really don’t like video games, they have never intrigued me. I am definitely considered square as a result by the males in my house. What they don’t seem to get is I have less of a problem with video games, when things happen in moderation. But if you have a teen who is super into gaming, moderation goes right out the window. And all fairness to teenagers, I have seen adults do the same thing. It’s like they get sucked in and their brains with it.

And if left to their own devices kids totally into video games will literally game an entire day away or until their eyeballs bleed, whichever happens first. And some times they don’t even stop to eat or have anything to drink. And after a couple hours straight, they can get downright cranky, yelling at the TV screen and so on. And of course there is that social aspect where all the teens meet in their virtual world of gaming and talk to each other through their headphones. So how do you strike a balance without being the bad guy?

Which is why when to comes to videogames I think a bank of hours works best. When the kid goes through the hours it’s their time management lesson. Sounds harsh but I almost miss the good old days when they went outside or read a book or had an actual conversation.

Next up? Social media/chat programs.

A friend of mine commented recently on how she thinks teenagers today are actually missing out on old school dating rituals for lack of a better description. She talked about the “good old days” when you took your girlfriends to check out a guy or vice versa, the furtive late night phone calls, and the fact that we have such awesome music to choose from growing up!

Here, I found it. This is what she said:

“Perhaps technology is taking away from the teen crush/dating experience. So many ways to communicate without the dreaded visit or phone call to the love interest’s house and through the parent “screening process” or the visit to their (potentially rival) hang out (like a pond or park) and through the friend “screening process.” This, combined with bad music, makes me feel badly for them.”

To that I add they are missing out on the talking and having actual conversations that enable them to truly get to know each other because all they do is TEXT. And I also wonder if that has something to do with how dates are planned now, which is often fairly last minute.

There are a million chat and text programs and apps out there. They change as quickly as clothing styles and hairstyles. Apps come in apps fall out of fashion. Do you really know what your kids are doing on any of these apps or programs?

Where is the balance of giving them their privacy but wanting them to be safe? Some parents are overly involved in this aspect of their kids lives and some rival Captain Oblivious in this area. Where is the middle ground?

Today a member of a parenting group I belong to posted what I am about to post. I will warn you it’s a little graphic, but it’s reality. Here it is:

Hey guys……. Let’s talk PHONES. Laptops desktops. iPads and Internet. Filtering. And social media and our kids. Especially as it relates to sexual conduct. I’m going out on a branch here to open up this conversation because Id like some feedback from this group.

I have recently become aware of some VERY disturbing things going on with kids. Are you filtering? Do your kids have iPhones? Data? Are they allowed on Instagram? Snapchat? Kik? Do you restrict their access to porn? Do you allow phones in room at night? Do you allow sleepovers? Are they allowed with phones in rooms at night on sleepovers? Are you aware of parents at other houses police any of this? Do you care?

I’m curious what others are doing, or not doing, because I have been made acutely aware that they think certain “things” are considered normal and common such as “group masterbation while watching porn on phones general porn watching on phones, “bro jobs” soggy waffle (nice) “Pansexuality” anal sex among 14 yr olds and a variety of other activities that are being cast as the new “norm”.

Number one. Are you aware of this? Number two what is anyone doing to help their kids. Thanks. Hope this post doesn’t deliver *crickets* lol

Unfortunately she’s not just whistling Dixie. How do you strike a balance without being the parental hate police? Tweens and teens are by nature secretive. They also think they know everything.

I am all for electronics being taken out of the bedrooms at night. I can only control what goes on in my house, I can’t control what goes on in the houses of the kids my kid is friends with. And for the most part I’m really lucky he knows good kids. But still….these programs and apps are worrisome.

A lot of these chat things the tweens and teens use promote ugliness like cyber bullying. I’ve seen it I know it happens. One website I find absolutely vile and astounding that any parent would allow their kids to have is an account on ask.FM.

And then there is what kids post. The young teen girls in particular don’t get the whole Lolita of it all. But then again you have to look at what some of the parents are posting. No one gets it some days.

Maybe I’m more aware of a lot of this because I’ve been a blogger for a few years. Maybe I’m more aware of some of this is because as an adult I was cyberbullied for a few months straight. Or maybe I just think too much and I shouldn’t post this post after all…

Someone pointed out this web article:

Crosswalk.com 9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids

Here is the list they compiled:

Whisper , YikYak, kik ,ChatRoulette , Omegle,snap chat, Tinder (This app, and similar apps such as Down, Skout, Pure, Blendr are all about the hook up), Poof (hides apps on your phone screen),

Now this website is a faith based one, which isn’t necessarily my cup of tea, but they aren’t necessarily wrong about raising awareness of apps and what they do. I don’t see Vine as particularly harmful, either.

They left off Ask.fm . Seriously that site is vile. An article released today indicates they are trying to “clean up their act”:

Ask.FM cleans up its act Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY 9:04 a.m. EST January 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — In the five months since Ask.com has taken over the controversial anonymous app Ask.FM, usage has dropped as the new owner has tried to clean up practices.

From its peak of 200 million users before Ask bought Ask.FM last summer, the app now has 150 million monthly users. Ask.com CEO Doug Leeds doesn’t mind.

“We’re in it for the long haul. We’ll get great growth when we get the message that it’s now a safe place to be,” he says.

With the app, used heavily by teens around the globe, you can anonymously ask people questions, ranging from “Do you think I’m cute?” to “why are you so unpopular?”

Before IAC unit Ask.com bought Ask.FM, the Latvia-based app was targeted by several district attorneys after teens committed suicide, apparently after bullying from users of the app.

Tech4Mommies lists their problem app list as Poof or Hide App, SnapChat, Whisper, Kik, YikYak, Tinder, Vine, and Ask.fm. CheckupNewsRoom.com lists their problem app list as: YikYak, SnapChat, Kik, Poof, Omegle, Whisper, and Down. EducateEmpowerKid.org lists as their list Tinder, SnapChat, Blendr, Kik, Whisper, Ask.fm, YikYak, Poof, Omegle, Down.

My take away is it doesn’t matter if it’s a faith-based website or just a parent-centric website, there is a commonality in as much as the list of what problem apps are. So are we paying attention to these things? Are we being too laissez faire or too hypervigilant? Or none of the above? And what are our schools doing really? Are they leaving this up to us as parents or are they really in fact an active partner in figuring this all out? As far as schools go, I’m leaning a little more towards the lip service category. It’s like cyber bullying – they seem talk a good game and have “policies” but what do they really do?

I also found this interesting:

“Facebook Is Dead To Us”: What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Ari Herstand

19 year old, Andrew Watts, is a sophomore Management Information Systems major (marketing minor) at the University of Texas in Austin and penned an interesting glimpse into the world of teenage (and college) consumption (or lack thereof) of the biggest social networks. We see studies day in and day out from Gallup or Pew on polling that is then interpreted by all the hot tech blogs, but very few articles actually cite real, blood pumping teenage humans. And by the time the studies are published, most likely, the stats are dated – as teenage trends move in and out so quickly. What do they actually think, in their own words, about the various social networks? Watts lays it out:

Watts states: “It’s dead to us. Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can’t really leave.” ….“Snapchat is quickly becoming the most used social media network.” He explains, the difference between Snapchat and Instagram is in the etiquette. On Snapchat people will post photos and videos of their night as it happens. The good, the bad and the fugly. On Instagram they post “the cutest one of the bunch.”…..Yik Yak is simple. There are no profiles and no followers. Anyone can post anything and it gets up or down thumbed (ala Reddit). Everything from “I just farted” to “Going to the girls basketball game tonight at 8.” He says everyone is on it before class, during class, and after class to find out what is going on around campus. Yik Yak is hyper local (only shows posts within a 10 mile radius). So he says completely unused during school breaks.

Related to above:

Medium.com: A Teenager’s View on Social Media Written by an actual teen

Medium.com: An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media

I discovered a website that seems to make things pretty pretty balanced. It’s called ConnectSafely.org . It’s geared towards teens, parents, and educators.

The thing is this: we want to encourage kids to make smart choices. We want to keep the lines of communication open as well. The problem is we’re talking about tweens and teens and they don’t want to talk to us a lot of the time. Get real ……did you want to talk to your parents about stuff you didn’t want to talk to your parents about it when you were their age?

It’s frustrating. I am the first person to admit it. And I have been at this parenting game a lot fewer years than a lot of the rest of you out there. How do you strike the balance? A lot of that balance has to do with being a friend versus being a parent. Add to that when your kids come in contact with the parenting styles of their friends’ parents. And what works and some families doesn’t necessarily work in others.

You can’t wrap your kids and cotton wool and you can’t shield them from the world. They have to experience life on their own terms, and one of the hard things I’m learning about being a parent is trusting them and letting them go enough to do that. You can provide them with a good moral compass, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to shield them from the inappropriate in life. It’s part of life, after all.

To me, I keep coming back to balance and moderation. I also have to be accepting of the things that I don’t like and what my teenager doesn’t like that I don’t like. Somewhere in the middle I think lies the answer. Rules and common sense don’t hurt either.

But as parents we can’t be ostriches a stick our heads in the sand and say. “La la la la this isn’t happening” any more than we can be the parent police. So I guess as much as it can be uncomfortable for both sides of the fence as in teens and parents, it’s an ongoing work in progress and necessary conversation isn’t it?

I will close by saying I’m a modern woman with an old-fashioned side I’m discovering when to comes to parenting. I’m not the cool parent who going to say let’s have a co-ed sleepover I think that’s bunk and to an extent asking for trouble. I am the parent who is going to ask questions, because in as much as anything else it’s how I learn about things….not just the inner workings of the teenage mind.

I try not to be the Parental Spanish Inquisition but when you’re dealing with teenagers sometimes everything is the Parental Spanish Inquisition. And in a way this is a brave new world for me because growing up there was a lot I did not feel like I could talk to my parents about safely, so I have to learn how to talk to kids about certain things.

The flip side of course is sometimes teenagers could give their parents less of a hard time. I know, I know. That is the age old battle time in memoriam isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by.

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Lower Merion Police: Pickaxe found near burglary at Tiffin

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:35
Burglary>> Lower Merion police are investigating a burglary at Tiffin Restaurant, 50 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood that occurred sometime between 2 and 4:08 a.m. Jan. 6.
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Urban designer with public art focus named Lower Merion Conservancy chairman

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:10
Todd W. Bressi, an urban designer with a special focus on public art, is the new chairman of the board of directors of the Lower Merion Conservancy, as of Jan. 1.
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Duncan confirmed as new Lower Merion assistant manager

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:10
ARDMORE >> By a unanimous vote of members present, Lower Merion commissioners kicked off their first meeting of 2015 Jan. 7 by confirming the appointment, effective Jan. 1, of Robert E. Duncan as assistant township manager. Duncan had been serving as acting assistant manager since the appointment of Ernie B. McNeely as manager in May 2014.
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Lower Merion: Ardmore, Penn Wynne libraries to close for renovations Saturday

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:10
The Lower Merion Library System's Ardmore and Penn Wynne libraries will temporarily close for renovations on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. Construction is expected to last through the fall of 2015, with an expected mid-November re-opening for both libraries.
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Hundreds of Trees to be Planted at Flight 93 Memorial

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 11:06
The “Red Sunset” maples will “play a role in bringing life and beauty to a site of such sadness,” Gov. Tom Corbett said.
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Agency battling drug crisis has big job, little state money

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 10:13
Editor's note: This story originally appeared on PublicSource.org.
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Merion Elementary recognized for National Blue Ribbon distinction

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:50
Merion>> Merion Elementary School Principal Anne Heffron along with several other staff members and Home and School Association members were on hand Monday night at a school board meeting for the school’s recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
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Downtown 'piazza' focus of Jan. 21 Narberth town-hall meeting

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:50
NARBERTH >> Narberth Mayor Tom Grady will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. Borough residents are invited to participate in a discussion of a vision for Narberth’s downtown.
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Pa. Woman Pulls Gun on Would-Be Thief, Detains Him for Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:07
She reportedly used a Taser on the suspect when he resisted.
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Haverford High School football coach held on DUI charges

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:54
PROSPECT PARK >> Haverford High School football coach Joseph Gallagher was held on charges Tuesday of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, despite his attorney’s assertion the coach only “faintly” smelled of alcohol when he was stopped after fleeing the crash.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Jan. 15

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:03
The Daily Numbers: 1 of 5 people charged in the murder of Chester Rite Aid store manager Jason McClay pleaded guilty yesterday.

76, age of woman killed in house fire early Wednesday in Yeadon. Authorities believe the woman may have been smoking.

36, age of Upper Darby woman who will do time in county prison connected to the heroin overdose death of her boyfriend.

20 to 40 years in prison for a Chester man convicted in the stabbing death of his mother.

1 person arrested after a police chase that started in Tinicum ended in a crash on Chester Pike in Collingdale. One car slammed into and damaged a house, as well as another car.

1 nearly frozen chihuahua rescued from a home in Chester County by the SPCA.

3 issues that remain outstanding in talks between the Ridley School Board and teachers. The board again rejected a fact-finders report.

1 year in federal prison for a woman who the feds say filed $350,000 worth of bogus tax refunds.

246,000 dollar grant for recycling for Eddystone Borough.

20 months in prison for a former Philly Traffic Court Judge.

4 top officials getting the boot in a shakeup at the Secret Service.

8.5 percent decline in revenue last year for Atlantic City casinos.

989.98 dollar tip given to a cabbie for a $4 fare.

54 arrested in France in a crackdown on hate speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

1 goal allowed by Flyers goalie Rob Zepp last night. Unfortunately it stoood up as the Caps took a 1-0 win.

25 saves for Zepp.

15 points out of the playoffs, where the Flyers find themselves this morning.

100-84 loss for the Sixers last night in Toronto.

18 points for former Wildcat Kyle Lowry.

88-75 win for No. 5 Villanova over Xavier in Big East play.

4-1 Big East mark, 16-1 overall for the Wildcats.

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

Anyone else notice that former Villanova Wildcar Kyle Lowry is slowly becoming one of the best point guards in the NBA. He led Toronto over the Sixers last night.

I Don’t Get It: When is the last time you saw someone actually outrun police in a car. A guy tried it againa yesterday morning, with a high-speed chase that started in Tinicum and ended badly in Collingdale, when the fleeing vehicle hit a couple of others before slamming into a house.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Chester County SPCA, which rescued several pups that were literally freezing to death in a Chester County yard.

Quote Box: “The goal of the district remains clear: a sustainable multi-year contract that balances the needs of the taxpaying community and the dedicated teachers of the district.”

- Statement by Ridley School Board after again rejecting fact-finder’s report.
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Storm clouds on the Chester waterfront

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:57
There are some storm clouds forming on the Chester waterfront.

Some cracks are forming in what was supposed to be the key to the city's economic turnaround.

Remember, this all started years ago with the unveiling of the gloriously restored former PECO Power Station, the heart of the Wharf at Rivertown, right on the Delaware River.

It was soon joined by Harrah's casino farther down the river, and then PPL Park right next door.

One of the very first tenants at the Wharf was Wells Fargo. That's why it was disappointing this week to hear that the major bank is pulling 250 workers from the Chester waterfront and relocating them to a site in center city Philadelphia. About 110 workers will remain in Chester, but reading between the lines, it looks like their future in the city is shaky as well.

Wells Fargo is doing what seemingly every business is doing these days - consolidating. They recently moved a bunch of workers from Philly to their home base in North Carolina. That's when they made the decision to move the Chester workers to those now-vacant offices in Philly.

City officials remain confident in the Wharf, however, and note that several new tenants have booked space in the complex.

Buccini Pollin development group owns the Wharf, and they point out that while Wells Fargo may be moving out, others are moving in. Day & Zimmerman, a Delaware-based engineering firm, recently signed a lease to occupy 20,000 square feet at the Wharf. They will bging 98 jobs with them.

In addition, Virtus, the realty outfit that is marketing the site, is planning to occupy another floor and a half, about 50,000 square feet.

Down the road at Harrah's, things are even more murky.

Their parent company, Caesars Entertainment, filed for bankruptcy this week.

Harrah's has been struggling for several years with declining slots revenue, and now faces the likelihood of another casino being plopped down at the South Philly sports complex just 10 miles up the road on I-95.

Several county and city officials said such a move could be a death knell for the Chester gaming parlor.

Keep you eyes on the Chester waterfront.

It looks like a storm could be brewing.
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