Feed aggregator

PA volunteer firefighters can now ease funding woes by soliciting drivers on the side of the road – Is this what we want for our first responders in Tredyffrin?

PA Governor Wolf signed new legislation last week (Act 57) which allows first responders to solicit donations at stop signs or traffic signals.  Fire companies will need to get written permission from the local municipality and the solicitations are to drivers are limited to controlled intersections (stop signs or traffic signals) and are required to […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester County urges awareness on hunger

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-11-16 11:59
Chester County government and non-profit agencies are urging residents to become aware of the problems facing the county when it comes to hunger and homelessness as the holidays approach.
Categories: Lower Merion

Real Estate Prices: Ardmore Not Among Most Expensive In Pa., New Report Shows

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-16 11:21
Coldwell Banker has released its 2015 Home Listing Report, which shows seven Montgomery County towns in the top 25.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEE: Zebras Escape Circus, Run Wild Through Philly

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-16 10:31
They were reported loose Sunday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

paris, oh paris

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-11-16 10:10


There is that moment when….. one of your dearest and closest friends texts you a photo….from PARIS.

As in the city which has just been a victim of terrorist attacks…The city of lights….Paris.

My exact text back to her was “For the love of Christ don’t tell me you are in Paris now??”

And she messaged back “Yes…can you freaking believe it?!!!”

These are the little things you don’t think of – you know a friend is going away on vacation but you forget where.

I have friends who call France home, so when the news broke of those attacks last week I really felt my heart in my throat.

Then I had a conversation with another dear friend this morning who said she might be taking a break from social media because people pounced all over her because she commented on Paris but neglected to mention Lebanon and Africa and wherever else there had been terrorist attacks also last week.

OK really???? That how you’re going to judge a person’s worthiness because they forget to remember other horrific events which occurred across the globe last week on Facebook???

And as far as the tourism goes in Paris, I am really sick of these attacks no matter where they occur. It is so awful that people are committing these acts in the name of one religion and culture against people who are other religions and cultures.  Why are we fighting medieval religious wars in the modern era?


This is the other photo my friend sent this morning.  It was a moment of silence at noon today Paris time and all French came outside. 

My friend said is all the French want to talk about it. They will say things to Americans like “this is how you must’ve felt after 9/11”. She also remarked how remarkably gracious the Parisians are two visitors in their city even at a time like this.

My friend says the sites are shut down in Paris but restaurants and cafés are open. She said wherever you go your bag is checked and they actually feel quite safe.

What a crazy world we live in. I can’t wait for my friend to get home…. Not that this craziness can’t happen anywhere and I think that’s part of the problem. But as my friend points out with her photo, we need to keep on living.

To my “American(s) in Paris” , safe travels and see you soon.

Paris, je t’aime.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Sign Repairs Lead To Road Closures

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-16 09:35
Crews will be repairing the iconic sign that hangs over the railroad bridge in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Nov. 16 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-16 08:09
The Daily Numbers: 20-19 loss to Dolphins as Birds snatch defeat from jaws of victory.

16-3 lead for Eagles in 1st Quarter.

20 straight unanswered points scored by Dolphins to take the lead & game.

1 crucial missed 32-yard field goal, 1 blocked punt on brutal day for Eagles special teams.

1 Eagles TD called back because of a penalty. Riley Cooper failed to line up correctly.

1 Eagles TD missed because Miles Austin could not get both feet down in the back of the end zone.

19 of 25 for 236 yards for Sam Bradford before leaving game in 3rd quarter with shoulder injury and concussion.

1 crucial interception in the end zone that sealed the Eagles’ fate after Mark Sanchez drove them to the Dolphins 8. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

1 batted ball that went straight up in the that resulted in a TD for the Dolphins.

15 first downs for the Dolphins.

29 first downs for the Eagles.

436 yards total offense for the Eagles.

289 yards total offense for the Dolphins.

88 offensive plays for the Eagles.

4-5 record for the Eagles, now tied with the Redskins, half-game behind the Giants, who lost to the Patriots.

2nd down at the 8 yard line with 4:30 left in the game, when for some reason Sanchez decided to force a ball into Austin, who made no great effort to catch it, or at least be sure it was not picked off.

3 points there would have given the Eagles the lead.

2 of 5 red zone opportunities converted by the Eagles.

48.1 percent completion percentage in the red zone over his career for Sanchez. Do you see a pattern here?

134 yards receiving on 4 catches for Brent Celek.

0 catches for Riley Cooper.

3 more holding penalties on the Eagles.

2 of them on center Jason Kelce.

1 more bad snap to Bradford in the shotgun for Kelce as well.

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

I have been watching that game for 50 years.

I Don’t Get It: The second the Dolphins receiver caught that ball that was batted up in the air for a touchdown, I was saying to myself, “Yep, this is an Eagles game.”

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Brent Celek. Huge game for one of the guys who looked like he put his heart and soul into it yesterday.

Quote Box: “We had control of the game for the most part and then all of the sudden we started doing things to really give it to the Dolphins.”

- Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Eagles? Time to put away childish things

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-16 07:20
There is a great scene in the old football movie 'North Dallas Forty.' That's the flick they made from the book written by former Cowboys player Pete Ghent, based on the antics of the Dallas Cowboys.

In the move, Nick Nolte basically has been set up by his coach and the team's brass to take the fall for some embarrassing situations the wide receiver found himself.

Nolte offers a defense of himself and a condemnation of the team's tactics before finally submitting to the inevitable conclusion, his dismissal from the team.

Instead, Nolte beats them to the punch, quitting the team while castigating his Tom Landry-like coach for throwing him under the bus. The coach had constantly badgered him to stop his off-the-field, extracurricular activities and focus on the job to reach his true potential.

Nolte, with pieces of his body strewn on fields all across the league, saw it another way, but not before taking one bit of advice from his coach.

"You're right, B.A. Time to put away childish things."

That pretty much sums up my feelings when it comes to pro sports these days.

I have been a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles since I drew my first breath. And I have the scars to prove it.

For years I was a denizen of the 700 Level, a season ticket holder in maybe the most notorious sports turf in the nation.

How long have I been a fan. I remember Ed Khayat. Look it up, kids. The Internet comes in handy for those things.

It does not, however, tell you how to get back the three hours of a glorious fall afternoon you just wasted sitting in front of your TV, watching the same mistakes over and over again. Missed field goal, blocked punt, holding penalties, receivers and quarterbacks not on the same page, and same said receivers not looking especially interested in laying it on the line for their team. Hello, Miles Austin.

I used sports today as a diversion from the serious things in life. This weekend, of all weekends, as we kept a wary eye on the fallout from unspeakable horror in Paris, that diversion was badly needed.

Instead, I stewed. And fumed. And argued with my wife (not a Sam Bradford fan).

I wondered about Chip Kelly, the so-called genius whose belief in his system seems to override the clear reality that it does not match what his players - at least these players - do well.

And, of course, there is Mark Sanchez. Nothing more needs to be said.

The Eagles reversed course yesterday, getting off to a fast start, the opposite of their track record this year, which saw them routinely not show up until the second half.

Instead the Eagles spurted to a 16-3 lead. Then the Eagles missed a field goal. It was like knocking over the first Domino in one of those elaborate displays.

You knew it was coming, you knew they were allowing the Dolphins to hang around. You knew it was going to cost them.

Stupid penalties taking touchdowns off the board. Guys lining up in the wrong spots. Guys not knowing their assignments. More stupid penalties.

The truth is I have been watching that same Eagles game for 50-plus years. I feel like Bill Murray in another great flick, ‘Groundhog Day,’ in which his weatherman is confounded by repeating the same day over and over again.

Eagles fans can relate.

And I am tired.

Nick Nolte was right. Time to put away childish things.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Tax Wars' heating up in Harrisburg - & Delco

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-16 06:55
'Tax Wars' is starting to heat up in Harrisburg.

And at least one local representative might find himself in the middle of the storm.

In the wake of the still-to-be-approved budget deal, which will increase the state sales tax to provide revenue for education and property tax relief, new scrutiny is being placed on the push to eliminate property taxes altogether.

That is what would happen under Senate Bill 76, which along with its companion piece House Bill 76 has been dubbed The Property Tax Independence Act.

One of the early backers was state Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, who signed on as a co-sponsor.

Over the weekend my email was being filled out by angry messages from a group of budget and anti-tax activists in Rose Tree media who are claiming McGarrigle has now pulled his support for the bill.

They're vowing to turn up the heat on McGarrigle, including flooding the district with fliers including his earlier letter backing the legislation.

The measure could be voted on in the Senate this week.

The tax activists believe McGarrigle is caving to pressure being brought by accountants and others whose services would be taxed under the new measure.

We'll reach out to the senator to get his version of things.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Let's Make a Deal,' the Harrisburg version

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-16 06:21
Welcome to Harrisburg's version of 'Let's Make a Deal."

Gov. Tom Wolf is getting more money for education.

Republicans are getting money to sure up the state's two sagging public pension funds.

Taxpayers: Well, you're getting an increase in the state sales tax, from the current 6 percent, to 7.25 percent.

Me? All I wanted out of this deal was to be able to push the plunger and blow up the hated Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. I want to be able to walk into a supermarket or Wawa and grab a six-pack or a bottle of wine. If I'm in the supermarket, I want to be able to snag that case of beer, put it in my cart, and pay for it along with the rest of my groceries.

That dream is fading, but House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, will give it privatization one more try with a new bill that will be voted on by the state House Liquor Committee today.

It's all in my weekly print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

goodnight garden

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-11-15 22:13


Yesterday after spending a few days feeling really crappy post dog bite (the tetanus shot triple threat combined with horse pill sized antibiotics as a precaution are not so much fun) I finally went out into the garden for a little bit.

A dear friend gave me three tree peonies I had to get into the ground, and I needed to dead head and prune roses. I also cleared out some of the remains of perennials that had died back, and hard pruned my Nippon daisies  and butterfly bush.

As I looked around at the beech and oak and other trees which are still hanging onto some final golden, red and brown leaves, the sky and earth just had that look.  The look of goodnight garden until next spring. 

Categories: Pennsylvania

Photographer For 'Kids Corner' Events Facing Child Porn Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-15 16:46
Mark Wilkens, 57, allegedly attempted to capture sexually explicit photos of children during events at the Franklin Institute and others.
Categories: Lower Merion

Transgender Man Alleges Giant Forced Him To Wear Women's Clothes: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-15 10:13
He is suing the grocery store chain. What do you think?
Categories: Lower Merion

Break In And Alleged Child Rape / Yogurt Robbery / Middle School Sexting: Top Pa. Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-15 09:33
The wacky, the wild, the horrific. Here's the past week's top crime stories from southeastern Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

jake is safe!

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-11-14 17:46

Just found out – Malvern Vet Hospital posted this photo. Apparently he’s 14 pounds lighter but he’s alive and back with his family.  

Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion Students Want Later Start Times: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 16:09
Proper sleep is a "miracle drug," parents say. What do you think?
Categories: Lower Merion

Photographer For 'Kids Corner' Events Facing Child Porn Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 14:01
Mark Wilkens, 57, allegedly attempted to capture sexually explicit photos of children during events at the Franklin Institute and others.
Categories: Lower Merion

all about townhouses but where is actual linden hall restoration?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-11-14 12:19

So? Where is the restoration of Linden Hall? All we have seen are woods plowed under and townhouses begun.  Quite a few windows are broken on the side and it makes me wonder where else.

Thought I would post in the event that the East Whiteland Historical Commission might actually be proactive here? 


Categories: Pennsylvania

Black Widow Grapes / Sandusky Payday / Another NTM Death / 'Hotel Hell' Taping: Top Pa. News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 09:04
What were the top stories across Pennsylvania this week? There was some big news. Check it out here.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Art Project To Come To Schuylkill River Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 09:02
Murals, sculptures, or banners will be displayed along the unique settings of the county trails
Categories: Lower Merion