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Narbrook Park families gather for centennial celebration

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-06-25 10:23
By 1914, just shy of 20 years after the growing town of Narberth established itself as a borough separate from surrounding Lower Merion Township, it already boasted many of the hallmarks of a solid American community: a newspaper, a town band, and an active civic association, which shared the forward-thinking mindset of its burgess, or mayor, George M. Henry.
Categories: Lower Merion

(PHOTOS) Apocalyptic Skies Loom Over Philadelphia Region After Tuesday Storm

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-25 09:21
Residents captured some jaw-dropping shots from around the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, June 25

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 07:39
The Daily Numbers: 200,000 residents without power across the region as of 6 a.m.

24,000 in Delaware County.

24,000 in Chester County.

50,000 residents in Delco were without power last night. We’re making progress.

3 shelters open in Delco. PPL Park will open for residents at 11 a.m. There are also shelters at Academy Park High School and Brookhaven Borough Hall.

75 people who were at Brookhaven Borough Hall after the storm hit Tuesday night.

2:40 this morning, when some parts of Brookhaven got power back.

72 mph gust recorded at Philadelphia International Airport.

85 mph gust reported in Gloucester County, N.J.

1985, when Bill Bennett started his career as an educator. He now faces firing. The Rose Tree Media School Board could vote tonight on his fate as principal of Indian Lane Elementary.

1 more key aide fired by Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

2 local universities, West Chester and Cheyney, who are announcing a collaborative.

61 feet high and weighing 11 tons. Meet the duck that will hail the tall ships when they arrive in Philly today for the Tall Ships Festival.

3 Philly election officials facing fraud charges.

3, where Sixers pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.

5 selections in the 2nd round for the Sixers.

23, number worn by Chester product Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is expected to be drafted in the 1st round of the NBA Draft tonight.

2 years, how long Hollis-Jefferson played at Arizona before deciding to go pro.

10-2 loss for the Phils to New York as their bats went silent again, just in time for Cole Hamels to take the mound.

5 earned runs on 8 hits over 5 innings for Hamels.

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

Wasn’t hard to predict that: The Phillies bats go silent as Cole Hamels takes the mound. Not as easy to predict is what Sixers GM Sam Hinkie is going to do in the NBA Draft tonight.

I Don’t Get It: Am I the only one who is having trouble with the case Rose Tree Media is building against Bill Bennett, the principal at Indian Lane Elementary. He could be fired tonight, despite glowing reviews from parents.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Philadelphia Union, for opening up PPL Park for residents to use as a shelter this morning in the wake of the storm that slammed many parts of Chester.

Quote Box: “Thirty years in this business and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

- Timothy Stone, owner of Fine Tree Care, in the wake of the storm.
Categories: Pennsylvania

State of Emergency

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 06:55
I got an inkling that yesterday was not a normal day in Delaware County on my initial jaunt to our local Wawa at mid-morning.

Normally both sides of Cottonwood Lane, the tiny street that runs between the railroad tracks and the Wawa and leads back to our plant in Primos, are jammed with cars. They are commuters who know they need to get there early if they're going to get a spot before they scramble to catch their train at the Primos Station on the Media-Elwyn line.

The trains weren't running yesterday.

They had lots of company.

State of Emergency.

That pretty much sums up what life was like for many Delco residents yesterday.

That's especially true out in the western end of the county, where the full force of Mother Nature hit with a vengeance Tuesday night. How bad was it? Route 1 southbound is still closed this morning because of a string of downed trees in Concord.

Middletown and Brookhaven were slammed by the storm.

County officials gathered in Brookhaven last night to offer a final update on the storm.

There was a shelter set up there.

Here are a few updates:

The Philadelphia Union today will open PPL Park as a shelter at 11 a.m. Residents can shower, cool off and the team will provide food and water.

PECO this morning is saying that outages across the region have dipped below 50,000 for the first time, with 49,245 still in the dark. Last night there were still 50,000 residents in Delco without power. This morning that number has dipped to 24,000. PECO is warning that some customers may be without power until the weekend.

In addition to PPL Park, two other shelters are operating in the county, at Academy Park High School and Brookhaven Borough Hall. A couple of key closed roads are now open: Route 291 in Tinicum, and Waterville Road in Brookhaven. However, Route 1 southbound out in Concord remains closed this morning.

The Media-Elwyn line reopened at 5:30 a.m. in time for the morning rush.

If you are still without power, we'd like to talk to you and tell your story.

Contact me at editor@delcotimes.com
Categories: Pennsylvania

A love-hate relationship with technology

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-06-25 06:23
I have said many times I pretty much have a love-hate relationship with the technology that I swim in at work every day.

Today it's decidedly on the hate side.

Actually, I should just be hating myself.

I did something today I have never done before.

I drove all the way into the office in the pre-dawn darkness, pulled into the Daily Times parking lot, got out of the car, opened up the back door, and then came to the crushing realization that I just drove into the office without my laptop.

I think they heard me over at the Wawa.

I was not a happy camper.

Without that laptop I am pretty much dead in the water in terms of getting anything done online, updating our website, Tweeting (although I could use my phone for that), checking Facebook.

So when I got done cursing, I climbed back in the car and drove home again, snagged the laptop and then turned around and drove right back into the office.

That's a nice little 90-minute commute.

Please feel free to remind me not to take the laptop home with me.

Or at a minimum double-check to be sure I have when I leave home.

Like I said, I have a love-hate relationship with technology.

Today can only go up from here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

plant source rave: seaside daylily farm

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2015-06-24 16:56

So I have a new plant source. For daylilies. I love daylilies, but with the exception of Applied Climatology at the West Chester Growers Market, buying them around here is not much fun. Locally, Applied Climatology has in my opinion a terrific selection of unusual cultivars and good prices and their plants are healthy.

But since places like Woodlawn Nursery closed in Malvern which was another source for me for daylilies, I have been looking for an additional source of plants. Recently, a friend who is part of my gardening group told me about Seaside Daylily Farm in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

 So I thought I would try them. They are a small family farm, they are organic growers   and they are also state certified by Massachusetts that they sell plants found to be free of insects and disease.

Their prices are extraordinarily reasonable, and the bucket in the photograph above holds the plants that I purchased!

I am ready to put them in the ground but decided to put up a post first about Seaside Daylily Farm because I am so impressed with what they grow and how my plants arrived!

Anyway I’m going to go plant my plants, but if you like daylilies check out their website, you’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Edgemont Ave Twin Among New Listings In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-24 14:34
Looking for a new home? These properties in Ardmore have just been listed for sale.
Categories: Lower Merion

5K In Montgomery County Without Power Tuesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-24 13:15
The worst hit was Delaware County, which had more than 100,000 outages Tuesday night due to the storm.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County officials: Lower Merion hit with the worst of the storm

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 12:30
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials say Lower Merion Township was hit with the worst of Tuesday night’s thunderstorm.
Categories: Lower Merion

1 sent to hospital after tree falls on car in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 11:01
One man was taken to the hospital after being rescued when a tree fell on the car he was driving Tuesday evening at East Spring and Walnut Avenue in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford police asking for public's help to ID alleged assaulter

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-24 10:21
Haverford Township police are investigating a simple assault that occred at approximately 10:30 p.m.  on Saturday, June 6, at Golf Road and Leedom Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, June 24 (The Storm Edition)

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-06-24 07:35
The Daily Numbers: 360,000 people across the region without power when storms ripped the region last night.

88,100 still without power in Delco this morning.

52,400 in Chester County powerless.

2 days, how long PECO said it might be before some customers get their power back on Friday.

0 trains running this morning on the busy Media-Elwyn regional rail line. Service has been suspended by downed trees and power lines until further notice.

0 service this morning on the PATCO lines. It is expected to be down all morning.

70 mph wind gusts reported at height of storm at Philadelphia International Airport.

2 tornado warnings issued across the region.

0 confirmed reports of a tornado actually touching down.

40 mph maximum wind recorded at the county Emergency Services Center in Middletown.

2 years and change, how long Joe Watkins lasted as the state-appointed leader of Chester Upland School District.

1.9 percent tax hike in William Penn School District budget.

50 percent of Delco municipalities that use Delaware County Animal Control. The Chester County SPCA has terminated its relationship with the company.

90 to 110 animals per month, what the Chesco SPCA says they used to get from Delco Animal Control. That number now is less than 50. The company is denying the SPCA’s allegations.

7 days until the deadline for a new Pa. budget, with little progress being reported in Harrisburg.

200 million dollars a year, what state Republicans say they can get from privatizing liquor sales. Gov. Wolf opposes the plan.

86, age of ‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten, who died yesterday.

79, age of Don Featherstone, famous for creating the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.

15 day DL stint for Chase Utley, hobbled by a bum ankle.

11-6 win for the Phillies over the Yankees, again powered by a Maikel Franco home run.

4 for 5 for Franco.

5 RBI for the 2nd straight night for the Phils’ phenom.

1920, last time a Phillie knocked in 5 runs in 2 straight games.

31 runs for the Phils in winning 3 games in row.

11 of 12,
what Yankees had won at home before the Phils hit town.

93, age of legendary Sixers stat man Harvey Pollock, who died Tuesday.

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

The nation is beginning to notice Maikel Franco. And could this be the end of the line for Chase Utley, who has been placed on the 15-day DL.

I Don’t Get It: Yes, I love heat & humidity. I could live without the kind of storms that sometimes follow, as we saw last night. And also to the folks who insist on showing no courtesy and waiting their turn when traffic lights are out. What is so hard to understand about the concept of one at a time?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the crews who spent the night working to restore power.

Quote Box: “Water and trees are everywhere.”

- Chester Police Superintendent Joe Bail, at the height of last night’s storm.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What it was like as Delco, region was taken by storm

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-06-24 05:48
I've never experienced a tornado.

And after what I witnessed last night outside our Primos office, I'm pretty sure I don't want to, I got a glimpse of what it must be like.

You sort of got the feeling as the early summer heat built during the day how this was going to end. Mother Nature didn't disappoint. The sky turned an angry gray, in some places almost black. The winds kicked up. The rain arrived. Then all hell broke loose.

Trees - those that weren't toppled - were bent horizontally, under full attack by the ferocious winds.

Instead of leaving the office when I normally do, I retreated back into the office, which luckily never lost power.

We were among the lucky ones.

Much of Delaware County and the region was not as lucky.

Social media started to light up with reports of problems. I-95 in Chester was shut down. A tree had blocked the southbound Route 1 Bypass between the Blue Route and Route 252. Flash flooding was a problem in Chester.

There were reports of 70 mph winds at Philadelphia International Airport.

Eventually, around 7 p.m. I decided to venture out and head home, already aware that power was out at Chez Heron.

That's when the adventure really started.

Driving last night was a bit like maneuvering a slalom course. Everywhere you turned there were downed trees and branches. I was good until I got to Springfield Road just above the Brookside intersection. The road was blocked by a downed tree. A quick detour through a neighborhood - where many residents were already outside holding their hands to their foreheads as they surveyed the damage - finally got me around the downed tree.

Since the Bypass was shut down, I decided to use my winter route, taking Springfield Road all the way out to Route 3. Many neighborhoods were without power, every other traffic light was out.

A big problem was the very busy intersection of Springfield Road and Route 1, where the lights were out. Cars inches out into the intersection as drivers took turns - for the most part - proceeding.

The rest of the way home was the same. Roads were closed all over the place by downed trees.

When I got home, since there was no power, I decided to survey the damage. We lost one large tree in the back yard. Luckily, it fell away from the house and across the creek that runs behind our yard.

We got power back around 2 a.m.

The drive back into the office this morning was equally wild.

Tree limbs continue to litter streets.

The big thing I noticed was the power outages. Granite Run - which already resembles a ghost town - was pitch black. Springfield obviously was hard hit. Many neighborhoods were still without power. Traffic lights were out on Baltimore Pike in Middletown, and then again in Springfield.

This morning, PECO is reporting 159,000 customers still without power at 5 a.m. In Delco, the number in the dark is 88,000. SEPTA was hit hard by the storm. Service on the busy Media-Elwyn regional rail line is suspended until further notice. Many bus lines are being rerouted.

There are still delays being reported at Philadelphia International Airport.

CLICK HERE for an update on PECO outages.

CLICK HERE for an update on SEPTA delays and problems.

CLICK HERE for the latest Traffic Conditions across the region.

CLICK HERE for information on Philadelphia International Airport
Categories: Pennsylvania

sky a few minutes ago

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-06-23 21:10


Categories: Pennsylvania

Widespread Power Outages Reported by PECO

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 18:42
PECO is reporting major outages in Chester and Delaware County. Thousands are without power as of Tuesday evening.
Categories: Lower Merion

keystone collections group

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-06-23 18:33

My mood is like that sky out there right now.

Many of us as residents in Chester County have to deal these third party tax collectors for the local taxes. Like Keystone Collection Group out of Irwin PA. 

Since May they have been harassing me over a tax year I was NOT a  resident of Chester County. I was at that point only dating a resident of Chester County. As far as I am aware that was not a taxable event?

When they sent their first death threat masked as a tax collection nasty gram, I promptly sent them my federal return that clearly shows (and was professionally prepared, no less) my address, municipality and county of residence and so on. My federal tax return gave them every piece of information they needed to say “I’m sorry we made a mistake” and  then close the books on this.

Instead, they sent me a second letter basically telling me that a federal tax return was not acceptable proof and a long laundry list of items for me to prove where I lived.

Being somewhat outraged at this point I called them. Basically I was told that a federal tax return was not good enough and unless I sent them all this other information I was a liar.

Then the person on the other end of the phone says something to the effect of well maybe I was confused about the years. And I said no I wasn’t confused about the years it was the year I was treated for breast cancer I know exactly where I was all year long.

So I sent them everything they asked for and it was remarkable I had some of what they wanted which included copies of old bills with my  address at that time. It’s only because I’m such a paper pack rat that I had any of those old bills as I had shredded most of them. They also got a W-2 and the state return I had filed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for that year. And oh did I mention when I called them they told me that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania directs them to do this?  Really? 

I sent them all of this  additional information and it should have once again been  the end of it with them sending me an apology and closing the book on this but they haven’t. 

I have even contacted my elected representatives offices regarding this. And Keystone has gone back to them saying now they wanted my federal tax return even though I sent that in the first place and as per their instructions on their last correspondence I have satisfied everything they requested and they told me a federal tax return wasn’t sufficient proof when I submitted it several weeks ago. They already have the information.

I am done. I gave them what they asked for, they have made a mistake with this particular year, and they won’t let it go. At this point they are harassing me. I have complied with the requests and it should be case closed.

The other problem with dealing with this company is there is no secure way to send them information. When you have to send a company like this your personal information wouldn’t you rather do it with some kind of a secure email or fax? How do we really know what they do with the documents you send them that have your personal data on them?

I have heard many, many horror stories regarding this company Keystone Collections Group. I don’t know why they find this so difficult it’s really very cut and dry: I wasn’t living here as a resident then. I was a visitor, albeit a frequent visitor. I was a resident of not only another municipality, but another county entirely. 

As residents of various municipalities out here we shouldn’t have to be paying for these people and their mistakes and their harassment. They are taking money out of residents’ pockets. As far as I’m concerned or municipality should be able to handle this in house, saving all of us money that could be put to better use.

Thanks for stopping by.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Northern Lights Could Make Rare Appearance Over Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 14:35
Geomagnetic and solar storms could bring the Northern Lights to Montgomery County on Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors Approve Wayne Glen’s Conditional Use application, 5-2

Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors approved the Conditional Use application for the Wayne Glen project by a vote of 5-2 at the special Board of Supervisors meeting last night.  The proposed mixed-use development of townhomes and carriage homes plus a commercial office development is located on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Swedesford and Old […]
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Dalai Lama To Visit Philadelphia In October

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 10:01
On the heels of Pope Francis' visit to the city in September, another leader of a major world religion will be visiting.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1 Summer Movies Start This Week Near Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-23 09:53
Regal Theaters, including locations in Oaks and Conshohocken, will be offering $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Categories: Lower Merion