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September Designated 'Emergency Preparedness Month'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-19 23:09
A new resolution encourages citizens to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
Categories: Lower Merion

Trooper Ambush Suspect Added To FBI's Ten Most Wanted

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:37
Eric Matthew Frein should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, the FBI says.
Categories: Lower Merion

Andy Reid's son settles with Delco man over West Conshohocken road rage incident

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:24
NORRISTOWN – The son of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid has reached a settlement with a Delaware County man who sued him in connection with an alleged road-rage incident that occurred in West Conshohocken.
Categories: Lower Merion

'The Other Wes Moore' author to speak at Villanova University Sept. 25

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:24
Two boys, born within a year and blocks apart, grow up fatherless in one of America’s troubled inner cities.
Categories: Lower Merion

Relief denied for Wynnewood Shopping Center restaurant plan

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:24
On a second try, the owners’ request for relief from 60-year-old restrictions on expansion at the Wynnewood Shopping Center has been rebuffed.
Categories: Lower Merion

East Spring Avenue Home Ardmore Open Houses This Weekend

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-19 10:16
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

A stroll with Wagner Marseille, Lower Merion schools' acting superintendent, on Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:22
More than a dozen residents came out Tuesday morning for a leisurely stroll along the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to walk and talk with Lower Merion School District’s Acting Supt. Wagner Marseille.
Categories: Lower Merion

A face made for the newspaper

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:30
This Sunday morning I will prove - once again - that this is a face made for the newspaper.

Fox-29 is kicking off a new weekend morning news show this weekend, and one of the things they are doing is having Skype interviews with news people to see what is hot on their turf. I am going to be a semi-regular contributor.

Nothing is going to be hotter in Delaware County this weekend than the strike by nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. I am scheduled to be on around 8 a.m. Sunday. That will be one hour after nurses say they will walk out.

Tune in to see how I loo. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The show is called #Fox29Weekend. You know, like the Twitter hashmark. I’m so tech savvy.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Sept. 19

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland who plan to walk off the job Sunday morning.

7 a.m., when nurses vow to hit the bricks for 2 days.

5 days, how long Crozer will have replacement nurses staffing the facility.

38, age of man returned to Upper Darby yesterday to face murder charges in the slaying of his girlfriend.

5 times Masako Griffin sought a Protection From Abuse order against De-Schae Lowry.

4 shooting incidents that rocked Chester on Wednesday.

2,873 dollars that police say a Media man bilked from a local credit union to fee his gambling habit.

5-0 vote by Folcroft Borough Council to reinstate its 1 percent earned income tax.

29, age of Andy Reid’s son Britt, who has settled a civil lawsuit with a Springfield man in connection with a road-rage incident the former Eagles coach’s son was involved in.

0 people who have been charged so far in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia. Several people have been interviewed by police.

1 assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School who has resigned his post, apparently because of his connection to the case.

56 million credit and debit cards exposed in security breach at Home Depot.

109 point spike for the stock market yesterday.

17,265.99 close for the Dow, another record high.

1.7 percent uptick in Americans’ net worth

7-3 loss for the Phils in San Diego last night.

5 walks for Phils starter Kyle Kendrick, who gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings. He also hit 1 batter.

3 days of practice now missed by Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

0, how many games Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen likely will play this year. He’s dealing with blood clots in his leg and lung.

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

Bring on the Redskins! And DeSean. Here’s one vote that hopes the wideout is able to play on Sunday, as he deals with a banged-up shoulder. Seeing his return to the Linc would be worth the price of admission.

I Don’t Get It: Another NFL star is under arrest in a domestic violence incident. Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is alleged to have head-butted his wife after she refused his sexual advances. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to honors for longtime Media businessman Bill Gross, who has been added to the borough’s Walk of Fame.

Quote Box: “Did the administrators put you up to saying that?”

- Dem Pa. gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, joking with Chester kids after one youth said she was getting a good education.
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Live From the Newsroom' previews strike at Crozer

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:29
As I opened last night's 'Live From the Newsroom' live-stream broadcast, I was hoping for some glimmer of good news in the dour mood that hangs over one of the icons of Delco industry.

No such luck.

Nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, upset with a lack of progress in talks for a new contract that have been ongoing since April, are planning to walk off their jobs 7 a.m. Sunday. They are vowing to stay out for two days. But the hospital is bringing in nurses to staff the facility, and say they have to enter into a deal for five days. That means Crozer's nurses are likely going to be off the job for an additional three days.

Last night I was joined by Andrew Gaffney, a staff representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, the union that represents the 600 nurses at Crozer.

We also were joined by two longtime RNs from Crozer, Mary Trzeicak and Katie Eppehimer.

I was hoping to also have a representative from Crozer on the show, but the hospital declined, saying they preferred to do their talking at the bargaining table, not in the media.

That made for a somewhat one-side show. If you missed it, you can see the replay here.

I started the show by asking Gaffney for a quick update. I knew there had been several sessions with a federal mediator in the past couple of days, and that Crozer had offered the union a 'last, best offer.'

The union was not impressed. Gaffney said little progress was made and that no further talks are set. Nurses will hit the bricks Sunday morning.

There's been a lot of talk about the proper staffing in these talks. The nurses insist the hospital is dangerously under-staffed, pushing staff to the limit. But the hospital insists that's not the case, that Crozer is staffed at or above national levels. They also noted that for all the talk about staffing, most of the negotiations have centered on economic issues.

They are quick to point out that the average Crozer nurse makes $103,000 a year, and that the top earner last year checked in at a fairly healthy $167,803.

But Trzeicak said that number in itself is a sign of under-staffing at the hospital, noting the nurse who earned it "lived at the hospital." Both Trzeicak and Eppehimer said many nurses work a lot of overtime, again because of staffing issues. That's where the two sides stand.

Sunday morning Crozer's nurses will be outside carrying pickets signs, while replacement nurses will be inside doing their jobs. So much for cooler heads prevailing.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion Police Plan Impaired Driving Checkpoints

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-18 16:26
The checkpoints are part of a larger national effort.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District updating policies on parental objections to classroom material

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:43
What can a parent do when he or she objects to subject matter in the Lower Merion schools? There are policies for that.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion board votes 7-1 to adopt Bala Village rezoning

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:43
Whether it was driven by the possibility of a school bus parking facility or not, whether it was rushed or long overdue, Lower Merion has a new zoning district.
Categories: Lower Merion

‘The Other Wes Moore’ author to speak at Villanova University Sept. 25

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:40
Two boys, born within a year and blocks apart, grow up fatherless in one of America’s troubled inner cities.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Township disciplines 2 police officers

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:40
At its meeting Sept. 17, the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners voted to approve Supt. Michael McGrath’s recommendation one-day suspensions of two police officers.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Dunkin' coffee stolen and recovered in retail theft

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:16
Lower Merion police arrested and cited a 53-year-old man from the 1200 block of Race Street in Philadelphia with retail theft from the Acme store on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd Sept. 14 at 11:16 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

A stroll with Wagner Marseille, Lower Merion schools' acting superintendent, on Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:06
More than a dozen residents came out Tuesday morning for a leisurely stroll along the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to walk and talk with Lower Merion School District’s Acting Supt. Wagner Marseille.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: Trooper Ambush Suspect Belongs to 'Military Simulation Unit'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-18 12:03
Several school districts were closed this week out of concerns for student safety as Eric Frein remains at large.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Dunkin’ coffee stolen and recovered in retail theft

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-09-18 11:30
Lower Merion police arrested and cited a 53-year-old man from the 1200 block of Race Street in Philadelphia with retail theft from the Acme store on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd Sept. 14 at 11:16 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Catholic School Coach Fired in Connection With Center City Gay Attack

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-09-18 10:54
Reports say that former students of Archbishop Wood are suspected of beating two gay men in Center City last week.
Categories: Lower Merion