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The Daily Numbers for Friday, July 8

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-07-08 07:46
The Daily Numbers: 5 police officers killed in Dallas when snipers opened fire during a protest march.

6 other officers wounded in the attack.

2 fatal shootings of black men by police officers in New Orleans and Minnesota that has touched off a new round of protests.

491 fatal police-involved shootings in the first 6 months of 2016. That’s up from 465 in same time period last year.

500 people marched through the streets of Center City Philadelphia shutting down traffic to protest police shootings of black men.

20 counts of child porn to which a former firefighter from Glenolden pleaded guilty to in federal court.

17.5 to 35 years in prison for a 48-year-old Haverford man in connection with the sexual abuse of a young girl.

2.4 percent tax hike coming in Rose Tree Media.

1/3 of SEPTA regional rail line remains out of service.

30,000 fewer riders using the system this week.

65,000 riders on regional rails on a normal business weekday.

2.5 foot alligator found in lake in Ocean County, N.J.

11-2 mauling of the Phillies by the Rockies in Denver last night.

6 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings for Phils starter Adam Morgan. He was sent down after the game.

12th homer of the season for Ryan Howard.

2 hits for Maikel Franco, but his streak of 4 games with homers ended.

11-0 win for Drexel Hill Little League over Marple Township.

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

You might say it was a ‘Rockies’ road for Phils starter Adam Morgan. His rough outing in Denver, including 3 home runs.

I Don’t Get It: We have a race problem in the United States. Let’s resolve it before any more lives are lost.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those at least willing to seek answers to our problems, as opposed to settling our issues with a gun.

Quote Box: “Kenney is demonstrably un-American in misusing his public office to conduct his personal war on the Catholic Church.”

- Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, responding to Philly Mayor Jim Kenney’s criticism of Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Red, white, black, blue: Race in America

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-07-08 06:49
President Obama is right. We're 'horrified' by what happened last night in Dallas.

Snipers opened fire on police during an otherwise peaceful march to protest two more fatal shootings of black men at the hands of police officers in the United State.

I just wish I could say I'm surprised. I'm not.

America has a race problem. It has for a long time.

Don't believe me? Take this little test.

Go to any story, preferably a crime story, on our website, DelcoTimes.com.

Scroll down and take a gander at the comments posted on those stories. See how long it takes for the issue to boil down to race. I'm not always especially proud of some of the filth that appears in our comments section. It's a full-time job - a luxury I don't have - to police that content.

When someone complains, I take a look. I often delete it. That does not stop it. Nor does trying to ban those making such blatantly racist claims. They simply log back on from another IP and go about their hateful ways.

There are a lot of things I like about the internet. And a few I loathe. The notion of allowing an anonymous platform for people to spew racial hatred - all while cloaked in anonymity - would be at the top of that list.

I spend an inordinate amount of time every day online. I am constantly posting on Twitter and Facebook, and updating our website.

I do nothing online that my name does not sit beside, whether it be this blog, my weekly print column, or for that matter the rest of the content in the Daily Times.

That does not include the comments.

Today we continue to mourn the deaths of five police officers in Dallas.

We also continue to seek answers in the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police, the lightning rod that touched off this latest outpouring of protest.

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. All lives matter.

Here in Delaware County, we are just a few days removed from seeing one of our own, Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman, gunned down in the line of duty. He took 7 bullets and survived. It's a dangerous job.

I don't doubt for a minute there are bad cops, just as there are bad editors, bad newspaper people and bad people in every line of work.

This morning, this feels different.

We have a problem in this country.

You can see it in the political rhetoric that borders on "us vs. them."

That's not what we're about. Or maybe I've been wrong all this time. Maybe it is what we're all about. Or what we've become.

Take another look at the conversation on social media. And the anonymous comments on websites.

It's scary out there, something akin to the Wild, Wild West.

And it's getting scarier every day.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Who will pay for save Don Guanella tract?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-07-08 06:30
Yesterday on our editorial page, we talked about the push to preserve the 213 acres or pristine open space that surrounds the former home of the Don Guanella School in Marple Township.

It is owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But they are looking to sell it. They had a deal in place with a developer who envisioned a massive residential and retail center he dubbed Cardinal Crossing.

That idea didn't fly. The community mobilized against the plan, packing township meetings to voice their opposition. They formed a group called Save Marple Greenspace to take up the fight.

County planners weighed in against the development. The township followed suit.

Last week the archdiocese nixed its agreement of sale with developer Bruce Goodman.

The question is what happens now?

The archdiocese says the tract will go back on the market.

Save Marple Greenspace went to County Council this week to urge them to put a referendum on the November ballot on the possibility of floating a bond measure to buy the ground.

One Republican state House candidate is even imploring the archdiocese to donate the land. Don't think that's happening anytime soon. About that possibility of a bond issue.

The county would be wise to listen to the words of Michael Burns. He's a Haverford resident and member of the Interboro School Board. He makes the point - which has been made in this county before - that such a measure falls inordinately on those who can least afford it, and who likely would get little in the form of a direct benefit.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Newest Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-07-07 20:00
So where can you find the open houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Here’s a look at the most recent listings...
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-07-07 20:00
Looking for a new home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Gov. Wolf Signs 7 Bills Into Law Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-07-07 16:34
​Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed seven bills into law Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth's GreenDrop Partners With American Red Cross

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-07-07 15:57
Donors to GreenDrop, the area nonprofit which recycles used clothing and household goods, can now also support the American Red Cross.
Categories: Lower Merion

Commuters' confusion continues as SEPTA regional rail lines hampered by loss of train cars

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-07-07 11:49
ARDMORE >> Frustrations were growing among SEPTA Regional Rail riders in Ardmore Thursday morning. When commuters were told a train at Bryn Mawr was to stop in Ardmore but then blew right by the station shortly before 9 a.m., a few expletives could be heard from those waiting on the platform.
Categories: Lower Merion

As SEPTA Falters, Uber and Philadelphia Make Up: Reports

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-07-07 11:42
Uber is now formally legal in the city of Philadelphia, as SEPTA's Regional Rail shutdown has thrown commuters into a frenzy.
Categories: Lower Merion

yard sale etiquette

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-07-07 11:37

It’s summertime and who doesn’t like a really fun yard sale, right? Well there are rules. You are basically a guest on someone else’s property, so try to remember that. 

Are there rules? Maybe they aren’t written down or codified in our unspoken but yes, there are rules.

When you go to yard sale, you are in essence a guest at someone else’s house/property. So try to behave – just the way you would expect your children to (or one would hope.)

Respect the property you are visiting. 

Don’t let your kids just run all over if you bring them with you and please don’t let them just manhandle the goods. 

Leave your dogs at home. Even if the garage sale or yard sale you are going to has animals, it doesn’t mean they want yours there. 

Do not go trampling through their gardens and flowerbeds. 

Do not take yourself on an uninvited tour of the property or specific areas that they have said are off-limits. If the sale is at the head of the driveway, that’s where you stay – you don’t wander onto the porch or into the garage or God forbid into the basement or house.

Do not block their driveway or the neighbors’ driveways. If you are so unwell that you can’t walk a couple extra feet parking on the street, stay home. Also don’t speed on the street you are visiting for a yard or garage sale, their stuff will be there if you do the speed limit.

Don’t be an early bird. If the sign or ad says it starts at 9 AM or whatever the time is, respect that. Give people the time to set up without hawking over them. And those people who do the night before drive-bys and then stop with a flashlight to see if they can see things? Come on now, would you want that if it was YOUR home?

Haggling. If you are given a price on something and you want to counter politely, that’s fine. But aggressive haggling or lowballing to the point of being insulting? That’s just not nice, and it makes people not want to have garage and yard sales.

 People throwing garage and yard sales also don’t want those who believe in the power of the five finger discount. Stealing is morally reprehensible…and it’s also against the law.

Try not to get loud. Being loud and obnoxious at a garage or yard sale in order to get what you want makes it uncomfortable for everyone. Also try to go to the bathroom before you come to a garage or yard sale, because I’m sorry people do not want strangers in their homes or relieving themselves in  flowerbeds.

After the transaction is completed and the price is agreed-upon on larger items if you have to come and pick something up later, pay for it first. These people are not running a store. There is no staff to put something back into inventory and there is no inventory or warehouse. And when it comes to transactions, come to the sale with change and small bills like you would if you were going to a fleamarket for example.

Again, you are a guest at someone else’s home. Maybe they don’t have their yard or garage sale set up the way you would want it, but it’s their sale and you are a guest. So you either play by the house rules or you pick up your toys and go home.

And today we don’t just have real live garage and yard sales, we have the virtual kind that live the social media platforms Facebook. There are yard sale groups for all sorts of things. 

All yard sale groups have rules of some kind or another so try to follow them.  Not all yard sale groups sell or allow the same things, so read the rules or ask a yard sale group admin if something is OK or not if you are unsure even after reading the group rules.

Virtual yard sale groups have lingo. Common terminology includes but is not limited to the following:

Bump – Posted in the comments section of a sale listing BY the seller so that the item is placed back at the top of the feed. Most limit the amount of times you can bump an item.

PPU – pending pick up – that means seller and the buyer have come to terms and the seller is waiting for the buyer to come pick up the item and is not entertaining any other current offers at present.

Porch pickup –  porch pick up is fairly self-explanatory. It means you are picking up the item from the sellers home and a lot of times they will meet you on their front porch, or they will leave the item on the front porch and tell you where to leave the money. If somebody says porch pick up only you don’t ask them to meet in a supermarket parking lot. If you’re doing a porch pick up do it during daylight hours, if you’re doing a meet which is a mutually agreed-upon spot out in the public view, I also suggest doing that during daylight hours.

Meet up– A meet up is when you are meeting someone at a mutually agreed place to complete a transaction – if a person doesn’t have the comfort level of anyone coming to their home they might say I will meet you in the XYZ supermarket parking lot. If you do a public meet, use common sense. Meet in a visible location during daylight hours. Tell the other party what your car looks like and what time you will be there and stick to it. Exchange cell phone numbers in case someone runs into traffic.

Cross-posted or xp or OOS – cross posted (also known as XP) or OOS literally means an item is cross posted on other sites. That means the seller has the same item on multiple sites to maximize their exposure and chance of a sale.

ISO –  This means ‘in search of.’ People post these things when they are hunting an item they don’t see listed on a particular yard sale group at the time. These posts are not for sale posts however, they are just regular posts.  So don’t create such a post in the sale post form and put some made up number in the price line –  you aren’t selling something you are looking for something. It is also super annoying when you see people post in search of posts and the yard sale group has 10 of that item. So do a quick search of your group for what you are looking for before you post in search of.

PM – Private Message – this is what buyers and sellers should do to work out the kinks and details of the pick up and to answer questions. However if you are a buyer try not to message incessantly. If you are a seller try to answer your messages as promptly as possible. And remember if buyers and  sellers are not connected in anyway on Facebook you will have to look in Facebook’s dreaded “other” folder or in “message requests” if you use messenger,

Next – Next is what you say when you are literally the next person in line and you have interest in the item. Person A says “I’m interested I will private message you for pick up”. Person B says if they are interested “next”. And if the seller says sold pending pick up, people really should stop saying “next”.

NWT – This was something I didn’t know what it meant for the longest time. It means new with tags. If you then see NWOT that means new without tags.

Do virtual yard sale groups have etiquette in addition to the rules that are posted? Generally speaking yes but it all usually comes in the form of posted rules. Because the groups are virtual most will have codified rules that people should follow. It just makes it easier. If you don’t like the rules find a yard sale group you’re more comfortable with.

But as far as actual etiquette, it’s following the golden rule: do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Be polite. Respond as promptly as possible. When you are arranging a pick up on either side of the deal, choose a time and stick to it. Everyone’s time is valuable. Delays like traffic jams happen. So do unforeseen circumstances like not having childcare suddenly, or getting stuck at work. Just communicate with each other as the buyer and seller. But if on either side of the transaction you have more than one instance where pick up or meet is canceled or you inexplicably get blown off, go to your group admin and see if it’s OK with them for you to move on to the next interested person because of that or if you are the buyer to just walk away altogether.

When you are a seller you should make your for sale post as clear as possible. A full description , your terms , your availability, price and PHOTOS . Put your photos in the body of your post. No one wants to chase photos in the comment section, and in most groups if you post something for sale and say there is no photo to post you will get deleted. After all you are on a social media site called Facebook which is driven by photos and it is not rocket science to add them.

When you are a seller don’t accept strange terms. Don’t let someone mail you a check , for example. I had that happened to a friend and it ended up the check was counterfeit. If you tell someone cash only and they show up with a check, you don’t have to accept that check.

Buyers when you were going to pick something up try to bring exact change. You are NOT going to a store you’re going to an individual. And buyers  when you say you are interested in something and you want to buy it don’t leave the seller hanging. 

What prompted this post on this blog? Observations at  a couple of yard sales this summer and a recent experience that is nothing short of frustrating as hell when trying to sell something on a local yard sale group.

We will start with a local and real yard sale/garage sale I went to recently. I went at the start time of the signs I saw. When I got there there were people who had shown up almost an hour early. That is so impolite. This homeowner is nicer than I would’ve been, because I actually have no problem telling people to leave and come back when we’re open for business.

At this real yard sale I also saw people going into places the homeowner specifically asked people not to be. This is something that truly bothers me because years ago I had a couple of neighbors who wanted to have a yard sale. They had people show up working as a team where one person distracted the yard sale throwers and the other person slipped inside their home and robbed them.  

At other  yard sales in the past, I have also seen people take things that weren’t  for sale and walk up to the homeowners and asked to buy them. In other words, they went where they weren’t supposed to be took items from wherever and walked up to the homeowners and said “I’d like to buy this.” The homeowners naturally responded “oh we’re sorry, that wasn’t in a public area and isn’t for sale.” And I watched one time where this person at a sale pitched a fit, end it was like watching a train wreck – you couldn’t look away. There was this person making a scene and it wasn’t something that was for sale. They basically trust past where they were NOT supposed to be and expected the homeowner to just say  “OK fine it’s five dollars.”

At a recent yard sale I watched in amazement as the homeowner try to work with someone wishing to purchase multiple items. That is what you call a bundle and a lot of times people will work with you and give you a slight discount if you’re buying a bunch of things together versus just one. I watched this man haggle over a very fair bundle price and basically lowballed to the point where the homeowner smiled graciously and said “no I am sorry I just can’t do that.”  The homeowner was so incredibly gracious. What a nice person.

At a recent real yard sale I also was somewhat amazed by the people that just showed up with dogs at someone else’s property without so much as even asking if it’s OK. Generally speaking, people don’t want to be rude about it, but you are indeed being rude by taking your animals onto someone else’s property that you do not know. Even if you know the person, they’re having a yard sale and they don’t want to have to keep an eye on someone else’s pets, nor do they want to deal with the inevitable which is someone else will be at the sale who is allergic or scared of dogs. Or the dog or dogs of the folks visiting the sale will want to get in a fight with the homeowners dogs if they are out.  Maybe nothing will happen, but that’s not the point.  It’s not a love me love my dogs situations. You bring your pets places where you have asked in advance if it’s OK or not.

Now most people expect people to show up to yard sales in the summertime with kids in tow. However the kids need to know the ground rules when they get out of the car from the parents. It’s not the job of the people throwing the garage or yard sale to babysit your children. And it is your responsibility as a parent, especially if your children are small to keep an eye on them and to not let them handle everything, especially breakables. Which brings me to another topic.

Why is it yard sales always seem to end up with the proverbial bull in the china shop? Accidents happen and it’s easy to knock over a glass for example and not do it intentionally. But what I’m talking about are the people that push everyone out of the way to get that item on the table and they don’t care if they knock stuff over and break other things to get to it. And these are the people that don’t say “oh I’m sorry let me pay for that”, they look at the people hosting the garage and yard sale like it’s their fault.

And let’s go to the inspiration or impetus of why I also wrote about virtual yard sale groups in this post. It’s a two-pronged approach: it’s my experience as a buyer and a seller, and as an admin.

I am an admin of one of the millions of yard sale group pages on Facebook. I share the duty with several other people. There are days when we just have a gabfest in messenger because we can’t believe the items we are having to delete, and the way some people behave.

This of course means when I am a buyer or a seller on a virtual yard sale group page I try harder then probably a lot of people to make my transactions go smoothly. Because I sit in the catbird seat of observing as an admin of one page, I really try to follow the rules of whichever group I am in, and  try extra hard to be nice and accommodating. 

Well right now, I am in a transaction that has been going on for a week. I picked the brain of one of the group admins yesterday, and this morning I wrote to them that  want to message the buyer politely  to let the buyer  out of the transaction if need be. Now I’m going to tell all of you why.

I have this nice area rug. I decided it didn’t go with the decor in a room any longer. So I decided to pull it off the floor. When I did that, I didn’t just toss it in the attic, I sent it out to be professionally cleaned and mothproofed.

When the rug came back I lived with it for a few weeks all rolled up in the attic until I decided it was taking up too much space and I wanted to sell it. All I want out of it is close to what I paid to have it cleaned and mothproofed.

Now this rug is not some antique prized Persian carpet, but it is nice. So it’s not going to be $10 on a yard sale group. I dragged it out of the attic, unwrapped it and inspected it to make sure the people I had paid to clean it did their job. 

After I ascertained  that they had done what I paid them to do, I measured the rug and I took lots of photos and I posted it with a complete description on a couple of yard sale group pages. I had varying indications of interest, and a couple of people who measured or asked their spouses and came back and said no I’m sorry I have to pass. I have no problems with that. 

Shortly before the Fourth of July weekend was about to begin – as in last Thursday someone came along who wanted to buy my rug. They asked for my indulgence when I got back to them because they were out of town. I agreed although I didn’t have to because the general rule of thumb is if you agree to purchase something, you pick it up within a couple of days. If you aren’t going to be home or are out of town, you arrange for someone to pick it up and pay for it on your behalf and you clear that with the seller first. But I thought I don’t want to be a hard ass about it, I will give this person the benefit of the doubt. My prospective  buyer said they would connect at the end of fourth of July weekend.

So Tuesday rolls around and I still haven’t heard from my prospective buyer. So I do what you’re supposed to do which is to tag them on the sale post and say that you’re trying to connect and send them a private message. My prospective buyer leaves a comment back on the sale post that she is private messaging me. Actually she was at that point responding to my private message but I’m not going to split hairs.

This person then proceeds to ask me a bunch of questions about the item that were somewhat redundant, but in an effort to keep the sale moving forward I answered them to the best of my of my ability. I will admit I was at somewhat of a loss how to answer question would her employee have an allergic reaction to the rug because I have pets.

Huh? 

So basically I say once again that I had paid to have rug  professionally and mothproofed. I explained again that I had to unroll the rug in my clean house to photograph it for the yard sale sites, and then I rolled it back up again with dryer sheets in it to make sure it stayed as fresh smelling as it was when I unrolled it back from the rug cleaners. I pushed away any feelings that I was insulted because I have a clean home. I told them if they were worried about their employee then they should have it cleaned again. (I mean, what else could I say?)

My buyer said that  it was OK and could I do a pick up with her sometime later this week because they were trying to give their employees a break before they got busy again.  I wasn’t sure what that has to do with me exactly but what I said was that was fine. But then I also said I would like her to give me the day that she would like to pick up. I also gave her some hours where it wouldn’t work for me as the seller.

 OK now it is later in the week.  And she has not told me when she is picking it up. I have now held onto this item for this prospective buyer for a week. Normally people don’t do that because people take advantage.  I think I’ve been accommodating enough. 

Yes, it’s a bigger item so it won’t necessarily sell as quickly as something smaller. I don’t have to sell this item, I am choosing to sell this item. I have worked with this prospective buyer for a week now. Just to make sure I am following all the rules correctly, I am running it up the flagpole with the admins of this group to make sure they are OK with it. Maybe, this will all work out because the buyer is just having tough week. I hope so. But if not, what time is valuable to and if I have to move on to the next buyer I would like to do it sooner rather than later.

We live in a ever evolving world, which means even our garage and yard sales are changing. We have them still seasonally in real time, and virtually year round. But we are all grown-ups, or sre supposed to be, so we should try to be considerate regardless of if it is a real actual yard sale or garage sale or a virtual one on Facebook.

Am I Emily Post? No. But I think good manners should never go out of style even with the humble garage sale , virtual or real.

Thanks for stopping by.


Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, July 7

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-07-07 07:23
The Daily Numbers: 3, as in Day 3 of the great SEPTA slowdown on regional rails.

40 percent discount offered by Uber to take you to your destination.

7 to 23 months in jail for a former longtime Ridley High School teacher and track coach for his sexual assault on a former student.

5 years of probation after that for Gregory Stanczuk.

25 years, how long he will have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

30 years, how long he worked for the Ridley School District.

47 million dollar price tag for the 213 acres of the Don Guanella site in the deal that fell apart between a developer and the archdiocese of Philadelphia.

31, age of Robert Payne, a teacher in the Chester Upland School District who was found shot to death in his car on a city street.

40 shots believed fired into a car that killed a 41-year-old man who had just left Harrah’s Casino.

0 new taxes included in the $78.6 million dollar budget approved by the Marple Newtown School Board.

95, our expected high today as heat and humidity create another steaming day. We’re under an excessive heat warning through 6 p.m. Friday.

2 white police officers now being probed in the shooting death of a man in Louisiana.

2 teens injured by gunfire in Philadelphia.

4 straight wins for the red-hot Phillies.

9 wins in their last 11 games.

6 comeback wins in their last 13 games.

0 in their previous 32 games.

4 straight games in which Maikel Franco has homered.

14-game hitting streak snapped for Peter Bourjos.

2 runs on 4 hits given up by Phils starter Jeremy Hellickson.

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

Great home stand for the Phillies. Now they need to stay hot as they hit the road, starting tonight in Colorado.

I Don’t Get It: Apparently the issue of the Don Guanella tract was not enough for Archbishop Charles Chaput. He’s now taking some more heat for his rulings on offering Communion to gays, lesbians and divorced couples.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Interboro School Board member Michael Burns, who pointed out the unfairness built into a county bond issue, and the fact that it would hit his communities harder than many others, including Marple.

Quote Box: “Jesus gave us gift of Holy Communion because he so loved us. All of us. Chaput’s action are not Christian.”

- Mayor Jim Kenney, responding to guidelines for Communion for gays and divorced couples put out by Archbishop Charles Chaput.
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Cardinal Crossing debate heats up

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-07-07 06:25
The Battle of Cardinal Crossing moved to a new battlefield yesterday - County Council's weekly public meeting.

A group from Save Marple Greenspace appeared before Council to urge them to place a referendum on the November general election ballot on whether the county should float a bond to acquire the tract.

At stake is the grounds of what for decades was the home of the Don Guanella School, off Sproul Road in Marple. The 213-acre tract, including pristine woods behind Cardinal O'Hara High School, is one of the last remaining large open tracts in the densely populated central part of the county.

It is owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which had an agreement of sale with a developer who planned a town center-style mix of residential, retail and entertainment uses, including a new Wegmans supermarket. But Bruce Goodman could not get approval for his plans amid vehement community opposition to his plan.

Last week the archdiocese, after granting him one extension, cancelled their agreement of sale. But they plan to put the tract back on the market and are actively seeking a buyer.

County Council yesterday also indicated they plan to meet with representatives form the archdiocese next week.

The notion of County Council floating a bond comes a day after Alex Charlton, the Republican seeking to fill the state House 165th District seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Bill Adolph, suggested the archdiocese donate the Don Guanella site to a land trust or the county.

Not everyone at the meeting was in favor of a bond issue.

It's pretty simple really, and something the county has dealt with before.

The tax burden on such a move will be shared by everyone in the county, while the benefits of not developing the site won't necessarily do the same. For the most part, the key benefit here will be for those living closest to the site in Marple Township.

That was something that former Councilman Wally Nunn championed a couple of decades ago when he led a successful push to oppose a similar bond question to acquire open space.

Radnor Commission Luke Clark attended the meeting, and urged another the county to find another way to preserve the site, aside from a bond issue.

Likewise, Michael Burns, who grew up in Haverford and now lives in Glenolden and serves on the Interboro School Board, stressed his community can hardly afford another tax burden.

"It may not have an impact on you," he told Council, "but believe me, it will have a direct impact in my neighborhood."

Interboro School Board recently gave final approval to a budget that will once again hike taxes, while also cutting school district jobs.

He pointed out the fairly stark differences in the kind of tax burden differing millage rates have on Marple residents, as opposed to the much greater burden placed on taxpayers in his communities.

We'll see where County Council gets in their meetings with the archdiocese.

Here's one tip. Don't mention Communion for gays, lesbians or divorced couples.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Is Uber an answer to regional rail woes?

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-07-07 05:53
Welcome to Day Three of your Summer of Discontent, regional rail riders.

There may be some relief on the way for riders dealing with long delays, crowded trains, or filled trains that simply blow by them after they quickly filled to capacity.

Commuters looking for an option to regional rails, but who don't necessarily want to test their nerves driving in on the Schuylkill or I-95 will get some welcome news later today, when the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Uber are expected to announce a deal to allow the ride-sharing app to operate in the city.

Riders already have been able to take advantage of discount rides to get to several transit hubs in the suburbs. You could take Uber to get you to the 69th Street Terminal, then jump on the Market-Frankford El to get downtown.

But the fact is that for most suburban commuters, they will likely continue to deal with the Great Regional Rail Reduction of 2016 on a daily basis.

As expected with more and more people returning to work after the holiday weekend, things got progressively worse yesterday, with longer delays being reported and even more crowded train cars.

One thing we expected quickly came to fruition. We call it the "parade effect."

That's what happens, similar to what occurred back when the Phillies hailed their World Series championship with a downtown parade, when riders pack rail cars at the outlying stops. Then, once the trains reach capacity, then convert to express mode, blowing past many stations where harried commuters were forced to simply wait for the next available train.

That happened fairly early yesterday on the Wilmington line, where officials said train cars were packed at Marcus Hook, only the third stop on the line, and then "expressed" into the city.

Not helping things all that much is Mother Nature, providing stifling heat and humidity as the frustration among commuters heats up as well.

For a full review of what took place yesterday on the regional rails, click here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

New Listings: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 20:00
Looking for a new home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Narberth's Elmwood Church still stands while developer's plans mulled

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-07-06 16:03
Four months after the new owner of the former Baptist Church of the Evangel obtained a demolition permit, Narberth’s oldest church is still standing. The question what comes next, though, has become more complicated.
Categories: Lower Merion

trouble brewing in borough of west chester

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-07-06 15:50

Sometimes the doings of municipalities when trying to find a solution are slightly comical. It started with this which is floating across social media:

Could this ACTUALLY have some basis in truth? Well the short answer is unfortunately it does:

 

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And apparently there is a power struggle going on in West Chester and there is the guy who runs that BID (Business Improvement District) who is most unfortunately playing law enforcement in this video:

So yikes it seems not just the temperatures as in the weather that are heating up in the scenic Borough of West Chester!

Apparently there is a public hearing on this and other things (including BYOB restaurants) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at West Chester Borough Hall.

I am not familiar with this website PhilaNet.com and I found the above video in this post:

West Chester Business Improvement District Goes Neo-Nazi

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) executive director, Malcolm Johnstone, was observed in illegal activities at the corners of Gay and Church Streets in West Chester.

Malcolm was filmed approaching a street artist and forcing him to stop painting. He also implied he had the authority to stop a street musician from playing the guitar. All in all, it appeared Malcolm was committing hate crimes and civil rights violations.

 

Ok I am not an authority on civil rights violations, but I do question the authority of a civilian being able to just walk up and down the streets of West Chester and say to people what they can and can’t do. That is what borough personnel like police officers are for.

There is also this website http://kingarthur.com/ and another one http://justicedept.com/West-Chester-Crimes/

And on YouTube a bunch of videos:

 

So I don’t know what is going on, but maybe it’s time West Chester Borough talks about this? Or they won’t if it is pending litigation?  Is it because of this situation that there is now this proposed busking ordinance? Does that mean for street festivals in the borough where there is music or even just regular First Friday celebrations there will be extra permits and such that will have to be purchased even if performers were invited to come to the borough if this is passed?

I am not taking sides. But I can tell you as someone who worked to bring music to the streets of a community for many years by working on First Friday Main Line celebrations, it makes me sad if people are fighting over what should be a nice thing.

I have to be honest I was a little surprised by the West Chester BID guy Malcom Johnstone on the video. I say that as someone who is a fan generally speaking of all this BID (Business Improvement District) has accomplished over the years.  But I think he made a misstep by whatever he was trying to do that ended up on video. I am sure he was just trying to mediate a tough situation.

I will also say that music is expression, but West Chester is essentially a big small town. It is not Nashville or New Orleans or New York…and I do think that street performers in those locations need to have a permit.  Which leads me to my looming question: if West Chester passes this ordinance will that stop whatever this musicians versus whomever pissing match is all about?

NOTE TO BOTH SIDES: I am trying to be fair here, but I am struggling. I am struggling because to me music should not represent ugliness and fighting.

Maybe the Daily Local will take this on and hash out the issue.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Muderick:'‘Let's look to a common future'

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-07-06 14:01
It’s no secret that Narberth Borough has seen its share of contentious moments so far in 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

Feds: Bala Cynwyd financial adviser ripped off elderly clients

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-07-06 12:14
Federal officials announced July 1 that William Joseph Boyle, 47, of Bala Cynwyd was indicted on five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, and one count of investment adviser fraud.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTApocalypse: Sights and Sounds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 11:45
​The Philadelphia region was in a frenzy during the commute Wednesday morning after much of SEPTA's Regional Rail fleet was taken offline.​
Categories: Lower Merion

Open Houses In Ardmore This Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-07-06 11:18
Cool off inside while checking out some of these cool open houses in the local area.
Categories: Lower Merion