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Police investigating strong-armed robbery at Suburban Square

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:42
Lower Merion police are investigating a strong-armed robbery outside of the Urban Outfitters at Suburban Square in Ardmore July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion BOC approves mutual aid agreement for fire services with Norristown

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:28
Lower Merion commissioners have tentatively approved a mutual aid agreement for fire services with Norristown Borough, a first for the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion's William Penn Inn may have been used as 'safe house' for runaway slaves; demolition delayed

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:28
The Lower Merion Historical Commission voted 4-0 Monday evening to recommend a 90-day delay of demolition of an 18th-century inn on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood, as new information was presented about its use as a "safe house" for runaway slaves in the early 1800s.
Categories: Lower Merion

Woman struck, killed Thursday by train in Haverford

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:44
HAVERFORD - A woman was struck and killed by a train in the township Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Young adults from from around the world gather in Bryn Mawr for Project Common Bond

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:42
While the crisis in Ukraine and the Middle East continued to intensify last week, Hussam Qasem and Sarah Abutteen, both from Palestine traveled to Bryn Mawr College. They have never met each other, but they come from the same region in the world where so much violence and terror has affected them both personally.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania State Police urge feds to drop discrimination lawsuit against them

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:42
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan on Wednesday implored the federal government to withdraw a lawsuit filed this week that alleges the physical fitness test given to applicants for entry-level state trooper positions has led to illegal employment discrimination against women.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dormant zoning proposal could block proposed Bala Avenue bus parking

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:11
There could be a roadblock to Lower Merion School District’s interest in storing some of its school buses on Bala Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Friday, Aug. 1

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:24
The Daily Numbers: 2 shootings recorded overnight in Chester.

1 of them is believed to be fatal.

1 person struck and killed by a train in Haverford Thursday afternoon.

17, age of teen nabbed in series of car break-ins in Haverford. 2 others are still being sought

2 execs at a Philly non-profit, including a woman from Glenolden, indicated for stealing money meant for homeless.

200,000 dollars in personal expenses racked up on the firm’s credit cards.

2 men facing charges involving what was the theft of $3.6 million in funds from PennDOT.

5 more members of the Ironworkers union facing charges in connection with incidents at work locations, including several construction projects in Delco.

150,000 dollars racked up by a 2nd exec.

2 months, how long the southbound lanes of I-495 in Delaware were shut down because of emergency bridge work.

They reopened 5 p.m. Thursday.

90,000 vehicles that cross the span every day.

700 now dead from the latest ebola outbreak in Africa.

317 point nosedive for the stock market yesterday. Don’t look at that 401K.

302,000 people seeking jobless benefits last week.

4.12 percent, average rate for a 30-year mortgage.

60,000 people who showed up on the Atlantic City beach for a free concert by country star Blake Shelton.

0 deals pulled off by Phillies G.M. Ruben Amaro Jr. at the trade deadline.

2 innings, how long Cliff Lee lasted last night before his elbow gave out in the 3rd.

10-4 win for the Phils over the Nats.

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

Not sure what Ruben Amaro Jr. was expecting to receive in terms of trade offers. He expressed disappointment in the lack of interest and ‘serious’ offers for his star players. Has been watching these guys? And does he remember the big-money deals he signed them to? Hard to believe, Harry?

I Don’t Get It: Two more shootings last night in the city of Chester. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who gathered last night for a business mixer held by the Chester city Office of Community Liaison.

Quote Box: “It’s an increase in waste even though they say it’s not.”

- Mike Ewall, an environmental activist who is opposing a move by Covanta to bring New York City trash to their facility in Chester.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The two faces of Chester

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-01 07:23
Call it the two faces of Chester.

Last night I was honored to be included among a group attending a networking reception held by the office of the Community Liaison in Chester.

I sat in a room with about 45 other business, civic and education leaders and saw the beginnings of a new Chester.

A lot of this is due to the dedicated work of people like Fred Green, Nicole Cogdell and Jonathan Abdur-Rahim King. They wanted to get a group of community leaders together in one room to mix, mingle and - most importantly - start talking to each other.

I had a chance to have a conversation with Gregory Shannon, the superintendent of the Chester Upland School District, and heard him speak glowingly about the progress the district is making, including an all-important uptick in reading levels at the elementary level.

I heard about the truly inspirational work of the Chester Children's Chorus.

I heard from David Clark, who runs the Chester Community Charter School, who talked about competition and how he wanted his school to be the best in the city.

I saw my friend Maj. Ervin McCoy, who runs the Salvation Army.

And of course I had a chance to chat once again with my friend Mayor John Linder.

In each conversation, I asked them how their summer was going, and remarked that it certainly seemed like the increased police presence brought on by Operation City Surge seemed to be having a positive effect on the city.

I might have spoken too soon.

This morning as I arrived back at the office, I was greeted by the same old story. Gunfire on the streets of Chester.

There were two shootings last night.

It appears one of them may have been fatal. We're still waiting on the details.

I don't know exactly what the solution is for the violence that continues to plague Chester.

But I do know this. One crucial part of it will be the people I met last night. It's amazing what happens when you just sit down and talk to people.

I tip my hat to the community liaisons working so hard to turn things around in the city.

And I want them to know I'm here to help in any way I can.

It's that important.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Brutal day on & off the field for the Phillies

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-08-01 06:38
I suppose things could get worse for Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies.

I'm just not sure how.

Yesterday's 4 p.m. trade deadline came - and went - and Amaro stayed pat. Not a single deal. Jonathan Papelbon is still the closer. Marlon Byrd remains a Phillie. So do Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.

And Cliff Lee remained the Phils' starter Thursday night.

Unfortunately, he didn't last long.

Lee cruised through two innings before suffering a recurrence of the elbow injury that has already sidelined him once this season.

Dennis Deitch describes the surreal scene.

The Phils went on to show some life by burying the Nats, 10-4. But all of that was overshadowed by Amaro's inaction, followed by the devastating injury to Lee.

Here's Amaro's explanation as to why he didn't make any moves.

He sounds disappointed that he didn't get better offers. What team has this guy been watching?
Categories: Pennsylvania

PA State Rep Warren Kampf’s Town Hall Meeting — Budget, Pension and Property Tax Reform, Liquor Privatization & the Legalizing of Marijuana

I attended State Rep Warren Kampf’s Town Hall meeting last night in Phoenixville.  Kampf opened the meeting with a 15-20 min. update on the budget, pension reform and status of legislation, liquor privatization, and property tax reform.  Following his presentation, the evening continued with Q & A from the audience members, with about 30 questions […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Salvo for July 31, 2014 - "Home-Selling Surge"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-07-31 17:39
The Daily Salvo for July 31, 2014 - "Home-Selling Surge"
Like a seasoned military general, Diane Cardano of Cardano Realtors is leading today's home-seller surge. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

Updated: Bala Cynwyd apartment project tabled

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:50
On the seven-acre parcel that is 150 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd today, there is a six-story office building, surrounded by a veritable sea of parking lot – pretty typical of the pattern of development in Lower Merion Township’s prime commercial corridor over the past several decades.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dormant zoning proposal could block proposed Bala Avenue bus parking

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:41
There could be a roadblock to Lower Merion School District’s interest in storing some of its school buses on Bala Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Report: Pickpocket at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:10
Lower Merion police received a report of a theft of wallet from a patron at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute while she was watching a movie July 27.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line 'take over' drug ring sub-dealers admit guilt

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 10:24
NORRISTOWN – With their clean-cut, fresh-scrubbed appearances, conservative haircuts and attire that included blue blazers, ties and fashionable skirts, members of the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” stood out in the court of law where they answered to charges they were part of a pot peddling ring.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police radio upgrade needed now -- and maybe later

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 09:41
Several times over the past two years, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath has updated township commissioners on Montgomery County’s planned upgrade of its public safety radio system and the township’s potential participation – a potential major future expense.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania State Police urge feds to drop discrimination lawsuit against them

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-07-31 09:38
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan on Wednesday implored the federal government to withdraw a lawsuit filed this week that alleges the physical fitness test given to applicants for entry-level state trooper positions has led to illegal employment discrimination against women.
Categories: Lower Merion

What the CBS/NYT poll about Wolf and Corbett ACTUALLY says

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-07-31 09:05
There was an uproar among political observers in Pennsylvania over poll analysis posted on PoliticsPA. I’d like to take readers through, point by point, so they may have a better...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

What the CBS/NYT poll about Wolf and Corbett ACTUALLY says

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-07-31 09:05
There was an uproar among political observers in Pennsylvania over poll analysis posted on PoliticsPA. I’d like to take readers through, point by point, so they may have a better...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics