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WEATHER ALERT: Potential Snowfall Totals Increased for Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-02-20 16:07
The snow will start Saturday afternoon, the NWS says, and could lead to hazardous travel conditions.
Categories: Lower Merion

THON Starts Friday; Keep Up With All the Latest

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-02-20 15:42
No sitting, no sleeping, no kidding. #FTK
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Extends Code Blue as Bitter Cold Persists

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-02-20 13:09
It will feel like -5 with the wind chill Friday, the National Weather Service said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shapiro, Arkoosh endorsed by Montco democrats

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-20 13:01
UPPER MERION >> Montgomery County commissioners Josh Shapiro and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh have been endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee to run for county commissioner.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lincoln Day Dinner: LM, Narberth Republicans strategize for 2016

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-20 12:39
The Republicans of Lower Merion and Narberth have a future to think about. That future was one of the main topics during the 50th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lincoln Day Dinner: LM, Narberth Republicans strategize for 2016

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-20 11:41
The Republicans of Lower Merion and Narberth have a future to think about. That future was one of the main topics during the 50th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.24M Edgewood Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-02-20 11:25
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bitter Cold Blamed for at Least 5 Deaths

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-02-20 10:45
Friday could be the coldest Feb. 20 the region has seen in 141 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Vote tabled on Cricket Avenue demolition

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-20 08:50
ARDMORE >> If Lower Merion is going to “roll the dice” on demolition of two buildings in Ardmore’s historic business district, it wants to hedge its bet.
Categories: Lower Merion

2015 Elections: No off year for Lower Merion, Narberth municipal elections

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-02-20 08:50
After the dramatic changes that came with the 2014 state and federal elections, 2015 might indeed be seen as an off-year.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Feb. 20

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-20 08:17
The Daily Numbers: 47, as in Act 47, the state law that places struggling towns under state control Colwyn officials wan the state to take over their town.

68 signatures on a petition seeking the move.

200,000 in unpaid bills in the borough.

1 degree, the record low for this date. We’re expected to threaten in.

-14 wind chill, what it actually feels like.

33 degrees the high for Saturday, a veritable heat wave.

2.5 percent tax hike in the preliminary budget plan for Garnet Valley School District.

2 men who now face charges connected to series of break-ins of cars in parking lots of Planet Fitness outlets.

500,000 Wal-Mart workers who are getting raises.

3-2 shootout loss for the Flyers last night vs the Sabres.

4 1st round draft picks for the Sixers this year.

12-41 record for the Sixers.

40-28 loss for Carroll girls to the No. 1 team in the country, Neumann-Goretti.

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

If anyone knows what the Sixers are trying to do, feel free to let the rest of us know.

I Don’t Get It: San Hinkie. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper:
Kudos to all the kids at Penn State as they prepare to kick off their annual THON fundraiser.

Quote Box: “Colwyn’s governance is ineffective at best.” - Report on borough of Colwyn management.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Delco GOP vs. Vince Rongione

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-20 07:22
Andy Reilly says he feels 'vindicated.'

The chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party was referring to a plea deal entered into this week by Vince Rongione, the Democratic candidate in last fall's hotly contested 163rd state House race to replace the legendary state Rep. Nick Micozzie in Harrisburg.

Rongione lost to Republican Upper Darby Council member Jamie Santora.

Along the way Rongione came under attack from the Delco GOP. Reilly and several GOP officials held a press conference on the front lawn of a home on Wilson Drive in Havertown, claiming Rongione was in violation of state election laws and had signed bogus affidavits in order to claim residency in the 163rd District.

"This is vindication of our complaints that Rongione knowingly and deliberately violated the Pennsylvania Constitution and election law by attempting to establish a bogus residency," Reilly said in a statement he emailed to me. "We always maintained that in pursuing his candidacy, Vince Rongione committed voter fraud and signed election documents that he knew to be false."

That's not exactly the way Rongione's attorney, Art Donato, sees it.

"My own view is that people shouldn't be charged with a crime unless there's clear evidence that they intended to commit one, and I don't think there was any intent at all in this case," Donato said.

The lawyer said he advised Rongione to accept the plea deal because it would allow him to enter the ARD program for first-time, non-violent offenders, and will allow for dismissal of the charges when Rongione completes the program.

He was sentenced to six months of supervision, 16 hours of community service and a $40 monthly fee for the length of the program.

While Reilly said he had no problem with the ARD disposition of the case, he was not buying Donato's explanation, and he wanted to let me know it. He said he was disappointed that he had not been given the opportunity to counter Donato's comments after the plea deal was reached in court.

I'll let the two of them quibble over that point.

But there is something odd about this case.

We first learned about it when Rongione entered the plea to two misdemeanor violations of the Pennsylvania Election Code on Wednesday.

But the charges were actually filed against Rongione by Delaware County Detective Robert Lythgoe on Feb. 11.

There was no press conference to announce the charges, and to the best of my knowledge, no press release was issued. Reilly said he was not aware of the charges until he learned about the plea deal the night before the story appeared in the Daily Times.

I can tell you that's not the way this usually works. We usually do a story when the charges are filed, then follow up with the adjudication of the case in court.

The case was not handled by the Delco D.A.'s office, but rather by special prosecutor Joe McGettigan.

No doubt part of what steamed Reilly is that back in the fall, a lot of people believed he was just playing politics and making a mountain out of a molehill in terms of Rongione's residence.

Donato maintains he was ready to dispute the allegations.

"I think everyone would agree that this was a totally unintentional thing that happened here," he said. "I think Vince thought he had, in good conscience, established a residency, and there was some dispute about that."

Reilly was having none of it.

He labeled the story as "laughable," adding it failed to "pass the smell test."

"His attorney is attempting to whitewash Rongione's clearly deliberate actions," Reilly said.

One of the reasons Reilly reached out to me was that he was somewhat taken aback that he was not offered the chance to counter Donato's comments in the story. He also couldn't resist pointing out that the Daily Times endorsed Rongione over Santora.

Vindication is yours, Mr. Chairman.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Can someone tell me what the Sixers are doing?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-20 06:25
I'd like to say I understand what Sam Hinkie is doing with the Sixers, that he is some kind of diabolical genius who somehow is going to wheel and deal his way to an NBA title.

The truth is I don't have a clue what he's trying to do.

I just hope he does.

What I do know is that the reigning NBA rookie of the year is no longer a part of the Sixers plan.

Yesterday the dealt Michael Carter-Williams in a bizarre series of trade deadline deals that saw Hinkie continue his penchant for amassing draft picks.

The Sixers now have four 1st-round picks in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Unless, of course, Hinkie decides to trade away some of them as well.

One thing is pretty clear in the rubble of another roster demolition by the Sixers. They did not think Carter-Williams was part of the answer.

Dealing him away will almost certainly improve their chances of losing even more games, thus improving their draft status. But at some point don't you want to actually field a team that will compete.

Ironically enough, the Sixers rolled out a new slogan yesterday.

"This Starts Now."

Not for Carter-Williams. Who's next? Nerlins Noel?

What Hinkie and the Sixers are telling their fans is that the rock they've been pushing up that hill, just rolled back to the bottom. Sisyphus had nothing on these guys.
Categories: Pennsylvania

What does 0 degrees feel like?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2015-02-20 05:59
I was dreading walking outside this morning.

But the truth is, I can't really tell the difference between 10 degrees and 0 degrees. All I know is that it is cold.

Once I managed to get behind the wheel, I was interested in seeing what the thermometer in the odometer would register.

Once the cranky engine turned over, I found out.

It displayed a love 0 degrees.

After I got out on the road, it actually clicks down to -2. Eventually it recovered and for the most part of the ride it settled in at 0.

The record low for the day is 1 degree. Most of the numbers I have heard indicate we likely will not shatter that mark. For some reason, that does not exactly warm my heart.

Spring has to be out there somewhere.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Palmer in Wynnewood blends history, cutting-edge trends in apartment living

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-19 16:34
WYNNEWOOD >> For two eventful decades, from 1919 to 1939, the grand brick building at City and Lancaster avenues in Wynnewood was a vacation resort for wealthy Philadelphians. The Green Hill Farms Hotel, with its ballroom and open-air dining porch overlooking a swimming pool flanked by classical columns set a standard for elegant living.
Categories: Lower Merion

Create an Emergency Plan for Your Family, Firefighters Recommend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-19 16:21
Lower Merion Professional Firefighters Local 2844 suggests using the following guidelines to create a personalized home emergency plan.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County judge says appointing special prosecutor in AG Kane's case was legal

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:23
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge William Carpenter filed an opinion with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday saying that he was within his rights to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and evidence collected against her should not be suppressed.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion, Narberth residents voice opposition to LMSD tax hike

Main Line Times - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:23
ARDMORE >> A movement appears to be growing opposing the latest proposed school district tax hike.
Categories: Lower Merion

If You Love Bacon - Who Doesn't? - This Pizza Is Pure Ecstasy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:07
Little Caesars took 3½ feet of bacon and wrapped it around a pizza crust, then chopped up more for the topping.
Categories: Lower Merion

10 Jobs in Ardmore: Main Line Health, Sunrise Senior Living and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-02-19 12:52
Employers in and around Ardmore are hiring a retail store manager, a clinical care manager and an assisted living nursing director.
Categories: Lower Merion