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Merion Cub Scout Pack 71 Holding Info Session and Open House

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-09-14 17:27
Meeting to be held at noon Sept. 17 at the Scott House behind the Merion Tribute House at 625 Hazlehurst Ave.
Categories: Lower Merion

Penn Valley Man In Critical Condition After Route 202 Crash: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-09-14 17:19
The driver of a motorcycle, a 31-year-old Lower Merion man, is in critical condition after the accident on Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports: Car stolen from delivery driver, 2 cars' windows smashed in LA Fitness lot

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-09-14 16:42
Fishing supplies, alcohol taken in Gladwyne burglary - Lower Merion police are investigating a burglary at a residence on the 600 block of Merion Square Road in Gladwyne Sept. 5 at 2:53 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Clear Skies Expected For Friday's 'Harvest Moon' Over Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-09-14 14:41
Don't forget to look at the moon Friday. It's the September Harvest Moon, and skies should be clear to get a full view!
Categories: Lower Merion

Restrictions Planned On Lancaster Ave Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-09-14 14:24
Traffic signal work at Villanova University to limit east, westbound lanes on Lancaster Avenue/U.S. Route 30 next week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus at 3 Lower Merion Township Parks

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-09-14 12:55
The Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) has informed Lower Merion Township that mosquitoes collected from sample tests on September 8th and September 13th tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The samples were taken from Ashbridge Park in Rosemont, Shortridge Park in Wynnewood, and Penn Wynne Park.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion SD Tax Plan Injuction Stayed, Funds Placed in Escrow During Appeal

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-09-14 11:14
District hires Drinker Biddle attorney to appeal court ruling, which has been stayed. District to move ahead with 4.4 percent tax hike.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMSD to hire outside attorney, put tax money in escrow; residents speak out for and against tax lawsuit

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-09-14 11:10
The Lower Merion School District will hire an outside attorney at nearly $500 per hour to represent them in its upcoming appeal of a recently decided tax lawsuit. At the same time, while the case is in appeal, the district will put money into an escrow account in the event that the district loses its appeal.
Categories: Lower Merion

Long-delayed Cricket Lot construction should begin in October; possible noise ordinance change could mean 7 a.m. workday start

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-09-14 11:10
Mid- to late October. That is when Ardmore businesses and residents can expect construction to begin on Dranoff Properties’ long-planned, oft-delayed One Ardmore Place development on Lower Merion Township’s Cricket Avenue Parking Lot.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 14

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-09-14 07:43
The Daily Numbers: 200 people inside the Aston Community Center last night for a private, invitation-only speech by GOP presidential contender Donald Trump.

6 weeks of paid maternity leave for employees whose employers did not offer that benefit, according to Trump plan.

1 large black bear that has been wandering around Radnor. Yesterday it caused a lockdown at Ithan Elementary School.

200-250 pounds, what the bear is believed to tip the scales at.

1 former member of the notorious Boyle Street Boys drug gang in Chester in trouble with the law again.

2 suspects being hunted in connection with a pharmacy heist in Upper Darby, and who might be linked to several other holdups in the region.

59, age of Collegeville man under arrest in West Goshen for exposing himself and masturbating in public.

1362, House bill introduced by state Sen. Tom Killion to give vape shop owners more time to pay a new tax slapped on them last summer.

10 billion dollars in state aid to the state’s 501 school districts at the heart of a lawsuit heard by Pa. Supreme Court yesterday saying the system in unfair to poorer districts.

1.8 million dollars stolen from shopping giant QVC by a former employee

7,000 dollars in cigarettes swiped from a delivery truck outside a Philly convenience store.

9 people shot yesterday in Philly.

3 of those were fatal.

3-2 lead turned into 5-3 loss after closer Jeanmar Gomez gave up 3-run homer in 9th inning to Pirates last night.

2 runs on 4 hits over 6 1/3 innings by Phils starter Alec Asher.

15 strikeouts for Phils’ hitters vs. the Bucs pitching.

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

President Obama is a Bears fan. He admitted as much in his campaign stop in Philly yesterday. But he did give a shout-out to Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz.

I Don’t Get It: First it was bubble wrap, now it’s a bear wandering around the Main Line.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Aston Township for hosting Donald Trump and getting a night in the national spotlight.

Quote Box: “It’s not another welfare program that incentivizes us to do nothing, but instead it’s a tax break.”

- Kathy Barnette, at last night’s Trump appearance in Aston .
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The race for president comes to Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-09-14 07:06
The race for president made a pit stop in Delaware County Wednesday night.

Hours after President Obama appeared before a crowd at an outdoor rally on the Parkway in Philly to boost Hillary Clinton, all eyes turned a few miles to the west, to Aston of all places.

GOP standard bearer Donald Trump chose Delco and a private, invitation-only audience at the Aston Community Center as the backdrop to roll out one of his very first policy positions. Introduced by his daughter Ivanka - who he credited for pushing him on the issue - Trump unveiled a plan to make child care more affordable, and mandate new mothers six weeks of maternity leave.

It was quite the scene for most of the day out in Aston as preparation and security moved in early in the afternoon to get the community center ready.

Of course, Democrats had plenty to say about Trump's plan.

We covered all angles of the Trump visit - both inside and outside the community center.

You can get the details on the Trump speech and plan here.

The Dems' protest and response is here.

If you're wondering why Aston, here is my belief.

Trump is trailing badly among women, in particular suburban, college-educated women. A recent USA Today story focused on the troubles the GOP candidate is facing in the Philadelphia suburbs. You can read that one here.

Trump managed to address all those factions with his visit to Aston.
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Killion goes to bat for vape shops

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-09-14 06:42
Who knew Sen. Tom Killion was such a party animal!

Long a supporter of privatizing the sale of alcohol in Pennsylvania, the newly minted 9th District senator was one of the first to raise a glass when the Legislature passed, and Gov. Tom Wolf signed, Act 39, which takes some big steps toward bringing the Keystone Srate out of the Dark Ages of alcohol control.

The Republican visited a winery out in Glen Mills to celebrate something that had long been sought, the ability for state residents to order directly from the source when it comes to their wine choices, thus averting the state Liquor Control Board altogether.

Then he went to bat for local beer distributors, who were crying foul when supermarket were allowed to add wine sale to their beer offerings. Killion's bill will do the same for beer distributors.

Now he's trying to cut through the haze to help state vape shops.

This has to do with new taxes that were enacted last summer, and which are hitting vape shops particularly hard.

This was a new tax, one the businesses did not face before, and many are having trouble coming up with the revenue, in part because of the way the tax is structured.

Killion is offering legislation to extend the window in which these small businesses have to pay the tax. You can read all the details here.

Give this guy some time. I just know he's going to find a way to get Pa. out of the booze business once and for all.
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The commander-in-chief - and Bears fan

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-09-14 06:22
Give President Obama credit - he didn't duck the big issue on his campaign swing into Philly yesterday afternoon for a stump speech for Hillary Clinton.

He's a Bears fan.

His timing could be better.

The Eagles - with wunderkind Carson Wentz at the helm - will literally be loaded for Bears when they hit Chicago for a prime time appearance on Monday Night Football in a couple of weeks.

Obama told the crowed gathered on the Parkway in Philly for the outdoor event that they may have noticed Vice President Joe Biden was at Sunday's Eagles opener at Linc, in which Wentz sparkled in his debut, leading the Birds to a big win over the Browns.

The commander-in-chief (of the nation, not the Eagles) said his VP urged him to get on board the Wentz Wagon.

No can do, Obama replied.

"I'm a Bears fan," the president admitted in front of a friendly audience.

Good for him. Nothing worse than a pandering pol who bends his sports allegiance, depending on what town he's in.

All the same, we hope Obama's guy get thrashed Monday night.

Go Birds!
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Read An Excerpt of 'When in French,' Patch's September Pick

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-09-13 17:52
Lauren Collins' "When in French" presents a fresh and modern take on the labors of love and translation.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMSD to hire outside attorney, put tax money in escrow; residents speak out for and against tax lawsuit

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-09-13 16:26
The Lower Merion School District will hire an outside attorney at nearly $500 per hour to represent them in its upcoming appeal of a recently decided tax lawsuit. At the same time, while the case is in appeal, the district will put money into an escrow account in the event that the district loses its appeal.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion To Host Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-09-13 15:09
Pesticides, antifreeze, gasoline, oil, kerosene, and much more: make sure you recycle these items at the upcoming Lower Merion event.
Categories: Lower Merion

OMG You Can Now Register To Vote By Text In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-09-13 14:33
There's really no more excuses not to be a registered voter in Pennsylvania. Now you can even register to vote by text.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Sept. 13

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-09-13 08:14
The Daily Numbers: 350 miles, length of proposed Mariner East 2 Pipeline.

30,000 jobs that could be a result of building the pipeline.

30,000 page document filed as part of the permitting process by Sunoco Logistics, which will build and operate the pipeline.

2 28-day closures slated for the Market Street Bridge in Marcus Hook, for an improvement project.

1st appearance in Delco of the campaign season tonight for Donald Trump.

3rd degree murder conviction for an Eddystone man in the shooting death of his friend.

3 people facing drug charges in arrests in Sharon Hill.

1,000 people who lost power in Sharon Hill after a truck snagged power lines and 2 power poles.

150 new workers being hired by Domino’s Pizza.

600,000 square foot facility being built as their new HQ by Aramark at 2400 Market St.

370 workers idled by Progresso, which is shuttering a plant in Vineland, N.J.

14 Pa. universities, including West Chester and Cheyney, closer to professor strike after their union OK’d strike authorization.

2, age of boy who accidentally shot himself in Bucks County.

9 people killed in Memphis house fire

5-0 record for new Eagles coach Doug Pederson, if you include those 4 preseason games.

60 of 77 plays for Zach Ertz Sunday. Turns out he played many of them with rib displacement.

28-0 win for Chip Kelly in his debut with 49ers, a blowout over the Rams.

1 loss for the Redskins, who got smoked by the Steelers in the other MNF game.

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

Lots of talk about Carson Wentz. Not as much about Doug Pederson, who also had a stellar debut.

I Don’t Get It: Bubble wrap popping was mistaken for gunfire, causing a stir last night at Valley Forge Military Academy.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those raising legitimate questions about the proposed Mariner East 2 Pipeline.

Quote Box: “Some of the cars are traveling 50 miles per hour through our neighborhood.”

- Resident in Upper Chichester arguing to keep Storey Road closed.
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Mr. Trump comes to Delco

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-09-13 07:18
It's going to be a big day for politics in the region.

First, President Obama will be in Philly at a rally to support Hillary Clinton. She won't be there. She was actually supposed to be on a fundraising trip to California but instead has been taking a break after her weekend bout with pneumonia.

Tonight Delaware County will be in the spotlight with a visit from GOP standard-bearer Donald Trump.

He is doing an event at the Aston Community Center. It is not a public event, but the county GOP says Trump actually will be back in the county in the next couple of weeks for a public rally.

Trump is expected to talk policy with invited guests. No doubt he will reinforce his latest push after Clinton lambasted half of his supporters as being in a "basket of deplorables." The next day she regretted the comment. Trump quickly launched a new TV ad slamming her comments.

Then, of course, Clinton had her problems when she was forced to leave the 9/11 ceremony in New York City early after taking ill, and being caught on video stumbling and being helped into her SUV.

Democrats tonight are planning an event in Aston to counter the Trump presence.

We'll be there to bring you the details as the presidential race comes to Delco.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A summer memory

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-09-13 07:00
My guess - or at least my hope - is that every little town has a very special summer place.

It's the place where time stops, where the globe stops spinning, where life slows down, where you can exhale and realize you are "home."

At least that is my memory of just such a place.

I don't now if such a languorous summer retreat is possible today, with our mania for being plugged in 24 hours a day.

It is why I often find myself pining for another place, another time, a simpler life.

In short, I find myself yearning for Bicknell's Pool.

In the little town where I grew up, Oxford, Pa., out in the very far reaches of Chester County, there was just such a place.

It took its name from the family farm where it sat.

It was referred to by one and all as Bicknell's.

In Oxford, Pa., in the hot, humid summers of the '60s, it could have been called heaven.

The Bicknell family farm just outside town was home to the swim club that was the destination for just about every kid in town back then.

Want to know how life has changed? Bicknell's was about a five-minute car ride outside town. I know, it's hard to determine exactly where Oxford ended and "the country" started. Yes, it was rural. We loved it that way. Or at least we do now. Back then, of course, many of us merely plotted our escape to a bigger world. Most days we settled for "escaping" to Bicknell's.

It was pretty easy to accomplish, an easy bike ride.

Or you could take the "cool" approach.

All you had to do was wrap your swim suit in a towel, stick it under your arm (we didn't have backpacks then), walk over to Fifth Street (one of the roads that led out of town), and stick out your thumb. Just about every car was headed to Bicknell's, and no doubt a caring parent would offer a ride.

Every Memorial Day, regardless of the usual miserable cold, rainy weather that seemed to accompany the holiday every year back then, we would troop out to Bicknell's to kick off the unofficial start of summer. We would approach the house at the top of the hill and offer a $5 or $10 bill to Mrs. Bicknell as the "down payment" on that summer's swim club dues. She would dutifully remind us as Labor Day approached that we had managed to "forget" about the balance. Sorry about that.

The house sat at the top of a hill. Below, you could see our own little slice of summer nirvana. A pool with greenish water, a sliding board and high-dive that was a magnet for every kid in the area.

But first you had to traverse the path down to the pool, and then encounter one of the distinctive calling cards of Bicknell's pool. I've always said I could be anywhere on this globe, be kidnapped, and then blindfolded. If they took me to the dressing room at Bicknell's Pool I would know exactly where I was. It was the literally the smell of summer in Oxford, a pungent mix of chlorine and fresh spring water that was simply unmistakable.

Once dressed you then faced the next Bicknell's challenge. To say the water in Bicknell's pool was refreshing is a bit of an understatement. It was downright cold. No one really knew why. Maybe it was the spring water. But on a hot, humid summer day, there was nothing better.

At the end of the afternoon, you would face the long walk back up the hill to head home, but likely not before stopping at the window at the house where the Bicknell family sold candy and popsicles that would cool the ride home.

As cold as that water was, for some reason you were always sweating again by the time you reached the top of the hill.

How to get home? Not a problem? Just stick out your thumb, or wait for a car to stop and pick up some other kids and jump in the car. Every car was headed back into town. Like I said, it was a different time.

Tonight the Oxford Historical Society will offer their latest retrospective on life in that tiny town where I grew up. The topic? Bicknell's Pool. I was hoping to make it, but work got in the way. Some guy named Trump is coming to Delaware County tonight. I will be here. But my heart will be in Oxford. Of summers gone by. Of a different life.

Summer over? Not so long as the memory of Bicknell's lives on.

My hope is that every town had a place like Bicknell's. The seasons change. The leaves are starting to turn. The air is turning crisp.

But summer lives on. At least in my memory.

You can almost smell it.

Thanks, Bicknell's.
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