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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Newest Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-05 08:22
An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Check out those around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Meehan, Costello stand their ground against GOP bill

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-05-05 05:58
Pat Meehan was good to his word.

After riding the fence during the last rodeo otherwise known as the health-care debate in this country, Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, eventually said he would have voted against it - had it actually gone to a vote.

He was spared that duty when President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan were forced to pull the bill when it became apparent they did not have the votes in their own GOP caucus for passage.

Meehan had no such luck Thursday.

But he stood his ground.

He said he could not support this version of the American Health Care Act, and he voted against it.

He was joined by his compatriot from Chester County, Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6.

Both again noted they had issues with how the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would affect those with pre-existing conditions. In short, many could lose coverage or find it so expensive as to be the same thing.

This of course did not stop Democrats from holding both representatives' feet to the fire, saying they still contributed to the passage of the so-called American Health Care Act because of their votes in favor in moving it out of their respective committees and out to the floor for a full House vote.

Meehan explained that vote as simply a part of the legislative process to move the entire process forward.

You have to figure this is in part as case of a representative being just that - "representative" of the desires of those who live in their district.

Both Meehan and Costello got an earful from residents opposed to the repeal of Obamacare. Their offices were the site of weekly protests. None of that stopped Republicans in D.C. from getting what they wanted - some kind of victory for President Trump.

The sight of Trump and his GOP henchmen celebrating on the White House lawn a "victory" that has the potential to hurt so many people was - in the infamous words of FBI Director James Comey - enough to make you "mildly nauseous."

Don't blame Meehan for that. Or Costello either.

They both indicated they could not support this bill.

And they didn't change their minds.

Good for them.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What is the cure for violence in Chester?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-05-05 05:43
Here we go again.

They are talking about cracking down on gun violence in Chester.

And they're calling in the cavalry.

State troopers will once again be patrolling city streets in an attempt to beef up the police presence in the violence-plagued city.

Bringing in the state police will not solve Chester's problems, but it surely will not hurt.

We talk about violence in Chester, and what city and county officials can do to combat it, on today's editorial page.

You can read it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Harriton HS Student Named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 15:54
A Lower Merion School District student been named a semifinalist in one of the most prestigious academic competitions in the nation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Honors Its 453 Centenarians

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 15:42
There are 453 Montgomery County residents and members of the "Greatest Generation" who have reached the age of 100 or older.
Categories: Lower Merion

Child Sex Trial Looms For Ex Main Line Troubled Youth Teacher

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 14:22
Nina Scott is a former teacher at a Main Line school for troubled youth. She is facing 34 counts of institutional sexual assault of a minor.
Categories: Lower Merion

Merion Fire Co. Hiring Part-Time Firefighter

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 12:10
Apply before May 10 to be considered for the job
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia Cop Chased Wife In Patrol Car, Caused Accident: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 11:29
Antonio Mayhew, a 10-year veteran of the force, has been suspended for 30 days and will be dismissed when the suspension expires.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Small Business Spotlight: Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 10:52
The law office of Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP will host a free community lunch and zoning seminar May 15 at John Henry’s Pub.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former 76er Says He was Urinating, Not Exposing Himself On Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:48
Overton is facing three counts of indecent exposure and a disorderly conduct charge stemming from the April 30 incident in Lower Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:11
Looking for a new home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Pat Meehan remains a 'no' vote on GOP health-care plan

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-04 07:26
Pat Meehan says he hasn't changed his mind.

We're about to find out.

The U.S. House is now expected to vote on the latest version of the Republican health care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

GOP leaders in D.C. have been furiously tweaking the bill in an attempt to lure moderates such as Meehan - who have been opposed to the plan - back into the fold.

Meehan specifically said he had problems with provisions in the bill that would create serious problems for those with pre-existing conditions. Many believe language that would allow states to opt out of required coverage would either leave some without coverage at all, or face huge spikes in their health-care costs.

Republicans say they are putting $8 billion to set up a fund to help offset those costs.

Yesterday, those opposed to the GOP's so-called American Health Care Act, once again rallied outside Meehan's Springfield office. But this time they were there to thank him for his opposition.

So far we have not gotten any indication from the representative that the tweaks of the bill have changed his mind. He said he would vote against it.

This morning we'll find out if he - as well as Chester County Rep. Ryan Costello - will stick with that position or fall in line with President Trump and their GOP brethren.

A vote is expected this morning.

We'll bring you all the details - as well as how Meehan voted, and why.

Stay tuned.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Safe streets in Chester? Bring on the troopers

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-04 07:12
They're going to take another shot at this in Chester.

"Shot" being the operative word.

Just a couple of hours after county District Attorney Jack Whelan was joined by county and Chester officials to announce that state police patrols would be returning to the violence-plagued city, officers were called to another street shooting.

This is not the first time officials have called into reinforcements - in the form of state troopers - to quell an uptick in gun violence in Chester.

They also hit the streets back in 2016. And 2014 before that.

Again the issue here is guns. Lots of them. In the hands of people who should not have them.

Whelan indicated yesterday that 46 people have been shot in the city through just four months into the year. The county has recorded 10 homicides so far in 2017. All 10 have taken place in Chester.

The uptick in violence comes at a time when the city is struggling to get officers on the streets.

Want to know how bad the situation is.

When five people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday night, it matched the number of officers patrolling the city streets. And that was only because one officer agreed to come in on overtime.

The county is putting up $100,000 to get those state troopers on the streets of Chester. The money will come from casino revenues and the D.A.'s office.

It was not a good weekend in Chester. The city recorded seven more shootings.

Adding state troopers is not going to solve Chester's problems.

But it's not going to hurt either.

The city has serious financial and other woes.

Manpower among police has been an issue since a rash of retirements in the wake of fears over the status of a new contract and possible cuts toward the end of last year.

Talks between the city and police continue.

In the meantime, residents, the ones like the woman who was struck when a stray bullet went through a wall and hit her inside her house, no doubt will welcome the sight of more police on their streets.

Officials dubbed this new initiative "Operation Safe Streets."

In Chester, the streets too often have been anything but.

Bring on the troopers.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A salute to the McGonigles and Compassion United Havertown

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-05-04 06:41
Want some good news?

Who doesn't?

Turn to our editorial page.

There today we are saluting the McGonigle family of Havertown.

They had a run of misfortune, including multiple health-care setbacks. But instead of withdrawing into their own shell, they instead reached out - to the community.v What happened next tells you a lot about both the McGonigles - as well as the people of Havertown and Delaware County.

So great was the outpouring, that the McGonigles decided to pay it back.

They started a Facebook page called Compassion United Havertown.

We salute their effort.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Who Shot Husband Won't Be Charged: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-03 14:43
The off-duty Philadelphia police officer who shot her husband last month was acting in self defense and will not be charged, DA says.
Categories: Lower Merion

Kelly Drive Closing For Regatta This Wekeend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-03 11:13
The detour will be in place from early morning Saturday to Sunday evening, Philadelphia Police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Toy Store Closing After Decades Of Making Kids Smile

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-03 10:11
The store is holding an everything-must-go sale where all items are 30 percent off.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former 76er Exposed Himself On Local Trail: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-03 09:25
Doug Overton was arrested on April 30 and is facing several counts of indecent exposure
Categories: Lower Merion

Highlight Your Small Business On Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-05-03 09:11
It's National Small Business Week, so why not let Patch spread the word about your business?
Categories: Lower Merion