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Police: Wayne woman arrested for alleged heroin sales

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:05
A 61-year-old Wayne woman has been arrested after a four-month investigation into the alleged sales of suspected heroin, police said Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line SuperFresh stores to rebrand as ACME in wake of A&P bankruptcy

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:05
The signs out front at some local SuperFresh stores may soon be changing, but the new name they carry could be a familiar one.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bill would end towns' rights to regulate off-campus student housing; Zelov speaks at hearing

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:05
WEST CHESTER >> The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Local Government Committee gathered in West Chester’s municipal building to hear divergent opinions about House Bill 809 on Monday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: 2 arrested for alleged purse theft at Bala Cynwyd department store

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:05
Lower Merion police arrested two people in the alleged theft of designer purses at the Lord and Taylor store in Bala Cynwyd July 7.
Categories: Lower Merion

For 15 years City Avenue district bike patrol has been helping visitors along City Avenue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-07-23 09:05
Although they are not police officers, when visitors walking along City Avenue see them they often think they are. They are the Community Service Representatives of the City Avenue Special Services District (CASSD) who have been helping visitors along City Avenue for the past 15 years. A better way of thinking about them is more like ambassadors for the CASSD because on most days they are probably the most visible aspect district.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, July 23

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-23 07:23
The Daily Numbers: 50,000 dollar reward for information on the death of Nadia Malik, posted by her brother.

18 months since the Marple woman’s body was found in a car parked in downtown Philly.

300 jobs being filled by Aldi for their new store in what used to be the Bottom Dollar site in Lansdowne.

61, age of Wayne woman charged with heroin sales on the Main Line.

250 baggies of heroin police say they purchased from her in a sting operation.

0, what it costs Chester residents to use the community pool at Memorial Park this summer. The city is waiving fees.

4-3 vote in Media to waive permit fees for construction of new library.

27 million dressers from Ikea that the company will provide brackets so customers can attach them to walls.

2 children, including a boy from West Chester, have been killed in incidents in which the dressers tipped over.

1, as in No. 1, where Wawa sits in national poll of convenience stores.

16, age of teen clipped by train in Darby borough last night. He is expected to be fine.

12 stab wounds for a Philly prison officer in confrontation with inmate.

3 people fatally shot in Philly last night.

10 innings, how long it took Phils to get a win over the Rays.

2 straight series the Phils now have won.

5-1 mark for the Phils since the All-Star break.

2 scoreless innings for Jonathan Papelbon to get the win.

2 straight games missed by Maikel Franco.

2-1 loss for U.S. in CONCACAF Gold Cup play.

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

Whatever the Phillies did on the All-Star break is working. They’ve been on fire since.

I Don’t Get It: A 61-year-old Main Line woman has been charged as a heroin dealer. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby’s 69th Street and the latest arrival, the Studio Movie Grill.

Quote Box: “Somebody’s got to know something.”

Khaled Malik, brother of Nadia Malik, on his sister’s mysterious death.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Sestak about to go back in the underdog role

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-23 06:39
Joe Sestak has Pennsylvania Democrats right where he wants them.

Lining up against him.

No doubt Bob Brady and party leaders are congratulating themselves for apparently successfully completing their 'Anybody But Sestak' campaign.

After failing to coax several folks into the race for the nomination to challenge the former Delco congressman in the primary for the right to face Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, it looks like they have their woman.

Katie McGinty, chief of staff for Gov. Tom Wolf, yesterday resigned her post. It is expected she will announce her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in the Senate race.

The Dem bosses should take heed of that old saw, "be careful what you wish for."

That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with McGinty, even if she did do a quick El Foldo in her race for the Dem nomination for governor, left in the backwater wake behind Wolf's bold, early $10 million television campaign.

But Democrats have been down this road with Sestak once before.

They wanted him to step aside when longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter read the writing on the wall, realized he was going to lose a Republican primary to the conservative Toomey, and promptly switched parties.

He was welcomed with open arms by party leaders, including President Barack Obama, his old Senate buddy Vice President Joe Biden, and Philly powerhouses Gov. Ed Rendell and Brady.

There's only one thing they didn't count on.

Joe Sestak.

The retired admiral dug in his heels and spit in the eyes of the party brass. He knocked off Specter in the primary before falling to Toomey in a very close race.

Now he'll tangle with McGinty.

One thing's for certain. The cost of finding a Democratic challenger to Toomey just went up.

And that could be a problem for Sestak.

The guy who showed longtime Delco Republican Congressman Curt Weldon the door is lagging in terms of fundraising. On Wednesday he reported he had raised $727,729 in the period April 1 to June 30, and has $2,165,861 on hand in his war chest. In the meantime Toomey raised $2.2 million in the quarter and is sitting on more than $8 million.

In other words, Toomey raised more in the quarter than Sestak has in total.

That's not a good sign, and underscores Dem leaders' belief that Sestak has trouble raising money.

It also means Democrats will spend a ton of money just deciding on a candidate next spring, let alone going up against that Toomey war chest in the fall.

None of that is likely to deter the admiral.

He used to bucking the odds.

And his own party.

He's got 'em right where he wants 'em.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wawa is No. 1, except in beer sales

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-07-23 06:12
This weekend I will be in Martinsburg, W. Va., to help my son move into a new place.

In other words, I'll be in Sheetz country.

I'll try not to snicker.

In case you missed it yesterday, Delco's own Wawa was named the No. 1 convenience store in America.

That's correct. The folks who started out with that little farm in Chester Heights, and a single store in the Folsom section of Ridley Township, is not top dog when it comes to convenience stores.

The competition between Wawa, kings of the road in the eastern part of Pa., and Sheetz, which dominates in parts out in Harrisburg and farther west, is intense.

Customers are loyal.

Ask anyone who has moved away from the area and the one thing they all will tell you they miss is Wawa. Guess people take that 'Gottahava' slogan pretty seriously.

Ironically, the one item I depend on Wawa to deliver actually wound up in a tie in that survey of 7,000 consumers done by market Forfce Information.

Sheetz and Wawa tied for the No. 1 spot when it comes to coffee.

You can have Dunkin' (my wife's favorite) as well as Starbucks (with that burned taste, a although I do like their new blonde offering), I will always be a Wawa guy when it comes to my java. Nothing fancy. I don't need any latte or frappacino or iced this or that. I just want a black 12-ounce coffee with two sugars.

Of course, I occasionally want something a bit stronger, and that's where Sheetz has a decided edge.

The first time I visited my son in West Virginia, the first thing I did when we got into town was walk into the Sheetz store. I wasn't looking for coffee.

I was looking for something a bit stronger.

Yes, most of the Sheetz stores out there have a walk-in cooler with cold six-packs of beer.

You don't have to go into a separate part of the store. You don't have to pay for it at a separate register. You can grab a six-pack, along with anything else you might want in the store, walk up to the cash register and pay for it all at the same time.

Wawa is looking to stick its toe into the waters in the increasingly competitive area of beer sales here in Pennsylvania.

They have applied to sell beer at their store on Naamans Creek Road out in Concord. The hearing was supposed to be this week but was delayed until Aug. 4.

Of course, this being Pennsylvania, Land of Giants, it still won't be what I would call "convenient."

Just as the supermarkets that are now selling beer, Wawa will have to construct a separate part of the store for the beer sales. Gottahava?

Sure, but with the normal bureaucratic bungling that is the nameplate of Pennsylvania.

For now Wawa says it plans only to sell beer at this one site, but it's not hard to read between the lines. If it's successful there (anyone want to bet against it) Wawa indicates they will consider expanding sales to other stores.

In terms of the state, the battle to privatize the sale of wine and alcohol seems to be bottled up in the ongoing budget standoff between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans in the state Legislature.

Hey, at least we can brag that Wawa is No. 1. They are a Delco business icon, and part of the landscape of the Delaware Valley. Sheetz, your goose is cooked, courtesy of that Canadian goose that calls Delco home.

Categories: Pennsylvania

PA House Bill 809 would end Tredyffrin’s right to regulate student housing

PA House Bill 809 sponsored by State Rep Susan Helm of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties will change college rental restrictions if passed. Helm’s proposed legislation claims that it is discriminatory for municipalities to single out students with rental regulations and would short-circuit any municipal ordinance that prohibits the occupation of a dwelling unity by students […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Papal Visit? There's An App For That

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-22 16:03
A new app will allow people to use their smartphones as a guide to various events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.
Categories: Lower Merion

61-Year-Old Main Line Woman Charged With Selling Heroin: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-22 15:51
Tredyffrin police have arrested a 61-year-old woman for selling heroin.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tredyffrin police bust alleged Main Line heroin dealer

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-22 14:30
A 61-yera-old Wayne woman has been arrested after a four-month investigation into the alleged sales of suspected heroin, police said Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Year After Dresser Crushes West Chester Child, IKEA Offers Free Repair Kit

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-22 13:39
Two months after a West Chester mother sued IKEA, blaming the company for the death of her 2-year-old son, the chain offers a fix.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line SuperFresh stores to rebrand as ACME in wake of A&P bankruptcy

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-07-22 13:29
The signs out front at some local SuperFresh stores may soon be changing, but the new name they carry could be a familiar one.
Categories: Lower Merion

Study Names Wawa America's Favorite Convenience Store

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-22 13:06
In their annual study, Market Force Information asked consumers where they prefer to fuel up.
Categories: Lower Merion

Which Swear Words Are Most Popular In Pennsylvania?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-07-22 11:47
According to one British linguist, people in Southeast Pa. enjoy using a wide variety of swear words.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 22

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-22 07:32
The Daily Numbers: 10 minutes and 3 towns, how long police chased a suspect who was eventually shot on Route 291 near the Boeing plant in Ridley yesterday.

20 years, how long a United Artists movie theater was located on 69th Street in Upper Darby. This week a new dine-in movie house will open at that spot, continuing the business boom on the Upper Darby business corridor.

6 million dollar project to renovate the site, which will feature 900 reclining seats.

6-12 years in prison for Philly man in sexual assault on young girl.

44.4 million dollars, 5-year deal between Delaware County and CEC to run the county prison back in 2012.

4 of August, when Concord Township now says it will rule on Wawa’s request to sell beer at 1 location.

2 six-packs at a time, what you will be able to purchase to go with your Shorti.

54,000 customers who visited SEPTA site minutes after it went online to sell special passes for regional rail lines for 2 days of papal visit in September. It crashed and yesterday SEPTA said it is still working on a fix. Sales will not resume this week.

4 hours of talks yesterday between Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP leaders in the Pa. budget standoff. No deal yet.

6 strong innings for young Phillies stud pitcher Aaron Nola in his MLB debut.

1 run on 5 hits, to go with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.

1-0 loss. Nola gave up homer to opposing pitcher Nathan Karns, which is all the Rays needed.

28,703 fans at Citizens Bank Park for Nola’s debut.

8,500 tickets sold since Friday, when team announced Nola would be on the hill.

1-1 tie for Union with Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup play, then 4-3 Union win on penalty kicks. .

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

Welcome Aaron Nola. Phillies fans desperately needed a little hope. The rookie provided that with a strong outing in his debut last night.

I Don’t Get It: Base-running blunders might have contributed to Phils being shut out.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Delco icon, named America’s No. 1 convenience store in a survey.

Quote Box: “It went quick.”

- Chester top cop Joe Bail, after chase and shooting of suspect on Route 291.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wawa's No. 1, but not in beer sales, at least not yet

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-22 06:53
You can stick a cork in those plans to snag a cold six-pack at that Wawa in Concord Township.

At least for a few weeks.

Township officials yesterday afternoon announced that last night's expected ruling on the convenience store's application to sell beer at their store on Naamans Creek Road was on hold until Aug. 4.

No reason was given for the delay.

The move would be a first for the Delco giant, which has not as yet joined the stampede of many grocery stores to get in on beer sales in Pa. Years ago Wawa actually did sell beer at a store near the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philly, but that hit the skids when they ran into trouble with sales to underage kids.

They also sell suds at stores in Virginia in Florida, but have not yet dipped their toe back into the market here in Pa.

Like supermarket sales, Wawa would face some limits. Sales would be restricted to a separate part of the store, and customers would be limited to buying two six-packs at a time.

For now, Wawa says this is being proposed only for this store, but it's not hard to see it spread quickly if it turns out to be popular with customers.

Raise your hand if you think the ability to run in and grab a cold six on the way home or with your shorti appeals to you? Thought so. In the meantime, the Delco icon did get some good news.

They've been named America's top convenience store in a study of 7,000 consumers at Market Force Information.

They edged out last year's winner, QuikTrip, which is based in Oklahoma, and also their Pennsylvania rival, Sheetz.
Categories: Pennsylvania

SEPTA's plans go off the tracks

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-07-22 06:35

That's probably the easiest way to describe SEPTA's plans to sell those special passes for their regional rail lines on the two days of the visit by Pope Francis in late September.

The transit agency's computers melted down under an avalanche of requests minutes after they went online Monday morning.

Yesterday SEPTA said they would not try again this week, and might even bring in an outside agency to help with the sales. You can get all the details here.

This is a fairly critical element to what should be the spectacular two-day finale to the week of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26-27.

Perhaps as many as 2 million people will be trying to get into the city those two days. Driving is being discouraged. SEPTA's rail lines will be jammed. There will be distinct restrictions on when riders can use the system and from a limited number of stations.

You will not be able to board the regional rails without the special $10 tickets.

Monday's events certainly did not engender confidence.

Make no doubt, from a logistical standpoint, this event will tax just about everyone in the region.

We talk about that in our editorial today.

Perhaps patience might be the one thing all of us will have to use.

Starting now.
Categories: Pennsylvania