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Pa. Roads Ranked 41st in the Nation; Improvement Will Be A Bumpy Ride

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:36
The Reason Foundation said the commonwealth has narrow roadways and deficient bridges.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco man admits role in Malvern murder

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:14
WEST CHESTER -- A Montgomery County man admitted on Friday to shooting and killing a close friend he had grown up next door to in Malvern, but was unable to explain to the judge who accepted his plea what motive he had for the murder.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District updating policies on parental objections to classroom material

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 12:14
What can a parent do when he or she objects to subject matter in the Lower Merion schools? There are policies for that.
Categories: Lower Merion

(Recap) Follow the Main Line Morning Briefing

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:40
Good morning and welcome to our first Main Line Morning Briefing.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PAGov: What John Micek Should Ask Tom Wolf About in the PennLive Editorial Board Interview

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-09-24 11:27
The Democratic primary ended with all of the candidates essentially taking the same stances on natural gas extraction. All of the Democrats supported a moratorium on drilling on public lands, and all...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Narberth Borough manager waives hearing on DUI charges

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:40
Longtime Narberth Borough Manager William Martin waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning in front of District Magisterial Judge Karen Eisner-Zucker in Bala Cynwyd. Two traffic citations that had been issued to Martin during the arrest were withdrawn.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia man charged with retail theft, arrested over 30 times in 25 years

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:40
Lower Merion police have charged a man with felony retail theft after he police say he entered the Acme Market on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd three times and stuffed merchandise down his pants over a two day period. Authorities say the man has been arrested more than 30 times for retail theft over the past 25 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion, Radnor, T/E schools Rosh Hashanah schedule

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:12
Lower Merion School District will be closed Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The holiday begins Wednesday, Sept. 24 at sunset.
Categories: Lower Merion

War in Gaza: Through the eyes of an Israeli father

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:06
This past July Ari Shavit went into the bedroom where his 5-year-old and 10-year-old sons sleep in their Jerusalem home to explain to them what they should do when the warning sirens sound.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Food Pantry blooms thanks to community support

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 10:06
In recent years, the Ardmore Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has helped to nourish people in need in the community.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.6M Old Gulph Road Home For Sale in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:09
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Portion of Montgomery Avenue closed in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:09
A portion of Montgomery Avenue will be closed Tuesday in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

Three To Be Charged in Attack on Gay Couple

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:49
Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24, are being charged in connection with an assault on a gay couple.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 24

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:15
The Daily Numbers: 38, age of teacher and coach at Garnet Valley Middle School who faces charges of having a sexual relationship with a student.

15, age of girl police say was involved with the teacher.

10 percent of $250,000 cash bail that he failed to post. He was remanded to the county prison.

7 a.m. Tuesday, when nurses at Crozer officially ended their 2-day strike.

5 days, how long nurses actually will be off the job because Crozer committed to 5 days to bring in replacements.

678 dollars in restitution, what a Philly man was ordered to pay in connection with a series of car break-ins at local fitness centers.

1 bridge in Delaware County included in a big push by PennDOT to fix their infrastructure.

30 feet long and 30.2 feet wide, the span on Route 420 over Stoney Creek that will be repaired.

34 tons, current weight restriction on the bridge.

23, age of Springfield man who offered a guilty plea on child porn charges this week.

3 people - 2 men and 1 woman - charged in that controversial beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia. They are denying the altercation was based on sexual orientation.

1 pregnant woman and her unborn baby killed in shooting overnight in Philly. It’s the 2nd time in several days that a pregnant woman and her baby died as a result of a street shooting.

19, age of suspect who turned himself in the shooting in which a stray bullet hit and killed a 15-year-old girl in Philly.

37.8 million dollars, how much money is being spent on TV commercials by candidates seeking public office in Pa.

56,000 ads that have aired so far. Each ad is counted every time it airs.

62 million dollars raised in by Gov. Tom Corbett and Dem Tom Wolf in the governor’s race.

4 of 10 members of the Ironworkers union charged in harassment and intimidation incidents have pleaded guilty.

4 others have signed plea agreements.

3 people dead after gunman killed 2 former co-workers at a UPS plant in Alabama then turned the gun on himself.

1.4 million, how many people doctors now fear may eventually be infected with the Ebola virus.

116 point dip for the Dow Jones yesterday

2 times in 14 months that Pennsylvania’s debt rating has been downgraded.

6-8 weeks, how long Eagles will have to survive without center Jason Kelce, who underwent surgery yesterday for sports hernia.

2-0 loss for the Phillies to the Marlins.

2 runs on 7 hits surrendered by Cole Hamels.

22 consecutive starts in which Hamels has allowed 3 runs or fewer.

14 times he’s gone at least 7 innings and allowed 2 runs or less.

9-8 record for Hamels.

0 Phillies starters to hit 10 wins.

9 wins also for Kyle Kendrick.

65 years, how long it’s been since Phillies have failed to have a starter hit double digits in wins.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.At least the Eagles will not be without starting left offensive tackle Jason Peters Sunday when they tangle with the 49ers on the Left Coast. The NFL did not hand out suspensions in connection with the brawl in last Sunday’s win for the Birds.

I Don’t Get It: Still shaking my head over today’s lead story. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who will be on hand at today’s County Council meeting, where first responders and others who reacted in the aftermath of a shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Well done.

Quote Box: “I feel sick to my stomach.”

- Girl at Garnet Valley High School, talking about sex charges lodged against a teacher, who was allegedly involved with a female student.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Some days you just shake your head

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-24 07:26
After more than 30 years in the news business, not much surprises me any more.

Until yesterday.

There has been a rash of recent incidents in the news concerning teachers and coaches facing charges for being sexually involved with students, former students and players.

Yesterday it hit in Delco. Again.

When I first heard of the charges filed against William Barber, 38, a teacher at Garnet Valley Middle School, in connection with an alleged relationship he had with a 15-year-old girl who was a student of his, I kind of expected what was going to happen next.

The story would explode, first on our website, then on social media.

As I said, that much I expected. What happened next was not.

I could not figure out why Barber's name was so familiar.

It didn't take long to find out why.

A quick search of our online archive pointed out this was not the first story we had done on Barber. In fact, back in August we had done a feature on Barber and his wife and the fundraising campaign they were promoting to raise money for pediatric cancer. Their daughter was battling cancer.

They sort of piggy-backed off the phenomenal success of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS and came up with the Lemon Shot Challenge. They would challenge people to take a shot of lemon juice and make a donation to help fight cancer.

Now Barber has another kind of fight on his hands.

I have to be honest here. My first inclination when I heard about this new twist in the story was whether that should be a part of it at all. The last thing I wanted to do was add to this family's heartache. It soon became pretty clear it would be part of the story. The school district even mentioned the fundraising efforts in their email message to the school community.

I rely on my journalist's background to remind myself that at this point these are merely allegations. Barber retains the presumption of innocence. I hope these charges aren't true. I fear otherwise.

Some days you just shake your head.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A media tour de force at Neumann, & 'Live From the Newsroom' goes back to Widener

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-24 06:48
Sometimes I wonder about the education young people are getting, in particular the next generation who will pick up this torch we call journalism.

The world they will enter as they leave college could not be more different than the one I entered as a would-be newspaperman more than three decades ago.

They will work - and live - in a digital world, where information is exchanged 24 hours a day. The will write and deliver stories in real time, mixing words, pictures and video on a variety of platforms.

The journalism world has been turned upside down in the past decade.

There's this new thing out there. It's called the Internet. Basically, it has changed everything.

It has broken the model for a print product, while throwing open the door to entirely new methods of delivering the news. For one, it has afforded me the opportunity to get neck-deep in the 24-hour news cycle. I won't sugarcoat the experience, in particular for those young people who are about to enter the workplace.

It never stops. You never get away. Our love of technology and being 'plugged-in' now follows us everywhere we go.

Some of life's most intimate moments now routinely scream from our ubiquitous cell phones.

I wonder if young people will be equipped to travel in the fast lane of this information superhighway.

Last night, I was reassured that they are in fact in good hands.

I was at a dinner hosted by the school of Communications and Media Arts at Neumann University. I have been selected to serve on an advisory board for the school. It's an honor.

The invitation was extended by my friend Karen Thomas. You would know her if you see her. Her familiar face has delivered the weather reports on several local TV stations. Karen is now a communications professor at Neumann.

She works under the auspices of Dr. Al Mueller. He's the dean of Arts and Sciences.

Then there are people like Dr. Margaret Stewart, who specializes in social media, and Sean McDonald, who runs something they called Neumann Media. It is a terrific program that gives students real experience in all faces of real media, from print to TV to online work.

They are reaching out to those working in the field to offer advice and suggestions to be sure they are on the right track as they prepare student to enter the real world. They're on the right track.

Likewise tonight I will be back on the campus of Widener University, as we kick off another year-long partnership for our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom.'

We will do the show from Widener's sparkling new TV studio in the brand new Freedom Hall communications center.

Tonight we will show one of the ways Widener staff and students are interacting with the Chester community. Tonight we'll focus on the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. It is a medical facility that is run by Widener students, faculty and alumni, treating patients that otherwise might not get needed medical care.

Our guest will be Jill Black, the Pro Bono Services Coordinator for Widener's Institute for Physical Therapy Education, and faculty adviser for the clinic. I'm also hoping to have several students who man the clinic on the show as well.

They may not know it now, but these kinds of real-world experience being gained by students at Neumann and Widener are invaluable. Relax, parents. Your children are in good hands.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Government is not a business

PA Watercooler - Tue, 2014-09-23 21:33
Tom Wolf wants us to think that he’ll run the state government like a business. His business, specifically. Government is not a business. Government is more like a mafia. Not quite, but not as far off as you might think. Try stiffing the government its protection… er… tax payments, and see how long it takes […]
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

first day of fall

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-09-23 21:32

Today is the first day of fall. I started the day for some inexplicable reason with cleaning out and rearranging the kitchen cabinets. I then spent time in the garden. It was a truly glorious and a wonderful day to be in the garden. The weather was fantastic.

This is not only the first day of fall, it is the autumnal equinox. This is also the pagan holiday of Mabon. Relax. Mabon is a harvest festival. Mostly. (Any Outlander fans out there? It was Outlander that made me go looking for what the autumnal equinox is called.)

Actually, Huffington Post had an article today about Mabon and they said:


The autumnal equinox falls on September 23 in 2014, marking the official first day of fall as well as the pagan holiday, Mabon, in the northern hemisphere.

Mabon is a harvest festival, the second of three, that encourages pagans to “reap what they sow,” both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand equal in duration; thus is it a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance….The holiday is named after the Welsh God, Mabon, son of Earth Mother goddess Modron.

Next comes the Gaelic festival of Samhain, which to us encompasses October 31st to I think November 2nd – it covers Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls. And yes, I am still quite Catholic. It’s just that some of the traditions and old ways that came together to form our modern holidays and harvest festivals and so on are fascinating to learn about.

These historical pagan traditions celebrate different equinoxes and solstices which tie to various seasonal and agricultural things of significance. There are eight of these traditions: Yule (December/Christmas), Imbolc (almost spring/February), Vernal Equinox (Ostara/March), Beltane (May/May Day/old beginning of Summer), Midsummer (Summer Solstice/Litha/end of June), Lammas (August/Lughnasadh/first harvest festival), Mabon (autumnal equinox/end of September/first day of fall/second harvest festival), Samhain (Halloween/All Saints/All Souls/last harvest festival).

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed the first day of fall!

Thanks for stopping by!


Categories: Pennsylvania

End of an Era: October Howl-O-Ween will be final Main Line First Friday event

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-09-23 17:07
If there is one thing people love more than dogs, it’s dogs in costume. No wonder the annual Howl-O-Ween dog pageant and contest has been one of the most popular themes on the calendar for First Friday Main Line.
Categories: Lower Merion

War in Gaza: Through the eyes of an Israeli father

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-09-23 15:19
This past July Ari Shavit went into the bedroom where his 5-year-old and 10-year-old sons sleep in their Jerusalem home to explain to them what they should do when the warning sirens sound.
Categories: Lower Merion