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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2016-10-08 03:00
It's a season of firsts for the Eagles.

First season under new head coach Doug Pederson.

First season for wunderkind rookie QB Carson Wentz.

Now we get to see how this team reacts to their first bye week under the new regime.

Raise your hand if you were bummed by the fact that this red-hot team had to sit out last week, with the interruption coming disturbingly early in the season.

I get the feeling the bye is not going to cool off the Birds.

So far Pederson has been pushing all the right buttons. He still hasn't lost a game as boss of the Birds. He ran the table in preseason and has been a perfect 3-0 in the regular season.

What can you say about Wentz? Wins over the lowly Browns and Bears were certainly welcomed, but almost expected. Most of the experts believed the Eagles would fall back to earth against the powerful Steelers.

Instead, Wentz again dissected a defense like a 10-year veteran.

Jim Schwartz's defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger and the Eagles spanked the mighty Steelers, 34-3.

That set tongues wagging all across the league.

Here's a tip. The Eagles are for real. And that means you beat the teams you are supposed to beat. I expect that to be the result Sunday. The Lions are not a good team. After a win on opening day, they have now lost three straight.

Make it four.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 31, Lions 10. Wentz should have another big day, but it is the defense that is slowly but surely becoming the calling card of this team. And remember Schwartz is headed back to the city that decided he was not head coach material after all. Can you say chip on your shoulder? And not Chip Kelly, either.

Last Week: The Birds made a serious statement in totally dominating the Steelers to run their record to a perfect 3-0. The doubter in me didn't see that one coming. My record dipped to 2-1. I'm back on board this week.

Game by Game: Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13)

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)

Eagles 34, Steelers 3 (My Pick: Steelers, 26, Eagles 23)
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Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 21:26
Check out the latest foreclosure deals in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Get Out And About In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood: Check the Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 21:04
Check the Patch calendar to see what events are happening around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and when they get underway
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Arrest made in Ardmore reported gunshot incident last Thanksgiving and later assaults and robberies in Bryn Mawr and Ardmore

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-10-07 21:02
Three Ardmore men are incarcerated this week and have been charged in connection with a string of events including assaults and robberies that occurred in November of 2015 and in April of 2016. The incidents were in the Ardmore and Bryn Mawr areas in both Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
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Private Island | Oceanside Estate | Airplane Hangar | 5 Top Wow! Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 18:27
This week's best Wow! Houses in America include possibly the largest residential real state transaction — in history.
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'Boys of Ardmore' Gang Busted For Series Of Violent Assaults, Robberies: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 16:30
The "Boys from Ardmore" used an aluminum baseball bat and a brick in multiple attacks around the Main Line area, the DA said.
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WANTED: Deputy Sheriffs In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 14:18
Do you have what it takes to be a Deputy Sheriff in Montgomery County?
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Let Lower Merion Twp. Get Rid Of Your Hazardous Waste

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 11:24
Electronics will not be accepted.
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Cirillo pleads guilty: LM resident admits raping impaired client

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-10-07 11:19
NORRISTOWN >> Saying he “had to do this for my family,” a Norristown lawyer decided to plead guilty on the day jury selection began for his trial, to charges he raped an unconscious female client.
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In Haverford Township, Clinton talks children and family

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-10-07 11:19
HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP  >> A town hall featuring Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton filled the Haverford Community Rec Center Tuesday to participate with the former first lady and daughter Chelsea Clinton in town hall conversation about potentially becoming the first female President of the United States.
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Wynnewood's Lankenau Hospital Giving Fresh Produce To Patients

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-10-07 10:57
Take 2 cups of fresh veggies daily. Doctor's orders!
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 7

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-07 07:23
The Daily Numbers: 115 mph winds from Hurricane Matthew that are slamming into the East Coast of Florida.

3, as in Category 3 Hurricane.

300,000 reported without power in Florida.

283 reported dead in Matthew’s wake in Haiti.

144,866 salary for Dr. D. Brandon Cooley, who will be leaving his post as Penn Wood High principal to take a job in the Ridley School District.

6 billion dollars in economic activity tied to Pa. gaming casinos.

34,000 jobs.

2.4 billion dollars in federal, state and local tax revenues from casinos.

47,458 square foot nursing and rehab facility coming to Ridley.

1.2 trillion dollar debt reported in various state-run pensions systems across the country.

5 million dollars apiece, how much Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty have raised in the last quarter for their U.S. Senate race.

3 former members of the 2008 Phillies World Series team seeking another ring with the Dodgers. They would be Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton.

2 other Phils in the playoffs, Cole Hamels with the Rangers, and Jayson Werth with the Nats.

125-119 loss for the Sixers in their home preseason opener last night vs. the Wizards.

5 points for Joel Embiid.

4-2 win for the Flyers over Rangers in preseason action.

27 straight points scored by Memphis as they rallied to beat Temple, 34-27.

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

Get used to seeing lots of former Phils in the MLB playoffs. Yes, 2008 seems like a long time ago.

I Don’t Get It: Pa. needs a fix for that casino tax law, or several local towns, including Chester, will be very hard hit.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Dr. D. Brandon Cooley. He turned around Penn Wood High and now he’s taking a position in the Ridley School District. Quote Box: “Certainly, I’m going to miss the relationships that I’ve made and the people I’ve met, most notably the student.”

Dr. D. Brandon Cooley, who will be leaving his post as Penn Wood High principal.
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Doing the right thing

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-07 06:49
Tell me you haven't had this dream.

You're standing in front of an ATM machine and suddenly it starts spitting money at you.

It was no dream to Kristina Edwards. It actually happened to her last weekend at a Wells Fargo bank in Glenolden.

She was making a withdraw when the machine suddenly started spitting $20 bills at her.

That's when Kristina was faced with the kind of moral dilemma you never think about when wishing that one of these cash machines would start spitting out money at us.

What do you do with the cash.

Kristina never wavered.

The bank was closed so Kristina went home and called the 800 number. They told her she could return it to the bank Monday. That's exactly what Kristina did.

It's the best read of the week. Make sure you check our Kristina's story here.
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Another 'Cooley' front page

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-07 06:38
They are no doubt feeling a bit blue this morning at Penn Wood High School.

The man credited with a dramatic turnaround at the school is leaving.

Principal Dr. D. Brandon Cooley was a very popular figure on the school's campus.

A few months back, we profiled Cooley and his work at the school in a front-page story I labeled "Cooley High," a takeoff on the popular movie.

Cooley was back on the front page this morning, with a new headline, "Cooley Bye."

Just as I did with that first page, I hope no one takes offense. We're not taking a shot at either Dr. Cooley or Penn Wood. We're one of his biggest fans.

The kids at Penn Wood, and the William Penn School District in general, have the odds stacked against them for a lot of reasons. That's one of the reasons the district is at the center of a lawsuit against the state claiming the method of funding education in this state is beyond faulty. It places kids at a disadvantage for no other reason than their zip code, creating an unfair playing field compared with more well-off districts just a few miles away.

Cooley was a big part of battling that tide and turning his high school around.

He will be a great addition at his new post in the Ridley School District, but he will be direly missed at Penn Wood.

All the best, Dr. Cooley.
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The Phillies make the playoffs, sort of

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-10-07 06:25
There's no shortage of Phillies in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Well, I guess I should clarify that statement.

Make that former Phillies.

That is particularly true of the members of the Phils' 2008 World Series Champions.

There's Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton in Dodger Blue.

Cole Hamels is at the top of the Rangers' rotation. Things didn't go so well for the lefty yesterday. He got rocked by the Blue Jays as the Rangers dropped the opener in their NLDS game.

And don't forget Jayson Werth. The hairy one is still a stalwart in the Nationals' lineup and will be looking out there at Utley et al in this series, which opens later today in the nation's capital.

2008 seems like a distant memory to Phillies' fans.

Last weekend we said goodbye to the last "piece" of that championship team when Ryan Howard played what undoubtedly will be his last game for the Phils.

Thanks for the memories, guys.

Now it's time for Pete Mackanin's square to start making some memories of their own.
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Open Houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-06 21:27
An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Check out those around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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the last ring home

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-10-06 21:14

I am constantly in awe of what some of my childhood friends have accomplished. A book arrived today, have started it and I am hooked.

It is called The Last Ring Home.

It is amazing and emotional and so darn well written.  This book, written by my friend Minter Dial is simply blowing me away.  It is a very personal greatest generation story, the story of his paternal grandfather. Bravo, Minter.

Allow me to quote from the book and documentary’s website:

The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial’s Annapolis Naval Academy ring, that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a tribute to Lt Dial, the producer’s grandfather, and all members of the Greatest Generation. It is also a journey of self-discovery, having an impact on the filmmaker, his wider family and many other people in its wake. This story, which took over 25 years of research, illustrates the importance of serendipity and the role of good and bad luck in piecing together a personal history of someone who died 70 years ago.The Last Ring Home is to inspire everyone to uncover their own personal history, to keep a foot in their past and the other in the future, and to be thankful for the tremendous present in which we live, thanks to the sacrifices of the those who fought in WWII.

I can’t wait to see the documentary premiere at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in November.

Now this story was  featured in Smithsonian Magazine in 2011:

Minter’s Ring: The Story of One World War II POW When excavators in Inchon, Korea discovered a U.S. naval officer’s ring, they had no knowledge of the pain and suffering associated with its former owner, Minter Dial By Gilbert King smithsonian.com
August 2, 2011

In the spring of 1962, the United States Navy was excavating a site in Inchon, Korea, when the discovery of human remains led officers to believe they had come across the site of a prisoner-of-war camp. More than a decade earlier, during the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur commanded some 75,000 United Nations ground forces and more than 250 ships into the Battle of Inchon—a surprise assault that led, just two weeks later, to the recapture of Seoul from the North Korean People’s Army. But the 1962 Inchon excavation led to an unexpected find….the vehicle was speeding through the crowded streets of Inchon as the two men visited one pawnshop after another until they found the guilty laborer. The ring was in the process of being smelted. The admiral demanded that it be recovered. It had been partially melted down, but once it cooled and he was able to wipe away the grime, Pressey recognized that it was indeed an Annapolis class ring. Class of 1932. Pressey had been at the U.S. Naval Academy at the same time. His heart began to pound as he tilted the blue stone ring toward the light. Engraved on the inside was a name he knew: Dial.

Nathaniel Minter Dial had been one of Pressey’s best friends at Annapolis. They were teammates on the lacrosse squad, and Pressey and his wife had been members of the wedding party when Dial married his longtime sweetheart, Lisa Porter, in 1934. Pressey had just one thought—to get the ring back to Lisa.

Memories and sadness came flooding over the 51-year-old admiral. Minter Dial, the son of U.S. Senator Nathaniel B. Dial of South Carolina, was the quintessential all-American boy. He was affable, educated, terrifically athletic and married to a beautiful young woman who had given up her theatrical ambitions to start a home and raise a family. He was going places, and in the summer of 1941, he headed for the Pacific.

I have not finished the book yet.  I think I am going to need a box of tissues to get through it.

You can purchase the book on :

I purchased my copy on a pre-release via Amazon.

I have friends in Charleston, South Carolina, and I hope they see the documentary film at the upcoming  Charleston International Film Festival, November 2-6, 2016.

After that, the film is coming to the Philadelphia area, to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a screening in advance of it’s PBS small screen debut.

This will be an exclusive screening of the The Last Ring Home, presented by the filmmaker and author of the eponymous book. The event will consist of the screening, a talk and a Q&A, plus book signing.

Tue, November 8, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Buy your tickets on Eventbrite for $18 adults and $6 students.

This really is something quite extraordinary.

And yes, the screening is election day. So what. You will be out by nine as the returns start to come in and you will miss two hours of the ugliest campaign season in American History, for something worthwhile.  Actual American History about a member of the Greatest Generation.  A true American Hero.


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Bill Cosby's Lawyers Cite Prejudice In Renewed Attempt To Have Case Dismissed

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-06 16:36
In a motion filed in Montgomery County Court, Bill Cosby's lawyers added that Cosby's "eyesight and memory have considerably declined."
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Three-Vehicle Accident Closes Turnpike In Tredyffrin Township: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-10-06 16:24
Two people on a motorcycle were airlifted from the scene with severe injuries, State Police say.
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progress at ebenezer 

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-10-06 15:18

Al Terrell photo

Look…that is Ebenzer on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, yesterday.

Now look at this photo from when they were first starting. This photo is Al and Luke the Willistown scout doing his Eagle Scout project when they started this journey (and the way it was when we took the Philadelphia Inquirer out to the site this summer):

Al Terrell photo

And even better is this next photo.  It is Al’s son Andrew showing Luke the Eagle Scout project he did at Ebenezer 16 years ago!!! How cool is that? 

Al Terrell photo

It got me to thinking. Not only of the generations of the same family interested in preserving Ebenezer for future generations, but how many scouts have actually done service projects here?

It is so obvious the love so many have had for this site. And every day we see more progress.  This is what community is about, people.  From East Whiteland’s township building to the local Boy Scouts from multiple troops over the years, to all the others interested in Ebenezer in the past and present, this is the good community can do simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Here is hoping the AME Church is watching. And anyone else wondering about trying to save history wherever they live.

This is awesome.

Al Terrell photo. This is our soldier , Joshua

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