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Lower Merion Police: Pickaxe found near burglary at Tiffin

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
Burglary>> Lower Merion police are investigating a burglary at Tiffin Restaurant, 50 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood that occurred sometime between 2 and 4:08 a.m. Jan. 6.
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One Ardmore Place: Temporary parking plan accepted for Cricket Lot construction period

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
ARDMORE >> After several iterations, Lower Merion commissioners have accepted a plan for temporary parking in Ardmore’s downtown during construction of Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place project on the township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.
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Haverford High School football coach held on DUI charges

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
PROSPECT PARK >> Haverford High School football coach Joseph Gallagher was held on charges Tuesday of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, despite his attorney’s assertion the coach only “faintly” smelled of alcohol when he was stopped after fleeing the crash.
Categories: Lower Merion

Slots Revenue Up Nearly 6% in December, But Down From 2013

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:31
A total of $2,393,105,959.08 was wagered at Pennsylvania slot machines in December.
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Tom Wolf to Be Inaugurated Tuesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-01-19 09:31
Tickets to the Harrisburg event are free, if you'd like to attend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion swimming pool fees to see minimal increase in 2015

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 08:32
Each year, in the depths of winter, Lower Merion commissioners have to tackle the warm-weather topic of membership fees for the township’s two community pools in Belmont Hills and on Ardmore Avenue.
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Praise for Leslie Richards at her last Montgomery County commissioners meeting

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 08:32
NORRISTOWN >> Twice a month, for the past three years, Leslie Richards has taken her seat behind the long wooden table representing a third of Montgomery County commissioners.
Categories: Lower Merion

3-Bedroom, $480K Twin Oaks Drive Home Recently Sold in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-01-19 08:01
Find other recently sold homes nearby from our partners at Zillow.
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Main Line drug ring 'sub-dealer' sentenced to probation

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 07:57
NORRISTOWN – A onetime student at Haverford College who prosecutors identified as a “sub-dealer” involved in the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” pot peddling ring in Montgomery County will be under court supervision for several years.
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Lower Merion: Ardmore, Penn Wynne libraries to close for renovations Saturday

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 07:57
The Lower Merion Library System's Ardmore and Penn Wynne libraries will temporarily close for renovations on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. Construction is expected to last through the fall of 2015, with an expected mid-November re-opening for both libraries.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 19

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-01-19 07:53
The Daily Numbers: 2 people killed in icy conditions early Sunday morning in crash on Blue Route.

1 person killed in multi-vehicle crash on the Schuylkill Expressway.

60 cars involved in the smash-up on the Schuylkill.

3 hours, how long the Delaware River Port Authority shut down the bridges crossing the Delaware River, including the Commodore Barry, because of icy conditions.

146 salt trucks dispatched by PennDOT about 4 a.m. to combat the ice.

26th annual celebration held Sunday at Media Fellowship House to kick off the commemorations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

16 deaths in Delaware being linked to the flu.

16-0 lead blown by the Packers in the second half as they ended up losing in overtime to the Seahawks, 28-22.

35-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse for the win in OT.

1 fake field goal and 1 onside kick that all went the Seahawks way.

0 quarterback rating for Russell Wilson at one point in the 3rd Quarter. And he still won.

14 of 29 for Wilson on the day.

4 interceptions he threw as well.

45-7 blowout win for the Patriots over the Colts.

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

Raise your hand if you know exactly how Green Bay fans feel this morning. Thought so.

I Don’t Get It: Bill Belichick is being accused of mischief again, under inflating the falls used in yesterday’s game. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who will take part in various MLK Day acts of service across Delco today.

Quote Box: “This is the most difficult type of precipitation situation to deal with in the wintertime ... when you have flash-freezing conditions.”

- PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum.
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We know how you feel, Packers fans

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-01-19 07:03
Someone tell me I did not slip into my normal coma-like state on the sofa while watching that Seahawks-Packers game.

I need someone to give me a cold, hard slap in the face.

Then tell me, honestly, the Seahawks did not really win that game, did they?

Actually, they did.

And all night I've been thinking of basically only one thing.

What do you think the reaction would be this morning in Philly if our bedraggled Birds had done what Green Bay managed to pull off yesterday. That being snatching a bitter loss from the jaws of victory.

Agony of defeat? That doesn't even begin to explain this one.

The Packers were up 16-0 at halftime. The Seahawks looked dead in the water. Russell Wilson looked completely lost. Seattle did not register a first down until half way through the second quarter. Their first two possessions resulted in turnovers.

But Eagles fans no doubt were shaking their heads when the Packers had to settle for field goals in both of those early first quarter gifts bestowed on them. You just knew it would come back to haunt them.

It did.

They were just about to pronounce the Seahawks dead on arrival, when the first of several weird things happened. Instead of kicking what really would have been a fairly meaningless field goal, Pete Carroll went way out on a limb and instead called a fake. It resulted in a touchdown and life.

Then the ball started slowly, inevitably rolling downhill for the Pack.

Seatle was still down 19-7 with four minutes left in the game and Russell Wilson and their offense doing absolutely nothing. Eventually Wilson managed to drive the Seahawks for a score to close the gap to 19-14.

Cue the music from the Twilight Zone.

Seattle ran an onside kick, which everyone on the planet knew was coming, except maybe for the Green Bay coaching staff. The kick went to Packers tight end Brandon Bostick. He couldn't handle it. You kind of knew was was going to happen next. The Seahawks scored again and then put a little icing on the cake with a desperation heave by Wilson on the two-point conversion, which of course landed in the arms of Luke Wilson.

22-19 Seattle with 1:25 remaining. Unreal.

But Aaron Rodgers was not done. He expertly drove the Packers into position for a Mason Crosby field goal to knot the game the send it into overtime.

The Seahawks got the ball and never looked back. Remember that in the NFL, in overtime if the team that wins the coin toss and takes the ball wins if they score a TD. Only if they kick a field goal does the opposing offense get a shot. Wilson took care of that with his best pass of the day, a perfect 35-yard strike on a post pattern right down the center of the field to Jermaine Kearse. The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.

The Packers are going somewhere familiar to Philly fans. Trying to figure out how they managed to lose that game.

We have our Joe Jurevicious running down the field. Now the Packers and their fans have Jermaine Kearse.

I rarely feel bad for the incredibly well-paid people who populate professional sports.

But I can admit I actually felt for Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy in a post-game press conference as he tried to explain what had just happened.

Take it from someone who knows, coach. There is no explanation. And there is no relief. It will hurt for a long time.

The next Super Bowl the Eagles win will be their first.

We feel your pain, coach.
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A fitting tribute to Jason McClay

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-01-19 06:26
I used my print column this week to pay tribute to Jason McClay.

I hope you remember his name.

The people at Rite Aid do.

He was the manager of the Rite Aid store at Ninth and Highland in Chester who was gunned down during a robbery back in 2013. Last week Rite Aid donated $10,000 to the effort to install more surveillance cameras in a couple of crime-ridden Chester neighborhoods.

Good for them.
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24 hours after a nightmare, here is your Monday morning roads report

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-01-19 05:06
One day after ice turned area roads into a deadly nightmare, here is a report from an early morning commute: Take it easy and you should be fine.

Once you carve out your car that is.

I stepped out the door and gingerly made my way up an icy driveway to find my car encased in a thin coating of ice. The doors were a bit cranky but I got them open. The windshield and windows required some work.

Once out on the road, it became apparent that PennDOT and municipalities were not going to be caught off-guard again. There is salt everywhere and I encountered several salt trucks on my commute into the office.

The main roads are pretty much OK; the side roads are a bit more slick.

Here's the key: There is almost no one on the roads when I am driving. I am guessing that things will get a lot messier once the roads get crowded.

I encountered no problems on West Chester Pike, Providence Road, the Route 1 Bypass, or Springfield Road.

Temperatures were hovering right around 30 degrees, so there is the possibility of ice being out there.

I'd also caution anyone walking. Sidewalks and other untreated surfaces will be slick.

We also will get a huge break today because it is a holiday for many, making the national day of service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Many schools and offices are closed, so traffic will be down considerably.

There is another reason I wanted to write about the weather this morning.

I vent almost constantly about how much I dislike winter, and cold weather, and the resultant snow and ice that can make getting anywhere a challenge.

I also am less than a fan of the way local TV stations handle the weather, constantly droning on about even the slightest chance of flurries.

So here is my question: Did I miss something Saturday night. I watch the news and listen to the radio almost constantly.

I thought I heard Sunday being constantly referred to as a "rain event." I don't recall any ice warnings.

I also am wondering if PennDOT will be questioned about their response. They say they had trucks out Saturday night salting surfaces. That did not stop major arteries turning into a icy nightmare.

I am hoping this morning does not offer a repeat.

Take it easy out there.
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defining and creating a home

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-01-18 22:30

I received this awesome compliment today. It was about this blog and how I write, but it was more than that. My friend complimented me on my style and how my house is a home, and unique yet comfortable. And how I seemed to her to set this “taste of home” with my gardening, my cooking, and treasure hunting to accent my home.

She isn’t the first one to say that, as one of my other friends defines my style as being like Sister Parrish. That made me giggle because I definitely don’t see myself as like that at all, or even have the talent, although I do like the whole English country house style.

But Sister Parrish had a design philosophy that she spoke of that I can identify with as a homemaker:

As a child, I discovered the happy feelings that familiar things can bring — an old apple tree, a favorite garden, the smell of a fresh-clipped hedge, simply knowing that when you round the corner, nothing will be changed, nothing will be gone. I try to instill the lucky part of my life in each house that I do. Some think a decorator should change a house. I try to give permanence to a house, to bring out the experiences, the memories, the feelings that make it a home.

I love putting things together and I love the compliments on my style, but am I worthy of such accolades? I am surely not so to professional chefs, landscape architects, and interior designers. But in my own defense, I never pretend to be them, I am only ever myself.

Growing up my parents did take me to lots of antique shows. My father said the shows were more to educate your eye than make a marked-up show prices purchase. We also spent many a weekend looking at antiques and collectibles down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Oxford and Chestertown were favorites) and up through Lancaster County (Shupps Grove, Renningers, Stouts Black Angus). Also estate sales along the Main Line when they were truly a special thing with manageable realistic prices (Susan Vitale sales were the bomb). And church fairs and historic houses’ white elephants/rummage sales.

I share my late father’s love of looking and learning about things. And in part that is what any of this is about I suppose, form of intellectual curiosity that sparks a creative thing. And it just starts with looking. Opening your eyes and taking it in. In a way that is what I like best about Pinterest. You can look and save photos that inspire you.

For me, putting the rooms together in our home was a labor of love. It’s the things we like and had separately and jointly meets a comfortable style of living. I don’t want to house of fussy that it looks like a museum or jumped out of the pages of Architectural Digest where you can’t sit on a chair. I want a place where pets and kids can exist, yet it’s not all plastic and laminate. Growing up I was around a lot of things and my entire world wasn’t child-proofed and vinyl and I survived just fine.

I like mish-mosh, a mix of styles, but I guess today if you were going to put a label on me I am vintage traditional meets gracious country living. But that doesn’t mean everything in my world is sprouting milk paint, chalk paint, or chalkboard paint. Ask any of my friends and they will amusingly tell you my disdain for all of those things. Nothing against the people that like that style, but it’s so not me.

I do like some painted wood however, but it’s tole painted and cool trompe l’oeil that will make my heart beat faster, not something milk or chalk painted with a cute pattern and adorned with gingham cut with pinking shears and tied up with a burlap or raffia bow.

I like things that are pretty or unique or have a cool look to them but I don’t like fussy. You also won’t find many ruffles and bows in my world. It’s a great boudoir look but I’m not a 1930s film star.

That’s the thing of it: when I’m putting things together for my home or my garden or my kitchen, it’s what I like, what we like. It’s not what someone else told us we should like.

I laid the foundation with some of the bigger pieces and from there I took cues on color and style for everything else. And I also think people need to remember that it doesn’t have to be spanking brand-new from La-Z-Boy or out of some designer show room. You can find a lot of treasures in unexpected places, and save yourself a tidy sum in the process. Once you lay your foundation, you can layer over time.

And if an older piece of furniture has great bones, don’t ignore it as you can reupholster or cover with something more to your liking. And if you want to paint over natural wood, that is your choice, so make sure the colors you pick are ones you like and can live with, not someone else.

I like things that create or evoke a warm and homey atmosphere. Or evokes a happy memory. Like vintage quilts. You can indeed pay a pretty penny but you can also find them reasonably priced. One of my favorite sources over the years has been church fairs. Also you can get great handmade quilts at mud sales too. I find my quilts all over. I buy them to be used. If I find I am afraid to use a vintage quilt I will swap it out for one I like better. Pretty much that simple. And when the get too worn, you can repurpose them into pillows for humans and dog beds. Yes, seriously.

Vintage dishes and glasses are also something I like. But I am not living in Winterthur, so they have to be sturdy. Not famous or collectible, but usable. A lot of vintage dishes and glasses have a warmness to them and a happy, cheerful look I just prefer.

As for the garden, it represents pieces of gardens I’ve had throughout my life and things I’ve loved and admired in other people’s gardens. My garden is a work in progress and a constant evolution. You plant each season and each season you either maintain or adjust the work of previous seasons.

But a lot of what makes a garden magical is doing the work yourself. It’s about connecting with your space in nature and learning through trial and error. Sure by all means hire a professional for the bigger projects you can’t tackle like tree work, but get your hands dirty. It’s a wonderful feeling to garden, truly. Try it for yourself. Start small and pick projects you can manage.

Cooking is a lot like gardening. You have to dive on in. You will have triumphs and disasters. I love vintage cookbooks and pick them up at church sales and thrift stores and garage sales. They have a lot of the basic recipes modern cookbooks no longer have and learning the basics lays your foundation in the kitchen as a home cook.

But the components of what makes a house a home isn’t just the gardening style with flowers tumbling out of a flower bed or flower pot. It isn’t just the good smells coming out of the kitchen or that vintage find that looks cool in one of your rooms. Making a house a home is also that bunch of intangibles, the things you can’t see. Feelings. Emotions. Sentimentality and comfort.

Maybe my approach to making a house a home has to do with almost creating a feeling like comfort food evokes? I love a house that when I walk into it I see the personality of the inhabitants. So maybe that is the key and why it is more rewarding if you design? It’s how you feel and what you like, not what someone else’s interpretation of that or you is.

So I guess my best advice is to be an active participant. There will be trial and error and success and “what was I thinking???” moments, but in the end, the sole and key ingredient in defining and creating home is you.

Many thanks to my friends and all of their compliments.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Bad News for Monday's Commute: More Black Ice Overnight

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-01-18 21:32
“Any water still on the roads will refreeze, creating icy conditions once again.”
Categories: Lower Merion

No Yuengling for Wolf (Updated)

PA Watercooler - Sun, 2015-01-18 16:32
It was good enough for Obama… Rep. Vereb’s response (Daily Caller): “Yuengling employs Pennsylvanians. It’s America’s oldest brewery. It’s the economic driver in Pottsville, not to mention that whole region,” Vereb continued. “He takes care of his employees. He’s not unionized, and frankly, neither is Tom Wolf’s cabinet company.” — Update from Brad Bumsted (1-19-05): […]
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ALERT: Stay Off the Roads, Montco Urges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-01-18 11:37
“Montgomery County is experiencing hazardous road conditions countywide,” Montgomery County Public Safety officials said.
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Local Adventures for Little Ones on MLK Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-01-18 11:32
A few ways to occupy the kids on their day off.
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ice, ice baby it’s a stay at home sunday

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-01-18 10:23

When I was first awake at 6 a.m. it was super cold outside, but dry. But it is pouring and the roads are cold enough that there is a lot of ice out there….and accidents.

A lot of churches are canceling worship services too.

If you do not have to go anywhere, don’t.

For more information visit NBC10 Philadelphia or media outlet of your choice.

NBC10 Philadelphia Dangerous Road Conditions Across Region

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