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Reserve at Maybrook: Residents hear developer's plans for 250-unit luxury apartment complex

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-04-21 09:23
For Main Line Media News For the first time in 13 years, Wynnewood residents and some of their neighbors in Narberth Borough had a chance this week to see what will be coming to the unique, somewhat mysterious piece of land that lies between them.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Jimmy John's Serves Up $1 Sandwich Day on April 21

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-04-21 09:20
Many locations of the food chain across the country will sell sandwiches at a pretty awesome price Tuesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Not a good day at Bonner-Prendie

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-04-21 07:10
I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School.

No, I am not an alum.

But a few years ago this newspaper went to bat for the Catholic high school on the hill in Drexel Hill when the archdiocese recommended both schools be closed.

I still remember that Friday morning. It was Jan. 6, 2012.

The pastors of all the affected parishes and school leaders were huddle at Neumann University in Aston to get word of the recommendations from a special archdiocesan panel that reviewed schools across the region.

Most expected the two schools - Prendie for girls and Bonner for boys - would be told to drop their long tradition of single-sex education and be merged into one high school. They already shared common staff.

No one expected what happened next.

I had been tweeting updates all morning. When I posted an item that an expected breakfast meeting to brief local legislative leaders had been cancelled was not a good sign, I actually received a tweet back from then school Principal Bill Brannick. He said he understood I had a job to do but asked me to please be careful what I posted because the entire school was following my Twitter account.

What happened next proved it.

Just before noon we got the tip from a priest who was in the meeting. The schools where not going to be merged. Instead, it was the unthinkable. The recommendation was that both schools be closed.

It was that day I learned the power of social media. My Twitter account exploded.

In the next few months, this newspaper detailed the struggle to save the schools. I wrote columns and editorials. The paper covered every event and constantly publicized the fund-raising effort at the center of the crusade.

It worked. Not only did the Bonner-Prendie boosters save their school, they saved several others at the same time. Their method was picked up by other boosters and adopted by the archdiocese.

On the front page of the Daily Times on Saturday Feb. 25, 2012, a little more than a month after the archdiocese said both schools would be closed, we hailed word that they had been saved.

The front page contained one word: Amen!

Bonner and Prendie are back on the front page today, although not for the same reason, and likely not a page that anyone at the school is terribly fond of.

It also contains a single word: Busted.

It details a police operation that led to the arrest of five Bonner-Prendie students. You can read the story here. Students face drug and weapons charges. A loaded gun was found in one student's locker.

If there is a silver lining in this story, it is this. All of this was precipitated by a student who did the right thing. He witnessed a student brandish a gun during an alleged drug deal and notified school authorities. They in turn called police and the school was placed in lockdown and searched. That's when the drugs and gun was discovered.

I always make a point to tell people who are interested in getting stories into the Daily Times that it is a two-edged sword. Yes, we are interested in the good things that people in the county are doing. But I always warn them that it is entirely possible that a day will come when we will be calling them in not the best of circumstances.

Yesterday was one of those days at Bonner-Prendie.

I don't take any great joy in splashing that story on our front page. I don't back away from it either.

Bonner-Prendie will go on, just as they did when they were threatened with shutting the doors.

They have the same problems every other school has.

They are the problems young people are dealing with all across Delaware County.

It's my job to chronicle those stories, both the good and the bad.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Howie lookin'? I'm still a Bradford guy

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-04-21 06:38
Count me among the naysayers.

Remember, I'm a Sam Bradford guy.

Apparently that group does not include Howie Roseman.

Yes, I am aware that the Eagles boss stepped in front of a bank of microphones yesterday and said flatly that Bradford is the Eagles starting quarterback this year.

I'm not so sure.

Unless you've been in a coma, you may have missed the fact that Roseman and the Eagles shook up the football world yesterday by pulling off a blockbuster deal to move up in the draft, sending a boatload of draft picks to the Browns for the No. 2 pick in the April 28 NFL Draft.

The accepted wisdom is that the Rams will use the No. 1 pick on their favored QB, Jared Goff of California, clearing the way for the Birds to scoop up North Dakota State wunderkind Carson Wentz at No. 2.

So where does that leave Bradford? Behind center as the Eagles starter, at least for this year, according to Roseman.

I'm not so sure.

The Eagles have invested a ton of money now in the quarterback position, having signed Bradford to a two-year deal for $35 million and then inking backup Chase Daniels to a three-year, $31 million deal. Now they're going to pay multi-millions to Wentz to hold a clipboard for a couple of years.

If you say so, Howie.

v Keep your eyes on the Broncos. I'm not for a second believing they plan to go into the season with Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback. Bradford and Sanchez may wind up as teammates once again.

I'll reiterate something that no one else seems to want to talk about. For the last half of the season, Bradford was playing as well as any QB in the NFL.

According to ESPN, he's not exactly thrilled about this latest move by Roseman.

I can't say I blame him.

I'll give Roseman credit for this: He believes QB is the key to long-term success in the NFL. And they obviously believe Wentz is a better long-term option than Bradford.

In away, this is something of a sequel for movie-maker owner Jeff Lurie.

In 1999 he had a new coach, Andy Reid, and snagged a franchise quarterback in the draft when the Birds snapped up Donovan McNabb. Now he's hoping history repeats itself with Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz.

There is no small irony in the guy the Eagles rolled out there as their QB for those first eight weeks before handing the mantle over to McNabb?

And who might that have been? Why none other than Pederson, of course.

Will lightning strike twice? Possibly.

But remember where you heard this. Don't be surprised next year if the Denver Broncos repeat as Super Bowl champions. And right there holding the Lombardi trophy is the quarterback who filled the void left by the retirement of Peyton Manning.

His name is Sam Bradford.
Categories: Pennsylvania

12 Years Later, Remembering Montco Cop Killed In Line Of Duty

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 16:17
Sgt. James R. Miller died on April 20, 2004.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Summer Camp To Teach Kids Firefighting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 16:01
Fingerprinting, a visit from a medical helicopter, a chance to meet an arson-detecting dog: this is definitely not an ordinary kids camp.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Pleads Guilty To Vandalizing Montco Church

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 15:43
The man broke into a local church in October and "left a big mess."
Categories: Lower Merion

Bernie Sanders To Rally In Montgomery County Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 14:53
The presidential hopeful will rally supporters during an event Thursday in Oaks.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Pink Moon' To Glow Over Pennsylvania Thursday Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 13:30
Annual April full moon set to glow Thursday night into Friday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports

Main Line Times - Wed, 2016-04-20 12:11
Week of April 11 Theft from cars>> A purse was reported taken from a car parked at the Aquatics and Fitness Center at 601 Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd April 11 at 10:43 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Earth Day 2016 Events In The Ardmore Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 12:06
Volunteer events, cleanups, celebrations, art shows, and much more is happening around Montgomery County for Earth Day 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

Indoor Skydiving Operation Opens In King of Prussia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 10:53
The region’s only indoor skydiving operation is "delivering the dream of flight" to the Montgomery County area.
Categories: Lower Merion

Upper Merion, Notre Dame Students Win Big At Delaware Valley Science Fair

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 10:05
Winners receive a combined total of $2 million in scholarships and prizes, and move on to compete in an international competition.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Robotics Heads To World Championships

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 09:26
The Lower Merion robotics team is one of just a few schools from the region that qualified for the international event.
Categories: Lower Merion

Details Emerge In Fatal Stabbing Tuesday In Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-04-20 09:17
The man found dying in an alleyway on Tuesday has been identified.
Categories: Lower Merion

What is the answer to problem Philly fans?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-20 06:00
The Flyers - and their fans - return to the scene of the crime tonight.

The Flyers will try to stave off elimination in a do-or-die effort against the Capitals after being blown out of their own building, 6-1, Monday night.

The fans? Yes, they also will shuffle back into the House That Ed Built, just two days after disgracing the legacy of the team's late founder and owner by showering the ice with bracelets given out as part of a special celebration to honor Ed Snider.

The embarrassing situation landed Philly fans in a familiar spot - in the national spotlight for less than sporting behavior.

We used our editorial page today to add our voices to those chiding such ugly behavior. We were joined by no less a voice than Snider's daughter, who tweeted that her father would have termed those who threw wristbands 'a disgrace.'

I am wondering how many of the people walking sheepishly into the Wells Fargo Center tonight are the same people who took part in Monday night's debacle.

And it also seems to be that part of what allows for such goonish behavior is the knowledge by fans that their actions for the most part will take place in relative anonymity.

Which leads me to the question, why is that? Why not identify those who threw wristbands on the ice, make them public, and isolate them from the other 20,000 fans who were in the place and did not take part in such childish actions.

I wonder if the Flyers have video covering the stands and if it captured people in the act. And I wonder if the Flyers would take action - such as revoking a season ticket or perhaps banning a person from the building, should they be identified as someone who threw a bracelet on the ice - and even some at opposing players.

As a longtime Eagles season ticket holder who spent many a Sunday afternoon in the 700 Level of the Vet, I know all about Philly fans. I know all about our passion. I was there when Wilbert went off tackle. I was in the stadium when Phillies fans literally got inside Burt Hooton's head and booed him off the mound.

But I've also seen more than my share of things I wish I hadn't.

It's one of the reasons, to this day, I tell people it is not a great idea to wear gear of the opposing team to Philly sports events. I don't know what the answer is. I'm pretty sure alcohol plays a big role in a lot of these incidents. And there are those who are going to abuse the 'atmosphere' at the sports complex hours before a big event.

But I think identifying people who are causing problems, and banning them from the arenas, might be a start.
Categories: Pennsylvania

It's our moment at the center of the political universe

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-20 05:27
Now it's our turn.

As expected, front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won the New York Primary.

Now all eyes turn to the Keystone State, where voters will go to the polls next Tuesday. Here's what you can expect: Non-stop political ads and robocalls.

Republican John Kasich will be here Thursday for a town hall meeting at the Penn State Brandywine campus in Middletown.

Pennsylvanians also will be selecting a Democrat to go up against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. For Delco Congressman Joe Sestak continues to lead in the polls over Katie McGinty, who has the backing of most of the party brass, and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. Sestak took a hit yesterday when the state high court ruled Joe Vodvarka, who had been booted off the ballot after a Sestak challenge to his petitions, should be put back on.

We'll also nominate candidates for a new state attorney general to replace the beleaguered Democrat Kathleen Kane.

In case you missed it, in the presidential race, one of the keys is how you vote for delegates, and who they will represent when they arrive in Cleveland and Philadelphia for their conventions this summer. But a glance at the ballot will not tell you who those delegates are committed to.

We reviewed that process Sunday. Make sure you check it out here.

In the meantime, brace yourself.

The politicians are coming.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 20

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-04-20 04:01
The Daily Numbers: 4-20, the day connected to cannabis consumption. So naturally we have a story on our front page noting the passage of the medical marijuana bill in Pa.

5, age of boy police say an Upper Darby man sexually molested.

60, age of Paoli man who entered a plea in connection with sexual assault of a minor girl.

12 million dollars in bonds being looked at by Springfield School District in connection with a new high school.

4 million dollars being borrowed by Marple for capital improvements.

10,000 square foot Walgreens that opened yesterday in Lansdowne.

57 fiberglass donkeys that will be on display around the region tied to this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

4 candidates now on Dem primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Joe Vodvarka won a court ruling yesterday putting him back on the ballot.

40,000 square feet being leased by Urban Outfitters in the King of Prussia Mall.

2 big wins for front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York Primary. Now it’s on to Pa.

1,434 delegates for Clinton. She needs 2,383.

845 delegates for Donald Trump. He needs 1,237

33.5 million dollars, how much Atlantic City is suing New Jersey for, funds city officials say they are owed.

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

The Flyers will look to stave off the inevitable tonight, down 0-3 to the Capitals. Anyone else think this team might have been better off not making the playoffs?

I Don’t Get It: There are still some people trying to explain away fans’ behavior Monday night at the Flyers game. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Flyers for condemning the actions of their own fans.

Quote Box: “Flyers fans are the best in sports. However, last night a number of individuals behaved in an unacceptable manner.”

- Flyers statement after fans threw wristbands onto the ice.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Obituary For King of Prussia Man, Drexel Student, 22

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-19 19:01
Mikey McGinley, swimmer and water polo player, loved spending his days at the beach working on the Sea Isle City and Avalon Beach Patrols.
Categories: Lower Merion

Unique Western Band Elephant Revival To Play In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:01
Elephant Revival plays a distinctive cross of folk, bluegrass, Celtic, gypsy, and Americana.
Categories: Lower Merion