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Local Group Pushing For Transgender Protections In Haverford Schools: Report​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 15:40
Havertown Area Community Action Network wants the school district to have an inclusive policy regarding transgender students.
Categories: Lower Merion

Radnor Cops Biking Four Days To Raise Funds For Fallen Officers' Families

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 13:59
A Beef and Beer event is being held to offset costs of the four-day Police Unity Tour bike ride from Philly to DC.
Categories: Lower Merion

The HIstory of King of Prussia Mall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 13:00
Author-historian Michael Shaw is tracing the history of one of America's largest malls from its beginning in 1963 to present day.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mother Divine, Wife Of Religious Figure Father Divine, Dies At 92

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 12:07
Sweet Angel Divine was born Edna Rose Ritchings and led the International Peace Mission movement.
Categories: Lower Merion

Union Taco Is Relocating And A Burger Joint Is Moving In: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 11:26
The taqueria is moving and the old location will dish out burgers.
Categories: Lower Merion

Rep. Dwight Evans Partaking In Lower Merion Town Meet And Greet Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-03-08 10:54
Evans, whose district encompasses part of Philadelphia and the Main Line, will meet with constituents on March 13.
Categories: Lower Merion

The case against Hugh Taussig-Lux

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-03-08 07:27
District Attorney Jack Whelan held a press conference yesterday in Media.

Nothing especially unusual about that.

But there was one odd thing that kind of stuck out in the D.A.'s presser Tuesday concerning the case of Hugh Taussig-Lux.

Whelan and other law enforcement, municipal and school officials gathered to talk about a guilty plea that had been entered more than two weeks ago, back on Feb. 24.

Authorities have been building a case against Taussig-Lux for nearly two years, when a complaint was first lodged with Delaware County Children and Youth Services. And while he's now behind bars after entering the plea, officials have reason to believe there are more victims out there, and they'd like them to come forward. Taussig-Lux pleaded guilty to the rape of a 12-year-old girl in his Media apartment. He also admitted crimes against at least 11 other children over an 18-month period from summer 2014 through spring 2016.

Taussig-Lux was initially arrested in May 2016. He's currently serving a 13 1/2 to 27-year sentence.

But authorities believe these cases may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Police believe Taussig-Lux's apartment on Baker Street in Media became a party house for local children. Once there they believe Taussig-Lux would ply them with drugs and alcohol, then sexually assault them.

The apartment was close to a local park and an elementary school.

Now they want to hear from others who may have been victims.

Whelan was joined by Media Mayor Bob McMahon, as well as Rose Tree Media Superintendent Jim Wigo, along with Media Police Officer Nicole Young, who led the investigation, and Assistant District Attorney Alan Borowsky, who prosecuted the cases.

"We have really strong reasons to believe there are other vitims out there," Borowsky said.

Whelan specifically noted that Taussig-Lux was known to hang out at Glen Providence Park, which straddles Media and Upper Providence, and Media Elementary School.

McMahon and Wigo urged parents to talk to their children, have conversations with them to determine if they crossed paths with Taussig-Lux.

Anyone who may have had contact with Taussig-Lux is urged to contact Officer Young at 610-565-6656.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Strike or lockout? Depends on where you stand in DCMH standoff

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-03-08 06:56
The two-day strike against Delaware County Memorial Hospital by its unionized nurses and techs is over; the picketing is not.

We use our editorial page today to talk about why that is, and when union nurses could be back on the job.

In the meantime, a new round of talks in the contract standoff is now set for March 14. You can get the full update here.

The two sides remain at odds about the cause of the work stoppage, with the union insisting that staffing is not up to par, putting patients in danger; and the hospital responding that staffing is the same as it's always been, with that being a ruse by nurses who want more money.

Neither side looks ready to budget off their talking points.

Maybe the region's most noted dealmaker, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, can get these two sides in a room and hammer out a new contract. You can read the editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Election 2017: Candidates for Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors, TESD School Board & Magisterial District Judge, District 15-4-01

The 2017 Election campaign season is officially underway for Tredyffrin Township supervisor, TE School District directors and Magisterial District Judge candidates. All candidates who wished to appear on the Democratic or Republican ballot in the Primary Election needed to have filed their “nomination petitions” along with a “statement of financial interests” with Chester County Voter […]
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bishop tube in front of east whiteland march 8

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-03-07 21:48

Bishop Tube, August 2015

Tomorrow March 8th is the Board of Supervisors Meeting in East Whiteland. And Bishop Tube is on the agenda.

Bishop Tube. I know, I know I write about it a lot. I can’t help it. The site terrifies me. I wrote about it last week after the Zoning Hearing Board meeting in East Whiteland. The zoning hearing was continued to March 15th .

Also last week there was an Environmental Action Committee meeting. Bishop Tube was a big topic of conversation.  Here are notes that someone (not me, I was not there) took:

–The soil will be cleaned up by the developer in order to build, but it will be years before there will be an attempt at cleaning up the ground water. Sad but true that it may never be able to be cleaned up. This water is NOT going into our water table or any of the streams around us.

–The 20k that the developer said they would put in escrow to help with the cost of the upkeep, testing and maintenance on the vapor mitigation system is not enough. We all know that but apparently the developer thinks it will be enough. John Buzan (ran the meeting and maybe he’s the head of the EAC I don’t’ know) agreed that 20k wasn’t going to cover it.

–The developer isn’t involved, nor has to deal with the plans for ground water cleanup…I’m pretty sure this is what I understood.

–The township has asked DEP to oversee the vapor mitigation system and ground removal but they have not agreed to this as of yet. They are responsible to oversee the water run off though.

–There will be a third party hired to continuously test the soil and air and water surrounding the site for contaminates as the construction is done. This company will report to the township but will be paid for, but not picked, by the developer.

–If ever a sewer, or something like that has to be dug up; the people doing this will have to wear protective gear in order to be sure there are no contaminants that they would breathe or come in contact with.

–The developer has contacted the railroad (sorry can’t remember name of company – it is not the R5 but a freight train that runs through there) to talk of re-doing that under pass as it is in very poor condition. No answer yet.

 

Also today I received a response to questions I had asked, advice I had sought from a professional not connected to this whole scenario regarding Bishop Tube.  The response was illuminating, and on the eve of yet another meeting where Bishop Tube is discussed, I feel obliged to share:

  1. Developer should be able to offer some kind of proof via testing that the site is cleaned up and meets DEP standards.

  2. Apparently, TCE is a non-aqueous (will not dissolve in water) liquid that is more dense than water and will sink through the soils and water and continue to penetrate further into the ground. Remediation of it requires more work than something simple like a gasoline spill. I would assume that means that means that even going 12 feet down may not be an acceptable fix given the length of time that the spills have been there.

  3. Given the fact that this is a hillside community there is a significant concern of offsite contamination since this stuff travels downhill.

  4. If developer is serious about cleaning up contamination properly then he ought to have no problems issuing a bond that would be utilized to clean up any contamination later found in the community after he has sold and moved on. Hope this helps.

 

Sigh.  Every horrible thought I have had is true? This TCE laden site is as horrible as everyone says it is? And what about the 4th big contamination point Keith Hartman keeps trying to get people to pay attention to? Cesspools, mineral salts leeching into the creek?

I have grave concerns given what the developer said they are doing at the Zoning Hearing Board Meeting.  Remember the exchange I noted between the Delaware Riverkeeper and a developer witness, whom I believe was an engineer?

Here:

I was taking notes like crazy and this one exchange was so interesting – I did my best to be accurate but again I do not take dictation and I am not a court reporter, although there was one there:

Maya: “I would have you speak to what in fact what is left for DEP to to review and decide upon and what process is still left?

Two – There also seems to be this suggestion that anytime additional contaminants are found that they are going to be cleaned up, and so this site is going to be cleaned up…and so  I would like you to speak to this issue of whether or not in fact when you are done at this site that all of the TCE and toxic contaminants will be removed, so people don’t have to be concerned about it, or in fact is that not true and you have specifically and carefully with all your  communications with DEP actually limited the scope of your remediation including not going to uhhh saturated soils for example, 12 feet below ground surface, etc?”

 

Witness for developer: “That’s absolutely correct.”

 

Maya cuts back in “You are not? You are limiting, you are capping how much work you will do and you will intentionally leave contaminants on the site and people need to know that.”

 

Witness “That is correct.  Allow me to explain in a way that is no way nefarious…”

 

He (witness)  goes on to explain liability and  an old consent order (??is that right???)  with DEP and state version of hazardous clean up – PRPs – potentially responsible parties.  He goes on into known contamination beyond the scope of their legal responsibility – about how they will clean up so much and then it seems it will be up to DEP to enforce clean up by PRP potentially responsible parties that I guess are former manufacturing occupiers of site?

 

Witness acknowledges issues, discusses how developer will be doing more beyond satisfying their part of old (?) consent order (?) and will excavate three known soil contamination issues of the site above water table, excavate, clean up according to most stringent PA standard, residential statewide heath standard…acknowledges caused contamination of groundwater on site that migrates off site, affects tributaries of Little Valley Creek.  They believe their  soil excavations will have a beneficial effect towards clean up.

 

(Deep breath) Look at what was sent to me today with regard to suggestions, and put it side by side with what the developer is doing…it’s NOT enough what they are suggesting, is it?   And I am sorry I do NOT buy that super sized density is the ONLY way to get this cleaned up, do you? I accept the site will be developed, I have for years. But not without the proper clean up and remediation and is this place ever going to be truly safe for people to ever live there?  Maybe a NON-residential use would still be the best solution? And the other day I heard homeless hang out there?

Bishop Tube is a KNOWN problem child and has been known since the plant was still open. I have heard from reliable sources that former union guys there who are still alive are VERY concerned about this getting cleaned up. And comments from General Warren Village residents are the same.  Referring to it as a “cancer belt” back there, listing neighbors who were also in a lot of cases former Bishop Tube workers who died horrible deaths from scary cancers, respiratory issues.

Things are thankfully different today, and given the current temperature in Washington DC we have to stay on top of elected officials to make sure we all stay protected. But given how different things are today I find it difficult to comprehend that the Pennsylvania DEP hasn’t done more on this site, hasn’t been more proactive on clean-up.

After all, it has been years and years.

Queue Daily Local 2007 article (again):

…..Hartman, 51, started working at Bishop Tube in 1973 and worked alongside his father, who worked at the plant for 42 years. Both were millwrights and worked in maintenance.

Worst, 53, started in 1972 and worked in a variety of jobs and was president of Local 7566 of the AFL-CIO United Steel Workers of America in 1988 and 1989. He left Bishop Tube in 1989.

In an interview in February, Worst recalled what it was like working at the plant.

“There were large clouds of trichlor fumes that floated through the plant every day. I distinctly remember how it smelled,” he said.

Keith Hartman and Lester Hartman used to work in what was known as the trichlor pit surrounding the vapor degreaser area in building No. 8, the area of the heaviest TCE contamination on the site…..

“There would be two people down in the pit and a spotter above. We’d be down there for hours. When you came out, you felt dizzy, drunk, and there was a tingling sensation in your hands,” Hartman recalled.

“One guy they used to have to carry out. Afterwards, we’d go to the lunch room to wait until the effect wore off. I always wondered why the supervisors never bothered us when we were up in the lunchroom,” he said.

Hartman recalled another Bishop Tube employee, Charles McDonough, who also worked in the pit. He died of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Another employee who worked in the pit is Calvin Chandler, 84. Chandler has emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Worst and Hartman said their colleagues Jack Laidley, William Reidfern, Eddie Blain and Paul Blain all had died of cancer. Reidfern also had heart disease.

Three fellow workers suffered from cancerous neck tumors. Bill Hines of West Goshen had a malignant cancer on his neck and died. Irvin Whistler has a cancerous tumor on his neck but has survived. Raymond Buckwalter, another resident of General Warren Village, has a tumor on his neck that turned malignant and now suffers from lung cancer….In 2005, Brian O’Neill of O’Neill Property Group purchased the site for $700,000 through his affiliate, Constitution Drive Partners, and signed an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to jointly clean it up. The plan is to keep the buildings and convert it for light industrial use.

 

There are all these EPA Acts now:

Summary of the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act 

Summary of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) (CERCLA)

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA)

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Laws and Regulations

Manufacturing concerns operate under the above today.  Their employees have to have training and I believe annual re-certification under these Federal Laws.

Creating as little as slightly over 2 pounds of hazardous waste today brings a facility  under RCRA rules, for example.  If Bishop Tube was a site generator today they would be registered with the EPA and have a special site identifier number.

Now, here is something: if you research the EPA and these laws I believe you will see that the EPA clearly lists wastes that are hazardous if improperly disposed of – 400 substances known to be harmful to human health AND the environment. These things can be ignitable, corrosive, toxic or reactive.  They could be solids, liquids, or gases – things like TCE, battery acid, mercury, spent solvents right?

Penalties for violations of improper disposal can be up to $1 MILLION dollars and jail time of 15 years, so can someone please explain why the PA DEP is dicking around with Bishop Tube? Sorry to be vulgar, but my God, they KNOW it’s bad, right? remember the 2008 report by the US Department of health and Human Services?

BEFORE anything gets zoning variances or final plan approvals, CLEAN UP.

And I know for a fact that residents in General Warren have been in contact with PA DEP.

Mostly (trying to be fair) can it be said they get patted on the head and told that they are working towards choosing a remedy for the site?

And why is it a year ago residents reported construction activity on the Bishop Tube site complete with giant debris clouds wafting into nearby neighborhoods?  O’Neill has significant brownfields experience BUT can the same be said of Benson?

People in General Warren are terrified.  Old timers, multi-generational residents, new residents. It doesn’t matter.  They want to be safe, they want people who may or may not live or use the Bishop Tube site in the future to be safe and again why so long to clean things up there?  Back when the PA DEP was starting to pay attention to Bishop Tube, why didn’t they start to remediate THEN? You know when there was more money for remediation? Remember their press release circa 2007?

HERE:

MALVERN, Pa., May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a visit to the former Bishop Tube site in Chester County, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty talked about the importance of a program that helps the state respond to environmental emergencies, clean contaminated sites, protect the public's health and promote economic growth.... Bishop Tube was founded in 1842 for the manufacture of gold and platinum alloys for technical and industrial uses. It was also used as a metal fabrication facility in the 1950s. However, after a number of different owners, operations stopped in 1999, leaving behind a legacy of contamination that included TCE, nitric acid, hydrofluoric acid and heavy metals, including nickel and chromium. TCE is the primary contaminant of concern. Through HSCA, DEP has worked to investigate and assess the contamination at the site, maintain a safe water supply for an affected nearby resident, develop remediation alternatives, and facilitate public participation in selecting a remedial plan. Currently, the fund is helping to install a system that addresses shallow groundwater contamination at the site. Additionally, the site's new owner -- Constitution Drive Partners LP -- has entered into an unprecedented cost sharing partnership with DEP whereby Constitution addresses the contaminated soil and DEP addresses the contaminated, shallow groundwater. Soil remediation is expected to take 2-3 years to complete, but groundwater remediation will take much longer. To date, DEP's investigation of the contamination has cost more than $1 million and it is expected that an additional $700,000 is needed to complete the onsite shallow groundwater remediation. All DEP work has been made possible through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

General Warren residents and other concerned residents? Please take the time for meeting tomorrow.  I know these meetings aren’t fun, I have done my time at them over the years BUT you need to advocate for yourself and your fellow neighbors.  You can’t depend on elected and appointed officials to be clairvoyant.  Packed boardrooms send a message. If you can entice media to cover you, even better. Sunshine makes the world go round, right?

Here is the list of media that residents can contact to ask them to give coverage to Bishop Tube:

1) Daily Local News:

610-696-1775

2) Philadelphia Inquirer:

(215)854-4500

3) CBS 3:

philadelphia.cbslocal.com/about-us/contact-us/

4) ABC 6:

215-878-9700

6abc.com/contact

5) NBC 10:

610-668-5510

nbcphiladelphia.com/send-feedback

6) Fox 29:

888-369-4762

comments@foxnewsinsider.com

Here is DEP info – Residents can and should contact them directly with questions and concerns. As is the case with elected officials, township employees, and media, just try your best to be polite.

Division of Hazardous Waste
Bureau of Waste Management
PA Department of Environmental Protection
14th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 69170
Harrisburg PA 17106-9170
717-787-6239
E-Mail: ra-hazwaste@pa.gov

Tom Mellott — Division Chief, Hazardous Waste Management
Melissa Gross — Chief, Compliance and Information Management
Glenn Mitzel — Chief, Permitting and Technical Support

DEP REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACTS
SOUTHEAST REGION,
Norristown
484-250-5902

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE
DEP Southeast Regional Office
2 E. Main Street Norristown, PA 19401-4915.
Phone: 484 250-5900 (24 hours/day)

Acting Regional Director: Anderson Hartzell

Counties served: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Homes For Sale In And Around Lower Merion: Main Line Real Estate Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 18:05
Patch has all the new homes up for sale in your area right here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pick-Up Truck In Fatal Montco Hit And Run Found, Driver Not Arrested: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 17:00
The pick-up truck in the fatal hit and run in Montgomery County Friday night has been located, but the driver has not been arrested.
Categories: Lower Merion

Fire At PECO Substation In Philadelphia Causing Thousands Of Outages

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 16:48
A fire at a Philadelphia substation has left thousands in the dark.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex Easttown Cop To Stand Trial For Allegedly Stealing Union Funds: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 14:51
The former officer allegedly stole more than $25,000 and used some of the funds at the Valley Forge Casino.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lancaster Avenue Closing Thursday And Friday For Sewer Work: PennDOT

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 13:08
Learn the detour route here with Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Hockey Vying For State Semi Final Berth Wednesday Night

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 12:40
A fan bus is planned to take fans to the state semi final game on Thursday if the aces win Wednesday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Declo Daycare Worker Caught On Video Pushing Child Down Stairs: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 11:41
The worker was fired and is facing several charges after the Friday afternoon incident.
Categories: Lower Merion

#alternativefacts

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-03-07 11:03

I received an article this morning with the following note:

They have all lost their tiny minds….Typical sales tool for developers…

Small lots “by design” because NO ONE wants to take care of a big yard…just sit INSIDE with their little couch potatoes, lots of “family time” in front of the TV…oh, how healthy.

Disgusting propaganda on all counts, all at our expense…ugh.

Ahh yes…developers the original architects of #alternativefacts
Malvern Named ‘Hottest Suburban Town’ By Philly Magazine

The borough is in a “gold rush” of housing the magazine says.

By Max Bennett (Patch Staff) – March 6, 2017 12:26 pm ET

Malvern was named one of the area’s “10 Hottest Suburban Philadelphia Towns” in Philadelphia Magazine’s March issue.
Malvern joined other towns such Armdore, Newtown (Bucks county) and Phoenixville. Click here to see the full list.
“Malvern is in the midst of a gold rush of sorts,” the magazine said. “Buyers looking to get into the excellent Great Valley School District and close to the Main Line at a good price (realtors like to refer to this as the Upper Main Line, much to Gladwyne’s chagrin) are making grabs for newly converted land.”

The Philadelphia Magazine article itself targets quite a few areas, including Phoenixville, West Chester, and Malvern. Here is a screen shot of part of what they say about Malvern:


#AlternativeFacts let’s break this down:

  1. When they say “Malvern” they should be saying East Whiteland – and  that is what they are picturing above with the rendering of the continuation of O’Neill’s Worthington.  Is it being petty to note that they don’t mention the Bishop Tube project?
  2. This is NOT the “Upper Main Line” or “Main Line” and never will be. It’s Chester County and having spent over 30 years living on the actual Main Line, thank goodness for Chester County.
  3. Realtors need to refresh on actual history. The Main Line ended in Paoli where the namesake train line ended.
  4. With all that is being developed this area is not going to look like the Main Line it’s going to look like King of Prussia meets Bensalem meets Broomall.

It’s like all the blurbs are peppered with developer names. Is that how the world is beginning to view Chester County? By the developer? I don’t see a Toll Brothers development in every community as a positive do you?

And the whole #alternativefacts in development speak is nothing new. Take Downingtown. There is nothing wrong with saying you are from Downingtown when talking about either the borough or outside of the borough.  But how do developers describe a healthy percentage of any development in Downingtown?  They call it Chester Springs. Soon they will call Coatesville Chester Springs. 

What will they call Kennett Square? Down at that end of things everything seems to be under the blanket of “Chadds Ford” even if it isn’t, huh?

And Crebilly? Will that become “Newtown Square West” in honor of the Tollification of Foxcatcher Farm since the density proposed for Crebilly is almost the same house count for what they now rebranded Liseter?

And all these McMansion dwellers? Where do they think their food comes from and will come from as acre after acre of farmland and open space is developed into Tyvec wrapped boxes stacked so all live like lemmings? Do they think their food is grown in the aisles of Wegmans or on the roof of Kimberton Whole Foods?

Mark my words, this development “boom” is not endlessly sustainable. But by the time everyone figures it out it will be too late.

But hey, #alternativefacts aren’t just for Washington D.C., right?


Categories: Pennsylvania

Credit Card Scam Could Hit Area Residents: Radnor Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 10:55
Police said credit card companies never ask for personal information, card numbers, or pin numbers over the phone.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Conestoga Aide Sentenced For Sex With 16-Year-Old Student: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-03-07 10:00
Paraeducator Christine Towers was charged in April with three felonies after allegedly having sex with a student.
Categories: Lower Merion