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Celebrate Funk Legend James Brown's Death With A Tribute Show At Ardmore Music Hall Friday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 14:40
The lineup includes former James Brown band drummer Clyde Stubblefield!
Categories: Lower Merion

Upper Merion Armed Robbery Suspect ID'd; Had Previously Held Up Malvern Bank: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 14:02
The man who held up Malvern Federal Savings Bank earlier in the month was also responsible for an armed robbery in Upper Merion, cops say.
Categories: Lower Merion

PennDOT Work To Affect Interstate 76 In Upper, Lower Merion Townships Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 13:42
You might want to avoid the area if you're heading in that direction.
Categories: Lower Merion

2016 in Review: Montco Business Owner's Thriving Heroin Operation Busted

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 13:29
One of the most startling stories of 2016: a local business owner brought heroin into Montgomery County hidden in car batteries.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Teens Arrested in Montco After Robbery at Knife-Point: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 11:26
Two Montco teens were arrested after pinning another teen to the ground and threatening to "poke his eye out" as they robbed him.
Categories: Lower Merion

5 Best Bars in Ardmore According to Yelp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-12-29 09:00
With New Year's Eve on the horizon, here's a list of the highest-rated bars in the local area. Do you agree with Yelp's list?
Categories: Lower Merion

One more cruel epitaph for 2016

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-29 06:41
It's now become pretty clear that 2016 simply is out to break our hearts.

It apparently did the same to Debbie Reynolds.

In a horrific denouement to what has been a stark year of losing one celebrity and pop music star after another, we learned late last night that the actress died, just one day after losing her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

2016 just couldn't resist taking one more bite out of the celebrity apple.

As I indicated yesterday, this has been a jolting year in terms of the celebrities and music great we have lost.

But it strikes me as being more than that.

These people - David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince and myriad others - created the soundtrack of our youth.

Now the news of their passing continues a year-long dirge, and acknowledgement that we are indeed all getting older.

It took me the better part of a year to come to grips with the idea that I had been on this planet for six decades.

I wasn't the least bit fazed by turning 30, 40 or even 50.

But 60? That was a different animal. It just sounded so much older than 59.

Not helping matters was seemingly waking each morning to learn that one more person who gave me so much joy - either in music, movies or TV, had passed away.

It is a reminder that we are mortal after all.

Farewell, 2016.

Don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way out.

Someone please tell me that 2017 will be better.
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Your morning roads report

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-12-29 05:34
Here's an early morning roads report:

If you're looking for the legendary "wintry mix," I have bad news for you.

It hasn't arrived here. At least not yet.

I just drove into the office, and at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. it was not doing anything.

So turn off the TV. Don't listen to the radio.

In fact, if you can pull the covers up over your head and stay in bed.

The way 2016 is going, perhaps all of us would be better off just moving ahead to 2017.

The TV folks tell us some kind of precipitation is in the works.

Of course, they for some reason believe the Lehigh Valley is a Philadelphia suburb. Yes, those mythical "northern and western suburbs" seem to expand every year.

Such is the hunt for winter weather - and ratings, of course.

Around here, it looks like we might have a chance of rain today.

But for right now the roads are dry. I know. I just drove on them.

You can get the full forecast here.
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 20:30
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 20:13
Looking for a new home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase through Montgomery, Chester, Berks Counties: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 16:37
With his wife and four-year-old child in the car, the suspect led police on three-county chase before fleeing on foot, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Business Owners! Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame on Ardmore-Wynnewood-Merion Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 13:43
Want to show off your cafe, salon or snow plow company? Email us to be featured in our FREE Small Business Spotlight.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line Prices To Go Down

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 13:32
Great news for riders on the Norristown High Speed Line and bus riders in the King of Prussia area.
Categories: Lower Merion

5 New Pennsylvania Laws That Could Change Your Life In 2017

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 10:47
Six-packs will be sold at beer distributors, license plate registration stickers will be eliminated and turnpike tolls are going up.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania Turnpike Toll Increase Coming In 2017

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-12-28 10:36
Pennsylvania Turnpike toll rates will increase by 6 percent in 2017, the same margin they increased by in 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

2016 can't end soon enough

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-12-28 07:32
This year can't end soon enough.

Yes, we've lost another star.

Carrie Fisher, the iconic Princess Leia of the 'Star Wars' movies, succumbed this week after suffering a heart attack while flying from London to New York.

She becomes the latest in a seemingly unending series of stars from the music and pop culture realms who have departed us in 2016.

It started back in January with the stunning death of David Bowie.

It seems like every couple of months, another star would fall.

I've taken to calling it "rock's rugged year." Forget the day the music died. This was the year so much of the music left us.

But it's been more than that.

It is, for many of us, a harrowing affirmation that we are growing older.

This is what happens when people age - they start passing away.

Many of the stars we lost - in particular music icons such as Maurice White, Merle Haggard, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Glenn Frey and George Michael - provided the soundtrack of our youth.

Their passing not only notes another year in the books, but a reminder that we are getting older. Despite our zealous attempts to remain "forever young," time marches on.

Eventually it will claim all of us.

This year it seems to have taken a particularly horrific toll.

Here, according to the Associated Press, is a roll call of the notables we have lost in 2016.

Rest in Peace.

And for the rest of us, let's hope 2017 takes a less heavy toll.

JANUARY:

Pierre Boulez, 90. Former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, one of the leading figures in modern classical music. Jan. 5.

Otis Clay, 73. Hall of fame rhythm and blues artist known as much for his charitable work in Chicago as for his singing. Jan. 8.

David Bowie, 69. Other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust. Jan. 10.

Alan Rickman, 69. Classically-trained British stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films. Jan. 14.

Glenn Frey, 67. Rock 'n' roll rebel who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley formed one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane." Jan. 18.

Abe Vigoda, 94. Actor whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather." Jan. 26.

FEBRUARY:

Maurice White, 74. Earth, Wind & Fire founder whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums. Feb. 3.

Antonin Scalia, 79. Influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court. Feb. 13.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 93. Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country's landmark peace deal with Israel but clashed with the United States as U.N. secretary-general. Feb. 16.

Harper Lee, 89. Elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird," became an Oscar-winning film. Feb. 19.

MARCH:

Nancy Reagan, 94. Backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president — and finally during his battle with Alzheimer's disease. March 6.

Rob Ford, 46. Pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle. March 22. Cancer.

Phife Dawg, 45. Lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. March 22. Complications from diabetes.

Garry Shandling, 66. Actor and comedian who masterminded a brand of phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show." March 24.

Patty Duke, 69. As a teen, she won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," then maintained a long career while battling personal demons. March 29.

APRIL:

Merle Haggard, 79. Country giant who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws and underdogs. April 6.

Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, 52. Basketball player who went from New York City playground wonder to Big East star at Syracuse. April 20.

Prince, 57. One of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry." April 21.

MAY:

Tommy Kono, 85. He took up weightlifting in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States. May 1.

Morley Safer, 84. Veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war. May 19.

Rosalie Chris Lerman, 90. Survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp who was a passionate advocate of Holocaust remembrance. May 19.

JUNE:

Muhammad Ali, 74. Heavyweight champion whose fast fists, irrepressible personality and determined spirit transcended sports and captivated the world. June 3.

Gordie Howe, 88. Known as "Mr. Hockey," the Canadian farm boy whose blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL's quintessential star. June 10.

Anton Yelchin, 27. Rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films. June 19. Hit by his car in his driveway.

Pat Summitt, 64. Winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women's game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee. June 28.

JULY:

Elie Wiesel, 87. Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic "Night" launched his career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians. July 2.

Clown Dimitri, 80. Beloved Swiss clown and mime who studied under Marcel Marceau. July 19.

Rev. Tim LaHaye, 90. Co-author of the "Left Behind" series, a literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores. July 25.

AUGUST:

John McLaughlin, 89. Conservative political commentator and host of a television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of politics. Aug. 16.

Sonia Rykiel, 86. French designer whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits. Aug. 25.

Gene Wilder, 83. Frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers." Aug. 28.

Vera Caslavska, 74. Seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Aug. 30.

SEPTEMBER:

Phyllis Schlafly, 92. Outspoken conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. Sept. 5. Rose Mofford, 94. Arizona's first female governor and a shepherd for the state during a period of political turbulence. Sept. 15.

Arnold Palmer, 87. Golfing great who brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. Sept. 25.

Shimon Peres, 93. Former Israeli president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace. Sept. 28. OCTOBER: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88. World's longest reigning monarch, he was revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval. Oct. 13. Junko Tabei, 77. The first woman to climb Mount Everest. Oct. 20. Tom Hayden, 76. 1960s antiwar activist whose name became forever linked with the Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife, actress Jane Fonda. Oct. 23.

NOVEMBER:

Janet Reno, 78. First woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the center of several political storms during the Clinton administration. Nov. 7.

Leonard Cohen, 82. Canadian singer-songwriter who blended spirituality and sexuality in songs like "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire." Nov. 7.

Gwen Ifill, 61. Co-anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates. Nov. 14.

Florence Henderson, 82. Broadway star who became one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch." Nov. 24.

Fidel Castro, 90. He led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and challenged U.S. power during his half-century of rule in Cuba. Nov. 25.

DECEMBER: Jayaram Jayalalithaa, 68. South Indian actress who turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu. Dec. 4.

John Glenn, 95. His 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate. Dec. 8.

Alan Thicke, 69. Versatile performer who gained his greatest renown as the beloved dad on the sitcom "Growing Pains." Dec. 13.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99. Jet-setting Hungarian actress and socialite who helped invent a new kind of fame out of multiple marriages, conspicuous wealth and jaded wisdom about the glamorous life. Dec. 18.

George Michael, 53. Musician who shot to stardom at an early age in the teen duo WHAM! and moved smoothly into a solo career. Dec. 25.

Carrie Fisher, 60. Actress who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars." Dec. 27.
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Crunch time for Chester finances

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-12-28 07:10
It's crunch time in Chester.

City Council will convene this morning to vote on a budget - and every indication is that taxes will be going up.

The city managed to avert a financial disaster when a deal was reached with Harrah's Casino in the city that will allow revenue form the gambling mecca to continue to flow to both the city and county. For Chester, that adds up to nearly a quarter of the city's budget, a cool $10 million.

But that does not mean the city is out of the woods.

Recent reports painted a dire picture of the city's finances, both in terms of its operating budget and its troubled municipal pension plans.

Back in the summer, a state report suggested drastic action to attack the city's budget problems, including layoffs in both the police and fire departments.

City officials declined to go that route, hoping instead to find new revenue in an increased push to collect overdue taxes and banking on the arrival of a downtown hotel.

The city needs to show progress toward getting out of the 'distressed' status it has been wearing like an anchor around its neck for years or face the possibility of being put into receivership.

We'll begin to find out a bit more about how the city plans to attack its financial woes this morning.

We'll be there to tell you what happens.
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Armed Robbery Hits Montco 7-11 For Third Time in 2016: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-12-27 17:27
An armed robber hit the Abington 7-11 early Christmas morning, police said. This same store has been victimized three times in 2016.
Categories: Lower Merion

WOW House: $3.3 Million 'Ardwyn' Estate in Gladwyn

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-12-27 16:37
WOW House: Gladwyne's $3.3 million, 70-year-old Ardwyn estate has hit the market.
Categories: Lower Merion