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Six Deadbeat Parents Arrested During Overnight Raid

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:06
The six parents, who collectively have nine children and owe more than $59,000 in child support, were arrested during the sweep by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
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Zombie Wall, More Kids In Cars, 'Godfather' Dies, Parrot Lives, Long-Gone Dog Found, and Foul-Mouthed Dad Jailed

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:05
Plus, python infestation, "car cat" adoption and more news from Patch's network of more than 900 sites.
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Latest Homes For Sale Nearby, July 16

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 18:23
Patch and Zillow team up to bring you local real estate news.
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More West Nile, Arrest in Pizza Shop Burglary, Teacher Pleads Not Guity to Sex With Student

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 18:14
A look at the day's top news from around Patch sites in Pennsylvania.
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all tuckered out….

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:45

…it is just SO exhausting trying to steal bird feed from the bird feeders all day LOL….


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heightened awareness

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:33

This post has nothing to do with Chester County, per se.  It is just one of those things that makes me think. It made me think of a girl who once lived in Bryn Mawr. A girl who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at prestigious Lehigh University in 1986.  Jeanne Clery.

At the time, it shocked everyone who heard about this even if you had never met the girl. She was the same age give or take a year as my own sister who attended another not so far away prestigious Pennsylvania college. This girl was also but a few years younger than I was and was from the same area I grew up in: the Main Line. You just don’t think about nice Main Line girls from Main Line prep schools going away to college and getting raped and murdered do you? Especially at schools like Lehigh, right?

The story of Jeanne Clery galvanized the greater Philadelphia area and the country.  Eventually, on July 22, 1988, the murderer of Jeanne Clery was sentenced to death after being convicted of her murder.

In the years which have followed, Jeanne Clery’s parents Howard and Constance Clery have devoted their lives to campus safety. As People Magazine wrote at the time:

During the trial, he and his wife learned about the lapses in security at Lehigh, and shortly after the verdict was announced, they filed a $25 million suit against the college for negligence. It was to be the first round in a campaign that would touch state legislatures, colleges and concerned parents across the country. The Clerys had lost a daughter, but the loss ignited a cause.

The suit was settled out of court (the family is prohibited from disclosing the amount), but the Clerys were not ready to close the book. They used the cash, as well as their own money, to launch Security on Campus, Inc., a nonprofit clearing house for information and advice. They began lobbying state lawmakers for statutes requiring colleges to publicize their crime statistics—not a detail generally found in cheery recruitment brochures—and in May 1988, Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey signed the first such bill mandating that all state colleges and universities publish three-year campus-crime reports. In addition, schools are required to have clear policies regarding alcohol and drug consumption on campus. Three more states have followed Pennsylvania’s lead, 21 others have statutes in the works, and the Clerys have already begun campaigning for a federal bill as well.


It is because of the perseverance of the Clery family that the Jeanne Clery Act came to be. As per The Clery Center for Security on Campus: 

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.

The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery. Subsequent amendments in 2000 and 2008 added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response. The 2008 amendments also added a provision to protect crime victims, “whistleblowers”, and others from retaliation.



What made me think of Jeanne Clery and all her family has accomplished after all of these years? Two disturbing stories of sexual assault on college campuses.  One from May 2014 in Philadelphia Magazine about Swarthmore College and a recent front page story in The New York Times on Hobart and William Smith Colleges.



For 150 years, leafy, progressive Swarthmore College tried to resolve student conflicts in the best Quaker tradition — peacefully and constructively. Then came 91 complaints of sexual misconduct. In a single year.


In the early 1980s, staff members in one of Swarthmore’s libraries began hanging reams of white computer paper in the bathroom stalls, which students would use to gossip about cute boys or gripe about homework. A few years ago, pieces of white paper of a different sort began appearing in campus bathrooms. They’re printed up by the administration and emblazoned with the words SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES…

As the issue of campus assault gains national media traction, stories about incompetent or callous administrators have become bleakly — almost numbingly — familiar. ….The unrest that’s roiled the little U.S. News & World Report juggernaut 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia over the past year — including dozens of allegations of student-on-student sexual assault, two federal investigations, two student-filed federal lawsuits, and four (unprecedented) expulsions for sexual misconduct — nominally revolves around a campus rape problem and an administration accused of abetting it. But the conflict in fact runs deeper: Swarthmore’s 150-year-old Quaker-inspired governing philosophy has collided with the far less forgiving demands of contemporary campus life.

….ON APRIL 25, 2013, Swarthmore sophomores Hope Brinn and Mia Ferguson stood on Independence Mall in Philadelphia and told assembled media that the college had badly mishandled claims of sexual assault; in response, they were bringing a Title IX complaint to the federal government. This was just days after the duo filed a separate Clery Act complaint alleging that Swarthmore had systematically underreported such incidents. The complaints were part of a larger strategy — they later met with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred — in which Brinn, Ferguson and a couple dozen co-complainants aimed to use their personal stories to shame and ultimately reform their college.

Ferguson, from Brookline, Massachusetts, wrote an op-ed, “Raped and Betrayed,” for a student newspaper. Brinn, from Wilmington, Delaware, stood before the school’s board and told how she was sexually assaulted, stalked, and then met with “grave indifference” by the administration. Within a couple months, the Department of Education began investigating the school for Clery and Title IX violations. The controversy only increased when the New York Times ran a story in which Ferguson suggested that she had been denied a campus job in retaliation for her activism. By the end of the year, it seemed everyone was lobbing one accusation or another at Swarthmore. In 2012, 11 incidents of sexual assault were reported to the school’s public safety department. In 2013, that number — covering everything from harassment to rape — spiked to 91. (One-third of them concerned incidents from previous years.)….“Sally,” a 2012 graduate, said she was at a party in the fall of her freshman year when a fellow student cornered her, pushed her against a wall, and began to kiss her…Later that night, Sally awoke to find the same student had entered her room and climbed on top of her. She managed to push him off. When she told associate dean Myrt Westphal she wanted to pursue charges through the College Judiciary Committee (CJC), she says, Westphal asked her to say “harassment” rather than “assault,” and questioned whether she really wanted to “pit her two friends against each other.” Discouraged, Sally declined to pursue judiciary action. (Westphal, who retired last spring, declined to comment.)

Similar stories are legion. Jean Strout, a 2010 graduate now studying at Harvard Law School, says that after she was pinned to the ground by a naked, drunk rugby player, she spoke to a male administrator by phone, who told her it sounded like a “misunderstanding” and that she should ask the offender for an apology.

A recent graduate who now practices law in New York City says that when she told an administrator she had been raped, the administrator said, “You don’t sound as if you were raped,” and, noticing the cross hanging around her neck, asked if she wanted to see a priest…..However, after months of conversations she calls “frustrating” and “invalidating,” she ultimately declined to pursue it: “I was tired of fighting, and wanted to focus on healing.”

Another student, according to the Title IX complaint, was raped in her dorm room by a friend of a friend with alcohol on his breath. Before he left the room, he looked at her, smiled, and told her, “It’s your word against mine.” After she recounted the incident in a long email to a member of the administration, her complaint says, school officials never got in touch with her or did any investigation.



(in both publications, these are HUGE articles, click on the hyperlinks above each excerpt to read then in their entirety.)


The New York Times:

Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t
How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint

GENEVA, N.Y. — She was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and suddenly disappeared.

Around midnight, the missing girl texted a friend, saying she was frightened by a student she had met that evening. “Idk what to do,” she wrote. “I’m scared.” When she did not answer a call, the friend began searching for her.

In the early-morning hours on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, the friend said, he found her — bent over a pool table as a football player appeared to be sexually assaulting her from behind in a darkened dance hall with six or seven people watching and laughing. Some had their cellphones out, apparently taking pictures, he said.

Later, records show, a sexual-assault nurse offered this preliminary assessment: blunt force trauma within the last 24 hours indicating “intercourse with either multiple partners, multiple times or that the intercourse was very forceful.”…It took the college just 12 days to investigate the rape report, hold a hearing and clear the football players. The football team went on to finish undefeated in its conference, while the woman was left, she said, to face the consequences — threats and harassment for accusing members of the most popular sports team on campus….

At a time of great emotional turmoil, students who say they were assaulted must make a choice: Seek help from their school, turn to the criminal justice system or simply remain silent. The great majority — including the student in this case — choose their school, because of the expectation of anonymity and the belief that administrators will offer the sort of support that the police will not.

Yet many students come to regret that decision, wishing they had never reported the assault in the first place.


For women to report sexual assault at any age is traumatizing.  Read articles about the topic and you learn the common denominator: victims are often victimized again through any judicial process. But what we are talking about here is on college and university campuses. Which in my mind is always geared first to protect the school and administration.

So as far as we have come in this country with things like the Clery Act and heightened awareness on the topic, it seems like many colleges and universities are still treating issues like this poorly if not sweeping them under the carpet? Remember the 2007 front page stories of the Villanova football players accused of raping a girl in her dorm room? Remember but a few days later the victim halted the rape case?

The Philadelphia Inquirer at the time reported on it and said in a July 27, 2007 article: 

A Villanova University student who told the school that she had been raped by three incoming freshman football players, who have since been kicked out of school, does not want to press charges, Radnor police said yesterday…..Villanova’s department of public safety does not have arrest powers, he said. Radnor police are working with the District Attorney’s Office to clarify Villanova’s obligation to report allegations of serious crimes, he said.

……For colleges, whose capital lies in their reputations, the only thing worse than a scandal is getting caught trying to hush one up.

At Eastern Michigan University, president John Fallon and two other senior officials were fired last week for covering up the rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman in her dorm room in December. The university denied knowledge of foul play for 10 weeks to protect the school’s image, according to a federal investigation.

Schools typically “keep as quiet as they can” about crime on campus, said Kathryn Reardon, senior lawyer at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, which provides legal aid to alleged sexual-assault victims.

Villanova’s handling of the matter “seems pretty speedy,” she said.


The Swarthmore College article by Philadelphia Magazine and the New York Times article on Hobart William Smith has ignited this topic once again.

In 1986 I was much younger and what happened to Jeanne Clery was seen from the scary perspective of that girl was my sister’s age and only a few years younger than me.  The recent Philadelphia Magazine article and New York Times article hits me as an adult who not only had friends that attended both of those schools but have friends who have kids of their own or nieces and nephews and even grand children at these schools today.

The Hobart and William Smith article in the New York Times was very hard for me to read. I remember going there back in the day to visit friends from high school and I remember how much my friends loved the school.  I remember how terrific I thought the school was and how pretty the campus was.  And now, decades later, these same friends, male and female are horrified by the New York Times article.

So is this a case of everything that is old is new again? Even as far as we have come with raising awareness on college campuses and laws on the books about how and what campuses must report and so on, are we still dealing in the murky waters of reality versus the veritable machines that are colleges and universities?  After all, negative little things like crime can really hurt the old ratings, rankings, grants, and donations right?

But as a newish parent person  now I have to ask, would you rather deal with a school that tells the truth and acknowledges issues or covers it up and makes everything seem all ivy walled and bucolic with Skip and Sissy walking down a brick lined path to class holding hands?

As someone who was a young adult when Jeanne Clery was murdered I think I would rather have the truth, please.  After all, for what parents fork over in tuition, don’t they deserve the truth? And our kids, don’t they deserve the truth and don’t you want them to feel and be safe, especially if they have to report something heinous like an assault?

Anyway, this made me think about this topic again, and I guess I just don’t get these schools.  I get they want to protect their hallowed halls but the truth shall set them free, right? It makes me wonder how honest schools around this country are with their Clery Act reporting.

Also worth reading? A great piece on the topic in Slate.


Slate: New York Times Reports Another Campus Sexual Assault Horror Story. Now We Need the Data.
By Emily Bazelon

Can universities handle their role as independent investigators and adjudicators of sexual assault? You may conclude that the answer is no after you read Walt Bogdanich’s big story in the New York Times about the aftermath of an alleged assault at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. It’s called “Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t” because from the point of view of Anna, the student who says she was victimized, her school did almost everything wrong….What a disappointing, dismaying mess. And yet, I’m not ready to give up on the whole university adjudication system. People ask me all the time why universities have any responsibility for dealing with rape accusations in the first place. These are serious allegations. Shouldn’t they be in the hands of police, prosecutors, and judges? The answer is that there are supposed to be two parallel tracks. It’s not either/or. In passing and enforcing Title IX, the federal law that’s a shield against sex discrimination in an educational setting, Congress gave schools an independent obligation to investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment. That doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t also be a police investigation.


Stories like Anna’s make the schools look at best bumbling and insensitive, and at worst like craven slaves to their own images and, too often, their athletic departments. I should also say that male students have complained of being falsely accused, railroaded by school judicial procedures, and unjustly expelled. Still, before we give up on colleges, Congress and the Department of Education, which oversees Title IX, should demand transparency. We hear horror stories about individual cases but we don’t have the data to know what’s happening across the board.


Then of course there is the rather predictable I-really-didn’t- beat-my-spouse response in the New York Times from Hobart and William Smith’s Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees:

Re “Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t” (front page, July 13):

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges community is heartbroken by our student’s experience, and we deeply regret the pain she has suffered. Her experience does not reflect the environment, values and traditions we have built and maintained for nearly two centuries at Hobart and William Smith. As an alumna, a proud mother of a daughter who graduated from HWS, and chairwoman of the board of trustees, I write with a heavy heart.

Like all colleges and universities, HWS is challenged to ensure that we are meeting the demands of a shifting legal landscape — especially in the area of sexual assault — as we also work to meet the needs of students while fostering a safer and more collegial learning environment.

We welcome the conversation about whether higher education should even have a role in adjudicating cases like this one. However, until federal law changes, we are required to carry out internal investigations and adjudicate cases based on the preponderance of evidence standard, as we did in this case.


Chairwoman, Board of Trustees
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, N.Y., July 15, 2014

There are more letters underneath that one, but that was enough to share. I hate to say it but it seems that Maureen Collins Zupan has more empathy for a Somalian refugee that was cleaning her office ladies room in September 2011, than she does for women on the college campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges?

She wrote about that Somalian woman:


In all fairness I wouldn’t want to be president of the board of trustees of this school right now for all the tea in China, and perhaps her response was in part crafted by the college’s spin doctors and image consultants?  It’s not as if all she was saying is wrong, to me it was kind of sort of HOW she said it. She calls herself a feminist, mother, daughter, and so on.  I have never met a true feminist yet who would sit still for something like this do you?

Also worth reading? A June 10th essay in The Atlantic.

All She Said Was No
A dangerous misunderstanding of sexual assault

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will wrote in The Washington Post on Sunday that being sexually assaulted has become “a coveted status that confers privileges” such that “victims proliferate.” His remarks hit at the core of the misunderstanding and denial that condone sexual assault in its most common form:

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”…Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped.Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol, and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

That Swarthmore vignette is sexual assault—not “sexual assault.” Most sexual assault is perpetrated by an acquaintance, not a masked man in the bushes with a knife, and its definition hinges not on physical force but absence of consent. This is a quintessential example of the shape sexual assault takes when it goes unreported and unpunished. Apart from editorial missteps like using skeptical quotes around sexual assault, and accusing an entire generation of faux sophistication while using “herewith” in a thoughtless take on a critical public-health issue, citing the Philadelphia rape story is fraught in that its resonating importance comes in the paragraphs just after Will stops quoting it.

….According to a report today from the U.S. Department of Education, the number of sexual assaults reported on college campuses increased by 50 percent between 2001 and 2011—from 2,200 to 3,300 cases. That’s actually more heartening than disconcerting, in that it’s unlikely that sexual assault increased by that much; rather, more victims are coming forward. They come forward when they don’t feel they’ll be blamed for being raped, dismissed as drunken sluts, and when there are appropriate outlets for reporting and justice. But it’s still underreported and underpunished, thus condoned.



James Hamblin makes a whole lot of sense.  The US Department of Education and US Department of Justice report can be found by clicking on this link here.

We can’t and shouldn’t helicopter parent  and can’t wrap them away from the world in cotton wool, but kids should not only learn quite clearly that no isn’t necessarily a negotiation and should mean NO, but they should be as safe as humanly possibly on college campuses.

Remember Jeanne Clery.


Thanks for stopping by.



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Bala Cynwyd burglary discovered

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:20
Lower Merion police report a bruglary in the 100 block of Cynwyd Road, Bala Cynwyd, Tuesday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Thieves got into the home through a second floor window. A television and two watches were taken, according to police.
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Police: TV Taken During Residential Burglary

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:57
Entry was gained through a second-floor window, police said.
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Wynnewood Man Named Professor of Medicine at Jefferson

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:49
“We are so happy to welcome Dr. Unger to the Jefferson team,” said Mani Kavuru, M.D., Division Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
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GreenDrop "recycling" unused gas stations through donations

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:59
For three generations, Chris Stinnett’s family has been in the business of reusing and recycling, though those terms might not have been used in his grandfather’s day.
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Haverford board votes to appeal Walgreens zoning decision

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:25
HAVERFORD — Commissioners voted 8-0 Monday to appeal a recent zoning hearing board decision in a controversial case regarding variances for a proposed 6,880-square-foot Walgreens at 2400 Darby Road. The 0.6-acre site is currently home to a Sharro gas station.
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Portions of East Athens Avenue, Ardmore, closed July 15 and 16

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:25
Lower Merion Township has announced additional road closures for Tuesday and Wednesday in Ardmore.
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Republican Dave Reed’s Five Votes for Welfare to the Wealthy

The Liberty Blog - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:11

    County Representative Dave Reed’s Five (5) Votes for Welfare to the Wealthy. 

District 62 Map  Republican, serving Indiana County (Part) Leadership

Majority Policy Chairman Member of the House  2003 to date   Penna. House Republican Leadership

THE RECORD IS THE RECORD. This is the record as reported by the General Assembly itself.

  Republican Representative David M. Maloney voted YEA to give, that is, redistribute  almost 1/2 Bbillion Taxpayer Dollars to multi-billion dollar, private, tax-exempt corporations. Representative Maloney forced the Forgotten Taxpayer to finance these very wealth corpoations. Why these Favored Five Corpoations and not all private universities and colleges? How much better are we all off that these Favored Five are financed by the government and that taxpayer money has been redistributed to them. Generally, I thought, Republicans think that government dependency, year after year, is morally corrosive and demoralizing as well as being bad economics.

   The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation Penn State   $229, 694,000  taxpayer dollars by Act 10A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB725  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note     Penn State $229, 694,000

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation   UPITT $136,076,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 11A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB726  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY  House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note   UPITT $136,076,000

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation  TempleU $139, 917,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 12A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB727  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY  House Committe on Appropriations Fiscal Note     TempleU $139, 917,000 

  The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation  LincolnU $13,163,000 taxpayer dollars by Act 13 A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB728  This vote was 199 to 4 with real Republicans John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voting NAY House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note LincolnU $13,163,000

   $2,000,000 compensation package is subsidized by Pennsylania’s Forgotten Taxpayer.

The Republican Governor and the Republican General Assembly voted to give  tax-exempt multibillion dollar private corporation UPENN $28,261,000  taxpayer dollars by Act 14A of 2013  House vote 1 July 2013 SB729  This vote was 197 to 6 with real Republicans   Krieger John McGinnis, Daryl Metcalfe Carl Metzgar Reese and Democrats Haluska and Petrarca  voting NAY  House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Note UPENN $28,261,000



 Only Representatives Metcalfe and McGinnis Metzgar and Democrat Haluska voted NAY five times AGAINST more spending which is funded by the taxpayers and FOR Liberty, Economic Freedom and The Forgotten Taxpayer


  District 69 Map  Republican, serving Bedford County (Part), Somerset County (Part)  Member of the House  2009 to date


    District 12 Map  Republican, serving Butler County (Part) Member of the House  1999 to date

  District 79 Map  Republican, serving Blair County (Part)   Member of the House 2013 to date   District 73 Map  Democrat, serving Cambria County (Part)  Member of the House  1995 to date
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Lower Merion police arrest suspect in Monday afternoon burglary

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:58
Lower Merion police report a burglary in the unit block of Lodges Lane in Bala Cynwyd.  The resident returned home at about 1 p.m. to observe three males running from the home and before entering a silver vehicle.
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Education association contract extension OK'd in Haverford

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:46
HAVERFORD — School directors last week approved a contract extension negotiated between the school district and Haverford Township Education Association.
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Former Montco congressman Joseph Hoeffel talks 'lies' surrounding war in Iraq

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:34
Abington resident and former Pennsylvania Congressman Joseph Hoeffel said he was uncertain about the vote, but despite his reservations he voted in support of the war in Iraq in October 2002. However, he later regretted that decision.
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Thank Bob Casey For Supporting Senate Dems’ ‘Hobby Lobby’ Fix

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-07-16 08:48
Bob Casey personally opposes abortion rights, which sometimes finds him on the wrong side of the Democratic base on certain votes, but in the case of Senate Democrats’ Hobby Lobby fix, he wants...
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, July 16

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-07-16 08:23
The Daily Numbers: 14, age of Glenolden teen who was struck by lightning during Monday night’s wild storm. He’s going to be fine.

1 in 1.9 million, odds of being struck by lightning in any 1 year.

261 people killed by lightning in U.S. from 2006-2013.

7 people killed by lightning in Pa. during same time period.

37, age of suspect who turned himself in to police in Collingdale yesterday to face charges in hit-run case.

8-0 unanimous vote in Haverford to appeal a ruling that gives the green light for a 6,880 foot Walgreens on Darby Road.

50s, what our low temperature could be tonight as a cold front rumbles through, chasing all the storms and humidity. No, it’s not a return of the ‘Polar Vortex.’

6 month contract for Paula Brown as manager of Colwyn that is expiring.

22,500 dollars, how much Colwyn is paying the former Darby Borough mayor.

19 of August, when Ridley Park Borough Council now will take up that new ordinance regulating yard sales. Last night’s meeting had to be postponed.

23, age of recent college grad Laura Araujo, whose body was discovered stuffed in a duffel bag in Philly.

82, age of Pittsburgh conservative millionaire banker Richard Scaife, In his will he’s leaving much of his art collection to the Brandywine River Museum.

52, age of woman seriously injured when a rock dropped by teens from a bridge overpass in western Pa. went through her windshield and struck her in the face.

5 point increase for the stalled stock market yesterday.

1 hit for Chase Utley in last night’s All-Star Game. He came close to a homer but settled for a double. He also was hit by a pitch.

2 for 2 for Derek Jeter.

5-3 win for the AL, powered by two big hits by Millville’s Mike Trout.

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

Let me be the first to cast a vote against the Phillies dealing Cole Hamels. I know they need to rebuild. Trading their best pitcher is not the way to go about it.

I Don’t Get It: Game time temperatures in Minneapolis for last night’s All-Star Game were in the 50s. The cool front is headed here? Is this summer? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to David Bodkin, who will have quite the tale to tell his classmates when he goes back to school. He survived being struck by lightning.

Quote Box: “Right now, I’m, in limbo.”

- Paula Brown on her status as Colwyn borough manager.
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Delco teen survives being struck by lightning

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-07-16 07:35
David Bodkin might need a new nickname when he heads back to school in September.

We'd suggest 'Lucky.'

The 14-year-old will have quite the tale to tell, after he survived being struck by lightning as he walked toward a care in Glenolden during the wild thunderstorm that rumbled across the region Monday night.

It was just around 8 p.m. when Bodkin and a friend made a dash for the car as they prepared to head home to Prospect Park.

Bodkin didn't get that far.

He got hit by a lightning bolt between his wrist and thumb.

He was rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and then transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington.

He's going to be fine.

The odds are being struck by lightning are one in 1.9 million. Bodkin should be good for the summer.

He's still one lucky kid.
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'Live From the Newroom' takes on 'The Vocalist'

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-07-16 07:09
Excuse me while I limber up my vocal cords.

We'll be out on the road again tonight as we head back to Media, which is not only the county seat but the county hot spot on Wednesday nights.

We were there a couple of weeks ago to kick off their Wednesday night tradition of 'Dining Under the Stars,' when they shut down State Street and borough restaurants set up their tables in the middle of what just a few minutes before a main thoroughfare. It was a blast.

Tonight we're headed back to Media for another great summer tradition in the borough.

We'll be at the Media Theatre, serving as the opening act for Week 2 of their summer talent competition 'The Vocalist.' You might remember this contest by its former name, 'Delco Idol.'

It showcases some of the most talented singers from the region.

We'll be joined by some of the Media Theatre stalwarts, including Jesse Cline, the theatre's artistic director who serves as the primary judge for the competition, as well as a very familiar face. Sue Serio, the weather anchor from Fox-29, serves as emcee for the show. Sue knows all about the treasure of the Media Theatre. She and her husband, TV sports guy Bill Vargus, have starred in shows there.

We'll also talk to some of the kids set to perform.

After the show, it will be my honor to serve as one of the guest judges for tonight's competition.

Note that because 'The Vocalist' competition starts at 7, our 'Live From the Newsroom' show will air at a special time. We'll be live on DelcoTimes.com from 6:30-7.

Join us!
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