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Montgomery County Sheriff: Courthouse bomb threat unfounded

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:05
COURTHOUSE >> An anonymous, threatening letter sent to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday prompted up to several different law enforcement agencies to search the courthouse for bombs, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono said on Friday.
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Update: Ardmore road closures announced

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:05
Lower Merion Township has updated an earlier announcement about road closures for main work in Ardmore this week. Weather permitting, County Line Road will be closed from Ardmore Avenue to Holland Avenue and Holland Avenue will be closed from County Line Road to West Spring Avenue from Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 14 and again on Monday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 17 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 08:07
The Daily Numbers: 53-20 demolition of the Eagles by the Packers at Lambeau Field. It wasn’t that close.

17-0 at end of 1st quarter.

30-6 at halftime.

22 of 36 for packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

26 of 44 for 346 yards for Eagles QB Mark Sanchez.

2 interceptions also tossed by Sanchez, 1 of which was returned for a TD.

23 carries for 88 yards for LeSean McCoy.

2 carries for Darren Sproles.

75 yard punt return for TD by Packers Micah Hyde.

0-3 mark for the Eagles this year in 4 o’clock games.

4 straight wins at Lambeau by more than 21 points for the Pack.

288 straight passes at home with an interception, Tom Brady’s record that was broken by Rodgers yesterday. The streak now sits at 322.

9 catches for Jeremy Maclin.

10 catches for Rndall Cobb to lead the Pack.

27 yard TD for Jordy Nelson, 1 of his 4 catches for 109 yards.

2nd start for Sanchez, who looked more like the Jets version.

6 turnovers for Sanchez in his 2 games as an Eagle.

28 degree temperature at kickoff for the game, with snow flurries. And a cold slap in the face for Eagles.

138.1 passer rating for Rodgers in 5 games at Lambeau this year.

22 TD passes surrendered by Eagles defense so far this year.

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

It was a statement game, just not the one the Eagles probably had in mind.

I Don’t Get It: The only shot the Eagles had was to try to control the clock with their running game, keeping Rodgers off the field. Didn’t happen.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Rodgers. Right now he’s the best in the business.

Quote Box: “None of us played where we needed to play against this team.”

- Coach Chip Kelly
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Eagles exposed in Lambeau

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:37
I mentioned in my Saturday blog, which I refer to during the football season as 'The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick' that the Eagles were looking at a statement game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday.

They made a statement, alright. Just not the one I think they envisioned.

I did not expect the Eagles to win. In fact, I picked the Packers. But I did expect the Eagles to be competitive. They were not.

Not at any point in a 53-20 demolition on the "frozen tundra" were the Eagles in the game.

Kicker Cody Parkey lost his balance on the opening kickoff. It went downhill from there.

The Eagles had no answer for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers attack. This one was over early. It was 17-0 at the end of the 1st quarter and 3-6 at halftime.

You might remember that last year when the Eagles visited Lambeau, Rodgers was on the sideline as the Eagles escaped with a win.

They were not nearly as lucky Sunday. Rodgers picked the Eagles defense apart. They got zero pressure on him and Rodgers methodically carved up the Birds.

Rodgers went 22 of 36 for 341 yards before giving way to his backup. He could have been lifted at halftime. The final was 53-20, and it wasn't that close.

Of offense, the Eagles never got anything going, and Mark Sanchez reverted to the turnover machine he developed a reputation for with the Jets. Of course, he was under siege most of the afternoon, including taking a couple of vicious helmet-to-helmet shots that for some reason did not draw a penalty.

The Eagles had one shot to win this game. They needed to control the game with their rushing attack, keeping Rodgers and the Packers off the field. It didn't happen. The results were predictable.

The loss drops the Eagles to 7-3, still tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East. Dallas did not play yesterday, and the first of their two dates looms on Thanksgiving Day.

In the meantime, the Eagles will lick their wounds and prepare for the Titans, who come to the Linc Sunday at 1.

But the more troubling aspect of yesterday's debacle is this: This was more than just one loss. It leaves you with a question of just how good this Eagles team is, and how they stack up against the other potential playoff teams.

The ugly answer is this. They're just not that good.Especially on defense. If they can't get pressure on a good quarterback, this team's secondary will be exposed, just as they were yesterday.

After yesterday's shellacking, it's entirely possible this team might not make the playoffs.

And realistically, even if they do, how far can they go.

The answer is not very far.

They went to Lambeau Field and faced the best quarterback playing in the league right now.

It was not pretty.

It's probably not the last time they will be overmatched this year.
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Pope Francis is coming to Philly

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:06
These people take this 24-hour news cycle pretty seriously.

I awoke at the ungodly hour I get up each morning expecting to be besieged by manic Eagles fans lamenting the Birds' dismal showing in Green Bay.

That will be addressed in another blog item.

As usual, the news had other ideas.

Just as I was making the coffee, I heard the familiar "alert" that accompanies breaking news on KYW Newsradio.

While it had been widely reported and expected for months, it was now official.

Pope Francis formally announced that will be coming to Philadelphia in September next year for the World Meeting on Families. He is expected to offer an outdoor Mass at Logan Square on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The last time that happened, when Pope John Paul II visted in October 1979, more than a million people gathered to see and hear the pontiff.

This time that number is expected to balloon to maybe two million people.

You can read all the details here.

And click here for information on the World Meeting of Families.

Delaware County has a big connection to the papal visit. Donna Farrell, of Springfield, who used to head communications for the archdiocese, is heading the committee charged with the massive undertaking of planning the conference and the pope's visit here to the City of Brotherly Love. We'll talk to her later today. Make sure you check back to DelcoTimes.com for updates.
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Never Forget: PA GOP Cut State’s Share of Education Spending from 44% to 33%

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:01
Democrats would have a much stronger rhetorical position in the education funding debate if they just dealt in simple percentages, and left Republicans to bore voters with tedious quibbling over the...
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A visit to Upper Darby High

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 06:50
Some of the kids, parents and staff at Upper Darby High School believe they get a bad rap.

I recently paid a visit to the school at the invitation of the Home and School Association. I met a lot of great young people who prove what almost every school administrator can tell you. It's always the 1 percent making trouble whose stories make the newspaper.

That's another part of what we talked about.

It's in my Monday print column.
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Pope Francis confirms September 2015 visit to Philadelphia

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 05:35
VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis has made it official: He’s coming to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families.
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The Week Ahead in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-11-16 13:24
Some of the events on the calendar in Lower Merion this week.
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On Monday, a Chance of Snow, and Risk of Flooding

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-11-16 12:40
A Hazardous Weather Outlook is in place for the region.
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Patch Voice: Feed Your Family For Under Four Bucks

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-11-15 11:56
Star Patcher Colleen Walsh Fong shows you how to make delicious, healthy, and easy meals in no time, and save money, too.
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Winter Weather, Holiday Plans, School Evacuation: The Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-11-15 11:50
Some of the biggest stories from the past week.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2014-11-15 08:12
Now comes the hard part.

Throttling a one-legged Cam Newton in front of a national TV audience was nice, doing the same to Mr. Double-Check himself Aaron Rodgers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field is something else altogether.

This is a statement game.

Unfortunately for the Birds, I think it will be Rodgers making the statement.

The Eagles best chance is something that Chip Kelly and their offense has not really done consistently this year.

That is run the ball, in the process keep Rodgers on the sidelines. Kelly has been pretty much pass-happy. That too often leads to turnovers, something first-time starter Mark Sanchez avoided last week.

I like Sanchez, although I would like him a lot more if he was under center rather than in the shotgun. I think the run game suffers for some reason in the shotgun.

This should be a day for LeSean McCoy and his partners in grime, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk. The Packers are susceptible to the run, but Kelly has to commit to it early, and stick with it even if he doesn’t have initial success. Unfortunately, in the meantime Rodgers likely will be putting points on the board. The Eagles’ defense has played better than accepted this year, shutting down some teams entirely, while showing a weakness for the big play.

That could prove deadly vs. Rodgers.

I’d love to pick the Birds here, and I’m not saying it’s impossible, but still fairly improbable. There is also the matter of the Pack likely smarting just a bit from last year, when the Eagles beat them on that same field while Rodgers was on the shelf.

I’ll go with Rodgers.

But if the Eagles go into Lambeau and come away with a win, brace yourself for a serious case of Super Bowl Fever.

The Pick: Make it Packers 33, Eagles 24. Mark Sanchez is a very good guy to have around when your starter goes down. He is not Aaron Rodgers.

Season Record: I loved Mark Sanchez in his debut vs. the Panthers. He didn’t disappoint and the win made lifted the Birds to a lofty 7-2 on the season. I was on board and managed to lift my record to 6-3. We’re parting ways again this week.

Game by Game: Eagles 45, Panthers 21 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Panthers 17)

Eagles 31, Texans 21 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Texans 19)

Cardinals 24, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 23)

Eagles 27, Giants 0 (My Pick: Giants 31, Eagles 26)

Eagles 34, Rams 28 (My Pick: Eagles 35, Rams 19)

49ers 26, Eagles 21 (My Pick: 49ers 33, Eagles 29)

Eagles 34, Jaguars 17 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Jags 16)

Eagles 30, Colts 27 (My Pick: Colts 29, Eagles 23)

Eagles 37, Redskins 34 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Redskins 23)
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Multi-million T/E budget surplus (again) – $12.4 million surplus in 4 years! Property tax increases for 10 years in a row and still no health insurance for aides/paras!

In spite of $12.4 million in budget surplus the last four years, TESD residents have seen yearly tax increase and yet sadly, the District still does not provide health insurance coverage to their aides and paras. I have regularly attended school board meetings and associated finance meetings the last 4 years and I have been […]
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PennDOT Urges Pennsylvanians to Prepare for Winter Driving

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-11-14 15:10
"PennDOT has an enormous responsibility to keep travel as safe as possible through the winter,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said.
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Man Dies at 89, and Other Obituaries

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-11-14 14:00
Find recent death notices for people with ties to Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood.
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Main Line public adjuster admits fleecing clients, hurricane victims of nearly $700k

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 12:37
NORRISTOWN – A Main Line public adjuster has admitted to pocketing nearly $700,000 in insurance proceeds that he owed to numerous claimants, some of whom incurred damages to their homes or businesses during Hurricane Sandy.
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Montgomery County Sheriff: Courthouse bomb threat unfounded

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 12:25
COURTHOUSE >> An anonymous, threatening letter sent to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday prompted up to several different law enforcement agencies to search the courthouse for bombs, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono said on Friday.
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Jogger struck by vehicle in front of Lower Merion High School remains hospitalized

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 12:12
An Ardmore woman remained hospitalized Friday morning in serious condition with a head injury after being struck by a car Thursday evening along the 300 block of Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore.
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BOC meeting draws crowd over Cricket Lot project, issues about 'paper street' - Haws Terrace

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 12:10
A section of a street that was paved over nearly 60 years ago to create Lower Merion Township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot may be the next battleground in the fight over the site’s future.
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