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Wendy's Credit Card Breach Prompts Company Investigation: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-01-28 12:01
Credit cards that reported unusual or fraudulent activity had a pattern of use at Wendy's locations. There is a location in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

CVS Pharmacy Saved the 18th c Audubon Inn — Will it Save the 18th c Covered Wagon Inn?

The Summit Realty Advisors proposed land development plan in Tredyffrin Township includes the construction of a CVS Pharmacy with drive-through window and the demolition of the old Covered Wagon Inn. What’s the saving, If there’s a will, there’s a way” … Several people have commented on Community Matters, Save the Covered Wagon Facebook page and on […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Hundreds' Honor MLK During Wynnewood School Event

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-01-28 09:02
Each year, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the local school participates in on- and off-campus service projects.
Categories: Lower Merion

Another day, another online threat

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-01-28 06:50
Another day, another online threat.

Welcome to the Wild, Wild West.

Just hours after a Chester High School student was arrested for threatening to shoot up several schools, a man in Media was arrested for posting online threats against Chester Police.

The teen girl posted a threat on her Instagram account that "I'm coming tomorrow shooting up every Chester Upland School District school, Chester Community Charter School (both) and Chichester High School as well."

She signed off by adding a racial element to her threats: "All blacks must die."

The teen, who also is black, told authorities after she was taken into custody that she was acting on a dare.

Hopefully, as she sits in the county Juvenile Detention Center in Lima, she realizes this was no joke.

She apparently was in tears as she talked to police. She was staying with friends in Chester Township when police arrived at the home at 2:30 a.m.

You can get all the details here.

In the meantime, a few hours later a Media man was arrested for posting online threats against Chester police. Early reports indicate he was reacting to the teen's arrest. There is no indication as yet that he knew the teen.

David Millbourne, 23, was taken into custody and faces charges of making terroristic threats and harassment.

In the meantime, we used our editorial page to talk about the ugly new twist the teen's case brings up.

It's the world we live in.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The early morning roads report

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-01-28 05:11
You can set your watch by it.

Every time we get a big snow, it sets off a chain of events. During the day, when it warms up, snow starts to melt. Overnight, when temperatures dip, whatever is on the road refreezes.

It was a very cold 18 degrees when I got in the car this morning, so I was expecting to hit slick spots on the way in. Actually, I had smooth sailing.

That's not the case everywhere, however.

Reports already indicated a spin-out accident causing problems on the northbound Blue Route to the ramp to go west on the Schuylkill Expressway, heading out to King of Prussia.

Be prepared. You might hit a slick spot anywhere. This is particularly true on bridges, overpasses and on and off ramps.

Be careful out there.

You can get the full traffic report for the region here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion Installs Keys Outside Senior Doors

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-01-27 16:01
The "Lock for Life" boxes could help save lives, police say.
Categories: Lower Merion

All flights canceled for Saturday at Philadelphia International Airport

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-01-27 15:48
NORRISTOWN >> All scheduled arriving and departing flights at Philadelphia International Airport have been cancelled for Saturday airport officials announced Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

LIVE IN THE SNOW: How does it look in your area? Tweet #montcosnow, #delcosnow or #chescosnow to let everybody know

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-01-27 15:47
Those 70-degree winter days are solidly behind us now as the snow comes back with a vengeance. Tweet photos, conditions and anything by using #montcosnow, #delcosnow or #chescosnow on Twitter.
Categories: Lower Merion

Updated study shows adequate parking in Bryn Mawr; business owners dispute data

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-01-27 15:41
BRYN MAWR >>Amid the backdrop of snow piled several feet high lining area roadways and parking lots — reminders of last weekend’s snowstorm — a parking study of the Bryn Mawr business district in Lower Merion Township was unveiled Monday night showing that there is indeed adequate public parking in this busy hub in the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

School officials explore possible kindergarten center

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-01-27 15:31
With the population of the Lower Merion School District continuing to grow, officials are still discussing options of housing and educating the new students that continue to arrive.
Categories: Lower Merion

The 76ers Are Coming To Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-01-27 13:55
Players and coaches will put on a clinic for local students to kick off "NBA Fit Week."
Categories: Lower Merion

After 2 years, Cynwyd Station Cafe and Tearoom closes; Big clearance sale this weekend

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-01-27 12:58
Two years ago, Sadie Francis took an historic building that many people had probably give up on and transformed it into a small cafe. It was designed, in part, to serve both train commuters using the Cynwyd line and people using the new Cynwyd Heritage trail.
Categories: Lower Merion

$97 Million Project Will Build Bridges Over 422, Alleviate Traffic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-01-27 12:02
The plan will hopefully move traffic more efficiently over the most congested areas near Ardmore. Construction will be complete by 2020.
Categories: Lower Merion

Details Released On Pa. Weather Forecast For February-April

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-01-27 09:51
Details have been released on the weather February-April forecast for PA, and many may find it surprising.
Categories: Lower Merion

VIDEO: Lower Merion Assault Suspect Sought By Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-01-27 09:02
Lower Merion Police are asking for the public's help.
Categories: Lower Merion

Another ugly racial threat: It's the world we live in

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-01-27 07:18
We live in an ugly world.

Part of that ugliness resides in a world I know all too well. It's the cyberworld of anonymous posters - or at least they think they are - who fill the Internet with their own special brand of hate.

There are a lot of things I like about the Internet. Actually, I don't have a lot of choice. It's where I spend most of my day. If you haven't noticed, the way we deliver information to readers has radically changed. No longer are we content to print the newspaper once a day. News no longer pays much attention to our old print deadlines, or clocks in general. It's a 24-hour enterprise.

That ability, being able to stream an unlimited amount of information to readers 24 hours a day, is among the best aspects of the online world in which I toil.

The worst? That's pretty easy as well.

We who practice this craft called journalism are no longer alone. We still have a large voice. But we are hardly the only voice.

Today, every person with person with a phone, tablet or laptop is a publisher. That is not always a good thing.

I do not publish anything - on Twitter, Facebook or the Daily Times (both in print or online) - that my name does not stand behind. Nothing I do is anonymous.

Obviously, not everyone online plays by the same rules.

You'd be amazed what people are willing to say under the veil of anonymity. I call it the tech version of "beer muscles." "Internet muscles," if you will.

Don't believe me? Simply scroll down to the bottom of any story posted on DelcoTimes.com and look at some of the comments that are posted there. All too often, it devolves quickly into name-calling and racial invective.

I am not sure why, but far too many stories eventually come down to an issue of black and white. And I'm not talking about newsprint. Racism is not new. The ways it is disseminated are.

In part, we can blame ourselves for part of this. We do no monitor online comments, or edit them before they are posted. We react to what is posted only after someone complains.

I sometimes refer to conversations that take place online as the "wild, wild West."

If only they were that tame.

Last night, some misguided individual decided to post a threat against students at schools in Chester and Chichester school districts.

It was hateful stuff. It was hateful stuff, specifically targeting black students at "every Chester Upland School District School, Chester Community Charter School and Chichester High School." The Instagram post signed off with an ugly threat that singled out all black students.

I first became aware of it while performing my last daily online task - making one last check of my email before sliding off into a coma for a few hours.

I got an email from a friend, Sister Maggie Gannon from Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester. She received the threat from one of her parents and was looking for guidance. I told her she should immediately contact Chester police and the county District Attorney's Office. Then I called the office to make sure we were aware of the threat, and checking with authorities to see if they considered it credible and were investigating.

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland's office, as well as Upland police and Chichester School District quickly confirmed that they were aware of the threat and that it was being investigated.

In the overnight hours, they announced the arrest of a 17-year-old girl, a student at Chester High.

We likely will learn later today what charges might be filed in the case, and whether or not the girl will be charged as an adult. I quickly alerted Sister Maggie this morning of the arrest to try to put her mind at ease. I imagine she had a very uneasy night. There are a lot of good people in this county, and in the city of Chester as well.

Sister Maggie is one of the best.

I could tell from the tone of her emails that she was concerned and genuinely wondering what the school should do.

Likewise, it has been an especially trying time for Dr. Kathy Sherman. She's the superintendent of the Chichester School District. Last week she was dealing with a bomb threat, one linked to a series of threats made against schools up and down the East Coast. The district schools were evacuated after the threat.

Last night she posted on the school district Facebook page about the latest threat, noting that police were immediately notified and they were working to determine if it was credible.

As you might expect, the original posted threat and community reactions blew up on the Internet.

Chester Upland schools will be open as normal today. They actually had been closed the past two days as the city continues to recover from the monster snow storm over the weekend.

Clearly, recovering - and eradicating - the kind of ugly hate that lurks in all those small, dark corners of the Internet, is going to take a bit longer.

We will follow up on the story today.

Developments will be quickly posted on our website, Twitter and Facebook.

I shudder to think about the tone of the comments that will undoubtedly follow, most by people unwilling to put their name beside their thoughts.

That's the world we live - and work - in today.

I think of these things every time I hear someone make the comment that we have come so far when it comes to race relations in this country?

I have no doubt that is true. I also have no doubt we still have a long way to go.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Your early morning roads report

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-01-27 06:03
Here's a report on road conditions after another early-morning commute.

Forget the reports of icy spots or 'black ice.' I encountered neither.

Actually, I was surprised when I left the house how warm it was. The temperature recorded on my odometer said 37 degrees, well above freezing. And it's supposed to go up to the lower 40s later. Here's the full forecast.

The roads I used (West Chester Pike, Providence Road, Route 1 Bypass, Springfield Road) were just wet. I did not encounter any slick spots. It's just too warm.

Several Delco schools are still going on a two-hour delay this morning. You can find the list here. Schools in the Chester Upland School District will be open today for the first time since the monster storm hit over the weekend.

One thing that remains problematic is the amount of snow out there, which is creating very narrow roadways and small turn areas. I felt bad for people waiting for SEPTA buses. The shelters are long ago buried under a mountain of snow. Be careful in these areas. Riders literally in some spots are standing in the road as they wait for their ride.

The snow mounds also are believed to have contributed to a bus accident yesterday out in Chester County.

OK, we've had our big winter storm.

Bring on spring.
Categories: Pennsylvania

FOUND: The Blizzard Kitty Of Merion Station

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-01-26 18:31
Can you help this tabby find his way home?
Categories: Lower Merion

Op-Ed Argues For Conservation Of Lower Merion Farm

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-01-26 16:01
"If the Statue of Liberty was in Lower Merion, the township would let (it) be sold for commercial development," said one commenter.
Categories: Lower Merion