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Make It Harder, Not Easier, to Get Property Tax Exemptions

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 15:22
Rep. Mike Hanna nails it. The local property tax exemption for charitable organizations is already way too loose, and should become tighter. Property-tax exemptions should be distributed about...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Montco Declares 'Code Blue' Emergency

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 14:16
The cold-weather emergency declaration is in place through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Categories: Lower Merion

Township: Fords Closed Until Further Notice

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 14:05
The continued rain and projected temperatures have lead to the closures, the township said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion fords closed

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 13:47
Lower Merion Township has announced that the fords at Old Gulph Road and Righters Mill Road have been closed indefinitely, due to continuing rain and projected temperatures. Motorists should follow alternate routes.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for November 17, 2014 - "Exiting Liberalism"

The Daily Salvo - Mon, 2014-11-17 13:40
The Daily Salvo for November 17, 2014 - "Exiting Liberalism"
No pun intended, but exit polls from the 2014 mid-term elections show that Americans are clamoring to exit liberalism. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Municipal Consolidation is About Capacity and Equity, Not Lower Taxes

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 13:07
There’s a reason that the local governments with highest per-capita costs in New Jersey are both the richest and the poorest. The richest areas want more and better services, and the... ...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Weird Arguments About Democrats and the South

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 12:45
What is with this urge to invent alternative theories to white working class blowback over the Civil Rights Act as an explanation for the total Republican takeover of the South? That’s what it...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

$354K East Spring Avenue Home Recently Sold in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 10:22
Find other recently sold homes nearby from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pope Will Attend Philadelphia Conference, Vatican Confirms

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:46
He will be only the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit the United States.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth's draft budget calls for real estate tax increase

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:31
Can Narberth turn its streak of no-tax-increase budgets into a five-year run?
Categories: Lower Merion

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

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:31
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

Montgomery County Sheriff: Courthouse bomb threat unfounded

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:05
COURTHOUSE >> An anonymous, threatening letter sent to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday prompted up to several different law enforcement agencies to search the courthouse for bombs, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono said on Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Update: Ardmore road closures announced

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:05
Lower Merion Township has updated an earlier announcement about road closures for main work in Ardmore this week. Weather permitting, County Line Road will be closed from Ardmore Avenue to Holland Avenue and Holland Avenue will be closed from County Line Road to West Spring Avenue from Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 14 and again on Monday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 17 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 08:07
The Daily Numbers: 53-20 demolition of the Eagles by the Packers at Lambeau Field. It wasn’t that close.

17-0 at end of 1st quarter.

30-6 at halftime.

22 of 36 for packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

26 of 44 for 346 yards for Eagles QB Mark Sanchez.

2 interceptions also tossed by Sanchez, 1 of which was returned for a TD.

23 carries for 88 yards for LeSean McCoy.

2 carries for Darren Sproles.

75 yard punt return for TD by Packers Micah Hyde.

0-3 mark for the Eagles this year in 4 o’clock games.

4 straight wins at Lambeau by more than 21 points for the Pack.

288 straight passes at home with an interception, Tom Brady’s record that was broken by Rodgers yesterday. The streak now sits at 322.

9 catches for Jeremy Maclin.

10 catches for Rndall Cobb to lead the Pack.

27 yard TD for Jordy Nelson, 1 of his 4 catches for 109 yards.

2nd start for Sanchez, who looked more like the Jets version.

6 turnovers for Sanchez in his 2 games as an Eagle.

28 degree temperature at kickoff for the game, with snow flurries. And a cold slap in the face for Eagles.

138.1 passer rating for Rodgers in 5 games at Lambeau this year.

22 TD passes surrendered by Eagles defense so far this year.

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

It was a statement game, just not the one the Eagles probably had in mind.

I Don’t Get It: The only shot the Eagles had was to try to control the clock with their running game, keeping Rodgers off the field. Didn’t happen.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Rodgers. Right now he’s the best in the business.

Quote Box: “None of us played where we needed to play against this team.”

- Coach Chip Kelly
Categories: Pennsylvania

Eagles exposed in Lambeau

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:37
I mentioned in my Saturday blog, which I refer to during the football season as 'The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick' that the Eagles were looking at a statement game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday.

They made a statement, alright. Just not the one I think they envisioned.

I did not expect the Eagles to win. In fact, I picked the Packers. But I did expect the Eagles to be competitive. They were not.

Not at any point in a 53-20 demolition on the "frozen tundra" were the Eagles in the game.

Kicker Cody Parkey lost his balance on the opening kickoff. It went downhill from there.

The Eagles had no answer for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers attack. This one was over early. It was 17-0 at the end of the 1st quarter and 3-6 at halftime.

You might remember that last year when the Eagles visited Lambeau, Rodgers was on the sideline as the Eagles escaped with a win.

They were not nearly as lucky Sunday. Rodgers picked the Eagles defense apart. They got zero pressure on him and Rodgers methodically carved up the Birds.

Rodgers went 22 of 36 for 341 yards before giving way to his backup. He could have been lifted at halftime. The final was 53-20, and it wasn't that close.

Of offense, the Eagles never got anything going, and Mark Sanchez reverted to the turnover machine he developed a reputation for with the Jets. Of course, he was under siege most of the afternoon, including taking a couple of vicious helmet-to-helmet shots that for some reason did not draw a penalty.

The Eagles had one shot to win this game. They needed to control the game with their rushing attack, keeping Rodgers and the Packers off the field. It didn't happen. The results were predictable.

The loss drops the Eagles to 7-3, still tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East. Dallas did not play yesterday, and the first of their two dates looms on Thanksgiving Day.

In the meantime, the Eagles will lick their wounds and prepare for the Titans, who come to the Linc Sunday at 1.

But the more troubling aspect of yesterday's debacle is this: This was more than just one loss. It leaves you with a question of just how good this Eagles team is, and how they stack up against the other potential playoff teams.

The ugly answer is this. They're just not that good.Especially on defense. If they can't get pressure on a good quarterback, this team's secondary will be exposed, just as they were yesterday.

After yesterday's shellacking, it's entirely possible this team might not make the playoffs.

And realistically, even if they do, how far can they go.

The answer is not very far.

They went to Lambeau Field and faced the best quarterback playing in the league right now.

It was not pretty.

It's probably not the last time they will be overmatched this year.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Pope Francis is coming to Philly

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:06
These people take this 24-hour news cycle pretty seriously.

I awoke at the ungodly hour I get up each morning expecting to be besieged by manic Eagles fans lamenting the Birds' dismal showing in Green Bay.

That will be addressed in another blog item.

As usual, the news had other ideas.

Just as I was making the coffee, I heard the familiar "alert" that accompanies breaking news on KYW Newsradio.

While it had been widely reported and expected for months, it was now official.

Pope Francis formally announced that will be coming to Philadelphia in September next year for the World Meeting on Families. He is expected to offer an outdoor Mass at Logan Square on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The last time that happened, when Pope John Paul II visted in October 1979, more than a million people gathered to see and hear the pontiff.

This time that number is expected to balloon to maybe two million people.

You can read all the details here.

And click here for information on the World Meeting of Families.

Delaware County has a big connection to the papal visit. Donna Farrell, of Springfield, who used to head communications for the archdiocese, is heading the committee charged with the massive undertaking of planning the conference and the pope's visit here to the City of Brotherly Love. We'll talk to her later today. Make sure you check back to DelcoTimes.com for updates.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Never Forget: PA GOP Cut State’s Share of Education Spending from 44% to 33%

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2014-11-17 07:01
Democrats would have a much stronger rhetorical position in the education funding debate if they just dealt in simple percentages, and left Republicans to bore voters with tedious quibbling over the...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

A visit to Upper Darby High

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-11-17 06:50
Some of the kids, parents and staff at Upper Darby High School believe they get a bad rap.

I recently paid a visit to the school at the invitation of the Home and School Association. I met a lot of great young people who prove what almost every school administrator can tell you. It's always the 1 percent making trouble whose stories make the newspaper.

That's another part of what we talked about.

It's in my Monday print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Pope Francis confirms September 2015 visit to Philadelphia

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-11-17 05:35
VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis has made it official: He’s coming to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Week Ahead in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-11-16 13:24
Some of the events on the calendar in Lower Merion this week.
Categories: Lower Merion