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Whole Foods set for Wednesday opening

Main Line Times - Sun, 2016-09-11 12:09
Almost 36 years to the day when the first Whole Foods store opened in Austin, Texas, the now 455-store chain welcomes its latest edition at 15 E. Wynnewood Road. The two-story glass and brick contemporary structure at the corner of Wynnewood Road and Lancaster Avenue will throw open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.
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Anonymous Harriton website creator creating buzz; poster aims to 'expose and punish' students by showing their bad behavior

Main Line Times - Sun, 2016-09-11 11:57
A new website aimed at Harriton High School students doing “illegal/bad things” is drawing the attention of school officials.
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New Open House Listings This Weekend in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-09-10 21:42
So where can you find the open houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Here’s a look at the most recent listings...
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How Do You Teach 9/11 to Kids Who Didn't Experience It? A Patch Investigation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-09-10 12:58
In dozens of interviews around the country, Patch editors find teachers struggling with how to teach 9/11 — or whether to teach it at all.
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Woman Goes Missing At 1,700-Acre State Park / 5 PA Pizzerias Among Country's Best / Man Killed In Crash 1 Block From Home

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-09-10 12:33
Check out the top stories that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2016-09-10 04:00
Welcome to the Carson Wentz Era.

Should he be starting for the Eagles Sunday as they kick off the season vs. the Cleveland Brown at the Linc? Of course not. But he is, so deal with it.

Don't blame me. I was a Sam Bradford guy. I thought they could win the NFC East and make a decent push into the playoffs. That all went out the window about the same time Teddy Bridgewater's knee exploded. The Vikings, a legitimate Super Bowl contender, needed a starting QB. Howie Roseman desperately wanted to get the No. 1 pick back that he dealt away for the right to move up and snag Wentz with the No. 2 pick.

And here we sit.

I think the Eagles win this game, but not because of Wentz.

I have heard him - along with all the Eagles coaches, talking about how ready he is for the opener. I'm not buying it. He'll make some plays, he's that good an athlete. But he's also make his share of mistakes.

It won't matter. This game will be won by the Eagles defense, which could be one of the best in the NFL this season. They will turn up the heat on Robert Griffin III and force a few turnovers. Coupled with the Birds' outstanding special teams, Wentz should be working on a short field.

Look for Ryan Matthews to get a steady diet in the run game, and Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz to be featured in a short passing game. Wentz won't be standing back there all day. He'll be getting rid of the ball in a hurry so as not to expose those ribs.

Wentz played a year at North Dakota State, then about a quarter of one exhibition game. He's never seen what he will see on Sunday.

He appears confident. And prepared.

I say the Birds make Doug Pederson a winner in his coaching debut. That will make five in a row if you count the exhibition season. It will get a lot more difficult in the weeks to come.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 19, Browns 13. Doug Pederson remains perfect. Wentz is anything but, and still the Birds get the win.

Last Year: I finished off the saying the Giants would pour cold water all over Pat Shurmur in his coaching debut. Of course the Eagles pulled off the 35-30 win. It didn't mean much. Sunday's game means a lot.

Season Record: I wound up 7-9 last season. Pretty dismal, much like the end of the Chip Kelly Era.

Game by Game: Check back next week.
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Anonymous Harriton website creator creating buzz; poster aims to 'expose and punish' students by showing their bad behavior

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-09-09 22:05
A new website aimed at Harriton High School students doing “illegal/bad things” is drawing the attention of school officials.
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 21:51
Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across , including in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 21:47
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
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what is going on in west goshen township these days?

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2016-09-09 15:51

 

West Goshen is one of those Chester County municipalities that seems to like to stay below the radar.  We heard a lot about them in recent years because of the Sunoco pipeline.  But you don’t hear about them very often overall, do you? I don’t think so, unless I am missing something?

However, West Goshen actually popped back into the news again recently over a pipeline meeting in West Chester.  There was also an interesting blip in Pensions and Investments about them in early August (article was titled West Goshen Township issues call for investment manager.) And something just yesterday about QVC laying folks off again recently (jerks – QVC not the township so we are clear.)

West Goshen also seems to outsiders and residents to not be so open and transparent a municipality, and maybe there is good reason for such opinions? The Board of Supervisors Meetings are neither televised nor videotaped for replaying later (even East Whiteland has joined modern times with that!) and their meeting minutes are not current and the most recent I could find was from July 2016, and they are draft minutes, not finalized (don’t they finalize at next subsequent meeting and post?).  Oh and this Sewer Authority Meeting Minutes from June makes interesting reading but nothing more current?

I found this letter in the Sewer Authority Meeting Minutes so interesting, I thought I would share with the class. This is something one would think the local papers would perhaps be clued into and report on? What the heck is going on???

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I don’t have a clue but damn…. that is one scathing letter, isn’t it?

So I found this thing on the court records after someone said there was some kerfuffle at summer meetings.. West Goshen is embroiled in some new litigation…and it’s new, very new.

I sense a Nancy Drew Mystery….and I predict this is something to watch….

 

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A resident is suing West Goshen Township. People do not take those actions lightly. And it is over a lack of “sunshine”. Yep. Open Records. (I have friends who did this and prevailed in Radnor Township some years ago now and this is not an easy thing.)

“CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF PETITION FOR REVIEW TO OVERTURN THEFINAL DETERMINATION OF THE OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS (OOR) FINAL RULING AND TO COMPEL THE DEFTS TO PROVIDE ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED UPON”

Municipalities and sunshine and transparency do not necessarily go hand in hand do they?

I notice that West Goshen has TWO lawyers representing their interests versus one resident pro-se (representing himself) at this point.

So the two lawyers are Kristin S. Camp (Township Solicitor) and an associate from her law firm, Ryan Jennings.

Hmm that Camp name was familiar, so I asked a friend who lives in Easttown Township and they said Kristin S. Camp was their solicitor didn’t I remember the articles about Devon Yard the hideous Eli Kahn/Wade McDevitt/Old Waterloo/Devon Horse Show/Devon Drama plan??  (Well who could forget about that looming monstrosity?) They sent me a link to a February 2016 article written by Main Line Media News Reporter Linda Stein titled  Easttown Township: More than 200 residents pack meeting about Devon Yard plans .

It always amazes me how many municipalities municipal lawyers have – Ms. Camp is no exception and she has a few. I don’t know if this list is completely 100% current and if not I apologize to the solicitor but I have: West Goshen, Easttown, West Nantmeal, Birmingham, and Pocopson all in Chester County? Wow, and she is a partner in her law firm? Busy busy busy.

But West Goshen is spending money on two lawyers to defend against one small resident? Are they nervous or something?

Now the Judge assigned, like most Chester County Judges means nothing.  Judge Jeffrey R. Sommer who apparently before ascending to the bench was in the same law firm that Solicitor Camp is with. His term runs from when he was elected in 2013 to 2023.  This Judge was in the news this summer over his excellent decision regarding that pool fence dispute.  Somehow I knew the Judge who wouldn’t get this case is the only one I know of related to someone serving on a West Goshen Board, Allison Bell-Royer. Her husband is a former West Chester Borough Councilman, Shannon Royer.  Mr. Royer, a senior lobbyist with a firm called Wanner, sits on West Goshen’s Zoning Hearing Board.

As a completely unrelated aside, Judge Royer has an amazing Pennsylvania political pedigree. Her grandfather was legendary State Senator Clarence D. Bell, who I think still holds the record in the Keystone State for being the longest serving public official in Pennsylvania – almost 50 years! (48 to be precise).  Judge Royer’s dad was no slouch either.  If you wonder what propels people towards public service, look no further than the examples Judge Royer had growing up.  When Judge Royer was running I was new to Chester County, so I did a little research to decide if she was someone I wanted to vote for since women on the bench is still not an every day occurrence and I think it should be (but I digress).

So back to this case.  What does it all mean? I don’t know.  Hopefully reporters will dig into it.

Seems there is a lot going on behind the scenes in somewhat normally sleepy West Goshen doesn’t there? I don’t have much of an opinion about West Goshen at this point, but I do find this somewhat intriguing, don’t you?

File under inquiring minds want to know?


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Anonymous Harriton website creator creating buzz; poster aims to 'expose and punish' students by showing their bad behavior

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-09-09 15:47
A new website aimed at Harriton High School students doing “illegal/bad things” is drawing the attention of school officials.
Categories: Lower Merion

Missing Man Found / No Trace of Missing Girl / Securities Fraud: Top PA Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 14:43
Here are some of the biggest crime stories from across the region this week.
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Two Arrested After Shooting and Robbery In Montgomery County: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 13:39
Two suspects have been arrested after a shooting outside of a Montgomery County bar.
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Vice President Joe Biden To Attend 9/11 Ceremony Before Eagles Game Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 13:22
Vice President Joe Biden will be on hand at the Eagles game on Sunday for a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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Twitter Controversy Ends With Ursinus Board Chairman Resigning

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 11:43
The controversial tweets posted by the Ursinus Chairman of the Board of Trustees have led to his resignation.
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Montco Man Had Image Of Prepubescent Girl Having Sex: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-09-09 11:02
Police have arrested and charged the Montgomery County man with possessing and distributing child pornography, the DA said.
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Finally! Whole Foods set for Wednesday opening

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-09-09 10:51
Almost 36 years to the day when the first Whole Foods store opened in Austin, Texas, the now 455-store chain welcomes its latest edition at 15 E. Wynnewood Road. The two-story glass and brick contemporary structure at the corner of Wynnewood Road and Lancaster Avenue will throw open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Sept. 9

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-09 07:41
The Daily Numbers: 10 years of harness racing being noted today at Harrah’s Casino in Chester.

117 million dollars in gaming taxes raised by the track.

60 million dollars in wages and benefits at the casino.

1,140 employees who work at Harrah’s.

15th anniversary of 9/11 being marked today by annual county law enforcement forces at Rose Tree Park.

2 shootings in 2 weeks on same Darby Borough street.

10 percent cut in company share of health care coming for employees at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Southwest Philly. The company also will be offering buyouts to some workers.

35 mph speed limit on Township Line Road, which is routine ignored by drivers along the road.

3rd incident of a swastika being discovered in the county. This time it was tennis courts at Haverford High.

2nd incident in the township.

183,000 dollar salary for Shellie Feola as she joins the Delaware County Intermediate Unit as assistant executive director.

She’s the former superintendent at Pottsgrove School District.

1 case of sexually transmitted Zika virus discovered in Pa.

21-20 win for Broncos over the Panthers to kick off the NFL season last night.

53-yard field goal missed by Panthers with 3 ticks left on clock that would have been game-winner.

6 innings of 2-hit ball from Phillies starter Alex Asher.

4-1 win for the Phillies over the Nats.

21 home runs for Ryan Howard.

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

Allen Iverson goes into the NBA Hall of Fame tonight. Nobody ever gave Philly fans more. He laid it on the line every night. Good for you, A.I.?

I Don’t Get It: Seems like there are still a few unanswered questions in Upper Darby School District.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the three officers who will be honored at today’s 9/11 ceremony at Rose Tree Park.

Quote Box: “The water is a great location, going back that was the reason why the old Sun Shipyard was identified as a harness race track. It was the location where you could draw that kind of crowd.”

- Delco Councilman John McBlain, on the 10th anniversary of harness racing at Harrah’s in Chester.
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All silent on the Dunlap front in Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-09-09 06:57
We used out editorial page today to again wonder why exactly Richard Dunlap is leaving the Upper Darby School District.

The Upper Darby School Board this week signed off on a "retirement" package for the outgoing super.

But no one is saying why Dunlap is leaving.

Maybe Dunlap is truly simply retiring after a long, distinguished career in education.

Then again, maybe it has something to do with the plan he was pushing to rebalance some district schools, specifically when it comes to class size and diversity. That plan, and the way Dunlap went about trying to put it in place, clearly had rubbed some people in the district the wrong way.

I'm trying to be careful in not making any accusations here. Not everyone in the district has done the same.

That's why I think the board owes the public a fuller explanation of what happened.

For now, the board is passing it off as a "personnel" matter. They're not talking.

Neither is Dunlap, no doubt to protect his exit package.

Maybe we'll never know what really happened between Dunlap and the board.

I think taxpayers - the people who pay the bills - deserve better.

Read our editorial here.
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