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Update: Possible attempted robbery at the Bala Theater

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 09:50
Lower Merion police are investigating an incident they described as a possible attempted robbery at the Bala Theater on Bala Avenue that occurred Oct. 3 at 10:39 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Neighbor's call leads to charges pending for 2 men seen entering vacant house

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 09:42
On Oct. 5 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a neighbor observed two males enter a vacant and for sale property on the 700 block of South Highland Avenue in Merion.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County prison officer fired for breaking protocol, allowing prisoner to escape

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-09 09:42
NORRISTOWN >> A correctional officer at Montgomery County prison has been fired in the wake of a prisoner escape that took place in September, Montgomery County Solicitor Raymond McGarry said Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 9

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-09 08:39
The Daily Numbers: 1 person killed and scores chased from home when fire hit an assisted living facility on campus of Elwyn Institute last night.

2 robberies in Upper Darby in which the suspect wielded a pellet gun. A 24-year-old Ridley man now faces charges.

38 years since an Upland police officer was killed while trying to intervene in a robbery while off-duty. The borough police officers will don a black mourning ribbon over their badges.

17.1-pound sheepshead fish caught down in Delaware by angler from Boothwyn.

28 inches long for this solid fish story.

1 person stabbed outside Upper Darby bar last night.

300,000 dollars, how much police say the former treasurer of a fire company in Chester County ripped off from the department.

4 percent spike in ridership for SEPTA’s regional rail lines.

54, age of former headmaster of prestigious Tower Hill School in Delaware who faces trial on 25 counts of child porn charges.

3 states, including Pa., that are joining forces to fight heroin problems.

1st Ebola patient here in the U.S. to die, yesterday in a Dallas hospital.

5 U.S. airports to get additional screening for possible Ebola victims. Philadelphia is not one of them.

3rd and final debate between Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrat challenger Tom Wolf last night.

50-0 vote by U.S. Senate to mandate use of interlock devices by those convicted of DUI offense.

40, age of actress Sarah Goldberg, who starred in ‘7th Heaven.’

10 percent dip in sales for struggling retailer JC Penney.

274.83 point gain for the Dow Jones yesterday.

2-1 loss for the Flyers as they fall in their NHL opener in Boston.

4-1 record for Eagles vs. 3-2 for the Giants. But the Giants seem intent on doing a lot of talking before Sunday night showdown.

106-92 win for the Sixers in an exhibition.

5 for 13 for 10 points for Nerlins Noel.

0 for 4 from the foul line.

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

The Giants seem intent on drawing the Eagles into a trash-talking war before Sunday’s prime time matchup. Birds are wise to ignore it.

I Don’t Get It: Anyone else getting concerned about Ebola. It’s starting to get scary.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to David Walker of Boothwyn, who reeled in a record-setting 17-pound sheepshead fish in Delaware.

Quote Box: “The sad reality is that domestic violence occurs on a regular basis with many victims living in silence.”

- Upper Darby Councilwoman Sekela Coles, at forum on the issue.
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Chi fisherman reels in a whopper!

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:34
I get the calls just about every week.

We call them fish stories. Literally.

"You have to see the fish my dad caught this weekend," some proud wife, son or daughter will breathlessly tell me. Usually I ask them to send me a photo. I am almost always underwhelmed.

Not this time.

Check out the monster reeled in by David Walker of Upper Chichester.

That folks, is a record-setting catch, a 17-pound sheepshead snagged in the Delaware Bay on Sept. 29 during the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament.

The giant fish is 28 inches long.

Kind of makes the sunnies I used to pull out of the Octoraro Reservoir pale in comparison.

The catch was confirmed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Nice work, David.
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The verdict on our new look

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:03
The calls are continuing to come in fast and furious.

So far I've been pleasantly surprised by how many people have indicated they like the new look of our redesigned print edition of the Daily Times.

Of course, that opinion is not unanimous.

Or, as one woman succinctly informed me: "It's terrible, it stinks. Go back to the old way." No, change is never easy.

But we are in fact changing, not just in the way we deliver information, but also the tone and feel.

I want to assure readers we have no intention of losing our focus and our primary mission, that of course being our vow to be the newspaper of record here in Delaware County.

Yes, you are seeing more regional content in the paper every day. We are picking up stories from our sister papers in both Chester and Montgomery counties.

We are not doing that at the expense of local copy here in Delaware County.

We are using them because we think they have merit and are of interest to our readers.

For instance, today we are featuring the story of a longtime volunteer firefighter in Valley Township, which is just outside Coatesville in Chester County, who has been charged with stealing $300,000 from the fire department coffers over a period of several years.

I have to think that every volunteer firefighter in Delco knows about this situation and is interested in getting the details.

We also are continuing our push to deliver news around the clock to readers via our website, DelcoTimes.com.

This morning we have news and a photo from the scene of tragedy on the campus of Elwyn Institute out in Middletown. Fire took the life of a resident in an assisted living facility. Dozens of other residents had to be rescued as they fled the flames.

We look different.

Some people love it; some hate it. But we're still the primary source of information for Delaware County.

Keep those calls and emails coming, folks.

We'll continue to tweak our appearance in the days and weeks to come.
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Tranquil conditions settle in for today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:41
Excellent weather conditions today will give way to showers by tomorrow evening
Categories: Lower Merion

clematis

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-10-08 21:15


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october rose

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-10-08 21:13


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Pa. Joining With Other States To Stop Scourge of Heroin

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-08 20:24
The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force has been formed.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for October 8, 2014 - "Free Market Education"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-10-08 17:36
The Daily Salvo for October 8, 2014 - "Free Market Education"
Families must be empowered to shop for the primary and secondary education that best fulfills their needs. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 1 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Lower Merion Township Introduces New Mass-Notification System

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-08 15:34
Blackboard Connect allows the township to send out timely safety instructions and updates to residents.
Categories: Lower Merion

Governors Corbett, Christie to rally at Valley Forge Military Academy

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-10-08 14:34
Governor Tom Corbett will attend a rally Thursday at Valley Forge Military Academy with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, according to an email from the Pennsylvania governor's campaign.
Categories: Lower Merion

Showers Exit as Breezy Conditions Develop

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-08 09:41
A cold front will keep showers a threat Wednesday followed by breezy and cooler conditions.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.25M Argyle Circle Home For Sale in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-08 09:34
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

total lunar eclipse 10-8-14

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:23

My friend Lee Ann snapped these amazing photos of the eclipse early this morning. She said I could share them with all of you!


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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 8

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:16
The Daily Numbers: 20, age of Widner student who now faces serious charges after making online threats about the campus yesterday.

10, age of student who reportedly had a boxcutter in his possession at Linwood Elementary School.

5 burglaries in the Stonehurst neighborhood in Upper Darby in which a man has broken into homes, while the residents were at home, usually in the overnight hours while the residents were asleep.

1 incident in which a woman was awoken by her dog and confronted the intruder in her bedroom.

3-23 months in county slammer for an Upper Darby woman involved in a hit-run accident.

4 Northeastern states, including Pa., that are joining forces in the fight against heroin.

5 new cases of Enterovirus ID’d in New Jersey.

2 in Morris County, 1 in Camden County, 1 in Middlesex, 1 in Mercer.

16 years in prison for a Philadelphia loan broker in connection with $26 million fraud.

162 point nosedive for the stock market again yesterday.

8.7 billion dollars, how much the Wall Street securities industry tallied in the 1st half of 2014.

110 million dollar bid accepted in auction for the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. It opened in 2012 at a cost of $2.4 billion.

4.5 million dollar fine being sought by the state DEP in a case involving fracking and a drilling firm in the state’s Marcellus Shale region.

2 stores being closed by the Bon-Ton chain. They are in York and Milwaukee.

800 dollar savings expected for many homeowners on their heating bills this winter, according to the Energy Department.

5.12 ERA in postseason play for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who took the loss again last night in loss to Cardinals.

2 NL teams set for the NLCS. It will be the Cardinals vs. the Giants.

4 TDs scored by Eagles special teams in last 3 games.

1-4 instead of 4-1, what their mark likely would be without the special teams scores.

119.2 passer rating for Nick Foles last year, when he completed 64 percent of his passes, with 27 TDs against just 2 interceptions.

82.5 rating for Foles so far this year.

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

So are we ready to call this whole thing between LeSean McCoy and the coaches ‘Shady-Gate.’ No, me neither. They’re still 4-1.

I Don’t Get It: Making threats in a school environment is no longer funny.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Widener University, as well as Chester and county officials, who responded immediately in the wake of a threat posted on social media yesterday.

Quote Box: “He’s in my house and he’s not supposed to be there. He scared the crap out of me.”

- Upper Darby woman after she awoke to find intruder in her bedroom. Police believe it is the same man believed responsible for a spree of break-ins in the Stonehurst neighborhood.
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A scare at Widener

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:28
Maybe he was just trying to blow off some steam.

Maybe he thought it was a joke.

No one is laughing.

A Widener University student faces serious charges after posting a threat on one of his social media accounts. In the wake of Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, there is nothing humorous about such threats. They are no longer considered a prank.

They are considered a crime.

That's a hard lesson learned by Luis Andres Vela, of Lodi, N.J. He now faces charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment.

Police believe he posted the threats - which specifically mentioned the incidents at Virginia Tech and Columbine - about 10:30 a.m. Two students who saw the posts quickly alerted campus security. City and county authorities promptly conducted an Internet investigation that led them to Vela.

His timing could not have been worse. As it turns out, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and county Detective Joe Ryan were on the Widener campus to speak to a class.

The investigation quickly zeroed in on Vela.

Case closed. Lesson learned. Making threats in a school environment is no longer considered a harmless prank, or in any way humorous.

Don't believe it? Ask Luis Vela.
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Showers exit as breezy conditions develop

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2014-10-08 06:33
A cold front will keep showers a threat today followed by breezy and cooler conditions this evening
Categories: Lower Merion

fall garden gifts and old friends

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-10-07 22:04


Yes a bowl full of quince.

The quince arrived in a beautiful basket on the arm of a friend from high school. She and her husband recently moved out here to Chester County a few minutes away from us. Her house came with a crazy cool old garden which includes quince trees.

This is a woman who I have enjoyed knowing since I was a teenager. Today it was so nice to see her. She is as an adult as lovely as she was when we were growing up. It’s so nice to see that consistency in people.

The quince will become quince apple butter.

I look forward to seeing more of my friend now that she is in the “neighborhood”.

Life truly has so many amazing yet simple moments.

Thanks for stopping by.


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