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U.S. Sen. Casey joins Narberth, Montco officials to announce infrastructure bill, "sound a cry for help"

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-05-12 09:13
The North Narberth Avenue Bridge is a vital connection in the borough, linking North and South Narberth neighborhoods and the downtown business district to the wider area with its span over the SEPTA and Amtrak rail line.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, May 12

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-12 07:33
The Daily Numbers: 1 person in custody and 1 person - believed to be the gunman - still being sought in connection with that wild brawl that ended in gunfire no crowded playground in Darby Borough Sunday night.

6 shots believed fired during the melee.

100 moms and dads who showed up again last night to support embattled Indian Lane Principal Bill Bennett, who is in danger of losing his job in Rose Tree Media.

20, age of mentally challenged man from Upper Darby who was missing but has contacted his family and is now believed safe.

3,200 fine slapped on Delaware County Solid Waste Authority for a paperwork snafu.

4 of August, that is when the special election will be held to fill the seat vacated by state Rep. Joe Hackett in the 161st District. Hackett decided to go back to being a county detective just weeks into his 2nd term.

160 one- and two-bedroom apartments proposed for the West End Flats development on the western edge of Media Borough.

1 woman burned in car fire in Upper Darby Monday night.

2 people in Drexel Hill sued by feds for allegedly submitting bogus health care claims to Medicare.

1 million dollar fine slapped on Montco firm for ignoring repeated warnings about dangerous equipment.

7.3 new quake that jolted Nepal overnight.

19 people killed in latest tremor, another 981 injured.

11 games under .500 for the Phillies, as they sit at 11-22 after last night’s 4-3 loss to the Pirates.

.245 average for Cody Asche, who is being sent down to Lehigh Valley to get some time in left field. That will make room for Maikel Franco at third base.

.336 average for Franco for the IronPigs.

4 game suspension for Patriots QB Tom Brady in ‘Deflategate.’

1 million dollar fine for New England.

2 draft picks lost.

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

Cody Asche will learn to play left field. That will make room for Maikel Franco at third. Ben Revere will move to right. What does that leave for Dom Brown?

I Don’t Get It: Why do I get the feeling that if the NFL had not been battling one PR nightmare after another, they would not have come down nearly as hard on Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Darby Chief Bob Smythe, who is vowing a crackdown to take back the streets after a violent stretch.

Quote Box: “He was arrested by us for dealing drugs, and now he’s dealing drugs again.”

- Darby Police Chief Bob Smythe, on suspect in shooting on crowded playground.
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'The Edge' is coming to Delco

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-12 06:50
No, U2 is not coming to Delaware County.

But 'The Edge' is.

Delaware County Council today will roll out the county's new public relations campaign.

The county poobahs will gather at SAP, out on West Chester Pike in Newtown, to roll out their new push to let everyone know what Delco has to offer.

Council is convinced the county has 'The Edge' over the competition, and they will be using a campaign dubbed 'Get the Edge in Delaware County' to push that message to businesses, municipalities and non-profits.

The new blitz comes just in time to capitalize on the millions who will be visiting the region in September for the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

Expect a full-court press in one of Delco's high-tech heartbeats - the glittering cafeteria of SAP America, the German-based software icon that has made Delaware County home for years.

What do you think the chances that front and center will be Council members John McBlain, Colleen Morrone and Michael Culp? Only a cynic like me would point out that the three Republicans are running for re-election in next week's primary.

Nice timing.

Make sure you follow reporter Kristina Scala on Twitter @Scala_Kris for live updates.
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It's easy to dislike Tom Brady

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-12 06:21
It's easy to dislike Tom Brady.

He's got enough Super Bowl rings to start a high-end jewelry store.

He's the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

He's got chiseled good looks.

And then there's his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Pretty nice life.

But now Brady is being called something else - cheater.

And by no less a source than the NFL itself.

The league came down hard on Brady yesterday, suspending him for the first four games of next season for his role in what is infamously known as 'Deflategate.' The NFL believes Brady knew about the plan to use under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC championship game.

The Patriots also were fined $1 million and will lose two draft picks.

The team is rallying around its leader, rejecting the findings of the NFL's report and vowing that Brady will appeal. He has three days to do so.

Even if his penalty is reduced, it's unlikely Brady will be behind center for the glamourous NFL opener, a prime time Thursday contest vs. the Steelers. No doubt the TV folks are thrilled about that.

Here's what I think about Brady:

When God cut the mold for NFL quarterbacks, he used Brady as the mold. Tall, lean, rocket arm, able to read the most complex defenses. Maybe even leap over tall buildings in a single bound.

I don't think any of this taints Brady's legacy. I still think he's the best quarterback in NFL history. The numbers - and those rings - tell me that.

The Patriots are pretty well-known for pushing the envelope. There was Spy-Gate, in which the team was accused of stealing other teams' signals. Some Eagles fans still wonder if the Birds lost that Super Bowl to the Patriots fair and square. But we'd give our right arm for one of the those rings.

In the meantime, we're left to discuss the merits of Cody Asche being sent down to Lehigh Valley to learn how to play left field and make way for Maikel Franco at third base.

Yeah, I know.

Not exactly "Super."
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Winners Announced for Annual 'Greenies' Awards

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-05-11 21:44
The Go for the Green Awards raise environmental awareness throughout Lower Merion and Narberth.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: 7-Eleven theft leads to felony charges

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 12:29
Felony charges for 7-Eleven theft>> Lower Merion police arrested and charged Jahomadon H. Meachum, 38, of Philadelphia with retail theft from the 7-Eleven store at 169 City Avenue May 3 at 9:45 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

UPenn Awards Bryn Mawr Student Grant to Develop Drinking Water System in Kenya

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-05-11 12:22
Matthew Lisle will travel to Africa during the 2015-2016 school year to design and implement the water filtration system.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County travel expo boosts interest in papal visit

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 12:07
WHITEMARSH >> A mini-travel expo held Friday to generate interest in the Pope Francis’ visit to the region in September featured short hot-air balloon rides, travel and Montgomery County tourism information tables and the opportunity to sign a “Looking forward to seeing you” welcome card to the pope.
Categories: Lower Merion

Winter weather takes a toll on PennDOT's resources

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 12:07
Remember that seemingly endless winter that dragged into April?
Categories: Lower Merion

Sen. Casey to visit Narberth Borough today

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 11:29
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) will visit Narberth Borough this morning for a press event at the site of the North Narberth Avenue Bridge. Casey will speak about the importance of investing in the nation’s infrastructure.
Categories: Lower Merion

Winter's toll: More road repair dollars needed in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 09:32
ARDMORE >> Two severe winter seasons in a row have left Lower Merion Township considering a different approach – including funding increases – to roadway maintenance in 2015 and beyond.
Categories: Lower Merion

First Friday Main Line: Don't be square -- Try Ardmore's Cube d'Art May 16

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-05-11 09:32
ARDMORE >> Sherry Tillman is not finished with bringing an “artitude” to her town of Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, May 11

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:56
The Daily Numbers: 12 hour meeting on Friday in which a new tentative contract was hammered out between Garnet Valley teachers and the district.

6 shots fired during a large brawl in Darby Borough Sunday night.

0 serious injuries in the incident.

3 men who are believed to have approached a Drexel Hill middle schooler while walking to school.

20, age of mentally challenged man in Upper Darby who has been missing since Wednesday.

2 people shot in Chester on Sunday.

29, age of Ridley woman who is charged with leading police on a wild chase, including tossing beer bottles out of the car along the way.

17, age of 10th grade student in Upper Darby who was tragically struck and killed by his father in the driveway of their home.

2 candidates seeking Dem nod for mayor in Chester.

12 candidates seeking 6 seats on Rose Tree Media School Board.

4,727 more registered Democrats in Delaware County than Republicans.

169,376 registered Democrats.

164,649 registered with the GOP.

11-21 record for the Phillies, tied for worst in baseball with the Brewers.

loss for the Phils to the Mets yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.

.116 batting average for Chase Utley. That’s up from .099 where he was on Friday.

6 wins for Mets starter Bartolo Colon.

40 1/3 innings for Colon without a walk.

5 runs on 8 hits over 5-plus innings for Phils starter Chad Billingsley.

3 career home runs for Billingsley, who went yard again yesterday.

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

This might be the longest summer in recent Philly sports history. How many days until Eagles report to training camp?

I Don’t Get It: A brawl ends in gunfire on a crowded playground in Darby Borough. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the grads from Penn State Brandywine, who picked up their diplomas on Saturday.

Quote Box: “Morons.”

- Darby Police Chief Bob Smythe on the person who opened fire during a brawl in the borough.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Garnet Valley teachers get tentative deal

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:25
It took a year, but they have a deal in Garnet Valley.

Now we have to find out what it will cost.

Teachers in Garnet Valley had been working without a contract since the end of last school year. It took them almost to the end of this school year to get a new deal.

Senior citizens groups - a powerful new force in the district with the explosion of senior-restricted housing communities, had been urging the school board to hold the line.

No details are being released until after the deal is ratified by both the teachers union and the school board.

As usual, the taxpayers, the folks who will pick up the tab for the new deal, will be the last to know.
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The Phils hit bottom

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:10
The Phillies have hit bottom.

Now the only question is how low can they go.

With yesterday's come-from-ahead 7-4 loss to the Mets, the Phils are now tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the worst record in Major League Baseball.

The Phils are sitting at a lowly 11-21, double digits under .500, and a cool 9.5 game in back of the Mets, who took two of three in the weekend set in South Philly.

Is it time to start the Ryne Sandberg watch?

I always liked Sandberg and could never figure out why he was constantly passed over by the Cubs. Maybe now we know. It's bad enough to watch this team, but listening to Sandberg's deadpan recaps after the game is almost cruel and unusual punishment.

No wonder the team has no life. They're taking a clue from the skipper.

On Friday, after he grounded into an inning-ending double-play, Utley's batting average officially slid under the almost unbelievable .100 mark.

Yesterday Utley doubled - his first of the season - and raised his average to .116.

Looking for a silver lining to this miserable season?

Check out young phenom Aaron Nola. The top draft pick from Louisiana State has been overpowering hitters with the Reading Phils. He went eight innings Sunday, in the process overpowering the Erie Sea Wolves. He threw 101 pitches, 66 of them for strikes. He gave up just four hits and struck out eight. More importnatly, he did not walk a batter, in the process lowering his ERA to 2.04.

We know all about the Phils todays. They are on course to lose as many as 100 games.

It's probably time to start thinking about the future, and what this lineup may look like then.

Whether or not Ryne Sandberg will be around is likely going to be talked about a lot this summer.
Categories: Pennsylvania

And the Most Racist Place in America Is...Closer Than You Think

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-05-10 08:38
Study analyzing Google searches finds southeastern Pennsylvania very racist. It also suggests your racism may cut someone else’s life short.
Categories: Lower Merion

LM Planners: Vote on controversial Ardmore twin-, townhouse project tabled

Main Line Times - Sat, 2015-05-09 11:00
ARDMORE >> Residents of Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue who are facing the prospect of redevelopment that will significantly change several blocks of their street got a respite of sorts this week, but it may be short-lived.
Categories: Lower Merion

Young Republicans Endorse Lower Merion Candidate for Montco Commissioner

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-08 15:51
Scott Zelov and Steve Tolbert received the endorsment from the Montgomery County Young Republicans.
Categories: Lower Merion

An Update From Ardmore Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-08 15:04
You can continue to enjoy Patch, but updates will be on hold for a day while we do some maintenance.
Categories: Lower Merion

in the garden: lush life

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2015-05-08 12:41


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