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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Feb. 8

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-08 07:29
The Daily Numbers: 60 degrees at 4 a.m.

63 degrees, today’s expected high

30 degree dip in temperatures overnight.

4-8 inches of snow tomorrow

12 people toting a petition with 60 signatures who protested proposed new Pa. abortion restrictions in front of Sen. Tom McGarrigle’s office yesterday.

2018, when Pat Meehan will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate. He’s decided not to get in race for GOP nod to oppose U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.

50-50 vote in U.S. Senate on nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

1 vote in favor from Sen. Pat Toomey

1 opposed from Sen. Bob Casey.

1 tie-breaking vote in favor from Vice President Mike Pence.,

3 billion dollar budget gap in Pa.

32.3 billion spending plan.

0 broadbased tax increase

0 increase in sales or personal income tax.

1 billion dollars in other tax levies.

200 million dollars more for education

12 dollar an hour proposed minimum wage, up from current $7.25

75-64 win for Villanova over Georgetown.

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

Serious kudos to Patriots’ wide receiver Chris Hogan for wearing that HEADStrong bracelet in the Super Bowl.

I Don’t Get It: When it someone going to step up and do something about violence in Chester. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to SEPTA riders on the Market-Frankford El who are for the most part simply shrugging their shoulders and going about their business amid the latest equipment problems to dog the transit agency.

Quote Box: “Champion of school choice. Great pick for education secretary.”

- Sen. Pat Toomey, on new Educations Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Time for action against violence in Chester

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-08 06:24
We used our editorial page today to raise our voices against the rising tide of violence in the city of Chester.

Again.

There have been seven homicides in Delaware County so far in 2017. All seven have occurred in Chester.

We'd like to see more people raise their voices.

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland has not had much to say about the situation since taking office. Ironically, he once advocated bringing the National Guard into the city to try to keep order.

Legal considerations scuttled that idea.

But it might be time to have the state police become a presence in the city, backing up and supplementing city officers.

Something has to be done.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

My problem with Wawa

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-08 06:03
Let me say this upfront first: I love Wawa.

I love their coffee, in fact prefer it to either Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks.

I love their Shortis and other items.

I even love the goose, which is their corporate logo. Yes, I know that Wawa is the native American word for the goose that was indigenous to these parts.

And, of course, it does not hurt that the company is a Delaware County icon, with its roots firmly planted in what was once pretty much farmland out there on Baltimore Pike in Chester Heights.

But I do have a couple of bones to pick with my favorite convenience store.

First, I will continue to say that Wawa parking lots just may be the most dangerous places in the region. Still have not quite figured out how we can hold the door for each other one second, then climb into our cars and turn into maniacs the other. But that's not my beef this morning.

For some time I have been perplexed at the variety of prices featured at the gas pumps at these new so-called "super" Wawas. But this morning took the cake.

Realizing snow was in the forecast for late tonight and into tomorrow, and seeing my gas gauge veer toward a quarter tank, I decided to fill up on the way into work this morning.

No problem, although I was a little taken aback when I looked at the pump at the Wawa on West Chester Pike in West Goshen, near Route 202, and noticed I was paying $2.59 a gallon.

That was nothing compared to the "gas" pains I experienced a few minutes later.

I traveled exactly 2.8 miles down West Chester Pike when I passed the Wawa out in Westtown. And what did I see there. I saw gas being advertised for $2.51 a gallon.

Can someone explain to me how that can be.

How I paid 8 cents a gallon more just a couple of miles away.

Do Wawa stores set their own prices, or do corporate managers handle that. Was I just unlucky enough to hit this Wawa before they hiked the price at the other store.

I'd like an answer, if you have one, let me know.

Lori Bruce, are you listening?
Categories: Pennsylvania

Spring & winter, all in a 24-hour period

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-02-08 05:50
Brace yourself. We're about to enter the Winter Weather Twilight Zone. We're going to go from a balmy 63 degrees this afternoon to as much as 4-8 inches of snow just a few hours later.

No, you did not go to sleep last night and wake up two months from now.

Yes, it is 60 degrees out.

I had one of those "What the...." moments when I walked out the door in the pre-dawn darkness this morning. It absolutely felt like April.

Don't worry. It's not going to last. In fact, this time tomorrow we are expecting snow - likely accumulating snow on cars, yards and other surfaces.

Call it a case of winter weather whiplash.

We'll be pushing record highs today - maybe as high as 63 degrees.

Then tonight we'll have showers, then a rush of cold air moving in and changing the rain to snow.

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for most of the region, from 4 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Snow will be falling heavily in the a.m. hours, making the morning rush a mess.

Here's the key: I'm hoping maybe all that warm air sticks around longer than expected, and most of this wet, sloppy snow does not stick to the roads. I don't like it, but if we have to deal with it, I'd rather it be on my car and the lawn than on the roads.

Temperatures will be plunging tonight, dropping as much as 30 degrees into the low 30s. That is what is going to trigger the snow. Most forecasts are calling for anywhere from 4-8 inches, with as usual more snow falling north and west.

Which reminds me, can someone tell me exactly where those mysterious "northern and western suburbs" are?

My advice. Go outside and enjoy today.

Then go to bed, pull the covers up over your head, and don't come out again until Friday morning.

Just pretend Thursday does not exist this week.

You can get our full forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

spellcheck is everything, malvern patch

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-02-07 20:19

Malvern Patch is a bit of a joke. They regurgitate news and their spellcheck mishaps are legendary.  Today is no exception.  Readers sent this into me.

Malvern Patch: Got Spellcheck?


Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Area Homes For Sale: Main Line Real Estate Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 16:26
Looking for a new house? Or just looking? Either way, you'll find the best properties on the market in Patch's houses-for-sale listings.
Categories: Lower Merion

After 7-Game Stint, Main Line Woman Wins More Than $140K On 'Jeopardy!'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 14:46
Lisa Schlitt had a six-day win streak that came to a close Monday after she bet everything in final jeopardy.
Categories: Lower Merion

Victims in Fatal Route 422 Racing Crash Identified: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 12:58
Breaking: authorities have identified the victims of the fatal Route 422 crash on Feb. 4 that occurred when two cars were racing each other.
Categories: Lower Merion

Joe Biden To Lead New Diplomacy And Global Engagement Center At Penn​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 12:51
Biden was caught on a hot mic in early January discussing his role after leaving the White House. Now it's official.
Categories: Lower Merion

Images Of Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Thieves Released

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 12:00
Two suspects forced their way into Lower Merion High School Sunday night and stole the former NBA star and Lower Merino alum's memorabilia.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Environmental Advisory Council Holding Logo Design Contest For Kids

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 10:58
School-age kids can submit their logo design now through April 20 to be recognized at the EAC's "Go for the Green Awards" in May.
Categories: Lower Merion

Drug Documentary Screening And Discussion In Haverford To Address Opiate, Heroin Epidemic​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 10:28
"Chasing the Dragon" is about the struggles of prescription opiate and heroin addiction that the DEA hopes is a "wake up call."
Categories: Lower Merion

REMINDER: Lower Merion School District Registration Now Open

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 09:20
Make sure your Kindergarteners and first graders are enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year.
Categories: Lower Merion

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

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-02-07 07:05
Patch brings you the latest homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania's $2B budget riddle

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-02-07 06:18
You don't happen to have $2 billion sitting around the house, do you?

Maybe stuffed under the mattress?

If you do, please give Gov. Tom Wolf a call.

He'd like you to cover the state's ballooning deficit.

Wolf will give his annual budget address this morning, and everyone is wondering how he's going to pull off this magic trick: Ease the state's mounting deficit, which is expected to soar into the billions in the next couple of years, without resorting to a big boost in revenue. That means tax hikes.

Wolf has been down this road twice before. He's proposed big increases in taxes his first two years, only to see that path turn into a dead end when Republicans who control both the House and Senate dug in their heels to oppose any big new tax increases.

This year, Wolf has backed away from talk of a tax hike. That probably has more than a little to do with the fact that he has a re-election campaign looming in the future and a conservative Republican in Sen. Scott Wagner of York County waiting to take him on.

So how is he going to resolve the budget mess.

We talk about it on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

It's going to be a wild weather week

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-02-07 05:59
Brace yourself for a wild weather week.

First we're going to get a preview of spring, with temperatures pushing close to 60 both today and Wednesday.

Then, just to prove the Punxsutawney wasn't lying, things are going to take a turn for the more wintry Wednesday night into Thursday.

This will start as snow Wednesday night, then forecasters are talking about the possibility that the rain will turn to snow Thursday morning.

In the meantime, enjoy today and tomorrow, as temperatures continue to run as much as 15 degrees above normal. And while we'll have to deal with showers today, tomorrow the sun will return, at least for the bulk of the day.

They're saying the high tomorrow could hit 62.

I think I feel a cold coming on. Now where did I put my golf clubs.

You can get the full forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Did you notice the green bracelet?

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-02-07 05:39
The Matt Ryan story did not have a happy ending.

While the local product, Exton native and Penn Charter grad built a 28-3 lead over the Patriots in the Super Bowl, he could do little more than watch as Tom Brady and the Patriots pulled off a comeback for the ages to snatch away the Lombardi Trophy.

But there was a silver lining for local fans.

Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan followed through on his promise to wear one of those distinctive green HEADStrong bracelets during the big game.

You can see it clearly in this picture of Hogan in action Sunday.

HEADStrong is the foundation dreamed up by late Ridley star athlete Nick Colleluori as he battled cancer. The organization, now carried on by his family, offers help, including a free place to stay, to families who are in the are getting treatment for cancer. We hope Matty Ice gets another shot at the Super Bowl down the line.

In the meantime, we salute Hogan for standing with the Colleluoris and HEADStrong.
Categories: Pennsylvania

25 Montco Inmates Have Reportedly Died in Custody Since 2007

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-02-06 15:38
A total of 25 inmates have reportedly died in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility since 2007, leading to multiple lawsuits.
Categories: Lower Merion