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Main Line school closings - Villanova to hold evening classes

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-02-18 08:13
The following schools are closed or have alternate schedules:
Categories: Lower Merion

Wolf's death penalty moratorium reverberates in Delco

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-02-18 07:27
It didn't take long for new Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania to cause some reverberations.

The Democrat has been under fire from lawmen and prosecutors since making his announcement on Friday. Wolf said the Pennsylvania system of capital punishment was "error prone, expensive and anything but infallible."

He ordered a halt to the death penalty until he receives a report from a legislative committee that has been studying the issue and taking testimony for the last four years.

Now the convulsions from Wolf's edict are shaking some local courthouses.

The lawyers for a York County man charged in the death of a 7-month-old baby in Upper Darby indicated yesterday they would file motions to preclude the Delaware County District Attorney's Office from seeking the death penalty in the case, as they have stated they would. Ummad Rushdi faces trial in the death of little Hamza Ali, whose body has never been recovered.

Mike Malloy, Rushdi's trial lawyer, and Scott Galloway, who will handle the death penalty phase, specifically referred to Wolf's moratorium.

Now it appears there will be a legal argument concerning whether the governor's position can prevent prosecutors from even seeking the death penalty, let alone see one carried out.

"It would be our position that the commonwealth would be seeking a penalty that can't be imposed," Galloway said.

You can get all the details here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ashes to Go

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-02-18 06:54
If you're in the vicinity of the Shadeland Avenue trolley stop today, you might be able to take part in a unique Ash Wednesday event.

Today is the day Christians mark the beginning of 40 days of Lent by placing ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads.

It reminds us of our human nature, that we are in fact dust and one day will return to dust. Hopefully not for awhile, though. It's part of the penitence and sacrifice that is so much a part of the Lenten tradition.

The problem often can be that our busy lives get in the way of much of the sacrifice, including getting to church to get ashes. Well, Incarnation Holy Sacrament Church, at the corner of Shadeland Avenue and Garrett Road in Upper Darby might have just the solution.

The church rector plans to be at the Shadeland Avenue trolley stop at 7:30 a.m. handing out what they are calling "Ashes to Go." Father Benjamin Wallis will literally be doing ashes at the trolley stop.

With the temperatures we've been having, I hope he's dressed in something other than vestments.

We'll be there to detail this novel Ash Wednesday celebration.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Curses! I'm swearing off snacks for Lent

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-02-18 06:30
The newsroom should be a bit more tranquil place for the next 40 days.

Yes, I will once again don sack cloth and ashes and observe my very own Lenten sacrifice. I am once again swearing off swearing. That's right. No more blue streaks emanating from the editor's office. I'm not proud of it, but the truth is I can cuss with the best of them.

Of course, my favorite is a particular four-letter word that is among the most versatile in the English language. No more F-Bombs. My crusade likely will be a tad more challenging this year. That's because my colorful vocabulary is not the only thing undergoing some changes for the next 40 days. My diet will, as well.

In the past, I have often given up alcohol for Lent. I'm disturbed, not insane. That's not happening this year. I also dabbled with the notion of actually trying to give up coffee, but I didn't think we needed the spectacle of the editor on the roof of the newspaper threatening to take hostages.

This one was inspired by my long-suffering wife. She fears for my health. And to that end, she has encouraged me to change my eating habits, one in particular.

I think it's time for a confession.

I'm a potato chip junkie.

My co-workers likely will be somewhat dubious about this claim. Most of them wonder if I ever eat anything, aside from my daily banana ritual at lunch.

It's true, I don't really eat very much when I'm in the office. I can't tell you the last time I've actually taken a lunch break, sat down at a table, and ate what most people consider a normal part of their day - lunch.

Instead I usually try to wolf something down at my desk while banging away on the keyboard.

The result is I'm usually fairly ravenous when I get home. This is where 'Mr. Chips' gets involved. My normal routine is to walk in the house and make a beeline for the drawer where we keep the snacks.

I immediately grab the bag of Herr's potato chips (is there really any other kind?) and start stuffing them in my face. Often this happens even before I take off my coat.

My wife has been reminding me for months this is not an especially healthy lifestyle (Is there anything about the newspaper racket that is?).

I blame my boyhood pal, Ed Herr. Yes, I went to school and claim as a friend that giant face that appears on all the billboards hawking Herr's snack products.

So here is my challenge. For Lent this year, no more chips. In fact, I'm going to try to swear off the salty snacks altogether - pretzels, Lance crackers, Pepperidge Goldfish, tortilla chips (with salsa, of course).

Pass the carrots and celery sticks.

Wish me luck. I already feel like cursing a blue streak.
Categories: Pennsylvania

TE School Board, Let the Sunshine In …

At the TESD School Board meeting of February 3, the School Board voted on a resolution to change the employment status of 73 full-time aides and paras in the District. The action was taken without notice, other than listing ‘ACA Update’ on the meeting agenda, and after five secret executive session discussions.  Not only does […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ousted State Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Extortion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 21:04
The charges all stem from Robert McCord’s failed 2014 bid for governor, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

District Conference to Focus on Girls' Empowerment, Leadership

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 20:48
The second-annual Lower Merion School District Girls Leadership Conference is planned for Saturday, Feb. 28.
Categories: Lower Merion

$595K Home Built in 1920 Just Listed in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 16:52
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Makes Call on After-School Activities

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 12:25
Tuesday's Board of School Directors meeting will be held as scheduled.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Student robbed after Lower Merion High School basketball game

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 12:21
Student robbed at Lower Merion High School>> An 18-year-old man reported that he had just left a Lower Merion basketball game and was walking up an outside staircase between the administration building and the high school when he was robbed Feb. 13 at 8:52 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Final Main Line Drug Take Over sub-dealer sentenced

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 12:21
NORRISTOWN – A Philadelphia woman, the last of the young people to be punished for taking part in the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” pot peddling ring, learned Friday she’ll be under court supervision for several years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Not Your Average Joe's opens Feb. 23 in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 12:14
ARDMORE >> On Feb. 23, the team behind Not Your Average Joe’s hopes area diners will discover that it is not your average suburban restaurant.
Categories: Lower Merion

Not Your Average Joe’s opens Feb. 23 in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 11:48
ARDMORE >> On Feb. 23, the team behind Not Your Average Joe’s hopes area diners will discover that it is not your average suburban restaurant.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line school closings - Villanova to hold evening classes

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 11:23
The following schools are closed or have alternate schedules:
Categories: Lower Merion

Opinion mixed on Lower Merion stormwater authority option

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 11:18
ARDMORE >> With few exceptions, the topic of stormwater bubbled up in items throughout the Lower Merion commissioners’ full agenda Feb. 11.
Categories: Lower Merion

Show Us the Snow, Ardmore!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 10:43
It's a winter wonderland out there. Share what you're seeing with Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

PennDOT Lifts Speed Limit Restrictions

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-02-17 10:19
"Remember, our goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow,” PennDOT said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gov. Wolf puts moratorium on death penalty in PA

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 10:16
HARRISBURG >> Gov. Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania Friday morning that will remain in effect until “he has received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.”
Categories: Lower Merion

LM, Narberth Republicans host Lincoln Day Dinner

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-02-17 09:57
The Republicans of Lower Merion and Narberth have a future to think about. That future was one of the main topics during the 50th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion