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Welcome to the most miserable 90 days of the year

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-04 06:20
You can set your watch by it.

The holidays are over, we've ushered in the New Year.

That can only mean one thing: We're on the snow watch.

Welcome to the most miserable 90 days of the year.

Yes, there is a chance some spots in the Philadelphia region might see some snow on Friday. Actually, oddly enough, this storm is supposed to hammer some areas in the South this week before it loses steam as it rumbles up the coast and heads out to sea.

Looks like your best bet of seeming any accumulating snow will be along the Jersey shore.

That will not keep the local TV folks from breathlessly anticipating some flakes for the next few days.

Actually, today is going to be fairly mild, with the sun breaking out around noon and highs hitting the low 50s.

Aside from the snow threat, the word for the weekend is going to be cold. We could see some of the coldest temps of this winter arriving for Saturday and Sunday.

Just don't panic. This is hardly worth rushing the supermarket to stock up on the storm necessities such as bread and milk.

Get the complete forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A salute to Officer Adamek & Avery Graham

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-01-04 05:52
It's back in the headlines again.

An encounter between a young person and a police officer.

No, I'm not referring to the situation in Philadelphia where a female officer was caught on video in a violent encounter with a teen that ended with the officer striking the teen several times. As usual, there is more to the story than appeared on that video.

Instead, I'm talking about the story that graced our front page yesterday.

It detailed the special relationship between Trainer Officer Steve Adamek, and little 5-year-old Avery Graham.

The kid struck up a friendship with the officer who he saw every day on patrol in his neighborhood. So when Officer Adamek fell ill in a fight with cancer, Avery sprung into action. He raised money to offset the medical bills Adamek was facing by designing and selling special bracelets.

It certainly gives a different view to the normal headlines that focus on the sometimes troubled relationship between police and their communities.

We used our editorial page today to salute both Officer Adamek and Avery Graham. Read it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Teacher Suspension in Montco Stirring Controversy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 16:45
The suspension of a teacher who made racially insensitive remarks in the classroom has stirred controversy from those who defend her.
Categories: Lower Merion

Delco Auto Dealer Accused Of Deceptive Business Practices: PA Attorney General

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 15:48
The dealer is accused of selling vehicles without a license.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Elementary Teacher Named Teacher Of The Year Finalist By State Education Department

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 14:59
Congratulations to Cynwyd Elementary's Megan Henry!
Categories: Lower Merion

Find Out When Your Recycling Will Be Picked Up In Lower Merion Township

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 13:26
See when your recyclables will be picked up as well as holidays and clean up weekends in the 2017 schedule.
Categories: Lower Merion

Closing the chapter on the alleged football hazing incident at Conestoga High School — Is it finally over?

  The following statement was released this morning from the Chester County District Attorney’s office regarding the Conestoga High School football hazing incident.  As I read the statement, it appears that the three juveniles have received an offense of harassment. According to the statement, the broomstick did not penetrate the victim but rather it was […]
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Watch Nine-Year-Old Main Line Resident Marty Snyder On "Chopped Junior" Jan. 3

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 11:58
Watch Snyder on the Food Network at 8 p.m. Tuesday to see how he fares!
Categories: Lower Merion

Teen Riding Motorcycle Killed in Montco New Years Day Crash: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 11:06
A 16-year-old boy riding a motorcycle reportedly crashed and was killed on New Years Day.
Categories: Lower Merion

2016 in Review: Woman Kidnaps Baby in King of Prussia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-01-03 09:00
One of 2016's biggest stories: a woman told police she kidnapped a baby after her own child's life lasted just a few short hours.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Jan. 3

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-03 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 2 days into the new year, how long it took to record the 1st homicide in Delaware County.

27 homicides in 2016 in Chester, which also recorded the first homicide of 2017.

6 homicides in Upper Darby.

3 each in Yeadon and Darby Borough. No other Delco town had more than 1.

12:21 a.m. Sunday, when the 1st baby of the new year arrived in the county.

7 pounds, 13 ounces for Evelyn Milani Campbell.

2 people struck and killed as they crossed Lawrence Road after attending Saturday Mass at St. Pius Church in Broomall.

20 members who have retired from the ranks of the Chester Police Department in the last year.

106, the full complement of officers on the force.

5, age of Avery Graham, who was honored in Trainer Borough for his work in raising money for an ailing officer.

1 of the victims in the Istanbul shooting who is a Delaware County native and business owner in Delaware.

23, age of Landon Weaver, Pa. state trooper who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance over the weekend.

8 cent jump in price of gas at the pump in new year thanks for final installment of that Transportation package passed by the Legislature a few years back.

12.7 cent per gallon boost in the past week at many Pa. pumps.

2.598 average price in the Philly region.

41.5 cents higher than the price a year ago.

121 Republicans and 83 Democrats in state House when they take the oaths today.

34 Republicans and 16 Democrats in the state Senate.

52-49 win for USC over Penn State in a thrilling Rose Bowl.

46 yard field goal as time expired that gave the win to the Trojans.

14 point lead blown by Penn State in 4th quarter.

2 double-digit deficits overcome by Penn State to take the lead

453 yards passing for freshman USC QB Sam Darnold.

5 TD passes for Darnold.

28 points scored by Penn State in 3rd quarter.

4 TD passes for Penn State QB Trace McSorley.

9 game Penn State win streak snapped.

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

Raise your hand if you were more entertained during that Rose Bowl than at any point in the Eagles season.

I Don’t Get It: Chester is losing police officers at the same time it continues to battle gun violence and the county’s highest homicide rate.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Avery Graham, the Trainer 5-year-old who was honored by police for his efforts to raise money for an ailing Trainer officer.

Quote Box: “He’s a great kid and for being 5 years old what he is doing is amazing.”

- Trainer Police Officer Steve Adamek, on 5-year-old Avery Graham.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tragedy arrives early in 2017

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-03 06:46
It didn't take long for heartache to arrive in 2017.

In fact, it actually jumped the gun, arriving a few hours before the normal New Year's Eve revelry ushered in a New Year.

James and Eileen Locke were doing what they did every Saturday. They were attending Mass at St. Pius Church on Lawrence Road in the Broomall section of Marple Township.

It was the New Year's Eve vigil service, but it was routine for the longtime parishioners. They usually attended the Saturday night Mass at St. Pius.

James, 74, and Eileen, 73, were attempting to cross Lawrence Road to get to their car after Mass when they were struck by a northbound vehicle.

I led the paper with this news on Monday.

I didn't do it to sensationalize the story.

I didn't do it to point a finger of blame at anyone. No charges have been filed as yet. It's entirely possible there won't be. I didn't do it to take a jab at the church.

I was struck - as I usually am - at the outpouring on social media and our website after we posted the initial details on the story.

Many readers noted how dangerous this stretch of road can be.

But most simply wanted to honor the Lockes, very good people, and very good neighbors, who were gone in an instant.

They both lived into their 70s. And they were taken too soon.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Eagles vs. the Rose Bowl: No contest

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-01-03 06:26
After watching one more season of Philadelphia Eagles football, I think I can make the following declaration:

At no time this season was I as entertained as I was watching that dynamite Rose Bowl classic featuring Penn State vs. USC.

Sure, the Nittany Lions lost in heart-breaking fashion, first overcoming several double-digit deficits, then in turn blowing a double-digit lead and finally losing on a last-second field goal.

But the fact that Penn State lost made it no less entertaining.

Much more so than the brand of football now being pushed by the Eagles - and the NFL in general.

Take a gander at next week's playoff matchups? Anything there really going to knock your socks off?

I don't think so.

As for the Eagles, I have to admire coach Doug Pederson's rose-colored-glasses view of the season in his day-after presser after the Eagles won a meaningless finale vs. a Cowboys team that was resting several key players and generally looked disinterested in being in Philly on New Year's Day.

But it's more than that.

The NFL, in particular the Eagles brand of it - and I find it hard to believe I'm saying this - seems boring.

Throw in the incredibly aggravating need of every player to preen and celebrate after even the most mediocre play, and I'm turned off.

The games are too long, there are too many commercials, there are too many replay reviews - and those are just from someone who watches at home.

My days of being a season-ticket holder and actually spending the day in South Philly are long gone. It's just too expensive a day to justify it now.

The reward always used to be what you saw on the field.

That now is being watered down to the point where we are rewarded with watching this unit of Eagles wide receivers being passed off as a legitimate NFL unit.

All of this comes at the end of a season that saw me realize - for maybe the first time in my 61 years on this planet, that the sun does not rise and fall on the whims of the Eagles schedule. If I was out doing a few errands, I was in no rush home to see the opening kickoff. What was I going to miss?

Then there was the Bengals game, one in which it can legitimately be asked if the Eagles were giving 100 percent, where I actually did something I have never done before - turned off an Eagles game and went outside to put up Christmas decorations. If this is not on the minds of Jeff Lurie and his other NFL owners, maybe it should be.

Your game is overpriced. Maybe even more damning, it's boring.

That silence you hear is the fans falling asleep - and perhaps looking for another diversion.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Stick With Your New Year's Resolutions With These 7 Tips

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-02 21:00
Forbes offers up tips to help you stay steadfast with your 2017 goals.
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-01-02 20:54
Patch brings you newly listed homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

crebilly news

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-01-02 12:48

I have nothing to do with this, I am merely an additional conduit of information. But I have been getting messages regarding what was new, so I will post what I received. E-mail mindyrhodes1 <at> gmail.com to get on her Crebilly updates list.

Here is what I received from Mindy today:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support regarding the pending development of Crebilly Farm by Toll Brothers.  I would like to reiterate what I have stated in previous emails:  I encourage all of you to forward this info to your friends and at any time you wish to be removed from this list, please let me know.   NEXT PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS:   Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30PM Rustin High School Agenda:  traffic and sewer   Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30PM Rustin High School Agenda:  engineering, fiscal impact and PC recommendations   NOTE:  The PC is going to ask for an extension from Toll to split the last January meeting into two separate meetings because they have been so long.  I will let you know when I hear more.   There are 850 seats in Rustin’s auditorium.  It is imperative we rally together and fill these seats.  Please invite your friends and neighbors to join you.  I recommend we all plan to sit forward this time.  In a much larger auditorium than Stetson Middle School, I believe it will send a message from all of us to the developer that we are united and strong.  As many of you already know, these meetings have been hours long and public comments are not permitted until the end.  Consider bringing a snack, a drink, your knitting:)  Take a break and come back, but try to make it for the long haul if you can.  Public comments are invaluable and need to be on record.  The more we can pick apart the application from the developer and speak on record, the better.  Though everyone has a voice and may speak, comments from Westtown Township residents and nearby Thornbury Township residents will have the most impact. If you have not had the chance to view the beautiful and historic land of Crebilly Farm, here is the website:  www.crebilly.com Attached is a map of the plans by Toll Brothers.  Their original map was green.  We had this one colored to clearly define the building lots (orange), waste water disposal and storm water retention (brown) and wetlands (green).  The terrain in the central part of the property, where the bulk of the building has been proposed, has many streams, valleys and wetlands.  The streams on the property flow into the Brandywine river.  This proposed development will impair the eco system and wildlife miles away. I have had some inquiries with regards to donating money.  In my opinion, now is not the time to donate money.  Pulling funds together should happen if and when there is a call for buying down the development rights or Toll decides to pull out.  Until then, MASSIVE PUBLIC OUTCRY by attending the township meetings, along with raising awareness among local and national conservancies, county officials, state officials and historic organizations is where I believe we should be focusing our efforts. Thank you again for your continued support.  I believe it is possible to respect land owners rights and also achieve a thoughtful development plan.  Without all of your participation, there would be no fight to preserve the integrity of this beautiful open space and the Brandywine Battlefield.  Together, we are making a difference. Leave no stone unturned. Mindy

Mindy Rhodes
WhisperWind Studios

Categories: Pennsylvania

Bargain Hunt: Foreclosures Listed for Sale Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-01-01 20:45
Check out the latest foreclosure deals in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-01-01 20:17
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
Categories: Lower Merion