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Montgomery County Health Department employee receives GREAT recognition

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 15:56
A Montgomery County Health Department employee who writes children’s books, creates board games and raps about the importance of getting immunizations to audiences of children received Montgomery County’s first Getting Recognition for Extraordinary Achievement and Talents (GREAT) award this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Wynnewood Shopping Center restaurant plan back for zoning relief

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 15:37
With its original restaurant tenant set to open next month in a different location, the owner of the Wynnewood Shopping Center hopes to revive a plan for an old postal building there.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District staff member dies in Indiana crash

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 15:11
At the start of Monday's Lower Merion School Board meeting Acting Lower Merion School Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille announced that a district school staff member Jeremy Valentine, 39, was killed in a horrific crash in Indiana on Monday.  The crash also seriously injured his wife and two chidren.
Categories: Lower Merion

State Police Get New Helicopters

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-07-22 15:03
The State Police have had an airborne law-enforcement team since 1969.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police apprehend suspect in Gulph Mills home invasion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 14:57
UPPER MERION - A man broke into a Upper Merion home, terrorized the couple inside, tied up the woman and the kidnapped the man, forcing him to drive to a local Wawa and withdraw cash from an ATM, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

a garden for all seasons

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-07-22 14:52

Since I began this particular garden, as part of the creation process what I have had as one of my goals is simple: to create a four-sided, four-season garden. I want to be able to look at a garden from every window, and I want a garden that has interest four seasons of the year.

Basically, creating a garden is a layering process, as well as trial and error. From daffodils in spring, to lush summer color, to the panorama of fall, and the garden in winter, it is about layering. There is nothing instant about a good garden. It takes years, and constantly evolves as you figure out what works, what doesn’t, what you like, what you don’t like.

I am getting to the point where I am four seasons. I research what I am looking to achieve and scope out the plants. The colors I choose are complimentary for the most part, and I will group and mass plantings for a more uniform and flowing effect.

This garden was in part inspired by the bones of the garden of the former owner of our home, the garden of my childhood, and gardens I have created for myself and others over the years.

The first garden I remember was the garden my father created in the walled in back yard of our then house in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. I remember him planning it, and he laid out the curves of the brick patio and the flower beds with a string and a compass. It was like a secret garden come to life and he planted trees, shrubs, a John F. Kennedy white rose, annuals and perennials.

There was a shady side garden, and then the main part of the garden was quite sunny. The general idea of the garden my father planted still exists in parts today. I recently stumbled upon a realtor listing for our first home. It was kind of weird to look at the listing photos and see the house inside and out after all of these years, but it was also marvelous to see how these people loved the house over the years. Definitely a far cry from the home my parents sold in August, 1975, it still had the basic bones of my father’s original garden. I am guessing they really aren’t gardening folk because while the trees are still there, far less in the way of flowers and shrubs exist in that garden today. And it looks like an addition swallowed a good bit of the side yard and piazza. But it stopped being our garden decades ago.

The garden I remember will always be in my memory. And that garden of my early childhood fostered my love of gardening as an adult. As a child I helped my father plant that garden with his father. I know most kids don’t like to garden as it equals work, but I did. And watching what you plant grow and even bloom is still almost indescribably cool.

People have happy places in their life where they like to go. One of those places to me is my garden. My garden today has bits and pieces of every garden I have ever had or helped create. It also has where my creative side has taken me, and will continue to grow.

I learn from reading and talking to horticulturists and plants people, and also looking at the gardens of others for inspiration. Taunton’s Fine Gardening is one of my favorite resources. The magazine and the website are very helpful, as well as contain many beautiful things to look at.

I also found a web article on four season garden planning recently I found helpful. It is on a website called Gardening Know How. I do have quite a collection of gardening books I refer to, and among them are a few from Rodale which are basic and helpful. As a matter of fact, Rodale Institute has a pretty cool website. I also love the books written by garden writer Suzy Bales. She also has many gardening articles still available on Huffington Post . She also used to have a website.

As of this summer, my garden has become four-sided. As I keep planting it I strive now to make it four-season. I want to be able to look at something no matter what the season. Even the sparseness of winter should be beautiful.

What are your plans for your garden? What inspires you in your garden? Tell me in a comment!

Thanks for stopping by today. I am off to find more Caladryl Clear to put on the side of my arm to combat the reaction I am having to whatever stung me in the garden yesterday.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Gas main repair closes intersection in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 13:13
Pennswood Road at Montgomery Avenue in Bryn Mawr is closed 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice for an emergency gas main repair, Lower Merion Township announced Tuesday. Emergency vehicles will have access, according to the notice.
Categories: Lower Merion

DeLissio town halls on government reform scheduled

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 13:12
PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host two local town halls focusing on state government reform beginning Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gas main repair closes intersection in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:49
Pennswood Road at Montgomery Avenue in Bryn Mawr is closed 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice for an emergency gas main repair, Lower Merion Township announced Tuesday. Emergency vehicles will have access, according to the notice..
Categories: Lower Merion

Red Cross Issues Urgent Need for Blood Donations

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:11
The Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks if blood donations don't increase, the organization said in a statement.
Categories: Lower Merion

Penn Wynne Elementary School staff member dies in Indiana crash

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:01
At the start of Monday's Lower Merion School Board meeting Acting Lower Merion School Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille announced that Penn Wynne Elementary school staff member Jeremy Valentine, 39, was killed in a horrific crash in Indiana on Monday.  The crash also seriously injured his wife and two chidren.
Categories: Lower Merion

marinated green bean salad

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:55

This salad couldn’t be more simple to make! It is my own recipe, and it is inspired in part by the spicy green beans you can order hot at my friends the Foos’ restaurant called HuNan in Ardmore, PA.

I had bought a quart size container of fresh green beans at the farmers market. I blanched them in a couple of inches of boiling and salted water so they were still crisp, yet had a pleasing bright green color. When I am blanching vegetables like fresh green or string beans, I not only dunk them in cold water to cool, I put them in a bowl of ice after I finish cooking as well.

I put my beans aside in their own bowl (drained and de-ice cubed) and took another bowl out to prepare the dressing:

- first I minced fine a long hot pepper from my own garden. I believe it is a cayenne pepper it’s a little over an inch and a half long. I allowed some of the seeds to get into the bowl but a lot of them I removed.

- next I chopped fine a third of a good sized sweet onion

- step number three is to finely minced two cloves of fresh garlic

- step number four was grating the four small, young carrots that my friend Elizabeth gave me out of her vegetable garden. I ended up with about three quarters of a cup of grated carrots.

To these vegetables I added equal parts seasoned rice wine vinegar I purchased at a local Asian market, regular red wine vinegar, juice of one fresh lemon, and a few tablespoons of olive oil. To that I added some fresh salt-and-pepper and whisked together. It is not a lot of liquid in the salad dressing, we are talking a few tablespoons of each liquid ingredient. The idea is to coat the vegetables not immerse them completely in liquid.

Next I tossed everything together with the beans and put in the refrigerator to chill. Because I’m working with fresh garlic and onion here, I use a bowl with a lid that seals.

What you have in the end, is a very nice summer salad of fresh vegetables that many people have in their garden this time of year, or can purchase from a local farmers market!

Kept refrigerated, the salad will last few days.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by today!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Organic Fruit Sold Locally Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:13
Orchard Perfect peaches, nectarines and plums have been recalled due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, July 22

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:05
The Daily Numbers: 6 months, that’s how long a group has in Darby Borough to save a 25-year-old home many believe has significant historical ties.

75,000 dollars, how much the group needs to acquire the site from the developer.

35 residents who showed up last night for a public hearing on the planned demolition of the old Kent Mills in Clifton Heights.

15-1 margin when it comes to fundraising. That’s how much more U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan has raised compared to his Democratic challenger Mary Ellen Balchunis.

243,600 dollars raised in the period May 1 to June 30 by Meehan.

15,310 raised by Balchunis.

72, age of woman doing tutoring in her home who is being targeted by zoning officials in Upper Darby.

2.2 percent salary hike for administrators in the Upper Darby School District.

11:30 p.m., when a woman says she was held up at gunpoint as she got off the trolley in Aldan.

34, age of Marple man who entered plea in child porn case this week.

120 dollars and a gold necklace, what 2 men got during burglary in which they strangled a Philly couple to death.

4 state legislators who now face an ethics probe tied to allegations they accepted cash gifts.

190 million dollars, how much Johns Hopkins Health Systems in Baltimore is paying to settle suits brought by patients who were unknowingly videotaped by rogue doc during procedures.

25 Israeli soldiers now killed in the ground incursion into Gaza.

48 point decline for stock market yesterday.

14 hits last night for the Phils. Every one of them singles.

7-4 loss to the Giants.

6 runs on 12 hits in 5 2//3 innings for Cliff Lee in his return to the hill.

3 days until Eagles report for training camp.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Phillies are now using metal detectors on fans entering the park at one gate. If they’re looking for weapons of mass destruction, I think we can rule out the Phils’ bats.

I Don’t Get It: No one should have to deal with the grief heaped on the families of the victims of Malaysia Flight 17. The fact that they now can’t get the bodies of their loved ones back from Russia is almost beyond belief. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the community in Yeadon, Darby and Sharon Hill who are rallying to aid the victims of the fatal fire that took the lives of 4 children a few blocks away in Southwest Philly.

Quote Box: “I don’t want people to think I’m a coldhearted developer who does not care about the town and a history of that building.”

- Developer Davoud Baravordeh, who owns the historic property on Darby Terrace in Darby Borough. He’s going to give the community six months to raise the money to save the structure.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion school official to relocate next board meeting

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-22 07:29
Lower Merion School District officials confirmed Thursday morning that they have changed the location of Monday night’s Board of School Directors meeting to accommodate the expectation of a larger than normal public attendance due to the ongoing controversy over bus parking. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. Monday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Long & 'shorti' of it: Delco losing a little piece of its history

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-07-22 07:22
There's something incredibly comforting about Wawa.

It's not a convenience store, it's a way of life. At least it is in this area. I'm sure the people out in the central part of the state feel the same way about Scheetz (even if we all know that Wawa is far superior, with perhaps the one asterisk being that you can actually buy beer in some Sheetz stores, at least the ones I hit when visiting my son in West Virginia).

It seems like every neighborhood has its own Wawa.

It becomes part of our daily routine, a part of our lives. I know that when I visit our little Wawa here in Primos every day at lunchtime, I see many of the same people. I'm greeted by name by the manager.

For some reason, other stores just don't have the same feel.

Maybe that's why there was such a reaction to the news that Delaware County is losing a little bit of its history, and that of Wawa as well.

The historic store No. 1, the very first Wawa outlet, on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley, is going to bite the dust. Last week we reported that a proposal for a new "super" Wawa has been given the green light for the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Route 420.

When it opens, old No. 1 will close.

It was just a few weeks ago that company executives gathered at the old Folsom store to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening. The store opened its doors on April 16, 1964.

I thought the passing of the historic store merited a little more attention. So we did a follow-up story and splashed it all over Page One on Monday. The overline noted the end of an era: End of the line for historic Wawa store. I was responsible for the lead head: 1 ... & done. That's a play on words to denote the fact that the original No. 1 Wawa will close its doors. I also liked the head we used inside on the story on P. 3: "What's good for the goose: Wawa closing first store."

That of course is a reference to a question that always puzzles newcomers and visitors to the region: What the hell is a Wawa anyhow. We locals of course know Wawa is the native American word for the Canadian goose that was found in this area.

Of course once the story graced our front page, everyone jumped on it. It was all over TV and radio yesterday. The Inky also noted its passing.

Old No. 1 will remain open until the new super store opens.

Wawa spokesperson Susan Bratton put a good spin on it: "It will still be store No. 1 for us, even if it's a new store." She's the regional real estate manager for Wawa.

I have to admit I'm partial to the old Wawas. I wonder how long our little Wawa a block away here in Primos will be able to hold out.

I guess that's the price of progress.

Maybe you can call it the long and 'shorti' of it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

No weapons of mass destruction in this Phils' lineup

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-07-22 06:47
The Phillies are now utilizing metal detectors on fans as they enter Citizens Bank Park. Before they go through the gates, fans are scanned by the metal detectors at the right-field entrance to the park.

It's part of a security move by Major League Baseball. Next year all fans will be screened as they enter stadiums. The Phillies decided to get a jump-start on things and are testing the program at one gate, starting last night.

If they're looking for weapons of mass destruction, I think we can safely rule out the Phillies' bats.

Last night they rapped out 14 hits - every one of them singles.

Add to that a less than stellar outing by Cliff Lee in his return from the disabled list - and apparently in front of a slew of major league scouts in town to check him out as the trade deadline looms next week, and it was a not a good night for the Phils.

Lee was not sharp, just as he was in his last rehab start in Clearwater. The lefty got dinged for six runs on 12 hits in going just five and two-thirds innings. Just to rub a bit of salt in the wounds, three of those hits were by Hunter Pence, who once patrolled right field at Citizens Bank Park.

The Giants rolled, 7-4.

Where does this leave the Phils, and embattled GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Without a lot of options. There are reports out there that the Phillies have taken ace Cole Hamels off the market. That's probably a good thing. Pretty much everyone else on this roster is potential trade bait.

The problem is none of them is likely to bring much in return.

Lee didn't seem especially concerned about the idea of all those scouts in town to check him out.

"I could care less about the scouts in the stands or trade rumors or anything like that," Lee said.

Ruben Amaro doesn't have that luxury.

He's got to try to salvage this mess.

And he has nine days to do it.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Income-Eligible Family Can Purchase Ardmore Home at a Discount

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-07-21 21:02
“The estimated payment for this home is expected to be in the $1,000-per-month range, including taxes and insurance,” Lower Merion Township said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Metal Detectors at CBP; Charges After Deadly Crash; Chesco DA Named to Board

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-07-21 20:25
Plus, Wawa is closing its first-ever store.
Categories: Lower Merion

TOP: Boy's Wish, Pantless Mob, Erratic Driving, Marathon Bombing Conviction, Gynecologist Lawsuit, and Jackie Robinson's Widow Honored

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-07-21 19:54
Plus, Craiglist's grisly mystery and more top news from around Patch's network of more than 900 sites.
Categories: Lower Merion