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Narberth: Apartment building plan moves ahead for Church of Evangel site; developer won't save church

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-08-18 08:39
Change is coming to a landmark corner in Narberth.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 18

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-18 07:53
The Daily Numbers: 3 Folcroft officers who received Commendations for Valor and Heroism last night, among them wounded Officer Chris Dorman.

7 bullet wounds survived by Dorman.

1,000 people who showed up at a fundraiser for Dorman last Friday night.

70 feet, 11 inches, how far Darrell Hill heaved a shot put to make the U.S. Olympic team. The Darby Borough native and Penn Wood grad goes for the hold in Rio today.

2 cigarette heists in Primos and Lansdowne Wawas believed to be the work of the same man caught on surveillance video.

40 county employees moved out of a building in Chester because of wiring problems.

5 to 10 years in prison for a West Chester attorney convicted in the death of his father.

12.5 million dollars bond deal that got a final OK from Haverford commissioners.

3 Delco supermarkets that now have the green light to sell wine by the bottle.

160,000 in gifts showered on Philly District Attorney Seth Williams that he previously did not report.

68, age of former Philly police Chief John Timoney, who died of cancer.

2 people, a psychiatrist and his office manager, charged with selling prescription drugs.

1 million dollars, how much authorities now say the duo pocketed.

7-2 win for the Dodgers over the Phillies.

2 home runs for Adrian Gonzalez.

5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks for Phils starter Jake Thompson in his 3rd major league start.

0 for 5 on the night for Chase Utley.

2, as in the 2nd exhibition game tonight for the Eagles as they travel across the state to play the Steelers.

1 quarter, what the starters are expected to play.

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

The Phillies cooled off Chase Utley. Too bad they couldn’t do the same for Adrian Gonzalez.

I Don’t Get It: Convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she has no regrets. Wonderful.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Darrell Hill, the Darby Borough product and Penn Wood High alum goes for gold in the shot put in Rio today.

Quote Box: “God did a miracle.”

- Folcroft Police Chaplain Drew Alexander, in speaking about how Officer Chris Dorman survived shooting incident.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Greatest Generation

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-18 07:05
They were indeed the Greatest Generation.

I didn’t know it then. That comes as something of a surprise, because, of course, I knew everything then.

And nothing.

My parents were pretty plain folks. They grew up pretty hardscrabble, my father in southwest Philly and my mother in Darby Borough. Don’t ask me how, but somehow they managed to wind up in a tiny town out in the farthest corner of Chester County. Our high school yearbook once said this about Oxford, Pa.: Live there for awhile and you get to know the place pretty well. It was a different time, a different place. Indeed, a different world.

You literally knew everyone in town. Your car doors were never locked. The door to the house never closed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

My father ran a store, two of them actually.

One in North East, Md. Then he opened a second in Oxford. They were basically sandwich shops that also sold patent drugs. I still remember how my father would wrap “women’s products” in white paper so a lady would not have to carry them out of the store. Like I said, it was a different time.

Both stores featured glorious, long counters, behind which sat the secret to their success - the soda fountain.

It was there, in both North East and Oxford, that I discovered the magic of the fountain soda. How to make any number of extravagant concoctions with basic Coke syrup. I quickly mastered the Cherry Coke, Lemon Coke, yes, even Chocolate Coke.

All while dad perused the important news of the day. That, of course, would be the entries and results from the local horse tracks. Yes, dad loved the ponies. I always thought he was a very popular guy in town. Every Saturday morning, a line of gentlemen would arrive at the house to kibitz with dad. It was only later that mom informed me they were there to find out who he “liked” that day at the track.

I learned how to read the Racing Form from my dad.

I learned pretty much everything else from mom.

While dad was camped south of the Mason-Dixon line in North East, mom held forth at the store in Oxford.

Heron’s was right down the street from the high school. And it quickly became a popular local hangout.

It was where kids would gather every day after school, where guys would meet up to settle their differences, sometimes with their fists. When a guy sneered at you in the school hallway, “Meet me after school at Heron’s,” you pretty much knew what it meant.

Of course, I arrived to work at the store after school for a few years not in the dungarees, sneakers and casual shirts sported by my peers. I instead drew daily gawking at why I wore dress blue pants, a starched white shirt and blue tie to school. The ABVM logo should have been a giveaway. I rode a bus 10 miles to school every day to St. Mary’s, or Assumption BVM School, in the next town down, West Grove. For years, I was always different. How I yearned to be just like every other kid in town.

I think kids back then used to think our family had money because we owned a store. The truth is, my parents, like so many others at that time, very likely lived week to week.

Like I said, I didn’t know it then. I do now. There’s a lot of things I was sure I knew then.

I was sure my mother ran the ship in our house. She ruled with a firm hand, and she wasn’t shy about using it. I think she learned that form the same place I got it. Yes, she was the product of an education imparted - sometimes with a brass ruler - of nuns. My mom and dad were not exactly savvy business persons. But they were part of the fabric of a small town, and an attitude that is long gone - and missed.

Every day after school, kids who took part in sports or other after-school activities would walk to my mother’s store and do something unheard of today. They would use the phone - the business phone - to call home to alert their parents they could pick them up. At Heron’s, of course.

Today I think mom and dad could have retired if they had only had the foresight to put in a pay phone. But that wasn’t their way. It wasn’t a lot of people’s way back then.

After awhile, the writing was on the wall for tiny little mom and pop stores like Heron’s. The geniuses who ran companies that delivered the ice cream that made those divine sundaes and the meats that went into those hoagies decided little operations like Heron’s weren’t worth their while. They started insisting on minimum orders. Mom had the answer to that. She partnered with several other similar stores in town to place orders, then split them up among them.

Maybe she was more savvy than I thought.

More than anything else, mom loved the kids and the other loyal customers who came into that little store every day. She knew them all by name. She knew their parents. She even knew which parents did not especially care for their kids going into Heron’s, because of its reputation as a teen hangout.

My mother would have been 102 today.

She was the first thing I thought of when I woke up. The truth is I think about her - and that generation - more and more all the time.

I wonder at how they lived, and how they worked. They did not have many of the things I now take for granted. The truth is as I look back on it I am sure they often wondered how they were going to pay the bills.

They raised five children, and I think they enjoyed every minute. They lived with a confidence, a zest that often seem lacking now. I think some of that comes from where they lived, in a small town, with relatives and family close by, where everybody knew your name.

They laughed - often. And I suppose they sometimes cried, but they never showed that to their children. They loved a party, but somehow managed to get up and go to work the next day. That is what they did. I guess living through the Great Depression, when they literally had nothing, steels you somewhat to the other aggravations of life. All I know is this. I find myself more and more longing for that life, that simplicity, that time when things seemed more, for want of any other word, normal.

They were the Greatest Generation. For a lot of reasons.

For a guy who knew it all, it took me a long time to realize that.

Happy Birthday, mom.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Darby to Rio

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-18 06:19
How far is it from Darby Borough to Rio?

Don't laugh, it's not as far as you might think.

A lot of people in the tiny town will have their eyes on Rio - and maybe brushing away a few tears - as one of their own goes for the gold today at the Rio Olmpics.

Darrell Hill is the pride of Darby Borough and Penn Wood High. After a sterling high school track and field career, Hill went on to star at Penn State.

Today the shot putter will be looking for a gold medal at the Rio games.

He has not been forgotten in his home town.

Check out the local reaction as Darby remembers a favorite son who today will be on an international stage.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A simple question in Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-08-18 05:56
We now know that Superintendent Richard Dunlap is planning to retire from the Upper Darby School District on Sept. 7. Until then he will be on vacation. For the past several weeks, he has been on paid leave.

That's all good to know.

But we used our editorial page today to ask a fairly simple question.

Why?

Why is that Dunlap and the district are now parting ways, just a year after the school board offered him glowing performance reviews and rewarded him with a five-year contract extension and a pay hike.

We think the taxpayers - yes, those folks who pick up the tab for Dunlap's $194,000 annual salary - have a right to know.

You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Homes Listed for Sale in and Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:30
Patch brings you newly listed homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 21:13
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
Categories: Lower Merion

Lifelong Ardmore Resident Who Served in World War II Dies at 94

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 16:00
Ardmore's Raymond Alfred Cerio, Sr. served in the 308th Engineers Battalion 83rd Division as a Radio Operator during World War II.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Lower Merion Businesses Named Among Nation's 5000 Fastest Growing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 15:09
Inc.'s list of 2016's fastest growing companies included two in Bala Cynwyd and several others in the Main Line area.
Categories: Lower Merion

UPDATED: The Full List Of Pennsylvania Grocery Stores Now Approved To Sell Wine

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 11:48
Want to pick up some merlot with your milk? These Pennsylvania grocery stores have been approved to sell wine under new state law.
Categories: Lower Merion

6 Montgomery County Grocery Stores Now Approved To Sell Wine

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 11:48
Grocery stores in Horsham, Willow Grove and North Wales are among the Montgomery County locations with new approval to sell wine.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Montco DA Bruce Castor to Replace Kane as Acting Attorney General

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 10:30
The former Montgomery County District Attorney will take over the reins as Attorney General after Kathleen Kane's resignation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Drop off School Supplies in Ardmore For AAA's 'Building Blocks' Program

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 09:50
AAA's school supply drive will support some of the classrooms and students in the region in the greatest need.
Categories: Lower Merion

Nutter Calls City Controller 'Sad, Sick' And A 'Snake', Vehemently Denies Slush Fund Claims

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-08-17 09:45
Former Mayor Michael Nutter strongly denied allegations that his office had misspent Philadelphia Marathon profits.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Aug. 17

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-17 08:07
The Daily Numbers: 7 of Sept., date of retirement of Upper Darby Schools Superintendent Rick Dunlap. He’ll be on vacation until then.

21 of July, when Dunlap went on paid leave. He hasn’t been seen in the district since.

5 year contract extension given to him by the school board last September.

194,866, dollars a year, Dunlap’s annual salary.

0, the number of people talking about why Dunlap is leaving the district.

37,000 dollars in bikes and equipment stolen from the Wounded Warriors group when a trailer was stolen outside a Tinicum hotel.

6,692 dollars stolen from a woman who had a good day at Harrah’s by a man who followed her to her Secane home. He pleaded guilty.

21 to 48 months in prison for Gary Taylor.

18, age of Upper Darby teen corralled in May 23 incident in which a gun was fired during an incident in Upper Darby.

4 people wounded in shootings in Chester over the weekend.

1.6 billion price tag for the RCN cable group, which was bought by TPG Capital.

1 day after her conviction on perjury and obstruction charges, how long it took Kathleen Kane to resign her post as state attorney general.

89, age of former talk show host John McLaughlin, host of ‘The McLaughlin Report,’ who died.

2 home runs -including a grand slam - for Chase Utley in his 1st game back at Citizens Bank Park in a Dodgers uniform.

1.5 minutes, length of standing ovation Utley received as he led off the game for the Dodgers.

15-5 rout of the Phils by Utley and his Blue Crew.

2 times Utley was called out of the dugout after his homers for a curtain call.

4-game win streak snapped for Phils.

6-5 and 240 pounds for Dorial Beckham-Green, wide receiver acquired by Eagles from Titans for lineman Dennis Kelly.

323 passes for 549 yards and 4 TDs for Beckham-Green yesterday.

4.4 speed in the 400-yard dash for the wideout, making him a big target and deep threat the Eagles have lacked.

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

Chase “Bleeping” Utley. Pardon my French.

I Don’t Get It: Stealing bikes from the Wounded Warriors? Does it get lower than that?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Kathleen Kane. She got one right. She’s resigning.

Quote Box: “Just because Dr. Dunlap was silenced today, his vision will live on for the people who live, work and go to school here in Upper Darby.”

- State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, on the ‘retirement’ of Superintendent Rick Dunlap.
Categories: Pennsylvania

End of the Rick Dunlap Era in Upper Darby schools

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-17 07:14
So much for the Rick Dunlap Era in Upper Darby schools.

Ending weeks of intrigue surrounding the superintendent's status, the Upper Darby School Board announced last night that Dunlap will retire from the district Sept. 7.

Until then he's on vacation. He apparently had been on paid leave since he was last seen in the district July 21. His resignation, according to the board, was submitted just prior to last night's school board meeting, which is why it was not listed on the boards' public agenda.

What we don't know, frankly, is a lot.

We don't know why Dunlap is leaving, or if this is of his own accord.

At least one person is not buying the district's story. That would be state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164. The Upper Darby Democrat was at the meeting last night and made it clear she has her doubts.

"I don't have much to add other than the fact that Dr. Dunlap's voice was effectively silenced today, and I'm troubled that his so-called 'resignation' and so-called 'vacation' was lauded as a matter of personnel," she told the board during the public comment portion of the meeting. "I find it convenient that the board hides behind personnel decisions when members of the board themselves said he was on administrative leave.

"Dr. Dunlap's vision was to honor a diverse community where all students achieve. I tell you today, as long as I live and breathe, I will continue to fight for that vision. Just because Dr. Dunlap was silenced today, his vision will live on for the people who live, work and go to school here in Upper Darby."

The board offered no other comment on the situation.

Dunlap likely will not be talking, no doubt so as to not endanger any severance package with the district as well as any possible future employment.

So we're left to wonder what went wrong? Why was the guy who was given glowing reviews - and a five-year contract extension - suddenly leaving the district?

A lot of people believe it had to do with a plan to address racial and class size imbalances in district schools. That plan is believed to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

Dunlap is gone, but the problems he apparently wanted to address are not. Maybe the school board should keep that in mind as they look for their next superintendent.
Categories: Pennsylvania

LM Police: Unlocked cars with keys inside target for thieves

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-17 07:13
Stolen car>> Lower Merion police received a report of a theft of a car that was parked in the driveway of a home on Greystone Road in Merion that occurred sometime during the night of Aug. 9 into Aug. 10.
Categories: Lower Merion

This Kane not Able

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-17 06:49
We used our editorial page today to pen what we thought would be the final chapter in the sad, ugly saga we've coined The Kane Scrutiny.

Wrong again.

A few hours after we wrote the piece, the convicted Pennsylvania attorney general announced she would step down, resigning her position effective at the end of the day Wednesday.

She made the right choice.

It's one of the few things she's gotten right since her spectacular rise to power - and equally stunning fall from grace. In the process, she becomes the latest in a long, seemingly unending string of Keystone State officials who have been convicted of wrongdoing.

Kane was taking kickbacks. Or stealing from the state coffers.

Her downfall was more personal, rooted in a personal vendetta, a vow to get even with a former prosecutor in her office and rival she felt had done her wrong.

It led her to leak confidential grand jury information about the prosecutor, Frank Fina, to a newspaper for a story she hoped would even the score for what she believed was a leaked story from Fina that led to the first taste of bad publicity for the woman who recorded more votes in her first run for statewide office than President Obama got in his re-election run.

Kane blamed Fina for a story that suggested she killed a sting operation that showed several elected Democratic state representatives taking cash and gifts. She called the investigation - headed by Fina - ham-handed and even suggested a possible racial overtone in those targeted in the sting.

She was livid when the story hit the paper - and vowed revenge.

She ended up shooting herself in the foot - and blowing up a promising career.

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

In The Kane Scrutiny, that appears to be tragically the case.

Kane simply wasn't able to let a perceived slight go. Instead, she set in motion a series of events that makes you wonder how she was elected in the first place.

In the end, Kathleen was no longer able to raise Kane. All she could do was raise the white flag, the first woman and first Democrat ever elected attorney general was now the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general ever convicted of a felony. Kalamity Kane, perhaps.

You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigns

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-08-17 06:38
By Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General For Digital First Media HARRISBURG >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Tuesday announced that she will resign her position as Attorney General effective at the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Categories: Lower Merion

Chase Utley: Still the man

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-08-17 06:19
Turns out Chase Utley is still the man.

The popular former Phillie played his first game back in Citizens Bank Park in South Philly since being traded to the Dodgers last year.

He did not disappoint.

Utley received a thunderous minute-and-a-half standing ovation before he stepped into the batter's box to open the game. But one of the all-time most popular Phils - and one of the keys to the 2008 World Series champions - had some fireworks of his own in store.

Utley homered in the fifth inning, then managed to outdo himself in the seventh, when he strode to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly launching a pitch deep into the seats.

Ironically, Utley's first hit as a Phillie was also a grand slam, albeit in the cavernous old Veterans Stadium.

Somewhere, Harry Kalas was smoothly warbling, "Chase Utley, you are still the man."

Each time Utley homered, he was showered with a most atypical Philly fan reaction - standing ovations for a player on the opposing team. On both occasions, Utley was required to off a tip of his cap to quell the cheers.

Signs lauding Utley dotted the Bank's stands.

After the game, Utley called the ovation before his first at-bat a testament to the legendary passion of the Phillies fans and something he will never forget.

The feeling is mutual, Chase.

Check out columnist Jack McCaffery's take on Utley's magnificent return here.
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