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Lower Merion police report burglaries in Ardmore

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 09:18
Lower Merion police are investigating two burglaries that occurred on the unit block of East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore this week. One occurred Nov. 13 and the other took place Nov. 14. In both cases, police say a window was smashed to gain entry. In both burglaries, police say nothing appears to have been taken.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Nov. 14

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:54
The Daily Numbers: 5 people facing charges in a horrific case of child abuse in Darby Borough.

9-23 months in prison for the athletic director at Sun Valley High School, who entered a plea on child porn charges.

850,000 dollars allegedly ripped off by an Aston bookkeeper from company she worked for over period of 6 years. She’s now on trial.

17, age of Ridley volunteer firefighter Joe Chambers, who was honored by Philadelphia City Council along with others who helped rescue a city police officer from his burning cruiser.

1 vacancy coming up on County Council. Tom McGarrigle plans to resign his seat once he is sworn in as the new state senator from the 26th District.

27 of February, that’s when Concord will next take up the controversy surrounding development of the Beaver Valley. A meeting set for next week has been cancelled.

0 tax increase set in the proposed Brookhaven budget, which holds the tax rate at 4.35 mills.

5.41 million dollar spending plan. It will still cost the average home owner $652.50

100 people who packed another town hall meeting last night on the proposals being bandied about for a new high school in Springfield School District.

7,000 dollars raised during the Panther Pajama Breakfast at Wallingford-Swarthmore.

10 million dollar gift for Haverford College.

2 billion dollar deficit staring at Tom Wolf as he takes over as governor of Pa.

17,652.79 close for the Dow after 40.59 point gain yesterday. That’s a new record high again.

4.01 percent average rate for 30-year mortgage.

53 point loss for the Sixers last night to the Dallas Mavs as they fell, 123-70

8 straight losses for the Sixers to start the season.

38-10 Mavs after 1st quarter.

73-29 at the half. That’s 3 more points than the Sixers scored in the game.

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

You almost have to laugh at what the Sixers are doing. If only we could stop crying.

I Don’t Get It: Another horrific case of child abuse, this one coming here in Delco in Darby Borough. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Joe Chambers, who is getting more kudos for taking quick action to save the life of a Philly policeman in a burning vehicle. The Ridley High senior and volunteer from Leedom Fire Co. was one of those who got him out. He was honored by Philly Council yesterday.

Quote Box: “When you read the affidavits, you just start shaking your head.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, on abuse case in Darby Borough.
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Bag of ammo found at Barrack Hebrew Academy

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:41
Radnor police gave the all-clear around 3 p.m. Wednesday after multiple police departments along with several K-9 units responded to Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

Delco to state Gaming Control Board: Don't bet on it

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:18
That drumbeat you hear is the growing din in opposition to a second casino license being granted in Philadelphia.

Next week the state Gaming Control Board is expected to award a second license in the city, joining the existing SugarHouse Casino. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Count Delaware County Council among them?

Why would leaders in Delco be upset by a second license in Philly?

Because they have an investment in Harrah's, located in Chester. Revenue, in particular from slots, is down. Putting another casino minutes away up I-95 at the South Philly sports complex, where most people think the new license is going to wind up, will not help. County Council will hold a press conference this morning at 10:45 at the Ridley Township Police Department to lay out their case against another casino in the city.

They are urging the Gaming Control Board not to award the license.

They're not the only ones. State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, who represents Chester, is on record as opposing the move. So is a group of residents in South Philly who already deal with the headaches caused by the sports complex, and who are less than thrilled about the idea of another casino coming to the neighborhood.

We'll be at this morning's press conference by County Council.

Tomorrow's headline?

Delco to State Gaming Board: Don't Bet on It!
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Celebrating Champions of Adult Literacy

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:06
You might say I have a built-in bias when it comes to reading.

People don't read, I don't eat. Of course, some people say I never eat anyhow. They may be right.

Still, as a newspaper editor, I have a vested interest in literacy.

That's why I am proud to be a big booster of the Delaware County Literacy Council.

I was honored again last night to attend their annual celebration of Champions of Adult Literacy at Harrah's Casino in Chester.

I was lucky enough to be one of those honored last year. This year they picked three more citizens for laurels. They made some terrific choices.

Each winner is introduced by a student who is working with the Literacy Council. It's pretty inspiring to hear Maria Van Buskirk, a native of Venezuela, talk about the difference the Literacy Council has made in her life. Onnica Gaglio talked about making some bad decisions in her young life and how the Literacy Council got her back on the right track. And Denise King spoke openly about her battle to achieve her GED.

The crowd was inspired by the first winner of the night, Kristin Ball Motley, founded Health Care Solutions Delaware Valley to help adults become more literate and cost-conscious about their medications. The Chester High grad spoke passionately about how she was headed in the wrong direction in life, and how her parents and the Literacy Council helped her change her course.

Patricia Hasson, president of Clarifi, which helps adults obtain financial literacy and works with people to avoid foreclosures, was honored for her firm's work, and state Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, was lauded for pushing hard to get changes in state law to help GED students.

I add my salute to this year's winners, and one of the true unsung agencies doing critically important work.

If you would like to find out how you can help the Delaware County Literacy Council, reach out to them at their website, www.delcoliteracy.org.
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Say it ain't snow

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-14 06:50
Did you survive the snow?

Yes, many areas got their first coating of snow yesterday afternoon.

Delco was not spared. This pic from Tom Kelly IV shows snow falling outside Springfield Mall Thursday afternoon.

I'm trying to figure out what's worse, the fact that it actually snowed on Nov. 13, or the breathless TV coverage of our first winter event.

As usual, it sent the local TV stations into a frothing state of hyperventilation. Some stations actually raced out to Berks County to note the arrival of the first flakes, several weeks before the official start of winter.

I was driving home from an event in Chester last night. Yes, it was snowing pretty good as I made my way up the Blue Route around 8 p.m. No, it didn't seem to have any effect on traffic. The roads were wet. Same this morning. If there were slick spots, I must have missed them.

Of course, that won't stop the local TV stations from dramatically reporting on our initial foray into winter.

Probably more important, it will be followed by a nasty cold snap that is expected to stick around all weekend.

This morning there are TV reporters hanging out at the Wawa in Thorndale, outside Coatesville, to show us that some cars still have a slight coating of snow. I'm not making this up.

Call me in May. I think I might just go into hibernation.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Sixers hit a new low - blown out by 53 points

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-11-14 06:38
Here's something for Philly sports fans to ponder on a very cold Friday morning.

Who do you think will win more games in November, the Eagles or the Sixers?

The Eagles already have a head start, having beaten both the Texans and Panthers for a perfect 2-0 mark as they head into the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday.

Then there's the Sixers.

This isn't funny anymore.

In case you missed, the Sixers lost again last night, stretching their futility so far this year to 0-8.

But they didn't just lose.

They got blown out. They weren't even in the same zip code as the Dallas Mavs as they got bludgeoned, 123-70. If this was a fight, they would have stopped it.

Forget the 53-point margin. This one was over early.

It was 38-10 at the end of the first quarter.

It was 73-29 at the half, meaning if the Mavs had not scored a single point in the second half, they still would have won.

What the Sixers are doing, tanking a second straight season in the hopes of gaining the top draft pick as they rebuild the team, is an insult to the proud tradition of hoops in Philly.

Back to my original question.

If the Eagles don't win another game this month, I still think they win more than this putrid Sixers team.

The 1972-73 Sixers gained some measure of infamy by posting a 9-73 mark, a record.

That mark is in serious jeopardy.

That's how bad this team is.
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Township Now Accepting Online Parking Lot Permit Applications

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-11-13 21:04
Permits are generally available for sale about a month before the start of the six-month period, the township said.
Categories: Lower Merion


Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-11-13 19:06

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Contentious BOC meeting over Cricket Lot project and issues about 'paper street' - Haws Terrace

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:38
A section of a street that was paved over nearly 60 years ago to create Lower Merion Township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot may be the next battleground in the fight over the site’s future.
Categories: Lower Merion

Longtime Lower Merion CFO Dean Dortone moving on

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:45
Lower Merion Township Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone, who since 2002 has helped keep the township on an even financial keel, maintain its top credit rating, and extend a long record of budget reporting awards, is moving on.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth's draft budget calls for real estate tax increase

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:02
Can Narberth turn its streak of no-tax-increase budgets into a five-year run?
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion considering changes to Ardmore MUST zoning

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:57
ARDMORE >> Controversial since its adoption in 2006, Ardmore’s MUST, or Mixed-Use Special Transit District zoning, was intended to encourage new development or redevelopment to revitalize the downtown, while preserving a pedestrian-oriented, “transit-friendly” character. Now it may be in for some significant changes.
Categories: Lower Merion


Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:37

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” -George Sand

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.” – Bertolt Brecht

Today, sipping tea in my little house in its own big woods on a chilly November day, I am content. There is no place on earth I would rather be.

Today is also a bittersweet day as it is a day on which my family lost two wonderful people. Yes, on the same day a couple of years apart. My cousin Suzy and my father.

Thanks for stopping by.

Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Salvo for November 12, 2014 - "Tear Up This Law"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:05
The Daily Salvo for November 12, 2014 - "Tear Up This Law"
Will John Boehner and Mitch McConnell follow Ronald Reagan's lead and work to 'tear down' the wall of domestic socialism? From: The Daily Salvo Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Lower Merion Police Reports: Man refuses to pay for drinks at Erin Pub in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Public intoxication>> Lower Merion police cited a 26-year-old man from Gulph Hills Road in Radnor with public intoxication and disorderly conduct following an incident at the Erin Pub on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr Nov. 7 at 1:57 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Horrors of the Holocaust conveyed through eyes of black soldier who helped liberate survivors of Buchenwald

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
This Veterans Day, some local students had a rare opportunity to hear from a speaker with a unique perspective on the horror that discrimination, taken to the extreme of hate, can wreak.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion releases 'restrained' 2015 budget, manager reflects on his first budget

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Extending a trend, Lower Merion Township Manager Ernie B. McNeely has released a Proposed 2015 Budget that calls for no property tax rate increase for the fourth year in a row.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bag of ammo found at Barrack Hebrew Academy

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-11-13 12:51
Radnor police gave the all-clear around 3 p.m. Wednesday after multiple police departments along with several K-9 units responded to Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Categories: Lower Merion

What Accountability? Dermocrats Win Despite Inexplicable House Losses

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-11-13 11:25
Here’s how this whole caucus leadership thing works, since it looks like no Democrats can play this game. You give somebody a job to do, and if they do a good job, you let them try it again. If...
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