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Photographer For 'Kids Corner' Events Facing Child Porn Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 14:01
Mark Wilkens, 57, allegedly attempted to capture sexually explicit photos of children during events at the Franklin Institute and others.
Categories: Lower Merion

all about townhouses but where is actual linden hall restoration?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-11-14 12:19

So? Where is the restoration of Linden Hall? All we have seen are woods plowed under and townhouses begun.  Quite a few windows are broken on the side and it makes me wonder where else.

Thought I would post in the event that the East Whiteland Historical Commission might actually be proactive here? 


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Black Widow Grapes / Sandusky Payday / Another NTM Death / 'Hotel Hell' Taping: Top Pa. News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 09:04
What were the top stories across Pennsylvania this week? There was some big news. Check it out here.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Art Project To Come To Schuylkill River Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-14 09:02
Murals, sculptures, or banners will be displayed along the unique settings of the county trails
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2015-11-14 08:32
The Eagles have arrived at the midway point of the marathon NFL season at 4-4.

Now it’s time to turn on the jets, with three straight games against teams they should beat, the next two of them at home before a trip to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

I’m not surprised the Birds struggled out of the gate, despite how good they looked in the preseason.

Just take a look at how many players Chip Kelly cast off, and how many new faces he brought in. An NFL team does not gel overnight. If nothing else, this Eagles team has only reinforced that.

Then there is Sam Bradford. Each week the Eagles QB shows a little more evidence of the guy who was the No. 1 pick in the draft a few years ago. But he missed almost two full seasons with two serious knee injuries. Then he played very little in the preseason. When he did play he looked great. Now we know there is a difference between the preseason and regular season. Bradford looked tentative and rusty at the beginning of the year. He wasn’t helped much by his wide receivers, who continue to be a problem, and Chip Kelly’s predictable play calling.

Give Kelly some credit. For all his talk about his vaunted “system,” and his culture, he has changed his modus operandi in the last few weeks. Kelly has slowly varied his offensive approach, putting Bradford under center and going with two tight ends. Of course, the meager contributions of his wideouts made that a pretty easy decision. This is not the way Kelly wants to run his offense, but it is turning out be a winning formula.

In their last four games, the Eagles have pounded the rock, using their three-headed monster of DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles to roll up more than 150 yards on the ground. Unleashing that running attack has fueled the Eagles’ turnaround. Credit Kelly for altering his approach.

On Sunday they get a team that looks like the next victim. The Dolphins struggle to stop the run. Look for the Birds to run at them early and often, eventually setting up Bradford for a big day off play-action passes.

The Eagles have injury concerns of their own. They lost rookie standout linebacker Jordan Hicks. Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso continue to recover from various injuries. Malcolm Jenkins is expected to play despite suffering a concussion last Sunday. On offense it looks they will again go without Jason Peter at left tackle. Last week Lane Johnson filled in admirably.

This is a game the Eagles should win.

I think they will.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 33, Dolphins 16. The Eagles should be able to move the ball on the ground. Look for big days from both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. Bradford’s newfound comfort zone, especially moving around in the pocket, should again mean a big second half for him.

Last Week: The Eagles, and in particular Bradford, had their best game of the season, using a huge second half to post a big win against Dallas in Jerry Jones monstrosity of a stadium.

Season Record: Yes, I realize this now makes nine straight weeks I have picked the Eagles to win. Don’t look for that to change much. I believe they should win their next three, to go 7-4 and take a stranglehold on the NFC East. The Giants face the Patriots this week. That should drop them below the Birds. Right now both the Eagles and I are sitting at .500

Game by Game: Falcons 26, Eagles 24. (My Pick: Eagles 37, Falcons 26)

Cowboys 20, Eagles 10 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Cowboys 26.)

Eagles 24, Jets 17. (My Pick: Eagles 27, Jets 23)

Redskins 23, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 39, Saints 17. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Saints 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 7. (My Pick: Eagles 27, Giants 16)

Panthers 27, Eagles 16 (My Pick: Eagles 26, Panthers 23)

Eagles 33. Cowboys 27 OT (My Pick: Eagles 23, Cowboys 13)

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Animal Control Officers Seek Fundraising Help From Montco, Chesco Residents

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 18:31
Only two individuals help keep the county's animals safe. Now they need the public's help.
Categories: Lower Merion

Famed Manhattan 'big' piano is back where it was first made - Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-13 16:48
There is a Big Piano in a workshop in Ardmore but it’s not just any big piano, its one that an estimated 10 million people have stepped across while it sat for 30 years inside the F.A.O. Schwartz flagship store in New York City.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Students Want Later Start Times: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 16:38
Proper sleep is a "miracle drug," parents say. What do you think?
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Three area SuperFresh stores become ACME markets next week

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-13 15:33
One familiar name in Philadelphia and Main Line area supermarkets will be replaced by another over the next week – just in time for Thanksgiving dinner shopping.
Categories: Lower Merion

Transgender Man Alleges Giant Forced Him To Wear Women's Clothes: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 14:16
He is suing the grocery store chain for his treatment at a Montgomery County location. What do you think?
Categories: Lower Merion

bittersweet anniversaries

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2015-11-13 13:05

  It is a weird bittersweet sort of day. Ten years ago my father passed away. Eight years ago today my cousin Suzy passed  away. And seventeen years ago today I introduced one of my best and closest friends to her now husband at another friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner. So it’s a bittersweet, memory filled kind of day.

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since my father left this planet, but it has.  I don’t talk about daddy dying much. Yes, it happened to me too, the loss of him. I just don’t ever want it to be about me, because it was about him. 

And it might sound odd saying that, but since he died I have always felt a bit of a disconnect with my family about this.  I remember first feeling it when I had to go help pick out his coffin.

Truthfully, I did not want to do that, was told I was expected to be there. I remember walking a few steps behind my sister and my mother wondering why I was there. I had no part in the decision and did want to be there. The truth is Catholic or not, I hate open caskets. The person you love is gone, and what is left is a body that is just a vessel at that point. 

  The last time I spent with my father was with both my parents on their wedding anniversary on November 11 of the year he died. I could tell on that night he was ready to go, but he was determined to wait for my sister to come down with her family from New York so he could say goodbye to her and I also knew he did not want to die on his wedding anniversary. 

I remember now oddly enough an expression on his face that reminded me of his mother, my late grandmother when she was dying. I can only describe it as an acceptance and a knowingness.  I remember we watched the original Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. That was one of my parents favorite movies.  I knew that night when I was saying goodbye that I really was saying goodbye. I told him I loved him and kissed him goodbye.

My sister and mother were with him when he actually died. It was my sister’s turn to have time with him before he passed and I did not want to intrude on that.  I remember getting the call from my mother early that evening that he was gone. I went into the city and it is still to this day a very out of body memory. I remember getting to my parents’ apartment and being told to go and say goodbye to him before the funeral home came to take his body. He had only died about an hour before so it looked like he was sleeping.

My sister and my mother were somewhat hysterical which is understandable, but it was like I was just sort of on the outside looking in. I didn’t want to fall apart because I figured somebody had to NOT fall apart. It was like walking around awake in a bad dream.  After the funeral home came for him I changed the sheets on the bed for my mother and did a couple of  loads of laundry. 

After the oddness of picking out a casket that I wanted no part of, and the plans, the discussions of who would eulogize my father began.  At first my mother did not want my sister and I to do eulogies. But as strange as that sounds I had written my eulogy months before, shortly after my father told us he was terminal. I actually discussed it with him because I wanted to write about my father from a more happy place while he was still alive and not from a point of immediate sorrow just after his death.  It also for some reason felt important to me that he should know what I was going to say. Some might say I was seeking approval, I don’t know. I just wanted him to know what my thoughts were.

The following days sort of passed in a bit of a blur. I remember the funeral mass at Old Saint Josephs on Willings Alley in Society Hill being packed on all levels for his mass. It was a bit overwhelming for me and when I got up to do my eulogy and I actually paused a moment. But I then found the faces of close friends in the church so I was able to focus and do a good job and remember my father on that day from a point of happiness and gladness in my heart.

But today 10 years later, I realize that I have mourned him in a bit of a restrained way all these years. At the time he died I didn’t want to lose control of my emotions because the emotions I saw a raging and both my sister and my mother terrified me.  The reaction to death emotions are also exhausting if you let them get the better of you.

And then slowly as I came to terms with his being gone I began to feel this sort of detachment. I loved him very, very  much, but I never wanted to mourn him in a technicolor grief stricken way.  I wanted to be able to let him go but keep the happy memories. The funny memories that made me laugh and brought us all joy.

I think of my father at random times during my everyday life. He like to garden so in the garden I will think of him. He was a great cook so sometimes when I’m making something I will smile and wonder if my father would like that. I always think of him at Christmas because he was a perfectionist about putting up the tree and loved Christmas.  I also think of him when the cardinals flock to our woods, he loved cardinals.

I will close today, ten years later with the poem I read at the end of my eulogy :


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Military Smiles: Montco Dentists Offer Special Service To Vets

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 11:51
Local dentists are hoping to put a smile on the faces of veterans around the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Roads Across Upper Merion Closed For Resurfacing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 10:35
Find out when they are closed, when they'll reopen, and traffic information.
Categories: Lower Merion

Walmart Announces 2015 Black Friday Deals, Hours

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 10:02
The retail giant will kick off its Black Friday sale online at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Store sales will begin at 6 p.m. that day.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-13 10:01
Several thefts from cars>> Lower Merion police took reports of several thefts from cars on various streets in the Penn Valley area that occurred overnight from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2.
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Middle Schooler Sexted Nude Images Of Classmate As Revenge: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-11-13 10:00
A 13-year-old girl shared nude photos with her boyfriend. When she started seeing someone else, he helped distribute the photos.
Categories: Lower Merion

LMSD Parents, students seek later high school start times and changes to grading scale

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-11-13 09:39
With concern over stress in the schools, a push is taking place from some parents and students asking the Lower Merion School District for later start times for high school students at the district’s two high schools.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Nov. 13

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-13 07:38
The Daily Numbers: 18 to 36 months in prison for Ohio man for inappropriate online communications with a local teen girl.

4,500 messages the D.A. says were exchanged between the two.

4th teen now facing charges in sexting scandal that has rocked 2 Main Line middle schools.

2 people now charged with wave of robberies in the Trainer-Chester area.

2 people being sought for a shooting incident in which a man was wounded in parking lot of dollar store in Sharon Hill.

2 new restaurants that are coming to Springfield Mall.

39, age of Haverford man found guilty of stalking CBS3 news anchor Erika Von Tiehl.

30 of June, how long teachers in Marple Newtown have been working without a contract. They have agreed on a new deal with the district.

5 former prosecutors in her office who are now suing Attorney General Kathleen Kane in that porn email scandal.

113 pregnancies now believed to be the result of a mixup with birth control package. Yep, lawsuits are following.

40, age of ‘One Life to Live’ soap opera actor Nathaniel Marston, who was killed in a car crash this week.

1 person dead, 4 injured in 4 separate shootings overnight in Philly.

17 million dollar pricetag being placed on the pope’s visit to Philly.

5-2 loss for the Flyers to the Caps last night.

4 straight losses at home for the Flyers.

8 losses in their last 9 games for the Flyers.

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

The Eagles can’t play soon enough. Not sure how much more of the Flyers and Sixers we can take.

I Don’t Get It: We’re still talking about coffee cups. Really? I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chester County D.A. Tom Hogan, for going public yesterday and blowing the roof off the extent of the sexting problem among kids, some as young as 9 years old.

Quote Box: “I guarantee that if I pulled every phone in every school in every Chester County school district, you would find a gigantic pile of sexts.”

- Chester County D.A. Tom Hogan.
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A chilling warning on sexting from Chesco D.A.

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-13 07:07
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan could not have been more blunt.

The lawman offered a warning yesterday to every parent. Sexting is everywhere, and parents need to take action to make sure their kids are safe.

Hogan was offering an update on a sexting scandal that has rocked a couple of Main Line middle schools. Yes, I said middle schools. Hogan said his office has dealt with sexting cases with kids as young as 9.

This is the world we live in today, fueled by ubiquitous online access, social media and the cell phones that now run our universe. Hogan said he had no doubt he could find evidence of sexting in every school in Chester County, as well as the rest of the region as well.

"I guarantee that if I pulled every phone in every school in every Chester County school district, you would find a gigantic pile of sexts."

Two related stories drove home his point.

At about the same time Hogan was delivering his warning, while also announcing serious criminal charges against a fourth male student in the Main Line incident, an Ohio man was in court in Delaware County to enter a plea to having inappropriate online communications with a 13-year-old girl here in Delco.

George William Smith was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in state prison.

The D.A.'s office noted they uncovered 4,500 messages between Smith and the girl, many of them sexual in nature. The girl also sent him nude photos of herself at his request.

And if you are still wondering about how pervasive this problem is, try this on for size.

Federal authorities yesterday announced charges against a Secret Service agent for sexting with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested in Delaware. The feds say he took a picture of his genitals and then 'sexted' it to who he thought was the teen girl. It turned out to be an FBI agent.

Parents, you've been warned.
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State moves to defuse 'ticking time bomb'

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-11-13 06:48
There is an important factor that is flying under the radar in all the talk surrounding that "broad framework" for a budget deal reached by Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans in the state Legislature this week.

The decision to deep-six any new tax on the Marcellus shale gas operations will be debated for a long time.

But the budget does accomplish one essential: It puts the state on course to once and for all attack what has been described as the "ticking time bomb" in the state budget.

That would be the massive unfunded liability in the state's two large public employee pension plans.

This is something the state has put off far too long. Addressing it was the right thing to do.

We talk about it on our editorial page.
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