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Longtime Lower Merion CFO Dean Dortone moving on

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:45
Lower Merion Township Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone, who since 2002 has helped keep the township on an even financial keel, maintain its top credit rating, and extend a long record of budget reporting awards, is moving on.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth's draft budget calls for real estate tax increase

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:02
Can Narberth turn its streak of no-tax-increase budgets into a five-year run?
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion considering changes to Ardmore MUST zoning

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:57
ARDMORE >> Controversial since its adoption in 2006, Ardmore’s MUST, or Mixed-Use Special Transit District zoning, was intended to encourage new development or redevelopment to revitalize the downtown, while preserving a pedestrian-oriented, “transit-friendly” character. Now it may be in for some significant changes.
Categories: Lower Merion

contentment

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:37


“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” -George Sand

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.” – Bertolt Brecht

Today, sipping tea in my little house in its own big woods on a chilly November day, I am content. There is no place on earth I would rather be.

Today is also a bittersweet day as it is a day on which my family lost two wonderful people. Yes, on the same day a couple of years apart. My cousin Suzy and my father.

Thanks for stopping by.


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The Daily Salvo for November 12, 2014 - "Tear Up This Law"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:05
The Daily Salvo for November 12, 2014 - "Tear Up This Law"
Will John Boehner and Mitch McConnell follow Ronald Reagan's lead and work to 'tear down' the wall of domestic socialism? From: The Daily Salvo Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Lower Merion Police Reports: Man refuses to pay for drinks at Erin Pub in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Public intoxication>> Lower Merion police cited a 26-year-old man from Gulph Hills Road in Radnor with public intoxication and disorderly conduct following an incident at the Erin Pub on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr Nov. 7 at 1:57 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Horrors of the Holocaust conveyed through eyes of black soldier who helped liberate survivors of Buchenwald

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
This Veterans Day, some local students had a rare opportunity to hear from a speaker with a unique perspective on the horror that discrimination, taken to the extreme of hate, can wreak.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion releases 'restrained' 2015 budget, manager reflects on his first budget

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Extending a trend, Lower Merion Township Manager Ernie B. McNeely has released a Proposed 2015 Budget that calls for no property tax rate increase for the fourth year in a row.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bag of ammo found at Barrack Hebrew Academy

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Radnor police gave the all-clear around 3 p.m. Wednesday after multiple police departments along with several K-9 units responded to Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

What Accountability? Dermocrats Win Despite Inexplicable House Losses

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-13 11:25
Here’s how this whole caucus leadership thing works, since it looks like no Democrats can play this game. You give somebody a job to do, and if they do a good job, you let them try it again. If...
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Police investigating bag of ammo found at Barrack Hebrew Academy

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 11:18
Radnor police gave the all-clear around 3 p.m. Wednesday after multiple police departments along with several K-9 units responded to Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

Horrors of the Holocaust conveyed through eyes of black soldier who helped liberate survivors of Buchenwald

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:38
This Veterans Day, some local students had a rare opportunity to hear from a speaker with a unique perspective on the horror that discrimination, taken to the extreme of hate, can wreak.
Categories: Lower Merion

Say It Ain't Snow! Chance of Flakes Overnight

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:32
A Hazardous Weather Outlook is in place for the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

Black Friday 2014 Deals From the Big Box Stores

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:30
Eager to plan your holiday shopping? Patch has all your local Black Friday 2014 deals this season.
Categories: Lower Merion

3-Bedroom Knox Road Home Among Wynnewood Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:20
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA Congressional Delegation Total Sausage Party Now

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:18
We have to do better.
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Blame Jay Paterno

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-13 07:52
After his failed bid for Lieutenant Governor, Jay Paterno decided that running for state Senate as a write-in was beneath Him, despite efforts to recruit him for the seat. This deprived Democrats of...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Nov. 13

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-11-13 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 6-12 years in prison for Staci Dawson of Chester, in conection with a straw gun purchase.

1st person in the state to be sentenced under Brad Fox Law, which mandates 5 years minimum for such illegal transactions. Fox was a police officer in Montgomery County killed by a man who got his gun in a straw transaction.

27, age of Montco woman who also was convicted for a similar offense.

80, age of man who fired several shots at police during a standoff at his apartment in Upper Darby last night.

8-12 shots fired during the standoff. No injuries were reported

2 hours of discussion in Brookhaven centered on a retail development plan.

25 of 55 acres at Edgmont and Coebourn boulevards that could be developed.

5,700 square foot convenience store with 16 gas pumps being proposed for a busy intersection in Upper Chichester that is drawing opposition from neighbors.

5 homes in Swarthmore recently hit during a rash of burglaries.

50 years of working in the lunch room at Interboro high noted for Mary Jane Cherubini. Well done!

12 miles from Harrah’s in Chester, where a 2nd casino in Philadelphia could be located, at the South Philly sports complex.

1,000 people showed up at meeting in South Philly to protest the possible new gaming addition to their community.

8 years, how long Sen. Dominic Pileggi served as Senate Majority Leader. He was ousted by his own caucus yesterday.

12 years in Senate concluded yesterday for Sen. Ted Erickson, who made his final floor speech. He’s retiring.

4 employees fired, 11 suspended without pay by Attorney General Kathleen Kane in that porn email probe.

70 stories up on the new 1 World Trade Center tower, where two dangling window washers were rescued yesterday.

5,000 deaths in the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

2.94 a gallon, what the experts predict the average price at the pump will be next year.

45 cents lower than what we paid on average this year.

2.70 dip for Dow Jones yesterday, closing at 17,612.20, off the record highs.

0-7 record on the line as the Sixers hit Dallas in search of win No. 1 on the year.

9 wins, the all-time worst mark set by the Sixers back in 1972-73.

0 games played so far by star guard Michael Carter-Williams. He’s expected back in the lineup tonight.

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

Let’s talk over-under. The 1972-73 Sixers team set an all-time record for futility by posting just 9 wins. This Sixers team could make a serious run at that mark. When do you think they might record their first win? How many games will they lose before getting into the win column. This is what pro hoops fans have been reduced to in this town. Sad.

I Don’t Get It: Staci Dawson had no criminal record. Now she is facing 6-12 years in state prison for taking part in a straw gun purchase. If that doesn’t deliver a message to others considering such dangerous actions, I don’t know what will.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to for Springfield High and NBA star Geoff Petrie, who enters the Philly Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

Quote Box: “We don’t have many good days anymore, but I guess I have to consider this one a good one.”

Kathy Fox, mother of slain Officer Brad Fox, after sentencing of Chester woman for straw gun purchase, the first since a tough new law was passed in her son’s memory.
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Tea Party Garbageman is Your New Shadow Republican Majority Leader

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-13 07:36
State Senator Jake Corman, who has until just recently put on a more moderate milquetoast public face, was put forth by the right wing nuts as their choice for Senate majority leader, and...
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A stunning fall for Sen. Dominic Pileggi

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-11-13 06:51
There was a time when I thought Sen. Dominic Pileggi might be the governor of Pennsylvania some day.

I think he still might.

But right now, he's not even the Senate Majority Leader.

In a stunning GOP power struggle that came to a vote yesterday, Pileggi, R-9, the former mayor of Chester, was dumped from his leadership position by his own party.

His GOP brethren instead hitched their wagon to Sen. Jake Corman, R-34, of Centre County.

Pileggi, whose quiet exterior masks a political heavyweight, had managed to work his way into the crosshairs of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Several senators from the middle of the state have gone public in their attacks against him in recent days, including Sen. Scott Wagner of York County. Some went so far as to accuse Pileggi of undermining the agenda of Gov. Tom Corbett. Wagner called him "the number one obstacle in the Senate."

That probably comes as news to a lot of people who also consider him one of the smartest people in that chamber. And no less a figure than former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell branded Pileggi as the most powerful man in Harrisburg.

Not anymore.

Pileggi always did something I admired. Every time I ask him a question, he pauses and clearly thinks about his response. He doesn't offer the meaningless, rote responses regurgitated by so many politicians.

Yesterday he was conciliatory in what must have been a bitter defeat.

"It has been an honor to serve the Senate Republican Caucus as leader for the past eight years and I'm proud of our many accomplishments," Pileggi said in a statement. "I wish the new Republican leadership team the best."

Make no mistake, this is a big hit for Delaware County, and the southeastern Pennsylvania region on the whole. There is a lot of anti-Philadelphia region sentiment bubbling to the surface in Harrisburg. Yesterday that problem just got a little louder.

Over in the House, things went better for another Delco legislative leader. Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165 of Springfield, was re-elected as majority chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

But he lost a key leadership ally in the Senate.

So did Delaware County.
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