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phoenixville project (very cool !!)

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2015-03-20 20:12

So. I read about something really cool today. And I thought I would share it with you all:

So I think what BP Miller of Chorus Photography is doing sounds like a very cool project! So if any of you who live or have lived in and outside Phoenixville who are interested contact him at projectpville@chorusmediagroup.com 

Oral histories are a very cool thing to give back to a community and area, so I hope people will contact him.  He is interested in Phoenixville in the broader sense – not just the Chester County Borough of Phoenixville, but the surrounding areas known as Phoenixville that lie in other municipalities. There is a lot to the area- farmland that once was, industry that once was, how everything has evolved.

Thanks for stopping by on the first (and snowy) day of spring.

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On Being a Property Tax Scofflaw

PA Watercooler - Fri, 2015-03-20 19:13
ABC27.com A Pennsylvania legislator wants to change the state Constitution to prevent government agencies from seizing homes for unpaid property taxes. Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) said property taxes in the state have risen to the point where many citizens can no longer afford to stay in their homes. He said the burden of property taxes […]
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Valley Forge Middle School … Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?

The struggle between the Green Hills residents in Chesterbrook and the TE School District regarding the proposed chain link fencing project continues. As the last Community Matters post and many of the associated comments would suggest, residents are asking for an open, respectful dialogue and are not confident that the school board is listening. Some […]
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LM-Narberth GOP endorses school board, commissioner candidates

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:58
Following an endorsement meeting March 16, the Republican Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth announced unanimous support for a slate of four “strong school board candidates for the May 19 primary elections, calling for “an end to one-party domination of the Lower Merion School District Board.”
Categories: Lower Merion

MUST amendments support expansion of Suburban Square

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:58
Liquor license transfer OK’d for new Besito restaurant
Categories: Lower Merion

$339K Sutton Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:53
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

WEATHER UPDATE: Snowfall Expected to Mix With Rain in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-20 14:54
The wintry mix could pose travel delays during the afternoon commute around Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

State Police Commissioner Nominee Caught on Tape Removing Signs

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-20 10:42
Acting Chief Marcus Brown apologized for taking down two signs critical of his nomination to the post.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rita's Welcomes Spring with Free Italian Ice in Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-20 09:09
Ardmore customers can receive one free Italian ice between noon and 9 p.m. Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, March 20

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-20 08:15
The Daily Numbers: 6:45 p.m., when spring officially arrives.

1-3 inches of snow expected in the region this morning.

417 million dollar economic impact for the region from the visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in September.

3 years in the making for plans for a new Wawa at the eastern edge of Media Borough on Baltimore Pike. Council last night again put off a vote.

12 to 24 years in prison for a Main Line lawyer on child molestation charges from 20 years ago.

318 members of the Rose Tree Media Education Association who voted to approve a new contract reached with the district. The board will now vote on March 26.

6th and final meeting held last night in Springfield on what to do with the high school.

4 million dollars in pledges collected by those determined to stave off development of the Beaver Valley tract in Concord.

1.36 billion dollar budget for SEPTA, with no fare hike.

658 million dollars from the state, that’s up $29 million.

70 more employees that will be added by the transit giant.

150 jobs being axed by GlaxoSmithKline in the region.

165 metered parking spots near West Chester University that will no longer be free under a plan being considered by the borough. 0 charges being filed against Philadelphia police in connection with the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown during a traffic stop last December.

4x8 foot piece of plywood that struck a Philly woman walking on a New York City street, hurling her into a wall. She died of her injuries.

20 months in jail for Philly Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary on corruption charges.

3 teens - ages 14, 15, and 15 - charged in fatal shooting of man walking his dog in Philadelphia.

13th longest commute in the nation for those riding to work in Philadelphia area.

5 hours a week, what average person spends behind wheel on way to work.

1 billion dollars being considered to fight the ongoing drought in California.

91-52 win for Villanova over the No. 16 seed Lafayette Leopards in Game 1 of the NCAA Tourney.

16 points for Dylan Ennis to lead the ‘Cats attack.

16 straight wins for Villanova.

7:10 tipoff Saturday night as they face North Carolina State.

45 point lead for Villanova at one point.

11-of-22 shooting from beyong the 3-point stripe.

23 points for Chester High product Rondae Hollis Jefferson to lead Arizona to NCAA Tourney win over Texas Southern

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

Keep your eye on Chester’s own Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s my prediction for the NCAA Tournament MVP with Arizona.

I Don’t Get It: 3 kids - age 14, 15, and 15 - have been charged with killing a man just out walking his dog in Philly. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who again turned out in big numbers to discuss the project in Springfield to either renovate the current high school or build a new one.

Quote Box: “It might as well be the World Meetinf of Families Aston, the World Meeting of Families Clifton Heights, the World Meeting of Families Bensalem.”

- Donna Farrell, on the Delco flavor of the committee she heads that is planning for the confab and visit by Pope Francis.
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It was a busy night in Delco

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-20 07:15
One of the things a daily community newspaper strives to do every day - surprisingly enough - is deliver news.

By that I mean things that affect readers' lives - that they likely did not hear about yesterday from other outlets, such as TV or radio.

A lot happened last night in Delco.

Here's a quick look at some of it.

In Media Borough, Council did not take a final vote on the much-talked about Wawa that will anchor the town's eastern border on Baltimore Pike. Is it just me or has this proposal been kicked around forever?

Meanwhile, in the school district, Rose Tree Media teachers approved the tentative contact they've reached with the school district. It now will go to the school board for a similar vote. No doubt this one will be gone over with a fine-tooth comb by the budget hawks who keep very close tabs on spending in the district. They're already making noise about the proposal to renovate the high school's athletic facilities. Expect fireworks over that one at the next board meeting.

Down in Tinicum, a bunch of local officials and emergency responders did a tabletop exercise to simulate something everyone hopes is never necessary - a response to an oil train disaster in the county. We're planning a much more extensive look at what goes into this on Sunday. It's one you won't want to miss.

In Springfield, they held the final meeting in a series of public hearings on plans for a new high school. Once again the place was packed, with the majority of those in attendance urging the board to rein in spending.

And finally out in Haverford, the school board announced they have a new superintendent. It's Dr. Maureen Reusche, who comes from the Cherry Hill School District in New Jersey.

Like I said, a pretty busy night.
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Winter's last gasp ... & then Spring!

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-03-20 06:45

Just keep repeating that time to yourself this morning.

6:45 p.m., that's when spring officially arrives.

Of course between now and then we're going to have to deal with winter's last gasp.

Yes, we're expecting snow this morning.

That means the TV stations have dispatched reporters to the far western suburbs so they can breathlessly tell us that snow has arrived. At 6:45 a.m. it appears the snow is as close as West Chester.

Here's what we can expect today.

It looks like we're going to get somewhere in the vicinity of 1-3 inches. The guess here is that the roads will remain for the most part just wet. Snow might accumulate on grassy surfaces. It's tough at this time of year for snow to actually cover the roads.

We'll see.

I suggest a chant. Repeat after me:

6:45 ... 6:45 ... 6:45 ...
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Victims of Target Data Breach Could Receive up to $10,000

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-19 21:56
A $10 million settlement agreement of a class action suit against the retail chain received preliminary approval by a federal judge.
Categories: Lower Merion

$675K Cedarbrook Home For Sale in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-19 18:30
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Owls Go Pink Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-19 18:08
The college's athletics department ends its year-long push to raise money for breast cancer research with 'pink-out' events.
Categories: Lower Merion

Updated Weather Alert: Hour-by-Hour Ardmore Friday Forecast

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-03-19 10:40
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for March 20.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, March 19

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-19 08:40
The Daily Numbers: 3-1 vote by which Concord supervisors gave the OK for development of a big chunk of the Beaver Valley tract.

160 homes planned on 230 acres of the 318-acre site.

500,000 pledged by the township in an effort with local conservation groups to preserve the land.

250,000 dollars more being kicked in by Delaware County, bringing the total to $750,000.

95 acres that is already targeted as open space on the tract in question.

300 citizens who showed up for the vote. Most were opposed.

30 days, how long opponents have to appeal the township’s decision.

6 people charged in a daring daylight burglary while a woman was home in side her Secane residence.

2 people in Upper Providence being sought for iPhone thefts in the township.

90 million dollar deal for an Eddystone firm with U.S. Navy.

30 of April, new window for people to sign up for health care to avoid the fine.

41 percent of those who still do not have insurance who were unaware of the fine.

3 billion dollars a year, how much Tom Wolf thinks he can rake in by expanding items that would fall under sales tax.

45 different categories that are now exempt that would start paying the tax, including real estate transactions.

1-2 inches of snow in the forecast for Friday.

52, high temperature seen on Saturday.

1 more day of winter. Spring arrives Friday, despite that forecast.

6:50 p.m. tipoff for Villanova and Lafayette in NCAA Tourney.

94-83 win for Sixers over Pistons.

4 game losing skid snapped by 76ers.

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

Over-under on Villanova win vs. Lafayette. I’ll put the line at 15. I’m taking the under.

I Don’t Get It: Rack up another big parcel of open space in Delco about to go by the boards. Concord last night OK’d development of a big chunk of the Beaver Valley tract.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the township and Delaware County for trying to put up the money to buy the tract and save it from development. I wouldn’t hold my breath, however.

Quote Box: “This is a unique tract of land. Once it is gone, it is gone.”

- Concord Supervisor Kevin O’Donoghue, after voting against development of Beaver Valley.
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Want to meet some great college kids? Follow me

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-19 07:57
If you only read the headlines, you might think America’s college campuses are going to hell in a hand basket.

A frat at the University of Oklahoma decided it was cool to chant atrociously racist messages. It wasn’t.

Now Penn State is back in the news, with a frat there accused of taking photos of women who had visited their house and were, how should be say... in various states of undress - and consciousness - and posting them on a private Facebook page. That story also is making national headlines.

The story I covered at Widener University last night was not. That's a shame.

We took our 'Live From the Newsroom' show to the Chester campus for our monthly visit with the great kids in Professor Tim Scepansky's communications class. They do all the heavy lifting, working the cameras and sound. If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

Our very special guests were several cadets involved in the Widener ROTC program, proud members of the Dauntless Battalion.

Haley Photis is a senior nursing student; Lloyd Flores and Alex McCarthy are both juniors. Flores wants to take up political science and sees his future in the military, preferably running an armored division. McCarthy is majoring in environmental science and is planning to do great things making this Earth a better place. Photis wants to see the world as a nurse. It's one of the hallmarks of the Widener ROTC program. It consistently cranks out high-caliber nurses. In fact, in 2006, 2007 and 2010 Widener produced more U.S. Army nurses that most other schools in America.

Our thanks to battlion leader Lt. Col. Matthew Ignatovig, and Keith Karbel, who is in charge of recruiting and enrollment. Both explained the attraction of ROTC, and the commitment it requires. Anyone can take the course in the first two years, but then most students must make a choice to become either an enrolled cadet or contracted cadet. As you might guess, the key is 'contracted.'

Students are literally making a 'contract' with the government and are required to do eight years of service upon graduation. Usually only four of those are in active duty.

There is also a serious scholarship opportunity, as in full tuition and other costs.

One word kept coming up again and again throughout the night. Both Ignatovig and Karbel mentioned it.

But it was also the first word out of these three kids' mouths.

The word was 'leadership.'

It's what they pride themselves in, what they strive for.

I could not have been more impressed.

In the wake of what is going on around the nation, these kids could prove a beacon, and more importantly, leaders.

That's what they're all about.
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Petition battle is of 'Primary' importance in Delco

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-19 07:26
What if they threw an election and nobody showed up?

We're not talking about voters. They do that all the time. Citizens likely will once again stay away in droves when the primary rolls around in May.

We're talking about candidates, specifically the Democrats running for County Council.

There is a dispute centering around their nominating petitions. A challenge has been filed because Richard Womack, Jack Evans and Christine Reuther failed to file the required financial statements with the county clerk. You can read all the details here.

As you might expect, the leaders of the county Republican and Democratic parties don't exactly see eye to eye on this. Republican Chairman Andy Reilly is calling it a 'fatal defect.'

His counterpart, David Landau, says the challenge to his candidates' nominating petitions lacks any merit. More to the point, he believes this is a perfect example of what happens when you have one-party rule, as has been the case in Delaware County government for decades.

He believes the system is tilted toward the party in power.

"They make the rules and they know them," Landau told me in a phone call after the story hit the paper. "It's not designed to be user friendly for Democrats."

You can say that Landau is not exactly a fan of the current system, and says the whole thing was botched by the people working in the county courthouse.

Still, I would think that someone should have been making sure all these candidates' papers were correct, that all the i's were dotted and t's were crossed. What? They didn't think the GOP would sniff out even a faint whiff of a problem.

It's not like the Dems have never filed these kinds of petitions before, even if they have failed to win a single county-wide seat for County Council since the Home Rule Charter was passed back in the mid-'70s.

In the meantime, Reilly could not resist a jab, wondering if they had this much trouble with their nominating petitions, how would the Dem hopefuls fare running the county with a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars and subject to a maze of complex state and federal regulations.

Ouch! I think the Democrats can expect to be hearing that one for awhile.

For now the while thing will go before a judge.

And if that ruling goes against his candidates, Landau is vowing to take the issue all the way to the state Supreme Court.

Only in Delco.
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Will Mother Nature 'Spring' a surprise?

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-19 06:58
Tomorrow is the first day of spring.

You don't want to hear the forecast.

It's enough to make me start spouting four-letter words.

Yes, snow is in the forecast. Guess I picked the wrong year to give up cursing for Lent. Again.

Spring officially arrives at 3:46 p.m. Friday, just in time for one last winter blast from Mother Nature.

Snow is expected to move into the region sometime around rush hour on Friday. At times it will mix with rain. In short, a pretty miserable way to celebrate the arrival of spring.

I kind of doubt that, with that much wetness in the air, that the roads should be much of an issue. The ground might get covered again.

On the bright side, Friday looks like a winner, with temperatures breaking 50 and lots of sun.
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